Carl Schumann, "Sleight of Hand"

The Schelfhaudt Gallery at the University of Bridgeport is celebrating faculty-artists this fall and will open its 2018-2019 season with an evening for art lovers and the community at an opening extravaganza for Art and Design by SASD and HCC Faculty, the gallery’s first exhibition of the year, on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Art and Design by SASD and HCC Faculty includes works by more than 30 full-time faculty and part-time instructors from the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College (HCC). Expansive in scope, the show showcases photography and sculpture, graphic design, painting, video, drawing, digital arts, typography, installation, illustration, and renderings. The exhibit is held in conjunction with Housatonic Community College.

Artists featured in the show include Alex Ananin, Thomas Brenner, John Farvet, Amanda Friedman, Janet Hayes, Greyson Hong, David Kaiser, Peter Konsterlie, Emily Larned, Ernest Lopez, Marsha Matto, Rick McCollum, Mary Jo McGonagle, Gary Munch, Carmine Picarello, Peter Rembetsy, Chris Ruggiero, Carl Schumann, Suzan Shutan, Thomas scippa, Seungmo Shin, Aaron Trocola, Lydia Viscardi, Erica Wessmann, Karen Wheeler, Alex White, Richard Yelle and many more.

Art and Design by SASD and HCC Faculty runs October 11 through November 3, 2018.

The public is warmly invited to Opening Night on October 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  

Opening Night events also include: 

Art and Sabbatical: An Artist Talk by Emily Larned, 4:30 p.m.

Emily Larned is chair and associate professor of graphic design at SASD. Many students and faculty have visited her letterpress studio in the American Fabrics Building. Her work is collected internationally, by over 70 institutions, and her socially engaged art project, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), was the subject of a ten-year retrospective at Ringling College (Sarasota, FL) in January 2018. Most recently, her limited-edition book about Bridgeport institution and feminist restaurant Bloodroot—Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves: 40 years of Bloodroot—won top honors from AIGA (50 Books / 50 Covers), the Type Directors Club (World’s Best Typography), and Connecticut Art Directors Club (Gold Award in Book Design and the Spirit of Creativity Award). Learn more about Larned’s artistic practice during her yearlong sabbatical.

Sound Performance with Christian Ruggiero, 6 p.m.

Chris Ruggiero is an Emmy-nominated composer and music producer. Recent film scores include Minding the Gap (Sundance Film Festival 2018, now in theaters), I Am Another You (SXSW Film Festival 2017), Tribal Justice (Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2017, PBS 2017), Hooligan Sparrow (Sundance Film Festival 2016, currently available on Netflix), and Indian Point (Tribeca Film Festival 2015). His original compositions currently appear in over 160 television series including The Voice, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers. Commercial credits include music for brands such as Taco Bell, Coke, HSN, Imodium, Dewars, Coppola Winery, and Liberty Mutual. As a music producer Ruggiero works with bands and artists across genres. He lectures on film, sound, and semiotics at the University of Bridgeport, and runs the popular audio-history website Preservation Sound.

 

Schelfhaudt Gallery will next present Peter Konsterlie: A Retrospective from November 8-January 5, 2019. An Opening Reception will be held November 10 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. A Panel Discussion about a the show will be held 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 8 with curator Johnas Ruta, Joe Provey, and Cynthia Anderson.

About Peter Konsterlie

Peter Konsterlie was the gallery director of the Schelfhaudt Gallery for five years and a well-loved professor of art history at SASD. He passed away suddenly at age 55 on August 13, 2018.

He received his BA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As director of the University’s Schelfhaudt Gallery, he produced exemplary exhibitions for the school and broader community.

A prolific and passionate visual artist, Konsterlie brought a unique perspective to his paintings, integrating several visual styles from pop art to abstract expressionism. His drips of paint combined with spray paint formed patterns, becoming a structure on the canvas for his metaphysical themed Abstracts. His work has been in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad including: The Aldrich Contemporary Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Plains Art Museum, Carnegie Mellon, Washington D.C., Sarah Bowen Gallery in Williamsburg, NY, Housatonic Museum, Claire Oliver Gallery, NY, and most recently at the Drawing Center Viewing Program in New York City. Funds are being raised towards an endowment in his name to support the Schelfhaudt Gallery.

The Shelfhaudt Gallery is located on the University of Bridgeport campus at the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

Off-site parking is available.

Schelfhaudt Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  Visitors may also view the shows off hours by scheduling an appointment at (203) 240-7333.

Admission to all events is free.

From Hartford & North: I-91:
91 South to 15 South to 8 South to Exit 1 (Prospect).
Right onto Prospect to Park Avenue
Left onto Park Avenue to University Avenue.
Right onto University Avenue.
Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC) is the last building on the left side of University Avenue
Enter from the building’s parking lot entrance (east side). The Schelfhaudt Gallery is down the hall to your left.

From NYC & Southwest: I-95:
95 North to Exit 26 (Worden Avenue).
Follow 95 service road to Iranistan Avenue.
Turn right onto Iranistan
south, past the light to stop sign at Atlantic Avenue.
Left onto Atlantic Avenue (one block).
Right onto Rennell
Right, onto the University.
Enter from the building’s parking lot entrance (east side). The Schelfhaudt Gallery is down the hall to your left.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu