Governor Baker Appoints Montserrat President Steve Immerman to Mass Cultural Council

Stephen_D_Immerman_Ed.D.formal-photoGovernor Charlie Baker has appointed three new members to the Board of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), including Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman.
The statute that created the MCC established a governing Board, “consisting of nineteen members to be appointed by the Governor from among qualified private citizens of the Commonwealth who have demonstrated scholarship or creativity in, or distinguished service to, the arts, humanities, interpretive sciences, or local arts.” The members serve staggered, three year terms. The new appointees are:

Stephen D. Immerman of Salem: President of Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art since 2009, Dr. Immerman has increased the college’s enrollment, balanced the finances, and enhanced the academic environment with new faculty appointments, upgraded technologies, and renovated facilities. Under his guidance, Montserrat is becoming a leading voice on the creative economy in Massachusetts, and the importance of the arts to a well-rounded education. He is an Essex National Heritage Commissioner, and serves on the boards of Beverly Main Streets, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Creative Economy Council, and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). He holds a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jacob Brennan of Arlington: Jake Brennan is an independent media producer working primarily in music and experiential events. He is the Producer of the Boston Music Awards, Coordinating Producer of the award-winning public space, The Lawn On D, founder of the bespoke music house, RAMS: Recording And Music Services. In 2011, Jake co-wrote and produced original compositions for the Parker Posey film, “The Love Guide.” He occasionally performs on his own and with Cast Iron Hike. He is currently working in partnership with GYK Antler on “1Band1Brand”, the strategic alignment of bands and brands that helps musicians access resources in an increasingly fragmented music industry.

Sandra Dunn of Holden. Since 1997 Sandy Dunn has held the position of General Manager for the city- owned Arena and Convention Center in Worcester, MA. She oversaw the construction and grand opening of the Convention Center in 1997 and the $31.5M expansion and renovation project of the 14,000-seat Arena in October 2013, as well as the opening and management of the Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink on the Worcester Common in 2013. She has been an instrumental contributor to Central Massachusetts and the Greater Worcester region for more than 15 years, having served on several volunteer boards and participated in many community outreach programs. Currently, Dunn serves on the Worcester Municipal Research Bureau Board of Directors (Former Chair), Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Destination Worcester Executive Committee and Economic Development Coordinating Council Committee. She is a graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
“We thank Governor Baker for appointing three outstanding individuals who bring a wealth of experience and talent to the MCC,” said Dr. Ira Lapidus, MCC Chair. “I look forward to working with them to support the nonprofit cultural sector in ways that benefit the Commonwealth and its citizens.”

Dr. Lapidus also thanked departing Board members Troy Siebels of the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, and Boston’s Samuel Slater and Rosamond Vaule, for their many years of dedicated service to the MCC. The next meeting of the MCC Board is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.5 million, which includes a $12 million state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.


Alumni News: Katy Rogers ’14 Honored by City of Everett

katy2Alumna Katy Rogers ’14 was recently honored by the city of Everett with two citations for her artistic achievements in the community.

“Thank you to Fred Capone and the entire city council for recognizing my work…It is great to be part of a community that appreciates and supports the arts.”

Rogers recently won a national art competition and earned the honor of having her artwork displayed at the Boston Calling Music Festival that was held this at Boston City Hall Plaza earlier this summer where more than 20,000 guests attended.




Alumni News: Leonard Greco ’03 Featured in The New York Times, Photographing for Converse, Alex & Ani and More

1d7e53fMontserrat College of Art Photography alumnus Leonard Greco ’03 has recently been featured in several publications including:

The New York Times Style Magazine blog

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Portraits and Video of KHole trend agency in the new Fast Company

Product photography for Dennis Hopper’s daughter’s luxury handbag line, Hayward.

He shot the new cover story for Metropolis Magazine (shown right)

Also, he is shooting for Converse and his first national campaign for Alex and Ani will be out this summer!

Greco has an opening at Mingo Gallery in Beverly on Friday, June 26, 6 – 9 p.m. for his exhibit – Dizzy Moods: A MODEST INQUIRY INTO THE ART OF STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH


Leonard grew up in Sweden and Canada before attending high school in the White Mountains, NH. He studied Photography at Montserrat College of Art then moved to New York City where he assisted and managed the studio of Todd Selby. His clients include…

Levis, Converse, Diesel, Nylon, Art In America, Bloomberg Businessweek, MIT Review, The Journal, Bad Day, ‘Sup, Tokion, PIN-UP, Spex, Anthem, Travel Almanac, Clash, White Zinfandel, Obesity and Speed, Editions Mego, Driftless Records, Glenn O’Brien, Sébastien Tellier, Arctic Monkeys, Oneohtrix Point Never, Yeasayer, Stephen Prina and numerous others.

See more of his work at


Alumni News: Jennifer Clement ’98 Update

2015-06-25 12_41_32-Photo to post - - Montserrat College of Art MaiWe caught up with alumna Jennifer Clement ’98 as she was teaching her monthly Artist Bar night at Seaglass in Salisbury. She will be showing her fine art at the Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia with a show opening and reception Saturday, June 27, 15 Lexington Ave., Magnolia, MA.

Jennifer Clement is a Fine Artist (Painter) who has exhibited her work in numerous galleries throughout New England. Clement’s dreamlike paintings are evocative, emotional, and deeply rooted in her passionate love of Clement holds a BFA in painting and a Teaching Degree of Advanced Standing from Montserrat College of Art. There she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In addition, Clement holds an AAS in Marketing/Communication from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, New York. Additionally, she holds an AAS in Interior Design from Newbury College in Boston, Massachusetts. There, Clement graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Today, in addition to working at her Western Avenue studio in Lowell, Massachusetts, Clement has been introducing the magic of creating art during public and private painting events. She has conducted instructional team building events with some of largest corporations and institutions in the country via The Artist Bar,Clement’s traveling paint and sip studio. Her teaching style is as passionate as her painting.

Clemen_01Artist Statement

In my paintings I try to create images that are neither general nor specific in visual description, images that are more like a dream or a memory or perhaps a familiar feeling you can’t quite place. You only know that somehow, someway, you connect. It is that place in-between the conscious and the subconscious I am most interested in exploring. I search for that certain something that takes me from the everyday and transports me to some other place. This dreamlike place seems somehow very familiar yet undeniable. It is like pushing through a fog to get to a memory and as you immerse yourself in the fog, you begin to reawaken. I like to think of these moments as memories of the soul.

I create my paintings with the sincere hope I can somehow see a glimpse of my vision and share this miraculous world as I see it. I hope these dreamlike images spark a moment where the viewer’s soul begins to recall.

-Jennifer Clement


Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2015

support-the-arts-300x30010 Reasons to Support the Arts

1. Arts promote true prosperity. The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.

2. Arts improve academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates—benefits reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Students with 4 years of arts or music in high school average 100 points higher on the verbal and math portions of their SATs than students with just one-half year of arts or music.

3. Arts strengthen the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $699 billion industry, which represents 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences) that supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.

4. Arts are good for local merchants. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Attendees who live outside the county in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($39.96 vs. $17.42)—valuable revenue for local businesses and the community.

5. Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown steadily since 2003 (18 to 28 percent). The share attending concerts and theater performances has grown from 14 to 18 percent since 2003.

6. Arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion—a $47 billion arts trade surplus.

7. Arts spark creativity and innovation. The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The biggest creativity indicator? A college arts degree. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd” Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than average scientists.

8. Arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. The arts are used by the U.S. Military to promote troop force and family readiness, resilience, retention and for the successful reintegration of veterans into family and community life.

9. Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.

10. Arts mean business. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. A 2015 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 702,771 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ 2.9 million people—representing 3.9 percent of all businesses and 1.9 percent of all employees.


Gallery News: Maria Malatesta’s Marking Time Exhibition Reception June 25


Montserrat College of Art is excited to announce Marking Time, a solo exhibition of paintings by Maria Malatesta in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition highlights the inspiration Malatesta gains from nature and its influence on the way she paints; expressive, reflective, and expansive. There will be a public reception for this exhibition Thursday, June 25, 4 – 6pm at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor.


Malatesta paints to explore meaning, boundaries, and uncertainty. She describes her process as an exercise between trusting instinct and slipping into the unknown. She compares the layered process to pages in a book, saying, “Each painting leads to and informs the next. I try not to judge, but to see and to know when and where the painting has settled into itself.” A large part of accepting when a painting is “settled in” is what Malatesta calls, rhythm of the paint; feeling it, acknowledging the materials potential, and continuing along the journey.

Marking Time features eleven paintings from Malatesta’s “Field” and “Stripes” series. These two bodies of work interpret nature abstractly. The “Field” series depicts landscape through a generative accumulation of mark making. Malatesta gradually unveils nature as a poetic amalgamation of color, expressive brushstrokes, and layers of marks. Each time the brush touches the surface of the work, Malatesta marks the present moment, leaving traces of where she is on her rhythmic journey.


The series “Stripes” is a quieter exploration of nature. Malatesta transitions from thick, expressive marks to minimal bands of color. Stripes, Triptych #1 presents three boards of autumn-like hues (brown, orange, mustard yellow and tan) with cool rows of cream and light blue. Each band, stretching the width of one board, is in dialogue with the other surfaces of the two adjacent boards. Viewed together, the triptych creates a similar rhythm, alike “Field” series, depicting the harmonious presence of nature.

Maria received the Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelor of Science from Lesley College, Cambridge MA. She also studied at University of California at Davis. For the past 10 years she has studied with Timothy Hawkesworth in Pennsylvania. She has also taken numerous painting trips to Italy. In 2010, Malatesta was in a two person show at Mingo Gallery in Beverly and in 2009 in a two person show at Pagus Gallery in Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown in many shows in the Boston area and the North Shore. Her studio is in the South End of Boston. Malatesta teaches at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA and privately in her studio.


Marking Time is on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery June 23 – July 18, 2015.

WHAT Maria Malatesta: Marking Time
WHEN June 23 – July 18, 2015
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon- Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-1pm
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley at 978-867-9624 or via email <>.

WHAT Reception
WHEN Thursday, June 25, 4-6pm
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor

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 for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

Visit us at for more details and Where Creativity Works™.


FLOUR(ISH) Bake Shoppe Opens in the Neighborhood

unnamedCongratulations to Jean Sword who has just opened up her new bakery Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe on 79 Rantoul Street in Beverly! Today is the official opening day! Stop by anytime this week (10am-6pm) for a scrumptious dessert or coffee! (All signage and vinyl by Montserrat alumnus Andy Bablo ’07)

Please show your support by liking Flourish Bake Shoppe on Facebook & following @flourishbeverly on Twitter & Instagram!

Above Photo by Elizabeth Gianino


Faculty News: Three Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Featured in Exhibit at Chesterwood National Historic Landmark

Three Montserrat College of Art sculpture faculty members, Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett, Elizabeth Alexander and Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, have sculpture pieces at Chesterwood National Historic Landmark. The exhibit is called Boston Sculptors at Chesterwood 2015 and it features a group of sculptors from the Boston Sculptors Gallery who elected to do a site specific response to the studio grounds at Chesterwood exhibit work from May 23 through Oct.12. Learn more at

Opening Reception: June 27, 4 – 7 pm

The exhibition features site-specific contemporary sculptures by 24 Boston-area artists who found fresh inspiration at the former summer home, studio and gardens of noted American sculptor Daniel Chester French.

IMG_7622East meets west at Chesterwood this season in the innovative, site-specific sculpture exhibition “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”. The temporary installation, on view daily at Chesterwood from May 23 to Oct. 12, features new works by 24 members and alumni of Boston Sculptors Gallery, based in Boston’s South End. The striking artworks in the show represent a diverse range of media and styles, created in response to sources of inspiration found by the artists at Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments. The exhibition has been supported, in part, by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.

“We invited the Boston Sculptors Gallery to organize an exhibition inspired by Daniel Chester French’s life and work as well as Chesterwood’s landscape that French designed himself. Twenty-four artists from the Gallery took up the challenge and visited Chesterwood several times over the course of a year as their ideas for three-dimensional work in a variety of media and scale took shape,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler.”

“As sculptors, one of our tasks is to imagine and re-imagine the connection between earth and sky. Chesterwood offers the perfect landscape and setting for this,” said Boston Sculptors Gallery co-founder Murray Dewart.

Chesterwood is notably one of the earliest venues in the United States to successively showcase large-scale abstract, conceptual and figurative works in an outdoor setting. Since 1978, the works of more than 500 emerging and established sculptors have been exhibited at Chesterwood, including Glenda Goodacre, Sol LeWitt, Albert Paley, George Rickey and Richard Stankiewicz. Chesterwood’s annual sculpture exhibition commemorates Daniel Chester French’s distinguished life and career and provides an important platform for contemporary American sculptors.

“We are thrilled to bring our work to Chesterwood and to being a part of the incredible array of arts-focused places in the Berkshires,” said Boston Sculptors Gallery artist Nancy Winship Milliken, who co-organized the exhibition with colleague Andy Zimmermann and Chesterwood’s executive director.

During the past year, the exhibiting artists visited Chesterwood to select locations for their sculptures—choices that included the French family estate’s home, verdant lawns, formal gardens, bucolic woodland paths and French’s newly restored studio—and have created works in reaction to experiencing this historic and picturesque site. As a result, some artists branched into the use of new materials and sculptural techniques. For others it was an opportunity to bring their indoor studio practices into a fresh and inspirational environment. The exhibition represents a rich and diverse variety of sculptural languages in a wide range of materials including stone, steel, wood, bronze, fiberglass, plastic and paper.

Participating artists include Elizabeth Alexander, Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Murray Dewart, Rosalind Driscoll, Laura Evans, Sally Fine, Peter DeCamp Haines, Mags Harries, Niho Kozuru (alumni), David Lang, Michelle Lougee, Nancy Winship Milliken, Myth Makers (Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein), Eric Sealine, Nancy Selvage, Marilu Swett, Andrea Thompson, Nora Valdez, Leslie Wilcox, Andy Zimmermann and Christina Zwart.

An artist’s reception for “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015” will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will include walking tours with artists whose works are on view. Admission is $10 for Chesterwood members and $20 for non-members.

In conjunction with the exhibition, artists from Boston Sculptors Gallery will present “Saturday Art Programs”, a family-friendly series of art tours, demonstrations and workshops, including talks about their work in relation to Chesterwood and the surrounding Berkshire landscape, from June 6 through Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The programs are free with admission.

Alongside Chesterwood’s “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”, the Concord Art Association in Concord, Mass., is presenting an exhibition of the work of 24 Boston Sculptors Gallery artists in the exhibition “Boston Sculptors in Concord”. The show runs from June 18 through Aug. 15 and is curated by renowned sculptor Joseph Wheelwright.

In an interesting twist, Daniel Chester French was the first president of the Concord Art Association’s board of directors in 1922. During French’s tenure, the 60 painters and 18 sculptors exhibiting at the then-named Concord Art Centre were many of the period’s most significant American artists, including Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Thomas Dewing, Robert Henri, Frank W. Benson, Cecilia Beaux, Laura Coombs Hills, Alexander Stirling Calder, George Bellows, Willard L. Metcalf…and Daniel Chester French.

About Boston Sculptors Gallery

Founded in 1992 by 18 prominent Boston-area artists to present and promote innovative, challenging sculpture and installations, Boston Sculptors Gallery is the only sculptors’ organization in the United States that maintains its own exhibition space. The cooperative has presented more than 250 exhibitions and has supported the work of 58 sculptors in 48 states and 36 countries.

Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges, and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals. In addition to the continuing program of exhibits in the gallery in Boston’s South End, the organization has presented exhibitions of its sculptors in other venues and countries including “Ovid’s Girls – Overlaps and Undercurrents – Boston/Berlin” (Berlin and Memmingen, Germany, 2014), “Visions/Visiones” (Cusco, Peru, 2013), “Convergence” on the 14-acre Christian Science Plaza (Boston, 2013), “Re-Shaping Reality” at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (Vt., 2010), and at the Fitchburg Art Museum (Mass., 2007). For more information, see

About Concord Art Association

Since its’ founding in 1917, the Concord Art Association promotes and advances contemporary art through exhibitions, lectures and classes. It also maintains a small permanent collection of art produced by leading early 20th century artists. For more information, see

About Chesterwood

Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1875) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1922) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. For more information, see


Montserrat Community Exhibit in Group Show Up the Line at Rockport Art Association this Summer

Up-The-Line-Logo-700x465Artists have been chosen for Montserrat College of Art’s exhibit Up the Line show at Rockport Art Association. Please join us for the Opening Reception: Saturday, June 20, 2 – 4 pm. Learn more at

Artists included Daisy Adams, Joan Bediz, Judith Brassard Brown, Erika Buschmann, Loren Doucette, Stacey Durand, Morgan Dyer, George Frary III, Tim Harney, Amanda Hawkins, Barbara Moody, Andrew Houle, Colin McGuire and Alyssa Watters.

Up The Line: The Montserrat – RAA Connection
Jun 20 – Jul 20, 2015
Maddocks Gallery

This exhibit features a collection of works from Montserrat College of Art’s past and present faculty as well as alumni. Many of Montserrat’s founders were also members of the RAA.

Two lectures will be offered:

A gallery talk highlighting many of the pieces in the exhibit by Montserrat’s Gallery Director & Curator, Leonie Bradbury, June 27 at 3 pm

An historical look at this creative connection given by Montserrat Professor, Ethan Berry, July 18 at 3 pm

Backshore-GloucesterAndrew Houle
Oil on cradled panel
Loren Doucette-Thinking of Hartley (1)Loren Doucette
“Thinking of Hartley”
24″ x 36″
Acrylic on Wood


Alumni News: Andrew Houle ’00 Featured in Nationally Curated Motif 2015 Exhibit in Rockport

2015-06-10 12_09_40-New visions, old icon_ 15 artists reinterpret Motif No. 1 in their works - LifesMontserrat College of Art alumnus Andrew Houle ’00 was invited by the iartcolony owners, Bob Armstrong and Jill Whitney Armstrong, to represent Montserrat in the exhibition Motif 2015 on view May 16 – July 31. Learn more at

This exhibit is the first curated by Bob and Jill Armstrong in partnership with the town Festival Committee. It presents an eclectic mix with paintings, conceptual images, the work of a video artist and a sculptural component built in the backyard at the gallery.

In planning for the show, the couple reached out to alumni and faculty of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. Of the 15 artists, 10 are from the Museum School. But it was the paintings of Motif No. 1 by artist Molly Segal that inspired the couple to embark on this path. Among the local artists will be Les Bartlett, Jill Whitney Armstrong, who became an artist member of the Rockport Art Association this past year, and Andrew Houle, a graduate of Montserrat.

Read the artyicle that Houle is featured in at ( link to

motif 2015  - REAR Moo Card Flyer 42115New Visions, Old Icon: Courtesy photo This interior view of Motif No. 1 in Rockport by local artist Andrew Houle, a graduate of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, is one of the many works in the show “Motif 2015,” opening Saturday, May 16, at artcolony gallery, 42 Broadway in Rockport.


Alumni News: Deanna Jacome ’15 Profiled in Creative Salem

17644_980066548692359_1764162031062794691_nRecent graduate Deanna Jacome ’15 was featured in Creative Salem.


Deanna, a recent Montserrat grad, is a multifaceted artist with a booth at the Salem Arts Festival focused on her marbled pieces. She got her start as an artist skilled in the process of Turkish marbling when she discovered a unique book in the Harvard library. “I looked at the flyleaf…the first page of the book…and I saw this amazing pattern with the most intricate design,” she said of her inspiration. After learning this design was created through Turkish marbling and further researching the design, Deanna taught herself the traditional process of creating it.

