Montserrat’s Summer 2015 Pre-College Program

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The three week Summer Residential Pre-College Program (July 12 – August 2, 2015) is designed for high school students 16 years and older, and provides an intensive introduction to the life and expectations at an art college. Students receive rigorous visual art instruction and time to cultivate their foundation drawing skills, as well as discover new subjects and mediums through our elective offerings. Our Pre-College Program mirrors the personalized scale of our BFA program, affording students small class sizes and individual attention. We invite you to spend your summer immersing yourself in a creative environment with like-minded people. Challenge your assumptions. Take risks. Test your theories. Discover a new favorite artist. Surprise yourself. Grow. Learn. Soak it all in. This is the beginning of a beautiful portfolio!

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About:: Students in the Pre-College Program receive 130 hours of instruction and educational activities during the three week session. All students are enrolled in a Foundation Drawing class, and select two other courses from those listed below. Upon successful completion of all three courses, students are awarded three college credits and receive written evaluations from each course instructor.

Faculty: Pre-College faculty are college instructors and professional artists who teach at Montserrat College of Art.

A typical day: During each day of the program you will encounter a creative experience through formal teaching methods, admissions portfolio reviews, gallery talks and open studio tours. Click here to learn more! 

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more! 

Choose 2 Electives:

  • painting
  • three-dimensional design
  • Illustration
  • animation
  • graphic design
  • digital photography
  • printmaking

Contact: For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 978.921.4242 x 1153 or email admissions@montserrat.edu


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Accepted Students Day April 18, 2015

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Congratulations to our recent accepted students! We are excited to have you and your family attend Accepted Student Day which will be held on Saturday, April 18, with registration from 8:30AM – 9AM. The day’s activities will include:

  • Campus and housing tours
  • Student artwork showcasing all departments
  • Variety of faculty conducted workshops
  • Q & A student panels
  • Lunch with the Montserrat community
  • Financial aid appointments (ongoing throughout the day)
  • …and so much more!

We want you to experience campus & academic life at Montserrat during your visit. So, faculty members will be offering workshops to Accepted Students in a wide range of areas for you to explore. In addition, we are offering two types of campus tours; for those of you that have not been to campus or would like to tour the campus again, we are offering a Full Campus Tour with a tour of our apartment style housing or a Housing Only Tour for those of you who have already had the tour of our campus, but haven’t seen our housing. Please click on the link below to choose your workshop and campus tour selections. Workshops have limited space. Pick your top two workshop choices and we will try our best to accommodate your picks.

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Directions & Accommodations
We’ve provided DRIVING DIRECTIONS for your convenience. In addition, if you are planning on coming to the area for an overnight stay, here are a number of LOCAL HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS/BEACHES & RESTAURANTS that we recommend close to campus.

As you come closer to choosing which college is the best fit for you, we hope that you take advantage of visiting Montserrat during this special event catered specifically for you. If you have any questions about the day, please contact admissions@montserrat.edu or call 1.800.836.0487 x1153.

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Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu Public Artist Talk May 14

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Montserrat College of Art is excited to announce internationally known artist and activist Wangechi Mutu will not only be our 2015 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, but she will also be giving a free public lecture on Thursday, May 14 at 8 pm, doors will open at 7:30 pm at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA.

Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York based artist whose surrealist works contain personal poetic cultural criticism that engages the complexities of the daily issues, current affairs and diverse environments. She focuses on issues that affect not only all humans, but more specifically the disempowered. Mutu’s inventive and meticulous use of materials matched with the elegant and perhaps horrific figures are found lurking in worlds filled with hybrids. Composites themselves, they’re entrapped between consciousness and dreamscapes, silences and cacophony, seemingly alive, though somewhere beyond the memory of death; still real and yet not. These characters are avatars that reveal their inherent vulnerability in spite of their dynamic potency. See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Ms. Mutu’s caliber speaking to our community,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art. “Her successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome her to the campus and to the North Shore.” Mutu joins a long list of illustrious commencement speakers at Montserrat including Bryan Konietzko, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Sillman, Jenny Holzer, Janine Antoni and James Rosenquist, to name a few.

Artist Biography

Mutu earned a BFA from Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science in 1996, and then received an MFA from Yale University in 2000. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois; and Miami Art Museum. Mutu recently participated in the Dak’Art Biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, the Paris Triennial: Intense Proximity, the International Center of Photography’s Triennial and the Moscow Bienniale. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; the Brooklyn Museum; and Tate Modern in London. See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

Montserrat Gallery will be open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show May 1 – 15, 2015 at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA.

For further information, contact Jo Broderick at jo.broderick@montserrat.edu, 978.867.9613 or visit montserrat.edu/news/commencement.


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Summer 2015 Immersive Art Workshops

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Week-Long Art WorkshopsJune 15 – July 10

From painting and printmaking to comics and digital photography, our diverse Summer Immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.

Subjects:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Encaustics
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Puppet Making
  • Letterpress
  • Comics
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Mask Making
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography

Featured Instructors:

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COLLEGE CREDIT & PDP’s: Montserrat is an approved PDP provider for Art Educators, and all courses are eligible for PDP awards. Additionally, many courses are available for undergraduate credit. Please visit our website for full details.

HOUSING: We are also offering affordable housing for immersive students. Please visit our website for full details.

FELLOWSHIPS: CALL FOR APPLICANTS

We are delighted to offer two fellowship awards, one for full-time Educators, and one for Montserrat Alumni. Awards offer full tuition, housing and the opportunity to give an artist’s talk. For more information, and to apply, visit our website.

Apply now!

Visit our website or contact us at ce@montserrat.edu or 978 921 4242 x 1202 to learn more.


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Student News: Sarah Graziano ’15 Selected to Present Paper at Annual Art History Symposium

2015-02-11 14_27_04-Sarah GrazianoCongratulations to Sculpture senior Sarah Graziano ’15, whose paper “Pushing Boundaries: Restoring the Female Nude” has been selected for presentation at the Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium organized by the Visual Culture Consortium, Boston. The symposium will take place at the Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Saturday, April 11, 2015, 12 – 4 p.m.

This symposium will bring together undergraduates to present their research in a broad range of topics in art history and visual culture, by students from a cross section of Boston-area colleges and universities.

The on-campus run through will take place at Montserrat on Wednesday, April 1, 11:30 am in room H-201, 23 Essex Street, Beverly.


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Beyond the Lesson Plan: A Dialogue on Teaching and Learning in the Arts

2015-03-17 16_24_44-BeyondtheLessonPlan_PR.pdfMontserrat College of Art Galleries is thrilled to host ​Beyond the Lesson Plan: A Dialogue on Teaching & Learning in the Arts​ on Saturday, April 4, 10 am – 6:30 pm. Inspired by radical developments within the field of Art Education and an increasing emphasis on teaching, learning and pedagogy as media in contemporary art, Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo was inspired to create a platform for conversation around these topics. ​Beyond the Lesson Plan​ will include three presentations exploring the ways we learn with and through the arts, how this affects our communities and classrooms and the potential for arts learning to spur social change.

Artists and Educators​ Nansi Guevara ​and​ Moana ‘Ulu’ave ​will lead a session titled ​Why We Make Art​ that will invite participants to consider their relationship with art making and teaching. By sharing personal histories with these practices and identifying connections amongst the group, Guervara and ‘Ulu’ave will assist the group with developing a shared vision, a key step in achieving social justice through arts education. In ​Exercises for the Quiet Eye​, ​Dr. Annie V.F. Storr​ ​will share an ensemble of guided looking techniques she has developed for classrooms, museums, galleries and lifelong learning or spiritual communities. These extensions of inquiry-based methods of art interpretation open up from quiet, centered experiences aimed to help viewers slowdown and avoid the rush to premature understanding. In ​Challenging Ableism through Arts Education​, ​Tasha Chemel, Hannah Hanssenss-Reed ​and ​Ava Kerr​ ​will offer a space to discuss the prevalence of ableism (discrimination in favor of able-bodied individuals) in Education. This presentation will encourage us not only to consider what our responsibilities are as artists and educators to dismantle ableism, but also to identify the qualities of the arts, artists and arts learning to challenge ableism and nurture variability in our learning spaces.

Beyond the Lesson Plan: A Dialogue on Teaching and Learning in the Arts is on
Saturday, April 4, 2015 10am – 6:30pm in the ​Hardie Building (Room 201), 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA.

Public Programs:

10:30 – 12 PMWhy We Make Art​ ​|​ ​Nansi Guevara & Moana ‘Ulu’ave
1 – 2:30 PM Exercises for the Quiet Eye ​| Dr. Annie V.F. Storr
2:30 – 4 PM Challenging Ableism through Arts Education ​| Tasha Chemel, Hannah Hanssenss-Reed and Ava Kerr
5 – 6:30 PM Student Poetry & Storytelling event with Moana ‘Ulu’ave (Location TBA)

*Sessions are free to students, pay-what-you wish for staff, alumni and the general public. Click here to register! Montserrat’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley via email savery.kelley@montserrat.edu​ or contact Curator of Education, Maggie Cavallo at 978-867-9624.

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2015 Senior Thesis Exhibitions

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Each small group theme show included the individual work of each artist, developed in the course of their studies toward their BFA degree. The shows were themed by the students’ concentrations and include illustration, fine arts, graphic design and animation. The fine arts shows included sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and book arts.

Exhibition schedule:

Thesis Show- INFLUX
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
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Thesis Show: Fine Arts III - Jokes on Us
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: KayLee Bellamy, Elizabeth Breder, Margaret Caro, William Gurin, Kayleigh (Bird) Hawes, Rebekah Segar and Stephanie Visciglia
On View: Monday, April 6 – Friday, 10, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Fine Arts III- Ya Feel Me?
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Evan Sullivan, Taylor Anuform, Deanna Jacome, Danielle Franzen, Caitlyn Doolittle, Ariel Lund & Meghan Ferrero
On View: Monday, April 6 – Friday, 10, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 5 – 8 p.m.

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Thesis Show – To Whom It May Concern
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Corinne D’Orsi, Melanie Simpson & Melissa McGinty
On View: April 8 – April 18, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 5 – 8 p.m.

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Thesis Show: Graphic Design/Animation
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
On View: Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Mingo II
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Joseph Saunders & Michael Outhuse
On View: Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, 24, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Illustration I
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Anthony Milani, Elliott Grinnell, Emily Weigert, Hannah Connolly, Jennifer East, Kaleena Anselm, Krista Erickson, Lisa Martinez, & Rose Fristrom
On View: Monday, April 20 – Tuesday, April 24, 2015\
Reception: Wednesday, April 22, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show- Asi Es Como Yo Lo Veo
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kai Cruz & Isabella Echavez
On View: Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Thesis Show: Illustration II
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Amanda Prather, Amberlynne Narvie, Anna Speight, Brynn Walker, Dylan Griffith, Lauren Douglas, Lauren Lowell & Maura O’Connor
On View: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Mingo III
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Zachary Naylor & Emily Varley
On View: Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show at Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist Gallery, 222 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Taylor Kurmis & Kaitlyn Wiles
On View: Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, May 6, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Fine Arts IV
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Robert Manson, Daniel Stone, Nygel Jones, Sarah Arnold, Nur Ozkaynak, Sarah Graziano & Katherine Dougherty
On View: Monday, May 4 – Friday, 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, May 6, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Past Shows:

Thesis Show: Fine Arts I Betwixt/Between
Reception: Wednesday, March 25, 5 – 8 pm
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kerry Alaura, Ashley Mendes, Kayla Cochran, Danielle Renino, Adam Kooken, Rory Bastille & Alicia Parent 
On View: Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, 2015

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Together, their collection of work explores the space between presence and absence. Through various uses of photography, these artists embody what it feels like to be caught within both the past and the present. Betwixt/Between is an exhibition of the places that memory and nostalgia occupy.


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Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu to Speak at Montserrat College of Art Commencement

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Montserrat College of Art is excited to announce internationally known artist and activist Wangechi Mutu as the 2015 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient. Mutu will address the Montserrat community on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Cabot Performing Arts Center, 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA as part of the commencement ceremonies. She will also give a public lecture on Thursday evening, May 14. More information to follow.

Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York based artist whose surrealist works contain personal poetic cultural criticism that engages the complexities of the daily issues, current affairs and diverse environments. She focuses on issues that affect not only all humans, but more specifically the disempowered. Mutu’s inventive and meticulous use of materials matched with the elegant and perhaps horrific figures are found lurking in worlds filled with hybrids. Composites themselves, they’re entrapped between consciousness and dreamscapes, silences and cacophony, seemingly alive, though somewhere beyond the memory of death; still real and yet not. These characters are avatars that reveal their inherent vulnerability in spite of their dynamic potency.

“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Ms. Mutu’s caliber speaking to our graduates,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of the college. “Her successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome her to the campus and to the North Shore.” Mutu joins a long list of illustrious commencement speakers at Montserrat including Bryan Konietzko, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Sillman, Jenny Holzer, Janine Antoni and James Rosenquist, to name a few.

Artist Biography

Mutu earned a BFA from Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science in 1996, and then received an MFA from Yale University in 2000. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois; and Miami Art Museum.  Mutu recently participated in the Dak’Art Biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, the Paris Triennial: Intense Proximity, the International Center of Photography’s Triennial and the Moscow Bienniale.  Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; the Brooklyn Museum; and Tate Modern in London. See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

Montserrat Gallery will be open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show May 1 – 15, 2015 at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA.

For further information, contact Jo Broderick at jo.broderick@montserrat.edu, 978.867.9613 or visit montserrat.edu/news/commencement.


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Montserrat College of Art Makes Beverly a Destination

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Destination: Beverly BY ALEXANDRA PECCI, North Shore Magazine

Like so many North Shore towns, Beverly has a rich history. Originally part of the Naumkeag Territory and settled in 1626 by Roger Conant, Beverly played a major role in two revolutions. During the American Revolutionary War, one of the first U.S. military ships sailed from Beverly Harbor in 1775. Little more than a decade later, in 1787, Beverly became home to the first cotton mill built in America, helping to spark the Industrial Revolution.

Today, though, Beverly is experiencing a renaissance that isn’t powered by shipbuilding or cotton. It’s powered by the arts.

“There’s a long 20-or 30-year tradition in the United States to understanding how the arts contribute to economic development,” says Steve Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art and co-president of the nonprofit downtown revitalization organization Beverly Main Streets.

“I don’t think it’s escaped anybody’s attention…that people want to have the arts in their community,” he says.

And Beverly certainly does have arts in its community. It’s home to two of the North Shore’s most important and beloved artistic centers: Montserrat College of Art, which was founded in the late 1960s and has flourished into a hotbed of vibrant creativity, and the North Shore Music Theatre, which has been transporting audiences with its musicals since 1955.

In fact, the histories of the two institutions are linked: Montserrat School of Art initially began as an initiative of the North Shore Music Theatre before eventually becoming Montserrat College of Art, an independent, accredited institution that awards degrees.

Today, Montserrat is at the center of Beverly’s arts, culture, and creative economy, with several galleries, many of which are free and open to the public. Additionally, dozens of visiting artists from around the world arrive on campus each year to make art, share it with the community, and give talks— also free and open to the public.

“The hidden gem of Beverly is our collective arts community,” says Mayor Michael Cahill. He points, for instance, to the city’s work with Montserrat and Beverly Main Streets to commission world-renowned artist Anna Schuleit Haber to create The Beverly Oracle, a bold and significant public art project.

The momentum toward Beverly as a city driven by the arts is evident in other ways, too. Beverly is home to the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, as well as the gallery and studios at Porter Mill Studios and Zeitgeist Gallery & Studios. Its restaurant scene is thriving, too. And at press time, the city’s downtown was under consideration for designation as a Cultural Arts District from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In fact, a Beverly Arts District is part of Beverly Main Streets’ “20/20” initiative to revitalize the downtown.

“The top priority for Beverly was to reinforce its identity as an arts and culture community,” Immerman says of the project.

The idea is to make downtown a destination unto itself, and it seems to be working. One resident who lives downtown, Ashley Springett, says she loves walking across the street to Beverly Common or just a few blocks to Dane Street Beach with her son.

“There are parks and beaches aplenty, plus a cute downtown with lots of tasty eateries,” Springett says. “I feel safe walking and driving around the city of Beverly, and appreciate that we have Montserrat College of Art.”

“There were several of us in Beverly who were very concerned that The Cabot would somehow disappear,” says Van Ness, who lives in Beverly and co-owns CinemaSalem. The people behind The Cabot Performing Arts Center are also helping with the downtown revitalization. Henry Bertolon, Bill Howard, Richard Marino, Thaddeus S. Siemasko, and Paul Van Ness worked together to buy and reopen the iconic Cabot Theatre (home to Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company for 35 years) after it was closed for nine months and on the real estate market for 18 months.

After doing a few minor renovations, including painting the lobby and installing a small digital projector, The Cabot reopened in mid-November with several live shows and films on the calendar. But the team behind the purchase of The Cabot has other major renovations in mind.

“We want to transform this 94-year-old, beautiful music palace into a 21st-century performing arts center,” explains Van Ness. The three-year plan—which he says is dependent on community sup- port—will include the installation of digital film and sound equipment; replacing all of the seats on the main floor; making the building ADA compliant so it’s accessible for people with disabilities; renovating the lobby to highlight its largely hidden 1920s features; and adding a restaurant, bar, and retail space.

Van Ness says the aim of the project is to make The Cabot Performing Arts Center the kind of community arts destination that the theatre was in its heyday, before the advent of television.

“It was a place in Beverly that people visited every week,” he says. “It still has been this place of beauty and escape for people. It becomes more than just a building and more than just a business. It becomes part of people’s lives.”

Van Ness sounds confident that the community will continue to sup- port The Cabot as it enters the next phase of its life. And the theatre isn’t the only thing in Beverly that’s being improved and invested in. Mayor Cahill says this spring the city will start Route 1A/Rantoul Street road reconstruction downtown, as well as a Brimbal Avenue/ Sohier Road connector road improvement project. It will also build a new middle school, slated to open in 2018, and continue work on the “re-zoning and thoughtful development of our waterfront,” Cahill says.

“We have so many wonderful assets here, it won’t take as many investments to make that stronger in Beverly,” Van Ness says. “The in- vestments that people are making are going to pay huge dividends to the downtown.”

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Bear Gallery Fiber Art Show March 31

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Reception: Tuesday, March 31​, ​​4 – 6 pm
Place: Beverly Cummings Center, ​Suite 108j

This show’s theme is focused on fiber materials, artwork and processes.

Patterns, quilts, tapestries and more from fellow Montserrat students as well as  our friends at Sew Creative transform the gallery space to fully appreciate the delicate workings of fiber arts.  Hope to see you there! 

