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Opening Reception: Sunday, August 3, 2 – 4 pm
Ever Evolving is a celebration of the creative community formed by a special group of instructors and their students who come together each summer at Montserrat College of Art. Artists Timothy Hawkesworth, Lala Zietlyn, Barbara Moody and Maria Malatesta have ignited the passion of devoted participants for four summers, and in turn have cultivated a rich dialogue amongst themselves, instructor to instructor. We are proud to present an exhibition which gives testament to the unique community they have created, and pleased present works by all four instructors and their most recent students. The exhibition is sponsored by the Marblehead Arts Association and Montserrat’s Department of Continuing Education.
Timothy Hawkesworth grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. Since then, he has shown internationally, and his work can be found in collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. His work has received considerable critical attention, including reviews in the New York Times, Art News, the New Yorker, theLA Times, the Boston Globe and the Irish Times. He teaches around the country.
Lala Zeitlyn claims her real education as an artist took place on the family farm, although she studied painting at Bard and Philadelphia College of Art. She has shown in the Philadelphia area and her work is in many private collections. She is a practicing body worker and brings this knowledge to her teaching, exploring the many forms of access we have between body, mind and spirit. She has taught workshops with Tim Hawkesworth for the past eight years.
Barbara Moody is a professor at Montserrat, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and a BFA from Syracuse University. Over the past 10 years, she has had five solo shows at the Kingston Gallery in Boston. Her work has been exhibited in California, New York and Chicago, as well as at the DeCordova Museum. Moody’s large-scale, commissioned mural projects are installed at Meditech Corp. in Fall River, MA, a company that has more than 60 of her artworks in their collection.
Top artwork from left by Barbara Moody, Timothy Hawkesworth, and Maria Malatesta.
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“A Better Cup of Tea” is an ongoing project that Christiane Corcelle has been working on since 2011. The installation encompasses a wide variety of pieces sharing one common element: used tea bags and their components. Within the space, she has created a series of 138 square panels each composed of tea bag labels. Corcelle collects discarded objects as part of her creative process. She explains how “living in a society of consumption, I would like to share with viewers the many fascinating aspects of what one could do with the simple and everyday.” Corcelle is fascinated by found matter and through this installation she explores the multidimensionality of these objects.
Christiane Corcelle was born in France and her career began as a landscape designer in Paris. Upon moving to the United States, she pursed her passion for fine arts by studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Corcelle’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, China, Vietnam, and Peru. Her prints are in private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Public Library, the Art Complex Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, the Vietnam Fine Arts Association in Hanoi, and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. She has taught workshops and classes at the Maud Morgan Center, Shepherd Print Studio, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and Framingham State College.
Learn more about her installation process here: christianearts.wordpress.com
Well known artist in Mexico and several other countries, Jorge Obregón, was one of the students in nationally recognized leading realist painter George Nick‘s Plein Air class during Montserrat College of Art’s Summer Immersive Program this year. He paints landscapes and travels the world painting volcanos.
Here are some photos taken by both Jorge Obregón and Montserrat’s Directive of Interactive Design Terry Slater documenting some of the artwork he created during his time at Montserrat this July.
Learn more about his work here: jorgeobregon.com.mx
Here are the eight oil paintings he created from the week-long course he took at Montserrat College of Art’s Summer Immersive Program.
What a great few weeks it has been for our Summer Immersive program (June 16 – July 11)! From painting and fiber arts to comics and book arts, our diverse summer immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry.
Here are some highlights!
Plein Air with George Nick
Plein Air with George Nick
Letterpress with Sarah Smith
Weaving a Sculptural Narrative with Nathalie Miebach
Collage with Tim Harney
Classical Portraiture with Kathy Speranza
…and weekly Artist Talks in our 3 galleries
Photo Cred: Katie Longo & Terry Slater
Alumnus Craig Schaffer ’98 (BFA Illustration) recently won two Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for his exceptional visual journalism work! The association awarded him 1st place for his illustration work on the Reading Eagle’s 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg series “Hell and High Water.” The historical series by reporter Ron Devlin, photographer Jeremy Drey and artist Craig Schaffer also won 1st place. Schaffer has previously won five Keystone awards for his illustration and graphic design work for several suburban PA newspapers.
Schaffer has worked for the Reading Eagle Company for the past 10 years as a designer and illustrator and was recently promoted to visual journalist in 2013. He illustrates a statistical weekly column, Snapshot, for Business Weekly and draws another column, Sketchbook, about wildlife for “Berks Country.” Both are Reading Eagle publications. Schaffer’s position as a visual journalist is rare in the industry and no other artist is known to have an illustrated column in a US newspaper. His work can be found on his website www.craig-schaffer.com.
- Courtesy of Craig Schaffer
The most recent unique setting for Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour reading was on July 2 at the recently decommissioned and iconic Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA, built in the 1950′s.
In conjunction with the exhibition of Across the Bridge, a collaboration between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, this reading continued the goal of creating to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer. On this tour stop, the massive turbines were quiet, but poetry spoke loudly to the power of work and the work of power. In addition to the readings, there was also an opportunity for guests and poets to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.
The tour was featured in several publications including, but not limited to:
“The poetry tour has always been about the place,” Colleen Michaels said. “The power plant was such an amazing opportunity. It’s a place that the public never had access to.” … The audience packed into the belly of the plant, among the stagnant machinery, while locals like Elizabeth Hart, January Gill O’Neill, Susanna Brougham, Melissa Varnavas, Mary Ann Honaker, Rick Matthias and Eric Wright recited their poetry. - The Beverly Citizen: Making the Improbable possible
The poetry reading was, in part, a farewell to the power station in the Salem community — we even heard a recording of the turbine’s deafening “voice.” But once the poets began reading their industry-related works, the evening shifted to an incandescent realm of words, imagery, imagination, speculation and humor. Listeners were easily engaged with lyrical perspectives on a variety of themes — grids, laborers, history, ecology, power and the industrial landscape. The juxtaposition of massive turbine to evocative poet escaped no one and added a magical element.
- Peabody Essex Museum: Poetic industry
The power plant’s control room was a striking setting for the writers’ work. The audience — close to 80 people — sat near gray, metal channels carrying electrical cords past massive vertical cylinders. Above, was a balcony with a curved edge. Sickly yellow lights beamed down on the reading. The plant’s employees didn’t read poetry themselves, but the poets gathered to honor their efforts. In front of the poets, a hard hat sat on a stationary vertical wheel. At the end of the reading, a recording of the power plant’s background noise was played. It sounded like a mechanical waterfall. - ecoRI News: Closing Coal Plant Shines at Salem Poetry Reading
When I heard that Footprint Power was going to host an art show and poetry reading inside of the defunct coal plant, my first thought was that we should infiltrate…When we actually got the art show, I felt a little ashamed of my Climate Summer shirt. Who was I to deny these workers their livelihood, their family? The artwork by the students of Montserrat Art College gave voice to the workers without tokenizing their labor or passing judgement on their industry. Reading quotes from the workers and looking at portraits of them, I began to see the workers as people. One of the pieces invited viewers to take a small container of coal, take a story. It felt like power, but then I looked at it closer and realized it differed only slightly from the charcoal I use to draw. - Climate Summer: Structures of Water: Poetry as Activism
Above photos taken by Paul Van Ness. See more photos of the Across the Bridge exhibit and the poetry reading on Montserrat’s Facebook Page!
The tour is Montserrat’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. Learn more here!
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by Kristin D’Agostino
Though it’s been twenty years since he graduated, Swampscott-based graphic designer Steve Dariotis recalls how idealistic he was as a young artist. Art students, he says, often have their own set of dreams that have to be adapted to fit the needs of the real world. For Dariotis this lesson came while he was still in school when a Montserrat professor gave him a job lead that wasn’t quite what the young student had in mind.
“It was to design a hospital brochure,” he recalls. “I could’ve said I didn’t want to design a silly hospital brochure; I had my own interests.” But, luckily, Dariotis took the job because that “silly” hospital brochure was the first step toward a successful career designing websites and graphics for the medical industry.
In the world of graphic design, Dariotis says, medical jobs are some of the most secure. “While other industries come and go,” he reflects, “the hospital stuff never goes away.” Specializing in a niche industry is a great way for a new graphic designer to secure his or her career. In the medical field, one job often leads to another because in the Boston area there are “a million hospitals” that are all connected through the Partners healthcare system.
But, doesn’t specializing in one kind of client get dull after a while? Dariotis says no. He enjoys the variety in his work, everything from company logos and brochures to web sites and three-dimensional exhibits used for trade shows. And, though he primarily works on the computer, Dariotis keeps his drawing skills fresh by sketching illustrations and maps for healthcare magazines.
As for his days at Montserrat, Dariotis says, though he enjoyed the chance to work on in-class projects, it was an internship that proved the most useful after graduation. Working in the college print shop gave him a strong foundation of skills he has drawn upon throughout his career. “It gave me experience working with a printer and doing other pre press stuff,” he says. “It definitely helped me going into the real world.”
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Jason Mathis: Understanding The Understood
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10, 4 – 6 pm
Understanding The Understood is about the intersection, or as the artist Jason Mathis calls it, “the gutters” between audience and art object that accept, reject or elicit an idea. The intent of this exhibition, according to Mathis, is to place his viewer somewhere between observer and participant to understand how the gallery can be a site of action and interpretation. The exhibition combines silkscreen, comics and traditional painting. The work below, “Gallery” is an excerpt from a larger body of work entitled “Gallery Series” that combine traditional subject matter (landscapes, still life) with a superimposed silkscreen image of a viewer. Each figure is portrayed standing still, carefully studying each object as one would in a gallery or museum setting. When Mathis silkscreens directly on an image of a work of art inside his compositions, he questions how we, as audience, study an object as art, and draws attention to the perceived “norms” of gallery etiquette.
Jason Mathis, Gallery, acrylic on canvas
Jason Mathis is a Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Scotland. Awarded his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, he is now the Course Leader and Lecturer for GSA’s International Foundation program. An active member of the Hope Street Studios – a prominent community of graphic and comic artists in Glasgow – Jason’s work has been shown in the UK, Germany, Canada and the US, and his self published ‘zine ‘All You Can Eat’ has managed to find itself in pockets all across the globe
*In addition, Summer Artist in Residence Nathan Miner will be giving an Artist Talk in the Montserrat Gallery on his exhibition The Long Now on Thursday, July 10th at 4:30 pm. Learn more here: montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs
Montserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA l 01915
Asst. Prof. Timothy Harney and alumna Loren Doucette ’13 are exhibiting showing their work this summer at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester. The galley is hosting its first in a series of summer garden parties, Sunday, July 13th at 5pm. The evening will begin with a guided tour of the gallery, and a brief discussion of their works, by artists Len Richardson, Tim Harney and Loren Doucette. At 6 pm, in the garden, they have the pleasure of presenting guitarist Andrew “Hacksaw” Harney with a repertoire of Blues, Fusion and Funk. A young north shore talent known for being “a ‘fearless’ multi-instrumentalist dedicated to his craft.” He has played with Darrell Scott from the Band of Joy (featuring Robert Plant fronting the band), The James Montgomery Band, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Harper and Midwest Kind, just to name a few.
Light refreshments will be offered, but we encourage you to bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy some great music in the garden!
Congratulations, Tim and Loren!
The Boston Globe had a great editorial highlighting the boost in arts funding due to it’s impact on the state’s economic health.
Arts funding gets a boost
EDITORIAL | JULY 03, 2014
The state budget approved by a House and Senate committee this week covered several urgent big-ticket items: increased funding for the overburdened Department of Children and Families, new money to combat the heroin epidemic, and an increase in state support to cities and towns. But there was also a smaller funding breakthrough made all the more welcome by the fact that it wasn’t precipitated by a crisis: an increase in the annual budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, from $11.1 million to $12 million. The bump-up appears to indicate a growing awareness of the importance of arts and culture to the economic health of the state.
As originally recommended by the House Ways and Means Committee, the budget would have actually cut arts spending — by 13 percent, from $11.1 million to $9.6 million. That’s been part of a budget-tightening trend in state funding for the arts from a high of $27 million 25 years ago. Thanks to an amendment by state Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives of Newburyport, the numbers are once again moving in the right direction.
Too often, arts is viewed as a luxury, not a regular function of government. But studies have shown that arts education, for example, improves student academic performance across the disciplines. Moreover, the economic impact of the arts can be quantified in real dollars and cents. A recent report by the non-profit ArtsBoston showed that non-profit arts and cultural organizations inject $1 billion into the local economy every year while supporting 26,000 jobs. The arts audience, according to the report, spent $450 million beyond the admissions price for meals, parking, and other amenities.
State funding for the arts is especially crucial for smaller, more innovative arts organizations that are revitalizing gateway cities, enriching the cultural life of suburban towns, and bringing much-needed youth and vitality to the Boston scene. And the arts are a draw not only for tourists but for new businesses looking to establish headquarters in a stimulating community. It’s good to see the Legislature begin to recognize that the arts not only make the Commonwealth an attractive place to live, but make it economically competitive, as well.
Asst. Prof. John McVey presented his paper, “Hardware and Fiction: Genre Intersections” at the conference “The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750 – 2000″ at the University of Sydney, July 1 – 4. For more information, please visit the conference website: novelnetwork.org/index.html
It is hard to imagine what kind of machinery lie within the dauntingly large group of buildings, let alone all of the people it takes to run such a system. On the other side of the North River is the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, where, though students study art in all kinds of environments, carrying out the artistic process at a power plant is a first for the college.
Montserrat Professors Ethan Berry, Rebecca Bourgault and Dawn Paul developed the idea with Footprint Power, who recently became the plant’s new owner. These teachers, along with 29 Montserrat students and the plant employees, produced the exhibit “Across the Bridge: Art and Power.” The project is documentary by nature in its exploration of the employees’ histories and daily lives. Students spent their time interviewing the plant’s workers to discover the stories that exist behind normally closed gates.
Outside of the world experience that these students have gained, the public has been given the opportunity to learn about the individuals who have worked at the plant for upwards of 40 years. The plant is in the final stages of shutting down and is to be replaced by a natural gas facility.
Montserrat President Stephen Immerman has appreciated the relationship established between the college and Footprint. “As visual storytellers, the students documented, recognized, and honored the workers,” he said.
In the plant’s turbine room, amidst the seemingly tangles pipes and ladders, a maze of walls was erected to house the students’ art. The works in the show span across the genres of photography, video, drawing, painting, poetry, sculpture and installation as the wide range of media addresses the intricacies of the plant and its employees. Acting as vessels for the stories that were told to them, Montserrat students have relayed what they’ve learned by generating art to be shared with others.
Documenting the community through art challenged Montserrat students to leave their realms of familiarity. “Everybody had to step out of their comfort zone to find these wonderful narratives waiting to be told,” professor Berry said.
For Kayleigh Bird Hawes, the project led to the expansion of her artistic reach. “My work is usually very personal,” she said, “so it was interesting to make work for others.” At the completion of the course, she had made eight artist books, some of which are accordion-structured. They are collectively titled “Reflections.” They hold the stories and memories that she has gathered from those she interviewed at the plant. The books’ form reflects the interwoven lives they represent, by displaying the stories in a zigzagged manner.
Among the diverse pieces, Sarah Graziano’s installation, “Remnants,” creates an environment of artifacts. The carefully organized piece sits in a corner of the gallery. It has battered coats hanging from one wall, and a shelf of manuals and jars of coal on the other. A pedestal holds more stacked jars of coal accompanied by old manual pages, on the backs of which are stories collected from employees. The piece encourages audience involvement by asking individuals to pick and keep few stories from a pile.
Through this process, viewers carry the bits and pieces outside of the plant, into other environments where these histories can be retold.
On the more hand-drawn end of the show is Anthony Corrado’s “Turn Around 1-4,” a character study of four employees in watercolor. Each of the four panels provides a view of workers standing in different positions: front, left, right, back. The playful quality of the illustrations turns workers into possible main characters of an animation. Though the piece is 2-Dimensional, it gives us a literal 360-degree view of the people who work at the plant.
The logistically complicated project at first seemed hard to achieve, but at its culmination, students, workers, and community members were left with rare experiences and meaningful relationships. “Across the Bridge” is not simply a documentary body of work. It is a portrait of the plant and the people within it.
(“Across the Bridge: Art and Power” continues through July 2 at the Salem Harbor power plant, 24 Fort Avenue, Salem, Mass. The exhibition will be on display Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-5 p.m., Thursdays, from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6 p.m. For more information, call (800) 836-0487.)
View a slideshow of the students’ work, photos by Bethany Acheson:
Kayleigh Bird Hawes, “Reflections,” 2014, hand-printed letterpress book, edition of 40, 4.5 x 4 inches
SALEM, Mass. — In the late 1600s, beset by an inarticulate religious hysteria and the rigors of the New World, the people of Salem set about burning the witches in their midst. Hundreds of years later and under the sway of a far different kind of fervor, they turned their attention to burning coal. Both of these events wove themselves directly into the fabric of this small New England town’s history.
In the case of the witches, the story of the trials (improbably or not) resonated over time, and tourism remains one of Salem’s prime industries. An elongated run-up to Halloween is a mainstay in a city that cultivates a decidedly spooky aura, and where witches still can be seen, albeit hawking lunch specials to tourists outside of restaurants and bars.
In the 1950s the spell cast by the promise of jobs and cheap energy overrode any more modern concerns regarding the environment, pollution, or climate change, and an enormous coal-fired power plant was built on Salem Harbor. As the years passed, a gritty film of coal dust settled across parts of the town, but the plant employed a lot of local people and that seemed to mitigate any concerns.
