Media Alert: Ground-breaking Cooperative Art Show Opens Tonight

An exhibition of art by students from five New Haven area colleges and universities will open at Artspace on Audubon Street tonight with a reception, 5-7 p.m. The show, featuring work from Yale, Southern Connecticut State, Albertus Magnus, Quinnipiac, and the University of New Haven, will remain on view through March 8.

Mayor John DeStefano, college presidents, provosts, and other educators are expected to attend the opening reception, along with artists and community members.

The show is the culmination of a year of planning by the Five College Arts Collaborative, whose aim is to cultivate cooperation among its member institutions, enrich the cultural life of the community, and encourage students to see New Haven as their college town. The Artspace exhibition is the first of many such ventures.

Edwin V. Selden, director of the Community Development Collaborative at SCSU, conceived the idea of the Five College Arts Collaborative. Founding members were Sister Charles Marie Brantl, dean of Albertus Magnus; Nancy Carriuolo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, UNH; Diana Kleiner, deputy provost for the arts at Yale; Mr. Selden, SCSU; J. Philip Smith, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, SCSU; and David Steinbeck, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Quinnipiac College. Jerry Zinser, associate professor of visual arts at UNH, is coordinator of the exhibition, titled “Student Art at Artspace.”

Artspace is a private, not-for-profit gallery serving the New Haven community.

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