Alumni News: Dana Robinson ’14 and Ron Beek III ’13 Exhibit Fantastic Grit at Porter Mill

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Montserrat College of Art alumni Dana Robinson ’14 and Ron Beek III ’13 will be having a gallery show at The Gallery at Porter Mill in January. The show is called Fantastic Grit and will have an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5 – 8 pm. The event will remain on view Jan. 8 – 31, 2015 at 95 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA.

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Ron Beek III’s contribution to the show will consist of illustrations depicting the nature of the world we inhabit; a world where good and evil hold hands.

Dana Robinson’s work explores organic and geometric forms through both 2D and 3D media. Highly influenced by her book-arts training, the pieces explore the contrast between nature and geometry, as well as the marriage of these elements visually. Strong moments of intense detail and pattern are contrasted with flat, minimalist undertones.

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Alumni News: Heather Reid ’07 Featured in North of Boston Magazine

NoBo-Masthead-2013-800x100-Finalized-ColorsHeather Reid Studios: Unconventional Creations with Illustration, Fine Art, & Photography

By Keith Spencer, North of Boston Magazine

A girl with a brush and a million dreams, Heather Reid is a self-described jack of arts, working out of her home studio in Salem and collaborating with numerous local arts organizations including Creative Salem.

Since graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 2007, Heather has been on an adventure to share her unconventional creations with the world, gathering much of her inspiration from the natural world.

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She loves spending her free time combing North of Boston beaches, walking the nature trails of the Ipswich River, and capturing the wildlife she often encounters in her own backyard. Her work has been presented in more than twenty recent exhibitions, magazine features, and news articles.

Heather’s artwork and jewelry are both subtle and striking, and would go great with nearly anyone’s decor or wardrobe. From photographs to jewelry to mixed media, her works are individually created by her in her home studio, and absolutely guarantees their quality.

If you make a purchase on her Etsy shop, all items are shipped in a plastic protective sheet with a cardboard backing to prevent bending, and sent in rigged cardboard envelopes or tubes to prevent potential damage. All photography is professionally printed on premium quality archival photo paper.

To learn more or purchase Heather’s work, visit:

Above image: © Heather Reid Studios. All Rights Reserved


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Artrageous!29 Call for Art Deadline: Jan. 11, 2015

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Artrageous!29 will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Artrageous!28 party was a huge success. The many friends who donated their work helped draw a record 1,000 attendees who raised more than $435,000 for student scholarships. The continued success of Artrageous! relies on gifts of art from our friends

Artrageous!29 offers the opportunity to be discovered by art lovers and collectors, curators and gallery directors – potential new patrons! Be one of the exceptional artists who support the students of Montserrat as they prepare for their life in art, just like you.

To donate art, click here!

Recent years have seen participating donors Morgan Dyer ’13 and Sarah Krizon ’13 awarded solo gallery shows on the North Shore. Other participating artists, Stephanie Chubbuck, Steve Negrón and Ellen Topitzer ’13 have sold additional work from the evening’s exposure.

  • 129 student & alumni were represented in Live & Silent auctions out of the 284 pieces in the auction (45% of items donated)
  • 9 live auction student & alumni pieces generated $12,257 (24.7% of the money raised)
  • 161 silent auction alumni & student pieces raised $51,260 (54.9%! of proceeds)
  • $63,517 total money raised was from alumni & student work (44.5% of the money raised from the auctions)

Artists will receive promotion through a variety of outlets such as the Artrageous!29 website and catalog. Artists whose work is accepted for the live or silent auction are given two non-transferable tickets to attend – a $300 value which will include music, sumptuous food and creative libations to name a few.

Montserrat College of Art accepts digital submissions ONLY. Each artist may submit up to 2 pieces.
    • Digital submissions will be accepted online through Jan. 11, 2015. 
    • Images should be a jpeg or tiff file, 3.75″ wide @ 300 dpi to include on the auction website and catalog. Please label images: Last Name, First Name, Title.
    • All artists will be notified on Jan. 23 of works accepted and instructions to ship or drop off to: 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915.
    • We ask that works be delivered between Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2015.
    • A commission of 40% of the final sale price will be offered on LIVE AUCTION WORKS ONLY. Silent auction pieces will NOT receive a commission.
    • The Live Auction selections will be announced on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
    • Only a certain number of works can be accepted each year. Montserrat reserves the right to not accept works.
    • Accepted work becomes a gift to Montserrat. This applies to ALL pieces whether sold in the live or silent auctions.
    • Proceeds from Artrageous! directly support financial aid for Montserrat students: THANK YOU!
To submit click here 

*For more information, please contact: Pam Campanaro, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions 978.867.9604 or pamela.campanaro@montserrat.edu

Learn more about the auction @ auction.montserrat.edu


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Illustration Theme Show: Shakespeare

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

Reception: Wed., Jan 28, 5-8 pm
On view: Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2015

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

Drop Off Deadlines: 

Students: Jan 21, 2015

Alumni: Jan 24, 2015

Poster by Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member David Ferreira

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Montserrat’s Annual Alumni Exhibition Call for Work Deadline Dec. 23

bannerColorMontserrat College of Art Galleries is happy to welcome all former graduates to participate in the second Annual Alumni Exhibition of small works in all media to be held in the 301 Gallery, January 7 – 21, 2015. This is a fun opportunity to connect with both new and familiar faces and to share your current work with the greater Montserrat community.

We will be accepting all entries and will fit as much work as possible onto the walls. Please encourage fellow alumni to join by submitting work or simply coming to celebrating with your peers at the Opening Reception, Jan. 17, 4 – 7pm.

The reception will be followed by an “afterparty” at The American Legion, 3 Judson St. Beverly, 7 – 10 pm. Join us to hang-out, talk art, argue theory, dance, or simply share whatever you’re into now. All are welcome! Just let us know you’re coming.

To participate, complete and send the attached entry form to gallery@montserrat.edu along with a .jpeg image of an image representative of your work (4 x 6″ 72 dpi <1mb file size). We will be accepting all work that does not exceed 24″ in any dimension.

Be sure to ship, or drop off, your work at Montserrat Galleries (23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915) by Dec. 23, 2014. Late submissions will not be accepted.

If you’re unable to drop work off, please we are accepting mailed submissions. Please include return postage with your work.

 See photos from last year’s Alumni Show here!

If you have any questions, please email: gallery@montserrat.edu

We look forward to seeing you in January!

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Alumni Update: Yetti Frenkel ’85 Creates Murals and Sculptures Across New England

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Alumna Yetti Frenkel ’85 has just finished a big mural and mosaic project in Central Square, Lynn, working in partnership with artists David Fichter and Joshua Winer. The project took six years and includes mosaics created by students in all of the middle and high schools in Lynn. The mural is designed in a series of painted arches surrounding a mosaic gateway, that shows scenes of contemporary and historical Lynn places and characters. It’s 45′ high x 64′ wide.

Frenkel’s mosaic sculpture Bunny Bench is also included in the Fuller Craft Museum’s Biennial member’s exhibition.

