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
  • Italy Travel Program10406590_904239469636099_72104163896202038_n

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.
Kaitlyn Assmann
Ian Cooper
Luke Hadley
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.


Student News: Graduating Senior Amberlynn Narvie Paints Portraits of Beverly Dunkin’ Donuts Customers

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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 By Dustin Luca Staff Writer

Everybody has a story, but few are shared within the anonymous confines of the public coffee shop — unless Amberlynn Narvie is behind the counter.

Narvie, a 21-year-old Montserrat College of Art senior, is working on her fifth portrait of what she has called “the regulars” at her former part-time job at Dunkin’ Donuts in downtown Beverly.

The regulars are customers who have a habit of visiting a place. But there’s never anything “regular” about the regulars, Narvie said.

“Everybody has their own story,” she said. “Every single one of them is different.”

The project came out of Narvie’s quest for a thesis project entering her final year at Montserrat, she said. She expects to graduate with a BFA in illustration May 15.

By working at Dunkin’ Donuts for three years, Narvie got to know the more private side of some of her customers. She recently left the job ahead of commencement.

“When you work at a place for so long, you talk to the people, see them every day,” she said. “You really get to know them.”

A royal spotlight.

Take Linda, for example. On a canvas 4 feet wide and equally high, the woman sits at a table with a Styrofoam coffee cup, a wrapped-up sandwich and a small paper shopping bag with twine handles. Dressed in a heavy green coat and wearing a black hat with red brim, she’s smirking while looking up at the painter, holding her hands in the air and shrugging.

Linda, Narvie said, has a more emotional side than the painting shows.

“I can’t remember a time when Linda and I had a conversation where she didn’t cry,” Narvie blogged about the oil painting. “Not necessarily sad tears, but tears of all kinds. You could say that she is emotional, or you could say that she just has a deeper connection or understanding of things than most.”

Then there’s Joanne, a somewhat older woman in a salmon-colored T-shirt. She’s depicted casting a natural, arguably holy light in a dark corner of the restaurant as five other regulars sit around her and talk to her.

Joanne, Narvie said, was the mediator among the regulars — someone who neutralized conflict and kept people together, drawing in other regulars to talk and share their stories.
Ted was homeless, a man who once told Narvie he had been unemployed for more than 50 years.

“He was really old and was kind of hunched over and would shuffle around,” she said. “He’d sit on the corner, and everybody would buy him coffee because he always looked down and out.”

Ted’s portrait shows two versions of him, one coming out of the other. The right-most version of him seems to be walking way, hunched, carrying that drained expression so many people knew him for, Narvie said.

The other version of Ted looks directly at the painter, his eyebrows popping up into his forehead as he smiled at the artist, his expression beaming with life.

“And that’s Ted,” Narvie said.
Realism, humanity influence student Narvie’s style is heavily inspired by Edward Hopper, a prominent American realist painter best known for his 1942 painting Nighthawks.

“He’d have humanity in his paintings,” she said.

Narvie’s focus also stems from her childhood, from a mother who she said “had a lot of stuff going on, and it was always really real.”

“I’ve always been interested in people, interested in their stories and them retelling their life,” Narvie said.

Doing the work isn’t easy. Each painting can take up to 150 hours, from initial sketches to the full-blown canvas.

Her work is done from the back of the Montserrat art studios at 301 Cabot St., in a small walled-off area about 6 feet wide and 5 feet deep. There’s barely room for two stools when all the different canvases are brought in.

The walls are hardly bare though, with one of the only spots not already covered by artwork bearing Edward Hopper’s name in blue paint.

Narvie works daily, she said, and she has been known to pull all-nighters in her cubicle. “There was one week where I went crazy,” she said. “I was in the studio for four days in a row, from 3 in the afternoon until 7 in the morning.”
But sometimes, the hardest part of painting a regular is getting them to agree to it.

After getting to know the person, Narvie would ask for permission to capture the person in paint and, every time, she’d be met with an immediate, cold “no,” she said.
But everybody comes around over time.

