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Courtney Luft '16 Boosts Professional Portfolio with Paintings of Star Wars Characters

When Star Wars fanatics line up to finally see “The Force Awakens” at the Carmike Cinema in Lisbon, Conn., they can pass the time looking at a mural on the theater’s windows. That’s where Courtney Luft, a senior in the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, created paintings of Star Wars characters BB-8, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Kylo Ren. The mural is one of several she has done at the theater, where she has worked for four years.

Read more about her project here.

Exhibit Spans More Than 45 Years of Friendship by Former HAS Classmates

Between 1968 and 1972, four classmates at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School (HAS) forged a lifelong friendship.

In the more than four decades since they met as young art students, all have had successful and wide-ranging careers as artists — illustrating children’s books, working at advertising agencies, creating innovative sculptures and paintings, opening a gallery, and more. At the same time, they have remained exceptionally close and have had numerous professional collaborations.

Now they are exhibiting their work together in the Silpe Gallery at HAS — the same gallery space where they showcased their student work decades ago.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Noted Artist William Powhida to Speak in Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series

William Powhida, a visual artist and former art critic who lives and works in Brooklyn, will present a talk as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series. In his work, he makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. Powhida’s work, reflecting his critical background, displays a concentrated fascination with the politics of access and the powers that control the assignment of value in the art world. All roles are fair game, from nouveau-hot artists and the market-setting collectors that buy them, to the branded dealers that sell the work and the critics paid to provide intellectual justification for the pricepoints.

Read more about Powhida here.