Alumni News: Allison White ’08 is One of the Many Alumni Exhibiting in Porter Mill’s Annual Small Works Exhibition

10325791_692128180861110_4924607605264521176_nAlumna Allison White ’08 has had three of her pieces accepted to the Annual Small Works Exhibition at Porter Mill in Beverly. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Nov. 6th, 5 – 8 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through  Dec. 21. See more of White’s work at

facebookevent3All of the artwork is 12 x 12” or smaller. The exhibition showcases talent and creativity from all over the country. The Gallery is free and open to the public between 5 – 7 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 – 4 pm on weekends.


Published by College Relations Intern Josh Ramsey

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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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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Faculty News: Barbara Moody Exhibits At Kingston Gallery This Summer

Barbara Moody, Seismic Activity, 52 x 96 inches, Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014. MAIN AND CENTER GALLERIES

Barbara Moody, Seismic Activity, 52 x 96 inches,
Acrylic and pastel on paper, 2014.

Barbara Moody: Escape
On View: June 1 – 29, 2014
Reception: Fri., June 6, 5 – 7:30 pm

Prof. Barbara Moody is interested in how earthquake tremors, fault lines and seismic shifts are premonitions of a natural disaster. In her work, one can almost hear and feel distant rumblings fracturing the earth’s crust. Almost 5 x 8 feet in size, the drawings are visual feasts of mark making that reveal Moody’s intensely personal involvement with drawing. They act as metaphors for the artist’s fears of the potential dangers that may occur at any moment. The distant rumbling is a reminder of all things frightening and dangerous which randomly and by chance could disrupt the good lives that we take for granted.

Barbara Moody earned M.Ed and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. She completed two large scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, as well as a 27 foot wall drawing at Montserrat College of Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota and Chicago, as well as the deCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in MA. In 2013, she was awarded the Goetemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher Award at Rocky Neck Art Colony.


Alumni News: Morgan Dyer Solo Exhibit at Mingo Gallery

Alumna Morgan Dyer ’13 will be exhibiting her new paintings in a solo show
at Mingo Gallery this summer!

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Opening Reception: Sat., May 17, 5 – 8 pm
Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing
284 Cabot St., Beverly, MA

This exhibition will be on view from May 13 – June 21


Dyer is a 2013 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, whose work is rooted in landscape abstractions. Dyer creates these landscapes based on memories; through exploring the shifting qualities of both landscape and memory, she seeks to understand a connection with the past

See more of Dyer’s work here:

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


Faculty News: Mari Lacure Featured on PRINTERESTING

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New Voices is Printeresting’s newest effort to recognize and support young and emerging artists. These articles will be image-heavy and accompanied by short reviews of art work, providing both a glance at emerging print-based work and a review of compelling and innovative artists who have not yet been widely recognized by the broader printmaking community. Check out the submission process here if you’d like to be considered for a future New Voices feature! Today we begin the series with Mari LacCure, a recent MFA graduate (2010) of the University of Kansas.


LaCure’s mixed media work explores printmaking alongside drawing, painting, collage, and textile. Drawing from microscopic and macrosopic source material—constellations, cellular structures, and the ocean—LaCure weaves patterns from nature in each of her series: Cosmos, Waves, Clouds, and Crystals. First distilling information to its most fundamental parts, LaCure then uses repetition to create dense, immaterial spaces and forms. The work feels measured and careful, a bit scientific, yet distinctly poetic too. Each series evokes a greater perspective of complex ideas and forms, and reverence of the search for those things which are indiscernible and infinite, even today. Contemplation is a part of her practice, and the resulting work reveals the unobservable or unnoticed around us as both calculable and yet uncertain.

LaCure is based in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she teaches at Montserrat College of Art. She was the recipient of a 2011 Artist Innovation Grant from the Kansas Arts Commission, and has been awarded residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop and Emmanuel College in Boston. Her work is included in several collections including the RISD Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, and the SGCI Archive.

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.

