Gallery News: Heidi Whitman’s “Lost Cities” Reception September 10

LOST IN TRANSLATION 4X6Heidi Whitman Excavates Imagined Place and the Mind in Lost Cities

Montserrat College of Art is pleased to announce, Lost Cities, a solo exhibition of mixed media constructions and drawings by Heidi Whitman. The exhibition focuses on Whitman’s exploration of mapping metaphorical states of mind, as well as implied physical places and events. Lost Cities brings together recent paper constructions with more than fifty mental map drawings. Whitman’s newest installation “Small World” (2015) references the increasing hyper-connectivity, urbanization, and migration in the contemporary world.

Whitman creates fictitious terrains that she calls “reimagined place.” She writes that, “the structure of the city and the structure of the mind are conflated” in her paper constructions. Whitman layers contemporary city grids and plans of ancient ruins while referencing mental networks. She creates a perfect balance in her topographical networks between chaos, structure, and reverie.

LOST CITY OF A 4X6Sheets of cut and painted paper sprawl across the gallery wall and guide the viewer through an alien, yet familiar, terrain in the series, Lost Cities. The delicately sculpted paper casts dramatic shadows that extend along the surface of the wall. “Lost City of A” (2015), like others in this series, explores memory and the translation of dreams into reality. Painted with acrylic and gouache Whitman applies color to guide the viewer through internal and external worlds. Blue greens and reddish browns are in dialogue with what resembles tan ancient maps, as if to piece together past, present, and imaginary worlds.

“Hell” (2013) another paper construction of Whitman’s featured in her 2013 solo exhibition, Heaven, Hell and Here at Christopher Henry Gallery in New York will be on view in Montserrat Gallery. In contrast to the cool or earthy colors of the Lost Cities series, “Hell” depicts a fiery red underworld, appearing charred at parts, spiraling across the wall. Inspired by maps of Roman city ruins and Dante’s Inferno, Whitman creates her own thorny woods, circles of madness, and crimson rivers. While rooted in the classics and ancient history, “Hell” resonates in the present day as society reacts to war, aerial surveillance, and terrorism.

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Director and Curator, Leonie Bradbury along with the artist, selected more than thirty exploratory drawings from the Uncharted Territory, Brain, and Brainstorm series (1998-2001) to span twenty-six feet of gallery wall, a first for Whitman in the display of her work. Arranged in a grid contrasted against a cadmium red painted wall, these pieces focus on thought, memory, and dream. Whitman says drawing is the medium with, “the most direct links between mind, eye, hand, and subject perceived.” These improvisational drawings on various tea-stained Japanese papers combine a kind of ancient aesthetic with a gestural and expressive focus on the uncharted territory of the mind. One might imagine the brain sorting through data or recalling memories in these drawings.

Lost Cities presents a willingness and eagerness by Whitman to play with boundaries and the infinite abyss. Between Whitman’s mental map drawings and her paper constructions, she communicates a spectrum of endless possibilities that take shape from imagining place beyond a singular perspective.

Heidi Whitman - Heaven, Hell, and Here (Hell detail 19)Heidi Whitman has exhibited internationally, most recently in The Art of Mapping at Tag Fine Arts in London. She has had two solo shows at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York. Her other recent exhibitions include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Scope Miami, the Boston Center for the Arts, Whitespace (Atlanta), Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), Wheaton College, the Boston Drawing Project, Clark University, The McMullen Museum of Art, the Southeastern Louisiana Contemporary Art Gallery, and Harvard College. Whitman’s work was featured in Katharine Harmon’s book The Map as Art, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009. In 2007 Whitman completed a commission for the City of Cambridge, MA (Jill Brown-Rhone Park). Whitman is a recipient of the Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship awarded by the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is presently a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. www.heidiwhitman.com

Lost Cities is on view in Montserrat Gallery August 26 – September 26, 2015.

WHAT Heidi Whitman: Lost Cities
WHEN August 26 – September 26
WHERE Montserrat Gallery (First Fl.) 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 12pm-5pm
www.montserrat.edu/galleries
gallery@montserrat.edu

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley at 978-867-9624 or via email savery.kelley@montserrat.edu
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WHAT Reception
WHEN Thu, Sept.10, 5 – 7:30 pm
WHERE Montserrat Gallery (1st Floor) 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA

WHAT Artist Talk with Heidi Whitman
WHEN Wed., Sept. 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE Hardie Building (2nd Floor), 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970 by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

Visit us at www.montserrat.edu for more details and Where Creativity Works™.

Contact: Pam Campanaro, Assoc. Curator of Exhibitions & Programs, Montserrat College of Art Galleries, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, 978.867.9604
www.montserrat.edu/galleries


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One of a Kind Free Arts Festival across Boston Sept. 10 – 15 Ending with Major Concert at The Hatch Shell

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More than 80 Greater Boston arts, cultural and advocacy organizations will gather to present a free family festival inspired by the creative spirit of artist Fay Chandler. Events are scheduled for several venues throughout the area and will be held from September 10 through Chandler’s birthday on September 15. Audience participation will be encouraged at several of the events which will be presented by many of the region’s leading visual arts, music and dance organizations.

“After my mother’s death last winter, our family decided we wanted to honor her life, her achievements and her spirit in a way that all Boston might enjoy,” said her son, Alfred D. (“Appy”) Chandler. “Mom loved to see people collaborate, and she would have been thrilled to see so many of her favorite organizations combine to make this festival a truly special occasion open to all.”

Highlights currently in the works include:

Thursday, September 10: 5:30 pm, Presentation of the Fay Chandler Award for Emerging Artists in memory of Fay Chandler, with support from the Chandler Family at Boston’s City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA.

Saturday, September 12: 12 pm – 4 pm, “Finding Fay at the BCA Fair” brings arts, cultural and social service organizations loved by Fay together to celebrate with exhibits, performances, readings, displays and interactive activities for every age. Events include instrument playgrounds, performances by Actors Shakespeare, Underground Railway and Nora Theater, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Arts Academy, Conservatory Lab Charter School, and Handel and Haydn Society, painting and sculpture making, led by students from Mass College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, Boston Arts Academy and Artists for Humanity, and an art giveaway organized by The Art Connection. There will be a remembrance for Fay at 3:15 pm. Visit www.findingfay.org for a complete schedule and participating organizations at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA.

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Sunday, September 13: 11 am – 3 pm, Guided nature walks and painting nature presented in partnership with Montserrat College of Art at Mass Audubon’s Nature Center on Mattapan, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan, MA.

Sunday, September 13: 12 – 3 pm, Art-making activities recalling Fay’s role at the gallery at the Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge, MA.

Tuesday, September 15: 7 – 9 pm, A concert presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA. (Rain location: TBD)

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An online talk about the cultural vitality of Boston presented by Sebastian Smee for the Boston Foundation will be posted and run on the Finding Fay website until December 31

As planning continues, updates and more in-depth information will be posted on www.findingfay.org.

Fay About Fay Chandler

In 1960, Fay Chandler was a 39-year-old mother of four who was unsure what to do with her life. She wanted to make a difference, but didn’t know how. She was living in Brookline; her husband taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His passion was writing history. She wanted a passion of her own. As she enjoyed painting coffee mugs, she wrote away for a painting course offered on the back of a matchbook. Classes followed: first on Nantucket Island and later, more formally, at Boston’s Museum School.

In 1963, her husband accepted a job at Johns Hopkins University and the family moved to Baltimore. Fay applied and was accepted into the Hoffberger Graduate School at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating in 1967, she opened a gallery in Baltimore’s very blue collar Fell’s Point neighborhood. In 1973, the family returned to New England when her husband accepted a professorship at Harvard Business School. Fay ventured into Boston’s South End where a community arts center was struggling to find itself. She rented studio space and became a stalwart supporter of the new Boston Center for the Arts.

In 1989, she used an inheritance to buy a long-decommissioned fire station in Brighton which she resurrected as artists’ studios. As Fay aged and her inventory of paintings and sculptures grew, she realized she needed a creative way to place them. In 1994, she gathered a group of friends; together they developed the concept of an organization that would act as a broker between artists with art to give and social service organizations with walls to cover. The concept became a reality. The Art Connection was born a year later and has now expanded into nearly a dozen cities.

Over the next 20 years, Fay continued to paint, holding three major retrospectives at the Cyclorama of the BCA. As her ability to give grew, so did her support of the arts and the underserved. Fay particularly believed in helping young people: as such she supported a vast array of arts programs throughout eastern Massachusetts. Fay Chandler died in Brighton on March 3, 2015. She was 92, a widow, living in her beloved Engine House in Brighton and still painting.

