William Speno of Fairfield participates in “Our Generation” art exhibit

Eastern Connecticut State University students in Professor Elena Varshavskaya’s Museums and Exhibitions art course assisted in a fall 2015 semester art exhibit.

William Speno class of 2018 of Fairfield participated in the curation of the art exhibit, “Our Generation.” Speno’s major is communication.

The exhibition was a multi-component exhibit that was displayed in Shafer Hall earlier in December.

The exhibition showcased the students’ work from the class where they learned about the history of museums and the strategies behind how museums are organized and presented to the public. Students explored the theme of their generation, wrote an exhibition proposal and created display objects while introducing all of the elements in a series of essays.

“I created a record player made of cardboard. I thought it could act as a bridge between the generations that are alive today,” said Speno. “It represents the beginning of musical recording compared to the way we listen to music today.”

The goal was to create their own exhibit for audience members to view. The students began planning their exhibit in mid-September. “I believe this was an invaluable professional experience that took education beyond the classroom,” said Varshavskaya. “Additionally, this was a group effort, so all of the students demonstrated their ability to work as a collective of responsible and critically thinking individuals. I am very impressed and satisfied with this year’s exhibition.”

Varshavskaya recognizes deadlines and motivates her students to get things done. She has previous experience working in a museum setting, which helped give her students real-world experience. “This was my first experience in teaching this course at Eastern, and I’m ecstatic with the overall outcome,” said Varshavskaya.

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 161 of Connecticut’s 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 25 other states and 18 other countries. A residential campus offering 38 majors and 55 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked in the top 30 public universities in the North Region, by U.S. News and World Report in its 2016 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded “Green Campus” status by the U.S. Green Building Council six years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

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