Six acclaimed artists set for Danbury series at WestConn
Six artists whose critically acclaimed works span a wide spectrum from illustration and painting to digital, sculpture, installation and mixed media will discuss their artistic philosophies and creative process during the Western Connecticut State University spring semester Master of Fine Arts lecture series running Feb. 5 through April 24.
All lectures, sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art M.F.A. in Visual Arts program, take place in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited; advance registration is requested at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com.
The series will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a lecture by Nancy Stahl, whose works in both traditional media and digital creative platforms during a career stretching over nearly five decades earned her election in 2012 to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. A native of New York who attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Stahl initially worked in gouache and developed a signature poster style of illustration during the 1970s. Her introduction during the late 1980s to digital image creation on early platforms including Quantel Paintbox and Adobe Photoshop inspired her to transition exclusively to computer-generated art work over the past three decades.
Other artists featured in the M.F.A. spring semester lecture series include:
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m.: Hilary Doyle works in diverse media including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture to explore myriad aspects of class, gender and the human psyche. A native of Worcester, Mass., who now resides in Brooklyn, Doyle received her M.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and has shown her works in 45 solo and group exhibitions since 2007 across the United States and in England, most recently at the Saatchi Gallery in London and at Field Projects in New York.
Tuesday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m.: Ross MacDonald, who now resides in Connecticut, learned his illustration, graphic design and printmaking craft on the job at several small printing and publishing houses in his native Canada before embarking in the United States on a career that has popularized his works in magazines, newspapers, movies, TV shows, comics and children’s literature. His illustrations have appeared in scores of publications including Vanity Fair, Harper’s, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, and his children’s books “Another Perfect Day” and “Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet” have earned Publisher’s Weekly, Child Magazine and Nick Jr. Best Book awards.
Tuesday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m.: Leslie Cober-Gentry an adjunct professor of art at WCSU and adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has created illustrations for approximately 50 publishing and corporate clients ranging from the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest and National Geographic to Sony Records, Disney, “Sesame Street,” Nike and Microsoft. Cober-Gentry observed on her website that she strives through illustration and design to meet each client’s goals, striving “to make sure that each component of the project is attended to with every possible effort, passion and dedication.” Daughter of Alan Cober, whose legendary career was celebrated with his induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, Cober-Gentry published her first work in the New York Times at age 15 and has gained critical praise for her elegant and uplifting designs.
Monday, April 1, at 11 a.m.: Fritz Drury, professor of illustration and faculty member at RISD since 1981, focuses at his Brooklyn studio on figurative oil paintings that evoke a poetic narrative derived from literature, art history and contemporary experience. The artist notes on his website observed that he explores “themes with extended socio-political significance” in works such as his recent painting “Rumpelstiltskin,” which suggests an ideal state of human connection with the natural universe and considers the role that the painter plays as a mediator between the individual and the world. Drury, who holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art, has exhibited widely across the United States including shows at the Painting Center and the National Academy of Design in New York.
Wednesday, April 24, at 11 a.m.: Kenny Rivero draws deeply from his childhood roots in the Washington Heights neighborhood in upper Manhattan to create a diversity of painting, drawing, sculpture and installation works. “My work addresses themes of Dominican-American identity, socio-geographic solidarity, cultural and familial expectations, race and masculinity,” Rivero explained in a news release. “I produce work that offers viewers a chance to reflect on hope, loss and memory.” Recipient of an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art, he has presented eight solo exhibitions and three solo installation projects and has participated in more than 55 group exhibitions across the United States as well as Italy, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, Iran and Turkey.
For more information, contact the WCSU Department of Art at 203-837-8403.