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Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - John O'Donnell, visual arts lecturer at Eastern Connecticut State University, will have an exhibit titled "STILLLIFE" on display at the Westover School's Schumacher Gallery in Middlebury, CT. The exhibit runs March 18-28. A public reception with the artist will take place on March 22 from 4-6 p.m. Located in Westover's Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.
"STILLLIFE" is a title that refers to the category of painting as well as to a calm reflection on life and time. O'Donnell's process and materials are inspired by the history of painting and contemporary abstraction. In the studio he paints directly onto found objects and then attempts to replicate them on a burlap canvas with gesso and acrylic paint. Sometimes he uses oil paint and spray paint to reference different historical and contemporary processes.
The exhibition also includes a video piece created by O'Donnell, who was inspired by a musical composition written and produced by Seattle-based musician Jean Chalant.
Written by Akaya McElveenWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's graphic design program will be collaborating with Thread City Development, Inc., the Willimantic Screen Project, the Willimantic Brewing Company and the Kerri Art Studio & Gallery to illuminate the Kerri Gallery on Main Street as part of the Green Valley's fourth annual Green Lights initiative.
The Kerri Gallery will host an opening reception for Green Lights from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 27. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery will glow each night from February 27 to March 5 with a series of publicly visible, inventively imagined, green light images created by Eastern design students with the assistance of Eastern Professor of Art June Bisantz.
Eastern students involved in the project are Kara Berglund, Melissa Blazejak, Christina Broccoli, Laura Cardeno, Joshua Cranmer, Braden Herrick, Lauren Hodkinson, Cynthia Kapp, Solinda Keth, Colleen King, Hannah Lewis, Cassandra Marion, Chris McMenamey, Seth Myers, Kristin Palka, Joseph Perez, Robert Picone, Mark Raleigh, Alyssa Reilly, Alexa Senia, Chelsea Taylor, Tyler Scott and Julie Vega.
"The Last Green Valley" is a 35-town National Heritage Corridor in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts. The organization works locally to celebrate heritage, preserve natural resources and respect working lands. Each year, Green Lights encourages residents of the region to show support for the National Heritage Corridor by displaying green lights in any way they can imagine between Feb. 15 and March 17. More information can be found at http://www.tlgv.org.
Written by Akaya McEleveen
Willimantic, Conn. - Anne Dawson, chair of the Visual Arts Department and professor of art history at Eastern Connecticut State University, is working on a multifaceted project on J. Alden Weir, the world-famous artist who lived and painted in Windham from 1882 until his death in 1919. Dawson's project will include two art exhibitions, a book, speaking appearances and an expansion of the project's website. Dawson's research began in the fall of 2009 and is expected to be complete in 2016.
Eastern's Akus Gallery will present a Weir-related art exhibition from February to March 2016 to celebrate the opening of Eastern's new fine arts instructional facility. The exhibit will feature artwork from a contemporary artist that interprets Windham settings from today's perspective, and to highlight the role Windham played in inspiring Weir during his life from 1882 to 1919. The Akus show will include projections of Weir paintings and computer monitors displaying the project's website, WeirInWindham.org. By subtly referencing its historic past, the contemporary artist exhibition will celebrate Windham's sense of place, both past and present. There will also be a viewing of a "Weir in Windham" documentary created by Communication Professor Denise Matthews' documentary class.
The Akus exhibition is planned as a prelude to the historical exhibition, "Love at First Sight: J. Alden Weir and American Impressionism in Eastern Connecticut, 1882-1919," that will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London from March to September 2016. It will include major paintings by Weir and others as well as historical photography that documents Weir's life in eastern Connecticut.
Aside from presenting the two art exhibitions at the Akus Gallery and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Dawson is in search of a publisher for a new book titled "Love at First Sight: J. Alden Weir and American Impressionism in Eastern Connecticut, 1882-1919." The book is a compilation of interdisciplinary essays focusing on Weir, Windham at the turn of the century, and Connecticut's role in the country life movement and is edited by Dawson.
Dawson hopes the project will make people aware of the importance of the Windham/Willimantic area at the turn of the 20th century in terms of art, industry and culture generally. "The point of the project is to celebrate an artist that lived in the area," says Dawson. "It's to complete a neglected area of scholarship on Weir and encourage pride in Windham."