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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibit Curated by Leonie Bradbury at Gordon College

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Montserrat College of Art Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s work is being exhibited alongside Nathan Miner and Lynda Schlosberg in Field Visions, which was curated by Montserrat Galleries Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury. The Opening Reception is Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3 – 5 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through April 22, 2015 at The Gallery at the Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 55 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA.

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“What brings together the works by Masako Kamiya, Nathan Miner and Lynda Schlosberg is the way each of the artists engages with ways of seeing. Of course initially this ‘seeing’ pertains to the visual recognition of the art object: the paint on the surface, the formal qualities such as composition, scale, materiality, design, pattern, and of course their vibrant use of color. Additionally, each artist in Field Visions is concerned with the act of looking itself, a thoughtful looking. They are part of a growing number of artists and thinkers who emphasize slowing down and suggest a contemplative response to the fast paced culture of our times…Each painting in Field Visions functions as a locus, a tipping point where perception changes from the micro to the macro or from the two-dimensional picture plane to the three-dimensional space each object activates. Kamiya’s paintings shift from an abstractly painted image to a field of miniature sculptures that forms an imaginary landscape. Miner’s paintings physically surround the viewer to engage their peripheral vision. He asks the viewer to consider their physical place in relation to both the work and the larger world. Schlosberg’s pieces oscillate between the macroscopic and the nanoscopic, and often appear to present both simultaneously. Together, these three artists investigate perception and invite contemplation not simply on their work, but also on our place in the universe. It is my hope that as a result of the temporary poetic shifts created by these paintings, viewers leave feeling connected to a slower, reflective state of mind” —Leonie Bradbury, Curator

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm

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Photo Cred: Terry Slater

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Alumni News: Alyssa Watters ’07 Chosen as The Arts Fest 2015 Featured Artist

alyssa-1-362x500Montserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has been chosen to be the featured artist at Beverly’s Arts Fest 2015, which will take place June 3 – August 14, hosted by Beverly Main Streets at Endicott College.

Watters is an oil painter/entrepreneur living and working in Beverly. Originally from Ledyard, CT, she moved to Beverly in 2003 to attend Montserrat College of Art, and has been there ever since. She graduated in 2007 and has gone on to create and run her own company, artbyalyssa. As a painter, designer, and entrepreneur Watters is an inspiration to all artists who are established and upcoming. Her work is an excellent representation of the fine art that is created in Beverly. A multi-talented artist, she has been successful not only in the fine arts, but has created her own gift product line that is available for wholesale and retail across the country. Using her original images she creates calendars, coasters, magnets, and cards. Watters recently teamed up with Holly from The Salty Cottage, to share a studio work space at 110 Cabot Street. The pair plans to use the space to produce their products and fulfill orders, meet with clients by appointment and host pop-up shopping events at different times throughout the year. To learn more about what Watters does visit: alyssawatters.com

As The Arts Fest Featured Artist, Watters will be given a prominent space at the Arts Fest Exhibition at the Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, August 14, 2015.
Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon., Closed: July 3.

Watters will be recognized at the opening reception on Friday June 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Her images will be used for promotional materials and she will receive a booth space at the Arts Fest 2015 on Cabot Street on Saturday, June 20. Stop by and see her! Watters and the work that she does in Beverly prove that Beverly is and will continue to be a thriving arts district.

The Arts Fest 2015: Community Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition, open to all artists who live in Beverly, work in Beverly, go to school in Beverly, or have an affiliation with an arts organization in Beverly. Young artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their works alongside professionals.

If you are interested in submitting your work for Arts Fest 2015 Community Art Exhibition, please contact Kathleen Moore, coordinator of visual arts at Endicott College. Her contact information is 978-232-2655 or kmoore@endicott.edu.


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Passing of Founding Faculty Member Roger Martin

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 “I can only speak for myself, but as I was teaching I was learning.” – Roger Martin

We celebrate the life of Roger Hemenway Martin, Jr., a Founding Faculty Member of Montserrat College of Art. He passed away on March 14 at age 89. A painter, poet and author, Roger taught at Montserrat for more than 20 years. During his tenure, he embodied the essence of College’s mission and spirit. He was among a group of artists who strived to breathe life into their idea of a new kind of professional education in the visual arts – a school that would not only focus on the arts, but would also focus on the individual needs of each student.

Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 recently reflected on a conversation she had with Roger during one of her last weeks before graduating. They were discussing her plans after Montserrat and he said, “The world needs someone to carry the torch of being a painter, of seeing the world as an artist sees. Who else but you is going to do this?” This teaching moment was only one of the countless lessons Roger had shared with his students. His indelible spirit is recorded and present within the many students and colleagues that he taught and mentored during his career.

Roger pursued to understand life through his work, while also wanting to sweep the viewer into his large and truly magnificent paintings. Born in 1925, he graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before he became a painter, he was an illustrator contributing to such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, among others. In addition to his Montserrat career, Roger was always a prolific painter and writer. He authored several books on Rockport’s history and was the poet laureate of Rockport. Since retiring in 1989, he continued to paint and draw many works inspired by the surroundings of Cape Ann.

An exhibition of Roger’s work is currently on view in Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester and will remain on display through June 28. To learn more about Roger and view his art, visit rogermartinpainter.com.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 1 pm in Rockport Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport, MA.


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Gallery News: Tugboat Print Shop: Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth

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Tugboat Print Shop’s Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are currently exhibiting on our campus at our Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery March 10 – April 4, 2015. They will be having both an Artists Talk & Opening Reception on Thursday, March 19.

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 19 11:30 am, Hardie 201
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 19 5 – 7 pm

Montserrat College of Art is excited to welcome Pittsburgh-based Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth, the husband and wife team behind Tugboat Printshop. Since 2006, Tugboat has created contemporary artwork using traditional printmaking techniques. Roden and Lueth create work that seem other-worldly. Giant moths with intricately patterned wings, a moon against a star clustered, intergalactic sky. Anything is possible if you can imagine it- and Tugboat delightfully does.

Paul Roden was born & raised in Nashville, TN. Paul got his BFA from Washington University, St. Louis in 2001 and, later in 2004, his MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Valerie Lueth is a South Dakota prairie gal, born in Iowa and raised in rural Humboldt and Hartford, SD. Valerie received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in 2004.

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for a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit
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Alumni News: Michael Amaru ’05 Featured in Boston Business Journal

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SenseDriver Technologies, Headquarters: Beverly

Description: This automotive tech startup aims to curb texting and driving with a voice-activated, hands-free display that will debut online and at retailers this summer. The product, called SenseHUD, is a voice-activated, hands-free, transparent and portable display that connects with a mobile app to allow drivers to get information about text messages, navigation and driving speed. SenseHUD will be shipped to customers this summer and retails for $130. The idea for the hands-free display came about in 2010 when SenseDriver Technologies co-founder and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Michael Amaru ’05 was knocked off his motorcycle by a car whose driver was distracted by her phone. Officially founded in late 2013, SenseDriver Technologies is now backed by an undisclosed amount of funding from KICventures, a private equity firm.

Driving innovation in the Bay State by  and Boston Business Journal

Advances in sensors, computer chips, Big Data and speech-recognition technologies are making the world’s automobiles safer, smarter and more user-friendly. By all accounts, the modern car is now a computer on wheels, and more than a few Massachusetts companies are at the forefront of those technological advancements.

 

More than a dozen companies in Massachusetts are working on next-generation technologies for all components of automobiles, from startups such as Cambridge Mobile Telematics, SenseDriver Technologies and Verdeva to established companies such as Agero,Skyworks Solutions and semiconductor maker Analog Devices, which has almost 20 percent of its revenue coming from the automotive sector.

In addition to helping improve audio quality and stability control in vehicles, Norwood-based Analog also has developed sensors that can monitor batteries in electric cars. But the company is looking even farther into the future than the electric car, instead focusing on the next wave of “smart cars.” In a presentation last year to analysts, Analog Devices executive Mark Gill said cars of the future will be far-more interactive with both their drivers and surrounding environments — creating “a future where not only are accidents rare and emissions negligible, but one where we’re challenging the very fundamental concept of driving a car.”

To get there, advancements large and small will need to converge around a handful of focus areas with aims to make cars smarter, safer and impenetrable to thieves, both on the street and behind a computer.

To be sure, the auto industry’s stakeholders are of the opinion that technology has the power to positively influence the way we drive. Even the U.S. Department of Transportationis now advocating for increased communication technologies in cars. Late last year, the department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would be taking steps to mandate cars to communicate with one another, exchanging data such as speed and position to help avoid crashes.

According to one expert, there already are hundreds of millions of lines of code across dozens of processors in a typical car. But those lines of code that aim to make us safer are the same ones that could also cause cars — and their drivers — to be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. in Cambridge is quietly working on finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles as part of a $7 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help better-secure various Internet-connected devices used by the military.

“As attackers target the components in the car the way they target the PC, those classes of attacks on the desktop could wreak havoc on the vehicle,” said Brad Gaynor, the associate director of cyber systems at Draper.

But those aren’t the only ways local companies are infusing technology into cars. Here are a handful of firms that have the most potential to improve the way we drive today and the ways our cars will function in the future.

View full Boston Business Journal article at bizjournals.com.


