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Arabolos, John (full)
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Art & Design
Dodds Hall

    John is a “Professional Interior Design and Artist in Residence” in the University of New Haven, Department of Visual Arts.  He is responsible for the coordination and instruction of technical drawing, inclusive of Architectural Drawing, Construction Documents, Paraline Drawing, Perspective Drawing and Furniture Design.  He became an Assistant Professor four years ago, and in 2006 was appointed as “Professional Interior Designer and Artist in Residence”.  He has been nominated by his students 8 times in five years for “Who’s Who in Teaching”.

    John received a BA at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT in 1974 where he was awarded the Ruth Chaney Goodwin Award.  He also obtained a MFA at Pratt Institute of Design in 1980 where he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and was named Pratt Studio Scholar.

    He has been practicing Interior Design since 1974, is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Connecticut, and is the principal of the West Haven based design firm, Arabolos Design Associates founded in l982.  His firm specializes in restaurants, kitchens, baths, home theater, and design for residential, new construction, renovations and remodeling.

    Throughout his earlier career he has worked for; Element Design Group of Fairfield, CT, Cohen Design of Westport and New Haven, CT, and Boca Raton, Florida, Domus Contemporary Interiors of Orange, CT, and Gordon Micunis Interiors Inc. of Stamford, CT.  

    He has won many design competition awards and has had his design work published in numerous local and national publications including Kitchen and Bath Design Guide and Hanley Wood Inc. publications, Kitchen and Bath Magazine, Women’s Day Innovation Series publications, and Connecticut Magazine.

    He is a Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) where he served as a Board member for eight years.  He is also Past President of CCID (Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers), and the current V.P. of Legislation.  He is currently in his thirteenth year as an Executive Board member.  

    John has also been a practicing professional artist since l969 exhibiting his work throughout the country.  Since 2001 he has been represented by the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT.  He has won numerous art competition awards and has had his work published by Art New England, Gallery & Studio, Direct Art, Periodicals, and the New Haven Register.

    Professional Registration
    State of Connecticut Interior Designer, Lic./Reg. No. 579

    Professional Organizations
    American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
    Past President and Executive Board Member
    Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers (CCID)
    Past President, Current V.P. Legislation, Executive Board Member
    Connecticut Building Officials Association

    Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, CT
    Whitney Museum, New York
    Museum of Modern Art, New York
    Guggenheim Museum, New York
    New Haven Arts Council, New Haven, CT

    Past Appointments
    National ASID Referral Service Task Force, Washington, DC
    “Interior Design Licensing Study Committee”, Appointed by the  
    CT General Law Committee
    “Interior Design Advisory Committee” for the CT Department of Consumer  Protection, Appointed by Gloria Schaffer
    Sub Committees – “Design Build” and “Multi-Disciplinary”, Appointed by the 
        CT Coalition of Interior Designers, Investigative Recommendations to the 
        CT Department of Consumer Protection



    M.F.A., Pratt Institute of Design, Brooklyn, NY
    B.A., Hartford Art School, The University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT


    Chaotic Symmetries,The Artwork of John Arabolos, Herlin/Gist Press, March 2005

    Ashley Group Publications, 2003 Homebook Design, Excellence Award Winners –
    1st Place Gold Awards:
    -  Kitchen Design/Construction
    -  Mill work
    2nd Place Silver Award:
    -  Remodeling Project
    Ashley Group Publications, 2003, Best of the Best Luxury Homes Magazine
    American Society of Interior Designers Newsletter, 2003 Winter Issue
    American Society of Interior Designers Newsletter, 2002 Spring Issue
    Architecture, March 2000 Issue
    Kitchen & Bath Design Guide, 1994-Annual, Hanley Wood Inc. Publication 
    Kitchen & Bath, Summer Volume IV #2, Women’s Day Innovation Series Publication
    Kitchen & Bath, Fall Volume IV #3, Women’s Day Innovation Series Publication
    Connecticut Magazine, March 1995