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.

IMG_8660IMG_8647IMG_9043Photos by Jenn Frankavitz ’08. To see more photos, visit our Facebook page!


All Senior Show Awards 2015

Congratulations to our All Senior Show Winners who were presented their awards at Montserrat Galleries Monday, May 4th.
Kaitlyn Assmann
Ian Cooper
Luke Hadley
Sarah Middleton
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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


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


Marblehead Arts Association Visits Montserrat for a Gallery Take20


Montserrat College of Art’s Take 20 team has gone above and beyond this semester covering more exhibits than ever before. They even got a write-up for their recently work with the Marblehead Arts Association. [Take20 is a series of 20 minute conversational gallery talks lead by students, designed to connect more of our community to the exhibitions on view.]

Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo had a great follow-up visit with Kristine Fisher and other Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) members last week, including SEArts Jackie Ganim-DeFalco and the directors of Flat Rocks Gallery.

Cavallo visited MAA three weeks prior and facilitated a dialogue around the relationship between collectors and the artistic community. Last week, she invited guests to Montserrat to look closely at student work and learn directly from our gallery teachers, as a way of thinking deeply about how they build relationships with works of art.

unnamedArt for YOUR sake! A journey in Arts Curation with the Marblehead Art Association & Montserrat College of Art By Jackie Ganim-DeFalco on Fri, 04/24/2015

“Art for YOUR sake” would be a way to describe the experience a small group of us had at the Montserrat 301 Gallery on Cabot Street. The evening was hosted by the Marblehead Art Association as the second part of a two part series that explored various facets of becoming a collector of emerging artist works. This was hands on and the facilitators were the well credentialed, totally down-to-earth, Maggie Cavallo, Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, co-hosted by three incredibly poised student educators – Allana Urie, Cameron Foxhall, and Lexi Young (from Idaho, PA, & MA) who are part of the “Take20” student Gallery Teachers program. [Parents with children in arts school, beware – these young artists have some powerful insights to share!]

unnamedAfter a brief intro by Maggie – rich with ideas about the importance of storytelling [my favorite topic], we set out on an adventure. In the first part of the evening, as we exited through a back door of the gallery, we were treated to casual walk around the perimeter of the art “studios” – cubicle-like spaces inside a vast room. Each cube is clearly its own entity with the artists “rules” (my favorite was “no dying, no hospitals, no 911”) and various degrees of “work in progress,” some empty as work was out at an exhibit, so looking like storage bins. Overall, an impressive mixture of object d’art, media, writings, book art, and notions and the occasional finished product. Then each of us, paired up with another, made a purposeful journey to attempt create a “theme” and combine some works for a hypothetical show. For this we had less than 10 minutes. But the pressure yielded some exciting ideas from the group and clearly made the points that PROCESS and the EXPERIENCE can be as powerful as the end product. My personal favorites where highly sculptural, items with many dimensions and I left with an intense curiosity about what would happen to the piano skeleton – what it going to be recycled or rehabilitated! An old piano presents endless possibilities! That our visceral reaction to the works, can also spark a theme. Yes, you CAN do this for your own collections OR you can just help make it happens for someone else’s collections – as gallery owners do. After sharing our ideas, we moved back to the gallery with the finished works of “Illustration” – a senior thesis exhibit.

unnamedThis segment was led by the students. We learned from the start that Illustration is used for communication with an “intentional” emphasis on media, color, figures, and composition to convey a narrative or an idea – so diametrically opposed to the free flowing process we had just seen. [The range of work in this exhibit is its own “story” by the way – I encourage you to see it for yourself]. Then we had the chance to become “students” as our first exercise [led by Cameron] was to walk around the exhibit and see if the various bodies of work told a story and if so, what was our experience? Several of us were drawn to the mini-mailbox exhibit. Here, we were invited to take out long letters on various subjects – doubt, death, illness, etc. and read long, exquisitely written passages that correlated to drawings hanging on the wall. Most impressive!

unnamedThe second exercise [led by Lexi] explored the role of color. My favorite was the incredibly vibrant red of the flamenco dance “dancing with a wolf” – of course! She was uninhibited, mesmerized, and vibrant and the wolf? Well, you will have to judge for yourself. Clearly one could see how the young artists were influenced by styles and characters we know from our own past, but the works themselves were highly original and though provoking. We followed up with the group on this and several other ways of looking at the work – through the lens of our own childhood, place of birth, etc.. The lesson was very much about the context with which we view the works. Maybe we expect this to some extent, but the way the students drove the conversation into new dimensions was most impressive.

The third exercise [led by Alanna] involved reviewing student sketchbooks. How very revealing and provocative. By now my brain was totally stretched – a wonderful way to stay fresh in our thinking.

My takeaways from this gem of an evening? Back to Maggie’s intro – number one, get to know the emerging artists in your own backyard. Immerse yourself in their work and thinking. Second, I think our group would agree that 301 Gallery deserves some serious patronage from the Beverly & surrounding community, maybe host a few coffee hours and open studios. Third, we can all participate in “collecting” even if not for our own collections. Just understanding what’s out there and the inspiration for the next generation of artists, encouraging others to share the learning, will be a tremendous help to these emerging artists. And finally, Montserrat’s program is a jewel and Maggie Cavallo and her colleagues are passionate, approachable, engaged – fabulous resources for our art community. Let’s celebrate them and cheer on their student body to continue to educate US. Remember to keep your eye on Mingo Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery and Porter Mills Gallery currently hosting Montserrat senior thesis exhibitions (check out our Gallery Staff member Kai at Porter Mills) These galleries regularly exhibit contemporary art in Beverly.


Student News: Graduating Senior Amberlynn Narvie Paints Portraits of Beverly Dunkin’ Donuts Customers

unnamedunnamedMontserrat student paints portraits of customers at the Beverly Dunkin’ Donuts

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 By Dustin Luca Staff Writer

Everybody has a story, but few are shared within the anonymous confines of the public coffee shop — unless Amberlynn Narvie is behind the counter.

Narvie, a 21-year-old Montserrat College of Art senior, is working on her fifth portrait of what she has called “the regulars” at her former part-time job at Dunkin’ Donuts in downtown Beverly.

The regulars are customers who have a habit of visiting a place. But there’s never anything “regular” about the regulars, Narvie said.

“Everybody has their own story,” she said. “Every single one of them is different.”

The project came out of Narvie’s quest for a thesis project entering her final year at Montserrat, she said. She expects to graduate with a BFA in illustration May 15.

By working at Dunkin’ Donuts for three years, Narvie got to know the more private side of some of her customers. She recently left the job ahead of commencement.

“When you work at a place for so long, you talk to the people, see them every day,” she said. “You really get to know them.”

A royal spotlight.

Take Linda, for example. On a canvas 4 feet wide and equally high, the woman sits at a table with a Styrofoam coffee cup, a wrapped-up sandwich and a small paper shopping bag with twine handles. Dressed in a heavy green coat and wearing a black hat with red brim, she’s smirking while looking up at the painter, holding her hands in the air and shrugging.

Linda, Narvie said, has a more emotional side than the painting shows.

“I can’t remember a time when Linda and I had a conversation where she didn’t cry,” Narvie blogged about the oil painting. “Not necessarily sad tears, but tears of all kinds. You could say that she is emotional, or you could say that she just has a deeper connection or understanding of things than most.”

Then there’s Joanne, a somewhat older woman in a salmon-colored T-shirt. She’s depicted casting a natural, arguably holy light in a dark corner of the restaurant as five other regulars sit around her and talk to her.

Joanne, Narvie said, was the mediator among the regulars — someone who neutralized conflict and kept people together, drawing in other regulars to talk and share their stories.
Ted was homeless, a man who once told Narvie he had been unemployed for more than 50 years.

“He was really old and was kind of hunched over and would shuffle around,” she said. “He’d sit on the corner, and everybody would buy him coffee because he always looked down and out.”

Ted’s portrait shows two versions of him, one coming out of the other. The right-most version of him seems to be walking way, hunched, carrying that drained expression so many people knew him for, Narvie said.

The other version of Ted looks directly at the painter, his eyebrows popping up into his forehead as he smiled at the artist, his expression beaming with life.

“And that’s Ted,” Narvie said.
Realism, humanity influence student Narvie’s style is heavily inspired by Edward Hopper, a prominent American realist painter best known for his 1942 painting Nighthawks.

“He’d have humanity in his paintings,” she said.

Narvie’s focus also stems from her childhood, from a mother who she said “had a lot of stuff going on, and it was always really real.”

“I’ve always been interested in people, interested in their stories and them retelling their life,” Narvie said.

Doing the work isn’t easy. Each painting can take up to 150 hours, from initial sketches to the full-blown canvas.

Her work is done from the back of the Montserrat art studios at 301 Cabot St., in a small walled-off area about 6 feet wide and 5 feet deep. There’s barely room for two stools when all the different canvases are brought in.

The walls are hardly bare though, with one of the only spots not already covered by artwork bearing Edward Hopper’s name in blue paint.

Narvie works daily, she said, and she has been known to pull all-nighters in her cubicle. “There was one week where I went crazy,” she said. “I was in the studio for four days in a row, from 3 in the afternoon until 7 in the morning.”
But sometimes, the hardest part of painting a regular is getting them to agree to it.

After getting to know the person, Narvie would ask for permission to capture the person in paint and, every time, she’d be met with an immediate, cold “no,” she said.
But everybody comes around over time.

“I learned that just waiting works,” Narvie said. “They think about it and usually, they come back to it and say, ‘well, if you were to paint a portrait, what would you do?’ “

Narvie has a reception with several other Montserrat students on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m., at the “301 Gallery,” 301 Cabot St., Beverly. For more on Narvie’s work, visit


Prof. Fred Lynch Reflects on the Power of a Class Lesson

unnamedLessons: “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…”
Posted on April 9, 2015, By Montserrat College of Art Prof. Fred Lynch

Not long ago, Montserrat College of Art (where I teach) hosted the illustrator and designer, Oren Sherman as a guest artist. He lectured inspiringly and then visited classes including mine: Senior Illustration Thesis. It was there that Oren shared a terrific life lesson – that his professional career changed when he “stopped asking for things and started offering things” as a strategy for success. He urged the Montserrat seniors to do the same.


As an example, he spoke of my student, Amberlynn Narvie’s terrific paintings of the “regulars” at the local Dunkin’ Donuts, where she worked for years. “That’s a great story” he said. “Call the editor of the local paper and start from there.”
She acted on his urging and did even better. She put the work on Reddit and was immediately contacted by both (the Boston Globe) and Metro Boston.

Now she’s been interviewed by both papers, and so, her career begins.



Graduating Senior Amberlynn Narvie’s Thesis Artwork Featured on’s BDCwire


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!


Student News: Sarah Graziano ’15 Selected to Present Paper at Annual Art History Symposium

2015-02-11 14_27_04-Sarah GrazianoCongratulations to Sculpture senior Sarah Graziano ’15, whose paper “Pushing Boundaries: Restoring the Female Nude” has been selected for presentation at the Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium organized by the Visual Culture Consortium, Boston. The symposium will take place at the Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Saturday, April 11, 2015, 12 – 4 p.m.

This symposium will bring together undergraduates to present their research in a broad range of topics in art history and visual culture, by students from a cross section of Boston-area colleges and universities.

The on-campus run through will take place at Montserrat on Wednesday, April 1, 11:30 am in room H-201, 23 Essex Street, Beverly.


Montserrat’s Bear Gallery Exhibts at the Beverly Historical Society

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Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery has been given the opportunity to exhibit a sampling of artifacts selected from the Beverly Historical Society’s collections.

Through Our Eyes: Objects From a New Perspective will feature an arrangement of artifacts historically linked to the past residents of Beverly, Massachusetts and the surrounding North Shore area.

The reception will take place on February 25 from 4 to 6 pm at the Beverly Historical Society at 117 Cabot Street.  The exhibit’s hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Wednesday 1 – 9 pm.

Featured Artists: Alexandra Rious, Brandon Troelstrup, Danielle Franzen, Meaghan Greene, Claudia Valenti, Emily Cyr, Shae Vasile, Haley Anderson & Remy Washington.  



Illustration Theme Show: Shakespeare


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

Reception: Wed., Feb. 4, 5-8 pm
On view: Jan. 26 – Feb. 6, 2015

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

Poster by Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member David Ferreira


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


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

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

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

For more information contact Montserrat’s Chair of Art Education Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault at 978.921.4242 x 1605, or visit



Photo Cred: Terry Slater


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Freshman Experience Exhibit Opening December 5

MoCA Group

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


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


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


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Thank You for Participating in #GivingTuesday

Because of YOU Montserrat is pleased to celebrate another successful

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

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

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


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


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

On view: Dec. 1 – 17, 2014

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA


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




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Gallery Update: “I Know Of You” Senior Thesis Exhibition

imageI Know Of You: Montserrat Senior Thesis Exhibition

Reception: Wednesday, November 19, 5 – 8 pm
On view: Mon., Nov. 17 – Fri. Nov. 21, 2014
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Hours: Mon. – Fr. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 4 – 6 pm 

I Know Of You is an exhibition showcasing the works of six artists across various concentrations. Robert Sheehan is a painter who focuses on color and light. His worlds represent familiar subjects through a range of abstraction. H.C. Nicoll is an illustrator as well as a storyteller. Her comics juggle the idea of monsters and mental illness. She mostly works with ink and digital media. Monique Yozwak is a graphic designer who focuses on the juxtaposition of images. Her works feature this technique to compare and contrast bank robberies of the 1930’s to today. Ian Cooper is a painter who focuses on color and form. He emphasizes the planes of the face, fabric, and body. He uses acrylic and charcoal on a large scale. Emily Miner is an illustrator who combines watercolor and gouache. She focused her thesis on recreating the alphabet by making creatures from her imagination. Kyle Hedin is a videographer whose works involve personal symbolism. All of his works also include religion and racial undertones.


 Ian Cooper, 2014, Charcoal on paper

For more information contact:
Pamela Campanaro
Assistant Curator of Exhibitions
Montserrat College of Art Galleries


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Montserrat Students Propose Beverly Wall that Draws Artists From All Over



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Gallery Update: “SHEER PANIC” Senior Thesis Exhibition


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

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

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

Photo Cred: Joanna Carey ’15

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Alumni Update: Lana Wheeler ’12

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

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

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

By Kristin D’Agostino

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

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

Wheeler created this soap label for a client in Maine.