“I learned that just waiting works,” Narvie said. “They think about it and usually, they come back to it and say, ‘well, if you were to paint a portrait, what would you do?’ “

Narvie has a reception with several other Montserrat students on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m., at the “301 Gallery,” 301 Cabot St., Beverly. For more on Narvie’s work, visit



Thanks to everyone who donated to, sponsored, attended, volunteered at, and bid on art at this year’s Artrageous!29 event. Because of you Montserrat’s premiere event, held on March 28th, raised more than $400,000 – crucial financial aid support for students pursuing their education and aspirations of success in the creative economy. This year’s party drew a record number of guests who spent a fabulous evening bidding on more than 200 pieces of art in the live and silent auctions and watching Montserrat students create work at Art-in-the-Moment stations.

#Artrageous29 sold out in days – almost three weeks in advance. Artrageous!30, to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, will be even more exciting and is likely to sell out even more quickly. We encourage you to watch your inbox for details! You can guarantee your place by committing to sponsorship now. For more information, please contact Howard Amidon at or (978) 867-9620.


Summer Immersive Art Workshops


Week-Long Art Workshops
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.

Puppet Making
Metal Sculpture
Mask Making
Mixed Media


James Durrett received a B.A. in art education/art studio from the University of Kentucky and an M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Art. He teaches workshops on stone and glass at The Carving Studio in West Rutland, Vermont, and has shown work at The Carving Studio, as well as Sculpture Fest, Woodstock, Vermont, and the North Bennington, (Vermont) Sculpture Fest. This year he will teach Fabricated Steel Sculpture from May 19 – July 9.



Maria Malatesta studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Lesley College. She has been teaching Mixed Media and Painting for 12 years at Montserrat, and has assisted teaching programs in Umbria, Italy and in Tortola, BVI. Maria received a grant to the Vermont Studio Center and her work has been accepted twice into the National Prize show at the Cambridge Art Association. She has been included in numerous group shows throughout the Boston area. This year she will teach Mixed Media Drawing & Painting from June 26 – June 28.


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.


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

Apply Now!

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


Montserrat Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Scholar Grant


Montserrat professors win major awards 

By Will Broaddus Staff writer

Wow! And wow again!

Not one, but two faculty members at Montserrat College of Art have received important honors for their work.

Martha Buskirk (above left), professor of art history and criticism, has won a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship that will allow her to continue research on artists and the law.

Meredith Morten (above right), professor of sculpture, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant — her second — to do research in Austria and Hungary.

“This recognition is reflective of the high level of excellence of our accomplished faculty,” said Steve Immerman, president of Montserrat. “Our entire community is celebrating these distinguished awards alongside Professors Buskirk and Morten.”

The Guggenheim will let Buskirk take a semester off from teaching, and support travel for research in New York and Los Angeles.

In two previous books, she has looked at how contemporary art is shaped by the institutions where it is exhibited, promoted and sold. Her new work will examine the laws that limit and permit contemporary artistic practice, and what those laws tell us about our culture.

“I’m coming at it from two points,” she said. “One is a real interest in artists’ rights, sometimes talked about as ‘moral rights.’” These allow artists to protect their works from being altered, to disavow works that have been changed, and to have some say in where and how works are exhibited or published.

“That’s where the idea of artist’s rights comes up against very strong support for an expansive understanding of fair use,” Buskirk said. “It’s highly problematic if creative work, and discourse in general, are blocked by copyright holders.”

Rights in conflict

In other words, while artists want to protect their own works, they also want access to other people’s images, sounds and language.

“Basically, there are a lot of artists who draw from already existing images,” Buskirk said. “The question is, what is the impact of that?”

After looking at artistic works and court cases where these issues have emerged, Buskirk wants to examine why our laws support such contradictory values.

“I would say I’ve long been interested in the relation between art and its larger cultural context,” she said. “This would be pushing in the direction of the larger cultural context a bit further.”

Bronze Age inspiration

Morten, who has been at Montserrat for 21 years, makes ceramic works inspired by ancient artifacts.

“I don’t make pieces that are representational,” she said. “They draw upon a lot of references. The primary inspiration is prehistoric archaeology, and the secondary inspiration is anatomy, biology, geology, marine life — natural history stuff.

“But I purposely make them kind of enigmas to look at.”

Morten will travel to Austria, to a site outside Vienna where people once lived in the late Bronze and early Iron ages.

“The Hallstadt culture there was a huge find, and it was so large and so important that a whole epoch was named after it,” she said.

Morten immerses herself in artifacts, then goes into her studio, where “the muse takes over.”

