McCoy Gallery installation, and new work from Composite Series, Patriot Series, and Palindrome Drawings

The exhibition Silent Witness opened February 1, 2017 at the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College. The exhibition runs until March 16th. I will be speaking, along with floral artist John Bizis, on Sunday, February 19th from 1 to 3 pm. You can download the artist statement for more details or visit the McCoy Gallery website for contact and directions to the Gallery.

Last year, I received a technology grant focused on my desire to “flip my classroom.” I completed seven videos targeted at learning about the Design Elements and Principles and how to apply them to design and art. I am currently using them in my classroom and will report on the effectiveness of “Flipping the Classroom” in a panel I am chairing in April is on technology in the classroom—The Foundations in Art: Theory and Education Conference is “Beyond the Core” April 6–8, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2015, I appeared on “Face Connecticut” (a CBS Hartford affiliate) to discuss the exhibition I curated Grace Before Dying at the Clare Gallery. In 2013, I appeared on the “Colin McEnroe Show” on WNPR discussing DADA Art. Check out this link to the radio show. My artwork was included in both exhibitions, Hartford DADA 2013 and 2014 in Hartford, CT. Use this link to read about the 2013 show in the Hartford Courant.

Additionally in 2015, I was a visiting artist at Manchester High School, where I infuse digital art, identity/branding and entrepreneurial studies into a beginning jewelry making course. The students researched and reflected on personal branding, integrated design-thinking, and utilized the design process throughout all four projects. Each student produced a jewelry portfolio utilizing elements from their designed identity. I documented this process on the Blog Log within this site. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

International artist, Imna Arroyo will be exhibiting at the Clare Gallery March 2017. Presently, New England artist, Susan Gaylord, is exhibition her performance artwork artifacts. Since 2003 the Clare Gallery has been exhibiting professional artwork focused on world religions, inter-faith themes and social justice themes. I have curated most of the exhibitions over the past fourteen years. I continue to chair the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut.

I accepted a position as Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts and Director of the Graphic Design program at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts beginning fall 2016. I am thrilled to say things are cooking! The new Graphic Design program of studies has been approved and we are currently searching for a new professor with UX/UI expertise. New collaborations with Engineering, Health Sciences, Computer Science, and English provide interdisciplinary opportunities for my students. New courses and avenues for students to learn strong design thinking, processes, and analysis is what excites me. Only good things to come!