Stass Shpanin | "Coltland Souvenir Shop"

On view April 1-April 30 , 2017

Art reception on April 15  Saturday 6 – 8:30 pm

EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT


EBK Gallery is pleased to announce Coltland Souvenir Shop – a solo exhibition of new paintings and works by Stass Shpanin. This ehibit is a continuation of the Coltland project started by Stass Shpanin in 2015.
During his most recent exhibition at Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia, Shpanin transformed the gallery/museum space into an improvised theme park dedicated to the well-known Hartford native gun manufacturer Samuel Colt. Starting as a performer and a clown, and selling laughing gas, Colt becomes the focal point character to investigate American culture, politics, and history.


This time, Stass transforms EBK Gallery space into the “Coltland Souvenir Shop”, a store with the installation of Samuel Colt busts wearing clown noses, and “poster” like paintings. Shpanin says, “I am interested in creating an attractive space that welcomes viewers; however, through their participation, I want my audience to be trapped in the absurdity of juxtaposed images, ideas, surfaces, and histories.” Commenting on the title of the exhibition, the artist continues, “I called it a souvenir shop, not a gift shop, because souvenirs refers to a memory of a place. There is a certain absurdity in making a souvenir shop for the place that does not physically exists. It all plays part in a larger context of “institutional critique” I am very involved with.”


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Recent Press

“Coltland souvenir Shop” article form Hartford  Courant by Susan Dunne (click here)


Stass Shpanin was born in 1990 in Baku, USSR. In 2012 he graduated from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and then went to Russia as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2016 he received his MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art. His works have been shown internationally and venues include Smack Mellon Gallery in New York, Gridchinhall Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT, and Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia, among others. Currently, Shpanin’s studio is based in Philadelphia and he teaches at Rutgers University, NJ.


CV / Resume

Selected Solo Exhibits

2017 –    EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT

2016       Coltland, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

2015       Predicting the Past, curated by Vitaly Patsyukov, Gridchinhall Art Center, Moscow, Russia

2014       Displacement, curated by Judith McElhone, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

2012       Abolished Memories, curated by Faith Lund, Westfield State University Downtown Art Gallery, Westfield, MA

2011       Age of Empires, Waltuch Art Gallery, Tenafly, NJ

2011       Age of Empires, From Russia with Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2011       Age of Empires, SJCC Gallery, Springfield, MA

2010       Art Exhibit, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford, CT

2009       Art Exhibit, Jasper Rand Art Museum, Westfield, MA

2008       Art Exhibit, Stamford JCC Art Gallery, Stamford, CT

2006       Art Exhibit, Umbria Galleria, Boston, MA

2003       Art Exhibit, Gallery 44, Elicott City, MD

2001       Art Exhibit, Netaniya Arts Center, Netaniya, Israel

2000       Art Exhibit, Salerno Art Center, Salerno, Italy


Selected Group Exhibits

2016       Peace Among Savages: The Gun Show, curated by Mary Gagler, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

FORCES, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Votes: Visualizing the Democratic Process, curated by Amy Lipton, Gallery Burgen, Paramus, NJ

Don’t Take This The Wrong Way, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2015       A Story of a Story, curated by Shlomit Dror, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013       VII Moscow International Art Festival, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2012       An Interruption, curated by Judith McElhone, ArtSpace Gallery, Torrington, CT

2012       University Honors, Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford, CT

2012       Metonymy, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT

2012       From Russia with Art, Newton Cultural Center, Newton, MA

2011       Goldfarb Exhibit, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT

2010       Juried Art Exhibit, Manchester CC, CT

2009       Russian Block, Greater Hartford JCC Gallery, CT

2008       Permanent Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, NJ



2016       MFA Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2015       Teaching in Higher Education Certificate, College of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2013       Postgraduate Studies, Surikov Moscow State Academic Institute of the Russian Arts Academy, Moscow, Russia

2012       BFA Painting, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, (University Honors), West Hartford, CT

2008       Portfolio Lab, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston/Tufts University, Boston, MA


Selected Bibliography

2016       Baku Magazine, “Alternative History” review of the Coltland exhibit by Anna Matveeva, Moscow, Russia

2015       Metro newspaper, “Great Equalizer Samuel Colt” review of the Predicting the Past Exhibit by Lubov Egorova, Moscow, Russia

