Montserrat Commencement Speakers Exhibit at MOMA

MOMA Mehretu

The Museum of Modern Art’s major contemporary painting survey, “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” includes the work of two Montserrat College of Art commencement speakers: Julie Mehretu (above image) and Amy Sillman (below image). Laura Hoptman, the curator of the exhibition, was also a visiting speaker at Montserrat for the Senior Fine Arts Seminar in the 1997 – 1998 academic year. The exhibit is on view Dec. 14, 2014 – Apr. 5, 2015. Learn more at moma.org

MOMA SillmanFor Hoptman’s take on the exhibition, see her recent conversation with Art in America’s Jessica Dawson, visit artinamericamagazine.com.


MCA_RGB-letterhead

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

2014-12-22 15_34_43-Exhibit Invitation and Information - elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu - MontserrThe Physicality of Color: Jan. 23 – March 29, 2015
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
cola.unh.edu/moa

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.

2014-12-22 15_37_17-Exhibit including Diane Ayott and Masako Kamiya - elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.e

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

Water Dressing, 2014

Masako Kamiya, “Water Dressing”, 2014

www.masakokamiya.com


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Alumni News: Heather Reid ’07 Featured in North of Boston Magazine

NoBo-Masthead-2013-800x100-Finalized-ColorsHeather Reid Studios: Unconventional Creations with Illustration, Fine Art, & Photography

By Keith Spencer, North of Boston Magazine

A girl with a brush and a million dreams, Heather Reid is a self-described jack of arts, working out of her home studio in Salem and collaborating with numerous local arts organizations including Creative Salem.

Since graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 2007, Heather has been on an adventure to share her unconventional creations with the world, gathering much of her inspiration from the natural world.

il_570xN.251873910

She loves spending her free time combing North of Boston beaches, walking the nature trails of the Ipswich River, and capturing the wildlife she often encounters in her own backyard. Her work has been presented in more than twenty recent exhibitions, magazine features, and news articles.

Heather’s artwork and jewelry are both subtle and striking, and would go great with nearly anyone’s decor or wardrobe. From photographs to jewelry to mixed media, her works are individually created by her in her home studio, and absolutely guarantees their quality.

If you make a purchase on her Etsy shop, all items are shipped in a plastic protective sheet with a cardboard backing to prevent bending, and sent in rigged cardboard envelopes or tubes to prevent potential damage. All photography is professionally printed on premium quality archival photo paper.

To learn more or purchase Heather’s work, visit:

Above image: © Heather Reid Studios. All Rights Reserved


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Illustration Theme Show: Shakespeare

1502513_1534497846796557_6582543005424684029_n

This year’s theme for the Annual Illustration Theme Show is Shakespeare! Current student work is shown alongside faculty, staff and alumni in a broad range of method and media.

Reception: Wed., Jan 28, 5-8 pm
On view: Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2015

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm & Sat. 12 – 5 pm

Drop Off Deadlines: 

Students: Jan 21, 2015

Alumni: Jan 24, 2015

Poster by Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member David Ferreira

MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

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

Copper Drake, 2014

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


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

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

IMG_5142

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

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

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

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

IMG_5081

IMG_5070

Photo Cred: Terry Slater


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Freshman Experience Exhibit Opening December 5

MoCA Group

Wondering what FX has been up to? Please join our FX/Freshman Experience Class of 2018 for their Independent Final Projects and celebrate the opening of the exhibition of works on, of and about paper!

 

On view on the 2nd and 3rd Floors of Hardie: Dec. 5 – 10, 2014

 

Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 5, 2 – 3 pm


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Thank You for Participating in #GivingTuesday

Because of YOU Montserrat is pleased to celebrate another successful

This year 49 generous donors contributed more than $4,300, almost a 600% increasein funds and double the number of contributors in 2013!

Every dollar contributed helps to support financial aid for Montserrat students. Your generosity makes you a silent partner in their success. Thank you!


     
Make #GivingTuesday part of your holiday tradition.
Mark your calendars now for #GivingTuesday 2015 on December 1st, 2015!
  

MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat Trustee Olivia Parker to Exhibit at Robert Klein Gallery

unnamed (1)

Montserrat College of Art Trustee Olivia Parker is exhibiting in two solo shows this winter at Robert Klein Gallery in Boston.

STILL/LIFE
ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY
38 Newbury St. Boston
Opening Reception: Sat., Dec. 13, 2 – 5 pm
Artist talk at 3:30 pm
RSVP on FACEBOOK
On View: Dec. 13, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015
Hours: Tue. – Fri., 10 am – 5:30 pm,
Sat., 11 am – 5 pm

THE EYE’S MIND
ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI
500 Harrison Ave. Boston
Opening Reception: Fri., Dec. 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
On View: Dec. 5 – 27, 2014
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9 am – 6 pm, Sat., 11 am – 5 pm

Robert Klein Gallery is pleased to announce its seventh solo show of photographs by Montserrat College of Art Trustee Olivia Parker. This is an exhibition in two parts, with The Eye’s Mind at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI (500 Harrison Ave) opening this Friday, Dec. 5, and Still/Life at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY (38 Newbury St) opening on Saturday, Dec. 13.

In a press release for Parker’s 1993 show at the gallery, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and Something Else, Robert Klein said: “When viewing Olivia’s photographs, one feels like he or she is participating in a dream. Her carefully constructed still lifes are at the same time eerie, yet illuminating. One experiences the delicate illusion of objects on the verge of change — a movement from the past to the future, yet within the boundaries of a still life.”

Twenty years after that exhibition, Parker’s still lifes continue to grow and change. In Still/Life at Robert Klein Gallery, images of shells, flowers, and bugs crackle with life against shadowy figures and blurred backgrounds; consciousness and subconsciousness play together on the same page. As Parker says, these “objects of comfort and despair” serve as reminders that life and death are inseparable.

At Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri, The Eye’s Mind presents Parker’s consideration of the relationship between visual and verbal thinking. Featuring By the Book, a steel sculpture Parker crafted in 2014, and several of her book-based images, this unique installation is contextualized by the formidable libraries housed at Ars Libri, the rare and out-of-print book dealer that has served as Robert Klein Gallery’s satellite exhibition space since 2012.

Parker’s limited edition, self-published book, Still/Life, will be available for purchase at both gallery locations. More information about this two-part solo show will be announced soon.

Questions? Email inquiry@robertkleingallery.com

unnamed (2)

MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Save the Date: Artrageous!29 – March 28, 2015

artrageous29

2014-11-21 11_15_02-Cover + Back Cover - elizabeth.gianino@montserrat

Artrageous! is the North Shore’s signature art event and the college’s largest annual fundraiser to benefit student scholarship. Featuring live and silent auctions of donated artworks by established and emerging artists of both regional and national reputations, along with works by alumni, faculty, staff and students of the college. In addition, the auction includes hand-crafted jewelry, trips and giftware. 

This year’s auction will be held Saturday, March 28 at 6 pm highlighting the work of featured artist, sculptor Bill Thompson. The honorary chair is Jack Barnes, president and CEO of People’s United Bank. 

The festivities include “art-in-the-moment” stations where guests can watch students draw, paint, make prints, take photographs, and create animations at several places around the event. Guests will be treated to flavorful signature drinks while savoring food by one of the North Shore’s top caterers.

Learn more @ auction.montserrat.edu

2014-11-21 11_15_58-Artrageous!29 Auction Party _ What Will You Find_Sculpture by Bill Thompson, Marsh, 38 x 31 x 6” (97 x 79 x 15cm), urethane on polyurethane block, 2012, Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

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

unnamed.png

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

On view: Dec. 1 – 17, 2014

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

 

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

10372328_896142017084813_8192231953896077433_n

 


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

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

news-society-of-illustrators-kelly-murphy-shipofdolls

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

MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni News: Loren Doucette ’13 Performs in Gloucester Nov. 22

danceindialogue

Montserrat College of Art alumna Loren Doucette ’13 is included in the group event Dance in Dialogue on Saturday November 22, 7:30 pm, at Trident Gallery,189 Main St. Gloucester, MA.

Dance in Dialogue features two original performance works, followed by conversation and refreshments.  Free, donations encouraged.  Space is limited so please reserve a seat at events@tridentgallery.com or by calling 978-491-7785.

Loren Doucette (visual artist) and Sarah Slifer Swift (dancer) will show a segment of their collaborative project “Unravelling,” to be premiered in full in early 2015.  The piece explores the building of a framework within which a relationship is contextualized.  Through dance and visual art created in the live moment, they inhabit the possibilities of unravelling the self from the frame.

Kate Tarlow Morgan (dancer/writer) recently returned from a midwest pilgrimage to bury her father’s ashes with a dramatic story of relatives unknown to her. She will report this intense personal story with the aid of artifacts, photographs, and a movement score created especially for the walls of Trident Gallery.

Doucette lives and works as an active member of the arts community in Gloucester, MA. Her paintings and drawings have shown in solo and group exhibitions on the North Shore regularly since 2006. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013 from Montserrat College of Art. In 2011, Loren participated in Montserrat’s study-abroad program in Viterbo, Italy where she further intensified her fascination with landscape painting. Her work is currently installed at her showroom and studio on One Center Street in Gloucester, MA.


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni News: Michael Grimaldi ’05 Exhibits at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York

unnamedMontserrat College of Art alumnus Michael Grimaldi ’05 is exhibiting in Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, NY.

 Reception: Thu., Nov. 20, 6 – 8 pm
On view through Dec. 20, 2014
Joshua Liner Gallery
540 West 28th St.
New York, NY
 
Gallery Hours

Tue. – Sat. 11 am – 6 pm

Favorite_Artist_Evite-460x596

Learn more @ joshualinergallery.com


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat Students Propose Beverly Wall that Draws Artists From All Over

unnamed

By  | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   NOVEMBER 17, 2014

BEVERLY — A graffiti mural that began as a response to the growing problem of obscene messages scrawled upon a prominent wall has become a local institution with a national and even international following.

In the process, this wall at the Clemenzi Industrial Park has also become one of just a few spaces in the region where graffiti is officially sanctioned, which may help protect nearby walls from unwanted images and messages.

John Clemenzi, who manages the property that his family has owned for four decades, said that when he began allowing artists to paint on the building’s rear wall, Beverly was in the midst of “a horrible graffiti problem.” But in recent years, he said, “I rarely if at all see any graffiti elsewhere in the city.”

“If. . . there’s very little of it, it’s because they have a place to go and do it legally instead of tagging somebody else’s private property and ending up in jail if they get caught,” Clemenzi, 60, said in a telephone interview Sunday.

The change began about a dozen years ago, when two Montserrat College of Art students approached Clemenzi with a proposal to decorate the wall, which faces the tracks for the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line.

Clemenzi had grown frustrated with the frequent repainting necessary to cover up profane and often sexist messages that were routinely painted on the wall, so he agreed to let the young artists decorate a small section, 40 feet of what he estimates is a total length of about 800 feet.

He set three ground rules: Clean up after yourselves, no offensive messages, and don’t paint on the building’s brick faces. The students agreed to follow those rules and to help police the area, and over time, the sanctioned graffiti grew to cover the wall.

“I’d be struggling if you gave me oil and canvas and brushes and lessons, and these guys do this with a half a dozen spray cans,” he said. The wall has become well known among graffiti artists, Clemenzi said, drawing painters from New York, Florida, California — even France. Some of the work has even impressed Clemenzi, who admits he was not immediately a fan of graffiti art.

Click here to read the full article on The Boston Globe!


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg Nov. 19

unnamed

Ariel Freiberg, Earth’s Touch, 2014, acrylic and oil on linen

Ariel Freiberg‘s installation Earth’s Touch is currently on view in the Frame 301 Gallery through Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Join Ariel Freiberg for a Public Artist Talk where she will discuss her recent work and share her artistic practice.Freiberg’s Installation for the Frame 301 Gallery portrays a vignette of a face, paired with a veil, which refers to the coalescing of deep psychological sensory experience. The ambiguity between the edges of ripped faces and the bedrock ground are reminders of the uncertainties of our physical world.

Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg

Wed., Nov. 19, 11:30 am

23 Essex Street, Room 201

unnamed (7)

Frame 301 is the street side window exhibition space located at 301 Cabot Street. The space is presented to the public through expansive storefront windows that face the road, and encourages large-scale, site-specific works from emerging and established local, regional and national artists. Frame 301′s exhibitions change every 4-6 weeks and it is a unique space encouraging installations that encompass the entirety of the space and completely transform it. The Frame 301 is partially supported by a grant from The Beverly Cultural Council.

For more information visit www.montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

The Cabot Reopens & Montserrat Commencement Returns to the Cinema

425202_591133567585661_1236815676_n

Montserrat College of Art is excited to welcome The Cabot back to the neighborhood! We are looking forward to seeing the infamous marquee lights back on for the re-opening this weekend! For more on The Cabot Theater, including its program calendar and ticket sales, visit thecabot.org

Also, it is official! Montserrat will once again be having graduation ceremonies back at the Cabot Street Cinema this coming May!

The new ownership group includes Bertolon, architect Thaddeus Siemasko with local firm Siemasko + Verbridge, Beverly Bank Board of Directors Chairman William Howard, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant owner Rich Marino and Cinema Salem owner Paul Van Ness. The group is currently working to get nonprofit status through the IRS, Siemasko said. The theater was sold by past owner David Bull to local entrepreneur Henry Bertolon for $1.2 million on Oct. 16 after a sale being in the works for about a year, Bertolon said.

The front rows of seats in front of the stage will be removed to add a flat floor surface ideal for dancing — or mosh pits, in the case of hard-rock concerts, Siemasko said.

“We’re trying to make this place used in any way people can imagine it,” Siemasko said.

The first movies will be played this weekend. Drafthouse Films’ “20,000 Days On Earth” will play Friday at 4:30 p.m., and “Mood Indigo” will play at 7:30 p.m. The two movies will also play Saturday with their start times reversed. Dec. 6 will see the first official music performance at The Cabot Theater, headlined by local bands Exit 18 and Something In Common.

Content Courtesy of The Salem News, read the full article at salemnews.com


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Will Barnet’s New Book Highlights Artist’s Beverly Paintings Exhibited at Montserrat

545af27cc8f78.imageSalem News_ Local News

Will Barnet’s career took him from Beverly to the heights of the art world.

By Will Broaddus, Staff writer November 5, 2014

The painter and printmaker taught for many years at the Arts Students League in New York and was awarded a National Arts Medal in 2012, not long before he died at the age of 101.

But Barnet traveled home over the years to see his family, and some of his most powerful work drew from his roots on the North Shore. A visit he made to his sister in 1990 resulted in a group of paintings that are analyzed in a new book, “My Father’s House, On Will Barnet’s Painting” by Thomas Dumm.

“He was actually checking in on Eva, as he was wont to do,” said Dumm, a professor of political ethics at Amherst College.

Eva was 11 years older than Barnet, the youngest of his three siblings, in a family that had left Russia in 1906.

She lived alone in the family home at 7 Pierce Ave. following the deaths of her parents and her sister Jeanette, who, like Eva, never married.

“He felt obligated to check on her. She was ill, suffering from a fever, but she was also declining,” said Dumm, adding that she was talking to deceased members of the family in his presence.

That led Barnet to create nine paintings between 1990 and 1995 that focused on Eva’s haunted existence in the house in Beverly.

“The paintings are dramatic; some might even say tragic,” Dumm writes in his introduction. “In a strange way the series is a family album.”

Most of the paintings depict Eva inside the house, staring toward an unspecified source of light, while the rest of the room is filled with shadows. She is typically touching her face with one or both of her hands, an anxious gesture that Dumm discusses, while one or more deceased family members occupies the darkness.

“I never asked Will specifically the order in which he painted the paintings,” Dumm said, but he does know that the first was “The Dream.”

Dumm first met Barnet when the artist donated “The Dream” to Mead Museum at Amherst College, as part of a bequest in which each of the nine paintings were given to different colleges in New England.

“The idea was and is that these colleges and universities, as a condition for taking the paintings, would publicize the fact that they are a group,” Dumm said. “In the case of Amherst College, a Web page is devoted to the whole series of paintings in the Mead archives.”

Four of the paintings appeared at Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art in October and November of 2004 in an exhibit curated by Katherine French, the gallery director at the time. She had approached the artist about doing a show, and Barnet suggested using the paintings that focus on Eva and the house on Pierce Avenue.

“This body of work had been shown once at a gallery in New York,” French said. “He felt it was given short shrift. It wasn’t abstract and not his prints — not what he was known for.”

Like Dumm’s book, the Montserrat exhibit borrowed its title from another one of the nine paintings, “My Father’s House,” which depicts the front of the house and the ghostly figure of Eva, who is standing behind a screen door.

“I chose to tell the story of his familial connection to this particular house,” said French, who is now director at Danforth Art in Framingham. “I showed a selection of paintings and drawings with that story.”

Where the exhibit focused on Barnet’s creative process and his earlier connections to Beverly, Dumm’s book searches for the universal significance in his paintings.

“My sense is that in exploring both the family and how it has been figured and configured by the artist, we may learn more about our own condition now,” Dumm writes, “something of the state of our relationships to each other and ourselves and the predicaments we find ourselves facing in a time of turbulence and trouble.” 

After interviewing Barnet in front of an audience at Amherst in 2009, Dumm struck up a friendship with the painter, and they discussed several plans for a book about his art.

“We probably met 10 or 11 times in person, and he would always have me lunch with him,” Dumm said. “But we spoke on the phone every couple of weeks. I spoke to him the day before he died.”

He eventually focused on this series of paintings because they echoed so many themes in his own work, which includes a study of loneliness.

“The more you think about it, the more you dive into it, the more things you see,” Dumm said. “I’m astonished by the whole series.”

Courtesy of The Salem News

MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Gallery Update: “SHEER PANIC” Senior Thesis Exhibition

tumblr_negv0uCxak1so8bwbo1_1280

SHEER PANIC: Senior Thesis Exhibition
ReceptionWed., Nov. 12, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibit Dates: November 10 – 14, 2014
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 4 – 6 pm
Location: 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

SHEER PANIC, is a cross discipline show, featuring the work of Montserrat College of Art graduating seniors Joanna Carey (Haverhill, MA), Keisuke Eguchi (Kanagawa, Japan), Casandra LaFlamme (Beverly, MA), Allison Myers (Boston, MA), Ivy Neff (Cambridge, MA), Amy Titus (Groveland, MA), and Chelbi Wade (Westbrook, CT).

The show incorporates paintings, drawings, and sculptures. SHEER PANIC features large scale work, collections, and installations, in which the viewer can be transported into a different way of seeing. Much of the work encourages looking closer at the world around us, whether this be in relation to nature, political issues, or everyday subjects. Many of the artists’ work draws influence from nature’s beauty and details, such as types of growth.

Photo Cred: Joanna Carey ’15

IMG_3926 IMG_3927IMG_3925


Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni Update: Lana Wheeler ’12

Lana Wheeler starts her designs on paper and then moves to the computer. She particularly loves drawing and illustrating.

Lana Wheeler starts her designs on paper and then moves to the computer. She particularly loves drawing and illustrating.

Maine Designer Finds Inspiration and Connection in Portland’s Lively Art Scene

By Kristin D’Agostino

Being in art school offers artists a close connection to a creative community. But, what happens after graduation? For Lana Wheeler moving to Portland, Maine a lively city with a bustling art scene has

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

helped her stay inspired and connected to fellow artists. The graphic design major moved home to Maine after graduating in 2012 and says living in a funky seaside city has been great for her career. She has built up steady work as a freelance designer, working with clients ranging from brides-to-be to a local app company where she designs animation and typography for video games.

It seems the salty air is good for the soul. “I grab most of my inspiration being outdoors,” Wheeler says. “I like to get ideas from architecture, trees and nature.”

Since graduating, Wheeler has explored many areas of design and has specialized in logo creation and company branding. She hopes to find work in the future at a small studio or design firm where she can be part of a creative team.

In the meantime, she is taking advantage of Portland’s lively arts community, which includes and regular cultural events and open studios.

Her advice to grads: Stay connected - “A sense of community, connection and support means all the world after graduating.”


www.montserrat.edu

FREE YOGA on Tuesday & Friday

inner_peace__daily_painting__beach_scene__yoga_13dc3ef0ae49467367b3ab3092858856

Montserrat has been holding FREE weekly Yoga sessions in the 248 Cabot Building (Room 208). The last three classes are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 14: 8 am – 8:45 am
Tuesday, Nov. 18: 11:25 am – 12:15 pm
Friday, Nov. 21: 8 am – 8:45 am

All levels welcome and no experience necessary. This is Hatha Yoga, Flow & Basics style. Beneficial for health, energy, focus, circulation, mood, balance, creativity, brain & well-being to name a few of the benefits!

Bring a mat if you have one, some extras provided & for other questions email instructor maura@innersourcewellness.com


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni News: Carly Brasier ’14 Exhibits at Beverly’s Atomic Cafe

10422908_545106612287580_2983350896971931545_nMontserrat College of Art painting alumna Carly Brasier ’14 has her paintings and sculptures on display at Atomic Cafe in Beverly for the month of November.

Make sure to check out her work at 265 Cabot Street next time you’re in downtown Beverly for a hot cup o’ Joe!

See more of her work at www.carlybrasier.com

1960103_1010181102341325_721810808913703423_n10346459_1010181172341318_1729375856700837014_n


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat Students Exhibit at Crane Estate November 8

1403415_10153358144820153_687302205_o

Montserrat students will have their artwork on display across the sprawling the grounds of the Crane Estate for the annual Art Show and Sale. This is the fifth annual show at the Crane Estate in Ipswich presented by Montserrat’s Bear Gallery.

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

For more information contact The Trustees of Reservation at www.thetrustees.org or 978.356.4351.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact len.thomas-vickory@montserrat.edu


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Dan DeRosato ’14 & Jill Hedrick ’14 Exhibit During November First Fridays

Postcard

Alumnus Dan DeRosato ’14 and alumna Jill Hedrick ’14 will be exhibiting Parallel Frontiers  for one night only at Find & Form Space on Friday, November 7, 6 – 9 pm at 524 Harrison Ave. in Boston during Boston’s November First Fridays. The exhibit was curated by Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to exhibit in Boston, and showcase some of my recent work,” said DeRosato.

Parallel Frontiers reveals the aesthetic likeness between two unlike methods of making.

“I’m excited for them both,” said Campanaro. “It’s a big step for each of them to showcase new work, and their first large exhibition post graduation.”

Parallel Frontiers expands the dimensionality of line in both digital and handmade practices. Line is an abstraction, perceived more than actually viewed. We cannot see a line’s infinite extension or its complete measure. We recognize its one dimension or “flatness”. DeRosato and Hedrick compositionally challenge these rules, making their work the exception.

DeRosato and Hedrick’s work intersect thematically commonly referencing themes of failure, instability and relationships. Layered (literally) with information and memory from appropriated data, they hijack the original and reconstruct it to tell person narratives. Materially, their work is parallel; DeRosato glitches data, a digital technique used to error images. The act of glitching is destructive in that it “breaks” an image revealing flaws, line interruption and random abstraction. Hedrick is more invested in the manipulation of something tangible, in her case photo clippings, to void a snapshot of its memory.

