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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Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu Public Artist Talk May 14

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The public is invited to a Montserrat College of Art Gallery sponsored lecture by Wangechi Mutu, an internationally renowned, Kenyan-born, New York-based artist and activist who has been called the most influential African artist today. She will present a lecture on Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

She is the keynote commencement speaker and honorary doctoral recipient at Montserrat College of Art’s graduation ceremonies this spring.

Mutu is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She received an MFA from Yale and BFA from Cooper Union.She will be just returning to the US from her appearance at the Venice Biennale.

The lecture is free but registration is requested by contacting savery.kelley@montserrat.edu

“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Ms. Mutu’s caliber speaking to our community,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art. “Her successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome her to the campus and to the North Shore.” Mutu joins a long list of illustrious commencement speakers at Montserrat including Bryan Konietzko, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Sillman, Jenny Holzer, Janine Antoni and James Rosenquist, to name a few.

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Artist Biography

Mutu earned a BFA from Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science in 1996, and then received an MFA from Yale University in 2000. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois; and Miami Art Museum. Mutu recently participated in the Dak’Art Biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, the Paris Triennial: Intense Proximity, the International Center of Photography’s Triennial and the Moscow Bienniale. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; the Brooklyn Museum; and Tate Modern in London. See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

Montserrat Gallery will be open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show May 1 – 15, 2015 at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA.

For further information, visit montserrat.edu/galleries/Wangechi-Mutu or contact Jo Broderick at jo.broderick@montserrat.edu or 978.867.9613.

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2015 Senior Thesis Exhibitions

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Each small group theme show included the individual work of each artist, developed in the course of their studies toward their BFA degree. The shows were themed by the students’ concentrations and include illustration, fine arts, graphic design and animation. The fine arts shows included sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and book arts.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Thesis Show: Illustration I
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Anthony Milani, Elliott Grinnell, Emily Weigert, Hannah Connolly, Jennifer East, Kaleena Anselm, Krista Erickson, Lisa Martinez, & Rose Fristrom
On View: Monday, April 20 – Tuesday, April 24, 2015\
Reception: Wednesday, April 22, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show- Asi Es Como Yo Lo Veo
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kai Cruz & Isabella Echavez
On View: Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Thesis Show: Illustration II
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Amanda Prather, Amberlynne Narvie, Anna Speight, Brynn Walker, Dylan Griffith, Lauren Douglas, Lauren Lowell & Maura O’Connor
On View: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Fleshing It Out
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Zachary Naylor & Emily Varley
On View: Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

Zachary Naylor and Emily Varley engage with the figure in both silly and disturbing ways. This exhibit will explore identity and the factors that attribute to the phenomena. The work is often intrigued with feelings of regret sadness and loneliness that may follow in the wake of obtaining a public image. A warm fleshy pallet, present in both artists’ work, contradicts the darker motifs investigated.

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Thesis Show: In your head. In your heart. Between your legs.
Zeitgeist Gallery, 222 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Taylor Kurmis & Kaitlyn Wiles
On View: Tuesday, April 28 – Friday, May 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Fine Arts IV
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Robert Manson, Daniel Stone, Nygel Jones, Sarah Arnold, Nur Ozkaynak, Sarah Graziano & Katherine Dougherty
On View: Monday, May 4 – Friday, 8, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, May 6, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Past Shows:

Thesis Show: Fine Arts I Betwixt/Between
Reception: Wednesday, March 25, 5 – 8 pm
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kerry Alaura, Ashley Mendes, Kayla Cochran, Danielle Renino, Adam Kooken, Rory Bastille & Alicia Parent 
On View: Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, 2015

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Together, their collection of work explores the space between presence and absence. Through various uses of photography, these artists embody what it feels like to be caught within both the past and the present. Betwixt/Between is an exhibition of the places that memory and nostalgia occupy.

Thesis Show- INFLUX
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kevin Lucey & Sasha Pacek
On View: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Thesis Show: Fine Arts III - Jokes on Us
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: KayLee Bellamy, Elizabeth Breder, Margaret Caro, William Gurin, Kayleigh (Bird) Hawes, Rebekah Segar and Stephanie Visciglia
On View: Monday, April 6 – Friday, 10, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 5 – 8 p.m.

Thesis Show: Fine Arts III - Ya Feel Me?
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Evan Sullivan, Taylor Anuform, Deanna Jacome, Danielle Franzen, Caitlyn Doolittle, Ariel Lund & Meghan Ferrero
On View: Monday, April 6 – Friday, 10, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 5 – 8 p.m.

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Thesis Show – To Whom It May Concern
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Corinne D’Orsi, Melanie Simpson & Melissa McGinty
On View: April 8 – April 18, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 5 – 8 p.m.

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Graphic Design/Animation Thesis Show: After The Fact 
Reception: Wednesday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m.
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Sarah Middleton, Alyssa Petit, Deborah Manchester, Brenda Roswess, Mayuka Fuji, Kaitlyn Assmann, Anthony Corrado, Patrick Gerety & Dakota-Lynn Zouzias
On View: Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17, 2015

Thesis Show at Mingo Gallery: Who’s Who
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Joseph Saunders & Michael Outhuse
On View: Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, 24, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 15, 5 – 8 p.m.

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Montserrat’s Annual Open House April 18

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Please join us at our
Annual Open House 
Saturday, April 18, 3 – 5 pm

Each year the college’s buildings at 23 Essex Street and 301 Cabot Street become galleries filled with works of all our current students.

Stop by and see what our students have been working on. Meet these young artists, their parents, our faculty and staff. Find out what the excitement is all about! Open House is open to the public.

An award ceremony will be held at 4 pm at The Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street in Beverly where students will be presented scholarships.

We hope to see you there!

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Staff News: Maggie Cavallo’s Presentation at Marblehead Arts Association

unnamedMontserrat College of Art Gallery’s Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo is the presenting at Collectors within the Artistic Community on Thursday April 9, 7 – 8:30 pm at Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.

Hear stories of influential collectors who dedicated time to developing emerging artists; learn methods and guidelines for developing a holistic art collecting practice.

“The art collector plays a complex role in contemporary art communities. Today, many individuals collect purely for the investment value of a work of art and collecting has, for ages, been a tried and true method for proving one’s cultural capital. The interest and agency of art collectors often influence the careers of working artists and the styles of art that are celebrated and produced. Beyond the financial or cultural gain, the contemporary collector should be aware of her important role within the fabric of artistic communities. how might she make the most of her connections with works of art and artists?”

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$25 members / $50 non members* Reservations & prepayment requested; Call 781.631.2608, email info@marbleheadarts.org or visit marbleheadarts.org for more information.

This is the first of a two part series, included in the fee. An onsite visit to Montserrat will follow on Thursday, April, 23 6:30-8:30 pm. Cavallo and Montserrat’s Take20 team, a group of student gallery teachers, will bring participants for a closer look at leading Montserrat student work and for a visit to a Senior Thesis Exhibition with students working in a variety of disciplines.

Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Much of Cavallo’s curatorial work is characterized by experiential and performance-based practices and the understanding of every arts experience as inherently a learning experience. Past projects includes: The Highest Closet at Montserrat College of Art, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo works currently as the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, a lead Teaching Artist with the Urbano Project and Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University. www.zillaboston.com

The Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion, at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. Six galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists change every six weeks and education programs and special events are offered throughout the year. The MAA Artisan Shop features one-of-a-kind crafts including jewelry, pottery, glassworks and textiles by our artisan members. The Mansion is available for private parties, meetings, weddings and other events. For more information, please call 781-631-2608.

Contact:
Betsy Hoffman Hundahl, Assistant Director
Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
bhundahl@marbleheadarts.org
781-631-2608


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Summer 2015 Immersive Art Workshops

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Week-Long Art WorkshopsJune 15 – July 10

From painting and printmaking to comics and digital photography, our diverse Summer Immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.

Subjects:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Encaustics
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Puppet Making
  • Letterpress
  • Comics
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Mask Making
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography

Featured Instructors:

unnamedTim Hawkesworth grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the US 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 Times, Art News, The New Yorker, LA Times, The Boston Globe and The Irish Times. Tim is one of the founding faculty of the Summer Immersive program at Montserrat, and has returned each summer to lead an intensive workshop, along with artist Lala Zeitlyn. This year they will teach Deepening Your Personal Relationship with Painting and Drawing during the week of July 6 – 10.

unnamedDan Welden, master printmaker and painter, has had more than 70 international solo exhibitions. He has collaborated with and/or printed for many prominent artists including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Kurt Vonnegut. Welden is responsible for the discovery and development of the Solarplate process and is co-author with Pauline Muir of Printmaking in the Sun. He will be teaching Solarplate Etching the week of June 29 – July 3.

COLLEGE CREDIT & PDP’s: Montserrat is an approved PDP provider for Art Educators, and all courses are eligible for PDP awards. Additionally, many courses are available for undergraduate credit. Please visit our website for full details.

HOUSING: We are also offering affordable housing for immersive students. Please visit our website for full details.

FELLOWSHIPS: CALL FOR APPLICANTS

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

Apply now!

Visit our website or contact us at ce@montserrat.edu or 978 921 4242 x 1202 to learn more.


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Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu to Speak at Montserrat College of Art Commencement

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Montserrat College of Art is excited to announce internationally known artist and activist Wangechi Mutu as the 2015 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient. Mutu will address the Montserrat community on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Cabot Performing Arts Center, 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA as part of the commencement ceremonies. She will also give a public lecture on Thursday evening, May 14. More information to follow.

Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York based artist whose surrealist works contain personal poetic cultural criticism that engages the complexities of the daily issues, current affairs and diverse environments. She focuses on issues that affect not only all humans, but more specifically the disempowered. Mutu’s inventive and meticulous use of materials matched with the elegant and perhaps horrific figures are found lurking in worlds filled with hybrids. Composites themselves, they’re entrapped between consciousness and dreamscapes, silences and cacophony, seemingly alive, though somewhere beyond the memory of death; still real and yet not. These characters are avatars that reveal their inherent vulnerability in spite of their dynamic potency.

“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Ms. Mutu’s caliber speaking to our graduates,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of the college. “Her successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome her to the campus and to the North Shore.” Mutu joins a long list of illustrious commencement speakers at Montserrat including Bryan Konietzko, Gregory Crewdson, Amy Sillman, Jenny Holzer, Janine Antoni and James Rosenquist, to name a few.

Artist Biography

Mutu earned a BFA from Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science in 1996, and then received an MFA from Yale University in 2000. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Grant (2014), the Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year (2010). She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois; and Miami Art Museum.  Mutu recently participated in the Dak’Art Biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennial, the Paris Triennial: Intense Proximity, the International Center of Photography’s Triennial and the Moscow Bienniale.  Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; the Brooklyn Museum; and Tate Modern in London. See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

Montserrat Gallery will be open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show May 1 – 15, 2015 at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA.

For further information, contact Jo Broderick at jo.broderick@montserrat.edu, 978.867.9613 or visit montserrat.edu/news/commencement.


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Montserrat College of Art Makes Beverly a Destination

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Destination: Beverly BY ALEXANDRA PECCI, North Shore Magazine

Like so many North Shore towns, Beverly has a rich history. Originally part of the Naumkeag Territory and settled in 1626 by Roger Conant, Beverly played a major role in two revolutions. During the American Revolutionary War, one of the first U.S. military ships sailed from Beverly Harbor in 1775. Little more than a decade later, in 1787, Beverly became home to the first cotton mill built in America, helping to spark the Industrial Revolution.

Today, though, Beverly is experiencing a renaissance that isn’t powered by shipbuilding or cotton. It’s powered by the arts.

“There’s a long 20-or 30-year tradition in the United States to understanding how the arts contribute to economic development,” says Steve Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art and co-president of the nonprofit downtown revitalization organization Beverly Main Streets.

“I don’t think it’s escaped anybody’s attention…that people want to have the arts in their community,” he says.

And Beverly certainly does have arts in its community. It’s home to two of the North Shore’s most important and beloved artistic centers: Montserrat College of Art, which was founded in the late 1960s and has flourished into a hotbed of vibrant creativity, and the North Shore Music Theatre, which has been transporting audiences with its musicals since 1955.

In fact, the histories of the two institutions are linked: Montserrat School of Art initially began as an initiative of the North Shore Music Theatre before eventually becoming Montserrat College of Art, an independent, accredited institution that awards degrees.

Today, Montserrat is at the center of Beverly’s arts, culture, and creative economy, with several galleries, many of which are free and open to the public. Additionally, dozens of visiting artists from around the world arrive on campus each year to make art, share it with the community, and give talks— also free and open to the public.

“The hidden gem of Beverly is our collective arts community,” says Mayor Michael Cahill. He points, for instance, to the city’s work with Montserrat and Beverly Main Streets to commission world-renowned artist Anna Schuleit Haber to create The Beverly Oracle, a bold and significant public art project.

The momentum toward Beverly as a city driven by the arts is evident in other ways, too. Beverly is home to the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, as well as the gallery and studios at Porter Mill Studios and Zeitgeist Gallery & Studios. Its restaurant scene is thriving, too. And at press time, the city’s downtown was under consideration for designation as a Cultural Arts District from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In fact, a Beverly Arts District is part of Beverly Main Streets’ “20/20” initiative to revitalize the downtown.

“The top priority for Beverly was to reinforce its identity as an arts and culture community,” Immerman says of the project.

The idea is to make downtown a destination unto itself, and it seems to be working. One resident who lives downtown, Ashley Springett, says she loves walking across the street to Beverly Common or just a few blocks to Dane Street Beach with her son.

“There are parks and beaches aplenty, plus a cute downtown with lots of tasty eateries,” Springett says. “I feel safe walking and driving around the city of Beverly, and appreciate that we have Montserrat College of Art.”

“There were several of us in Beverly who were very concerned that The Cabot would somehow disappear,” says Van Ness, who lives in Beverly and co-owns CinemaSalem. The people behind The Cabot Performing Arts Center are also helping with the downtown revitalization. Henry Bertolon, Bill Howard, Richard Marino, Thaddeus S. Siemasko, and Paul Van Ness worked together to buy and reopen the iconic Cabot Theatre (home to Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company for 35 years) after it was closed for nine months and on the real estate market for 18 months.

