Hartford Art School Alumni Juried Exhibition 2011

The Silpe Gallery of the Hartford Art School celebrated their first alumni juried exhibition this month. Ninety eight alumni works are being displayed, selected by juror Helen Hsu, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum. Several of the pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting HAS alumni programs.

The show will be up through Oct. 25. Exhibition catalogs are available to view and purchase online.

Thanks to Kathleen Harte-Gilsenan (pictured with her work) for the photos from the opening of the show, above. Clockwise from left: Lori Ann Levy-Holm (Class of 2009) "Waterboys"; Anthony Accardo (Class of 2010) "Sibyl of Cumae"; Kathleen Harte-Gilsenan (Class of 2010) "Snow Lab"; Randy Elliott (Class of 2010) "Snakeman"; Chad Grohman (Class of 2010) "Six Piece" and "Pig in Field of Gold"; Ann Catherine Blake (Class of 2008) "The Wild Cows for the Queen Charlottes" and "The Wild Rabbits of deGaulle." Not pictured here but also included in the show: Bob Dahm's (Class of 2007) prints "Paver" and "Red Identity with Blur." 


Faculty Bill Thomson's CHALK is Finalist for Connecticut Book Award

Above: an illustration from CHALK, by Bill Thomson.

CHALK, a children's book by Bill Thomson, associate professor of illustration in the Hartford Art School and HAS MFA in illustration faculty, was recently announced as a finalist for a 2011 Connecticut Book Award.

CHALK joins guest presenter Wendell Minor's The Last Train and Andrea Wisnewski's The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane as the three finalists for the 2011 award in the Children's Illustrator category. 

Thomson previously won the award in 2009 for Baseball Hour and was a finalist in 2005 (Karate Hour) and 2007 (Building With Dad). 

The Connecticut Book Awards, sponsored by the Connecticut Center For The Book, recognize and honor books with specific ties to our state. The author, illustrator, or designer must be native-born or have been a legal resident of Connecticut for at least three years, or the book must have a Connecticut setting in order to be considered. 

Winners will be announced at the Hartford Public Library on Sunday, October 30.

See a complete list of this year's finalists and previous award winners.


Sally Ham Govan (Class of 2011) Shows Recent Works

Sally Ham Govan (Class of 2011) will be showing recent illustrations in a show at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery in Knoxville early next month. The show runs November 6, 2011 through January 6, 2012, with an opening reception on Friday, November 11 from 6-7:30pm and an artist's talk at 6:30pm.

TVUUC Gallery is located at 2931 Kinston Pike. Gallery hours: Mon-Th 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sun 9am-1pm. Phone 865/523-4176 for more information.


Faculty Lisa Cyr's Latest Video

Watch faculty Lisa Cyr's latest video from the Artist Network Online Event, "Working in Mixed Media: An Exploratory Process," and hear her discuss working in an exploratory mixed-media process, finding sources of inspiration, using altered, repurposed and custom tools for signature mark-making and utilizing alternative surfaces and materials. It also covers conceptual ideation and the development of personal content.


Linadona Botanica Tuscan Garden Botanicals to hang at Castello di Casole 

Linda Warner Constantino (Class of 2007), painter and President of Linadona Botanica, has joined with JBanks Design Group of Hilton Head, South Carolina, to put together an exclusive collection of original oil paintings, watercolors and giclee prints to grace the interior of the luxurious boutique hotel Castello di Casole—located outside of Siena, Italy—in the spring of 2012.


Visit us at Graduate Portfolio Days 2011!

Graduate Portfolio Days provide the opportunity for prospective students to receive immediate feedback on their portfolios, as well as have the opportunity to learn more about the curricula, faculty, application procedures and other information about the Hartford Art School Low Residency MFA in Illustration program.

Mark your calendars for these two events now, and spread the word to others who are interested in the program:

Saturday, October 29, 2011 12-4pm at Parsons The New School for Design, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Sunday, November 6, 2011 12-4pm at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


Visit Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012) at New York ComicCon Tomorrow!

Ryan Maguire (Class of 2012) will be holed up in a booth this Saturday, October 15, at the New York ComiCom in the Javits Center in New York City.

So if you have Saturday tickets (the event is officially sold out) make sure to swing by the Plastic City Toys booth and say hello!