Lichtenstein Center for the Arts Features Out of the Studio Exhibit



Featuring the work of resident visual and performing artists

Press contact:

Jen Glockner, Director, City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development,; 413-499-9348


Seven local artists have worked diligently to craft artwork reflective of themselves and their environment in studio spaces within the City of Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. In the annual exhibit, the Lichtenstein gallery will be transformed to present the work of these painters and sculptors in an exhibit entitled Out of the Studio on display from Saturday, January 6 to Saturday, January 27.  An opening reception takes place Saturday, January 6, from 4pm-6pm, with open studios from 6-7pm, hosted by the artists themselves.

Visual and performing artists include:  Mario Calouri; Rick Casucci; Peg Dotchin; Julio Granda; Jim Horsford; Sean McCusker and Michael Rousseau.

A former professor at Berkshire Community College, Mario Calouri is primarily an abstract artist, practiced in painting, drawing, two-dimensional design and printmaking. He has always been concerned with patterns of forms that are alike, yet different, suggesting something of the mysterious and perhaps primeval forces in nature and ourselves. Some of his most recent works, tree forms and tree stumps, represent his attempt to celebrate and even idealize aspects of nature that might be considered dead or insignificant.

Rick Casucci is an artist, graphic designer, and digital marketer from Pittsfield, MA. He has a B.F.A in Painting and Drawing from the School of Visual Arts and a B.F.A. in Visual Communication-Digital Design from American Intercontinental University.  The goal of Rick’s work is to reveal or discover some hidden truth. He attempts to explore his own unconscious in search of collective archetypes, and hidden fears and desires. The revelations are sometimes personal, but his hope is that the work reveals something about the nature of being human itself.

For Peg Dotchin, the changing of seasons, contrasts, light, color and atmosphere presents an endless challenge, particularly in the paths and roads of the Berkshires.  Even a familiar place can offer her a visual experience that is perpetually fresh, as she works to capture the emotion of a scene not the image. The luscious colors afforded to her in the pastel medium help to bring life to her landscapes, though a challenge always lies in the exploration of patterns and colors in a given scene.  Peg earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1994

New York, N.Y., native Julio Granda received his art training at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union, but not before serving two tours of duty in Korea with the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. Later, Granda earned his Masters in Fine Arts in painting at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His broadsides, drawings and paintings are in libraries and museums, as well as in private collections, throughout the United States.

Jim Horsford ventured into pottery on the wheel beginning at University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. His next 30 years were spent as an art teacher at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, working mainly with clay and slab work.  During that time, he also began teaching classes in wheel throwing at Miss Hall’s School from 1978-1984.  Horsford earned a Masters degree in Creative Arts and Learning at Lesley College in 1993, furthering his love of teaching the technique of throwing to beginners. Currently, he offers wheel-throwing classes here at the ceramic studio in the basement of the Lichtenstein to people with ability levels ranging from beginner to advanced.

Living in the quiet town of Middlefield, Mass., Sean McCusker grew an affinity for his quaint surroundings in its quiet, hilly landscape, channeling his focuses on developing striking surreal landscapes full of color and mystery. The complexity of his work is what makes McCusker’s paintings so desirable, adding contrast and drama through the 30-or-so thin layers of painting that go in to each piece. His work mirrors the themes of a traditional Greek drama, representing characters and objects as emotional archetypes while evoking an allegorical protagonist as the focal point of his pieces.

Michael Rousseau is a Pittsfield native.  His attention to detail is evident in all of his paintings, from his figures to his landscapes and still life compositions. His explorations into the history of oil painting materials and techniques have led him to adopt methods from the High Renaissance to modern masters. His major influences range from Michelangelo, Leonardo and Caravaggio to Rembrandt, Sargent and Odd Nerdrum. A double graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, MAT), his work is collected internationally.

Out of the Studio can be viewed at the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, the gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 413-499-9348.