After doing a few minor renovations, including painting the lobby and installing a small digital projector, The Cabot reopened in mid-November with several live shows and films on the calendar. But the team behind the purchase of The Cabot has other major renovations in mind.

“We want to transform this 94-year-old, beautiful music palace into a 21st-century performing arts center,” explains Van Ness. The three-year plan—which he says is dependent on community sup- port—will include the installation of digital film and sound equipment; replacing all of the seats on the main floor; making the building ADA compliant so it’s accessible for people with disabilities; renovating the lobby to highlight its largely hidden 1920s features; and adding a restaurant, bar, and retail space.

Van Ness says the aim of the project is to make The Cabot Performing Arts Center the kind of community arts destination that the theatre was in its heyday, before the advent of television.

“It was a place in Beverly that people visited every week,” he says. “It still has been this place of beauty and escape for people. It becomes more than just a building and more than just a business. It becomes part of people’s lives.”

Van Ness sounds confident that the community will continue to sup- port The Cabot as it enters the next phase of its life. And the theatre isn’t the only thing in Beverly that’s being improved and invested in. Mayor Cahill says this spring the city will start Route 1A/Rantoul Street road reconstruction downtown, as well as a Brimbal Avenue/ Sohier Road connector road improvement project. It will also build a new middle school, slated to open in 2018, and continue work on the “re-zoning and thoughtful development of our waterfront,” Cahill says.

“We have so many wonderful assets here, it won’t take as many investments to make that stronger in Beverly,” Van Ness says. “The in- vestments that people are making are going to pay huge dividends to the downtown.”

Courtesy of North Shore Magazine


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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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Alumni News: Alyssa Watters ’07 Chosen as The Arts Fest 2015 Featured Artist

alyssa-1-362x500Montserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has been chosen to be the featured artist at Beverly’s Arts Fest 2015, which will take place June 3 – August 14, hosted by Beverly Main Streets at Endicott College.

Watters is an oil painter/entrepreneur living and working in Beverly. Originally from Ledyard, CT, she moved to Beverly in 2003 to attend Montserrat College of Art, and has been there ever since. She graduated in 2007 and has gone on to create and run her own company, artbyalyssa. As a painter, designer, and entrepreneur Watters is an inspiration to all artists who are established and upcoming. Her work is an excellent representation of the fine art that is created in Beverly. A multi-talented artist, she has been successful not only in the fine arts, but has created her own gift product line that is available for wholesale and retail across the country. Using her original images she creates calendars, coasters, magnets, and cards. Watters recently teamed up with Holly from The Salty Cottage, to share a studio work space at 110 Cabot Street. The pair plans to use the space to produce their products and fulfill orders, meet with clients by appointment and host pop-up shopping events at different times throughout the year. To learn more about what Watters does visit: alyssawatters.com

As The Arts Fest Featured Artist, Watters will be given a prominent space at the Arts Fest Exhibition at the Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, August 14, 2015.
Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon., Closed: July 3.

Watters will be recognized at the opening reception on Friday June 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Her images will be used for promotional materials and she will receive a booth space at the Arts Fest 2015 on Cabot Street on Saturday, June 20. Stop by and see her! Watters and the work that she does in Beverly prove that Beverly is and will continue to be a thriving arts district.

The Arts Fest 2015: Community Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition, open to all artists who live in Beverly, work in Beverly, go to school in Beverly, or have an affiliation with an arts organization in Beverly. Young artists are given the opportunity to exhibit their works alongside professionals.

If you are interested in submitting your work for Arts Fest 2015 Community Art Exhibition, please contact Kathleen Moore, coordinator of visual arts at Endicott College. Her contact information is 978-232-2655 or kmoore@endicott.edu.


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Alumni News: Michael Amaru ’05 Featured in Boston Business Journal

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SenseDriver Technologies, Headquarters: Beverly

Description: This automotive tech startup aims to curb texting and driving with a voice-activated, hands-free display that will debut online and at retailers this summer. The product, called SenseHUD, is a voice-activated, hands-free, transparent and portable display that connects with a mobile app to allow drivers to get information about text messages, navigation and driving speed. SenseHUD will be shipped to customers this summer and retails for $130. The idea for the hands-free display came about in 2010 when SenseDriver Technologies co-founder and Montserrat College of Art alumnus Michael Amaru ’05 was knocked off his motorcycle by a car whose driver was distracted by her phone. Officially founded in late 2013, SenseDriver Technologies is now backed by an undisclosed amount of funding from KICventures, a private equity firm.

Driving innovation in the Bay State by  and Boston Business Journal

Advances in sensors, computer chips, Big Data and speech-recognition technologies are making the world’s automobiles safer, smarter and more user-friendly. By all accounts, the modern car is now a computer on wheels, and more than a few Massachusetts companies are at the forefront of those technological advancements.

 

More than a dozen companies in Massachusetts are working on next-generation technologies for all components of automobiles, from startups such as Cambridge Mobile Telematics, SenseDriver Technologies and Verdeva to established companies such as Agero,Skyworks Solutions and semiconductor maker Analog Devices, which has almost 20 percent of its revenue coming from the automotive sector.

In addition to helping improve audio quality and stability control in vehicles, Norwood-based Analog also has developed sensors that can monitor batteries in electric cars. But the company is looking even farther into the future than the electric car, instead focusing on the next wave of “smart cars.” In a presentation last year to analysts, Analog Devices executive Mark Gill said cars of the future will be far-more interactive with both their drivers and surrounding environments — creating “a future where not only are accidents rare and emissions negligible, but one where we’re challenging the very fundamental concept of driving a car.”

To get there, advancements large and small will need to converge around a handful of focus areas with aims to make cars smarter, safer and impenetrable to thieves, both on the street and behind a computer.

To be sure, the auto industry’s stakeholders are of the opinion that technology has the power to positively influence the way we drive. Even the U.S. Department of Transportationis now advocating for increased communication technologies in cars. Late last year, the department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would be taking steps to mandate cars to communicate with one another, exchanging data such as speed and position to help avoid crashes.

According to one expert, there already are hundreds of millions of lines of code across dozens of processors in a typical car. But those lines of code that aim to make us safer are the same ones that could also cause cars — and their drivers — to be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. in Cambridge is quietly working on finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles as part of a $7 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help better-secure various Internet-connected devices used by the military.

“As attackers target the components in the car the way they target the PC, those classes of attacks on the desktop could wreak havoc on the vehicle,” said Brad Gaynor, the associate director of cyber systems at Draper.

But those aren’t the only ways local companies are infusing technology into cars. Here are a handful of firms that have the most potential to improve the way we drive today and the ways our cars will function in the future.

View full Boston Business Journal article at bizjournals.com.


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Don’t Miss Our Annual Artrageous!29 Auction Party March 28

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

20 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA

A NIGHT OF LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS,
SPECTACULAR FOOD AND MUSIC,
 AND EVERYONE!

6:00PM: THE PARTY & SILENT AUCTION

7:30PM: LIVE AUCTION from the WINDOVER STAGE 

8:30PM: SILENT AUCTION & THE PARTY continues 

WHAT WILL YOU FIND?

