Life’s important lessons can happen outside of the classroom. That’s what Alyssa Nett ’12 discovered after enrolling in the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School as a painting major. A summer internship completing art projects with a young hospice patient taught her she could combine her love of art with her desire to help people. Nett is now pursing a career in psychology with the goal of researching the effects of art therapy.
Art work like Steven’s is on display in the Real Art Ways exhibition, along with a video starring Nett and the other Ellipses Project interns: Sara Adams ’13, Allie Corriveau ‘13, Catherine Johnson ’12, and Kim Zabrowski ’14. The video, directed by artist Jeff Ostergren, includes excerpts from the students’ video diaries recorded during their internships. A mural designed by Balco is also featured in the exhibition.
“I’ve been interested in the way art can help us evolve personally, culturally, and spiritually,” says Balco. “The art shows traces of things people learn from deep within themselves. I think of it as work that is meant to dig into a deeper awareness or consciousness when people are confronting the end of their lives or the lives of people they love.”