For Immediate Release
27 September 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Geometric and Optical Works of Benigna Chilla at Gallery Exhibit


"Rumtek," by Chilla

The public is invited to an exhibition of layered paintings and prints by Benigna Chilla in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College in Farmington September 28-October 21.

Chilla, who has widely exhibited in both solo and group shows, draws inspiration for her work from ancient, geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles, and nature. Over 25 of her pieces are held in corporate, public and private collections throughout the world, including several museums.

A professor at Berkshire Community College, Chilla continues to produce work from her studio at home in Chatham, New York as well as exhibit and lecture all over the world. Among her recent accomplishments, she presented a paper at a science symposium in Brazil in 2007, where she documented her development of a new visual reading of a geometric design she discovered in a ceiling of an Islamic mosque. Chilla holds an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 860.773.1621 or email William Kluba at

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