In the couple years since then, she has developed her own unique spin on the marbling process, and it’s apparent in her work. Each piece is like a snowflake – no two are quite the same! At the Arts Festival, Deanna was selling everything from marbled notebooks with handmade paper to marbled framed art, standalone pieces, shirts, kitchen utensils and more. Deanna also makes whimsical floral crowns that were spotted on many festivalgoers.unnamed

As a recent art school graduate, the Salem Arts Festival is integral in allowing Deanna to connect with the community and make an impression with her work and talent. “This is my first real chance to get myself out there, and this is such a nice opportunity. I appreciate so much that Creative Salem gave me this tent and this exposure and the ability to share the things that I want people to get to have. It’s a confidence boost. It makes going into the real world a little less scary when you have the warmth of Salem.” To view Deanna’s work and background, visit


Alumni News: Alyssa Watters ’07 is Featured Artist at Arts Fest Opening Night Reception

unnamedMontserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has been chosen to be the featured artist at Beverly’s Arts Fest 2015. Please join the annual Arts Fest Opening Night Party at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, on Friday, June 19, 5 – 7:30 pm where Watters will be recognized. This is always a fun night as we kick off Arts Fest and celebrate the local talent we have here in Beverly. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be available for your pleasure! No RSVP is necessary.

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

This beautiful painting is by the 2015 Arts Fest Featured Artist, Alyssa Watters. Alyssa is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art and just opened a new studio space at 110 Cabot Street. Several of Alyssa’s works will be on view at the party and all summer long at the Arts Fest Community Exhibition which Endicott College hosts in the Carol Grillo Gallery.

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

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


Montserrat Gallery Summer Pop-up 3: Xubdued Light Film Series Curated by Ethan Berry





Montserrat Gallery
Summer Pop-up 3: Xubdued Light
Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19, 2015
Closing Reception and Performance: Thursday June 18, 7-9pm

Xubdued Light is a series of screenings, curated by Prof. Ethan Berry, of more than 20 films which represent the active experimental film community in Boston. It features a variety of films from the AgX Boston Film Collective. This series of four evening screenings is a part of the Summer Pop-Up shows happening during the month of June at the Montserrat Gallery.

Although mainly known for documentary film, Boston has a rich experimental film making tradition. The films from the AgX collective represent a variety of approaches to the film material and the film form. These films can be considered in broad categories which, Berry thinks represent some of the different approaches to film that encompass and typify contemporary experimental film making.; Found Film and Collage, Camera-less Films, Visual Essays and Journals, and Documents. Berry emphasizes that the primary point of departure would be that the work should have originated on film. This conceit takes into account the fact that many filmmakers present their work in a variety of formats. As a result, this series will contain work in Super-8, 16mm silent and sound, digital video and projection/performance.


Oracle, image by Doug Urbank

Ethan Berry is an artist and film maker and faculty member at Montserrat College of Art where he coordinates a Capstone Seminar and teaches film and photography. This screening series is part of a larger project which involves researching film collectives both in the US and worldwide. This is the first screening representing the recently formed Boston film collective: AgX.

Participating film makers:
Laura Ryan
Saul Levine
Paul Turano
Kathryn Ramey
Susan DeLeo
Youjin Moon
Luther Price
Joe Shepard
Mariya Nikiforova
Stefan Grabowski
Robert Todd
Doug Urbank
Luis Armias
Kimberly Forero-Arnias
Kevin Rice
Jeff Silva

Nightly Screening Events
Monday, June 15th: 4:30 and 7pm
Tuesday, June 16th: 4:30 and 7pm
Wednesday, June 17th: 4:30 and 7pm
Thursday, June 18th: Closing Reception and Performance by Laura Ryan, 7-9pm


Upcoming Summer Pop-ups:

Pop-up 4: June 22 – June 26, 2015
Field Days: with New Craft Artists in Action curated by Pam Campanaro
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 25, 4-6pm


Montserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St.| Beverly | MA
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Montserrat College of Art Galleries presents innovative exhibitions of contemporary art that feature regional, national and international artists ranging from emerging to established.

Our core mission is to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, and to inspire a lifelong involvement in art and design.


4th Annual Beverly Bike Drive

bike drive 2015 finalThe 4th Annual Beverly Bike Drive will be held Saturday, June 20, 10 am – 2 pm at the Beverly Common. Working in partnership with the Boston-based non-profit Bikes Not Bombs, the Beverly Bike Committee is collecting used bicycles, bike frames, bike parts, and tires. Bikes Not Bombs will fix up the bicycles so they can be given to those who most need them. Bikes Not Bombs annually delivers thousands of bicycles to local families and partner communities around the globe. There will be free smoothies (made with a bike-powered blender) for all those who drop off at Common.

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Faculty News: Rose Olson’s Solo Show at Kingston Gallery this Summer

unnamedProf. Rose Olson has a solo show Ju Ju Blues at Kingston Gallery this summer, 450 Harrison Avenue, #43, Boston. Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Director Leonie Bradbury curated the exhibit which is open to the public until June 28, Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 5 pm and by appointment.

Rose Olson: Ju Ju Blues
Curated by Leonie BradburyRose Olson, Deep Waters, acrylic on wood, 2015

Color has a sharpening aspect affecting our senses and intellect simultaneously. I make paintings that reflect my passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements, which presently is varied wood-grain patterns.

Every wood-grain surface is different, since it is specific to what was once a living tree and I love them all. Some are more exciting than others, but each pattern is as unique as our fingerprints. The character of the wood is as important to me as the colors I use, since they both contribute to the meaning and structure of each work. We are a team. I use liquid colors painted in many layers, applied one layer of color at a time to enhance the wood-grain patterns and increase the painting’s luminosity.

The wood affects the way the color is received and I just keep layering the transparent colors until the painting starts to come alive. I also mix and layer paint in such a way that the colors often change as the viewer moves, or the light shifts. I am conscious of that interplay. Hard edges and color bands also enhance the spatial and color changing effects in the painting revealing in a sense, another way of seeing that worldunnamedRose Olson, From the Top, acrylic on wood, 2015.


Learn to Market Yourself & Your Business on June 9: Creative Experts Describe Real Solutions

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Please Join Us to Hear Creative Experts Describe Real Solutions
Tuesday, June 9, 6 – 8:30 pm
Enterprise Center at Salem State University
121 Loring Ave, Salem, MA 01970

Panel discussion 6:45 – 7:45 pm
Networking 7:45 – 8:30 pm

Panel Speakers:

How to Use Marketing Planning to Connect with Your Marketplace and Stay One Step Ahead of Your Customers with Jeff Bard, Bard Integrative Marketing

The first logical and prudent step in development of a new marketing initiative is to make sure it is based upon a solid marketing foundation. Learn how to find the “unique place or position” your company holds (or would like to hold) in the target market’s mind, beyond simply price. Understanding the link between dating and marketing will help you build more meaningful relationships. We’ll also explore some practical, grassroots methods of identifying the actionable data that will grow your business and satisfy your customers’ needs.

Jeff Bard, of Bard Integrated Marketing, has over 30 years’ experience developing results-oriented, integrated marketing communications programs in both consumer and business-to-business markets. After holding senior management positions at some of the area’s leading advertising agencies, such as Arnold, Mullen, Direct Results Group, CPS Direct and Ingalls, Quinn and Johnson, Jeff now blends “big agency thinking” with “small agency” hands-on attention. His focus is on using marketing to help get, keep and grow customer relationships. He has also served as an adjunct professor in Suffolk University’s MBA program.

Unleashing the Power of Market Research – the first step in creating your Marketing Plan with Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Marketing Recon

Arts marketing helps fellow creatives way-find through the maze of marketing lingo, tactics, and best practices needed to prosper (or even survive) in today’s hyper-digital environment. Whereas the temptation is to jump into all the tools that are readily available for marketing, Ganim-DeFalco, who leads this workshop, firmly believes that today’s “tools” are undeserved without the greater marketing framework, context, and discipline. One of the keys to driving the marketing framework is good market research. Learn how research can make a difference in all aspects of your marketing efforts.

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, MarketingRecon is a business growth specialist who holds an MBA in Marketing & International Business from NYU/Stern combined with 17 years of corporate marketing experience and nearly 17 more as an entrepreneur running a marketing advisory practice and jewelry design business. Her marketing work is primarily focused on the hi-tech space and business-to-business environment. However, through her work in the non-profit Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and as a member of the Cape Ann Artisans, she has been directly impacted by the chasm between artists and the world of marketing.

Building Your Business Through Storytelling and Social Media with Julia Campbell, J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling has been receiving a lot of press lately, as a marketing strategy and as an effective way to engage audiences on social media. Brands and businesses are getting their stories out there – stories about their origins, their values, their customers. In this increasingly competitive landscape for customer attention and support, getting people to notice and to hear your message can seem impossible. Digital and visual storytelling tactics such as photos, videos and infographics can help your business cut through the clutter. This seminar will detail key steps that you can take to craft your story using digital tools like social media, blogs and video.

Julia Campbell is a social media marketing specialist with a long history of helping nonprofits find success online. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a development director and marketing coordinator, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing agency based in Beverly. She received her degree in Journalism & Communications from Boston University and earned a Master in Public Administration from Old Dominion University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tidewater Community College. Julia’s work with small community-based nonprofits, large universities and offers coaching, group seminars and college courses. Her blog was named one of the Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world and she is included in the Top 40 Digital Strategists in Marketing for 2014. She has been featured on Maximize Social Business,, MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.

Digital Marketing Measurement Overview: How to Improve Your Return on Investment with Gordon Plutsky, VP Marketing, Digital Bungalow, Salem

Marketers are rapidly moving more of their marketing efforts and dollars to digital marketing (websites, social media, email, search, ads) to attract prospects and customers. The clear benefit of digital is that everything is measurable, trackable and accountable. This presentation will give you a basic overview of which metrics are most important by marketing tactic and what is the best way to track them. And, more importantly, how do you use these measure to maximize your return on investment and drive your sales.

