Side by Side at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center

April 17 to September 10, 2015

detail 2 of Christopher A. Cozzi_SidebySide

Detail of work by Christopher A. Cozzi

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Side by Side, a multimedia exhibition featuring works by regional teachers and high school students, at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. The exhibition is curated by Debbie Hesse and Steven Olsen. A public reception will take place on Saturday, May 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with hands-on activities. Artist talks will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Part 1: Artist-Teachers and Students (April 17 – June 6, 2015)

Part 2: Artist Who Teach: A Showcase of multimedia works featuring Caryn Azoff, Christopher A. Cozzi, Mindi Englart, Karleen Kubat and Peter Ziou (July 8- September 10, 2015)

Side by Side: Part 1 is a multimedia exhibition that showcases seven artists who teach in area high schools alongside some of their students (56 students) to create a non-hierarchal visual array of unique, quality artwork that encourages dialogue about the relationship between one’s individual and collective role as artist, teacher and student. Phil Collin’s lyrics “in learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn”- resonates with so many, forming the basis for this show.

Exhibiting teaching artists include Caryn Azoff (Hamden Hall Day School, Hamden, CT), Jessica Cuni (Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT), Christopher A. Cozzi and Mindi Englart (Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT), Karleen Kubat and Francois Poisson (Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT) and Peter Ziou (Hopkins School, New Haven, CT).

These seven artists selected student artwork created as individual and in some cases, collaborative projects that range in style and approach from traditional and academic to interpretive and self-expressive. Collage and construction predominate as do self-portraiture, exploring ideas about digital humans, the future and one’s place in the world.


Mindi Englart

Participating artists and students featured in Part 1 include: Karleen Kubat, Francois Poisson-Cheshire Academy, Cheng “Jack” Cheng, Gerry Punzo, Jeong Hoon, Brandon Hussey, Tingting Quian, Xin Michelle Gao, Sylvia Danso Adjei, Armani Barnett, Jamie Petit, Yilun Chen, Rachal Abraham, Lambert Ben, Dechan Choden, Ella Hampson, Kate Davis, Linz Wieal, Bella Chen, Mook Panyasakorn, Helen Wu Jinyi Yao

Caryn Azoff -Hamden Hall, Anna Chiodo, Jem Marriott, Sandy Rokhin, Manny Brito, Kyle Horton, Maisa DellaValle, Mason Boyhen, Manny Brito, Jarod Castro, Kai Clemons, Maisa DellaValle, Billy Dobensky, Kayleigh Giles, Chad Jennings, John Manoyan, Connor Sandagata, Louis Unger, Kyle Horton

Jessica Cuni- Choate-Rosemary Hall, Caitlin Chiocchio, Jill Gingher, Samantha Kolowrat, So Jeong Lim, Tommy Ren, Gustavo Sanabria, Jamie Trubowitsch, Andrea Wang

Peter Ziou-Hopkins Day School, Danielle Gorton, Marc Greenawalt, Sarah Johnson, Tanner Marsh, Jessica Larkin-Wells, Lauren Mitchell, Natalie Schultz-Henry

Christopher A. Cozzi-Cooperative High School of Art and Humanities, Lliam West, Sean Hughes, Mia Elliott

Mindy Englart-Cooperative High School of Art and Humanities, Jalissa Rivera, Jason Dunn & Cynthia Garcia.

For more information on this exhibition please contact curator Debbie Hesse via email at or by calling (203) 772-2788.


Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, a gallery exhibit in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Whitney Center, is located at 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. The gallery features regional artists in group and thematic shows. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Artists’ Opportunity If you would like to be considered for an exhibit at Perspectives…The Gallery at Whitney Center, please send images, résumé and bio to: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510. For more information, call Debbie Hesse at 203-772-2788 or email dhesse [at]

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