Public murals are a specialty for artist Yetti Frenkel. She has painted murals for nine public libraries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, several of them on the North Shore, and for numerous schools and communities. Her images depict nature, seasons, animals, children, memorials and community history. She has created murals with children in public and private schools during residencies and workshops, and is on the Creative Teaching Partners Roster of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

See more of Frenkel’s Educational Murals here:

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Colleen Michaels Hosts Storytelling Event at the Salem Athenaeum December 12

michaelsGreet the coming cold and dark with some bright holiday cheer at the Athenæum this December. Salem Athenaeum has planned events that will warm your hands and hearts.

Spinning Yarns for the Holidays

Friday, December 12, 7 -10 p.m.

Join Colleen Michaels, host of Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour, for an evening of storytelling.

Warm up with some of the North Shore’s area writers who will take the stage with no notes, nothing but the truth…and the challenge to tell their best holiday story.

info@salemathenaeum.net

Salem Athenæum / 337 Essex Street / Salem, MA 01970 / 978-744-2540


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Faculty News: Rode Olson Exhibits at Susan Maasch Fine Art & Kingston Gallery

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Prof. Rose Olson will be participating in a group show of gallery artists at Susan Maasch Fine Art located at 4 City Center, Portland, ME. This exhibit is open Mon. – Sun., 10 am – 5 pm all through December, or by appointment 207-478-4087.  Please drop in when you are in the area, since the gallery will be continually rotating the work of all their artists. Learn more @ susanmaaschfineart.com Presently, Olson has a solo show of mainly small works at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. One of her 10 x 10 x 2″ paintings titled “Copper Drake” below,  will be included in this exhibit.

Regular gallery hours are Wed. – Sun., 12 – 5 pm or by appointment: 617-423-4113.

See more of Olson’s work @ www.roseolson.com


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Alumni News: Lara Maville ’89 Wins Design Contest

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Montserrat College of Art Graphic Design alumna Lara Maville ’89 designed the winning logo for Friends of Mascoma Foundation logo and branding contest in Canaan, NH. The foundation “strives to raise and appropriate funds to foster educational advancements within the Mascoma Valley Regional School District.”

Lara Maville Design is a New Hampshire based graphic design studio offering a full selection of custom graphic design services including websites, logos, brochures and print advertisement.

Learn more here: www.mavilledesign.com


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Montserrat’s Art Education Practicum Exhibit 300 Hours Thesis Show Featuring Artwork by Local Elementary and High School Students

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Montserrat College of Art’s six Art Education Practicum graduates are showcasing the artwork created by their students from Danvers High School, Holten Richmond Middle School, Mission Hill School, Lawrence High School, Beverly High School, Wood End Elementary School and Birch Meadow Elementary School. The reception for 300 Hours: Art Education Thesis Exhibition was held Wed., Dec. 3 and will remain on view through Wed., Dec. 17 at the 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. The exhibit is open to the public Mon. - Fri., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sat., 12 – 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Montserrat’s practicum student artists (Left to Right) Haley Vessey, Carly Brasier, Kristen Karchonas, (Montserrat’s Chair of Art Education Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault), Bianca Picozzi, Kerry McDermott and Zoey Chapin exhibit the artworks produced by students in grades K through 12 from local elementary and high schools. They are committed to educating through the visual arts as a way of keeping young minds creative and inspired.

This annual celebration is demonstrative of the Montserrat Practicum students 300 hours of dedication to Art Education. The work featured in this exhibition is an intimate look at the time Practicum students have spent educating and supporting youth in public school systems while completing their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure Requirements.

For more information contact Montserrat’s Chair of Art Education Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault at 978.921.4242 x 1605, rebecca.bourgault@montserrat.edu or visit www.montserrat.edu/galleries/301.

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Freshman Experience Exhibit Opening December 5

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Wondering what FX has been up to? Please join our FX/Freshman Experience Class of 2018 for their Independent Final Projects and celebrate the opening of the exhibition of works on, of and about paper!

 

On view on the 2nd and 3rd Floors of Hardie: Dec. 5 – 10, 2014

 

Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 5, 2 – 3 pm


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Where Creativity Works for Alyssa Watters ’07

alyssa 1“The skills I learned and developed at Montserrat were the start of a great career path for me. I developed my own aesthetic, which became my brand, but also learned the basics of entrepreneurship, and now my business sells in gift shops in seven states.”

Alyssa Watters ‘07 is the definition of an entrepreneurial artist. She has been running her own company, artbyalyssa, in Beverly, since 2008. She contacts shops throughout the country to wholesale her products, attends craft fairs, runs her own solo fairs and art shows, along with the day-to-day business responsibilities. Since graduating, Watters has managed a stationary and gift shop in Hamilton, where she designed many of their print products. After working there for more than three years, she decided to combine her ‘real life’ education with the knowledge she gained from Montserrat, to create her own business, alyssawatters.com.

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Thank You for Participating in #GivingTuesday

Because of YOU Montserrat is pleased to celebrate another successful

This year 49 generous donors contributed more than $4,300, almost a 600% increasein funds and double the number of contributors in 2013!

Every dollar contributed helps to support financial aid for Montserrat students. Your generosity makes you a silent partner in their success. Thank you!


     
Make #GivingTuesday part of your holiday tradition.
Mark your calendars now for #GivingTuesday 2015 on December 1st, 2015!
  

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Early Action Completion Day- R.S.V.P. Today!

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During this Winter and Spring, we invite prospective students to visit Montserrat College of Art during one of our Saturday Admission Completion Days!

  • January 10, 2015
  • February 14, 2015 (Priority Filing Date for Scholarship)
  • March 14, 2015
  • May 9, 2015

We are currently accepting reservations for the Early Action Completion Day on Saturday, December 6th.

Each Completion Day will include a campus tour, portfolio review with an Admissions Counselor, and the opportunity to drop off any outstanding materials to complete your application for admission consideration. If the application is completed during a Completion Day, we will issue an admissions decision with merit scholarship consideration postmarked within a week of the event.

To sign up for the Early Action Completion Day, please visit montserrat.edu/admissions email admissions@montserrat.edu or call the Office of Admissions at 978.921.4242 ext. 1153.

Early Action Completion Day Sign Up

Office of Admissions:

800·836·0487 ext 1153 | admissions@montserrat.edu | montserrat.edu 


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Montserrat Trustee Olivia Parker to Exhibit at Robert Klein Gallery

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Montserrat College of Art Trustee Olivia Parker is exhibiting in two solo shows this winter at Robert Klein Gallery in Boston.

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ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY
38 Newbury St. Boston
Opening Reception: Sat., Dec. 13, 2 – 5 pm
Artist talk at 3:30 pm
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On View: Dec. 13, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015
Hours: Tue. – Fri., 10 am – 5:30 pm,
Sat., 11 am – 5 pm

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ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI
500 Harrison Ave. Boston
Opening Reception: Fri., Dec. 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
On View: Dec. 5 – 27, 2014
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9 am – 6 pm, Sat., 11 am – 5 pm

Robert Klein Gallery is pleased to announce its seventh solo show of photographs by Montserrat College of Art Trustee Olivia Parker. This is an exhibition in two parts, with The Eye’s Mind at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI (500 Harrison Ave) opening this Friday, Dec. 5, and Still/Life at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY (38 Newbury St) opening on Saturday, Dec. 13.

In a press release for Parker’s 1993 show at the gallery, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and Something Else, Robert Klein said: “When viewing Olivia’s photographs, one feels like he or she is participating in a dream. Her carefully constructed still lifes are at the same time eerie, yet illuminating. One experiences the delicate illusion of objects on the verge of change — a movement from the past to the future, yet within the boundaries of a still life.”