Gordon Plutsky, senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy for Digital Bungalow in Salem, partners with clients to create and build their digital marketing and content strategies for web sites and ongoing marketing campaigns. He is responsible for sales development, account management and marketing. Previously the CMO at King Fish Media, a content marketing agency, he worked with clients such as Ameriprise Financial, Bank of America, Boston Market, Carrabba’s, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters/Keurig, IBM, Kretschmer Wheat Germ, Lightlife, Source Media and Zappos. A well-known content marketing thought leader Gordon has been named one of the most influential marketers to follow on Twitter (@GordonPlutsky) by Forbes, Social Media Marketing Magazine and CEOWORLD Magazine. He is a regular contributor to outlets such as Chief,, iMedia Connection and Media Post, where he writes about digital and content marketing. Gordon holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, an MBA from Northeastern University and completed Stanford Business School’s executive education program in marketing management. He is now an adjunct faculty member at the Endicott College Van Loan Graduate School, where he teaches marketing strategy and digital marketing to MBA students, and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board.

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Pop-Up Art Exhibits at Montserrat Gallery in June



Pop-up art exhibits at Montserrat Gallery in June

By Will Broaddus Salem News, Staff Writer, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Art exhibits can pop up anywhere.

“I have curated a series of pop-ups in a variety of places — both traditional and non-traditional venues,” said Robert Moeller. “I’ve done them in people’s homes, embedding art into an already-existing art collection. I had a series in our back yard.”

Most recently, he organized a pop-up exhibit in a more conventional setting, at the Mills Gallery of the Boston Center for the Arts.

“Yeah, You Missed It,” as the show was called, was up for just one day, which created a sense of urgency in the audience.

“Typically you can put an exhibit on the calendar, and it will be there a month or so,” Moeller said. “In this case, literally, it was only there for 24 hours.

“The reception itself was the best time to come see the show. I think over 500 people came — it was fun.”

Moeller, a painter, critic and curator from Boston’s South End, will create a pop-up exhibit at Montserrat College of Art next week, one of four to be held in the main gallery this month.

He will hang and install dozens of two- and three-dimensional works by artists from Boston, and also by staff and students from Montserrat, in a show called “No Shake, Not Here.”

The concept of pop-up stores have been around for a while, selling limited supplies of stock in unused spaces for a brief time, and the practice has found other uses.
“Restaurants do pop-up kitchens,” Moeller said. “I know where in Boston, different chefs use abandoned spaces, and set up a pop-up evening.”

But he finds that the quick format, which are often advertised through social media, forces people to decide whether to see the show — and if they do, to pay attention while they are there.

“I want people to slow down,” Moeller said. “I am asking people to stop their clocks, and to work within the parameters of the time frame we’re giving them.”
He also tries to heighten people’s awareness by not allowing them to take photographs at his shows.

“I’m asking people to have that unmediated experience, and not look through a camera lens or iPhone,” Moeller said.

Moeller’s exhibit was preceded this week by “Reliquary,” curated by artist Kirk Snow, which asks visitors to consider the “residue” of a series of performances.

“Garett Yahn — there will be a mound of sand and some audio,” said Pamela Campanaro, assistant curator of exhibitions at Montserrat. “And Tony Schwensen, I know, is going to be working with setting cement.”

A camera will record the performances in a video, which visitors will be able to watch at the gallery

Moeller’s exhibit will be followed next week by “Xubdued Light,” with 20 screenings of films that have been curated by Ethan Berry, a filmmaker who lives in Beverly and teaches at Montserrat.

The featured filmmakers, whose works are generally non-narrative and experimental, are all members of AgX* Boston Film Collective.

Berry’s pop-up will be followed by “Field Days,” an exhibit that explores the connections between art and athletics, which will be curated by Campanaro.

“The whole idea behind the pop-up concept was trying to activate the campus for our summer immersive students, and a regional Beverly audience,” she said. “We’re trying to offer the community a little bit of everything for summer.”

“Field Days” will present work from “an inclusive collective” called New Craft Artists in Action, which goes by the same acronym — NCAA — as the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“We will be creating an immersive installation that is inspired by the kind of track and field layout that allows for mixed use,” said Maria Molteni, who founded NCAA and serves as its “team captain.”

The transformed gallery, complete with Astroturf and athletic equipment, will serve as the site of a “field day” at the exhibit’s reception on Thursday, June 25 from 4 to 6 p.m.

“We’re going to design activities that call upon athletic skills and crafts skills combined,” Molteri said. “We’ll have a huge field day with everyone who comes, with prizes and jerseys that we’ve made—official NCAA jerseys.”

Molteri played basketball in Nashville, Tennessee for 10 years, before turning her attention to making art, and first explored the links between these activities by crocheting colorful basketball nets.

“Utility and function are important to the history of the craft,” she said. By the same token, “The first basketball hoop was a beach basket — a fiber craft.”

By turning the gallery into an athletic site, Molteri wants to “push the boundaries of how spaces are used,” and to point out that art and sports aren’t that far apart.
“A lot of creative activities, creative skill sets, often require a certain kind of physicality and hand-to-eye coordination,” she said.

Rather than use a highly specialized and competitive sport like basketball or football as a model for the reception, Molteri and her “team” were deliberate in choosing a grammar school field day.

“It’s kind of this extracurricular event that’s usually celebratory,” she said. “It’s separate from team sports, it’s separate from class, and you perform these absurd activities.

“That levels the playing field for everyone. It is creative and inclusive and fun.”

11011748_844939598907998_850120408445614379_nIf you go

What: Pop-Up Exhibits

When: “Reliquary,” reception, Thursday, June 4, 7 to 9 p.m.; “No Shake, Not Here,” reception, Thursday, June 18, 7 to 9 p.m.; “Xubdued Light,” performance by Laura Ryan, June 18, 7:30 p.m., film screenings Monday to Thursday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; “Field Days: New Crafts Artists in Action,” reception Thursday, June 25, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly.

Info: All events free and open to public. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More at,


Alumni News: Richard Pawlak ’81 Exhibits New Works at Chelsea Art Walk

Sparrow Hawk 0.3Alumnus Richard Pawlak ’81 will be showing his new works at the Pearl Street Gallery as part of the 2015 Chelsea Art Walk on June 13 – 14.

“I have been blessed by studying drawing and painting under the tutelage of the late Oliver Balf and Paul Scott,” said Pawlak. “Both were students of Hans Hofmann and were exacting and proficient mentors.”

The Pearl Street Gallery
100 Pearl Street Chelsea, MA
Hours are June 13 – 14, 12 – 6 pm

Located in the shade of the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea Massachusetts, the Pearl Street Gallery showcases seasoned and emerging artists in every medium.

For more information, visit

Pawlak was born in Chelsea, MA. He attended New England School of Art in Boston and graduated Montserrat School of Art in 1981. He developed a mastery of many artistic mediums and approaches to achieve an end result. Consequently the combination of technical skills, life experience and the good fortune of learning under excellent teaching, has emerged in the production of a growing body of work. His paintings have been on display in galleries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and Chelsea. They are also included in many private collections. Richard and his wife Jan live in Mashpee on Cape Cod. They have two children, Jesse and Hannah, and granddaughter, Aliyah.


Update from Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda ’05

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Hello! This month I am excited to share that several of my pieces have been curated into a couple of BWAC’s Spring exhibitions and my painting won Best of Show Gold. A View of the End is still on view until June 7th and I’m excited to share with you that the exhibition went viral and was covered by numerous publications around the world including The Daily Mail in London, Vanity Fair Italia and El Universal in Mexico!

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My painting has won Best of Show Gold!

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition’s (BWAC) is currently exhibiting Wide Open 6, curated by Rujeko Hockley, curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Out of the 100 pieces in the exhibition, my painting “Red Window” was chosen by Hockley as Best in Show Gold! Two of my Letter Collages were also juried into their Recycle exhibition, juried by Elissa Goldstone, Director of Exhibitions, Socrates Sculpture Park. The exhibition focuses on art which has been created using recycled materials. Both exhibitions run between May 9th – June 14.unnamedunnamed

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April 3 – June 7, 2015

If you did not get a chance to see A View of the End it will still be up until June 7th! The works in the exhibition have been extremely well received, they even went viral spreading from New York, to London, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Italy! Click on the below publications to read selected articles.


unnamedTo accompany the exhibition A View of the End, a book has been created which includes over 30 reproductions of my miniature paintings, a transcribed conversation with art historian Joachim Pissarro about the history of butts in art and almost 15 responses from various art historians and curators answering the question “What is your favorite art history butt and why?”

The book can be purchased directly from SHAG or my online etsy store for $25

Excerpt from Joachim’s Transcribed Conversation:

“I just adore the painting Three Graces by Raphael, it´s just so beautiful. It´s entirely subjective of course, but why did he have them hold these balls? Maybe like the apple of Paris? Each one of the graces is going to be judged by Paris and is holding these apples, gazing at the viewer to decide which one is the most beautiful, and only one of them turns her face away from us and instead shows us her butt. It’s interesting; maybe the one who is showing us her butt instead of her face is the winner.”

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Gallery Update: Barbara Moody’s “Earth Bound” & Summer Pop-ups


Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery Presents
Barbara Moody: Earth Bound
On View: May 27 – June 19, 2015

Opening Reception: Monday, June 15, 4-6pm
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Montserrat College of Art is pleased to present, Earth Bound a solo exhibition featuring Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition features three of Moody’s recent large-scale drawings that depict the wildness of the natural landscape. Through exuberant mark-making and bold application of materials such as charcoal and paint, the artist creates a striking visual tension of simplicity and complexity.unnamedBarbara Moody,Tremor, 2014, charcoal and mixed media on paper

Barbara Moody has had six solo exhibitions at Kingston Gallery in Boston over the past ten years. She recently completed two large-scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, and completed a 27-foot wall drawing for Seven: A Performative Drawing Project at Montserrat in 2012. 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 Massachusetts. 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.


Montserrat Gallery Presents
Summer Pop-ups
June 1 – 26, 2015

Summer Pop-Ups is a series of short term exhibitions and experiences, a format that has gained in popularity in recent years. Designed to bring people together in an energetic atmosphere, each week features a new theme, a range of related events and a closing reception.

Pop-up 1: June 1 – 5, 2015
Reliquary: An Exhibition of Performance and Its Remains
Curated by Kirk Snow, Reliquary will feature four well-established performance artists: Garett Yahn, Joanna Tam, Michelle Lacombe and Tony Schwensen. Reliquary is an exhibition about time and change, and the ways in which our actions leave traces that weave together the present and past.

June 1st, 3-7pm: Garett Yahn
June 2nd, 5-7pm: Joanna Tam
June 3rd, 6-7pm: Michelle Lacombe
June 4th, 12-8pm: Tony Schwensen
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 4, 7-9pm

Pop-up 2: June 8 – 12, 2015
No Shake, Not Here
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 11, 7 – 9 pm

For the second installment of the summer Pop-Up series in the Montserrat Gallery, Curator and local arts writer Robert Moeller brings together a multitude of work from today’s Contemporary Boston Artists. The work is varied and compelling; Moeller brings together a wide range of artists practicing in painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and more. Viewers are offered a taste of the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Boston.

Pop-up 3: June 15 – 19, 2015
Xubdued Light
Closing Reception and Performance: Thursday June 18, 7 – 9 pm

Curated by Montserrat Faculty Ethan Berry, the third Pop Up installment with focus on historic and contemporary Cinema. The gallery will be transformed into a movie theater and screenings will be held throughout the week (schedule TBD). Berry teaches film and photography at Montserrat College of Art and recently returned from a sabbatical where he worked on several films and founded a film collective in Boston.

Pop-up 4: June 22 – 26, 2015
Field Days: featuring New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA)
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 25, 4 – 6 pm

Curated by Montserrat Galleries Assistant Curator Pam Campanaro this pop-up focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and sports. New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA) is a craftivist project that addresses public space, diversity, collaboration, feminism, and interdisciplinary learning.
For the Pop-up, NCAA will turn the gallery interior into an track and field facility; equipped with faux blacktop and astroturf. Participating NCAA Members: Maria Molteni, Team Captain (Boston, MA), Andrea Sherrill Evans, Knitting Guru and Instructor (Boston, MA) and Taylor McVay, Crochet Historian and Instructor (Boston, MA).


unnamedMontserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA
for a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit

Montserrat College of Art Galleries presents innovative exhibitions of contemporary art that feature regional, national and international artists ranging from emerging to established.

Our core mission is to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, and to inspire a lifelong involvement in art and design.


Stay Creative This Summer & Take a 5-Day Art Workshop at Montserrat


June 15 – 19 Classes
(Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm)

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w/ Barbara Moody

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w/ Tracy Spadafora

June 22 – 26 Classes

June 29 – July 3 Classes

July 3 – 10 Classes

July 27 – August 2 Trip

Montserrat College of Art is offering several different 5-day art classes for teens and adults this summer!

From painting and printmaking to puppet making and digital photography, our diverse Summer Immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry.

*Registration is open until the week prior to the class begins, but availability is limited.
*Discounted class prices available for Montserrat alumni, educators & senior citizens.


Montserrat College of Art is an approved Professional Development Provider (PDP) for Art Educators. All courses are eligible for PDP awards. Additionally, many courses are available for undergraduate credit.

Also, we are also delighted to offer affordable housing for immersive students.

Please visit our website for full details.

Apply Today!

Visit our website or contact Savery Kelley, Assistant Curator of Education at or 978·921·4242 x 1202 to learn more.

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Celebrate Montserrat Founding Faculty Member Roger Martin at Cape Ann Museum on May 30



Montserrat College of Art Celebrates Roger Martin
Saturday, May 3,  2 – 4 p.m.

A conversation with Montserrat Professor Ethan Berry and alumni
focusing on Martin’s involvement with the school. Reception to follow.
This program is free for the Montserrat College of Art community,
CAM members, or with Museum admission.

Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin

All Montserrat students, faculty and alumni are invited to the exhibit free of charge.unnamed

unnamedunnamedCape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street | Gloucester, MA

unnamedFunding for these programs was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.



Alumni News: Megan Hermey ‘13 Design Work for New NBC Series Aquarius

Montserrat College of Art Illustration alumna Shepard Reid (Megan Hermey) ’13 designed the poster (above) and pitch book on the new NBC television show Aquarius while it was in pre-production. Both the poster and book will be displayed by ITV and NBC at Cannes in the fall of 2015.

Aquarius stars David Duchovny (of X Files & Californiacation) as a Los Angeles policeman in the 1960s investigating  Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). For more information about Aquarius visit

Hermey has also been working on pre-production work for NBC/Universal and providing graphic design services for the upcoming major motion picture ‘Trumbo,‘ a biography of Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten.

Hermey had done an internship for the Blank Theatre, right after finishing Air Force basic training, and was introduced to John McNamara, who wrote and is executive producing both Trumbo and Aquarius. After conducting several research projects for McNamara, he asked Hermey to make an ad poster for Aquarius as a pitch and the rest was history.


Gallery News: Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody Exhibits this Summer in the Carol Schlosberg Gallery

unnamedMontserrat College of Art is pleased to present, Earth Bound a solo exhibition featuring Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition features three of Moody’s recent large-scale drawings that depict the wildness of the natural landscape. Through exuberant mark-making and bold application of materials such as charcoal and paint, the artist creates a striking visual tension of simplicity and complexity. The public is invited to an Artist Reception Monday, June 15, 4 – 6 pm at 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA.

unnamedMoody refers to her process as that of an excavation site, as she “develops layers of line and color and idea, some images are buried and new ones emerge” and she “discovers meaning in the disparate clues.” Moody’s process of exploration is integral to her work and it is through openness to the unexpected that keeps her challenged and engaged. The three large-scale works featured in Earth Bound exemplify this very sentiment.

Moody’s work in Earth Bound struggles between organic and man-made forms and her landscapes cannot be tamed; they overcome human control and influence. “Tremor” (2014) is nearly 5 x 8 feet in size and features dense, tangled lines; the work combines acrylic squeegee and drip techniques with pastel and charcoal mark-making, resulting in a rich texture of representational and abstract elements. The piece exemplifies the artist’s range of skill and her unique drawing techniques.

Barbara Moody has had six solo exhibitions at Kingston Gallery in Boston over the past ten years. She recently completed two large-scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, and completed a 27-foot wall drawing for Seven: A Performative Drawing Project at Montserrat in 2012. 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 Massachusetts. 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.

Barbara Moody: Earth Bound
Artist Reception: Monday, June 15th, 4-6 pm, Artist Talk at 4:30 pm
On view: May 27 – June 19, Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915

Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact


Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibits at Gallery NAGA this Summer

unnamedunnamedMontserrat College of Art Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya is exhibiting at Gallery NAGA in Boston this June alongside Tommy Simpson. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, June 5, 6 – 8 pm. The exhibit will remain on view through July 10.unnamed

See more of Kamiya’s work at
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116

Right Image:
Masako Kamiya Tinker (detail)
2014 gouache on paper 20×16″ photo: Will Howcroft


Beverly Arts District Receives Official Designation

unnamedPosted May 26, 2015, The Beverly Citizen

Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art and the City of Beverly are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board of Directors voted unanimously on May 19 to approve the designation of the Beverly Arts District (BAD), making it the Commonwealth’s 28th arts and cultural district.

The MCC’s Cultural Districts Initiative was authorized by an act of the Massachusetts state legislature in 2010 and launched in April 2011 as a way to recognize those communities which have made a commitment to using arts and culture to build community, expand access to cultural experiences, stimulate economic development and improve the overall quality of life for residents.

This recognition has been several years in the making. It started in 2010 when Main Streets declared in its Downtown 2020 Strategic Plan that they were going to focus on arts and culture as an economic driver for revitalization. That led the partners to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with that funding, the group created a master plan for the future cultural district.

“The planning process was really enlightening,” said Montserrat College of Art president and Beverly Main Streets co-president Steve Immerman. “As we started identifying all the creative talent we have in Beverly, plus all the unique cultural assets like the historic theatres, we realized how lucky we are to be in this community and how we need to tell our story more widely. Montserrat is thrilled to be leading this effort with Main Streets and Mayor Cahill’s team. This is a terrific partnership that will make great things happen for the city and our artists.”

In 2014, Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art and the City of Beverly applied to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for BAD to be awarded state designation. Prior to the council’s board vote, a site visit was conducted with the MCC team, represented by executive director Anita Walker, program director Meri Jenkins, program coordinator Annie Houston and site advisor Maren Bowen.

Many stakeholders in the success of BAD attended the site visit meetings and shared their ideas for the district and their reasons why BAD is great for the downtown and the entire city.

This was a lengthy process, but the team stayed focused on it and last week, the partners attended the MCC board meeting in Williamstown and witnessed the vote that makes Beverly the 28th Cultural District in the Commonwealth.

This designation gives the community priority when the state allocates funding for the cultural economy, it allows BAD to put signage on state highways directing visitors to the district and it gives BAD special recognition on the websites of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. It formalizes the work that BAD has already been doing – programming, artist support, driving economic development – all boosts for Beverly’s continuing efforts to attract more visitors, residents and creative businesses to downtown Beverly.

In 2014, the Beverly City Council passed an ordinance which names Beverly Main Streets as the managing entity of BAD on behalf of the city. BAD is now operating as a subcommittee of the Beverly Main Streets Economic Restructuring Committee and is chaired by Beverly resident Amanda Hynes.

“I would like to thank Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art and members of my administration for their hard work and dedication in successfully securing the Cultural District designation here in Beverly,” said Mayor Michael P. Cahill. “Thanks also to the Cultural Council Board and staff for recognizing Beverly as being a significant cultural destination in the region. We are excited for the new opportunities this designation provides, and will work tirelessly to take advantage of them.”

