CCT: The Gallery at Constitution Plaza

The Gallery at Constitution Plaza


Past Exhibits
 

{Fellowship}

Fellowship: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
December 1, 2016 - March 3, 2017

{Fellowship} Fellowship is defined as a friendly relationship, companionship, camaraderie, society, or community of interest. In the aftermath of the contentious election season, it seems we could all use more fellowship in our lives.

Fellowship features artwork by four Connecticut artists awarded the Connecticut Office of the Arts’ highly-competitive Artist Fellowship. These artists were selected in 2014 based on the excellence of their work:

Johannes DeYoung (Oxford) – film/video

Joe Fig (Simsbury) – sculpture/3D installation

Kayla Gibbons (Stamford) – sculpture/3D installation

Terrence Lavin (Meriden) - craft

The grants provided an opportunity for them to continue their artistic development and to create new work. Fellowship features the fruits of their labor.

 

{Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities}

Connecticut Traditional Artists and Their Communities: An exhibit celebrating 25 years of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program
August 11 - November 4, 2016


This exhibit highlights the work of Connecticut folk artists whose creativity expresses the history, cultures, values, and beliefs essential to their heritage. Their skills are learned from family and community members over years of observation, practice, and artistic participation. Artists include Peruvian woodcarver and furniture restoration expert Romulo Chanduvi, Polish iconographer and community folklorist Marek Czarnecki, Ukrainian pysanky (decorated eggs) master Paul Luniw, and Q Delpeche, creator of brilliant Trinidad-style Carnival costumes. Several skilled textile artists from newcomer groups including Bosnian, Burmese Karen, and Assyrian will display their weavings, embroideries, and lace. The Finnish community from eastern Connecticut will show their woodcarvings, weavings, and sauna decorations, and the Tibetan community will display thangka paintings, woven rugs, and a sand mandala. Occupational artists from maritime, ironwork, decoy carving, and shoe-making traditions will illustrate the crafts of working communities.

 

{With A Twist}

With A Twist: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
April 7 - July 1, 2016

With A Twist features works by Connecticut artists whose artistic method or subject matter are unexpected upon initial viewing. All of them have received the Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Adam Bernard (Guilford) uses a cake decorator to apply thousands of acrylic dots to create his paintings based on digital imagery.

Jonathan Brand (New Haven) photographs items left behind on Metro North commuter trains, uses them to create realistic digital models that he slices up and carves, then glues the pieces together to form the final sculptures.

Jaclyn Conley (New Haven) is inspired by photographs of First Ladies and Presidents embracing young children, creating paintings of intertwining shapes and marks which both merge together and resist one another.

Marjorie Wolfe (Cheshire) makes panoramic photographs that encompass a wider view than the eye can see at one time.


{By and by}

By and by ... at home with Sam and Livy
December 2, 2015 - March 4, 2016

Artspace New Haven curators Sarah Fritchey and Rashmi Talpade remake the rules of a game played by American author, Samuel Clemens, in his Hartford home, bringing it into the white cube setting. The exhibit features works on paper by 13 artists who share Clemens' aptitude for storytelling, humor, and symbolism. The work was selected from Artspace's Flatfile Collection.

 
 

{MOVE}

MOVE: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
August 6 - November 6, 2015

{MOVE: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients} MOVE
features Connecticut artists who have received the Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. cici artist (Stamford) creates video art allowing viewers to see her drawings, paintings, and sculptures in motion. Zachary Keeting (New Haven) paints mutating shapes of curves and corners and vivid colors with energy between freedom and restraint. Jon Olivieri (New Milford) creates paintings inspired by his travels, geology, and scientific visualizations, focusing on climactic moments in movement. Noel Sardalla (New Haven) explores dynamic qualities in volume, space, and territory in his installations informed by nature, including swarming insects and birds and creatures like the octopus. Gwen Strahle (Dayville) paints still lifes of the same sets of objects that may shift from painting to painting, but the focus is on nesting and growth, stillness and movement.

Click an image to see the artist's statement:
 

{Cici Artist}
cici artist

{Zachary Keeting}
Zachary Keeting

{Jon Olivieri}
Jon Olivieri

{Noel Sardalla}
Noel Sardalla

{Gwen Strahle}
Gwen Strahle



{Everyday Icon}

Everyday Icon: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
April 23 - July 2, 2015

{Everyday Icon} Everyday Icon
features Connecticut artists whose work explores ordinary people, places, things, and ideas. Andrew Hogan (New Haven) uses his photography to explore the relationships among the ordinary social landscape, those that inhabit it, and the traces left behind. Brendan O’Connell (West Cornwall) paints the “everydayness” of things and people in American life using the interiors of Walmart as his subject matter. John O’Donnell (New Haven) creates installations that incorporate objects from popular media and consumer culture to examine social and cultural implications. Christine Osinski (Ridgefield) photographs young artists at the start of their journey to continually imagine and reinvent themselves and their work, placing them at the forefront of contemporary culture. Jessica Somers (Terryville) uses her photography to create visual metaphors reflecting her struggles, reflections, and fears pertaining to personal choices versus societal expectations in marriage and domestic life.

Click an image to see the artist's statement:

{Andrew Hogan}
Andrew Hogan

{Brendan O}
Brendan O'Connell

{John O}
John O'Donnell

{Christine Osinski}
Christine Osinski

{Jessica Somers}
Jessica Somers



{Uarts - Chapel Haven} Universal Arts + Connecticut People Learning Art Creative Entrepreneurs
An art + artisan exhibition
December 18, 2014 - March 27, 2015

Celebrate the work of artists and artisans, and shop for handmade goods including silk and handwoven scarves, candles, jewelry, tote bags, cards, ornaments + much more. Refreshments + tastings. Featuring products from Uarts organizations: CHAPEL HAVEN / CITY LIGHTS GALLERY / KERRI GALLERY / ARTS CONNECTION STUDIO HARTFORD ARTISANS WEAVING CENTER / MATTATUCK MUSEUM / VETERANS ART FOUNDATION RED TAIL LEARNING CENTER / MARRAKECH / RHD 

 
 
{That} That's Life: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
August 7 - November 6, 2014

{That} That’s Life features Connecticut artists whose work explores people’s lives through different kinds of portraiture. Amy Bilden (Greenwich) creates sculptures and installations that are tributes to a life and the imprints left after that life has passed. Meredith Miller (New Haven) makes photographic portraits, sometimes inspired by modern art, to reveal the disconnection of life today and the psychology of her subjects. Kathryn Myers (Storrs) records video interviews with contemporary artists in India to document their lives in a country undergoing great changes, both progressive and destructive. Perry Obee (New Haven) paints people (often himself) and the rooms they occupy with recognizable imagery that is also spatially-disorienting due to abstracted compositions.
Cara Vickers-Kane (formerly Willimantic) creates nude photographic portraits that recall historical images, challenging the viewer to question his or her personal perceptions and assumptions of beauty and cultural standards.
 
Click an image to see the artist's statement:

{Amy Bilden}
Amy Bilden

{Meredith Miller}
Meredith Miller

{Kathryn Myers}
Kathryn Myers

{Perry Obee}
Perry Obee

{Cara Vickers-Kane}
Cara
Vickers-Kane

 
 
{Natural Selections} Natural Selections: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
April 3 - July 3, 2014

{Natural Selections} Natural Selections
features Connecticut artists whose work is inspired by nature. They are also among the select few to have received the Artist Fellowship grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Jennifer Davies (Branford, CT) creates paper and fiber pieces not only using natural material but often evoking natural forms like water bubbles and spider webs. Amelia de Neergaard (West Cornwall, CT) connects natural materials together with the manmade, creating her linear drawings in space. Michael Gatonska (East Hartford, CT) composes music that both integrates sound recordings of nature and evokes his natural surroundings and experiences. Suzan Shutan (Hamden, CT) uses tar roofing paper in her installations referencing oil spills, carbon footprints, and our global dependence upon oil. Jeff Slomba (West Haven, CT) makes sculpture inspired by the convergence of our natural and built worlds and the influence they have on each other, often incorporating flotsam and jetsam he finds on Connecticut’s shores. Joseph Smolinski (New Haven, CT) explores human interventions in the landscape, especially involving technology, climate change, and environmental disasters, in his mixed media works on paper.

Click an image to see the artist's statement:

{Jennifer Davies}

Jennifer Davies

{Amelia de Neergaard}

Amelia
de Neergaard

{Michael Gatonska}

Michael Gatonska

{Suzan Shutan}

Suzan Shutan

{Jeff Slomba}

Jeff Slomba

{Joseph Smolinski}

Joseph Smolinski


{Now & Then} Now & Then: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
December 5, 2013 - March 7, 2014

Now & Then
features contemporary artists who find inspiration in the past. Cara DeAngelis (Monroe, CT) paints still life scenes featuring roadkill that both emulate and satirize 17th-century hunting still life paintings. Photographs of flattened boxes by Linda Lindroth (New Haven, CT) evoke 20th-century Abstract Expressionists and Russian Constructivists like Ellsworth Kelly and Mark Rothko. Susan McCaslin (New Haven, CT) creates installations and sculptures inspired by her muse, The Old Leatherman, a 19th-century transient famous for walking a 365-mile route between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers every 35 days for over 30 years. Paintings by Chris Osborne (New Milford, CT) portray 20th-century American icons – Jazz and Blues musical legends and automobiles. Carol Padberg (West Hartford, CT) embeds interactive, high-capacity color barcodes into her modern versions of 19th-century crazy quilts. Caleb Portfolio (Southington, CT) taps into the romance of 17th-century literary character Don Quixote to create his new silent movies. The poetry of Joan Seliger Sidney (Storrs, CT), a second-generation Holocaust survivor, bears witness to that dark period in world history.

Click an image to see the artist's statement:

{Cara DeAngelis}
Cara DeAngelis

{Linda Lindroth}
Linda Lindroth

{Susan McCaslin}
Susan McCaslin

{Chris Osborne}
Chris Osborne

{Carol Padberg}
Carol Padberg

{Caleb Portfolio}
Caleb Portfolio

{Joan Seliger Sidney}
Joan Seliger Sidney

 
{Loss | Gain postcard} Loss|Gain: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
July 25 - November 1, 2013

Loss|Gain is an exhibition featuring Connecticut artists who deeply delve into their experiences of loss. Their artwork is inspired through the loss of loved ones, diminishment of physical or mental abilities, or the study of natural history and extinction of species. This universal human experience of loss on both personal and scientific levels is explored through sculpture, craft, video, works on paper, and poetry. Through the exploration process and the development of their work, these artists search for what is, or can be, gained from their experiences.
 

The featured artists have received Artist Fellowships from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. This program provides grants to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticut’s creative artists. Of more than 40 recent recipients, the artists included in Loss|Gain identify with the exhibit theme and see it as an important, if not central, concept in their work. All of them are women. Coincidence or not, it is another interesting facet of this exhibit to contemplate.

The exhibiting artists are Rachel Berwick of Killingworth (sculpture/installation), Harriet G. Caldwell of Harwinton (work on paper), Pam Lacey of Bridgeport (craft), Kim Mikenis of Hamden (new media), Vivian Shipley of North Haven (poetry), and Rita Valley of Southbury (craft).

Check out the feature article in the September/October 2013 issue of Artscope Magazine

Click an image to see the artist's statement:

{Rachel Berwick}
Rachel

Berwick

{Harriet G. Caldwell}
Harriet G.

Caldwell

{Pam Lacey}
Pam

Lacey

{Kim Mikenis}
Kim

Mikenis

{Vivian Shipley}
Vivian

Shipley

{Rita Valley}
Rita

Valley


{Art Forms} Art Forms: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
April 4 - July 5, 2013

This exhibit features recipients of the Artist Fellowship grant program. Lorelei Chang, Jan Cunningham, Geoffrey Detrani, Elizabeth Gourlay, Andrew Molleur, and John Rohlfing explore form, shape, and line through choreography, crafts, painting, photography, and works on paper. Their artwork ranges from static to fluid, ordered to energetic. Through geometrical shapes and curvilinear forms, they pull attention toward certain areas and away from others, creating a dynamic visual experience.













Click an image to see the artist's statement:

   Once: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
   November 28, 2012 - March 8, 2013
 
   In our fast-paced society, Shira Avidor, Andrew Cooks
   Crystal Heiden, Maria Sassi, Gabriella Svenningsen, and 
   Jared Torello are artists who explore the more ephemeral
   qualities of time and memory. Some of them capture a
   moment in time to sustain or idealize it, as others celebrate
   its elusiveness. Gabriella Svenningsen expressed in her Artist Fellowship application that, "Fleeting moments define what life is." Every moment counts and the artworks in this exhibition provide evidence of that notion.
{City Canvas Unveiled}    City Canvas Unveiled
   August 27 - November 2, 2012
   
   City Canvas Unveiled features the City Canvas Initiative projects
   completed in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New London,
   Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury.




 
   Individual Common: A Selection of Artist Fellowship Recipients
   May 1 - July 27, 2012
   Featured Artists: Roland Becerra, Chotsani Elaine Dean,
   
Nathan Lewis, Lady McCrady, Karl Saliter


   Individual Common
 features film, painting, sculpture, and craft

   that arrive at universal truths through the artists' intense personal explorations. The focus on psychological and emotional issues personal to each artist invites the viewer to consider their own universal truths. The thoughts and feelings that make us individuals are shown to be common experiences shared by all.


{Setting Order}    Setting Order: An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients
   January 10 - April 12, 2012
   Featured Artists: Roger McKee, Joe Pentland, Elizabeth Walsh,
   
Andrea Wollensak, Torrance York

   Setting Order
 
features painting, sculpture, and time-based media

   installation which examine the settings and environments we

   create for ourselves and the implications they have on our lives.

   The artists in this exhibition also bring together a desire to build

   order out of chaotic and disparate elements, whether they be tangible or intangible, including real objects, visual or formal languages, or even ideas and concepts. Through finding order, the artists discover meaning in the settings we create.


{A Just Standard}

   A Just Standard: A Selection of Artist Fellowship Recipients
   September 12 - December 6, 2011
   Featured Artists: Donald Bracken, Sean Langlais, Kim Sobel,

   Thomas Throop, Matthew Weber

   A Just Standard
is an exhibition of paintings and sculptural works

   by Connecticut artists who use nature to inform the creation of

   their work. Some artists choose to find the beauty and mystery

   of natural forms and materials and represent them in original ways; while others examine, mimic, and take cues from nature, or utilize the forces of nature to power their work. The work in this exhibition relates to the sentiments of poets and artists throughout the ages who have believed in nature as a constant standard of measure for all human endeavors.
"First follow NATURE, and your Judgment frame / By her just Standard, which is still the same…/ Life, Force, and Beauty, must to all impart / At once the source, and End, and Test of Art."

- Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope, 1709
 

{Second Glance}    
Second Glance: A Selection of Artist Fellowship Recipients
   May 5 - July 15, 2011
   Featured Artists: Matthias Alfen, Frank Bruckmann,
 
   Second Glance includes a variety of artwork that invites the
   viewer to take a second glance. The artworks contain multiple
   interpretations which reward those who engage in a prolonged viewing experience. Several artists depict their subjects in ways that are counter-intuitive or inconsistent with what one might otherwise expect; some artists deal with duality in an overt or literal way by focusing on concepts that are in opposition to one another; and other artists question conventional notions of craft by working with traditional craft mediums in a contemporary art context. Second Glance challenges the viewer to go beyond first impressions and spend a moment discovering deeper significance.
 
 
 
 
Grey Area: A Selection of Artist Fellowship Recipients
November 19, 2010 - January 21, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Stone House to Glass House: Preserving Connecticut History
April 1 - May 28, 2010
*This exhibit is available for tour.  Contact Karin Peterson at 860-256-2760 or karin.peterson@ct.gov
 
 
Matters of Pattern
January 2, 2010 - March 19, 2010
 
 
Portrait of America
July 2, 2009 - August 28, 2009
 
 
Living Modern in New Canaan
April 23, 2009 - June 19, 2009
 
 
 
 
Lost & Found
December 18, 2008 - February 6, 2009
 
 
Touring Connecticut
October 16 - December 5, 2008
 
 
OneThing
September 12 - October 3, 2008 
 
 
Tracing Identity
July 10 - August 29, 2008
 
 
Altered Ground
May 15 - July 3, 2008
 
 
Worlds Away
March 24 - May 2, 2008
 
 
Home
January 23 - March 7, 2008
 
 
Benjamin & Petit
September 11 - November 11, 2005
 
 
 
 
Carrigan, Czarnecki & Lane
April 4 - June 11, 2005
 
 
Altman, Bosco, Guarino & Kristoff
January 18 - March 25, 2005