Twenty years after that exhibition, Parker’s still lifes continue to grow and change. In Still/Life at Robert Klein Gallery, images of shells, flowers, and bugs crackle with life against shadowy figures and blurred backgrounds; consciousness and subconsciousness play together on the same page. As Parker says, these “objects of comfort and despair” serve as reminders that life and death are inseparable.

At Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri, The Eye’s Mind presents Parker’s consideration of the relationship between visual and verbal thinking. Featuring By the Book, a steel sculpture Parker crafted in 2014, and several of her book-based images, this unique installation is contextualized by the formidable libraries housed at Ars Libri, the rare and out-of-print book dealer that has served as Robert Klein Gallery’s satellite exhibition space since 2012.

Parker’s limited edition, self-published book, Still/Life, will be available for purchase at both gallery locations. More information about this two-part solo show will be announced soon.

Questions? Email inquiry@robertkleingallery.com

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Save the Date: Artrageous!29 – March 28, 2015

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Artrageous! is the North Shore’s signature art event and the college’s largest annual fundraiser to benefit student scholarship. Featuring live and silent auctions of donated artworks by established and emerging artists of both regional and national reputations, along with works by alumni, faculty, staff and students of the college. In addition, the auction includes hand-crafted jewelry, trips and giftware. 

This year’s auction will be held Saturday, March 28 at 6 pm highlighting the work of featured artist, sculptor Bill Thompson. The honorary chair is Jack Barnes, president and CEO of People’s United Bank. 

The festivities include “art-in-the-moment” stations where guests can watch students draw, paint, make prints, take photographs, and create animations at several places around the event. Guests will be treated to flavorful signature drinks while savoring food by one of the North Shore’s top caterers.

Learn more @ auction.montserrat.edu

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Alumni News: Mike Ryczek ’06 Interview with Jung Katz

Artist Interview: Mike Ryczek – Oil Painter - Published on Jung Katz

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?

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I’m Mike Ryczek and I grew up in Wallingford, CT. I studied at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA and graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Illustration. I primarily use oils to create slightly abstracted realist paintings that often vary in terms of subject matter, and I use Photoshop to make digital collages that I then translate into paint. I also work as a freelance web designer to deal with the financial roller coaster that comes along with being a painter.

How did you get started doing what you do?

I would draw all the typical things a child of the 80’s would draw: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, various Nintendo inspired things and many, many Jaws’s eating people. I guess I always had an appreciation for art, but I don’t think I ever had that moment as a child where I simply knew that I wanted to be an artist as an adult. I can, however, remember going to an art show at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford with my parents when I was really young. The show must have been for kids slightly older than I was at the time, maybe 5th or 6th graders, and I spotted some pencil drawing (that was probably terrible) of a gothic looking figure with long, flowing black hair perched on a gravestone, and I remember thinking “that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and I want to be that good”. Around grade school I had a fascination with comic books. I would obsessively copy drawings of my favorite characters with Micron pens and sell them to relatives, who’d humor me and other kids at school, for ten or fifteen cents each. I remember that being a great source of pride for me. I had very little painting experience by the time I got to Montserrat, and this is where I used oil paints for the first time. I jumped all over the place in terms of style and subject matter throughout school and around the middle of senior year I stumbled upon the work of the British painter, Phil Hale. I had never seen such beautiful, skillfully executed paintings done in a classical medium that dealt with surreal concepts in a contemporary way. If you haven’t seen Phil’s work before, imagine that after Vermeer finished “Girl with a Red Hat”, he decided to slap a sparkly unicorn sticker on her cheek and draw red X’s over her eyes with chalk ­ that’s essentially the effect. He was effortlessly matching the skill level of the greats and then pissing all over them. Phil was someone who I imagined to be almost bewildered and amused by his own talent, and this would show itself in a somber, expertly rendered, muted palette painting with a tiny pop of cadmium somewhere to draw your eye in or a precious, dreamy CConstable Esquecloudscape painted over a filthy garage door in the background or contained in a sketchy speech bubble carved with an X­ Acto knife. Everything was a disposable masterpiece and a total contradiction. Occasionally it felt like he was just flexing his muscles and I wondered how sincere he actually was about his work, but in the end I didn’t really care. He was the first artist I felt a genuine kinship with. I was more passionate about painting than I ever had been and I think that was when I finally settled on a recognizable style. This led to a series of paintings that I’ve heard loosely described as “constructivist”, melding heavy symbolism and flat, out of place graphic elements with intense realism and then dividing it all into rigid sections (essentially aping Hale’s style but not very successfully). Looking back on these never fail to make me cringe a little, especially considering that many involved mixing oil paint with paper collage and spray adhesive (not the most archival combination of materials) and I also didn’t really know what I was doing construction wise They were, to my credit, certainly eye-catching and I can see a logical jump from my old style to what I do now.

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What is art to you?

My very broad definition of art is anything created by someone with the intent of communicating or provoking a thought or an emotional response. However, my definition changes drastically depending on the mood I’m in when you ask me. Somedays, everything that wants to be art has a place under the big art umbrella, and on other days art has a very narrow definition and I hold everything up to a very high standard. Just as easily as I can look at something and say “This doesn’t make me think or feel anything, but it doesn’t mean it’s not art it just means it’s not for me”, I can find myself filing through paintings and asking: “Why is there so much bad art in the world and why are so many people content with it?” I’ll get irritated when I see a new artist being championed by the art world simply because they did something novel that I see as requiring little skill, thought or emotional depth, and instead of “I don’t like this” my first thought is “this is not art”. I climb up onto my little throne and rail against it all. I guess my point is that I can’t definitively tell you what art is to me, and also that I’m a total hypocrite. On the bright side, I think there are plenty of kind, encouraging and humble artists / interpreters of art out there who want to support one another and try not to degrade other people’s work because it’s not what they think it should be. When I left school, I had a pretty bleak outlook on what it was to get along with other artists in the real world. Now I realize that we were all still kids and that most people in their late teens / early twenties are seself centeredicks whether they’re an artist or not (I’m not excluding myself). Ultimately, I want to be someone who can find at least one thing in every piece of art that I appreciate, regardless of whether or not I would own it or make it, and try to rid myself of the black and white “this is or is not art” mentality. That doesn’t mean lying to people’s faces and holding back all of my criticism, but it means not letting the criticism turn unnecessarily cruel. One of the biggest turnoffs for me is to find out that an artist I admire is full of themselves and totally dismissive of other people’s work. Most artists are already insecure enough about their stuff ­ they don’t need someone else twisting the knife just for kicks.

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What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

I don’t know if this really counts as advice, but I distinctly remember showing my Illustration work during an end of semester critique at Montserrat, and one of the teachers saying “It’s not bad, but you know this isn’t you”. I remember feeling resentful because I interpreted it as “you’re trying to be something you’re not and no one’s buying it”. In hindsight, I realize that it was probably because I had already committed myself to an Illustration major by changing all my classes, but I knew she was right and I just didn’t want to have to change direction again. I probably would’ve ended up leaving Illustration behind anyway after graduating, but that comment always stuck in my mind and likely reinforced my decision.