“I will be working with an archaeological department within the University of Vienna,” she said. “They have a very large collection of artifacts I’ll be able to access, and they have a photographic archive of prehistoric sites.

“This is all just gathering inspiration. I look at artifacts and study them, then the work happens.”

The grant has two parts, allowing Morten to work at The International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary for two months, after looking at ancient relics for two months in Austria.

“In Kecskemet is a very well-known, and very good, ceramic center,” she said. “People from all over the world go to work there.”

Morten feels that tools, pots and other items from ancient times have a lot to teach us in the present.

“I’m real curious about who our predecessors were, who made such beautiful pieces with nothing but their hands, that rival what we have today,” she said. “I’m a real believer in looking to the past.”


Alumni News: Marcia Hermann ’83 Exhibiting in Portland this Summer

unnamedPaintings by Montserrat College of Art alumna Marcia Hermann ’83 will be on display at the She-Bear Gallery, 650 Congress Street, Portland ME, May 1 through June 28, 2015.

Opening Reception: May 1, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 11 am – 6 pm
(207) 874-5000

Hermann is also currently showing at the Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market
Street in Newburyport,

Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun noon – 4:30 pm, Monday by appointment, (978) 462-9196.


Alumni News: Heidi Daub ’82 Fundraising Campaign

Heidi Daub ’82 is venturing on a four week fundraising campaign to help produce an artist catalog in conjunction with a solo exhibit entitled “Pieces Of Prayer” featuring both paintings and poems, that will be shown in Powers Hall Gallery, Aug. 7 – Sept. 30 2015 at the University Maine Machias campus.

Her target goal of $4,500 will cover documentation, graphics work and printing. She is offering perks for varying levels of donations, and is excited to be able to share this venture.

She has set up a page on her website that shows a short video, describing the details of the exhibit, the perks and a link to donate through Pay-Pal. She will be posting updates weekly through e-mail contacts and her FB page.

Spreading the word is powerful, so please share with friends you think may be interested.

Good Luck, Heidi!

In other news, after five years of slow but steady progress, Daub will be moving into her new studio/gallery this summer. She has spent the winter painting, writing and working on preparations for an upcoming solo exhibit, “Pieces Of Prayer” at Powers Hall, University Maine Machias this August and September.

Upcoming shows and places to see Daub’s work in 2015:

Gleason Fine Art, Bootbay Harbor, ME

Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME July 16-30

“Pieces of Prayer” Powers Hall, University Maine Machias,
Machias, ME, Aug. 7 – Sept. 30

Heidi Daub Studio:


Faculty News: Colleen Michaels Poem Published in New Gender Studies Anthology

unnamedMontserrat College of Art’s Director of the Writing Studio and Founder of the Improbable Places Poetry Tour Colleen Michaels published a poem, Hand to Mouth, in a new poetry/gender studies anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, which has gathered writing from sixty two occupations and includes work from Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey, both former Poets Laureate. Please visit their website at

Michaels has also published the poem, “Therapeutic”, in Volume 13 of Mom Egg Review. She will be reading the poem on April 26 at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City as part of the issue’s launch. Please see more details at!

Congratulations, Colleen!


Prof. Fred Lynch Reflects on the Power of a Class Lesson

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Posted on April 9, 2015, By Montserrat College of Art Prof. Fred Lynch

Not long ago, Montserrat College of Art (where I teach) hosted the illustrator and designer, Oren Sherman as a guest artist. He lectured inspiringly and then visited classes including mine: Senior Illustration Thesis. It was there that Oren shared a terrific life lesson – that his professional career changed when he “stopped asking for things and started offering things” as a strategy for success. He urged the Montserrat seniors to do the same.


As an example, he spoke of my student, Amberlynn Narvie’s terrific paintings of the “regulars” at the local Dunkin’ Donuts, where she worked for years. “That’s a great story” he said. “Call the editor of the local paper and start from there.”
She acted on his urging and did even better. She put the work on Reddit and was immediately contacted by both (the Boston Globe) and Metro Boston.

Now she’s been interviewed by both papers, and so, her career begins.



Montserrat’s Summer 2015 Pre-College Program

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

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

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

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

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more! 

