2014 Senior Thesis Exhibition Dates

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

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

Upcoming exhibition schedule:

Thesis Show: Fine Arts IVSeeking 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


Thesis Show: Fine Arts VAHA!
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

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Thesis Show: Fine Arts VIMemoraphilia
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 VIINumber 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


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 Are
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 IX
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

 Previous Shows:

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

DÉRIVE- (n.) lit. “drift”; a spontaneous journey where the traveller leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of the landscape and architecture attract and move them.

Artists Statement: Our work touches upon the theme of personal narrative spaces. Some people find themselves lost in reality, while others become lost in their own mind; collectively, we hope to provide a place for viewers to think and reflect.


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

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301 Gallery Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sat. 12 – 5 pm & by appointment.

Montserrat’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For additional information please contact Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Exhibition, Pamela Campanaro at 978.967.9604 or pamela.campanaro@montserrat.edu.


Montserrat’s Annual Open House April 12

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 3 – 6 pm
Awards Ceremony 4 pm

Open House will be Saturday, April 12 from 3-6 pm. It is the college’s annual spring event which celebrates the work of our community.

Each year, the college’s buildings at 23 Essex St. and 301 Cabot St. become galleries and works of all students, including those in our Continuing Education program, are displayed in galleries, classrooms and hallways.

Open House is open to the public and we encourage you to come and tour our facilities and see the latest work of our freshmen through seniors. On view will be painting, drawing, prints, graphic design, sculpture, video, photography, animations, illustrations, book arts and creative writings.

An awards ceremony to present scholarships will be held at 4 pm in the second floor hallway of the Hardie building, 23 Essex St., Beverly.


Internationally Known Animator Bryan Konietzko to Speak at 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation invite 2014

Montserrat College of Art announces internationally known Animator Bryan Konietzko as the 2014 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient. Mr. Konietzko will address the Montserrat community on May 16, 2014 at 10 am at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane Street, Beverly.

Konietzko is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated animation director, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He has also worked as a character designer at Film Roman for Family Guy and as Assistant Director for Mission Hill and King of the Hill. He was a Storyboard Artist and Art Director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim. Konietzko earned a BFA degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.


 “We are extremely honored to have an artist of Mr. Konietzko’s caliber speaking to our graduates,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of the college. “His successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome him to the campus and to the North Shore.”

The Class of 2014 has selected Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Merriweather McCarty has been named student speaker.

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

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


Record-breaking numbers for Montserrat’s Annual Artrageous!28 Auction for student scholarship

Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz '08

Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz ’08

Montserrat College of Art’s annual art auction party, Artrageous!28 broke records Saturday night, March 29, when more than 1,000 friends of the college came together to raise approximately $432,000 for student scholarship.

Artrageous!28 guest taking a look at the art during the silent auction. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Michelle Behre '14

Artrageous!28 guest taking a look at the art during the silent auction. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Michelle Behre ’14

More than 260 paintings, prints, photographs, illustrations, sculpture, jewelry, giftware and trips were donated by Montserrat students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and established and emerging artists from across the nation for the auction.

Artrageous! has become the signature spring event on the North Shore. It was held at Shetland Park in Salem, MA. The annual auction supports much-needed student scholarship.

Chair of Montserrat's Board of Trustees Lee Dellicker of Windover Construction, Liz Dellicker and Montserrat President Steve Immerman. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz '08

Chair of Montserrat’s Board of Trustees Lee Dellicker of Windover Construction, Liz Dellicker and Montserrat President Steve Immerman. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz ’08

Guests were given the opportunity to see students create on-site artwork at several Art-In-The-Moment stations, experience Where Creativity Works at Montserrat, enjoy music from Salem-based band The Dejas and taste the culinary art of Timothy S. Hopkins Catering.

The night’s Featured Artist was Steve Locke, Honorary Chair was Mary Puma, Chairman/CEO, Axcelis, Lead Sponsors were Windover Construction, Inc. and Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, Hal and Jodi Hess, and Mary Puma and Eivind Lange along with an impressive list of other sponsors.

Montserrat students during the Art-in-the-Moment. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz '08

Montserrat students during the Art-in-the-Moment. Photo Cred: Montserrat alumna Jenn Frankavitz ’08

“My husband, Eivind and I had a fantastic time at the Artrageous!28 auction party, Saturday night,” said Honorary Chair Mary Puma, Chairman/CEO, Axcelis. “This really is a signature spring event on the North Shore. We are so happy to help raise scholarship funds for these deserving students while attending such a creative and exciting event! We are looking forward to next year’s already.”

A highlight of the evening was a call for direct scholarship aid during the live auction which raised more than $65,000 in support. All support for the event increased this year, from sponsorships, to catalog advertising, to ticket sales to the amount of art donated to the college to raise money for support.

For further information about Artrageous!28, visit http://www.montserrat.edu/auction28/ or contact Erin Carter at erin.carter@montserrat.edu, 978-921-4242 x1114.

Montserrat students and alumni celebrate in excitement as senior Taylor Clough's '14 (middle/white dress) piece sold for $2,900 during the live portion of Artrageous!28. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Dino Rowan Traite '16

Montserrat students and alumni celebrate in excitement as senior Taylor Clough’s ’14 (middle/white dress) piece sold for $2,900 during the live portion of Artrageous!28. Photo Cred: Montserrat student Dino Rowan Traite ’16


Student News: Katy Rogers Featured in Everett Independent

She’s Got Real Talent: Montserrat’s Katy Rogers Prepares for Her First Art Gallery Exhibit
By Cary Shuman, April 2, 2014, Everett Independent

E11Katy Rogers has known she wanted to be an artist since her tenth grade year at Everett High School.

“I was always interested in art and I liked to create things but I didn’t really take any formal art classes until my sophomore year in high school,” said Rogers.

Rogers, a 2010 Everett High graduate and a senior studying at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, will participate in her first art gallery with other seniors on April 9 at 301 Cabot St. in Beverly. Rogers will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History.

Rogers’s exhibition will feature six separate photo realistic, high-detail, black-and-white drawings of her Everett and Chelsea neighbors, whose ages range from 5 to 80. She has been working on the art project, which is part of her senior thesis, since October.

The 22-year-old’s superior artistic talent has already caught the eye of actor Bryan Cranston. Rogers personally presented a print to the Emmy Award-winning star of “Breaking Bad” after a perfomance in Boston last October.

“He told me he really liked my drawing of him,” Rogers recalled humbly of her conversation with Cranston.

Rogers has received a comprehensive education at the famed Beverly art school, taking six to eight art courses per year in addition to courses in the humanities, social sciences, and English.

“Attending Montserrat has been a great academic experience,” said Rogers. “I feel I’ve improved as an artist. They teach you more conceptually as opposed to the actual manufacturing of the art. What has been most helpful is they’re excellent at teaching you the whole process of being an artist in addition to creative skills.”

While Monteserrat has refined her artistic skills and prepared her to begin her career, Rogers credits the Everett school system for setting the foundation. There have been outstanding art teachers who inspired Rogers on each step of her journey.

“Shannon Kelleher Scire, Mrs. Scire as she was known to me, was my middle school art teacher for whom I did my first Harry Potter portrait, using a grid which inspired me to continue portraiture later on,” said Rogers. “It was selected to hang in the main hallway entering the Keverian School.”

That early Harry Potter artistic influence would come full circle when Rogers recently drew an image of Harry Potter star Tom Felton (who plays Draco Malfoy) and she was able to present him the drawing.

An honor roll student at Everett High, Rogers studied under the tutelage of art teachers Ms. Annette LeRay and Mrs. Katherine Rinaldi. “I took a variety of art classes and experienced a range of creative mediums – drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, etc. I did portraiture, I saw my potential and I wanted to keep improving. These dedicated teachers encouraged me and helped me prepare my college portfolio. Everett High had a fine arts academy as part of its curriculum so all my academic classes were art-oriented.”

Rogers received acceptances to five art schools and eventually decided on Montserrat.

The most influential teachers during her college career have been Sarah Smith, with whom she had several classes, and Mark Hoffmann, her advisor who is currently helping her with the progress of her upcoming show.

Rogers also enhanced her skills during an internship at the New England Aquarium in Boston. She spent 120 hours volunteering to render the realistic artificial coral that is in the Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank.

As always, Rogers’s family will be present for an important milestone. Her parents, Thomas and Patricia Rogers, grandmother, Ruth Lang, aunt Barbara Carlin, several cousins and friends will be attending her first public art exhibition in Beverly.

“I’m really excited about the show,” said Rogers. “I think people will enjoy the attention to detail in my portraits, my capturing of people in an intimate sort of environment. I’m showing a relationship. I really wanted to expose the people that I grew up around in a positive light. They’re very important to me and as an only child I was very aware of my neighborhood. There was a close-knit community on my street, one that wasn’t as common on other streets.”

Looking beyond her graduation from Montserrat, Rogers said she would like to be recognized for her artwork, continue to network, “and to keep improving as an artist.”


Montserrat Community Involved in Sea Change Production


Montserrat College of Arts students have been collaborating with Sea Change Theatre Company for the following productions:


Three Christmas Gifts

Paige Hall: painter, scenic charge, and props assistant
Hannah Keyes: Head Painter
Bronte Pirulli: painter
LiAnn Natter: painter
Phil Hoa: props builder
Aubrey Mueller: props builder, fabric/costume assistant

sea_o (1)Antigone

Paige Hall: Intern/designer
Aubrey Mueller: tattoo shirt designer and painter
Ariel Lund: fabric manipulator
Hannah Keyes: fabric manipulator
For more ticket information, visit their Facebook page or contact info@seachangetheatre.com, call 978.500.3885


Career Services Update: Summer Opportunities

Visual Designer, IBM  Bay Area, CA
Buyer, Fab New York, NY
K-12 Art Teacher, Carney Sandoe & Associates
2-D Artist/Illustrator, Multimedia Games Austin, TX
Associate Graphic Designer, Reebok Canton, MA

PT / Temp/ Summer
Visitor Assitant, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA
Guide, Otis House Museum Cambridge, MA
Visitor Services, MIT Museum Cambridge, MA
Temporary Gallery Staff, MIT Museum Cambridg, MA

Design Intern, Ideo San Fancisco, CA
Graphic and Web Design Internship, UFORGE Jamiaca Plain, MA
Gallery Internship, Rockport Art Association Rockport, MA
Videography Intern, United Independent Movement Boston, MA

Calls For Work
Student International Film Festival, Rijeka
The Road Gallery, NYC

AmeriCorps Camperhill Program, Lukas Community Temple, NH
Maker Fellow
Montserrat Summer Immersives Alumni Fellowship
Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists
For the latest updates on Jobs and Summer Opportunities follow Montserrat’s Career Services on Twitter!
Montserrat’s Office of Career Services provides students and alumni with practical information and advice for professional career development. Our staff of artists and career professionals combines for a total 20 years of experience helping individuals navigate through the working world. Through internships, workshops, and opportunities to interact with practicing artists and professionals working in the field, the Montserrat Community actively engages with the Arts and Creative Industries beyond its walls.

Kirk Snow
Director of Career Services
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Amy Ruiter
Assistant Director of Career Services
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Don’t miss the North Shore’s Artrageous! Auction Party: March 29


Montserrat College of Art’s Annual Auction Party


Don’t miss THE North Shore’s signature Artrageous! spring event on Saturday, March 29 at Shetland Park, Salem, MA


Artwork by Steve Locke, monument #1, 2013

Featured Artist
Steve Locke

Honorary Chair
Mary Puma
Chairman and CEO, Axcelis

Lead Sponsors
Windover Construction, Inc.
Brookwood Financial Partners

For more information + tickets visit

Tickets are available on-line until Wednesday, March 26 at 5 pm. Prices will increase by $15 at the door the night of the auction.


Public Previews: March 26, 27 & 28, 10 am – 3 pm or by appointment
Shetland Park, Building 4, Entrance V, 27 Congress Street, Salem, MA

View our Artrageous!28 promotional video here!

Contact: Erin Carter
978.921.4242 x 1114

Photo by Dino Traite ’16: Senior Morgan Dyer reacts with excitement as one of her paintings in the live auction becomes the object of an aggressive war between bidders. Her piece, valued at $1500, sold for $3500!


Bear Gallery’s Book Arts Show

Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery’s current Book Arts Show had a reception on Tue. March 18, at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H.


From left: Henry Long, Alexandra Rios and Joyce Tat

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 Joyce Tat displaying her book art.

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 Alexandra Rios displaying her book art.


Montserrat Students Document the Workers and Closure of Salem Power Plant

Honoring the end of an era 
Art students, power plant workers creating legacy
By Will Broaddus, Staff writer

Salem: Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem Power Plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

Salem: Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem Power Plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

After Salem Harbor Station closes in May, its huge structures will come down and most of its workers will move on.

To make sure their stories don’t disappear along with the 500-foot smokestack, 28 students at Montserrat College of Art have been conducting interviews with plant employees that will become part of an archive. These stories will also serve as the inspiration for student paintings, sculptures and videos that celebrate the workers’ careers, and will be exhibited at the plant this July.

Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo Electrician Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on stills and video. Montserrat College art student Rebekah Segar, left, shows still photographs she took to Alicia Parent. Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo

Electrician Dumond Thebaud speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on stills and video. Montserrat College art student Rebekah Segar, left, shows still photographs she took to Alicia Parent.
Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo

“The general theme they’re beginning to see is how the workers treat each other like a family,” said Elizabeth Cohen, who teaches at Montserrat and is helping coordinate the project. “Some have worked there for 20, 30 years. They’re constantly caring for the plant as if it was a family member, and the plant has cared for them.”
The Montserrat class is being sponsored by Footprint Power of New Jersey, which acquired the coal and oil-burning plant in 2012, and plans to replace it with one that burns natural gas.
The idea for the project developed in a conversation between Peter Furniss, CEO of Footprint, and Stephen Immerman, president of Montserrat College.
“It provides a constructive output for my staff,” Furniss said. “Many are good storytellers, and they have their own kind of artistic sensibilities around their work.”
“I think there’s a lot of grieving going on on the part of my staff, with the loss of the plant, loss of jobs and loss of family they’ve built there over many decades. I know it’s helpful for them.”

Dumond Thebaud, right, speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat, from left, are Alicia Parent, Rebekah Segar, Adam Kooken, and Dan Stone. Workers' stories will inspire an art exhibit this summer honoring their legacy. Ken Yuszkus/Staff photos

Dumond Thebaud, right, speaks about his work at the Salem power plant while being recorded on video. Art students from Montserrat, from left, are Alicia Parent, Rebekah Segar, Adam Kooken, and Dan Stone. Workers’ stories will inspire an art exhibit this summer honoring their legacy.
Ken Yuszkus/Staff photos

Students started visiting the plant in late January, touring its control rooms, turbines and shops, and they recorded brief videos that introduced them to the workers.
“We wanted them to meet each other, but because of all the security and scheduling it was really cumbersome. We couldn’t get a big group together,” said Ethan Berry of Beverly, one of three faculty members working with the students. “These people are busy running a plant.”
Those workers who chose to participate in the project — about 22 of the plant’s more than 100 employees — in turn recorded videos in which they talked about their work. These provided a starting point for interviews, which the students started to conduct last Friday.

They continued yesterday as Berry led a group of nine students to the plant, where they donned hard hats, safety glasses and fluorescent vests identifying them as artists.

One group visited the electrical shop to speak with Dumond Thebaud, who started out shoveling coal but is currently an electrician and has held several other jobs in more than 30 years at the plant.
Another student visited Miledy Santana in the plant’s chemistry lab, and a third group interviewed Ed Daddoli, who works in mechanical maintenance.As the students become more familiar with the workers, they will formulate proposals for artworks they want to create for the exhibit.


“The students are being asked to interpret,” Berry said. “One student’s interviewing just the women, to hear their stories. Another person is taking pictures of the people working and using them as outlines to make sculptures. Another one is making costumes and having some of the workers reenact episodes that happened.”

Salem:  Dave Burke talks with Katherine Roldan, left, and Kaitlyn Assmann, center, at the Salem Power Plant. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

Salem: Dave Burke talks with Katherine Roldan, left, and Kaitlyn Assmann, center, at the Salem Power Plant. Art students from Montserrat are undertaking a project to document the experiences of workers at the plant.

“So they are going to be interpreting, and there’s going to be flat artwork — drawing, photographs — and sculptures. There’s going to be a mural that’s going to involve the community, all kinds of different things.”

Student Melissa Tremblay wants to paint pictures of each worker’s boots, which will serve as “a symbol of their lives,” and was partly inspired by a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Cohen said.

Kaitlyn Assmann, from Syracuse, N.Y., has asked workers to describe the first moment they saw the plant, and will use their responses in the soundtrack for an animated film.
Berry said the class is a valuable opportunity for students to get outside their studios and learn to articulate their ideas in the real world.

At the same time, the archive they and the workers are creating, along with the artistic visions it is inspiring, are recording a world that is passing away.

“I call them ‘end-of-an-era projects,’” Berry said. “I think Peter’s idea was, ‘We can’t let this pass without acknowledging the workers in some way.’”



Student News: Corryn Larkin Exhibits at Watertown Arsenal for the Arts

Senior Sculpture major, Corryn Larkin ’14, has been juried into a a show a the Watertown Arsenal for the Arts. The show is called 30×30, and is by artists under the age of 30.


30 Under 30
March 6 – April 25
Reception: March 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Arsenal Center for the Arts features the work of artists from the Greater Boston area under the age of 30 years old. The 30 Under 30 Exhibition is designed to display and encourage the dialogue of 30 young artists in the Boston area. This exhibition will present a diversified look at emerging artistic talent in Massachusetts. There will be 2 exhibition opportunities through this program. The first will be our Opening Preview in which 30 artists will be chosen to show 1 piece from their body of work that best represents their voice. The second showing will be a part of a Focus Showcase in which 6 out of those 30 artists will be selected to showcase a broader range of their work.

Juror: Katherine French – Executive Director, Danforth Art

For more information, please visit: arsenalarts.org

Congratulations, Corynn!


Health Center Update: 5 Simple Ways to beat the Winter Blues

5 Simple Ways

1. Peppermint oil helps with sadness and depression. Inhale a whiff to get a burst of energy

2. Fluorescent lights can actually change the levels of melatonin in your brain, inhibiting depression. They’re also very inexpensive!

3. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which boosts energy and can enhance circulation.

4. Ginger tea boosts your metabolism and increasing weight loss!

5. Gingko biloba makes you more alert and boosts your brain power.


Bear Gallery’s Nautical Exhibit at Beverly Historical Society


Len Thomas Vickory, Boat, silkscreen

On the High Seas is a series of work presented by Montserrat College of Art’s student run Bear Gallery and the Beverly Historical Society. The exhibited art illustrates the joy, plight, romance and triumph of maritime culture and fantasy. The displayed work has a common theme of the ocean, maritime, sea animals, ports, etc. Allie Rios and Brandon Troelstrup will be spearheading this show, with help from the Bear Gallery interns.

A reception will be held at the Beverly Historical Society, at 117 Cabot Street, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 4 – 6 pm. The exhibit will run through May 1.



2014 Student Sculpture Show

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The 2014 Student Sculpture Show is currently up in 301 Gallery!

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

All are invited to stop by!

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sat 12 – 5 pm


Study Abroad: Montserrat in Mallorca

Check out the photos that Montserrat College of Art’s photography students took while studying abroad to Mallorca, Span this past winter break, along with their reflections of their immersion.

Montserrat In Mallorca: mcamallorca.wordpress.com

For more information about Montserrat’s Study Abroad program, please visit: montserrat.edu/academics/study-abroad/spain.php








Montserrat Community (Faculty, Alumni, Student) Exhibits at BU’s 808 Gallery


Instructor and performance artist, Sandrine Schaefer‘s upcoming curatorial project ACCUMULATION (phase 2) is on view at Boston University’s 808 Gallery in conjunction with the Lightening Speed of The Present exhibition Jan. 23 – March 30.

Alumna Kelly Hunter ’13 and current senior Dan DeRosato ’14 are among the artists participating. They were both students of Schaefer.

Live performances will begin on Jan. 29th and will happen every Wednesday (with the exception of March 12).

Please visit the ACCUMULATION website  for updates on the schedule and information about the artists.



Montserrat Students Fundraiser for Philippines Relief Effort

1398108_689519994413684_847880559_oRed Cross Board Chair Rich Weissman accepts a check from Montserrat students Claire Fenwick ’14 and Andrew Podziewski ’16 to aid in the Philippines relief effort after the students made and sold home made baked goods to raise money last week. Weissman is the Director of Corporate Education and an assistant professor at Endicott College, and accepted the check on behalf of the Northeast Chapter, American Red Cross, located in Peabody.

Background Artwork: Untitled by Alex Lukas

Photo credit: Samantha Lefrancois ’14


Art Education Seniors Present Thesis Show



Crayons to Acrylics: An Art Education Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Dec. 4, 5 – 8 pm

The Art Education Program of Montserrat College of Art and the Practicum students are pleased to present the artworks of their students in this annual celebration of the completion of their Pre-K-12 Initial Licensure requirements.

The exhibition features works on paper and mixed, traditional and digital media, in two and three dimensions, representing a selection of visual arts projects produced in the context of art classes assisted or taught by Practicum students Katrina Holland (BFA Illustration, 2013), Alyssa Kingston (BFA Painting, 2012), Geena Lopes (BFA Painting, 2013), Ashley Provencher (BFA Illustration, 2012), Rebecca Skrabely (BFA Painting, 2013) and Erin Wolf (BFA Photography, 2013).

Schools represented are Harrington Elementary School, Chelmsford, MA; Highlands Elementary School, Danvers, MA; Ellis Mendell Elementary School, Roxbury, MA; Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere, MA; Salem High School, Salem, MA; Revere High School, Revere, MA.

The Practicum internship consists in 300 hours of classroom experience usually completed in the Fall semester from September to December. Students enrolled in the program work with all students in visual art classes in a school of their choice, under the professional guidance of their Supervising Practitioner.


Student News: Announcing: Here? No, There.

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Here? No, There.

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 

10 am - 9 pm

301 Gallery
Montserrat College of Art
301 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA

The culmination of the efforts of the Body as Art: Performance Art Fundamentals Class taught by Sandrine Schaefer at Montserrat College of Art will take place at 301 Gallery in a final event featuring the work of:

Dani Thomas-10am-9pm

Morgan O’Donnel-Curry- 10am-9pm

Dan DeRosato- 10am-12:30pm

Nygel Jones- 10am-3pm (video screening -documentation of site-specific performance)

Phoebe Warner- 11am-9pm

Sam Glidden-1pm-9pm

Dan Ceritto- 1pm-2pm

Tori Cossette- 3pm-9pm

Dan Stone- 6pm-9pm


Seminar Students Exhibit Artwork in ‘Ology’


Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery invites you to “Ology, a mixed media show featuring the works of current Montserrat seminar students Ania Gruca, Ariel Durkee, Leon Vuong and Corynn Larkin. There will be two interactive pieces by Ania Gruca and Leon Vuong as well as biomorphic sculptures by Corynn Larkin, and other realm- works by Ariel Durkee.

Opening Reception: Thu., Nov. 14, 4 – 7 pm
On View: Nov. 14 – Dec. 7
248 Cabot Street, Bear Gallery, 2ndfloor hallway


Montserrat Community Featured in Boston.com’s Crane Estate Art Show Review

Crane Estate art show features local and student artists - Beverly - Your Town - Evan Sullivan displaying his work.

Crane Estate art show features local and student artists By Angie Sykeny, Gordon College News Service


When Montserrat College of Art junior Evan Sullivan began creating his series of art prints about re-urbanization, he was doing it for a class assignment, not an art show. Now, at the suggestion of his printmaking professor Len Thomas-Vickory, Sullivan will have one of his silk screen prints from the series on display at the 10th Annual Crane Estate Art Show and Sale Nov. 9 and 10 in Ipswich.

“The assignment was to make a poster that promotes something,” said Sullivan. His series of posters contains several variations of a four-color traffic jam with suburban homes and a city center with walking pedestrians.

“We created the suburbs with the best intentions but we are actually destroying the nature around us to build them,” he said. “Reurbanization is about bringing people back to the cities, but also to change the cities, make them more walkable and eco-friendly to preserve the natural landscape around us.”

Sullivan’s pieces reflect the greater theme of this year’s show, hosted by the Trustees of Reservations, “Shifting Perspectives.” All of the art highlights some aspect of North Shore landmarks and landscapes, and sales will benefit both the Trustees and the artists. The show is free to attend and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate.

According to Thomas-Vickory, Sullivan is one of 40-50 Montserrat students submitting paintings, drawings, printmaking, and photography pieces for the event. It is the College’s fourth year having work in the show, but many local high schools also have students participating, including Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich, and Peabody. According to Trina Schell, public programs and volunteer manager of the Trustees, there will be nearly 150 pieces of student art featured in the Casino Complex.

The show is an opportunity not only for students, but for other local artists as well. In the Great House there will be over 150 pieces by 69 different local artists, and in the outside space between the Great House and the Casino Complex, there will be sculptures by six different sculptors.

“We have some of the top artists on the North Shore,” said Schell. “The quality of the art is just fabulous.”

Local artist Sandra Belock-Phippen of Wenham has regularly had her work in the show, and almost every year it has sold. She said her inspiration comes predominantly from the salt marshes in the area.

“I hope my work rings true with viewers,” she said. “That they come away with the sense of color, beauty and drama I find in nature.”

In addition to two large pieces, Belock Phippen will also submit a few pieces for the “small works gallery.” Schell said this gallery of 8×8 or small pieces appeals to the more casual buyer who doesn’t have the money or the wall space for a big-framed piece, but can still find space for “that perfect little find.”

But the show has more than just open galleries. From a giant chalkboard where they can contribute their own flair to a game of “art eye spy,” visitors are encouraged to be interactive and have fun. They will even have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece to win the People’s Choice Award. The work with the most votes will be featured in the publicity material for next year’s show.

But for Sullivan, art isn’t about the money or the publicity—it’s about the process.

“I do it because I enjoy it,” he said, “but I create it for other people to see. I’ve never had the intention of selling my art, but if someone wanted to buy it, I would be honored to share it with them.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and the Gordon College News Service.


Students Paint Bricks for Harborlight Community Partners Fundraising Event

Montserrat College of Art students volunteered an afternoon to paint bricks for Harborlight Community Partners upcoming event, “A Celebration of Community Partnerships: Building Compassionate Communities, Brick by Brick” on Nov. 8 at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem to support affordable housing for all.

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^Winning bricks! (L to R) Michael Aghahowa (3rd place-left), Paige Hall (2nd place-top), Liz Laskey (1st place-right) and Brianna Shea (honorable mention-bottom)




Gallery Update: November 2013 Exhibitions


Paul M. Scott Library: Oct. 31 – Dec. 13

L’immersione Artistica: Viterbo, Italy
Reception: Tue., Nov. 5, 5 – 7 pm

For the month of July 2013 students in the Montserrat Study Abroad Program in Italy created drawings, paintings, studies, illustrations, photographs, collages, doodles, sketches, designs and all manner of art in response to living in the medieval Italian town of Viterbo.

They explored the piazzas, the gardens, the cobbled streets, the ancient churches, the cafes, the palaces, and the hidden corners. Viterbo became their home, their muse, their inspiration, their days and their nights…

301 Gallery: Nov. 4 –  8

Queens: A Senior Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Nov. 6, 5 – 8 pm, 6:30 pm performance

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present the work of six graduating seniors in the upcoming exhibition Queens: A Senior Thesis Show. Seniors Jacob-Michael Corvelo, Kelsey Hebert, Angie Hill, Elizabeth Laskey, Katharine J. MacGregor and Rebecca Wallace all have something to share with viewers; a new twist on a princess story, a trek across Boston, silhouettes of burned memories, habits and how they are formed, illustrations from inspiring words, and a bond between two people.