Learn more here:

Colleen Michaels and Lillian Harden Collaborative Poem installation

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Montserrat’s faculty member and Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels and alumna Lillian Harden ’08 will be at the Peabody Essex Museum during this weekend’s Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

A Poetry Installation by Colleen Michaels and Lillian Harden
On View: Fri., May 2 – Sun., May 4, 10 am – 5 pm
Peabody Essex Museum, 1st Floor: Spiral Staircase; 3rd Floor: Taj Mahal Gallery, 161 Essex Street, Salem MA

Playing with the idea of a writing retreat, artist Lillian Harden and poet Colleen Michaels have created a reflective space within the festival. Participants are invited to spend time in the installation, reclining on soft seating under dim lights. There is a hammock above, reminiscent of smocked clothing; the sound of an old slide projector and its slow offering of words; a basket of handmade blank books within reach. This piece invites you to shift your posture, adjust your eyes, and bring your voice down to a whisper. This is your time out. Write or don’t write (the books are yours to take), and enjoy the space created in Line Break.

Click here to learn more!

Harden’s thesis is also up until May 5 in the Paine and Bakalar Galleries at Massart!

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All Senior Show Award Ceremony

All Senior Show Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 7, 11:15am -12:15pm 
Montserrat Gallery
Guest Juror: Robert Moellerunnamed

A showcase of artwork by graduating seniors. Artwork includes a wide range of media, including animation + interactive media, book arts, graphic design, illustration, painting + drawing, photography + video, printmaking and sculpture.

Awards, including $500 in cash prizes, will be presented by Robert Moeller.

Robert Moeller is a painter, writer, and independent curator. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including Artnet, AfterImage, Big Red and Shiny, Hyperallergic, and Art New England. He recently curated the exhibition “A Woman’s Arms: Weapons, Documents and Strategies. @ Lincoln Arts Projects in Waltham MA.

For more information, please visit:

Faculty News: Martha Buskirk in Conversation at The Mills Gallery

A Conversation about Art Writing
Co-hosted by
Friday, May 9th, 7pm

Martha-Buskirk-photo-by-Robert-MoellerJoin The Mills Gallery at 7pm on Friday, May 9th when their Salon conversation will be co-hosted by Martha Buskirk and Robert Moeller.

The topic for the evening will be “What Do You Say? Writing Over, Under and Beneath art.” Artists, writers, arts writers and all interested parties are welcomes – this is a conversation, not a workshop – to share your thoughts.

They’ll explore the intersection of words, images, objects, actions and ideas. How is the act of writing related to other aspects of the creative process? What is the role of an accompanying text? And what it means to write about art.

Martha Buskirk is Professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace and a frequent contributor to various publications, including Artforum.

Robert Moeller is a artist, writer, and independent curator. His writing appears regularly in Hyperallergic and Art New England.

GERTRUDE’S is an artists’ lounge and lab at the BCA’s Mills Gallery – a place for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

Gertrude’s is always open for lounging and caffeinating during Mills Gallery normal hours.

For more info:

Alumni Update: Juleen Jones Open Studio


Alumna Juleen Jones ’98 will be opening her studio on Friday May 2, 6 – 9 pm and Saturday, May 3 – Sunday May 4, 12 – 6 pm.

All of her work will be on display!  For more info visit:


Staff News: Terry Slater Exhibits in Marblehead

Montserrat College of Art’s Director of Interactive Design Terry Slater is exhibiting her paintings at Marblehead Arts Association this spring.

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On view: April 26 – June 8, 2014

Reception: Sun., April 27, 2 – 4 pm

Terry Slater in the Gallery: Sat., May 10, 2 pm

Coastal Waters is Terry Slater’s most recent exploration of the North Shore waterways. Her sensitive use of color and fine attention to detail create a gentle meandering through the marshes. Slater is influenced by the landscapes of Gustav Klimt and Peter Doig, which is evident in her subtle use of paint. Her ability to depict deep space against a vibrant foreground creates the atmospheric light of the North Shore coast. These paintings leave one with a sense of calm and tranquility.

Hendrick Gallery
Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA
For more information, visit

Sally Seamans Exhibits Shoes in Gloucester

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This spring, it’s Montserrat’s Image Librarian Sally Seamans, aka TIN CAN SALLY, who has the cutting edge on shoe design!