The Arts District itself is a walkable stretch of Cabot Street where there is a rich and diverse set of arts and cultural resources, creative businesses, studio spaces and cultural organizations. It runs between the 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot and the Beverly Historical Society and Visitors Center at 117 Cabot. Other arts and cultural assets within the city, such as the North Shore Music Theatre, Studios at Porter Mill and Endicott College, will also be able to participate in BAD activities at their satellite locations.

The BAD website and social media presence will be launched in June, just in time for Arts Fest which takes place on June 20 on Cabot Street. New programming is being planned, such as the Ellis Square Performance Series and the revival of an arts walk and open studios. The group is also getting ready to propose a new Public Art Process for the city.
A celebration of the Cultural District designation will be held later in the coming months.

For more information, contact Gin Wallace at 978-922-8558 or


Alumni News: Katy Rogers ’14 Wins Prize in Boston Calling

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By Cary Shuman, Everett Independence, May 21, 2015

Everett’s Katy Rogers continues to make a name for herself on the Boston arts scene.

Rogers, a 2014 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, has won a national art competition and earned the honor of having her artwork displayed at the Boston Calling Music Festival that will be held this weekend at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 20,000 guests are expected each day at the festival.

Artists nationwide were invited to participate in the festival’s Blank Canvas competition in order to create art to be used at the event.

Inspired by the festival and Boston in general, Rogers’s design included all of the information about the festival within a record broken by the Boston skyline. The finished product is entirely painted by hand with acrylic and the record is shiny and textured to look realistic up close.

Rogers, whose illustrations are currently on display at the Shute Library in Everett, said she was excited and a bit anxious as she waited to hear from the judges of the Boston Calling competition.

“I was nervous because I had never won anything based on artistic ability before,” said Rogers, a 2010 Everett High School graduate. “At the same time, I had a feeling that this time I had a good chance. I was very relieved when I got the email congratulating me on my win. I immediately went to buy the giant canvas at Artist and Craftsman.”

Rogers will not enjoy the recognition of having her work shown at the event, but she will get VIP tickets to the festival for herself and three guests, along with a $1,000 prize.

Rogers said she will be particularly excited to see musical artist Gerard Way performing at the festival.

“Gerard Way has been a huge artistic inspiration to me since high school,” said Rogers


Prof. Ethan Berry Leads Artist Talk on Founding Faculty Roger Martin at The Cape Ann Museum May 30

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In conjunction with the special exhibition Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin, the Cape Ann Museum presents a conversation with Montserrat College of Art Professor Ethan Berry on Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Montserrat students and faculty, or with Museum admission.

Bill of Lading explores the art and poetry of Rockport native, Roger Martin (1925-2015). A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, the town of Rockport’s first Poet Laureate and compiler of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown, and a highly respected graphic artist, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative individuals. Professor Berry will be joined by some of Martin’s former students for this program.

Ethan Berry is a teacher in the printmaking department at Montserrat, as well as Senior Seminar, and has been teaching at the school since 1977. A producer and designer for film, video, and performance events, he is past president of the Board of Directors of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, which was founded in 1976 to provide artists with an organizational support system for the creation of independent film and video. He is also a co-partner in ART ON DEMAND, a consulting group that provides arts programming and design consulting services. His work has been shown at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; the University of Massachusetts; the Provincetown Young Artists’ Exhibition; and the Drawing Show at the Mills Gallery in Boston.

Photo credit: Roger Martin, 2012. Photo by Al Mallette. Print res images available on request.

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Faculty News: Judy Brown’s Exhibit Featured in Art New England Blog

unnamed unnamedMontserrat College of Art Prof. Judy Brown’s latest show, From the Ground Up, was reviewed in the Art New England Blog.

From the Ground Up
by Debbie Hagan, May 13, 2015

The mind travels easily, meditatively through Judith Brassard Brown’s mixed media paintings on exhibit now and through the end of May at Kingston Gallery in SoWa. As with Dreams of Tuscania, one navigates easily into and around the lyrical curves, textured spaces and warm, rich colors. The paintings read as landscapes with many scenes filled with dusty-yellow skies, green orchards, fields of hay and dirt roads reaching over the horizon. The titles suggest Tuscany, but the scenes could be anywhere: Provence or no place in particular. They’re the ethereal places we imagine when we shut our eyes in search of the romantic, pastoral ideal.unnamed

There’s something far more complex going on here, as seen in In Vulci. Something like confetti that sprays the sky. Colorful bits fly, defy gravity, float across the blue skies. Perhaps it’s an explosion, and yet, in most of Brown’s work, this activity feels nonthreatening. Mysteriously, floating on the breeze, almost celebratory, these Klimt-like color squares rain down as glitter or maybe pastel fallout. Some of the floating objects are made from collaged fragments of letters, old documents and receipts—part of the ground, part of the history and part of the continuum we want to know and understand, but will never be able to piece together.

“Life is always straddling the extremes,” Brown says about the work. “We’re in transition all the time.” True, gravity secures us, holds us steadily in place, creating a static, predictable environment. Yet our world is far from static. Action and movement occur in microseconds, shifting our lovely, dreamy space. A fissure in the earth spews particles into the atmosphere, as in Escaping Blue. What has been buried beneath the surface, hidden from our view, is now expelled into the atmosphere. Is it dangerous? Maybe, maybe not. That’s for the viewer to decide.unnamed

Of all the mixed media works, In the Red feels the least safe. The intensity of the red—a color that we instinctively associate with heat, intensity and danger—challenges our security. Something’s bubbling-up, exploding. Even so, the painting is tempered by cooler, more reserved paintings on either side. Escaping Blue #4 and Road Home are both abstracted landscapes showing flying debris ascending, defying gravity, floating lighter than air, but pleasantly so, in fields of Dijon yellow.

While all the works are captivating, I’m particularly drawn to Summer Heat. Perhaps it takes me back to countless Midwestern summers, reminding me of the heat’s intensity, the air so thick it’s hard to draw a decent breath. Then as the sun sets, the sky dances and shimmers with lightning. If it’s a good night, a mist of rain will fall.

All works here inspire viewers to think, dream, imagine and even step out of their comfort zones. Ultimately though, nature succeeds by offering respite, beauty and comfort.

Judith Brassard Brown
From the Ground Up
April 29 – May 31, 2015
Kingston Gallery
Boston, MA 02118
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Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art’s Class of 2015

-Class_of_201581 Montserrat College of Art seniors were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts and became alumni of the college on Friday morning, May 15 at The Cabot Theatre in Beverly. They were awarded degrees from Montserrat President Steve Immerman in animation and interactive media, art education, book arts, graphic design illustration, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Wangechi Mutu hand gesureInternationally renowned Artist and Activist Wangechi Mutu was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during the ceremonies.

The Class of 2015 selected Prof. Gabrielle Keller to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Anthony Corrado was named student speaker. The ceremony was led my Montserrat’s Trustee Chair Lee Dellicker.

IMG_8395_DSC0037IMG_8862IMG_8943Student Awards:
Liberal Arts Deanna Jacome
Creative Writing Minor Danielle Renino
Sculpture Danielle Franzen & Sarah Graziano

Photography and Video Joseph Saunders
Graphic Design Sarah Middleton
Art Education Deanna Jacome& Kayla Cochran

Art History Minor Sasha Pacek
Painting and Drawing Kayla Cochran
Animation + Interactive Media Kaitlyn Assmann
Printmaking Robert Manson
Book Arts Brenda Rosswess
Illustration Maura O’Connor
Interdisciplinary Arts Danielle Renino
William + Ruth Fusco Prize Kevin Lucey

Faculty Awards:

Mary Bucci-McCoy received the Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award and the Conelia Endowed Fund Award was presented to Prof. Judith Brassard Brown

Immediately following commencement, students and guests were invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery was open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street.

IMG_8660IMG_8647IMG_9043Photos by Jenn Frankavitz ’08. To see more photos, visit our Facebook page!


Wangechi Mutu Speaks at Montserrat College of Art

Wangechi Mutu Montseratt Beverly Ma_7099Internationally renowned Artist and Activist Wangechi Mutu held a public artist lecture sponsored Montserrat College of Art Gallery on Thursday, May 14 at The Cabot Theatre in Beverly. Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York-based who has been called the most influential African artist today. unnamedMutu was also the keynote commencement speaker and honorary doctoral recipient at Montserrat College of Art’s graduation ceremonies the following day on May 15.See Mutu’s work at

Mutu is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She received an MFA from Yale and BFA from Cooper Union.She had just returned to the US from her appearance at the Venice Biennale before giving her talk at Montserrat.

Artist Biography

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

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Photos by John Andrews


Montserrat Summer Immersive Art Workshops 2015


June 15 – July 10

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

  • Classical Portraiture
  • Drawing
  • Encaustic Painting
  • Puppet Making
  • Collage
  • Metal on Metal
  • Plein Air Landscape 
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Mixed Media
  • Creating Abstract Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Painting the Still Life
  • Solarplate Etching
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Introduction to Comics
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Featured Instructors:

unnamedBlyth Hazen, received her MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. She is a full-time Professor at Montserrat College of Art where she coordinates the Animation + Interactive Media program. She has taught a variety of courses over the last 15 years from kinetics and robotics; to animation and 3d game design. Examples of her sculptural, robotic and programmed animations can be seen at Her current work involves collaborations with other artists to develop narratives for both print, animation and video games. This year she will teach Stop Motion Animation from June 22 – June 26 as well as Puppet Making Workshop from June 15 – 19.




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. This year she will teach Expressive Interpretations of the Landscape from July 6 – July 10 as well as Drawing Basics Intensive from June 15 – 19.


Montserrat College of Art is an approved PDP provider for Art Educators, and all courses are eligible for PDP awards. Additionally, many courses are available for undergraduate credit. Please visit our website for full details

Visit our website or contact Savery Kelley, Assistant Curator of Education at or 978·921·4242 x 1202 to learn more.