– A. D. Chandler

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Montserrat College of Art and Salem State University Rule Out Formal Merger

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Following a six-month due diligence process by the administrations and boards of trustees of Salem State University and Montserrat College of Art Presidents Stephen D. Immerman and Patricia Maguire Meservey announced today that a merger has been ruled out. The presidents said that despite the desire to create a stronger affiliation, estimated transition costs and the complexities of operating a separate campus would not make the merger economically feasible. The current economic climate in the commonwealth and limited growth potential in higher education in general, presented obstacles to the merger.

Both presidents said the process helped the institutions gain new insights into the workings of the other and that further academic collaborations between the two would continue to be discussed.

“Montserrat College of Art is an exceptional, small art college with an outstanding faculty and programs that Salem State would have been pleased to add to its curriculum, but the numbers just didn’t work at this time,” said President Meservey. “We will continue to discuss potential collaborations that would be beneficial to students from both institutions.”

“Montserrat entered discussions with Salem State hoping to add additional courses to our very rich visual arts programs, and during our discernment process, have learned much about our great neighbors at Salem. We will continue our discussions there, while we continue to add value, cultural life and economic impact in Beverly and continue contributing to the burgeoning Creative Economy of the region,” said Steve Immerman.

Montserrat Board of Trustees Chair Lee Dellicker said, “The future of Montserrat is strong and we entered these discussions from that posture. The college looks forward to welcoming a strong freshman class this fall, high retention numbers going forward, and from just completing a solid year in fundraising. We are poised for the future.”

The college will remain the intimate, student-centered learning environment that it has been for the past 45 years. It is integral to its culture to continue to explore options and opportunities to strengthen the college. Montserrat has done that in the past and no doubt will continue to do so in the future. While there was much that was attractive and considered seriously about a merger with Salem State in the end it was not an option that was going to work. We are mindful of the challenging economic climate for small, private colleges in America today, and we will continue to carefully steward both the history and build on the future of this great institution and its students, as we have always done, seeking new and innovative ways to secure its future.

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Where Creativity Works for Prof. Charles Boyer

image“Each student has a unique face, a unique fingerprint, a unique way of mark making on the page, and a unique voice. It’s my job in writing classes to help students to develop that unique way of looking at the world, on the written page.” – Charles Boyer, Liberal Arts Professor

Boyer has been teaching at Montserrat since 1988. A fiction writer and poet, he has published poems and short stories in a number of literary magazines, including The Larcom Review, The New Kent Quarterly, and Spoon River Quarterly. His novel, History’s Child, was winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Novel Award for 2014, and will be published by New Issues Press in January, 2016.

He has received writing grants and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University, and has taught the Journal Writing Seminar at Montserrat’s summer program in Viterbo, Italy since 1998.


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Governor Baker Appoints Montserrat President Steve Immerman to Mass Cultural Council

Stephen_D_Immerman_Ed.D.formal-photoGovernor Charlie Baker has appointed three new members to the Board of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), including Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman.
The statute that created the MCC established a governing Board, “consisting of nineteen members to be appointed by the Governor from among qualified private citizens of the Commonwealth who have demonstrated scholarship or creativity in, or distinguished service to, the arts, humanities, interpretive sciences, or local arts.” The members serve staggered, three year terms. The new appointees are:

Stephen D. Immerman of Salem: President of Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art since 2009, Dr. Immerman has increased the college’s enrollment, balanced the finances, and enhanced the academic environment with new faculty appointments, upgraded technologies, and renovated facilities. Under his guidance, Montserrat is becoming a leading voice on the creative economy in Massachusetts, and the importance of the arts to a well-rounded education. He is an Essex National Heritage Commissioner, and serves on the boards of Beverly Main Streets, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Creative Economy Council, and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). He holds a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jacob Brennan of Arlington: Jake Brennan is an independent media producer working primarily in music and experiential events. He is the Producer of the Boston Music Awards, Coordinating Producer of the award-winning public space, The Lawn On D, founder of the bespoke music house, RAMS: Recording And Music Services. In 2011, Jake co-wrote and produced original compositions for the Parker Posey film, “The Love Guide.” He occasionally performs on his own and with Cast Iron Hike. He is currently working in partnership with GYK Antler on “1Band1Brand”, the strategic alignment of bands and brands that helps musicians access resources in an increasingly fragmented music industry.

Sandra Dunn of Holden. Since 1997 Sandy Dunn has held the position of General Manager for the city- owned Arena and Convention Center in Worcester, MA. She oversaw the construction and grand opening of the Convention Center in 1997 and the $31.5M expansion and renovation project of the 14,000-seat Arena in October 2013, as well as the opening and management of the Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink on the Worcester Common in 2013. She has been an instrumental contributor to Central Massachusetts and the Greater Worcester region for more than 15 years, having served on several volunteer boards and participated in many community outreach programs. Currently, Dunn serves on the Worcester Municipal Research Bureau Board of Directors (Former Chair), Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Destination Worcester Executive Committee and Economic Development Coordinating Council Committee. She is a graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
“We thank Governor Baker for appointing three outstanding individuals who bring a wealth of experience and talent to the MCC,” said Dr. Ira Lapidus, MCC Chair. “I look forward to working with them to support the nonprofit cultural sector in ways that benefit the Commonwealth and its citizens.”

Dr. Lapidus also thanked departing Board members Troy Siebels of the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, and Boston’s Samuel Slater and Rosamond Vaule, for their many years of dedicated service to the MCC. The next meeting of the MCC Board is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.5 million, which includes a $12 million state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.


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Alumni News: Portfolio Prep Class Taught by Carly Brasier ’14 this July

Student Financial Services Assistant and alumna Carly Brasier ’14 is teaching a Portfolio Prep class for Teens & Young Adults as part of the Dow Arts Programs at the Ipswich Museum this summer! Learn more at ipswichmuseum.org/content/dow-arts-program. Please pass this along to whoever you think may be interested in this program!

Portfolio Prep 2015: Cultivating Artists of the Future
Adults and Young Adults, Instructor: Carly Brasier
Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 21, 23, 28, 30; 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Museum Members: $150, Non-Members: $175

Designed for students looking to strengthen their observational skills, and provides a creative environment for taking risks in preparing for futures as artists. The class examines artistic processes including drawing, painting, sculpture, and more; primary focus on observational skills to “see” the world with an artist’s eye; discussion of visual and media literacy; art making, and professional artistic careers. The course includes a visit from a college admissions officer.

Registration Deadline: July 14, 2015
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Alumni News: Katy Rogers ’14 Honored by City of Everett

katy2Alumna Katy Rogers ’14 was recently honored by the city of Everett with two citations for her artistic achievements in the community.

“Thank you to Fred Capone and the entire city council for recognizing my work…It is great to be part of a community that appreciates and supports the arts.”

Rogers recently won a national art competition and earned the honor of having her artwork displayed at the Boston Calling Music Festival that was held this at Boston City Hall Plaza earlier this summer where more than 20,000 guests attended.

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Gallery News: Maria Malatesta’s Marking Time Exhibition Reception June 25

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Montserrat College of Art is excited to announce Marking Time, a solo exhibition of paintings by Maria Malatesta in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition highlights the inspiration Malatesta gains from nature and its influence on the way she paints; expressive, reflective, and expansive. There will be a public reception for this exhibition Thursday, June 25, 4 – 6pm at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor.

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Malatesta paints to explore meaning, boundaries, and uncertainty. She describes her process as an exercise between trusting instinct and slipping into the unknown. She compares the layered process to pages in a book, saying, “Each painting leads to and informs the next. I try not to judge, but to see and to know when and where the painting has settled into itself.” A large part of accepting when a painting is “settled in” is what Malatesta calls, rhythm of the paint; feeling it, acknowledging the materials potential, and continuing along the journey.

Marking Time features eleven paintings from Malatesta’s “Field” and “Stripes” series. These two bodies of work interpret nature abstractly. The “Field” series depicts landscape through a generative accumulation of mark making. Malatesta gradually unveils nature as a poetic amalgamation of color, expressive brushstrokes, and layers of marks. Each time the brush touches the surface of the work, Malatesta marks the present moment, leaving traces of where she is on her rhythmic journey.

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The series “Stripes” is a quieter exploration of nature. Malatesta transitions from thick, expressive marks to minimal bands of color. Stripes, Triptych #1 presents three boards of autumn-like hues (brown, orange, mustard yellow and tan) with cool rows of cream and light blue. Each band, stretching the width of one board, is in dialogue with the other surfaces of the two adjacent boards. Viewed together, the triptych creates a similar rhythm, alike “Field” series, depicting the harmonious presence of nature.

