CCT: “CHANGE” Juried Exhibit of Visual Art Created by Artists with Disabilities at Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery June 11 to August 20, 2010

“CHANGE” Juried Exhibit of Visual Art
Created by Artists with Disabilities
at Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery
June 11 to August 20, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 17th, 4:30-6:30pm
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Hartford, Conn. (May 3, 2010)  -  An exhibit featuring the art work of 18 Connecticut visual artists with disabilities will open on June 11, 2010 at the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery located on the 2nd floor of One Constitution Plaza in Hartford.  The opening reception will take place on June 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Entitled “CHANGE,” the juried exhibit was organized by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) and Young Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut, an affiliate of VSA, the international organization on arts and disability.

The exhibit showcases the creativity and talent of Connecticut artists with disabilities and was organized in response to the desire of Connecticut artists with disabilities to have an opportunity to showcase their work.  The exhibit will be fully accessible to artists and visitors, regardless of abilities.

The art works were selected from submissions received in response to a Call for Entries open to all Connecticut artists, ages 16 and up, with a disability.  Jurors for “CHANGE” included Stephanie Moore, Director of Visual Arts, national VSA, Washington, D.C., and Sal Scalora, former Director of Benton Museum at University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Exhibiting artists include:

Richard Anderson           Guilford
Christina Bevans             Milford
Vito Bonanno                 New Haven
Todd Carboni                Trumbull
Kristen Dockendorff      Vernon
Christopher Fusco         Washington
James Graves                Trumbull
Heather Harlow             Colchester
Dylan Heslin                  Orange
Bonnie Kaehler              Trumbull
Paul Kline                      West Hartford
Suella Kondo                 Milford
Bernard M. Lynch Jr.     New Haven
Ken Morgan                  Coventry
Kerri Quirk                    Willimantic
John Sembrakis              West Hartford
Michael Alan Snyder      West Hartford
John Taggart                  Glastonbury

What:    CHANGE: Juried Exhibition of Visual Art Created by Artists with Disabilities

Where:  Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery
             1 Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor,
Hartford, Connecticut

When:    June 11 – August 20, 2010
             Opening Reception:  June 17, 2010, 4:30 -6:30 pm

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About Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism’s Gallery is dedicated to promoting cultural enrichment and visual understanding of the Commission and its constituent organizations.  The gallery features changing exhibitions that support the mission of CCT and directly relate to programs within the agency.  The CCT Gallery is located at One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, and is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed state holidays and between exhibitions.  Please call in advance or visit www.cultureandtourism.org for exhibition information.

About the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism brings together tourism, historic preservation and the arts. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut’s cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state. The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism is located at One Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, Connecticut.  For more information, log on to
www.cultureandtourism.org.

About Young Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut, an affiliate of VSA

Young Audiences’ mission is to integrate the arts into the lives of children in educational and community settings.  As Connecticut’s VSA affiliate, Young Audiences is committed to creating a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.  Our arts programs reach over 400,000 children and adults annually in 86% of Connecticut’s towns. For more information, visit www.yaconn.org and www.ctvsa.org. 

Contacts:
Karen Senich
Executive Director
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
(860) 256-2727 (Leigh Johnson)

An-Ming Truxes
Art Division Director
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
(860) 256-2722

Judith Mortensen
VSA Program Manager
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut, an affiliate of VSA
(203) 230-8101