Meet Your Teachers

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Visual Arts

Shannon Gagne

I am inspired by transformations in nature. The ritualistic process of creating helps me to be conscious of internal and external changes. My sculptures are meant to capture the cyclical essence of growth and the decomposition of life.

My work represents a fusion of things found in nature, such as a growing fetus, a spinal column, a rib cage, fingers, teeth, insects, tree roots, an unraveling fern, or a budding flower. The body of work thematically reflects a family unit and the relationships within. The unpredictability of smoke firing allows the sculpture to take on a life of its own. The forms are children of the mind inspired by the children created by my body.

B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art M.A.L.S. Wesleyan University Visual Arts Educator: Simsbury, CT.

Vicente Garcia

Vicente Garcia currently serves as Professor of Art at Central CT State University. His primary functions involve many professional responsibilities. As a teacher, he provides students with a thorough knowledge base in ceramics, from basic clay construction to wheel-throwing to advanced students working with glaze calculations and firing techniques. He finds promoting students’ creativity as well as the development of their technical skills important.

As a practicing artist, he creates and exhibits a body of work that shows the unity between clay and steel. He enjoys sharing his artistic accomplishments with others through Visiting Artist presentations and Artist-in-Residence programs that he does with various school districts.

Vicente Garcia
Studio Garcia
10 Crescent Way
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 651-7148