Alumni News: Andy Curlowe ’06 Update


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

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

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

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Exciting Winter Travel Program in New York

unnamedAn Art Lover’s Field Trip to New York

January 2015

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

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

Instructor: Leonie Bradbury, Director – Curator

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

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

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

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

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


DEADLINE: December 1

…limited slots so register soon to avoid disappointment.

Price for 9 days 8 nights, credit

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

Price for 9 days 8 nights, non-credit

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

For more information, click here

CONTACT: Leonie Bradbury,

For payment info & schedule, contact Bursar or 978.921.4242 x 1172

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

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

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

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

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Alumnus Joe LoVasco ’07 Exhibits at Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery

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

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

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

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

Above: Joe LoVasco, Time Spent, 2014, Mixed media collage / Promo Design by Josh Ramsey


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


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

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

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

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

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


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Franklin Evans Review in The Boston Globe by Cate McQuaid

The Boston Globe  Arts

With artist Franklin Evans, an immersive experience


Franklin Evans’s “circumjacentoffsetloweredgeredorangeochergray.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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At: Montserrat College of Art Gallery,

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

Cate McQuaid can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @cmcq


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

unnamedMontserrat College of Art alumnus Michael Grimaldi ’05 is exhibiting in Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, NY.

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

Tue. – Sat. 11 am – 6 pm


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

imageI Know Of You: Montserrat Senior Thesis Exhibition

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

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


 Ian Cooper, 2014, Charcoal on paper

For more information contact:
Pamela Campanaro
Assistant Curator of Exhibitions
Montserrat College of Art Galleries


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Montserrat Students Propose Beverly Wall that Draws Artists From All Over



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg Nov. 19


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

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

Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg

Wed., Nov. 19, 11:30 am

23 Essex Street, Room 201

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

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Artrageous!29 Call for Art



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

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

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

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

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

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

Montserrat College of Art accepts digital submissions ONLY. Each artist may submit up to 2 pieces.
    • Digital submissions will be accepted online Nov. 3, 2014 – Dec. 15, 2014.Images should be a jpeg or tiff file, 3.75″ wide @ 300 dpi to include on the auction website and catalog. Please label images: Last Name, First Name, Title.
    • All artists will be notified on Jan. 23 of works accepted and instructions to ship or drop off to: 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915.
    • We ask that works by delivered between Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2015.
    • A commission of 40% of the final sale price will be offered on LIVE AUCTION WORKS ONLY. Silent auction pieces will NOT receive a commission.
    • The Live Auction selections will be announced on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
    • Only a certain number of works can be accepted each year. Montserrat reserves the right to not accept works.
    • Accepted work becomes a gift to Montserrat. This applies to ALL pieces whether sold in the live or silent auctions.
    • Proceeds from Artrageous! directly support financial aid for Montserrat students: THANK YOU!
To submit click here 

*For more information, please contact: Pam Campanaro, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions 978.867.9604 or


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Alumni News: Kate Sullivan is a Published Illustrator and Author

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


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

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



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Giving Back to the Montserrat Community

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Dyer,

Class of 2013

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Faculty News: Marilu Swett Exhibits SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery


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

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

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

First Friday: December 5, 5 – 8 pm

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The Cabot Reopens & Montserrat Commencement Returns to the Cinema


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Will Broaddus, Staff writer November 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of The Salem News


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Gallery Update: “SHEER PANIC” Senior Thesis Exhibition


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

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

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

Photo Cred: Joanna Carey ’15

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Alumni Update: Lana Wheeler ’12

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

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

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

By Kristin D’Agostino

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

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

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

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

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

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

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

Apply Now! Early Action Admission at Montserrat College of Art

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


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

FREE YOGA on Tuesday & Friday


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

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

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

Bring a mat if you have one, some extras provided & for other questions email instructor


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Win Tickets to Artrageous 29 By Telling Your Story

Tell us Your Story

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

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

Shine a Spotlight


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

Your story can help others

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

Tell us your story, your way.

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

You may win tickets

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

The “fine print”

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

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

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

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

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Montserrat Students Exhibit at Crane Estate November 8


Montserrat students will have their artwork on display across the sprawling the grounds of the Crane Estate for the annual Art Show and Sale. This is the fifth annual show at the Crane Estate in Ipswich presented by Montserrat’s Bear Gallery.

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

For more information contact The Trustees of Reservation at or 978.356.4351.

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Dan DeRosato ’14 & Jill Hedrick ’14 Exhibit During November First Fridays


Alumnus Dan DeRosato ’14 and alumna Jill Hedrick ’14 will be exhibiting Parallel Frontiers  for one night only at Find & Form Space on Friday, November 7, 6 – 9 pm at 524 Harrison Ave. in Boston during Boston’s November First Fridays. The exhibit was curated by Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to exhibit in Boston, and showcase some of my recent work,” said DeRosato.

Parallel Frontiers reveals the aesthetic likeness between two unlike methods of making.

“I’m excited for them both,” said Campanaro. “It’s a big step for each of them to showcase new work, and their first large exhibition post graduation.”