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Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?


Try not to to constantly compare yourself to others and certainly don’t let the fear of “stealing” someone else’s style limit your own work. I can remember so many instances where I’ve scrapped ideas or stopped myself from painting a certain way out of fear that I was making trendy paintings. When I look at old sketches or photos of half finished paintings now 5 or 6 years later, I’m like “”What was I thinking? Why did I think these were unoriginal? This stuff is way too fucking bizarre to be trendy!” (granted it wasn’t always in a good way). Or I shelved some idea I jotted down in my sketchbook that I at one point saw as being profound because I thought “this is actually really obvious and a billion people have probably already made this observation ­ why make a painting about it?” or the other extreme: “it’s only you who thinks this, it doesn’t really make sense and other people won’t get anything from it”. There are definitely instances when you should reexamine what you’re trying to say, and to be honest there are some ideas I’m glad never saw the light of day. However, most of the time I’ve regretted not following an idea through to the end and I’ve often seen a similar concept executed by another artist somewhere down the line and regretted that I hadn’t given myself a chance. Make sure you’re only giving the hyper­critical voice in your head enough power to improve your work, not to destroy it before it even starts (which is easier said than done). There’s the old “nothing’s original” maxim, which I think is true and should be used during times when the fear of being derivative paralyzes you, but there’s also definitely a lot of work out there that’s (and I know it may sound hubristic of me to say this) not even remotely trying to be original. There’s a quote by Jean­Luc Godard (which I found buried within a quote by Jim Jarmusch, which somebody else found and designed a poster around, which was then force­fed to me by Facebook, so odds are it’s probably so obscure you’ve never heard it before): “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to”. I think this is a very important companion to “nothing’s original”. Yes, all art has been at least somewhat inspired by previously made art, but there’s a huge difference between someone who makes something relatively fresh with only slight traces of their influences and someone who worships the “old masters” and consciously strives to make carbon copies of what has come before them. I don’t want to sound like I’m condemning a group of artists here, and one could argue that some of my portraits have a classical feel to them. If something’s unoriginal but still beautiful, I can appreciate it for that, but I suppose in my own work I aim to make something beautiful as well as unique. I’m not interested in carrying on a tradition.

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What are your thoughts on art school?

I have mixed feelings about art school. I was lucky enough to have my tuition paid for so I’ve never had to deal with the crippling student loan debts that I’ve seen many other students inherit. I think, and I’m guessing this is the general consensus among most of the American population, that the average tuition cost in this country is insanely exorbitant. It’s hard to see the reasoning behind attending an institution for four years if you know you’re going to graduate with such bleak prospects in terms of getting a steady, well paying and chained to debt for the rest of your life.

On the other hand, I don’t regret my time spent in art school because it gave me the chance to develop along with other artists who were also still in their formative years, and it all ended up leading to something. You inevitably evolve as an artist by constantly being exposed to the work of other students, having the ability to try new mediums and methods, and just by having most of your day revolve around art. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take full advantage of the resources I had available to me: the museum trips, free workshops, exhibition opportunities, etc. In all fairness to myself, I don’t think that many people between the ages of 18 and 22 are able to fully realize these opportunities or care about them (which I suppose is why graduate school exists for those who are lucky enough to attend). They’re far too busy dealing with their personal dramas and social lives to focus on their future careers. But, as with any school you attend, it’s up to the student to take advantage of these things while they can and make the most out of their experience. I remember this being a mantra among the faculty at Montserrat whenever we had to go out of our way and voluntarily sign up for something, but I always tuned it out.

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Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
Yes, please check out: Sangram MajumdarPhil HaleNicola SamoriJudy ChungEdwin Dickinson,Diarmuid KelleyAlexander TineiAndrew Fish, Simon Shawn Andrews, Nicole DuennebierSusan Jane Walp, and Catherine Mulligan.

Follow artist, Mike Ryczek on Facebook to see more of his amazing paintings!


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Faculty News: Mari LaCure Exhibits at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in Texas

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Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member Mari LacCure has work in the exhibition Spatial Planes at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX.

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, Dec 4, 6 – 9 pm

DATES

Dec 4, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015

Spatial Planes includes a selection of artists whose print-based work plays with the visual and conceptual representation of space. In addition to the abstract and often geometric imagery activating multiple planes and pulling the viewer into contemplative space, the works are new statements on perception, an ongoing discourse of artists and theorists. Participating artist include Valerie Arber, Jeffrey Dell, Haylee Ebersole, Angela Fox, Yuko Fukuzumi, Mari LaCure, Monika Meler, Gary Nichols, Elvia Perrin, Samantha Parker Salazar, and Kate Shepherd.

The artist’s representation of dimensional space has evolved over centuries and styles, shifting from accurate representation of the physical world, to abstracting it, to conceptualizing it. A question we present in this exhibition is how does function inform our emotional and psychological perceptions? How do our abstract ideas, emotions, and desires affect perception? Might they inform not only how we see, but permeate and transform the physical world?

For more information, vist www.bluestarart.org


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Montserrat Participates in Giving Tuesday on Dec. 2, 2014


     Help us reach our goal of 86 donors for 
The #MontserratGivingTuesday Challenge

Montserrat is an official partner in the 3rd annual #GivingTuesday on December 2nd! We’re celebrating seniors again this year: 86 gifts for 86 seniors in the class of 2015! Added bonus this year-our trustees have put up a challenge gift of $10,000 if we can achieve our goal of 86 gifts!

No gift is too small-make yours today! The Montserrat #GivingTuesday Challenge begins at midnight on 12/2!! Be sure to use #MontserratGivingTuesday and tag us!

 

   

 

Montserrat Participates in Giving Tuesday: December 2

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Montserrat is an official partner in the 3rd annual #GivingTuesday on December 2nd! We’re celebrating seniors again this year: 86 gifts for 86 seniors in the class of 2015! Added bonus this year—our trustees have put up a challenge gift of $10,000 if we can achieve our goal of 86 gifts!

No gift is too small! The Montserrat #GivingTuesday Challenge begins at midnight on Dec. 2 and we have 24 hours to reach our goal of 86 gifts at any dollar amount!! Learn more @ montserrat.edu/giving and be sure to use #MontserratGivingTuesday and tag @MontCollegeArt on social media when you share your support!

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. We invite you to join in this global movement in support of Montserrat College of Art by donating, shopping or giving!

 

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Art Education Thesis Exhibit “300 Hours” Reception Dec. 3

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Opening & Graduation Reception: Wed., Dec. 3, 5 – 8 pm

On view: Dec. 1 – 17, 2014

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

 

The artists Carly Brasier, Zoey Chapin, Kristen Karchonas, Kerry McDermott, Bianca Picozzi and Haley Vessey are proud to present the artworks of students representing Danvers High School, Holten Richmond Middle School, Mission Hill School, Lawrence High School, Beverly High School, Wood End Elementary School and Birch Meadow Elementary School, on behalf of the Art Education Program at Montserrat College of Art. The students are committed to educating through the visual arts as a way of keeping young minds creative and inspired.
 
This annual celebration is demonstrative of the Practicum students 300 hours of dedication to Art Education. The work featured in this exhibition is an intimate look at the time Practicum students have spent educating and supporting youth in public school systems while completing their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure Requirements.
 