301 Gallery: Nov. 11 – 15

Game Over: A Senior Thesis Show
Reception: Wed., Nov. 13, 5 – 8 pm

Montserrat College of Art proudly presents the second exhibition of senior work Game Over: A Senior Thesis Show. The artists, working in a variety of different media, each have something distinctly to offer viewers. Morgan Farrar exhibits a playable beta level, alongside concept art, for her colorful game concept “Dinomine.” Taylor Clough creates acrylic paintings that investigate familiar forms, the space that surrounds them, and explores the marriage between representational objects and abstraction. Michael Scaramuzzino is an illustrator, 3D modeler and designer who creates by integrating art, technology and science, to bring forth new ideas and concepts. Ben Potts designs a cast of characters for a fighting game, each based on one of the different classical elements. Jessica Abella incorporates a variety of techniques in her work, such as screen-printing, collaging and painting in order to integrate mediums onto photographs.


Montserrat College of Art Galleries | 23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA

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The Beverly Oracle Goes to Maine (part ii)

Artist-in-Residence Anna Schuleit Haber, winner of the NEA Arts and Cultural District Public Art Competition, and her team of Montserrat interns have been quite busy moving the project along. Please continue to check in to read the updates by Anna’s Research Intern and sculpture student Caitlyn Doolittle ’15 and follow along in their journey as they move forward with The Beverly Oracle project.

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The sun had yet to rise, but Anna, Caitlyn, and Finnegan were already off on another Oracle road trip on October 22. Leaving Beverly at 6am and driving up the coast to Brunswick, Maine, to visit two Oracle interviewees at Bowdoin College, we were looking forward to a great deal of activity. Once at Bowdoin, we met with Mark Wethli, painter and head of the art department. Anna had been invited to give a visiting artist talk in Mark’s art class, to which sculptor John Bisbee brought his students, too, from a neighboring class room. After an hour presentation with many slides, focusing on Anna’s large-scale installation works including the Beverly Oracle, we (minus Finnegan who was napping in Mark’s guesthouse) headed across campus to a luncheon lecture with Mark Wethli, which sociology professor Susan Bell (a friend of Anna’s who had once written a research paper about Anna’s projects) was giving to the faculty at Bowdoin. After the lecture and excellent lunch in a beautiful tall room, we then visited the writer Brock Clarke, who teaches in the English Department. After a very enthusiastic and delightful interview with Brock, the Oracle received another answer!

We then had some spare time, so we headed to a farm on Orr’s Island where Anna had had once been stationed as the visiting artist some years ago, and we went on a short hike with Finnegan. The water glistening through the pine trees was stunning, a color between turquoise and teal, and the sight was truly incredible. Finnegan was very happy about this part of our trip, he even met a new friend on this hike. What we originally thought was a stray cat… soon turned out to be a porcupine. Thankfully, our dear project dog was not stung with the barbs as he tried to play with the creature. Heading twenty minutes back to Bowdoin College, we then met with Mark Wethli for his official Oracle interview. His studio is filled with his beautiful works, many paintings, some similar pieces now hanging in galleries and collections abroad. We had a great time with Mark, talking about art and all else. He, too, gave us an answer, also on a piece of paper, to take back to Beverly. Thanking Mark for this day, we headed to Beverly after an exhausting but very productive day. Where to next?

bowdoin visit mark wethliPainter Mark Wethli in his studio at Bowdoin, discussing art and oracles with Anna

Best Oracle wishes + stay tuned for more—
Caitlyn Doolittle ’15, Research Intern
The Beverly Oracle


Montserrat Students Exhibit at Crane Estate


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 year’s theme “Shifting Perspectives” is sure to generate some stunning artwork from the students. This is the fourth annual show at the Crane Estate in Ipswich presented by Montserrat’s Bear Gallery.

Exhibit: Nov. 9 – 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

Admission is FREE and open to the public! For more information contact The Trustees of Reservation at www.thetrustees.org or 978.356.4351.

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


Google Doodler Jennifer Hom Visits Campus



Jennifer Hom reviewing senior portfolios during one of her class visits.

We had well known Google doodler Jennifer Hom visit several classes around campus yesterday to talk to our students about what it’s like working for Google! She is one of 13 artists who have the unique opportunity to change the logo on Google homepage with an illustration! For the last four years, Hom has been a member of the team that makes those quirky, fun, artistic renditions. “We don’t want to hinder our audience from actually searching, because they came to our homepage to search, but we also want to do something fun,” she said during an interview with CBS news earlier this month (watch below).

Google’s doodler team: How artists, engineers remake Internet giant’s logo

Hom was a student of Montserrat College of Art faculty members Prof. Fred Lynch (right) and Asst. Prof. Shanth Enjeti (left) while she was attending RISD.


Montserrat President Steve Immerman (left) with Prof. Fred Lynch and  Jennifer Hom.


See Hom’s work here: blog.jenniferhom.com

All photos were taken by Montserrat senior Samantha Lefrancois ’14


Students Install Sculptures for Beverly Commons Outdoor Art Exhibit

Montserrat students of Elizabeth Alexander‘s Interior/Exterior Installation Art class have installed several temporary sculptures on the trails the Essex Greenbelt’s Beverly Commons Property in  Beverly, on view Oct. 24 through Nov 17. There are 7 works scattered throughout the main trails made by Danielle Franzen, Vincent Frana, Benjamin Freeman, Sarah Graziano, Miroslaw Kutnik, Christine Lewis and Ariel Lund. Take a walk in the woods and look for the “Montserrat” signs, see if you can find all 7.

The Beverly Commons entrance can be found at the end of Greenwood Ave in Beverly and  is open dawn to dusk, free of charge.


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Montserrat Students and Alumni Involved in Boston Printmakers Biennial

bp-webTen Montserrat students and alumni are involved in this year’s Boston Printmakers North American Print Arches®  Biennial Student Print Exhibition.

Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 – 5 pm
Exhibit: Oct. 27 – Dec. 20, 2013

808 Gallery
808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri: 11 am – 5 pm, Thu: 5 – 8 pm; 
Sat – Sun: 1 – 5 pm

Including Work by Montserrat Students and Recent Alumni:
Sarah Arnold
Darek Bittner
Michael Concepcion-Varela
Suzanne Evans
Jason Fandel
Samuel Glidden
Larissa Tapler
Sarai Elsi Lopez
Chelbi Wade
Jordan Walsh

The Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial is the longest running juried printmaking show in the country. Printmakers working in traditional, new and experimental approaches comprise the group of artists from which this year’s juror, Dennis Michael Jon, Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will select for the exhibition. The Biennial prominently highlights the vibrant activity of contemporary printmaking on the continent.


The Beverly Oracle Goes to Maine

Since Artist-in-Residence Anna Schuleit Haber was chosen earlier this year to design the public art in downtown Beverly after the NEA Arts and Cultural District Public Art Competition, her and her team of Montserrat interns have been quite busy moving the project along.

Please read the below piece written by Anna’s Research Intern, sculpture student Caitlyn Doolittle ’15, watch the video and follow along in their journey as they move forward with The Bevelry Oracle project.

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This past weekend, five members of the Oracle team — Anna, Katie, Maddy, Caitlyn, and Finnegan — traveled to Maine to visit poet Jane Brox and to ask her to join the Beverly Oracle project by providing its first answer.