Parallel Frontiers expands the dimensionality of line in both digital and handmade practices. Line is an abstraction, perceived more than actually viewed. We cannot see a line’s infinite extension or its complete measure. We recognize its one dimension or “flatness”. DeRosato and Hedrick compositionally challenge these rules, making their work the exception.

DeRosato and Hedrick’s work intersect thematically commonly referencing themes of failure, instability and relationships. Layered (literally) with information and memory from appropriated data, they hijack the original and reconstruct it to tell person narratives. Materially, their work is parallel; DeRosato glitches data, a digital technique used to error images. The act of glitching is destructive in that it “breaks” an image revealing flaws, line interruption and random abstraction. Hedrick is more invested in the manipulation of something tangible, in her case photo clippings, to void a snapshot of its memory.

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Alumni News: Bea Modisett ’07 Interview with Free People Writer Julie O’Boyle ’06

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Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett ’07 was interviewed by Free People writer and fellow alumna Julie O’Boyle ’06 for a recent feature on Free People‘s blog. Modisett reflects on how her time at Montserrat, living in Beverly and her travel experiences through Montserrat’s study abroad trips to Italy and Africa, have impacted her painting.

Richmond. A city that has certainly left an impression on me, and a city that I anticipate returning to. Not exactly top of mind when one imagines the great artistic hubs of the world, but that’s just another reason to love it.the full version.

Not boastful in its beauty, the artistic side of Richmond has a way of popping up unexpectedly. Turn a corner and you might find yourself face to face with one of the boldest murals you’ve ever seen, or glance skyward for a glimpse of a street artist’s wheat-paste masterpiece adorning the side of an old building. It’s only then that you might realize, this city is brimming with artistic flourish. Tucked away in one of those buildings is the painting studio of recent Richmond transplant Bea Modisett.

I’ve known Bea for a long time, first as a classmate at the small fine arts college we attended, and later, as a close friend and collaborator. She is easily one of the most driven and accomplished artists that I know, and a seasoned veteran of the road. Speak to her for ten minutes, and I can guarantee you’ll leave the conversation day dreaming of cross-country road trips and sojourns to Africa, India, and Thailand. The spaces and landscapes depicted in her varied body of work invite exploration, often eliciting vastly different reactions from those who view it. While in Richmond for our recent FP Me event, I had the opportunity to tour Modisett’s studio and talk about her travels, her art, and the challenges that come with being a full-time artist:

Could you tell me about your background?

“Well, I was born in Washington, DC, bounced back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child, finally settling in Rhode Island for high school. I attended a small fine arts college in Beverly, MA — Montserrat College of Art — which I graduated from in 2007. This past summer I relocated to Richmond, VA to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where I’m working towards my Master’s.”


Did you always want to be an artist?

“I remember, in the 3rd grade we made a yearbook, they took our picture and in this box they instructed us to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up; kids were drawing themselves as astronauts and doctors, I drew myself in a beret with a paintbrush.”

I imagined myself similarly as a kid — the artist in the beret with the easel and palette — how has your perception of what an artist is changed in recent years?

“I’m learning that artists have a huge responsibility and potentially a lot of power. It’s not just about me expressing myself – obviously it is, in a way — but I’m also realizing that as an artist you have a responsibility to try to make people understand that there are different ways of seeing and experiencing the world. My work isn’t political but you can see the power of artists who do political work. I’m recognizing that art can really shift perspectives. So I think it’s gone from my younger self being like, “I’m expressing myself and being an individual!” to feeling as if this is a legitimate tool that can do some good in the world.”

Travel is a big part of your life and your work, do you think your time spent moving back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child inspired your later wanderlust?

“Moving, sure, but it was also my parents. Our family vacations were unconventional — never Disneyland — we were always visiting historic battlefields or camping; my parents taught us that it’s important to move and to always be looking. So travel, to me, is me looking for something, searching for something, not necessarily home, but just searching, looking, exploring. I think it’s important to be exposed to everything this world has to offer. That can mean physical exploration, but also exploration within your own mind. Don’t just accept what surrounds you.”

Can you pinpoint a moment when your desire to travel went beyond those family vacations? A breakthrough moment when you realized that travel was going to become a huge part of your work?

“I went to Italy and Africa with Montserrat, which was incredible. Looking back on those experiences… they were pivotal but also felt a little surface. When I returned home, the patterns and the energy of the people I met all made their way into my painting. I painted the patterns of the dresses I saw women wearing, the patterns of the fabric. It wasn’t until I drove solo across the country — from Boston to San Francisco on a month-long journey — that’s when I felt a really incredible connection to traveling alone, to being in those landscapes, it was intense. I remember being like “Julie, I just want to get in my car and drive to California,” do you remember that? And then I did it! I planned my trip and I went.”

Knowing how often you moved and how much you crave travel and new experiences, it’s interesting that up until recently you were so firmly anchored in Beverly, MA. Can you tell me about the decision to stay there?

