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Danbury's WCSU Kicks Off Artist Lecture Series With Illustrator Aya Kakeda

Painter Glenn Goldberg will discuss his work Oct. 5. Photo Credit: Provided
Aya Kakeda will kick off Western Connecticut State University's Master of Fine Arts lecture series Sept. 9. Photo Credit: Provided

DANBURY, Conn. — Six artists whose paintings and illustrations have received critical acclaim in exhibitions worldwide will discuss their works and creative philosophy during the Western Connecticut State University fall semester Master of Fine Arts lecture series from September through November.

Each of the free six lectures will be at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext. in Danbury.

The series will kick off Wednesday with a lecture by illustrator Aya Kakeda, whose eclectic images of whimsical narratives and worlds drawn from her rich imagination have appeared internationally in books, comics, magazines, posters, product labeling and store installations. She has staged exhibitions at galleries across the United States, Canada, Japan and the Philippines.

Other lectures in the series include:

  • Monday, Sept. 21: Painter and educator Joseph Salerno has shown his works at 21 solo exhibitions and 74 group shows in New England and other locations nationwide during an artistic career spanning more than three decades.
  • Monday, Oct. 5: Painter Glenn Goldberg is an internationally recognized artist whose works are featured in the collections of leading art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum and Guggenheim Museum, all in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
  • Monday, Oct. 19: Painter Elisa Jensen draws creative inspiration from her native Brooklyn, where her paintings and drawings evoke a rapidly changing urban environment. Jensen has exhibited widely at New York City galleries, as well as galleries from Maine to Florida and in Denmark.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4: Illustrator Chris Buzelli, a Chicago native who has pursued his creative career in New York has become widely recognized for his works drawn for books, Broadway posters and major publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and Scientific American.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18: Painter Susanna Coffey has exhibited widely for the past 25 years across the United States, as well as France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Korea.

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