Maria received the Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelor of Science from Lesley College, Cambridge MA. She also studied at University of California at Davis. For the past 10 years she has studied with Timothy Hawkesworth in Pennsylvania. She has also taken numerous painting trips to Italy. In 2010, Malatesta was in a two person show at Mingo Gallery in Beverly and in 2009 in a two person show at Pagus Gallery in Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown in many shows in the Boston area and the North Shore. Her studio is in the South End of Boston. Malatesta teaches at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA and privately in her studio.

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Marking Time is on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery June 23 – July 18, 2015.

WHAT Maria Malatesta: Marking Time
WHEN June 23 – July 18, 2015
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon- Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-1pm
www.montserrat.edu/galleries
gallery@montserrat.edu
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley at 978-867-9624 or via email <savery.kelley@montserrat.edu>.
www.montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/

WHAT Reception
WHEN Thursday, June 25, 4-6pm
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970 by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

Visit us at www.montserrat.edu for more details and Where Creativity Works™.


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FLOUR(ISH) Bake Shoppe Opens in the Neighborhood

unnamedCongratulations to Jean Sword who has just opened up her new bakery Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe on 79 Rantoul Street in Beverly! Today is the official opening day! Stop by anytime this week (10am-6pm) for a scrumptious dessert or coffee! (All signage and vinyl by Montserrat alumnus Andy Bablo ’07)

Please show your support by liking Flourish Bake Shoppe on Facebook & following @flourishbeverly on Twitter & Instagram!

Above Photo by Elizabeth Gianino


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Faculty News: Three Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Featured in Exhibit at Chesterwood National Historic Landmark

Three Montserrat College of Art sculpture faculty members, Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett, Elizabeth Alexander and Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, have sculpture pieces at Chesterwood National Historic Landmark. The exhibit is called Boston Sculptors at Chesterwood 2015 and it features a group of sculptors from the Boston Sculptors Gallery who elected to do a site specific response to the studio grounds at Chesterwood exhibit work from May 23 through Oct.12. Learn more at chesterwood.org

Opening Reception: June 27, 4 – 7 pm

The exhibition features site-specific contemporary sculptures by 24 Boston-area artists who found fresh inspiration at the former summer home, studio and gardens of noted American sculptor Daniel Chester French.

IMG_7622East meets west at Chesterwood this season in the innovative, site-specific sculpture exhibition “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”. The temporary installation, on view daily at Chesterwood from May 23 to Oct. 12, features new works by 24 members and alumni of Boston Sculptors Gallery, based in Boston’s South End. The striking artworks in the show represent a diverse range of media and styles, created in response to sources of inspiration found by the artists at Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments. The exhibition has been supported, in part, by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.

“We invited the Boston Sculptors Gallery to organize an exhibition inspired by Daniel Chester French’s life and work as well as Chesterwood’s landscape that French designed himself. Twenty-four artists from the Gallery took up the challenge and visited Chesterwood several times over the course of a year as their ideas for three-dimensional work in a variety of media and scale took shape,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler.”

“As sculptors, one of our tasks is to imagine and re-imagine the connection between earth and sky. Chesterwood offers the perfect landscape and setting for this,” said Boston Sculptors Gallery co-founder Murray Dewart.

Chesterwood is notably one of the earliest venues in the United States to successively showcase large-scale abstract, conceptual and figurative works in an outdoor setting. Since 1978, the works of more than 500 emerging and established sculptors have been exhibited at Chesterwood, including Glenda Goodacre, Sol LeWitt, Albert Paley, George Rickey and Richard Stankiewicz. Chesterwood’s annual sculpture exhibition commemorates Daniel Chester French’s distinguished life and career and provides an important platform for contemporary American sculptors.

“We are thrilled to bring our work to Chesterwood and to being a part of the incredible array of arts-focused places in the Berkshires,” said Boston Sculptors Gallery artist Nancy Winship Milliken, who co-organized the exhibition with colleague Andy Zimmermann and Chesterwood’s executive director.

During the past year, the exhibiting artists visited Chesterwood to select locations for their sculptures—choices that included the French family estate’s home, verdant lawns, formal gardens, bucolic woodland paths and French’s newly restored studio—and have created works in reaction to experiencing this historic and picturesque site. As a result, some artists branched into the use of new materials and sculptural techniques. For others it was an opportunity to bring their indoor studio practices into a fresh and inspirational environment. The exhibition represents a rich and diverse variety of sculptural languages in a wide range of materials including stone, steel, wood, bronze, fiberglass, plastic and paper.

Participating artists include Elizabeth Alexander, Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Murray Dewart, Rosalind Driscoll, Laura Evans, Sally Fine, Peter DeCamp Haines, Mags Harries, Niho Kozuru (alumni), David Lang, Michelle Lougee, Nancy Winship Milliken, Myth Makers (Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein), Eric Sealine, Nancy Selvage, Marilu Swett, Andrea Thompson, Nora Valdez, Leslie Wilcox, Andy Zimmermann and Christina Zwart.

An artist’s reception for “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015” will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will include walking tours with artists whose works are on view. Admission is $10 for Chesterwood members and $20 for non-members.

In conjunction with the exhibition, artists from Boston Sculptors Gallery will present “Saturday Art Programs”, a family-friendly series of art tours, demonstrations and workshops, including talks about their work in relation to Chesterwood and the surrounding Berkshire landscape, from June 6 through Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The programs are free with admission.

Alongside Chesterwood’s “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”, the Concord Art Association in Concord, Mass., is presenting an exhibition of the work of 24 Boston Sculptors Gallery artists in the exhibition “Boston Sculptors in Concord”. The show runs from June 18 through Aug. 15 and is curated by renowned sculptor Joseph Wheelwright.

In an interesting twist, Daniel Chester French was the first president of the Concord Art Association’s board of directors in 1922. During French’s tenure, the 60 painters and 18 sculptors exhibiting at the then-named Concord Art Centre were many of the period’s most significant American artists, including Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Thomas Dewing, Robert Henri, Frank W. Benson, Cecilia Beaux, Laura Coombs Hills, Alexander Stirling Calder, George Bellows, Willard L. Metcalf…and Daniel Chester French.

About Boston Sculptors Gallery

Founded in 1992 by 18 prominent Boston-area artists to present and promote innovative, challenging sculpture and installations, Boston Sculptors Gallery is the only sculptors’ organization in the United States that maintains its own exhibition space. The cooperative has presented more than 250 exhibitions and has supported the work of 58 sculptors in 48 states and 36 countries.

Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges, and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals. In addition to the continuing program of exhibits in the gallery in Boston’s South End, the organization has presented exhibitions of its sculptors in other venues and countries including “Ovid’s Girls – Overlaps and Undercurrents – Boston/Berlin” (Berlin and Memmingen, Germany, 2014), “Visions/Visiones” (Cusco, Peru, 2013), “Convergence” on the 14-acre Christian Science Plaza (Boston, 2013), “Re-Shaping Reality” at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (Vt., 2010), and at the Fitchburg Art Museum (Mass., 2007). For more information, see www.bostonsculptors.com

About Concord Art Association

Since its’ founding in 1917, the Concord Art Association promotes and advances contemporary art through exhibitions, lectures and classes. It also maintains a small permanent collection of art produced by leading early 20th century artists. For more information, see www.concordart.org

About Chesterwood

Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1875) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1922) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. For more information, see www.chesterwood.org.


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Montserrat Community Exhibit in Group Show Up the Line at Rockport Art Association this Summer

Up-The-Line-Logo-700x465Artists have been chosen for Montserrat College of Art’s exhibit Up the Line show at Rockport Art Association. Please join us for the Opening Reception: Saturday, June 20, 2 – 4 pm. Learn more at rockportartassn.org

Artists included Daisy Adams, Joan Bediz, Judith Brassard Brown, Erika Buschmann, Loren Doucette, Stacey Durand, Morgan Dyer, George Frary III, Tim Harney, Amanda Hawkins, Barbara Moody, Andrew Houle, Colin McGuire and Alyssa Watters.

Up The Line: The Montserrat – RAA Connection
Jun 20 – Jul 20, 2015
Maddocks Gallery

This exhibit features a collection of works from Montserrat College of Art’s past and present faculty as well as alumni. Many of Montserrat’s founders were also members of the RAA.

Two lectures will be offered:

A gallery talk highlighting many of the pieces in the exhibit by Montserrat’s Gallery Director & Curator, Leonie Bradbury, June 27 at 3 pm

An historical look at this creative connection given by Montserrat Professor, Ethan Berry, July 18 at 3 pm

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“Thinking of Hartley”
24″ x 36″
Acrylic on Wood


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Alumni News: Deanna Jacome ’15 Profiled in Creative Salem

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DEANNA JACOME, FINE ARTIST AND RECENT GRADUATE

Deanna, a recent Montserrat grad, is a multifaceted artist with a booth at the Salem Arts Festival focused on her marbled pieces. She got her start as an artist skilled in the process of Turkish marbling when she discovered a unique book in the Harvard library. “I looked at the flyleaf…the first page of the book…and I saw this amazing pattern with the most intricate design,” she said of her inspiration. After learning this design was created through Turkish marbling and further researching the design, Deanna taught herself the traditional process of creating it.

