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Home viewers invited to experience 2020 Senior Portfolio Exhibition online: WCSU presents virtual exhibition of graduating art students’ works

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image of Senior Exhibition posterDANBURY, CONN. — Thirty-five Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2020 are presenting their works in the Senior Portfolio Virtual Exhibition featured on the web page of the Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at WCSU in Danbury.

The virtual exhibition, sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art, offers the public an opportunity to experience the diverse works in graphic design, illustration, photography and painting created by this year’s B.A. in Visual Art candidates. Closure of the VPAC Gallery and all other WCSU facilities to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic has made on-site installation and viewing at the Gallery impossible, but the virtual tour provides a creative response that opens the exhibition to all through online access from home.

Through the web page link,, the online guest is invited to view a virtual exhibition of the students’ works, presented as they would appear in an installation at the Gallery. On the same web page, the visitor is invited to access links for the participating artists to view more comprehensive slide shows of each student’s portfolio of works.

The WCSU Department of Art organizes the Senior Portfolio Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience for students pursuing the B.A. in Visual Art in one of four areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, photography and studio arts. This year’s virtual exhibition features 20 art majors with a concentration in graphic design, six in illustration, three in photography and six in studio arts/painting. The Art Department has awarded special recognition to Jessica Paternoster, of Mahopac, New York, as winner of the design competition featured on this year’s Senior Portfolio Exhibition poster.

Portfolio selections from the following 2020 B.A. in Visual Art candidates are featured in the exhibition:

  • Graphic Design: Sara Cabrera, of Waterbury; Jonathan DeMarco, of Brookfield; Amaris Diaz, of Norwalk; Adrian Franzino, of Redding; Jose Garcia, of Norwalk; Munia Hossain, of Norwalk; Nicole Ilagan, of Norwalk; Marin Keefe, of Bridgewater; Matthew Landusky, of Middlebury; Rashonda Lee, of Danbury; Bianca Nguyen, of Danbury; Allison Novella, of Danbury; Alysan Pages, of Oakville; Daniel Paglialunga, of Fairfield; Jessica Paternoster; Angie Perez, of Naugatuck; Francis Serra, of Georgetown; Bhadrangi Songi, of Danbury; Nowshin Tabassum, of New Milford; and Alessandra Turano, of Chappaqua, New York.
  • Illustration: Janelle Chandler, of Southbury; Colleen Feenan, of Ridgefield; Mariam Haidar, of Woodbury; Paige Kissinger, of Wappinger Falls, New York; Ashton Sneed, of Bridgeport; and Kurt Vinci, of Newtown.
  • Photography: Jacalyn Doerwald, of Washington Depot; Steven Oyarvide, of Bridgeport; and Daniela Pontaza-Santander, of Sandy Hook.
  • Studio Arts/Painting: Erik David-Lukas, of Danbury; Alyssa Del Giorno, of New Fairfield; Eleftherios Farina, of Danbury; Hannah Lauth, of Naugatuck; Joseph LoStocco, of Danbury; and Ellie Moon, of Milford.

For more information, contact Lori Robeau of the Department of Art at or Sherri Hill of the Office of University Relations at



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