University of Hartford - Hartford Art School Newsletter

Happy New Year and thank you for opening this inaugural issue of HAS ART, the official e-newsletter of the Hartford Art School! It is my intention to send our four issues a year: January, April, July and October. My goal is to keep you up to date on the most relevant and exciting happenings at your alma mater and with your fellow alumni.

This year the faculty and staff of the Hartford Art School has been conducting a self-study for renewal of accreditation through the national Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The school first received accreditation through NASAD in 1961 and we apply for renewal every ten years. The association accredits approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level.

Accreditation is the process whereby an association or agency recognizes an institution as having met certain qualifications or standards. In NASAD, the process focuses upon two principal concerns: educational quality and institutional integrity. The review of educational quality is made according to nationally recognized standards developed by the Association with the full participation of its member institutions and in consultation with various professional groups in the field of art and design. The review of integrity is made by determining whether the institution is indeed providing the educational services it says it is offering to the public, and whether its own stated operation procedures are being followed.

The primary purpose of schools of art and design is to help individual students turn talent, inspiration, creativity, and dedication into significant potential for service to the development of art and design culture in its multiple dimensions. I look forward to sharing our self study via our website in the near future.



The Hartford Art School is developing an innovative low-residency MFA for artists working across disciplines. The international MFA in Interdisciplinary Art will be the first MFA of its kind to combine ecology and urban studies with advanced interdisciplinary studies in the visual arts. Associate Professor Carol Padberg began developing the concept four years ago while taking Hartford Art School students to Ghana, West Africa. Padberg believes that artists need an education that will prepare them to engage more deeply with the issues of our day. She says, "This MFA is grounded in real world experiences, and designed by artists for artists. Imagine an MFA that might bring you to a Brazilian rainforest to study ecology and art; allow you to collaborate on a public art project in Vancouver, British Columbia; introduce you to a Central American weaving collective to study textiles and solidarity economics, and provide professional access to the New York artworld. Add into this a roster of distinguished artists and critics such as Mark Dion, Ernesto Pujol and Linda Weintraub and thesis advisors Cat Balco and Gene Gort, and you have a program that promises to be an exceptional value for students."

The program is designed for artists across disciplines. Rather than focusing on a specific genre of contemporary art, the MFA will encourage students to take an open-outcome, cross-disciplinary approach to their art practice. Students will emerge from the program with not only a Masters Thesis body of work, but also practical skills in collaboration, entrepreneurialism, systems thinking, and community dynamics. The low-residency structure of the program allows students to keep their jobs, and their roots in their home communities. Four full scholarships will be available per entering class.

Currently the program is going through final reviews within the University. The MFA has received plan approval by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and start up costs have been raised with substantial assistance from the Hartford Art School, Inc. The MFA will be presented to the University Board of Regents and the Connecticut Board of Education in February. Pending final approvals, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Art will start in summer 2016, with admissions in January 2015. For more information, contact Carol Padberg at

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Two long-standing and well-respected faculty members and one staff member are retiring from their positions at the Art School this year but not their art practice!

Associate Professor Gilles Giuntini has had numerous Solo and Group Exhibitions over a forty-year career as an artist and educator. He has exhibited his work both in the United States and in Europe. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Museo Santa Barbara in Italy as well as being the recipient of Artists' Fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and The Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Articles and reviews of his work have appeared in Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in New England and other publications.

Giuntini came to the Hartford Art School in the fall of 1979 and has taught in both the Sculpture Department and in the Freshman Foundations program. He is still a very active artist and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT in March 2015.

Professor Mary Frey has received numerous awards for her work, most notably a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, two photography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980 and 1992 and a John Anson Kittredge Artist's Grant in 2010. During the 1994-95 academic year Frey was the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, Northampton, MA and in the spring of 2001 she completed an artist's residency at the Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland. She was the recipient of the University of Hartford's Bent Award for Creativity in 1995. Her work has been exhibited extensively and is part of many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Chicago Art Institute and the International Polaroid Collection.

Frey began her teaching career at the Hartford Art School in the fall of 1979. In addition to teaching in the undergraduate Photography Department she also worked with graduate students throughout the 80's and 90's. Most recently, Frey was instrumental in helping to establish the school's highly successful Limited Residency MFA Photography Program, which graduated its third cohort in 2014. She also served as Interim Dean of the Hartford Art School in 2010–11.

After 37 years of service Mikki Dembar retired from the University on January 2, 2015. Mikki came to the art school in 1978 and worked in the front office with Assistant Dean Doris Kinsella and Associate Dean Steve Keller as an administrative assistant for student services. Over the years her responsibilities expanded to include supervising the staff and student payroll process, scheduling all the studio models and serving as an academic advisor to the students at all levels while paying particular attention to the first year students. Along the way she earned her BFA in 1983. She later also assumed responsibility for the Silpe Gallery and served many years as the Coordinator of the Saturday High School Visual Arts program. In her latest position as Department Coordinator she also assisted the newly established Area Chairs in transitioning into their new roles by providing valuable guidance and insight into the academic policies and procedures of the art school and University.

