VILLANOVA, Pa. - Needing to deal with his feelings over the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, noted artist Chuck Connelly turned to the language of art to express his sorrow and rage.
The American artist's powerful painting of remembrance for the victims of Sandy Hook, which took him almost a year to complete, will be on exhibit in the Villanova University Art Gallery, located at the University’s Connelly Center. The large 10-foot by 12-foot canvas comprises individual images of the 20 children, in the full bloom of their lives.
Connelly’s work belongs to major museums across the United States, and abroad, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His career was highlighted in an award-winning HBO documentary, “The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale.” Connelly’s work was also featured in the film “New York Stories, Life Lessons,” directed by Martin Scorcese.
Being publicly shown for the first time, his work entitled "Children of Sandy Hook" will be on exhibit from, Dec. 9-16. A reception, with the artist, marking the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, will take place in the Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 5 pm. Guest speakers on changes in laws will also attend the reception.
Of the special exhibit, Fr. Richard G. Cannuli (OSA), Villanova Art Gallery director, said: “On behalf of Villanova University, I want to thank Mr. Connelly for making available to the Villanova campus community this remembrance of the children victims of this tragedy. This beautiful work was carried out by the artist in the grief, and dismay shared by us all. I hope that everyone who can, will take the opportunity to witness in reflection and prayer the portraits of the 20 children lost one year ago.”
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