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Hartford Art School 'Ellipses Project' on Display at Real Art Ways, Featured in Hartford Courant

Posted 06/23/2014
Submitted by David Isgur
Category: In the News

Cat Balco, associate professor of painting in the Hartford Art School, is having her "Ellipses Project" displayed at Real Art Ways in Hartford. A story about the project was featured in the Tuesday, June 17 issue of the Hartford Courant.

The project involved five female students, who were doing a summer internship with Balco in 2012, meeting weekly with hospice patients and other long-term shut-ins to work on art projects. "The core of the project was how art could be valuable as a practice and process instead of something you look at," Balco told the Courant. "Art heals. Art reaches a deeper part of ourselves."

The project evolved into something more, Balco said, encompassing no less than the meaning of life. "Dying is a sacred part of life. Death is a threshold, a portal to understanding an inner world," Balco said. "Painting is representational of that. ... Art is something we can use to evolve spiritually."

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The Ellipses Project Part One: "Perimeters & Portals" will be on display at Real Art Ways in Hartford until July 8. Part Two: "Indications & Evidence" will be there from July 10 to Aug. 8.