“The four years at Montserrat, I look at it as four years of building a community and after graduation I stayed with that community. I continued to cultivate relationships, which lead to opportunities. By staying in Beverly I was able to teach at the college, run a gallery, I was working for artists and showing my work. The community kept offering me support, and I was able to actively live as an artist because I had ties there. I knew it was time to go, though, when the painting wasn’t keeping me from feeling under-stimulated. Beverly is amazing — you know that — but I wanted to be surrounded by people who were devoting their lives to it. I needed that intensity around me.”

Do you have any advice for aspiring painters?

“I was taught that the only way you’re going to be really good at something, is if you do what you really want to do. Find a way to do it, don’t make excuses, and say yes to opportunities. And realize that you may have to make some sacrifices along the way.”

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Alumni News: Donna Baldassari ’83 and Marcia Hermann ’83 Exhibit at Ipswich’s Hall-Haskell House

10451703_10202831288211289_3507026389978155778_n (1)Montserrat College of Art alumnae Donna Baldassari ’83 and Marcia Hermann ’83, join Steve Negrón, Montserrat’s former director of admissions, for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 S Main Street in Ipswich. There will be an opening reception Friday, Nov. 7, 5 – 8 pm.

Exhibit Dates: November 5 – 9

Wed. – Sat. noon – 5 pm & Sun. noon – 4 pm

Donna Baldassari has been most recognized for her luminous landscapes.  As a child of the 50’s she embraces her love of nostalgia and has extended her portfolio to include quintessential painterly portraits of vintage bicycles and campers.  Summering in Wellfleet MA has provided the inspiration to capture the quiet beauty of simplicity, when life moved at a slower pace.  Baldassari is currently represented by the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown MA and was featured in a Two Woman Show June 2013 entitled “Déjà Vu.  She is also represented by Chameleon Gallery of Newburyport, MA.

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Donna Baldassari, Go Green, 16”x12” oil on panel

Marcia Hermann: Originally from Speedway, Indiana, Marcia is known for her tongue-in-cheek vignettes of her kooky yet prosaic personal life.  She has recently been spending summers in Indiana with her niece Emily and Emily’s golden retriever, Tucker.  Not a natural pet lover, Marcia has been completely won over by Tucker, and he and Emily loom large in her recent paintings.  An award-winning painter, she is currently represented by Chameleon in Newburyport, MA.

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Marcia Hermann, I forgot which foot I licked. 30”x30” oil on panel

Steve Negrón’s paintings express desires, fears and mischievous intentions. “There are running themes in many of my paintings of intimacy, betrayal or something sinister about to happen.” A mild-mannered college administrator by day, he is otherwise found in his small home studio in Lynn.  Negrón is represented by Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport and was the featured artist in the October 2012 edition of North Shore Art*Throb

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Steve Negrón, Pajama Party 16”x20” acrylic on panel


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Alumni News: Allison White ’08 is One of the Many Alumni Exhibiting in Porter Mill’s Annual Small Works Exhibition

10325791_692128180861110_4924607605264521176_nAlumna Allison White ’08 has had three of her pieces accepted to the Annual Small Works Exhibition at Porter Mill in Beverly. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Nov. 6th, 5 – 8 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through  Dec. 21. See more of White’s work at

facebookevent3All of the artwork is 12 x 12” or smaller. The exhibition showcases talent and creativity from all over the country. The Gallery is free and open to the public between 5 – 7 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 – 4 pm on weekends.


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Wintersession On-Campus Courses & Travel Programs

unnamedWintersession is designed to allow participants time and instruction to delve into a new skill, subject or even a new country through short-term, intensive courses. From mixed media and warm glass jewelry making, to travel courses in New York and Spain, we have exciting programs for undergraduates and community members alike!

Courses & Travel Programs:

Upcoming Event
December 12/27/2014 Making Art in Spain: The Landscapes, Histories and Cultures of Mallorca
Do you like to make art on location, travel and explore new lands? This adventure gives the artist exciting opportunities to work on location and offers unique environments in which to photograph, draw, sketch, document, collage, video or journal in the rich multifaceted landscapes and geographies of Mallorca, Spain.
January 1/2/2015 I Art New York: An Art Lover’s Field Trip to the Big City
January 2 – 9| $450 – $2,600 | This winter travel to New York with Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of Montserrat’s Art Galleries, for a series of in depth investigations of current topics in art. Ever wonder what modernism and postmodernism really mean? Or the difference between the real and the surreal? Using world–class exhibitions as the inspiration for each day’s topic, Leonie Bradbury will unpack critical ideas in art through……
1/5/2015 Business of Art
This intensive course introduces the business skills every artist and creative entrepreneur needs to take their practice to the next level.
1/5/2015 Drawing Basics Intensive | Barbara Moody
This intensive course offers challenging exercises and helpful hints to achieve accurate drawings from observation. Students quickly gain skills in achieving strong tonal values with light and shadow, correct proportion, ellipses and perspective, and dynamic composition. The professor’s demonstrations and image presentations reveal strategies for developing drawings step-by-step from start to finish…..
1/5/2015 Warm Glass Jewelry | James Durrett
Students will learn technical and practical methods used to manipulate glass into objects of their own design in the form of wearable jewelry. The course begins with the basic process of fusing glass together followed by more extensive methods of Wire wrapping to silver soldering. The course is beneficial to those wishing to acquire skills in this area for the first time and to those already familiar with….
- 1/11/2015
Mixed Media Painting on Paper | Maria Malatesta
Free from the apprehension of the blank canvas, painting on paper can be liberating and lead to experimentation and unexpected results. In this workshop, we will work on various papers as a way to generate and explore imagery and ideas. Papers will include vellum, Yupo, rice papers, printing and….
Online registration for Wintersession 2015 is now open! For a complete listing of on-campus Wintersession offerings, please visit


