HAS Alumni Forum | Take This Job and Love It!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2:30 p.m.

Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center

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The Hartford Art School welcomes back four alumni as participants in its annual Alumni Forum program. The aim of the unscripted panel discussion moderated by H.A.S. alumna Naomi Lerner Tussin ’77 is to inspire, inform, and surprise the audience through insights of successful alumni who love their jobs and have had an impact on the world through their varied careers.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at the Joseloff Gallery immediately afterwards. This year’s invited guests include:

Amanda Lovelee, a visual artist based in Minneapolis, Minn. currently working as the Public Art Saint Paul City Artist. Lovelee acts as translator between the city’s ideas and its residents with the goal of building the city everyone wants to live in. She is interested in how people connect and the spaces in which they do so within contemporary society. Her work has been funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Forecast Public Art, and Art Place America. She holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a BFA in Photography from the University of Hartford.

Jesse Farrenkopf graduated from the University of Hartford in 2011 with a BFA in Sculpture. Post-graduation Jesse dove into the field of prop fabrication, set design and scenery construction, eager to apply his passion for the third dimension to a fast-paced industry. In only a few short years Jesse has pushed on to develop a wide breadth of sculptural-infused scenery work, including an “exploded car” for Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and an immersive Civil War Era installation for McCarthy Genius award winning choreographer Liz Lerman’s latest dance piece Healing Wars. This past year, Farrenkopf establish his production company Murmuration LLC, which continues to design and build projects for Macy’s, PRG, Dos Equis, Pepsi, and Broadway.

Ty Morin has spent the past four years pursuing his art in both personal and professional capacities. He received media attention for his first Kickstarter project, Friend Request: Accepted, with interviews on the BBC, Today, and Good Morning America. More recently he opened his own production company, 179 Pictures, and caught the attention of local and national news, including the Hartford Courant and NPR for his musical series, “The Tintype Recordings,” and wet-plate photography. Ty is a 2011 graduate of the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, with a minor in photography.

Jessica Bourque is a textile designer based in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her BFA in printmaking from the Hartford Art School in 2007. Post-graduation she began teaching in the Fine Arts department at Marianapolis Preparatory School. There she developed a course in printmaking and established a silkscreen darkroom. Beginning to silkscreen onto fabric, she found an opportunity to merge her love of the printmaking process, color and pattern. In 2013, she received an MFA in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. As an intern at Diane von Furstenberg and in her current role as a designer at Kate Spade New York, Bourque’s prints have been developed and sold on apparel, handbags and accessories.

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