In the couple years since then, she has developed her own unique spin on the marbling process, and it’s apparent in her work. Each piece is like a snowflake – no two are quite the same! At the Arts Festival, Deanna was selling everything from marbled notebooks with handmade paper to marbled framed art, standalone pieces, shirts, kitchen utensils and more. Deanna also makes whimsical floral crowns that were spotted on many festivalgoers.unnamed

As a recent art school graduate, the Salem Arts Festival is integral in allowing Deanna to connect with the community and make an impression with her work and talent. “This is my first real chance to get myself out there, and this is such a nice opportunity. I appreciate so much that Creative Salem gave me this tent and this exposure and the ability to share the things that I want people to get to have. It’s a confidence boost. It makes going into the real world a little less scary when you have the warmth of Salem.” To view Deanna’s work and background, visit www.deannajacome.com.


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Alumni News: Alyssa Watters ’07 is Featured Artist at Arts Fest Opening Night Reception

unnamedMontserrat College of Art alumna Alyssa Watters ’07 has been chosen to be the featured artist at Beverly’s Arts Fest 2015. Please join the annual Arts Fest Opening Night Party at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, on Friday, June 19, 5 – 7:30 pm where Watters will be recognized. This is always a fun night as we kick off Arts Fest and celebrate the local talent we have here in Beverly. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be available for your pleasure! No RSVP is necessary.

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

This beautiful painting is by the 2015 Arts Fest Featured Artist, Alyssa Watters. Alyssa is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art and just opened a new studio space at 110 Cabot Street. Several of Alyssa’s works will be on view at the party and all summer long at the Arts Fest Community Exhibition which Endicott College hosts in the Carol Grillo Gallery.

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

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


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4th Annual Beverly Bike Drive

bike drive 2015 finalThe 4th Annual Beverly Bike Drive will be held Saturday, June 20, 10 am – 2 pm at the Beverly Common. Working in partnership with the Boston-based non-profit Bikes Not Bombs, the Beverly Bike Committee is collecting used bicycles, bike frames, bike parts, and tires. Bikes Not Bombs will fix up the bicycles so they can be given to those who most need them. Bikes Not Bombs annually delivers thousands of bicycles to local families and partner communities around the globe. There will be free smoothies (made with a bike-powered blender) for all those who drop off at Common.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/BeverlyBike


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Faculty News: Rose Olson’s Solo Show at Kingston Gallery this Summer

unnamedProf. Rose Olson has a solo show Ju Ju Blues at Kingston Gallery this summer, 450 Harrison Avenue, #43, Boston. Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Director Leonie Bradbury curated the exhibit which is open to the public until June 28, Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 5 pm and by appointment.

Rose Olson: Ju Ju Blues
Curated by Leonie BradburyRose Olson, Deep Waters, acrylic on wood, 2015

Color has a sharpening aspect affecting our senses and intellect simultaneously. I make paintings that reflect my passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements, which presently is varied wood-grain patterns.

Every wood-grain surface is different, since it is specific to what was once a living tree and I love them all. Some are more exciting than others, but each pattern is as unique as our fingerprints. The character of the wood is as important to me as the colors I use, since they both contribute to the meaning and structure of each work. We are a team. I use liquid colors painted in many layers, applied one layer of color at a time to enhance the wood-grain patterns and increase the painting’s luminosity.

The wood affects the way the color is received and I just keep layering the transparent colors until the painting starts to come alive. I also mix and layer paint in such a way that the colors often change as the viewer moves, or the light shifts. I am conscious of that interplay. Hard edges and color bands also enhance the spatial and color changing effects in the painting revealing in a sense, another way of seeing that worldunnamedRose Olson, From the Top, acrylic on wood, 2015.


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Learn to Market Yourself & Your Business on June 9: Creative Experts Describe Real Solutions

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Please Join Us to Hear Creative Experts Describe Real Solutions
Tuesday, June 9, 6 – 8:30 pm
Enterprise Center at Salem State University
121 Loring Ave, Salem, MA 01970

Panel discussion 6:45 – 7:45 pm
Networking 7:45 – 8:30 pm

Panel Speakers:

How to Use Marketing Planning to Connect with Your Marketplace and Stay One Step Ahead of Your Customers with Jeff Bard, Bard Integrative Marketing

The first logical and prudent step in development of a new marketing initiative is to make sure it is based upon a solid marketing foundation. Learn how to find the “unique place or position” your company holds (or would like to hold) in the target market’s mind, beyond simply price. Understanding the link between dating and marketing will help you build more meaningful relationships. We’ll also explore some practical, grassroots methods of identifying the actionable data that will grow your business and satisfy your customers’ needs.

Jeff Bard, of Bard Integrated Marketing, has over 30 years’ experience developing results-oriented, integrated marketing communications programs in both consumer and business-to-business markets. After holding senior management positions at some of the area’s leading advertising agencies, such as Arnold, Mullen, Direct Results Group, CPS Direct and Ingalls, Quinn and Johnson, Jeff now blends “big agency thinking” with “small agency” hands-on attention. His focus is on using marketing to help get, keep and grow customer relationships. He has also served as an adjunct professor in Suffolk University’s MBA program.

Unleashing the Power of Market Research – the first step in creating your Marketing Plan with Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Marketing Recon

Arts marketing helps fellow creatives way-find through the maze of marketing lingo, tactics, and best practices needed to prosper (or even survive) in today’s hyper-digital environment. Whereas the temptation is to jump into all the tools that are readily available for marketing, Ganim-DeFalco, who leads this workshop, firmly believes that today’s “tools” are undeserved without the greater marketing framework, context, and discipline. One of the keys to driving the marketing framework is good market research. Learn how research can make a difference in all aspects of your marketing efforts.

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, MarketingRecon is a business growth specialist who holds an MBA in Marketing & International Business from NYU/Stern combined with 17 years of corporate marketing experience and nearly 17 more as an entrepreneur running a marketing advisory practice and jewelry design business. Her marketing work is primarily focused on the hi-tech space and business-to-business environment. However, through her work in the non-profit Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and as a member of the Cape Ann Artisans, she has been directly impacted by the chasm between artists and the world of marketing.

Building Your Business Through Storytelling and Social Media with Julia Campbell, J Campbell Social Marketing

Storytelling has been receiving a lot of press lately, as a marketing strategy and as an effective way to engage audiences on social media. Brands and businesses are getting their stories out there – stories about their origins, their values, their customers. In this increasingly competitive landscape for customer attention and support, getting people to notice and to hear your message can seem impossible. Digital and visual storytelling tactics such as photos, videos and infographics can help your business cut through the clutter. This seminar will detail key steps that you can take to craft your story using digital tools like social media, blogs and video.

Julia Campbell is a social media marketing specialist with a long history of helping nonprofits find success online. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a development director and marketing coordinator, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing agency based in Beverly. She received her degree in Journalism & Communications from Boston University and earned a Master in Public Administration from Old Dominion University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tidewater Community College. Julia’s work with small community-based nonprofits, large universities and offers coaching, group seminars and college courses. Her blog was named one of the Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world and she is included in the Top 40 Digital Strategists in Marketing for 2014. She has been featured on Maximize Social Business, About.com, MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.

Digital Marketing Measurement Overview: How to Improve Your Return on Investment with Gordon Plutsky, VP Marketing, Digital Bungalow, Salem

Marketers are rapidly moving more of their marketing efforts and dollars to digital marketing (websites, social media, email, search, ads) to attract prospects and customers. The clear benefit of digital is that everything is measurable, trackable and accountable. This presentation will give you a basic overview of which metrics are most important by marketing tactic and what is the best way to track them. And, more importantly, how do you use these measure to maximize your return on investment and drive your sales.

Gordon Plutsky, senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy for Digital Bungalow in Salem, partners with clients to create and build their digital marketing and content strategies for web sites and ongoing marketing campaigns. He is responsible for sales development, account management and marketing. Previously the CMO at King Fish Media, a content marketing agency, he worked with clients such as Ameriprise Financial, Bank of America, Boston Market, Carrabba’s, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters/Keurig, IBM, Kretschmer Wheat Germ, Lightlife, Source Media and Zappos. A well-known content marketing thought leader Gordon has been named one of the most influential marketers to follow on Twitter (@GordonPlutsky) by Forbes, Social Media Marketing Magazine and CEOWORLD Magazine. He is a regular contributor to outlets such as Chief Marketer.com, CMO.com, iMedia Connection and Media Post, where he writes about digital and content marketing. Gordon holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, an MBA from Northeastern University and completed Stanford Business School’s executive education program in marketing management. He is now an adjunct faculty member at the Endicott College Van Loan Graduate School, where he teaches marketing strategy and digital marketing to MBA students, and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board.

Please RSVP to elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu


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Gallery Update: Barbara Moody’s “Earth Bound” & Summer Pop-ups

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Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery Presents
Barbara Moody: Earth Bound
On View: May 27 – June 19, 2015

Opening Reception: Monday, June 15, 4-6pm
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Montserrat College of Art is pleased to present, Earth Bound a solo exhibition featuring Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition features three of Moody’s recent large-scale drawings that depict the wildness of the natural landscape. Through exuberant mark-making and bold application of materials such as charcoal and paint, the artist creates a striking visual tension of simplicity and complexity.unnamedBarbara Moody,Tremor, 2014, charcoal and mixed media on paper

Barbara Moody has had six solo exhibitions at Kingston Gallery in Boston over the past ten years. She recently completed two large-scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, and completed a 27-foot wall drawing for Seven: A Performative Drawing Project at Montserrat in 2012. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota, and Chicago, as well as the DeCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in Massachusetts. Moody earned M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a Professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years.

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Montserrat Gallery Presents
Summer Pop-ups
June 1 – 26, 2015

Summer Pop-Ups is a series of short term exhibitions and experiences, a format that has gained in popularity in recent years. Designed to bring people together in an energetic atmosphere, each week features a new theme, a range of related events and a closing reception.

Pop-up 1: June 1 – 5, 2015
Reliquary: An Exhibition of Performance and Its Remains
Curated by Kirk Snow, Reliquary will feature four well-established performance artists: Garett Yahn, Joanna Tam, Michelle Lacombe and Tony Schwensen. Reliquary is an exhibition about time and change, and the ways in which our actions leave traces that weave together the present and past.

Performances:
June 1st, 3-7pm: Garett Yahn
June 2nd, 5-7pm: Joanna Tam
June 3rd, 6-7pm: Michelle Lacombe
June 4th, 12-8pm: Tony Schwensen
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 4, 7-9pm

Pop-up 2: June 8 – 12, 2015
No Shake, Not Here
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 11, 7 – 9 pm

For the second installment of the summer Pop-Up series in the Montserrat Gallery, Curator and local arts writer Robert Moeller brings together a multitude of work from today’s Contemporary Boston Artists. The work is varied and compelling; Moeller brings together a wide range of artists practicing in painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and more. Viewers are offered a taste of the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Boston.

Pop-up 3: June 15 – 19, 2015
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Closing Reception and Performance: Thursday June 18, 7 – 9 pm

Curated by Montserrat Faculty Ethan Berry, the third Pop Up installment with focus on historic and contemporary Cinema. The gallery will be transformed into a movie theater and screenings will be held throughout the week (schedule TBD). Berry teaches film and photography at Montserrat College of Art and recently returned from a sabbatical where he worked on several films and founded a film collective in Boston.

Pop-up 4: June 22 – 26, 2015
Field Days: featuring New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA)
Closing Reception: Thursday, June 25, 4 – 6 pm

Curated by Montserrat Galleries Assistant Curator Pam Campanaro this pop-up focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and sports. New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA) is a craftivist project that addresses public space, diversity, collaboration, feminism, and interdisciplinary learning.
For the Pop-up, NCAA will turn the gallery interior into an track and field facility; equipped with faux blacktop and astroturf. Participating NCAA Members: Maria Molteni, Team Captain (Boston, MA), Andrea Sherrill Evans, Knitting Guru and Instructor (Boston, MA) and Taylor McVay, Crochet Historian and Instructor (Boston, MA).

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unnamedMontserrat College of Art Galleries |23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA
for a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit
www.montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/

Montserrat College of Art Galleries presents innovative exhibitions of contemporary art that feature regional, national and international artists ranging from emerging to established.

Our core mission is to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, and to inspire a lifelong involvement in art and design.


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Stay Creative This Summer & Take a 5-Day Art Workshop at Montserrat

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June 15 – 19 Classes
(Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm)

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June 22 – 26 Classes

June 29 – July 3 Classes

July 3 – 10 Classes

July 27 – August 2 Trip

Montserrat College of Art is offering several different 5-day art classes for teens and adults this summer!

From painting and printmaking to puppet making and digital photography, our diverse Summer Immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry.

*Registration is open until the week prior to the class begins, but availability is limited.
*Discounted class prices available for Montserrat alumni, educators & senior citizens.

CREDIT, PDP’s & HOUSING INFORMATION

Montserrat College of Art is an approved Professional Development Provider (PDP) for Art Educators. All courses are eligible for PDP awards. Additionally, many courses are available for undergraduate credit.

Also, we are also delighted to offer affordable housing for immersive students.

Please visit our website for full details.

Apply Today!

Visit our website or contact Savery Kelley, Assistant Curator of Education at ce@montserrat.edu or 978·921·4242 x 1202 to learn more.

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Celebrate Montserrat Founding Faculty Member Roger Martin at Cape Ann Museum on May 30

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Montserrat College of Art Celebrates Roger Martin
Saturday, May 3,  2 – 4 p.m.

A conversation with Montserrat Professor Ethan Berry and alumni
focusing on Martin’s involvement with the school. Reception to follow.
This program is free for the Montserrat College of Art community,
CAM members, or with Museum admission.

Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin
ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 28, 2015

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Gallery News: Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody Exhibits this Summer in the Carol Schlosberg Gallery

unnamedMontserrat College of Art is pleased to present, Earth Bound a solo exhibition featuring Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition features three of Moody’s recent large-scale drawings that depict the wildness of the natural landscape. Through exuberant mark-making and bold application of materials such as charcoal and paint, the artist creates a striking visual tension of simplicity and complexity. The public is invited to an Artist Reception Monday, June 15, 4 – 6 pm at 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA.

unnamedMoody refers to her process as that of an excavation site, as she “develops layers of line and color and idea, some images are buried and new ones emerge” and she “discovers meaning in the disparate clues.” Moody’s process of exploration is integral to her work and it is through openness to the unexpected that keeps her challenged and engaged. The three large-scale works featured in Earth Bound exemplify this very sentiment.

Moody’s work in Earth Bound struggles between organic and man-made forms and her landscapes cannot be tamed; they overcome human control and influence. “Tremor” (2014) is nearly 5 x 8 feet in size and features dense, tangled lines; the work combines acrylic squeegee and drip techniques with pastel and charcoal mark-making, resulting in a rich texture of representational and abstract elements. The piece exemplifies the artist’s range of skill and her unique drawing techniques.

Barbara Moody has had six solo exhibitions at Kingston Gallery in Boston over the past ten years. She recently completed two large-scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, and completed a 27-foot wall drawing for Seven: A Performative Drawing Project at Montserrat in 2012. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota, and Chicago, as well as the DeCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in Massachusetts. Moody earned M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a Professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. www.barbaramoody.com

Barbara Moody: Earth Bound
Artist Reception: Monday, June 15th, 4-6 pm, Artist Talk at 4:30 pm
On view: May 27 – June 19, Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915

montserrat.edu/galleries

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact gallery@montserrat.edu


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Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibits at Gallery NAGA this Summer

unnamedunnamedMontserrat College of Art Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya is exhibiting at Gallery NAGA in Boston this June alongside Tommy Simpson. There will be an Opening Reception Friday, June 5, 6 – 8 pm. The exhibit will remain on view through July 10.unnamed

See more of Kamiya’s work at masakokamiya.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
617.267.9060
gallerynaga.com

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Masako Kamiya Tinker (detail)
2014 gouache on paper 20×16″ photo: Will Howcroft


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Beverly Arts District Receives Official Designation

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Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art and the City of Beverly are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board of Directors voted unanimously on May 19 to approve the designation of the Beverly Arts District (BAD), making it the Commonwealth’s 28th arts and cultural district.

The MCC’s Cultural Districts Initiative was authorized by an act of the Massachusetts state legislature in 2010 and launched in April 2011 as a way to recognize those communities which have made a commitment to using arts and culture to build community, expand access to cultural experiences, stimulate economic development and improve the overall quality of life for residents.

This recognition has been several years in the making. It started in 2010 when Main Streets declared in its Downtown 2020 Strategic Plan that they were going to focus on arts and culture as an economic driver for revitalization. That led the partners to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with that funding, the group created a master plan for the future cultural district.

