When I was an MFA student at the University of Connecticut, my original studio was in a little yellow clapboard house that overlooked the Gampel Pavilion, home of the renowned UConn Huskies basketball teams. During the season the place was mobbed, but the art students hunkered down and continued working nonetheless. I don't think I knew anyone who actually went to a game, although one of the players was an art undergrad and showed up occasionally for my section of Drawing I. Last night, as UConn and Butler were winning their semi-final games in tough match-ups against Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth University, I was Googling their art departments.
Butler, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, has a very small program that offers two BA degrees, one in Art & Design and the other in Digital Illustration. The three-person fulltime faculty includes one painter, Gautam Rao. Here are a few images of plein air paintings from his blog.
The University of Connecticut Art and Art History Department is much larger, offering both BFA and MFA degrees and a far more specialized faculty. Fulltime painting faculty include Deborah Dancy and Kathryn Myers. Laurie Sloan and Gus Mazzocca handle Printmaking.
Grounded in India
Deborah Dancy Muirhead's abstract paintings tell tales of early African-Americans
Snaps of the 2008 Connecticut Biennial
Gouache-apolooza in Chelsea