Gallery News: Heidi Whitman’s “Lost Cities” Reception September 10

LOST IN TRANSLATION 4X6Heidi Whitman Excavates Imagined Place and the Mind in Lost Cities

Montserrat College of Art is pleased to announce, Lost Cities, a solo exhibition of mixed media constructions and drawings by Heidi Whitman. The exhibition focuses on Whitman’s exploration of mapping metaphorical states of mind, as well as implied physical places and events. Lost Cities brings together recent paper constructions with more than fifty mental map drawings. Whitman’s newest installation “Small World” (2015) references the increasing hyper-connectivity, urbanization, and migration in the contemporary world.

Whitman creates fictitious terrains that she calls “reimagined place.” She writes that, “the structure of the city and the structure of the mind are conflated” in her paper constructions. Whitman layers contemporary city grids and plans of ancient ruins while referencing mental networks. She creates a perfect balance in her topographical networks between chaos, structure, and reverie.

LOST CITY OF A 4X6Sheets of cut and painted paper sprawl across the gallery wall and guide the viewer through an alien, yet familiar, terrain in the series, Lost Cities. The delicately sculpted paper casts dramatic shadows that extend along the surface of the wall. “Lost City of A” (2015), like others in this series, explores memory and the translation of dreams into reality. Painted with acrylic and gouache Whitman applies color to guide the viewer through internal and external worlds. Blue greens and reddish browns are in dialogue with what resembles tan ancient maps, as if to piece together past, present, and imaginary worlds.

“Hell” (2013) another paper construction of Whitman’s featured in her 2013 solo exhibition, Heaven, Hell and Here at Christopher Henry Gallery in New York will be on view in Montserrat Gallery. In contrast to the cool or earthy colors of the Lost Cities series, “Hell” depicts a fiery red underworld, appearing charred at parts, spiraling across the wall. Inspired by maps of Roman city ruins and Dante’s Inferno, Whitman creates her own thorny woods, circles of madness, and crimson rivers. While rooted in the classics and ancient history, “Hell” resonates in the present day as society reacts to war, aerial surveillance, and terrorism.

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Director and Curator, Leonie Bradbury along with the artist, selected more than thirty exploratory drawings from the Uncharted Territory, Brain, and Brainstorm series (1998-2001) to span twenty-six feet of gallery wall, a first for Whitman in the display of her work. Arranged in a grid contrasted against a cadmium red painted wall, these pieces focus on thought, memory, and dream. Whitman says drawing is the medium with, “the most direct links between mind, eye, hand, and subject perceived.” These improvisational drawings on various tea-stained Japanese papers combine a kind of ancient aesthetic with a gestural and expressive focus on the uncharted territory of the mind. One might imagine the brain sorting through data or recalling memories in these drawings.

Lost Cities presents a willingness and eagerness by Whitman to play with boundaries and the infinite abyss. Between Whitman’s mental map drawings and her paper constructions, she communicates a spectrum of endless possibilities that take shape from imagining place beyond a singular perspective.

Heidi Whitman - Heaven, Hell, and Here (Hell detail 19)Heidi Whitman has exhibited internationally, most recently in The Art of Mapping at Tag Fine Arts in London. She has had two solo shows at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York. Her other recent exhibitions include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Scope Miami, the Boston Center for the Arts, Whitespace (Atlanta), Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), Wheaton College, the Boston Drawing Project, Clark University, The McMullen Museum of Art, the Southeastern Louisiana Contemporary Art Gallery, and Harvard College. Whitman’s work was featured in Katharine Harmon’s book The Map as Art, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009. In 2007 Whitman completed a commission for the City of Cambridge, MA (Jill Brown-Rhone Park). Whitman is a recipient of the Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship awarded by the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is presently a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Lost Cities is on view in Montserrat Gallery August 26 – September 26, 2015.

WHAT Heidi Whitman: Lost Cities
WHEN August 26 – September 26
WHERE Montserrat Gallery (First Fl.) 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 12pm-5pm

Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley at 978-867-9624 or via email Whitman - Studio action shot Hr

WHAT Reception
WHEN Thu, Sept.10, 5 – 7:30 pm
WHERE Montserrat Gallery (1st Floor) 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA

WHAT Artist Talk with Heidi Whitman
WHEN Wed., Sept. 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE Hardie Building (2nd Floor), 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970 by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

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

Contact: Pam Campanaro, Assoc. Curator of Exhibitions & Programs, Montserrat College of Art Galleries, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, 978.867.9604


One of a Kind Free Arts Festival across Boston Sept. 10 – 15 Ending with Major Concert at The Hatch Shell

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More than 80 Greater Boston arts, cultural and advocacy organizations will gather to present a free family festival inspired by the creative spirit of artist Fay Chandler. Events are scheduled for several venues throughout the area and will be held from September 10 through Chandler’s birthday on September 15. Audience participation will be encouraged at several of the events which will be presented by many of the region’s leading visual arts, music and dance organizations.

“After my mother’s death last winter, our family decided we wanted to honor her life, her achievements and her spirit in a way that all Boston might enjoy,” said her son, Alfred D. (“Appy”) Chandler. “Mom loved to see people collaborate, and she would have been thrilled to see so many of her favorite organizations combine to make this festival a truly special occasion open to all.”

Highlights currently in the works include:

Thursday, September 10: 5:30 pm, Presentation of the Fay Chandler Award for Emerging Artists in memory of Fay Chandler, with support from the Chandler Family at Boston’s City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA.

Saturday, September 12: 12 pm – 4 pm, “Finding Fay at the BCA Fair” brings arts, cultural and social service organizations loved by Fay together to celebrate with exhibits, performances, readings, displays and interactive activities for every age. Events include instrument playgrounds, performances by Actors Shakespeare, Underground Railway and Nora Theater, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Arts Academy, Conservatory Lab Charter School, and Handel and Haydn Society, painting and sculpture making, led by students from Mass College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, Boston Arts Academy and Artists for Humanity, and an art giveaway organized by The Art Connection. There will be a remembrance for Fay at 3:15 pm. Visit for a complete schedule and participating organizations at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA.


Sunday, September 13: 11 am – 3 pm, Guided nature walks and painting nature presented in partnership with Montserrat College of Art at Mass Audubon’s Nature Center on Mattapan, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan, MA.

Sunday, September 13: 12 – 3 pm, Art-making activities recalling Fay’s role at the gallery at the Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge, MA.

Tuesday, September 15: 7 – 9 pm, A concert presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA. (Rain location: TBD)


An online talk about the cultural vitality of Boston presented by Sebastian Smee for the Boston Foundation will be posted and run on the Finding Fay website until December 31

As planning continues, updates and more in-depth information will be posted on

Fay About Fay Chandler

In 1960, Fay Chandler was a 39-year-old mother of four who was unsure what to do with her life. She wanted to make a difference, but didn’t know how. She was living in Brookline; her husband taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His passion was writing history. She wanted a passion of her own. As she enjoyed painting coffee mugs, she wrote away for a painting course offered on the back of a matchbook. Classes followed: first on Nantucket Island and later, more formally, at Boston’s Museum School.

In 1963, her husband accepted a job at Johns Hopkins University and the family moved to Baltimore. Fay applied and was accepted into the Hoffberger Graduate School at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating in 1967, she opened a gallery in Baltimore’s very blue collar Fell’s Point neighborhood. In 1973, the family returned to New England when her husband accepted a professorship at Harvard Business School. Fay ventured into Boston’s South End where a community arts center was struggling to find itself. She rented studio space and became a stalwart supporter of the new Boston Center for the Arts.

In 1989, she used an inheritance to buy a long-decommissioned fire station in Brighton which she resurrected as artists’ studios. As Fay aged and her inventory of paintings and sculptures grew, she realized she needed a creative way to place them. In 1994, she gathered a group of friends; together they developed the concept of an organization that would act as a broker between artists with art to give and social service organizations with walls to cover. The concept became a reality. The Art Connection was born a year later and has now expanded into nearly a dozen cities.

Over the next 20 years, Fay continued to paint, holding three major retrospectives at the Cyclorama of the BCA. As her ability to give grew, so did her support of the arts and the underserved. Fay particularly believed in helping young people: as such she supported a vast array of arts programs throughout eastern Massachusetts. Fay Chandler died in Brighton on March 3, 2015. She was 92, a widow, living in her beloved Engine House in Brighton and still painting.

– A. D. Chandler

To stay up to date with all the upcoming events, follow #FindingFay on:





Alumni News: Photos by Will Gurin ’15 Published in The Boston Globe


Playful, interactive art comes to Boston Harbor Islands

Ripe with history and legend, inhabited by wildlife and resplendent with natural beauty, the 34 Boston Harbor Islands provide rich fodder for artists. Independent curator Elizabeth Devlin has undertaken a massive effort, with the blessing and support of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership, a confederation of governmental agencies that oversees the islands, to celebrate what’s out there.

For the Isles Arts Initiative, Devlin transported art installations by 11 artists by barge out to Georges Island. She also has weekly performance art on Saturdays on Spectacle Island (and acoustic music there on Aug. 8), and exhibitions on shore at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Atlantic Wharf Gallery, and the Boston Children’s Museum.

This is not the first time art has made it out to the islands. The Institute of Contemporary Art mounted four projects there in 2007. For the weekend-long Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, presented a few years back by the now defunct Berwick Research Institute artists collaborative, artists camped out, installed art, and performed.unnamed (2) Okay Mountain’s “Monument to a Decommissioned Monument”
Photo by WILL GURIN 2015

The Isles Arts Initiative is the most ambitious effort yet. The project has taken Devlin two years to mount, and for good reason: She only curates on the side. She has a day job as a private equities analyst. She also doesn’t have an art degree, but she’s no dilettante when it comes to art. Devlin, who runs the Flux Boston art blog, knows her stuff.