For tickets, sponsorships or more information visit

www.auction.montserrat.edu

HONORARY CHAIR: Jack Barnes

President and CEO, People’s United Bank

FEATURED ARTIST: Bill Thompson

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PRESENTING DIAMOND SPONSOR

LEAD SPONSORS

  

Hal & Jodi Hess

HOSTED BY John Drislane and Chuck Thibeault

FOOD AND LIBATIONS Capers Catering
For tickets, sponsorships or more information
visit www.auction.montserrat.edu or call

978.867.9620

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All proceeds directly benefit
financial aid for Montserrat students.

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Montserrat Alumni Host Beverly Comic Con at Porter Mills March 21

CAdyjS-WAAEqqGwMontserrat College of Art alumni John Cardinal ’99, Adam Miller ’00, Andrew Houle ’00 and Michael Crockett ’97 are hosting Beverly Comic Con 2: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier Saturday, March 21, 10 am – 6 pm at Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA.
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Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with featured live artist Markus Sebastiano.

Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics) with more surprise announcements on the way.

Montserrat College of Art, Wicked Art Bar and Tryptic Press will be putting on a killer event of comics, art & pop culture!

Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly. FREE admission. Doors open at 10am.
Beverly Comic Con 2: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier
Saturday, March 21, 10 am – 6 pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA 01915

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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

Montserrat College of Art and Roger Martin
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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6th Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition: March 7

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2015 marks the 21st year that Montserrat College of Art has hosted the 6th Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition. Please join us for the annual Art Competition and Exhibition sponsored by Congressman Seth Moulton and hosted by Montserrat College of Art. The closing reception and award ceremony will take place Saturday, March 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at our 301 Gallery located at 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA and the exhibition will be on view March 5 – 7, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m..

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

GRAND PRIZE
George Andrias, Grade 12, “Bad Hair Day” 
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School  

FIRST PRIZE
Jackson Stewart, Grade 12, “New Money”
Masconomet Regional High School

SECOND PRIZE
Marissa Giampietro, Grade 11, “Ticonderoga”
Bishop Fenwick High School

THIRD PRIZE
Aimee Casavant, Grade 10, “Fading Memories”
Reading Memorial High School

BEST OF SCHOOL

Amesbury High School: Jane Grogan, Grade 11, “First Photo”
Beverly High School: Tessa Duzz, “Life in Death”
Billerica Memorial High School: Isabella Pesina, Grade 11, “America”
Burlington High School: Kevin Cardoso, Grade 12, “Broken Reality”
Danvers High School: Sadie Hofmeester, Grade 10, “Where I Was”
Gloucester High School: Jennifer Palazola, Grade 12, “Silence”
Hamilton-Wenham High: Caroline Mastrianni, Grade 12, “A Chance of Flurries”
Homeschool (GWUOHS): Kaitlyn Fabre, Grade 12, “The Friendship”
Ipswich High School: Jonathan McParland, Grade 12, “Gameboy Gonzo”
Landmark School: Eliza Wildes, Grade 11, “Self Portrait”
Lynn Classical High School: Bedelyn Dabel, Grade 11, “My Spirit Animal”
Lynn English High School: Deyjah Nash, Grade 10, “Untitled”
Lynnfield High School: Renee DelNegro, Grade 11, “City Dreams”
Manchester Essex Regional High School: Aisling Batchelder, Grade 12, “Stages”
Nazareth Academy: Kristen Holland, Grade 11, “Save the Jaguars”
Newburyport High School: Annie Clayton, Grade 11, “Reflection”
Pentucket Regional High School: Angela Cannaelli, Grade 12, “Absorbed”
Pingree School: Abbie Williams, Grade 11, “Red Door Stowe VT”
Rockport High School: Emily Abreu, Grade 11, “Skeleton’s Hands Still Life”
St. John’s Preparatory School: Jack Montesanto, Grade 12, “Lighthouses”
Swampscott High School: Andrew Gladstone, Grade 12, “The Diva”
Triton Regional High School: Nicole Mailhoit, Grade 11, “Self Portrait”
Waring School: Isaac Ogle, Grade 12, “Contingency” 

HONORABLE MENTION

Rachel Carlino, Grade 10, “Pink”      
Burlington High School

Jack Leary, Grade 11, “Flip Flops”
Hamilton Wenham Regional High School

Kelly McNulty, Grade 11, “Bystander”
Lynn Classical High School 

Jeremmy Reyes, Grade 11, “Dry Verdent Coffee Leaves”
Lynn Classical High School

Hannah Thorne, Grade 12, “Medieval Town”
Manchester Essex Regional High School

Nevyana Todorova, Grade 11, “Exposure”
Masconomet Regional High School

Kyla Atwell, Grade 10, “Blue Eye”                                                                          
Nazareth Academy

Victoria Butter, Grade 12, (no title)
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School             

Erik Jeter Jr., Grade 11, “Grief”                                                                    
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School 

Margaret Sweeney, Grade 10, “Fox Transformation”
Reading Memorial High School

The exhibition was juried by Artist Judy Schmid and Artist Lee Essex Doyle. It was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district.

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

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

For more information, visit www.montserrat.edu/news/HS_Congressional.php or feel free to contact elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu

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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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Montserrat Hosts Annual Artrageous!29 Auction Party March 28

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Montserrat College of Art will host its annual Artrageous!29 Auction Party Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. 20 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA.

Artrageous!29 has become the signature spring event on the North Shore. Last year’s event sold out, drew more than 1,000 guests and raised $432,000 to benefit financial aid awards for deserving Montserrat students.

The night offers guests the chance to witness Montserrat’s accomplished students creating artwork in live Art-in-the-Moment stations. There will be more than 250 pieces of art auctioned off for all tastes and budgets donated by faculty, students, staff and alumni of Montserrat, as well as from established and emerging artists from the North Shore to New York to Los Angeles. Artwork includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, mixed media and more. There will also be live music and sumptuous food by Capers Catering.

This year’s honorary chair is Beverly native Jack Barnes, president and CEO of People’s United Bank and the featured artist is internationally known artist Bill Thompson, originally from Ipswich. The lead sponsors are People’s United Bank, Windover Construction, Inc., John Drislane and Chuck Thibeault, Footprint Power, Hal and Jodi Hess, Pinck & Co. and Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC.

For further information about Artrageous!29 tickets and art previews visit auction.montserrat.edu or contact Erin Carter at erin.carter@montserrat.edu, 978-921-4242 x1114.

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President Immerman Named 2015 Business Person of the Year

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0913_immerman1-600We’re excited to announce that Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman has been named as 2015 Business Person of the Year by Beverly Chamber’s Annual Business Awards, on Thursday, February 26, at the Danversport Yacht Club.

Beverly is “a community that knows how to get things done.” – President Steve Immerman

Montserrat College of Art was also nominated as Nonprofit of the Year.

Learn more at www.greaterbeverlychamber.com.

Congratulations, Steve!