Choose 2 Electives:

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

Contact: For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 978.921.4242 x 1153 or email


Faculty News: Judy Brown Solo Exhibit at Kingston Gallery Opening May 1

unnamedProf. Judith Brown has a solo exhibition opening Friday, May 1st at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston. The exhibit runs from April 29 – May 30. Please see the exhibition website for more information

See more of Judy’s new work at

Judy has also joined the Board of Advisers and is a Curator for ArtInGiving dedicated to the exhibition of artwork in public spaces and businesses to support pediatric cancer research.

Congratulations, Judy!



Faculty News: Prof. Meredith Morten Receives Second Fulbright Scholar Grant


Congratulations to Sculpture Professor Meredith Morten, who has been awarded her second Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in Hungary and Austria next spring. This is the second major award announcement for a Montserrat faculty member in a week. Last week, the college received word that Professor Martha Buskirk was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

It is truly a remarkable accomplishment for Montserrat to have two of our professors awarded prestigious fellowships (one a Fulbright and the other a Guggenheim) in the same year. This recognition is reflective of the high level of excellence of our accomplished faculty. We join with both of them in celebrating these distinguished awards.

Meredith’s upcoming Fulbright trip will be for two months in Vienna, Austria followed by two months in Kecskemet, Hungary. Her first Fulbright Scholarship was granted in Spring 2009 for a project in Hungary.

Meredith is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals chosen to travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-2015. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia; John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, chairman and founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, writer; and Daniel Libeskind, architect.

Congratulations, Meredith!


Graduating Senior Amberlynn Narvie’s Thesis Artwork Featured on’s BDCwire


Amberlynn Narvie, a Montserrat senior, recently had an interview with BDCWIRE about her thesis work.

Meet the Woman Painting Portraits of Dunkin’ Donuts Customers

April 13, 2015, By Kevin Slane, BDCWIRE

“Go to a coffee shop often enough, and you’re bound to see the same people again and again. That’s especially true for coffee shop employees, who quickly learn the names, orders, and mannerisms of their regulars. Amberlynn Narvie has gone a step beyond that — she has spent the last year painting a series of portraits of the regular customers who frequent the Dunkin’ Donuts she has worked at for the last three years in Beverly.

Narvie recently left her Dunkin’ Donuts job in anticipation of her graduation from the Montserrat College of Art in May. She started working at Dunkin’ to help pay for college, but her three years there provided much more than a dent in her college tuition — she gained valuable experience, met interesting people she would not have met otherwise, and gained inspiration for her senior thesis project

Narvie, 21, has been painting since she was a child, and continued to show interest in art through her formative years, spent in Rutland, Massachusetts and Maine.

When Narvie met with her thesis advisor, she decided to paint a series on her regular customers. She’s been posting the portraits on her blog, The Coffee Regulars. Her portraits received positive responses from Bostonians and art enthusiasts alike when she submitted The Coffee Regulars to Reddit.

“We go through our days and our lives and we meet or see many people, people that we wouldn’t necessarily stop to talk to or get to know, Narvie said. “I guess my paintings are meant to give these people’s stories a voice that would otherwise not exist outside of their own world. No one is an extra, we’re all leads to our own stories.”

Though Narvie’s gallery show for her thesis is at the end of the month, she’s vowed to finish three more portraits she’s been working on.

“Once my senior show happens, I’m going to continue to do the paintings, Narvie said. “Because I’m in it, I’m involved now.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts in Beverly is only a five-minute walk from Narvie’s classes, and she still sees her regulars around town.

“There’s no drive-through at our Dunkin’ Donuts, so you have to come in,” Narvie said. “It’s very personable, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people.”

“Linda, the person who I did the painting of … I saw her yesterday and showed her the painting for the first time. And she was really emotional, very floored. It was amazing to see that.”regulars-tom

Every one of Narvie’s subjects turned her down at the beginning. Not out of hatred, but because, as Narvie put it, not being used to the attention of “a random weirdo asking to paint them.” And in the end, all of her subjects have been happy with the end result.

When asked about an overarching message she’s trying to convey with the Coffee Regulars, Narvie has a lot of thoughts.

“I have worked at Dunkin’ Donuts for several years, and encountered many types of people,” Narvie said. “People who endure adversity, who bring others together, who work long hours, have aspirations, unique interests and overall have colorful lives that many people just don’t see or know about.”

