March 27 2015

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Seniors Exhibit Work April 10-May 16

OLD LYME, Conn.  – Paintings, illustrations, drawings and sculpture done by graduating seniors will highlight the 2015 Senior Studio Exhibition at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

The exhibit will be open from April 10 to May 16, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery at the College, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. An opening night reception will take place on April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will be present at the opening reception and available to discuss their work. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Some of the work is available for sale.

Works on exhibit include various media and represent projects of the Lyme students who will earn Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven in May.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is awarded upon completion of an intensive program with majors in drawing, painting, sculpture, and illustration.

In the first three years of study, students are introduced to the core concepts and techniques of art making, rooted in the study of figurative and representational art. Throughout this process, students also develop the personal vision and creative process essential to the mature artist.

“This evolution culminates in the Senior Studio, where, over the course of the senior year, students develop a body of work that reflects their individual interests, skills, and aesthetic sensibilities,” said Todd Jokl, campus dean. “With ongoing support and input from the faculty, students conceive a project, execute it and present it within a set amount of time. The experience leads the students to synthesize and apply all they have learned, allowing us the opportunity to cultivate and celebrate their unique creative voices.”

Seniors at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts are provided with a studio where they work and participate in intensive critiques with their instructors, peers, and visiting artists.  It is an integral part of the program in which the students develop lasting personal and professional connections.
The seniors will hold open studios during the reception on April 10, where additional works will be on view.

Students graduating this year include:
- Illustration: Elyssa Drainville of Rockville, R.I. and Trevonne Walker of Brooklyn, N.Y.;
- Drawing: Adam Chamis, of Middletown, Conn. and Ashley Lockwood of Colchester, Conn.;
- Sculpture: Morteza Khakshoor of Tehran, Iran and Madalena Noyes of Greenbelt, Md.;
- Painting: Samantha Amoroso of Greenlawn, N.Y.; Kyle Caspers of Woodbury, Minn.; Alexandra Cox, of Fort Myers, Fla,; Jaroslav Kosmina, of Middletown, Conn.; Sarah Meade of Norwich, Conn, and Kathleen Sheehan of West Haven, Conn.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a college of the University of New Haven. Its mission is to educate aspiring artists through a rigorous studio curriculum rooted in figurative and representational art. The college offers a comprehensive liberal arts education essential for advanced critical and creative thought. For more information, visit

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

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