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Gallery Update: Franklin Evans Exhibit’s Art New England Review

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Franklin Evans: juddrules by Robert Moeller Oct 29, 2014


Any combining, mixing, adding, diluting, exploiting, vulgarizing or popularizing of abstract art deprives art of its essence and depraves the artist’s artistic consciousness. Art is free, but it is not a free-for-all. The one struggle in art is the struggle of artists against artists, of artist against artist, of the artist-as-artist within and against the artist-as-man, -animal or -vegetable. Artists who claim their artwork comes from nature, life, reality, earth or heaven, as “mirrors of the soul” or “reflections of conditions” or “instruments of the universe,” who cook up “new images of man”—figures and “nature-in-abstraction”—pictures, are subjectively and objectively, rascals or rustics. 
- Donald Judd, American Dialog, Vol. 1-5

Donald Judd was an exquisite contrarian. Call him a minimalist and he’d say, no, he wasn’t. To be fair, the term itself was widely rejected by artists working at this narrow-end of the artistic spectrum, and so it was only natural that what started out as an explanation of the work, became the rules that governed both its wider understanding and presentation. Looking back, what’s become clear is that the dialogues that emerged from this era were as intrinsic to the work (from the artist’s perspective) as the work itself. In part, it was the apparatus of distinction—the breaking with old ideas that felt stale and over-used. It was a carving down to the essential nature of an object that interested Judd, but it required sensitivity to some rules-based order.

At Montserrat College of Art, Franklin Evans has expertly taken Judd’s advisories to heart, if not literally, in an installation called juddrules that continuously sweeps across the entire gallery like an elegant wave of ordered form and natural chaos. What Evans captures is the tensions that fill out the interior life of a painting, informed by biography, color and a wide array of materials. As Judd said, “Art is free, but is not a free-for-all.” And Evans’ highly structured/unstructured homage to him adheres brilliantly to Judd’s sage and cautionary directive.

Indeed, what Evans accomplishes is allowing the viewer inside the deliberate mosaic of the creative process. Everything is laid bare and yet the work is fully cohesive. Evans uses tape to mark, set borders and string like connective tissue. It hangs from the ceiling, slashes across painted surfaces and stands in for line, gesture and mark-making. Its very flimsiness becomes its strength, in architecture forms that feel permanent and deliberate.

Evans situates several metal folding chairs throughout the exhibition to enable viewers to take in specific channels of the work. One view opens and closes like a stretch of roller coaster track bracketed by vertical lines of tape. Here, the artist asks you to take a journey with him, and as your eyes move down this sliver of the overall installation, the information he has placed in the corridor begins to speed up before a gentle upward curve slows it down again.

Seated in another chair, there’s a broader view of the work. Here, one begins to see a long, interconnected, painting take shape. It isn’t so much the intersection of painting and sculpture, but it’s the intersection of a painting with you in it—under you, beside you and above you. It is like being injected into the very essence of the work. The forms are so organic and natural that they make no specific claims as a single gesture but instead inform the whole. Everything is balanced and the absence of any visual neediness is the fulcrum upon which it all rides. The stability and control of the application of ideas inherent to creating the work are exposed and an interior monologue emerges. It is one in which the artist engages with the ideas of another artist while writing an autobiography of sorts, about himself, or if you will a form of portraiture about the absorption and consumption of ideas.

It begins here with Judd and transforms itself fully into Evans. What Judd allows, Evans expands upon. Judd’s rules become markers in Evans’ story. It’s not a question of primacy but rather the natural accrual of information and influence and its reinvestment in new work. Interestingly, one wonders if Judd would find Evans’ approach too unruly, too much the free-for-all he cautioned against. That being said, it is hard to imagine Judd finding fault in the precise nature of Evans’ harnessing of so many disparate elements into such a singular and profound work.

Franklin Evans: juddrules
Montserrat Gallery
Sept. 17 – Dec. 13, 2014
23, Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Image Credit: Franklin Evans, “juddrules” Installation View, 2014, mixed media. (Photo credit Bethany Acheson)

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Alumni Feature: Joe Sweeney ’81

 Printmaker Alumnus Nails Top Job in Construction
by Kristin D’Agostino

Sometimes life (like the old U2 song says) moves in mysterious ways.  When Joe Sweeney graduated from Montserrat in 1981 with a degree in Printmaking, he never would have guessed that three decades later he’d be working in the construction business.  But, these days, Sweeney is Customer Service Manager at Windover Constructionin Manchester-By-The-Sea, a job that requires him to oversee quality control, problem-solve and communicate with customers.  Though the fields of construction and fine art may seem worlds apart, Sweeney says over the years he has regularly used his ability to work with his hands, to visualize things in 3D, and to express ideas on paper.