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Faculty News: Diane Ayott’s Solo Exhibit at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC

Eugene'sHouse_2015_AyottAssoc. Prof. Diane Ayott has an upcoming solo exhibit, Jeepers Creepers, at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC. It opens on Thursday, March 19 and runs through April 18. markelfinearts.com

The above image, Eugene’s House, 2015, mixed media on paper, will be one of the many works on paper in the exhibition.

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Ayott is also featured in a group exhibition called Paperworks.

Paperwork is a group exhibition at the Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. The exhibition consists of works on paper by six women artists that emphasize pattern, accretion, stacking and repeating rhythms that create fields of organized space. The work uses pattern and rhythm to signify connections between people and the repetition of daily life.

Featuring:
Diane Ayott
Merideth Fife Day
Barbara Grossman
Sydney Licht
Marlene Rye
Eve Stockton

On view through March 31st.


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Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Exhibits “Merged”

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March 14 – 29
Elizabeth Alexander & Alicia Renadette

Mill no. 5
250 Jackson St
Lowell, MA 4th floor
Gallery hours: 12-6pm daily

Montserrat College of Art Sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander and Alicia Renadette cordially invite you to the Victorian Lounge for MERGED, the 2nd installment of Merger, featuring new and reconfigured sculpture, installation art and works on paper

Opening Reception: March 14, 3 – 6 pm
Free and open to the public with edible art, soundscape & surprises. Formal attire is optional.

Panel Discussion: March 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
An evening of conversation about art, craft, feminism, and what it takes to be amazing with artists and artisans, Christina Ptisch, Malika Green, Maria Molteni, and Michelle Marroquin moderated by Alicia Renadette and Elizabeth Alexander
held at the Luna Theater, expect a more detailed invite to follow

The artists have been psychically communicating through art making while hunched over their worktables in separate cities for the past several years. Some of you joined them last November when their work came together in Easthampton, MA for Merger, a show of large site-specific installation, sculpture, collage and costume. With help from a grant by the Lowell Cultural Council, the show is able to travel to the eastern part of the state. Under its new name, Merged will fill the unique spaces in Mill no. 5’s Victorian Lounge with a new take on its first iteration.

Merged is an exhibit of works that interrogate the multi-layered messages of gender compliance and classist aspirations marketed and exploited by the Wedding Industrial Complex. This exploration has resulted in a dreamscape of decadence and heightened delusions of grandeur. Working in conversation, the artists will present works in a variety of mediums ranging from installation and soft sculpture to collage and food presentations.

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Alumna Lindsey Parker ’09 UnchARTed Project

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Since Montserrat College of Art alumna Lindsey Parker ’09 graduated, she has been building UnchARTed, a vibrant, active art gallery and a multi-use entertainment venue providing unique cultural experiences for resident artists and the public. Though Michael Dailey and Lindsey Parker co-founded and jointly manage the venue by curating exhibitions, booking bands, and subletting studios, countless others have played an integral role in the success of UnchARTed. Customers visit UnchARTed to see, feel, hear and experience art, music, and live performance. It is this combination of varying cultural mediums—offered in a warm atmosphere that differs from the perceived gallery experience—that makes this gallery so special.

The potential is undeniable when reviewing UnchARTed’s consistent growth and the community feedback received over the years.  We have recognized the opportunity to nearly double in size by leasing a new gallery space at 103 Market St. and the additional artist studio space on the second floor of 99 Market St. We have already secured a lease on the property but now require some additional start-up money to outfit the space with the proper equipment for a small cafe and bar. As owners of the dream, we and other generous donors in the past have put in any and all spare money and time into this project to get this far. So, for the first time, UnchARTed will venture out in a profit seeking direction with the hope to better facilitate the artists, musicians, and performers who make our community exciting to live in.  We need your help turning this new page.

THE PLAN:

Re-opening the gallery as an LLC in a larger space with a new bar and cafe aspect will allow us to generate the extra income to be allocated for traveling musicians and exhibiting artists alike thus feeding the creative economy of downtown Lowell.

UnchARTed gallery & bar seeks to be a venue that differs greatly from the current bar-live music standard Lowell offers. UnchARTed would reach a larger and more diverse audience while remaining an active, community-oriented space dedicated to supporting artists of all ages from the Merrimack Valley and beyond. The new space would take advantage of visibility provided by the Market & Palmer intersection and the Market St. parking garage across the street. We plan to maintain our storefront gallery-first philosophy that’s proved so successful, while filling a void in downtown Lowell by providing additional entertainment options for all ages. Continuing to keep commission percentages and door covers low or free will surely encourage more artists and community members to become creatively active.

Currently, regional artists—along with those from New York City, Boston, Portland, Maine, and Chicago—regularly perform and show their work in our gallery. Touring musicians from as far afield as Florida, Oklahoma and Sweden have performed in our space. David Letterman-featured comedian Jon Fisch and Comedy Central’s Val Kappa performed stand-up and showed their artwork in UnchARTed. Musicians connected with major independent record labels are regularly featured in our gallery as well.

The newest addition to our all-inclusive business model will be our rotating selection of craft beers on six taps as well as an array of classic, affordable beer and a comparable selection of wines in a storefront gallery setting. The food we offer will be fun but simply prepared—funky paninis, appetizers, snacks and café fare.

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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya’s Work Featured in Boston Home Magazine

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Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s newest gouache pieces are featured in Boston Home Magazine‘s spring 2015 issue! www.bostonmagazine.com

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“Masako Kamiya’s striking three-dimensional gouache paintings convey delicate representations of nature and the human experience through layers and color.” —Michelle Marino

As a child, Masako Kamiya took great satisfaction in building and refining shapes through a series of repetitive marks. Today, the MassArt grad’s delicate representations of nature and the human experience are conveyed through layers and color in striking three- dimensional gouache paintings.

“I’m not interested in concrete places,” says Kamiya, who progressively applies thousands of dots to paper until they form a pattern with an observable focal point. “I’m interested in weather…feelings, the atmosphere.” To create Black Rain, for example, Kamiya took inspiration from the temperamental climate of Ireland’s west coast, where she spent a month in 2013.

Kamiya says her intricate, time-consuming artistic process allows her to better connect with her surroundings, something she hopes is evident in her work. “It’s not so much about rain or the title,” she says. “I want the viewer to experience it physically.”


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Alumni News: Nicole Reilly ’14 Working at Puma

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Graphic Design alumna Nicole Reilly ’14 has recently started working at Puma SE as a Junior Production Artist.

“So far it has been incredible,” said Reilly. “I get paid to do what I love and am surrounded by an energized and amazing creative team.”

She has already been working on a campaign to re-size and adjust aspects of the print collateral pieces, that are to be printed and installed in NYC subway cars. “It’s so exciting to be a part in designing a piece that will be placed for thousands of people to see daily,” she said.

“I am so glad I stuck with my gut in career choice and continued putting myself out there, I couldn’t be happier.”

Above Image: Alumna Nicole Reilly ’14 during her Going for Broke Graphic Design Senior Thesis Show


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Don’t Miss Our Annual Artrageous!29 Auction Party March 28

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

20 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA

A NIGHT OF LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS,
SPECTACULAR FOOD AND MUSIC,
 AND EVERYONE!

6:00PM: THE PARTY & SILENT AUCTION

7:30PM: LIVE AUCTION from the WINDOVER STAGE 

8:30PM: SILENT AUCTION & THE PARTY continues 

WHAT WILL YOU FIND?

For tickets, sponsorships or more information visit

www.auction.montserrat.edu

HONORARY CHAIR: Jack Barnes

President and CEO, People’s United Bank

FEATURED ARTIST: Bill Thompson

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PRESENTING DIAMOND SPONSOR

LEAD SPONSORS

  

Hal & Jodi Hess

HOSTED BY John Drislane and Chuck Thibeault

FOOD AND LIBATIONS Capers Catering
For tickets, sponsorships or more information
visit www.auction.montserrat.edu or call

978.867.9620

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All proceeds directly benefit
financial aid for Montserrat students.

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Montserrat Alumni Host Beverly Comic Con at Porter Mills March 21

CAdyjS-WAAEqqGwMontserrat College of Art alumni John Cardinal ’99, Adam Miller ’00, Andrew Houle ’00 and Michael Crockett ’97 are hosting Beverly Comic Con 2: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier Saturday, March 21, 10 am – 6 pm at Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA.
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Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with featured live artist Markus Sebastiano.

Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics) with more surprise announcements on the way.

Montserrat College of Art, Wicked Art Bar and Tryptic Press will be putting on a killer event of comics, art & pop culture!

Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly. FREE admission. Doors open at 10am.
Beverly Comic Con 2: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier
Saturday, March 21, 10 am – 6 pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA 01915

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Founding Faculty Roger Martin Exhibit & Faculty Artist Talks at The Cape Ann Museum

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Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin
A special exhibition at the Cape Ann MuseumThe Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome all Montserrat students, faculty and alumni to view Montserrat founder Roger Martin’s solo exhibit between now and June 28.
Poets in the Round
with Colleen MichaelsMontserrat’s Writing Studio Director 
Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. 

Join Colleen Michaels, Writing Studio Director at Montserrat College of Art and the host of The Improbable Places Poetry Tour, along with other guest poets for an energetic and engaging poetry reading in the special exhibition Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin.This program is free for Museum members, youth 18 and under and Montserrat students, or with Museum admission. Space is limited. First come; first served. For more information call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org or visit www.capeannmuseum.org

Montserrat College of Art and Roger Martin
with Montserrat Prof. Ethan Berry 
Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m.


A Gallery Conversation 

with Roger Martin and John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer’s Block
Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

 Bill of Lading explores the art and poetry of Rockport native, Roger Martin. A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, the town of Rockport’s first Poet Laureate and compiler of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown, and a highly respected graphic artist, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative individuals. The exhibit will include artwork from the Museum’s holdings as well as from private collections.

For exhibition-related programs please visit capeannmuseum.org.

Cape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Image credit: November Tide, 2003, oil and oil stick on canvas. Collection of the artist.

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6th Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition: March 7

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2015 marks the 21st year that Montserrat College of Art has hosted the 6th Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition. Please join us for the annual Art Competition and Exhibition sponsored by Congressman Seth Moulton and hosted by Montserrat College of Art. The closing reception and award ceremony will take place Saturday, March 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at our 301 Gallery located at 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA and the exhibition will be on view March 5 – 7, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m..

The exhibition is a juried art show, open to high school students (grades 10-12) from public and private schools within the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district. Students from every school in the district are encouraged to participate.

GRAND PRIZE
George Andrias, Grade 12, “Bad Hair Day” 
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School  

FIRST PRIZE
Jackson Stewart, Grade 12, “New Money”
Masconomet Regional High School

SECOND PRIZE
Marissa Giampietro, Grade 11, “Ticonderoga”
Bishop Fenwick High School

THIRD PRIZE
Aimee Casavant, Grade 10, “Fading Memories”
Reading Memorial High School

BEST OF SCHOOL

Amesbury High School: Jane Grogan, Grade 11, “First Photo”
Beverly High School: Tessa Duzz, “Life in Death”
Billerica Memorial High School: Isabella Pesina, Grade 11, “America”
Burlington High School: Kevin Cardoso, Grade 12, “Broken Reality”
Danvers High School: Sadie Hofmeester, Grade 10, “Where I Was”
Gloucester High School: Jennifer Palazola, Grade 12, “Silence”
Hamilton-Wenham High: Caroline Mastrianni, Grade 12, “A Chance of Flurries”
Homeschool (GWUOHS): Kaitlyn Fabre, Grade 12, “The Friendship”
Ipswich High School: Jonathan McParland, Grade 12, “Gameboy Gonzo”
Landmark School: Natalie Lawrence, Grade 11, “Self Portrait”
Lynn Classical High School: Bedelyn Dabel, Grade 11, “My Spirit Animal”
Lynn English High School: Deyjah Nash, Grade 10, “Untitled”
Lynnfield High School: Renee DelNegro, Grade 11, “City Dreams”
Manchester Essex Regional High School: Aisling Batchelder, Grade 12, “Stages”
Nazareth Academy: Kristen Holland, Grade 11, “Save the Jaguars”
Newburyport High School: Annie Clayton, Grade 11, “Reflection”
Pentucket Regional High School: Angela Cannaelli, Grade 12, “Absorbed”
Pingree School: Abbie Williams, Grade 11, “Red Door Stowe VT”
Rockport High School: Emily Abreu, Grade 11, “Skeleton’s Hands Still Life”
St. John’s Preparatory School: Jack Montesanto, Grade 12, “Lighthouses”
Swampscott High School: Andrew Gladstone, Grade 12, “The Diva”
Triton Regional High School: Nicole Mailhoit, Grade 11, “Self Portrait”
Waring School: Isaac Ogle, Grade 12, “Contingency” 

HONORABLE MENTION

Rachel Carlino, Grade 10, “Pink”      
Burlington High School

Jack Leary, Grade 11, “Flip Flops”
Hamilton Wenham Regional High School

Kelly McNulty, Grade 11, “Bystander”
Lynn Classical High School 

Jeremmy Reyes, Grade 11, “Dry Verdent Coffee Leaves”
Lynn Classical High School

Hannah Thorne, Grade 12, “Medieval Town”
Manchester Essex Regional High School

Nevyana Todorova, Grade 11, “Exposure”
Masconomet Regional High School

Kyla Atwell, Grade 10, “Blue Eye”                                                                          
Nazareth Academy

Victoria Butter, Grade 12, (no title)
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School             

Erik Jeter Jr., Grade 11, “Grief”                                                                    
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Margaret Sweeney, Grade 10, “Fox Transformation”
Reading Memorial High School

The exhibition was juried by Artist Judy Schmid and Artist Lee Essex Doyle. It was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district.

The Award Winners will receive varying amounts of scholarship to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program and the U.S. Postal Service will provide students with the option of having their artwork displayed at their local post office.

At the conclusion of the exhibition, the artwork of the Grand Award Winner will be sent to the U.S. Capitol Building where it will be displayed for one year with the work of other award winners from across the country. The winner from each district, accompanied by one adult, will be invited to attend the opening of that exhibition in Washington, D.C. to be scheduled for a date in June.

For more information, visit www.montserrat.edu/news/HS_Congressional.php or feel free to contact elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu

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Alumni News: Bianca Picozzi ’13 Lands Teaching Job in Connecticut

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Congratulations to alumna Bianca Picozzi ’13 who has just accepted a full-time position teaching art at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, CT!

Picozzi received her BFA and Art Ed Certification at Montserrat in December 2014.
In a message to Montserrat, she shared, “thank you so much for preparing me for this wonderful teaching job.”

Above photo: Montserrat’s Chair of Art Education Assoc. Prof. Rébecca BourgaultBianca Picozzi ’13 and Paula Borsetti ’97 at the 300 Hours: Art Education Thesis Exhibition this past December.


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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Essay on MassPoetry

unnamed-41Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul‘s essay On Festival Poet Denise Duhamel is up on the MassPoetry website! This is the fourth in a series of essays on the poets who will be featured at the May 1 – 3 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Visit www.masspoetry.org/deniseduhamel to see her work!

Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard College and has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Spring Creek Project and the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories. She is also a frequent performer on the Improbable Places Poetry Tour.


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Montserrat Hosts Annual Artrageous!29 Auction Party March 28

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Montserrat College of Art will host its annual Artrageous!29 Auction Party Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. 20 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA.

Artrageous!29 has become the signature spring event on the North Shore. Last year’s event sold out, drew more than 1,000 guests and raised $432,000 to benefit financial aid awards for deserving Montserrat students.

The night offers guests the chance to witness Montserrat’s accomplished students creating artwork in live Art-in-the-Moment stations. There will be more than 250 pieces of art auctioned off for all tastes and budgets donated by faculty, students, staff and alumni of Montserrat, as well as from established and emerging artists from the North Shore to New York to Los Angeles. Artwork includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, mixed media and more. There will also be live music and sumptuous food by Capers Catering.

This year’s honorary chair is Beverly native Jack Barnes, president and CEO of People’s United Bank and the featured artist is internationally known artist Bill Thompson, originally from Ipswich. The lead sponsors are People’s United Bank, Windover Construction, Inc., John Drislane and Chuck Thibeault, Footprint Power, Hal and Jodi Hess, Pinck & Co. and Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC.

For further information about Artrageous!29 tickets and art previews visit auction.montserrat.edu or contact Erin Carter at erin.carter@montserrat.edu, 978-921-4242 x1114.

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Where Creativity Works: James K. Hindle ’06

jkh-self-portrait_MODIFIED“The culture of the illustration department at Montserrat encouraged me to work hard and to independently push myself to be the best artist I could be. My teachers helped me develop the perspective of a life-long learner and a strong work ethic which has helped me long after I graduated.”

Alumnus James K. Hindle ’06, has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since graduating from Montserrat College of Art.

As an illustrator, Hindle has done editorial work for magazines and newspapers, narrative illustration for picture books, and self-published mini-comics. His illustration clients have included: The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Roaring Brook Press, NYU Press, Portland Mercury, Seattle’s The Stranger, Narratively.com, Corporate Knights and others.

As a designer, he has worked at several design agencies in Massachusetts, and also spent three years as the in-house designer for a national non-profit organization. He is currently an Art Director at a creative studio in Northampton, MA.

www.jameskhindle.com

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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Exhibits at Boston Sculptors Gallery

Locus-detail-2015Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Member Julia Shepley‘s show, Locus, is being held at Boston Sculptors Gallery from February 25 – March 29. There will be a reception Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 – 6 pm with an Artist Talk at 4 pm. Learn more at bostonsculptors.com

Shepley has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibits at the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, MA; the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, MA; the New Arts Center, Newton, MA; and the Rose Art Museum.  She has received sculpture grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections including Bank of Boston; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; the Rose Art Museum; the Boston Public Library; Fidelity Investments, and Simmons College. She is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston.

See more of her work at juliashepley.com


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President Immerman Named 2015 Business Person of the Year

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0913_immerman1-600We’re excited to announce that Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman has been named as 2015 Business Person of the Year by Beverly Chamber’s Annual Business Awards, on Thursday, February 26, at the Danversport Yacht Club.

Beverly is “a community that knows how to get things done.” – President Steve Immerman

Montserrat College of Art was also nominated as Nonprofit of the Year.

Learn more at www.greaterbeverlychamber.com.

Congratulations, Steve!


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Montserrat College of Art to possibly join Salem State University

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Montserrat College of Art to possibly join Salem State University Both boards agree to exploratory process 

Salem State University President Patricia Maguire Meservey and Montserrat College of Art President Stephen D. Immerman announced this afternoon that the two institutions have entered into a formal discussion regarding the feasibility of Montserrat College of Art joining Salem State University.

