Bryan D. Wziontko grew up in Hartford, CT and moved to Rocky Hill, CT where he attended Rocky Hill High School and graduated 2004. During his four years at Rocky Hill High School, he discovered his hidden talent while taking Art classes with Sandy Guze and Kim Jenkins. “I remember the day Ms. Guze commented on a drawing of mine and encouraged me to better myself as an artist, by taking fall courses at the University of Hartford. At the University, I took figure drawing and noticed a drastic change in my ability to draw people and decided to display that by drawing for the High School Newspaper, ‘The Broadside.’ Tammy Devine, a Journalism teacher at the time and in charge of the newspaper, entered my Editorial Illustrations into the Hartford Courant’s Scholastic Journalism Contest where I won 2nd place in May 2003. I knew at that moment, that I wanted to excel in an Art career.”
After graduating High School, Bryan attended Paier College of Art, Incorporated, located in Hamden, CT and graduated 2008, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration. He had works displayed several times in Art Space and City-Wide Studios in 2007. He also received a 2nd place award in Illustration at Paier College of Art Fall Show in 2007.
When Bryan was about to graduate from Paier, he decided to become a teacher and attended Graduate School at Southern Connecticut State University for his certification in Art Education K-12. Before graduating in 2010, Bryan collaborated with peers and created a mural painting to enhance the work environment for the mentors and children at SCSU Children’s Literacy Lab. He also took several Ceramic and Pottery classes to expand his experiences in more mediums.
Bryan has been working at Rocky Hill High School as an Art Teacher since 2011. He specializes in Ceramics, Crafts and Sculpture. In his spare time he loves to use watercolor and enjoys creating portraits of people and animals on scratch board, which involves scratching away black on a flat panel to reveal white. He has been published in iTowns on The Hartford Courant, with a self portrait called, “Man in the Box.”
“I am glad to be a part of Rocky Hill High School. It is a pleasure to be working with teachers that have influenced me and nothing is more rewarding than to know you have influenced a child.”