At WCSU: Art Majors Present Work at Virtual Exhibition

“The Mexican Identity Series #9” (digital photography) by Daniela Pontaza-Santander of Sandy Hook is among the works on view in a virtual exhibition showcasing artwork by B.A. in visual art candidates at Western Connecticut State University.

DANBURY — Thirty-five Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates for the bachelor of arts degree in 2020 are presenting their works in the Senior Portfolio Virtual Exhibition featured on the web page of the Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at WCSU. The virtual exhibition, sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art, offers the public an opportunity to experience the diverse works in graphic design, illustration, photography and painting created by this year’s B.A. in visual art candidates.

Closure of the VPAC Gallery and all other WCSU facilities to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic has made on-site installation and viewing at the gallery impossible, but the virtual tour provides a creative response that opens the exhibition to all through online access from home.

Through the web page link,, the online guest is invited to view a virtual exhibition of the students’ works, presented as they would appear in an installation at the gallery. On the same web page, the visitor is invited to access links for the participating artists to view more comprehensive slide shows of each student’s portfolio of works.

The WCSU Department of Art organizes the Senior Portfolio Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience for students pursuing the B.A. in visual art in one of four areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, photography and studio arts.

This year’s virtual exhibition features 20 art majors with a concentration in graphic design, six in illustration, three in photography and six in studio arts/painting.

The Art Department has awarded special recognition to Jessica Paternoster, of Mahopac, N.Y., as winner of the design competition featured on this year’s Senior Portfolio Exhibition poster.

Portfolio selections from the following 2020 B.A. in visual art candidates are featured in the exhibition:

Graphic Design: Sara Cabrera of Waterbury, Jonathan DeMarco of Brookfield, Amaris Diaz of Norwalk, Adrian Franzino of Redding, Jose Garcia of Norwalk, Munia Hossain of Norwalk, Nicole Ilagan of Norwalk, Marin Keefe of Bridgewater, Matthew Landusky of Middlebury, Rashonda Lee of Danbury, Bianca Nguyen of Danbury, Allison Novella of Danbury, Alysan Pages of Oakville, Daniel Paglialunga of Fairfield, Jessica Paternoster, Angie Perez of Naugatuck, Francis Serra of Georgetown, Bhadrangi Songi of Danbury, Nowshin Tabassum of New Milford and Alessandra Turano of Chappaqua, N.Y.

Illustration: Janelle Chandler of Southbury, Colleen Feenan of Ridgefield, Mariam Haidar of Woodbury, Ashton Sneed of Bridgeport, Kurt Vinci of Newtown and Paige Kissinger of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Photography: Jacalyn Doerwald of Washington Depot, Steven Oyarvide of Bridgeport and Daniela Pontaza-Santander of Sandy Hook.

Studio Arts/Painting: Erik David-Lukas of Danbury, Alyssa Del Giorno of New Fairfield, Eleftherios Farina of Danbury, Hannah Lauth of Naugatuck, Joseph LoStocco of Danbury and Ellie Moon of Milford.

Those seeking additional information may email Lori Robeau of the Department of Art at or Sherri Hill of the Office of University Relations at

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