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Montserrat College of Art to possibly join Salem State University

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Montserrat College of Art to possibly join Salem State University Both boards agree to exploratory process 

Salem State University President Patricia Maguire Meservey and Montserrat College of Art President Stephen D. Immerman announced this afternoon that the two institutions have entered into a formal discussion regarding the feasibility of Montserrat College of Art joining Salem State University.

In communications with students, faculty and staff on both campuses, Meservey and Immerman revealed that an initial and confidential due diligence process had concluded and that “we are excited by the potentially significant benefits of such an integration.” The boards of trustees on both campuses have agreed to move forward with the next stage of due diligence to determine the feasibility of joining MCA to SSU and to work through the details of such an effort with both campus communities, emphasizing that the goal would be to have a final agreement in place by July 2015. If finalized, it is anticipated that the full implementation will take effect in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Both presidents stated that the reason for publicly announcing this initiative is to “bring both communities into the discussions necessary to more thoroughly consider all implications of this proposal.”

“Montserrat offers a unique brand of arts education for a unique student population,” said Immerman, “however, as a small, private college with less than 400 students, it is challenging to provide the resources needed to maintain and grow the competitive advantages needed for working artists. By joining Salem State, we believe that we can ensure that the Montserrat name and the college’s tradition of excellence and student-centered education will remain available for future generations of aspiring artists and designers.”

“Joining these two institutions would bring together extraordinarily talented faculty and students from both programs,” said Salem State’s Meservey, and “would enhance opportunities for collaboration and expand access to a broader array of artistic and student centered facilities on both Salem and Beverly campuses.” She went on to add that, “this would be a unique academic program on the North Shore, serving students who find their passion in the arts.”

Both presidents acknowledged that there is much more work to be done in assessing the details of such an agreement and stressed that the process is still in the exploratory phase.  Committees comprised of faculty and staff from both campuses will work to evaluate potential benefits and impacts to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of each institution.

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The university enrolls 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 44 states and 61 nations, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  With over 200 veterans currently enrolled, Salem State has been designated a Military Friendly institution by G.I. Jobs, placing it in the top 20% of schools nationwide.

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, with a student population of 385 students. Founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, Montserrat educates the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for teens and adults, and four galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists.

Contact:

Jo Broderick
978.867.9613 (office)
978.590.6443 (cell)
jo.broderick@montserrat.edu

Karen Murray Cady
978.542.7503 (office)
508.523.4524 (cell)
karen.cady@salemstate.edu


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Alumni News: Don Mathias ’98 Featured in “Comically” Speaking Exhibit

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‘Comically Speaking’ shows the humorous side of art

Thursday, February 5, 2015, By Terry Date Staff Writer

As a boy growing up in Andover, the first thing that Don Mathias (’98) would do each day was tear open the newspaper to the comics. Favorites included “Bloom County,” “Peanuts” and “Garfield.”

Today, his online comic strip, “Peanizles,” draws inspiration from them. The urban strip, which has been published by Skope Magazine since 2002, also plays with meta humor, a comic twist tinged with irony. Characters step out of their roles to make light of their presence in a comic strip — an additional layer of humor, an inside joke that everyone is in on.

The 43-year-old freelance illustrator and cartoonist who once published a weekly family comic strip in The Andover Townsman is among five artists who are showing their humor-driven illustrations and drawings in a new exhibit that opened last month at Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

In the years since graduating in 1998, Mathias has been producing a variety of freelance illustration in all aspects of publishing, the film industry and theater. His cartoons and comic strips have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers across the globe.

“Entering Andover,” a family strip, appeared in The Townsman for about 10 years.

Mathias, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration and graphic design from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, is well-acquainted with the Essex Art Center, where he teaches comic illustration, said Sara Hildago, director of the center’s Sidell Gallery.

Hildago said Mathias is successful in presenting the world through children’s eyes in “Peanizles.”

“He reminds me of a kid,” she said.

Mathias said he is good friends with his fellow exhibitors in the Essex Art Center show — David Sullivan, Sage Stossel, Mark Parisi and John Klossner. The artists draw on their lives and observations for inspiration, he said, and their works blend words and graphics in interesting ways, presenting a range of comedic approaches.

Take Stossel, of Cambridge, a cartoonist who recently became a mom. Some of her cartoons reflect on new motherhood, an often frazzling adventure of 24/7 baby care including bouncing, feeding and cleaning. The executive editor of The Atlantic Online, she is showing a mix of work at the exhibit — pieces on parenting, current events and more.

Sullivan, of Dracut, makes caricatures of real people, and tends to be more political, Hidalgo said. His clients include national publications, textbook publishers and Web designers.

Political cartoonists were once a media staple. Sullivan’s work continues the tradition, drawing on local humor and issues and thought-provoking items, Mathias said.

“It’s neat to see somebody be able to do that,” Mathias said.

Parisi, a Gloucester native who now lives in Melrose, does single-panel comedic drawings. His humor is all over the place. His characters are new creations each day. “It’s really good stuff,” Mathias said.

Klossner’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. The Maine resident does fine-line work, New Yorker-style social commentary and technology cartoons.

Mathias said New England is full of cartoonists. It’s a region of creative and independent thinkers ready to push the boundaries of their work. And the exhibit is illustrates that well, he said.

What: “Comically Speaking,” an exhibit of cartoonists’ works

When: Through March 6. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence

More information: Call 978-685-2343 or visit www.essexartcenter.org. For more on Andover artist Don Mathias’ work, visit www.punkrockcartoonist.com.

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Where Creativity Works for Adam Miller ‘00

“It sounds cliché, but my education provided me with a tool box. Once I had that box, it allowed me to go out in the world and fill it with the tools I would need to attempt art as a career.” – Adam Miller ‘00

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Adam Miller ‘00 was the Creative Director for Terminal Press, a new York based comic book publisher. He co-created the ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology in 2009 which became the company’s largest selling title. With other alumni, he is involved in the publication of the Chroma series of art annuals featuring New England’s most talented underground artists. He also works with agencies in the city of Lynn to promote the arts. Recently, he dove back into exhibiting his photography, one of his first loves. His work is a combination of painting, drawing, photography and collage.

Miller is part of Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ SEVEN exhibit where seven artists are invited to draw directly onto the seven walls of Montserrat Gallery over the course of seven weeks. The gallery will act as an open studio over the course of each artist’s week-long residency, students and guests are welcome to come in.

Adam Miller’s SEVEN Reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 7 – 9 pm
Montserrat Galleries, 23 Essex St, Beverly, MA

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Improbable Places Poetry Tour at The Cabot: February 19

2015-01-06 13_21_41-poetry - Windows Photo ViewerThe Improbable Places Poetry Tour will kick off the New Year with a night of poetry in the newly reopened Cabot Theatre. Poetry will take center stage for one night only on Thursday, February 19th, 7 – 9 pm. Opened in 1920 as a dream palace of vaudeville and silent movies, the beautiful Cabot Theatre has recently been renovated. The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot Street, Beverly MA. Learn more at thecabot.org.

What’s this tour all about? It’s Montserrat College of Art’s way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme is selected. The last tour stop was at the recently decommissioned and iconic Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA, built in the 1950′s.The massive turbines were quiet, but poetry spoke loudly to the power of work and the work of power.

