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

Register Now!

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!

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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.

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

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!



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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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

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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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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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!


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″

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

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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.

The Steady Quiet Plodding Ones

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.

Thoughts Kith and Kin (1)
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.

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.
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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.

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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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Rose Olson Update

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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.

Alumni News: Bea Modisett Update

Montserrat faculty member and alumna Bea Modisett ’07 was interviewed by Temporary Land Bridge, a site run by Andrea Sherrill Evans and Director of Career Services, Kirk Amaral Snow. The interview took place in late summer when she was working towards her first solo exhibition, By Way of Bangkok, at HallSpace in Boston, a gallery owned and operated by Montserrat faculty member Assoc. Prof. John Colan. Also, in March, she will be hanging a solo show in Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Gallery.

By Way of Bangkok
Exhibit: Dec. 7, 2013 – Jan. 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Dec. 7, 3 – 6 pm
Hallspace Gallery
950 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA


img_5851Bea Modisett in her Beverly studio, courtesy of Temporary Land Bridge

“I was a pretty good student. I was always in the studio and taking on extra activities to help try and strengthen the community, not just my own practice, and this has really continued since graduation. I love being involved as much as I can as an artist, curator, organizer, juror, volunteer, etc. though recently, with deadlines looming, I’ve somewhat taken a step back to focus on my studio.”


Courtesy of Temporary Land Bridge

“The landscapes I have been able to experience have undoubtedly impacted my forms and colors, but it’s the actual act of traveling, where my mind goes when left alone in a high stress situation, that has had the biggest impact on my practice.”


Bea Modisett’s studio, courtesy of Temporary Land Bridge

Read the full interview at

For more information on Modisett and her work:

Faculty Update: Gordon Arnold Published in Providence Journal

Opinion -Prof. Gordon Arnold had an op-ed/historical reflection piece in last week’s Providence Journal!

Gordon Arnold: JFK not only president assassinated in November 1963 was originally published Nov. 6.

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Montserrat Community Featured in’s Crane Estate Art Show Review

Crane Estate art show features local and student artists - Beverly - Your Town - Evan Sullivan displaying his work.

Crane Estate art show features local and student artists By Angie Sykeny, Gordon College News Service

When Montserrat College of Art junior Evan Sullivan began creating his series of art prints about re-urbanization, he was doing it for a class assignment, not an art show. Now, at the suggestion of his printmaking professor Len Thomas-Vickory, Sullivan will have one of his silk screen prints from the series on display at the 10th Annual Crane Estate Art Show and Sale Nov. 9 and 10 in Ipswich.

“The assignment was to make a poster that promotes something,” said Sullivan. His series of posters contains several variations of a four-color traffic jam with suburban homes and a city center with walking pedestrians.

“We created the suburbs with the best intentions but we are actually destroying the nature around us to build them,” he said. “Reurbanization is about bringing people back to the cities, but also to change the cities, make them more walkable and eco-friendly to preserve the natural landscape around us.”

Sullivan’s pieces reflect the greater theme of this year’s show, hosted by the Trustees of Reservations, “Shifting Perspectives.” All of the art highlights some aspect of North Shore landmarks and landscapes, and sales will benefit both the Trustees and the artists. The show is free to attend and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate.

According to Thomas-Vickory, Sullivan is one of 40-50 Montserrat students submitting paintings, drawings, printmaking, and photography pieces for the event. It is the College’s fourth year having work in the show, but many local high schools also have students participating, including Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich, and Peabody. According to Trina Schell, public programs and volunteer manager of the Trustees, there will be nearly 150 pieces of student art featured in the Casino Complex.

The show is an opportunity not only for students, but for other local artists as well. In the Great House there will be over 150 pieces by 69 different local artists, and in the outside space between the Great House and the Casino Complex, there will be sculptures by six different sculptors.

“We have some of the top artists on the North Shore,” said Schell. “The quality of the art is just fabulous.”

Local artist Sandra Belock-Phippen of Wenham has regularly had her work in the show, and almost every year it has sold. She said her inspiration comes predominantly from the salt marshes in the area.

“I hope my work rings true with viewers,” she said. “That they come away with the sense of color, beauty and drama I find in nature.”

In addition to two large pieces, Belock Phippen will also submit a few pieces for the “small works gallery.” Schell said this gallery of 8×8 or small pieces appeals to the more casual buyer who doesn’t have the money or the wall space for a big-framed piece, but can still find space for “that perfect little find.”

But the show has more than just open galleries. From a giant chalkboard where they can contribute their own flair to a game of “art eye spy,” visitors are encouraged to be interactive and have fun. They will even have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece to win the People’s Choice Award. The work with the most votes will be featured in the publicity material for next year’s show.

But for Sullivan, art isn’t about the money or the publicity—it’s about the process.

“I do it because I enjoy it,” he said, “but I create it for other people to see. I’ve never had the intention of selling my art, but if someone wanted to buy it, I would be honored to share it with them.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and the Gordon College News Service.

Faculty News: Colleen Michaels Mom Egg Review Reading

mom-egg-logoMontserrat’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michaels will be sharing her poetry, along with 19 other female poets, during Mom Egg Review’s MA Mayhem Reading on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Červená Barva Press Studio at The Center For The Arts At The Armory Basement Room B8, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA.

Mom Egg Review contributors will participate in a “lightning” reading of their poetry, fiction and creative prose in this salon-style afternoon reading. All are welcome to attend. Mom Egg Review is a literary magazine by and about motherhood.


Michaels’ poems have appeared  in journals and anthologies including The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg, Roar, Ilanot Review, Barrelhouse, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage, and Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, which brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats and swimming pools.

Interactive Portfolio Magazine – Available Now!


Announcing two new formats for the fall issue of Montserrat’s Portfolio magazine.


Download your free Montserrat College of Art app for iPad and iPhone.

Click here for the Flash website version of the magazine. Flash will need to be available for your browser.

The magazine is filled with Montserrat news, updates and videos. We hope you will flip through and watch!

P.S. We always love to hear your feedback!

Please email Jo Broderick, Dean of College Relations, at or 978.867.9613.

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Students Install Sculptures for Beverly Commons Outdoor Art Exhibit

Montserrat students of Elizabeth Alexander‘s Interior/Exterior Installation Art class have installed several temporary sculptures on the trails the Essex Greenbelt’s Beverly Commons Property in  Beverly, on view Oct. 24 through Nov 17. There are 7 works scattered throughout the main trails made by Danielle Franzen, Vincent Frana, Benjamin Freeman, Sarah Graziano, Miroslaw Kutnik, Christine Lewis and Ariel Lund. Take a walk in the woods and look for the “Montserrat” signs, see if you can find all 7.

The Beverly Commons entrance can be found at the end of Greenwood Ave in Beverly and  is open dawn to dusk, free of charge.

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Award Winning Artist Bryan Konietzko Visits Montserrat

BryanClassroomMontserrat College of Art hosted Bryan Konietzko, award winning co-creator of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” animated series, on  Oct. 15. During his visit to our campus, Konietzko visited some classrooms and gave an artist talk. Montserrat faculty member, Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjetihelped to facilitate this special event with the support of Illustration Department Chair Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann, Montserrat Galleries Director, Curator, Leonie Bradbury and Coordinator of Public Programs, Savery Kelley.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to have the rare experience of interacting with an artist who is making such a positive contribution to our cultural landscape.” said Enjeti. “I have known Bryan since college, and I could not be more thrilled about introducing him to our academic community at Montserrat. This event came together very quickly and it is a testament to Bryan’s generosity and the overwhelming support this visit received from our administration faculty, and event coordinators.”

During the intimate classroom visits and presentation to Montserrat’s student body, Konietzko shared his experiences as an artist, storyteller and show co-creator.

Konietzko is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated artist. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” have a global fan base of millions. His current show, The Legend of Korra“, continues the story of a multigenerational epic that unfolds against the fantasy landscape he co-created with collaborator Mike DiMartino.

Learn more about Konietzko here:


Bryan Konietzko  personalizes Montserrat’s library copy of “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series” with a signed sketch.

Faculty News: Erin Dionne at Boston Book Festival

g0a00000000000000007be8ed51aa7577676a12b8c881cfca069bcb02c7Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne is going to be on a “Read Your Own Adventure” panel at the Boston Book Festival with three other children’s book authors on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The festival offers a robust schedule of *free* events–all in Copley Square–featuring both children’s and “adult” authors. Other panels include stories from the marathon bombing tragedy, horror writing with Wes Craven, and a “One City, One Story” read.

For more information, visit

Faculty News: Damian Cote at UMASS Amherst

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Damian Cote‘s show, Letters to Dr. Ehrlich, is running from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20 at UMASS Amherst’s  Fine Arts Center with the opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 pm.

For more information, please visit:

The Letters to Dr. Ehrlich series is a collection of images based on “The Population Bomb” by Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich. The book was written in 1968 warning of the perils of rapid population increase. Cote’s series of images are representative of different places and times in relation to the population explosion described by Dr. Ehrlich.

Cote holds an MFA from RISD and a BFA from UMASS Amherst. He has exhibited extensively throughout the Northeast to include, Swarthmore College, Woods-Gerry Gallery and Sol Koffler Gallery in Providence, RI, as well as the International Print Center.

Faculty News: Judy Brown & Masako Kamiya

2013-10-16 11_04_16-Open Studios 2013Montserrat faculty members Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya and Prof. Judy Brown are participating in Dorchester Open Studios event on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 19 – 20, 12 – 5p m at 11 Pearl Street, Dorchester, MA. There are also multiple sites in the city wide event.

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Faculty News: New Poem by Dawn Paul


Montserrat College of Art faculty member Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has one of her new poems featured in the online journal, Damselflypress.

Paul  is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Naugatuck River Review and Redheaded Stepchild. She is also a frequent performer on Montserrat’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour.


Last Photo with my Mother

It’s all there: the path through the Audubon Sanctuary,
me standing next to my mother, the light of late afternoon.
It is autumn and the path is full of yellow beech leaves.
We stand close together, her shoulder against my arm,
but we do not hold each other, just the slight leaning in.

How alike we are: neatly built, straight-spined, those long Irish cheeks.
And the genuine smiles. We, who often look hunted in photos,
are happy in golden October, the leaves deep on the path.
We both look directly into the camera, which is held by my beloved.
My mother once said to me, in quiet admiration, “She is so honest.
I can’t imagine her ever telling a lie.”

If I was as honest, I would say this photo does not tell the entire story.
But another part of me, equally honest, says, once again, it’s all there:
the path, the autumn woods, the warmth of her shoulder against my arm.

To see more of her work, visit:

Beverly Police Host Domestic Violence Event: Silent Witness

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L to R: Sheila Radziewicz of HAWC, Quincy Torres, Director of the Beverly Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, Zayda Gonzalez, John W. Norton and Lieutenant Phil McCarthy.

The Beverly Common was filled with over a dozen life size red wooden cutout figures yesterday afternoon, Oct. 11. The event, Silent Witness, hosted by The Beverly Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, was held to pay tribute to the victims during the department’s month long effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Each free standing life size wooden figures had the names of a Massachusetts victim who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children – who’s life ended violently at the hands of an intimate partner or acquaintance. An extra figure was added to represent those uncounted victims whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental.

The red figures of men, women, children and policemen were made by Montserrat students Buddy Quinn, Ivy Fowler, Emily Fung, Mirek Kutnik, Michael Parrillo and Zoey Chapin. Montserrat sculpture faculty member James Durrett played a huge part in the process of collaborating with the students to build all of the figures.

Faculty News: Meredith Morten Open Studios at Fort Point Art Community

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Prof. Meredith Morten will be participating in the Fort Point Art Community’s Open Studios event. She and Zsuzsanna Ardó will present Time and Landscape in Meredith’s Boston studio at 300 Summer Street on Saturday Oct. 19 and Sunday Oct. 20, 12 – 6 pm.