Seaman’s newest collection of tin artwork, titled ‘TINDERELLA COMPLEX’ is on display at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St. Gloucester, April 19 – May 9.

Gallery hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily.

Learn more here!

April Arts Events at Salem State University


The end of the spring semester is jam packed with arts events all over campus. It is time to get out and about and we hope you will include some of our programming in your plans. Take time for art!

Karen Gahagan
Director, Center for Creative and Performing Arts

 Opening Thursday, April 17!

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by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by David Allen George

April 17 – 19 and 24-26, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 27, 2 pm
Mainstage Theatre

Take a young couple about to be wed, add two manipulating fathers, a saucy maid, a gourmet innkeeper, a misjudged killer, a woman dressed as a man, awkward porters and rude waiters with a dash of a mischievous servant and you have Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece, The Servant of Two Masters.

At its center is the scheming (and perpetually hungry) servant, Truffaldino, who concocts a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. While Goldoni’s Venetian romp was written in the eighteenth century, audience members will recognize timeless comic devices reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Little Tramp.”

Directed and choreographed by David Allen George with scenic Venice designed by James Fallon and the elaborate costumes and traditional masks of the Venice Carnival designed by Jane Hillier-Walkowiak, this wildly funny and totally enjoyable classic is a guaranteed delight.

Speech communication pre-show discussion:
What’s So Funny – Universal Humor
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 pm

Tickets: $15 general/ $10 students and seniors/Salem State students free with ID

Purchase tickets online at or by phone: 978.542.6365. Tickets will also be available at the door.


#SSUBuildsAnOpera – Bring your phone and leave it on!
Recital Hall, 7:30 pm
Central Campus (71 Loring Ave.)

Bring your cell phone and join us in creating a unique concert experience where the audience determines the storyline for the evening’s opera mash-up. Audience members will text, tweet or QR scan the storyline for the opera. Will the hero live? Will the heroine and her beloved live happily ever after? Will the villain win the day? Will the heroine and the villain find they have something in common after all? It’s up to you!

The evening features the Salem State Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mary-Jo Grenfell, vocal students Elizabeth Anderson, Michael Benjamin, Amanda Cooper, Chelsea Flordeliza, Tyler Gioacchini, and Matthew Trainor who will be joined by alumni vocalist Antanas Meilus ’09.

This event is free although donations at the door in support of scholarships for music majors are welcome. The concert will begin with a performance by the University Band under the direction of Amy McGlothlin.

Please be advised that parking at Central Campus is limited due to construction. If there are no parking spaces available by the Enterprise Center, please proceed to the O’Keefe Center parking lot (225 Canal St.) A dedicated concert shuttle will be transporting concert patrons between the lot and Central Campus from about 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The shuttle will be located in the corner of the lot at Canal Street and Forest Street where the neon sign is located. There will be ample parking in that corner of the O’Keefe lot.



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Exhibition: Stephanie DeFreest
Honors in Art: Printmaking
April 22- May 1
Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 6 pm

Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette Street

Monday through Friday from 10am-2 pm or by appointment. 978.542.7890

April 26, 7:30 pm – $10 suggested donation at the door
April 28, 11 am – free
Multipurpose Gym
O’Keefe Sports Complex

The Salem State campus is being transformed by ongoing construction projects. The observer witnesses the structural bones of the buildings, the construction process, and the change that occurs to the surrounding spaces as a result. This process is not that different from the construction of a dance. The choreographer lays a foundation and then adds the details through the manipulation of bodies in space, time and energy. Join us and witness the dances built by our students and faculty.

Caroline Bagenal Exhibits

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal has two sculptures in Visions/Visiones at the Museo del Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru.


She also has two collages in the exhibition Transcripts/Transcrpciones at the ICPNAC

(Instituto Cultural Peruano Notramericano del Cusco) and two sculptures in Visions / Visiones at the Museo del Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru. At the end of both exhibits these works will form part of the permanent collection of the Museo y Centro Cultural RIAZ, Cusco, ( ROOT Museum and Cultural Center).

In addition she will be showing sculpture at a two person exhibition in Pittsburgh.