An Iconic Theatre, huh?  That’s right, folks. Poetry is on the marquee. We are seeking poems in any style that speak to the rich history of the Cabot. We also want movie poems, from blockbusters to cult classics. And poems about magic! Disappearing acts and gold capes. Someone must have a villanelle about buttery popcorn and Snow Caps. We promise a night of magic and drama.

I’ve got a great poem about The Princess Bride. Can I read it on the stage?  We are accepting submissions via email at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu and in the Writing Studio, located at 248 Cabot Street, Montserrat College of Art. The deadline is Monday, February 16th. We’d love to read your work!  

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Sure! The event is free and open to the public.  The concession stand will have all your favorites for sale and gift certificates to the theatre will be available to purchase. Come to applaud poetry and support the return of The Cabot.

Wait! I still have questions. Just ask Colleen Michaels, Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director. She’s at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu.

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Alumni News: Ashley Brown ’07 Designs Banners for Urban Outfitters

Dreamers + Doers: Secret Holiday

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Initially, Montserrat College of Art alumna Ashley Brown ’07, owner Secret Holiday & Co., created work for self-assurance, “a reminder to keep moving forward.” The Massachusetts-based designer today makes a series of minimal yet historically-informed pennant banners inspired by the Woman’s Suffrage Movement emblazoned with reminders of affirmation — “It’s Ok,” “Wild and Free,” “Let It Go.” This January, Urban Outfitters (UO) collaborated with Ashley on a series of exclusive banners. They caught up with her as a part of UO Dreamers + Doers series, which explores the stories of inspiring artists, designers and makers who are doing things their own way. Read on for a look at her studio and to hear more of how she turned her love of DIY art and traditional craft into a full-fledged business.

Can you share more about your background? How did you get started sewing and making things with your hands and how did that evolve into Secret Holiday?

I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. My mother taught me how to quilt at an early age, and I was a pretty serious painter in high school. I ended up at Montserrat College of Art where I worked in lots of mediums and used my crafting skills in nearly everything I made. I began a love affair with fine art and DIY culture. My work was very conceptual, dealing with personal themes and a strong feminist perspective. I began making and selling tiny stuffed creatures in 2005 as a way to sort of balance out the heavy emotions that came from my “real work.” I called these creatures Fern Animals, and they launched my career via Etsy and the indie craft scene nearly immediately. Secret Holiday followed a few years later as I refined my aesthetic and purpose.

Can you remember when your “ah ha” moment was for the concept of making the banners?

I created the very first “It’s OK” banner for myself, because I needed the reassurance. I was working multiple jobs at the time, and never seemed to have enough free time to bring all my ideas to fruition. I was looking at a lot of imagery from the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, and was especially interested in the handwork involved behind the scenes. Not only were these women fighting for their rights, but they were also creating by hand every sash worn, every banner carried. I was moved by that thought alone. The time spent stitching each letter on an object that would move people to think, to act. I knew I wanted to work with this idea somehow (I actually intended to make affirmation quilts). Very early into this project I stumbled upon a couple other artists using affirmations in wall hangings and I began to feel defeated before I even got started, even though their work was nothing like what I wanted to make. It’s so easy to fall into that trap with the Internet. So I created the “It’s OK” banner to remind myself to keep moving forward. To make my own work, my own way. I never expected to be making that same Affirmation Banner five years later!

Is Secret Holiday your full-time job? What were you doing before this? 

Yes, Secret Holiday is my full time job. Most mornings I still have to pinch myself when I remember I don’t have to go work for someone else. I started doing SH&Co full time in September of 2013. Before that I had lots of different jobs, often multiple jobs at the same time. My husband is also an artist, so we’ve taken turns for the past number of years, one working more at a “job-job” while the other focused on their art, and then trading off. I’ve worked at a candy store, a grocery store, an online fabric retailer, a catering company, and most often as a nanny. Working as artists has always been our top priority, so neither of us has sought out anything that would take away from our art-making. We were pretty poor for many years because of this, but it’s all been totally worth it for us.

How long does it take you to make one of the banners? What all goes into the process of putting one together? 

It takes so long! It’s definitely gotten quicker after having now made nearly 2000, but there are a lot of steps involved. Each banner starts with hand-cutting the letters, laying out the banners (cutting the shape, placing the letters), machine-stitching the text, sewing on the backing, ironing right-side-out, sewing a hem, hand-sanding and staining a dowel, adding the dowel and twine for hanging, and finally, trimming loose threads and cleaning up with a lint roller. Oh, and hand stamping and numbering a hangtag. There are many steps involved in each and every banner made, but every detail is important.

Can you walk us through a typical day in your life? 

Most days are about production. We’ve been pretty busy the past few months working on holiday orders, and a two very large wholesale orders, so we typically have multiple piles of banners going at a time. I tend to work late into the night, so I usually to get to the studio around 11am. I’ll start by laying out a stack of banners with any new letters I’d cut the night before. When my assistant Kaly comes in, she sets right to work stitching the letters on (she’s a real champion and can sew the same thing for hours!) We’ve fallen into a pretty good routine, rotating around the large studio table from stack to stack, sewing, ironing, finishing, repeat. When I get home in the evening, I usually end up cutting letters for a few hours, in preparation for the next day. Somewhere in there I also find time to pack orders and respond to emails.

Do you have any other creative projects in the works, or ideas you’re looking forward to acting on in 2015?

I have so many projects I want to work on! I’ve always loved quilting and really need to find time to make quilts again. I have a ton of banner scraps that I’ve begun dyeing with natural indigo. I’m looking forward to working those into a quilt or two, and making pouches. I also want to work on expanding my shop to include more goods, possibly some work by close friends and fellow artists. I’ve got big plans for 2015.

Can you share more about the special pieces you made for UO? 

I was really excited when UO approached me about collaborating. I knew immediately that I wanted to create something youthful and romantic. Since most of my designs are created solely by me, it was a lot of fun to be sent a mood board and have the input of a whole design team. I’m excited to see the rooms these banners end up in!

What are some of the challenges of running your own business? What are the best parts?

Maybe my biggest challenge right now: letting go enough to grow. I think I really like doing things the hard way sometimes, like continuing to hand-write the address on each outgoing package. It takes a lot longer than printing out a label, but I feel more connected to each customer that way, and it feels more personal. And if someone emails to enquire about their package, I can specifically remember packing it up myself, no matter how many other orders I’d packed that same day because I took the time to write out their name. I’m sure it won’t always stay like this, and I’m sure that time could be better spent doing a different job, but I like my system for now. It’s pretty amazing to start a business from nothing, learn as you go, and then suddenly step back and look at all that has changed and progressed. And take note of the funny things you still do in exactly the same way.

Can you offer some advice for other young entrepreneurs looking to create and sell their own work? 

Make something you believe in. Don’t just make stuff you think people will buy. It won’t work (at least not for the long haul). You have to create something you can stand behind 100 percent. Something that is uniquely yours and made to the best of your ability. Be willing to start off slow, find the best materials, learn the best techniques, be willing to even fail a little, but don’t let that get you down. I was making banners for years before they really caught on. One day I just decided it was time to quit my other jobs and go for it; throw myself into it completely. I took the risk and it worked! I guess I’m pretty superstitious, but I kinda think no one took me seriously until I took myself seriously. If you really want it, you just have make it happen.