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

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

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

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

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

Win Tickets to Artrageous 29 By Telling Your Story


Tell us Your Story

Montserrat’s education centers on a student’s transformation – as an artist, communicator, story teller, citizen. How did Montserrat transform you? 

  • How did your time at Montserrat nurture who you are?
  • How has your education impacted your life and career path?
  • How has an arts education molded how you look at the world?
  • Shine a spotlight on “everyday moments”

Shine a Spotlight


What were those moments, who were those people, where were those places, that made your Montserrat experience special?

Your story can help others

To support the significant financial aid that the college awards we must raise funds. Your story, your path, will help show why a Montserrat education is important.

Tell us your story, your way.

You are an expert communicator. We invite you to tell your transformation story your way -in paint, photography, poetry, video, illustration, sculpture, etc.

You may win tickets

Ten stories and the companion artwork will be featured atArtrageous!29 on March 28, 2015. Winners will receive 1 pair of tickets, a $300 value.

The “fine print”

  • To be considered for Artrageous!29, all stories and art must be received by2/15/ 2015.
  • Stories may be told with, or include, one piece of artwork.
  • All submissions, except written works, must also include an artist statement of up 400 words.
  • Stories may be used on Montserrat’s website and in future publications.

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Montserrat Students Exhibit at Crane Estate November 8


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

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

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chris Van Allsburg Book Launch Event in Beverly

Van Allsburg Signing Invitation

Renowned author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg will launch the tour for his new book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, here in Beverly Farms with a signing event on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 – 6:30 pm.

The meet-the-author event will take place in the former Glee Building at 29 West Street, Beverly Farms. In addition to signing copies of his new book, Van Allsburg will be showing framed pieces from his work as an illustrator.

To help celebrate independent bookstores, the event is a project of and sponsored by the BOOKSHOP OF BEVERLY FARMS.

The Van Allsburgs are further supporting our community by offering a % of proceed from book’s sold to benefit Beverly Bootstraps.

Click here to see all his tour dates and locations!


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

The Portrait Project: A Lifetime of Art


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

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

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

Artists include:

College StudentsDaniel Stone and Massiel Grullon from Montserrat College of Art

Accomplished ArtistsDan McColePaul GoodnightJanet Monafo and Master Artist Arthur Polonsky

Emerging ArtistsKate True and Percy Fortini-Wright

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

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

Beginner ArtistsNusayba McAllister and Gabriella Kenney from community organization Dot Art

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Across the Bridge Exhibit Travels to Beverly’s Cumming Center


Please join Montserrat College of Art at The Bear Gallery’s Beverly 100 Cummings Center location, Suite 108-J, Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 pm for a special reception featuring the art from Across the Bridge. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 15.

Across the Bridge features student work from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The old structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Peter Furniss, CEO of Footprint Power, approached Montserrat College of Art with the idea that our students create an exhibit that would “recognize, document, memorialize and honor the people at Salem Harbor Station,” we were eager to see how our different perspectives – oral history, writing and studio arts – would enrich and expand our students’ learning experience.


The Bear Gallery at the Beverly Cummings Center Wednesday is located in the 100 billing in suite 108-J. From Elliott Street the 100 building is the first building on the right when entering. Enter the building through the front left hand doors. Proceed to the end of the hallway, the Cummings Center office is right there, turn right and you will find the Bear Gallery slightly down the corridor on the left hand side.

The Bear Gallery Hours:

Monday: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Thursday: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3:30 – 5:30 pm



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Montserrat Awarded Interdisciplinary Learning Method Grant from Davis Educational Foundation


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

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

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

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

1.  FX (the Freshman Experience)

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

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

2.  StudioXL (the Studio for Experiential Learning)

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

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

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

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

More collaborations are being planned for future semesters.

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


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Student News: Phoebe Warner and Dan Stone Commissioned to Paint Downtown Beverly Piano

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Public piano lets Beverly catch a beat on the street

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With only a sandwich board calling for willing volunteers to “play a little tune,” a new fixture downtown has started turning even the casual shopper into a street performer.

A full-size piano is the latest attraction in downtown Beverly, regularly on display in front of the Montserrat College of Art on Cabot Street.

For many, the piano is a trap. Throughout the day, pedestrians are caught in its web as they sit and play a few notes, then maybe a song if they know one.

Meanwhile, other bystanders stop what they’re doing and approach the piano, some even pulling out cellphones to record video.

The idea behind the piano was to take art out of the gallery and put into the public eye, Beverly Main Streets director Gin Wallace said.

“I saw it a couple years ago,” Wallace said. “I saw an article in a magazine about a program called, ‘Play Me. I’m Yours.’”

The program has picked up global attention. It puts pianos in public places like Times Square for tourists and local residents to play throughout the day, Wallace said.

The program was too much for a group in Beverly to afford, but Main Streets got permission from its creator to use the idea and put one piano on display with their own catchphrase, Wallace said.

The piano was donated by The Lynn Museum, and its display in Beverly was made possible through the work of several other organizations, according to Wallace.

One man has made visiting the piano a near-daily routine.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Beverly resident Charlie Perlo said. “It’s a wonderful symbol of the arts in Beverly and what the Beverly Arts District could become.”

Perlo, who also runs the city’s Solid Waste Management Committee, believes the piano is just what downtown Beverly needs.

“There are a lot of frustrated musicians in Beverly, both professional and otherwise,” Perlo said, “There are a lot of them in Beverly, but we don’t see them.”

It would be in the city’s best interest to encourage them, and the piano represents a step progressing toward that, Perlo said.

Beverly resident Dan Dwyer said music is a way to bring people together, as he’s seen in other cities.

“I have friends that live in the city, in Cambridge. They incorporated something like this,” he said.

“I’ve stopped at every one I’ve been at just to talk to the people playing.”

Two Montserrat students — Phoebe Warner, 25, of Whitinsville, and Dan Stone, 21, of Pittsfield — were commissioned to paint the piano before it was put on the sidewalk.

They chose a design where the colors of the keys run up along the piano and converge into much larger keys to give the instrument some more visual pop, they said.

Warner said Montserrat has been a sort of revival for the artsy side of Beverly, which she added has previously sat in the shadow of neighboring Salem.

The piano, however, is much more than art, according to Warner.

“Instead of it being something to look at, it’s something everybody can touch and enjoy,” she said, “It encourages people to be around. There’s no pressure to be perfect or be in a concert hall. It’s just, like, ‘here’s a piano. Make some noise.’”

The piano has added a layer to a larger conversation about buskers in the city, according to Wallace.

A busker is a musician who sets up on the sidewalk and plays music as people drop change in something like a hat or guitar case, Wallace said.

“Right now, it’s basically impossible for a busker to come and set up on Cabot Street,” Wallace said, “The sidewalks aren’t wide enough because you have to have three feet for (the Americans with Disabilities Act), then you have the parking meters and trees.”

A couple of city councilors are looking at what other towns and cities have adopted for busker regulations to possibly set up a permit system, Wallace said.

Meanwhile, city officials are continuing to build up their vision for Elliot Square, which already is a prime public performance space downtown, according to Wallace.

But any addition of space for performing will be a boost for downtown Beverly, Stone said.

“It’s one more step toward realizing that there’s a community that exists within all the hectic chaos of Beverly,” he said.

Above Photo by DUSTIN LUCA/Staff Photo: Montserrat College of Art students Dan Stone and Phoebe Warner, pictured above, were commissioned to paint the piano put on display by Beverly Main Streets earlier this month.


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Montserrat Students Exhibit Revisits Summer Abroad Trip to Italy


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

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

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

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

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



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Montserrat Community at 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival


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

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

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

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

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

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

– Kaitlyn Assmann ’15


Synthesis II: Montserrat and Endicott Faculty & Student Exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College’s faculty and students have collaborated yet again in the exhibit Synthesis II.  The show will be on view October 2 -26 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.

A public opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2 – 4 pm.

Montserrat staff members that are exhibiting are Judith Brassard Brown (artwork seen above), Greg Orfanos, Justin Gagne, Gabrielle Keller, Lisa Perkins, Robert Roy, Julia Shepley, Blyth Hazen and Len Thomas-Vickory.

Endicott College faculty exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

Montserrat students that are exhibiting are Adam Kooken, Mike Outhouse, Anthony Corrado, Katherine Roldan, Rory Bastille, Kerry McDermott, Alecia Parent, Rebecca Segar and Chelsea Nee.

unnamed (1)The student’s work is from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.

Endicott students that are exhibiting are Stephanie Alvarado-Ross, Samantha Hensel, Kayla Hodgetts, Alicia Luong, Suzie Newman, Kara Summerly, Graham Swayze, and Ruby Wallace-Ewing. Endicott staff that are exhibiting are Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner.

For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004.


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Student News: Emily Miner ’15 Winning Design


Montserrat College of Art Illustration senior Emily Miner ’15 had her anteater design chosen by squishable. Her illustrations is now an adorable 15 inch squishable anteater stuffed animal!

“To get my workout there is the goal, and I aim to illustrate children’s books someday. If my design makes it, that would just get me one step closer to my goals, I feel.” – Emily Miner ’15

Congratulations, Emily!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Connection Update: Zen Rock Garden


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

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

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

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Student News: Loki LaChapelle’s Shop Featured as Salem’s Business Spotlight of the Month

IMG_1114-400x246Salem Main Streets features current Montserrat College of Art student’s Loki LaChapelle‘s shop in Salem.

Business Spotlight of the Month – Salem Ink

Every month, Salem Main Streets highlights a business in downtown Salem that might be relatively unknown, off-the-beaten path, misunderstood, or just plain cool.

What: Salem Ink Tattoo and Art Gallery

Where: 201 Derby Street

Owner: Loki LaChapelle

The Business: Salem Ink has been around for a few years now, but their brand-new and very visible location on Pickering Wharf has allowed them to expand and reimagine themselves. Part tattoo studio, part gallery, Salem Ink puts the artistry of tattoos and the local community front and center. Many people going past Pickering Wharf lately have had questions about “the new gallery in town,” and we wanted to get an inside look.

Starting in Salem: Loki LaChapelle originally opened Salem Ink on Washington Street several years ago, after being drawn to Salem’s funky, artsy vibe. Cautiously polite about what makes Salem Ink different than other tattoo studios, Loki points out that every tattoo is personal and that customers should look to find artists who match their style. Salem Ink will take on large-scale to small work, noting that the smallest tattoos can sometimes have the most significance.

Why a Gallery? While at their previous space on Washington Street, Salem Ink had started a small gallery in a neighboring space as an opportunity for Salem State students to show work. Loki realized that there were few opportunities on campus for students to have their work seen and, just as importantly, sold. The new location on Derby Street has allowed the two businesses to combine. The current gallery showcases work by Salem Ink artists, local professional artists, and student artists from Salem State and Montserrat. As a result, pieces range from extremely affordable smaller pieces to larger, high impact works – the large octopus piece by Salem Ink artist Ashlie featured at the top of this blog has since been sold to a local restaurant where it will hopefully have a permanent home!

Bright, bold, and inviting, Salem Ink’s new digs offer much more than either a traditional tattoo studio or gallery. Be sure to poke your head in and you’ll immediately see why!

Student News: Cody Pelletier and Daniel Rodriguez Featured in LensArt Photography Trailer

CodyMontserrat students Cody Pelletier and Daniel Rodriguez are featured in the new LensArt: the Fine Art of Photography” Trailer, which is the latest project from Creator/Producer John Thomas Grant and Host/Writer Leslie D. Bartlett. It is dedicated to the history, science, technique, and, especially, the fine art of photography. The series will shortly follow.

Click here to view full trailer!

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams


Summer Art Classes for College Credit Available


Montserrat offers intensive summer classes, many of which are available for 1.5 credits. Most courses meet for one week, all day Monday through Friday, though additional work may be required for credit. We also offer an online course which may be completed from a distance. Please click on each course for more information and rates.


Instructor: Tim Harney
June 16 – 20
This course explores collage and the variety of materials which can
be used to express ideas and emotions in visual form. The history of collage, as well as modernist and contemporary developments will be introduced and discussed.


Forms in Paper
Instructor: Elizabeth Alexander
June 16 – 20
Join an in depth exploration of sculpting with one of the most versatile raw materials: paper. Study the contemporary and historical uses and conduct exercises to develop your own language with paper arts.

natWeaving a Sculptural Narrative
Instructor: Nathalie Miebach
June 23 – 27
Can a sculpture tell a story? This workshop focuses on using narrative as the beginning of a sculptural form. We’ll use traditional basket weaving methods for contemporary sculptural purposes. Emphasis will be on play and inspiration from a tinkerer and storyteller.

eatinFinding Your Story
Instructors: Ethan Berry &
Erin Trahan
July 7 – 11
Do you have a story that needs to be documented and shared? This is an opportunity to take a rough story idea – fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid – and move it to the next level.

JAMESFabricated Steel Sculpture
Instructor: James Durrett
July 7 – 11
Learn the basic skills for working in metal! Students will learn technical and practical methods used to manipulate metals into objects of their own design.

saqrahCreative Letterpress Projects
Instructor: Sarah Smith
July 7 – 11
Have you been admiring letterpress printed books, posters and cards? Been wanting to learn how to set type and print your own ideas? Come work with Montserrat’s wood and metal type collection, as well as a range of presses from the 1890’s to the 1950’s.

BARBSExpressive Interpretations of the Landscape
Instructor: Barbara Moody
July 7 – 11
Explore trees and roots, mountains and rocks, pods and plants, water and clouds. Expressive interpretations with a range of materials are encouraged, incorporating both representational and imaginative elements.

lizziePortraying the Self online course!!
Instructor: Elizabeth Cohen
June 9 – July 11
Students will explore autobiography as a universal creative practice, and – beginning with a story of their own – create works of self-portraiture. The course will culminate with an exhibition on campus at Montserrat.

Or, click here to see all workshops!

Looking to just take a workshop, not for credit? Apply now!


Our housing is steps from class, and 5 minutes to the beach!

301 Gallery: Summer Immersive students past and present have the opportunity to submit work for a juried exhibition at Montserrat College of Art this summer.

Hurry, deadline is May 9!

Marblehead Art Association: Students who enroll in courses led by Tim Hawkesworth, Barbara Moody or Maria Malatesta will have the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside their instructors at the Marblehead Art Association.

Earn PDP’s
Educators can earn Professional Development Points. All of our classes are eligible. Contact us to find out more.
Visit our website or contact us at or 978 921 4242 x 1202 to learn more.

