Dean Nancy Stuart

Message from Dean Nancy Stuart

Adversity can inspire creative problem solving. We had to practice what we preach this spring when the University of Hartford closed the campus for the protection of its students, staff, and faculty from the Coronavirus pandemic. Suddenly unable to mount eight senior thesis exhibitions in our Silpe and Joseloff Galleries, we responded by designing a virtual gallery to celebrate and share the work of the Class of 2020. Thank you to Dr. Ricardo Reyes for leading the website initiative and to our faculty for their talent and the quick transition to on-line learning. Congratulations and best wishes to our students for successfully completing the Bachelor of Fine Art degree or the Bachelor of Art in Art History. We look forward to celebrating your commencement in person later this year!

Curator’s Statement

The last six weeks of the spring semester at the Hartford Art School are a hive of activity as the seniors mount their thesis exhibitions. The Joseloff and Silpe galleries are abuzz with the energy from the seniors’ excitement for a major exhibition of their latest body of work. Eight studio majors organize a series of exhibitions that feature the diligence and perseverance of these talented artists.

The last six weeks of the Spring 2020 semester did not go as planned as a global viral pandemic obliged each of us to shelter-in-place and practice social distancing. Yet, the energy generated by the senior exhibitions was palpable. This led me to re-focus all this energy and innovate how to give the seniors their earned moment in the spotlight.

Like numerous galleries and museums worldwide, the HAS Galleries brought these exhibitions online to feature the excellent projects and works of art that has been made by the Class of 2020. This online exhibition serves as a supplement to the in-person exhibition that I hope will still happen in the near future. What is evident regardless of presentation mode is the overflowing creativity and expertise that our students have developed during their career at the Hartford Art School, and seen in the pieces here.

Until we can be in the galleries together again, and viewing these works in person, please enjoy this online presentation of the works by the Class of 2020. Congratulations!

Ricardo Reyes

About the Online Exhibitions

When the University made the difficult decision to move all classes online and cancel events for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Dean Stuart, Curator Rico Reyes, and other Hartford Art School faculty and administration knew they did not want to cancel the Senior Thesis Exhibitions, and worked to find a solution for seniors to be able to present their work. These online exhibitions feature the work of the Hartford Art School’s Class of 2020. We hope you will enjoy taking a closer look at the pieces presented within.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thank you to all those who have helped in making this website exhibition possible. Thanks to Dean Nancy Stuart for the support of this endeavor. A big thank you goes to the senior studio faculty who had the difficult task of keeping our students motivated to finish the semester: Cat Balco, Marion Belanger, Bill Thomson, Mike Scricco, Jim Lee, Matt Dercole, Hiro Fukawa, Zee Onuf, and Gene Gort.

Thanks to the expertise of the Marketing and Communications Department for all sorts of technical support: Paula Ribeiro, Kevin Sepe, Kristina Karlson, Craig Campbell, and Lawrence Rosado.

The greatest gratitude goes the staff of the Hartford Art School who provided a great amount of time and effort in realizing this project: Mark Snyder and Tom Prutisto.

Lastly, and most importantly, Thank you Class of 2020 for your perseverance and determination in completing your projects, and your willingness to share these works with the Hartford community, your family, and your peers and friends.

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