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New England-based Take Magazine interviewed Ceramics Professor Matt Towers about the inspiration behind his newest body of work, "Catastasis." Towers' work will also be featured in "Reaction Bubble," the an installation opening at Real Art Ways on March 18.

Internationally acclaimed artists are instructing sculpture students in the Hartford Art School

Sculpture students in the University’s Hartford Art School (HAS) are experiencing a unique chance to study with two renowned artists Jamie Isenstein and Michael E. Smith, who have displayed their art in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Los Angeles, New York, Prague, and Paris galleries. These artists are on campus thanks to the Koopman Chair visiting artists program.

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Ying Ye '18 and Adrian Martinez '17 Win Top Honors at Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition

Goldfarb Winners 2017

Congratulations to Ying Ye ’18 (Painting and Drawing) and Adrian Martinez ’17 (Photography) on winning top honors in this year’s Alexander A. Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition! Every year, two student artists receive purchase prizes in the amount of $1,000 each, made possible through the Alexander A. Goldfarb Endowment Trust. The winning students’ artwork becomes part of the Goldfarb Memorial Collection, to be owned by the Hartford Art School proudly displayed throughout the University in offices and public spaces.

Seven additional HAS students received Honorable Mention for their artwork, including Joel Blackwood ’17, a photography major with a minor in visual communication design; Julia Scott ’19, a visual communication design major with a minor in art history; Krista Guerin ’18 with a major in painting and drawing; Hillyer College Professor Maria Johnson, Allison Flores ’17 with a major in ceramics and minor in photography; Timothy Miles ’17 with a major in printmaking, and printmaking senior Samantha Bechard.

We were thrilled to have Chiraag Bahkta acting as our 2017 Goldfarb guest juror.  Mr. Bahkta, in addition to being a Hartford Art School alumnus, is an American based artists living in San Francisco. *Pardon My Hindi has been a pseudonym that he has been using for himself since 2002. His practice starts with collecting ephemera from various times and environments building upon a theme, which primarily relate to identity, history, and popular culture. His work draws from his background in the design industry and varies in medium including Printmaking, Collage, Photography and Assemblage. His work has been on view at various galleries and institutions including: The Smithsonian (DC), The Whitney (NY), and The Asian Art Museum (SF).

[Photo: Defining Studios]

Accolades

Professor Sarah Paolucci was recently featured in MIXMASTER at the Mattatuck Museum and won first place at last month’s Artspace Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition. The exhibition was a juried show and everyone that has exhibited there in the last 20 years were invited to participate, and Jerry’s Artarama of West Hartford was the sponsor. Check out her work @_sarah_the_artist on instagram and www.sarahtheartist.com.

Jonathan Monaghan to Present at Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series

Artist Jonathan Monaghan will present a lecture entitled “Fear and Desire in a Digital Age,” Monday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Hartford in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s Wilde Auditorium, as part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series. The talk is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc.

Monaghan works with animation, prints and sculpture. His works are dreamlike explorations of fear and desire, critically examining issues surrounding wealth, consumerism, authority, and technology. Past exhibitions and screenings of his work include The Sundance Film Festival, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, and The British Film Institute. His work has been featured in several media outlets, including The Washington Post, VICE, The Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice. Monaghan is represented by bitforms gallery in New York and Galerie 22,48m2 in Paris. 

The Auerbach Lecture Series brings visiting artists to campus twice each semester for one or two days, and during that time they deliver public lectures and spend time in the art studios critiquing student work.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or degrace@hartford.edu.