Montserrat Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Scholar Grant

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Montserrat professors win major awards 

By Will Broaddus Staff writer

Wow! And wow again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights in conflict

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

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

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

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

Bronze Age inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

unnamedMontserrat College of Art’s Director of the Writing Studio and Founder of the Improbable Places Poetry Tour Colleen Michaels published a poem, Hand to Mouth, in a new poetry/gender studies anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, which has gathered writing from sixty two occupations and includes work from Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey, both former Poets Laureate. Please visit their website at losthorsepress.org

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

Congratulations, Colleen!


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

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

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

Congratulations, Judy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Meredith!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Review in Boston Globe

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

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By Cate McQuaid Boston Globe Correspondent MARCH 24, 2015

Sculptures with dynamism

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

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

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

See more of her work at juliashepley.com


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

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

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

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm

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Photo Cred: Terry Slater

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Passing of Founding Faculty Member Roger Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Ayott is also featured in a group exhibition called Paperworks.

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

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

On view through March 31st.


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Faculty News: Elizabeth Alexander Exhibits “Merged”

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Merged
March 14 – 29
Elizabeth Alexander & Alicia Renadette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connecting The Dots

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


A Gallery Conversation 

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

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

For exhibition-related programs please visit capeannmuseum.org.

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

Image credit: November Tide, 2003, oil and oil stick on canvas. Collection of the artist.

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Faculty News: Dawn Paul’s Essay on MassPoetry

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

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


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Faculty News: Julia Shepley Exhibits at Boston Sculptors Gallery

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

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

See more of her work at juliashepley.com


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

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

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

All free and open to the public
110 K St (Second Floor), South Boston MA 02127
Normal Gallery Hours Wednesday- Friday 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment.


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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya and Diane Ayott join Artrageous!29 Featured Artist Bill Thompson in Exhibit at UNH

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

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

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

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

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Masako Kamiya, “Water Dressing”, 2014

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Colleen Michaels Hosts Storytelling Event at the Salem Athenaeum December 12

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

Spinning Yarns for the Holidays

Friday, December 12, 7 -10 p.m.

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

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

info@salemathenaeum.net

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, Dec 4, 6 – 9 pm

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Dec 4, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015

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

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

For more information, vist www.bluestarart.org


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

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

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

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Faculty News: Marilu Swett Exhibits SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery

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

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Reception: Saturday Nov.15, 2 – 5 pm
Dates: Nov.12 – Dec.14, 2014
Boston Sculptures Gallery
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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
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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

Barbara Moody, Seismic Activity, 52 x 96 inches, Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014. MAIN AND CENTER GALLERIES

Barbara Moody, Seismic Activity, 52 x 96 inches,
Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014.
MAIN AND CENTER GALLERIES

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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