Fall 2014 Design Group students created five billboards celebrating Eastern’s 125 year history.

Fall 2014 Design Group students created five billboards celebrating Eastern’s 125 year history. Standish Johnson Outdoor Advertising donated billboard space and installation. Each billboard represents 25 years of Eastern’s story with yearbook photos against a backdrop of the architecture of that period.

Main Street, next to the Chamber of Commerce building – It’s a 2-sided billboard, with our billboard designs on both front and back.
Kai Hansen, (1889 – 1914) front
Ray Phonthaphan, back (1939-1964)

Bridge Street, in the array of billboards at the road turning – Matt Pappalardo (1914-1939)

Rte. 66 west, leaving Willimantic, on the left hand side of the road before you reach the junction of 66 and 6

Rikki Jarvis (1964-1989)

Rte 195 at Lauter Park – two billboards one facing in each direction Going south – Kai Hansen (a repeat) Going north – Alyssa Toth (1989-2014)


Japan Study Abroad June 2014

Japan Study Abroad

Spring 2014
ART 316: Art & Travel: Japan

June 2nd–16th, 2014
3 Credit Tier II Cultural Perspective

Experience the arts in Japan while traveling to the  old and the new Tokyo,  Kyoto, and Kanazawa. Experience rock gardens, manga culture, castles and a ninja temple, Shinto shrines, contemporary art, a tea ceremony, and traditional theatre.

Approximate Cost: $4,000
This includes airfare, ground  transportation, and housing.

Permission of Instructor(s) Professor Gail Gelburd or Elena Varshavskaya
For More Info, Contact: Professor Gail Gelburd gelburdg@easternct.edu

Last Spring Students Studied Abroad in Ireland and England

Ireland 2013

On June 5, 2013, twelve students, along with Biology Professor Barbara Nicholson and Muriel Miller from the Visual Arts Dept had the opportunity to develop and apply skills in art and biology in the beautiful landscapes of coastal Ireland and the Lake District National Park in UK. Students painted and drew the natural rocky coastal setting while biology students did field studies of the areas distinctive flowers, fossils and birds. Students also visited the Aran Islands.

The Lake District, England’s largest National Park is a landscape of low mountains, pastureland, lakes and streams where students in Art rendered the special sense of place of these beautiful landscapes. Art students used many types of media to develop skills of perception and technical abilities in their chosen field. Some did drawings, and others used acrylic or watercolors while studying the juxtapositions of forms and colors in natural environments. Students visited John Ruskin’s Studio and also Beatrix Potter’s home. Biology students studied animal behavior, plant growth forms and ecological interrelationships. Combined art critiques and biology presentations provided a forum for students to discuss their work and receive suggestions and ideas to develop their work.

Artwork produced from this trip will be shown in the Shafer first floor showcases at the beginning of the Fall semester. We are also doing another Course Abroad to Ireland, England and Wales in the first summer session of 2014, June 5-July 1st. For information students can email Muriel Miller at Millermu@easternct.edu

Visual Arts Department Bus Trip to New York City – March 9th, 2013

8:00am – 9:00pm
Please join us on the New York trip to the Chelsea Galleries and Museum Mile on Saturday March 9th 2013. The cost will be $30 per person. A check or money order is acceptable when delivered to the Visual Arts Department office (Shafer 211). It will be an all day trip so plan accordingly. Space is limited so reserve your spot early! For more info visit the Visual Arts Office or contact Gail Gelburd at gelburdg@easternct.edu.

More information:
Metropolitan Museum of ArtIslamic Wing
MOMADiego Rivera Exhibition
Chelsea Galleries