Annual Art & Design Student Exhibit

News Story: March 1, 2010
'Rooster' by Kelly Gilleran
watercolor & colored pencils

Sacred Heart University's Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition will take place on Sunday, March 21 at the university's Gallery of Contemporary Art. The show, honoring students' artistic achievements, is free and open to the public.
An awards presentation will take place at 2 p.m. with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Since the show's inception about twenty years ago, the annual event has become a destination for the Sacred Heart University community and art connoisseurs from around the area.
Assistant Professor of Art at Sacred Heart's Department of Art & Graphic Design, Jack deGraffenreid, said the art work by the students is exceptional and it is culmination of what they have done in the last year.
“When you have an exhibit like this, it really brings awareness to what our students have accomplished and what they are capable of,” said Mr. de Graffenreid who is also a gifted artist.
200 works by students were entered this year and were juried by professionals in the fields of graphic design, illustration and fine art. Each of the four full-time faculty members of Sacred Heart's Art and Design department invited a professional active artist or designer to judge the student exhibit. The art work is judged in seven categories including painting, intermediate and advanced graphic design, intermediate and advanced illustration and drawing foundations.
This year's judges are Mary Ellen Butkis who is vice president and senior designer at Norwalk-based TFI Envision, Inc., Peter Bonadies who is a fine arts professor at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Jason Roeder, art director of Norwalk-based Marketing Drive and Alex White who is a design and type direction consultant in Westport and currently serves as president of the Type Directors Club in New York City.
"The works include drawings and paintings as well as wonderful examples of the kind of professional work the department is known for in graphics and illustration," added Sophia Gevas, director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art. "There is everything from a creative use of Pantone colors to make a calendar to portraits of the rich and famous and figure drawings. It is an eclectic exhibit of the works of young talented artists.”
The annual art show comes as the gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary. The mission of The Gallery of Contemporary Art is to provide to the University community and the general public high-quality and intellectually stimulating encounters with works of contemporary art, in a wide variety of approaches and media, that reflect the concerns of our time. The work of the Gallery represents an integral visual component of a liberal arts education that reflects two time-honored Catholic intellectual traditions: the active support of the arts of the time, and the search for truth accomplished by encouraging a dialogue with contemporary culture.  Exposure to the works of contemporary artists who anticipate change in our society encourages this intellectual inquiry.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 12pm - 5pm & Sunday 12pm-4pm
The Gallery will be closed for Easter Break: Wednesday, March 31 – April 6
For further information, please call 203-365-7650