CPP Welcomes Rebecca Morgan

Born in central Pennsylvania, Rebecca Morgan works in painting, drawing, and ceramics that subvert stereotypes of Appalachia. Imbued with folk tradition and a sly sense of humor, her work peels apart the simultaneous reverence and disgust for rural people. Stylistically, Morgan embraces the hyper-detailed naturalism of Dutch masters, as well as absurd, repulsive caricature suggestive of underground cartoonists like R. Crumb. Although they often contain modern clues, her characters and scenes evoke a romanticized, nostalgic America, nonexistent but wistfully recalled, much like Norman Rockwell’s illustrations. Morgan’s works question what such images were selling in their conception, and she gives her archetypal maids, hillbillies, and dandies the space to explore contemporary issues of women reclaiming their subjectivity, a pop-cultural false sense of romance, and ideas about masculinity, power, escapism, and hedonistic backwoods pleasure.

Rebecca Morgan received a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Pratt Institute, NY. Press for her work includes The New York Times, Time Out New York, ARTnews, Whitehot Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Artslant, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Huffington Post, Paper Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Berlin’s Lodown Magazine. She is the recipient of residencies at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Residency, a Vermont Studio Center full fellowship, and the George Rickey Residency at Yaddo, among others. Morgan has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, with recent exhibitions at The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, The Hole, NY, MRS Gallery, NY, Marinaro Gallery, NY, Hashimoto Contemporary, CA, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, NY, Fisher Parrish Gallery, NY, Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State, PA, Knoll Galerie, Austria, Richard Heller Gallery, CA, Children’s Museum of Art, NY, and SPRING/BREAK art fair, New York, NY.


Rebecca Morgan’s visit is supported by GSS and Counterproof Press. The lecture will take place in Arena Gallery of the Art Building. Free and open to the public.

Counterproof Press Exhibition at the Benton

Counterproof Press is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition at the Benton Museum March 28 – July 28th.  Counterproof Press: Collaborations samples the collaborative studio projects facilitated by the press, including broadsides from the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program, student-driven projects, and work by visiting artists.  The exhibition will be showcased in the Benton upstairs gallery in conjunction with the Center Gallery’s main exhibit Game of Thrones: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Furniture (Inspired by the 2019 UConn Reads selection).  

UDHR Booklet Creation

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Booklet project is a collaboration between the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and Counterproof Press with Visiting Artist Professor Steve Bowden in the fall of 2018. The book was conceived and designed by UConn Graphic Design students in the UConn Art & Art History Department department and printed by UConn MFA in Studio Art candidate Chad Uehlein. Students: Caroline Amberg, Addicus Bagwell, Mitch Britton, Emilie Dufresne, Ed Ho, Maggie Hoynes, Emily Karam, Darrell Knighton, Deanna LaVoie, Katie Ouimette, Haley Stein, Connie Tao, Robert Varszegi, Sarah Woodward, Holly Zheng. UConn Art & Art History Department and graphic design students Cassidy DePaulo and Megan Cascella, and Adjunct Instructor Kelsey Miller helped to collate and bind the book.


Meredith Stern and CPP Celebrate UDHR Anniversary

As part of a statewide commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (UDHR) 70th anniversary, renowned visiting artist and activist Meredith Stern was invited by University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute to give a presentation on art collaboration with social justice movements. She also presented a stencil-printing poster and sign-making workshop in collaboration with Counterproof Press.  Students from the School of Fine Arts, the Human Rights Program and others created signs to bring to the #StandUp4HumanRightsCT rally that took place the following day on the steps of the Hartford Capitol building.  To view more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Fall High School Workshops

This fall, we welcomed students from Classical Magnet High School and St. Bernard High School to the shop for workshops on printmaking techniques.



William Villalongo arrives at UConn

Speak No Evil
Speak No Evil, 2016, William Villalongo

Tonight we welcome William Villalongo to the University of Connecticut.  Counterproof Press and Contemporary Art Galleries host this incredible artist for the opening of exhibit, “Outside My Name or Through Other Eyes.”

Exhibit on View: Sept 11 – Oct 12, 2017
Artist Talk & Reception: Sept 11 @ 5pm – 6:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Artist Lecture and Talk begins at 5pm in the Art Building, Room 109, not 4pm as has been incorrectly listed.

From UCONN Today:  “Outside My Name or Through Other Eyes, an exhibit featuring the work of Brooklyn, NY artist William Villalongo, opens at UConn’s Contemporary Art Galleries on September 11. The artwork weaves the artist’s aesthetic and social interests together with aspects of Pablo Picasso and Aaron Douglas’s visual vocabulary. Villalongo’s paintings, collage works and prints draw upon the distinct illustrative style and political forcefulness employed by Douglas, a celebrated Harlem Renaissance artist. Also evident is the artist’s creative contextualization and reinterpretation of these Modernist Era Masters’ Formalist experiments, their love of African Art and use of black iconography. Villalongo’s art likewise references Picasso’s sexually charged Bather canvases and his once notorious painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, from 1907…” (Ginger Jenne, UConn Today, 9/5/17)

Read more by visiting this article: http://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/outside-name-eyes-exhibit-reinterprets-harlem-renaissance-american-modernism/