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Six See, works by faculty at SASD, on view at the University of Bridgeport from November 17 to December 2

Leslie Geary
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Six See, an exhibition of paintings, photography, and other images by faculty from the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport.

Six See, a multimedia exhibition by faculty from the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport will be on view from Thursday, November 17 to December 2.

An opening reception will be held 5 p.m., November 17 at the University Gallery located at the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue.

The event and exhibition are free an open to the public, and there is ample parking available.

The event will showcase photography, paintings, and other images by Kelli Costa, John Kandalaft, Michael Kandalaft, Peter Konsterlie, Derek Leka, and Rick McCollum.

Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday and is closed on Thanksgiving.

For additional information please call (203) 576-4034.

About the artists:

Kelli Newton Costa is a photographer living in New York and an adjunct photography professor at SASD. She earned her MFA at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been shown in numerous shows in the Northeast. Costa’s images are a mixture of traditional film and digital photography, and are taken with an old large format camera using color film. Her negatives are scanned to a computer, edited, and then printed archivally. Her image compositions observe a balance between the sacred and the secular.

John Kandalaft earned his undergraduate degree in painting and drawing at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France, under the direction of Robert Savary and Jacques Ramondot (Grand Prix de Rome) and his master’s degree at the University of Montreal School of Architecture. Painting studios at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work has been exhibited in New Haven, Provincetown, Boston and awards include the David T. Langrock Foundation’s Best Landscape Award. He is a member of New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Michael Kandalaft graduated from Boston University with a BFA in graphic design (Cum Laude). He has over seven years of professional experience in the graphic design industry, including experience in print, packaging, signage, and Web design. A nationally syndicated cartoonist, Kandalaft’s comic strip “That Monkey Tune” currently reaches over 150,000 readers in newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. He has published collection of comic art, Ready, Set, Go, and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society.

Peter Konsterlie credits a single painting class with deciding his artistic direction. He earned a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Plains Art Museum, Carnegie Mellon in Washington, D.C., Westport Art Center, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Housatonic Museum, Art Space, Claire Oliver Gallery, and most recently at the Drawing Center Viewing Program in New York City. It also is in numerous public and private collections including: John Stossel, Disney Studios, Guthrie Theater, Mighty Ducks Features, Mall of America, Minnesota State Fair, P.T. Barnum Museum, Rain Forest Cafe, Target Stores, Robert Duval, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Michael Rees’s Sculpture studio, University of Bridgeport, Charles Schultz Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tom Selleck’s collection.

Derek Leka’s works have been exhibited in New York and New Haven. His painting Placid Motion was included in the National Academy’s 183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition, where he received the Andrew Carnegie Award in Painting. Leka earned his BFA from Purchase College in Purchase, NY, and his MFA from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

Rick McCollum was raised in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is an honor’s graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. His clients have included General Motors, Time-Life, Warner Brothers, Newsweek, Mercedes-Benz, and Disney. His work has appeared in Communication Arts, Print, How, AIGA, Graphis, and the Society of Illustrators. The recipient of more than 50 awards, including medals from the Society of Illustrators, NYC, and The Art Directors Clubs of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, McCollum also has won the Best New Artist Award from C.M. Russell Museum’s art auction, the Old West Museum Western Spirit Show Best Oil Painting Award, and the Artist Choice Award from Western Artists of America Show.


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu