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

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

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

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

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

Could you tell me about your background?

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

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Did you always want to be an artist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have any advice for aspiring painters?

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

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

The Portrait Project: A Lifetime of Art

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

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

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

Artists include:

College StudentsDaniel Stone and Massiel Grullon from Montserrat College of Art

Accomplished ArtistsDan McColePaul GoodnightJanet Monafo and Master Artist Arthur Polonsky

Emerging ArtistsKate True and Percy Fortini-Wright

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

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

Beginner ArtistsNusayba McAllister and Gabriella Kenney from community organization Dot Art

Learn more at massconvention.com


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Montserrat Students Exhibit at Crane Estate November 8

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

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

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

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

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


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Montserrat Awarded Interdisciplinary Learning Method Grant from Davis Educational Foundation

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

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

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

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

1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

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

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

2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

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

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

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

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

More collaborations are being planned for future semesters.

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


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Montserrat’s Fall Open House: October 25

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

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

2014 EARLY ACTION COMPLETION DAY
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Montserrat Students Exhibit Revisits Summer Abroad Trip to Italy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Public Artist Talk: D’hana Perry

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

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

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D’hana Perry LOOSE Performance

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Montserrat Highlighted in Boston Globe Article on Historic Beverly

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The Beverly without the hills, a presidential pick

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright | OCTOBER 07, 2014

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

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

During the Day

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

At Night

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

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


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Montserrat Community at 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Kaitlyn Assmann ’15


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Additional information at marbleheadarts.org 781.631.2608

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

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

Round-table discussion highlights GOP candidates’ views 

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

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

Danvers has been grappling with the issue for several years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Alumni Featured at MINE ART! Gallery in Newington, CT

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

PREPARING FOR ART: A Conversation with Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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Library News: Artists’ Books Reading Room Sep. 25

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Montserrat College of Art’s Book Rats presents:

Artists’ Books Reading Room

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

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

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

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Creative Economy Event on Space – Sept. 17

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

Speakers:

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

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

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

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

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

For questions, contact Jo.Broderick@montserrat.ed

 

 

Student News: Dino Rowan Traite ’16 Participates in AICAD Mobility Program

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Current student Dino Rowan Traite ’16 is in his third year of studying Photography at Montserrat College of Art. He is currently taking classes at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, through Montserrat’s AICAD Mobility Program, available to Montserrat juniors. During the Mobility Program, students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying at another school for no additional cost of tuition. This enables students to utilize the unique opportunities available to them at Montserrat.

Before Traite began his Mobility Program in Florida, he had recently returned from spending the summer semester in Viterbo, Italy through Montserrat’s Study Abroad Program.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunities that are available to me at Montserrat,” said Traite. “And I hope that whatever I learn at Ringling, I can bring back and contribute into the Montserrat community.” 

At the end of the Spring Semester, Prof. Ron DiRito and Prof. Ethan Berry suggested that Traie start a travel blog, and so he did! He will be continuing to update this blog as he continues his studies: deemo-the-distance.tumblr.com

Above Photo: Traite took this photo with his phone looking over the Ringling campus from his dorm room.


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Alumni News: Melissa Silveira Guimaraes ’03 Hosts Family Paint Party

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Alumna Melissa Silveira Guimaraes ’03 is a Peabody resident who graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a major in Illustration and Minor in Art Education in 2003. By September 2004, she was teaching visual arts at Peabody High School, the same high school she graduated from, and has been teaching there ever since. She is currently enrolled at Salem State University and has almost completed her Masters in the Art of Teaching with a concentration in Visual Arts.

Guimaraes has started a traveling paint party business, Melissa’s Budding Artists, that focuses on kids and teens. She throws parties hosted by local family-friendly venues and offer private parties, too. While she’ll be focusing on Budding Artists, kids and teens, she welcome and encourage artists of all ages to create!

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Alumni Featured in CHROMA VOL 2

FIRST THURSDAY AT PORTER MILL:
CHROMA: VOL 2 BOOK SIGNING
SEPTEMBER 4TH, 5 – 8PM

Porter Mill and Tryptic Press will be hosting a special book signing on September 4th to celebrate the long-awaited release of CHROMA: VOL 2! For one night only, CHROMA 1 & 2 will both be available to purchase, and featured artists from each volume will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public, as a part of Porter Mill’s monthly First Thursday series.

The book, released in August 2014, is the second collection of exclusive artist interviews released by Tryptic Press. Featured Volume 2 artists who will be appearing at this event include Tom Torrey, Amanda Beard, Bob Packert, Meghann Brideau and Forrest James. Several artists featured in Volume 1 will also be present, including Andrew Houle ’00, John Cardinal ’99, Michael Crockett ’97, Adam Miller ’00 and Emily Dumas.

The signing will take place at the Porter Mill Gallery located at 95 Rantoul St, Beverly MA, between 5 and 8 pm. During this time, the art studio building will also be open to the public.

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More info about Tryptic Press and CHROMA can be found on www.TrypticPress.com.
For more information about this or other events at Porter Mill, visit www.PorterMill.com or email studios.portermill@gmail.com

3D-ThomasAndTheTigerTurtleAlumnus John Cardinal ’99 also had a new children’s book come out recently from Evolved PublishingThomas and the Tiger-Turtle.

When Thomas finds a talking turtle in his yard, he’s amazed and surprised—especially when the turtle insists, “I’m not a turtle. I’m a tiger!” After a visit to the zoo and a fun chase, the turtle—or is it a tiger?—discovers an important truth and makes a fast friend.

 


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Gallery News: Frame 301 Artist Destiny Palmer

imageMontserrat Galleries would like to welcome Boston-area artist Destiny Palmer to our Frame 301 Gallery! Her installation “Day and Night: Part 4 of Continuous” will be on view on Cabot Street through Friday, September 26th.

Destiny Palmer is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Palmer is also the co-founder of Traditions Remixed, an artist collective that creates a supportive community for young artists, especially artists of color, by encouraging collaboration and networking. She has been in numerous group exhibitions in the area: Boston City Hall, Hancock 309 Gallery in Dorchester, Piano Factory Gallery in Boston, among others. Palmer has permanent collections and installations at The Whittier Health Center and Lincoln Property Company. Currently, Palmer is an adjunct faculty member at Boston Arts Academy. 


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

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

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

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

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


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Faculty News: Charles Boyer Wins AWP Award

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

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

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


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Faculty News: Erin Dionne Events for New Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alumni News: Ania Gruca ’14 Exhibits in Cambridge and Installation in Beverly this August

10288791_771893982842951_8437525993586821886_nAlumna Ania Gruca ’14 will be in a group show at gallery 263 in Cambridge called folk which is up till the end of August. She is also doing an installation for the Ellis Square Performance Series on Friday, August 22 at 7pm on Cabot Street in Beverly. She will be playing with fellow band so sól.

Learn more here: www.gallery263.com/artist.php

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The Bear Gallery Announces Japan 2014 Exhibit

Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery is happy to announce their first show of the upcoming school year!

The reception for Japan 2014 will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at 248 Cabot Street, Beverly on the second floor.

Japan 2014 is an exhibit of work from the students who took part in the school trip to Niigata, Japan this past summer. Woodblock prints and sketchbooks will be on show. This work reflects their time and experiences while there.

Please drop by and see the work and the rehabbed space. Questions can be directed to: len.thomas-vickory@montserrat.edu

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North Shore Colleges To Offer Programs for Developmentally Disabled

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Applications Now Being Accepted for College & Career Access Project Benefiting Young Adults With Intellectual, Developmental And Learning Disabilities

Slots are still available in the new College & Career Access Project (CCAP), a collaborative effort of North Shore Community College and Northeast Arc, made possible by a grant from The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

CCAP, launching this September, is designed to prepare young adults (18 to 26 years old) with developmental, intellectual or learning disabilities for careers in specific fields.  This new program will provide the necessary educational and hands-on practical experience that will assist people in securing jobs in their chosen pathways by the end of the year.  The successful student will have a definite advantage entering the work force.

“Through surveys, meetings and feedback from students, their families and staff, and evaluating the current workforce needs, three pathways of Horticulture, Canine and Feline Care and Arts/Entrepreneurship were selected,” said Lea Hill, CCAP Coordinator, North Shore Community College.  “Each of these has many possibilities for employment, and for the entrepreneur, each of these tracks can provide the skills to go out and create specialized business opportunities.”

Applicants must have a documented developmental, intellectual or learning disability and be ready for the challenge of the non-credit college program. They also should be comfortable being independent on a college campus and interested in work experience.  CCAP students take three classes specific to their chosen field and an internship seminar each semester.  The classroom experience includes syllabi, textbooks, homework assignments and projects.

In addition, CCAP connects students to the workplace through a structured internship in the student’s field of study for eight hours per week, on-site support that fades to independent work over the course of the year, and an internship seminar.  Students will receive support throughout the program to meet the academic and workplace expectations.

Choosing the Horticulture track may lead to a job working as a landscaper, at a nursery, a garden center or on a farm.  This track is also the perfect stepping stone for someone wanting to work at a florist or at one of the many industrial complexes in the area that hire people to take care of their indoor plantings.

The Animal Care track opens the door for someone looking to work at a doggie day care, a grooming center or a veterinarian office.  For the entrepreneur who loves animals, the dog walking business can be very profitable as well!

The Arts Based track is equally expansive.  Students will be exposed to a variety of mediums, such as paint, pottery, and chair caning, focusing on the fundamentals of art and has classwork that will introduce basic accounting principles, on-line marketing and the use of social media.  Montserrat College of Art in Beverly is a partner for this track.

“The North Shore is rich in opportunities for a person who wants to go out on their own, or be employed by one of the many businesses involved with the local creative economy,” said Tim Brown, Director of Day Services, Northeast Arc.  “Instructors working with the students will not only focus on assisting them in improving their own preferred medium, but also in finding paid employment that will complement their skills and abilities.  The North Shore is rich with opportunities for people to become employed within businesses that pair nicely with the skills this curriculum will offer.” 

“We live in an area filled with museums, galleries and historical places that have needs for employees,” added Brown.  “There are commercial potters, glass blowers, furniture makers, restorers and repair specialists.  There are opportunities for matters and framers, a skill that is in high demand.  Media, marketing, and web design are also growing industries in the area that require employees with a variety of skills and talents to succeed.” 

The Creative Economy Association of the North Shore, which is based at Montserrat College of Art, reports that the creative economy represents about 10-12% of private employment on the North Shore, representing 2,200 businesses and 20,000 employees.  The creative economy generates $3 billion in sales.  These statistics continue to increase each year and demonstrate the need to have a workforce prepared and ready to support this ever growing sector.

CCAP is a noncredit, tuition based program.  Scholarship assistance is available.  Interested students should act now.  For more information and to apply for admission to the College and Career Access Project, please visitwww.northshore.edu/ccap. Employers interested in providing internships for CCAP participants please contact Dylan Girard at 978 624-3062.


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Montserrat Gallery Artist in Residence: Nathan Miner

Closing Reception: Thu., Aug. 14, 6-8pm

This summer Boston-based artist Nathan Miner has been the artist-in-residence at the Montserrat Gallery for a major solo-exhibition: The Long Now. Over the course of the past two months, Miner has used the main gallery as his studio, creating two new large experimental paintings and exhibiting five previously completed large-scale works. The Long Now featured in The Boston Globe and The Salem News.

Miner’s work is concerned with subjective studies of time, materials and sensory properties, known as phenomenological experience.  At the moment, digital interconnectedness has radically shifted how the world is viewed. Miner’s work counteracts the fast pace of contemporary life necessitating slower optical engagement. The artist’s process supports the idea of slowing down and making decisions that reflect and respond to careful observation.

 * Open Studio Gallery Hours: Tue., Wed., Thu.: 10 am – 6 pm, Sat.: 1 – 5 pm

For more information, please visit: www.montserrat.edu/galleries

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Children’s Friend and Family Services Visit Montserrat

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Summer Immersive Faculty & Students Exhibit at Marblehead Arts Association

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Faculty News: Wilber Blair and Elizabeth Alexander

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

 

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

 

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

Congratulations, Wilbur and Elizabeth!


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Art Connection Update: Northeast Arc Mural

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Last Saturday, alumna Bea Modisett ’07 and assistant Morgan Dyer ’13 (shown above) completed their series of murals at Northeast Arc. They have been working on the ‘Mother Mural’ in the kitchen of the Meridian Day Habilitation program of Northeast Arc and the ‘Offspring Murals’ in two other locations throughout the building, for the last several weeks.

On July 8, Modisett and Dyer worked with clients of Northeast Arc on the main ‘Mother Mural’ throughout the morning and early afternoon. The clients participated in the mural’s creation in smaller groups, so that it was an intimate experience and more clients could be involved in the project.

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Art Connection Update: Zen Rock Garden

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

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

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

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Montserrat Gallery Wins BONS 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Art Gallery

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Montserrat Gallery has won North Shore Magazine‘s Readers’ Choice BONS 2014 Award for Best Art Gallery on the North Shore! (See page 186 in the August 2014 Issue of Northshore Magazine!)


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Well Known Mexican Artist Jorge Obregón Takes Summer Immersive Class at Montserrat

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Well known artist in Mexico and several other countries, Jorge Obregón, was one of the students in nationally recognized leading realist painter George Nick‘s Plein Air class during Montserrat College of Art’s Summer Immersive Program this year. He paints landscapes and travels the world painting volcanos.

Here are some photos taken by both Jorge Obregón and Montserrat’s Directive of Interactive Design Terry Slater documenting some of the artwork he created during his time at Montserrat this July.

Learn more about his work here: jorgeobregon.com.mx

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Here are the eight oil paintings he created from the week-long course he took at Montserrat College of Art’s Summer Immersive Program.


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Alumni News: Rebecca Skrabely ’13 Lands Teaching Job in Enfield

2014-07-14 14_33_15-Crayons to Acrylics_ Art Education Thesis ShowAlumna Rebecca Skrabely ’13 is officially a teacher in the Enfield Public Schools System! She will be teaching at the middle school at John F Kennedy, grades 7th and 8th.
“I have to say that finding and landing a long term substitute position was the best thing that has happened to me and I landed my foot in the doors of a great opportunity. The school year ended in late June and I packed up the classroom I was teaching in, but leaving my belongings behind, in hopes that they would hire me as a contracted teacher and luckily they did! …I’m so thankful for this opportunity and to be a part of this school system, especially Enfield’s Visual Arts Department. I’m 1 of 3 new hires in the Visual Arts Department in Enfield, so changes are happening and that is exciting!” - Skrabely 
(In above photo: Rebecca Skrabely ’13 and the Chair of our Art Education Assoc. Prof. & Rébecca Bourgault, EdD. at Crayons to Acrylics: Art Education Thesis Show in 2013 where our Practicum students presented the artworks of their students and celebrated the completion of their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure requirements. - See more photos here!)
This summer, Skrabely is working as an Art Specialist at a summer camp in Longmeadow, MA which she has found to be extremely rewarding being able to work with younger children, ages 4 – 10. In August, she will begin to plan her lessons, make the classroom her own and meet her new students come this fall!
“I’m extremely excited for this upcoming fall, feel accomplished, proud and can’t wait to start my teaching career!” - Skrabely 

Congratulations, 

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Summer Immersive Workshops 2014

What a great few weeks it has been for our Summer Immersive program (June 16 – July 11)! From painting and fiber arts to comics and book arts, our diverse summer immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry.

Here are some highlights!

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Plein Air with George Nick

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Steel Sculpture 

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Letterpress with Sarah Smith
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Weaving a Sculptural Narrative with Nathalie Miebach

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Immersive Art Exhibition Openings

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Classical Portraiture with Kathy Speranza

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Photo Cred: Katie Longo & Terry Slater


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Improbable Places Poetry Tour: Salem Harbor Plant

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The most recent unique setting for Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour reading was on July 2 at the recently decommissioned and iconic Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA, built in the 1950′s.

In conjunction with the exhibition of Across the Bridge, a collaboration between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, this reading continued the goal of creating to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer. On this tour stop, the massive turbines were quiet, but poetry spoke loudly to the power of work and the work of power. In addition to the readings, there was also an opportunity for guests and poets to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.