See more @ www.danderosato.com & www.jillhedrick.com

facebookevent3

MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni News: Bea Modisett ’07 Interview with Free People Writer Julie O’Boyle ’06

2014-10-27 16_04_54-Artist Profile_ Bea Modisett

Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett ’07 was interviewed by Free People writer and fellow alumna Julie O’Boyle ’06 for a recent feature on Free People‘s blog. Modisett reflects on how her time at Montserrat, living in Beverly and her travel experiences through Montserrat’s study abroad trips to Italy and Africa, have impacted her painting.

Richmond. A city that has certainly left an impression on me, and a city that I anticipate returning to. Not exactly top of mind when one imagines the great artistic hubs of the world, but that’s just another reason to love it.the full version.

Not boastful in its beauty, the artistic side of Richmond has a way of popping up unexpectedly. Turn a corner and you might find yourself face to face with one of the boldest murals you’ve ever seen, or glance skyward for a glimpse of a street artist’s wheat-paste masterpiece adorning the side of an old building. It’s only then that you might realize, this city is brimming with artistic flourish. Tucked away in one of those buildings is the painting studio of recent Richmond transplant Bea Modisett.

I’ve known Bea for a long time, first as a classmate at the small fine arts college we attended, and later, as a close friend and collaborator. She is easily one of the most driven and accomplished artists that I know, and a seasoned veteran of the road. Speak to her for ten minutes, and I can guarantee you’ll leave the conversation day dreaming of cross-country road trips and sojourns to Africa, India, and Thailand. The spaces and landscapes depicted in her varied body of work invite exploration, often eliciting vastly different reactions from those who view it. While in Richmond for our recent FP Me event, I had the opportunity to tour Modisett’s studio and talk about her travels, her art, and the challenges that come with being a full-time artist:

Could you tell me about your background?

“Well, I was born in Washington, DC, bounced back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child, finally settling in Rhode Island for high school. I attended a small fine arts college in Beverly, MA — Montserrat College of Art — which I graduated from in 2007. This past summer I relocated to Richmond, VA to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where I’m working towards my Master’s.”

Bea-3

Did you always want to be an artist?

“I remember, in the 3rd grade we made a yearbook, they took our picture and in this box they instructed us to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up; kids were drawing themselves as astronauts and doctors, I drew myself in a beret with a paintbrush.”

I imagined myself similarly as a kid — the artist in the beret with the easel and palette — how has your perception of what an artist is changed in recent years?

“I’m learning that artists have a huge responsibility and potentially a lot of power. It’s not just about me expressing myself – obviously it is, in a way — but I’m also realizing that as an artist you have a responsibility to try to make people understand that there are different ways of seeing and experiencing the world. My work isn’t political but you can see the power of artists who do political work. I’m recognizing that art can really shift perspectives. So I think it’s gone from my younger self being like, “I’m expressing myself and being an individual!” to feeling as if this is a legitimate tool that can do some good in the world.”

Travel is a big part of your life and your work, do you think your time spent moving back and forth between DC and Rhode Island as a child inspired your later wanderlust?

“Moving, sure, but it was also my parents. Our family vacations were unconventional — never Disneyland — we were always visiting historic battlefields or camping; my parents taught us that it’s important to move and to always be looking. So travel, to me, is me looking for something, searching for something, not necessarily home, but just searching, looking, exploring. I think it’s important to be exposed to everything this world has to offer. That can mean physical exploration, but also exploration within your own mind. Don’t just accept what surrounds you.”

Can you pinpoint a moment when your desire to travel went beyond those family vacations? A breakthrough moment when you realized that travel was going to become a huge part of your work?

“I went to Italy and Africa with Montserrat, which was incredible. Looking back on those experiences… they were pivotal but also felt a little surface. When I returned home, the patterns and the energy of the people I met all made their way into my painting. I painted the patterns of the dresses I saw women wearing, the patterns of the fabric. It wasn’t until I drove solo across the country — from Boston to San Francisco on a month-long journey — that’s when I felt a really incredible connection to traveling alone, to being in those landscapes, it was intense. I remember being like “Julie, I just want to get in my car and drive to California,” do you remember that? And then I did it! I planned my trip and I went.”

Knowing how often you moved and how much you crave travel and new experiences, it’s interesting that up until recently you were so firmly anchored in Beverly, MA. Can you tell me about the decision to stay there?

“The four years at Montserrat, I look at it as four years of building a community and after graduation I stayed with that community. I continued to cultivate relationships, which lead to opportunities. By staying in Beverly I was able to teach at the college, run a gallery, I was working for artists and showing my work. The community kept offering me support, and I was able to actively live as an artist because I had ties there. I knew it was time to go, though, when the painting wasn’t keeping me from feeling under-stimulated. Beverly is amazing — you know that — but I wanted to be surrounded by people who were devoting their lives to it. I needed that intensity around me.”

Do you have any advice for aspiring painters?

“I was taught that the only way you’re going to be really good at something, is if you do what you really want to do. Find a way to do it, don’t make excuses, and say yes to opportunities. And realize that you may have to make some sacrifices along the way.”

Click here to read the full version.


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni News: Donna Baldassari ’83 and Marcia Hermann ’83 Exhibit at Ipswich’s Hall-Haskell House

10451703_10202831288211289_3507026389978155778_n (1)Montserrat College of Art alumnae Donna Baldassari ’83 and Marcia Hermann ’83, join Steve Negrón, Montserrat’s former director of admissions, for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 S Main Street in Ipswich. There will be an opening reception Friday, Nov. 7, 5 – 8 pm.

Exhibit Dates: November 5 – 9

Wed. – Sat. noon – 5 pm & Sun. noon – 4 pm

Donna Baldassari has been most recognized for her luminous landscapes.  As a child of the 50’s she embraces her love of nostalgia and has extended her portfolio to include quintessential painterly portraits of vintage bicycles and campers.  Summering in Wellfleet MA has provided the inspiration to capture the quiet beauty of simplicity, when life moved at a slower pace.  Baldassari is currently represented by the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown MA and was featured in a Two Woman Show June 2013 entitled “Déjà Vu.  She is also represented by Chameleon Gallery of Newburyport, MA. www.donnabaldassari.com.

Donna Baldassari Go Green web

Donna Baldassari, Go Green, 16”x12” oil on panel

Marcia Hermann: Originally from Speedway, Indiana, Marcia is known for her tongue-in-cheek vignettes of her kooky yet prosaic personal life.  She has recently been spending summers in Indiana with her niece Emily and Emily’s golden retriever, Tucker.  Not a natural pet lover, Marcia has been completely won over by Tucker, and he and Emily loom large in her recent paintings.  An award-winning painter, she is currently represented by Chameleon in Newburyport, MA. www.marciahermann.com.

Hermann  I forgot which foot I licked

Marcia Hermann, I forgot which foot I licked. 30”x30” oil on panel

Steve Negrón’s paintings express desires, fears and mischievous intentions. “There are running themes in many of my paintings of intimacy, betrayal or something sinister about to happen.” A mild-mannered college administrator by day, he is otherwise found in his small home studio in Lynn.  Negrón is represented by Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport and was the featured artist in the October 2012 edition of North Shore Art*Throb Magazine.www.stevenegron.com.

steve negron pajama party

Steve Negrón, Pajama Party 16”x20” acrylic on panel


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni Feature: Joe Sweeney ’81

 Printmaker Alumnus Nails Top Job in Construction
by Kristin D’Agostino

Sometimes life (like the old U2 song says) moves in mysterious ways.  When Joe Sweeney graduated from Montserrat in 1981 with a degree in Printmaking, he never would have guessed that three decades later he’d be working in the construction business.  But, these days, Sweeney is Customer Service Manager at Windover Constructionin Manchester-By-The-Sea, a job that requires him to oversee quality control, problem-solve and communicate with customers.  Though the fields of construction and fine art may seem worlds apart, Sweeney says over the years he has regularly used his ability to work with his hands, to visualize things in 3D, and to express ideas on paper.

Joe Sweeney says his ability to think in 3D and express ideas on paper have come in handy at his career in the construction industry.

Joe Sweeney says his ability to think in 3D and express ideas on paper have come in handy throughout his career in the construction industry.

How did he find his way into construction?  After graduating from Montserrat, Sweeney worked for a couple of years for a friend’s printmaking studio in Gloucester, while holding down side-jobs in restaurants and construction.  After a while, he chose to pursue construction full-time.

“It felt natural because my family was in the business of restoring antique homes in Western Massachusetts,”  he says.

These days, after many years of hands-on work as a carpenter, Sweeney is happy to be working behind the scenes.  “I’m more beneficial in this position than if I had a hammer in my hand,”  he says, adding, “Many years of lifting and grunting are hard on the body.”

Though it’s been three decades since he was an art student, Sweeney remembers his time at Montserrat well.  He particularly recalls Friday night critiques where students would gather to view each other’s work and offer feedback. The meetings, he says, have served him well in life.

“You can either crumble, or benefit and grow [from the criticism]”, he says.  Like a chameleon adapting to life’s constant changes, it seems that Sweeney has chosen to grow.


www.montserrat.edu

Daniel Stone and Massiel Grullon ’14 Chosen for The MCCA Portrait Project

The Portrait Project: A Lifetime of Art

girl_w_striped_hair

As part of the exhibition design process for The Portrait Project, a select group of Boston artists allowed The MCCA Art Program to photograph their painting, drawing or collage and reproduce the image into a high quality reproduction print.

From child artist to Master Artist, each individual featured in this show has reached a significant milestone in their journey as an artist. Nusayabah is only four years old. She is just beginning to grasp how to hold a paint brush and mix primary colors. Perhaps someday she will learn about Arthur Polonsky, considered by many art scholars to be the best Expressionist painter living in Boston.

The Portrait Project is meant to convey our shared experience of growing older and how our sense of self changes and deepens over the course of a lifetime. This exhibit is currently on display at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Artists include:

College StudentsDaniel Stone and Massiel Grullon from Montserrat College of Art

Accomplished ArtistsDan McColePaul GoodnightJanet Monafo and Master Artist Arthur Polonsky

Emerging ArtistsKate True and Percy Fortini-Wright

Self-taught ArtistsMaria Schlomann and Ruby Pearl of Boston’s Gateway Arts

Teen Artists: Vasily Luzanau and Pamela from the Boston Mayor’s Mural Crew (MMC)

Beginner ArtistsNusayba McAllister and Gabriella Kenney from community organization Dot Art

Learn more at massconvention.com


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat Awarded Interdisciplinary Learning Method Grant from Davis Educational Foundation

Link

Art and Power Michelle Behre 17

A generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation is recognizing Montserrat College of Art’s creative teaching style, developed by the college’s academic leadership team, which emphasizes learning that is interdisciplinary, team-taught and project-based.

Last spring the Davis Foundation announced that Montserrat would receive a $150,000 grant over two years for the Gateway project, which emphasizes this experiential teaching style.

The grant will provide funding for two new programs that serve, respectively, as gateways into and out of college. Funding will support the two parts of the Gateway Initiative, including: planning, implementation, outcome assessment and, creation of curricular models (best practices, guidelines, handbooks, documentation, templates, online resources) for future use.

Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said, “Montserrat recognizes the need to go beyond the traditional classroom structure to introduce experiences that relate directly to those students will encounter in their professional lives. We are grateful to the Davis Foundation for providing this opportunity to offer new teaching methods to Montserrat students.”

1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

Offered to freshman in the first semester, FX serves as a gateway from high school into college. The course is team-taught, interdisciplinary, and integrates studio practice with historical and cultural analysis. Methodologies from studio art and liberal arts (particularly art history) are combined to provide a holistic introduction to the visual arts while helping students to acclimate to college-level academic and studio work. This combination of rich content and tactile experience is designed to fully engage students as visual learners. The aim is to break down preconceptions about art, art making, and contemporary studio practice.

This 3-credit course features a closely coordinated series of lectures, museum/gallery/studio visits, research, writing, class discussions, team-based and individual projects. Small group meetings for discussion, research, and studio immersion complement three keystone lectures and field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass MOCA and New York City. The course is designed to function in the way that artists interact with the world, across disciplines at the intersections of research, writing, collaborating, current culture, and making.

2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

StudioXL serves as a gateway out of college and into the professional world. It provides students with a series of carefully structured opportunities, offered outside the traditional classroom/studio, that build skills such as team-work, collaboration,  project management, and working between disciplines in real world settings.  Some, if not all projects, will have community partners, bolstering our relationships with the local and regional businesses and community-based organizations that fuel the creative economy of the North Shore.

The college has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of Studio XL.

The enormously successful pilot project in StudioXL was a team-taught collaboration with Footprint Power at Salem Harbor Station. Montserrat structured it a course called Across the Bridge: Three Perspectives, it combined fieldwork, research and art making. Students examined and documented the decommissioning of the coal-powered Salem Harbor Power Plant, now Footprint Power, which funded the project. Thirty students guided by three faculty members developed a visual and narrative legacy of the plant and the community of people who worked there, through writings, paintings, photography and video, sculpture and installation, and design. The project culminated in an exhibition in the turbine hall in June 2014 that was seen by more than 1000 visitors; it concluded with an evening poetry reading among the turbines, which was organized by the director of the Impossible Places Poetry Tour. That night the turbines sounded for the last time and the dismantling began the following day.

The second StudioXL project for fall 2014 is a course called Food and Culture. In contrast to the power plant project, this course was initiated in-house; it combines cultural history, research into food economies and politics, resulting in the production of creative work. Among the local partners are the Food Project and Beverly Bees.

More collaborations are being planned for future semesters.

For more information about this grant, please contact Montserrat College of Art’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli at laura.tonelli@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x 1601.


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat’s Fall Open House: October 25

Openhouse

Montserrat College of Art offers Saturday events for prospective students and their parents to come visit our campus, meet some of our faculty and staff, and get a feel for the art college.

In the fall, we conduct Open House events that include information sessions by admissions and financial aid staff, portfolio reviews and campus tours. These events typically run from 8:30 am – 2pm. In addition, we offer an Early Action Completion Day for students who have applied for early action (non-binding decision) and need to complete or drop off their application materials.

2014 EARLY ACTION COMPLETION DAY
Saturday, December 6


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Montserrat Students Exhibit Revisits Summer Abroad Trip to Italy

10550976_825525110813171_6982495349496048266_n

Soggiorno in Italia 2014
On ViewOct. 22 – Nov. 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 – 3 pm
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA
Gallery Hours: M,T,W,F: 10am-5pm, Thu: 10am-8pm, Sat: 12pm-5pm

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Soggiorno in Italia 2014, an exhibition highlighting student work created during Montserrat’s Viterbo, Italy study abroad program. This annual exhibition showcases a day in the life of students in the enchanting medieval town of Viterbo.   Montserrat’s four-week program, which celebrated its 18th summer, provides college students and artists a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy.

This year’s exhibition includes the work of students from Montserrat, RISD and State University of North Dakota. This exhibition is both a reminder and a reflection of their summer abroad, embracing foreign culture and revealing itself in a small body of work.

For many students this trip was one of their first immersive experiences, delving into a new culture wholeheartedly, finding inspiration in the “little things” such as a people-filled piazza, architecture and restaurant interiors. Student Monica O’Connor particularly enjoyed the rich antique wood and colored glass in local Viterbo bars. Her series of four watercolors shows wine and liquor bottles from the perspective of a patron sitting at the bar. The bottles resemble radiant gems or pieces of sea glass breathing life into an old watering hole.

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, Montserrat faculty and participating instructor, poetically narrates the experience of Viterbo. “For the month of July students in the Montserrat Summer Study Program in Italy create drawings, paintings, studies, illustrations, photographs, collages, doodles, sketches, designs and all manner of art in response to living in the town of Viterbo. They explore the piazzas, the gardens, the cobbled streets, the ancient churches, the cafes, the palaces, and the hidden corners. Viterbo becomes their home, their muse, their inspiration, their days and their nights.

tumblr_ndv78bvRIX1txakyqo2_1280


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

This Week’s Public Gallery Events: Film 101 with Anabel Vazquez & Ethan Berry + D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

Anabel Vazquez and Prof. Ethan Berry bring together works of film, animation and moving image that they find essential to the discipline(s), as well as works of their own (film and photo).

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 – 10:30 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Basement

Above: Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Visión Doble, Video and Two Murals, 2011

unnamed (6)

Public Artist Talk: D’hana Perry

D’hana Perry is a video artist and DJ, their a/v work explores identity construction, gender/racial performance and self-expression, often by utilizing sociological tools within a contemporary artistic practice.

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 – 9 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, Room 201

Above: D’hana Perry, Loose, Video Still

D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

LOOSE is a reconceptualization of what a “documentary” can be. This performance remixes original interviews into a live sound and video performance. In this reinvented documentary, interviewees recount the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences of gender transition from the perspective of trans persons of color. Blending the practices of  sociological research, DJ remixing techniques and live video manipulation, Perry creates an improvisational piece where no two performances are the same.

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 – 9 pm
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs

For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs please contact: Maggie Cavallo, maggie.cavallo@montserrat.edu or Savery Kelley, savery.kelley@montserrat.edu


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

President Immerman is Newly Elected Co-President of Beverly Main Streets

1798693_10204090432475050_5399919931944889110_nMontserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman, newly elected co-president of Beverly Main Streets, presenting Business of the Year Awards at Wicked Art Bar last night, Tue., Oct. 21.

Each year, our Board of Directors nominates downtown businesses that exemplify the Spirit of Beverly Main Streets - those who go above and beyond to support the mission of Beverly Main Streets and make a significant impact on the downtown.The 2014 winners are: Carroll’s Florist, Salerno’s Italian Pub and Eatery, and Zelloe + Weaver Architects. In addition, two volunteers, Sandra Griffel and Suzie LaMont, were recognized for their dedication and long-time support of Beverly Main Streets.

Spirit of Beverly Main Streets

Front Row: Sandra Griffel, Suzie LaMont, Joe Zelloe (Zelloe + Weaver), Mike Rotondo (Salerno’s Italian Pub and Eatery), Todd Rotondo (Salerno’s Italian Pub and Eatery). Back Row: Stephen Immerman (Co-President of Beverly Main Streets), Mary Grant (Co-President of Beverly Main Streets), Mayor Michael P. Cahill. Not pictured – Pamela Landess of Carroll’s Florist.

2014-10-22 10_30_09-MontserratCollegeArt (@MontCollegeArt) _ Twitter

MCA_RGB-letterhead

President Immerman to Speak about the Creative Economy at Rocky Neck 10/22

Steve Immernan

The Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS welcomes Montserrat College of Art President Stephen Immerman to the Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St, Wed., Oct. 22 at 6 pm, to talk about the importance of the creative economy to the North Shore. Creative economy companies include for-profit businesses, such as video game makers, architectural firms, musicians, and promotional product companies, as well as non-profits, like museums and theater companies. Over 120,000 people work for creative economy firms in Massachusetts, with an estimated economic impact of $1 billion.

Montserrat College of Art was named a North Shore regional leader in February 2014 as part of a statewide Creative Economy Network begun by Massachusetts State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki and Economy Industry director, Helena Fruscio. The network is meant to help creative companies find resources, such as space, talent, access to capital and tracking progress.

Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS are partners with Montserrat in this regional effort that also includes Salem State University’s Enterprise Center, the Salem Partnership, North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Main Streets and many others. The Immerman talk is free to the public and all are invited.


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat Highlighted in Boston Globe Article on Historic Beverly

boston-globe-logo

The Beverly without the hills, a presidential pick

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright | OCTOBER 07, 2014

unnamedNeighboring Salem may get the lion’s share of tourist love, but the North Shore city of Beverly has bragging rights of its own. For example, the summer White House of President Taft stood on the spot that is now the Italian Garden at Beverly’s Lynch Park in 1909 and 1910. (For the next two summers, Taft rented a house a mile away.) And who knew that ultra-posh Beverly Hills, Calif., was named after Beverly Farms, a section of our own Beverly, back in 1907, according to the Beverly Hills Historical Society? The Massachusetts Beverly was named after Beverley, a market town in Yorkshire, England. Other interesting bits about Beverly: The city of 40,286 claims to be the birthplace of America’s Navy (nearby Marblehead makes the same claim), but has the “monopoly” on another title: It was once home to Parker Brothers, creators of Monopoly, Twister, and other classic games. Here are some Beverly classics to see when you visit.

Eat

Thanks to the presence of the Montserrat College of Art, downtown Beverly has a funky, college-town feel, and its eateries reflect that — there are several ethnic restaurants, a raw food dining spot, and the requisite coffeehouse. Most are clustered along Beverly’s two main drags, Cabot and Rantoul streets. Craving sushi? City folks are pleasantly surprised by the level of fare at Kame Restaurant (250 Cabot St., 978-922-9333www.kamerestaurant.com, $6.50 and up) — not bad for the ’burbs! The “Red Sox maki” is a house specialty. NewcomerPrides Osteria (240 Rantoul St., 978-969-0083,www.pridesosteria.com, dinner only, pasta from $16, entrees from $22) is winning fans drawn by farm-to-table fine dining, Italian-style. Delectable handmade pastas (try the gnocchi with clams) share the menu with an array of antipasti, artisan cheeses, and secondi piatti featuring grass-fed beef and local seafood. Raw food enthusiasts find slim pickings in many cities, but they strike gold in Beverly: Organic Garden Cafe (294 Cabot St., 978-922-0004www.organicgardencafe.com, bowls from $10.95), open all day, is a garden of (organic, vegan) earthly delights that include tasty smoothies and customizable bowls (you add extra toppings). The Thai spice bowl is terrific. If your idea of edible awesomeness is eggs, bacon, and Belgian waffles the size of your head, proceed to North Beverly, home of the popular Depot Diner (23 Enon St., 978-922-6200,www.depot-diner.com, from $4.99), where breakfast is served all day. The baked peach oatmeal ($5.29) is healthful and decadent, and — hash lover alert! — they make their own corned beef hash. Portions are so huge that you’ll probably leave with a doggie bag (or you’ll skip your next meal). It’s all about dogs (and burgers) at The Scotty Dog (437 Rantoul St., 978-969-3487www.thescottydog.com, from $3) a retro snack shack with carhop service. The Chicago Dog is a specialty; it’s a Vienna Beef dog topped with a pickle spear, peppers, relish, tomatoes, onions, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt on a steamed poppy seed bun.

During the Day

With the recent closing of a longtime local retailer, the downtown retail scene is in transition mode as Beverly’s Main Streets program works to attract specialty shops to Cabot and Rantoul streets. For now, there’s fun sleuthing at an array of consignment stores with student-friendly prices. While downtown, be sure to pop into one of the four galleries at the Montserrat College of Art, say, the Montserrat Gallery (23 Essex St., 978-921-4242www.montserrat.edu ). Inspired? Get your art on at Wicked Art Bar (95 Rantoul St., 978-998-4221,www.wickedartbar.com), a paint-and-sip studio headquartered in an old mill building. As summer days melt into fall, it’s a perfect time to wander the trails of Long Hill (572 Essex St., 978-921-1944www.thetrustees.org, free), a 114-acre country estate with formal gardens and woodland walking paths. A 1.2-mile loop trail winds through the woods, past vernal pools and massive boulders. Along the Atlantic coast, 16-acre Lynch Park (55 Ober St., 978-921-6067www.bevrec.com), the site of Taft’s summer White House, functions as Beverly’s backyard. Its maze-like gardens draw bridal parties posing for pictures and hide-and-seek-playing toddlers alike. Presiding over the property, between the rose garden and the seawall, is a statue called “The Falconer,” inspired by the original 1872 piece by George Blackall Simonds in New York’s Central Park. Beverly Farms has a nice stretch of sand, West Beach (978-922-2934, www.beverlyfarms.org) that’s excellent for a beach walk, and it’s open to the public now that the summer season is over. Set inside a train station,Prides Crossing Confections (590 Hale St., 978-927-2185, www.pridescrossingconfections.com) is a dandy place to pick up an edible souvenir; owner and chocolatier Chris Flynn makes the chocolates onsite in this small space, including his best-selling turtles. (Note the benches in front of the building, labeled “Republicans” and “Democrats.”)

At Night

Beverly’s historic Cabot Street Theater still stands, but the curtain has closed on its long-running magic show and movie series, sad to say. On a brighter note, the North Shore Music Theater (62 Dunham Road, 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org,ticket prices vary) is alive and well, and this delightful theater-in-the-round pulls in award-winning Broadway shows like “Grease,” “Chicago,” and “Les Miserables,” plus a children’s theater series. The NSMT’s production of “A Christmas Carol” has become a North Shore tradition. If you’re looking for a perfectly blended cocktail, stake out a spot at the aptly named Barrel House (252 Cabot St., 978-998-4627,www.barrelhousebeverly.com), where brown spirits rule. Can’t decide what to order? The Whiskey Smash was just named “best cocktail” by Northshore magazine. Named one of the “Top 150 Jazz Rooms in the World” by Downbeat magazine, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant and Jazz Lounge (285 Cabot St., 978-921-2233, www.chiantibeverly.com) hosts live music nightly — Toni Lynn Washington and her band played recently — and there’s no cover charge.

Beverly is 25 miles northeast of Boston. For information, visit www.northofboston.org.


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Montserrat Community at 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

1782404_861018120597203_484302438083375156_o

A few of our Animation + Interactive Media students attended the Ottawa International Animation Festival this past September! (L to R) Brandon Troelstrup ’15, Shelby Hamel ’16, Bronte Pirulli ’16, Kaitlyn Assmann ’15, Ayden Borowski ’16 & Jesse Strauss (in back).

Here’s an excerpt from Kaitlyn Assmann ’15 about her experience:

unnamed (5)

I am currently at the start of my senior year at Montserrat College of Art in the The festival itself lasted from September 17th to 21st, and we began our journey bright and early the very first day. The bus trip from Massachusetts to Ottawa was understandably pretty long, but good company certainly made it go by faster. Montserrat was being joined by a few other local art colleges as well, adding to the diverse range of animators that I would be meeting throughout the festival. We made to the hostel at which we were staying (the Ottawa Backpackers Inn) at 4 pm, picked up our passes at the Art Center, and were set loose onto the city, giving us plenty of time to absorb what day one of the festival had to offer. Throughout the festival, several events would be happening scattered throughout a small area in the city, animation screenings being the primary ongoing. After attending the very first two screenings, I knew that I was in for a treat. The first was “Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story”, an Estonian film competing in the feature category, and the second was the first screening for the short film competition (there were enough competitors to fill five separate screenings in total). These made it loud and clear that throughout the upcoming weekend, I was going to experience a massive range of animation, some of which I’ve never seen anything like before. For instance, I had never seen a film from Estonia prior to this. It was so unlike all of the material that was created in the United States and is so dominant in our culture, so naturally I became fascinated in what the work from other countries had to offer (I eventually became quite enamored with a Brazilian film, “Until Sbornia Do Us Part”, in particular). The short films were incredibly gripping as well. The sheer diversity of that screening I think is what drew me to it. Not only were the pieces from different artists all over the world, but there were so many categories as well. High school, undergraduate, narrative, experimental/abstract, music videos, and commercial art were all included, mixed among each other at every screening. Whatever it was that you as a viewer preferred in animation, it was there for you. If there was something that didn’t suit your fancy, there was sure to be something that gripped you coming shortly after.

unnamed (3)

Just from that first evening of watching films in the Bytown Theater, it was made clear that I had a lot to look forward to, and I had definitely made the right choice in applying to come.Animation and Interactive Media Department, and hearing about the annual Ottawa International Animation Festival had been something of a yearly occurrence for me. Every year, an offer would go out to students at the school to apply for a scholarship that would accommodate travel and living expenses for the trip, but it was only this year that I had mustered up the courage to apply for it myself. I think it might be my impending entrance into the “real world” of animation that finally motivated me to do it, and I was absolutely thrilled when I learned that I had been chosen to be one of the five students to travel up for the 2014 event. Admittedly though, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect beyond the bus trip up and that animation screenings were a heavy part of it. In reality, what was waiting for me was a rich variety of experiences that I think certainly enriched my knowledge as an artist and inspired me so much to go forward and make my own animation the best it can possibly be. Montserrat has really given me something valuable here, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival isn’t something I will soon forget.

unnamed (4)

The remainder of the weekend flowed in a similar fashion of feature film screenings mixed with short film screenings (all of which were incredibly entertaining and inspiring), with an interesting sprinkle of talks and social events in between. One of my favorite things about the festival I’d learn was that the artists had such a great presence there and were so accessible. Each short film screening had a matching Q&A session with a few of the artists, and you never knew who you might be running into at the evening parties (I actually met the screenwriter for the aforementioned Brazilian film that way). Even big corporations, such as Laika and Disney Animation had a great presence there, giving talks on their upcoming films, screening their shorts, giving exclusive behind the scenes looks at their work, and answering the questions of the public (I now have the autographs of the two directors of “The Little Mermaid” and I’m admittedly pretty emotional about it). There was even an Animator’s Picnic on that Friday, where everyone was invited to eat, mingle, and carve pumpkins. My personal favorite moment in that vein would have to be the Professional Development Day that took place on Saturday. A career fair took place, and multiple panels were held that gave all sorts of insights into the professional field and how to better prepare yourself for it. As a senior about to graduate, I figured this would be either very stressful or very inspirational to me. Fortunately, it was the latter. Hearing professionals give advice about how to land that job and talk about what it is they do in their own careers just made me want to go out and do it myself all that more. A particularly meaningful moment came while speaking to a representative of the Disney Animation Studio. I was asking her about internship and trainee programs, and she told me about one person in particular who had applied with them four times and was rejected four times. On his fifth shot though, he finally got it. The moral was that you should always keep working and never give up on applying for that position if you really, really want it. Earlier this summer, I myself had actually applied for and been declined a position as a Disney intern. While I knew it was a fact of life and was bound to happen, it was still somewhat discouraging. After hearing that though, I’ve never been more motivated in my life to keep trying. I plan to stick to that dream now and never give it up, so I suppose Disney Animation’s hiring department is going to be stuck dealing with me for quite a while now. Hopefully, I can become a similar success story, now that I have this knowledge.

unnamed (2)

Overall, throughout those five days, I had experienced something that influenced every part of my artistic growth. Saturday nurtured my professional drive beyond a doubt. The short films inspired me in every approach to my own animation work, from the more serious and grounded to the more light hearted and fanciful.  As for the feature films, they opened my eyes up to the massive variety that is out there, and tempt me to learn more about my medium in the world view. I have spoken to people within the field who have created great things and also fellow students who are still working towards their dreams, and have been equally influenced by both. Of course, travelling outside of the country has been a great experience in itself, one that I won’t soon forget. Though we did have to sacrifice any events taking place on Sunday in order to get back at a decent hour, I still feel as though I have received a very extensive, rounded experience to drive me forward in my art making. I am insanely grateful for Montserrat College of Art’s choice in giving me this opportunity, and I surely wouldn’t have thought to have done it without them. The college and the Ottawa International Animation Festival have given me something great, and at exactly the right time as well. Now, I just have to make my own thesis film the best it can be, and make it comparable to the wonderful pieces I have watched over that weekend.