Joe Sweeney says his ability to think in 3D and express ideas on paper have come in handy at his career in the construction industry.

Joe Sweeney says his ability to think in 3D and express ideas on paper have come in handy throughout his career in the construction industry.

How did he find his way into construction?  After graduating from Montserrat, Sweeney worked for a couple of years for a friend’s printmaking studio in Gloucester, while holding down side-jobs in restaurants and construction.  After a while, he chose to pursue construction full-time.

“It felt natural because my family was in the business of restoring antique homes in Western Massachusetts,”  he says.

These days, after many years of hands-on work as a carpenter, Sweeney is happy to be working behind the scenes.  “I’m more beneficial in this position than if I had a hammer in my hand,”  he says, adding, “Many years of lifting and grunting are hard on the body.”

Though it’s been three decades since he was an art student, Sweeney remembers his time at Montserrat well.  He particularly recalls Friday night critiques where students would gather to view each other’s work and offer feedback. The meetings, he says, have served him well in life.

“You can either crumble, or benefit and grow [from the criticism]”, he says.  Like a chameleon adapting to life’s constant changes, it seems that Sweeney has chosen to grow.

Alumni News: Jeremy Schmidt ’03 Update

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Originally from Elmira New York, Jeremy Schmidt ’03 lives in Lynn with his girlfriend Katherine, their rabbit named Salem and their pug Hermione. Schmidt received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 with a concentration in Sculpture. After spending five years managing the water and sewer departments in Chelsea, he became an Assistant Operations and Maintenance Manager at the environmental consulting firm Weston and Sampson.

“Today I use the skills I honed at Montserrat to think creatively when problem solving and to appreciate how many different viewpoints people in my industry have,” said Schmidt.

Most of Schmidt’s time is spent working pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell, but in his spare time he decorates his house by turning old vending machines into works of art. “I like to take non-traditional objects and rework them to turn them into something functional for the home,” said Schmidt 

“Over the years my work has gone from the abstract to more towards functionality. The work I created at Montserrat gave me a launching off point creativity-wise to be where I am today.” After finishing his MBA Schmidt plans to open a tattoo business in the North Shore area.


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Chris Van Allsburg Book Launch Event in Beverly

Van Allsburg Signing Invitation

Renowned author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg will launch the tour for his new book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, here in Beverly Farms with a signing event on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 – 6:30 pm.

The meet-the-author event will take place in the former Glee Building at 29 West Street, Beverly Farms. In addition to signing copies of his new book, Van Allsburg will be showing framed pieces from his work as an illustrator.

To help celebrate independent bookstores, the event is a project of and sponsored by the BOOKSHOP OF BEVERLY FARMS.

The Van Allsburgs are further supporting our community by offering a % of proceed from book’s sold to benefit Beverly Bootstraps.

Click here to see all his tour dates and locations!


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Health Update: Fun Facts About Oatmeal


Gotta love oatmeal! It’s low in fat and high in protein, making it an excellent choice for fueling up at the start of your day. According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, oatmeal may provide even more powerful benefits for people trying to lose or maintain body weight. In one study, a group of subjects were given oatmeal for breakfast while a second group received traditional breakfast cereal. While the meals had identical calorie counts, the oatmeal eaters felt less hungry and more satisfied, even four hours after they had finished eating. Now that it’s getting cold out, what a great way to start your day!

- Susan Calhoun  |  RN, MSN


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Alumni News: Edward Brillant ’00 Teaching Game Development at Southern New Hampshire University

testme2Montserrat College of Art’s Illustration alumnus Edward Brillant ’00 is an instructor in Southern New Hampshire University’s Game Development program. He teaches classes on creating game assets, building game environments, character animation, creature design, concept art and game interface design.

Brillant has served more than 10 years in the 3D industry, recently as Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston. He has published nine games for the iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and has also worked on children’s television shows (lead animator for ‘’A Very Wompkee Christmas,’’ seen on ABC and PBS).

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Daniel Stone and Massiel Grullon ’14 Chosen for The MCCA Portrait Project

The Portrait Project: A Lifetime of Art


As part of the exhibition design process for The Portrait Project, a select group of Boston artists allowed The MCCA Art Program to photograph their painting, drawing or collage and reproduce the image into a high quality reproduction print.

From child artist to Master Artist, each individual featured in this show has reached a significant milestone in their journey as an artist. Nusayabah is only four years old. She is just beginning to grasp how to hold a paint brush and mix primary colors. Perhaps someday she will learn about Arthur Polonsky, considered by many art scholars to be the best Expressionist painter living in Boston.

