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

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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.

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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.


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Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Update

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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.”

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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:

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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.

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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.”


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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 chesterwood.org

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 www.bostonsculptors.com

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 www.concordart.org

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 www.chesterwood.org.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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
ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact gallery@montserrat.edu


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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibits at Gallery NAGA this Summer

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

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
617.267.9060
gallerynaga.com

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judith Brassard Brown
From the Ground Up
April 29 – May 31, 2015
Kingston Gallery
Boston, MA 02118
617-423-4113
See more at artnewengland.com/blogs/from-the-ground-up


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Montserrat Summer Immersive Art Workshops 2015

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June 15 – July 10

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

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

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

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Barbara Moody is a professor at Montserrat, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and a BFA from Syracuse University. Over the past 10 years, she has had five solo shows at the Kingston Gallery in Boston. Her work has been exhibited in California, New York and Chicago, as well as at the DeCordova Museum. Moody’s large-scale, commissioned mural projects are installed at Meditech Corp. in Fall River, MA, a company that has more than 60 of her artworks in their collection. This year she will teach Expressive Interpretations of the Landscape from July 6 – July 10 as well as Drawing Basics Intensive from June 15 – 19.

COLLEGE CREDIT & PDP’s

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

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

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

GRAND MAL, PALL MALL, PELL MELL
BY COLLEEN MICHAELS

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

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

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

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

PUBLISHED IN CIDER PRESS REVIEW, VOLUME 17, ISSUE 2.

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


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Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu Public Artist Talk May 14

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

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

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

The lecture is free, but we ask that you RSVP by contacting  elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu

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

Artist Biography

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

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

For further information, visit montserrat.edu/galleries/Wangechi-Mutu or contact Jo Broderick at jo.broderick@montserrat.edu or 978.867.9613.

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Montserrat Paints New Crosswalk Design in Beverly

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


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Montserrat Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Scholar Grant

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Montserrat professors win major awards 

By Will Broaddus Staff writer

Wow! And wow again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights in conflict

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

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

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

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

Bronze Age inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Congratulations, Colleen!


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

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

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

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

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

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See more of Judy’s new work at judithbrassardbrown.com.

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

Congratulations, Judy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Meredith!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Review in Boston Globe

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

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Sculptures with dynamism

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

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

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Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA
Feb. 25 – March 29, 2015
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 6 pm
www.bostonsculptors.com

See more of her work at juliashepley.com


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

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

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

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm

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Passing of Founding Faculty Member Roger Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Faculty News: Diane Ayott’s Solo Exhibit at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC

Eugene'sHouse_2015_AyottAssoc. Prof. Diane Ayott has an upcoming solo exhibit, Jeepers Creepers, at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC. It opens on Thursday, March 19 and runs through April 18. markelfinearts.com

The above image, Eugene’s House, 2015, mixed media on paper, will be one of the many works on paper in the exhibition.

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Ayott is also featured in a group exhibition called Paperworks.

Paperwork is a group exhibition at the Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. The exhibition consists of works on paper by six women artists that emphasize pattern, accretion, stacking and repeating rhythms that create fields of organized space. The work uses pattern and rhythm to signify connections between people and the repetition of daily life.

Featuring:
Diane Ayott
Merideth Fife Day
Barbara Grossman
Sydney Licht
Marlene Rye
Eve Stockton

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Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Exhibits “Merged”

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March 14 – 29
Elizabeth Alexander & Alicia Renadette

Mill no. 5
250 Jackson St
Lowell, MA 4th floor
Gallery hours: 12-6pm daily

Montserrat College of Art Sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander and Alicia Renadette cordially invite you to the Victorian Lounge for MERGED, the 2nd installment of Merger, featuring new and reconfigured sculpture, installation art and works on paper

Opening Reception: March 14, 3 – 6 pm
Free and open to the public with edible art, soundscape & surprises. Formal attire is optional.

Panel Discussion: March 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
An evening of conversation about art, craft, feminism, and what it takes to be amazing with artists and artisans, Christina Ptisch, Malika Green, Maria Molteni, and Michelle Marroquin moderated by Alicia Renadette and Elizabeth Alexander
held at the Luna Theater, expect a more detailed invite to follow

The artists have been psychically communicating through art making while hunched over their worktables in separate cities for the past several years. Some of you joined them last November when their work came together in Easthampton, MA for Merger, a show of large site-specific installation, sculpture, collage and costume. With help from a grant by the Lowell Cultural Council, the show is able to travel to the eastern part of the state. Under its new name, Merged will fill the unique spaces in Mill no. 5’s Victorian Lounge with a new take on its first iteration.

Merged is an exhibit of works that interrogate the multi-layered messages of gender compliance and classist aspirations marketed and exploited by the Wedding Industrial Complex. This exploration has resulted in a dreamscape of decadence and heightened delusions of grandeur. Working in conversation, the artists will present works in a variety of mediums ranging from installation and soft sculpture to collage and food presentations.