I spent a Saturday exploring the art on the islands. Devlin has a smart aesthetic, full of heart, and often daffy. No wonder, then, she tapped the !ND!V!DUALS Collective to fashion the initiative’s goofy and sweet opening salvo, an installation at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center.

The !ND!V!DUALS build fanciful critters out of recycled wood. Their “Isle de Monstrous” series, including the “Isle de Monstrous” newsstand at the welcome center with a friendly, apelike vendor, features all kinds of looming, engaging, child-friendly monsters.

On Georges, the savvy “Isle de Monstrous” includes a treasure map to works around the island, with a story line about wild beasts that washed ashore back in 1947. Alone among the projects in “COVE,” the Georges Island component of the initiative, “Isle de Monstrous” invites visitors to wander.

Most of the artists have just a single work, and the art can feel swallowed up by the magnificent site. The island’s Fort Warren, a Civil War prison for Confederate officers and government officials, resounds with history — dank tunnels, broken-down gunneries, an old hospital, parade grounds.

Let’s get the kinks out of the way.

Using the map provided, I couldn’t find all the work. One of the pieces had been relocated across the island. When I was there, Megan and Murray McMillan’s video was not running; their four-sided screen stood empty in a vast, gloomy area of the fort. (Devlin later told me there’s no power there; at the opening the video ran on a gas generator.) The McMillans have since installed within their giant screens a solar-powered monitor, so the video, on a small scale, is now on view.

The art, when you find it, enchants. Damien Hoar de Galvan saw the black holes of windows along the walls of the parade grounds and jam-packed two with two-by-fours in jumbled grids, often painting exposed ends in brilliant colors. His “Filling” pieces make a striking contrast to the great, gray grid of the fort’s stone and granite walls.

Pat Falco’s “Untitled (Coming Soon)” has a similarly jazzy rhythm and tone. Near the water, the two-part piece sports dizzying directional signs on one wall, and on the second, a quick picture of gentrification — from a boarded up bodega to a real estate storefront advertising the islands as luxury properties.unnamed (4)

Amy Archam-bault’s “Traverse” Photo by WILL GURIN 2015

Amy Archambault’s delightful sculpture “Traverse,” located in a dark corner near a window overlooking the harbor, looks like a catamaran Rube Goldberg might have designed — function pivoting toward absurdity. It could be a nutty, patched-together escape vessel for a prisoner. Okay Mountain’s “Monument to a Decommissioned Monument,” a misshapen statue with brassy boots, wrapped in a blue tarp and pointing toward Boston, cheekily takes on the weight of history.

From Georges, I took the ferry to Spectacle Island, where performance artists Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan have created a sweetly inviting program on Saturdays, “Time Body Space Objects 4,” around the theme of commitment.

Kate Balug was spending the day there tethering volunteers to a ring of rope, and wandering the island with them in meditative silence for 90 minutes or more. The brilliantly conceived exercise had participants teetering between their own initiative and their ability to integrate into a group. Prohibited from speaking, some said they felt more keenly aware of the island’s beauties.

Performers on Vogler and Phelan’s slate engage playfully with the public. On Saturday, Marilyn Arsem, winner of this year’s Maud Morgan Prize at the Museum of Fine Arts, will entice visitors to help make things disappear.

As you ramble over the islands, don’t underestimate the sweet surprise of coming across a piece of art in a shadowed corner of a fort, or an artist performing on a hiking trail. In that moment, nature’s dream and history’s reverie suddenly align and clarify in wild and provocative ways.


Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park through Aug. 26.

Courtesy of The Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @cmcq.


Alumni News: Zoey Chapin ’14 Lands Teaching Position at Marshfield High School

ZoeyMontserrat College of Art’s Sculpture and Art Education alumna Zoey Chapin ’14 just accepted a full time teaching position at Marshfield High School! She will be teaching drawing, painting and ceramics!

“The school is amazing! It’s a brand new building with wonderful people. Everyone I’ve met so far is incredibly nice and helpful and supportive…Thank you for your unwavering support and guidance.” – Zoey Chapin in a message to Montserrat’s Art Education Chair Rebecca Bourgault

Congratulations, Zoey!


2015 Summer Pre-College Program

11781608_1035416439824036_1632603706782515833_nMontserrat College of Art’s 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! Learn more at

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

Photos by Terry Slater & Dino Traite ’16

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Alumni News: Loren Doucette ’13 Update

ZjmPSCwEEdMO7IdPAlumna Loren Doucette ’13 has two upcoming Summer Exhibitions!

When Spirit Calls: August 15 – September 27
Solo show at the Marblehead Art Association
Hooper Manor, Marblehead, MA

August 29th: Conversation with the Artist 2 – 4 pm
September 19th: Artist in the Gallery
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday & Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Closed Monday

Time of Transition, Recent Works from Cape Ann

Gallery 53 @ 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester September 23 – October 13

Opening Reception: September 26th 6-8pm


Alumni News: Chris Pianka ’11 Has A New Position at Nickelodeon

unnamedAnimator, Illustrator, Cartoonist and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Chris Pianka ’11 has recently been hired as a Storyboard Revisionist on Nickelodeon’s new show, Harvey Beaks. Chris had freelanced as a Storyboard Artist while working at the Nickelodeon Animation Research Library in Burbank, where he got to write and draw two episodes of the show. Having been hired on full time as a Storyboard Revisionist, Chris will be working with the team helping to draw and create episodes for the show’s second season. Harvey Beaks is a board driven cartoon created by C.H. Greenblatt, who also created the Cartoon Network show Chowder.

Chris graduated in 2011, and was among the first students from the Animation and Interactive Media department at Montserrat.
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Summer 2015 Study Abroad in Viterbo, Italy

Italy1-Judy BrownMontserrat’s four-week (July 1 – July 31) study art abroad in Italy residential program affords art students and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy. Classes are held in the Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) in Viterbo, about 90 minutes north of Rome. As an integrated arts program, we offer courses in painting, drawing, photography, art history and writing. Students may elect two courses, to earn a maximum of 6 credits. All courses are taught in English by college and university faculty trained in the United States.

Italy4-Judy BrownThe medieval city streets of Viterbo still resonate with the sounds and rhythms of their ancient inhabitants. Once a major Etruscan site, the area was later inhabited by the Romans whose amphitheaters and baths remain well preserved. The 13th century papal palace in the center of the San Pelligrino section of the city is evidence of Viterbo’s significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Zeferelli’s Romeo and Juliet. Today Viterbo is a bustling modern town with a lively university community and active art scene.

Located in the heart of San Pelligrino, Viterbo’s medieval quarter, the Associazione of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) was founded in 2013 to educate and support cultural and scholarly activities across disciplines. ACRV is partnered with Montserrat and houses the summer study program and artist residencies. Viterbo is located 76 kilometers north of Rome, and is easily accessible to Florence, Siena, Assisi, Orvieto and the waterside resorts of Tarquinia, Bolsena and Vico.Italy3-Judy Brown

Italy2-Judy BrownStudy Art Abroad in Italy Course Offerings (select two):
Art and Architecture of the Etruscans (AH388)
Journalistic Drawing in Italy (IL329)
Landscape Photography in Italy (PH215)
Landscape Painting in Italy (PN240)
Journal-Based Travel Writing (HU303)

Photos by Judy Brown


Alumni News: Heidi Daub ’82 Update

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Heidi Daub is happy to announce her solo exhibit, Pieces Of Prayer, at the University of Maine Machias, Powers Hall Gallery, August 7 – September 30. The show will feature new and select paintings and poems and is a continuation of her work in Maine that has spanned over 25 years. An opening reception will take place Friday, September 4, 5- 7 pm. Gallery hours are 1-5pm Monday – Friday, with extended hours starting in September.unnamed (1)

Pieces Of Prayer takes its title from an ongoing painting series of the same name which was inspired by poems and songs written in relation to her daughter’s study of our indigenous roots, the elements of the earth and the environment that sustains us. The first paintings in this series started by writing excerpts from these songs and poems directly on vellum. As the phrases were written over and over, the words became form, paint and charcoal were added and the images that emerged felt at once ancient and contemporary. Now moving deeper into this theme, in this pivotal time of environmental urgency, the paint is coming forth as marks of her reverence, her openness to the essence of what makes us human; our kinetic energy and physiological make-up that aligns us with all living things.

The opportunity for the UMM exhibit evolved from a poetry/painting collaboration with Leonore Hildebrandt, entitled The Shelter, (ten part poem and ten paintings) presented at the 2013 Belfast Poetry Festival. The project, consisting of a ten part poem (Hildebrandt) paired with ten paintings (Daub) will be part of the exhibit and presented as a slide show/reading at the public reception.

An artist catalog, made possible by a wide net of supporters will be on view in the gallery and available on her website.

UMM is dedicated to environmental liberal arts and is in the heart of a vibrant ecological community. The book arts program, and Stone Island Press, are a state of the art facility made possible by a generous grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

For more details:
or call: 207-374-5417

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Gleason Fine Art, Bootbay Harbor, ME

Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME July 16-29

Pieces of Prayer, Powers Hall Gallery, University Maine Machias
Aug 7- Sept 30, opening reception September 4, 5-7 pm.

Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill ME
August, Water and Light, curated group show
October, Avy Claire, Heidi Daub and Susan Webster.


