Visual Arts Professor Imna Arroyo, center, is congratulated by Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez, right, and Rhona Free, Eastern's vice president for academic affairs, on her honor as CSU Professor.
Willimantic, Conn.- Imna Arroyo, widely respected printmaker, painter, sculptor, installation artist and professor of visual arts at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named a Connecticut State University (CSU) Professor by the CSU Board of Trustees.
To be recognized as a Connecticut State University Professor, a faculty member must first be nominated by a faculty advisory committee, receive the recommendation of the University president and CSU chancellor, and be approved by the CSU Board of Trustees.
"Professor Arroyo is a tireless advocate for the arts community," said Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez. "She has exhibited her work in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Panama, China and throughout the United States. She has lectured and conducted workshops in Cuba, Ghana, Canada and China. She has lent her support and talents to a range of arts organizations from Colectivo Mestizal and the Windham Area Arts Collaborative in Willimantic to the National Women's Caucus for Art as the NGO representative for the United Nations. Based on her exemplary teaching, her artistic accomplishments, and her extensive service to the arts, to Eastern and to her department, Professor Arroyo clearly embodies the professional excellence that the title CSU Professor represents."
Arroyo's popular "Ancestral Passage" installation during an exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London.
Arroyo joined Eastern's faculty in 1992. Her art work can be found in the collections of the Yale Art Gallery; the Schomberg Collection of American Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait; the Vertical Files of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art Library; and the Franklin Furnace Art Book Collection.
Arroyo's nomination letters of support, which came from the director of the University of Puerto Rico Museum in Cayey; the director of the Museo Casa de Africa in Havana; and artists ranging from Evergreen State College in Oregon to the Rhode Island School of Design, focused on Arroyo's use of her art to foster community, healing and cultural awareness, much of it grounded in the traditions of her native Puerto Rico.
"Professor Arroyo has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher and mentor at Eastern," wrote Professor Emeritus Barbara Mollette in her letter of nomination for Arroyo. "Through the process of teaching art, Professor Arroyo manages to get students to unpack their mental baggage of myths, lies and biases about people of color and encourages them to read, think and create from a perspective informed by a larger universe."
Arroyo earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. Prior to being hired in 1992 to chair the Visual Arts Department at Eastern, she taught in the New Haven public school system, and later, at South Central Community College in New Haven.