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Year Long Sculpture Project Concludes for Associate Professor Jesse Walp - A sculpture project that was years in the making is finally complete. On Friday, July 13, 2018, Associate Professor Jesse Walp put the finishing touches on the 14-foot-wide, 26-foot-tall sculpture that he designed and created from scratch and transported it from Villa Maria College’s Art Shop to its permanent home on Old Falls Street in Niagara […]
Jesse Walp’s ‘Arch on Old Falls Street’ Installed - Associate professor of interior design and art shop supervisor Jesse Walp has finally put the finishing touches on a sculpture that took him over a year to conceptualize, design and engineer. Walp and his team spent Friday, July 13th transporting the sculpture from Villa Maria College’s campus to Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls. Once […]
Adjunct Professor Richard Christian Publishes Book - Creative Spaces: The Western New York Artist Studio Project hit stores this week, and it was written by Villa’s adjunct professor Richard Christian. Inspired by a coffee table book spotted in New Orleans, Creative Spaces showcases the studios of 15 Western New York artists. The photos, which were taken by local photographer Steve Siegel, are […]
2nd Annual #villafallphoto Contest Winners Announced - Throughout the month of October, Villa students were invited to submit their fall photos to the College’s second annual #villafallphoto contest. We received over one hundred submissions in total this year, up from sixteen submissions during the contest’s first year, some of which are pictured below.   The submissions were judged by Parkway Digital, a […]
Voyager -  Check out the latest edition of the Voyager for information on the Student Success Center, peer tutors, faculty news and more!  Voyager 11.2.17
Villa Animation student, faculty members featured in fan-drawn premiere of Bob’s Burgers new season - Villa Maria College Animation student Bridget McCleary ‘17 and Animation faculty members Lee Terwilliger ‘14 and Valery Amborski ‘14 each had their work selected and featured in a fan-drawn episode of Bob’s Burgers, which airs on FOX. Bob’s Burgers is a quirky, animated sitcom centered around the humorous mishaps of a family owned burger joint. Currently […]
Graphic Design Student Dylan Nowak Receives Recognition from TSN on Anaheim Ducks Jersey Concept - Dylan Nowak is a sports graphic artist and a senior in Villa Maria College’s graphic design program. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys designing jersey and logo concept designs for professional sports teams. One of his most recent concept designs was for the Anaheim Ducks, professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. The touted jersey design […]
Villa Maria College’s Art Gallery to Display “The Villa Connection: Current/Former Art Faculty From the Gerald Mead Collection” - On Friday, September 22, Villa Maria College will host an opening reception in its Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery in celebration of a new art exhibit, “The Villa Connection: Current/Former Art Faculty from the Gerald Mead Collection.” The event will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. This exhibition, selected from the extensive collection of Gerald […]
Spring Open House Date Announced - On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Villa Maria College is hosting its Spring Open House for students interested in learning more about the college. Prospective students and their families can learn about our 18 academic programs, including emerging majors in psychology, digital media and communication, digital filmmaking, and our recently-accredited occupational therapy assistant program. Open house […]
SKALD 2015 Recognized by The Columbia Scholastic Press Association - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is honoring select contents from SKALD 2015, Villa Maria College’s annual literary and arts magazine, in its Gold Circle Awards. The Villa Community offers a well deserved congratulations to… Frederick Vicaretti, ’16, Photography: Certificate of Merit in Photography Portfolio (132) Ashley Smith, ’19, Creative Writing & Literature: Certificate of Merit for an Essay […]
Accumulate: The Evolution of Ani Hoover - Artwork by Ani Hoover is currently adorning the walls and floor of Villa Maria College’s Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery. Hoover, a Buffalo, NY native, created Accumulate to represent her decision making in art making since 2010. That year marked a change in her work from painting to collage, assemblage and ultimately to sculpture and fiber based […]
‘An Overwhelming Familiarity,’ Art Show by Fine Arts Instructor Sara Zak on Display in the Castellani Art Museum - Wonderful. Gorgeous. Fragmented. Blurred. These are some of the words used to describe Sara Zak’s paintings from her show, An Overwhelming Familiarity. Currently on display in Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum, An Overwhelming Familiarity is composed of 12 large-scale paintings that tell a series of multi-layered narratives. Built primarily around recurrent imagery of a blissful young girl, a swing, suspension apparatus, […]
Villa Maria College Recognized for Offering One of the Top Bachelors of Art Degree Programs in the Nation - Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource for online learning and college accreditation information, has released its annual rankings for the 2016-2017 Best Four Year Art Degree Programs in the Nation. Villa Maria College was ranked #5 on the list. According to Angela Hanners, Community for Accredited Online Schools’s director of communications, colleges must […]
Villa Students Use StoryCorps for Learning - Founded in 2003, StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization that aims to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. StoryCorps is currently in Buffalo, NY working with WBFO 88.7 and Canalside to document the stories of Buffalonians. Several Villa students were able to attend a StoryCorps’ presentation at WBFO to learn more […]
Villa Maria College’s Portfolio Day Featured on WNY Living - On Monday, October 3, 2016, Villa Maria College was featured on WNY Living. John Fucile, a digital filmmaking professor, and Kristen Schober, Villa’s communications specialist, spoke about Portfolio Day, an upcoming event in which high school students have the opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by Villa’s art faculty. You can watch the full story here. […]
Villa Maria College Reports Increase in Enrollment, Adds New Faculty - For a second year in a row, Villa Maria College has reported a positive growth in its enrollment. The incoming class grew by 8% from the previous year, increasing the College’s total enrollment to nearly 600 students. This growth is attributed to the successful implementation of the College’s Visionary Plan, which led to the launch […]
Villa Maria College to Host 2nd ‘Wake up the World!’ - Villa Maria College is set to host the second installation of “Wake up the World,” an art show featuring the works of consecrated religious men and women. An opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 7 :00 p.m. The event will take place in the Library at Villa Maria College, […]
2015 Designer's Show House Villa Sponsors 2015 Decorators’ Show House - Using their talents to give back to the community, students, faculty and alumni of Villa Maria College are once again participating in the 2015 Decorators’ Show House. The results of their work will be on view to the public from April 25 through May 17. Along with The Buffalo News, the Junior League of Buffalo has […]
Graphic Design Students Win in Portfolio Review - Two scholarships were awarded to Villa students at the Advertising Club of Buffalo Student Portfolio Review event on Saturday, April 12 in the Villa Maria College Library. Graphic Design students Grace Gruarin ’16 won second place, and Carl Hunley Jr. ’17 tied for honorable mention. The first,  third place and other honorable mention winners were students from RIT. There were  30 […]
Three Students Win in the Don Nichols Scholarship Competition - Villa students took home a number of the awards in the annual Don Nichols Scholarship competition for the second year in a row. Jessica Massaker ’17 won 1st place, Jessica Puskar ’16 won 3rd place, and Samantha Lonczak ’17 received an honorable mention. The Don Nichols Scholarship competition awards promising communications students financial help for their […]

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