January 28, 2013 – March 1, 2013
After four decades of teaching printmaking at the University of Connecticut, Prof. Gus Mazzocca retired at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. The Contemporary Art Galleries hosts a multi-site retrospective on Gus and his work entitled Gus Mazzocca: 4 Decades/4 Generations, beginning on January 28, 2013. In addition to a monograph exhibition of Gus’s work at the CAG, from January 28 through March 15, we feature a group exhibition at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. This show will feature work from four artists who studied with Mazzocca. The multi-site retrospective stands as a testament to Mazzocca’s legacy at UConn, both as an artist and as a teacher.
From a short list of outstanding artists provided by Mazzocca, Barry A. Rosenberg, Director of the Contemporary Art Galleries has selected four to appear at the Jorgensen, each representing each decade of Mazzocca’s career: Michael Maslin, Tyler Starr, Aron Namenwirth, and Kristi Arnold. All four of these alumni have gone on to live exciting lives as well as having successful and idiosyncratic careers, and all four cite Gus’s teaching as a vital influence on their work.