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About all things NFA, and published in the Sunday edition of the Norwich Bulletin, NFA World is a regular column written by Geoff Serra,  Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Check back regularly for a new posting.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Art School Alums Return

The Norwich Art School hosted an annual event for returning alumni, Jan. 8. NFA Fine Arts majors returned to speak to current students about their experiences both at and after NFA. About 15 young artists were on hand to answer questions and share observations about arts education.

In attendance were members of the Class of 2014, Madeline Bennett, Kelsey Houlihan, Hayley Joyal, Joseph Lefebvre, Jocelyn Mendoza, and  Brianda Rice; members of the class of 2013 Aaron Lord, Hannah Marshall, Maria Patsopoulos, and John Traini; and members of the class of 2012, Danielle Giroux, Kathryn Rablen, Clay Sands, and Jeannette St. Amour.
Many are currently in post-secondary art education programs in some of the nation’s best art schools including The Museum School of Boston, Champlain College, The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Connecticut, Hartford Art School , Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute of Art, Montserrat College of Art, and Seton Hall University. With her NFA art background, Jeannette St. Amour started her own Graphics Company "Type & Font" in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The event also marked the opening reception for the Charlotte Fuller Eastman Scholarship recipient exhibition in the student gallery of the Frank Center. Last year’s recipient Madeline Bennett is a freshman at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The solo show demonstrated the aesthetic depth and breadth of her work, including drawing, painting, and sculpture Her show is on exhibition until the end of this month.

Adult Art Classes

It is not too late to register for adult art classes in pottery and photography in Feb. and March.
Pottery meets, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., on Mon. and Thurs. evenings for ten classes, beginning Feb. 23. The course is for all ability levels, both beginners and experienced. Beginners will learn how to wedge, throw pottery, trim, and glaze. Experienced students refine their techniques under the guidance of instructor Alyssa Pendleton and use the classes as open studio. The fee for this course is $165, including supplies.
Instructor Duncan Bailey’s Traditional Photography Course meets, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Wed. evenings for 10 classes beginning March 4. This course is for all ability levels also. Beginners learn the basic principles and techniques (including dark room) of traditional black and white photography. Experienced photographers refine their skills with guidance and practice. A 35 mm camera, any age or type, in good working condition is necessary. The fee is $145; supplies are extra.
To register or learn more, contact Alyssa Carmody, Art Department Head, at or 860-425-5740.

They Mean Business

On the heels of “Eight to Please Your Soul” – an evening of student written, student directed, ten-minute plays, presented Jan. 21 in Slater, the NFA Drama Program and Playshop put out the call for students who want to sing, dance, and have a whole lot of funny business. Casting for the 2015 spring musical, Frank Loesser's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” began Jan. 22 and 23, and call backs are tomorrow Jan. 26.
The original 1961 musical had a 50th anniversary revival on Broadway in 2011 starring Daniel Radcliffe in the hilarious role of window washer turned global company board chairman. Stay tuned for performance dates, times, and ticket information.

Second Semester Begins

Midyear examinations complete, the second semester began Jan. 22. Students received new schedules in homeroom with any updates or changes for second semester. With the new semester, come many new opportunities for students, who should use PowerSchool to monitor their grades and attendance. Students can also access teacher web pages for each of their classes to help them track assignments, access resources, and communicate with their teachers and one another.

Nominations Sought

A reminder that the NFA Alumni Association seeks nominations for the Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award, given to NFA alums annually in recognition of their contributions to our communities or to the alumni association community.

The first award recognizes an individual who has enriched our world by significant achievement in his or her profession. The second award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to the alumni community. All are invited to nominate a classmate who has had a notable impact in their career or community or a fellow member of the NFA alumni population who continues to make a difference at the Academy.
Nominations for this year’s awards are due by Sat., Feb. 28, 2015. Recipients will be honored at the Legacy Day Reception scheduled for May 14. For more information, or to nominate visit
FINAL THOUIGHT: A native American proverb says, “No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.”

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