Art exhibition highlights ceramics and sculpture from the Oriental faculty
November 22, 2022 2:19 p.m.
Sculptures by Robert L. Greene on display at Eastern Connecticut State University Art Gallery through December 16
An Oakdale art professor is featured in a new exhibit of faculty sculpture and ceramics at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic through Dec. 16. The exhibit, at ECSU’s Art Gallery, shows three different interpretations of how humans bounce back from setbacks
Robert L. Greene, Professor of Art Sculpture and Art History, calls his work “a visual autobiography in a sense.” He works with wood and found objects, creating abstract sculptures that express the struggles and experiences he thinks many share.
“I allow others, especially our students, to realize that their teachers are only human. We have walls and we all have scars,” he said. He hopes his work conveys, “I’ve been there, I understand what you’re going through.”
Other artists in the exhibit are Allison Elia or Warren, RI, who creates clay sculptures showing mostly large-scale female forms in sometimes twisted poles inspired by gymnastics and fluttering, and Assistant Ceramics Instructor Mansfield’s Daniela de Sousa, showing a series of heart works she started in 2017 after splitting from her longtime partner.
Greene earned an MFA and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth after graduating from Eastern in 2006. Her sculptures have been exhibited along the East Coast and in New York City.
The gallery, located at the Educational Center for Fine Arts, is free and open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.