Faculty News: Masako Kamiya Exhibits at Gallery NAGA

Gallery NAGA_Installation_1The work of Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibited in On the Wall at Gallery NAGA in Boston June 6  – July 11 along with Sophia Ainslie, John Guthrie, Color Ways, Rick Fox, Rachel Gross, David Moore, Randal Thurston, Harold Reddicliffe and John Garrett Slaby.

Reception: Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm
67 Newbury Street, Boston MA
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm

Montserrat College of Art student Kevin Lucey (featured in the above and below photos) has helped Kamiya for the last three days to complete an installation of a wall painting at Gallery NAGA.

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Montserrat Community Exhibit in MCCA’s 2014 Summer Solstice Art Reception

Recent Montserrat graduate Massiel Grullon ’14 and current student Daniel Stone will exhibit their work in the Summer Solstice Art Reception, ThursdayJune 19, 5:30 – 8 pm.

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with a full-building public art reception. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light snacks will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Click here to RSVP by June 13, 2014.

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210

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Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art’s Class of 2014


On Friday morning, May 16, 84 Montserrat College of Art seniors switched the side their tassels were hanging on their caps and became alumni of the college at The Dane Street Church. They were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in animation and interactive media, art education, book arts, graphic design illustration, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. 


Emmy nominated animation director Bryan Konietzko was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during the ceremonies. Former Beverly Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. was also awarded an honorary degree.

The Class of 2014 selected Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Merriweather McCarty (shown below with President Immerman) was named student speaker. The ceremony was led my Montserrat’s Trustee Chair Lee Dellicker.


Student Awards:
Liberal Arts Michelle McGaughey
Creative Writing Minor Ariel Durkee
Sculpture Jacob Corvelo
Photography and Video Michelle Behre
Graphic Design Whitney Chin
Art Education Zoey Chapin
Art History Minor Anna Gruca
Painting and Drawing Taylor Clough
Animation + Interactive Media Samantha Lefrancois
Printmaking Jason Fandel
Book Arts Cory Wasnewsky
Illustration Elizabeth Laskey
Interdisciplinary Arts Ariel Durkee
William + Ruth Fusco Prize Corynn Larkin

Eight students received dean’s highest honors and 26 received dean’s honors.

Faculty Awards:

Marilu Swett, chair of the Sculpture Department, received the Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award and the Conelia Endowed Fund Award was presented to Prof. Diane Ayott.

Click here to view the 2014 Graduates and the Commencement Program!

Immediately following commencement, students and guests were invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery was open for viewing of the 2014 All Senior Show  at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street.

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page!

Study Abroad Students in Niigata, Japan


Our Study Abroad students are finally in Niigata, Japan and what better way to celebrate than a sushi lunch?!

Top (L-R): Dakota Zouzias, Danielle Renino, Kaila Jaye T and Emily Cyr. Bottom (L-R) Paige Elizabeth, Nygel Jones and Ian Cooper.

Photo Cred: Len Thomas-Vickory

Student News: Paige Hall Highlighted in Events Insider Review

‘In The Territories’ – A Rare Western Comedy (3.5 Stars)

by Tom Boudrot


Photo Cred: Michelle Behre ’14

In this same space a few months back I reviewed a production of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” and talked about the exciting amateur theatre happening in Beverly Massachusetts at the Dane Street Church. The group is The Sea Change Theatre Company and at the helm is the talented and enthusiastic Artistic Director, Jason Schaum and his wife, Associate Artistic Director, Staci Skile Schaum. It seems the company is always up for a challenge as they announce their line up for the next (third) season, they are taking on no less daunting tales than the likes of Hamlet and for the second time, a play written by a playwright who won the secon annual playwrighting contest held by the company.

Their current production: “In The Territories” is by Mark Jabaut, the first winner of the Annual Playwrighting contest, and it’s a rare genre for a stage production, a western comedy set in “the wilds of the Colorado and New Mexico territories”. This show in particular is the very definition of an amateur production in that this is Mark’s first play ever produced. The actors do a wonderful job fleshing out the roles Mark has written despite having limited acting experience themselves. The guiding light that holds it all together though is Jason Schaum, who brings his energy and theatrical sensibilities to the play, adding nice touches along the way (just as he did in Antigone) and adding nuance and depth to these shows.

But it’s not just the Schaums bringing these plays to life. The entire production crew behind the scenes is as much the story of Sea Change as the actors and the material. In the great tradition of amateur stage production they make the most out of what they have to work with. In this case the stage is not huge but much credit has to go to set designer, Paige Hall. While Paige is still a student intern at Montserrat College of Art, she and the staff have managed to design and build a beautiful set that feels as big as the Colorado Rockies, the setting for this play. The fact that it is possibly the biggest landscape in America could have been a distraction in this relatively small space, but it never detracts from the story. It only enhances the charm of this production. Costume design is by Katie Kenna and is spot on, bringing a sense of rugged realism to the characters.