“The planning process was really enlightening,” said Montserrat College of Art president and Beverly Main Streets co-president Steve Immerman. “As we started identifying all the creative talent we have in Beverly, plus all the unique cultural assets like the historic theatres, we realized how lucky we are to be in this community and how we need to tell our story more widely. Montserrat is thrilled to be leading this effort with Main Streets and Mayor Cahill’s team. This is a terrific partnership that will make great things happen for the city and our artists.”

In 2014, Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art and the City of Beverly applied to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for BAD to be awarded state designation. Prior to the council’s board vote, a site visit was conducted with the MCC team, represented by executive director Anita Walker, program director Meri Jenkins, program coordinator Annie Houston and site advisor Maren Bowen.

Many stakeholders in the success of BAD attended the site visit meetings and shared their ideas for the district and their reasons why BAD is great for the downtown and the entire city.

This was a lengthy process, but the team stayed focused on it and last week, the partners attended the MCC board meeting in Williamstown and witnessed the vote that makes Beverly the 28th Cultural District in the Commonwealth.

This designation gives the community priority when the state allocates funding for the cultural economy, it allows BAD to put signage on state highways directing visitors to the district and it gives BAD special recognition on the websites of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. It formalizes the work that BAD has already been doing – programming, artist support, driving economic development – all boosts for Beverly’s continuing efforts to attract more visitors, residents and creative businesses to downtown Beverly.

In 2014, the Beverly City Council passed an ordinance which names Beverly Main Streets as the managing entity of BAD on behalf of the city. BAD is now operating as a subcommittee of the Beverly Main Streets Economic Restructuring Committee and is chaired by Beverly resident Amanda Hynes.

“I would like to thank Beverly Main Streets, Montserrat College of Art and members of my administration for their hard work and dedication in successfully securing the Cultural District designation here in Beverly,” said Mayor Michael P. Cahill. “Thanks also to the Cultural Council Board and staff for recognizing Beverly as being a significant cultural destination in the region. We are excited for the new opportunities this designation provides, and will work tirelessly to take advantage of them.”

The Arts District itself is a walkable stretch of Cabot Street where there is a rich and diverse set of arts and cultural resources, creative businesses, studio spaces and cultural organizations. It runs between the 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot and the Beverly Historical Society and Visitors Center at 117 Cabot. Other arts and cultural assets within the city, such as the North Shore Music Theatre, Studios at Porter Mill and Endicott College, will also be able to participate in BAD activities at their satellite locations.

The BAD website and social media presence will be launched in June, just in time for Arts Fest which takes place on June 20 on Cabot Street. New programming is being planned, such as the Ellis Square Performance Series and the revival of an arts walk and open studios. The group is also getting ready to propose a new Public Art Process for the city.
A celebration of the Cultural District designation will be held later in the coming months.

For more information, contact Gin Wallace at 978-922-8558 or gwallace@beverlymainstreets.org.


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Alumni News: Katy Rogers ’14 Wins Prize in Boston Calling

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By Cary Shuman, Everett Independence, May 21, 2015

Everett’s Katy Rogers continues to make a name for herself on the Boston arts scene.

Rogers, a 2014 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, has won a national art competition and earned the honor of having her artwork displayed at the Boston Calling Music Festival that will be held this weekend at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 20,000 guests are expected each day at the festival.

Artists nationwide were invited to participate in the festival’s Blank Canvas competition in order to create art to be used at the event.

Inspired by the festival and Boston in general, Rogers’s design included all of the information about the festival within a record broken by the Boston skyline. The finished product is entirely painted by hand with acrylic and the record is shiny and textured to look realistic up close.

Rogers, whose illustrations are currently on display at the Shute Library in Everett, said she was excited and a bit anxious as she waited to hear from the judges of the Boston Calling competition.

“I was nervous because I had never won anything based on artistic ability before,” said Rogers, a 2010 Everett High School graduate. “At the same time, I had a feeling that this time I had a good chance. I was very relieved when I got the email congratulating me on my win. I immediately went to buy the giant canvas at Artist and Craftsman.”

Rogers will not enjoy the recognition of having her work shown at the event, but she will get VIP tickets to the festival for herself and three guests, along with a $1,000 prize.

Rogers said she will be particularly excited to see musical artist Gerard Way performing at the festival.

“Gerard Way has been a huge artistic inspiration to me since high school,” said Rogers


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Prof. Ethan Berry Leads Artist Talk on Founding Faculty Roger Martin at The Cape Ann Museum May 30

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In conjunction with the special exhibition Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin, the Cape Ann Museum presents a conversation with Montserrat College of Art Professor Ethan Berry on Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Montserrat students and faculty, or with Museum admission.

Bill of Lading explores the art and poetry of Rockport native, Roger Martin (1925-2015). A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, the town of Rockport’s first Poet Laureate and compiler of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown, and a highly respected graphic artist, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative individuals. Professor Berry will be joined by some of Martin’s former students for this program.

Ethan Berry is a teacher in the printmaking department at Montserrat, as well as Senior Seminar, and has been teaching at the school since 1977. A producer and designer for film, video, and performance events, he is past president of the Board of Directors of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, which was founded in 1976 to provide artists with an organizational support system for the creation of independent film and video. He is also a co-partner in ART ON DEMAND, a consulting group that provides arts programming and design consulting services. His work has been shown at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; the University of Massachusetts; the Provincetown Young Artists’ Exhibition; and the Drawing Show at the Mills Gallery in Boston.

Photo credit: Roger Martin, 2012. Photo by Al Mallette. Print res images available on request.

27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
www.capeannmuseum.org


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Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art’s Class of 2015

-Class_of_201581 Montserrat College of Art seniors were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts and became alumni of the college on Friday morning, May 15 at The Cabot Theatre in Beverly. They were awarded degrees from Montserrat President Steve Immerman in animation and interactive media, art education, book arts, graphic design illustration, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Wangechi Mutu hand gesureInternationally renowned Artist and Activist Wangechi Mutu was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during the ceremonies.

The Class of 2015 selected Prof. Gabrielle Keller to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Anthony Corrado was named student speaker. The ceremony was led my Montserrat’s Trustee Chair Lee Dellicker.

IMG_8395_DSC0037IMG_8862IMG_8943Student Awards:
Liberal Arts Deanna Jacome
Creative Writing Minor Danielle Renino
Sculpture Danielle Franzen & Sarah Graziano

Photography and Video Joseph Saunders
Graphic Design Sarah Middleton
Art Education Deanna Jacome& Kayla Cochran

Art History Minor Sasha Pacek
Painting and Drawing Kayla Cochran
Animation + Interactive Media Kaitlyn Assmann
Printmaking Robert Manson
Book Arts Brenda Rosswess
Illustration Maura O’Connor
Interdisciplinary Arts Danielle Renino
William + Ruth Fusco Prize Kevin Lucey

Faculty Awards:

Mary Bucci-McCoy received the Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award and the Conelia Endowed Fund Award was presented to Prof. Judith Brassard Brown

Immediately following commencement, students and guests were invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery was open for viewing of the 2015 All Senior Show at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street.

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Wangechi Mutu Speaks at Montserrat College of Art

Wangechi Mutu Montseratt Beverly Ma_7099Internationally renowned Artist and Activist Wangechi Mutu held a public artist lecture sponsored Montserrat College of Art Gallery on Thursday, May 14 at The Cabot Theatre in Beverly. Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York-based who has been called the most influential African artist today. unnamedMutu was also the keynote commencement speaker and honorary doctoral recipient at Montserrat College of Art’s graduation ceremonies the following day on May 15.See Mutu’s work at wangechimutu.com.

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

Artist Biography

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

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Montserrat Summer Immersive Art Workshops 2015

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June 15 – July 10

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

  • Classical Portraiture
  • Drawing
  • Encaustic Painting
  • Puppet Making
  • Collage
  • Metal on Metal
  • Plein Air Landscape 
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Mixed Media
  • Creating Abstract Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Painting the Still Life
  • Solarplate Etching
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Introduction to Comics
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Featured Instructors:

unnamedBlyth Hazen, received her MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. She is a full-time Professor at Montserrat College of Art where she coordinates the Animation + Interactive Media program. She has taught a variety of courses over the last 15 years from kinetics and robotics; to animation and 3d game design. Examples of her sculptural, robotic and programmed animations can be seen at www.blythhazen.com. Her current work involves collaborations with other artists to develop narratives for both print, animation and video games. This year she will teach Stop Motion Animation from June 22 – June 26 as well as Puppet Making Workshop from June 15 – 19.

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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. This year she will teach Expressive Interpretations of the Landscape from July 6 – July 10 as well as Drawing Basics Intensive from June 15 – 19.