During her long tenure she served under a remarkably long list of college deans: Bernard Hanson (Nardo), Ed Stein, Al Hammer, Stuart Schar, Steve Keller (acting), Power Boothe, Mary Frey (interim) and Nancy Stuart. Innumerable students and staff have appreciated and benefitted from her quiet, patient and considerate guidance through the complexity of course scheduling, the un-tangling of the University bureaucracy, and as a willing ear for problems and concerns. Anyone wishing to provide stories, messages or photographs of Mikki, Mary, or Gilles are welcome to send them to the HAS Dean's Office prior to March 1, 2015.

Scholastics Exhibition
Through February 6
Silpe Gallery
Awards Reception
Sunday, January 25
2 p.m.

Koopman Chair ExhibitionImpulse/Control Dannielle Tegeder and David Humphrey
Through February 22
Joseloff Gallery
Koopman Gallery Talk Dannielle Tegeder and David Humphrey
Thursday, January 29
1:30 p.m.
Joseloff Gallery
Koopman Opening Reception
Thursday, January 29
5–7 p.m.
Joseloff Gallery
Special Closing Reception
Sunday, February 22
2 p.m.
Joseloff Gallery
Featuring Robert Black and the Hartt Brass band performing an electrifying program of works for double bass and electronic media.

Print Club Show & Sale
February 13–18
Silpe Gallery
Saturday, February 14
5 p.m.
Silpe Gallery

Presidents' College Lecture & Exhibit — Natacha Poggio Committed to Community
Thursday, February 19
12:15–1:15 p.m.

Alexander Kozachek Exhibition The Idea: Process Not Product
February 21–March 11
Silpe Gallery

Presidents' College Lecture—Zee Onuf Looking at Nature: A Brief History of Landscape Painting
February 27, March 6, March 13
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Goldfarb Exhibition
March 3–29
Joseloff Gallery
Awards Reception
Thursday, March 5
4 p.m.
Joseloff Gallery

Auerbach Lecture—William Lamson,
Media Arts

Wednesday, March 25
2:30 p.m.
Auerbach Auditorium, Hillyer Hall

Auerbach Lecture—Little Friends of Printmaking
Thursday, April 16
2:30 p.m.
Wilde Auditorium

HAS alumna Ann Rosow- Lucchesi '91 and her husband, Bruno Lucchesi who have recently donated a bronze bas relief entitled "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" sculpted by Bruno Lecchesi in 1966. The gift is given in memory of Professor Lloyd Glasson (1931–2014) and will be installed to the left of the main entry of Taub Hall.

Ann Rosow- Lucchesi '91


The third Art Basel Miami Beach internships at the Bass Museum of Art took place December 1–7, 2014. Seniors Lauren Zalewski (Printmaking), Katharine Manning (Photography), Krista Narciso (Printmaking), Chaz Fernandes (Painting), and Logan Marcus (Ceramics) were chosen to participate under the direction of Assistant Dean and Admissions Director Robert Calafiore. The HAS program was originally instituted in 2012 by Professor Carol Padberg. Students are trained as docents to provide small group tours of the Bass Museum exhibitions as well as the curated outdoor sculpture exhibition "Public" for the Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair. This year's exhibition One Way: Peter Marino is the first exhibition to present an extensive selection of art from the collections of the American Architect Peter Marino, displayed alongside examples of his architectural projects, artistic collaborations, objects designed by Marino and six specially commissioned works by international contemporary artists. The students attended the private gala opening on December 3rd and had assigned working hours as docents through December 6th.

When not serving as museum docents the students visited renowned Miami private family art collections, the city's art district called Wynwood, and the numerous venues of the world's largest art fair originally founded in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland, now held annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. The event hosts over 250 galleries and attracts 70,000 visitors. HAS alumnus Sam Ekwurtzel was represented in the "Public" exhibition as well as in the main convention center as the featured artist for Simone Subal Gallery, NYC. HAS alumnus David Kordansky was present for his tenth year representing the artists of Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles which was recently featured in a September 10th New York Times article, and Barney alumna Vivian Pfeiffer, Private Sales Director for Christie's, met with HAS Dean Nancy Stuart to talk about future internships for HAS students.

The students who attended unanimously felt that they "learned more in these five days about the art world than they could have ever imagined!" Katharine Manning added, "The trip was filled with endless opportunities and an incredible learning experience. We were able to engage with artists from all over the world and discover what it is like to work in a museum environment."
Admissions Director Robert Calafiore and Alumunus Sam Ekwurtzel

Dean, Nancy Stuart and Barney School of Business Alumna Vivian Pfeiffer of Christe's

HAS student interns visiting the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT,