The Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts will begin its Spring 2020 Visiting Artists’ Program, “Space and Body,” on Thursday, February 27. This lecture series will feature nationally and internationally acclaimed artists present lectures about their work, professional practices, and their perspectives on contemporary art and design. 

Photographer Robert Calafiore will be the series’ first presenter. Calafiore was born in New Britain, Connecticut and is a first-generation American. He received his MFA in photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his BFA in photography from Hartford Art School. For the last 25 years, Calafiore has focused on his artistic practice while administrating, teaching and broadly promoting the fine arts. Currently, he lives and works in West Hartford, Connecticut, exhibiting his work nationally and internationally. He serves as an Assistant Dean, Director of Admission and Scholarship, and Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Photography.

He is represented by ClampArt Gallery NYC, Foto Relevance Gallery Houston, and Gallery 1/1 in San Francisco. In 2018 he was awarded a Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant and named the annual Sight Award winner at Medium Photography San Diego. Most recently he was featured in Ain’t Bad Magazine, NYC and TOH Magazine, Milan, Italy, and The Hand Magazine, Kansas City. You can hear a new interview with the artist on “Keep the Channel Open” a podcast series. His latest solo show closed recently in Houston, Texas at Foto Relevance Gallery. His work can be found on his website, and the websites of his galleries, as well as on Artsy.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 27, from 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room 110.  This event is free and open to the public.