Flash-forward in time, and the spell has finally been lifted: Salem Harbor Station is being repurposed, changing over to run on natural gas, a process that will take several years to implement. The footprint of the site will be smaller, and many of the employees are losing their jobs (including people who have worked there for decades). The giant turbines that turned for 60 years finally sit silent.
In the wake of these events, a partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power LLC (the new owners of the plant) has brought about an exhibition in the monumentally scaled turbine hall (yes, think of the Tate, but on a grander scale). The show is called Across the Bridge, a title that refers not only to how the students get to the plant (via a bridge from the adjacent town of Beverly) but to the cultural divide that separates the worlds inhabited by the students and remaining workers at the plant.
To many, the thought of a partnership with an energy company might ring hollow, summoning up the agitprop regularly delivered by ExxonMobil. Here, however, Footprint Power, to its credit, exerted no editorial control over the content of the exhibition and placed no restrictions on its workers (although any future repercussions remain unseen). For the project, 29 students and four faculty members from Montserrat teamed up with roughly one hundred workers at the plant. The collaboration began with students touring the site and then building up relationships with the workers over time (the project was part of a semester-long class). A good deal of the resulting art is documentary, recording workers’ concerns that range from future employment opportunities to plant safety, to the tedium (and terror) of industrial work. The students and some of the remaining workers also act as docents, leading visitors through both the exhibition and the plant itself.
Salem Harbor Station looms over the coastline with a Brutalist majesty. Enormous smoke stacks rise over the property, dwarfing everything beneath them. Walking in, you immediately feel small; the place is absurdly large, built to specifics that only an engineer might begin to understand. A homage to our large-scale industrial past, the building provokes awe, fear, and puzzlement. There are many levels, sub-floors, and catwalks, all designed with a single purpose: the burning of coal to generate electricity.
The exhibition on the floor of the turbine hall
The exhibition is nestled on the main floor of the turbine hall and initially appears from the catwalks above as would a small encampment viewed from an airplane window. The setting transforms a rather large show into something miniaturized, like a dollhouse placed midfield on a soccer pitch.
The collaborative nature of the exhibit tamps down the personal or expressive gesture, instead mimicking what one imagines are the protocols of the plant floor — protocols that value the group and communal goals, anonymity even. The story told is omnibus versus auteur. Multiple threads weave a narrative of what it was like to work in the plant: photographs capture the space’s rough grandeur; video pieces allow the viewer to hear the workers talk about their experiences in an unvarnished way; in one installation, by Sarah Graziano, workers’ candid reflections on life at the site are printed on old plant manuals. The artists act as documenters of the past and present, drawing a human-scale narrative out of the plant’s closing. For the most part, the work is somber and compassionate.
Sarah Graziano, “Coal Stories”
Still, the physicality of plant itself continues to loom over everything, encasing the experience in the end-pages of a changing industry. For decades, this was the throne where King Coal sat; the students from Montserrat have captured his last choking breath.
Across the Bridge continues at the Salem Harbor Station (24 Fort Ave, Salem, Massachusetts) through July 2.
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Montserrat is hosting the Travel Program A Documentary Lover’s Field Trip to Montreal this fall. The instructor for the travel program, Erin Trahan, has a few new stories out for the ARTery. See links below:
Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Asst. Curator of Education Savery Kelley and Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro installed 12 works at North East Arc in Danvers (including Fay Chandler’s Something on My Mind!) They worked with the individuals who came to Montserrat to select the work and helped to guide them where each piece should be installed and were very involved. It was a really special day and the clients seem thrilled with the final installation.
“Thank you so much for your participation in this project! I know everyone has been so excited about the selection of art. The group has been talking about it non-stop since their trip to the school! Having Jessica explain why different pieces were selected yesterday and explain the whole selection process again was great! I look forward to seeing Bea’s mural!” - Tim Brown, Day Services Division Director at the Arc
Alumna Bea Modisett’s ’07 site specific mural will be completed very soon. Here are some installation shots with the clients.
Great leaders earn the trust of people
by Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman
We are blessed on the North Shore with exceptional leadership across every aspect of our business and community environments. According to the Essex County Community Foundation, there are an estimated 18 to 20,000 volunteer trustees and directors serving the not-for-profit community in Essex County. This extraordinary number of volunteer leaders does not include the countless number of volunteers leading youth sports, or the number of people serving on community committees in their towns or volunteering at schools and churches. If you also include the number of civic, municipal, and business leaders serving in our communities, the volume of individuals helping to make the North Shore a better place to live, learn, and work is truly remarkable.
Leadership is important. It matters. We all recognize it when it is good, and we all know it when it is lacking. As humans, we are “wired” to sense authenticity. We are drawn to the charismatic, but are less able to predict competence in advance of evidence of deeds over inspiring words. We want to believe the best about the people who lead but can be disappointed or and sometimes cynical when we hear news of the latest fall from grace or learn of a violation of trust, public or private.
Trust is central to effective leadership. The development and stewardship of trust are primary responsibilities of all leaders. Trust is tested in every interaction, and once lost, very difficult, if not impossible to regain. We expect a lot of our leaders, perhaps not being entirely fair when we fail to recognize that everyone has “feet of clay”.
Leadership, too often equated with position, is actually more accurately defined by relationships (Rost, J. C. (1993). Leadership for the 21st century. We consent to being led, at work, in our volunteer organizations, and by our public officials. It is this relationship, when capably shared, that helps create the amazing, the remarkable, and the heroic as well as the day-to-day hard work of carrying forward our collective goals and aspirations. Therefore we invest our hopes, dreams and aspirations, in our leaders. Because of that tendency, we are emotionally linked to them potentially expecting more of them than we might expect of ourselves.
After all each of us is a leader in her or his own right. It is easy to forget that we first must lead ourselves through our own daily lives and our own goals and objectives. In our families, volunteer organizations, recreational pursuits, and work places, we all take initiative, solve problems, and collaborate. Almost everyone, every day must work to find the balance between our own individual needs and the needs of the groups of which we are a part. Leadership is most often exercised when our individual needs come in conflict with the needs of the group or the collective. Someone needs to steward the process by which consensus is achieved, and someone needs to eventually decide among competing priorities.
Because there are always unlimited wants and needs and there are always limited resources, conflict is inevitable. We all see the scenario of this kind of conflict displayed in our local and national politics. Individual rights vs. states rights or the rights of our respective states vs. federal control and regulation are the grist of many political and judicial battles. This essential tension designed into our constitutional form of government requires the kind of effective leadership described above in order to reasonably navigate the inevitable public disagreements about policy and the distribution of resources we read about in the news every day.
The current political dysfunction in our national government is abundant evidence of the importance of competent leadership. So, when our local communities, volunteer organizations, schools, businesses, and civic leaders get it right (which most times they do) let’s all take a moment to reflect on the value of the leadership we enjoy on the North Shore and appreciate their good work. Leadership matters. It is important.
Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Asst. Curator of Education Savery Kelley and Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro installed 9 works at the entry way of Turtle Creek Residence in Beverly this week.
Valerie Williams, the site Coordinator of Turtle Creek, seemed very pleased with the final outcome as did several residents who came through the lobby while they were there. The space was recently renovated and there is a ribbon ceremony in a few weeks once the entire building is completed.
A few weeks ago, Montserrat College of Art’s Art Connection installed 16 works at On Point in Salem.
“The reactions of the art work were priceless. It was everything the kid’s expected and more! They are taking ownership of these pieces and are being protective of the art. ‘It’s like we have our own art galley at On Point’ one of the kids said. Everyone’s first response when coming into the building is the art work and how much better the program looks with it. We all thank you both for coming in here and doing such a great job. I look forward to our future relationship and everything we are going to be doing in the summer!” - Asst. Coordinator at On Point, Jeff Rousseau
Maine Designer Finds Inspiration and Connection in Portland’s Lively Art Scene
By Kristin D’Agostino
Being in art school offers artists a close connection to a creative community. But, what happens after graduation? For Lana Wheeler moving to Portland, Maine a lively city with a bustling art scene has
helped her stay inspired and connected to fellow artists. The graphic design major moved home to Maine after graduating in 2012 and says living in a funky seaside city has been great for her career. She has built up steady work as a freelance designer, working with clients ranging from brides-to-be to a local app company where she designs animation and typography for video games.
It seems the salty air is good for the soul. “I grab most of my inspiration being outdoors,” Wheeler says. “I like to get ideas from architecture, trees and nature.”
Since graduating, Wheeler has explored many areas of design and has specialized in logo creation and company branding. She hopes to find work in the future at a small studio or design firm where she can be part of a creative team.
In the meantime, she is taking advantage of Portland’s lively arts community, which includes and regular cultural events and open studios.
Her advice to grads: Stay connected - “A sense of community, connection and support means all the world after graduating.”
Julie Graham, Chord 27, mixed media
Julie Graham will hold a Public Gallery Talk on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:30 pm on her current exhibit Topoanalysis in our Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. Her show will remain on view: May 28 – June 27, 2014. Learn more here: montserrat.edu/galleries/schlosberg
Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Topoanalysis, an exhibition featuring mixed-media artist, Julie Graham. The Boston-based artist describes her work as “Painted Constructions” explaining, “I use the formal devices of painting, sculpture, drawing and architectural design to build paintings in which the process mirrors the act of construction.” Graham creates composite identities in her work: what is materially there (paint, clay, wire, wood) and the suggestion of space from what is not (shadows, negative space, holes).
The title of the exhibition references the term coined by French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard to describe the psychological study of exploring the inner self through space as a means of understanding the conscious and unconscious being. Bachelard specifically uses parts of the home to articulate this metaphor. The physical rooms of a home connect familiar spaces, cementing a person’s past with present, meaning that it’s space, not time, that awakens memory. The attic, the stairwell, the living room, the basement are all intimate sites that colour our experience of space. Graham’s work creates a link between physical environments and how a space is subconsciously preserved within the mind.
Topoanalysis features twenty-six new works on paper coupled with small-scale Painted Constructions. Arranged in a grid, the juxtaposition of flat renderings with three-dimensional work contours the relationship between form, memory and space. Graham says her works on paper are not studies for the larger Painted Constructions, but rather another avenue of exploring what constitutes a sense of place. Just as Bachelard used the parts of the home to illustrate how space correlates to the internal self, Graham does so with architecture of the unoccupied urban landscape.
Graham identifies a relationship between (un)occupied spaces and their inhabitants. One affords the other, and vice versa, in shaping experience. Bachelard would have connected the characteristic or ambiance of a home to the feeling or mood it evokes in the homeowner. Graham’s architectural and geometric compositions allow multiple mediums to inform one another, communicating both a physical space and an inner memory. Her compositions impose structure, like the home, to composite a memory of origin.
Julie Graham received her BA from Hood College, Frederick, MA (‘69) and her MFA from the Central School of Art, London (‘73). She has been awarded solo exhibitions at Harcus Gallery, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center and Victoria Munroe Fine Art. Graham was the recipient of the Blanche Coleman Awards and the MacDowell Colony Residency. Graham is currently an Associate Faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Painting. She is represented by the Kingston Gallery in Boston.
Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro and Asst. Curator of Education Savery Kelley installed 16 works at On Point in Salem last week. Art Connection will soon be completing installations at Turtle Creek and North East Arc.
“The staff on site yesterday seemed very happy with the installation and were very impressed with the artwork the clients selected.” - Savery Kelley
“The reactions of the art work were priceless. It was everything the kid’s expected and more! They are taking ownership of these pieces and are being protective of the art. ‘It’s like we have our own art galley at On Point’ one of the kids said. Everyone’s first response when coming into the building is the art work and how much better the program looks with it. We all thank you both for coming in here and doing such a great job. I look forward to our future relationship and everything we are going to be doing in the summer!” - Asst. Coordinator at On Point, Jeff Rousseau
The Montserrat Art Connection Mid-year Report
With the generous support from The Art Connection and the Fay Slover Fund at the Boston Foundation, 2014 has been a busy and successful year for the Montserrat Art Connection (MAC). With new staff now in place and trained, the increasing presence and visibility of Montserrat and the MAC in our region, and the continued partnership and support of The Art Connection and the Fay Slover Fund, we look forward to building on this momentum in the second half of 2014 and in future years.
2014 TO-DATE OVERVIEW
- New staff members, Pamela Campanaro, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, and Savery Kelley, Coordinator of Public Programs, have been oriented about the mission and trained for the work of the Montserrat Art Connection. As part of this they spent a very valuable day meeting with staff at the Boston base of The Art Connection.
- There has been a robust effort to expand the library of work available for donation and installation. Focus has been to collect pieces that are audience-specific for planned installation sites to insure that works presented for consideration by the group of constituents from that organization will seem appropriate and compelling to them.
- Specific efforts have been undertaken to engage more of the Montserrat community of college and continuing education students, faculty, staff, and alumni artists in contributing to and participating in the work of the Montserrat Art Connection.
- By June 30,2014, four installations will have been completed at three sites, Northeast Arc in Danvers, On Point Teen Resource Center in Salem, and Turtle Creek senior living residence in Beverly. Conversations are also in progress with each of these organizations about additional installations, and planned and potential outreach programming in the coming months. These include a next installation already planned for this summer at another Harborlight Community Partners senior living residence.
Savery, and Leonie Bradbury, Director, Curator: Gallery & Visiting Artists, have conducted numerous meetings with potential collaborators in the Montserrat community, including many members of the college’s faculty, to better inform them about the Montserrat Art Connection (MAC). As a result , discussions are underway about involving several of their classes and selected students with future installations, and related outreach projects at MAC sites.
- A sculpture faculty member, who will be teaching a course in the next academic year on Installation Sculpture, is interested in coordinating with the MAC to do temporary installations next spring at one of the MAC partner sites.
- A photography faculty member is interested in potentially offering a free workshop for male teenage residents at The Plummer Home to help them to create works of their own that could then be installed.
- The chair of Montserrat’s Art Education program has spoken with several students, and selected two Juniors, as potential future collaborators for the coming academic year. Both interested in art therapy and could create proposals for potential workshops with clients at Northeast Arc.
As part of process to build the library of work available for MAC projects, both general and audience specific calls for work have been issued to our community this year. These efforts will continue in the summer and next academic year.
- Calls for audience appropriate works for the installations at On Point and Harborlight have yielded high response rates, and 30 and 20 donated pieces of art respectively.
- Works remaining from, or created at, Montserrat’s Artrageous event have been contributed.
- At the end of the spring semester, an Montserrat Art Connection Donation Table was open and staffed in front of the Hardie Building for four days. This yielded about 35 new student works .
- Five donations from alumni were received after the NOW WHAT? Alumni Exhibition.
On Point, Teen Resource Center, Salem
On Point is for Salem youth on probation as well as other youth living in Salem’s Point neighborhood. It is a collaboration between Plummer Home, the Salem Police, and the Essex County Juvenile Court located in Salem’s lowest income neighborhood.
1) On Friday April 18th, 11 teens and 3 chaperones from On Point visited Montserrat for the art selection process. With MAC staff they selected 16 works. All have been framed and will be installed on Wednesday, June 11th.
Northeast Arc Day Habilitation Center, Danvers
Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. We have been in operation for 59 years with an annual operating budget of $125 million. They serve close to 7,000 people annually in 150 Massachusetts cities and towns; and are the largest Arc in Massachusetts and the 4th largest in the country. They are one of the largest employers on the north shore with over 500 full-time employees and over 100 part-time employees. They work with over 700 volunteers annually.
2) Matt Crosson, the leader of the “Turning 22” group, and five individuals from North East Arc visited Montserrat on Thursday May 22nd and selected twelve works from our Art Bank. All work has been framed and is ready for install, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th.
3) Montserrat Alumna Bea Modisett has solidified all plans for her site-specific mural. Savery has coordinated the necessary arrangements with Northeast Arc and her design plan is finalized. Bea will begin the mural on Saturday, June 21st with an assistant. She and the assistant will work with clients of Northeast Arc on the mural during the day on Tuesday, June 24th. Bea and her assistant will finish the mural on Saturday, June 28th.
Turtle Creek Residence, of Harborlight Community Partners, Beverly
Harborlight Community Partners is a growing non-profit organization located right here in Beverly that provides affordable housing for North Shore people who need help, regardless of their means. They strive to make homes available for people and families who are out of work, or working full time but still unable to afford market-rate rent, men and women with disabilities, and others who are struggling.
4) Leonie and Savery visited Turtle Creek and Turtle Woods, Harborlight Community Partners senior living residences in Beverly, on Thursday, May 1st. Both are in the process of being renovated, but Turtle Creek has a special reception planned for Friday, July 11th and so it was decided to do the art selection process/ installation for this site in June. Valerie Williams, the Coordinator of the Turtle Creek Residence, visited Montserrat on Wednesday, May 21st with five of their residents. They selected ten works for their front entryway and computer area. All works have been framed and the installation will be completed on Monday, June 23rd.
UPCOMING AND FUTURE
1) Turtle Woods Residence, of Harborlight Community Partners, Beverly
With their renovations completed Savery will work with their staff and residents in July to select art to be installed this summer.
2) On Point, Teen Resource Center, Salem
Savery is in the process of working with Keith Willa, the Programs Coordinator at On Point, and two Montserrat alumnae, Morgan Dyer and Bianca Picozzi, to run a six week art workshop series from Tuesday, July 8th through Tuesday, August 12th.
3) Northeast Arc Day Habilitation Center, Danvers
Montserrat faculty member Len Thomas Vickery has proposed two projects, a Zen Garden and a magnetic interactive mural and both been approved for installation by Northeast Arc. He will begin working on the Zen Garden in July, and will complete the mural, with assistance from an Intern and clients of North East Arc, in July and August. Montserrat alumni Andrew Bablo’s vinyl mural has also been approved and he has met with clients of the Arc in the “Turning 22” group, they have begun brainstorming ideas for text that he is going to work into the design of the mural. He will meet with them again in July, solidify his design plans, and then begin install once everything is finalized.
As mentioned above, two students from Montserrat’s Art Education department, will look into developing proposals for potential workshops with Northeast Arc clients.
4) The Plummer Home For Boys, Residence for Homeless Teens, Salem
The Plummer Home is a 152-year-old facility that helps boys 14 to 18 who can no longer live with their families. Our vision is to provide a community committed to providing all children the support necessary to successfully navigate to healthy adulthood. Our mission is to provide adolescents innovative support and services, in a safe and nurturing environment, to build the skills and relationships necessary for successful adulthood.
After an initial conversation between Leonie, Howard Amidon, Montserrat Dean of Development , and Nicole McLaughlin, Plummer’s Director of Strategy and Advancement, Leonie and Savery made a site visit and met with the Operations Director of the Plummer Home, Shane MacMaster, in March. Shane and Savery discussed residents come to Montserrat with the On Point group that visited in April to select work, but at that time none of the residents were interested in being a part of the process.
Leonie and Savery proposed putting together several pieces that would be a good fit for their space, but Shane was adamant that he would like residents to be a part of the Art Selection process because he saw how beneficial it was for the youth of On Point who visited in April. We have it planned to postpone a visit to Montserrat for this process until new residents show interest.
As mentioned above, a photography faculty member is interested in working with residents to create and then show their own work, and this may prove to be an effective strategy for this group.
Future Partners TBD: In addition to these planned and prospective projects, Montserrat Art Connection have a list of other potential partners who would benefit from art installations and outreach programing. These will be approached during the coming months for potential collaboration and installations. As the mission and work of the Montserrat Art Connection continues to expand and become better known new organizations are beginning to approach the college with interest in becoming partner.
Montserrat College of Art is honored to have presented its first ever Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship and Summer Alumni Fellowship programs to five deserving recipients: Alyssa Coffin, Daniel Burns, Kimberly Batti, Margaret Noble and Kristin Osiecki. Montserrat’s Summer Immersive Workshops has entered its fourth year of operation. Since its inception it has nearly tripled in size, workshops expanding from traditional topics and media to now include a diverse range of intensive courses. From painting to mixed media, digital photography to paper sculpture, the Summer Immersive program brings together a unique community of instructors and students engaged in creative inquiry.
The Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship is a competitive award given to a High School educator of exceptional merit who would benefit from taking part in a studio program for one week of intensive study. The award is meant to provide these outstanding educators with the opportunity to earn Professional Development Points as well.
The Summer Alumni Fellowship is likewise given to an alumnus of extraordinary artistic merit whose practice would be enhanced by the experience of participating in a Summer Immersive workshop. Fellowship recipients receive full tuition remission for one of our Immersive courses as well as free accommodations in our eco-friendly Student Village. The recipients are also given the opportunity to present an artist talk to their community of peers. This award is valued at $1,300.
Summer Alumna Fellowship Recipient:
Alyssa Coffin graduated from Montserrat College of in the spring of 2014 where she received a BFA in illustration with a fine art emphasis and an independent study in creative writing. She spent a semester studying abroad in Ireland in her junior year to take some time to explore her work more independently. She is primarily a mixed media painter. Her work incorporates elements of collage to build texture and to use the object to create metaphor. She is interested in the ritual of narrative and the possibilities of conceptual illustration when ideas are constructed to create a juxtaposition that raises questions.
Summer Immersive Educator Fellowship Recipients:
Kimberly Batti—“When I grow up, I will be an artist by day, magician by night,” announced Kimberly to her first grade classmates. Every day since, Kimberly has been making art with the same enthusiasm she shared with her peers long ago. While these days Kimberly is not making rabbits appear from top hats, she has a knack for conjuring characters from the empty pages of her sketchbook and captivating art classes with the visual illusions and other drawing techniques. Kimberly graduated from RISD’s Illustration Department, received a MFA from WPUNJ, and now teaches art courses at Indian Hills High School in NJ.
Daniel Burns earned his MFA from the Catholic University of America. He also holds certificates in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction and a degree in Art Education. Mr. Burns has been the recipient of a Fulbright Memorial Award to travel to Japan. Additionally, he was a member of a team of educators who traveled to Russia on a Fulbright grant to develop curriculum based on Russian studies. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hungarian Multi-Cultural Foundation in Balatonfured, Hungary, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Woodstock Artist Colony and Wilson College. He has an international exhibition record.
Margaret Noble was born in Texas, raised in San Diego and received her artistic training primarily in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Sound Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Margaret Noble came to education from industry as a professional artist and since her start at High Tech High she has consistently supported students in producing meaningful and cutting edge professional work. Margaret’s own artistic works resides at the intersection of sound, installation and performance. More information on her work and teaching can be found at: margaretnoble.net or margaretnoble.net/educator
Kristin Osiecki is a Graphic Designer and Arts Educator living and working in the Boston area. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from RISD in 2005 and has been working as a designer ever since. In July of 2009 she returned to RISD for a Master of Arts in Teaching and graduated in June of 2010 with honors and a RISD Graduate Studies Grant. Currently, she teaches full time and freelances as a graphic designer and photographer.
For more information visit montserrat.edu/continuing-ed/summer-workshops/scholarship.php or contact Montserrat’s Director of Continuing & Professional Studies Shelton Walker at email@example.com or 978.921.4242 x1202.
Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA will open June 17 – July 2 for a public exhibition of experience-based art projects created by Montserrat College of Art students, inspired by and produced in collaboration with workers at the Salem Harbor Station power plant, located at 24 Fort Avenue Salem, MA.
This first-of-its-kind project, “Across the Bridge,” is the result of a unique partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, whose primary goal was to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer.
According to Montserrat Academic Dean Laura Tonelli, the project dovetailed perfectly with a campus initiative to expand learning beyond the traditional classroom through collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with businesses and community organizations. In April of this year, the initiative, called StudioXL (Studio for Experiential Learning), received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation.
The documentary project was conducted by 29 Montserrat students and four faculty (Ethan Berry, Rebecca Bourgault, Dawn Paul, and project coordinator Elizabeth Cohen) in collaboration with the plant employees. The project and exhibition are funded by Footprint Power.
“It is a difficult thing to convey the tremendous and sometimes heroic lengths to which our staff has gone in operating this plant to safely and reliably provide power to the North Shore,” remarked Footprint Power CEO Peter Furniss. “We are grateful for this opportunity to work with such a talented group of artists to begin to capture the beauty and power of Salem Harbor Station and the team that has made it work.”
There are about 100 employees of Footprint Power, some of whom have worked at the plant for 40-45 years. The plant, which has been operating on coal and oil since it was built in the 1950s, will be decommissioned this summer and will be replaced with gas-fired power generating equipment using more efficient “combined-cycle” technology.
“Across the Bridge” will include a variety of media: photography and video, drawings, paintings, poetry, sculpture and installations. It will be exhibited in the turbine hall – a unique industrial space never previously opened to the public. In addition, there will be an opportunity to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.
Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour will hold a poetry reading on the theme “power of work/work of power” July 2nd, 7-9 pm. More information on submitting or registering to attend is online at www.montserrat.edu/blog/category/improbable-places-poetry-tour.
Workers from the plant, and Montserrat College of Art students who have created the works on view, will serve as guides during the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display June 17-July 2; Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-5 pm; Thursdays, 3-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 2-6 pm at 24 Fort Ave. Salem, MA.
The exhibit is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Please email ArtandPower@FootprintSalemHarbor.com and include the name(s) of those attending and the date you would like to attend. Please note that you will be required to produce a valid photo ID to enter the site.
Montserrat College of Art is a small, private residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes and four galleries exhibiting work by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogues and events. www.montserrat.edu
Footprint Power LLC is an independent power producer that works with existing owners, host communities, workers and other stakeholders in older coal- and oil-fired power plants that are approaching the end of their useful life in order to transition these facilities and sites to other productive purposes. www.footprintpower.com
Above photo was taken by Montserrat College of Art student Rory Bastille ’15 while involved in the Across the Bridge project.
Prof. Martha Buskirk‘s article on photography in the context of proprietary media networks was just published in the summer 2014 issue of Artforum.
She is also about to begin a summer fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where she will continue her current research, “Intersecting Realms: Art, Law, and Authorship.”
Every month, Salem Main Streets highlights a business in downtown Salem that might be relatively unknown, off-the-beaten path, misunderstood, or just plain cool.
Where: 201 Derby Street
Owner: Loki LaChapelle
The Business: Salem Ink has been around for a few years now, but their brand-new and very visible location on Pickering Wharf has allowed them to expand and reimagine themselves. Part tattoo studio, part gallery, Salem Ink puts the artistry of tattoos and the local community front and center. Many people going past Pickering Wharf lately have had questions about “the new gallery in town,” and we wanted to get an inside look.
Starting in Salem: Loki LaChapelle originally opened Salem Ink on Washington Street several years ago, after being drawn to Salem’s funky, artsy vibe. Cautiously polite about what makes Salem Ink different than other tattoo studios, Loki points out that every tattoo is personal and that customers should look to find artists who match their style. Salem Ink will take on large-scale to small work, noting that the smallest tattoos can sometimes have the most significance.
Why a Gallery? While at their previous space on Washington Street, Salem Ink had started a small gallery in a neighboring space as an opportunity for Salem State students to show work. Loki realized that there were few opportunities on campus for students to have their work seen and, just as importantly, sold. The new location on Derby Street has allowed the two businesses to combine. The current gallery showcases work by Salem Ink artists, local professional artists, and student artists from Salem State and Montserrat. As a result, pieces range from extremely affordable smaller pieces to larger, high impact works – the large octopus piece by Salem Ink artist Ashlie featured at the top of this blog has since been sold to a local restaurant where it will hopefully have a permanent home!
Bright, bold, and inviting, Salem Ink’s new digs offer much more than either a traditional tattoo studio or gallery. Be sure to poke your head in and you’ll immediately see why!
North Shore Arts Association Announces
” Legends” - A Lecture Series
Offered By Five Of Nsaa’s Renowned Artists
All Lectures are Free and Open to the Public!
Wine and Cheese Reception Following Each Lecture
“Masters of Elimination” is the first Lecture of the Series, offered Saturday, June 21, 3:30 pm at NSAA, by renowned Cape Ann artist and teacher, Gloucester native, Charles Movalli.
This first Lecture of the five-Lecture Series will focus on four legendary Cape Ann artists: Aldro Hibbard, N.A., Lester Stevens, N.A., a Cape Ann native, Emile Gruppe and Carl Peters. The artistic vision they shared manifested in their dedication to plein air painting. Movalli, in addition to addressing the history of their storied careers, will emphasize “the interconnections between the four and how, unlike much of the detailed studio work seen in galleries today, their mutual dedication to working on the spot made them masters of elimination.” Essential to working outdoors is the ability to grasp quickly the essence of a scene, then capture it on the canvas with skillful simplicity. To demonstrate this mastery of the brush, Movalli, through the use of slides, will show the detail of the brushwork in a particular painting side by side with an overview of it as he discusses each artist’s techniques and approach to their work.
These behemoths in the world of visual arts were instrumental in the founding and creation of The North Shore Arts Association early in the twentieth century. Their influence can be seen over many decades even into the present day in the work of artists from New England and around the world.
The second Lecture in the Series will be given by Rockporter and National Art Academician Tom Nicholas, who, drawing from his 40 years of work as an artist, will discuss his approach to design and composition. His lecture will be held on Sunday, July 6, at 3:30 pm.
The third Lecture will be given by renowned Rockport artist and teacher, Ron Straka, who painted with Paul Strisik and other well known Cape Ann artists. He will address the importance of design, which incorporates color, form and movement, as opposed to simple composition, when applied to work that attempts either an abstract, semi-abstract or realistic style. This talk will be offered on Sunday, August 17 at 3:30 pm.
The fourth Lecture in the series, “Learning to Paint The Day” will be given by celebrated Rockport watercolorist and author of many art instruction books, Betty Lou Schlemm. She will teach how to create movement on the canvas with attention to the play of light on form Sunday, August 3 at 3:30 pm.
The fifth Lecture is offered by well known artist and Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame member, Frank Federico, on Sunday, September 28, at 3:30 pm. He will address the diversity of mediums he uses – pastels, watercolor, acrylics – and the variety of techniques they require.
Come to the North Shore Arts Association in historic Gloucester to hear and enjoy some of Cape Ann’s legendary artists and teachers as they share their expertise in celebration of the visual arts.
The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Noon to 5 pm.
Art as, in and with Education
Co-hosted by MAGGIE CAVALLO and LEONIE BRADBURY
Friday, June 13th, 7pm
Artists, arts educators, audiences, students – if you are curious and/or opinionated about the many many issues raised by considerations of art and education – please come join the conversation!
How do you learn about art? Through art?
The overlapping roles of art and education have a distinct effect on the lives of artists, arts educators, audiences, students and the general public. From identifying and being able todescribe arts learning experiences, to the place (or lack there of) for the arts in K-12 Education – the relationship between these fields are complex and ripe with opportunity. Join Maggie Cavallo and Leonie Bradbury for an open discussion geared towards defining art as, in and with education. Whether STEM to STEAM, the role of teaching artists in our schools and community centers, considerations of art as research and learning, or the role of colleges and universities in the lives of emerging and practicing artists – these conversations can lead us to models for how we understand both the arts and education.
Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, and is dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Recent projects include: Take it Easy a collaborative printmaking curriculum with Urbano Project, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo is also the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a professor at Stonehill College in Arts Administration. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase College in Media, Society and the Arts and a Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Arts in Education.
Originally from The Netherlands, Leonie Bradbury has been the Director and Curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries since 2005. She has curates contemporary art exhibitions that feature a range of artists of national and international note. Her exhibitions have received numerous awards including New England Art Awards and New England Museum Association awards. Two of her exhibitions received curatorial awards from the Association of International Art Critics.
Bradbury’s specialty is contemporary art, theory, and criticism. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 1998, followed by a M.A. in the History of Art from Boston University in 2001. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts.
GERTRUDE’S is an artists’ lounge and lab at the BCA’s Mills Gallery – a place for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.
Gertrude’s is always open for lounging and caffeinating during Mills Gallery normal hours. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuum: Summer Immersive Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thu. June 12, 5 – 7 pm
On View: June 9 – July 12
301 Cabot St. Beverly MA
Montserrat Galleries is pleased to present the first ever Summer Immersive Exhibition. All current and past summer immersive students were invited to submit work to this juried Exhibition. The exhibition aims to celebrate the depth and range of artists who have benefited from our Summer Immersive studio workshops. For its fourth year running, our program has afforded artists of all levels the time, space and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry in mediums ranging from painting to fiber arts. The exhibition will be on view in the 301 Gallery Monday, June 9 – Saturday, July 12th. The exhibition’s juror is Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of the Montserrat Galleries.
Ariel Lund, Connie Vallis, Jorge Obregon, Marcia Nadeau, Carmela Martin, Sandra Mayo, Cathie Boucher, *Laurie Miles, *Sheila Boss-Concannon, *Michael Concepcion-Velez, Gabriele Stewart, Michele Kenna, Kathy Connolly, Barbara Gordon, Claire Wyzenbeek, Carin Doben, Sandy Belock-Phippen, Amy Friend Roberts, Betty Canick, *Janette Maxey, *Sara Santarsiero, Janet Albert, Jeanine Pastore, Tom Veirs, Kate Larrabee, Lecia Turcotte, Maureen Holub, Carol Schweigert, MaryJane Sawyer, *Deborah Quirk-Timmer, Deirdre Windsor, Mary Pollak, Mimi Leggett and Avis Thomas.
*denotes artwork used in header.
Learn more here: www.montserrat.edu/galleries
Summer Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30 – 1:30 pm
Mon- Fri 4 – 6 pm
Sat 12 – 5 pm
Silk screen your own FREE tote bag with Montserrat College of Art at Bevery’s Arts Fest this Saturday, June 14, 10-4pm.
Arts Fest Beverly is a free outdoor festival that’s fun for the whole family – including over 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities, art-on-the-spot creations and food trucks. Arts Fest is rain or shine – in case of bad weather the artists set up inside downtown locations. Learn more about the day here!
The Improbable Places Poetry Tour
Wednesday, July 2, 7 – 9 pm
Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station
24 Fort Avenue, Salem, MA
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. Built in the 1950′s, the recently decommissioned and iconic power plant in Salem, MA will be the unique setting for our next reading.
A power plant? That right, folks. In conjunction with the exhibition of “Across the Bridge,” a collaboration between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, this reading will continue the goal of creating to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer. On this tour stop, the massive turbines will be quiet, but poetry will speak loudly to the power of work and the work of power.
I’ve got a poem about work, industry or power. Can I read it in this industrial space that will be opened to the public for the first time? We are accepting submissions via email at email@example.com and in the Writing Studio, located at 238 Cabot Street, Montserrat College of Art. If you would like to mail your submission, please address it to Colleen Michaels at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915. We’d love to read your work!
The deadline is Friday, June 27th.