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The tour was featured in several publications including, but not limited to:

“The poetry tour has always been about the place,” Colleen Michaels said. “The power plant was such an amazing opportunity. It’s a place that the public never had access to.” … The audience packed into the belly of the plant, among the stagnant machinery, while locals like Elizabeth Hart, January Gill O’Neill, Susanna Brougham, Melissa Varnavas, Mary Ann Honaker, Rick Matthias and Eric Wright recited their poetry. The Beverly Citizen: Making the Improbable possible

The poetry reading was, in part, a farewell to the power station in the Salem community — we even heard a recording of the turbine’s deafening “voice.” But once the poets began reading their industry-related works, the evening shifted to an incandescent realm of words, imagery, imagination, speculation and humor. Listeners were easily engaged with lyrical perspectives on a variety of themes — grids, laborers, history, ecology, power and the industrial landscape. The juxtaposition of massive turbine to evocative poet escaped no one and added a magical element. 
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The power plant’s control room was a striking setting for the writers’ work. The audience — close to 80 people — sat near gray, metal channels carrying electrical cords past massive vertical cylinders. Above, was a balcony with a curved edge. Sickly yellow lights beamed down on the reading. The plant’s employees didn’t read poetry themselves, but the poets gathered to honor their efforts. In front of the poets, a hard hat sat on a stationary vertical wheel. At the end of the reading, a recording of the power plant’s background noise was played. It sounded like a mechanical waterfall. ecoRI News: Closing Coal Plant Shines at Salem Poetry Reading

When I heard that Footprint Power was going to host an art show and poetry reading inside of the defunct coal plant, my first thought was that we should infiltrate…When we actually got the art show, I felt a little ashamed of my Climate Summer shirt. Who was I to deny these workers their livelihood, their family? The artwork by the students of Montserrat Art College gave voice to the workers without tokenizing their labor or passing judgement on their industry. Reading quotes from the workers and looking at portraits of them, I began to see the workers as people. One of the pieces invited viewers to take a small container of coal, take a story. It felt like power, but then I looked at it closer and realized it differed only slightly from the charcoal I use to draw.Climate Summer: Structures of Water: Poetry as Activism

Above photos taken by Paul Van Ness. See more photos of the Across the Bridge exhibit and the poetry reading on Montserrat’s Facebook Page!

The tour is Montserrat’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. Learn more here!


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Timothy Harney and Loren Doucette Exhibit at Flatrocks Gallery

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

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

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Congratulations, Tim and Loren!


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Across the Bridge Exhibit Featured on Artscope & Hyperallergic

Friday, June 27th, 2014, 12:56 pm, By An Uong, artscope

photoThe Salem Harbor power plant towers over the rest of the cobblestoned town.

It is hard to imagine what kind of machinery lie within the dauntingly large group of buildings, let alone all of the people it takes to run such a system. On the other side of the North River is the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, where, though students study art in all kinds of environments, carrying out the artistic process at a power plant is a first for the college.

Montserrat Professors Ethan Berry, Rebecca Bourgault and Dawn Paul developed the idea with Footprint Power, who recently became the plant’s new owner. These teachers, along with 29 Montserrat students and the plant employees, produced the exhibit “Across the Bridge: Art and Power.” The project is documentary by nature in its exploration of the employees’ histories and daily lives. Students spent their time interviewing the plant’s workers to discover the stories that exist behind normally closed gates.

Outside of the world experience that these students have gained, the public has been given the opportunity to learn about the individuals who have worked at the plant for upwards of 40 years. The plant is in the final stages of shutting down and is to be replaced by a natural gas facility.

Montserrat President Stephen Immerman has appreciated the relationship established between the college and Footprint. “As visual storytellers, the students documented, recognized, and honored the workers,” he said.

In the plant’s turbine room, amidst the seemingly tangles pipes and ladders, a maze of walls was erected to house the students’ art. The works in the show span across the genres of photography, video, drawing, painting, poetry, sculpture and installation as the wide range of media addresses the intricacies of the plant and its employees. Acting as vessels for the stories that were told to them, Montserrat students have relayed what they’ve learned by generating art to be shared with others.

Documenting the community through art challenged Montserrat students to leave their realms of familiarity. “Everybody had to step out of their comfort zone to find these wonderful narratives waiting to be told,” professor Berry said.

For Kayleigh Bird Hawes, the project led to the expansion of her artistic reach. “My work is usually very personal,” she said, “so it was interesting to make work for others.” At the completion of the course, she had made eight artist books, some of which are accordion-structured. They are collectively titled “Reflections.” They hold the stories and memories that she has gathered from those she interviewed at the plant. The books’ form reflects the interwoven lives they represent, by displaying the stories in a zigzagged manner.

Among the diverse pieces, Sarah Graziano’s installation, “Remnants,” creates an environment of artifacts. The carefully organized piece sits in a corner of the gallery. It has battered coats hanging from one wall, and a shelf of manuals and jars of coal on the other. A pedestal holds more stacked jars of coal accompanied by old manual pages, on the backs of which are stories collected from employees. The piece encourages audience involvement by asking individuals to pick and keep few stories from a pile.

