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New Interdisciplinary MFA Program Celebrates Inaugural Class with Three Public Events

Posted 06/01/2018
Posted by Jes Zurell Paragone

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.― The Interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, commonly known as the Nomad/9 MFA, graduates its first cohort with two exhibitions and a family-friendly celebration this June. All events are free and open to the public.

  • The MFA Thesis Exhibition is on view from June 15 through June 23 in the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. The community is invited to enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at a celebratory Artist Reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.
  • The exhibit PRTK: Park River Tool Kit will showcase the students’ public art project, created with faculty artist Mary Mattingly. This toolkit was developed over the course of 12 months, and was inspired by the Park River, which runs through the university and is buried beneath the city of Hartford. The exhibition is on view during the Real Art Ways Creative Cocktail Hour, at 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, Conn., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. 
  • Connecting Currents: A Celebration of Our Rivers, an event in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and Park Watershed Inc., takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the Hartford Art School.This fun-filled, family-friendly gathering features educational activities facilitated by the CT DEEP, a keynote address from Mary Rickel Pelletier of Park Watershed, and opportunities to engage with Hartford’s Park River through playing, learning, and exploring.

More information about this pioneering MFA program can be found at and

The University of Hartford (UHart), centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. UHart’s faculty are attracted by the opportunity to mentor, challenge, and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, today’s UHart has approximately 5,000 undergraduate and nearly 1,500 graduate students from 48 states and 48 countries, as well as 85,000 alumni living worldwide. Visit for more information.

The University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School offers a rigorous studio-based education that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Faculty includes professional artists, designers, and historians who teach classes in ceramics, illustration, media arts, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual communication design, and art history. Hartford Art School’s 310 undergraduate and 90 graduate students have access to a large University library, University-wide lectures, and expertise in other colleges. For more information about Hartford Art School, visit