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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya’s Work Featured in Boston Home Magazine

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Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s newest gouache pieces are featured in Boston Home Magazine‘s spring 2015 issue! www.bostonmagazine.com

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“Masako Kamiya’s striking three-dimensional gouache paintings convey delicate representations of nature and the human experience through layers and color.” —Michelle Marino

As a child, Masako Kamiya took great satisfaction in building and refining shapes through a series of repetitive marks. Today, the MassArt grad’s delicate representations of nature and the human experience are conveyed through layers and color in striking three- dimensional gouache paintings.

“I’m not interested in concrete places,” says Kamiya, who progressively applies thousands of dots to paper until they form a pattern with an observable focal point. “I’m interested in weather…feelings, the atmosphere.” To create Black Rain, for example, Kamiya took inspiration from the temperamental climate of Ireland’s west coast, where she spent a month in 2013.

Kamiya says her intricate, time-consuming artistic process allows her to better connect with her surroundings, something she hopes is evident in her work. “It’s not so much about rain or the title,” she says. “I want the viewer to experience it physically.”


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Founding Faculty Roger Martin Exhibit & Faculty Artist Talks at The Cape Ann Museum

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Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin
A special exhibition at the Cape Ann MuseumThe Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome all Montserrat students, faculty and alumni to view Montserrat founder Roger Martin’s solo exhibit between now and June 28.
Poets in the Round
with Colleen MichaelsMontserrat’s Writing Studio Director 
Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. 

Join Colleen Michaels, Writing Studio Director at Montserrat College of Art and the host of The Improbable Places Poetry Tour, along with other guest poets for an energetic and engaging poetry reading in the special exhibition Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin.This program is free for Museum members, youth 18 and under and Montserrat students, or with Museum admission. Space is limited. First come; first served. For more information call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org or visit www.capeannmuseum.org

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with Montserrat Prof. Ethan Berry 
Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m.


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with Roger Martin and John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer’s Block
Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

 Bill of Lading explores the art and poetry of Rockport native, Roger Martin. A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, the town of Rockport’s first Poet Laureate and compiler of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown, and a highly respected graphic artist, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative individuals. The exhibit will include artwork from the Museum’s holdings as well as from private collections.

For exhibition-related programs please visit capeannmuseum.org.

Cape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

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Alumni News: Bianca Picozzi ’13 Lands Teaching Job in Connecticut

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Congratulations to alumna Bianca Picozzi ’13 who has just accepted a full-time position teaching art at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, CT!

Picozzi received her BFA and Art Ed Certification at Montserrat in December 2014.
In a message to Montserrat, she shared, “thank you so much for preparing me for this wonderful teaching job.”

Above photo: Montserrat’s Chair of Art Education Assoc. Prof. Rébecca BourgaultBianca Picozzi ’13 and Paula Borsetti ’97 at the 300 Hours: Art Education Thesis Exhibition this past December.


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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Essay on MassPoetry

unnamed-41Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul‘s essay On Festival Poet Denise Duhamel is up on the MassPoetry website! This is the fourth in a series of essays on the poets who will be featured at the May 1 – 3 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Visit www.masspoetry.org/deniseduhamel to see her work!

Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard College and has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Spring Creek Project and the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories. She is also a frequent performer on the Improbable Places Poetry Tour.


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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Exhibits at Boston Sculptors Gallery

Locus-detail-2015Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Member Julia Shepley‘s show, Locus, is being held at Boston Sculptors Gallery from February 25 – March 29. There will be a reception Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 – 6 pm with an Artist Talk at 4 pm. Learn more at bostonsculptors.com

Shepley has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibits at the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, MA; the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, MA; the New Arts Center, Newton, MA; and the Rose Art Museum.  She has received sculpture grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections including Bank of Boston; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; the Rose Art Museum; the Boston Public Library; Fidelity Investments, and Simmons College. She is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston.

See more of her work at juliashepley.com


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Montserrat College of Art to possibly join Salem State University

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Montserrat College of Art to possibly join Salem State University Both boards agree to exploratory process 

Salem State University President Patricia Maguire Meservey and Montserrat College of Art President Stephen D. Immerman announced this afternoon that the two institutions have entered into a formal discussion regarding the feasibility of Montserrat College of Art joining Salem State University.

In communications with students, faculty and staff on both campuses, Meservey and Immerman revealed that an initial and confidential due diligence process had concluded and that “we are excited by the potentially significant benefits of such an integration.” The boards of trustees on both campuses have agreed to move forward with the next stage of due diligence to determine the feasibility of joining MCA to SSU and to work through the details of such an effort with both campus communities, emphasizing that the goal would be to have a final agreement in place by July 2015. If finalized, it is anticipated that the full implementation will take effect in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Both presidents stated that the reason for publicly announcing this initiative is to “bring both communities into the discussions necessary to more thoroughly consider all implications of this proposal.”

