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Art by UConn faculty to decorate Old State House with diversity
August 29, 1997

Works by UConn faculty-artists will be showcased at the Old State House in Hartford this fall.

The UConn Fine Arts Faculty Show, running from September 11 through November 1, will include 75 works by 16 faculty-artists.

"The faculty exhibition is an outstanding example of the University of Connecticut tradition: excellence in our programs, access for all our citizens to these programs, and service to Hartford, to Connecticut, and beyond," says President Philip Austin.

Monica Bock's installation consists of two cast resin chairs placed on either side of the original statue of justice in the foyer of the building's second floor. "Eye for an Eye" also incorporates wooden nickels and a wooden tooth. Bock is an assistant professor of art.

Sal Scalora explores the martyrdom of Elvis Presley in his work. "Aztec Elvis," a painting on velvet from Mexico, is embellished with seashells, mink skins, plastic flowers and an alligator pocketbook. Scalora is an associate professor of art.

Alfred Martinez, a professor of art, is showing an illuminated wicker coffin accompanied by a sound track by Ray Charles.

Deborah Muirhead, who recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will show paintings on paper with text which are connected to colonial African-American history. A professor of art, she is also showing large abstract paintings that suggest head-like forms.

"We trust that our many friends in Hartford will enjoy this opportunity to experience the expressive power and rich diversity of a great fine arts faculty," says Robert Gray, dean of the School of Fine Arts. "This event is also the first occasion to view exciting works by several new artists who have recently joined our faculty - all great teachers, all committed to drawing forth the highest level of imagination and creativity from their students. I am deeply grateful to the executive director of the Old State House, William H. Faude, for giving us this opportunity."

Other artists in the show are: Frank Armstrong, assistant professor; Pamela Bramble, associate professor; John Craig, professor; Cora Lynn Deibler, assistant professor; Ray DiCapua, associate professor; Jeffrey Gaither, assistant professor; Gus Mazzocca, professor; Kathryn Myers, associate professor; Frank Noelker, assistant professor; Laurie Sloan, associate professor; Zoe Strickler, assistant professor; Richard Thornton, professor.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat.urdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sherry Fisher