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Art Exhibit in West Hartford Features Work by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Artists

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The American School for the Deaf’s art exhibit has opened at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford in West Hartford.


In celebration of the American School for the Deaf’s (ASD) 200th anniversary, an art competition/exhibition was created for deaf and hard of hearing artists to showcase their talents and provide their unique perspectives on deafness.

ASD welcomed students, professionals and hobbyists creating three categories: students, professional, and general. Artists from all over the country submitted entries for consideration and many of these works are on display at the gallery which opened Thursday, May 25.

ASD is extremely grateful to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School for their collaboration on this exhibit and special thanks goes to Dean Nancy Stuart for her guidance and support. The school also thanks the three guest judges, Deaf Cartoonist and Painter Bex Freund from California; ASL Lecturer at the University of Rochester, NY ,Brenda Schertz; and Hartford Art School Professor Power Boothe for their expertise in selecting the winners of the art competition.

ASD is pleased to announce that three students from the American School for the Deaf received awards: Cameron Tubbs “Deaf Eyes” and Jenna Gigletti “Nancy Rourke’s Cat” received an award in the Juror’s Selection, and Diana Lim received an Honorable Mention for her piece “ASL Clock at ASD.”

For more information on ASD’s 200th anniversary please visit. www.asd200.org.

The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT. For weekend hours, please contact the gallery at 860-768-4393.

About the University of Hartford Art School:

The University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School offers a rigorous studio-based education that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Faculty includes professional artists, designers, and historians who teach classes in ceramics, illustration, media arts, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual communication design, and art history. Hartford Art School’s 350 undergraduate and 90 graduate students have access to a large university library, university-wide lectures, and expertise in other colleges. For more information about Hartford Art School, visit Hartford.edu/art.

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