The Voice of Art (TVOA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) visual art organization founded in 2017.
It is dedicated to creating art experiences that enrich the lives of CT residents throughout the state.
Our current vision for The Voice of Art is to provide meaningful integration of arts and cultural community-building activities for residents of the Litchfield community. Also, TVOA is expanding its educational and health-related studio art program for residents of the Litchfield community and aims to reach a wider and diverse audience through such activities as classes, workshops, and outreach programs for community, all with the goal of inspiring and educating.
TVOA also aims to provide opportunities for new viewers to experience high-level artworks by emerging and established artists through accessible exhibitions of their work, both in TVOA’s virtual gallery and in venues provided by multiple business communities.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement
The Voice of Art believes its community of artists, staff and board play a unique role in modelling the humanity in all of us. Because we value the arts as a universal language, we strive to create socially just learning environments that are reflective of the surrounding towns’ demographics and that affirm and practice the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion through the various roles and responsibilities we have in all our work.
We respect all communities with which we work and strive for ongoing reflection on patterns of racism, sexism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, classism, ableism, nativism, ageism, religious, body type and other forms of discrimination and oppression that can negatively affect anyone in the surrounding communities.
Equity: fairness and justice for all people.
Diversity: variety, multiplicity, and intersectional.
Inclusion: authentic representation, empowered participation, full access,
and true belonging.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Hannah Jung, Director/Artist-in-Residence
Hannah founded The Voice of Art in 2017 and is currently working as a Director and Artist-in-Residence. She was born in South Korea and came to U.S. for her graduate study after obtaining her BFA in Painting from Seoul National University in 2000. Hannah has been an exhibiting artist in CT and taught at Housatonic Community College, Albertus Magnus College, as well as public and private schools. A Juried Artist from Silvermine Guild Arts Center (New Canaan) and a recipient in the Art of the Northeast and the I-Park Artists Residency Program, her work has been exhibited nationwide, including Promenade Gallery at the Bushnell (Hartford), Gallery Korea, Korean Embassy (Washington D.C.), Vision Gallery (NYC), and The White Gallery (Lakeville, CT), to name a few.
Rev. Robert Pohl
The Rev. Robert Pohl is a retired Lutheran pastor who served most recently at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Cornwall, CT. During the 49 years since his ordination, he has also served congregations in Hanover, MA, Sarasota, FL, and Chicago, IL. Rev. Pohl and his wife, Anne-Marie, have been married for 50 years, and are proud parents of four sons. They enjoy their five grandchildren who range in age from 13 to 22. Rev. Pohl looks for a sacramental quality in paintings that allows the viewer to connect with the depth of the sacred Presence of the Divine, and he appreciates the opportunity to work with Hannah Jung as she seeks to uphold and promote local artists.
Sean Shea grew up in CT and now lives in NH and FL; he is the Founder and President of Virtual Intelligence Briefing - a data intelligence and marketing firm. Shea graduated from Lyndon State College with a BS in Meteorology. He has spent the past 20 years leading technology companies with innovative sales and marketing methodologies. Shea spends his time fishing, golfing, working with others with addiction challenges, and has enjoyed several mission trips to Haiti. He ran his own charity for nine years, serving veterans in NH and helped start New Hampshire's first home for homeless veterans. Sean currently serves on the board of the Addiction Recovery Coalition.
A Resident of Berlin, CT, and Educator.
Priscilla Meleschnig comes from an artistic family in music and the arts and is believing in the impact of arts and culture in the community. She spends her day working with families as a special educator in the Birth to Three system for 30 years.
Phillip Ricciuti, Esquire
Phil is an attorney and practices law in Cheshire, Connecticut at Fazzone Ryan & Ricciuti, LLC. He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law and has been practicing law since the year 2000 and specializes in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, estate planning and probate administration. He enjoys serving the community through volunteering at charitable organizations as well as helping TVOA's Litchfield Art Festival. He also enjoys the arts and cultural activities, playing golf, music and other sports.
YONG H. PARK
Advisory Board Member.
A Resident of Cheshire, CT, and a CPA
As one of Founding Members of The Voice of Art, Mr. Park joined and helped Hannah establish the legal foundation of The Voice of Art. He has been serving The Voice of Art behind the scene through his professional knowledge and working experiences since its inception.
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This Video was made possible by
David A. Smith's In-kind Donation