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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."
Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University and the Windham Textile and History Museum will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month this fall with two events open to the general public. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez will deliver a speech, "Global Latinos: Connecticut's Latin American Diaspora", and on Oct. 12, a panel on Latino policy will be held. Both events are scheduled as part of ongoing "Latino Migration Exhibit," on display at the museum through Dec. 8, 2013.
Overmyer-Velázquez, director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, will explain how Willimantic's Latinos are part of larger state, national and global diasporic movements. His presentation will "de-center the history and experience of Latinos away from the United States as a singular and single migratory destination and consider instead a larger global framework for understanding the movement of people from Latin American and the Caribbean." The panel on Latino policy will consist of former and current members of Willimantic's Town Council who will address the history of political participation of Latinos in various elected positions and talk about the major policy issues currently impacting the Latino community. Among the panel participants are Lourdes Montalvo, Yolanda Negrón, Luz Osuba, Robert Fernández and Américo Santiago.
In September 1968, the U.S. Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1989 by Congress to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). Sept. 15 was chosen as the beginning of the month-long celebration because it marks the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). Mexico's Independence Day is Sept. 16 and Chile's Sept. 18.
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month has cemented the popular usage of the term "Hispanic," an ethnic label created by the U.S. Congress with the approval of Law 94-311. The law mandated the Census Bureau to collect, analyze and publish demographic data on the Hispanic population. As a result, the term "Hispanic" has been adopted as a government construct to classify people who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean and Central and South America. The term has gained popular acceptance after being used in all census schedules from 1980 to the present. In 1997, a directive of the Office of Management and Budget added the term Latino to Hispanic.
"Global Latinos: Connecticut's Latin American Diaspora" and the panel on Latino policy are part of the Windham Textile and History Museum's Lyceum Series. Both events start at 4 p.m. and will take place at the Windham Textile and History Museum, located at 411 Main St. in Willimantic. The two events are free and open to the general public. The Latino Migration Exhibit opened to the general public on March 22, 2013, and will be on display until Dec. 8, 2013. The exhibit, which documents the history and significance of Latin American immigration to Willimantic since the mid-20th century, can be viewed during the museum's normal operating hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. General admission is $7.
For more information, please, contact Ricardo Pérez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jamie Eves at email@example.com or (860) 456-2178.
Written by Dwight Bachman
by Imna Arroyo
Willimantic, Conn: -- Imna Arroyo, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Roberto Zurbano, Cuban poet and visiting scholar at Connecticut College, will present "Opening the Path," on Oct. 3 in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of Eastern's J. Eugene Smith Library.
by Alejandro Sainz
Zurbano's presentation, "The Impatient Shadows," begins at 3:30 p.m. Zurbano believes important works of art have uncovered the blanket of silence on the issue of race, which he says pervades Cuban society in multiple layers. "There are ancestral shadows, tearful and deep wounds that must be acknowledged and healed. A battle against the darkness and the silence has been unleashed in today's Cuba, in the doors of the 21st century, through a social activism that rejects other forms of discrimination, in search of light and plentitude for all Cubans."
by Amanda Lebel
At 5 p.m., Arroyo will present her artist book, "Elleguá," as a gift to the J. Eugene Smith Library, with copies of the book also being gifted to the libraries at Central, Western and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Elegguá, also known as Elegbá, is inspired by storytelling traditions on themes from Beninese and Afro-Cuban Yoruba trickster tales. The limited edition of 50 copies contains linoleum cut prints created by 12 visual artists and text from two writers.
by Cynthia Guild
In addition to Zurbano and Arroyo, project director of Elleguá, the book features Raouf Mama, writer, storyteller and English professor at Eastern;; Cynthia Guild and Amanda Lebel, lecturers in Eastern's Visual Arts Department; and nine Cuban artists. Yuneikys Villalonga, curator and art critic; Humberto Figueroa, director of the museum at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey; journalist Bessie Reyna and Eastern alumna Migdalia Salas served as translators for the book. Eastern alumnus James Nicholas Winner-Arroyo designed the book.
by Ramon Vargas Ortiz
Elegguá is published by New York City-based Ancestral Imprint. The artwork was printed at the Taller Experimental de la Gráfica de la Habana, Cuba and Ama-Bel Press Printmaking Studio in Willimantic.
Zurbano, majored in language and literature at the Universidad de la Havana, and completed advance studies at the Casa de las Américas, el Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística de Cuba and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He is a visiting scholar at the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Connecticut College from Sept. 20 through to Oct. 31. His visit is sponsored in collaboration with the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn: Eastern Connecticut State University has been included in the latest edition of the "Public Colleges of Distinction" guidebook. Eastern is the only public college from Connecticut listed in the guidebook. The guide says the colleges and universities listed excel in four distinctions --Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes.