The Portrait Project is meant to convey our shared experience of growing older and how our sense of self changes and deepens over the course of a lifetime. This exhibit is currently on display at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Artists include:

College StudentsDaniel Stone and Massiel Grullon from Montserrat College of Art

Accomplished ArtistsDan McColePaul GoodnightJanet Monafo and Master Artist Arthur Polonsky

Emerging ArtistsKate True and Percy Fortini-Wright

Self-taught ArtistsMaria Schlomann and Ruby Pearl of Boston’s Gateway Arts

Teen Artists: Vasily Luzanau and Pamela from the Boston Mayor’s Mural Crew (MMC)

Beginner ArtistsNusayba McAllister and Gabriella Kenney from community organization Dot Art

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Across the Bridge Exhibit Travels to Beverly’s Cumming Center


Please join Montserrat College of Art at The Bear Gallery’s Beverly 100 Cummings Center location, Suite 108-J, Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 pm for a special reception featuring the art from Across the Bridge. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 15.

Across the Bridge features student work from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The old structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Peter Furniss, CEO of Footprint Power, approached Montserrat College of Art with the idea that our students create an exhibit that would “recognize, document, memorialize and honor the people at Salem Harbor Station,” we were eager to see how our different perspectives – oral history, writing and studio arts – would enrich and expand our students’ learning experience.


The Bear Gallery at the Beverly Cummings Center Wednesday is located in the 100 billing in suite 108-J. From Elliott Street the 100 building is the first building on the right when entering. Enter the building through the front left hand doors. Proceed to the end of the hallway, the Cummings Center office is right there, turn right and you will find the Bear Gallery slightly down the corridor on the left hand side.

The Bear Gallery Hours:

Monday: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Thursday: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3:30 – 5:30 pm



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Alumni News: Rena Masson ’11 Opens New Business, Tunk City Revival

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Artist business owner, entrepreneur and Montserrat College of Art alumna Rena Masson ’11, 29 of Dayville CT, is embarking on a new business venture. Tunk City Revival at 10 Center St. in Danielson CT, brings a pop of color and life to historic downtown Danielson and is a handmade marketplace for artisan quality  gifts, art and home decor.

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“It has the Etsy feel without paying for shipping,” said Masson.

Masson represents local artisans and crafters allowing them a space to showcase and sell their wares, and further the mission of the buy local spirit  Her slogan says it well “Buy Local Buy Small Support Your Creative Community.”  Bringing the artist to the community, you bring heart back into the community.

The shop had it’s Grand Opening this past weekend.


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Montserrat Awarded Interdisciplinary Learning Method Grant from Davis Educational Foundation


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A generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation is recognizing Montserrat College of Art’s creative teaching style, developed by the college’s academic leadership team, which emphasizes learning that is interdisciplinary, team-taught and project-based.

Last spring the Davis Foundation announced that Montserrat would receive a $150,000 grant over two years for the Gateway project, which emphasizes this experiential teaching style.

The grant will provide funding for two new programs that serve, respectively, as gateways into and out of college. Funding will support the two parts of the Gateway Initiative, including: planning, implementation, outcome assessment and, creation of curricular models (best practices, guidelines, handbooks, documentation, templates, online resources) for future use.

Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said, “Montserrat recognizes the need to go beyond the traditional classroom structure to introduce experiences that relate directly to those students will encounter in their professional lives. We are grateful to the Davis Foundation for providing this opportunity to offer new teaching methods to Montserrat students.”

1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

Offered to freshman in the first semester, FX serves as a gateway from high school into college. The course is team-taught, interdisciplinary, and integrates studio practice with historical and cultural analysis. Methodologies from studio art and liberal arts (particularly art history) are combined to provide a holistic introduction to the visual arts while helping students to acclimate to college-level academic and studio work. This combination of rich content and tactile experience is designed to fully engage students as visual learners. The aim is to break down preconceptions about art, art making, and contemporary studio practice.

This 3-credit course features a closely coordinated series of lectures, museum/gallery/studio visits, research, writing, class discussions, team-based and individual projects. Small group meetings for discussion, research, and studio immersion complement three keystone lectures and field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass MOCA and New York City. The course is designed to function in the way that artists interact with the world, across disciplines at the intersections of research, writing, collaborating, current culture, and making.

2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

StudioXL serves as a gateway out of college and into the professional world. It provides students with a series of carefully structured opportunities, offered outside the traditional classroom/studio, that build skills such as team-work, collaboration,  project management, and working between disciplines in real world settings.  Some, if not all projects, will have community partners, bolstering our relationships with the local and regional businesses and community-based organizations that fuel the creative economy of the North Shore.

The college has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of Studio XL.

The enormously successful pilot project in StudioXL was a team-taught collaboration with Footprint Power at Salem Harbor Station. Montserrat structured it a course called Across the Bridge: Three Perspectives, it combined fieldwork, research and art making. Students examined and documented the decommissioning of the coal-powered Salem Harbor Power Plant, now Footprint Power, which funded the project. Thirty students guided by three faculty members developed a visual and narrative legacy of the plant and the community of people who worked there, through writings, paintings, photography and video, sculpture and installation, and design. The project culminated in an exhibition in the turbine hall in June 2014 that was seen by more than 1000 visitors; it concluded with an evening poetry reading among the turbines, which was organized by the director of the Impossible Places Poetry Tour. That night the turbines sounded for the last time and the dismantling began the following day.

