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Hartford Art School Grads’ Paintings in Animated Film, Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is the world’s first feature-length animated film created entirely with oil paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh and includes artwork by two graduates of the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School (HAS). Illustration majors Tyler Berry ’16 and Ryan Chapman ‘16 flew to Poland after Commencement in May and spent the next six months working alongside other artists from around the world to bring Van Gogh’s paintings and the characters in them to life.

Read more about their experience here.


Adjunct faculty Marion Belanger had three small book publications debut with Roman Nvmerals Books at the Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair in September. Her 2002 Guggenheim work was part of the exhibition and publication Picturing America’s National Parks, celebrating the National Parks at the George Eastman Museum. The same body of work was featured in Florida First Contact by Alison Nordstrom.

Alumna Sandy Chase has been honored as a 2016 Anchor Award Recipient. Chase is an involved community member and noted philanthropist, serving the University of Hartford and a variety of other organizations throughout Greater Hartford. Chase is the executive vice president/director of the Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation and a member of the Hartford Art School Board of Corporators. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Hartford Art School and a master’s degree from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford.

Visiting Assistant Professor Jörg Colberg of the International Limited-Residency MFA Photography Program has published his first book, Understanding Photobooks: The Form and Content of the Photographic Book, available through Amazon or directly via the publisher.

Ryan Chapman ’16 and Genevieve Nolan ’15 each had paintings chosen for the 12th Annual International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Competition. The 1006 final selections from 604 of the finest realist artists from 63 countries represented 32% of works submitted. Chapman’s painting, Dissolution, was chosen in the Imaginative Realism category, as was Nolan’s painting, Ondine. Another one of Nolan’s paintings, Amaranthine, was selected in the Portrait category. The online exhibition and printed catalog are part of ARC’s continued support of contemporary realism.


Dissolution, Ryan Chapman

In the News

David Kordansky

L: courtesy of David Kordansky
R: Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Connecticut native David Kordansky '00 owns David Kordansky Gallery, a 12,000 sq. ft contemporary space in Culver City that hosts exhibits of artists from Betty Woodman to Aaron Curry.

Kordansky spoke to artnet about the beginnings of his gallery and the current Los Angeles art world revitalization.


Class News

Class News

Jamie McCartney

BFA, Experimental Art, 1991

Website: www.jamiemccartney.com

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jamie McCartney presents an exhibition as part of Brighton Photo Fringe. Five years in the making, Bra Spangled Banner is an exhibition of national flags made from images taken of hundreds of volunteers in their underwear. Ten percent of sales will support Breast Cancer UK.

"Flags are symbolic, as is the act of subverting them. Some of my work uses the emotions people attach to such symbols for sociopolitical effect, but this series is just about the joy of making cool visuals and supporting a good cause. I’m not beating you up with a message here. Life's too short to be serious all the time."

Perhaps most famous for his 2011 feminist masterpiece, The Great Wall of Vagina, Jamie works across several disciplines including sculpture, installation, and experimental photography. He progresses many, long outcome projects simultaneously, only presenting them when he feels they are ready or when the stated goal has been achieved. Often requiring many hundreds of volunteer models, his work is a record, capturing the spirit and sensibilities of time and place.

Alison Litera

BFA, Ceramics; minor in Art History, 2012

Website: www.alliewanda.com

Allison Litera, a 2012 graduate of the HAS illustration department, has been an employee of The Springfield Republican newspaper since graduating. She recently switched roles from Advertising Assistant to Content Curator/Page Designer, designing pages for the paper's weekly local sections. Allison is also a part-time caricature artist, drawing caricatures at weddings and other local events across Western Mass. and northern Conn. She has participated in several local wedding expos since discovering her creative niche. Dabbling in freelance writing and photography jobs also occupies her time.

Susannah Strong

MFA, Illustration, 2015
Website: www.susannahstrong.com

Susannah Strong won a $25,000 fellowship in writing from the Rhode Island Foundation to pursue work on a graphic novel.
Press: Providence Journal

Laura Viola Preciado

BFA, Painting, 2015
Website: www.lauraviolapreciado.com

Laura’s first solo show, "The Beauty of Inelegance" exhibited at Clatsop College in Astoria, Oregon.

Meredith Villwock

BFA, Photography, 2000

Website: www.villemere.com

Meredith had a show at Perk On Main in Middletown, Conn. Her second show at the same location on December 16, including an opening reception, from 5-8 p.m.

Kathleen Zimmerman

BFA, Sculpture; minor in Printmaking, 1996

Website: www.kathleen-zimmerman-artist.com

Kathleen has been awarded a State of Connecticut Regional Arts Grant.

Lawrin David Rosen

BFA, Painting, 1978

Website: www.artfxsigns.com

Lawren has owned ARTfx, located near the Hartford Art School, in Bloomfield, Connecticut, for 34 years. Their work can be seen at artfxsigns.com or in a variety of books and publications from ST Media on successful sign design. Our facility can be visited through pre-arranged tours. We can be contacted via our website or by calling us at 800-466-4278.

War Veteran Jacob Cullers '15 Keeps Brother's Memory Alive Through Art

Jacob Cullers

Alumnus Jacob Cullers graduated from the Hartford Art School in 2015 after losing a brother in Afghanistan and serving four years in the Air Force. He is now using art to help others.

“I kind of had something to paint about after my brother passed,” he says. “The beauty of my situation is I have painting to express how I feel about the situation, but how do you paint anger and sadness and all kinds of mixed emotions?”

Read more about how Cullers wants to help other veterans use art for healing.

Cullers' solo show "Castles Made of Sand" runs through December 2nd at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT.