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Atrium Gallery re-named Contemporary Art Gallery
The Atrium Gallery was re-named Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG)
Performance artist Marina Abramovic chosen as 2004 Sackler Artist-in-Residence at the University of Connecticut
March 15, 2004
“Marina Abramovic Yugoslavian-born performance artist Marina Abramovic was chosen as the University of Connecticut’s 2004 Sackler Artist-in-Residence. Abramovic uses her body as both subject and medium to examine her physical and emotional limits. She often withstands pain and discomfort during her performances. In one of her early works, for example, she lay down inside the blazing frame of a wooden star that had been set afire. The beautiful oversized photographs she produced for her Contemporary Art Galleries exhibition, ‘Count on Us,’ where taken in her homeland and later exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.” — From a March 15, 2004 article by Sherry Fisher in Advance on the Web.
American Association of Museums names Contemporary Art Gallery exhibit one of four best in US
October 16, 2006
“Kiss: When a Kiss isn’t Just a Kiss” was selected by the American Association of Museums as one of the four best museum exhibits in North America during 2005. The award was given for concept, presentation, quality of individual works, and how the exhibit was used at the University. ”I’m very proud of the award,” [CAG Director] Rosenberg says. ”Our small gallery won over museums with millions of dollars to spend on their exhibitions. We bring in great art and we do it on a tiny budget, but we do it creatively.” — Article by Sherry Fisher, University of Connecticut Advance, October 16, 2006.
Nari Ward chosen as 2007 Sackler Artist-in-Residence
March 12, 2007 Nari Ward’s ”Salvage Research Soul Training Project,” 2007 was a multimedia installation that includes wheelchair-bound puppeteers and dance actions developed and performed by internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Ralph Lemon. It also featured a naturalistic six-foot-tall parrot puppet able to sing karaoke songs with the former Mansfield Training School Chorus and Band, and ”parrot” a diatribe of quotes, statistics, official pronouncements, and personalized reflections. Ward’s CAG exhibition explores notions of vulnerability, dependence, waiting, anticipation, and resilience of the human spirit. This exhibition traveled to The Queens Museum in New York City.
Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future
Dean David Woods served the School and the University from 2000 to 2012. His successor, Dean Brid Grant, served from 2012 to 2015.
The timeline team extends our thanks to both of these leaders. Their enthusiastic support has made this timeline possible. Please visit our Acknowledgments page to learn about many other contributors.
Alfredo Jaar named Sackler Artist-in-Residence
Jaar is an internationally acclaimed artist, photographer, architect and filmmaker. Here is a link to one of his shorter films, “Alfredo Jaar en la Galeria Oliva,”about five and a half minutes long, released during the same year he visited Storrs. “Alfredo Jaar en la Galeria Oliva”
SFA’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated
April 30, 2011
Festivities began with a concert to re-dedicate and celebrate the completion of the restoration of the University’s carillon.
The beautiful spring weather was ideal for a celebratory procession to an outdoor reception at the Benton Art Museum.
Following the reception came an “Arts Walk” featuring student presentations of a variety of art forms.
The evening concluded with the annual awards ceremony recognizing outstanding students, faculty and staff.
School of Fine Arts reached its $12 million goal for the 2006 Capital Campaign
Dean Woods announced that the School of Fine Arts reached its $12 million goal for the Capital Campaign of the University of Connecticut Foundation begun on July 1, 2006. SFA was the only school at the University of Connecticut to have reached 100% of its Campaign goal. Woods thanked faculty and staff for a 55% participation rate in the ”Close to Home” campaign and Paul Goldberg of the Foundation for his tireless efforts on behalf of the School.