More information on Dawson's project can be found at http://www.weirinwindham.org/.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - Working in collaboration with the No-Freeze Shelter in Willimantic, students in Professor Gail Gelburd's Museum and Exhibitions class at Eastern Connecticut State University are curating the museum exhibit, "Displaced: Perspectives from Within." The exhibition runs until Jan. 30, 2014, in the Student Art Gallery in Shafer Hall, Room 114.
The exhibition includes art created by Eastern students and young students from other towns; its main focus is work created by guests of the No-Freeze Shelter in Willimantic. The students in the class met with homeless men and women at the shelter and gave them cameras and art supplies. This gave the guests an opportunity to share their perceptions of being homeless and their life in Willimantic. The exhibition is accompanied by information about homelessness in America.
Students in the course devised the theme and conducted the research. They were divided into museum departments and curated the works, condition reported, catalogued and labeled the images, prepared accompanying educational programming, promoted the exhibition, managed the budget, and then designed the exhibition, the flyers, didactics and labels. They worked as a team to carefully install the exhibition and open it up for public viewing. For a video on the process the students used, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2_hwaar5Wo&feature=youtu.be.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - The LQM Gallery in New London will feature "Contemporary Ink Trio," an art exhibition from Nov. 16-30. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 16. Qimin Liu, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the LQM Gallery's artistic director.
"Contemporary Ink Trio" is LQM Gallery's latest exhibition featuring three Chinese artists taking part in the ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency Artist program. These young artists bring together the masterful techniques of traditional Chinese Ink Painting, with edgy and original contemporary concepts, each with their own distinct style. From abstractions to detailed line work, "Contemporary Ink Trio" offers interesting concepts, fresh representations, and an incredible amount of passion and skill that is evident in the works.
Liu Jing works in the traditional medium of ink while combining both technical accuracy and abstraction for harmoniously balanced compositions. With a wide variety of subject matter, Liu Jing draws inspiration from the world around him and represents the essence of these things with the expressive touch of the brush.
Wang Peng creates works of art which defy typical categorization with the combination of symbols and motifs present. Elegant and dignified figures, theatrical masks, ink washes and stylized line work come together as one in these expressive, yet solemn pieces.
Yue Xiaofei works in both watercolor and ink, and creates stunning realistic works of art with a skilled touch of expression and contemporary subject matter. Figures, geometric shapes and symbols of our modern world come together to tell stories in a way which caters to one's undying curiosity about the world. The artists draw on the past while incorporating current techniques and concepts to achieve a remarkable visual balance.
The artists will be available to meet with the public at the opening show on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30 and is free and open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will also be available to meet with and work alongside local artists and members of the community interested in participating in group discussions of artwork and culture as well as group figure drawing and landscape painting sessions.
LQM Gallery is located in the Harris Building Atrium, Room 106, at 165 State St., New London CT. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the gallery at email@example.com, or call Artistic Director Qimin Liu at (860) 237-1081 or Gallery Director Clint Slowik at (860) 501-9024. Also visit www.lqmgallery.com or the LQM Facebook page at facebook.com/LQMGallery for updates about this and future events, workshops and exhibitions.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn.: Robert L. Greene, assistant professor of sculpture at Eastern Connecticut State University, is exhibiting work at the Deedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA. The exhibition runs through Nov. 30.
The exhibition is designed to bring art to the environment and provide visitors with opportunities to experience nature and art in new ways. Whether in the open landscape or along the newly developed sculpture path in the woods, Greene's art offers him challenging opportunities to experiment; to explore his art on an expanded scale; and to create sculpture for an environment.
Greene's work has to do with the fragmented figure and creating order from chaos. His pieces are intended to weather with time and will eventually turn grey and blend with the environment. For more information please visit the gallery's website at http://dedeeshattuckgallery.com/.
Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Program and Drama Society will present "Dancing At Lughnasa" written by Ireland's renowned playwright Brian Friel, in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall.
The play, directed by assistant professor of theatre J.J. Cobb, will run Oct. 10-13 and Oct. 15-16 (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.) with a 4 p.m. matinee on Oct. 13. The public is invited. Admission is $5 for students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.
The play is "set in County Donegal in 1936, and explores five sisters at a crossroads in their lives," says Performing Arts Department chair David Pellegrini. "Through humor, colorful dialogue and beautifully-drawn characterizations, this Tony Award-winning play delves into the bonds of sisterhood, faith, social change in Ireland between the two world wars."