“My paintings are meant to capture these moments, those golden seconds when the veil that we all wear comes down and our true selves are revealed. It’s not always pretty or romanticized — these people are very real, and deal with real circumstances. I prefer to depict them as close to the truth as possible.”regulars-Tedquot

Narvie’s Coffee Regulars show will be held at the 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, on April 29 at 5 p.m. The show is open to the public. And if you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee in the area, head down the street to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 188 Cabot Street. You might just meet one of Narvie’s regulars.”

Congratulations, Amberlynn!


Faculty News: Prof. Martha Buskirk Receives a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship

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Congratulations to Martha Buskirk, Ph.D., Professor of art history and criticism at who has won a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. This award is highly competitive and is an outstanding achievement of the highest order.

The award is intended to recognize and support exceptional scholarship in the arts while allowing recipients to embark upon research for upcoming creative projects. With 3,000 applications for the award, the foundation elected to award 175 this year.

In Martha’s case, the fellowship will allow her to continue research on her next book, which examines issues pertaining to artist’s rights, proprietary culture and the public interest. The planned book will focus on the convergence of three factors over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. One is the assertion of artists’ rights, also known as moral rights. The second is the impact of an increasingly expansive network of intellectual property (IP) claims. The third is transformations in the definition of authorship in the wake of widespread artistic as well as vernacular practices based on incorporating found material through strategies of appropriation, quotation, and sampling.

Over the course of her career, Martha has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Clark Art Institute, and the Henry Moore Institute.

She is the author of several books including The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art (MIT Press, 2003) and most recently, Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace (Continuum, 2012). She writes about visual culture frequently in a variety of publications, including Artforum and Hyperallergic. Her essays in museum catalogues and anthologies, both in the United States and Europe, have explored the work of a wide range of artists, including Richard Serra, Janine Antoni, Hans Haacke, Hitoshi Nomura, Francis Alÿs, Carey Young, Liselot van der Heijden, Jason Rhoades, and Allan McCollum. During fall 2015, she will be co-organizing a Radcliffe Institute Workshop on art and intellectual property, and she will be presenting related talks in Amsterdam and Riga.

United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed.


Montserrat President Steve Immerman Speaks at Beverly Community Council

unnamedMontserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman spoke at Beverly Community Council’s panel discussion on the arts as an economic driver in Beverly on Tuesday, April 14.

Panelists include Dr. Stephen Immerman, President, Montserrat College of Art; Paul Van Ness, General Manager of The Cabot, and Montserrat alumnus and artist Andrew Houle ’00.



Creative Salem Reviews Artrageous! 29th Artist Showcase and Auction

unnamedOn March 28, the vastly celebrated annual event Artrageous! successfully returned to the North Shore and continued this now record-breaking artistic tradition. Hosted by Montserrat College of Art, the prestigious art gathering enjoyed a sold out house and brought in nearly a thousand participants and local art-lovers to enjoy some of the region’s best creative work and support the future of the college.

“Artrageous offers the living, breathing performance of art. It is basically a theme park for creativity, complete with a musical soundtrack, great food, drinks, and visual stimulation everywhere you look.”
— Ken Harris, Participating Artist

More than 250 pieces of art lined the maze of walls, and the wide range of style and medium was a thing to behold. Ranging from paintings, prints and photographs to mixed media and sculpture, the pieces were donated not only by Montserrat faculty, but also alumni and well-known and rising artists from the North Shore area and around the country. These outstanding visual art pieces were auctioned off to support future and existing students attending Montserrat. To put matters into perspective, every $10,000 raised during the event enables another student to have a world-class education from a college who genuinely cares about the development and continued success of its students. Last year’s event, which was also a sold out show, raised more than $400,000.

Now in it’s 29th year, Artrageous has come to be known as the “must-attend” spring event in the region. Since its founding in 1970, Montserrat has dedicated itself to not only molding future artists, but also working diligently ensure that the artists who pass through their halls will become ultimately successful in their careers as creative professionals, and Artrageous is the perfect extension of that vision. The small college of art and design strives to provide both the education which will equip artists for success in their chosen field and the opportunities to gain recognition for their achievements.

Artrageous+2015_2488Yet, Artrageous is much more than your standard fundraising event, it’s also an interactive celebration of art, and an opportunity for rising artists. Some of the main features of the night included an ongoing silent auction, interactive art displays, live painting and performance, live music by Salem band Machine 475, and food by Capers Catering. The Honorary Chair of the event was Beverly native Jack Barnes, President and CEO of People’s United Bank, the lead sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors included Windover Construction, Inc., Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, John Drislane and Chuck Thibeault, Footprint Power, Hal and Jodi Hess, and Pinck & Co.