I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! In addition to the reading, there will be an opportunity to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.
The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Please email ArtandPower@FootprintSalemHarbor.com and include the name(s) of those attending the July 2nd poetry tour. Please note that you will be required to produce a valid photo ID to enter the site.
Wait! I still have questions. Just ask Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director. She’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montserrat students Cody Pelletier and Daniel Rodriguez are featured in the new “LensArt: the Fine Art of Photography” Trailer, which is the latest project from Creator/Producer John Thomas Grant and Host/Writer Leslie D. Bartlett. It is dedicated to the history, science, technique, and, especially, the fine art of photography. The series will shortly follow.
“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” - Ansel Adams
Montserrat offers intensive summer classes, many of which are available for 1.5 credits. Most courses meet for one week, all day Monday through Friday, though additional work may be required for credit. We also offer an online course which may be completed from a distance. Please click on each course for more information and rates.
June 16 – 20
This course explores collage and the variety of materials which can
Forms in Paper
Instructor: Elizabeth Alexander
June 16 – 20
Join an in depth exploration of sculpting with one of the most versatile raw materials: paper. Study the contemporary and historical uses and conduct exercises to develop your own language with paper arts.
Weaving a Sculptural Narrative
Instructor: Nathalie Miebach
June 23 – 27
Can a sculpture tell a story? This workshop focuses on using narrative as the beginning of a sculptural form. We’ll use traditional basket weaving methods for contemporary sculptural purposes. Emphasis will be on play and inspiration from a tinkerer and storyteller.
Finding Your Story
Instructors: Ethan Berry &
July 7 – 11
Do you have a story that needs to be documented and shared? This is an opportunity to take a rough story idea – fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid – and move it to the next level.
Fabricated Steel Sculpture
Instructor: James Durrett
July 7 – 11
Learn the basic skills for working in metal! Students will learn technical and practical methods used to manipulate metals into objects of their own design.
Creative Letterpress Projects
Instructor: Sarah Smith
July 7 – 11
Have you been admiring letterpress printed books, posters and cards? Been wanting to learn how to set type and print your own ideas? Come work with Montserrat’s wood and metal type collection, as well as a range of presses from the 1890′s to the 1950′s.
Expressive Interpretations of the Landscape
Instructor: Barbara Moody
July 7 – 11
Explore trees and roots, mountains and rocks, pods and plants, water and clouds. Expressive interpretations with a range of materials are encouraged, incorporating both representational and imaginative elements.
Portraying the Self online course!!
Instructor: Elizabeth Cohen
June 9 – July 11
Students will explore autobiography as a universal creative practice, and – beginning with a story of their own – create works of self-portraiture. The course will culminate with an exhibition on campus at Montserrat.
Looking to just take a workshop, not for credit? Apply now!
301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.
Hurry, deadline is May 9!
Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim Hawkesworth, Barbara Moody or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside their instructors at the Marblehead Art Association.
Educators can earn Professional Development Points. All of our classes are eligible. Contact us to find out more.
Defining Moments | Reflections on the Magic of the Journal Gallery, From the Artists Who Show There CULTURE By BEN BARNA MAY 28, 2014
Julia Dippelhofer had come to the United States from Germany to work as an au pair when she met Michael Nevin ’04 in a photography class at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass. Then 19, Nevin had recently started a photocopied zine out of his dorm called The Journal that was dedicated to his twin passions: snowboarding and art. The two formed a bond based on their shared aesthetic sensibility, and soon moved to New York and turned The Journal into an effortlessly stylish publication at the crossroads between the city’s downtown fashion and art worlds.
As it grew in both recognition and reputation — contributors included names like Juergen Teller and Terence Koh — Dippelhofer and Nevin became champions for the artists they featured, who often created work specifically for the magazine. The next logical step was to transform their East Village production office into an event space that could showcase works from emerging and established talent. In 2004, the Journal Gallery was born. “The magazine, along with the gallery, created a certain energy that we found inspiring,” Nevin says. “We wanted a space in which we could connect with readers and contributors to create a dialogue.”
They later relocated to Williamsburg as a full-fledged gallery representing artists that quickly established itself as a bastion of taste and creativity across the river from New York’s traditional art epicenter. “To the New York art world, that’s like opening on Mars,” Nevin once said. To celebrate the Journal Gallery’s 10-year anniversary, the Manhattan gallery Venus over Manhattan will be staging a retrospective that will include works from the artists that defined it, including Rita Ackermann, Brian Belott, Daniel Hesidence, Sarah Braman, Graham Collins, Peter Demos, Chris Succo, Michael Williams and more. Five of those artists wrote in to share their thoughts on what makes the Journal Gallery one of a kind.
See full New York Times article here: tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com
Alumnus James B. Campbell ’73 was awarded the Rene Phillips Featured Artist Award from Manhattan Arts International for his entry “Installing the Sundogs” in The Healing Power of Art Exhibition. Now available for viewing online through July 17 at Manhattan Arts International. Learn more here: www.manhattanarts.com
This afforded Campbell the opportunity to be a featured artist on the Artsy Shark web site. Several works are on display here where he shares insights into his mixed media sculptural work and the creative process. See his work here: www.artsyshark.com
Now in it’s third year, the Bloomington, Indiana Bloomington Open Studios Tour artists again open their studio doors to the public on June 7th and 8th. Campbell is a participating artist and as a member of the steering committee is responsible for developing the new 44 page Studios Tour booklet, a guide to the 40 participating artists in 20 locations around the city. Visitors will get to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes in the process of the creation of some of their favorite artworks and talk with artists one-on-one.
See more of his work here: www.campbellarts.net
Alumna Leah Ceriello ’12 has just received a travel grant from the Montague Fund at the MFA for a two week residency in Skomvaer, Norway! She is trying to crowd fund the rest of her expenses. Learn more here: http://www.gofundme.com/9belao
In August of this year, on the tiny island of Skomvær, a group of artists and theoreticians are gathering at Skomvær Lighthouse for a 14-day interdisciplinary laboratory on site-specific art in nature. The goal of the residency is to create site specific works with sustainable ideas and conscious presence in nature as a theme on all levels- with equal weight to culture and nature, environmental politics and aesthetics.
Skomvær is located just below the Arctic Circle, in Nordland county, Norway. It has a rich and varied history, including evidence of a large Iron Age settlement, extensive maritime activity (including shipbuilding and fishing), and a culture of sustainability through environmental stewardship and subsistence agriculture.
Any and all contributions you can make will be incredibly helpful! Please visit Ceriello’s gofundme page for more information!
By John Laidler | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll recently named the seven members of the new Salem Public Art Commission. The panel is charged with implementing the city’s public art initiative. Outlined in the Public Art Master Plan completed last year, it calls for the city to commission and acquire public art; act as a steward of the city’s public art collection; and engage the public in collection. The commission members are Montserrat College of Art alumnus Victor Miguel Cruz ’13, a freelance designer and illustrator; Juliette Fritsch, chief of education and interpretation for the Peabody Essex Museum; Norene Gachignard, president of the board of directors of the Salem Theatre Company and a former School Committee member; Ellen Hardy, a visual artist who is a member of the city’s Public Arts Master Plan Working Group and a board member of the Salem Arts Association; Lillian Hsu, director of public art and exhibitions of the Cambridge Arts Council; Claudia Paraschiv, an architect, public artist, and lecturer at Boston Architectural College who is on the Salem Arts Festival Committee; and J. Michael Sullivan, a licensed architect who is filling the seat intended for a member of the Design Review Board. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.
Victor Miguel Cruz holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and is a freelance designer and illustrator. He brings the fresh enthusiasm and perspective of a younger artist who is at the start of his artistic career.
This summer Boston-based artist Nathan Miner will be artist-in-residence on the Montserrat campus for a major solo-exhibition: The Long Now. Over the course of two months, from June 19th to August 14th, Miner will use the main gallery as his studio, creating two new large experimental paintings and exhibiting five previously completed large-scale works. The public is invited to follow Miner’s progress as he creates his new works during open studio hours, every Tuesday thru Thursday from 10-4pm. The artist will also participate in a weekly artist talk, Thursdays at 4:30pm.
Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of Montserrat Galleries, is looking forward to revealing the studio process within the gallery context as part of this summer’s residency. During this two month period, visitors will witness Miner’s new works in evolution through his generative process. His practice combines the media and strategies of traditional drawing and technical drafting, painting, printmaking, photography and digital manipulation. Beginning by working on top of digital prints with pencil, watercolor and gouache, the artist grows his compositions through iterations, feeding these small works in and out of the computer with digital scans and printers. Many generations of small works are made in this way and digital interactions between them are forged before they are brought together in a single, multi-layered Photoshop file creating a large-scale composition.
At some point he scans this mixed media composition into the computer again and the process continues. The individually printed panels are adhered to a metal substructure and joined together to form works at a mural-scale. The viewer is engulfed not only by a large canvas, but a terrain that compounds the history of Miner’s decision making. As a result viewers will shift from the role of observer to that of active participant, allowing them to enter the constructed landscapes that echo our reality.