Through this process, viewers carry the bits and pieces outside of the plant, into other environments where these histories can be retold.

On the more hand-drawn end of the show is Anthony Corrado’s “Turn Around 1-4,” a character study of four employees in watercolor. Each of the four panels provides a view of workers standing in different positions: front, left, right, back. The playful quality of the illustrations turns workers into possible main characters of an animation. Though the piece is 2-Dimensional, it gives us a literal 360-degree view of the people who work at the plant.

The logistically complicated project at first seemed hard to achieve, but at its culmination, students, workers, and community members were left with rare experiences and meaningful relationships. “Across the Bridge” is not simply a documentary body of work. It is a portrait of the plant and the people within it.

(“Across the Bridge: Art and Power” continues through July 2 at the Salem Harbor power plant, 24 Fort Avenue, Salem, Mass. The exhibition will be on display Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-5 p.m., Thursdays, from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6 p.m. For more information, call (800) 836-0487.)

View a slideshow of the students’ work, photos by Bethany Acheson:

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Kayleigh Bird Hawes, “Reflections,” 2014, hand-printed letterpress book, edition of 40, 4.5 x 4 inches


Creating Art Inside a Disused Power Plant by Robert Moeller on June 30, 2014, Hyperallergic

SALEM, Mass. — In the late 1600s, beset by an inarticulate religious hysteria and the rigors of the New World, the people of Salem set about burning the witches in their midst. Hundreds of years later and under the sway of a far different kind of fervor, they turned their attention to burning coal. Both of these events wove themselves directly into the fabric of this small New England town’s history.

In the case of the witches, the story of the trials (improbably or not) resonated over time, and tourism remains one of Salem’s prime industries. An elongated run-up to Halloween is a mainstay in a city that cultivates a decidedly spooky aura, and where witches still can be seen, albeit hawking lunch specials to tourists outside of restaurants and bars.

In the 1950s the spell cast by the promise of jobs and cheap energy overrode any more modern concerns regarding the environment, pollution, or climate change, and an enormous coal-fired power plant was built on Salem Harbor. As the years passed, a gritty film of coal dust settled across parts of the town, but the plant employed a lot of local people and that seemed to mitigate any concerns.

Flash-forward in time, and the spell has finally been lifted: Salem Harbor Station is being repurposed, changing over to run on natural gas, a process that will take several years to implement. The footprint of the site will be smaller, and many of the employees are losing their jobs (including people who have worked there for decades). The giant turbines that turned for 60 years finally sit silent.

In the wake of these events, a partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power LLC (the new owners of the plant) has brought about an exhibition in the monumentally scaled turbine hall (yes, think of the Tate, but on a grander scale). The show is called Across the Bridge, a title that refers not only to how the students get to the plant (via a bridge from the adjacent town of Beverly) but to the cultural divide that separates the worlds inhabited by the students and remaining workers at the plant.

To many, the thought of a partnership with an energy company might ring hollow, summoning up the agitprop regularly delivered by ExxonMobil. Here, however, Footprint Power, to its credit, exerted no editorial control over the content of the exhibition and placed no restrictions on its workers (although any future repercussions remain unseen). For the project, 29 students and four faculty members from Montserrat teamed up with roughly one hundred workers at the plant. The collaboration began with students touring the site and then building up relationships with the workers over time (the project was part of a semester-long class). A good deal of the resulting art is documentary, recording workers’ concerns that range from future employment opportunities to plant safety, to the tedium (and terror) of industrial work. The students and some of the remaining workers also act as docents, leading visitors through both the exhibition and the plant itself.

Salem Harbor Station looms over the coastline with a Brutalist majesty. Enormous smoke stacks rise over the property, dwarfing everything beneath them. Walking in, you immediately feel small; the place is absurdly large, built to specifics that only an engineer might begin to understand. A homage to our large-scale industrial past, the building provokes awe, fear, and puzzlement. There are many levels, sub-floors, and catwalks, all designed with a single purpose: the burning of coal to generate electricity.

