Discussing Enchantment: A Gallery Talk with Zina Davis

Wednesday December 9, 2009
Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

Please join Zina Davis, the director of the Joseloff Gallery and curator of Enchantment, on Wednesday December 9, 2009 in the Joseloff Gallery for an informal gallery talk from 11:30am-12:30pm titled Discussing Enchantment.

Bring your questions and listen as Ms. Davis describes the pieces in the show, what brought them all together in our gallery, and what she finds “enchanting” about the exhibition.

This hour-long talk in the gallery is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the K-visitor lot in the front of the Hartford Art School.

Please note that no food or beverages are allowed in the Joseloff Gallery during Enchantment. If you would like to make a lunch reservation at the 1877 Club Restaurant next door to the gallery for after the talk, please call 860-768-4876.


A Week of Enchantment







Thank you to everyone who came out and made our week of Enchantment such a success.  Wednesday’s lecture with Julie Heffernan was inspiring and engaging; Thursday’s lecture with Peter Trippi was eye-opening and thought-provoking; and Friday’s panel discussion moderated by Peter Trippi was entertaining and exciting with artists James Gurney, Alison Moritsugu, Graydon Parrish, Patricia Watwood, and the director of the Dahesh Museum of Art, Dr. David Farmer.  It was wonderful to see other participating artists including Gail Boyajian and Jennifer Knaus joining the crowds at the lectures and the extremely well-attended opening reception.  It was a wonderful week and we can’t thank everyone enough.

Enchantment, the sixth Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition will be on display through January 17, 2010 at the Joseloff Gallery.  The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend from November 26th through the 30th, and again for the winter break from December 21st  through January 4th.

Announcing: Enchantment

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Enchantment, this year’s Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition, will take place from November 6, 2009 through January 17, 2010 at the Joseloff Gallery.

Enchantment will focus on Romanticism and the figure in academic art with paintings from the late nineteenth century alongside works by contemporary artists who utilize the genre to engage in wider themes.

Lectures will take place on Wednesday November 4 and Thursday November 5 , ending with a symposium panel discussion on Friday November 6, preceding the opening reception.  The exhibition will continue through January 17, 2010.

The exhibition will include painters and illustrators who are dedicated, to some degree or another, to the rigors of the academy, characterized by a formal process of copying prints from past masters, drawing from plaster casts, and drawing and painting from a nude model. Strictly speaking, drawing was the foundation of all academic painting; there was a hierarchy of subjects such as history and mythology, with emphasis on detail through an idealized lens.

Others in the exhibition use contemporary methods to embrace and subvert these themes.  This includes combining the subject from one masterpiece with the style from another; artists who mine the past to create paintings that reinterpret old themes in today’s visual language; use allegorical references to depict contemporary events; through photography, explore the transition between the authentic work of art and its reproduction; exaggerate the idealization of form and subject using humor and irony; depict recognizable contemporary figures as heroic icons from the past.

A goal of the Distinguished Artists program is to bring artists, historians, and critics to campus to engage in a dialogue with students, faculty and the community related to a particular topic through lectures and discussions held in the days leading up to the opening reception.


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Julie Heffernan
Wednesday November 4, 2009, 1:30-3:00pm, Wilde Auditorium

Julie Heffernan’s theatrical and opulent paintings reinterpret allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life with a haunting mystery and ominous beauty.

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Peter Trippi
Thursday November 5, 2009, 1:30-3:00pm, Wilde Auditorium

Peter Trippi is editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, a bimonthly magazine for collectors of representational painting, sculpture, drawings and prints — both historical and contemporary.  Trippi was director of the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City between 2003 and 2006.


Panel Discussion, “Enchantment Then and Now: Drawing Connections” moderated by Peter Trippi
Friday November 6, 2009, 1:30-3:00pm, Wilde Auditorium

This lively discussion will include a panels of participating artists including James Gurney, Alison Moritsugu, Graydon Parrish, and Patricia Watwood, and the director of the Dahesh Museum of Art, David Farmer.

Opening Reception

The opening of the Enchantment exhibition
Friday November 6, 2009, 5:00-7:00pm, Joseloff Gallery

Would you like a sneak peek of the work that will be in the Enchantment exhibition?  Visit our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/joseloffgallery

Gallery Talk with Zina Davis


Please join us from noon-1pm on Wednesday April 29, 2009 for a gallery talk and discussion with the director of the Joseloff Gallery, Zina Davis.

Learn about world-renowned artist Nancy Graves while touring the exhibition Nancy Graves: Inspired Vision.

The talk and discussion are free and open to the public.  Free parking will be available in visitor lot K in front of the Hartford Art School.  Please call the gallery for more information, or email joseloff@hartford.edu.

PostDec Panel Discussion

Better late than never!  The pictures are finally in from the PostDec panel discussion that was held on December 6, 2007 in the Koopman Commons at the Hartford Art School.

It was standing room-only as PostDec artists Joyce Kozloff, Jesse Lambert, Renee Petropoulos, Suzanne McClelland, and Robert Kushner discussed art, art-making, and the evolution of Pattern and Decoration.

Gallery Director Zina Davis moderated the panel as the five artists discussed ideas and answered questions from the audience, then proceeded to the Joseloff Gallery or a brief reception.

Thank you to everyone who attended the discussion and those who donated their services to make the evening a success.  Thank you to Sam Ekwutzel for recording the discussion, and to Roger Castonguay for taking the lovely photographs.  An a big thank you to all of the artists for attending and participating in such an interesting and engaging panel discussion.


Thank you to everyone for your interest in out October 2007 tour of the Philip Johnson Glass House.  We are now officially sold out with a waiting list of 12+.  We called to book a spring tour and weren’t able to secure one until July 2008!  If anyone likes to plan a year in advance, please send us an email and we’ll add your name to the list.

Trip Confirmed

It is now official.  We have a 22-person motorcoach reserved to take us down to New Canaan to the Philip Johnson Glass House for our spectacular tour on October 3.  In the next couple of weeks you should receive a mailing about the trip, including a registration form.  We have already had several people reserve the limited twenty seats on the guided tour, so register early.  Spaces are bound to go quickly.

The cost for the trip will be $55.  That’s $25 for the guided tour of the Glass House, and $30 for the motorcoach.

We will leave West Hartford at approximately 9:30am, and arrive in New Canaan for 11am.  Our first tour will begin at 12:30pm, leaving plenty of time to have lunch in beautiful downtown New Canaan beforehand.  Then the first group of ten will leave for their tour, while the second group gets to enjoy the shops and streets of this historic town.  The second tour will begin at 1:30pm and end at 3pm.  We will all have a brief break to stretch our legs and get one last coffee before we board the motorcoach again and head back to West Hartford.  We should arrive home by 5pm.

We’re all very excited about this exclusive opportunity to tour the Philip Johnson Glass House.  If you have any questions, or would like to reserve your space on the trip by phone, please don’t hesitate to call (860) 768-4090.