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Art Gallery at Western New England University to Feature Staff, Faculty, and Alumni Work

Published: September 30, 2019 | Categories: Arts and Sciences, All News

In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month

Guests of the Art Gallery discussing a work of art.

October is National Arts & Humanities Month. The Art Gallery at Western New England University will host "National Arts & Humanities Month at WNE: Celebrating Staff, Faculty, & Alums' Creativity" from October 10 to November 14, 2019.

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals to create a national, state, and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media, to encourage the participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities, and other organizations nationwide, to provide an opportunity for federal, state, and local business, government, and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities, and to establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities.

The gallery, located in the St. Germain Campus Center, will host a gallery talk/panel discussion on Thursday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. followed by an artist reception from 5:00-6:30 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

Featured artists include:

Staff & Faculty

  • Cassandra Deal, Development Specialist, Advancement Division
  • Matthew Dintzner, Professor & Assistant Dean for Assessment & Accreditation, College of Pharm & Health Sciences
  • Loris Epps, Associate Director, Career Development
  • Christina Fairman, Adjunct Lecturer, Visual Arts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Laura L. Hansen, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Louise Ingram, Staff Assistant, Counseling Services
  • Patricia Jenks, Gallery Curator, Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Joseph Ray, Adjunct Lecturer, Visual Arts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Heather Salazar, Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Nan Salky, Counselor
  • Kerry St. Laurent, Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Claire Wright, Program Coordinator, Student Activities & Leadership Development


  • Hatter Caim Meraki, '82
  • Lucy Peltier, '82
  • Lori Sheehan, '90

NAHM was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities. It has become the nation's largest collective annual celebration of the arts.

For information and directions to the gallery visit or call the University at 413-782-1203.