Congratulations, Caroline!


Greg Cook’s Sad Parade and Installation in the Frame 301 Gallery

2014-03-26 12_18_33-MontserratCollegeArt (MontCollegeArt) on TwitterThe current work in Montserrat College of Art’s Frame 301 Gallery is by our very own faculty member Greg CookThe Saddest Forest on Earth, installed Tuesday March 25, will be on view through Friday, April 18.

Greg hosted a special parade event, The Saddest Parade on Earth, that marched along the sidewalks of Beverly’s Cabot Street beginning at 11 am this past “Sad-urday,” March 29. The parade featured sad banners and signs, as well as a sad accordionist.  The parade concluded at The Saddest Forest on Earth, at the Frame 301 Gallery. The exhibition is a large diorama of an enchanted forest of crying, cartoony trees.


The sad truth: Artist confronts sorry state of affairs with exhibit, parade (excerpt)
By Will Broaddus, The Salem News, Staff writer

Sometimes we don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Artist Greg Cook captures this mixture of emotions in “The Saddest Forest on Earth,” a unique grove of trees he created for Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery on Cabot Street in Beverly.

“It’s sort of like a poor man’s, do-it-yourself, wacky Disneyland kind of thing — but more disconcerting,” said Cook.

Painted on cutout fabric and ranging from 6 to 8 feet tall, Cook’s trees wear sad faces, while a shower of tears falls through their branches. They occupy the gallery’s window and present their mournful expressions to the traffic and pedestrians on Cabot Street.

“The space is 3 feet deep; it’s like a shallow diorama,” Cook said. “Mostly, I do cartoony kind of work. I do some illustration, some gallery or fine art, and it all has a cartoony sensibility.”

But if his trees look like they belong in a comic strip, they are also sharing a serious emotion that Cook believes is common these days.

“It’s a mix of serious and playful things,” he said.

Cook will also be giving a talk about his work “Remaking Our Sad World: From Community Activism to World-Building” on Monday, April 14, at Montserrat’s Hardie Building.

“The talk is about the relationship between, on the one hand, actions in the real world, trying to make it more fulfilling,” he said. “Then also, with the trees, it’s about inventing fantasy worlds.”

In Cook’s mixture of art and activism, difficult problems are addressed, but with a comic touch that lightens their burden.

Read Cook’s full feature in The Salem News.

*If you would like to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Greg Cook at Participants are asked to wear dapper outfits and help carry a sad banner or sign. The artist says, sadness is a helpful qualification, but not required.

In addition to being a teacher at Montserrat, Greg Cook is an artist, journalist and writer based in Malden, Massachusetts. The Saddest Forest on Earth is an offshoot of his “Enchanted Forest” series, which imagines a place of magical trees and birds and witches and hungry wolves. It is inspired by the history of New England, as well as Disney films and McDonald’s restaurant playgrounds. Parts of the series have appeared at Aviary Gallery in Boston; 17 Cox in Beverly; Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell; Window Arts Malden; the Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, and the restrooms of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information on Greg Cook, please visit:

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Alumni Update: Neil Wilkins Upcoming Exhibits

unnamedAlumnus Neil Wilkins ’97 is bringing a wide range of his work to Natick for a solo show in two locations! Confluence opens for the month of April in the Summer Street Gallery at The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) and continues at Renew Arts & Industry. Both venues are just steps away from each other in downtown Natick.

He’ll be hosting an opening on Saturday, April 19, 2 – 4 pm at TCAN followed by an artist talk at Renew at 4:30 pm.

See more of his work here:

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.

Alumni News: Cheryl Polcaro Exhibits in Chicago

Alumna Cheryl Polcaro ’99 has had two pieces accepted into the exhibit Who We Aren’t at Union Street Gallery in Chicago, IL. 42 pieces were chosen from hundreds of entries. The exhibit is on view through March 29.

Polcaro shows regularly in local galleries and has recently started to enter juried competitions nationwide. She also has an art studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA (#323). Polcaro graduated from Montserrat with a BFA in Illustration in 1999.

