Department of Art Alumni

Darby Cardonsky


Darby Cardonsky is the Interim Coordinator of the MFA Program at Western Connecticut State University.  She was a founding member of the MFA advisory board from 2002 to 2009, and she has been a curator of The Gallery at Higgins Hall at WCSU since its 2007 opening.  As professor of a gallery studies course, she involves the students in the curatorial duties of the exhibitions at WCSU.


Prior to her work at WCSU, Ms. Cardonsky was co-owner and director of the Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery in Kent, CT.  From 1988 to 2009, her gallery was known for its comprehensive exhibitions of established artists, along with unknown, rising talents.  Over the twenty-two years, shows included works by Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Henry Moore and many others.  Numerous reviews and articles were published in The New York Times, Herald Tribune, Art in America, and regional periodicals.  She was also a guest curator for gallery exhibitions in Paris and New York.    


Ms. Cardonsky received an MA degree from Hunter College.  While living in NYC, she worked with Lee Krasner for nine years and with the Pollock Krasner Foundation in its first year of inception.  She also worked with Forum Gallery and with Spencer A. Samuels & Company, which specialized in old master drawings.  She has lived in Connecticut since 1983.      



M.A. Creative Art, Hunter College, New York, New York, 1975

B.A. Fine Arts, College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, New York, 1971



Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2007 - present

            Assistant Professor, Department of Art (Special Appointment), Aug 2012 - present

             Interim Coordinator, MFA in Visual Arts, January 2012 - present       

             Adjunct Professor, Department of Art, January 2007–June 2012



Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT, 2011 - present

            Co-curator and exhibition selections member

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2000-2012

            MFA Thesis Gallery Curator, WCSU at Blue Mountain Gallery, NY, NY, June 2012

            Gallery Curator, The Gallery at Higgins Hall, August 2009–June 2012

            Advisory Board Member of MFA in Visual Arts, 2000-09

Washington Art Association, Washington, CT, 2010

            Exhibition selections member

Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT, 1988–2009

Co-owner, director and financial manager of contemporary art gallery for 22 years  

Curator of monthly exhibitions of emerging artists and twentieth century masters:  Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Lee Krasner, Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Frank Stella, etc.

Guest Curator and Juror, 1990-1995

            Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT

            Erector Square, New Haven, CT

            Philippe Staib Gallery, New York, New York

            Galerie Gianna Sistu, Paris, France

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, New York, 1985-87

Artist grants administrator                             

Spencer A. Samuels & Company, New York, New York, 1974-85

Manager and financial director for private gallery specializing in 16th–20th century masters, with exhibitions at Art Basel, Switzerland

Lee Krasner, 1976-84

Archivist and Researcher in collaboration with Pace Gallery and Robert Miller Gallery, and with art historians Ellen G. Landau, Gail Levin, and Barbara Rose

Studio and personal assistant in New York, NY and Easthampton, NY      

Forum Gallery, New York, New York, 1980-81

            Accounts manager and bookkeeper


Selected Bibliography

Gail Levin, Lee Krasner, A Biography, New York: Harper-Collins Publishers, 2011

Scott Gargan, “Forces of nature inspire artists in ‘Rock Paper Scissor’ exhibition”, Connecticut Post, Dec. 15, 2011

Maggie Behringer, “At 20, Kent Gallery Has a Sparkling New Exhibit”, Litchfield County Times, Aug. 15, 2008

Elizabeth B. Potter, “Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery: 45 from Litchfield County”, The Country and Abroad, May 2006

William Zimmer, “A wide-Open View Through Glass Panes”, The New York Times, Aug. 18, 2002

William Zimmer, “Personal Ties, and a Bit of Paris, Too”, The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2001

Alistair Highet, “Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery in Kent Celebrates its 10th Anniversary”, The Litchfield County Times, May 1998

Souren Melikian, “In Another Orbit: The Just-Outside-New York School”, International Herald Tribune, Oct. 5-6, 1996

Mary Newcomb, “A Weekend in the Country is Going to Her Gallery in Kent”, Greenwich Post, May 17, 1996

Ellen G. Landau, Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonne, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1995

Vivien Raynor, “In Kent, a Grand Opening for a Dealer from Soho”, The New York Times, May 8, 1994

Souren Melikian, “Giant Success in Lilliputian Markets”, Art & Auction, Nov. 1993

Souren Melikian, “Contemporary Culture in Leafy New England”, International Herald Tribune, Sept. 4-5, 1993

Vivien Raynor, “Four New York Paths Cross in Kent”, The New York Times, Aug. 2, 1992

Vivien Raynor, “Unpredictable Variety in Kent Galleries”, The New York Times, Sept. 15, 1991

Souren Melikian, “An Alternative Art Market in a Caboose”, International Herald Tribune, June 1-2, 1991

Jude Schwendenwien, “A Survey of Connecticut Art”, Art New England, Sept. 1990

Vivien Raynor, “2 Shows Honor the French Revolution”, The New York Times, July 30, 1989

Barbara Rose, Lee Krasner: A Retrospective, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1983




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