We are thrilled to announce that the Washington Art Association & Gallery has completed our new entry as part of Phase 1 of the proposed renovation of our landmark building in Washington Depot.
The inspired plans by Gray Organschi Architecture (who are providing their services pro bono) improves accessibility and presents WAA as a beacon for the community at the end of Bryan Memorial Plaza. WAA’s renovation project is designed to bring a new level of openness to the existing building, improve WAA’s ability to engage our community, and showcase our exhibitions and studios.
Last year, our administrative offices received a much-needed upgrade. The installation of a new septic system was completed this fall. Construction of our new entry facing the Plaza is complete. Coupled with exterior signage on the WAA façade, the new ADA compliant entry highlights the building’s architectural features at night.
Financial commitments in the months leading up to the Phase One project have generated promising results, signifying broad community support for WAA’s vision and physically evident in upgraded administrative offices, installation of a new septic system, and a new entry.
We hope you’ll join us to build on 65 years of cultural involvement in our community and create a vibrant future for WAA!
To make a donation of any size to support the Washington Art Association & Gallery, please visit our Donation page or call (860)868-2878. Thank you!
With Barbara von Schreiber
Executive Director - WAA
Side by Side: Process and Collaboration
John Willis / Joseph Byrne
Dudley Zopp / Susan Finnegan
Washington Art Association & Gallery
Washington Depot, CT
July 7 - August 4, 2018
Reception: Saturday, July 7th from 4-6pm
This summer exhibition brings together two pairs of artists where collaboration has been a significant part of their process and influential in their individual work. Willis’ and Byrnes’ collaboration has involved an initial critique session of their drawings, an exchange of each others work, “living” with the pieces, and ultimately meeting again to share in-depth dialogue.
Zopp’s and Finnegan’s year long collaboration took place when they both lived in Louisville, Kentucky. Their process involved “dialogues” on large format drawing paper using various drawing materials and eventually paint. These drawings happened “on the spot, purposefully eliminated any verbal exchange and developed a system of investigation for each artist.
One of the interesting differences in process between the artist pairs is the element of time. Byrne/Willis give a greater amount of space and time in considering each other’s work on individual formats. Zopp/Finnegan have had a process of direct exchange on a shared format that has included the immediacy of direct response.
These collaboration experiences have been ways to access valuable insights into the
working process and are useful counterpoints to the solitary artist in the studio.
Joseph Byrne is a painter and Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College, Hartford CT.
John Willis is a sculptor and printmaker and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT.
Dudley Zopp is a painter and installation artist. She has had visiting artist positions and residencies at universities and colleges.
Susan Bogle Finnegan is a painter and visiting professor at Trinity College and a part-time professor at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT.
Dudley Zopp live in Lincolnville ME while Byrne, Willis, and Finnegan all live in West Hartford.