Further information can be found on her website:

Opening Reception for Bea Modisett’s Field Work


Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Bea Modisett: Field Work
Reception: Thu., March 20, 5 – 7 pm


On View: March 19 – April 5, 2014
Artist Talk: Wed., March 26, 11:30 am

Montserrat College of Art alumna Bea Modisett’s ’07 paintings present and preserve nature’s instability and impermanence. Her marks accumulate to take on the general shape of changing natural formations. The overall forms in the paintings also relate to cairns and piles of rocks, often found in extreme landscapes. In a sense, each painting becomes a navigational tool, both in its creation and completion.

Bea Modisett,  The White Mountains: Remembered, 2011

Bea Modisett, The White Mountains: Remembered, 2011

Modisett grew up moving back and forth between her birthplace of Washington, D.C and the town of Portsmouth, RI. Since receiving her BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art in 2007, Modisett has received fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center and Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA. She has exhibited her work throughout New England at locations including Kingston Gallery (Boston), 17 Cox (Beverly), HallSpace (Boston), and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH). Modisett currently lives and works in Beverly.

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit:

For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs:
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Masconomet Junior Wins Grand Prize at Congressional Art Show

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Masconomet Regional High School junior Isabelle Yabe has been named Grand Prize Award Winner for her piece “Japanese Heritage” in this year’s 6th Congressional District High School Art Show.

Tierney_YabeThe awards were presented Saturday, March 8, by U.S. Representative John F. Tierney at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly. This marks the 20th year Montserrat has hosted this competition. The exhibit included 124 pieces from 25 different high schools and one homeschooled submission.

The exhibition was juried by Chris Van Allsburg, a Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator whose books The Polar Express and Jumanji, are among his 15 publications, and Greg Bokor, a designer who is the founder and CEO of Cloud Factory, who has done work with such major global brands as Buick, Pepsi, Target, American Eagle and many others. The competition was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district.


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(L to R) Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, Montserrat President Steve Immerman and designer Greg Bokor.

The award winners are as follows:

Isabelle Yabe, “Japanese Heritage”
Masconomet Regional High School

Mary-Elizabeth Stambaugh, “Charcoal Tornado”
Pingree School

Colleen Curtis, “Avalon”
Swampscott High School

John Matthew Plunkett, “Fishing”
Raw Art Works

Maxx Manfre, “Titan in the Clouds”
Beverly High School

Emily Philpot, “Topsfield’s Grade ‘A’ Light Amber”
Masconomet Regional High School


Amesbury High School: Alexandria Debasitis, “The Grass is Always Greener”
Andover High School: Marissa Howell, “My Father and His Horse”
Bishop Fenwick High School: Christine Baldi, “Weathered Thoughts”
Burlington High School: Samantha Sheppard, “Self-Portrait”
Danvers High School: Annabelle Krupcheck, “The Great Divide”
Georgetown Middle High School: Erin Johnson, “Never Travel Alone”
Gloucester High School: Jessica Palazola, “A Day to Relax”
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School: Caroline Mastrianni, “pH Detector”
Homeschool (GWUOHS): Kaitlyn Fabre, “I’m Coming Home”
Ipswich High School: Gustaf W. Johnson, “Voices”
Landmark School: Sabrina Clark, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
Lynn Classical High School: Stavroula Tzortzis, “Milan”
Lynn English High School: Corinn Bacon, “Let It Go”
Lynnfield High School: Chase Davidson, “The Break Down of a Portrait”
Manchester Essex Regional High School: Hannah Thorne, “Malala”
Newburyport High School: Zoe Johnson, “Sugar Lips”
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School: Carolyn Deroo, “Thoughts”
Rockport High School: Ryan Davis, “Abstract”
St. John’s Preparatory School: Liam Viles, “Faces”
St. Mary’s High School: Jillian Downey, “Untitled”
Triton Regional High School: Mara Spears, “Painting Me”
Wilmington High School: Hristina Tasheva, “World Turner”


“I congratulate all of the talented young artists from area schools who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Congressman Tierney said. “The competition is a great way to encourage and showcase these students’ unique skills. I look forward to seeing Isabelle Yabe’s prize winning artwork displayed in the Capitol building for the next year.”

Each winner was presented with a citation from Congressman Tierney and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program. Isabelle Yabe’s grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, DC where it will hang in the Capitol building for one year along with winners from other Congressional districts across the country. A ceremony to congratulate all the winners will be held in Washington, DC in June.

For more information,  contact Montserrat’s Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Gianino at

To see ALL the artwork and photos from the award reception, please visit our Facebook page:

Photo Cred: Jennifer Frankavitz ’08

Alumni News: Brett Mason Exhibit at Gulu-Gulu Cafe


Maxson” Acrylic On Canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 2014

Alumnus Brett Mason ’12 is having his first solo exhibition at the Gulu Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA.

Brett Mason: Life and the Imagination
March 30 – April 25
Reception: April 10, 7 – 8 pm
Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St, Salem, MA

Mon-Tue/Sun: 8:00 am-12:00 am & Wed – Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 am

Gallery Update: Announcing Two Year Fugue by Alumna Emily Pardoe

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Emily Pardoe: Two Year Fugue
February 25 – March 21, 2014
Frame 301, 301 Cabot St., Beverly

The site-specific installation by Montserrat alumna Emily Pardoe ’07 titled Two Year Fugue is an interpretation of the artist’s biography, displayed through snippets of text embroidered onto fabric. Each day a new segment of the piece is revealed, representing a months worth of time. The various fleeting thoughts and phrases that form the compositional elements of the piece are immediately intimate, akin to the truthful musings found in a diary. As time passes, and more of the piece is revealed, the various phrases connect and interact with one-another forming a biographical narrative which paints an intimate portrait of this two year period in time.

The title Two Year Fugue draws its name from the musical term, which can be defined as “a musical composition in which one or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices.” The period of time displayed in Pardoe’s work mimics that of a fugal composition; various voices and themes seem to repeat themselves in cycles, yet constantly move towards a clear resolution.

This exhibit will be on display until Friday, March 21. Be sure to keep an eye on Cabot Street as Two Year Fugue evolves over the course of the month!

Pardoe received her BFA in Sculpture from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 and has appeared in exhibitions locally and in Boston, Hadley, Salem and Northampton Massachusetts. She uses fabric and text as a method of communicating her feelings and observations about relationships between herself and others. Pardoe works for C.B. Fisk Inc. in Gloucester as an organ builder and currently lives in Salem.

Frame 301 is the street side window gallery located at 301 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA. The space is presented to the public through expansive storefront windows and encourages large-scale, site-specific works from emerging and established artists. Frame 301’s exhibitions change monthly and the space is open 24/7 offering anyone traveling along Cabot Street the potential to experience the site-specific artwork on display.

*Frame 301 is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Gallery Update: Masako Kamiya: Liminal

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Masako Kamiya: Liminal
On View: Feb. 14 – March 15, 2014
Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Gallery
Reception: Tue., Feb. 25
Artist Talk: Thu., March 6

Masako Kamiya paints dots; precise, intentional and deliberate dots. To say this means not to naively reduce Kamiya’s work to the singular simplicity of the dot. On the contrary, her repetitive and delicate mark making activates a complex dialogue between Kamiya and the surface of her work. The dot is her poetic language. With each application, Kamiya translates emotion and dimension to the viewer. “Mark making is important,” says Kamiya, “dots not only make individual marks, but also make a shape that is clear and simple.”

The six works featured in “Liminal” are monuments to the mark. “Late April”, 2012 for example, is a microcosm of mini skyscrapers. Unlike city towers made of concrete and marble, Kamiya constructs a constellation of fragile specks. As each mark is made, layering color on top of color, slowly grows outward from the surface of the work, casting shadows across a gradation of blue to purple.

The buildup of gouache influences a spacial relationship between medium and surface; one of the many ways Kamiya widens the scope of painting. The fast drying nature and durability of gouache is an ideal fit for this repetitious, compulsory type of making. Kamiya’s impulse to paint communicates a particular way to read the ‘brushstroke’. Each encounter is a momentary touch, a carefully choreographed exchange between artist and intention.

