Annual exhibition features works by Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer amid rich collection of eclectic art.

 The University of Bridgeport is proud to present its fifth annual Alumni Art Show from March 24 to April 9 at the Schelfhaudt Gallery inside the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

An opening wine-and-cheese reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24 at the gallery. It is open to the public, but guests are asked to pre-register by March 21 to or (203) 576-4151.

The Schelfhaudt Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m.

This year’s exhibit features an abundant mix of paintings, sculpture, documentary photography, ceramics, video, and mixed media by more than 20 artists. Some include:

Wilhelmina de Haas, ’83, a graphic artist and digital photographer who strives to create bold, one-of-a-kind pieces that push viewers to ponder potential meanings in her work.

Barbara Bonnie Deutsch, ’67, is a ceramicist who experiments with construction and decorating techniques in order to continually challenge clay’s limitations. She is the past New York State Art Educator of the Year.

Brian Flinn, ’90, ’95, is an illustrator whose current work explores the limitations of digital media, both formally and conceptually. He currently serves as assistant professor of art at Central Connecticut State University.

Holly Hawthorn, ’74, fell in love with ceramics at UB, where she a trained with the celebrated artist Gabor Gergo. Her current series of miniature porcelains incorporates shells, beach rake items, and watercolor.

Henrique Hyndman, ’82, is a mixed-media artist whose three-dimensional constructions reflect cultural and societal dimensions. His wood constructions incorporate paint and printer computer applications.

Bryan Konefsky, ’80, is a self-taught media artist and director of Experiments in Cinema and the president of Basement Films. His films have been screened internationally and he has lectured in Russia, Korea, Serbia, Germany, Argentina, and Cuba.

Ramon Peralta, ’93, is the founder and creative director at Peralta Design, whose clients have included Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaire’s Club financial-literacy competition for kids, ESPN, Disney, and the NFL and NBA.

Lisa Toto, ’87, is a former newspaper/documentary photographer. Her past assignments include the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, both sides of the Berlin Wall during the year the wall came down, Michael Gorbachev, and professional sports teams.  She was nominated by the Connecticut Post for a Pulitzer Prize for a story entitled “Keep UP With Mel,” a yearlong project following a teenager, 16, who was paralyzed and her younger sister, 14, who was killed by a freak storm.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,