The University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts believes in holding space for artists, performers, and the creative community as a whole, especially during times of social distance. This dedication to the arts sector takes on new meaning and importance as we all strive to connect and express ourselves under challenging circumstances. Together, our talented faculty, committed staff, innovative alumni, donors, and friends of SFA are all working to bring you live-streamed and recorded programming so that we may all continue to revere the rich community of artists connected through the School of Fine Arts.
We invite you to join us, to participate, and to use your voices as we dedicate ourselves to celebrating the #ArtsAtUConn.
Coming soon: Our second Alumni Paint Night of the summer!
This Summer on the Jorgensen Digital Stage |Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.: July 21, and July 28
The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts will debut the Jorgensen Digital Stage this week in a series of three live-streamed concerts called “Midsummer Music,” performed by the world-renowned Dover Quartet.
The one-hour performances will take place on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.: July 14, July 21, and July 28. Each curated concert will include a live Q&A with members of the quartet, which will be performing live from Vail, Colo. Audience members will be able to submit questions and make comments online, and the quartet will respond in real time. Tickets can be purchased on the Jorgensen’s website.
Recorded Performances & Exhibitions
A Performance by Sophie Shao with the Bronx Arts Ensemble
please enjoy La Suite dels Ocells by Lera Auerbach, performed by Sophie Shao.
Jellyfish Puppet Workshop with Elise Vanase | Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m. ET
Presented by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Facebook Live. Make an ethereal jellyfish with life-like movements out of just a paper bowl and a plastic bag! Recommended for ages 5 and up. You’ll need a paper bowl, scissors, plastic bags, paint or markers, yarn, and tape or hot glue.
Summer 2020 Online Puppet Forum #2: “Puppetry and Translation, from Autobiography to Benjamin Banneker” with Theodora Skipitares | Thursday, June 11, 4 p.m. ET
Presented by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Facebook Live. Award-winning interdisciplinary artist and theater director Theodora Skipitares will speak with John Bell about “Puppetry and Translation, from Autobiography to Benjamin Banneker.” Skipitares will discuss the development of her work from visual art to performance art and puppetry, and her ongoing focus on translating biography into puppet performance, most recently with The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker, which relates the surprisingly little-known story of an 18th-century free black man, independent farmer, self-taught astronomer, mathematician and civil rights advocate.
Make a Puppet of Your Pet with Elise Vanase | Friday, June 12, 2 p.m. ET
Presented by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Facebook Live. Do you love your pets as much as we do? Come make a rod puppet of one of them! Recommended for ages 7+. Materials needed: newspaper, masking tape, paint, yarn or string, 3 one-foot-long sticks (chopsticks, skewers, unused pencils, or even straws will all work!)
Virtual Open Mic Night on Instagram Live, featuring Sea Tea Improv | Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
Talented individuals from near and far are invited to show off their skills at our first-ever Open Mic Night! Presented in collaboration with Connecticut’s beloved stand-up comedy group, Sea Tea Improv, and hosted by Ryan Rudewicz ‘18, we look forward to spending a super-fun Thursday evening with you!
Benton At Home Presents Virtual Experiences and Scavenger Hunts
While the William Benton Museum of Art remains temporarily closed to the public, we’ve gathered together resources to help our community access the museum from home. Explore talks by artists and scholars, online exhibitions and guides to the Benton’s collections, as well as new scavenger hunts.
Tribute to the Class of 2020
The entire School of Fine Arts community, including alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and friends, all extended our warmest wishes to the class of 2020. Although we were not physically together to celebrate commencement, we look forward to seeing everything the class of 2020 accomplishes as they enter the world as a Husky alum! Check out these messages from some of SFA’s many supporters!
Studio Art & Digital Media and Design MFA Virtual Exhibition
This exhibition highlights new work by graduating students in the Studio Art and Digital Media & Design Master of Fine Arts programs at the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts.
Tideland features Studio Art MFA candidates Olivia Baldwin, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Shadia Heenan, and Chad Uehlein.
Square One features Digital Media & Design MFA candidates Jonathan Ampiaw, Karin Ching, Stefan Lopuszanski, Laurel Pehmoeller, and Jasmine Rajavadee.
Digital Media & Design Online BFA Exhibitions
The UConn Department of Digital Media & Design is thrilled to announce that its 2020 Senior Exhibitions are open online. These virtual group exhibitions feature the work of senior BFA students from the Storrs campus and senior BFA and select BA students from the Stamford campus. These online exhibitions replace the previously scheduled exhibitions in the Jorgensen Gallery of the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts and the UConn Stamford Art Gallery which were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These exciting exhibitions feature a wide variety of digital projects created by seniors graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a few select Bachelor of Arts, in Digital Media & Design. Artworks range from 2D and 3D animations to interactive web and game projects that tell unique stories that explore many themes.
Visit the Show.
UConn Collegium presents Fux as Janus
The UConn Collegium’s Fux as Janus project was cut short by Covid-19, but there were recorded portions of performances of the program. Music Department Head Eric Rice recorded parts of the last rehearsal, and was able to make a few virtual ensemble videos after the lockdown began. This first video describes the project with excerpts, and we’ll have several complete pieces coming out in the coming weeks.
UConn Collegium presents Schmeltzer Harmonia à 5
The UConn Collegium presents Schmeltzer Harmonia à 5 by Johann Heinrich Schmeltzer (1623-1680) in this virtual performance, an installment in a series of music department videos assembled by department head Eric Rice.
Professor of Violin and Viola and Head of Strings Solomiya Ikahiv featured on violinist.com
Solomiya presents a cooking lesson for her grandmother’s Ukrainian borscht recipe in this fun video sure to inspire your next adventure in the kitchen!