Your work is ALL OVER the Internet! It’s awesome! Can you share any stories that stand out about when you’ve seen your work in other people’s homes, or when you’ve been surprised or excited by where your work has turned up?

It is awesome seeing my work everywhere! I feel incredibly honored to have my banners hanging in so many homes around the world. I could list a few popular blogs I’ve been excited to see my banners pop up on, but honestly, I get just as excited when an ordinary, everyday person posts a photo to Instagram and tags me in it. I love seeing all the different spaces my work can occupy, but most of all I love the captions that often accompany the photos. It makes me feel so good about what I do when I receive messages saying how a simple wallhanging brought peace of mind to a stranger. I get emails like this all the time too and it’s amazing. Someone will contact me wanting to purchase a “Be Brave” banner for a close friend who’s been going through a tough time, or a mother wants to hang an “It’s Ok” banner above their baby’s crib. It reaffirms all of my reasons for doing what I do. It makes all the long hours of cutting and sewing so very worth it.

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Where Creativity Works for Cory Wasnewsky ‘14

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“Montserrat attracted me with its small size, yet big possibilities.”

Cory Wasnewsky ‘14 had no idea that his internship at Hatch Show Print would turn into his first job only a few months after graduating in May 2014 with a focus in Book Arts. As a student, “there was always a running joke that I lived in the [Montserrat] printmaking basement,” he said.

A year after completing a highly competitive two month internship in the summer of 2013, the Hatch Show Print manager offered him a job as a production designer and printer. Hatch Show Print is a 136-year-old printing company in Nashville, TN, and is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. They created many of the posters of great jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll entertainers like Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

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Illustration Theme Show: Shakespeare

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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., Feb. 4, 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

Poster by Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member David Ferreira

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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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Montserrat Welcomes Director of the Studio for Experiential Learning, Kate Luchini

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Montserrat College of Art has appointed Kate Luchini, formerly of the Lynn Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, as the director of StudioXL, Studio for Experiential Learning. This position is grant funded for two years, during which time Luchini, with guidance from an advisory group, will build the academic programming, community relationships and financial support.

According to Montserrat’s Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli, “Kate impressed the search committee with her entrepreneurial spirit and vision for StudioXL, and with her strong record of accomplishment at PEM and the Lynn Museum; both involved work in experiential learning, building community partnerships and fundraising.  Kate’s familiarity with the North Shore will be an asset as well.”

The generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation recognized 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 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.


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North Shore Game Jam @ Montserrat Jan. 23 – 25, 2015

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Instead of playing games all weekend MAKE GAMES at the North Shore Game Jam hosted by Montserrat!

Montserrat College of Art is hosting the 1st ever North Shore Game Jam in conjunction with the Global Game JamThe 32 hour weekend event (sleep encouraged from midnight to 9am Friday and Saturday nights) will take place from 5pm Friday, January 23rd thru 7pm Sunday, January 25th, 2015 on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the Hardie Building at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly.

All levels of game developers are welcome from the merely curious to the very experienced. You don’t need to have designed a game before and you don’t need to like programming. Various assets and skills are essential like writing, art, animation, sound, and level design. Teams need a mix of people with various backgrounds and experience. You can come to the jam with your team in place or we will help you find a team to work with based on your particular skills and interests. 

There will be time to work on homework in-between game development sprints.

Learn more @ nsgamejam.com or contact blyth.hazen@montserrat.edu

Global Game Jam is the premier annual game creation event that fosters the development of innovative game concepts and promotes international collaboration and teamwork. GGJ brings together thousands of game development enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world on a single weekend. GGJ has proven itself to be an incubator for creative experiments and new start-ups. Some of the successes have included games being published and exciting collaboration opportunities for participants.

Entrance Fee: None, this event is free and open to the public

The schedule for the event:

Friday, Jan. 23, 5 pm – midnight
     Intro – Info Sessions group creation
     Keynote Speaker Joe Mirabello @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 am – midnight
    Workday
Sunday, Jan., 25, 10 am – 7 pm
   Workday, Wrap-up & Presentations start @ 3pm

Who Can Participate: Pe-registration required for off campus participants, space priority given to students and alumni, Must be 18+

Learn more @ eventbrite.com/e/north-shore-game-jam-2015

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Keynote: Joe Mirabello started making game art in 1996 by making custom levels in DFuse for Dark Forces and now he makes game art for a living. He’s contributed to five shipped titles, indie games, mass market novels, and Smithsonian documentaries. Joe has given lectures at colleges, moderated industry forums, spoken on industry panels, and written online tutorials. He recently wrote a novel, called the Armpit of Evil, which you can read a preview of and/or purchase here. Currently Joe is working on an indie game called Tower of Guns, which you can follow the development of here.


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Alumni News: Taylor Clough ’14 & Sarah Krizon ’13 Exhibit at Mingo Gallery

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Montserrat College of Art alumnae Taylor Clough ’14 and Sarah Krizon ’13 are exhibiting at Mingo Gallery this winter in their very own show, HEAVY STILL: New work by Taylor Clough & Sarah Krizon. Please show your support and stop by for the Opening Reception Saturday, January 24, 5 – 8 pm. This exhibit is not one to be missed! HEAVY STILL will remain on view January 13 – February 21.

Taylor Clough graduated with a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2014. Taylor’s painting, “Couch” was a top seller in last year’s Artrageous!28 live auction. She currently creates acrylic paintings that explore bold colors, shape and space through recognizable objects and interiors. Each painting goes through its own intimate process of combining representation and abstraction, but they all share a physicality of paint and moments of reflection.

Sarah Krizon graduated with a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2013. One of Sarah’s works on paper started an infamous bidding war in the Artrageous!26 live auction. She now creates works that depict figurative scenes with both oil paint and drawn charcoal line. Her narratives are painted, erased and re-drawn to create a sense of movement across the canvas.

Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing
284 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
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SEVEN |||: A Performative Drawing Project Returns

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 AUGUST VENTIMIGLIA | KENJI NAKAYAMA | SAMANTHA FIELDS | CHRISTOPHER MIR | ADAM MILLER | MARK HOFFMANN | NADIA WESTCOTT

Montserrat College of Art Galleries has invited seven artists to draw directly onto the seven walls of Montserrat Gallery over the course of seven weeks. Highlighting the ways the artists’ bodies and gestures activate the gallery space, this project celebrates the performative aspects of drawing and the individual nature of each artist’s process. SEVEN challenges traditional definitions of drawing, inviting artists of to mark-make in a variety of disciplines including performance, video and textile.

The gallery will act as an open studio over the course of each artist’s week-long residency, students and guests are welcome to come in.

