Art History on the Airwaves

Students in ART 211, Introduction to Art History: Prehistory to 1400, with Prof. Maeve Doyle worked in groups to propose, research, and record original podcasts discussing a theme in art history. Each podcast compares canonical works of art from the ancient and medieval worlds with an example of visual culture today, from Ai Weiwei to Rihanna.

Please enjoy the playlist below:

01. Animals in Art

Brooke Gustafson, Olivia Jenkins, and Kaitlin Rivers

Works of art discussed: Lion-Human, ca. 30,000-26,000 BCE; Hopewell culture, Beaver Effigy Platform Pipe, ca. 100-400 CE; apse mosaic in the church of San Clemente, Rome, consecrated 1128; Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, 2011

02. The Buddha

Nobel Tran

Works of art discussed: Parinirvana of the Buddha, Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka, 11th-12th century CE; Buddha statue at the London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, 2015

03. Ceramics

Isabel Butterick, Madeline DeMartin, Cristian Mercado, and Raven Vanderberg

Works of art discussed: Fragment of Jomon pottery, 12,000 BCE; Puebloan seed jar, ca. 1150; Southern Song Guan ware vessel, 13th century; Sookyung Yee, Translated Vase, 2007

04. Clothing and Power

Alicia Davis, James Johansen, and Alice Merckel

Works of art discussed: Phidias, Athena Parthenos, ca. 447-432 BCE; Bust of Commodus as Hercules, ca. 191-192 CE; ivory relief of Christ crowning Emperor Romanos II and Empress Eudokia, 945-949; Rihanna’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” Met Gala ensemble (designed by Maison Margiela), 2018

05. Death and the Afterlife

Anayeli Arroyo Aguilera, Elizabeth Harris, Russell Lowell, and Wendy Martinez Rojo

Works of art discussed: Judgment of Hunefer before Osiris in the Book of the Dead, ca. 1285 BCE; sarcophagus lid with Larth Tetnies and Thanchvil Tarnai embracing, ca. 350-300 BCE; sarcophagus lid of Pakal the Great, ca. 683 CE; Kurt Wenner, Hell, 2007

06. Domes

Lindsay Doty, Jessica Elliot, and Bryana Sarsoza

Buildings discussed: Santa Costanza, Rome, ca. 350; church of Saint Mark, Venice, begun 1063; Shah-I Zinda funerary coplex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, late 14th-15th century; Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, 1983

07. Gender Roles

Jarimar Borges, Emma Conquest, Bethanie Daley, and Sara Johnson

Works of art discussed: Metropolitan Kouros, ca. 600-590 BCE; female figure holding a fly-whisk, ca. 250 BCE; seated Guanyin Bodhisattva, 11th-12th century; “Meet @JamesCharles: makeup artist, boundary breaker, and the newest COVERGIRL! Spread the word by regramming using #COVERGIRLJames,” @covergirl Instagram post, October 11, 2016

08. Heroes and Leaders

Riley Pawlewitz

Works of art discussed: colossal portrait of Constantine, 325-326 CE; Lee Mitchelson, portrait of Barack Obama, 2015

09. Religion and Power

Emma Axelrod, Cynthia Capps, Gawion Eaddy, and PJ Jimenez

Works of art discussed: Funerary mask of Tutankhamun, ca. 1327 BCE; Alexandros from Antioch-on-the-Orontes, Aphrodite of Melos (Venus de Milo), ca. 100 BCE; Marianos and Hanina, mosaic floor of the Beth Alpha Synagogue, Galilee, Israel, 6th century CE; photograph of Beyoncé performing at the Grammy Awards, 2017

10. Stone

Daniel Brewer, Jeffrey Delgado, and Samantha Ross

Works of art discussed: The Great Sphinx of Khafre, ca. 2520-2494 BCE; female figure holding a fly-whisk, ca. 250 BCE; ROMA Design Group and Lei Yixin, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC, 2011

11. Women in Art and Society

Steevenson Jean, Naz Newton-Jimenez, and Melissa Rivas-Triana

Works of art discussed: relief of Athena attacking the giants from the Pergamon Altar, ca. 175-150 BCE; Emperor Huizong (attr.), handscroll of ladies preparing newly woven silk, early 12th century; icon of the Annunciation to the Virgin, Church of the Virgin Peribleptos, Ohrid, Macedonia, early 14th century; Ariana Grande, God Is a Woman(music video), dir. Dave Meyers, 2018



Colleen Fitzgerald: Stamina


Present Tense Prize WinnerOpening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018  6-8 pm

On view February 2 – March 2, 2018

ArtsWorcester, 660 Main St. Worcester, MA 01610 | Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12pm – 4pm & by appointment

“Further On” Featuring Two Art Professors

“Further On” is an exhibition featuring works by artists who teach at the Connecticut institutions that Manchester Community College students often transfer to, including works from Department of Art and Art History faculty members Robert Greene and Afarin Rahmanifar.

“Further On” will open beginning today, November 2, 2017 in the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. The exhibition runs through Dec. 6 with a reception at on Nov. 2 (tonight) at 6:30 p.m. You can view “Further On” Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Susan Classen-Sullivan at (860) 512-2693.GetFileAttachment

Gallery Exhibition Featuring Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran

 Silver Circle Art Center

ART OPENING this Friday from 6-9 pm

Putnam CT on 134 MAIN street

Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran is using an old Renaissance technique to prepare the copper metal to accept oil. The Thin oil glazes blend with direct painting techniques allowing for a wider range of expression. The warm, rich luminescent copper ground shows through and will patina with age. She has 19 beautiful, abstract Oil on Copper paintings with 12 other very talented artists on exhibition. Please come celebrate the new gallery space and see the art work LIVE!


A Celebration of Trees Exhibition

A Celebration of Trees: an Art Exhibition
April 19 – May 31, 2015

Opening Reception April 19th at 3:00 pm G&B Cultural Center, 49 New Street, Wilton, CT
At 2:00pm Andy Jones will describe his work creating the historic Chater Oak tree on the US Mint CT centennial quarter.

“Ink’d” Student Exhibition

Inked Exhibition

The students of Professor Gail Gelburd’s Museums Studies Class have curated Ink’d: From Scarification to Personal Tatoos. This exhibition will be on view in the Student Center, room 223 from December 10th–17th, 2013. It opens on December 10 from 4-6 pm with a reception and series of educational and exciting events. The exhibition space will be open December 11th–13th from 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm, December 14th–17th from 12-2 pm.

Visitors will learn about sanitary means of tattooing and can get a henna tattoo drawn by one of the art majors. The exhibition focuses on the history and cultural variations of tattoos from African scarification to today’s proliferation of tattoos. The images are accompanied by didactic materials about each culture.

The students in the course devised the theme, 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.

Gail Gelburd is Professor of Art History.

Visual Arts Club Group Project for Spring 2014

Little Red Visual Arts Club

For spring 2014, the Visual Arts Club will be creating a 2-dimensional group artwork investigating how individual and group identity might co-exist. The intention of the piece is to use the grid as the underlying structure containing individual artworks from members of the club. Each artwork will be 8 x 8 inches. When the artworks are hung together, using the grid, they will create a larger scaled artwork representing the clubs creativity, individuality and group persona.

For this group artwork, the overall theme is “Fantasy.” Individual pieces will be based on any sub theme such as sci-fi, romance, horror, steampunk, etc. Under those subthemes, Visual Arts Club member will have a lot of freedom to come up with a “scene” or idea. An investigation of media will be discussed, so to encourage the learning of new techniques in the visual arts.

For more information email the President, Emily Chubet, at

To visit the Visual Arts Club’s Facebook page, click here.