Join us in a ceremony with refreshments and the presentation of Certificates of Completion to the artists on Wed., Dec. 3, 5-8pm at the 301 Gallery: 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.

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Faculty News: Kelly Murphy Wins 2014 Society of Illustrators 57th Annual Competition

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Asst. Prof. Kelly Murphy‘s cover illustration for Ship of Dolls (written by Shirley Parenteau and published by Candlewick Press) is a winner in the Society of Illustrators57th Annual Competition!

Discover her illustrations for this project and learn more on the book’s project page.
Murphy’s work has been featured in curated shows, gallery exhibitions and international magazines specialized in illustration. By the end of 2011, her nineteenth book will have been released. 2011 was a prolific year with releases in the novelty and gift market, three published children’s books, and several foreign translations of her books. 
 
More of her work can be seen on her website www.kelmurphy.com

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Alumni News: Andy Curlowe ’06 Update

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Alumnus Andy Curlowe ’06  is currently exhibiting in The Insistent Now, an exhibition of Cleveland area artists whose selected works command attention to the here and now.  Whether it’s through interpreting elusive experiences, creating spatial interventions or constructing idealized perennial landscapes, these artists explore, address and confront the demands of the ever-expanding present. Curated by Michael Abarca of Forum Artspace, Curlowe’s work is featured alongside work by Lane Cooper, Sarah Kabot, Liz Maugans, Michael T. Meier, Dante Rodriguez, Royden Watson and Nikki Woods. Visitors may visit the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm through the months of November and December.

Sullivan Family Gallery
On View: Nov. 14 – Dec. 24, 2014
28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, OH

Also, Curlowe will be SPACES next resident artist. Learn more here: www.spacesgallery.org 

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Exciting Winter Travel Program in New York

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January 2015

8 night stay: Jan. 2 – 10, 2015 (3 credits or non-credit)

4 night stay: Jan. 2 – 6, 2015  (non-credit)

Instructor: Leonie Bradbury, Director – Curator

Ever wondered how globalism is transforming the art world? Always wanted to see those classic “masterpieces” in person? Wished to know more about Modern and contemporary art  from  India, Japan and Africa? Or would like someone to take you to some museums you’ve never been to?

This winter travel to New York City with Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of  Montserrat’s Art Galleries, for a series of in depth investigations of current topics in  art.  Come for a long weekend or stay for the entire week. We invite both the seasoned artist, the art collector and the newly curious about art  (present and past) to join Bradbury for this exciting trip!

 Using world-class exhibitions as the inspiration for each day’s topic, Leonie Bradbury  will  unpack critical ideas that are relevant in today’s art world through selected  readings and  morning discussions. Participants will then see those ideas in action  each  afternoon  when NY’s famous museums become your visual classroom.

Museum visits include: Guggenheim, MoMA, MoMAPS1, the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Neue Galerie, Bronx Museum of Art, Studio Museum, and the Chelsea galleries! Works on view range  from portraiture, abstraction, collage, painting, video, sculpture, and non-objective  conceptual works to body and performance art.

The wide range of featured artists include On Kawara, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde,  Henri Matisse, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Egon Schiele, Chris Ofili,  Chitra  Ganesh,  Ryan McGinness and Judith Scott among many others.

REGISTER NOW! 

DEADLINE: December 1

…limited slots so register soon to avoid disappointment.

Price for 9 days 8 nights, credit

$2600 per participant, includes single occupancy room, city transportation and museum entry; double occupancy hotel (sharing with another, participating student,) $1200 without housing. 

Price for 9 days 8 nights, non-credit

$2000 per participant includes single occupancy room, city transport and museum entry; $1050 without housing. 
Price for Long Weekend, 4 nights: January 2-6
$1000 per participant includes single occupancy room, city transport and museum entry; $450 without housing.

For more information, click here

CONTACT: Leonie Bradbury, Leonie.bradbury@montserrat.edu

For payment info & schedule, contact Bursar bursar@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x 1172

Montserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA   

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Alumni News: Drew Baker ’00 was Guest Artist of Honor at OSfest 2014

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“I got my first freelance illustration job a couple of weeks after graduating Montserrat, and have been going on from there.”

Montserrat College of Art alumnus Drew Baker ’00 is an award winning artist and illustrator. Over the past twenty years he has done work for some of the most demanding and best known brands in the world, including Star WarsDungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering. Baker has cultivated a fan base with appearances across the US, Canada and Europe. He was the Guest of Honor at OSFest this past August in Omaha, NE.

To see Baker’s artwork visit: drewbaker.com


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Alumnus Joe LoVasco ’07 Exhibits at Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery

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Reception: Thursday, Nov. 20, 6 – 8 pm

From (Up) Here will feature sculpture alongside a new body of mixed media collage. LoVasco uses both mediums to explore the departure from detailed depictions of architecture and cityscapes to simplistic, minimal geometries. LoVasco’s scored, drawn and painted marks highlight the tension between man-made precision and the malleable curves found in nature.

LoVasco’s collages are minimal expansions of landscapes inspired from daily observation of place. From this, LoVasco creates unique faux scapes that remove all ornamentation and detail of a structure or landscape. In its place, he uncomplicates the form and reduces it to a plane of minimal geometry. Compositionally, many of LoVasco’s collages draw immediate connection to how we might view a landscape if viewing from above. Although the visual relationship to aerial views are not something the artist intentionally creates, it is an aesthetic connection that plays into his use of minimal shape and joined angles. Minute details viewed by close proximation are swallowed by the silent simplicity of detachment. That’s what LoVasco’s work evokes; a still, total clarity achievable only from remote observation.

On view through December 19, 2014
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10 am – 5 pm, Fri. 10 am – 1 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

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Alumni News: Loren Doucette ’13 Performs in Gloucester Nov. 22

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Montserrat College of Art alumna Loren Doucette ’13 is included in the group event Dance in Dialogue on Saturday November 22, 7:30 pm, at Trident Gallery,189 Main St. Gloucester, MA.

Dance in Dialogue features two original performance works, followed by conversation and refreshments.  Free, donations encouraged.  Space is limited so please reserve a seat at events@tridentgallery.com or by calling 978-491-7785.

Loren Doucette (visual artist) and Sarah Slifer Swift (dancer) will show a segment of their collaborative project “Unravelling,” to be premiered in full in early 2015.  The piece explores the building of a framework within which a relationship is contextualized.  Through dance and visual art created in the live moment, they inhabit the possibilities of unravelling the self from the frame.

Kate Tarlow Morgan (dancer/writer) recently returned from a midwest pilgrimage to bury her father’s ashes with a dramatic story of relatives unknown to her. She will report this intense personal story with the aid of artifacts, photographs, and a movement score created especially for the walls of Trident Gallery.

Doucette lives and works as an active member of the arts community in Gloucester, MA. Her paintings and drawings have shown in solo and group exhibitions on the North Shore regularly since 2006. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013 from Montserrat College of Art. In 2011, Loren participated in Montserrat’s study-abroad program in Viterbo, Italy where she further intensified her fascination with landscape painting. Her work is currently installed at her showroom and studio on One Center Street in Gloucester, MA.


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Franklin Evans Review in The Boston Globe by Cate McQuaid

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With artist Franklin Evans, an immersive experience

By Cate McQuaid | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Franklin Evans’s “circumjacentoffsetloweredgeredorangeochergray.”