“Events like this are great for the art community because they give artists a chance to show their work to hundreds of people at one time. It was an amazing feeling for me to watch people discuss my piece, get close to it and really examine it, and eventually put a bid on it. Seeing my name in the Artrageous program along with my website was great too because I couldn’t help but think how many people saw that.” Explains Alison White, a three-time participating artist, Montserrat alumna, and locally recognized photographer and fiber artist.

“Artrageous is a beautiful event which brings together the students of Montserrat, its faculty, and its many supporters in the same room, to celebrate art!”
— Deanna Jacome, Montserrat Student ‘15








“The hundreds of attendees get to immerse themselves in a creative environment in a way that they most likely would miss otherwise. It reminds us all of how stimulating and diverse the art world can be, particularly when it is birthing new work before your very eyes.” Says Ken Harris, the Creative Director and Senior Designer for Great Island Design and participating artist in the show.

“The event was so humbling and rewarding.” Montserrat Senior and participating artist Deanna Jacome confided. “The support of our little community will always have a special place in my heart. As a senior, it is nice to see all of the support towards alumni which I can’t wait to be apart of.”

Artrageous+2015_2418Although the merits of the interactive event and silent auction know few bounds, the most celebrated aspect of the night is the much-anticipated Live Auction, which included 24 juried artists and the traditional “Direct Bid” segment. The featured artist for this year’s live portion was North Shore native and internationally renowned Bill Thompson, whose work has been showcased in Budapest, Sydney, Zürich, Barcelona, Munich, Madrid, Seoul, and Brussels among others.

“In my opinion Montserrat College of Art’s Artrageous Auction is the best art event on The North Shore. Every year it becomes more interactive and exciting.” says Live Auction Participant, Montserrat alumna, and regionally celebrated artist Kathleen-Gerdon Archer. “I am always impressed by how well the faculty of Montserrat develops the incredible talent of their undergraduates so that students pieces are often chosen by the jurors for inclusion in the live auction. I get goosebumps watching their faces as the bidding increases and the huge crowd roars in support. Montserrat enjoys enormous community support but it is never more apparent than on the night of the Artrageous Auction.”

Artrageous+2015_2997Artrageous is an event that stands alone regionally as the apex of art celebration. Its unique presentation coupled with Montserrat’s powerful vision are the combination which proves its continued success year after year.

Montserrat’s powerful vision for student success and artistic celebration is clearly prominent in the continuing series of yearly Artrageous events. The only thing more successful than the fundraiser itself is the awareness it is bringing to the North Shore area by highlighting brilliant pieces by local creative minds. Because of this, even one attendant with an open mind is an overwhelming Artrageous success.

written by Joey Phoenix
Photos by Social Palates


Alumni News: Ania Gruca & Markie Remien Exhibit at Frame 301

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Ania Gruca & Markie Remien, A Natural Order, 2015

Montserrat College of Art alumna Ania Gruca ’14 and Markie Remien ’14 are North Shore based artists whose installation A Natural Order is currently on view in the Frame 301 Gallery through Friday May 1st. A Natural Order is a site-specific environment assembled from found and fabricated objects. The work depicts an elapsed period of time in which nature reclaims an abandoned dwelling. The objects are chosen for their symbolic identity, whether dealing with nature or domesticity and through that selection emanate a feeling of place and sentimentality. A sense of uncertainty comes into play as the deserted structure begins to decay without the care and upkeep of those who once inhabited it. Gruca & Remien’s work is concerned with the significance of place and the ability it has to influence those who exist within it.

Ania Gruca & Markie Remien graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2014. Gruca was born in Warsaw Poland, moving to the United states at a young age. She grew up in New Jersey until moving to Beverly to pursue a BFA in Sculpture. Her work is concerned with domesticity and personal experiences associated with being an immigrant and Polish-American woman. She explores such themes through multiple disciplines ranging from sculpture and installation to photography and film. Remien was born and raised in a small community in northern New Jersey. Growing up she was surrounded by lush environments, and found a sense of deeper connectivity in it. Her work deals with an admiration for the natural world, and a strive to create a deeper understanding of it in relation to herself. Using digital and traditional methods of photography, sculptural installation, and ceramics she creates ethereal moments and dream like scenes of fantastical environments.


