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2019 Alexander A. Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition

Jan 31 - Feb 22 | 12-6 pm | Joseloff Gallery

2019 Alexander A. Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition



Exhibition: January 31 to February 22, 2019

Reception: January 31, 2019, 5-7 pm

De-install/Pick-up: February 23-24


John O’Donnell creates artistic projects beyond the confines of any media, employing material that is germane to his conceptualization. O’Donnell is a printmaker, a sculptor, a performance and new media artist who addresses everyday engagement with our perceptions of reality, awkward transitions, nostalgia, and politics with its attendant conflicts broadcasted by traditional and social media.

As Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Connecticut, he focuses his teaching on the rigors of a strong technical foundation while encouraging experimentation and exploration of concepts and materials.

Most recently, O’Donnell has had solo exhibitions at the Glass Box Gallery, Seattle, WA; No Pop Gallery, New Haven, CT; The School of the MFA, Boston, MA; EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT; Blue House Gallery, Dayton, OH; and the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. He received his MFA at the University of Connecticut and currently resides in New Haven, CT.



Congratulations to Jade Henderson-Berube and Rachel Hamilton, this year's Goldfarb Purchase Prize winners!




Transfer Student Award Exhibition

Feb 14 - Feb 28 | 1-5 pm | Silpe Gallery


Submission:     November 1, 2018 to January 19, 2019

Notification:    Exhibition Round: January 26, 2019            Scholarship Round: February 14, 2019

Exhibition:       February 14-28, 2019

Reception:       February 14, 2018, 6-8 pm

Drop-off:         February 7-9, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

Install:             February 11-13, 2018

Pick-up:           March 1-2, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm



Exhibition Round:

Students showing exceptional work will be chosen to exhibit at the Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.


Scholarship Round:

Students selected in the Exhibition Round are eligible to compete for scholarship awards, including full tuition (approximately $36,000, exclusive of room fees and board) per year, and partial tuition scholarships.



  1. Enrolled in any Connecticut Community College (Asnuntuck, Capital, Gateway, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck, Northwestern CT, Norwalk, Quinebaug, Three Rivers, Tunxis); or students enrolled at Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, or Greenfield Community College
  2. Declared or plan to declare as a Fine Art/Studio major (double majors are eligible)



  1. Portfolio – 10 different works of art, submitted as .jpg, .png, .tif, 144 dpi (each work can have 3 images)
  2. Artist Statement – 500 words MAXIMUM
  3. Letter of Recommendation – 1 letter from your college art professor
  4. Unofficial Transcripts – official transcripts will be required after receiving an award (including prior institutions, if applicable).


SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS TO joseloff@hartford.edu with the subject line Community submission


QUESTIONS?  email joseloff@hartford.edu



Awards Reception

February 14, 2019

6-8 pm

Congratulations to this years exhibiting artists!













































Naugatuck Valley



Naugatuck Valley



Naugatuck Valley



Naugatuck Valley



Naugatuck Valley



Northwest Connecticut



Northwest Connecticut



Northwest Connecticut



Three Rivers



Three Rivers



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2019 Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts

Feb 28 - Mar 29 | 12 – 5 pm | Joseloff Gallery

2019 Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts

The Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts is an annual artist-in-residency program that brings prominent artist/teachers to the Hartford Art School. Mark Burns presents recent works while working with students in the Ceramics Department for the academic year 2018-19.

Blue Collar Ornamentfeaturing Mark Burns

An Impolite Aesthetic featuring Ben Ahlvers, Tom Bartel, Rebekah Bogard, Wesley Harvey, Nicholas Kakavas, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Kathy King, Paul McMullan, Anne Davis Mulford, Matt Nolen, Denise Pelletier, Melissa Stern, Russell Wrankle

Koopman Events

Reception: March 7, 5-7 pm

Koopman Talk: March 7, 6:15 pm (during the reception)

Dinner: March 7, 7-10 pm, contact Amanda Ernest for tickets (ernest@hartford.edu)

Reading Room: Urgent Pedagogies

An exhibition as learning space, dedicated to equity and social justice through art, design, and education

Mar 4 - Mar 17 | 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Silpe Gallery

Reading Room: Urgent Pedagogies

Reading Room: Urgent Pedagogies is an exhibition that engages our Hartford campus community around issues of race and social equity through art, design, and pedagogy. This immersive and participatory exhibition collaborates with students and faculty across the campus to set forth a space of teaching and learning through tools, games, conversations, and experiences. Reading Room both activates and expands possibilities for learning and teaching in the university context--and around what we might deem "urgent" in our current moment--to stimulate new and informal ways of thinking about the classroom.

Program Schedule:

Tuesday, March 5

12–1 p.m. Fireside Chat

Join us for a conversation on cultural stewardship and justice with Frank Mitchell, Director of Amistad Center for Art & Culture, moderated by Jesle Paragone.  

The Amistad Center is a cultural arts organization in Hartford, Connecticut that owns a vital collection of art, artifacts, and popular culture objects that document the experience, expressions, and history of people of African American heritage. Bring your lunch and talk story with us!