The second StudioXL project for fall 2014 is a course called Food and Culture. In contrast to the power plant project, this course was initiated in-house; it combines cultural history, research into food economies and politics, resulting in the production of creative work. Among the local partners are the Food Project and Beverly Bees.

More collaborations are being planned for future semesters.

For more information about this grant, please contact Montserrat College of Art’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli at or 978.921.4242 x 1601.


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Student News: Phoebe Warner and Dan Stone Commissioned to Paint Downtown Beverly Piano

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Public piano lets Beverly catch a beat on the street

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With only a sandwich board calling for willing volunteers to “play a little tune,” a new fixture downtown has started turning even the casual shopper into a street performer.

A full-size piano is the latest attraction in downtown Beverly, regularly on display in front of the Montserrat College of Art on Cabot Street.

For many, the piano is a trap. Throughout the day, pedestrians are caught in its web as they sit and play a few notes, then maybe a song if they know one.

Meanwhile, other bystanders stop what they’re doing and approach the piano, some even pulling out cellphones to record video.

The idea behind the piano was to take art out of the gallery and put into the public eye, Beverly Main Streets director Gin Wallace said.

“I saw it a couple years ago,” Wallace said. “I saw an article in a magazine about a program called, ‘Play Me. I’m Yours.’”

The program has picked up global attention. It puts pianos in public places like Times Square for tourists and local residents to play throughout the day, Wallace said.

The program was too much for a group in Beverly to afford, but Main Streets got permission from its creator to use the idea and put one piano on display with their own catchphrase, Wallace said.

The piano was donated by The Lynn Museum, and its display in Beverly was made possible through the work of several other organizations, according to Wallace.

One man has made visiting the piano a near-daily routine.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Beverly resident Charlie Perlo said. “It’s a wonderful symbol of the arts in Beverly and what the Beverly Arts District could become.”

Perlo, who also runs the city’s Solid Waste Management Committee, believes the piano is just what downtown Beverly needs.

“There are a lot of frustrated musicians in Beverly, both professional and otherwise,” Perlo said, “There are a lot of them in Beverly, but we don’t see them.”

It would be in the city’s best interest to encourage them, and the piano represents a step progressing toward that, Perlo said.

Beverly resident Dan Dwyer said music is a way to bring people together, as he’s seen in other cities.

“I have friends that live in the city, in Cambridge. They incorporated something like this,” he said.

“I’ve stopped at every one I’ve been at just to talk to the people playing.”

Two Montserrat students — Phoebe Warner, 25, of Whitinsville, and Dan Stone, 21, of Pittsfield — were commissioned to paint the piano before it was put on the sidewalk.

They chose a design where the colors of the keys run up along the piano and converge into much larger keys to give the instrument some more visual pop, they said.

Warner said Montserrat has been a sort of revival for the artsy side of Beverly, which she added has previously sat in the shadow of neighboring Salem.

The piano, however, is much more than art, according to Warner.

“Instead of it being something to look at, it’s something everybody can touch and enjoy,” she said, “It encourages people to be around. There’s no pressure to be perfect or be in a concert hall. It’s just, like, ‘here’s a piano. Make some noise.’”

The piano has added a layer to a larger conversation about buskers in the city, according to Wallace.

A busker is a musician who sets up on the sidewalk and plays music as people drop change in something like a hat or guitar case, Wallace said.

“Right now, it’s basically impossible for a busker to come and set up on Cabot Street,” Wallace said, “The sidewalks aren’t wide enough because you have to have three feet for (the Americans with Disabilities Act), then you have the parking meters and trees.”

A couple of city councilors are looking at what other towns and cities have adopted for busker regulations to possibly set up a permit system, Wallace said.

Meanwhile, city officials are continuing to build up their vision for Elliot Square, which already is a prime public performance space downtown, according to Wallace.

But any addition of space for performing will be a boost for downtown Beverly, Stone said.

“It’s one more step toward realizing that there’s a community that exists within all the hectic chaos of Beverly,” he said.

Above Photo by DUSTIN LUCA/Staff Photo: Montserrat College of Art students Dan Stone and Phoebe Warner, pictured above, were commissioned to paint the piano put on display by Beverly Main Streets earlier this month.


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Montserrat’s Fall Open House: October 25


Montserrat College of Art offers Saturday events for prospective students and their parents to come visit our campus, meet some of our faculty and staff, and get a feel for the art college.

In the fall, we conduct Open House events that include information sessions by admissions and financial aid staff, portfolio reviews and campus tours. These events typically run from 8:30 am – 2pm. In addition, we offer an Early Action Completion Day for students who have applied for early action (non-binding decision) and need to complete or drop off their application materials.

Saturday, December 6


Faculty News: Erin Dionne to Speak at National Convention


Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne will be presenting at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual 2014 Conference Nov. 20 - 23 in Washington, DC.  She is part of a panel of authors who use mentor texts. The session will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 from 2:30 PM to 3:45 pm. Learn more here!