2015       Baku Magazine, “Remember Everything” review of the Predicting the Past Exhibit by Anna Matveeva, Moscow, Russia

2015       Our Russia magazine, “History Via Aestheticized Physics: The Latest Art of Stass Shpanin” review of the Predicting the Past Exhibit by Olga Malik, Moscow, Russia

2014       The Hartford Courant newspaper, “’When Marco Polo Saw Elephants,’ ‘Displacement’ At Five Points” review of the Displacement Exhibit by Susan Dunne, CT

2014       The Register Citizen newspaper, “Russian-American Artist Stass Shpanin Explores Identity, History Through Paintings” review of the Displacement Exhibit by Esteban L. Hernandez, CT

2013       The Moscow Times newspaper, “Record-Smashing Artist Celebrates Romanovs”, review of the Art Exhibit at the Central House of Artists by Delphine d’Amora, Moscow, Russia

2013       Russia Beyond the Headlines newspaper, “Baku Born American Fulbright Artist Rediscovers His Roots”, review of the Art Exhibit at the Central House of Artists by Dmitry Romendik, Moscow, Russia

2013       Eclectic Magazine,” Am I worse than Picasso?” review of the Art Exhibit at the Central House of Artists by Yulia Smolyakova, Moscow, Russia

2012       The Republican American newspaper, “Inside the World of Dreams, review of the Interruption Exhibit by Tracey O’Shaughnessy, CT

2012       Observer Magazine, “Painting the Past: Means a Bright Future” by Trish Charles, CT

2012       The Republican newspaper, “Area Artist Stass Shpanin Exhibit Features History, Cultural Background “review of the Abolished Memories Exhibit by Justin Morales, MA

2009       Hartford Courant newspaper, “Artists’ Roots In the Old Block” review of the Russian Block Exhibit by Bill Leukhardt, CT

2009       Krugazor Magazine, “Two Years Later” by Maxim Litvinov, MA

2009       Stamford Plus newspaper exhibit Age of Empires review, CT

2009       The Reminder newspaper, “Brush Before Business for Baku Prodigy” review for the Jasper Rand Art Museum Exhibit by Katelyn Gendron, MA

2009       Azerbaijan Izvestia newspaper, “New Chapter” by Nailya Bannaeva, Baku, Azerbaijan

2008       The Stamford Times newspaper, exhibit announcement, CT

2007       Krugazor Magazine, “Gift of the Destiny” by Maxim Litvinov, MA

2006       The Republican newspaper, “Young Artist Makes Boston Debut” exhibit review by Alex Peshkov, MA

2005       Izvestia Newspaper, “Culture” by Nailya Bannaeva, Moscow, Russia

2004       National Geographic magazine, “Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things”, Washington, DC

2003       The Washington Post newspapaer, “Azerbaijan Prodigy Gets Local Showing” review of the Exhibit at the Gallery 44 by Susan DeFord, Washington, DC

2003       The Baltimore Sun newspaper, “Best Bets” review of the Exhibit at the Gallery 44 by Lori Sears, Washington, DC


Selected Professional History

2016 – present     Part Time Lecturer in Art, Rutgers University, NJ

2014 – present     Visiting Lecturer for the Art+Science courses at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Masters and Doctors of Science program, Moscow, Russia

2014 – present     Board of Trustees member for the University of Hartford School of Art

2014 – 2016         Presidential Fellowship with Teaching Assistantships, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA

2012 – 2013         Fulbright Fellowship

2012       Visiting Critique (TA) for Painting I class at the University of Hartford. CT

2011 – 2012         Visual Arts Internship at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Hartford, CT

2011       Public Arts Internship at the Art Basel Miami Beach and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL

2007 – 2008         Teacher Assistant at the Thousand Cranes Studio, Agawam, MA


Selected Awards/Grants/Fellowships

2015       Dean’s Travel Grant, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA

2014       Presidential Fellowship, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA

2014       U.S. Department of State Federal Assistance Award

2012/13 Fulbright Fellowship Award

2012      Rudolf Zallinger Painting Prize

2010-12  Alan Tompkins Scholarship Award, University of Hartford

2010/11  Wilmarth-Rabineau Scholarship Award, University of Hartford

2009       Anna Ball Pierce Scholarship Award, University of Hartford

2009       Alan Tompkins Scholarship Award, University of Hartford

2009       Mayor of Stamford Arts Grant

2008       Artistic Merit Scholarship, University of Hartford



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