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Starting Line: Student Exhibit 2013, 4/11 - 4/28

Release Date:
3/25/2013 9:00 PM


Student Art Exhibit 2013, arts, features

Student Exhibit 2013: April 11-28, 2013
Opening and Night of the Arts: April 11, 6-9 p.m.

Accepted artists:  Faisal AlFayez, Ahmed Alghunaim, Tori Antoine, Jamie Arabolos, Amanda Behm, Deanna Barba, Allen Boitz, Ashley Campbell, Stephanie Conca, Tonya Choktrakunchai, Tom Civita, Tim Aaron Danforth, Erin Finneran, Steve Gentile, Lauren Granato, Linsey Hartenstein, Tamara Jaeger, Samantha Jones, Callan Kapush, Lauren Kearns, Alexis Kellogg, James Kielar, Joey Loos, Christina Machinski, Ashley Mary Marshall, Kristen McLaughlin, Kate Moore, Fangtian Ni, Patricia Oprea, Christie Przybylinski, Cassidy Robinshaw, Louis Rizzo, Noel Sardalla, Amanda Sudowsky, Joshua Stines, Sean Patrick Stevens, Emily Scranton, Kirsten Surdej, Brianne Stoehr, Andrew Timosca, Kara Zavaglio, Christina Zheng 

For more info contact: Laura Marsh, 203-931-6068 or

Being an artist at the University of New Haven is to be part of a close community.  Whether a studio artist, graphic designer, interior designer, or photographer, many students know one another and share ideas.  Students of all majors are encouraged to submit their artwork to the juried exhibition even if their pieces are completed independently of a course or elective. Starting Line is a reflection of concepts and techniques developed and discussed by emerging artists at the University of New Haven.  Local Artist, Michael Galvin, and Architect, Kyle Skar, are invited to select this year’s student exhibition from artwork submissions.

Michael Galvin is an artist who lives and works in New Haven, CT. Born in Hartford, CT, Michael attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1995 where he earned a BFA in Painting with studies in Furniture/Industrial Design, and an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Hartford in 2003. He has exhibited his work in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Georgia. Group and solo exhibitions include The Wassaic Project, Ober Gallery, The Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy collection, Winkleman Gallery and Real Art Ways. He attended a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and grants include the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant. Galvin is currently the Gallery Manager and Visual Arts Coordinator at Artspace New Haven. He has also worked for the I-Park residency program, Walter Wick Studios and the Douglas Cramer collection.

Kyle Skar is an architect and artist who lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.  His work explores the atmospheres, environments, and ecologies that modern society has created.  Originally hailing from Cass Lake Minnesota, a small town 200 miles north of the Twin-Cities, Kyle’s work often relates to the threshold between the natural and urban worlds.  In 2004, Kyle moved to Minneapolis to attend the College of Design at the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  Subsequently in 2010, he attended the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor receiving his Master of Architecture degree.  After his graduate work, Kyle moved to New Haven, CT to complete a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.  He served as Dwight Hall at Yale’s first AmeriCorps member and provided crucial support in running and developing an after school program at Co-op High School a local art based magnet school.  After his time at Dwight Hall, he moved on to work at Artspace in New Haven as the City Wide Open Studios Alterative Space Coordinator.  Currently, Kyle works at Gregg Wies & Gardner Architects; recent exhibitions and collaborations include City Wide Open Studios-Alt Space, 2012, 756 Chapel Project Store Front’s Ripple Effect Exhibition, 2012, & The Re-Skinning Project, 2011.

Creating artwork at a college level is like training for a marathon.  One has to prepare for deadlines and manage time effectively.  Students push their works past what one could have previously expected, and therefore make the effort to go back in and tweak just one line for the millionth time.  Artists are assigned projects that require 10-20 hours of outside work per week, and what they make is long lasting. This year’s student exhibit is a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work, late nights, and strained eyes, hands, and minds.

It is many student artists’ hopes to work in a creative environment after college. While this exhibit is for faculty, staff, students, and the public to have a glimpse into the world of these creative minds, it is also a safe exploratory experience for artists to be involved with a gallery and the routine of displaying artwork.

“I like being apart of the student shows because it wets your feet for what you could be doing after college. It is also a confidence builder because it reassures me that if I can get into a show once, then I can do it again,” says Deanna Barba, a senior and double major in both Art and Interior Design.

The work that is produce during four years becomes a portfolio, a representation of what student are capable of and what they can offer to the world. After all, as Henry David Thoreau said: “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” It is hard and competitive work, but what has been instilled during the college years at UNH will see artists through. This is only the starting line of a long marathon, and when the starting pistol goes off, Bang!  They’ll be gone and out to take on the world.

-Brianne Stoehr, Gallery Intern and Senior Art Major

-Laura Marsh, Director of Seton Gallery