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Spring at the Hartford Art School demands a few extra hours on campus for students, faculty and staff! It starts with the registration process for fall semester. This year we had our first ever “Advising Day” on March 29th. The entire faculty gathered in and around Koopman Commons for a full day to meet and help students with their course schedules. It was a good example of our collective community and will be replicated in the fall for spring registration.

Students begin preparing for their senior thesis exhibitions as soon as spring semester begins. Fundraisers toward the shows appear in our lobby–we had one selling bubble tea and one selling homemade ice cream this spring! Our curator and director of the galleries, Dr. Ricardo Reyes, meets with each curricular group for exhibition installation training. Seventy-five senior thesis presentations in two galleries within one month is a remarkable feat! It’s worth three visits to campus to witness each exhibition in the Silpe and Joseloff Galleries.

The Regents Honor Award dinner was held on April 5. Regents’ Honor Awards are presented to the highest-ranking juniors, and to seniors who not only have among the highest GPA's, but also who have demonstrated excellence in scholarly and creative works in each of the colleges awarding the baccalaureate degree. VCD seniors Paulina Modestow and Alyssa Pentrancosta were introduced by VCD Professor Andy Wollner, who they chose to represent them at the event. In addition to the recognition, Paulina and Alyssa become our student commencement speakers at the Hartford Art School ceremony on May 19. Junior awardees are Daniell Arotta, an illustration and painting dual-major, and Kristen Ortega, an illustration major.

The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium sponsored by the University of Hartford Honors Program took place on April 18. Four HAS students publicly presented their honors research papers: Rowan Ferreira on Designing Apps for Learning Needs; Frank Gordon-Quiroga on Francois I and the Triumph of Intellectualism; Ying Ye on Translating US Culture Through Sculpture, and Teresa Cardona on the Italian Renaissance Impact on Contemporary Art Practices.

All this activity leads up to studio clean up days followed by commencement. This year Professor Caroline Woolard will receive the Belle Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize at the main ceremony and diplomas will be awarded at the Hartford Art School college ceremony between Taub Hall and Stanley Sculpture Center (weather permitting!). It is the cumulation of hard work and dedication on all fronts. The pride and joy expressed by the graduates and their families is a timeless reminder of why we exist. Congratulations to all!