Museum Press

Renowned Artist To Speak At HCC 3/31

March 13, 2014

For immediate release:
Contact: Lydia Viscardi or
John Favret, 203-332-5116

Bridgeport, CT ... The Art Department of Housatonic Community College in collaboration with the Housatonic Museum of Art presents renowned pastel artist, Clayton Buchanan to speak in Room #514, the Event Center of Beacon Hall, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT on Monday, March 31, 2014, 5 – 7 pm, free and open to the public. Buchanan will talk about his formative years as an art student, and his career that has included commercial illustration and advertising, involvement with art galleries, commissioned portraiture, and ongoing demonstrations, workshops and classes. In his talk, Buchanan will share images of his works along with technical information about his artistic practice. Visit for further information or call (203) 332-5116.

Clayton Buchanan is the recipient of numerous awards including the F. Luis Mora Award for Pastel, Kent Art Association President Show, 2013; CPS Member Award, Renaissance in Pastel National Juried Show, 2013; Best in Show, Kent Art Association Spring Juried Show, 2012; CPS Honor Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Member Show, 2012; Edmond Tarbell Award, Guild of Boston Artists Annual Member Show, 2012; Best in Show, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Member Show, 2011. Mr. Buchanan was awarded two Elizabeth T. Greenshield Memorial Foundation Grants. His works are in private and corporate collections including The First National Bank of Boston, London, England and the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal, Canada. Buchanan has completed private portrait commissions nationally.

Clayton Buchanan studied Impressionist painting with Henry Hensche, Provincetown,
MA, Figure/Portrait painting with William Draper, Art Students League, NY and Painting/
Graphic Arts at Memphis Academy of Art, TN. He worked in the graphic arts industry for
30 years and now paints full time at his studio in Newburgh, NY. His website is

The Art and Graphic Design programs at HCC have continued to expand over the last several years and are a foundation for new growth at the college. Art course offerings are a balance between traditional studio skills, such as painting and design, and the latest innovations in computer technology and contemporary aesthetics. The Art Department’s strength is in the many resources available to students that few two-year colleges offer: an outstanding campus art collection; new state-of-the-art facilities planned for construction in 2015; a Graphic Design Internship program and formal Portfolio Preparation; student exhibition opportunities; and multiple transfer options to four-year institutions.

A tremendous asset for students at HCC is The Housatonic Museum of Art’s collection contains over 5000 works of art spanning ancient through modern times and is one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the Northeast. Exhibition and programs are funded in part by the Werth Family Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Target, Housatonic Community College Foundation, and other individual donors. If you are interested in supporting HMA exhibitions and programs by donating to the Housatonic Community College Foundation, contact the Museum at