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Hartford Art School Faculty Exhibition

Sep 14 - Oct 22 | TW 1-6 p.m. | TH 1-7 p.m. | FSS 1-5 p.m. | Closed on Mondays | Joseloff Gallery

Hartford Art School Faculty Exhibition

Thursday, September 14, 2017
5–7 p.m.

Featuring work from:


Faculty Show opening pics

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National Portfolio Day @ Hartford Art School

Oct 21 | 12 p.m.–4 p.m. | Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

National Portfolio Day @ Hartford Art School

NPD@HAS poster, all text below

NPD is free and open to the public

Portfolio Review Sessions conducted by representatives from participating institutions:

Alfred University, School of Art and Design

Art Center College of Design

Boston University School of Visual Arts

California College of the Arts

Cleveland Institute of Art

College for Creative Studies

Columbus College of Art & Design

The Cooper Union School of Art

Fashion Institute of Technology

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

Lesley University College of Art and Design

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

Maine College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Miami University

Montserrat College of Art

Moore College of Art & Design

Mount Ida College

New Hampshire Institute of Art

New York School of Interior Design

Otis College of Art and Design

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Parsons School of Design

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pratt Institute

PrattMWP College of Art and Design

Purchase College, SUNY:  School of Art & Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Ringling College of Art and Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Rowan University

Sage College of Albany (The Sage Colleges)

San Francisco Art Institute

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Arts

SMFA at Tufts University

St. John’s University

Suffolk University–The New England School of Art & Design

Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts

Tyler School of Art, Temple University

University of Connecticut, Dept. of Art & Art History

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell Art & Design Department

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design

The University of the Arts

Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington University in St. Louis

For a list of majors offered by participating institutions, please visit portfolioday.net/hartford

What is the National Portfolio Day Association?
The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978, NPDA members have been hosting portfolio days throughout the country. The Association consists of regionally accredited art colleges that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education in the United States.

What is a National Portfolio Day?
National Portfolio Days serve a variety of purposes. Most importantly,
they help further the development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer critique. You’ll hear many different opinions about your work. Do not hesitate to explain how you develop your ideas, and where you want to go with them.

Some people make certain kinds of art more successfully than others. Do not be discouraged if you see work that is “better” than yours. A National Portfolio Day may be the first time you see so many people in one place who share a powerful commitment to the arts. This experience is a small taste of what attending a professional art program can be like. We hope you will enjoy the intensity of the experience.

National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information—information about your work, yourself, your college plans, your concerns. They are not an examination or a competition. The colleges represented are pleased to discuss their programs with you. Of course they can be most helpful when discussing your work. Your portfolio should include the best work you are making now; but it can also include work in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets. Do not spend an inordinate amount of time matting or framing your work, or worrying about presentation. The work itself is what is of interest. Whenever possible, you should bring your original artwork. If you bring slides of work that is too large or fragile to carry, or digital media of work that is time-based, such as video, animation, or performance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work can be viewed. You may choose to bring your own slide viewer, video camera, and/or laptop or tablet to show your work. Be advised, however, that you will not have access to an electrical outlet.

No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at a National Portfolio Day. Some colleges represented may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your

We urge you to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

Choosing an art college.
The first and most important thing to remember in choosing an education in the visual arts is that art making is a special kind of learning experience. In addition to considering academic standards, extracurricular activities, housing, costs, and financial aid, there are other things to think about. Of particular concern to art students should be the faculty, facilities, and equipment, proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources.

We urge you to thoroughly read about the art colleges in which you think you are interested. Try your best to visit them. Get a feel of the college before you make your final decision. Investigate its accreditation and transferability of credits, and be sure you understand its degree offerings and majors. Get as much information as you can so that you can choose a supportive and stimulating environment that is right for you.

We look forward to reviewing your work. We are interested in your development, and will endeavor to provide you with the information necessary for you to make the right choice for the next important step in your education.

Getting to the Hartford Art School National Portfolio Day.
For directions, visit hartford.edu or plug our address into your GPS.

Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Once on campus, follow the signs to the Hartford Art School where parking is available in all of the surrounding lots.

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams: the Non-mimetic Self Portrait

Curated by Steven Holmes

Oct 31 - Dec 17 | TW 1-6 p.m. | TH 1-7 p.m. | FSS 1-5 p.m. | Closed on Mondays | Joseloff Gallery

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams: the Non-mimetic Self Portrait

What is a portrait? Is it a likeness, only? Can a portrait be a likeness, but not be ‘about’

the subject? Is a portrait about the artist, or the subject? Can a self-portrait not be

about the self? Or is there a way in which all art is, in the end, about the artist – and

therefore all art is self-portraiture?

The self-portrait is in some senses the most fundamental of artworks.. The first work of

art, handprints on a cave left 50,000 years ago was – simply - a self-portrait.

I am.

I was.

In this way, the self-portrait is a trace element in the history of consciousness. The human drive – expressed often as the drive to “leave a mark” – is the drive of a human subject to be seen, pictured, or remembered in some way. Much of human creativity arcs towards the monument.

While the artists in “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams” each make their own subjectivity the subject of the work exhibited, in each case the self is depicted not through mimesis, but through surrogacy, allusion, redirection or the refraction of the notion of self from noun to verb, from subject to object, or from self to other.

  • Marina Abramoviç
  • Robert Beck
  • Stanley Brouwn
  • Thierry Delva
  • Tracey Emin
  • Spencer Finch
  • Kelly Mark
  • Magnus von Plessen
  • Jennifer Reifsneider
  • Natalie Waldburger
  • Martin Wilner

Artist Reception

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5-7 pm

with a special performance by Natalie Waldburger

Freshman Foundation Exhibition

Works by first year students

Nov 11 - Nov 21 | TW 1-6 p.m. | TH 1-7 p.m. | FSS 1-5 p.m. | Closed on Mondays | Silpe Gallery

Freshman Foundation Exhibition

This is a first look at the work by emerging young artists in their first year at the Hartford Art School.

Artist Reception

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 5-7 p.m.

Hartford Art School at Open Studios Hartford

Nov 11 - Nov 12 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Colt Building, 140 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Hartford Art School at Open Studios Hartford

Hartford Art School at Open Studios Hartford showing work by over 50 students! The Hartford Art School participates in Open Studios Hartford with an exhibition and sale featuring new works by fifty Sophomore and Junior students in painting, drawing, illustration, photography, printmaking, ceramics, media arts, sculpture, visual communication design, foundation studies, and art history. These talented young artists present a broad range of works that reflect their exploration of theme, material, and media.

Founded in 1877 by visionary and community-minded women, namely Harriet Beecher Stowe, Olivia Clemens, Elizabeth Colt, Susan Warner, and Mary Bushnell Cheney, the Hartford Art School educates the whole artist through rigorous studio-based disciplines in a liberal arts university setting. The Hartford Art School honors a dynamic balance between the traditional and emerging arts, reflecting an ever-changing world. With a history of educating creative practitioners and critical thinkers, we encourage our students to be proactive and to develop their unique artistic vision. Together we value the local and international communities and participate in culture at large.

Nancy Stuart, Dean of the Hartford Art School said, “It gives me great satisfaction to foster student talent and growth through our faculty and programming. Creativity takes hard work, research, problem-solving, innovation, and a tolerance for risk-taking.” The students, faculty, and staff of the Hartford Art School are excited to be a part of this dynamic Open Studios Hartford weekend and to interact with professional artists, and engage with art loving audiences.

Come by our exhibition at Colt Gateway! You will delight in the recent works these emerging artists are creating.

Tour Location: Colt Gateway

Email: joseloff@hartford.edu

Website: hartford.edu/galleries

Hartford Art School Reception at Open Studios Hartford

November 11, 2017

4-6 pm

Colt Gateway Building

140 Huyshope Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106