We are LIVE!

The new joselogallery.org site is officially live – even sooner than we had hoped!  Go check it out, we’re very proud of our new space.  Unfortunately, this means that if you had been subscribing to the updates on this blog, you’re going to have to change your subscription.  We will no longer be updating at this address, instead, there is a News page on the new website where all of our new blog posts will reside.  Please update your subscription by clicking here: New Joseloff Gallery Feed Thanks, and please let us know how you like the site.


Site Down

We apologize for any inconvenience, but the joseloffgallery.org site will be down for a bit while we switch over to our gorgeous, new, shiny website.  In the meantime, if you need any information that isn’t available here, on the blog, please call the gallery at 860-768-4090.

And don’t forget – the Hartford Art School Faculty Exhibition closes this Sunday! Don’t miss it.

We thank you a thousand times over for your patience.


We’re in the process of creating a fancy, new Joseloff Gallery website that is sure to blow your socks off.  Unfortunately, in the meantime, we’ve had to sort of let the current website and blog slide.  The new site should be up and functioning in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, we apologize if you run into a broken link, or if we haven’t updated in a while.  You’ll forgive us when you see the new site.

Until then, please feel free to visit our Flickr page for images of the Hartford Art School Faculty Exhibition and the opening reception from September 7.

An Important Announcement


Zina Davis Leaves Position as Director of the Joseloff Gallery
Davis leaves a distinguished legacy to the cultural life of
the University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT, May 27, 2010 –Zina Davis will be leaving her position as Director of the Joseloff Gallery after twenty-one years of visionary leadership. Davis, who joined the University of Hartford community in 1989, will leave her position on June 9, 2010.

Davis has served as director of the Joseloff Gallery since 1989.  Since that time, the gallery has developed the reputation as a major showcase for the visual arts through provocative exhibitions and programs featuring internationally acclaimed artists.

“Every exhibition or event Zina Davis has produced or curated, as the director of the Joseloff Gallery has had an inspired sense of elegance. This was her signature for over two decades. Her exhibitions broke new ground, brought national recognition to the Hartford Art School, and enhanced the quality of life at the University of Hartford. Zina leaves a legacy of exceptional experiences and insights into the nature of art that will not be forgotten.”
-Power Boothe, dean, Hartford Art School

Davis was appointed to the University of Hartford in 1989 to lead the University’s newly constructed gallery complex in the Harry Jack Gray Center, and worked closely with architects to finalize design of the Joseloff Gallery’s 3,500 square foot exhibition space.  She was charged with creating an innovative exhibition program to serve the University of Hartford and Hartford Art School communities, as well as reach out to new and diverse audiences with shows by distinguished artists from the U.S. and overseas.

Davis opened the new Joseloff Gallery in the spring of 1989 with the inaugural exhibition, Milton Avery: The Poetic Vision.  Since then she has curated and presented exhibitions for artists such as Mia Westerlund Rosen, Arakawa, Alfred Leslie, Judy Pfaff and Michael Singer, Betye Saar, Josef Albers, Sandy Skoglund and John Coplans, Dennis Oppenheim, Jose Resende, Louise Bourgeois, Charmion von Weigand, Robert Morris, Mark Dion, Keith Sonnier, and Nancy Graves.

In 1993, Davis was also appointed as director of the University of Hartford’s Museum of American Political Life, a facility that displayed and housed a rare collection of presidential campaign material and archives.  The museum closed its doors in 2004.

Her dedicated fundraising and stewardship efforts resulted in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; donations of artwork to the University; and several key gifts to the Joseloff Gallery and the Hartford Art School.

In 2008, Davis was officially named “University Designer,” a title given by president Walter Harrison to formalize the role she had been filling in an informal capacity for a number of years.  As “University Designer,” Davis worked to coordinate a consistent and distinctive aesthetic approach throughout the campus.  Among other projects, Davis worked on the design of University signage and the distinctive neon yellow-roofed visitor kiosks. She was involved in the design of Alumni Plaza; the gates at the north entrance to campus; and the Dorothy Goodwin Café at the Mortensen Library. She served as designer for the renovation to the 1877 Club Restaurant; oversaw the design of the 12-foot metal and stone structure commemorating Alumni Stadium and Al-Marzook Field; and most recently, was involved in the 2009 renovation and redesign of the main floor of the Gengras Student Union.

Davis’s vision, and most notably, her dedication to the arts and the University as a whole will be greatly missed.

Moving forward, the Joseloff Gallery will be directed by the current gallery manager, Lisa Gaumond, who has managed the daily operations of the gallery since February 2006.

The Joseloff Gallery, a part of the Hartford Art School, is located on the campus of the University of Hartford at 200 Bloomfield Avenue in Hartford, CT.  For more information please visit http://www.JoseloffGallery.org, email joseloff@hartford.edu or call the gallery at (860) 768-4090.

Zina Davis – Biography

Zina Davis received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Beaver College (now Arcadia University), and a master’s of fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts.

From 1984-1989 Davis directed Beaver College Art Gallery, and lectured in Visual Fundamentals, Three-Dimensional Design, and Writing Across the Curriculum, a nationally known project originating at Beaver College.

From 1989-2010 Davis directed the Joseloff Gallery–a major regional showcase for the visual arts with exhibitions and catalogues that receive local, national, and international attention.

Zina has a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.  She lives in Avon, CT.


To download a printable, PDF version of this pres release, please click here.

Nancy Graves in the News

There have been two recent mentions of the Nancy Graves exhibition in the media lately, did you see them?

On April 19, Alan Bisbort of the Hartford Advocate wrote a wonderful review of the show on his Blogbort page titled Nancy Graves, Real Inspired in which he began:

One of the most colorful, engaging and, yes, fun art exhibitions of the year may fly beneath your radars, if you’re not careful.

It is “Nancy Graves: Inspired Vision”, at the Hartford Art School’s Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford.

Thanks, Alan. I think we’d have to agree.


Then on May 3 we had another wonderful surprise.  Did you happen to see the front page of the Arts section in last Sunday’s Republican-American newspaper?  Tracey O’Shaughnessy wrote a lovely article about Nancy Graves and a review of our exhibition.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it in full-color in the paper, please visit Tracey’s website to read the story.

(Photo featured in the Republican-American article courtesy of Roger Castonguay, Jr. of The Defining Photo LLC.)

Follow Us! Friend Us! Stay Up-To-Date!

That’s right, the Joseloff Gallery has taken the leap, we’re now everywhere online.

We have a Twitter account, http://twitter.com/joseloffgallery for quick updates and reminders.

Or if Facebook is more your speed, we now have a Joseloff Gallery Facebook page.  Feel free to become a fan and receive updates on events and exhibitions, as well as photos and gallery sneak-peeks.

If you have any opinions about what you would like to see on our Facebook page, please email joseloff@hartford.edu.

Holiday Closings

If you’re planning a trip to the Joseloff during the holidays, please note our holiday closing schedule.

For the Thanksgiving break, we will be closed from November 24, 2008 through December 2, 2008.

For the winter break, we will be closed from December 22, 2008 through January 5, 2009

Always make sure to call the gallery to be certain that we are open before you make the trip to visit us. For information on holiday closings or those due to the inclement weather, please call (860) 768-4090.