Montserrat College of Art and Salem State University Rule Out Formal Merger


Following a six-month due diligence process by the administrations and boards of trustees of Salem State University and Montserrat College of Art Presidents Stephen D. Immerman and Patricia Maguire Meservey announced today that a merger has been ruled out. The presidents said that despite the desire to create a stronger affiliation, estimated transition costs and the complexities of operating a separate campus would not make the merger economically feasible. The current economic climate in the commonwealth and limited growth potential in higher education in general, presented obstacles to the merger.

Both presidents said the process helped the institutions gain new insights into the workings of the other and that further academic collaborations between the two would continue to be discussed.

“Montserrat College of Art is an exceptional, small art college with an outstanding faculty and programs that Salem State would have been pleased to add to its curriculum, but the numbers just didn’t work at this time,” said President Meservey. “We will continue to discuss potential collaborations that would be beneficial to students from both institutions.”

“Montserrat entered discussions with Salem State hoping to add additional courses to our very rich visual arts programs, and during our discernment process, have learned much about our great neighbors at Salem. We will continue our discussions there, while we continue to add value, cultural life and economic impact in Beverly and continue contributing to the burgeoning Creative Economy of the region,” said Steve Immerman.

Montserrat Board of Trustees Chair Lee Dellicker said, “The future of Montserrat is strong and we entered these discussions from that posture. The college looks forward to welcoming a strong freshman class this fall, high retention numbers going forward, and from just completing a solid year in fundraising. We are poised for the future.”

The college will remain the intimate, student-centered learning environment that it has been for the past 45 years. It is integral to its culture to continue to explore options and opportunities to strengthen the college. Montserrat has done that in the past and no doubt will continue to do so in the future. While there was much that was attractive and considered seriously about a merger with Salem State in the end it was not an option that was going to work. We are mindful of the challenging economic climate for small, private colleges in America today, and we will continue to carefully steward both the history and build on the future of this great institution and its students, as we have always done, seeking new and innovative ways to secure its future.



Alumni News: Jill Hedrick ’14 Exhibits in Miller White’s 2015 Summer Invitational

Alumna Jill Hedrick ’14 is exhibiting in Miller White’s 2015 Summer Invitational, July 17 – August 14, alongside internationally celebrated French figurative artists, Patrick Moya and Ela Tom, as well as William Allen, Howard Barnes, Susan Danton, Jane Eccles, Deborah Forman, Anne Garton, Michael A. Giaquinto,William Hemmerdinger, Wayne Miller, Ulla Neigenfind, Cecilia Rossey, Joyce Utting Schutter, Kathleen Sidwell, Joyce Zavorskasdownload

Jill Hedrick, “When It’s Convenient For You” 2014, 24×24″ Gloss gel medium, photo clippings on panel

Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 5 – 7pm

Assisting collectors, both seasoned and emerging, in search of beautiful and compelling works of fine contemporary art.

HOURS: The Gallery operates with flexible hours. We are open year-round by both appointment & frequent happenstance. In other words, if we are on site, please do stop in. Otherwise, please contact:

Director Susan Danton at 508-360-4302 or

to schedule a private viewing.
Miller White Fine Arts . 708 Route 134 . South Dennis . Massachusetts 02660
(next building north of Agway)

See more of Hedrick’s art at


Alumni News: Janice Eaton ’91 Exhibits at Hall Haskell House in Ipswich Alongside Jeanette Griffith

2015-07-29 13_33_51-Greenshot capture formAlumna Janice Eaton Updike ’91 joins Jeanette Griffith for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 Main Street in Ipswich. There will be an opening reception Friday, July 17, 5 – 8 pm.

Janice Eaton Updike ’91 works in pastels creating contemplative landscapes of nature, color and light inspired by the quiet beauty of salt marshes and fields along the east coast. Her still lifes and interiors are studies of natural light transforming objects and space with the interplay of illumination and shadow upon color. Producing art for over twenty years, Janice prefers pastels for the versatility they provide within a range of subtlety. It is her masterful interpretation of this range that make Janice’s art luminous and memorable.

A graduate of Montserrat College of Art and residing in Newburyport, Updike’s works are at home in many New England residences and corporate institutions. Recent exhibitions include Chameleon Gallery, Newburyport; The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport; Stonewall Studios, Kittery, ME; the Hall-Haskell Gallery, Ipswich; and “Artrageous” , the annual Montserrat show benefiting student tuition.

Updike is currently represented by the Connor Summers Fine Arts & Framing Gallery on Market Street in Newburyport.

Jeanette Griffith, a native of Philadelphia, began working first with glass as a designer and fabricator of stained glass windows. She studied sculptural glass and began to produce three-dimensional work. Her working life has always reflected her interest in art and in glass, working as a fabricator/craftsperson, studio assistant, manager and instructor. She used all of her background, applied it as an independent studies student at Lesley University, and received her BA with a specialty in Fine Arts.

