Faculty News: Marilu Swett Exhibits SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery

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

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

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

First Friday: December 5, 5 – 8 pm

Learn more at bostonsculptors.com

See more of Swett’s work at mariluswett.com

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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk Published Piece in Hyperallergic

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

Faculty News: Erin Dionne to Speak at National Convention

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay updated with what Erin has been up to by visiting www.erindionne.com


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

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

There is a free festival in Boston. Learn more at illuminusboston.org 

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

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

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

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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Exhibits Sculpture in Germany

unnamed (6)Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Member Julia Shepley has a large installation of sculpture in the third unique part of the exhibition series Ovid’s Girls Boston/ Berlin at MEWO Kunsthalle. Ovid’s Girls is about the continued exploration of the theme of transformation and mythological tales whose origins lie in the chaos and are characterized by endless change. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 20 – Nov. 8, 2014

Ovid’s Girls is an exhibition featuring artworks by twelve female sculptors, six from the USA and six from Germany, all sharing an aesthetic of the evocative and enigmatic. The exhibition will highlight parallels and relationships in the artwork, in a cross-continent dialogue of ideas, materials and conceptual approaches. Ovid’s Girls has been hosted by three different venues in 2014. The first was at the Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany (April 4 – May 3, 2014), followed by the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston, USA (June 25 – August 3, 2014), and the MEWO Kunsthalle in Memmingen, Germany (September 19 – November 8) if the final venue.

Julia Shepley is teaching design and figure modeling this semester. Her teaching objectives are: to provide students with design, craft and problem solving skills to use in developing and identifying their interests and talents; to instill enthusiasm for the intrinsic possibilities and capabilities of each material used in class as a tool for generating ideas; and to help students learn how to share and utilize each other’s progress in class as an opportunity for growth.

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

For more information visit www.mewo-kunsthalle.de


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Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Exhibits at Crystal Bridges Museum of America

Elizabeth-Alexander_Gallery_02-320x240From more than 10,000 American artists, Montserrat College of Art’s Sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander has been selected to have her art exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of America. She is one of 100 under-recognized artists whose work will be on display from September 13, 2014 – January 19, 2015.

Crystal Bridges Museum of America is located in Bentonville Arkansas and the Exhibit is called State of Art, Discovering American Art Now.

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In everyday language, to be “decorative” is also to be feminine, flowery, or delicate. In her work across various media, Elizabeth Alexander probes that traditional understanding of decoration by adding or subtracting it from existing objects, producing familiar-yet-alien forms that defy expectation. In her sculptural series Tea, for example, the artist begins with everyday found porcelain pieces—teacups, saucers, and pitchers—that feature surface decorations such as painted flowers or leaves. Then, using a refined cutting tool, Alexander methodically removes the decorative elements along with the porcelain underneath, creating wavy, irregular holes in the surface of the objects.

The undulating edges of these empty spaces resemble islands, lakes, or rivers, creating beauty even in their absence. Importantly, the removal of decoration destroys the functionality of the original objects: the cup can no longer contain tea, the saucer no longer catches stray crumbs. Alexander’s altered forms compel us to reconsider our notions of beauty in our home environments, suggesting that “mere” decoration perhaps isn’t so mere after all.

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Learn more about the exhibit from this New York Times article.

 


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Faculty News: Sarah Husley Exhibits Bibliophilia at Nave Gallery

fwm-printing-3Montserrat College of Art’s Book Arts, Graphic Design & Printmaking Faculty Member Sarah Husley will have work shown in a group exhibition, Bibliophilia at the Nave Gallery in Somerville. Husley describes Bibliophilia as “A hands-on, studio-based exploration of the forms and methods of the book enriches the lives of students and make them better thinkers, readers, writers, and artists — in any medium.”

The opening reception is Sat, Oct 4, 6 – 8 pm.

The exhibit is open from Oct. 2 – 26.

