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Art/Art History

Art embraces and comments upon the culture of a society through a variety of mediums. From digital photography, sculpting, graphic design, and metalsmithing to an historical study of the art of peoples of the past.

Art enjoyed many noteworthy successes during the 2014-2015 academic year. The University “Art Crawl,” organized by Mia Brownell (in conjunction with the spring 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference), was a rousing success. James Mastroni, Paige Onofreo, and Renata Wilcox, students with concentrations in Photography, presented their creative work at this spring Conference. Many students also participated in a joint exhibition organized by Greg Cochenet entitled “Kitchen Sink 3” in the Lyman Auditorium.

Dr. Camille Serchuk won two prestigious external fellowships which allowed her to spend her sabbatical at the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC, one of the nation’s top research institutes. She completed the research for her upcoming book on the art of cartography in early modern France. In October, Jeff Slomba will be a Visiting Artist at the prestigious American Academy in Rome.

Art Department

Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Mia Brownell displayed her work in Hong Kong at the Consul General’s Residence as part of the Art in Embassies exhibitions. She mounted a one-person show entitled, “Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting: Paintings by Mia Brownell 2003-2013,” that traveled to museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

T. Wiley Carr exhibited at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the home and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of American Painting, in Catskill, New York. Closer to home, he contributed a piece to the juried exhibition "Crossing the Bridge” at Hygienic Art, New London, CT.

Jeremy Chandler was selected as an Image Maker Presenter for the Northeast Regional Conference of the Society for Photographic Education where he presented his creative work to a group of faculty, students and artists from around New York and New England. This past summer, he exhibited new photographs and the video, Scout's Interlude, at the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven.

Terry Lavin exhibited his work locally at Real Art Ways and the EBK Gallery in Hartford, CT and around the nation in such venues as the Delurk Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC and the Bullseye Gallery in Portland, OR.

Dr. David Levine, the chair of the Art department, completed a chapter, “The Dutch Encounter with Italy: State of Research,” for the forthcoming work, The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century. In addition to organizing two panels for the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference held in Berlin, Germany, he also presented a paper, “Socratic Irony in Jan Miense Molenaer’s Boys with Dwarfs” in Berlin.

Dr. Camille Serchuk, in addition to the research on her book project, contributed chapters to three recently published works, Gerhard Mercator: Wissenschaft und Wissenstransfer; A Companion to Alain Chartier (c. 1385-1430): Father of French Eloquence; and La Picardie Flamboyante: Arts et Reconstruction entre 1450 et 1550.

Jeff T. Slomba continues to investigate the sculptural potential of 3-D printers and will explore this work as a Visiting Artist in Rome. He received a CSUS Research Grant for his project “Moving Venice to Greenland: a proposed migration sculpted as a response to climate change.”

Thuan Q. Vu held a solo exhibition of his paintings entitled “The New World” at the Keator Gallery, Hopkins School, Hamden, CT. He participated in several group shows across Connecticut and won a CSUS Research Grant for his project, “Translating Vietnamese Imagery.