A Good Summer’s Work: J. Alden Weir, Connecticut Impressionist

The-Spring-House-Windham-c.-1910-1919.-J.-Alden-Weir.-Estate-of-William-B.-Carlin-233x300Dr. Anne Dawson is the guest curator for A Good Summer’s Work: J. Alden Weir, Connecticut Impressionist on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum May from May 7 – Sept 11, 2016. Weir is most often associated with his studio at Weir Farm in western Connecticut, yet many of the artist’s best works were created at his little known retreat in Windham, where he painted each summer for nearly four decades. A Good Summer’s Work focuses on paintings created in eastern Connecticut by Weir and others in his circle, including Childe Hassam, Emil Carlsen and John Singer Sargent. Bringing together for the first time more than forty works from museums and private collections across the country, the exhibit considers the unique inspiration that American Impressionists drew from the eastern Connecticut landscape.

Tom Hebert Exhibition

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Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery
Manchester Community College
SBM Charitable Foundation Building
Great Path, Manchester, CT

The exhibition will run from April 7th to May 4th

For more information please contact: Susan Classen-Sullivan 860-512-2693

Tom has had numerous one-person shows in New England, and has exhibited at O.K. Harris Works of Art, and at Exit Art, both in New York City.  His work has been included in many group exhibitions in the United States and in Germany. He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in Painting from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (NYC), and of three Fellowship Awards from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.  He was also an Artist in Residence at Gesamthochschule Universitat in Kassel, Germany. His work is included in a number of collections including those of the Stefan Stux gallery of New York City, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, the Mobil Oil Corporation, and the Aetna Insurance Company. Tom lives and works in Willimantic, CT. and is also an adjunct professor of Visual Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University.

In Place, in Time: Rediscovering the work of J. Alden Weir



1/14/16 through 2/25/16
Opening Reception: 1/21/16, 4-7pm
Artist Talk 1/28/16, 4-5pm

The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University proudly presents In Place, In Time, the opening exhibition at Eastern’s new Fine Arts Instructional Center. This historically relevant exhibition celebrates the timeless parallels between contemporary and historical art-making through the work of Windham photographer T. Harrison Judd, whose images reveal striking visual and philosophical connections to the paintings of legendary Windham artist J. Alden Weir. Shared locations and points of view span generations of time to create this impressive salute to the enduring connections that unite art, love and life, in place – and in time.

In Place, In Time features thirty large-scale original photographs by contemporary Windham artist T. Harrison Judd, that demonstrate a shared aesthetic with famous American Impressionist and Windham resident, J. Alden Weir. Judd’s photographs commemorate settings and themes from today’s perspective that served as inspiration for Weir between 1882 and 1919. The show investigates significant parallels between the two artists, exploring their shared Windham location and experiences. Though from different generations, Judd and Weir both resided in southwestern Connecticut and came to Windham after falling in love – living and working in Windham with their respective soul mates. These similarities, along with strongly aligned personal philosophies reveal themselves in both subtle and dramatic ways throughout the exhibition, which includes, landscape still life and portraits of notable local artists and art-world figures.

Curator Dr. Anne Dawson presents Judd’s work in two categories that clarify its connection to Weir’s: A Shared Aesthetic – Judd’s work before he studied Weir, and A Deliberate Response – photographs composed and shot by Judd in conscious relation to Weir’s work. Explanatory wall text and image pairings of the two artists’ work further highlight these connections.

            In Place, In Time will be the inaugural event for Eastern’s new Art Gallery, a stunning exhibition space in the University’s new state of the art Fine Arts Instructional Center. This exhibition will re-identify Windham and its community as a place of rich historical and creative importance with a vibrant legacy of art and place-making that characterizes it to this day.


Dr. Anne Dawson’s forthcoming book selected for Driftless Connecticut books for 2016

Dr. Anne Dawson’s forthcoming book, Rare Light: J. Alden Weir in Windham, Connecticut, 1882 – 1919 (Wesleyan University Press, March 2016) has received a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. In addition to the grant, the HFPG selected the publication to be one of their Driftless Connecticut books for 2016. The Driftless Connecticut Series is a publication award program established in 2010 to recognize excellent books with a Connecticut focus or written by a Connecticut author. To be eligible, the book must have a Connecticut topic or setting or an author must have been born in Connecticut or have been a legal resident of Connecticut for at least three years.

More information about The Driftless Connecticut Series can be found here.

Professor Claudia Widdiss Exhibition

Work by Professor Claudia Widdiss was exhibited at the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from June 5 to September 6, 2015. The exhibition Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places displayed contemporary sculptures crafted by New England artists within the historic grounds.

More information can be found here.

It’s Always You

Professor June Bisantz released Volume 2 of her Jazz album the Chet Baker Project where she collaborated with pianist Alex Nakhimovsky, guitarist Norman Johnson, and Gabor Viragh.

The album has received numerous positive reviews, while the title cut “It’s Always You”, rose to the top 40 on the FMQB Adult Contemporary national airplay charts from May through June 2015.

“June masterfully recreates the soft, lyrical, very intimate singing style of Baker. Her pure, beautiful voice with expressive intonations envelops the listener and immerses one in an imaginary jazz club atmosphere…”

-Leonid Auskern  JazzQuad.ru Magazine, Russia

“Cool and still full of emotion – just like Chet Baker.”
-Hans-Bernd Kittlaus Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany

Nature & The City

Created by Professor June Bisantz, Nature & the City is a series of seven altered street signs that connect Downtown Pittsfield’s urban life in to the spectacular natural environment of the Berkshire Hills, which exists right outside the city. Each sign refers to specific local or regional wildlife accompanied by aspirational words. The signs are installed on North Street, Renne Avenue and at the Dunham Mall/City Hall, and will be on view in public space through April 2016.

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Work by Professor Imna Arroyo can be seen in:

Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource
A Traveling Media Exhibition and Film Festival

Reception: Friday, September 11, 2015 from 6-8 pm at the UCONN Avery Point campus, Groton, CT.
Open to the public: Sept. 11th – Oct. 24th 2015 at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12-4 pm