2:304:30 p.m. Collecting Park River Stories: Access, Nature and the Commons

Come share your experiences with the river that runs through our campus. Stories will be collected by graduate students in the Nomad/9 Interdisciplinary MFA program who are creating speculative plans and maquettes for bridges and other interventions that will be exhibited this summer as work continues with Mary Mattingly.


2:306 p.m. The Free Black Women’s Library Opening and Book Swap!

All are welcome to visit the library to enjoy and trade books by Black women.

The Free Black Women's Library (FBWL) is a black feminist mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of one thousand books written by black women, as well as performance, readings, workshops, visual art and radical conversations.


56 p.m. Radical Archives & Libraries: Social Art & Public Praxis

Join us for a talk and workshop with founder of the FBWL, OlaRonke Akinmowo. Ola is a black feminist scholar, workshop facilitator, and interdisciplinary artist. @thefreeblackwomenslibrary

Wednesday, March 6

122 p.m. Welcome Wednesdays

A weekly event hosted by the President’s Committee on DEI to raise awareness on common spaces on campus. Come for conversation and cookies!


2:304:30 p.m. BiCi Co. and Transport Hartford Teach-in

Join us for a teach-in on urgent environmental legislation and how to get involved on transforming Connecticut’s Greenhouse gas emissions. Led by Tony Cherolis, Transport Hartford Coordinator of Center for Latino Progress.


7:309:30 p.m. Decolonizing Self Care: The Afro Mystic & Her Arts

Join us for a conversation with artist Azua Echevarria that centers the Black Femme aesthetic which is non-binary, gender non-conforming and fluid in nature in a realm that intersects spirituality, social justice & creativity/divinity. Azua Echevarria is an artist, healer, entrepreneur, and Hartford native. @azuaintuition


Thursday, March 7

121 p.m. Fireside Chat

Join us for a conversation on painting and healthcare with Cat Balco, Associate Professor of Painting, Hartford Art School. moderated by Jesle Paragone. Bring your lunch and talk story with us!


Friday, March 8

24 p.m. Umbrellas for Peace

Join Women for Change, an on-campus organization concerned with social justice and activism, on International Women's Day in painting umbrellas to be marched with at Take Back the Night to protest sexual and domestic violence. All supplies provided.

Monday, March 11

24:30 p.m. Approaches to Retooling Critique

Judith Leemann and Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto will workshop a distribution-ready set of provocations for more dynamic and equitable cultures of art school critique. www.retoolingcritique.com

Judith is an Associate Professor of 3D/Fibers at the Mass Art whose research focuses on studio critique, educational equity, and the relation between materiality and language. Sebastianus is an artist who uses contemporary art as a platform for experiential ethnographic research.


Tuesday, March 12

6:307:30 p.m. Folkdance Mixtape

Folkdance Mixtape collaborates with participants to create their own modern folk dances by weaving together movements, sounds, and imagery, looking to shared experiences of what “folk dance” can be rather than national origins as the only source. Led by Rebecca Pappas & Eileen Levinson.


Wednesday, March 13

11:4512:45 p.m. UHart Land Acknowledgement Working Group

Join us for a conversation on working towards an ethical and responsible protocol for Indigenous land acknowledgement at the University of Hartford. Facilitated by FLC on Diversity Group.


7:309:30 p.m. Unmaking Queerness (lovepiece engagement 1)

Arien Wilkerson is the director of Tnmot Aztro Performance Art and Dance Installation LLC and makes work about queerness, queer ideologies, and queer embodiment through dance, film, music, conceptual art, sculpture, and installation. Join us for a brief artist talk followed by a collaborative multimedia performance exploring the dynamics of queer belonging. All sound will be scored and produced live by domsentfrommars and Karim Rome. @ariaztro


Thursday, March 14

12:15–1:30 p.m. Critical Performance Pedagogy: Critical Consciousness, Radical Healing, and Dialogics

Join Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales in a workshop to engage teachers and students in dialogue about some of most challenging situations that they are faced within the classroom, at their school, or on their campus. Utilizing creative and interactive performance, this workshop aims to provide a space where students, teachers, leaders, and artists can humanize and be humanized, and for some this could a space of radical healing. Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales is a professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.


4:307:20 p.m. Lydia Moyer Film Screening

Lydia Moyer is a time-based visual artist, writer, and Associate Professor of Studio Media at the University of Virginia. Her work, she writes, "speaks from the past or future in order to address the present" and plays "with the strange and uncanny amidst melancholy and grief." Join us for a screening of her films, followed by Q&A moderated by Marisa Williamson. 

Hartford Art School visiting faculty, Billie Lee presents her McLean Fellowship project.

Billie Lee is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Painting in the Hartford Art School. She is an artist, educator, and writer working at the intersection of art, pedagogy, and social change. Her arts practice includes painting, video, and a documentary film project, Moving Home, that premiered at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in 2012. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University, and has held positions at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Yale University Art Gallery, Queens Museum, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. As a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Lee’s dissertation project extends her interest in pedagogy through an examination on the cultural politics of difference in contemporary art and education.

Learning Space

Throughout the week, the Silpe gallery will present thematic presentations. Full Schedule coming soon!

2019 Print Club Show and Sale

Mar 25 - Mar 31 | Silpe Gallery

2019 Print Club Show and Sale

Annual sale of prints made by Hartford Art School students, staff, and faculty.