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Opening reception at VPAC Art Gallery to be held April 19: WCSU presents art students’ works in Senior Portfolio Exhibition

DANBURY, CONN. — Twenty-eight Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree will present their works in the Senior Portfolio Exhibition running from April 19 through May 6, 2018, in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the gallery. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. The gallery will be open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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 four areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, photography and studio art in painting. This year’s exhibition will feature nine art majors with a concentration in graphic design, 10 in illustration, seven in photography, and two in studio art in painting. The following 2018 B.A. in Art candidates will show selected works:

  • Graphic Design seniors: Lazaro Alvarado, of Westport; Amber Bauer, of Bethel; Victoria Bogosian, of Bethlehem; Matthew Bulan, of Monroe; Ruby Cantoni, of Thomaston; Kayla-Ashley Connolly, of Woodbridge; Jessica Leslie, of West Cornwall; Adriana Reis, of Monroe; and Wing Na Wong, of Danbury.
  • Illustration seniors: Justina Carneiro, of New Milford; Branden Heap, of Oakville; Jessica La Rock, of Darien; Randy Lagana, of Brookfield; Rhys Morrill, of Danbury; Ryan Provenzano, of Danbury; Rachel Rossier, of Norwich; Matthew Stephen, of New Milford; Alexis Surovy, of Southbury; and Claudasha Weaver, of Danbury.
  • Photography seniors: Lorenzo Ash, of New Milford; Mary Casey, of Troy, New York; Ashley Dickan, of Katonah, New York; Stephanie Johnson, of Bristol; Patrick Mengler, of Newtown; Andrea Ojeda, of Stamford; and Karina Sorensen, of Oakville.
  • Studio Art in Painting seniors: Phoebe Hart, of Newtown; and Amanda Megill, of Northford.

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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