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Parking Advisory

With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Stefan Pokorny

Stefan Pokorny

Stefan Pokorny

Founder

Dwarven Forge
Brooklyn, NY

B.F.A., Painting, 1989
M.F.A., Painting, 1992

I attained a BFA (Cum laude) from the Hartford Art school in 1989 and came back for a Masters Degree in 1992. After some time in Italy I went back home to NYC and had numerous one man shows at the First Street Gallery in SOHO and Chelsea. Although I had some success selling paintings privately and doing portrait commissions it was not enough to sustain the expenses of living in NYC. Like most artists I had some odd jobs like busboy, waiter, ice cream scooper, coat hanger, and occasionally some brief stints as Art teacher at the Heron School of Art and the Lyme Academy. During these tough times it was the guidance of Lloyd Glasson, one of my mentor's at HAS that kept me optimistic. Specifically, I recalled Lloyd told us a story of how he worked as a sculptor of mannequins in order to get by during his early years. I believe he meant that sometimes the skills you learn in Art school lead to other forms of work:)  So, in 1996 I founded a company called Dwarven Forge. It involved my ongoing love for the game of Dungeons and Dragons, (which it could be argued was my minor study at HAS as I ran games weekly throughout my years there.) Dwarven Forge is a miniature terrain company, and it became my artistic medium...I sculpt and paint prototypes putting all my artistic skills to the test every day... Since 1996 my creative company has grown in popularity and scope. It has recently funded 5 hugely successful kickstarter Campaigns, the latest one runs until July 11 and is currently funded and growing beyond 1.5 million dollars:)
Two years ago, during one of my kickstarters, Josh Bishop filmed a documentary of me called "The Dwarvenaut" (now on Netflix) This feature film brought attention to my antics as a "Theatrical" Dungeon Master, and probably contributed to me being an industry guest at a multitude of gaming conventions around the country including ConnectiCon in Hartford, and Gen Con in Indianapolis. I have been the subject of articles in New York Magazine, New York Daily News, and have even been mentioned by Rolling Stone magazine and Forbes!  Sometimes what you learn in Art School leads to paths not looked for and the things you learn help you in unexpected ways:) I refined my drawing skills under HAS professor Fred Wessel and it helped me in my design of maps for fantasy worlds, such as my own make believe RPG world of Mythras and the City of Valoria. To check out what all this Art school stuff led to, I welcome you to visit my website at www.dwarvenforge.com

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