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Staff News: Colleen Michael’s Poem Published in Cider Press Review

Colleen MichaelsMontserrat’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michael‘s poem, “Grand Mal, Paul Mall, Pell Mell” has been published in the Cider Press Review. This marks the 50th poem that she has had published! Congratulations, Colleen!


At six, a baby sister is Cabbage Patch,
a flesh doll to dress in ridiculous hats.
I took her to kindergarten for show and tell Friday.
She was okay, but not as good as the Wizard of Oz
snap front shirt I brought in the week before.

The morning of the Grand Mal, the small
doll body of my sister stops breathing.
I am at home hoarding our grandmother while she turns blue.
Our parents at a pancake breakfast are pulled aside by the priest.
I am seized by questions. Could I go to the hospital?
How about the small gift shop? Can I get a cafeteria-grilled muffin?
Once I have learned the word Phenobarbital, can clap
out the syllables, I get greedy for a spelling bee.

That week my mom smoked Pall Malls on the apartment porch.
Her hands shaky, she’d gulped in enough air for everyone.
I watched her shoulders go up and down in her leather car coat
looking like she was talking to someone, trying to convince
or ask for a little more time to make the rent.

My sister, now a skier, now a skydiver.
That morning her first trick death.
I remember her seizure story pell mell,
confuse the ice bed her frail fish bones
were thrown upon with my grandmother’s
slip on the slick steps tossing her to paramedics.
This bright white becomes the shock of age
suddenly there in my young father’s black hair.


Colleen MichaelsColleen Michaels’s poems have been published in Barrelhouse, The Paterson Literary Review, The Museum of Americana, Mom Egg Review, Roar, Stoneboat, Hawai’i Reviewand others. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.


The Boston Globe Answers What it is Like to Live in Beverly

What is it like to live in Beverly?
By James Sullivan GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 03, 2015
unnamedLooking southeast on Ocean Street.

Victoria Farnsworth came to Beverly from her small-town home in Maine more than a decade ago, when she enrolled at Endicott College. She fell in love with the city, and with the man who is now her longtime boyfriend, Anthony Marino. Together they own Marino’s Cafe, a popular weekday breakfast-and-lunch spot and catering business now located in the Cummings Center. (The couple also recently took over Lime Rickey’s in Marblehead.)

unnamedFarnsworth, 29, has seen the commercial flow of the huge office park boost the city’s economic base considerably. “It’s brought so much business to the town [city] of Beverly. It’s kind of blown up,” she sayssaid. With its beaches, parks, and traditional downtown district, the city reminds her of her hometown in Maine, “but [it’s] bigger, with more to do. It’s sort of the best of both worlds.”

She has been impressed by the efforts of the civic organizations that have ushered in the new Beverly Arts District. And she noted that the city “is trying to fix the waterfront by the Beverly-Salem bridge,” officially Veterans Memorial Bridge. But there is always room for improvement.

“The college-town thing is definitely a big draw,” she said, “but it could be even more so.”

Farnsworth and Marino, who grew up in Beverly, have been living with his parents in the Centerville neighborhood while they save for their first home. They have little doubt that home will be in Beverly.
“I’m hoping to make a lot of money and buy something in Beverly Farms,” Farnsworth says said with a laugh.

By the numbers
2 million

Number of square feet in the enormous Cummings Center. Located on the site of the former United Shoe Machinery Corp., the 77-acre “corporate campus” leases space to more than 500 businesses.

Oct. 13, 1775

Date on which the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, which the US Navy recognizes as its official birth date. Beverly and Marblehead, however, both have claimed that they are the birthplace because General George Washington had had ordered the schoonerHannah, a ship registered and manned crewed by Marblehead men, launched from Beverly that September.


Number of galleries at Montserrat College of Art, which serves about 400 undergraduates on its city campus in downtown Beverly


Number of years of operation for Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company, the hometown show that debuted at the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre in 1977. Often cited as the longest-running stage magic show in the world, Le Grand David gave its last performance in 2012.

Pros & cons


Natural beauty
Beverly boasts some gorgeous waterfront, and the picturesque Beverly Farms section can seem downright rural on certain roads.


Bigger-city problems
Downtown Beverly, along Cabot Street and its surrounding blocks, has made great strides with new restaurants and businesses in recent years, but some sections could still use a little sprucing up. The influx of commuters into the Cummings Center offices has brought increased congestion along with economic benefits.


The presence of Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art gives the city, especially downtown, a distinct infusion of youthful energy. The nonprofit organization Beverly Main Streets has helped revive the area with incentive and cultural programs, block parties, and more.


Ivan Glenney, 13, practiced his moves at Beverly’s McPherson Youth Center, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE


Doug Auld, of Beverly, took his new laser out for sail at Lynch Park, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE


Gusto Cafe was filled with students and professionals alike on a Sunday afternoon, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE


Montserrat College of Art is located adjacent to downtown Beverly, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE



James Sullivan can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @sullivanjames.


Alumni News: Nichole Walker ’13 is Manager of New Roost & Company Beverly Location


Montserrat College of Art alumna Nichole Walker ’13 is the manager of Roost & Company’s new Beverly location at 284 Cabot St.

“So far, the feedback’s been awesome,” she said of the response since opening two weeks ago. “For some people who’ve been to the Salem store, they see us passing by and it’s surprising to them because they don’t quite know we’re here yet. But they’re excited and we’re excited.”


All Senior Show Awards 2015

Congratulations to our All Senior Show Winners who were presented their awards at Montserrat Galleries Monday, May 4th.
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Ian Cooper
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Sarah Middleton
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The show was juried by Liz Devlin of FLUX. Boston who awarded the winning seniors with cash prizes! Thank you, Liz!

Photo Cred: Will Gurin ’15


Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu Public Artist Talk May 14

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The public is invited to a Montserrat College of Art Gallery sponsored lecture by Wangechi Mutu, an internationally renowned, Kenyan-born, New York-based artist and activist who has been called the most influential African artist today. She will present a lecture on Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. See Mutu’s work at

She is the keynote commencement speaker and honorary doctoral recipient at Montserrat College of Art’s graduation ceremonies this spring.

Mutu is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She received an MFA from Yale and BFA from Cooper Union.She will be just returning to the US from her appearance at the Venice Biennale.

The lecture is free, but we ask that you RSVP by contacting


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

Artist Biography

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

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

For further information, visit or contact Jo Broderick at or 978.867.9613.

Photo by Kathryn Parker Almanas


Montserrat Paints New Crosswalk Design in Beverly

Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory and Montserrat students Marisa Rasum ’16, Kevin Schlink ’16 and Sam Glidden ’16 designed and painted a new crosswalk at the Church Street and Cabot Street intersection as part of Beverly Main Street’s Beverly Arts District (BAD). There will be a celebration to officially unveil it on Friday, May 8 at 5 pm.11178337_990657144299966_4436913026698440674_n11101620_990657137633300_8332179780526113517_n11193395_990657200966627_6968196069707986924_n10931037_990810520951295_1835330060009458839_n


Congratulations to Windover Construction Inc. Who Has Won a BBJ Best Places to Work Award

Meet the BBJ’s Best Places to Work of 2015

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Apr 30, 2015

This year’s employers were divided among five different categories — extra small, small, medium, large and extra large — and were selected based on survey responses provided by employees. The BBJ’s Best Places to Work surveys and the subsequent scoring of responses were provided in partnership with Quantum Workplace.
The BBJ will recognize this year’s honorees — and count down each category’s top-ranked places to work — during its 13th annual Best Places to Work event scheduled for June 18 at the Citi Performing Arts Center.
Below are this year’s honorees, broken out by category and ranked alphabetical order.
Category: Extra small (20 to 49 employees)

  • Aqueduct Technologies
  • BANK W Holdings LLC
  • Chase and Lunt Insurance
  • CloudHealth Technologies
  • Daley and Associates
  • Daymark Solutions
  • EBS Capstone
  • Kadence International
  • Kaplan Construction
  • MassPay
  • McCall & Almy
  • Mondo
  • Norbella
  • Pixability
  • Resilient Systems
  • SEI-Boston LLC
  • Seismic
  • SmashFly Technologies
  • Wellframe

Category: Small (50 to 99 employees)

  • ALKU
  • AppNeta
  • BBS Inc. Boston
  • Buildium
  • Chapman Construction/Design
  • CloudLock
  • Cresa Boston
  • InkHouse
  • Intercontinental Real Estate Corp.
  • Jobcase Inc.
  • Kforce Inc
  • MaidPro Franchise Corp.
  • PAN Communications
  • PointRight Inc.
  • SessionM
  • Softworld Inc.
  • TEKsystems
  • Transwestern | RBJ
  • Veson Nautical
  • Windover Construction Inc.


2015 Senior Thesis Exhibitions

unnamedMontserrat College of Art’s seniors held a series of weekly group exhibitions at Montserrat’s 301 Gallery, Mingo Gallery and Porter Mill this spring. Exhibit openings were held every Wednesday night, 5 – 8 pm, March 25 – May 6. The public was invited to see this cutting-edge work and talk to the students.

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


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


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

Thesis Show- INFLUX
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kevin Lucey & Sasha Pacek
On View: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Thursday, April 9, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 5 – 8 p.m.11034164_10152548403007693_5435968859795240540_n

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

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


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


Graphic Design/Animation Thesis Show: After The Fact 
Reception: Wednesday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m.
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Sarah Middleton, Alyssa Petit, Deborah Manchester, Brenda Roswess, Mayuka Fuji, Kaitlyn Assmann, Anthony Corrado, Patrick Gerety & Dakota-Lynn Zouzias
On View: Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17, 2015

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


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


Thesis Show- Asi Es Como Yo Lo Veo
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kai Cruz & Isabella Echavez
On View: Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 22, 5 – 8 p.m.





