CHRISTOPHER N. HORTON
71 Lovely St.
UNIONVILLE, CT 06085
Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
- B.A., Amherst College, 1958; Major: Psychology
- M.A.T. Wesleyan U., CT, 1963, Painting, w. honors.
- Art Students League, Woodstock, NY, Scholarship, 1963
- Tyler School of Art in Rome, Temple U., 1966-67; MFA program
- U.S. Army Intelligence, 1958-61, Baltimore, Annapolis, MD; Korea
- CT Valley Hospital, 1961-62, Art Therapist, Part-Time
- Suffield Public Schools, Dir. of Art, Art Teacher: 1962-68 (Leave: 1966-67)
- Cummington School of the Arts, MA, Art Instructor, summers 1964-67
- Cummington Community of the Arts, MA: Originated and Co-Directed, w. wife, Sherry Horton, summers, 1969-1972
- Wesleyan University, CT. Adjunct Asst. Prof. Art Education, 1970-71
- Hartford Art School, University of Hartford:
- 1968-70, Asst. Prof.; Chair, Art Education
- 1970-80, Chair, Foundation Program; Advisor, MFA and Coordinator, MAEd Programs
- 1980 to 1999: Associate Prof. in Foundations, Experimental Studio and Graduate MFA program
- Courses Taught:
- Elementary & Secondary Art Curricula
- Methods of Teaching; Teaching Supervision
- Figure Drawing
- Abstract Painting
- "Time” Interactive Studies Program (ISP)
- Structures and Materials
- Foundations Studios
- MFA Seminar: Critical Theory and Postmodern Practice; and MFA Studio Tutoring
Experimental Studio, Systems, Images, Installation; Environmental Art
- Internship Supervisor: Blue Sun Architects, Rainwater Designs and Farmington Display
Gothic Architecture; Victorian Art: "Discovering Britain," Bristol Polytechnic, UK, summer 1989
Visual Language, Richmond College, London, UK, Teacher Exchange, summer, 1994
- Design, Development and Chair, Foundations Program, Team Teaching, with 12 faculty and four Graduate Teaching Assistants, 1970-80
- Coordinator, MAEd Graduate Program 1980-88
- Design, Development and Implementation of Experimental Studio major and curriculum, w. Prof. Peter McLean, 1980 to 1998
- Designed MFA Seminar: "Critical Theory and Postmodern practice” With extensive bibliographic research advanced critical writing and oral presentations. 1990-99
Fellowships and Grants
- Yaddo Fellow, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1980
- First Prize, Rhode Island Sea Grant Competition, University of RI.for mapping project showing 220 foot rise in sea level, in CT and RI. caused by polar ice cap meltdown, 1990.
- Larsen Award for Teacher of the Year, Univ. of Hartford, 1997
- Five Connecticut Artists, University of Mass., 1969
- New England Painters, Ringling Museum, FL., Portland Museum, ME, 1970
- Beth El Invitational, First Prize, 1971, Robert Motherwell, Juror; Third Prize, 1972, Philip Evergood, Juror
- Fourteen Connecticut Artists, Wadsworth Atheneum, 1973
- Hartford Arts Festival, Third Prize, 1975, Lawrence Alloway, Juror.
- Wesleyan University, Two-person Exhibit, 1976
- Farmington Valley Arts Center, Three-person Exhibit, 1977
- Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, One-person show, 1978
- Real Art Ways and ArtWorks Gallery, group shows, 1978-82
- U.Conn Health Center, Farmington, CT. Commissioned Sculpture, "The Calculus," 1981
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Competition & Exhibition, With Peter McLean, Andrews Air Force Base, MD, 1981
- ZONE Gallery, Springfield, MA, 3-person Exhibit, 1982 "The Crusades," a 120' installation with 15,000 elements
- Kent State Memorial Competition, OH, with Peter McLean, 1985
- Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT, Group Shows: 1983-86
- Astronauts Memorial Competition, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, FL. w. Prof. Peter McLean, and six Experimental Studio students, 1987
- Connecticut Sculptors, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 1990
- Finalist, Canton, CT, public sculpture competition, 1991
- "ART NOT NEWS," The Hartford Courant, 199l. A N.E.A. grant project for art in public spaces, by Mark Dion. Eight artists do one full
page a day for a week in the newspaper.
- Salem Witch Trials Memorial Competition, Salem, MA, 1992, One of 30 out of 250 entries selected for exhibition.
- "Imperiled Shores,” Baxter Gallery, Maine College of Art. 1992 Exhibited "POLAR ICE MELT," a 17-foot map showing the sea levels resulting from partial and complete melting of the polar ice caps and the impact on the Southern coast of Maine. Visiting artist- lecturer for this exhibit.
- "The Vision Thing," 100 Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford, 1992. Group Exhibition responding to Presidential Campaign, 1992. Exhibited Nine-foot equestrian painting of Ronald Reagan & George Bush titled: "Tinkle-Down Economy"
- "Man's Business,” Amherst College, MA, 1993: 12 paintings and drawings conflating business with sports and American male ethos.
- "A Tapestry of Images", Group Show, Unionville Museum, CT, 1996
- "The First Ten Years, Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island," Univ. of R.I., 1998; R.I. Mapping Project acquired by URI School of Oceanography.