Check out this fun evening of western action from the talented, hard-working folks at Sea Change Theatre Company. For more info, go to:

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All Senior Show Awards Ceremony


Dean of Academic Affairs Laura Tonelli and Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury.

Congratulations to all of the seniors and to the 5 seniors who won prizes at our All Senior Show Awards Ceremony on Wed., May 7! Learn more here:

Jill Hedrick, Taylor Clough, Darek Bittner, Candace Bonfiglio and Nicole Reilly


Jill Hedrick receiving her award with Juror Robert Moeller and Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury.

And THANK YOU to our fabulously talented Juror, Robert Moeller


Juror Robert Moeller

Photo credit: Michelle Behre ’14

2014 Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Montserrat College of Art’s seniors held a series of weekly group exhibitions at Montserrat’s 301 Gallery, Mingo Gallery and Porter Mill this spring. Exhibit openings were held every Wednesday (and a few Thursday) night, 5 – 8 pm, March 19 – May 7. The public was invited to see this cutting-edge work and talk to the students.

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.

Exhibition schedule:

Thesis Show: Fine Arts IX Temporary Ground
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Christine Lewis, Zoey Chapin, Morgan O’Donnell-Curry, Christiana Lauzon, Kaitlyn Gozy, Michael Parrillo & Dominique Butori
On View: Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, May 7, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Animation- BUFFERING
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Elaine Carreiro, Amanda Furrh, Kristie Guerette, Merriweather McCarty, Michelle McGaughey & Samantha LeFrancois
On View: Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 – 8 pm


Thesis Show: Fine Arts VIII – What They Were
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Dan DeRosato & Cory Wasnewsky
On View: April 29 – May 9
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts VII – Number 7
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Michael Concepcion Velez, Melissa Miranda, Mirek Kutnik, Melissa Tremblay, Massiel Grullón, Michelle Behre & Henry Long.
On View: Monday, April 21-Friday, April 25
Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts VI – Memoraphilia
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Emily Fung, Ania Gruca & Elizabeth Paddock
Wednesday, April 16 – Sunday, April 27
Reception: Thursday, April 17, 5 – 8 pm



Thesis Show: Fine Arts IV – Seeking Solidarity
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Angela Gravel, Chelsea Nee, Kaitlyn Lampe, Chelsea Stewart, Claire Fenwick, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero & Jason Fandel
On View: April 14 – 18
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts V – AHA!
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey & Amanda Hawkins
On View: Tuesday, April 15 – Friday April 25
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm


Thesis Show: Fine Arts III – Happy Birthday
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Daniela Thomas, Kerry McDermott, Greg Lines, Katy Rogers, Leon Vuong, Alex Gurney & Erin Patterson
On View: Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11
Reception: Wednesday, April 9, 5 – 8 pm


Thesis Show: Fine Arts II – DÉRIVE
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Ariel Durkee, Alyssa Coffin, Corynn Larkin & Markie Remien
On View: Wednesday, April 2 – Sunday, April 13
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5 – 8 pm










Thesis Show: Illustration II – Chin Up
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Corey Cleary,  Gloria DiIanni, Jamie Marbury, Hannah Nicoll, Kristen O’Keefe & David Sam
On View: Monday, March 31 – Friday April 4
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 – 8 pm


Thesis Show: Fine Arts I – Someone, Somewhere
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Candace Bonfiglio, Carly Brasier & Jill Hedrick
On View: Tuesday, April 1 – Friday, April 11
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 – 8 pm


Thesis Show: Illustration I  – 7 x 14
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Alyssa Coffin, Erik Hechavarria, Grace Kettenbrink, Taylor Popek, Will Pottorff, Heather Scoggins, Michelle Tuttle & Thomas Wakely
On View: Monday, March 24 – Friday March 28
Reception: Wednesday, March 26, 5 – 8 pm


Thesis Show: Graphic Design – Going for Broke
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring: Whitney Chin, Cait Hatfield, Caroline Lares, Amanda Foley, Nicole Reilly, Tiffany Valcourt & Liv Varney
On View: Monday, March 17 – Friday March 21
Reception: Wednesday, March 19, 5 – 8 pm


Alumni News: Brad Silk Curates New York Project Including Montserrat Alumni


Alumnus Brad Silk ’07 is currently working on TEN, a new curation project at Cindy Rucker Gallery, which will run May 9 – May 11, 2014, with an opening reception May 9, 7 – 11 pm at 141 Attorney St. and Stanton St., New York City, NY.

As Assistant Director and and Independent Curator, Silk is working with the gallery on this new art event that will premier during the NYC art fairs. A few Montserrat alumni will also be participating, including David Schoerner ’07 ’12.

TEN is a three-day salon style art event will feature curatorial submissions of ten diverse curators and brings together one hundred artists in total, celebrating broad scope of the contemporary art world.

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