Franklin Evans drops viewers into his own weird wonderland. Once you’re down the rabbit hole, you may be as awed and dismayed as Alice herself.

Evans has two shows up now, at Montserrat College of Art Gallery and Steven Zevitas Gallery. Walk into his installation at Montserrat, and it’s like stepping inside a painting. Colors and lines are everywhere: on walls, on the ceiling and floor; in corridors of vertical strips of colored tape. The same is true, on a more modest scale, at Zevitas.

It’s breathtaking, and daunting. With his hues and gestures, with his art-history references, the artist solidly places us within the rubric of painting. But with most paintings, the viewer regards a discrete object. This one swallows us up. It is much bigger than us, but there are tiny things in it, such as texts too small to read. The effect discombobulates.

Evans engulfs us in his process, too. He starts with writings by minimalist icon Donald Judd, who was a critic attuned to technique. Snippets of Judd’s reviews appear throughout both shows, and provide launching points for Evans’s painterly meditations. For instance, Judd describes in detail an abstract work of squares within squares, orange at the center and gray on the edges.

High on one wall at Montserrat, Evans has a painting that fits that description. At Zevitas, several discrete paintings, all on unstretched canvas, accompany the installation, and in one, “circumjacentoffsetloweredgeredorangeochergray,” the same color scheme arises in a jittery patchwork of images. Although painted, they look photocopied or scanned, groggily blinking with references to artists such as Matisse and Sigmar Polke.

The installations, too, roil with art-history rumination. We’re not just inside Evans’s painting, we’re inside his imagination, which roams compulsively from his childhood to his art idols to naked people, and more.

The artist searches the Internet for images of his paintings, or those of others, and prints them out, no matter the quality. He recycles pictures of previous installations. In his paintings, he may start with a small reproduction of a fraction of a painting by, say, Polke (“polkedots,” at Zevitas). He’ll zoom in and reproduce repeatedly, then paint what he sees.

In the paintings, the result is clever and visually exciting, but half-chewed, as if Evans hasn’t quite integrated his art-history lessons. The installations, while brimming with historical imagery, crackle with originality. They demonstrate how one man’s overflowing mind reflects two great rushing rivers of culture — art history and the whitewater of the Internet.

More information:

FRANKLIN EVANS: Juddrules

At: Montserrat College of Art Gallery,

23 Essex St., Beverly, through Dec. 13.

978-921-4242www.montserrat.edu/galleries

Cate McQuaid can be reached at catemcquaid@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @cmcq


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Alumni News: Michael Grimaldi ’05 Exhibits at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York

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 Reception: Thu., Nov. 20, 6 – 8 pm
On view through Dec. 20, 2014
Joshua Liner Gallery
540 West 28th St.
New York, NY
 
Gallery Hours

Tue. – Sat. 11 am – 6 pm

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Gallery Update: “I Know Of You” Senior Thesis Exhibition

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Reception: Wednesday, November 19, 5 – 8 pm
On view: Mon., Nov. 17 – Fri. Nov. 21, 2014
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Hours: Mon. – Fr. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 4 – 6 pm 

I Know Of You is an exhibition showcasing the works of six artists across various concentrations. Robert Sheehan is a painter who focuses on color and light. His worlds represent familiar subjects through a range of abstraction. H.C. Nicoll is an illustrator as well as a storyteller. Her comics juggle the idea of monsters and mental illness. She mostly works with ink and digital media. Monique Yozwak is a graphic designer who focuses on the juxtaposition of images. Her works feature this technique to compare and contrast bank robberies of the 1930′s to today. Ian Cooper is a painter who focuses on color and form. He emphasizes the planes of the face, fabric, and body. He uses acrylic and charcoal on a large scale. Emily Miner is an illustrator who combines watercolor and gouache. She focused her thesis on recreating the alphabet by making creatures from her imagination. Kyle Hedin is a videographer whose works involve personal symbolism. All of his works also include religion and racial undertones.

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 Ian Cooper, 2014, Charcoal on paper

For more information contact:
Pamela Campanaro
Assistant Curator of Exhibitions
Montserrat College of Art Galleries
pamela.campanaro@montserrat.edu
978.867.9604


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Montserrat Students Propose Beverly Wall that Draws Artists From All Over

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By  | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   NOVEMBER 17, 2014

BEVERLY — A graffiti mural that began as a response to the growing problem of obscene messages scrawled upon a prominent wall has become a local institution with a national and even international following.

In the process, this wall at the Clemenzi Industrial Park has also become one of just a few spaces in the region where graffiti is officially sanctioned, which may help protect nearby walls from unwanted images and messages.

John Clemenzi, who manages the property that his family has owned for four decades, said that when he began allowing artists to paint on the building’s rear wall, Beverly was in the midst of “a horrible graffiti problem.” But in recent years, he said, “I rarely if at all see any graffiti elsewhere in the city.”

“If. . . there’s very little of it, it’s because they have a place to go and do it legally instead of tagging somebody else’s private property and ending up in jail if they get caught,” Clemenzi, 60, said in a telephone interview Sunday.

The change began about a dozen years ago, when two Montserrat College of Art students approached Clemenzi with a proposal to decorate the wall, which faces the tracks for the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line.

Clemenzi had grown frustrated with the frequent repainting necessary to cover up profane and often sexist messages that were routinely painted on the wall, so he agreed to let the young artists decorate a small section, 40 feet of what he estimates is a total length of about 800 feet.

He set three ground rules: Clean up after yourselves, no offensive messages, and don’t paint on the building’s brick faces. The students agreed to follow those rules and to help police the area, and over time, the sanctioned graffiti grew to cover the wall.

“I’d be struggling if you gave me oil and canvas and brushes and lessons, and these guys do this with a half a dozen spray cans,” he said. The wall has become well known among graffiti artists, Clemenzi said, drawing painters from New York, Florida, California — even France. Some of the work has even impressed Clemenzi, who admits he was not immediately a fan of graffiti art.

Click here to read the full article on The Boston Globe!


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Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg Nov. 19

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Ariel Freiberg, Earth’s Touch, 2014, acrylic and oil on linen

Ariel Freiberg‘s installation Earth’s Touch is currently on view in the Frame 301 Gallery through Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Join Ariel Freiberg for a Public Artist Talk where she will discuss her recent work and share her artistic practice.Freiberg’s Installation for the Frame 301 Gallery portrays a vignette of a face, paired with a veil, which refers to the coalescing of deep psychological sensory experience. The ambiguity between the edges of ripped faces and the bedrock ground are reminders of the uncertainties of our physical world.

Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg

Wed., Nov. 19, 11:30 am

23 Essex Street, Room 201

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Frame 301 is the street side window exhibition space located at 301 Cabot Street. The space is presented to the public through expansive storefront windows that face the road, and encourages large-scale, site-specific works from emerging and established local, regional and national artists. Frame 301′s exhibitions change every 4-6 weeks and it is a unique space encouraging installations that encompass the entirety of the space and completely transform it. The Frame 301 is partially supported by a grant from The Beverly Cultural Council.

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Alumni News: Kate Sullivan is a Published Illustrator and Author

Montserrat College of Art alumna Kate Sullivan recently authored and illustrated On Linden Square. On Linden Square is about a city filled with people that ignore each other after a snow storm. It was published by Sleeping Bear Press.