Kamiya’s paintings create a tangible presence despite the elusiveness associated with liminality. With each mark, she paints a sensory threshold of an intermediate state between transit and stasis. The exhibition’s title, Liminal, relates to the intermediate state that Kamiya brings to fruition compositionally. In the physical sense, “liminal” is an abstract term used most often in reference to an illusionary space, or the space between things. This exhibition is about the opening up of that space on the picture plane.

Masako Kamiya is a 1997 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, with a BFA in Fine Arts. She received her MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1999. Kamiya is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston. In the summer of 2013, Kamiya was the recipient of the Featured Artist Residency Program at Burren College of Art, Ireland. Most recently, Kamiya is featured in the group exhibition, “Obsessive Compulsive Order” currently on view at UMass Dartmouth in New Bedford, Feb 6 – March 13, 2014.

Photos by Michelle Behre ’14

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Photography Talk at the Marblehead Arts with Lou Jones

Lou Jones

As part of their Winter/Spring Program Series for 2014 the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) is pleased to present photographer, Lou Jones, for an illustrated talk “Designing Your Life” on Thursday, March 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. To sign up for a program call the MAA at 781-631-2608. $10/Members, $12 Non/Members

The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often “hired guns,” putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples’ fantasies – but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life.

Lou Jones’ eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civilwars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books.

Jones has served on the boards of directors of numerous photographic associations, societies, and museums such as the American Society of Media Photographers, Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. He helped found the school Center for Digital Imaging Arts of Boston University and conceived the prestigious Griffin Museum’s annual Focus Awards.

For his photography, Jones has been awarded many accolades from organizations like Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, Travel Photographer of the Year and International Photographic Council (United Nations). Nikon recognizes Jones as a “Legend Behind the Lens” and Lowepro has honored him as a “Champion”.

Jones has exhibited his eclectic imagery in colleges and schools such as Trinity College, Texas Tech University and New England College, and in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. His photography is owned by various collections including the Fogg Museum, Wellesley College and the University of Texas.

The first book Jones published, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, earned Jones the Ehrmann Award from Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty. Since then, he has published numerous other books including Travel+Photography: Off the Charts and Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.

Artrageous!28 Auction Party: March 29

Montserrat College of Art’s Artrageous!28 Auction Party

Saturday, March 29, 6pm

Shetland Properties, 29 Congress St, Salem, MA

Experience THE signature spring event on the North Shore; the delight of seeing Montserrat’s accomplished students create artwork live; bid on more than 200 pieces of art donated by members of the Montserrat community & other renowned and emerging artists; and engage with friends old and new all while supporting financial aid for deserving student artists.


HONORARY CHAIR: Mary Puma, CEO, Axcelis

ART JURORS: Jane Young, Chase Young Gallery & Mary M. Tinti, Fitchburg Art Museum

LEAD SPONSORS: Hal & Jodi Hess, Mary Puma & Eivind Lange, Windover Construction, Inc. & Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC

Food + LIBATIONS: TSH Catering


Experience Where Creativity Works® @ Artrageous!28

Preview the LIVE & Silent Art here:

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.


Faculty News: Wilber Blair Exhibits at Danforth Museum

Awake and Await

Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member Wilbur Blair has an upcoming show at Danforth Museum in Framingham entitled “Awake and Await.” The show runs from March 9 to May 18.

Members Only Reception
Saturday, March 8, 6 – 8 pm

Artist Talk
Sunday, April 13, 3 pm

Awake and Await explores the anxiety, fear and loneliness experienced by many undergoing medical treatment. Wilber Blair’s signature painting “Awake and Await” clearly recalls his repeated hospitalizations as a child, listening to the sound of a ticking clock, watching elevator doors open and close, desperately waiting for his parents to arrive. Despite their genesis in illness, these paintings employ rich and saturated colors to represent hope. A departure from Blair’s previous affinity for “awe-filled” landscapes by Bloom and Bresdin, these works “wrestle personal imagery” from imagination. Crayons and coloring book are central to “Vision 1958,” a painting that allows the painter to recapture a sensation of fantasy and escape made possible by the first artist tools he was given.
About the Artist

Wilber Blair graduated with a BFA from Boston University in 1974 and then earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1978. He has pursued many different lines of work in order to support himself as a painter, including retail at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in professional restoration of art and antiques. However, teaching painting and drawing has proved the most rewarding. He has been on the faculty at the Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006. Although he has exhibited widely numerous venues, this is his first solo exhibition in a museum.