Griffith’s artwork has been featured in Two Person shows at the Hall Haskel Gallery in Ipswich MA. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and museums including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, International Exhibition of Glass Craft in Japan, the Glass Museum in Ebeltoft, Denmark, Chameleon, Nancy Mumford Gallery, Artrageous! Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA, and the Art Auction for WGBH. Her work is included in national and international collections.


Where Creativity Works for Prof. Charles Boyer

image“Each student has a unique face, a unique fingerprint, a unique way of mark making on the page, and a unique voice. It’s my job in writing classes to help students to develop that unique way of looking at the world, on the written page.” – Charles Boyer, Liberal Arts Professor

Boyer has been teaching at Montserrat since 1988. A fiction writer and poet, he has published poems and short stories in a number of literary magazines, including The Larcom Review, The New Kent Quarterly, and Spoon River Quarterly. His novel, History’s Child, was winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Novel Award for 2014, and will be published by New Issues Press in January, 2016.

He has received writing grants and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University, and has taught the Journal Writing Seminar at Montserrat’s summer program in Viterbo, Italy since 1998.


Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Update


This summer, Elizabeth Alexander has work in two exciting shows, a wedding and more!

May 23 – October 12, 2015
The Boston Sculptors Gallery takes over Chesterwood

“I am so thrilled to be one of the Boston Sculptors with work installed at historic Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA. My contribution is a new work, Golden Dream, a site-specific construction aimed to visually bridge the gardens and walking trails at Chesterwood. Emphasizing observations of the architecture, landscaping, and natural surroundings the piece combines the lattice details dominating the exterior of the main house and a stylized fallen tree to transition between the house, grounds, and the woodsy trails. It is my first out door work in a long time and among stellar pieces from many of my BSG colleagues, well worth the trip for a lovely day in Western Mass.”

unnamedChesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site

Address 4 Williamsville Road Stockbridge, MA
Hours Open daily, self guided, from 10am-5pm, Saturday, May 23 – Monday, October 12

For more information and a list of events see the website

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Alexander is very excited to announce that she has two works in Flux Boston’s Isles Arts Initiative:

Georges Island, Boston
July 11 – August 26, 2015
Reception July 11 4:00-6:30PM
Boat departs from Rowes Wharf, Boston at 3:00PM, returning from Georges Island at 6:30

She is one of several artists in an exhibit of Site Responsive Installations on Georges Island where she will be taking over the bakery with a new work, Private Mess.

Boston Sculptors Gallery
July 22 – August 16, 2015
SoWa First Friday Reception: Friday, August 7th, 5–8pm

34 is a group exhibition that includes 34 regional artists each responding to one of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands. Alexander will be premiering a new porcelain assemblage in response to “Shag Rocks.”

unnamed“Finally, after marrying my partner and collaborator of nine years this July (incredibly exciting in itself), Todd and I will be relocating to North Carolina in August!!! I am so happy to announce that I have taken an Assistant Professor position at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem teaching sculpture and drawing. It is a lot of change at once, and I admit that I am still quite heartbroken to leave Montserrat College of Art where I have grown as an educator (and artist) these past 5 years, but I am so excited for this new chapter. Stay tuned for news about more shows, classes, and a new studio in North Carolina this upcoming academic year.”


2015 Summer Immersive Continuing Education Classes

From painting and fiber arts to comics and book arts, our diverse Summer Immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer. Week long, intensive courses run from June 15 through July 10.

_DSC0002 (3) (2)Metal on Metal with Haig Demarjian, by Mel Powsner ’17

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Collage with Tim Harney, by Mel Powsner ’17

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Plein Air Painting with George Nick, by Mel Powsner ’17

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Solar Plate Etching with Dan Welden, by Mel Powsner ’17

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Encaustic Painting with Tracy Spadafora, by Mel Powsner ’17


Alumni News: Tiffany Laurencio ’05 Brings Designastration Studio back to Printsource New York

In August, Montserrat College of Art Illustration alumna Tiffany Laurencio ’05 is returning to Printsource New York and bringing back Designastration Studio where she will be showcasing her textile designs and illustrations featuring her characters and trend-focused patterns.


Designastration is a fresh, innovative new studio with lots of new and beautiful surface design collections. Laurencio will be showcasing available designs, patterns and illustrations to a wide variety of product manufacturers. From winsome birds to cuddly bunnies, sweet fairies, bears, mermaids, to clunky robots befuddled by roller-skates, Designastration focuses on playful and exciting themes for babies, kids, tweens and their families.

Printsource is a trade show where artist from around the world come together to sell and license their artwork and product designs to manufacturers.

See more of her work at



Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Alumni Job Posting: Senior Teaching Associate Internship

paid-internshipPosition Description:

Senior Teaching Associate needed for a topics/XL course at Montserrat College of Art. The course, Spin-Off, is a collaborative project between Montserrat and the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA. The course is scheduled for fall, 2015, and is a 3 credit course, targeted for juniors and seniors.

