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Stass Shpanin ’12

Living in a Glass House

After graduating in 2012, I spent nearly a year in Moscow as a Fulbright Scholar, creating artwork based on the history of pre-World War I Russia. After a brief return to New England in the fall, I returned to Moscow to begin a public art project.

I will live in a glass house outside the Moscow Museum of Art for a month and complete one painting a day based on images from television and newspapers. I want as many people as possible to see it so I will set up webcams for those who cannot visit the museum. It’s also a social experiment. I want to show people that we are responsible for creating history.

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. I started painting at an early age and by the time I was 12, I had exhibited across the globe and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Youngest Professional Artist in the World. My pieces are in the collections of former President George W. Bush and the president of Azerbaijan.

Although I was an established artist before I went to college, I am always looking to learn. At the University of Hartford, I had the opportunity to take challenging academic classes in the Barney School of Business and in the School of Communication while also learning more about art. I gained the knowledge I was looking for and had a great experience with professors at the Hartford Art School and other schools within the University

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