Brookfield Craft Center and Western Connecticut State University collaborate on art exhibition: Redefining Identity

Students of Western Connecticut State University are working with the Brookfield Craft Center on a new exhibition.  The students are curating the exhibition Redefining Identity. Under the supervision of Melissa Ralston-Jones, curator and instructor at the college, the class learns about curation techniques through the development of an exhibition theme, research on various artists, the selection of the artwork, and the arranging and installation of the exhibition.

Redefining Identity will feature five artists, exploring the unique ways they interpret the human form, revealing their own self-identity and how they perceive and express the identities of others. Artwork will include a selection of paintings, bronze and clay objects. Participating artists are; Colette Aimee of Brattleboro, VT, David Boyajian of New Fairfield CT, Shelby Head of Madison, CT, Bruce Horan of Norwalk CT, and Jennifer McCandless of Burlington, VT.

Craft Center Executive Director, Howard Lasser, said: “We are excited about this collaboration.  Reaching out to other educational organizations, giving others the opportunity to utilize our facility, is one of our key goals in expanding our presence in the creative community.  This is a win-win for us and for West Conn.”

The exhibition opens April 7th with a reception open to the public starting 5:00pm to 8:00pm, in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery in the Brookfield Craft Center.  The show will run until April 29th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm, Sunday noon – 4:00pm.

For more information visit the Brookfield Craft Center website:  www.brookfieldcraft.org or call (203) 775-4526,

The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft educational institutions in America. The center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, jewelry, woodturning, ceramics, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors taught by nationally acclaimed local and visiting professional artists.  As a force for arts advocacy and community building, Brookfield Craft Center strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.



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