COLLEGE CREDIT & PDP’s

Montserrat College of Art is an approved PDP provider for Art Educators, and all courses are eligible for PDP awards. Additionally, many courses are available for undergraduate credit. Please visit our website for full details

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Staff News: Colleen Michael’s Poem Published in Cider Press Review

Colleen MichaelsMontserrat’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michael‘s poem, “Grand Mal, Paul Mall, Pell Mell” has been published in the Cider Press Review. This marks the 50th poem that she has had published! Congratulations, Colleen!

GRAND MAL, PALL MALL, PELL MELL
BY COLLEEN MICHAELS

At six, a baby sister is Cabbage Patch,
a flesh doll to dress in ridiculous hats.
I took her to kindergarten for show and tell Friday.
She was okay, but not as good as the Wizard of Oz
snap front shirt I brought in the week before.

The morning of the Grand Mal, the small
doll body of my sister stops breathing.
I am at home hoarding our grandmother while she turns blue.
Our parents at a pancake breakfast are pulled aside by the priest.
I am seized by questions. Could I go to the hospital?
How about the small gift shop? Can I get a cafeteria-grilled muffin?
Once I have learned the word Phenobarbital, can clap
out the syllables, I get greedy for a spelling bee.

That week my mom smoked Pall Malls on the apartment porch.
Her hands shaky, she’d gulped in enough air for everyone.
I watched her shoulders go up and down in her leather car coat
looking like she was talking to someone, trying to convince
or ask for a little more time to make the rent.

My sister, now a skier, now a skydiver.
That morning her first trick death.
I remember her seizure story pell mell,
confuse the ice bed her frail fish bones
were thrown upon with my grandmother’s
slip on the slick steps tossing her to paramedics.
This bright white becomes the shock of age
suddenly there in my young father’s black hair.

PUBLISHED IN CIDER PRESS REVIEW, VOLUME 17, ISSUE 2.

Colleen MichaelsColleen Michaels’s poems have been published in Barrelhouse, The Paterson Literary Review, The Museum of Americana, Mom Egg Review, Roar, Stoneboat, Hawai’i Reviewand others. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.


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The Boston Globe Answers What it is Like to Live in Beverly

What is it like to live in Beverly?
By James Sullivan GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 03, 2015
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Victoria Farnsworth came to Beverly from her small-town home in Maine more than a decade ago, when she enrolled at Endicott College. She fell in love with the city, and with the man who is now her longtime boyfriend, Anthony Marino. Together they own Marino’s Cafe, a popular weekday breakfast-and-lunch spot and catering business now located in the Cummings Center. (The couple also recently took over Lime Rickey’s in Marblehead.)

unnamedFarnsworth, 29, has seen the commercial flow of the huge office park boost the city’s economic base considerably. “It’s brought so much business to the town [city] of Beverly. It’s kind of blown up,” she sayssaid. With its beaches, parks, and traditional downtown district, the city reminds her of her hometown in Maine, “but [it’s] bigger, with more to do. It’s sort of the best of both worlds.”

She has been impressed by the efforts of the civic organizations that have ushered in the new Beverly Arts District. And she noted that the city “is trying to fix the waterfront by the Beverly-Salem bridge,” officially Veterans Memorial Bridge. But there is always room for improvement.

“The college-town thing is definitely a big draw,” she said, “but it could be even more so.”

Farnsworth and Marino, who grew up in Beverly, have been living with his parents in the Centerville neighborhood while they save for their first home. They have little doubt that home will be in Beverly.
“I’m hoping to make a lot of money and buy something in Beverly Farms,” Farnsworth says said with a laugh.

By the numbers
2 million

Number of square feet in the enormous Cummings Center. Located on the site of the former United Shoe Machinery Corp., the 77-acre “corporate campus” leases space to more than 500 businesses.

Oct. 13, 1775

Date on which the Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, which the US Navy recognizes as its official birth date. Beverly and Marblehead, however, both have claimed that they are the birthplace because General George Washington had had ordered the schoonerHannah, a ship registered and manned crewed by Marblehead men, launched from Beverly that September.

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Number of galleries at Montserrat College of Art, which serves about 400 undergraduates on its city campus in downtown Beverly

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Number of years of operation for Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company, the hometown show that debuted at the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre in 1977. Often cited as the longest-running stage magic show in the world, Le Grand David gave its last performance in 2012.

Pros & cons

Pro

Natural beauty
Beverly boasts some gorgeous waterfront, and the picturesque Beverly Farms section can seem downright rural on certain roads.

Con

Bigger-city problems
Downtown Beverly, along Cabot Street and its surrounding blocks, has made great strides with new restaurants and businesses in recent years, but some sections could still use a little sprucing up. The influx of commuters into the Cummings Center offices has brought increased congestion along with economic benefits.

Pro

Vitality
The presence of Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art gives the city, especially downtown, a distinct infusion of youthful energy. The nonprofit organization Beverly Main Streets has helped revive the area with incentive and cultural programs, block parties, and more.

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Ivan Glenney, 13, practiced his moves at Beverly’s McPherson Youth Center, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Doug Auld, of Beverly, took his new laser out for sail at Lynch Park, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Gusto Cafe was filled with students and professionals alike on a Sunday afternoon, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Montserrat College of Art is located adjacent to downtown Beverly, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Beverly Public Library, JULIETTE LYNCH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

James Sullivan can be reached at jamesgsullivan@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @sullivanjames.


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Alumni News: Nichole Walker ’13 is Manager of New Roost & Company Beverly Location

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Montserrat College of Art alumna Nichole Walker ’13 is the manager of Roost & Company’s new Beverly location at 284 Cabot St.

“So far, the feedback’s been awesome,” she said of the response since opening two weeks ago. “For some people who’ve been to the Salem store, they see us passing by and it’s surprising to them because they don’t quite know we’re here yet. But they’re excited and we’re excited.”


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All Senior Show Awards 2015

Congratulations to our All Senior Show Winners who were presented their awards at Montserrat Galleries Monday, May 4th.
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The show was juried by Liz Devlin of FLUX. Boston who awarded the winning seniors with cash prizes! Thank you, Liz!

Photo Cred: Will Gurin ’15

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Internationally Known Artist Wangechi Mutu Public Artist Talk May 14

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

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

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

The lecture is free, but we ask that you RSVP by contacting  elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu

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

Artist Biography

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

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

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

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Montserrat Paints New Crosswalk Design in Beverly

Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory and Montserrat students Marisa Rasum ’16, Kevin Schlink ’16 and Sam Glidden ’16 designed and painted a new crosswalk at the Church Street and Cabot Street intersection as part of Beverly Main Street’s Beverly Arts District (BAD). There will be a celebration to officially unveil it on Friday, May 8 at 5 pm.11178337_990657144299966_4436913026698440674_n11101620_990657137633300_8332179780526113517_n11193395_990657200966627_6968196069707986924_n10931037_990810520951295_1835330060009458839_n


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2015 Senior Thesis Exhibitions

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thesis Show- Asi Es Como Yo Lo Veo
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Kai Cruz & Isabella Echavez
On View: Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 22, 5 – 8 p.m.

 

 

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Illustration II Thesis Show: Head Trip
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Amanda Prather, Amberlynne Narvie, Anna Speight, Brynn Walker, Dylan Griffith, Lauren Douglas, Lauren Lowell & Maura O’Connor
On View: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

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

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

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


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Alumni News: Jade Brewer ’13 Update

unnamedAlumna Jade Brewer ’13 is the Lead Sales Associate for the Digital Imaging Department at Best Buy. She helps to coach her teammates and has management responsibilities for the department as well.

Brewer received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2013 with a concentration in Photography. Her work includes abstract macro photography, commercial still-lives, fashion photography, and a portfolio in travel/ journalistic photography. She has received the Founder’s Scholarship Award anually from 2009 to 2013 at Montserrat College of Art, has been published in Kearsarge Magazine for the summer issue 2011, and has shown in two open house exhibitions at Montserrat College of Art. She was an intern as a photographer at the travel and leisure website, MySecretBoston.com, documenting the local businesses and events in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods.

Her current work is a look back into her past, with photographs from the various towns that she has lived in within the state of New Hampshire. Her works use themes of space and landscape, and creating a relationship between the viewer and the location in the photograph.

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Gallery News: A Bronx Block: Urban Paintings by Valeri Larko

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Valeri Larko, Clark, Corner of Boone Ave & 173rd St, 2014, Oil on linen, valerilarko.com

Montserrat College of Art is pleased to announce Valeri Larko: A Bronx Block, now on view April 28 – May 22, 2015 in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. Larko’s work depicts the urban fringe, which she paints on site. She began painting urban landscapes in Jersey City, NJ and has continued to paint on-location in sites across the region. The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, April 30, 5 – 7pm at Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA.