- Kaitlyn Assmann ’15


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Alumni News: Janice Eaton ’91 Exhibits at Hall Haskell House in Ipswich

Alumna Janice Eaton Updike ’91 joins Jeanette Griffith for an exhibit at the Hall-Haskell House at 36 Main Street in Ipswich.  There will be an opening reception Friday, Oct. 10, 6 – 9 pm.

Janice Eaton Updike is an artist residing in Newburyport. Trained as a  designer and graduating from Montserrat College of Art, she has always been drawn to painting. For the past twenty years she has been working with pastels, exploring landscapes, still lives and interiors. Walks along the marshes and beaches of the North Shore have inspired her landscapes.

Eaton Recently exhibited include The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, Stonewall Studios, Kittery, ME,and the Hall-Haskell House, Ipswich, MA.  She is represented by Chameleon at 22 Liberty Street in Newburyport, MA


MCA_RGB-letterhead

Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

Alumni News: Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s show GEOLOGY at MAA

2014-09-25 16_17_27-MAA 9_21_14 - elizabeth.gianino@montserrat

Montserrat alumna Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s GEOLOGY  opened with a reception on Sept. 21 at The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead.

“[GEOLOGY] highlights Archer’s latest photographs, a series of abstract portraits referencing the haphazard collision of genetics and environments which shape and give form to each of our individual lives.”

2014-09-25 16_17_14-Archer MAA SHOW - elizabeth.gianino@montserrat

The GEOLOGY exhibit runs through November 2. Archer will also participate in a panel discussion regarding photographic composition on Oct. 2 at 7 pm.

Additional information at marbleheadarts.org 781.631.2608

2014-09-25 16_16_35-MAA Archer show - elizabeth.gianino@montserrat


www.montserrat.edu

President Immerman Quoted in Salem News Article on GOP Round-Table

2014-09-25 12_05_17-Round-table discussion highlights GOP candidates' views - Salem News_ Local NewsMontserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman was quoted in The Salem News article featuring Wednesday morning’s North Shore Chamber of Commerce round-table discussion with GOP candidates.

Round-table discussion highlights GOP candidates’ views 

Posted in The Salem News: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014 9:57 pm BY ETHAN FORMAN

SALEM — One of the first things Republican lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito and her running mate, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, would do if elected is end a program that shelters homeless families in motels as a form of emergency assistance, Polito said.

Danvers has been grappling with the issue for several years.

Polito came to Hawthorne Hotel Wednesday morning with fellow Republican candidates to attend a North Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast round-table discussion. Her remark that she and Baker would end the housing of homeless in motels came in a brief interview after fielding questions from 70 business leaders in the room.

When asked by Montserrat College of Art President Stephen Immerman about the perception among some Democrats that the Republican Party has a war on women, Polito said that the notion that she and Baker are against women is absurd. The candidates are both pro-choice and favor marriage equality, Polito said.

“On the issues that affect women, they are the issues that affect men,” she said.

Also taking part in the discussion was 6th District Congressional candidate Richard Tisei, a former longtime Wakefield state senator who nearly beat Democratic Congressman John Tierney, D-Salem, in the general election two years ago. Tisei finds himself in a tight race against Seth Moulton, a Salem resident and former Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq and beat Tierney in the primary.

Immerman asked Tisei if he can be an independent voice in Washington.

“I guess anybody can say they will go to Washington and be an independent voice,” said Tisei, who said his record in the state Senate speaks for itself. “I voted with (former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney) 50 percent of the time, and I voted against him 50 percent of the time.”

The problem, he said, is “you have a bunch of Republicans and Democrats who love their party more than the country.” While he may not be a reliable Republican vote, he would give Massachusetts a voice among the majority of House Republicans in Congress, he said.

Visit salemnews.com/news to read the full article.

 

www.montserrat.edu

There’s Still Time – Register Now for Great Classes

 
 
Like us on Facebook

Office of Continuing Education
978-867-9661 | ce@montserrat.edu

Alumni Featured at MINE ART! Gallery in Newington, CT

Francis Bacon’s studio. Photo from www.graft.co.nz

Alumna, painter and sculptor Allison Hornak ’09 is the owner of MINE ART! Gallery, the space is formerly known as Migrant Salon in downtown Sandy Hook, CT. Hornak is hosting an event this Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm at 117 Church Hill Road, Suite D, Newtown, CT.

PREPARING FOR ART: A Conversation with Artists

 featuring:

Montserrat Alumna Leah Rafaela Ceriello 12 - Providence, RI - www.leahrafaela.com

Jessica Gaddis - Boston, MA - www.jessicagaddis.com

Montserrat Alumna Jessica Lee Hughes ’07 - Lynn, MA - www.agirlcalled672.carbonmade.com

Montserrat Alumna Elizabeth Sultzer ’13 - New York, NY - www.elizabethsultzer.com

Please join MINE ART! Gallery for a riposte to the recent institution, ‘National Preparedness Month’. I will talk with dedicated artists about how they ready their studio, and themselves, to do the work of making meaningful things. You are welcome to attend, listen and, if you wish, participate in the conversation.

facebookevent3

www.montserrat.edu

Library News: Artists’ Books Reading Room Sep. 25

10455070_783818225397_2926251785287835757_n10499508_784832173437_1975073061169481395_o

Montserrat College of Art’s Book Rats presents:

Artists’ Books Reading Room

Thursday, Sep. 25, 9 am – 9 pm
Paul M. Scott Library, 2nd Floor (23 Essex Street, Beverly)

100 Artists’ Books by artists from the past 50 years, available for viewing to the entire Montserrat community for one day only!

Come and actually read works (with your hands!) by established artists such as:
Carl Andre, George Brecht, Chris Burden, David Byrne, John Cage, Chuck Close, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Dick Higgins, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Douglas Huebler, Ray Johnson, Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, Deiter Roth, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Keith Smith, Telfer Stokes, Emmett Williams… and many more.

10672362_785093519697_824682433455152986_n


www.montserrat.edu

Creative Economy Event on Space – Sept. 17

10150705_1420518254864158_236176275_n

Please join us for a Creative Economy discussion and networking event on
Space: Finding, Funding, Collaborating & Growing It
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Montserrat College of Art, 248 Cabot St., Beverly, Room B208

Speakers:

Anne Gatling HaynesDirector of Transformative Development for Mass Development Finance Agency. Anne leads a new initiative for the agency to spur accelerated redevelopment in the Gateway Cities of Massachusetts. In partnership with locally-driven plans, this new cross-divisional systems-based approach for the agency will deploy targeted investments in strategic districts, while coordinating the investments of other public and nonprofit agencies, in order to leverage follow on private investments and activity.

Eleni Varitimos, Vice President, Community Development – North Region for MassDevelopment. Eleni joined MassDevelopment in June 2014 as Vice President of Community Development for the Northern Region of Massachusetts. Previously, she spent 11 years as Chief of Staff to Senator Steven A. Baddour focusing her work on statewide transportation policy and fiscal affairs.

Jenn FaigelIndependent community economic development & commercial real estate consultant. Jenn focuses on utilizing commercial real estate as a means to create jobs, support business development, and bring goods and services to low-income communities across Massachusetts.

Greg BishopManaging Partner of Oliver Brothers Fine Art Restoration, Beverly and Boston. Oliver Brothers performs restoration and conservation of paintings, works on paper, picture frames, sculpture and objects. They also provide custom framing services. Greg has over 11 years of business experience, building and growing Oliver Brothers. Since becoming a partner in 2003, Oliver Brothers went from a sole proprietorship in 2002 to a business that today employs 11 individuals.

Please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Elizabeth.Gianino@montserrat.edu

For questions, contact Jo.Broderick@montserrat.ed