In communications with students, faculty and staff on both campuses, Meservey and Immerman revealed that an initial and confidential due diligence process had concluded and that “we are excited by the potentially significant benefits of such an integration.” The boards of trustees on both campuses have agreed to move forward with the next stage of due diligence to determine the feasibility of joining MCA to SSU and to work through the details of such an effort with both campus communities, emphasizing that the goal would be to have a final agreement in place by July 2015. If finalized, it is anticipated that the full implementation will take effect in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Both presidents stated that the reason for publicly announcing this initiative is to “bring both communities into the discussions necessary to more thoroughly consider all implications of this proposal.”

“Montserrat offers a unique brand of arts education for a unique student population,” said Immerman, “however, as a small, private college with less than 400 students, it is challenging to provide the resources needed to maintain and grow the competitive advantages needed for working artists. By joining Salem State, we believe that we can ensure that the Montserrat name and the college’s tradition of excellence and student-centered education will remain available for future generations of aspiring artists and designers.”

“Joining these two institutions would bring together extraordinarily talented faculty and students from both programs,” said Salem State’s Meservey, and “would enhance opportunities for collaboration and expand access to a broader array of artistic and student centered facilities on both Salem and Beverly campuses.” She went on to add that, “this would be a unique academic program on the North Shore, serving students who find their passion in the arts.”

Both presidents acknowledged that there is much more work to be done in assessing the details of such an agreement and stressed that the process is still in the exploratory phase.  Committees comprised of faculty and staff from both campuses will work to evaluate potential benefits and impacts to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of each institution.

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The university enrolls 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 44 states and 61 nations, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  With over 200 veterans currently enrolled, Salem State has been designated a Military Friendly institution by G.I. Jobs, placing it in the top 20% of schools nationwide.

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, with a student population of 385 students. Founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, Montserrat educates the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for teens and adults, and four galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists.

Contact:

Jo Broderick
978.867.9613 (office)
978.590.6443 (cell)
jo.broderick@montserrat.edu

Karen Murray Cady
978.542.7503 (office)
508.523.4524 (cell)
karen.cady@salemstate.edu


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Montserrat’s Bear Gallery Exhibts at the Beverly Historical Society

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Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery has been given the opportunity to exhibit a sampling of artifacts selected from the Beverly Historical Society’s collections.

Through Our Eyes: Objects From a New Perspective will feature an arrangement of artifacts historically linked to the past residents of Beverly, Massachusetts and the surrounding North Shore area.

The reception will take place on February 25 from 4 to 6 pm at the Beverly Historical Society at 117 Cabot Street.  The exhibit’s hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Wednesday 1 – 9 pm.

Featured Artists: Alexandra Rious, Brandon Troelstrup, Danielle Franzen, Meaghan Greene, Claudia Valenti, Emily Cyr, Shae Vasile, Haley Anderson & Remy Washington.  

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Alumni News: Don Mathias ’98 Featured in “Comically” Speaking Exhibit

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‘Comically Speaking’ shows the humorous side of art

Thursday, February 5, 2015, By Terry Date Staff Writer

As a boy growing up in Andover, the first thing that Don Mathias (’98) would do each day was tear open the newspaper to the comics. Favorites included “Bloom County,” “Peanuts” and “Garfield.”

Today, his online comic strip, “Peanizles,” draws inspiration from them. The urban strip, which has been published by Skope Magazine since 2002, also plays with meta humor, a comic twist tinged with irony. Characters step out of their roles to make light of their presence in a comic strip — an additional layer of humor, an inside joke that everyone is in on.

The 43-year-old freelance illustrator and cartoonist who once published a weekly family comic strip in The Andover Townsman is among five artists who are showing their humor-driven illustrations and drawings in a new exhibit that opened last month at Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

In the years since graduating in 1998, Mathias has been producing a variety of freelance illustration in all aspects of publishing, the film industry and theater. His cartoons and comic strips have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers across the globe.

“Entering Andover,” a family strip, appeared in The Townsman for about 10 years.

Mathias, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration and graphic design from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, is well-acquainted with the Essex Art Center, where he teaches comic illustration, said Sara Hildago, director of the center’s Sidell Gallery.

Hildago said Mathias is successful in presenting the world through children’s eyes in “Peanizles.”

“He reminds me of a kid,” she said.

Mathias said he is good friends with his fellow exhibitors in the Essex Art Center show — David Sullivan, Sage Stossel, Mark Parisi and John Klossner. The artists draw on their lives and observations for inspiration, he said, and their works blend words and graphics in interesting ways, presenting a range of comedic approaches.

Take Stossel, of Cambridge, a cartoonist who recently became a mom. Some of her cartoons reflect on new motherhood, an often frazzling adventure of 24/7 baby care including bouncing, feeding and cleaning. The executive editor of The Atlantic Online, she is showing a mix of work at the exhibit — pieces on parenting, current events and more.

Sullivan, of Dracut, makes caricatures of real people, and tends to be more political, Hidalgo said. His clients include national publications, textbook publishers and Web designers.

Political cartoonists were once a media staple. Sullivan’s work continues the tradition, drawing on local humor and issues and thought-provoking items, Mathias said.

“It’s neat to see somebody be able to do that,” Mathias said.

Parisi, a Gloucester native who now lives in Melrose, does single-panel comedic drawings. His humor is all over the place. His characters are new creations each day. “It’s really good stuff,” Mathias said.

Klossner’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. The Maine resident does fine-line work, New Yorker-style social commentary and technology cartoons.

Mathias said New England is full of cartoonists. It’s a region of creative and independent thinkers ready to push the boundaries of their work. And the exhibit is illustrates that well, he said.

What: “Comically Speaking,” an exhibit of cartoonists’ works

When: Through March 6. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence

More information: Call 978-685-2343 or visit www.essexartcenter.org. For more on Andover artist Don Mathias’ work, visit www.punkrockcartoonist.com.

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Where Creativity Works for Adam Miller ‘00

“It sounds cliché, but my education provided me with a tool box. Once I had that box, it allowed me to go out in the world and fill it with the tools I would need to attempt art as a career.” - Adam Miller ‘00

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Adam Miller ‘00 was the Creative Director for Terminal Press, a new York based comic book publisher. He co-created the ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology in 2009 which became the company’s largest selling title. With other alumni, he is involved in the publication of the Chroma series of art annuals featuring New England’s most talented underground artists. He also works with agencies in the city of Lynn to promote the arts. Recently, he dove back into exhibiting his photography, one of his first loves. His work is a combination of painting, drawing, photography and collage.

Miller is part of Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ SEVEN exhibit where seven artists are invited to draw directly onto the seven walls of Montserrat Gallery over the course of seven weeks. The gallery will act as an open studio over the course of each artist’s week-long residency, students and guests are welcome to come in.

Adam Miller’s SEVEN Reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 7 – 9 pm
Montserrat Galleries, 23 Essex St, Beverly, MA

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Improbable Places Poetry Tour at The Cabot: February 19

2015-01-06 13_21_41-poetry - Windows Photo ViewerThe Improbable Places Poetry Tour will kick off the New Year with a night of poetry in the newly reopened Cabot Theatre. Poetry will take center stage for one night only on Thursday, February 19th, 7 – 9 pm. Opened in 1920 as a dream palace of vaudeville and silent movies, the beautiful Cabot Theatre has recently been renovated. The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot Street, Beverly MA. Learn more at thecabot.org.

What’s this tour all about? It’s Montserrat College of Art’s way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme is selected. The last tour stop was at the recently decommissioned and iconic Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA, built in the 1950′s.The massive turbines were quiet, but poetry spoke loudly to the power of work and the work of power.

An Iconic Theatre, huh?  That’s right, folks. Poetry is on the marquee. We are seeking poems in any style that speak to the rich history of the Cabot. We also want movie poems, from blockbusters to cult classics. And poems about magic! Disappearing acts and gold capes. Someone must have a villanelle about buttery popcorn and Snow Caps. We promise a night of magic and drama.

I’ve got a great poem about The Princess Bride. Can I read it on the stage?  We are accepting submissions via email at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu and in the Writing Studio, located at 248 Cabot Street, Montserrat College of Art. The deadline is Monday, February 16th. We’d love to read your work!  

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! The event is free and open to the public.  The concession stand will have all your favorites for sale and gift certificates to the theatre will be available to purchase. Come to applaud poetry and support the return of The Cabot.

Wait! I still have questions. Just ask Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director. She’s at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu.

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Alumni News: Ashley Brown ’07 Designs Banners for Urban Outfitters

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Initially, Montserrat College of Art alumna Ashley Brown ’07, owner Secret Holiday & Co., created work for self-assurance, “a reminder to keep moving forward.” The Massachusetts-based designer today makes a series of minimal yet historically-informed pennant banners inspired by the Woman’s Suffrage Movement emblazoned with reminders of affirmation — “It’s Ok,” “Wild and Free,” “Let It Go.” This January, Urban Outfitters (UO) collaborated with Ashley on a series of exclusive banners. They caught up with her as a part of UO Dreamers + Doers series, which explores the stories of inspiring artists, designers and makers who are doing things their own way. Read on for a look at her studio and to hear more of how she turned her love of DIY art and traditional craft into a full-fledged business.

Can you share more about your background? How did you get started sewing and making things with your hands and how did that evolve into Secret Holiday?