Illustration II Thesis Show: Head Trip
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Amanda Prather, Amberlynne Narvie, Anna Speight, Brynn Walker, Dylan Griffith, Lauren Douglas, Lauren Lowell & Maura O’Connor
On View: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.


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


Thesis Show: In your head. In your heart. Between your legs.
Zeitgeist Gallery, 222 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Taylor Kurmis & Kaitlyn Wiles
On View: Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.



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


Alumni News: Roy Scott ’76 Commissioned to Illustrate the Federal Reserve Bank’s Annual Report

unnamedMontserrat College of Art alumnus Roy Scott ’76 was commissioned by Miller/Cox Design to illustrate the entire Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s 2014 Annual Report. This year’s themes include: Risk, Transparency, Complexity and “Too Big to Fail” deconstruction policies.

Scott illustration and graphic design are a provocative hybrid of digital and mixed media mash-up. His award winning work communicates innovative visual solutions with bold color, typography, rich textures and intricate compositions. His imaginative conceptual approach to problem solving is a perfect fit for editorial, corporate, branding, advertising, design and publishing venues looking to add originality to the mix.

Scott’s design and illustration techniques have been written about in leading industry journals and on-line publications such as Step by Step Design and Photoshop User. Roy has been a guest lecturer at Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, and other venues.

He graduated with honors in illustration and Design from Montserrat College of Art.





Alumni News: Jade Brewer ’13 Update

unnamedAlumna Jade Brewer ’13 is the Lead Sales Associate for the Digital Imaging Department at Best Buy. She helps to coach her teammates and has management responsibilities for the department as well.

Brewer received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2013 with a concentration in Photography. Her work includes abstract macro photography, commercial still-lives, fashion photography, and a portfolio in travel/ journalistic photography. She has received the Founder’s Scholarship Award anually from 2009 to 2013 at Montserrat College of Art, has been published in Kearsarge Magazine for the summer issue 2011, and has shown in two open house exhibitions at Montserrat College of Art. She was an intern as a photographer at the travel and leisure website,, documenting the local businesses and events in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods.

Her current work is a look back into her past, with photographs from the various towns that she has lived in within the state of New Hampshire. Her works use themes of space and landscape, and creating a relationship between the viewer and the location in the photograph.

See more of her work at


Marblehead Arts Association Visits Montserrat for a Gallery Take20


Montserrat College of Art’s Take 20 team has gone above and beyond this semester covering more exhibits than ever before. They even got a write-up for their recently work with the Marblehead Arts Association. [Take20 is a series of 20 minute conversational gallery talks lead by students, designed to connect more of our community to the exhibitions on view.]

Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo had a great follow-up visit with Kristine Fisher and other Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) members last week, including SEArts Jackie Ganim-DeFalco and the directors of Flat Rocks Gallery.

Cavallo visited MAA three weeks prior and facilitated a dialogue around the relationship between collectors and the artistic community. Last week, she invited guests to Montserrat to look closely at student work and learn directly from our gallery teachers, as a way of thinking deeply about how they build relationships with works of art.

unnamedArt for YOUR sake! A journey in Arts Curation with the Marblehead Art Association & Montserrat College of Art By Jackie Ganim-DeFalco on Fri, 04/24/2015

“Art for YOUR sake” would be a way to describe the experience a small group of us had at the Montserrat 301 Gallery on Cabot Street. The evening was hosted by the Marblehead Art Association as the second part of a two part series that explored various facets of becoming a collector of emerging artist works. This was hands on and the facilitators were the well credentialed, totally down-to-earth, Maggie Cavallo, Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, co-hosted by three incredibly poised student educators – Allana Urie, Cameron Foxhall, and Lexi Young (from Idaho, PA, & MA) who are part of the “Take20″ student Gallery Teachers program. [Parents with children in arts school, beware – these young artists have some powerful insights to share!]

unnamedAfter a brief intro by Maggie – rich with ideas about the importance of storytelling [my favorite topic], we set out on an adventure. In the first part of the evening, as we exited through a back door of the gallery, we were treated to casual walk around the perimeter of the art “studios” – cubicle-like spaces inside a vast room. Each cube is clearly its own entity with the artists “rules” (my favorite was “no dying, no hospitals, no 911”) and various degrees of “work in progress,” some empty as work was out at an exhibit, so looking like storage bins. Overall, an impressive mixture of object d’art, media, writings, book art, and notions and the occasional finished product. Then each of us, paired up with another, made a purposeful journey to attempt create a “theme” and combine some works for a hypothetical show. For this we had less than 10 minutes. But the pressure yielded some exciting ideas from the group and clearly made the points that PROCESS and the EXPERIENCE can be as powerful as the end product. My personal favorites where highly sculptural, items with many dimensions and I left with an intense curiosity about what would happen to the piano skeleton – what it going to be recycled or rehabilitated! An old piano presents endless possibilities! That our visceral reaction to the works, can also spark a theme. Yes, you CAN do this for your own collections OR you can just help make it happens for someone else’s collections – as gallery owners do. After sharing our ideas, we moved back to the gallery with the finished works of “Illustration” – a senior thesis exhibit.

unnamedThis segment was led by the students. We learned from the start that Illustration is used for communication with an “intentional” emphasis on media, color, figures, and composition to convey a narrative or an idea – so diametrically opposed to the free flowing process we had just seen. [The range of work in this exhibit is its own “story” by the way – I encourage you to see it for yourself]. Then we had the chance to become “students” as our first exercise [led by Cameron] was to walk around the exhibit and see if the various bodies of work told a story and if so, what was our experience? Several of us were drawn to the mini-mailbox exhibit. Here, we were invited to take out long letters on various subjects – doubt, death, illness, etc. and read long, exquisitely written passages that correlated to drawings hanging on the wall. Most impressive!

unnamedThe second exercise [led by Lexi] explored the role of color. My favorite was the incredibly vibrant red of the flamenco dance “dancing with a wolf” – of course! She was uninhibited, mesmerized, and vibrant and the wolf? Well, you will have to judge for yourself. Clearly one could see how the young artists were influenced by styles and characters we know from our own past, but the works themselves were highly original and though provoking. We followed up with the group on this and several other ways of looking at the work – through the lens of our own childhood, place of birth, etc.. The lesson was very much about the context with which we view the works. Maybe we expect this to some extent, but the way the students drove the conversation into new dimensions was most impressive.

The third exercise [led by Alanna] involved reviewing student sketchbooks. How very revealing and provocative. By now my brain was totally stretched – a wonderful way to stay fresh in our thinking.

My takeaways from this gem of an evening? Back to Maggie’s intro – number one, get to know the emerging artists in your own backyard. Immerse yourself in their work and thinking. Second, I think our group would agree that 301 Gallery deserves some serious patronage from the Beverly & surrounding community, maybe host a few coffee hours and open studios. Third, we can all participate in “collecting” even if not for our own collections. Just understanding what’s out there and the inspiration for the next generation of artists, encouraging others to share the learning, will be a tremendous help to these emerging artists. And finally, Montserrat’s program is a jewel and Maggie Cavallo and her colleagues are passionate, approachable, engaged – fabulous resources for our art community. Let’s celebrate them and cheer on their student body to continue to educate US. Remember to keep your eye on Mingo Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery and Porter Mills Gallery currently hosting Montserrat senior thesis exhibitions (check out our Gallery Staff member Kai at Porter Mills) These galleries regularly exhibit contemporary art in Beverly.


Gallery News: A Bronx Block: Urban Paintings by Valeri Larko


Valeri Larko, Clark, Corner of Boone Ave & 173rd St, 2014, Oil on linen,

Montserrat College of Art is pleased to announce Valeri Larko: A Bronx Block, now on view April 28 – May 22, 2015 in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. Larko’s work depicts the urban fringe, which she paints on site. She began painting urban landscapes in Jersey City, NJ and has continued to paint on-location in sites across the region. The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, April 30, 5 – 7pm at Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA.


This exhibition features a series of paintings of the Ferris Stahl-Meyer building, a former meat processing plant on Boone Avenue in the Bronx. For ten years, the President of the plant, Guillermo O. Gonzalez, encouraged local graffiti artists to use the factory walls as their canvas. Larko depicts its physical structure, as well as, the many stories that its walls tell.

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Valeri Larko, King Bee Wall, Bronx, 2012, Oil on linen,

The plant attracted Larko for its history, the surrounding neighborhood and predominantly its dynamic exterior. She explains, “There are so many fascinating clues to our cultural history in the buildings that we leave behind, in the structures that we leave behind” and continues, “I’ve always been interested in these sometimes abandoned or overlooked places, and the graffiti is almost another extension of that.” Although the Ferris Stahl-Meyer’s physical structure was demolished in December 2014, its legacy is ongoing due to Larko’s paintings. Her work preserves both the transience of the plant and the work of the artists who collectively enriched its walls.

Larko’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions include The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx River Art Center, NY, The College of New Rochelle, NY and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit. Notable group exhibits include The Katonah Museum of Art, NY, The Jersey City Museum, ACA Galleries, NYC, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Aljira, a center for contemporary Art, Newark NJ, the Bruton Street Gallery in London, England and the American Embassy in Minsk, Belarus.

In the fall of 2000, Larko was awarded a major mural commission from New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council on the arts for the Secaucus Transfer Station. She painted four murals for their north mezzanine. Completed in August of 2003, the Secaucus Transfer Station is the largest train station in the state of New Jersey. Additional honors include grants from The Joyce Dutka Art Foundation, the George Sugarman Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Grant, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the Newark Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Jersey City Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, The New Jersey State Museum, Johnson and Johnson, Rutgers University and a number of other significant organizations. Larko was educated at the Du Cret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ and the Arts Students League, New York, NY. She lives in New Rochelle, NY.

Valeri Larko, MNG Automotive, 2013, Oil on linen,

A Bronx Block is on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery April 28 – May 22, 2015.

WHAT Valeri Larko: A Bronx Block
WHEN April 28 – May 22, 2015
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5, Thu 10-8, Sat 12-5

Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley at

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 for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.