Governor Charlie Baker Applauds Creativity Behind Potential Salem State, Montserrat Merger

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BEVERLY — A proposed merger between Salem State University and Montserrat College of Art shows a “willingness to think a little differently than many others do,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.

Baker spoke at the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce breakfast, touching on everything from the snowstorms that consumed his attention for the first two months of his administration to the state budget and his proposal to eliminate a tax benefit for the film industry.
Montserrat College and Salem State University presidents announced in February they had started negotiations to merge the small, private art school with the large public university located in Salem.

“I do think it shows some real leadership on the part of the organization and a willingness to think a little differently than many others do,” Baker said about the potential merger.

Located in Beverly, Montserrat College of Art,, which counts among its founders many Cape Ann artists, has less than 400 students. When the merger talks were announced, Montserrat President Stephen Immerman said it is difficult for a small college to provide resources to maintain and grow competitive advantages for working artists.
“By joining Salem State, we believe that we can ensure that the Montserrat name and the college’s tradition of excellence and student-centered education will remain available for future generations of aspiring artists and designers,” Immerman said in a statement on the art college’s website.

Baker said the two schools need to make a decision based on what makes the most sense for their institutions and students. The merger is still in the exploratory phase, according to a statement from the two college presidents.
“I think the fact that they’re taking what I would describe as a sort of a pro-active approach to this is a good thing,” Baker told reporters after the chamber event. “They all know a lot more than I do about whether or not in the grand scheme of things it’s a good idea or bad idea.”
Salem State University is one of the state’s largest public universities with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey said a merger would create a unique academic program, “serving students who find their passion in the arts.”
During a question and answer portion of Baker’s speech, Immerman, the president at Montserrat, asked the governor what he thinks about the “creative economy.” Baker said it is much bigger than most people in the state realize.

“I like it when folks in the arts community talk about the creative economy because the creative economy is a very big space. As technology has made more and more opportunities to think creatively about all kinds of things possible, the universe associated with the creative economy gets bigger,” Baker said.

He used Becker College in Worcester as an example of growth in the “creative economy,” describing it as one of the country’s leading research and educational institutions for computer gaming.

“I think of gaming as being part of the creative economy. I mean the work that’s involved in actually building those games and thinking creatively about how to engage multiple players, in many cases on a global basis, on a very big field is a hugely creative activity,” Baker said. “It involves an enormous amount of multi-disciplinary energy and activity that runs all the way from understanding programming and computer code to understanding art in a very special, unique and different kind of way.”
Baker said it is becoming very important for state officials to come up with a way to talk about the creative economy in a way that people understand.

“It’s a very big universe, and I think sometimes people think it’s a lot smaller than it is because they think about, in what I would describe in a very traditional, and what I would argue, not a very relevant, way.”

Baker wished Immerman good luck with the merger.

The boards of trustees on both campuses are still looking at the feasibility of joining Montserrat with Salem State. They hope to have a final agreement in place by July, and anticipate merging the two schools during the 2017-2018 academic year, according to a press release.


Montserrat’s Annual Open House April 18


Please join us at our
Annual Open House 
Saturday, April 18, 3 – 5 pm

Each year the college’s buildings at 23 Essex Street and 301 Cabot Street become galleries filled with works of all our current students.

Stop by and see what our students have been working on. Meet these young artists, their parents, our faculty and staff. Find out what the excitement is all about! Open House is open to the public.

An award ceremony will be held at 4 pm at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street in Beverly where students will be presented scholarships.

We hope to see you there!

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Staff News: Maggie Cavallo’s Presentation at Marblehead Arts Association

unnamedMontserrat College of Art Gallery’s Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo is the presenting at Collectors within the Artistic Community on Thursday April 9, 7 – 8:30 pm at Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.

Hear stories of influential collectors who dedicated time to developing emerging artists; learn methods and guidelines for developing a holistic art collecting practice.

“The art collector plays a complex role in contemporary art communities. Today, many individuals collect purely for the investment value of a work of art and collecting has, for ages, been a tried and true method for proving one’s cultural capital. The interest and agency of art collectors often influence the careers of working artists and the styles of art that are celebrated and produced. Beyond the financial or cultural gain, the contemporary collector should be aware of her important role within the fabric of artistic communities. how might she make the most of her connections with works of art and artists?”