Miner’s work is concerned with subjective studies of time, materials and sensory properties, known as phenomenological experience. At the moment, digital interconnectedness has radically shifted how the world is viewed. Miner’s work counteracts the fast pace of contemporary life necessitating slower optical engagement. The artist’s process supports the idea of slowing down and making decisions that reflect and respond to careful observation.
In the end each layer is a deliberate visual decision. Bradbury describes the compositions as, “reminiscent of the many layers of rock, sand, and sediment that form the geological layers of the earth’s surface.” Miner’s work connects his practice to the cultural study of understanding landscapes from a sensory perspective. He aligns the abstruse digital landscape with earth toned colors so that the two communicate a combined language. Bradbury says, “Miner’s in depth investigation of the themes of time and perception is sophisticated and philosophical. We are excited to be able to share it with our audiences.”
The Long Now: Nathan Miner will be at Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex Street (Hardie Building, First Floor) from June 19 – August 14, 2014. Summer Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-1pm. Open Studio Hours: Tuesday- Thursday, 10 am- 4pm. Learn more at www.montserrat.edu/galleries or contact email@example.com
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Public Programs Coordinator, Savery Kelly at 978-867-9624 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT+ Artist Talk (weekly)*
WHEN Thursdays, starting June 19, 4:30- 5:00 pm
WHERE Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor
*No Artist Talk July 3rd
IMAGES & PROCESS EXPLAINED
Miner prints the composited image across multiple large sheets of watercolor paper and mounts these to aluminum panels in order to create a uniform surface at a mural-scale. He then begins again working the entire surface by hand with pencil, watercolor, gouache, airbrush and acrylic paint. After many layers of these media the artist seals the surface with shellac and finishes the work with oil paint. Within the scope of these works the viewer is engulfed not only by a large canvas, but also by a visual terrain compounding the history of Miner’s decision making. The scale and layers of detail provoke a shift from passive observer to active participant, encouraging entrance into the abstract landscapes that echo our reality.
Field Reflections #2, 2013, 120” x 120”, Mixed Media on aluminum panels (Pencil, watercolor, gouache, airbrush and acrylic paint with shellac and oil paint). Courtesy of the artist. www.minerstudio.com
The work of Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibited in On the Wall at Gallery NAGA in Boston June 6 - July 11 along with Sophia Ainslie, John Guthrie, Color Ways, Rick Fox, Rachel Gross, David Moore, Randal Thurston, Harold Reddicliffe and John Garrett Slaby.
Reception: Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm
67 Newbury Street, Boston MA
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
Montserrat College of Art student Kevin Lucey (featured in the above and below photos) has helped Kamiya for the last three days to complete an installation of a wall painting at Gallery NAGA.
Barbara Moody: Escape
On View: June 1 – 29, 2014
Reception: Fri., June 6, 5 – 7:30 pm
Prof. Barbara Moody is interested in how earthquake tremors, fault lines and seismic shifts are premonitions of a natural disaster. In her work, one can almost hear and feel distant rumblings fracturing the earth’s crust. Almost 5 x 8 feet in size, the drawings are visual feasts of mark making that reveal Moody’s intensely personal involvement with drawing. They act as metaphors for the artist’s fears of the potential dangers that may occur at any moment. The distant rumbling is a reminder of all things frightening and dangerous which randomly and by chance could disrupt the good lives that we take for granted.
Barbara Moody earned M.Ed and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She completed two large scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, as well as a 27 foot wall drawing at Montserrat College of Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota and Chicago, as well as the deCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in MA. In 2013, she was awarded the Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher Award at Rocky Neck Art Colony.
On June 13-15, Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation will come alive with music, sculpture, fine art, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics and pottery at 82 Eastern Avenue in Essex. From the white farmhouse headquarters to the rustic barn, to the rolling grasslands and walkways overlooking the Essex River, art will transform the grounds as the annual Art in the Barn exhibition and sale returns for its 25th year. Proceeds from the event support Greenbelt’s land conservation mission.
The more than 140 participating artists include renowned local sculptors George Sherwood, Chris William and, Dale Rogers; potters Daphne Borden and Marty Morgan; painters Julia Purinton and Bruce Turner; photographer Dorothy Monnelly, and jeweler Beth Williams. Sale proceeds directly support Greenbelt’s land conservation mission.
The opening reception from 6-8:30 pm Friday, June 13 will feature the music of string wizard and songsmith E.J. Ouellette & his band Crazy Maggy, with refreshments from the famous Ipswich Ale Tapmobile, Flatbread Mobile Pizza Oven, and the Whoo(pie) Wagon.
Exhibition and sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday June 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday June 15. Parking is $5 per vehicle for the entire weekend.
Contact: Mary Williamson, Essex County Greenbelt Association, at 978.768.7241 x13 or email@example.com
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected more than 15,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade. For more information about Greenbelt programs, or the Art in the Barn Exhibition and Sale, visit www.ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.
The value and potential of a creative arts graduate has never been higher.
Creative arts degrees, the business degree of the future? By Mat Hunter, 22 May 2014
It’s the depth of practice of an arts degree that sets it apart and makes graduates so unique, these degrees open more doors than ever before, says Mat Hunter
If you were to guess the degrees obtained by financial institutions’ employees, it is unlikely that a creative arts or design degree would be your first, or even your tenth choice.
However, there are clear signs that the boardroom of the future may hold a few more creatively trained types than you might expect.
While a creative degree is often seen as a standalone figure in the stable of academic degree choices, there is mounting evidence that it is the uniqueness of a creative arts or design degree which is proving so attractive to employees.
A recent article from Fast Company picked up on a trend of venture capitalists recruiting designers to help them manage and select their investments. Google Ventures, the investing arm of Google, has five designers in their team.
The value and potential of a creative arts graduate has never been higher.
Firstly, the creative industry in the UK is currently just as valuable as the financial industry. Figures reveal that the UK creative industry generates more than £71billion a year for the UK, or £8million per hour.
The Government is also putting strong support behind the industry, recognising the substantial impact the sector currently makes, the future opportunities for growth and the job prospects that will go with it.
In addition, British creativity and artistic talent is recognised around the world, opening up global opportunities.
However, the influence of those with creative training stretches far beyond the traditional creative sector. Beyond venture capitalists recruiting designers to manage their funds, the Government also relies heavily on designers.
This can be seen in the recent launch of the Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab, which will help the Civil Service design policies that work better for citizens, or the award-winning Government Digital Service, which created the single online portal for government: gov.uk.
In my own job, as Chief Design Officer at the Design Council, my role includes working with social enterprises and government by using design to look at issues such as youth unemployment and the ageing population.
As any business or public-sector leader would agree, creativity and innovation needs to be at the heart of any thriving and forward looking organisation.
The modern MBA, the world’s most successful post graduate degree, increasingly includes modules in creative thinking; but while this should absolutely be encouraged, it’s the depth of practice of an arts degree that sets it apart and makes arts graduates so unique.
While most academic models for a degree are focussed on thinking, reading and writing, an arts student will spend their time making, creating and working in teams.
Through working in studios they will build things through trial and error, learning a lot about the difference between theory and practice, so generating new ideas, not just absorbing those of others.
All of this makes them highly desirable to employees who complain about current graduates’ lack of work skills and their inability to act independently.
Despite all of this, recent research from the Arts University Bournemouth demonstrates that, from a group of young people who were put off pursuing a creatively led career, over one in five (22 per cent) didn’t feel that there were enough opportunities to progress in a career in the arts.
Additionally, over one in four (28 per cent) mentioned that they were put off by the competitive nature of the industry.
More generally, another key barrier that often arises are parents’ expectations and fear that an arts degree does not represent good value for today’s tuition fees.
To me, these barriers seem antiquated as creative arts degrees open more doors than ever before.
The UK has the best art schools in the world. If you are interested in art or design, then this is an incredible opportunity and one that can’t be replicated across the majority of degree options.
As a recent judge for the Arts University Bournemouth’s Who Are You? competition, which aims to get young people worldwide thinking more creatively, I was able to witness first-hand some fantastic young talent from around the world.
If any of these young people were put off a creative degree because they are worried about competition in the sector or were worried that they will be pigeon-holed through an arts or design degree, then I strongly encourage them to reconsider.
Any degree that fosters proactivity, lateral thinking and team work gives its graduates a key advantage and I look forward to seeing UK arts trained creativity continue to develop and be recognised in the nation’s boardrooms.
Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer, Design Council
Art@Bass Rocks Update: Meet The Panelists
Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator, Montserrat College of Art Galleries, was moderated seARTS’ panel of gallerists for the Opening Reception of Art@Bass Rocks on May 28. Panelists discussed art topics of general interest and questions posed by Bradbury.