The exhibition on the floor of the turbine hall

The exhibition on the floor of the turbine hall

The exhibition is nestled on the main floor of the turbine hall and initially appears from the catwalks above as would a small encampment viewed from an airplane window. The setting transforms a rather large show into something miniaturized, like a dollhouse placed midfield on a soccer pitch.

The collaborative nature of the exhibit tamps down the personal or expressive gesture, instead mimicking what one imagines are the protocols of the plant floor — protocols that value the group and communal goals, anonymity even. The story told is omnibus versus auteur. Multiple threads weave a narrative of what it was like to work in the plant: photographs capture the space’s rough grandeur; video pieces allow the viewer to hear the workers talk about their experiences in an unvarnished way; in one installation, by Sarah Graziano, workers’ candid reflections on life at the site are printed on old plant manuals. The artists act as documenters of the past and present, drawing a human-scale narrative out of the plant’s closing. For the most part, the work is somber and compassionate.

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Sarah Graziano, “Coal Stories”

Still, the physicality of plant itself continues to loom over everything, encasing the experience in the end-pages of a changing industry. For decades, this was the throne where King Coal sat; the students from Montserrat have captured his last choking breath.

Across the Bridge continues at the Salem Harbor Station (24 Fort Ave, Salem, Massachusetts) through July 2.


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Montserrat’s Montreal Program Instructor Erin Trahan Writes for ARTery

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

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

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


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Art Connection Update: Northeast Arc Install

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Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Asst. Curator of Education Savery Kelley and Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro installed 12 works at Northeast Arc in Danvers (including Fay Chandler’s Something on My Mind!) They worked with the individuals who came to Montserrat to select the work and helped to guide them where each piece should be installed and were very involved. It was a really special day and the clients seem thrilled with the final installation.

“Thank you so much for your participation in this project! I know everyone has been so excited about the selection of art. The group has been talking about it non-stop since their trip to the school! Having Jessica explain why different pieces were selected yesterday and explain the whole selection process again was great! I look forward to seeing Bea’s mural!” - Tim Brown, Day Services Division Director at the Arc

Alumna Bea Modisett’s ’07 site specific mural will be completed very soon. Here are some installation shots with the clients.

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President Immerman’s Article in North of Boston Business Magazine

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Great leaders earn the trust of people
by Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman

We are blessed on the North Shore with exceptional leadership across every aspect of our business and community environments. According to the Essex County Community Foundation, there are an estimated 18 to 20,000 volunteer trustees and directors serving the not-for-profit community in Essex County. This extraordinary number of volunteer leaders does not include the countless number of volunteers leading youth sports, or the number of people serving on community committees in their towns or volunteering at schools and churches. If you also include the number of civic, municipal, and business leaders serving in our communities, the volume of individuals helping to make the North Shore a better place to live, learn, and work is truly remarkable.

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Leadership is important. It matters. We all recognize it when it is good, and we all know it when it is lacking. As humans, we are “wired” to sense authenticity. We are drawn to the charismatic, but are less able to predict competence in advance of evidence of deeds over inspiring words. We want to believe the best about the people who lead but can be disappointed or and sometimes cynical when we hear news of the latest fall from grace or learn of a violation of trust, public or private.

Trust is central to effective leadership. The development and stewardship of trust are primary responsibilities of all leaders. Trust is tested in every interaction, and once lost, very difficult, if not impossible to regain. We expect a lot of our leaders, perhaps not being entirely fair when we fail to recognize that everyone has “feet of clay”.

Leadership, too often equated with position, is actually more accurately defined by relationships (Rost, J. C. (1993). Leadership for the 21st century. We consent to being led, at work, in our volunteer organizations, and by our public officials. It is this relationship, when capably shared, that helps create the amazing, the remarkable, and the heroic as well as the day-to-day hard work of carrying forward our collective goals and aspirations. Therefore we invest our hopes, dreams and aspirations, in our leaders. Because of that tendency, we are emotionally linked to them potentially expecting more of them than we might expect of ourselves.

After all each of us is a leader in her or his own right. It is easy to forget that we first must lead ourselves through our own daily lives and our own goals and objectives. In our families, volunteer organizations, recreational pursuits, and work places, we all take initiative, solve problems, and collaborate. Almost everyone, every day must work to find the balance between our own individual needs and the needs of the groups of which we are a part. Leadership is most often exercised when our individual needs come in conflict with the needs of the group or the collective. Someone needs to steward the process by which consensus is achieved, and someone needs to eventually decide among competing priorities.

