DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Art will host several events open to the public in February 2023 including a Sip & Paint on Friday, Feb. 3, and Visiting Artist Lectures on Thursday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the university’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.
Additionally, the department will hold a 100@100 Off-The-Wall Art Exhibition and Fundraiser, an evening of art, music, food and drinks, from 3 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Gallery at the VPAC. The event features a 100 works of original art by 100 artists, which will be available for certain ticket holders. Tickets are available for purchase at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit the WCSU Department of Art. The artwork will be on public view during the Gallery’s usual hours beginning on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The Sip & Paint from 7 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 3 will provide a creative and fun evening of music, wine and light refreshments while participants paint a canvas guided by professional artist Jessica Bartlet, who earned her M.F.A. degree from WCSU in 2009 and teaches watercolor and drawing out of her home studio as well as exhibiting at the First Street Gallery in New York City. Participants of all levels and backgrounds, including beginners and seasoned artists aged 21 and over, can attend this event held in a fun and relaxed studio environment. Basic acrylic painting materials are provided, but you may bring your own supplies. Tickets are available for $35 each at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art and WCSU Alumni Association.
Visiting Artist Lectures are free and feature Chie Fueki at 11 a.m. on Feb. 9 in Room 144 of the VPAC and Danny Schwartz at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21, also in Room 144. Register for either talk at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. Both lecturers will discuss their creative processes, art mediums, artistic philosophies and their successful careers as working and award-winning artists.
Chie Fueki, a Japanese American painter, earned her M.F.A. at Yale School of Art and her B.F.A. at Ringling College of Art and Design, and is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Fellowship and other multiple art awards and prizes. Her work is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, where she will have a solo exhibit in March, and by DC Moore Gallery in New York City, where she held a solo exhibit in 2022. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Orlando Museum of Art, Florida; San Jose Museum of Art, California; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Pizzuti Collection at Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio.
Danny Schwartz is a fantasy illustrator and character designer whose works have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, games, television shows and galleries across the country for over a decade. Schwartz received his M.F.A. in Illustration from Hartford Art School and his B.F.A. from Syracuse University, with additional studies at Parson’s School of Design and the Art Students League. As a Visiting Associate Professor, he has taught courses in drawing and illustration, as well as professional practices, at Syracuse University, Hartford Art School and Montclair State University. His clients include Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons), Wyrmwood Gaming, Viacom/CBS (Late Night Cartoons), Orbit Books (The Witcher) and Thousand Ant/Unity Engine, among many others. Schwartz’s work has appeared in Gallery Nucleus's Los Angeles, California, and Portland, Oregon, locations. He is also a regular contributor to WOW x WOW and Every Day Original, both online galleries selling original artworks for collectors worldwide.