2016-2017 Schedule Just Posted

Click on over to our Current Schedule page to see the latest information on our May 2016-May 2017 exhibition schedule!  It’s shaping up to be a very exciting year in the Silpe Gallery.


Everything You Can Think of is True: Robert Wilson Drawings

Everything You Can Think of is True, a celebration of acclaimed director, artist, musician, and performer, Robert Wilson is the result of the collaboration between the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School and The Hartt School.

Featured in the exhibition is a collection of small drawings by Robert Wilson. These nine, never-before exhibited artworks were donated to the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2001 by the artist George Deem, and have been generously lent to the Silpe Gallery for this exhibition.

Accompanying the drawings, a study area is available for visitors to sit and view scores by and books about Robert Wilson. A television screen will also show a selection of video clips of Robert Wilson Performances curated by Kyle Grimm, co-director of Hartford New Music Festival.

Several multi-media events and performances will take place in the gallery during the twelve-day exhibition. These events, organized by Ken Steen, Hartt School professor of composition and theory, include lunchtime performances by Hartt School faculty and students; a film screening; and several weekend and evening dance and performance events. All Silpe Gallery performances and events during this exhibition are free and open to the public.

The lunchtime performances and installations present an opportunity for performers and audience members alike to engage with the exhibition of Wilson’s works in a wide variety of contexts. It provides space and time for students and faculty to exhibit and perform work inspired by, or in direct relation or juxtaposition to the works on the walls, or more broadly to Robert Wilson’s extensive catalog of works.

Some of the musical and sonic works are by composers who have collaborated with Mr. Wilson—for example Wilson’s longtime collaborator Philip Glass’ newly composed piece for Robert Black. Other performances will be in direct response to the works on paper in the exhibition, as in Zach Rowden and Robert Black’s improvisations included in “Among Pieces of Glass”. In this case, the drawings and lithographs themselves will serve as musical scores from which the two bassists will draw inspiration and engage in sonic/musical dialog with the visual artworks.

Everything You Can Think of is True celebrates the great Robert Wilson in advance of his on-campus performance scheduled for March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater. Tickets are available from the Lincoln Theater box office and website, or by calling 860-768-4228. Single tickets are, as always, free for University of Hartford students, faculty and staff.

On Friday, March 11 other events in Lincoln Theater will include A Direct Encounter discussion from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Mr. Wilson and University of Hartford students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, moderated by arts writer and theater writer/critic for Variety, Frank Rizzo. This will be followed by the conferring ceremony of the Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, upon Mr. Wilson, by University of Hartford President Walter Harrison.

Since the late 1960s, Robert Wilson’s productions have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera. Through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his vision. Wilson’s close ties and collaborations with leading artists, writers, and musicians continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.


Friday, February 19, 12:15 p.m.
Zach Rowden
performance installation, solo double bass

Saturday, February 20, 12:15 p.m.
Kyle Grimm, Zach Rowden, Matt Sargent
Code Poems, lap steel/electric guitar and two double basses

Sunday, February 21, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black
not doing… playing/reciting, talking & playing again
Featuring the Hartford premier of Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac (composed for Robert Black).

Monday, February 22, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black
not doing… playing/reciting, talking & playing again
Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac (composed for Robert Black).
Performance and discussion

Tuesday, February 23, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black and Zach Rowden
Two basses, nine works on paper, and room to move…

Wednesday, February 24, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black
not doing… playing/reciting, talking & playing again
Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac (composed for Robert Black).
Performance and discussion

Thursday, February 25, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black and Zach Rowden
Among Pieces of Glass
Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac, interspersed with improvisations based on Robert Wilson’s nine works on paper.

Friday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Tide: walls of sound & extreme sonic fragility
Recent works by Matt Sargent

Soft Song (for solo cello) (2006)
Christopher Beroes-Haigis (cello)
Tide (10+1 basses) (2015)
Zach Rowden (bass)
More Snow To Fall (2015)
Trevor Saint (glockenspiel)Tide (10+1 cellos) (2015)
Christopher Beroes-Haigis (cello)

Monday, February 29, 12:15 p.m.
Ken Steen
Leap Day Sound Installation
hat – chair – bulb – raven – blue: homage to RW

Monday, February 29, 7 p.m.
Miki Orihara
Choreography by Miki Orihara
Dance performance with video

Music by Mica Nozawa and Janis Ian
Costume by Mitsuno Yoko
Costume Supervised by Karen Young
Video by Tobin Del Cuore
Original Lighting Design by Clifton Taylor
Premiere: 2014
”I Hear You Sing Again” is written by Woody Guthrie and Janis Ian, and published by Woody Guthrie Publishing and Rude Girl Pub. It is used with the generous permission of Janis Ian.
Dance by Miki Orihara

Presentation/discussion of student composer/choreographer projects

Tuesday, March 1, 12:15 p.m.
Adam Lenz
A Place to Come and Escape from the World
Closing sound installation

Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Absolute Wilson
Screening and discussion
The film chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. (105 minutes.)


Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
An evening with Robert Wilson
Lincoln Theater


In an exceptional performance of nearly three hours, director and artist Robert Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe. Combining hundreds of striking images from through his prolific career, Wilson provides an intimate self‐portrait of his creative process. Mr. Wilson references his landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach (created with composer Philip Glass), The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Madama Butterfly, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Heiner Mueller’s Quartett. At the conclusion of the performance, the audience is invited to explore Mr. Wilson’s ideas further during an informal question‐and‐answer period.

Robert Carl’s Infinity Avenue SoundArt Installation/Performance

Infinity Avenue poster_Page_1We are thrilled to be announcing several upcoming collaborations with the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, which will bring faculty, student, and guest performers to the Silpe Gallery for free public events.

Our first event takes place on Monday, February 15, from 4-8 PM.  Robert Carl will present his sound installation Infinity Avenue.

Infinity Avenue is a laptop-guided sonic environment programmed in MaxMSP, which explores a vast space of overtone-based harmonies. It is an environment both for contemplation and participation. The public is invited to come and listen/observe, and also, if they wish, to perform in response to the sounds. If you have an instrument, or just your voice, you are welcome add your line to the fabric of the piece as it unfolds over its four hours.

Don’t miss this exciting performance!

Announcing A Call for Entries

pink chipsThe Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School is proud to announce a call for entries for our 2016 juried show: PINK! a small works exhibition addressing the multi-faceted notion of what pink represents.

Is pink sexual? Feminine? Soft? Bold? Complimentary? Derogatory? How does pink make you feel?  What are the implications of the word “pink” in our modern language?  How would you describe pink to a person without sight?  Submissions need not include the color pink in order to be considered.

PINK! Is the Silpe Gallery’s third national juried exhibition open to all artists working in the continental United States. Works in all media will be accepted with a size limit of no more than 24” on the longest side. Works will be selected by our guest juror, illustrator, educator, and author, Kate Bingaman-Burt.

Works will be juried from digital images only, please visit pink.artcall.org to submit entries.

The jury fee is $35 for up to three entries. A maximum of three entries may be submitted per person.  From the selected entries, three will be chosen to receive the juror’s prizes of $300, $200, and $100.

Entries will be accepted online from 8 a.m. EST on December 28, 2015 through noon EST on Monday, February 15, 2016.

The exhibition of selected works will take place in the Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery on the campus of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT from March 7-26, 2016.  A closing reception and awards presentation will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 4-6 PM in the Silpe Gallery.

Available works will be presented for sale during the exhibition.

For more information, please visit pink.artcall.org or email us at joseloff@hartford.edu.

pink chips

Up Next: Game of Throwns, the Clay Club Show and Sale

Opening the weekend after Thanksgiving break, the Silpe is proud to announce the always popular Hartford Art School Clay Club Show and Sale.  This year’s show theme is “Game of Throwns”.  Join us for a week long show and sale of work created by Hartford Art School students, alumni, and faculty.

Get your holiday shopping done and support the Clay Club as they raise money to travel to the 2016 Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Kansas City, MO.

Show and Sale Dates: December 5-10, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 6-8 p.m.

Up Next: Freshman Foundation Show

This weekend, Gilman. Pieper. Selwyn. Wenzel 1968-2015 will be open for your final chance at viewing this terrific alumni exhibition, before it is taken down.

The gallery will be dark for two weeks while the Hartford Art School hosts National Portfolio Day on October 31 (more info here), and then for another week while the annual Freshman Foundation Exhibition is installed.

If you’ve never seen a Freshman Foundation Exhibition, you’re in for a treat.  The new art students, the eventual Hartford Art School class of 2019, show off the wide variety of projects they’ve completed in their fall Foundation courses.  It’s a jam-packed, floor-to-ceiling extravaganza of creativity and art-making.  Here are some images from past a Foundations exhibition.

This year’s Freshman Foundation Exhibition will run November 9-22, 2015 with an opening reception on Wednesday, November 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Join us in celebrating the newest wave of art-makers at the Hartford Art School.

Summertime Closure

The Silpe Gallery has been dark since commencement in May and will stay that way through the rest of  the summer.  We have been undertaking some significant repairs and upgrades and look forward to unveiling our new, updated gallery in September. Summertime Closure