On Saturday, the team picked up Anna’s forty year-old Buick convertible from storage and traveled through the beautiful foggy scenery of New Hampshire to arrive at the oceanside town of East Boothbay, Maine. With a gorgeous beachside house to stay in for the trip, the team then traveled to Brunswick on Sunday to visit Maine poet and writer, Jane Brox. Raised on a farm in Dracut, Massachusetts, Jane is the author of four books and has received awards for her poetry, including the L.L. Winship New England Award. Settling at her kitchen table in her very cozy house, Anna interviewed Jane and invited her to participate in the Beverly Oracle project as the first contributor of an “answer”. Jane responded with much enthusiasm and kindness, ending the interview with genuine excitement about the project.

Leaving with Jane in Anna’s 1973 Buick Centurion convertible, the Oracle team then drove to the nearby studio of sculptor John Bisbee. The team met John outside the mill which holds his welding shop, where he has been working on the intricate metal sculptures he is known for. Working with twelve-inch steel spikes as his medium, John creates larger-than-life pieces constructed from these thousands of nails. Traveling up to the high floors in the mill, John showed the team his second, large workspace, filled with exquisite sculptures he has created over the years. While interviewing him, the team was able to catch a glimpse of a recently finished piece, “Hearsay”, a tall, abstracted shape pieced together by heating and bending spikes. Walking around the studio, Anna interviewed John about the pieces that were spaced all along the floor. With an exhibition coming up for Hearsay in the near future, John was passionate when talking about his work. Leaving with an answer for the Oracle from John, the team then traveled back to East Boothbay to spend the final night of the journey.

Leaving Monday morning for the long haul back to Beverly, the team retraced its steps through Maine and New Hampshire back to Beverly, filming the trip along the way. The aim was to capture the adventure, mostly from the perspective of the car, using a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mm 1:2.8 L lens. With the heavy camera, the uneasiness of filming while in a moving car, and the attention to focusing, the filming of the trip was a wonderful challenge, but the resulting footage was worth it. While sitting in the kitchen late at night and early in the morning, Anna and the interns had been logging each film clip, a time-consuming job. Logging is the process of watching the footage and writing down all of the data that was captured on film, for the editor to know the material at a glance lateron. We are now in the process of completing our first trailer for the project, which will include footage of our interview with Jane Brox, as well as the many hours of driving up the coast at Autumn’s peak. We will use John Bisbee’s music because it’s a perfect fit for the feel of our journey.

Our trailer is published at this link, take a look:

We learned a lot: frequent bathroom breaks, lots of snacks, steady hands for filming, and many layers for hot + cool days. We really look forward to our trip to the next writer, soon, probably in New Hampshire!

Best Oracle wishes + stay tuned for more—
Caitlyn Doolittle ’15, Research Intern
The Beverly Oracle


Beverly Police Host Domestic Violence Event: Silent Witness

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L to R: Sheila Radziewicz of HAWC, Quincy Torres, Director of the Beverly Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, Zayda Gonzalez, John W. Norton and Lieutenant Phil McCarthy.

The Beverly Common was filled with over a dozen life size red wooden cutout figures yesterday afternoon, Oct. 11. The event, Silent Witness, hosted by The Beverly Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, was held to pay tribute to the victims during the department’s month long effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Each free standing life size wooden figures had the names of a Massachusetts victim who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children – who’s life ended violently at the hands of an intimate partner or acquaintance. An extra figure was added to represent those uncounted victims whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental.

The red figures of men, women, children and policemen were made by Montserrat students Buddy Quinn, Ivy Fowler, Emily Fung, Mirek Kutnik, Michael Parrillo and Zoey Chapin. Montserrat sculpture faculty member James Durrett played a huge part in the process of collaborating with the students to build all of the figures.


Review: Faculty and Student Synthesis Exhibit

Thanks to all of the faculty and students who are exhibiting in Synthesis, an exhibition of faculty and student work by members of the Montserrat and Endicott College communities. An opening this past Saturday afternoon drew a very large crowd and four works were purchased. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 20 at 6 Wonson St., Rocky Neck, Gloucester. We hope you will have a chance to view it. Special thanks to Len Thomas-Vickory for his outstanding assistance coordinating the student work and to Karen Ristuben, who is teaching at Montserrat, is president of the cultural center, and who helped coordinate the entire program with several volunteers.

REVIEW: ‘Synthesis’ enthralls at Rocky Neck with work from Montserrat and Endicott”
By Keith Powers, Courtesy of Cape Ann BeaconOct. 6, 2013

With another exhibition that extends its artistic connections further afield, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck hosts “Synthesis,” a group show featuring both students and faculty from Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art.

Works from more than a dozen artists fill both the upstairs and downstairs of the Cultural Center. Mainly painting and works on paper, the exhibition reveals not only the strong individual work happening here on the North Shore, but the collaborative strength that emerges when artists work together.

The students’ work, in the lower gallery, shows a range of technical virtuosity and imagination. Most striking, almost nightmarish, is a digital photograph, theatrically posed by Kaleigh Rusgrove from Endicott. Its subject: Ophelia, submerged in her suicide stream, but with eyes wide open, as if still searching for answers or explanations. The milky surface and crystal clear delineation of the photograph leave no detail imprecise, but her expression poses only questions — just as her death in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” does.

Montserrat student artist Ariel Durkee’s “Fennec Desert God,” a cleverly composed acrylic on paper, captures an alluring, mystical mood. (Visitors to Algeria might have encountered the ubiquitous fennec, a large eared but tiny desert fox.) The fennec appears in the background, a face peering through light. Hooded figures in the foreground either worship or look askance — or both — at the image.

Montserrat’s Emily Fung shows an abstract relief and monoprint, titled “Thanatos,” also smartly composed and suggestive. In all, about two dozen student works fill the downstairs.

Upstairs, the faculty work also shows a breadth of interests. Nine extremely fine ink-on-paper drawings by Fred Lynch, from the department of illustration at Montserrat, capture the visual simplicity and easy attraction of the village of Viterbo, Italy. Siena tinged, almost devoid of human presence, Lynch’s drawings unveil the Italian village in a way that immediately transforms it into a place of personal refuge and visual allure.

Carol Pelletier, chair of the fine arts department at Endicott, offers two oil and wax on bristol vellum abstract works, small quasi-landscapes, which have strong semantic appeal. Both “Hover” and “Seasmoke” make the viewer look for clues that offer more complete meaning, simply because of their compositional coherence.

Masako Kamiya, associate professor at Montserrat, may be familiar to those who visit Gallery Naga in the Back Bay. Her “Recollections,” a gouache on paper done in a style she calls “stalactite dots,” uses a carefully aggregated series of small circular paint drops, which she has built into an egg-like shape on a white background. The effect is tender and introspective, as delicate as air.

Ron DiRito, chair of the photography and video department at Montserrat, has one photographic image from his series “Light water, dirt air” that makes the viewer wish that the entire series were on display. He calls the method “pigment transpositions on paper of an electronic actinic recording, referencing original matter” — which also begs for further investigation.


Rocky Neck Cultural Center Exhibits Montserrat & Endicott Community Art This Fall


The Rocky Neck Cultural Center in Gloucester, MA is hosting an art exhibit titled Synthesis featuring Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College faculty and students, Sept. 26 – Oct. 20. The Public Reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, 3 – 5 pm at The Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA.

The show will feature the works of Endicott College faculty members Barbara Burgess Maier, Diane Girardi, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean, Mark Towner and Larry Volk. Montserrat College of Art faculty exhibiting are Rebecca Bourgault, Ron DiRito, Mark Hoffmann, Masako Kamiya, Fred Lynch, Brian Savignano, Marilu Swett, Stacy Thomas-Vickory and Jesse Kahn.

Students from both colleges will also have their works on view. This will be third year for the joint Montserrat-Endicott show at Rocky Neck, formerly held on a weekend at the Goetemann Residency Studio and now expanded to a four-week exhibition at the Cultural Center. It is the first to include faculty from the two colleges.

The exhibition will include a variety of media including painting, photography, book arts, sculpture, illustration, graphic design and mixed media, and will be on both floors of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

Endicott College Chair of Fine Arts Carol Pelletier says “This is an excellent opportunity for students and faculty to showcase their work side by side. This exhibition represents our interconnectivity as artists which is a key component to what we call mentorship. This, along with the diversity of media and styles is a reflection of what we all do best, which is delivering an idea through visual means. The inner voice speaks of the context we live in, and in the end, we are still learning about ourselves and our work.”

Montserrat College of Art Chair of Photo and Video Ron DiRito said, “We are all very excited to be part of this collaborative exhibition that includes faculty and students from both Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College. The work from Montserrat showcases a faculty member from each of our nine concentrations. This is a great opportunity for both the students and community to see the varied and diverse approaches to art making that exists in both schools. This is a wonderful activity for everyone involved and it especially helps us connect very personally with our students, the emerging artists of tomorrow.”

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Contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004 or visit rockyneckartcolony.org for more information.

Gallery hours: Thu – Sun, noon to 4 pm.




Montserrat Community Involved in Wearable Art Benefit Fashion Show


Some incredible artists made pieces for the seArt’s Wearable Art II Runway Show, including Montserrat College of Art alumni Janet Souza ’01 and Blessing Mazarura ’98 as well as Montserrat’s current sculpture class led by Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett. The show was presented by Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) on Sunday, Sept. 29, showcasing more than 60 unique looks from local artists.

Learn more here: eventbrite.com


Book Arts Student in the News


Cliffs and Caverns, mixed media on panel, 12 x 12, 2013, Kevin Lucey

Current Montserrat College of Art Book Arts student Kevin Lucey’s  work was accepted in to the ArtisTree Gallery‘s juried exhibit Unbound Vol. III  in Woodstock, VT after Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith shared the opportunity with her class ! He had one of his pop-up books and bookbinding 1 final project accepted. He also sold one of his pieces during the show! “It was a really great show. I am so happy I got to be in it,” said Lucey.

A case in point is Kevin Lucey’s “Uneven Valley Graves.” At first glance, the piece is straightforward enough: two altered hardcover books, hung in parallel with their fronts flat to the wall. A roughly bean-shaped trough has been gouged from the center of each off-white cover. Lining the crevices and spilling from them are tiny, balled-up pieces of paper, gray on one book and white on the other. Registering the title, this viewer’s mind went to the mass graves of the Cambodian (or any other) genocide, imagining hundreds of skulls emerging in ghostly revolt. That may not be at all what Lucey intended; either way, it’s a quietly thought-provoking piece. – Courtesy of  Vermont’s Independent Voice

Unbound Vol. III includes works that explore the book as concept, object and format. Click here to read the full review of the show!

See more of Lucey’s work here: kevinlucey.tumblr.com/


College Students Return to North Shore

Montserrat-Move-In_DayFrom the left: Incoming freshman Brianna Shea, Class of 2017 from Milford, MA, Brenda Earl, John Shea and Christopher Shea (Photo taken by Terry Slater)

Our news and returning students moved onto campus this past weekend!



Bear Gallery Exhibits Artwork from Study Abroad Trip to Japan


The Bear Gallery proudly presents it’s second Japan Show featuring work from students and alumni who attended Montserrat College of Art’s study abroad in Niigata, Japan. The exhibit will have it’s Opening Reception on Monday, August 26 from 4 – 6 pm. The show will be up through September 17th. The Bear Gallery will be showcasing woodblock prints made by students while they attended classes at Niigata College of Art and Design in Japan during the summer of 2013.

The show will be hosted at The Bear Gallery at 248 Cabot St. on the second floor. The Gallery is open for regular hours Monday-Friday 8 am – 7 pm

How to get to the gallery: Enter through the front and go straight until you see the elevator on your left. Get off on the second floor and turn left. Or go up the stairs to the right of the elevator, through the glass windowed door to the right, and up the stairs.

Learn more about Montserrat’s Study Abroad program here: montserrat.edu/academics/study-abroad




Montserrat Collaborative Arts Program with Lynn Boys and Girls Club

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Montserrat College of Art’s Outreach Connection will present a multi-faceted art exhibit, film screening, reception and panel discussion on the Here We Are!  Lynn Boys and Girls Club program collaboration, Aug. 12 and 13, 9:30 – 11 a.m., at 23 Essex St., Beverly. The public is welcome to stop by at any time during open hours.

Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn and the children’s literacy provider The REAL Program, the outreach art component has been developed by Montserrat College of Art students Phoebe Warner and Daniel Stone, of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Illustration Programs. The six-week enrichment program, Here We Are! takes the Lynn children, ages five through ten, on a reading and art journey. Students will be creating art individually and through teamwork that teaches learning through visual inquiry and creative problem solving. The children’s books selected to read include, Me on the Map, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Patrick’s Dinosaurs and The Color Box.

This summer the reading and art program is being held at the Congregation Ahabat Sholom where elementary school-aged children are benefiting from the input of teachers, college and high school students, and retired professionals in this collaborative service-learning program.

The Here We Are! Community Art Event is being hosted at Montserrat College of Art and is free and open to the public. In addition, the college gallery will be exhibiting “Seven: A Performative Drawing Project” on the first floor gallery, which visitors are welcome to view as well.

The collaborative program is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Work Study Reading Program, the Montserrat College of Art Outreach Connection and The REAL Program.

For information about the event, contact Montserrat’s Community-Engaged Arts Program Manager, Susan Handler, at susan.handler@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x1650.

>>This feature has been published in:

The Boston Globe

The Salem News

Beverly Citizen


Morgan O’Donnell-Curry Interns with Express Yourself

Current student Morgan O’Donnell-Curry ’14 interned at Express Yourself this past year. She had a wonderful experience with them!

In addition to creating stage effects and performance pieces, she performed on stage at their annual production “Viva!”  at the Wang Theatre in the spring.

The internship has shaped O’Donnell-Curry’s career plans. She wants to go to grad school for direction of performance art!

>>To learn more about the Internship Program at Montserrat College of Art, click here!


Express Yourself immerses young people into the creative world of music, dance, and visual arts and empowers them with life-changing results. EXYO celebrates cultural diversity and collaboration with isolated youth from 17 Department of Mental Health residential and inpatient facilities who form their own large community. Since 1989, over 2,200 kids in newly created communities have worked collaboratively with artists and celebrities such as Blue Man Group, STOMP, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and Broadway dancers. Youth and artists become inspired during a full-year program creating set designs, visual art, and performance pieces for their grand celebration at the Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre. EXYO challenges myths surrounding young people with mental illness and at-risk youth, allowing these individuals to explore art as a path toward a healthy sense of identity and belonging and toward feeling valued for their artistic contributions. More than 300 young people per year emerge from a sense of isolation in hospitals, residential programs, and community settings to a strong sense of collaboration and celebration in a thriving multi-disciplinary art community.