More info:

Zsuzsanna Ardó, Hungarian born visual artist, critic and writer, will give a public presentation at Montserrat College of Art on Thursday Oct. 17 at 11:30 am. Learn more at

Alumna Bea Modisett Salem News Column: Art Matters in Beverly

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Column: Art matters in Beverly

By Bea Modisett ’07The Salem News

Last year, a group of poets and neighbors gathered in CitySide Diner to read poetry aloud. Over the summer, several free concerts were held on the Common, exhibits by emerging artists were curated at Porter Mill, an artist studio building on Rantoul Street, and local schools brought in professional musicians for programs that inspired children in new ways.

Besides helping secure Beverly’s place as a cultural destination on the North Shore, all of these exciting events were funded in part by the Beverly Cultural Council. Last year, the council awarded nearly $10,000 worth of grants to almost 20 worthy applicants who — like us — want to see the arts grow in Beverly. And with the application deadline for 2014 approaching — Oct. 15 — we’re looking forward to continuing the momentum we’re building together as a vibrant arts community.

Our funding priorities are simple: We award grants for arts, humanities or interpretive science projects that serve elementary, middle or high school students, families, senior citizens or the general Beverly community. About 10 council members (Beverly residents) volunteer their time each fall to carefully review the dozens of applications we receive from both emerging artists and established organizations. Then, together, we decide which can best fulfill our goals. The grant recipients are announced, funding is provided, and everyone benefits.

We can do this because we live in a commonwealth that’s made a commitment to the creative economy and the role the arts play in building our communities. In fact, the Beverly Cultural Council is only one of 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts to award funds in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

So, whenever an artist’s potential is encouraged in Beverly, we’re all better off and our quality of life is enhanced. And with so much craziness in the world, you’ve got to admit, it’s nice to live in a place where creativity thrives, where concerts are free, art is everywhere, and poetry can be heard in diners.

For more information, guidelines and applications, please visit Applicants should fill out the applications on their computer, print and mail 10 copies, postmarked by Oct. 15, 2013, to Beverly Cultural Council, PO Box 3032, Beverly, MA 01915-0897.

Courtosey of The Salem News

Improbable Places Poetry Tour with a Chocolaty Twist


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 – 9 pm
Winfrey’s Fudge and Chocolates
115 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 Chocolate Factory: Winfrey’s Fudge and Chocolates on 115 Cabot Street in Beverly.

A Chocolate Factory, huh? That’s right, folks. Things may have gone better for Agustus Gloop and Veruca Salt if Willy Wonka had employed poets. This month’s tour stop celebrates the chewy center of a poem, the cream and butter of language, a sweet tooth, and a taffy pull. Poems will be hand dipped, dusted in sugar and they will leave you satisfied.

Hey, I happen to have a poem of this flavor. How do I participate? Send your submissions to The submission deadline is Thursday, Oct. 17, so you’ll need to work faster than Lucille Ball in a chocolate factory.

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! Think of it as our heart-shaped sampler box of poetry just for you. The event is free, open to the public, and you will even get to see the chocolate makers in action.

Questions? Just talk to Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director at or 978.921.4242 x1277. And no, there is no chocolate waterfall…..yet.

Jim Falck’s Passing

falckIt is with tremendous sadness that I share with you the news that Beverly artist Jim Falck – alumnus, teacher, and dear friend of the College – died early Saturday morning, Oct. 5. He became ill just six weeks ago and was being cared for at home by his niece and her husband.

Jim became a renowned landscape architect for the Boston parks system before entering the fine arts concentration at Montserrat. (He was the first male student in my course Women and Art!) Later he designed the Montserrat and Carol Schlosberg Alumni galleries, showed recently in Montserrat Gallery’s SEVEN exhibition (which also starred his beloved Big Boy), and mentored many artists, young and old, in his Continuing Education course that he called “Painting on the Wild Side.” For the last decade, Jim sponsored a student from his alma mater, NDSU, to attend the summer program in Viterbo, Italy, a place he loved. Some of us remember, with amusement and horror, the time he jumped off a moving train in Orte, when he realized it was going to roll through his station without stopping. A determined, gifted and prolific artist, there is no question that he lived large and his life touched many.

No service is planned, but there will be a gathering of friends later this fall at Montserrat.The family will be publishing a full obituary and announcement of the gathering in The Salem News and The Boston Globe at that time.


Laura Tonelli

Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Montserrat College of Art