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Sullivan was trained as a linguist and is also an award winning composer and performer. Her one-woman theatre piece about Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill won the Independent Reviewers of New England prize and her Fugitum Est was premiered by The Kremlin Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has also given many solo performances, from Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York, always singing and playing anything from the piano to the musical saw.

Sullivan and her husband live in Newburyport, Mass. On Linden Square is available here.

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Giving Back to the Montserrat Community

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As a recent grad, I still feel the impact my time at Montserrat has on my personal and professional life. Your support helps the college continue to grow resources available to all alumni after graduation, as well as develop new and innovative programs for current students. Montserrat has shown me how to be successful doing what I love and loving what I do, thanks in no small part to the generosity of people like you.

I’m a fine artist. Every senior gets a taste of showing in a gallery with their thesis show before graduation. Landing my first solo show only a year after graduating at locally and alumni-owned Mingo Custom Framing & Gallery was a dream come true. Ending the summer as one of five artists in Lynn’s Visionspace Gallery group show, showcasing emerging women artists, was icing on the cake.

I’m a community participant and volunteer. Taking advice from local alums, I squeezed my way into the Beverly art community through volunteering and networking–and it’s growing fast!Participating in local events like the Beverly Bazaar and other craft fairs have helped me sell work in the community to continue to build my personal brand and market myself.

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I’m a donor. Donating paintings to the annual Artrageous! auction the last two years, as a student and alumni donor, has helped me get my name out there and my work in front of hundreds of people. Being selected for the live auction has allowed me to donate part of my commission back to the college each year. It’s not much, but I know that at Montserrat, every gift makes a difference no matter its size.

You can give back too. Become a part of the growing culture of giving at Montserrat. Every gift helps offset the more than $4.25 million in financial aid Montserrat awarded to students this year. Please consider a gift of $25. Our community is small but mighty and growing. Your participation is what we’re looking for; a gift of any amount will support the next class of lifelong learners.

Morgan Dyer,

Class of 2013

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Faculty News: Marilu Swett Exhibits SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery

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Montserrat College of Art’s Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett is exhibiting her sculptures and drawings in SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery.

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Reception: Saturday Nov.15, 2 – 5 pm
Dates: Nov.12 – Dec.14, 2014
Boston Sculptures Gallery
www.BostonSculptors.com
486 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
Gallery hours: Wed.-Sun. 12 – 6 pm

For SOUNDINGMarilu Swett turns her attention to the ocean, as site of evolution, human industry, and constant watery companionship. Swett’s sculptures and drawings allude to seaforms of all scales, which appear, evolve, and dive beneath the surface. Themes from 19th century whaling and fishing show up in her choice of material, hardware, pattern, and image. Pieces evoke the leisure time activities of scrimshaw and textile embellishment and the hard labor of fishing and whaling, directly and indirectly. The profound experience of being in and on the water, and walking its shores, drives this body of work. Swett cuts, inks, collages, models, layers, paints, carves, and casts materials to produce complex drawings and suspended forms in plastic, resin, found objects, lead, bronze, and mixed media. The work is serious and fanciful, abstracting, inventing, and drawing relationships among forms. Her references include natural systems and subsystems, microscopic form, the human body, and industrial artifacts.

First Friday: December 5, 5 – 8 pm

Learn more at bostonsculptors.com

See more of Swett’s work at mariluswett.com

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The Cabot Reopens & Montserrat Commencement Returns to the Cinema

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Montserrat College of Art is excited to welcome The Cabot back to the neighborhood! We are looking forward to seeing the infamous marquee lights back on for the re-opening this weekend! For more on The Cabot Theater, including its program calendar and ticket sales, visit thecabot.org

Also, it is official! Montserrat will once again be having graduation ceremonies back at the Cabot Street Cinema this coming May!

The new ownership group includes Bertolon, architect Thaddeus Siemasko with local firm Siemasko + Verbridge, Beverly Bank Board of Directors Chairman William Howard, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant owner Rich Marino and Cinema Salem owner Paul Van Ness. The group is currently working to get nonprofit status through the IRS, Siemasko said. The theater was sold by past owner David Bull to local entrepreneur Henry Bertolon for $1.2 million on Oct. 16 after a sale being in the works for about a year, Bertolon said.

The front rows of seats in front of the stage will be removed to add a flat floor surface ideal for dancing — or mosh pits, in the case of hard-rock concerts, Siemasko said.

“We’re trying to make this place used in any way people can imagine it,” Siemasko said.

The first movies will be played this weekend. Drafthouse Films’ “20,000 Days On Earth” will play Friday at 4:30 p.m., and “Mood Indigo” will play at 7:30 p.m. The two movies will also play Saturday with their start times reversed. Dec. 6 will see the first official music performance at The Cabot Theater, headlined by local bands Exit 18 and Something In Common.

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Will Barnet’s New Book Highlights Artist’s Beverly Paintings Exhibited at Montserrat

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Will Barnet’s career took him from Beverly to the heights of the art world.

By Will Broaddus, Staff writer November 5, 2014

The painter and printmaker taught for many years at the Arts Students League in New York and was awarded a National Arts Medal in 2012, not long before he died at the age of 101.

But Barnet traveled home over the years to see his family, and some of his most powerful work drew from his roots on the North Shore. A visit he made to his sister in 1990 resulted in a group of paintings that are analyzed in a new book, “My Father’s House, On Will Barnet’s Painting” by Thomas Dumm.

“He was actually checking in on Eva, as he was wont to do,” said Dumm, a professor of political ethics at Amherst College.

Eva was 11 years older than Barnet, the youngest of his three siblings, in a family that had left Russia in 1906.

She lived alone in the family home at 7 Pierce Ave. following the deaths of her parents and her sister Jeanette, who, like Eva, never married.

“He felt obligated to check on her. She was ill, suffering from a fever, but she was also declining,” said Dumm, adding that she was talking to deceased members of the family in his presence.

That led Barnet to create nine paintings between 1990 and 1995 that focused on Eva’s haunted existence in the house in Beverly.

“The paintings are dramatic; some might even say tragic,” Dumm writes in his introduction. “In a strange way the series is a family album.”

Most of the paintings depict Eva inside the house, staring toward an unspecified source of light, while the rest of the room is filled with shadows. She is typically touching her face with one or both of her hands, an anxious gesture that Dumm discusses, while one or more deceased family members occupies the darkness.

“I never asked Will specifically the order in which he painted the paintings,” Dumm said, but he does know that the first was “The Dream.”

Dumm first met Barnet when the artist donated “The Dream” to Mead Museum at Amherst College, as part of a bequest in which each of the nine paintings were given to different colleges in New England.

“The idea was and is that these colleges and universities, as a condition for taking the paintings, would publicize the fact that they are a group,” Dumm said. “In the case of Amherst College, a Web page is devoted to the whole series of paintings in the Mead archives.”

Four of the paintings appeared at Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art in October and November of 2004 in an exhibit curated by Katherine French, the gallery director at the time. She had approached the artist about doing a show, and Barnet suggested using the paintings that focus on Eva and the house on Pierce Avenue.

“This body of work had been shown once at a gallery in New York,” French said. “He felt it was given short shrift. It wasn’t abstract and not his prints — not what he was known for.”

