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Opening reception at VPAC Art Gallery to be held April 18: WCSU presents art students’ works in Senior Portfolio Exhibition

DANBURY, CONN. — The Senior Portfolio Exhibition, featuring works by 38 Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Viewing of the exhibition will be offered at the gallery from Monday, April 22, through Monday, May 6, 2019. Gallery hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited.

The WCSU Department of Art presents the Senior Portfolio Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience for students pursuing the B.A. in Art in one of five areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, painting, photography and sculpture. This year’s exhibition will feature 10 art majors with a concentration in graphic design, six in illustration, 11 in painting, eight in photography and three in sculpture. The following 2019 B.A. in Art candidates will show selected works:

  • Graphic Design: Nahndi Ali, of Bristol; Joseph Bottone, of Westport; Paige Carnes, of Newtown; Alexa Collins, of New Milford; Ramazan Dovoljani, of Weston; Heather Gantt, of Sandy Hook; Lucas Gonzalez, of West Haven; Joshua Mueller, of Bethlehem; Kimberly Palmer, of New Milford; and Jonathan Spencer, of Sherman.
  • Illustration: Kelly Criswell, of Danbury; Francisco Del Carpio-Beltran, of New Haven; Lindsey Lawton, of Oakville; Zachary Lloyd, of Westfield, New Jersey; Julie McCloskey, of Simsbury; and Felisha Ortiz, of New Fairfield.
  • Painting: Dana Aftyka, of Mahopac, New York; Emily Alderman, of Middletown; Octavia Byrd, of Bridgeport; David Flook, of Southbury; Morgan Ho, of Ridgefield; Alex Mondaca, of New Milford; Ashley O’Brien, of New Milford; Rachel Rossier, of New London; Thoai Tran, of Norwalk; Valerie West-Rosenthal, of West Redding; and Veronica Woods, of Danbury.
  • Photography: Alex Diverniero, of East Haven; Marcus Escribano, of Danbury; Khaalis Lee, of New Haven; Charles Loomis, of Newtown; Casey Orsini, of Middlebury; Rachel Peet, of New Fairfield; Alessandra Turano, of Chappaqua, New York; and Brianna Walker, of New Haven.
  • Sculpture: Jacob Martnick, of Danbury; Phillip Reynolds, of Southbury; and Rockelle Veneruso, of Monroe.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403, Art Gallery Curator Melissa Ralston-Jones at (203) 837-3982, or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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