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Complete YOUR Steeplechase Journey!

Written by Tim Talley

Willimantic, Conn. - James Holland and Ted Efremoff, lecturers in Eastern Connecticut State University's Visual Arts Department, will host a participatory event on April 27 where attendees will be playfully challenged by an interactive and collaborative multimedia project that tests academic survival against human nature. The event is part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series and will be held at 2 p.m. on April 27 in the Betty R. Tipton Room located in Eastern's Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The artists, along with students and colleagues, provide a spatial model of the college experience in the form of a goal-oriented steeplechase that has mystery, standards, hierarchy, ranking, merit and imaginary solutions.

Attendees will be provided with a blank report card upon entrance and an opportunity to receive a degree from "Steeplechase University" in 20 minutes. Graduates will receive a free T-shirt, available on a first-come first-served basis while supplies last. The Steeplechase experience is composed of a sequence of 20 stations, each station representing a standard university service, office or organization. Student performance at Steeplechase is evaluated based on a point system. Attendees who have earned enough points will "graduate" and receive a Steeplechase T-Shirt.

            "We understand that not every student may graduate," said Holland. "Students that either fail or drop out, as long as they have tried to complete their 'degree,' will also receive a t-shirt while supplies last."
            Efremoff's artwork focuses on everyday objects. He is a recipient of the 2010 Artist Fellowship Grant in New Media from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. His artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Italy, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and South Korea.

Holland's artwork crosses disciplinary boundaries, combining movement, kinesthetic disciplines and visual art forms. In 2002, he received a fellowship to attend The Photography Institute's National Graduate Seminar at Columbia University.

Holland has collaborated previously with Efremoff on numerous projects, including the Bread Cycle Works community art project (2010) and I-Park's juried "Thanatopolis" exhibition (2010).

            For more information, contact Holland at (860) 465-0197 or at


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