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This exhibition features a series of paintings of the Ferris Stahl-Meyer building, a former meat processing plant on Boone Avenue in the Bronx. For ten years, the President of the plant, Guillermo O. Gonzalez, encouraged local graffiti artists to use the factory walls as their canvas. Larko depicts its physical structure, as well as, the many stories that its walls tell.

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Valeri Larko, King Bee Wall, Bronx, 2012, Oil on linen, valerilarko.com

The plant attracted Larko for its history, the surrounding neighborhood and predominantly its dynamic exterior. She explains, “There are so many fascinating clues to our cultural history in the buildings that we leave behind, in the structures that we leave behind” and continues, “I’ve always been interested in these sometimes abandoned or overlooked places, and the graffiti is almost another extension of that.” Although the Ferris Stahl-Meyer’s physical structure was demolished in December 2014, its legacy is ongoing due to Larko’s paintings. Her work preserves both the transience of the plant and the work of the artists who collectively enriched its walls.

Larko’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions include The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx River Art Center, NY, The College of New Rochelle, NY and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit. Notable group exhibits include The Katonah Museum of Art, NY, The Jersey City Museum, ACA Galleries, NYC, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Aljira, a center for contemporary Art, Newark NJ, the Bruton Street Gallery in London, England and the American Embassy in Minsk, Belarus.

In the fall of 2000, Larko was awarded a major mural commission from New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council on the arts for the Secaucus Transfer Station. She painted four murals for their north mezzanine. Completed in August of 2003, the Secaucus Transfer Station is the largest train station in the state of New Jersey. Additional honors include grants from The Joyce Dutka Art Foundation, the George Sugarman Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Grant, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the Newark Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Jersey City Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, The New Jersey State Museum, Johnson and Johnson, Rutgers University and a number of other significant organizations. Larko was educated at the Du Cret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ and the Arts Students League, New York, NY. She lives in New Rochelle, NY.

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A Bronx Block is on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery April 28 – May 22, 2015.

WHAT Valeri Larko: A Bronx Block
WHEN April 28 – May 22, 2015
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5, Thu 10-8, Sat 12-5
www.montserrat.edu/galleries
gallery@montserrat.edu

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Assistant Curator of Education, Savery Kelley at savery.kelley@montserrat.edu
www.montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/

Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970 by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teens and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, that offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.


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ARTRAGEOUS! THANKS

Thanks to everyone who donated to, sponsored, attended, volunteered at, and bid on art at this year’s Artrageous!29 event. Because of you Montserrat’s premiere event, held on March 28th, raised more than $400,000 – crucial financial aid support for students pursuing their education and aspirations of success in the creative economy. This year’s party drew a record number of guests who spent a fabulous evening bidding on more than 200 pieces of art in the live and silent auctions and watching Montserrat students create work at Art-in-the-Moment stations.

#Artrageous29 sold out in days – almost three weeks in advance. Artrageous!30, to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, will be even more exciting and is likely to sell out even more quickly. We encourage you to watch your inbox for details! You can guarantee your place by committing to sponsorship now. For more information, please contact Howard Amidon at howard.amidon@montserrat.edu or (978) 867-9620.


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Montserrat Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Scholar Grant

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Montserrat professors win major awards 

By Will Broaddus Staff writer

Wow! And wow again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights in conflict

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

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

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

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

Bronze Age inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Alumni News: Marcia Hermann ’83 Exhibiting in Portland this Summer

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Opening Reception: May 1, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 11 am – 6 pm
www.shebeargallery.com
(207) 874-5000

Hermann is also currently showing at the Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market
Street in Newburyport, www.connorsummers.com

Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun noon – 4:30 pm, Monday by appointment, (978) 462-9196.


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Alumni News: Heidi Daub ’82 Fundraising Campaign

Heidi Daub ’82 is venturing on a four week fundraising campaign to help produce an artist catalog in conjunction with a solo exhibit entitled “Pieces Of Prayer” featuring both paintings and poems, that will be shown in Powers Hall Gallery, Aug. 7 – Sept. 30 2015 at the University Maine Machias campus.

Her target goal of $4,500 will cover documentation, graphics work and printing. She is offering perks for varying levels of donations, and is excited to be able to share this venture.

She has set up a page on her website www.heididaub.com/artist.catalog that shows a short video, describing the details of the exhibit, the perks and a link to donate through Pay-Pal. She will be posting updates weekly through e-mail contacts and her FB page. www.facebook.com/heidi.daub

Spreading the word is powerful, so please share with friends you think may be interested.

Good Luck, Heidi!


In other news, after five years of slow but steady progress, Daub will be moving into her new studio/gallery this summer. She has spent the winter painting, writing and working on preparations for an upcoming solo exhibit, “Pieces Of Prayer” at Powers Hall, University Maine Machias this August and September.

Upcoming shows and places to see Daub’s work in 2015:

Gleason Fine Art, Bootbay Harbor, ME
www.gleasonfineart.com

Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME July 16-30
www.artemisgallerybh.com

“Pieces of Prayer” Powers Hall, University Maine Machias,
Machias, ME, Aug. 7 – Sept. 30

Heidi Daub Studio:
www.heididaub.com


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

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

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

Congratulations, Colleen!


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

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

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

Congratulations, Judy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Meredith!


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Graduating Senior Amberlynn Narvie’s Thesis Artwork Featured on Boston.com’s BDCwire

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Amberlynn Narvie, a Montserrat senior, recently had an interview with BDCWIRE about her thesis work.

Meet the Woman Painting Portraits of Dunkin’ Donuts Customers

April 13, 2015, By Kevin Slane, BDCWIRE

“Go to a coffee shop often enough, and you’re bound to see the same people again and again. That’s especially true for coffee shop employees, who quickly learn the names, orders, and mannerisms of their regulars. Amberlynn Narvie has gone a step beyond that — she has spent the last year painting a series of portraits of the regular customers who frequent the Dunkin’ Donuts she has worked at for the last three years in Beverly.

Narvie recently left her Dunkin’ Donuts job in anticipation of her graduation from the Montserrat College of Art in May. She started working at Dunkin’ to help pay for college, but her three years there provided much more than a dent in her college tuition — she gained valuable experience, met interesting people she would not have met otherwise, and gained inspiration for her senior thesis project

Narvie, 21, has been painting since she was a child, and continued to show interest in art through her formative years, spent in Rutland, Massachusetts and Maine.

When Narvie met with her thesis advisor, she decided to paint a series on her regular customers. She’s been posting the portraits on her blog, The Coffee Regulars. Her portraits received positive responses from Bostonians and art enthusiasts alike when she submitted The Coffee Regulars to Reddit.

“We go through our days and our lives and we meet or see many people, people that we wouldn’t necessarily stop to talk to or get to know, Narvie said. “I guess my paintings are meant to give these people’s stories a voice that would otherwise not exist outside of their own world. No one is an extra, we’re all leads to our own stories.”

Though Narvie’s gallery show for her thesis is at the end of the month, she’s vowed to finish three more portraits she’s been working on.

“Once my senior show happens, I’m going to continue to do the paintings, Narvie said. “Because I’m in it, I’m involved now.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts in Beverly is only a five-minute walk from Narvie’s classes, and she still sees her regulars around town.

“There’s no drive-through at our Dunkin’ Donuts, so you have to come in,” Narvie said. “It’s very personable, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people.”

“Linda, the person who I did the painting of … I saw her yesterday and showed her the painting for the first time. And she was really emotional, very floored. It was amazing to see that.”regulars-tom

Every one of Narvie’s subjects turned her down at the beginning. Not out of hatred, but because, as Narvie put it, not being used to the attention of “a random weirdo asking to paint them.” And in the end, all of her subjects have been happy with the end result.

When asked about an overarching message she’s trying to convey with the Coffee Regulars, Narvie has a lot of thoughts.

“I have worked at Dunkin’ Donuts for several years, and encountered many types of people,” Narvie said. “People who endure adversity, who bring others together, who work long hours, have aspirations, unique interests and overall have colorful lives that many people just don’t see or know about.”

“My paintings are meant to capture these moments, those golden seconds when the veil that we all wear comes down and our true selves are revealed. It’s not always pretty or romanticized — these people are very real, and deal with real circumstances. I prefer to depict them as close to the truth as possible.”regulars-Tedquot

Narvie’s Coffee Regulars show will be held at the 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, on April 29 at 5 p.m. The show is open to the public. And if you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee in the area, head down the street to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 188 Cabot Street. You might just meet one of Narvie’s regulars.”

Congratulations, Amberlynn!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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