Tunxis Community College professor William Kluba will talk about his new book, “Where Does Art Come From?” during a discussion and book signing on Tuesday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in the 600 Building Cyber Café at Tunxis. Books will be available for purchase. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.
A combination of narrative and autobiography which draws on examples from art history, Kluba’s book explores the origins of inspiration and ideas to help readers understand where creativity comes from. It includes techniques to foster inspiration and the creative process.
“I wrote this book after many years of experience with students who had difficulties in their pursuit of creating, and the surrounding issues everyone at some point comes across,” said Kluba, a first-time author. “I want to open doors for the art process that eliminate the fears and insecurities we have when creating and viewing art, and connect people to their internal desires so that they can find a path that suits them.”
Kluba has been a professional artist for more than 40 years and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His paintings, drawings, pastels, digital art, and mixed media have been on display at the New Britain Museum of Art, William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Slater Museum in New Haven, Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Mo.; and Wustom Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wis. among many others. His works are also held in a number of collections including the Library of Congress, Prudential Life Insurance Company, and Springfield Museum of Art (Mo.).
Kluba is a professor of fine arts and gallery director of the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College. He is teaching drawing and pastels this semester. Kluba holds an M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison and resides in Wethersfield.
“Where Does Art Come From?” is published by Allworth Press and is available at Amazon.com and major booksellers. It will be featured in a display on inspiration at Barnes and Noble, Blue Back Square in West Hartford starting April 22.
From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For directions, visit tunxis.edu/directions.