Everything from paintings and sculptures to photography and interactive art is on display in the 2016 Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition, exemplifying how broadly talented our students are. The annual exhibition is open to all undergraduate and graduate University students and is juried by a professional in the visual arts.
Two students from the Hartford Art School (HAS), Audrey Ryan’16, a double major in sculpture and photography, and Alec Misinkavitch ’18, a graphic design major, won top honors and had their work purchased. 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 and proudly displayed throughout the University in offices and public spaces.
Audrey’s winning piece, named “Palpable,” is a mixed-media installation project where she combined qualities of her two majors. “For the past four years, I have been trying to find a connection between my two majors,” Audrey says, “so I wanted to see if a photograph and a sculpture could work together.” Audrey began her winning project in 2015 and says she received a lot of input and support from her professors. “My whole experience here has been preparing me for what is to come,” says the senior. Audrey also won a Purchase Prize last year for her “Carrot and Stick” piece.
Alec’s tall granite slab sculpture entitled “200 Title Aggravation” was a central feature of the exhibition and admired by the many guests that attended the event. “It is such an elegant and beautiful piece,” says Nancy Stuart, dean of Hartford Art School.
Four additional HAS students won prizes for their artwork, including Mackenzie Steiner ’19, who received the Outstanding Freshman Award. Juror’s prize awards went to Olivia Bosson ’18, an illustration major; printmaking major Sam Bechard ’17; and Sarah Piligian’16, who majors in photography.
This year’s invited guest juror was Judith McElhone '88, M'94, executive director of Five Point Gallery in Torrington, Connecticut. McElhone is an HAS alumna and 2014 recipient of the University’s Anchor Award, the most prestigious award presented by the University’s Alumni Association.