Like Dumm’s book, the Montserrat exhibit borrowed its title from another one of the nine paintings, “My Father’s House,” which depicts the front of the house and the ghostly figure of Eva, who is standing behind a screen door.

“I chose to tell the story of his familial connection to this particular house,” said French, who is now director at Danforth Art in Framingham. “I showed a selection of paintings and drawings with that story.”

Where the exhibit focused on Barnet’s creative process and his earlier connections to Beverly, Dumm’s book searches for the universal significance in his paintings.

“My sense is that in exploring both the family and how it has been figured and configured by the artist, we may learn more about our own condition now,” Dumm writes, “something of the state of our relationships to each other and ourselves and the predicaments we find ourselves facing in a time of turbulence and trouble.” 

After interviewing Barnet in front of an audience at Amherst in 2009, Dumm struck up a friendship with the painter, and they discussed several plans for a book about his art.

“We probably met 10 or 11 times in person, and he would always have me lunch with him,” Dumm said. “But we spoke on the phone every couple of weeks. I spoke to him the day before he died.”

He eventually focused on this series of paintings because they echoed so many themes in his own work, which includes a study of loneliness.

“The more you think about it, the more you dive into it, the more things you see,” Dumm said. “I’m astonished by the whole series.”

Courtesy of The Salem News

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Gallery Update: “SHEER PANIC” Senior Thesis Exhibition

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SHEER PANIC: Senior Thesis Exhibition
ReceptionWed., Nov. 12, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibit Dates: November 10 – 14, 2014
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 4 – 6 pm
Location: 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

SHEER PANIC, is a cross discipline show, featuring the work of Montserrat College of Art graduating seniors Joanna Carey (Haverhill, MA), Keisuke Eguchi (Kanagawa, Japan), Casandra LaFlamme (Beverly, MA), Allison Myers (Boston, MA), Ivy Neff (Cambridge, MA), Amy Titus (Groveland, MA), and Chelbi Wade (Westbrook, CT).

The show incorporates paintings, drawings, and sculptures. SHEER PANIC features large scale work, collections, and installations, in which the viewer can be transported into a different way of seeing. Much of the work encourages looking closer at the world around us, whether this be in relation to nature, political issues, or everyday subjects. Many of the artists’ work draws influence from nature’s beauty and details, such as types of growth.

Photo Cred: Joanna Carey ’15

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Alumni Update: Lana Wheeler ’12

Lana Wheeler starts her designs on paper and then moves to the computer. She particularly loves drawing and illustrating.

Lana Wheeler starts her designs on paper and then moves to the computer. She particularly loves drawing and illustrating.

Maine Designer Finds Inspiration and Connection in Portland’s Lively Art Scene

By Kristin D’Agostino

Being in art school offers artists a close connection to a creative community. But, what happens after graduation? For Lana Wheeler moving to Portland, Maine a lively city with a bustling art scene has

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

helped her stay inspired and connected to fellow artists. The graphic design major moved home to Maine after graduating in 2012 and says living in a funky seaside city has been great for her career. She has built up steady work as a freelance designer, working with clients ranging from brides-to-be to a local app company where she designs animation and typography for video games.

It seems the salty air is good for the soul. “I grab most of my inspiration being outdoors,” Wheeler says. “I like to get ideas from architecture, trees and nature.”

Since graduating, Wheeler has explored many areas of design and has specialized in logo creation and company branding. She hopes to find work in the future at a small studio or design firm where she can be part of a creative team.

In the meantime, she is taking advantage of Portland’s lively arts community, which includes and regular cultural events and open studios.

Her advice to grads: Stay connected - “A sense of community, connection and support means all the world after graduating.”


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Apply Now! Early Action Admission at Montserrat College of Art

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Be First!
Students who complete their application before December 6th will be guaranteed an admission decision postmarked by December 19th.  Early Action Applicants will also be considered for merit-based scholarship at the time of the admissions decision.
A completed application includes:
+ Portfolio that meets the visual requirement for admission
+ Essay of 300-500 words
+ Official high school transcripts, with 1st quarter senior year grades
+ 2 letters of recommendation
+ SAT or ACT scores recommended
Applications completed after December 6th will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information on the application process, please visit our website, or contact us directly. We are happy to help you throughout the process and help you discover all things Montserrat!
 
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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk Published Piece in Hyperallergic

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Prof. ​Martha Buskirk’s piece on “The Sad Story of Jumbo the Elephant,” published by Hyperallergic on November 4, explores ways that circus impresario P.T. Barnum was also heavily involved in American museum history.
Also, her essay “Studio System,” investigating the role of systems in the work of Jason Rhoades, appeared in a catalog that was recently published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition “Jason Rhoades, Four Roads.” The exhibition opened at the Philadelphia ICA in fall 2013, is currently on view at the Kunsthale Bremen, and will then appear at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; the catalog by Ingrid Schaffner, Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, was published by Prestel.

FREE YOGA on Tuesday & Friday

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Montserrat has been holding FREE weekly Yoga sessions in the 248 Cabot Building (Room 208). The last three classes are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 14: 8 am – 8:45 am
Tuesday, Nov. 18: 11:25 am – 12:15 pm
Friday, Nov. 21: 8 am – 8:45 am

All levels welcome and no experience necessary. This is Hatha Yoga, Flow & Basics style. Beneficial for health, energy, focus, circulation, mood, balance, creativity, brain & well-being to name a few of the benefits!

Bring a mat if you have one, some extras provided & for other questions email instructor maura@innersourcewellness.com


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Win Tickets to Artrageous 29 By Telling Your Story

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Tell us Your Story

Montserrat’s education centers on a student’s transformation – as an artist, communicator, story teller, citizen. How did Montserrat transform you? 

  • How did your time at Montserrat nurture who you are?
  • How has your education impacted your life and career path?
  • How has an arts education molded how you look at the world?
  • Shine a spotlight on “everyday moments”

Shine a Spotlight

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What were those moments, who were those people, where were those places, that made your Montserrat experience special?

Your story can help others

To support the significant financial aid that the college awards we must raise funds. Your story, your path, will help show why a Montserrat education is important.

Tell us your story, your way.

You are an expert communicator. We invite you to tell your transformation story your way -in paint, photography, poetry, video, illustration, sculpture, etc.

You may win tickets

Ten stories and the companion artwork will be featured atArtrageous!29 on March 28, 2015. Winners will receive 1 pair of tickets, a $300 value.

The “fine print”

  • To be considered for Artrageous!29, all stories and art must be received by2/15/ 2015.
  • Stories may be told with, or include, one piece of artwork.
  • All submissions, except written works, must also include an artist statement of up 400 words.
  • Stories may be used on Montserrat’s website and in future publications.

Send us your story at stayconnected@montserrat.edu

Learn more about the auction @ auction.montserrat.edu


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Alumni News: Carly Brasier ’14 Exhibits at Beverly’s Atomic Cafe

10422908_545106612287580_2983350896971931545_nMontserrat College of Art painting alumna Carly Brasier ’14 has her paintings and sculptures on display at Atomic Cafe in Beverly for the month of November.

Make sure to check out her work at 265 Cabot Street next time you’re in downtown Beverly for a hot cup o’ Joe!

See more of her work at www.carlybrasier.com

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