Reflecting upon the script, Cobb says, "This is one of my favorite plays of all time. I've had a true affection for this story since seeing the original production more than 20 years ago. I've waited to direct it until the moment when I could gather the right ensemble, to be led primarily by a core of strong, open and passionate women. Now is that moment."
An opening night gala for ticket holders will be held at 6 p.m. in the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall. Featuring Irish music, the event is being co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Department, the Women's Center and the Intercultural Center.
For more information on "Dancing At Lughnasa," call the University Box Office at (860) 465-5123 or email Ellen Brodie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - John O'Donnell, adjunct professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University will be featured in numerous art exhibitions for the fall 2013 semester. O'Donnell teaches painting and drawing at Eastern. His solo exhibition, "Ponzi Structure," will be featured at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, until Sept. 29. "The title refers to a Ponzi scheme, a fraudulent investment operation, much similar to a pyramid scheme," said O'Donnell. "These structures and systems are built on deception and bound to fail."
O'Donnell will also present drawings of dinosaurs in the "Hartford DADA" exhibition at the Pumphouse Gallery in Hartford, CT. The exhibit will open 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 26 and will run through Nov. 1.
He will also take part in an exhibition titled "New Prints 2013/Autumn" at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY) in New York, NY. The opening reception will take place on Nov. 7, and the exhibit will be open from Oct. 29 through Nov. 30.
Lastly, O'Donnell will present a large-scale watercolor in the exhibition, "Habitat" at Manchester Community College's Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery in Manchester, CT. It will be curated by Susan Classen-Sullivan.
The exhibit will run from Oct. 24 through Dec. 4, with the opening reception at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. O'Donnell can be contacted at email@example.com.
Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - Nancy Wynn, assistant professor of digital art and design at Eastern Connecticut State University has been invited to showcase her piece titled "I Pledge Allegiance" in the "Hartford DADA" exhibit at the Pumphouse Gallery in Hartford, CT. The exhibit will open 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 26 and will run through until Nov. 1.
"I Pledge Allegiance," created in 2004, is a reaction to war and gun violence in America. It questions America's sense of allegiance and the system of homeland security.
The Pumphouse Gallery, originally built in 1947 by the Army Corps of Engineers and resembling an English cottage, is the only public gallery in a municipal park in Connecticut. It acts as a gallery for local Connecticut artists as well as a functioning pump house as part of the Connecticut River Flood Control Project.
All inquiries about the Pumphouse Gallery should be directed to the City of Hartford at (860) 757-4895.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn -- Eastern President Elsa Núñez, along with more than 100 students, faculty and staff, greeted Connecticut State Universities and Colleges (ConnSCU) Board of Regents President Gregory Gray to campus on Sept. 18. The new president of Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Educatonis in the midst of touring the 17 schools that make up the state's public higher education system. Gray took over as president on July . He oversees the Board of Regents, which governs 12 community colleges, four state universities, and Charter Oak College, the state's on-line institution.
Nunez praised Gray for his vision; his goal of restoring integrity to the system and for finding opportunities for more collaboration between community colleges and the four-year universities.
Gray, noting that Eastern students were already fortunate to have a beautiful, physical setting, said, "Pristine is all around you here. Knowing that you were so dedicated to having such a beautiful campus tells me this same dedication must be taking place in the classroom as well." He said his primary goal is to improve the learning environment on campuses, "making it go from very good to great."
Gray said he believes that by working together with faculty members who have a deep-rooted passion for excellence, ConnSCU will become a world-class system of higher education. To achieve this long-range goal, Gray wants to (1) restore trust and integrity to the system; (2) make the system more efficient and productive; (3) develop a plan to benefit current and future students.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we have to get it right. I want to develop a plan that will positively impact student 25 years from now." He said online education courses; a unified calendar for all system colleges and universities; and seamless transfer of credits will better serve students. "Saving money is important, but that is not the primary goal. We want to provide access and focus on what we should focus on a student's purpose for being here, which is to learn. We then, want tell the world about it."
Gray said he wants board meetings to focus on student presentations about their achievements, and to see more scholarship celebrated on campus through academic fairs showcasing faculty books and student-published articles. He believes his plan will identify areas of efficiency, producing a more clearly-defined niche for each university.
During a question and answer period, Gray told students who want to be assured their voices are heard to "speak up, but get your facts straight. I assure you I will do all I can to support the integration of teaching, learning and service to our students. I say let's improve the overall efficiency of the system; improve the learning environment; give the governor and the legislature a good plan; and get it funded."