Dionne, of Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, will present as a member of the panel, “KNOWING STORIES: HOW PUBLISHED AUTHORS AND STUDENT WRITERS IMPROVE THEIR CRAFT THROUGH THE USE OF MENTOR TEXTS.” The participants’ description of the panel reads:

What’s the best way to become a stronger writer? Read.

Read like a writer, studying mentor texts to learn the craft. Five trade book authors and a renowned teacher-blogger come together to share their mentor text stories, from the writing room to the classroom, exploring the power of texts to teach us. We’ll share not only strategies but also specific mentor texts for teaching everything from nonfiction to poetry to persuasion

Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of elementary and secondary educators, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world to participate in four days of professional learning programming. NCTE convention attendees hear presentations from award-winning speakers, attend thought-provoking sessions, share best practices, and test the latest teaching materials. The NCTE Annual 2014 Convention will be held November 20-23, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C.

The National Council of Teachers of English (, with 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

Stay updated with what Erin has been up to by visiting


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Montserrat Students Exhibit Revisits Summer Abroad Trip to Italy


Soggiorno in Italia 2014
On ViewOct. 22 – Nov. 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 – 3 pm
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA
Gallery Hours: M,T,W,F: 10am-5pm, Thu: 10am-8pm, Sat: 12pm-5pm

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Soggiorno in Italia 2014, an exhibition highlighting student work created during Montserrat’s Viterbo, Italy study abroad program. This annual exhibition showcases a day in the life of students in the enchanting medieval town of Viterbo.   Montserrat’s four-week program, which celebrated its 18th summer, provides college students and artists a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy.

This year’s exhibition includes the work of students from Montserrat, RISD and State University of North Dakota. This exhibition is both a reminder and a reflection of their summer abroad, embracing foreign culture and revealing itself in a small body of work.

For many students this trip was one of their first immersive experiences, delving into a new culture wholeheartedly, finding inspiration in the “little things” such as a people-filled piazza, architecture and restaurant interiors. Student Monica O’Connor particularly enjoyed the rich antique wood and colored glass in local Viterbo bars. Her series of four watercolors shows wine and liquor bottles from the perspective of a patron sitting at the bar. The bottles resemble radiant gems or pieces of sea glass breathing life into an old watering hole.

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, Montserrat faculty and participating instructor, poetically narrates the experience of Viterbo. “For the month of July students in the Montserrat Summer Study Program in Italy create drawings, paintings, studies, illustrations, photographs, collages, doodles, sketches, designs and all manner of art in response to living in the town of Viterbo. They explore the piazzas, the gardens, the cobbled streets, the ancient churches, the cafes, the palaces, and the hidden corners. Viterbo becomes their home, their muse, their inspiration, their days and their nights.



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This Week’s Public Gallery Events: Film 101 with Anabel Vazquez & Ethan Berry + D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

Anabel Vazquez and Prof. Ethan Berry bring together works of film, animation and moving image that they find essential to the discipline(s), as well as works of their own (film and photo).

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 – 10:30 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Basement

Above: Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Visión Doble, Video and Two Murals, 2011

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Public Artist Talk: D’hana Perry

D’hana Perry is a video artist and DJ, their a/v work explores identity construction, gender/racial performance and self-expression, often by utilizing sociological tools within a contemporary artistic practice.

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 – 9 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Room 201

Above: D’hana Perry, Loose, Video Still

D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

LOOSE is a reconceptualization of what a “documentary” can be. This performance remixes original interviews into a live sound and video performance. In this reinvented documentary, interviewees recount the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences of gender transition from the perspective of trans persons of color. Blending the practices of  sociological research, DJ remixing techniques and live video manipulation, Perry creates an improvisational piece where no two performances are the same.

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 – 9 pm
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit

For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs please contact: Maggie Cavallo, or Savery Kelley,


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President Immerman is Newly Elected Co-President of Beverly Main Streets

1798693_10204090432475050_5399919931944889110_nMontserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman, newly elected co-president of Beverly Main Streets, presenting Business of the Year Awards at Wicked Art Bar last night, Tue., Oct. 21.

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Faculty News: François-Xavier de Costerd Participates in Illuminus Festival in Boston


Video and Photography instructor François-Xavier de Costerd will be participating in Illuminus, Boston’s first “nuit blanche” — a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, that will take place on Saturday, October 25.

There is a free festival in Boston. Learn more at 

This public celebration will feature large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance and multimedia experiences that reimagine the city at night. Illuminus will transform South End, Boston’s streetscapes into a vibrant urban canvas where regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative and imaginative works. The festival will provoke and inspire, celebrating the creative approaches to art, culture, and community that form the foundation of a thriving and dynamic city.

To see the rendering of Francois’s piece in the show visit

PowerplantLightbeams“The vision for this large scale installation of “Light Beams Dance” inside the powerplant shell at SOWA in Boston’s South End. With Christie projectors and a powerful sound system to match BT’s track, it should be awesome.” - François-Xavier de Costerd


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

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

Aquarius stars David Duchovny (of X Files & Californiacation) as a Los Angeles Policeman investigating Charles Manson in the 1960s.

For more information about Aquarius visit


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