I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. My mother taught me how to quilt at an early age, and I was a pretty serious painter in high school. I ended up at Montserrat College of Art where I worked in lots of mediums and used my crafting skills in nearly everything I made. I began a love affair with fine art and DIY culture. My work was very conceptual, dealing with personal themes and a strong feminist perspective. I began making and selling tiny stuffed creatures in 2005 as a way to sort of balance out the heavy emotions that came from my “real work.” I called these creatures Fern Animals, and they launched my career via Etsy and the indie craft scene nearly immediately. Secret Holiday followed a few years later as I refined my aesthetic and purpose.

Can you remember when your “ah ha” moment was for the concept of making the banners?

I created the very first “It’s OK” banner for myself, because I needed the reassurance. I was working multiple jobs at the time, and never seemed to have enough free time to bring all my ideas to fruition. I was looking at a lot of imagery from the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, and was especially interested in the handwork involved behind the scenes. Not only were these women fighting for their rights, but they were also creating by hand every sash worn, every banner carried. I was moved by that thought alone. The time spent stitching each letter on an object that would move people to think, to act. I knew I wanted to work with this idea somehow (I actually intended to make affirmation quilts). Very early into this project I stumbled upon a couple other artists using affirmations in wall hangings and I began to feel defeated before I even got started, even though their work was nothing like what I wanted to make. It’s so easy to fall into that trap with the Internet. So I created the “It’s OK” banner to remind myself to keep moving forward. To make my own work, my own way. I never expected to be making that same Affirmation Banner five years later!

Is Secret Holiday your full-time job? What were you doing before this? 

Yes, Secret Holiday is my full time job. Most mornings I still have to pinch myself when I remember I don’t have to go work for someone else. I started doing SH&Co full time in September of 2013. Before that I had lots of different jobs, often multiple jobs at the same time. My husband is also an artist, so we’ve taken turns for the past number of years, one working more at a “job-job” while the other focused on their art, and then trading off. I’ve worked at a candy store, a grocery store, an online fabric retailer, a catering company, and most often as a nanny. Working as artists has always been our top priority, so neither of us has sought out anything that would take away from our art-making. We were pretty poor for many years because of this, but it’s all been totally worth it for us.

How long does it take you to make one of the banners? What all goes into the process of putting one together? 

It takes so long! It’s definitely gotten quicker after having now made nearly 2000, but there are a lot of steps involved. Each banner starts with hand-cutting the letters, laying out the banners (cutting the shape, placing the letters), machine-stitching the text, sewing on the backing, ironing right-side-out, sewing a hem, hand-sanding and staining a dowel, adding the dowel and twine for hanging, and finally, trimming loose threads and cleaning up with a lint roller. Oh, and hand stamping and numbering a hangtag. There are many steps involved in each and every banner made, but every detail is important.

Can you walk us through a typical day in your life? 

Most days are about production. We’ve been pretty busy the past few months working on holiday orders, and a two very large wholesale orders, so we typically have multiple piles of banners going at a time. I tend to work late into the night, so I usually to get to the studio around 11am. I’ll start by laying out a stack of banners with any new letters I’d cut the night before. When my assistant Kaly comes in, she sets right to work stitching the letters on (she’s a real champion and can sew the same thing for hours!) We’ve fallen into a pretty good routine, rotating around the large studio table from stack to stack, sewing, ironing, finishing, repeat. When I get home in the evening, I usually end up cutting letters for a few hours, in preparation for the next day. Somewhere in there I also find time to pack orders and respond to emails.

Do you have any other creative projects in the works, or ideas you’re looking forward to acting on in 2015?

I have so many projects I want to work on! I’ve always loved quilting and really need to find time to make quilts again. I have a ton of banner scraps that I’ve begun dyeing with natural indigo. I’m looking forward to working those into a quilt or two, and making pouches. I also want to work on expanding my shop to include more goods, possibly some work by close friends and fellow artists. I’ve got big plans for 2015.

Can you share more about the special pieces you made for UO? 

I was really excited when UO approached me about collaborating. I knew immediately that I wanted to create something youthful and romantic. Since most of my designs are created solely by me, it was a lot of fun to be sent a mood board and have the input of a whole design team. I’m excited to see the rooms these banners end up in!

What are some of the challenges of running your own business? What are the best parts?

Maybe my biggest challenge right now: letting go enough to grow. I think I really like doing things the hard way sometimes, like continuing to hand-write the address on each outgoing package. It takes a lot longer than printing out a label, but I feel more connected to each customer that way, and it feels more personal. And if someone emails to enquire about their package, I can specifically remember packing it up myself, no matter how many other orders I’d packed that same day because I took the time to write out their name. I’m sure it won’t always stay like this, and I’m sure that time could be better spent doing a different job, but I like my system for now. It’s pretty amazing to start a business from nothing, learn as you go, and then suddenly step back and look at all that has changed and progressed. And take note of the funny things you still do in exactly the same way.

Can you offer some advice for other young entrepreneurs looking to create and sell their own work? 

Make something you believe in. Don’t just make stuff you think people will buy. It won’t work (at least not for the long haul). You have to create something you can stand behind 100 percent. Something that is uniquely yours and made to the best of your ability. Be willing to start off slow, find the best materials, learn the best techniques, be willing to even fail a little, but don’t let that get you down. I was making banners for years before they really caught on. One day I just decided it was time to quit my other jobs and go for it; throw myself into it completely. I took the risk and it worked! I guess I’m pretty superstitious, but I kinda think no one took me seriously until I took myself seriously. If you really want it, you just have make it happen.

Your work is ALL OVER the Internet! It’s awesome! Can you share any stories that stand out about when you’ve seen your work in other people’s homes, or when you’ve been surprised or excited by where your work has turned up?

It is awesome seeing my work everywhere! I feel incredibly honored to have my banners hanging in so many homes around the world. I could list a few popular blogs I’ve been excited to see my banners pop up on, but honestly, I get just as excited when an ordinary, everyday person posts a photo to Instagram and tags me in it. I love seeing all the different spaces my work can occupy, but most of all I love the captions that often accompany the photos. It makes me feel so good about what I do when I receive messages saying how a simple wallhanging brought peace of mind to a stranger. I get emails like this all the time too and it’s amazing. Someone will contact me wanting to purchase a “Be Brave” banner for a close friend who’s been going through a tough time, or a mother wants to hang an “It’s Ok” banner above their baby’s crib. It reaffirms all of my reasons for doing what I do. It makes all the long hours of cutting and sewing so very worth it.

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Faculty News: Judith Brown and Masako Kamiya in Mapping the Dorchesterway

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Mapping of the Dorchesterway
Reception: February 7th 5 – 7 pm
Ten native Dorchester artists are showing their work at Medicine Wheel Productions as a part of a multi-year Brooch project.

Featured artists:
Masako Kamiya
Destiny S Palmer
Jusith Bassard Brown
Laurence Martin Pierce
Joel Jean-Pierre
Joanna Tam
Johnetta Tinker
Joseph Wheelwright
Thomas Willis

All free and open to the public
110 K St (Second Floor), South Boston MA 02127
Normal Gallery Hours Wednesday- Friday 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment.


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Where Creativity Works for Cory Wasnewsky ‘14

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“Montserrat attracted me with its small size, yet big possibilities.”

Cory Wasnewsky ‘14 had no idea that his internship at Hatch Show Print would turn into his first job only a few months after graduating in May 2014 with a focus in Book Arts. As a student, “there was always a running joke that I lived in the [Montserrat] printmaking basement,” he said.

A year after completing a highly competitive two month internship in the summer of 2013, the Hatch Show Print manager offered him a job as a production designer and printer. Hatch Show Print is a 136-year-old printing company in Nashville, TN, and is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. They created many of the posters of great jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll entertainers like Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

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Alumni News: Kathy Archer Exhibits at Kingston Gallery

The Kingston Gallery 
450 Harrison Ave #43, Boston Ma. 02118
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February 4 – March 1, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s work considers the accumulated effect of place, genetics and history on the individual and the family. This series is a momento mori for her family history and echoes Archer’s interest in the geological evidence shaping the coastal New England landscape. She collects stones, seeds, family photographs and personal ephemera from a particular location. These collected elements are arranged in receptacles and frozen, layer by layer, to build conglomerate structures. After removal from the containers, she photographs the icy constructions at intervals, as they disintegrate. It is a constant surprise that these layers of common elements, held together by such a fragile architecture, reveal such an intricate configuration of content. The final images, presented in large format here, are those which have the greatest personal meaning for the artist.

The first Friday of each month is an evening when the galleries and shops of the SOWA District stay open late allowing visitors to drop in and view their work.
It’s a fun way to spend an evening in Boston.

 


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Illustration Theme Show: Shakespeare

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This year’s theme for the Annual Illustration Theme Show is Shakespeare! Current student work is shown alongside faculty, staff and alumni in a broad range of method and media.

Reception: Wed., Feb. 4, 5-8 pm
On view: Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2015

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm & Sat. 12 – 5 pm

Poster by Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member David Ferreira

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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya and Diane Ayott join Artrageous!29 Featured Artist Bill Thompson in Exhibit at UNH

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Curated by Director, Kristina Durocher
Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire at Durham
Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
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The artists selected for this exhibition use color as the subject or subtext of their work, each exploring color tactilely, symbolically to define space as well as physical presence, or formally to create the illusion of space. From a variety of media and artistic practices, viewers are provided multiple entry points to consider artists’ choices. Exhibiting artists include: Diane Ayott, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Catherine Evans, Masako Kamiya, Catherine Kehoe, Keira Kotler, Paul McMullan, Laura Moriarty, Lynn Richardson, Victor Schrager, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Matt Rich and Bill Thompson, who is also the Featured Artists at this year’s Artrageous!29 Auction Party on March 28, 2015. Learn more at auction.montserrat.edu.