"Engaged students" learn the skills they need to succeed in life -- the ability to think flexibly and address problems hands-on -- not just being able to memorize facts and follow orders. Instead, Eastern students learn to communicate, think critically, and solve problems as they explore the world through study abroad, internships, community service projects and undergraduate research.
"Great teaching" occurs in an atmosphere where feedback and encouragement are the norm. Faculty interaction is crucial to learning. "Colleges of distinction" encourage an atmosphere of exciting thought and action, led by professors who care about helping students learn to think for themselves. Academic innovation goes hand-in-hand with personalized learning.
"Vibrant communities" are campus communities that offer activities and events that help students learn even after the books are closed, creating social opportunities for students to develop friendships, and providing students a wide range of intellectually, thought-provoking speakers, seminars, unique films and artistic events.
"Successful outcomes" describes schools that produce students who can think, write, speak and reason, get a job, and most importantly, are also good citizens who can work together with diverse groups of people.
Colleges of Distinction are considered "hidden gems" of higher education, according to the panel of academicians, guidance counselors and parents that made the selection, officials said.
The guidebook describes a College of Distinction as being:
• nationally recognized by education professionals and honored for the excellence of its programs;
• strongly focused on teaching undergraduates, where students are taught by real professors, not by graduate students or teaching assistants, in vibrant classrooms where the faculty keep their students challenged and interested;
• home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, from study abroad and scientific research to service learning and internships;
• an active campus with many opportunities for personal development. Whatever their passion, students find plenty of encouragement to help them pursue it; and
• highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.
The Public Colleges of Distinction are currently featured on the newly redesigned Colleges of Distinction website and will be featured in the Public Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook available this fall.
Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn: -- Imna Arroyo, professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, has published the book, "La Sagrada Familia" (The Sacred Family). The book was introduced at the Museo Casa Africa in Havana, Cuba, in July. Arroyo is an artist whose work incorporate mixed media and installation art to explore her Afro-Caribbean spiritual traditions.
"The Sacred Family" is a limited edition that features 32 hand-crafted linoleum prints by Arroyo, dedicated to the Orishas and Deities of the Yoruba Pantheon. The print edition was printed by Ramon Vargas Artiz at the El Templo Studio in Santiago de la Vegas, Cuba, and by Arroyo at her studio in Willimantic. The images are accompanied by descriptions and praises written by Isis Mattei, Arroyo's daughter. James Nicholas Winner-Arroyo, the artist's son, designed the book. Arroyo's son and daughter are both Eastern alumni.
"Orisha are divinities who embody aspects of the Supreme Being, Olodumare," writes Mattei. "Acting as agents of the Deity, Orisha carry out specific functions in the creation and maintenance of the natural world. They personify elemental energies, natural phenomena and transcendental metaphysical principles. Orisha are also understood as universal symbols or signifying archetypes of collective ancestral consciousness."
Arroyo, a Black Puerto Rican and the descendant of enslaved indigenous and African peoples, said the seeds for "La Sagrada Familia" were sown in 1997, when she traveled to Ghana, West Africa and stepped into the dungeons of the Elmina Castle, a primary port in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. "I was standing at the "door of no return," the last portal through which enslaved Africans passed before their shipment to the Americas," she said.
"A shiver ran through my core. I realized that my spirit had returned to the scene of untold atrocities and I felt, without a doubt, a spiritual connection to my ancestors. It is my intent to create art that is a kind of medicine used to heal the deep-seated collective wounds of history, and to celebrate the vibrancy and relevance of the legacy of those who came before me."
Arroyo has devoted her artistic development to exploring the connections between the African continent and the Diaspora, traveling throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. "La Sagrada Familia" draws upon the symbolism and language of the Yoruba people whose oral and aesthetic traditions use poetry, proverbs, legends, myths and imagery to express a majestic, complex and sophisticated worldview.
The book, translated into Spanish by art critic Yuneikys Villalonga, is in the permanent collection of the Museum Casa Africa of the Office of the Historian of Habana, Cuba. Arroyo will present the Sacred Family at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, Cuba, in April 2014 during Antonio Martorell's retrospective exhibition, where she will also be presenting a children's book and printmaking workshop. In addition, Arroyo will present the book at Casa de las Americas, which has the most important collection of Caribbean art in Latin America.
In November, 2013, Arroyo will travel to Cartagenas and Barranquillas, Colombia, to make a presentation at the III Congresso Iberroamericano y V Nacional por una Educacion de Calidad y IV Encuentro de Docentes conference. Jaime Gómez, interim dean of Eastern's School of Education and Professional Studies, will moderate a panel titled, "Comprehensive Education, Art and Cultural Perspectives: A Transdisciplinary Path for Quality Education." Eastern alumna Migdalia Salas will also participate in the panel discussion.
In December, Arroyo will travel to Brazil to conduct research on the Yoruba legacy of Bahia with Brazilian filmmaker, sculptor and printmaker Chiro Fonceca, whose work also focuses on the African Diaspora experience.