- Annual Faculty Exhibitions, Joseloff Gallery, UH, 1968 - 2000
- The Big Draw, Large Scale Drawings, Hartwick College, 2000
- Canton Gallery on the Green, Open Exhibition, 3rd Prize, 2002
Panels, Lectures, Papers, Etc.
- "The Art School and University as New Patrons of the Arts: Implications," Initiator & Moderator,
College Art Assoc., 1973
- "New Analytic Art,” School of Music, Yale U., CT, 1975
- "Myths of Creativity,” with Irving Sandler and Edna Andrade, Hartford Art School, 1977
- "Subjective Color” color symposium, CT Sigma Xi Assoc., w. Prof. Howard Goldick, Physics, 1978
- "Is Life Becoming Art?" Ethics Colloquium, Dept. of Philosophy, UH; broadcast on CT PBS, 1980
- "Foundations in the Visual Arts” U. Mass. regional conference, 1982
- "The Figurative Tradition in Modernist Terms” ATRIUM Gallery, U.Conn. 1984
- Visiting Artist, Burlington College, VT, 1984, Workshops: "Systems" and "Materials"
- Visiting Artist, Wesleyan Center for Creative Youth, CT, '86 - ‘92
- "Return to Content," paper at National Conference for the Liberal Arts in the Education of Artists,
School of Visual Arts, NYC, 1988.
- "The Beats and the Abstract Expressionists," 1989 lecture in CT Humanities Council Grant for series on
Beat writers and poets, at W. Hartford Public Library and broadcast on Public Access TV.
- "Can Art History be Integrated with Studio Practice?" New England Art Historians Association, Univ. of
New Hampshire, 1989
- "Art and Censorship” Special lecture and discussion for Gifted and Talented CT H.S. students, concerning
the Robert Mapplethorp exhibition, Wadsworth Atheneum, CT, 1989
- "SPRING RISING,” Performance, "The Religious response to Native Americans in New England,” University of
- Panel, "Neurocosmology” art by Todd Siler, Joseloff Gallery, UH, 1991
- "The Sol Lewitt Collection: Primary Sources of Minimal and Conceptual Art" Exhibit Lecture, Wadsworth
Atheneum, CT, 1991
- "The Arts and Postmodernism,” St. Josephs College, 1991, sponsor: Hartford Consortium of Colleges and
- "Fundamentally the Same or Fundamentally Different? Foundations for Design and Fine Arts Students” with
Prof. Jan Kubasiewicz, Hartford Art School National conference on The Role of Liberal Arts in the Education of
Artists, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 1991
- "The Combines of Robert Longo," Exhibition Lecture, Wadsworth Atheneum, 1992
- "The Familiar, Unfamiliar and De-familiarized -- Postmodern issues in Vernacular Photographs,” Northeast
Region Society for Photographic Education, 1994
- "Sol LeWitt's Installation Works" - Public lecture in conjunction with Joseloff Gallery Exhibition, 1995
- "How Women See Things Now," part of spring lecture series: New Styles in Communication, Hartford College
for Women, 1996
- "Figure/Body - Extensions” Panel for Distinguished International Artist's Symposium and Exhibition, U. of
- H.A.S. Foundations Resource and Workbook, (Unpublished guide)
- "Art -- Not a Matter of Taste,” U.H. Observer, 1976
- Art Critic for The Hartford Advocate, 1975-1980; weekly reviews.
- Art Critic for Art New England, 1979-1987, monthly reviews.
- "On Scouting Alien Terrain," Hartford Courant, 1981; a response to George Will's critique of Carl Andre's
Stone Field Sculpture, recently installed in Hartford, CT
- "Robert Motherwell and Black” U.Conn. Publications 1981, monograph, Stephanie Terenzio, Ed.
- "Post-Modernism,” Art New England, 1982, based on a panel held at Hartford Art School for Foundations Art
Theory; comprising theorists Rosalind Krauss, Craig Owen and Douglas Crimp of October Magazine.
- "Integrating Subject-Matter and Content with Studio Art Instruction,"Proceedings of annual conference on
Liberal Arts in Education of Artists, School of Visual Art, NYC, 1989
- "Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawings,” Exhibition Catalogue, Joseloff Gallery, UH, 1995
- Mark Dion Collaborations, Joseloff Gallery, Interview for catalogue. w. Zina Davis, 2002
Consultant and Curatorial Work
- White Oak Const. Corp. Plainville, CT: Various systemic surface designs for modular concrete highway noise
barriers. w. Peter McLean, 1978-82. Installation I-84, S. Main to Prospect, W.H.
- Valley Concrete Co., Farmington, CT: Wall designs, 1983-86
- Farmington Public Schools, Gifted and Talented Program, 1979-81.
- Art Advisory Committee, U.Conn John M. Dempsey Health Center, 1981-1985
- Curator of topical Exhibitions in former Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School: STONE, 1975; TIME, 1979;
ART and ENERGY, 1982 (In conjunction with College of Engineering).
- Co-curator, w. Peter McLean, "Return to Hartford,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.
Twelve recent Hartford Art School graduates, 1984
- Juror, Mystic Art Association Annual Open Exhibition, CT, 1989 & '91
- Juror, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT, 1990
- "The Visual Arts in the Regular Classroom," lecture & workshops, Branford Public Schools, Branford, CT, 1990
- Juror, School of Art, U.Conn., Annual Student Exhibition, 1996