The position will begin with a few research and course presentation projects. The course begins on Friday, August 28th. The Associate will attend most classes but will be required to be at every museum visit. Flexibility in scheduling is helpful due to preparation during the summer months and additional hours in November during exhibition preparation and installation. The position end date is December 4, 2015.


Experience doing research, curating and installing exhibitions
Ability to work with and assist undergraduate students
Experience with course presentation development
Basic graphic design and photographic skills are helpful
Excellent organizational skills and ability to accomplish multiple tasks
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with students and faculty
Ability to problem-solve and work effectively without direct supervision

To apply:

Please submit letter of interest and resume to the Human Resource department at Montserrat College of Art,, with the subject line “STA Internship”. To be assured of full consideration, please apply by July 13, 2015.

Senior Teaching Associate Internship
Hourly Rate: $10.00
Hours per week: 10
Start Date: Summer 2015


Alumni News: Leonard Greco ’03 Exhibits at Mingo Gallery

Montserrat College of Art Photography alumnus Leonard Greco ’03 had an opening at Mingo Gallery in Beverly on Friday, June 26 for his exhibit – Dizzy Moods: A MODEST INQUIRY INTO THE ART OF STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH.20150626_185953 20150626_190246 20150626_190311

Greco has recently been featured in several publications including:

The New York Times Style Magazine blog

“Black Out” New Watch story he shot for The New York Times Style Magazi

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

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

He shot the new cover story for Metropolis Magazine and  is shooting for Converse and his first national campaign for Alex and Ani will be out this summer!


Passing of 2003 Graduate, Kate Guillette

We are so saddened to share the passing of Kate Guillette, a 2003 Montserrat graduate and talented photographer. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and loved ones.

Guillette majored in Photography while she attended Montserrat. She had her own photography business, while also working as a graphic designer.

Services for Kate: The Wake will be Monday, July 6, 5 – 9 pm at Cebula Funeral Home, 66 South Street Ware, MA. Funeral will be on Tuesday, July 7, 9 am at Cebula Funeral Home and 10am service at All Saints Church. Lunch to follow at Hardwick Vineyard. The family will be having a celebration of her life in Lowell on Wednesday, July 8 at Kate’s condo.

Above photo taken at Montserrat’s 2015 Alumni Show at 301 Gallery.


Governor Baker Appoints Montserrat President Steve Immerman to Mass Cultural Council

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

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

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

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

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

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


Montserrat Gallery’s Summer Pop-Up Series


This summer, the Montserrat Galleries hosted a series of “pop-up” exhibitions, a short term event format that has gained in popularity in recent years. Designed to bring people together and known for their energetic atmosphere. Every week features a new theme and a range of related events and a closing reception.

June 1-5 “Reliquary: An Exhibition of Performance and It’s Remains” 

Curated by Kirk Snow, Reliquary is an exhibition of performance and its remains. The focus is not just on the performing body, but on how this body marks, changes, and affects objects and spaces. Conversely, these bodies gain new meaning through their relationship with materials and space, a relationship that shifts once these bodies leave the boundaries of the gallery. In the end, Reliquary is an exhibition about time and change, and the ways in which our actions leave traces that weave together the present and past.

Public Performances:
Garett Yahn- June 1, 3-7pm
Joanna Tam- June 2, 5-7pm
Michelle Lacombe, June 3, 6-7pm
Tony Schwensen- June 4, 12-8pm
Reception: Thursday, June 4, 7–9pm

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June 8-12 “NO SHAKE, NOT HERE” Curated by Robert Moeller

The second installment of Pop-Ups, NO SHAKE, NOT HERE is part of an ongoing series of pop-up exhibitions curated by artist and critic, Robert Moeller.

Participating Artists: Geoff Hargadon, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Devon Clapp, Maggie Jensen, Anthony Palocci Jr, Sarah Krizon, Kristine Roan, Zachary Naylor, Frank Egloff, Emily Varley, Kevin Lucey, Caroline Bagenal, Mary Bucci McCoy, Masako Kamiya, Raul Gonzalez, DEAD ART STAR, Maria Molteni, Pat Falco, Gianah Burney, Colleen Kiely, Genesis Báez, Sarah Graziano, Elaine Bay, Franklin Evans

Reception: Thursday, June 11, 7-9pm

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June 15-19 “XUBDUED Light” Curated by Ethan Berry

The third Pop-Ups installment is a curated series of twenty screenings organized by artist, film maker, and Montserrat faculty member, Ethan Berry. Xubdued Light features a variety of films from the AgX Boston Film Collective. The films from the AgX collective represent a variety of approaches to the film material and the film form. Berry has chosen work that he feels, “represent some of the different approaches to film that encompass and typify contemporary experimental film making.; Found Film and Collage, Camera-less Films, Visual Essays and Journals, and Documents.” This series will contain work in Super-8, 16mm silent and sound, digital video and projection/performance. Berry is an artist and film maker and faculty member at Montserrat College of Art where he coordinates a Capstone Seminar and teaches film and photography. This screening series is part of a larger project which involves researching film collectives both in the US and worldwide. This is the first screening representing the recently formed Boston film collective called AgX.

