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Visual Artist Siona Benjamin to Speak on Art and Spirituality on Feb. 20

Posted 02/12/2018
Submitted by Nicholas Ealy
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

The University of Hartford Humanities Center Lecture Series for Spring 2018, focusing on the theme of “The Secular and the Spiritual,” continues Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium (Harry Jack Gray Building) with the talk “Art and Spirituality” by visual artist Siona Benjamin. This event is also sponsored by the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and the Hartford Art School.

The lecture is free and open to the public but seating is limited.

Siona Benjamin is a leading artist whose work reflects the transition between the old and new worlds. She writes:  “Having grown up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim society, having been educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, having been raised Jewish and now living in America, I have always had to reflect upon the cultural boundary zones in which I have lived.” Benjamin is inspired by traditional styles of painting, like Indian and Persian miniatures, Byzantine icons, and Jewish and Christian illuminated manuscripts, which she blends with contemporary pop cultural elements to create a unique artistic vocabulary. She has an MFA in Painting and a second MFA in Theater Set Design, has been awarded two Fulbright Fellowships, and has exhibited in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Her website is: and the trailer to Blue Like Me, a documentary on her work, can be found here. More information about this talk can be found here:

The University of Hartford Humanities Center Lecture Series for Spring 2018 focuses on the theme of “The Secular and the Spiritual,” developed and led by Dr. Richard Freund, Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and Chair of Judaic Studies (A&S).

The Lecture Series on “The Secular and the Spiritual” in Spring 2018 is open to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the general public. The Humanities Center at the University of Hartford supports interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the humanities through arts, sciences, technology, media, music, psychology, history, film, philosophy and literature. For more information about the lecture series, contact Dr. Nicholas Ealy, Director, at or follow us on Facebook at “University of Hartford Humanities Center.”


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