Many artists dream of having their work purchased for the enjoyment of others. Students in the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, Adrian Martinez ’17 and Ying Ye ’18, didn’t even have to wait until they graduated for this dream to come true. As winners of the 2017 Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, their art becomes part of the Goldfarb Memorial Collection, owned by the art school, and sometimes displayed in offices and public spaces on campus.
Adrian, a photography major from Enfield, won for his entry, “Marco,” a set of chromogenic prints. Ying, a drawing and painting major and sculpture minor, won for “Untitled," a 20” x 20” oil on canvas she says was inspired in part by the Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Each student received purchase prizes in the amount of $1,000 made possible through the Alexander A. Goldfarb Endowment Trust.
Ying moved to Ellington, Conn., from China at age 18 and transferred to Hartford Art School in 2016. She says her experience, as a recent immigrant is a main theme in her art.
“America is a place of rebirth for me,” Ying explains. “It allowed me to dream big, which led me to art. It is a continuing self-understanding project. By studying art, I became a better human being.”
Ying also says her “brilliant and passionate” professors at Hartford Art School greatly influence her work. “They let me take risks and have opened my eyes to how I can use different mediums to correctly express my ideas,” she says.
Alumnus Chiraag Bahkta ’99, an artist living in San Francisco served as guest juror. He uses the pseudonym *Pardon My Hindi. His work has been on view at various galleries and institutions including: The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., The Whitney in New York, and The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Students who received “Honorable Mentions” at the 2017 Goldfarb exhibition are Samantha Bechard ’17, printmaking major; Joel Blackwood ’17, photography major with a minor in visual communication design; Allison Flores ’17, ceramics major and photography minor; Krista Guerin ’18, painting and drawing major; Timothy Miles ’17, printmaking major; and Julia Scott ’19, visual communication design major and art history minor.
The Goldfarb Student Exhibition is on display in the University’s Joseloff Gallery through March 26.