Top images: (left) Gerda Peterich (1906-1974) , Central Park Strollers, 1939-46, gelatin silver print, 6.375” x 6.375”, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, Gift of Ms. Lily Hoffman, 1977.1.61; (right) Nancy Murphy Spicer, Biking In Berlin, 12, 2010, flashe, gouache, collage on guidebook page.

MUSEUM HOURS: Mon, Tue, Wed: 10 am – 4 pm, Thu: 10 am – 8 pm, Sat, Sun: 1 – 5 pm, Closed Fridays & University holidays.

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Masako Kamiya, “Water Dressing”, 2014

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Montserrat Welcomes Director of the Studio for Experiential Learning, Kate Luchini

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Montserrat College of Art has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of StudioXL, Studio for Experiential Learning. This position is grant funded for two years, during which time Luchini, with guidance from an advisory group, will build the academic programming, community relationships and financial support.

According to Montserrat’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli, “Kate impressed the search committee with her entrepreneurial spirit and vision for StudioXL, and with her strong record of accomplishment at PEM and the Lynn Museum; both involved work in experiential learning, building community partnerships and fundraising.  Kate’s familiarity with the North Shore will be an asset as well.”

The generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation recognized Montserrat College of Art’s creative teaching style, developed by the college’s academic leadership team, which emphasizes learning that is interdisciplinary, team-taught and project-based.

Last spring the Davis Foundation announced that Montserrat would receive a $150,000 grant over two years for the Gateway project, which emphasizes this experiential teaching style.

The grant will provide funding for two new programs that serve, respectively, as gateways into and out of college. Funding will support the two parts of the Gateway Initiative, including: planning, implementation, outcome assessment and, creation of curricular models (best practices, guidelines, handbooks, documentation, templates, online resources) for future use.

Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said, “Montserrat recognizes the need to go beyond the traditional classroom structure to introduce experiences that relate directly to those students will encounter in their professional lives. We are grateful to the Davis Foundation for providing this opportunity to offer new teaching methods to Montserrat students.”

1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

Offered to freshman in the first semester, FX serves as a gateway from high school into college. The course is team-taught, interdisciplinary, and integrates studio practice with historical and cultural analysis. Methodologies from studio art and liberal arts (particularly art history) are combined to provide a holistic introduction to the visual arts while helping students to acclimate to college-level academic and studio work. This combination of rich content and tactile experience is designed to fully engage students as visual learners. The aim is to break down preconceptions about art, art making, and contemporary studio practice.

This 3-credit course features a closely coordinated series of lectures, museum/gallery/studio visits, research, writing, class discussions, team-based and individual projects. Small group meetings for discussion, research, and studio immersion complement three keystone lectures and field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass MOCA and New York City. The course is designed to function in the way that artists interact with the world, across disciplines at the intersections of research, writing, collaborating, current culture, and making.

2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

StudioXL serves as a gateway out of college and into the professional world. It provides students with a series of carefully structured opportunities, offered outside the traditional classroom/studio, that build skills such as team-work, collaboration,  project management, and working between disciplines in real world settings.  Some, if not all projects, will have community partners, bolstering our relationships with the local and regional businesses and community-based organizations that fuel the creative economy of the North Shore.

The enormously successful pilot project in StudioXL was a team-taught collaboration with Footprint Power at Salem Harbor Station. Montserrat structured it a course called Across the Bridge: Three Perspectives, it combined fieldwork, research and art making. Students examined and documented the decommissioning of the coal-powered Salem Harbor Power Plant, now Footprint Power, which funded the project. Thirty students guided by three faculty members developed a visual and narrative legacy of the plant and the community of people who worked there, through writings, paintings, photography and video, sculpture and installation, and design. The project culminated in an exhibition in the turbine hall in June 2014 that was seen by more than 1000 visitors; it concluded with an evening poetry reading among the turbines, which was organized by the director of the Impossible Places Poetry Tour. That night the turbines sounded for the last time and the dismantling began the following day.

The second StudioXL project for fall 2014 is a course called Food and Culture. In contrast to the power plant project, this course was initiated in-house; it combines cultural history, research into food economies and politics, resulting in the production of creative work. Among the local partners are the Food Project and Beverly Bees.

More collaborations are being planned for future semesters. For more information about this grant, please contact Montserrat College of Art’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli at laura.tonelli@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x 1601.


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North Shore Game Jam @ Montserrat Jan. 23 – 25, 2015

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Instead of playing games all weekend MAKE GAMES at the North Shore Game Jam hosted by Montserrat!

Montserrat College of Art is hosting the 1st ever North Shore Game Jam in conjunction with the Global Game JamThe 32 hour weekend event (sleep encouraged from midnight to 9am Friday and Saturday nights) will take place from 5pm Friday, January 23rd thru 7pm Sunday, January 25th, 2015 on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the Hardie Building at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly.

All levels of game developers are welcome from the merely curious to the very experienced. You don’t need to have designed a game before and you don’t need to like programming. Various assets and skills are essential like writing, art, animation, sound, and level design. Teams need a mix of people with various backgrounds and experience. You can come to the jam with your team in place or we will help you find a team to work with based on your particular skills and interests. 

There will be time to work on homework in-between game development sprints.

Learn more @ nsgamejam.com or contact blyth.hazen@montserrat.edu

Global Game Jam is the premier annual game creation event that fosters the development of innovative game concepts and promotes international collaboration and teamwork. GGJ brings together thousands of game development enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world on a single weekend. GGJ has proven itself to be an incubator for creative experiments and new start-ups. Some of the successes have included games being published and exciting collaboration opportunities for participants.

Entrance Fee: None, this event is free and open to the public

The schedule for the event:

Friday, Jan. 23, 5 pm – midnight
     Intro – Info Sessions group creation
     Keynote Speaker Joe Mirabello @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 am – midnight
    Workday
Sunday, Jan., 25, 10 am – 7 pm
   Workday, Wrap-up & Presentations start @ 3pm

Who Can Participate: Pe-registration required for off campus participants, space priority given to students and alumni, Must be 18+

Learn more @ eventbrite.com/e/north-shore-game-jam-2015

23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Keynote: Joe Mirabello started making game art in 1996 by making custom levels in DFuse for Dark Forces and now he makes game art for a living. He’s contributed to five shipped titles, indie games, mass market novels, and Smithsonian documentaries. Joe has given lectures at colleges, moderated industry forums, spoken on industry panels, and written online tutorials. He recently wrote a novel, called the Armpit of Evil, which you can read a preview of and/or purchase here. Currently Joe is working on an indie game called Tower of Guns, which you can follow the development of here.


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Alumni News: Taylor Clough ’14 & Sarah Krizon ’13 Exhibit at Mingo Gallery

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Montserrat College of Art alumnae Taylor Clough ’14 and Sarah Krizon ’13 are exhibiting at Mingo Gallery this winter in their very own show, HEAVY STILL: New work by Taylor Clough & Sarah Krizon. Please show your support and stop by for the Opening Reception Saturday, January 24, 5 – 8 pm. This exhibit is not one to be missed! HEAVY STILL will remain on view January 13 – February 21.

Taylor Clough graduated with a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2014. Taylor’s painting, “Couch” was a top seller in last year’s Artrageous!28 live auction. She currently creates acrylic paintings that explore bold colors, shape and space through recognizable objects and interiors. Each painting goes through its own intimate process of combining representation and abstraction, but they all share a physicality of paint and moments of reflection.

Sarah Krizon graduated with a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2013. One of Sarah’s works on paper started an infamous bidding war in the Artrageous!26 live auction. She now creates works that depict figurative scenes with both oil paint and drawn charcoal line. Her narratives are painted, erased and re-drawn to create a sense of movement across the canvas.

Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing
284 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
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SEVEN |||: A Performative Drawing Project Returns

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 AUGUST VENTIMIGLIA | KENJI NAKAYAMA | SAMANTHA FIELDS | CHRISTOPHER MIR | ADAM MILLER | MARK HOFFMANN | NADIA WESTCOTT

Montserrat College of Art Galleries has invited seven artists to draw directly onto the seven walls of Montserrat Gallery over the course of seven weeks. Highlighting the ways the artists’ bodies and gestures activate the gallery space, this project celebrates the performative aspects of drawing and the individual nature of each artist’s process. SEVEN challenges traditional definitions of drawing, inviting artists of to mark-make in a variety of disciplines including performance, video and textile.

The gallery will act as an open studio over the course of each artist’s week-long residency, students and guests are welcome to come in.

January 12 – 16: August Ventimiglia
Opening Reception Friday, January 16, 7 – 9 pm

January 19 – 23: Kenji Nakayama
Opening Reception Friday, January 23, 7 – 9 pm

January 26 – 30: Samantha Fields
Opening Reception Friday, January 30, 7 – 9 pm

February 2 – 6: Christopher Mir
Opening Reception Friday, February 6, 7 – 9 pm

February 9 – 13: Adam Miller
Opening Reception Friday, February 13, 7 – 9 pm

February 16 – 20: Mark Hoffmann
Opening Reception Friday, January 20, 7 – 9 pm

February 23 – 27: Nadia Westcott
Opening Reception Thursday, February 26, 7 – 9 pm

Montserrat Galleries
23 Essex St, Beverly, MA

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