Caroline Bagenal Exhibits

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal has two sculptures in Visions/Visiones at the Museo del Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru.


She also has two collages in the exhibition Transcripts/Transcrpciones at the ICPNAC

(Instituto Cultural Peruano Notramericano del Cusco) and two sculptures in Visions / Visiones at the Museo del Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru. At the end of both exhibits these works will form part of the permanent collection of the Museo y Centro Cultural RIAZ, Cusco, ( ROOT Museum and Cultural Center).

In addition she will be showing sculpture at a two person exhibition in Pittsburgh.

Congratulations, Caroline!


Unlocking Creativity and Innovation for Business Professionals Workshop

Unlocking Creativity and Innovation for Business Professionals

Thursday, April 3, 8 am – 12 pm

A Half-Day Workshop Held At Held at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W., Salem, MA


The Enterprise Center at Salem State University together with Montserrat College of Art are offering a unique, half-day workshop at The Enterprise Center devoted to understanding creativity for business professionals. Participants will hear from and work with esteemed Montserrat faculty who understand innovation through the creative process.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Discover that creativity is not an inherent gift, but rather a teachable process anyone can learn
  • Demonstrate your own aptitude for learning this way of thinking through expert-led, small group workshops
  • Discuss how this solution-based method is being adapted and applied by business leaders today, and leave with resources to apply these concepts to your business

Workshop Outline
8 – 8:30 am — Registration and networking
8:30 – 9 am — Keynote Address: Fred Lynch
9 – 10:30 am — Break-out Workshop Sessions: Culture of Critique facilitated by Fred Lynch, Mark Hoffman & Shanth Enjeti
10:30 – 10:45 am — Break
10:45 – 11:15 am — Feedback from breakout groups
11:15 – 11:30 am — Closing Address: Fred Lynch
11:30 am – 12 pm — Reception

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unnamed-2Prof. Fred Lynch is an illustrator, artist, and educator who lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He’s a professor of Illustration at Montserrat College of Art and teaches too at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, (his alma mater). He’s been the recipient of Excellence in Teaching Awards at both institutions. An award winning illustrator, Fred’s works have been seen nationally and internationally for major corporations, magazines, publishers and newspapers. His artwork has been included in many national juried shows and regional exhibits. He has spoken recently on the topic of creativity at a number of venues including the Crossroads Convention of Educators and the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona. This summer, he’ll conduct a workshop in Paraty, Brazil.

unnamed-4Shanth Suresh Enjeti is an Assistant Professor at Montserrat College of Art in both the Illustration and Foundation departments, and is also a Senior Critic at Rhode Island School of Design where he received his BFA and has taught for more than a decade. Shanth balances his academic life with his career as an illustrator, designer, lecturer, and consultant for a variety of clients. His work has also been featured in several books on the field of art and design, and has presented at MIT, Wellesley College, Microsoft Games, Turbine Inc., and Hasbro.

unnamed-5Mark Hoffmann is an award winning illustrator, painter and animator. Mark earned a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in visual design from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. His work can be seen internationally in a variety of print mediums and surface design. With a focus on low brow illustrations, Mark implies a whimsical visual dialogue with his audience. In his teaching, Mark relies heavily on constructive critiques and innovative approaches to idea building.

Greg Cook’s Sad Parade and Installation in the Frame 301 Gallery

2014-03-26 12_18_33-MontserratCollegeArt (MontCollegeArt) on TwitterThe current work in Montserrat College of Art’s Frame 301 Gallery is by our very own faculty member Greg CookThe Saddest Forest on Earth, installed Tuesday March 25, will be on view through Friday, April 18.

Greg hosted a special parade event, The Saddest Parade on Earth, that marched along the sidewalks of Beverly’s Cabot Street beginning at 11 am this past “Sad-urday,” March 29. The parade featured sad banners and signs, as well as a sad accordionist.  The parade concluded at The Saddest Forest on Earth, at the Frame 301 Gallery. The exhibition is a large diorama of an enchanted forest of crying, cartoony trees.


The sad truth: Artist confronts sorry state of affairs with exhibit, parade (excerpt)
By Will Broaddus, The Salem News, Staff writer

Sometimes we don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Artist Greg Cook captures this mixture of emotions in “The Saddest Forest on Earth,” a unique grove of trees he created for Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery on Cabot Street in Beverly.

“It’s sort of like a poor man’s, do-it-yourself, wacky Disneyland kind of thing — but more disconcerting,” said Cook.

Painted on cutout fabric and ranging from 6 to 8 feet tall, Cook’s trees wear sad faces, while a shower of tears falls through their branches. They occupy the gallery’s window and present their mournful expressions to the traffic and pedestrians on Cabot Street.

“The space is 3 feet deep; it’s like a shallow diorama,” Cook said. “Mostly, I do cartoony kind of work. I do some illustration, some gallery or fine art, and it all has a cartoony sensibility.”

But if his trees look like they belong in a comic strip, they are also sharing a serious emotion that Cook believes is common these days.

“It’s a mix of serious and playful things,” he said.

Cook will also be giving a talk about his work “Remaking Our Sad World: From Community Activism to World-Building” on Monday, April 14, at Montserrat’s Hardie Building.

“The talk is about the relationship between, on the one hand, actions in the real world, trying to make it more fulfilling,” he said. “Then also, with the trees, it’s about inventing fantasy worlds.”

In Cook’s mixture of art and activism, difficult problems are addressed, but with a comic touch that lightens their burden.

Read Cook’s full feature in The Salem News.

*If you would like to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Greg Cook at Participants are asked to wear dapper outfits and help carry a sad banner or sign. The artist says, sadness is a helpful qualification, but not required.

In addition to being a teacher at Montserrat, Greg Cook is an artist, journalist and writer based in Malden, Massachusetts. The Saddest Forest on Earth is an offshoot of his “Enchanted Forest” series, which imagines a place of magical trees and birds and witches and hungry wolves. It is inspired by the history of New England, as well as Disney films and McDonald’s restaurant playgrounds. Parts of the series have appeared at Aviary Gallery in Boston; 17 Cox in Beverly; Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell; Window Arts Malden; the Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, and the restrooms of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information on Greg Cook, please visit:

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Summer Immersive Art Workshop with Dean Nimmer

Passionate Visions: Inroads into Making Abstract Art
with Dean Nimmer
July 7 – 11 / M – F / 9am – 4pm

The goal of this course is to inspire artists to move beyond myths and stereotypes to find the myriad of accessible possibilities for creating original abstract artworks inspired by your imagination. Projects will explore interpreting observed subjects abstractly, using the basic elements of color, line, shape, texture and value as subjects, and finding inspiration in literature, poetry and the performing arts. We will use a variety of media including; drawing, painting, collage and monoprints to discover new possibilities for rich compositions that will re-energize your enthusiasm for making art. This course is open to all levels.
About Dean: Dean Nimmer has exhibited work across the US, Europe, China, Japan and Australia. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Smith Art Museum, Harvard University, Museum Haus Katsuya, Japan and the New York Public Library. Dean has received numerous grants including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and Jasper Whiting Foundation. He is the 2010 winner of the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award given by the College Art Association. He is also the author of the successful Random House book, Art from Intuition, now in it’s 5th printing, and he is writing a new book called Passionate Visions, slated for fall 2014.

Register before April 10 and save!

Summer Exhibition Opportunities

301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.

Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim HawkesworthBarbara Moody, or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Marblehead Art Association, alongside the work of their instructors.


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

Affordable Housing by the Beach!

unnamed-5Stay on campus in our apartment style, air conditioned accommodations, just steps from class and five minutes to the beautiful beaches of Beverly!

Additional Art Workshops

June 9-July 11: Explore all our offerings from painting and fiber arts to comics and digital photography.

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

Montserrat’s Project with Footprint Power Featured in Boston Globe

The art and heart of Salem Harbor Power Station
By Kathy McCabe | THE BOSTON GLOBE STAFF MARCH 27, 2014 


The blinking red lights on its soaring emission stacks, an icon for mariners and airplane pilots on the North Shore, will go dark after the 63-year-old coal-and-oil fired power plant closes on May 31.

Its big, noisy machines, such as the original General Electric turbine, will fall silent after the plant is torn down and replaced by a new $1 billion gas-fired plant.

For workers with decades on the job, life without the old coal plant seems hard to imagine.

“We’ve all walked through that gate for years and years,” said stockroom manager Beth Tobin, 52, who has worked at the plant for 28 years. “It’s kind of weird to think that you’re not going to be doing that anymore.”



But through the eyes of students at Montserrat College of Art, Salem Harbor station and its 105 workers will not fade quietly into the landscape.

The Beverly college and Footprint Power, the plant’s New Jersey-based owner, have teamed up to create “Across The Bridge,” an art course and exhibition that will celebrate the power plant workers.

Armed with video cameras and sketch pads, and outfitted in hard hats and yellow safety vests printed with “artist” on the back, Montserrat students are getting a rare look inside a 1950s-era industrial facility.

“I love the lights,” Chelsea Stewart, 22, a senior painting major from a small village near Albany, N.Y., said over the roar of the pulverizer. “It’s so dark, but there’s this glow. It can look orange, yellow, or blue. I like colors.”

“I had no idea about a power plant or what it did,” said Kerry McDermott, 22, of Burlington, a photography and art education major. “It’s opened my eyes about all these people who have worked here for so long, and now they have to start new lives, which is obviously so painful.”

Since January, about 30 students have visited the plant once a week to interview workers for a video archive. The workers’ stories will then be turned into painting, sculpture, and other art forms that will be displayed at the plant in July.

“There is a lot of history in this plant,” said Peter Furniss, chief executive of Footprint, seated in an office overlooking the scenic Salem harbor. “We have about 105 people working here, who have a combined tenure at the facility that is probably 500 years. They have a wealth of stories. I wanted to find a way to preserve those stories and honor their service.”

Furniss proposed the idea of the art project to Montserrat president Stephen Immerman, with whom he serves on the board of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

“I saw it as a real opportunity to enhance the quality of our students’ experience in a real-world setting,” Immerman said.

“Across the Bridge,” a name that reflects the only way to travel from Beverly to Salem by land, aims to inspire students through the lives and jobs of the power plant workers.

“Their practice is different than usual,” said Rebecca Bourgault, an assistant professor and chairwoman of the art education program at Montserrat. “They are working with a very specific subject matter that is very new to them. It requires new approaches and a lot of discipline.”

At first, plant workers were skeptical. Most have spent their entire working lives dressed in soiled workboots and hard hats. They’ve bulldozed raw coal, crawled through narrow spaces to fix machines, dragged hoses, and climbed to the top of its nearly 600-foot emission stacks.

Most of the workers will be laid off in June. Footprint will keep a handful to wind down operations this summer, Furniss said. Workers will be paid severance packages and have been offered help with retraining for new jobs, he added. The new plant is scheduled to open in 2016.

“We did heavy, hard work here,” said Priscilla Canney, 62, a stockroom clerk who spent most of her 28 years at the plant in mechanical maintenance. “Some of the tools we had to work with were just huge.”

They never imagined their working lives would inspire art.

“We’re power plant workers, not art students,” said Tobin, the plant’s coordinator for the project. “I’m not sure people, at first, really knew what to expect. What kind of art would they make here?”

The relationship evolved slowly. Students made videos to introduce themselves to workers. They visited the plant with three professors. Workers gradually warmed to the idea of sharing their stories of work and friendship.

The coal pile at Salem Harbor station is shrinking as the plant’s closing nears.

The coal pile at Salem Harbor station is shrinking as the plant’s closing nears.

“We’re a close group here, and we know better than others what it’s been like to work here,” said Ed Dattoli, a mechanical maintenance supervisor who has also worked 28 years at the plant.

“The whole place as we know it is going to be gone,” said Dattoli, driving in a truck near a coal pile. “At least we’ll have this [artwork] to remember it.”

Miledy Santana, a chemist at the plant, said working with aspiring artists has helped ease the pain of the plant’s looming demise.

“The students I’ve worked with are very, very friendly,” said Santana, who lives in Methuen. “They’re fascinated with what we do here. Now they know my story.”

Santana will be featured in a video documentary about women workers that McDermott plans to create.

“I’ve always been really interested in documentaries and this is a good chance to make one,” McDermott said. “The women here are such a minority. I’ve gotten some really interesting stories about how they’ve dealt with working in such a masculine environment.”

Stewart plans to create a large, abstract portrait, drawn in charcoal and pastel colors.

“I’m thinking of mixing everything that I see,” she said. “The walls, the floors, the lights. I’d like it to be half about the building, half about the people.”

Kathy McCabe can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.

Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Komodo Dragon Published


Dawn Paul’s short story “Komodo Dragon” was recently published in a book titled Not Somewhere Else But Here: a Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place.

The books is on display in our Paul Scott Library.

To see more of her work visit:

Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women & Place
Edited by Erin Elizabeth Smith, T.A. Noonan, Rhonda Lott and Beth Couture

In this 300+ page eclectic and engaging multi-genre anthology of contemporary women writers, you will find literature that transports readers across the entirety of the globe. Writers in Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women & Place, include Marjoie Maddox, Wendy Call, Barbara Crocker, Marthe Reed, Karyna McGlynn, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Dianne Seuss, Sarah Sloat, and many, many more!

“Miniature celebrations of place, the writings in Not Somewhere Else But Here deftly maneuver through imagined spaces and bustling Manhattan streets, the impossible page and the architecture of Japanese homes. Here, place is questioned and subdued: it is the hot gloss of sun on concrete.”
-Lily Hoang, author of The Evolutionary Revolution and Changing

“The writing in Not Somewhere Else But Here is at turns haunting and infused with a deep magic. The work carries the reader from Beirut to Vermont, from Japan into dream worlds, bodies as maps. Landscapes are often treacherous, populated with ‘mouths of razor-wild men’, enchanted with ‘fists opened to explosions of diatomic stars,’ and each woman in this collection navigates those spaces with a deft grace. Step into the worlds they have summoned.”
-Margaret Bashaar, Editor of Hyacinth Girl Press

Bear Gallery’s Book Arts Show

Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery’s current Book Arts Show had a reception on Tue. March 18, at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H.


From left: Henry Long, Alexandra Rios and Joyce Tat

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 Joyce Tat displaying her book art.

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 Alexandra Rios displaying her book art.

Summer Immersive Workshops Featured Faculty: Dan Welden


Week-long art workshops
june 9 – july 11

From painting and fiber arts 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.

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Dan Welden, master printmaker and painter, has had more than 70 international solo exhibitions. He has collaborated with and/or printed for many prominent artists including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Kurt Vonnegut. Welden is responsible for the discovery and development of the Solarplate process and is co-author with Pauline Muir of Printmaking in the Sun. He will be teaching Solarplate Etching the week of June 9 – 13.

Summer Exhibition Opportunities

301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.

Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim Hawkesworth, Barbara Moody, or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Marblehead Art Association, alongside the work of their instructors.

Our Subjects:

PaintingDrawingEncausticsEnamelsPrintmakingBook ArtsLetterpressComicsMetal SculpturePaper SculptureSculptural WeavingFiber ArtsInterdisciplinary  & Online Course

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

Improbable Places Poetry Tour Gets Cooking in the Kitchen


The Improbable Places Poetry Tour
Thursday, March 27, 7  pm
Eurostoves, The Culinary Centre
45 Enon Street, Beverly, MA

This month, as snow continues to melt outside, poets and writers will stoke the fires of creativity at the latest stop on the Improbable Places Poetry tour. On Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at 45 Enon Street, Eurostoves, a Beverly-based supplier of cookware and kitchen appliances, will open its culinary center – usually home to knife-wielding chefs – to poets brandishing pens. Writers and spectators alike are invited to join in the fun, which will include a cooking demonstration and a cash bar.

Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Center Director and poetry tour organizer Colleen Michaels says poets are invited to share poems on a culinary theme. “Poems about best meals, kitchen tools, and grandmothers are all welcome,” she says. “We’re looking for poems that snap like a pea in spring, stir like a wooden spoon, and aren’t afraid to raid the refrigerator.”

This stop is the second on this year’s poetry tour; last stop found poets gathering at Mowers Barber Shop in Beverly where voices blended with snipping scissors and buzzing electric razors. The evening included poems about the sensuality of wet hair, the joy of a fresh crew cut and the history of the haircut.

Send your submissions to

The submission deadline is Thursday, March 20 and we are hungry for work!

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! The event is free, open to the public, and you might even pick up some mad chopping skills.

Wait! I’ve still got questions!
Just talk to Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director
at or 978-921-4242 x1277.

See you in the kitchen!



Montserrat Students Document the Workers and Closure of Salem Power Plant

Honoring the end of an era 
Art students, power plant workers creating legacy
By Will Broaddus, Staff writer

Salem: Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem Power Plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

Salem: Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem Power Plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

After Salem Harbor Station closes in May, its huge structures will come down and most of its workers will move on.

To make sure their stories don’t disappear along with the 500-foot smokestack, 28 students at Montserrat College of Art have been conducting interviews with plant employees that will become part of an archive. These stories will also serve as the inspiration for student paintings, sculptures and videos that celebrate the workers’ careers, and will be exhibited at the plant this July.

Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo Electrician Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on stills and video. Montserrat College art student Rebekah Segar, left, shows still photographs she took to Alicia Parent. Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo

Electrician Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on stills and video. Montserrat College art student Rebekah Segar, left, shows still photographs she took to Alicia Parent.
Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo

“The general theme they’re beginning to see is how the workers treat each other like a family,” said Elizabeth Cohen, who teaches at Montserrat and is helping coordinate the project. “Some have worked there for 20, 30 years. They’re constantly caring for the plant as if it was a family member, and the plant has cared for them.”
The Montserrat class is being sponsored by Footprint Power of New Jersey, which acquired the coal and oil-burning plant in 2012, and plans to replace it with one that burns natural gas.
The idea for the project developed in a conversation between Peter Furniss, CEO of Footprint, and Stephen Immerman, president of Montserrat College.
“It provides a constructive output for my staff,” Furniss said. “Many are good storytellers, and they have their own kind of artistic sensibilities around their work.”
“I think there’s a lot of grieving going on on the part of my staff, with the loss of the plant, loss of jobs and loss of family they’ve built there over many decades. I know it’s helpful for them.”

Dumond Thebaud, right, speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat, from left, are Alicia Parent, Rebekah Segar, Adam Kooken, and Dan Stone. Workers' stories will inspire an art exhibit this summer honoring their legacy. Ken Yuszkus/Staff photos

Dumond Thebaud, right, speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat, from left, are Alicia Parent, Rebekah Segar, Adam Kooken, and Dan Stone. Workers’ stories will inspire an art exhibit this summer honoring their legacy.
Ken Yuszkus/Staff photos

Students started visiting the plant in late January, touring its control rooms, turbines and shops, and they recorded brief videos that introduced them to the workers.
“We wanted them to meet each other, but because of all the security and scheduling it was really cumbersome. We couldn’t get a big group together,” said Ethan Berry of Beverly, one of three faculty members working with the students. “These people are busy running a plant.”
Those workers who chose to participate in the project — about 22 of the plant’s more than 100 employees — in turn recorded videos in which they talked about their work. These provided a starting point for interviews, which the students started to conduct last Friday.

They continued yesterday as Berry led a group of nine students to the plant, where they donned hard hats, safety glasses and fluorescent vests identifying them as artists.

One group visited the electrical shop to speak with Dumond Thebaud, who started out shoveling coal but is currently an electrician and has held several other jobs in more than 30 years at the plant.
Another student visited Miledy Santana in the plant’s chemistry lab, and a third group interviewed Ed Daddoli, who works in mechanical maintenance.As the students become more familiar with the workers, they will formulate proposals for artworks they want to create for the exhibit.


“The students are being asked to interpret,” Berry said. “One student’s interviewing just the women, to hear their stories. Another person is taking pictures of the people working and using them as outlines to make sculptures. Another one is making costumes and having some of the workers reenact episodes that happened.”

Salem:  Dave Burke talks with Katherine Roldan, left, and Kaitlyn Assmann, center, at the Salem Power Plant. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

Salem: Dave Burke talks with Katherine Roldan, left, and Kaitlyn Assmann, center, at the Salem Power Plant. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

“So they are going to be interpreting, and there’s going to be flat artwork — drawing, photographs — and sculptures. There’s going to be a mural that’s going to involve the community, all kinds of different things.”

Student Melissa Tremblay wants to paint pictures of each worker’s boots, which will serve as “a symbol of their lives,” and was partly inspired by a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Cohen said.

Kaitlyn Assmann, from Syracuse, N.Y., has asked workers to describe the first moment they saw the plant, and will use their responses in the soundtrack for an animated film.
Berry said the class is a valuable opportunity for students to get outside their studios and learn to articulate their ideas in the real world.

At the same time, the archive they and the workers are creating, along with the artistic visions it is inspiring, are recording a world that is passing away.

“I call them ‘end-of-an-era projects,’” Berry said. “I think Peter’s idea was, ‘We can’t let this pass without acknowledging the workers in some way.’”

Gordon Arnold’s Salem News Column: Cabot Street Theatre


The enduring legacy of the Cabot Street Theatre
Montserrat College of Art Prof. Gordon Arnold

It’s a time of transition for Beverly’s beloved Cabot Street Theatre Cinema. We don’t yet know the ultimate fate of the historic property, which is currently for sale. But whatever happens, its pivotal place in cultural history of the city is secure.

For nearly a century, area residents have known and loved it. Yet, the theater is more than a place of fond memories. The magnificent structure has played a major role in creating the vibrant cultural life of the city that continues today.

The theater opened in 1920 as the Ware Theatre. It was named after its founders, N. Harris Ware and D. Glover Ware. The brothers already operated the popular Larcom Theatre in Beverly, which opened in 1912 just a few blocks away. The early success of the Larcom suggested there would be a demand for a larger and grander facility. The brothers arranged financing and began construction of an opulent new theater on bustling Cabot Street, with an eye toward serving all of the city’s residents. The theater was built to accommodate both movies and stage performances and was truly multipurpose facility.

From the beginning, the theater was a place for the city to come together. While the luminaries of high society were among its earliest patrons, it was no stuffy institution. It drew a wide audience. The best seats were 30 cents (a price that included 3 cents tax), but a balcony seat could be purchased for as little as 20 cents. Children could attend matinees for as little as 11 cents.

In the early 1920s, America’s love affair with Hollywood was just starting. Ornate movie palaces were being built throughout the U.S. to meet the demand for sophisticated new venues. The Ware, with its elegant frescoes, grand fixtures and golden dome, amply met this need and drew widespread praise.

Though these were the days of “silent movies” (the sound era did not start until the late 1920s), movies were seldom seen without musical accompaniment. In fact, announcements for the gala premiere of the theater boasted of a “$50,000 Austin Pipe Organ.” In today’s dollars, this cost was the equivalent of well over half a million dollars.

In the Great Depression of the 1930s, the carefree spirit of the “Roaring Twenties” ended. The popularity of vaudeville waned, but going to the movies remained a staple in American life. The grand theater on Cabot Street became primarily a movie house and eventually changed owners.

Local movie theaters retained their popularity in the 1940s. By the 1950s, however, the popularity of television led to decreased movie attendance. Theaters everywhere suffered.

In addition to competition from television, there were the new realities of suburbia. Movie theaters followed stores and restaurants away from downtown areas to shiny new shopping centers at the outskirts of town. The Northshore Mall, which opened in the late 1950s, was one of earliest of these. In 1963, a multi-screen theater was constructed adjacent to the popular shopping destination. It was a glimpse of the future.

In the following years, customers were increasingly drawn to suburban shopping centers and to the theaters there, some with a dozen or more screens. The aging theater on Cabot Street, like similar venues, came to be seen as relics of a bygone era.

By the mid-1970s Beverly’s downtown theater, which had long since been acquired by the E.M. Loew’s chain and renamed the Cabot Cinema, fell on hard times. It showed mostly second-run films at reduced rates. Although it remained a local attraction that generated many fond memories, it suffered in the wake of changing consumer preferences and the economic crunch of that decade. Finally, Lowe’s decided to sell it.

A new ownership group, led by the late Cesareo Pelaez, acquired the property in 1977 and changed its name to Cabot Street Theatre Cinema. They then began to restore to the theatre to its former splendor.
Pelaez was Renaissance man. He was a college psychology professor and also a stage magician. Soon, in addition to restoring first-rate film programming, the Cabot began weekly stage shows featuring the Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company.

The live magic show gained national acclaim with its spectacle and old-world charm. The old theater regained its luster and was once again a source of pride for the city. With its rebirth, the reputation of the Cabot was assured for many years.

With Pelaez’s death in 2012 and the closing of the magic show, the future of the theater once again seemed uncertain. In 2013, the Cabot was put up for sale. The search for new owners continues today.
What will happen the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre remains an open question. Until new ownership is secured and plans are made, it’s difficult to predict whether the aging building will continue to be operated a theater for either film or stage.

As a theater for film, there are daunting challenges for any new owner. Hollywood studios are ending distribution of movies on film. Instead, most films will be available only in digital formats. This will require theaters to buy expensive digital projection equipment. Many independent theaters simply can’t afford that cost. It remains possible, of course, that visionary new owners could solve that problem.

Whatever the future of Beverly’s grand old theater, however, the cultural vibrancy that the Cabot helped bring to downtown Beverly a century ago will continue. A formal cultural district is being developed for the downtown area where the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre stands.

Montserrat College of Art, the city of Beverly and Beverly Main Streets, are leading the project. Their goal is to improve to the city’s “livability, civic engagement, and arts appreciation and support.” It’s a fitting development and a testament to the cultural tradition of Beverly that the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre helped create a century ago.

Gordon Arnold, Ph.D., is the author of several books about film and American society and is professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art.

Above artwork: alumnus Jon Bolles ’12, oil on canvas “Cabot Cinema” (36”x48”)


Colleen Michaels Update


Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels‘ poem Medeski, Martin, and Wood at Dinner has been published in Hawai’i Review 79: Call & Response, Issue 79, 2014.

A copy of the journal is currently in Montserrat’s Paul Scott Library circulation desk.

Also, her poem is one of the featured storytellers for A Winter’s Tale in Portsmouth, NH on March 16.

As the season turns and sunset arrives later each day, March’s theme encourages reflection on growth, change, and thresholds crossed, featuring stories by a range of creative people including writer and host of Newburyport’s Tannery Series, Dawne Shand; writer Zach Foote; poet and artist Colleen Michaels; musician and comedian Jon Lessard; actor and web developer Kevin Baringer; and writer and filmmaker Jason Santo. Each storyteller will take a turn before the crowd, relying only on memory to share a 10-minute true story from their own lives. Learn more here!

Also, her wildly successful Improbable Places Poetry Tour has been featured in the April 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine on page 44. Click here to read the article! 

Her next Improbable Places Poetry Tour stop is Thursday, March 27, at Eurostoves, The Culinary Centre (45 Enon Street, Beverly). This month’s theme is In the Kitchen.”  Send your submissions to her at by March 20. Learn more here!

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Salem Film Fest Class Interview

Salem Film Fest Class Interview


Documentary film has the power to teach us about the unfamiliar and to help us discover new realities.  A guide can be helpful in this journey – enter Erin Trahan, Editor and Publisher of The Independent.Salem Film Fest audiences might recognize Trahan from the filmmaker forums and Q&A sessions she’s monitored in the past. She’s also involved behind the scenes as a member of multiple juries every year, helping to decide which films featured at SFF leave Salem with honors.

This year, Erin has partnered with SFF and Montserrat College of Art in creating and leading an interactive classroom/festival experience, “Discovering Documentary: Tools for Educators, Filmmakers, and Astute Viewers,” which combines a theoretical introduction to the documentary genre, from origins to the latest trends. As part of the students’ education on how to use documentary film in education or community settings as well, Trahan will be bringing her class to Salem Film Fest to see some of the premier documentaries currently being produced.
SFF Organizer Jeff Schmidt had the chance to speak with Trahan after her first class to discuss the role documentaries can play in today’s classrooms, why the class is important, and how Salem Film Fest can help support the lessons learned in the classroom.
Jeff Schmidt:  What was your goal and inspiration in designing this class and why partner with Salem Film Fest?
Erin Trahan:  The goal is to bring together people who already have an appreciation for documentary film in order to deepen their knowledge both of the form and ways to access movies, especially locally. Salem Film Fest is a great fit as it’s already a tremendous resource for documentary lovers, and it’s right next door! The thinking behind the class is to enhance what the festival offers annually with additional focused dialogue and community-building.
JS:  What is it about the documentary form that lends itself as a teaching tool for educators?
ET:  Documentary has always been interested in the actual and the factual. It’s roots are in presenting new and unseen worlds to its audiences or taking a close, sometimes academic look at a culture or political situation or conflict. Though students today might be inundated with moving image, it remains evocative and irresistible. Turn on a TV and all eyes will turn their attention to it, at least for a while. Documentary gives teachers a powerful way to engage students on a huge range of current and historical topics.
JS:  Do you think documentary film has become more accessible to general audiences over the last few years?  If so, why?
ET:  Not necessarily in terms of theatrical releases. Art house cinemas, where most documentaries screen, are doing their best to stay afloat but it’s not uncommon for an American to live a good two hours drive from an independently-owned cinema. Of course the Internet and online streaming options have opened things up a great deal. Now the challenge for viewers is to sort through the plethora of titles and find ones that are worth their time.
JS:  What films at this year’s festival will your class be viewing?
ET:  We’ll be seeing TOKYO WAKA and EVERYBODY STREET together as a class though my guess is that class members will be seeing a good five or six more films throughout the fest.

JS:  What are you hoping your students will take away from this class?
ET:  If each student discovers one new local film festival to explore or indie theater to check out plus a new friend, the class would have exceeded my goals! As much as I’d like for students to leave feeling informed, I want them leaving feeling the abundance of opportunity they have to see documentary and directly engage with filmmakers and programmers working in this region.

For more information about “Discovering Documentary: Tools for Educators, Filmmakers, and Astute Viewers,” visit

Summer Immersives Featured Faculty: John Murray


John Murray, born in Boston in 1942, has lived in Los Angeles, Provincetown and Boston. For more than 40 years he has explored his bleak/sensual aesthetic through paints and mediums of all descriptions, as well as printmaking and assemblages. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, and exhibits widely throughout the North East.

This summer, he will be teaching a Summer Immersive course through our Continuing Education Department:

Supercharged Painting
Instructor: John Murray
June 16 – 20 | Mon. – Fri. | 9am – 4pm

This course begins with the notion that Jackson Pollock liberated painting and takes off from there. Students will investigate various painting media including acrylic, glazes, pigments, and collage. Both figurative and abstract approaches are encouraged in this energetic class with an emphasis on Post Modern plasticity and visual language.


Register Now
Prerequisite: none required
Price: $795; $715 Early Bird rate (register before April 10)

For more information, please contact the Continuing Education Office at 978.921.4242 x 1202 or email

Montserrat at North Shore Chamber Business Expo


On March 13, Montserrat College of Art will be one of the exhibitors at the largest B2B Expo on the North Shore at the Doubletree by Hilton North Shore Hotel in Danvers, MA.

The event draws more than 2,500 attendees.

Amy Ruiter from our Career Services Department and Kathleen Burke from our Community Relations Office will be there to answer questions about Montserrat’s BFA program, Internships Opportunities, Continuing Education Programs, Gallery events and The Creative Economy of the North Shore – CEANS.

For more information, visit:
Hope to see you there!

Montserrat’s Salem Film Festival Workshop Part 1

Discovering Documentary: Tools for Educators, Filmmakers, and Astute Viewers

Sat. March 1 + Sat. March 8


This course spends one day in the classroom with an introduction to the documentary genre, from origins to the latest trends, and a practical overview of how to use documentary film in educational or community settings. Day two is spent at the Salem Film Fest, an all-documentary film festival in downtown Salem, MA, where participants will see and discuss in-depth at least two films.

Learn more here!

Instructor Bio
Erin Trahan’s background in film includes producing, programming, and multi-platform film journalism. As a journalist, she has contributed to WBUR, The Boston Globe, New Hampshire Public Radio, and elsewhere. She currently edits and publishes The Independent, an online magazine about film, and its related books on filmmaking. She has moderated several seasons of the all-documentary series, The DocYard, as well as panels and discussions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Boston Public Library, as well as Salem Film Fest, New Hampshire Film Festival, and The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, where she has also served on juries. She helped produce the documentary, Love and Other Anxieties, and is working on a new project still under wraps. A past president of Women in Film & Video/New England, she now serves on the board of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She recently finished her fourth Frommer’s Guide to Montreal and Quebec City.






Faculty News: Matthew Murphy Exhibits in Arkansas


Instructor in Painting and Drawing, Matthew Murphys show, BETWEEN STATES: Paintings by Matt Murphy and Sam King opens this month with an Opening Reception: Thursday, March 6, 5 pm at SUGAR Gallery, 1 East Center St., Fayetteville, AR.

Sam King and Matt Murphy approach the problem of abstraction from different points of view, but also with many shared visions that move them beyond the formal. King challenges illusionistic preconceptions by building, scraping, and exposing the material of the paint itself, hinting at space, light, and narrative. Using color, accumulated mark, and literal shape, Murphy sets up space discomposed by its own elements.

Through improvisation and drastic revision, King steers his paintings into uneasy resolutions of perceptual, emotional, and interpersonal experience, where suggestion trumps declaration and awkward harmonies abound. King sometimes paints on found (or deliberately misshaped) panels that complicate budding pictorial relationships and nudge at the paintings’ objecthood.

Murphy’s exploration of ideas in abstraction has prompted a move toward the realm of object-making, allowing drawings, paintings, and wooden constructions to inform each other. Paintings happen alongside drawings, which happen alongside collages and constructions. Their development is non-linear. Murphy is interested in how different modes of presentation can be deployed to express similar ideas within abstraction. These ideas are about metaphor, geometry, fantastic narrative and materiality. They draw from a variety of sources, from astronomy to El Greco.

For images and more information click here!

Congratulations, Matt!

Faculty News: Dawn Paul Poem

unnamed-4Liberal Arts Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has a new poem in the online journal, Postcard Poems and Prose.

Her poem, “The Night before I Climbed Mt. Washington” can be seen here:

Students are encouraged to submit their work to this journal!

Congratulations, Dawn! Cool poem – literally and figuratively!

To see more of her work visit:

Gallery Update: Masako Kamiya: Liminal

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Masako Kamiya: Liminal
On View: Feb. 14 – March 15, 2014
Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Gallery
Reception: Tue., Feb. 25
Artist Talk: Thu., March 6

Masako Kamiya paints dots; precise, intentional and deliberate dots. To say this means not to naively reduce Kamiya’s work to the singular simplicity of the dot. On the contrary, her repetitive and delicate mark making activates a complex dialogue between Kamiya and the surface of her work. The dot is her poetic language. With each application, Kamiya translates emotion and dimension to the viewer. “Mark making is important,” says Kamiya, “dots not only make individual marks, but also make a shape that is clear and simple.”

The six works featured in “Liminal” are monuments to the mark. “Late April”, 2012 for example, is a microcosm of mini skyscrapers. Unlike city towers made of concrete and marble, Kamiya constructs a constellation of fragile specks. As each mark is made, layering color on top of color, slowly grows outward from the surface of the work, casting shadows across a gradation of blue to purple.

The buildup of gouache influences a spacial relationship between medium and surface; one of the many ways Kamiya widens the scope of painting. The fast drying nature and durability of gouache is an ideal fit for this repetitious, compulsory type of making. Kamiya’s impulse to paint communicates a particular way to read the ‘brushstroke’. Each encounter is a momentary touch, a carefully choreographed exchange between artist and intention.

Kamiya’s paintings create a tangible presence despite the elusiveness associated with liminality. With each mark, she paints a sensory threshold of an intermediate state between transit and stasis. The exhibition’s title, Liminal, relates to the intermediate state that Kamiya brings to fruition compositionally. In the physical sense, “liminal” is an abstract term used most often in reference to an illusionary space, or the space between things. This exhibition is about the opening up of that space on the picture plane.

Masako Kamiya is a 1997 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, with a BFA in Fine Arts. She received her MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1999. Kamiya is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston. In the summer of 2013, Kamiya was the recipient of the Featured Artist Residency Program at Burren College of Art, Ireland. Most recently, Kamiya is featured in the group exhibition, “Obsessive Compulsive Order” currently on view at UMass Dartmouth in New Bedford, Feb 6 – March 13, 2014.

Photos by Michelle Behre ’14

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Continuing Education Update: Available Film, Photo and Documentary Classes




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Discovering Documentary:
Tools for Educators, Filmmakers & Astute Viewers
March 1 & March 8
(2 Saturdays)
Led by Erin Trahan
Join us for a rich experience at the Salem Film Fest!


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Digital Photography
Feb. 27 – April 17
(Thursdays 7 – 9 pm)
Led by Vanessa Ruiz
Beginner level class in photography and Photoshop techniques


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Intro to Digital Video
March 8 & 9
(Saturday & Sunday)
Led by Francois DeCosterd
Beginner level class – learn to use your video camera!


Apply now!

Visit our website, Facebook, or contact:
978.867.9661 to learn more.

Looking Ahead: Summer Classes

View our schedule of classes like Photography with David Wells, and register today!

Looking for Drawing, Painting, or Letterpress Classes?
View classes beginning in February here.

2014 Student Sculpture Show

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The 2014 Student Sculpture Show is currently up in 301 Gallery!

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

All are invited to stop by!

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sat 12 – 5 pm

Faculty News: Wilber Blair Exhibits at Danforth Museum

Awake and Await

Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member Wilbur Blair has an upcoming show at Danforth Museum in Framingham entitled “Awake and Await.” The show runs from March 9 to May 18.

Members Only Reception
Saturday, March 8, 6 – 8 pm

Artist Talk
Sunday, April 13, 3 pm

Awake and Await explores the anxiety, fear and loneliness experienced by many undergoing medical treatment. Wilber Blair’s signature painting “Awake and Await” clearly recalls his repeated hospitalizations as a child, listening to the sound of a ticking clock, watching elevator doors open and close, desperately waiting for his parents to arrive. Despite their genesis in illness, these paintings employ rich and saturated colors to represent hope. A departure from Blair’s previous affinity for “awe-filled” landscapes by Bloom and Bresdin, these works “wrestle personal imagery” from imagination. Crayons and coloring book are central to “Vision 1958,” a painting that allows the painter to recapture a sensation of fantasy and escape made possible by the first artist tools he was given.
About the Artist

Wilber Blair graduated with a BFA from Boston University in 1974 and then earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1978. He has pursued many different lines of work in order to support himself as a painter, including retail at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in professional restoration of art and antiques. However, teaching painting and drawing has proved the most rewarding. He has been on the faculty at the Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006. Although he has exhibited widely numerous venues, this is his first solo exhibition in a museum.

For more information, please visit

Upcoming Exhibitions for Masako Kamiya


Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibiting in a couple exhibits opening this month at UMass Dartmouth’s University Art Gallery, and Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery.

**Feb. 6 – March 13, 2014
“Obsessive Compulsive Order”
University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth

Reception: AHA! Night, Feb. 13, 6 – 9 pm,
Artist Talks: Feb. 13 & March 7 pm
Group exhibition exploring systematic, deliberate work patiently created in various media by outstanding female artists from the New England and beyond. Artists: Huguette Despault May, Masako Kamiya, Jane Masters, Barbara Owen, Jessica Rosner, Diane Samuels, Curated by: Viera Levitt

Hours: Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM; free admission

University Art Gallery
College of Visual and Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth
715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA
(508) 999-8555

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

**Feb. 14 – March 15, 2014
“Masako Kamiya: Liminal”
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Montserrat College of Art

Opening Reception: Tue., Feb. 25, 5 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: Thu., March 6, 11:30 am


23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA
(978) 921-4242 x3

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit

Faculty News: Rob Roy Exhibition

 Rob Roy announcement 2014

“American Road”, Prof. Rob Roy’s one person exhibition of paintings and works on paper at the Art Gallery, LaFontaine Fine Arts Center, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA will run from February 3 thru March 14, 2014.

There will be an Artist Talk on Wednesday, February 19, at 12:30 pm, and a Reception on Sunday, March 9, 1 – 3 pm.

Visit for more information!

Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Founding Faculty Member Ollie Balf Featured in Yankee Magazine

One of our Founding Faculty Members, Ollie Balf, is featured in Yankee Magazine this month!

“The late Oliver Balf lived and worked as an artist in Rockport, MA for more than 60 years. He was a teacher, a father, a husband and a painter. He created an eclectic mix of work in his lifetime with much of his art inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann. The following slide show is a collection of photographs taken at the family home and studio by photographer Jared Charney in 2013, personal family photographs as well as some of Oliver Balf’s original paintings.”

See full feature here:

To see more of artist Oliver Balf’s work, please visit:

His art will also be up for auction at this year’s Artrageous!28



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President Immerman Featured in New England Board of Higher Education Journal

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by Stephen D. Immerman
January 21, 2014

The cost and the value of higher education, the short- and long-term impact of student debt, the role of career preparation, and accountability for student outcomes are the subject of intense and increasing examination and debate.

Every higher education professional I know is acutely aware of shifting demographic and business models in our industry, and the need to explicitly provide, and show, value for students and their families. We recognize the need to respond to increasing consumer scrutiny, government regulation and the legitimate evolving needs of employers and the labor force. We understand the pressure to compete and to be responsive to the need to reduce costs and increase value. Whether at a small independent school like Montserrat College of Art or a major university, this is our work. But, it is also our fundamental work to maintain the integrity, excellence and relevance of the education we provide—to educate and prepare students to enter society as thoughtful and contributing citizens, to impassion curiosity, and to challenge them to seek truth.

In their 2005 book Remaking the American University: Market-Smart and Mission-Centered, Robert Zemsky, Gregory Wenger, and William Massy outlined the road American higher education has traveled to become less a “public good” and more a “private gain.” They clearly articulated our collective imperative to maintain the centrality of mission to educate, not just train, even in the face of our need to respond to the markets in which we operate. Almost eight years later, the perspectives articulated in their book could not be more pertinent or their prescriptions for change more acute. We leaders and stewards of higher education must carefully calibrate how we respond to the external pressure of the marketplace while still maintaining our responsibility to hold fast and advocate for the central core of values that have made American higher education the envy of the world.

As challenging as these times may be, it is still our imperative to maintain access, be cost effective, be contemporary in providing an excellent and relevant education, and at the same time, intentionally prepare students for life and for the world of work. We must do this while holding true to the important values and larger social purposes that guide our institutions, aggressively protecting the quality of what is taught.

While delivery models continue to evolve, we must maintain curricula and pedagogy that ensure the habits of mind, analytical problem-solving, writing, speaking and visual communication skills, and appropriate professional preparation necessary for our students to successfully navigate an increasingly complex and rapidly changing marketplace. We must accomplish all this in an evolving environment in which the development of new educational tools challenges us to impart this learning differently, in some cases to far-flung constituencies.

We can rail about inconsistent and over-politicized calls for increased accountability, the increasing costs of regulation and diminished public funding, but these realities are not going to change. There is little doubt that we will be subject to a rating system developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Few of us will be happy with the accuracy or the quality of the data employed in those assessments or in the relative lack of appreciation for the extensive innovation already underway in our industry.

With federal support for student aid now in excess of $150 billion per year, with overwhelming demand at both state and federal levels for too few resources, with seemingly permanent dysfunction in Congress, and with aging populations and business communities not supportive of increases in taxes, the pressure on education to provide value will likely only grow.

Following are a few ways that could mitigate some of the challenges:

In the college search process, students and their families should be encouraged to focus more on the range of learning opportunities offered at prospective colleges and less on the increasingly expensive amenities that drive up the cost of education for everyone.

Our government leadership can focus on new ways to encourage student K-12 readiness for higher education, rather than expecting higher education to remediate the failed outcomes of current programs.
Investment should be encouraged in experiments and pilot projects across the higher education landscape to reduce cost, increase persistence and measure relevant outcomes rather than squandering energy defining and imposing centrally developed regulation.

We should be advocating for STEAM not just STEM education. STEM-related coursework is important but creativity is core to innovation and entrepreneurship—and hence a major driver of economic and cultural growth. Maintaining investment in arts and humanities education is critical for both the quality of the human experience and a robust economy. The diverse professional paths and achievements of Montserrat alumni and their successful careers inside and outside the creative economy validate the importance of maintaining arts and arts funding. See Letting Off STEAM at Montserrat College of Art.
More students and their families should be encouraged and educated about how to take advantage of loan-forgiveness and pay-as-you-go debt-management programs. These are important and useful programs directly designed to help reduce the increasing student debt burden.

And Congress can end the practice of collecting exorbitant interest profits from direct student loans (this year alone in excess of $37 billion)—a tax on those students least able to pay.
The means and methods of providing a quality education—and the business model that enables them—will evolve. The perception of price and value will also evolve, but the underlying core values and integrity of what is to be learned must be preserved. With persistence, learning and sharing best practices with our colleagues, and some reasoned encouragement from those to whom we are accountable, we will all be able to be both market-smart and mission-centered.

Stephen D. Immerman is president of Montserrat College of Art.

Painting of The View from Andrew’s Room Series IXX #4 by Montserrat College professor Timothy Harney.

Montserrat President Steve Immerman

Montserrat Hosts 2014 Sixth Congressional District Art Competition

Please join us for the 2014 Sixth Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition sponsored by Congressman John F. Tierney and hosted by Montserrat College of Art. The closing reception and award ceremony will take place Saturday, March 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at our 301 Cabot Street Gallery, Beverly, MA and the exhibition will be on view March 5 – 8, 2014.

The exhibition is a juried art show, open to high school students (grades 10-12) from public and private schools within the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district. Students from every school in the district are encouraged to participate.

The Award Winners will receive varying amounts of scholarship to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program and the U.S. Postal Service will provide students with the option of having their artwork displayed at their local post office.

At the conclusion of the exhibition, the artwork of the Grand Award Winner will be sent to the U.S. Capitol Building where it will be displayed for one year with the work of other award winners from across the country. The winner from each district, accompanied by one adult, will be invited to attend the opening of that exhibition in Washington, D.C. to be scheduled for a date in June.

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For more information, contact Jo Broderick at or 978-867-9613.

Erin Dionne Update: Edgar Award Nomination and Merit Award Winner


Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne is excited to share the news that her latest novel, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial), is nominated for a 2014 Edgar Award, Best Juvenile, sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America.

Here’s a link to the site:

Also, Dionne’s website, which was designed by Montserrat instructor Justin Gagne, is a Merit Award Winner in the 15th Annual HOW Interactive Design Awards!


Congratulations to both Justin and Erin!


Continuing Education: Spring Classes



Enroll Now for Spring Courses beginning in February!

Our spring courses beginning this January and February are designed for all levels of students, from beginners to experienced artists. Enroll today!

8 week courses, February through April
(nights and weekends):

Mixed Media Painting
Feb. 22 – April 19
Led by Maria Malatesta

Digital Photography
Feb. 27 – April 17
Led by Vanessa Ruiz

Drawing for Beginners
Feb. 26 – April 23
Led by Bea Modisett

Intro to Screen Printing
Feb. 22 – April 19
Led by L. Thomas-Vickory

Abstract Acrylics
Feb. 25 – April 15
Led by Bea Modisett

Open Studio
Feb. 26 – April 16
Led by Maria Malatesta

2 Day Weekend Workshops:

Letterpress Printmaking
March 8 & 9 and April 5 & 6
Led by Brian Savignano

Intro to Digital Video
March 8 & 9
Led by Francois DeCosterd

Looking Ahead: Summer Classes

Preview our schedule, and join our list to be notified first when registration opens!

Upcoming Shows for Judy Brown

Prof. Judith Brassard Brown is exhibiting in The Power of Suggestion at Gallery Alpers Fine Art Jan. 15 – March 22. The gallery is located at 96 Main Street, Andover, MA.

Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan. 25, 5 – 8 pm.

For more info, visit

Over the summer, if you are heading to the Cape or want to visit directly, her work can be seen in ‘Recently Acquired’ at the Art Complex Museum from May 18th-September 7th, 2014.

See more of her work here:

Above Image: Keep, 200, mixed media, 6″ x 6″

Study Abroad: Montserrat in Mallorca

Check out the photos that Montserrat College of Art’s photography students took while studying abroad to Mallorca, Span this past winter break, along with their reflections of their immersion.

Montserrat In Mallorca:

For more information about Montserrat’s Study Abroad program, please visit:






Montserrat Community (Faculty, Alumni, Student) Exhibits at BU’s 808 Gallery


Instructor and performance artist, Sandrine Schaefer‘s upcoming curatorial project ACCUMULATION (phase 2) is on view at Boston University’s 808 Gallery in conjunction with the Lightening Speed of The Present exhibition Jan. 23 – March 30.

Alumna Kelly Hunter ’13 and current senior Dan DeRosato ’14 are among the artists participating. They were both students of Schaefer.

Live performances will begin on Jan. 29th and will happen every Wednesday (with the exception of March 12).

Please visit the ACCUMULATION website  for updates on the schedule and information about the artists.

Rose Olson Featured in Portland Press Herald Review

Prof. Rose Olson was favorably reviewed in Portland Press Herald for her artwork in Eight Women Abstract Artists: 8 X 8 at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, ME. Long friend of Montserrat, Lynda Schlosberg is also featured in this exhibit.

Art Review: Is there a new vein in abstract painting in Maine?

“The group is rounded out by Rose Olson, whose elegantly beautiful works push abstraction to the liminal edge of the finely finished object – like if Barnett Newman or Ad Reinhardt had been craft artists. This is where “8 x 8” transcends a standard gallery show and comes across as an intuited observation on Maasch’s part. Her roster, after all, is well balanced between men and women, but her painters are largely women abstractionists. Is that chance or is there something going on with abstract painting by women?

While I don’t think the point of “8 x 8” was to say “the strongest women abstract painters in Maine are making more and more intimate work that engages the logic and finish of craft,” that is both a valid conclusion about the show and an insightful observation about ambitious art in Maine.

“8 x 8” is an engaging, handsome and interesting exhibition. And I like the questions it raises.”

- Daniel Kany

Visit to read the full article.

EIGHT WOMEN ABSTRACT ARTISTS: 8 X 8: Featuring Rose Olson, Lynda Schlosberg, Joanne Mattera, Amy Goodwin, Paula Shalan, Penelope Jones, Kiki Gaffney and Jessica Gandolf

WHERE: Susan Maasch Fine Art, 4 City Center, Portland, ME

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Alumni News: Bea Modisett Exhibit at Hallspace

Last chance to see the work of alumna Bea Modisett ’07  in her solo exhibit at Assoc. Prof. John Colan‘s galleryHallspace  at 950 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA. “By Way of Bangkok” ends Saturday, Jan. 25. Gallery Hours: Fri. – Sat. 12 – 5 pm and by appointment Mon. – Thu. The show features the paintings Modisett has created since March 2013 when she returned from an extended solo backpacking journey through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma.

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The Steady Quiet Plodding Ones. 16″ x 20″. Oil on Canvas

Bea Modisett received her BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2007. She received fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Modisett has exhibited at the Kingston Gallery, Boston, Endicott College Center for the Arts, Beverly, HallSpace, Boston, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Parks, Lincoln, and many other venues throughout New England. Bea Modisett was born in Washington, D.C. and lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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Thoughts Kith and Kin. 16″ x 20″. Oil on Canvas

Modisett’s Upcoming Events at Montserrat College of Art

Contemporary Cocktail
What dynamic forces insert themselves into the creative process? The artistic impulses of control, surrender, perfection and illusion are explored in conversation by visiting artists Masako Kamiya, Bea Modisett, Antoniadis & Stone and curator Leonie Bradbury, Feb. 28, 7 – 9 pm

Solo Exhibition
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, March 15 – April 6

Public Artist Talk
March 20, 11:30 am, Room-201

Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street
Beverly MA 01915

Martha Buskirk Writes for Artforum and Hyperallergic


The December issue of Artforum features Prof. Martha Buskirk‘s collaboration with Caroline Jones and Amelia Jones on the role of “Re-” in contemporary practice (reconstruct, re-create, reenact, remake, etc.). Ten definitions appear in the print edition, and over 20 in the on-line version, but the selected highlights have to be understood as only a small sample of the many variations on this theme.

Visit to read her piece “The Year in Re-”

Buskirk ‘s article on the lawsuit brought by Marc Jancou against Cady Noland, after she renounced a damaged work of art that he was trying to sell at auction, was just published by Hyperallergic.

Visit to read her article.

Faculty News: Lawrence Waldron Presenting at Smithsonian Institution

Assoc. Prof. Lawrence Waldron will be presenting research on Indigenous retentions in Caribbean folk medicine on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Smithsonian Institution. He will explore the early 20th century calypso, “West Indian Weed Woman” as an example of how deeply Indigenous culture has saturated into Caribbean popular culture.

Before joining the faculty of Montserrat College of Art in 2013, Lawrence Waldron had taught both studio art and art history for over fifteen years. He has published essays and presented conference papers on the arts of the pre-Columbian Americas; colonial and modern art, architecture and music in the Caribbean; Buddhist symbols of Asia; traditional textiles in Southeast Asia; and Islamic architecture in Spain and Africa. He has curated two exhibitions of traditional textiles of the Philippines. He is currently completing two books on the art and iconography of the pre-Columbian Caribbean.



Improbable Places Poetry Tour Goes to the Barber


Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 – 9 pm
Mower’s Barber Shop
269 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

The Improbable Places Poetry Tour is Montserrat College of Art’s way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme is selected. This month’s venue is a handsome barber shop, Mower’s on 269 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA.

A Barber Shop, huh? That’s right, folks. A first haircut, a close shave, a hair bender, a golden lock. Flattop, bouffant, mullet, faux hawk or victory rolls – this month’s theme is all about hair and barber shop/beauty parlor culture. All styles of original poetry are welcome. We’re looking for poems that raise the hair on the nape of our neck or bubble up like a good lather.

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! The event is free, open to the public, and you might even get a signature haircut by Master Barber, Jay Mower. You’ll find old-school service layered with well-styled poems at this event. Get your groom on!

Wait! I’ve still got questions! Just talk to Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director. She’s at or 978-921-4242 x1277.

Faculty News: Greg Cook Creates Enchanted Forest in Holiday Parade

Montserrat Instructor Greg Cook and his family marched with other local families in the Parade of Holiday Traditions in Malden, MA. this past weekend (Nov. 30). Cook’s wife Kari Percival made many of the costumes and he painted the tree banners where he created a walking Enchanted Forest populated by New England woodland critters.
Images courtesy of Greg Cook.

Wintersession Art Workshops coming soon!


Montserrat College of Art is offering area residents and college students an oppurtunity to create, travel, study and tour through Wintersession classes from Dec. 27 to Jan. 12. Our wintersession courses make terrific gifts, and afford participants the oppurtunity to engage with exceptional faculty for exceptional rates!

$500 for 8 day, intensive courses

$350 for 3 day, loing weekend courses

$450 for a course in New York

Hurry! Deadlines are approaching!


3 Day Weekend Intensives: Jan. 2/3 – 4

01Mixed Media Painting on Paper

led by Maria Malatesta


Documenting your Work and Photoshop 101

led by Vanessa Ruiz


Intro to Digital Video

led by Francois De Costerd


Hurry, deadline Dec 12!


Featured 8-day Intensives: Jan. 2-4 & 6-10

8 day courses are also available for credit

06Expressive Interpreations of the Landscape

led by Barbara Moody


05Small Metal Scuplutre

led by Elizabeth Alexander


04Warm Glass Jewelry

led by James Durret


Hurry, deadline Dec 12!


626I Art New York: Travel Program

This winter travel to New York, led by Leonie Bradbury, Director and Curator of Montserrat’s Art Galleries, is a series of in depth investigations of current topics on art. Also Available credit.

Hurry, deadline Dec. 20!



Register now!

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Art Education Seniors Present Thesis Show



Crayons to Acrylics: An Art Education Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Dec. 4, 5 – 8 pm

The Art Education Program of Montserrat College of Art and the Practicum students are pleased to present the artworks of their students in this annual celebration of the completion of their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure requirements.

The exhibition features works on paper and mixed, traditional and digital media, in two and three dimensions, representing a selection of visual arts projects produced in the context of art classes assisted or taught by Practicum students Katrina Holland (BFA Illustration, 2013), Alyssa Kingston (BFA Painting, 2012), Geena Lopes (BFA Painting, 2013), Ashley Provencher (BFA Illustration, 2012), Rebecca Skrabely (BFA Painting, 2013) and Erin Wolf (BFA Photography, 2013).

Schools represented are Harrington Elementary School, Chelmsford, MA; Highlands Elementary School, Danvers, MA; Ellis Mendell Elementary School, Roxbury, MA; Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere, MA; Salem High School, Salem, MA; Revere High School, Revere, MA.

The Practicum internship consists in 300 hours of classroom experience usually completed in the Fall semester from September to December. Students enrolled in the program work with all students in visual art classes in a school of their choice, under the professional guidance of their Supervising Practitioner.

Gordon Arnold: JFK and a fractured new world


Prof. Gordon Arnold wrote a column, “JFK and a fractured new world,” for today’s issue of the Worcester Telegram on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination.

JFK and a fractured new world


By Gordon Arnold,

The sudden death of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago not only ended the life of a president. It marked a change in the trajectory of the nation. By the time the shock of his murder started to set in, the United States was already approaching a time of disorder and dissent, the likes of which it had seldom seen.

Americans did not expect the turmoil that erupted in the years soon after Kennedy’s death. After all, the nation had mostly managed to maintain a positive outlook throughout the Cold War. In fact, when Kennedy won the presidency, he seemed to be at the forefront of a new wave of American optimism. His talk of a “New Frontier” captured much of that spirit.

There were still crises, of course. The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis the following year presented significant peril. And threat of the Soviet Union and international communism were always nearby.

Yet, Americans came through those dangers with much of their optimistic spirit intact. Despite the anxieties of international politics, the future throughout most of 1963 looked bright.

But Kennedy’s murder on November 22 of that year traumatized the nation and shattered its optimism. After his assassination, the world looked considerably darker than Americans had envisioned. Within a few short years, this bleaker world more fully materialized in social upheaval, racial tensions, and the divisive war in Vietnam, all of which fueled social strife and discontent.

None of these problems was entirely new, but they all reached their full fury in the months and years after Kennedy’s death. It was far from the New Frontier that the president had imagined.

In some ways, Kennedy’s death marked the symbolic death of one era and the beginning of a new one of self-doubt and self-loathing, which persists today.

After the assassination, for example, increasing political paranoia became apparent. Arguably, its corrosive effects since then have been as damaging to the American spirit as any actions by an assassin’s bullet or a foreign enemy.

Paranoia in the political realm was not new. Americans already had experience with it when it surfaced in early 1950s at the height of the communist scare. But post-assassination paranoia was more pronounced and more insidious.

In an influential essay after Kennedy’s death, Richard J. Hofstadter observed that “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy” was on the rise. He noted how an increasing number of Americans viewed the world in starkly black and white terms. They despised political opponents and avoided compromise. To these people, opponents were not simply people with different ideas. They were immoral and represented evil.

This seems familiar now, but it did not in the 1960s.

This new paranoia was not just confined to a fear of a single enemy, as had been the case regarding communism earlier. Instead, it crept into discussion about American life overall. The new paranoia focused incessantly on what was perceived as America’s moral decline. Communism was just one of many new enemies, as many traditional understandings and ways of doing things changed.

In some respects, a cultural civil war erupted in America not long after Kennedy’s death. By the end of that decade, many of the nation’s central institutions were under siege.

The pervasiveness of these challenges is hard to overstate. The decade of the 1960s was a time of many battles. There was a breakdown of communication between generations, fury about the Vietnam War, and controversies about a host of other issues, such as racial and gender equality and even the place of religion and of government in everyday life.

Each of these was important, but more significant is the fact that all of these controversies raged simultaneously, stretching thin the very fabric of our society.

The Kennedy assassination was not the cause of this strife, of course. But that tragedy marked the beginning of an unsettling era, as if the president’s death unleashed a torrent of long-simmering conflicts. And the conflict was intense. By the end of that decade, it seemed to many Americans that the country was falling apart.

For Americans old enough to remember, it’s difficult to recall John Kennedy’s assassination without also recalling the turmoil that followed it. Younger Americans may not see these things together. They may see the president’s death as a more isolated event.

In the wake of 9/11, it may seem as though the murder of a president half a century ago, and the national crises that followed, are ancient history.

But as we continue to grapple with our own crises, it is useful to recall that those events set the stage for the world we live in. Today’s world of polarized politics, fractured culture, and seemingly endless global conflict is a product of those times. It’s not too late to learn from them.

Gordon Arnold, a resident of Westboro, is Professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, and the author of several books, including Projecting the End of the American Dream (2013).

Student News: Announcing: Here? No, There.

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Here? No, There.

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 

10 am - 9 pm

301 Gallery
Montserrat College of Art
301 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA

The culmination of the efforts of the Body as Art: Performance Art Fundamentals Class taught by Sandrine Schaefer at Montserrat College of Art will take place at 301 Gallery in a final event featuring the work of:

Dani Thomas-10am-9pm

Morgan O’Donnel-Curry- 10am-9pm

Dan DeRosato- 10am-12:30pm

Nygel Jones- 10am-3pm (video screening -documentation of site-specific performance)

Phoebe Warner- 11am-9pm

Sam Glidden-1pm-9pm

Dan Ceritto- 1pm-2pm

Tori Cossette- 3pm-9pm

Dan Stone- 6pm-9pm

Faculty News: Matt Murphy Exhibits at Laconia Gallery

2013-11-20 16_21_36-Between States_ Sam King & Matt Murphy _ LACONIA GALLERYMontserrat College of Art faculty member Matt Murphy has a show coming up at Laconia Gallery.

Between States:
Matt Murphy and Sam King
Opening Reception: Dec. 6, 5:30 – 8 pm
Exhibit:Dec. 6, 2013 – Jan. 26, 2014

Sam King and Matt Murphy approach the problem of abstraction from different points of view, but also with many shared visions that move them beyond the formal. King challenges illusionistic preconceptions by building, scraping, and exposing the material of the paint itself, hinting at space, light, and narrative. Using color, accumulated mark, and literal shape, Murphy sets up space discomposed by its own elements.

Through improvisation and drastic revision, King steers his paintings into uneasy resolutions of perceptual, emotional, and interpersonal experience, where suggestion trumps declaration and awkward harmonies abound. King sometimes paints on found (or deliberately misshaped) panels that complicate budding pictorial relationships and nudge at the paintings’ objecthood.

Murphy’s exploration of ideas in abstraction has prompted a move toward the realm of object-making, allowing drawings, paintings, and wooden constructions to inform each other. Paintings happen alongside drawings, which happen alongside collages and constructions. Their development is non-linear. Murphy is interested in how different modes of presentation can be deployed to express similar ideas within abstraction. These ideas are about metaphor, geometry, fantastic narrative, and materiality. They draw from a variety of sources, from astronomy to El Greco.

The show will then travel to The University of Arkansas in March.
Please visit to learn more!

Faculty News: Rob Roy and Rhoda Rosenberg Featured in “Palate to Plate”


Prof. Rob Roy and Asst. Prof. Rhoda Rosenberg‘s prints and recipes are included in “Palate to Plate,” a cookbook recently published by The Boston Printmakers. The book will also serve as the catalogue for a members exhibition to be held at the Newport Art Museum, RI from September, 2014 through December, 2015.

Palate to Plate
The Boston Printmakers 2012-14 Members Exhibition
Newport Art Museum, RI, Fall 2014

The Boston Printmakers is pleased to announce the release of Palate to Plate: Prints and Recipes from Members of the Boston Printmakers. This full-color, 216-page book is also the catalogue for the 2014 Boston Printmakers Members’ Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum (Fall 2014 – early January 2015). This beautiful book contains prints and favorite recipes by 99 members of the Boston Printmakers. The book is available through The ordering process is simple and easy. Delivery time is 2-4 weeks and the price for the book is $40.09. There are discounts available for purchasing multiple copies.

Click here to learn more!

Dawn Paul Update


Congratulations to Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul! Her lyric essay, “Necessities,” has received Honorable Mention in The Lindenwood Review‘s lyric essay contest. The issue will be published in Spring, 2014.

“I am excited about this because my Narrative Forms class just finished their lyric essays,” said Paul.

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Montserrat Gallery Update: Last Artist Talk and Contemporary Cocktail of the Fall Semester


Wed., Nov. 20, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: David H. Wells
23 Essex St., Room 201

Montserrat Galleries proudly presents Foreclosed Dreams an exhibition featuring photographer David H. Wells in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. Wells’ photography captures the median period inside foreclosed homes; after their abandonment, yet before they’re gutted and put back on the market. Beginning the project in 2009 Wells has shot these foreclosed sites in thirteen different states. The artist says that the ultimate challenge for a photographer is the personal project. “Making a set of images which tell a story from your point of view, under your own direction” is a measure of accomplishment that Wells is excited to showcase in the Foreclosed Dreams series.

© David H. Wells

David Wells, Foreclosure, LaPlace, Louisiana, 2012, Photograph

David H. Wells received his Liberal Arts degree from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA. He has a concentration in the history of photography. Wells has been featured in solo exhibitions at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University. Additionally, he has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the International Center for Photography.

Foreclosed Dreams
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Nov. 20 – Dec. 21, 2013

Fri., Nov. 22, 7 – 9 pm
Contemporary Cocktail: Defining the Dystopic
Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St.

Join artist and Spirited Magazine founder Amanda Antunes, ceramic artist and scholar Mary Anne Davis and photographer David H. Wells, in a conversation on “Dystopia” to better understand how contemporary art practices approach this topic. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Wish You Where There? which closes Sat., Dec. 14, 2013.

Currently in its 7th year, Contemporary Cocktail is an informal event series hosted in the Montserrat Gallery, that pairs recognized visiting artists, Montserrat Faculty and arts professionals in a casual, yet lively conversation. Delicious Italian treats from Gloria’s will be provided. Eat, Drink, Discuss!

Rose Olson Update

Expanding Glow_2013

Eight of Prof. Rose Olson‘s recent paintings including “Expanding Glow” (pictured above), are now being exhibited in Kingston Members’ Gallery at 450 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston. This exhibit continues until Sun., Dec. 1 at 5 pm. 

“I want to thank those of you who have already seen my exhibit for your kind comments,” said Olson.

Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun., noon – 5 pm and by appointment 617.423.4113.

Please visit for directions and other information.

Faculty News: Charles Boyer’s Story Publication

image (5)Congratulations to Montserrat Prof. Charles Boyer! His short story “Bittersweet” has been published in a book from Livingston Press, “Tartt’s Five.”

The book includes selected stories from short story collections which were runner-ups in Livingston Press’s Tartt Fiction Award Contest.

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. 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.  His chapbook of poetry, The  Mockingbird Puzzle, is published by Finishing Line Press.