Because there are always unlimited wants and needs and there are always limited resources, conflict is inevitable. We all see the scenario of this kind of conflict displayed in our local and national politics. Individual rights vs. states rights or the rights of our respective states vs. federal control and regulation are the grist of many political and judicial battles. This essential tension designed into our constitutional form of government requires the kind of effective leadership described above in order to reasonably navigate the inevitable public disagreements about policy and the distribution of resources we read about in the news every day.

The current political dysfunction in our national government is abundant evidence of the importance of competent leadership. So, when our local communities, volunteer organizations, schools, businesses, and civic leaders get it right (which most times they do) let’s all take a moment to reflect on the value of the leadership we enjoy on the North Shore and appreciate their good work. Leadership matters. It is important.


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Art Connection Update: Turtle Creek Installation

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Through Montserrat Art Connection, Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Asst. Curator of Education Savery Kelley and Asst. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Campanaro installed 16 works at On Point in Salem.

“The reactions of the art work were priceless. It was everything the kid’s expected and more! They are taking ownership of these pieces and are being protective of the art. ‘It’s like we have our own art galley at On Point’ one of the kids said. Everyone’s first response when coming into the building is the art work and how much better the program looks with it. We all thank you both for coming in here and doing such a great job. I look forward to our future relationship and everything we are going to be doing in the summer!” - Asst. Coordinator at On Point, Jeff Rousseau

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Montserrat College of Art’s Art Connection installed 9 works at the entryway of Turtle Creek Residence in Beverly this week.

Valerie Williams, the site Coordinator of Turtle Creek, seemed very pleased with the final outcome as did several residents who came through the lobby while they were there. The space was recently renovated and there is a ribbon ceremony in a few weeks once the entire building is completed.

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Alumni Update: Lana Wheeler ’12

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

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

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

By Kristin D’Agostino

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

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

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

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

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

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

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


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Julie Graham Gallery Talk: June 24

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Julie Graham will hold a Public Gallery Talk on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:30 pm on her current exhibit Topoanalysis in our Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. Her show will remain on view: May 28 – June 27, 2014. Learn more here: montserrat.edu/galleries/schlosberg

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Topoanalysis, an exhibition featuring mixed-media artist, Julie Graham. The Boston-based artist describes her work as “Painted Constructions” explaining, “I use the formal devices of painting, sculpture, drawing and architectural design to build paintings in which the process mirrors the act of construction.” Graham creates composite identities in her work: what is materially there (paint, clay, wire, wood) and the suggestion of space from what is not (shadows, negative space, holes).

The title of the exhibition references the term coined by French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard to describe the psychological study of exploring the inner self through space as a means of understanding the conscious and unconscious being. Bachelard specifically uses parts of the home to articulate this metaphor. The physical rooms of a home connect familiar spaces, cementing a person’s past with present, meaning that it’s space, not time, that awakens memory. The attic, the stairwell, the living room, the basement are all intimate sites that colour our experience of space. Graham’s work creates a link between physical environments and how a space is subconsciously preserved within the mind.

Topoanalysis features twenty-six new works on paper coupled with small-scale Painted Constructions. Arranged in a grid, the juxtaposition of flat renderings with three-dimensional work contours the relationship between form, memory and space. Graham says her works on paper are not studies for the larger Painted Constructions, but rather another avenue of exploring what constitutes a sense of place. Just as Bachelard used the parts of the home to illustrate how space correlates to the internal self, Graham does so with architecture of the unoccupied urban landscape.

Graham identifies a relationship between (un)occupied spaces and their inhabitants. One affords the other, and vice versa, in shaping experience. Bachelard would have connected the characteristic or ambiance of a home to the feeling or mood it evokes in the homeowner. Graham’s architectural and geometric compositions allow multiple mediums to inform one another, communicating both a physical space and an inner memory. Her compositions impose structure, like the home, to composite a memory of origin.

Julie Graham received her BA from Hood College, Frederick, MA (‘69) and her MFA from the Central School of Art, London (‘73). She has been awarded solo exhibitions at Harcus Gallery, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center and Victoria Munroe Fine Art. Graham was the recipient of the Blanche Coleman Awards and the MacDowell Colony Residency. Graham is currently an Associate Faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Painting. She is represented by the Kingston Gallery in Boston.


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