Nightly film screenings, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Performance by Laura Ryan: Thursday, June 17, 4:30pm
Reception: Thursday, June 17, 7-9pm

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June 22- June 26 “Field Days: New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA)

Curated by Pam Campanaro, this pop-up focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and sports. New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA) is a craftivist project that addresses public space, diversity, collaboration, feminism, and interdisciplinary learning. For Field Days, NCAA will turn the gallery interior into an track and field facility; equipped with faux blacktop and astroturf. During weeklong public events, audience members will be participatory “athletes”, invited to knit and crochet to build proactive, inclusive relationships between artists, athletes and neighbors. Participating NCAA Members: Maria Molteni, Team Captain (Boston, MA), Andrea Sherrill Evans, Knitting Guru and Instructor (Boston, MA) and Taylor McVay, Crochet Historian and Instructor (Boston, MA).

Reception: Thursday, June 25, 4-6pm



Photo Cred: Mel Powsner ’17


Alumni News: Portfolio Prep Class Taught by Carly Brasier ’14 this July

Student Financial Services Assistant and alumna Carly Brasier ’14 is teaching a Portfolio Prep class for Teens & Young Adults as part of the Dow Arts Programs at the Ipswich Museum this summer! Learn more at Please pass this along to whoever you think may be interested in this program!

Portfolio Prep 2015: Cultivating Artists of the Future
Adults and Young Adults, Instructor: Carly Brasier
Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 21, 23, 28, 30; 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Museum Members: $150, Non-Members: $175

Designed for students looking to strengthen their observational skills, and provides a creative environment for taking risks in preparing for futures as artists. The class examines artistic processes including drawing, painting, sculpture, and more; primary focus on observational skills to “see” the world with an artist’s eye; discussion of visual and media literacy; art making, and professional artistic careers. The course includes a visit from a college admissions officer.

Registration Deadline: July 14, 2015
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Staff News: Dean of Students Maureen Wark Receives Lifetime Service Award

imageOur very own Dean of Students Maureen Wark has won the Charles “Chuck” Lamb Lifetime Service Award at the NEACUHO (Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers) 2015 Annual Conference at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Beginning in 1992, this is an honor given annually to a NEACUHO member who has made a career in or has maintained business relations with the college/university setting, and through his/her/their profession has made a positive contribution to students, colleagues and the NEACUHO organization. This award honors Charles “Chuck” Lamb for his long term commitment to NEACUHO and the housing profession as well as his being a role model, mentor, colleague and friend. So deserved!

Congratulations, Maureen!


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

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

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

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




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

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

The New York Times Style Magazine blog

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

See more of his work at


Alumni News: Jennifer Clement ’98 Update

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

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

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

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

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

-Jennifer Clement


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970 by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

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


FLOUR(ISH) Bake Shoppe Opens in the Neighborhood

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

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

Above Photo by Elizabeth Gianino


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

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

Opening Reception: June 27, 4 – 7 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Boston Sculptors Gallery

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

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

About Concord Art Association

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

About Chesterwood

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Two lectures will be offered:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Alumni News: Deanna Jacome ’15 Profiled in Creative Salem

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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





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

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

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


Oracle, image by Doug Urbank

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

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

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


Upcoming Summer Pop-ups:

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


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


4th Annual Beverly Bike Drive

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

For more information, visit


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Panel Speakers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pop-Up Art Exhibits at Montserrat Gallery in June



Pop-up art exhibits at Montserrat Gallery in June

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

Art exhibits can pop up anywhere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11011748_844939598907998_850120408445614379_nIf you go

What: Pop-Up Exhibits

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit

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


Update from Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda ’05

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

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My painting has won Best of Show Gold!

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

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April 3 – June 7, 2015

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


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

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

Excerpt from Joachim’s Transcribed Conversation:

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

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


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

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

Barbara Moody has had six solo exhibitions at Kingston Gallery in Boston over the past ten years. She recently completed two large-scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, and completed a 27-foot wall drawing for Seven: A Performative Drawing Project at Montserrat in 2012. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota, and Chicago, as well as the DeCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in Massachusetts. Moody earned M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a Professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

unnamedDrawing Basics Intensive
w/ Barbara Moody

unnamedEncaustic Painting
w/ Tracy Spadafora

June 22 – 26 Classes

June 29 – July 3 Classes

July 3 – 10 Classes

July 27 – August 2 Trip

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

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

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


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

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

Please visit our website for full details.

Apply Today!

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

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



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

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

Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin

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

unnamedunnamedCape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street | Gloucester, MA

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