$25 members / $50 non members* Reservations & prepayment requested; Call 781.631.2608, email or visit for more information.

This is the first of a two part series, included in the fee. An onsite visit to Montserrat will follow on Thursday, April, 23 6:30-8:30 pm. Cavallo and Montserrat’s Take20 team, a group of student gallery teachers, will bring participants for a closer look at leading Montserrat student work and for a visit to a Senior Thesis Exhibition with students working in a variety of disciplines.

Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Much of Cavallo’s curatorial work is characterized by experiential and performance-based practices and the understanding of every arts experience as inherently a learning experience. Past projects includes: The Highest Closet at Montserrat College of Art, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo works currently as the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, a lead Teaching Artist with the Urbano Project and Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University.

The Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion, at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. Six galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists change every six weeks and education programs and special events are offered throughout the year. The MAA Artisan Shop features one-of-a-kind crafts including jewelry, pottery, glassworks and textiles by our artisan members. The Mansion is available for private parties, meetings, weddings and other events. For more information, please call 781-631-2608.

Betsy Hoffman Hundahl, Assistant Director
Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead


Faculty News: Rébecca Bourgault Writes for National Art Education Association Published Book

Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault has contributed a chapter to the book, Connecting Creativity Research and Practice in Art Education, recently published by the National Art Education Association, The chapter was entitled, Art Education for Older Adults: Insights from Current Research on Creativity and Aging.
Congratulations, Rebecca!


Accepted Students Day April 18, 2015



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

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

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


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

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



Summer 2015 Immersive Art Workshops

Week-Long Art WorkshopsJune 15 – July 10

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


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

Featured Instructors:

unnamedTim Hawkesworth grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the US in 1977. Since then, he has shown internationally, and his work can be found in collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. His work has received considerable critical attention, including reviews in The New York Times, Art News, The New Yorker, LA Times, The Boston Globe and The Irish Times. Tim is one of the founding faculty of the Summer Immersive program at Montserrat, and has returned each summer to lead an intensive workshop, along with artist Lala Zeitlyn. This year they will teach Deepening Your Personal Relationship with Painting and Drawing during the week of July 6 – 10.

unnamedDan Welden, master printmaker and painter, has had more than 70 international solo exhibitions. He has collaborated with and/or printed for many prominent artists including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Kurt Vonnegut. Welden is responsible for the discovery and development of the Solarplate process and is co-author with Pauline Muir of Printmaking in the Sun. He will be teaching Solarplate Etching the week of June 29 – July 3.

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

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


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

Apply now!

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


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

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

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

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


Faculty News: Julia Shepley Review in Boston Globe


Julia Shepley’s “Tethering Home,” at Boston Sculptors Gallery

By Cate McQuaid Boston Globe Correspondent MARCH 24, 2015

Sculptures with dynamism

“In Montserrat College of Art Sculpture faculty member Julia Shepley‘s eloquent sculptures at Boston Sculptors Gallery, the shadows hold equal weight with the art itself. She builds layered, translucent mobiles with fiber sheets and boning; she draws and stitches over them; she cuts into them.”

“The “Tethering Home” and “Locus” series conjure memory’s glimpses of a house left behind long ago. Windows, stairways, and bits of furniture appear; then the mobile catches a breeze and they move away. What looks like a bench on one panel casts a shadow that morphs into a piano or a bed. Shepley’s many layers, in drawings and in sculptures, depict the beautiful murk of our imaginations, casting gems to the surface and pulling them back into the deep.”

Julia Shepley, LOCUS
Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
Feb. 25 – March 29, 2015
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 6 pm

See more of her work at


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

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

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

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

Public Programs:

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

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



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

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

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

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

Artist Biography

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

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

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


Montserrat College of Art Makes Beverly a Destination

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Destination: Beverly BY ALEXANDRA PECCI, North Shore Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of North Shore Magazine


Bear Gallery Fiber Art Show March 31

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

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

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



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


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


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

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm




Photo Cred: Terry Slater



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Passing of Founding Faculty Member Roger Martin


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


Montserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA
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Alumni News: Michael Amaru ’05 Featured in Boston Business Journal

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SenseDriver Technologies, Headquarters: Beverly

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

Driving innovation in the Bay State by  and Boston Business Journal

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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