"Missing Links" at the Institute Library, curated by Catherine Vanaria

"Robespierre Unleashed"
© Andrea Zimmermann
Twelve area artists are featured in this unusual group exhibition at the Institute Library in New Haven that explores the meaning of an anonymous antique photo album. It is curated by photographer Catherine Vanaria of New Fairfield. Vanaria is Assistant Professor of Art, and Chair of the Art Department at Western Connecticut State University as well as co-owner of Still River Editions and Connecticut Photographics.

The exhibit runs from October 18 through November 29, 2014 and there is an opening reception on Saturday, October 18 from 12 pm - 2 pm. The Institute Library is located at 847 Chapel St., New Haven, CT.

A page from the "found" photo album
According to Vanaria’s curatorial statement, ”The artists and writers participating in Missing Links were asked to create their own stories and interpretations based on an anonymous early-20th century photo album found at a flea market. The unidentified materials, separated from their original context, have become a springboard for new narratives.”

The individual works created by the artists and writers use diverse media to get their ideas across, and the end result blurs the lines between photography, sculpture, painting, collage, installation, writing, and sound.

The artists are: Chris Durante (Redding), Jim Felice (Danbury), Gene Gort (West Hartford), Brigid Guertin (Danbury), Lys Guillorn (Shelton), Diane Zaleta Hassan (Danbury), Stacey Kolbig (New Fairfield), Victor Pasquale (Mount Kisco, NY), Lori Robeau (Torrington), Elyse Shapiro (Norwalk), Catherine Vanaria (New Fairfield), and Andrea Zimmermann (Newtown).