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Down & Dirty

Sep 15 | 5:30-9PM | Hartford Art School

Down & Dirty

Classes, Dinner & Drinks,
a Mark Dion Print,
an art sale of lush Singer Collection Prints
and lots of Fun!

» Register here


Quite Messy $200 per person

Just Dirty $125 per person
Donations above $75 are tax deductible

Totally Filthy $625 per person

one event seat plus a limited edition print*
Donation at this level, not tax deductible

If you are unable to attend but wish to make a donation to sponsor a student/faculty to attend at $75, please register.

All event proceeds benefit the Hartford Art School
 Special Project Fund in support of HAS faculty development.

Space is limited, reserve early!

RSVP by September 8, 2017

Questions? Contact Desirée Kleykamp at kleykamp@hartford.edu or 860.768.5281

*From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Totally Filthy patrons may select an original signed print on a first come, first served basis, choosing from the Mark Dion print, The Incomplete Naturalist, hot off the presses and created just for tonight, or from a curated selection of Singer Collection prints. View artwork online at: https://gallery.collectorsystems.com/HAS/1859


Choose a studio class, a lecture or demonstration, led by our renowned faculty and staff and assisted by our talented students, then stay for supper!


Join HAS alumnus and Adjunct Faculty, Moshe Bursuker in the newly renovated glass facility to experience glass blowing and other techniques.


Meet the new Edith Dale Monson Gallery Curator & Director, Rico Reyes to learn about art collecting.


Join Associate Professor of Painting and newly appointed HAS Fine Arts Chair, Jaclyn Conley to discover your painting skills.


HAS Endowment Board member, Associate Professor and Foundation Coordinator, Mark Snyder and VCD Technician, Kevin Sepe can teach you to design your own notecards on the computer.


Throw and hand-build in the Ceramics studio with Associate Professors Matt Towers and Walter Hall. Come see the new Krieble Kilns installed last year and the freshly built soda kiln!


Join the dynamic duo of Associate Professors Jim Lee and John Willis along with Printmaking Technician, Scot MacCluggage in the incomparable HAS printmaking facility to produce painterly monotype prints.


Experience using scanners as an alternative photo process with HAS Endowment Board member and Professor Gene Gort in the Integrated Media Arts studio.

Don’t miss this chance to own original artwork by Mark Dion!

The Incomplete Naturalist

Dion, one of today’s leading contemporary artists and a graduate of the Hartford Art School, worked with students at HAS to make the limited edition silkscreen The Incomplete Naturalist, based on his 2015 Barnes Foundation installation of the same name. Rendered in his signature red and blue and demonstrating his ongoing interest in the way objects are collected, categorized and re-presented, the print offers collectors a prime example of the artist’s work.

Mark Dion creates large-scale installations and fantastical cabinets— modeled after Wunderkammer of the sixteenth century—questioning the established archaeological, museum, and scientific methods and practices
in contemporary society. His works display unusual orderings of objects and specimens, addressing topics ranging from environmentalism to public policy.
In 2015, he created The Incomplete Naturalist for The Barnes Foundation, a work that explores their collection, focusing on Albert C. Barnes’s idiosyncratic method of display. Dion mimics Barnes’s “ensembles” by building an elaborate wall display of naturalist’s tools. The installation riffs on Dr. Barnes’s tendency toward symmetry as well as his elevation of everyday objects like hinges, candlesticks and ladles. Dion’s work reveals the limitations of historic categorizations and hierarchies and challenges the authority of collectors like Barnes.

Mark Dion earned a BFA from the Hartford Art School in 1986 as well as an honorary doctorate in 2002. He is the subject of countless publications, including a monograph published by Phaidon in 1997. He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, Miami (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Tate Gallery, London (1999), and the British Museum of Natural History, London (2007) and received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008).

Thanks to our Lead Sponsors

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and to:

Dr. Steven A. Fischman Orthodontics

Tita & Douglas Hyland


The Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation

Giuliano, Richardson, & Sfara, LLC

New Britain Museum of American Art

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