Downtown Beverly Mural Update

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What’s new? A mural to be painted as part of Arts Fest

By Will Broaddus, The Salem News Staff writer

Beverly Main Streets is just as creative as the artists they host at Arts Fest and always manages to come up with something new.

This year, they will double down on new additions, with a slate of fresh faces performing great music and a mural project on Pond Street that will have everyone craning their necks to see.

The mural is the idea of artist Philip Coleman of Angelmex ll Studios, which is located at the Porter Mills Studios.

“He was approached by Jan and Don Preston,” owners of the gift shop Casa de Moda, said Heather Wolsey of Beverly Main Streets. “Because they have this vision. They’re very interested in public art.”

The mural is going to be painted on one of Casa de Moda’s walls, Wolsey said, on the Pond Street side.

It will be painted “trompe l’oeil” style, a super-realistic technique for portraying objects.

“It means ‘to fool the eye,’ or something like that,” Wolsey said.

It will depict a streetscape, and will be named “Calle Casa,” which is Spanish for “Casa Street,” to honor Casa de Moda.

The mural is sponsored by Beverly Main Streets and several other local businesses and will enlist the aid of Montserrat College of Art students as interns (Amy Titus, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero and Eric Wright).

The mural has been started, but the work done during Arts Fest Beverly should provide a dramatic display of artistic skill in action.

Coleman, who has done other murals around the country will do two more at the back of Casa de Moda in the future, Wolsey said.

There are several other murals downtown, including one painted by Montserrat students on the side of Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, parts of which depict the costumes that were used by Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company, which ceased performing at the theater last year.

“Main Streets supports public arts like this,” Wolsey said. “We want to have public art downtown for everybody to enjoy.”

…visit salemnews.com to read the full article.

Also, on boston.com 


President Immerman Awarded at Salem Cyberspace Dinner


From Left: Montserrat student Miguel Cruz ’14, Director of Salem CyberSpace Linda E. Saris and Montserrat President Steve Immerman.

Montserrat College of Art’s President Steve Immerman was presented with an Educator Award at the Salem Cyberspace Great Expectations June 11 at the Kernwood Country Club. The fundraiser was a benefit for the students they help and Montserrat was a sponsor.

President Immerman was given his award for the help he gave Montserrat student Miguel Cruz ’14, who attended Salem Cyberspace in High School, which helped him to attend and stay at Montserrat!

Beneficiaries are low-income youth, ages 11 – 23, most of whom live with a single parent in a home where English is not spoken. Most of our youth will be the first in their family to graduate from college. See more at: salemcyberspace.org 



Three Montserrat Community Members Participate in Art Installation


Three members of the Montserrat College of Art community (Adam Miller ’00, Joshua Morrissette ’00 and Kerry McDermott ’14) are participating in a large-scale public art installation project at the MBTA bridge in downtown Lynn. The public art project is being organized by the Lynn non-profit Centerboard, a downtown Lynn nonprofit organization seeking to revitalize the city focusing on creating opportunities for residents and businesses while building community. This latest project is the third phase of the project, known as Public Art 3.0, which involves beautifying the neighborhood of Central Square as well as supporting independent and emerging artists. Originally started as a project with local teens in a photography class, the public art was so well received the agency decided to keep going, expanding the involvement to working artists looking to make an impact with their art.

The Public Art 3.0 Unveiling will be this Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 pm in Central Square, downtown Lynn, MA.


They are revealing huge works of art that they have been working hard to fund raise for the production. The city of Lynn will also be having live music, a film screening and yard sale while the food and fitness festival will be going on. The Central Square stage and island will feature a wide array of local artists, jewelry makers, crafters and more. Extras for Creative Reuse will have a table on hand with some crafts and even raw materials with which to make your own. The Lynn Cultural Council will help put artists in touch with grant opportunities, and The Food Project will also have a table. Learn more here!

The Montserrat artists involved:

Adam Miller graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2000 with a BFA in Illustration. Adam has shown art from coast to coast, most recently exhibiting at the Halcyon and Genuine Artikle galleries, both in NYC.

Kerry McDermott is a student at Montserrat College of Art. She will graduate in the Spring of 2014 with a BFA in Photography.

Joshua Morrissette graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2000 with a BFA in Photography, winning his Dept. Award for that year.Josh digs his fingers into the flesh of the art world in any way he can, from photo restoration and concert photography, to fine art exhibitions and comic illustration.

The public art on the bridge instantly perks up the neighborhood, the residents and businesses love it and we are looking forward to getting new photos installed,” remarks Centerboard’s Special Projects Coordinator Carla Scheri.

The participants in this year’s project include a mix of local and national artists. Photographers Josh Morrissette, Michael Karolemeas, Kerry McDermott, Adam Miller and Jason Taglieri are all North Shore residents. Sarah Kang is based in San Francisco. Kate Ahokas is based in Colorado.


Montserrat Interns Create Downtown Mural in Beverly


Montserrat students Amy Titus, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero and Eric Wright have been working on the mural at Casa de Moda!

Artist Philip Coleman and Montserrat College of Art student interns are priming and laying out the grid so they can get started. Phil Coleman has selected the Montserrat interns to assist with all aspects of mural painting from wall preparation, application of design and painting of the mural.

In an attempt to enhance the atmosphere of downtown Beverly, co-owner of Casa de Moda on Cabot Street has hired a local artist to collaborate with students from Montserrat College of Art to create and install a mural on the side of the store’s building.

>>Click here to learn more!


Student News: Liz Sultzer Accepted into School of Visual Art’s MFA Program


Recent graduate, Liz Sultzer ’12, has been accepted into the School of Visual Art’s (SVA) MFA Art Criticism and Writing Program!

I’m so excited about this opportunity, and it could not have happened without Montserrat.” – Liz Sultzer ’13

The MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing is one of the only graduate writing programs in the world that focuses specifically on criticism. This program is not involved in “discourse production” or the prevarications of curatorial rhetoric, but rather in the practice of criticism writ large, aspiring to literature. – SVA

Congratulations, Liz!


Montserrat Sculpture Students Exhibit at Crane Estate

Sunday, May 5, 11 am – 4 pm
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich


Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery has collaborated with The Crane Estate to hold its third annual sculpture exhibit. Montserrat students and alumni will be exhibiting three-dimensional and sculptural outdoor work in their Italian Garden.

Along with the outdoor sculptures by the Montserrat community, the day will also include lawn games, maypole dance, Crane Beach season parking sticker sales, a family treasure hunt and more. Castle Hill’s 59-room mansion the Great House will be open for self-guided tours and refreshments. Also, the estate’s summer camp SummerQuest will hold an open house and scheduled camp games. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic. Pizza and ice cream available for purchase from local vendors.

Visit www.thetrustees.org or call 978-356-4351 for additional information.

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