“Montserrat offers a unique brand of arts education for a unique student population,” said Immerman, “however, as a small, private college with less than 400 students, it is challenging to provide the resources needed to maintain and grow the competitive advantages needed for working artists. By joining Salem State, we believe that we can ensure that the Montserrat name and the college’s tradition of excellence and student-centered education will remain available for future generations of aspiring artists and designers.”

“Joining these two institutions would bring together extraordinarily talented faculty and students from both programs,” said Salem State’s Meservey, and “would enhance opportunities for collaboration and expand access to a broader array of artistic and student centered facilities on both Salem and Beverly campuses.” She went on to add that, “this would be a unique academic program on the North Shore, serving students who find their passion in the arts.”

Both presidents acknowledged that there is much more work to be done in assessing the details of such an agreement and stressed that the process is still in the exploratory phase.  Committees comprised of faculty and staff from both campuses will work to evaluate potential benefits and impacts to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of each institution.

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The university enrolls 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 44 states and 61 nations, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  With over 200 veterans currently enrolled, Salem State has been designated a Military Friendly institution by G.I. Jobs, placing it in the top 20% of schools nationwide.

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, with a student population of 385 students. Founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, Montserrat educates the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for teens and adults, and four galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists.

Contact:

Jo Broderick
978.867.9613 (office)
978.590.6443 (cell)
jo.broderick@montserrat.edu

Karen Murray Cady
978.542.7503 (office)
508.523.4524 (cell)
karen.cady@salemstate.edu


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Faculty News: Judith Brown and Masako Kamiya in Mapping the Dorchesterway

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Mapping of the Dorchesterway
Reception: February 7th 5 – 7 pm
Ten native Dorchester artists are showing their work at Medicine Wheel Productions as a part of a multi-year Brooch project.

Featured artists:
Masako Kamiya
Destiny S Palmer
Jusith Bassard Brown
Laurence Martin Pierce
Joel Jean-Pierre
Joanna Tam
Johnetta Tinker
Joseph Wheelwright
Thomas Willis

All free and open to the public
110 K St (Second Floor), South Boston MA 02127
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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya and Diane Ayott join Artrageous!29 Featured Artist Bill Thompson in Exhibit at UNH

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Curated by Director, Kristina Durocher
Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire at Durham
Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
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The artists selected for this exhibition use color as the subject or subtext of their work, each exploring color tactilely, symbolically to define space as well as physical presence, or formally to create the illusion of space. From a variety of media and artistic practices, viewers are provided multiple entry points to consider artists’ choices. Exhibiting artists include: Diane Ayott, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Catherine Evans, Masako Kamiya, Catherine Kehoe, Keira Kotler, Paul McMullan, Laura Moriarty, Lynn Richardson, Victor Schrager, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Matt Rich and Bill Thompson, who is also the Featured Artists at this year’s Artrageous!29 Auction Party on March 28, 2015. Learn more at auction.montserrat.edu.

Top images: (left) Gerda Peterich (1906-1974) , Central Park Strollers, 1939-46, gelatin silver print, 6.375” x 6.375”, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, Gift of Ms. Lily Hoffman, 1977.1.61; (right) Nancy Murphy Spicer, Biking In Berlin, 12, 2010, flashe, gouache, collage on guidebook page.

MUSEUM HOURS: Mon, Tue, Wed: 10 am – 4 pm, Thu: 10 am – 8 pm, Sat, Sun: 1 – 5 pm, Closed Fridays & University holidays.

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Diane Ayott, “Counting # 18″, acrylic on paper, 8.5 X 8.5”, 2013

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Masako Kamiya, “Water Dressing”, 2014

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Montserrat Welcomes Director of the Studio for Experiential Learning, Kate Luchini

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Montserrat College of Art has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of StudioXL, Studio for Experiential Learning. This position is grant funded for two years, during which time Luchini, with guidance from an advisory group, will build the academic programming, community relationships and financial support.

According to Montserrat’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli, “Kate impressed the search committee with her entrepreneurial spirit and vision for StudioXL, and with her strong record of accomplishment at PEM and the Lynn Museum; both involved work in experiential learning, building community partnerships and fundraising.  Kate’s familiarity with the North Shore will be an asset as well.”

The generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation recognized 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 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 laura.tonelli@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x 1601.


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Where Creativity Works for Alyssa Watters ’07

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

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

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Colleen Michaels Hosts Storytelling Event at the Salem Athenaeum December 12

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

Spinning Yarns for the Holidays

Friday, December 12, 7 -10 p.m.

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

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

info@salemathenaeum.net

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, Dec 4, 6 – 9 pm

DATES

Dec 4, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015

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

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

For more information, vist www.bluestarart.org


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

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

On view: Dec. 1 – 17, 2014

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

 

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

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

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

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

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Faculty News: Marilu Swett Exhibits SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery

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

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

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

First Friday: December 5, 5 – 8 pm

Learn more at bostonsculptors.com

See more of Swett’s work at mariluswett.com

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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk Published Piece in Hyperallergic

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