Alumni Art Show at the Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery, March 1-23

Alumni Art Show at the Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery, March 1-23
Indoor Flowers by Stuart Lerner

The first annual art show featuring the works of University of Bridgeport (UB) alumni, will be on view at the Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery from March 1 to March 23.

An opening reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 1. To attend, please RSVP in advance at (203) 576-4133 or The Gallery is located at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design on the UB campus, 84 Iranistan Avenue.

Featuring works by 16 alumni, the exhibition includes an extravagant collection of oil paintings, large-format photography, sculpture, murals, cartoons, and more.

“UB has a deep and rich tradition in the fine arts, and many of our alums working in the field—from photography to cartooning and painting—are well-known for their talent and vision,” said Director of Alumni Relations Susan Butler. “We’re excited by this inaugural show and look forward to it becoming an important annual event.”

Artists in the show include:

Jay Babina, who spent much of his career as an illustrator, working advertising world, but he also is a dedicated painter. He works in water color and acrylic, both in the studio and en plein air.

Richard Capasse studied at UB, Silvermine College of Art in New Canaan, and at Yale’s Art School in New Haven. His contemporary paintings have won ‘Best in Show’ at numerous art competitions in the northeast, and his work is in both private and corporate collections, including PepsiCo, NY, and AvcoLycomng, in Washington, DC.

Leon Chmielewski, is an intellectual colorist, whose large paintings represent impressions of countryside and seashore. His work is represented in private and corporate collections including IBM and Apple Computer.

Kristine DeMarco began making her own after taking a course called Painting From the Inside, which uses painting as a catalyst for growth and exploration. “Art is a tool which I use to move my mind, move energy and to move the people who view my art,” says DeMarco.

Anne Kullaf studied graphic design and fine art at UB and at The Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club, and was featured in two traveling museum exhibitions. She is a faculty member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art.

Barbara Lawless is a muralist, whose pieces have graced building interiors throughout the East Coast, including the Westport Public Library in Connecticut. She was recently featured in the documentary Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity.

Jee-eun Lee has been hailed for her “impressive pedigree” as a graphic designer, who has attracted widespread acclaim in the industry. She has created award-winning work for several clients, including restaurants, and also does pro-bono work for nonprofits.

Stuart Lerner made his first “robot” in 1978 after wandering into a maintenance department of a textile processing plant, where he saw pieces of metal sitting on a work table that looked like shoes. He travels far and wide to antique shows, scrap metal yards, tag sales, and garage sales, collecting metallic items to use in his whimsical sculptures and flower vases.

Ralph Levesque calls his sculptures and richly textured paintings “artifacts from some distant past civilization and places unknown- pointing to new yet to be discovered worlds and realms.”

Frank McLaughlin spent much of his career as a cartoonist working for Marvel and DC Comics, where he attracted loyal fans while working on strips such as Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow. He lives in Stratford.

Tom Mezzanotte, a Bridgeport, photographer, was named “Artist of the Year” by Fairfield Cultural Alliance in 2010. His large-scale photos are taken with a variety of vintage dating back to the 1800s, and home-made cameras created out of boxes.

Toby Michaels was a teacher when she became interested in the idea of art therapy. A registered art therapist, she founded a program at Norwalk Hospital and Silver Hill Hospital and believes the source of her inspirations lies in the uncensored creative spirit that exists in each of us.

Dallas Molerin is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited at the likes of the Newport Art Museum and Mystic Art Center. Molerin is owner of Dm Assoc. in Stamford, CT.

Rita Squier is a fine artist who paints in bold, colorful watercolors. She creates a “piece of art a day,” and her miniature pieces of art, about the size of baseball cards, are meant to be traded.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,