Sarah Hulsey holds an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts (2013), a PhD in Linguistics from MIT (2008), and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Linguistics from Harvard (2001). Her art work focuses on visual representations of complex systems, including language, making use of her Linguistics background in both the workings of language and systematic investigation of its properties.

You can view her work at: www.sarahhulsey.com


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Synthesis II: Montserrat and Endicott Faculty & Student Exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College’s faculty and students have collaborated yet again in the exhibit Synthesis II.  The show will be on view October 2 -26 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.

A public opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2 – 4 pm.

Montserrat staff members that are exhibiting are Judith Brassard Brown (artwork seen above), Greg Orfanos, Justin Gagne, Gabrielle Keller, Lisa Perkins, Robert Roy, Julia Shepley, Blyth Hazen and Len Thomas-Vickory.

Endicott College faculty exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

Montserrat students that are exhibiting are Adam Kooken, Mike Outhouse, Anthony Corrado, Katherine Roldan, Rory Bastille, Kerry McDermott, Alecia Parent, Rebecca Segar and Chelsea Nee.

unnamed (1)The student’s work is from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Endicott students that are exhibiting are Stephanie Alvarado-Ross, Samantha Hensel, Kayla Hodgetts, Alicia Luong, Suzie Newman, Kara Summerly, Graham Swayze, and Ruby Wallace-Ewing. Endicott staff that are exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004.

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Library News: New Zines and Pop-Up Books

IMG_0463Montserrat College of Art’s Paul Scott Library is currently exhibiting selections from their Special Collections: Zines and Pop-Up Books.

College Librarian Cheri Coe invites the community to check out the two new watercolors.

Later this month, there will be a special Artist’s Book viewing day organized by Instructor Bill Hanscom, and an exhibit of paper art by FX faculty, organized by Instructor David Ferreira.

LIBRARY FALL HOURS

Mon. – Thu. 8 am – 9 pm / Fri. 8:30 am – 6:30 pm / Sun. 12 – 6 pm / Closed on national holidays.

CONTACT: Cheri Coe, College Librarian

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Community News: Loren Doucette ’13 and Caroline Bagenal Exhibit at FlatRocks

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Alumna Loren Doucette ’13 and Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal are currently exhibiting in the group show “afloat” at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester. The Opening Reception is Saturday, August 30, 6 – 8 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through September 28.

Included in the show are: paintings by Shaun McNiff, sculptures by Caroline Bagenal, photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg and collages by Loren Doucette

77 Langsford Street,Gloucester, MA
Hours: Thu – Sun 12 – 5 pm or by appointment
978-879-4683, flatrocksgallery@gmail.com

Bagenal also has a solo show at Winfisky GalleryHouse of Words:
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, Curated by Professor Ken Reker. On view: Sept. 3 – Oct. 1. Reception: Wednesday, September 17, 2 pm at Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St. Salem, MA.

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Caroline Bagenal’s sculptures express the idea of the printed word as a shelter and a refuge. In several pieces she evokes architecture by balancing books on stilts. Another series is inspired by African meeting houses called Toguna, translated as “House of Words”. Using reeds that she collects from the marshes near her Newburyport home, Bagenal creates works that draw upon forms found in the rural and seaside landscape such as bird blinds, haystacks, fences and lobster traps. Marsh reeds do not grow in straight lines and this imbues the geometric forms which she creates from these materials with a distinctive, hand-drawn quality. 


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Faculty News: Charles Boyer Wins AWP Award

2014cboyerProf. Charles Boyer‘s novel History’s Child won The Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Award Series for the Novel and will be published by New Issues Press in January of 2016!Learn more here: awpwriter.org/contests/awp_award_series

History’s Child is a work of natural beauty—or rather the beauty of its artifice is so intelligently and lovingly constructed on such a fine-grained level that it appears natural; it mimics the natural world with seeming artlessness.  I mean, by that last part, that this book masterfully renders the subtle electricity of life as it flows and flashes through the eyes of people and animals, animating the wings of insects and the strange hearts of human beings; it renders the beauty and mercilessness of the world. - Mary Gaitskill, Judge.

Charles M. Boyer has an M.A. in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, and now teaches English and Humanities at Montserrat College of Art. He has received a writing grant from the Wisconsin Arts  Board and a Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  His chapbook of poetry,The Mockingbird Puzzle, was published by Finishing Line Press. History’s Child is inspired by and loosely interprets his wife’s father’s experiences during post-World War II opposition to Stalin’s occupation of Poland.


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Faculty News: Erin Dionne Events for New Book

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Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne‘s latest book, OLLIE AND THE SCIENCE OF TREASURE HUNTING (Dial Books, 2014), had its launch party on August 9 at the Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, MA.

This book, for intermediate readers, takes place on the Boston Harbor Islands, and includes a geocaching twist! Ollie follows Erin’s companion novel Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, another book set in Boston that focused on the Gardner Art Museum heist. Please see the Salem Evening News article about the book here: salemnews.com/lifestyle

Here are some events that Dionne is doing this fall to support Ollie & the Science of Treasure Hunting.

Sept. 11, 7 pm- Wellesley Booksmith Young Adult Murder and Mystery Panel Speaking with authors Diana Renn, Laurie Faria Stolarz and Kim Harrington

Sept. 27, all day – Participating in the Boston Teen Authors Festival at the Cambridge Public Library

Oct 4 - Appearing with authors Jennifer Malone and Anna Stanizewski at an event for the Girl Scouts in Littleton, MA

Nov. 14 & 15 - Appearing at the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, Rochester, NY

Nov. 21 – 23 - presenting “Mentor Texts” at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Washington, DC

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Summer Immersive Faculty & Students Exhibit at Marblehead Arts Association

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Opening Reception: Sunday, August 3, 2 – 4 pm
Marblehead Art Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA
On View: Aug. 2 – Sept. 14

Ever Evolving is a celebration of the creative community formed by a special group of instructors and their students who come together each summer at Montserrat College of Art. Artists Timothy HawkesworthLala ZietlynBarbara Moody and Maria Malatesta have ignited the passion of devoted participants for four summers, and in turn have cultivated a rich dialogue amongst themselves, instructor to instructor.  We are proud to present an exhibition which gives testament to the unique community they have created, and pleased present works by all four instructors and their most recent students. The exhibition is sponsored by the Marblehead Arts Association and Montserrat’s Department of Continuing Education.
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Timothy Hawkesworth
 grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. Since then, he has shown internationally, and his work can be found in collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. His work has received considerable critical attention, including reviews in the New York TimesArt News, the New Yorker, theLA Times, the Boston Globe and the Irish Times. He teaches around the country.

Lala Zeitlyn claims her real education as an artist took place on the family farm, although she studied painting at Bard and Philadelphia College of Art. She has shown in the Philadelphia area and her work is in many private collections. She is a practicing body worker and brings this knowledge to her teaching, exploring the many forms of access we have between body, mind and spirit. She has taught workshops with Tim Hawkesworth for the past eight years.

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

Maria Malatesta
 studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Lesley College. She has been teaching Mixed Media and Painting for 12 years at Montserrat, and has assisted teaching programs in Umbria, Italy and in Tortola, BVI. Maria received a grant to the Vermont Studio Center and her work has been accepted twice into the National Prize show at the Cambridge Art Association. She has been included in numerous group shows throughout the Boston area.

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Top artwork from left by Barbara Moody, Timothy Hawkesworth, and Maria Malatesta. 


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Faculty News: Wilber Blair and Elizabeth Alexander

image (1)Montserrat Instructor Wilber Blair exhibited and was a featured speaker at the IVOH Media Summit in the Catskills. IVOH believes the media can create positive change in the world. For more information, please visit their website at www.ivoh.org.

 

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The Improper Bostonian has named Montserrat Instructor Elizabeth Alexander Best Artist of Boston Best 2014. Check out the article at www.improper.com/bostons-best/arts-entertainment/.

 

“I have had a very busy year of large projects, solo shows, and new work.  All That hard work was evidently noticed by the press,  including the writers and jurors for Improper Bostonian Magazine who recently awarded me the title of ‘Best Boston Artist of 2014.’  I am awed, humbled, honored, overwhelmed…, to accept this honor. I would like to point out that I did not accomplish all of this work alone, many generous people are always behind what I do.”  - Elizabeth Alexander

Congratulations, Wilbur and Elizabeth!


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Art Connection Update: Zen Rock Garden

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Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory with intern and current Montserrat student Kayleigh Hawes completed the Zen Rock Garden at Northeast Arc last week within 3 days!

The feedback from the ARC has been extremely positive. “The Zen garden is amazing!!! They did such a great job and had the worst heat to work in. Everyone has had such a nice time with all of these projects and so far all has been very well received!!!” - Tani Shimmin, the Director of Day Habilitation Services

Here are some photos of the completed Rock Garden. The small trees will reach full growth within several years and will cover the neighboring brick wall, which will increase aesthetics for the ARC clients immensely.

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Timothy Harney and Loren Doucette Exhibit at Flatrocks Gallery

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Asst. Prof. Timothy Harney and alumna Loren Doucette ’13 are exhibiting showing their work this summer at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester. The galley is hosting its first in a series of summer garden parties, Sunday, July 13th at 5pm. The evening will begin with a guided tour of the gallery, and a brief discussion of their works, by artists Len Richardson, Tim Harney and Loren Doucette. At 6 pm, in the garden, they have the pleasure of presenting guitarist Andrew “Hacksaw” Harney with a repertoire of Blues, Fusion and Funk. A young north shore talent known for being “a ‘fearless’ multi-instrumentalist dedicated to his craft.” He has played with Darrell Scott from the Band of Joy (featuring Robert Plant fronting the band), The James Montgomery Band, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Harper and Midwest Kind, just to name a few.

Light refreshments will be offered, but we encourage you to bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy some great music in the garden!

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Congratulations, Tim and Loren!


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Faculty News: John McVey and Barbara Moody Update

image (1)Asst. Prof. John McVey presented his paper, “Hardware and Fiction: Genre Intersections” at the conference “The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750 – 2000″ at the University of Sydney, July 1 – 4. For more information, please visit the conference website: novelnetwork.org/index.html

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Prof. Barbara Moody is currently showing in the group exhibition, “Dreaming Gardens”, at Suffolk University Gallery from June 10 – August 22.
Congratulations, John and Barbara!


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Montserrat’s Montreal Program Instructor Erin Trahan Writes for ARTery

2014-07-01 12_52_06-..__ ABC Signup.com __.Trahan_Erin_bioMontserrat is hosting the Travel Program A Documentary Lover’s Field Trip to Montreal this fall. The instructor for the travel program, Erin Trahan, has a few new stories out for the ARTery. See links below:

Roxbury International Film Festival Gets A ‘Lift’ From Kerry Washington Film Why We’re Still Talking About, And Watching, ‘Hearts And Minds’

For more information on the travel program to Montreal, visit our website or contact ce@montserrat.edu with subject line ‘Film in Quebec‘ or calling us at 978.921.4242 x1202.


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Salem Power Plant Opens Doors to Public for Art Exhibit Documenting Life of Plant Workers: June 17-July 2

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photoFootprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA will open June 17 – July 2 for a public exhibition of experience-based art projects created by Montserrat College of Art students, inspired by and produced in collaboration with workers at the Salem Harbor Station power plant, located at 24 Fort Avenue Salem, MA.

This first-of-its-kind project, “Across the Bridge,” is the result of a unique partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, whose primary goal was to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer.

According to Montserrat Academic Dean Laura Tonelli, the project dovetailed perfectly with a campus initiative to expand learning beyond the traditional classroom through collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with businesses and community organizations.  In April of this year, the initiative, called StudioXL (Studio for Experiential Learning), received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation.

The documentary project was conducted by 29 Montserrat students and four faculty (Ethan Berry, Rebecca Bourgault, Dawn Paul, and project coordinator Elizabeth Cohen) in collaboration with the plant employees.  The project and exhibition are funded by Footprint Power.

“It is a difficult thing to convey the tremendous and sometimes heroic lengths to which our staff has gone in operating this plant to safely and reliably provide power to the North Shore,” remarked Footprint Power CEO Peter Furniss “We are grateful for this opportunity to work with such a talented group of artists to begin to capture the beauty and power of Salem Harbor Station and the team that has made it work.”

There are about 100 employees of Footprint Power, some of whom have worked at the plant for 40-45 years. The plant, which has been operating on coal and oil since it was built in the 1950s, will be decommissioned this summer and will be replaced with gas-fired power generating equipment using more efficient “combined-cycle” technology.

“Across the Bridge” will include a variety of media: photography and video, drawings, paintings, poetry, sculpture and installations. It will be exhibited in the turbine hall – a unique industrial space never previously opened to the public. In addition, there will be an opportunity to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.

Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour will hold a poetry reading on the theme “power of work/work of power” July 2nd, 7-9 pm. More information on submitting or registering to attend is online at www.montserrat.edu/blog/category/improbable-places-poetry-tour.

Workers from the plant, and Montserrat College of Art students who have created the works on view, will serve as guides during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display June 17-July 2; Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-5 pm; Thursdays, 3-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 2-6 pm at 24 Fort Ave. Salem, MA.

The exhibit is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Please email ArtandPower@FootprintSalemHarbor.com  and include the name(s) of those attending and the date you would like to attend.  Please note that you will be required to produce a valid photo ID to enter the site.

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow.  The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes and four galleries exhibiting work by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogues and events.  www.montserrat.edu

Footprint Power LLC is an independent power producer that works with existing owners, host communities, workers and other stakeholders in older coal- and oil-fired power plants that are approaching the end of their useful life in order to transition these facilities and sites to other productive purposes. www.footprintpower.com

Above photo was taken by Montserrat College of Art student Rory Bastille ’15 while involved in the Across the Bridge project.


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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk Update

imageProf. Martha Buskirk‘s article on photography in the context of proprietary media networks was just published in the summer 2014 issue of Artforum.

She is also about to begin a summer fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where she will continue her current research, “Intersecting Realms: Art, Law, and Authorship.”

Congratulations, Martha!


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Gertrude’s Salon co-hosted by Maggie Cavallo and Leonie Bradbury June 13

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Co-hosted by MAGGIE CAVALLO and LEONIE BRADBURY

Friday, June 13th, 7pm

Artists, arts educators, audiences, students – if you are curious and/or opinionated about the many many issues raised by considerations of art and education – please come join the conversation!

How do you learn about art? Through art?



The overlapping roles of art and education have a distinct effect on the lives of artists, arts educators, audiences, students and the general public. From identifying and being able todescribe arts learning experiences, to the place (or lack there of) for the arts in K-12 Education – the relationship between these fields are complex and ripe with opportunity. Join Maggie Cavallo and Leonie Bradbury for an open discussion geared towards defining art as, in and with education. Whether STEM to STEAM, the role of teaching artists in our schools and community centers, considerations of art as research and learning, or the role of colleges and universities in the lives of emerging and practicing artists – these conversations can lead us to models for how we understand both the arts and education.

Co-host bios:

Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, and is dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Recent projects include: Take it Easy a collaborative printmaking curriculum with Urbano Project, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo is also the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a professor at Stonehill College in Arts Administration. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase College in Media, Society and the Arts and a Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Arts in Education.

Originally from The Netherlands, Leonie Bradbury has been the Director and Curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries since 2005. She has curates contemporary art exhibitions that feature a range of artists of national and international note. Her exhibitions have received numerous awards including New England Art Awards and New England Museum Association awards. Two of her exhibitions received curatorial awards from the Association of International Art Critics.

Bradbury’s specialty is contemporary art, theory, and criticism. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 1998, followed by a M.A. in the History of Art from Boston University in 2001. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts.

GERTRUDE’S is an artists’ lounge and lab at the BCA’s Mills Gallery – a place for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

Gertrude’s is always open for lounging and caffeinating during Mills Gallery normal hours. For more info:  rhopkins@bcaonline.org

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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibits at Gallery NAGA

Gallery NAGA_Installation_1The work of Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibited in On the Wall at Gallery NAGA in Boston June 6  - July 11 along with Sophia Ainslie, John Guthrie, Color Ways, Rick Fox, Rachel Gross, David Moore, Randal Thurston, Harold Reddicliffe and John Garrett Slaby.

Reception: Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm
67 Newbury Street, Boston MA
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm

Montserrat College of Art student Kevin Lucey (featured in the above and below photos) has helped Kamiya for the last three days to complete an installation of a wall painting at Gallery NAGA.

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Faculty News: Barbara Moody Exhibits At Kingston Gallery This Summer

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Barbara Moody, Seismic Activity, 52 x 96 inches,
Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014.
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Barbara Moody: Escape
On View: June 1 – 29, 2014
Reception: Fri., June 6, 5 – 7:30 pm

Prof. Barbara Moody is interested in how earthquake tremors, fault lines and seismic shifts are premonitions of a natural disaster. In her work, one can almost hear and feel distant rumblings fracturing the earth’s crust. Almost 5 x 8 feet in size, the drawings are visual feasts of mark making that reveal Moody’s intensely personal involvement with drawing. They act as metaphors for the artist’s fears of the potential dangers that may occur at any moment. The distant rumbling is a reminder of all things frightening and dangerous which randomly and by chance could disrupt the good lives that we take for granted.

Barbara Moody earned M.Ed and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She completed two large scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, as well as a 27 foot wall drawing at Montserrat College of Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota and Chicago, as well as the deCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in MA. In 2013, she was awarded the Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher Award at Rocky Neck Art Colony.

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Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art’s Class of 2014

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On Friday morning, May 16, 84 Montserrat College of Art seniors switched the side their tassels were hanging on their caps and became alumni of the college at The Dane Street Church. They were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in animation and interactive media, art education, book arts, graphic design illustration, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. 

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Emmy nominated animation director Bryan Konietzko was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during the ceremonies. Former Beverly Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. was also awarded an honorary degree.

The Class of 2014 selected Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Merriweather McCarty (shown below with President Immerman) was named student speaker. The ceremony was led my Montserrat’s Trustee Chair Lee Dellicker.

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Student Awards:
Liberal Arts Michelle McGaughey
Creative Writing Minor Ariel Durkee
Sculpture Jacob Corvelo
Photography and Video Michelle Behre
Graphic Design Whitney Chin
Art Education Zoey Chapin
Art History Minor Anna Gruca
Painting and Drawing Taylor Clough
Animation + Interactive Media Samantha Lefrancois
Printmaking Jason Fandel
Book Arts Cory Wasnewsky
Illustration Elizabeth Laskey
Interdisciplinary Arts Ariel Durkee
William + Ruth Fusco Prize Corynn Larkin

Eight students received dean’s highest honors and 26 received dean’s honors.

Faculty Awards:

Marilu Swett, chair of the Sculpture Department, received the Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award and the Conelia Endowed Fund Award was presented to Prof. Diane Ayott.

Click here to view the 2014 Graduates and the Commencement Program!

Immediately following commencement, students and guests were invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery was open for viewing of the 2014 All Senior Show  at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street.

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Faculty News: Rob Roy Exhibits at HallSpace

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HallSpace presents recent monotypes, and paintings by Montserrat College of Art Prof. Rob Roy. This Is Roy’s second exhibition at HallSpace.

Roy has incorporated color samples of the sort one would find at a hardware store’s paint department into his work, bringing physical, ready-made pieces from the world at large into his paintings and drawings. They are combined with imagery and strategies employed in earlier work. The use of these house paint samples, Roy says, “forces me to use different color combinations.” And as has been true throughout his career, experimentation, trial-and-error, and constant exploration throughout the process of creating these works have combined to yield inventive and instructive results.
- excerpt from American Road, Rob Roy’s Long View essay by Gordon Arnold

In 2011, Rob Roy collaborated with Gordon Arnold, and Leonie Bradbury on the exhibition For the Record, Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict.

Rob Roy earned a MFA from Yale University, and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work is in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Housatonic Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the College of New Jersey. He is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing at Montserrat College of Art, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.

Visit website and Facebook for upcoming exhibitions and events.

Gallery Hours:
Friday and Saturday 12-5pm
Monday – Thursday by appointment

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Faculty News: Mari Lacure Featured on PRINTERESTING

NEW VOICES: MARI LACURE
Posted by PRINTERESTING on May 1, 2014 | http://www.printeresting.org/

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New Voices is Printeresting’s newest effort to recognize and support young and emerging artists. These articles will be image-heavy and accompanied by short reviews of art work, providing both a glance at emerging print-based work and a review of compelling and innovative artists who have not yet been widely recognized by the broader printmaking community. Check out the submission process here if you’d like to be considered for a future New Voices feature! Today we begin the series with Mari LacCure, a recent MFA graduate (2010) of the University of Kansas.

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LaCure’s mixed media work explores printmaking alongside drawing, painting, collage, and textile. Drawing from microscopic and macrosopic source material—constellations, cellular structures, and the ocean—LaCure weaves patterns from nature in each of her series: Cosmos, Waves, Clouds, and Crystals. First distilling information to its most fundamental parts, LaCure then uses repetition to create dense, immaterial spaces and forms. The work feels measured and careful, a bit scientific, yet distinctly poetic too. Each series evokes a greater perspective of complex ideas and forms, and reverence of the search for those things which are indiscernible and infinite, even today. Contemplation is a part of her practice, and the resulting work reveals the unobservable or unnoticed around us as both calculable and yet uncertain.

LaCure is based in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she teaches at Montserrat College of Art. She was the recipient of a 2011 Artist Innovation Grant from the Kansas Arts Commission, and has been awarded residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop and Emmanuel College in Boston. Her work is included in several collections including the RISD Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, and the SGCI Archive.


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Faculty News: Martha Buskirk in Conversation at The Mills Gallery

WHAT DO YOU SAY?
A Conversation about Art Writing
Co-hosted by
MARTHA BUSKIRK AND ROBERT MOELLER
Friday, May 9th, 7pm

Martha-Buskirk-photo-by-Robert-MoellerJoin The Mills Gallery at 7pm on Friday, May 9th when their Salon conversation will be co-hosted by Martha Buskirk and Robert Moeller.

The topic for the evening will be “What Do You Say? Writing Over, Under and Beneath art.” Artists, writers, arts writers and all interested parties are welcomes – this is a conversation, not a workshop – to share your thoughts.

They’ll explore the intersection of words, images, objects, actions and ideas. How is the act of writing related to other aspects of the creative process? What is the role of an accompanying text? And what it means to write about art.

Martha Buskirk is Professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace and a frequent contributor to various publications, including Artforum.

Robert Moeller is a artist, writer, and independent curator. His writing appears regularly in Hyperallergic and Art New England.