January 12 – 16: August Ventimiglia
Opening Reception Friday, January 16, 7 – 9 pm

January 19 – 23: Kenji Nakayama
Opening Reception Friday, January 23, 7 – 9 pm

January 26 – 30: Samantha Fields
Opening Reception Friday, January 30, 7 – 9 pm

February 2 – 6: Christopher Mir
Opening Reception Friday, February 6, 7 – 9 pm

February 9 – 13: Adam Miller
Opening Reception Friday, February 13, 7 – 9 pm

February 16 – 20: Mark Hoffmann
Opening Reception Friday, January 20, 7 – 9 pm

February 23 – 27: Nadia Westcott
Opening Reception Thursday, February 26, 7 – 9 pm

Montserrat Galleries
23 Essex St, Beverly, MA

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2015 Alumni Show & Founders Exhibition Weekend Jan. 17 & 18

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ANNUAL ALUMNI SHOW

Montserrat College of Art’s Annual Alumni Show will open with a public reception on Sat., Jan. 17 from 4-7 pm in the 301 Cabot St. Gallery. The show will be on exhibit through Jan. 21, 2015.

The exhibition features works of art created by more than fifty alumni. From recently graduated to established artists and curators; the alumni featured find themselves in various stages of their careers, looking towards the future. This multi-disciplinary exhibition is a reunion of sorts, bringing alumni of all ages and from all across the country together to bond over shared experiences as artists.

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Heather Rose Anair ’06, Christine April ’14, Andrew Bablo ’07, Michelle Behre ’14, Clara Bohen ’11, Paula Borsetti ’97, Peter Brefini ’07, Erika Buschmann ’07, Brian Call ’85, Kathryn Chalmers ’04, Mori Clark ’12, Alyssa Coffin ’14, Alex Comfort ’13, Dan DeRosato ’14, Joe Lovasco ’07, Michael Concepcion Velez ’14, Sara Benson ’13, Kevin Duffy ’77, Richard Dolan ’09, Loren Doucette ’13, Suzy Evans ’13, Rosy Farnan ’11, Michael Fletcher ’91, Emma Johnson ’05, George Frary III ’00, Aubrey Gauthier ’14, Ania Gruca ’14, Kate Guillette ’03, Alex Gurney ’14, Amanda Halsdorff ’07, Jill Hedrick ’14, Molly Hoisington ’05, Andrew Houle ’00, Nicole Kircher ’01, Brett Mason ’12, Meg Mason ’74, Tammy Picone Nohelty ’92, Anthony Palocci Jr. ’09, Richard Pawlak ’81, Kristine Roan ’11, Rachel Schmidt ’01, Meaghan Sorce ’07, Janet Souza ’01, Benjamin Stebbings ’07, Christopher Stepler ’09, Chelsea Stewart ’14, Larissa Tapler ’13, Dorothy Tribeman ’07, Haley Vessey ’14, Cory Wasnewsky ’14, Cynthia Woehrle ’93, Alyssa Watters ’07, Martha Stone ’80, Olivia Boi ’13.

Above photos by Michelle Behre, Class of 2014

The following day, an opening reception will be held for a Montserrat College of Art Founders Exhibition at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, Sunday, Jan. 18, 10 am to noon. Each of the college’s founders will be represented in this exhibit. The public is welcome.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present a special Montserrat College of Art Founders Exhibition honoring the work of its founding faculty. This show, comprising a wide variety of approaches includes the paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and photography of its eight founders (six now deceased). These noted New England artists, most of whom called Cape Ann their home, include: painters Oliver Balf, George Gabin, Joseph Jeswald, and Roger Martin; sculptor Ray Pisano; mixed media artists Paul Scott and Dennis Sweeney; and photographer Vincent Varvaro.

This is a rare opportunity to experience the widely lauded work of these extraordinary artists and teachers whose creative vision included founding an institution dedicated to cultivating emerging young artists whose work may celebrate the visual arts for generations to come. All are invited. Admission, refreshments and nearby parking are free.

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Montserrat’s Founders Exhibit at Rocky Neck: Jan. 18, 2015

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Montserrat College of Art is an institution known as a place of inspiration, respect and encouragement where students can simultaneously develop their talents and achieve their visions of the future. Founded in the late sixties by eight bold-thinking artists, Montserrat was a new kind of art school that focused not only on the arts, but on the individual needs of each student as well. It was the combination of these two factors that, during a time of questioning the status quo and seeking new solutions, made the school revolutionary. As part of Montserrat College of Art’s Alumni Weekend, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to host a special Founders Exhibit to honor the work of the founding faculty.

This show, comprising a wide variety of approaches includes the paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and photography of its eight founders (six now deceased). These noted New England artists, most of whom called Cape Ann their home, include: painters Oliver BalfGeorge GabinJoseph Jeswald and Roger Martinsculptor Ray Pisano; mixed media artists Paul Scott and Dennis Sweeney; and photographer Vincent Varvaro. This is a rare opportunity to experience the widely lauded work of these extraordinary artists and teachers whose creative vision included founding an institution dedicated to cultivating emerging young artists whose work may celebrate the visual arts for generations to come. 

Montserrat College of Art Founders Exhibition will open with a reception on Sunday, Jan. 18, 10 am – noon, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA. All are invited. Admission, refreshments and nearby parking are free. The exhibit will remain on view through Jan. 25.

Learn more about Montserrat’s Founding Faculty @ www.montserrat.edu/about/history

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Where Creativity Works for Alyssa Watters ’07

alyssa 1“The skills I learned and developed at Montserrat were the start of a great career path for me. I developed my own aesthetic, which became my brand, but also learned the basics of entrepreneurship, and now my business sells in gift shops in seven states.”

Alyssa Watters ‘07 is the definition of an entrepreneurial artist. She has been running her own company, artbyalyssa, in Beverly, since 2008. She contacts shops throughout the country to wholesale her products, attends craft fairs, runs her own solo fairs and art shows, along with the day-to-day business responsibilities. Since graduating, Watters has managed a stationary and gift shop in Hamilton, where she designed many of their print products. After working there for more than three years, she decided to combine her ‘real life’ education with the knowledge she gained from Montserrat, to create her own business, alyssawatters.com.

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Montserrat Commencement Speakers Exhibit at MOMA

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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.


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Where Creativity Works for Jeremy Schmidt ’03

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“Today I use the skills I honed at Montserrat to think creatively when problem solving and to appreciate how many different viewpoints people in my industry have.” 

Originally from Elmira New York, Jeremy Schmidt ’03 lives in Lynn with his girlfriend Katherine, their rabbit named Salem and their pug Hermione. Schmidt received his BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 with a concentration in Sculpture. After spending five years managing the water and sewer departments in Chelsea, he became an Assistant Operations and Maintenance Manager at the environmental consulting firm Weston and Sampson.

Most of Schmidt’s time is spent working pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell, but in his spare time he decorates his house by turning old vending machines into works of art. “I like to take non-traditional objects and rework them to turn them into something functional for the home,” said Schmidt 

“Over the years my work has gone from the abstract to more towards functionality. The work I created at Montserrat gave me a launching off point creativity-wise to be where I am today.” After finishing his MBA Schmidt plans to open a tattoo business in the North Shore area.

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

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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.

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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


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

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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.

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Photo Cred: Terry Slater


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Freshman Experience Exhibit Opening December 5

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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


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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!
  

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Montserrat Trustee Olivia Parker to Exhibit at Robert Klein Gallery

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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.


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