GERTRUDE’S is an artists’ lounge and lab at the BCA’s Mills Gallery – a place for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

Gertrude’s is always open for lounging and caffeinating during Mills Gallery normal hours.

For more info: rhopkins@bcaonline.org


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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Writing Residency at Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center

Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has been accepted to a writing residency at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center  for two weeks in June.

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The Center provides a refuge for established scholars and artists to study, write, create, and interact in a peaceful and quiet environment. It is located at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), a marine science research and education center north of Puget Sound, Washington.

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Scholars at the Helen R. Whiteley Center can work in quiet isolation, and also take advantage of opportunities to meet with other Whiteley Center scholars and with scientists working at FHL.

“I’m looking forward to some quiet time for writing!” – Dawn Paul

Congratulations, Dawn!


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Message from Founding Faculty Member Ray Pisano

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Montserrat College of Art’s founding faculty member Ray Pisano invites faculty, staff and students to the Grand Reopening of Childe Hassam Park at Columbus Avenue and Chandler Street, Boston, on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 pm.

Prof. Pisano has been instrumental in assisting with renovations and creating sculpture for this historic park, named after the artist Childe Hassam of Boston.

Learn more here: childehassampark.com

The park has an arts theme because of the many artists who inhabit the South End.


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Staff News: Terry Slater Exhibits in Marblehead

Montserrat College of Art’s Director of Interactive Design Terry Slater is exhibiting her paintings at Marblehead Arts Association this spring.

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By Terry Slater
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On view: April 26 – June 8, 2014

Reception: Sun., April 27, 2 – 4 pm

Terry Slater in the Gallery: Sat., May 10, 2 pm

Coastal Waters is Terry Slater’s most recent exploration of the North Shore waterways. Her sensitive use of color and fine attention to detail create a gentle meandering through the marshes. Slater is influenced by the landscapes of Gustav Klimt and Peter Doig, which is evident in her subtle use of paint. Her ability to depict deep space against a vibrant foreground creates the atmospheric light of the North Shore coast. These paintings leave one with a sense of calm and tranquility.

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Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA
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Sally Seamans Exhibits Shoes in Gloucester

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This spring, it’s Montserrat’s Image Librarian Sally Seamans, aka TIN CAN SALLY, who has the cutting edge on shoe design!

Seaman’s newest collection of tin artwork, titled ‘TINDERELLA COMPLEX’ is on display at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St. Gloucester, April 19 – May 9.

Gallery hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily.

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Caroline Bagenal Exhibits

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

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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!

 

 


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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

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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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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.

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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 Gcook30@hotmail.com. 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.
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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.

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

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.

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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Komodo Dragon Published

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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: http://corvidwriters.org/dpaul/

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


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Improbable Places Poetry Tour Gets Cooking in the Kitchen

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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 colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu.

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 colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu or 978-921-4242 x1277.

See you in the kitchen!

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Gordon Arnold’s Salem News Column: Cabot Street Theatre

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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”)


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Colleen Michaels Update

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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 colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu by March 20. Learn more here!

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Summer Immersives Featured Faculty: John Murray

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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. jmurrayart.com

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.

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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 ce@montserrat.edu


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Faculty News: Matthew Murphy Exhibits in Arkansas

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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!


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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: postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com

Students are encouraged to submit their work to this journal!

Congratulations, Dawn! Cool poem – literally and figuratively!

To see more of her work visit: corvidwriters.org/dpaul


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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
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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.

www.masakokamiya.com

Photos by Michelle Behre ’14

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Faculty News: Wilber Blair Exhibits at Danforth Museum

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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 danforthart.org.


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Upcoming Exhibitions for Masako Kamiya

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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@umassd.edu

>> 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

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23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA
(978) 921-4242 x3
gallery@montserrat.edu

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit masakokamiya.com


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Faculty News: Rob Roy Exhibition

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“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 mwcc.edu/community/east-wing-art-gallery/ for more information!

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


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