For more information, please visit

Programs for Artists at Marblehead Arts Association

Photo by Lou Jones

Photo by Lou Jones

As part of their Winter/Spring Program Series for 2014, the Marblehead Arts Association is pleased to present three programs for artists.  To sign up for a program call the MAA at 781-631-2608.


Thursday, February 27,  7 – 8:30 pm  Michael Epstein / Al Mallette: Print Reproduction 101

Reproduction 101 is an overview of the steps you need to take to reproduce artwork as Digital Archival Prints (giclée), from image capture to finished print. Topics covered will include: an overview of the process, photographing your art, color limitations, reproduction options, marketing possibilities beyond the print, and costs you can expect. $10/Members, $12/Non-members


Thursday, March 13, 7 – 8:30 pm – Lou Jones:  “Designing Your Life”

The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often “hired guns,” putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples’ fantasies – but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life. $10/Members, $12/Non-members


Thursday, March 27, 7 – 8:30 pm – Lucas Spivey: “Exhibition Ready”

So you’ve landed a show of your work – what’s next?  “Exhibition Ready” is a brief overview of what to expect when you’re expecting an upcoming exhibition. Lucas will break down the three key areas: preparing your work, preparing the gallery and preparing yourself.  Topics covered include storing, shipping and framing artwork, basic dos and don’ts on communicating with your gallery, and how to manage your time and money effectively.  $10/Members, $12/Non-members


Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion. Five galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists rotate every six weeks and education programs, classes and special events are offered throughout the year.  The Marblehead Arts Artisan Shop features original art, hand crafted items including unique jewelry, pottery, glasswork, and greeting cards artist members.  Free and open to the public. Hours: Wed., Thur., Fri. & Sun., 12-5, Sat., 10-5,  781-631-2608,

Content: Courtesy of Marblehead Arts Association

Faculty News: Rob Roy Exhibition

 Rob Roy announcement 2014

“American Road”, Prof. Rob Roy’s one person exhibition of paintings and works on paper at the Art Gallery, LaFontaine Fine Arts Center, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA will run from February 3 thru March 14, 2014.

There will be an Artist Talk on Wednesday, February 19, at 12:30 pm, and a Reception on Sunday, March 9, 1 – 3 pm.

Visit for more information!

Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Alumnus Colin McGuire Exhibits in Puerto Rico

Father and son Michael and Colin McGuire, with a detail of Colin’s painting “Shore Houses.”

Father and son Michael and Colin McGuire, with a detail of Colin’s painting “Shore Houses.”

Alumnus Colin McGuire ’13 will be having a father-son show his father, Michael McGuire, at Gallery Galleon, located in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

The show will be preceded by a plein-air painting class, which Colin and his father will be teaching.

More info on the gallery and our upcoming show and class can be found at 

To see more of McGuire’s work visit

Gallery Update: Constructed Realities, Clarified Palettes and Beyond the Impulse Artist Talks


Wed., Feb. 19, 11:30 am

Artist Talk: Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell’s photographs feature the constructed realities of the intimacies within private relationships. Her work questions sexuality and the gender roles that shape the identity of the self within these relationships.

Her photographs are on view in the MADE exhibition in the Montserrat Gallery through March 29, 2014.

Kelli Connell,  Rooftop, 2006, Photograph

Kelli Connell, Rooftop, 2006, Photograph

Thu., Feb. 27, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan’s still life and figurative works feature highly structured compositions and a clarified palette. The physical objects in Ryan’s work often appear to be suspended in time, implying a hidden narrative or subtext.


Richard Ryan, River II, 2000

*Please note all artist talks are held in Room 201, Hardie Building, 23 Essex St., 2nd flr.


Fri., Feb. 28, 7 – 9 pm
Contemporary Cocktail: Beyond The Impulse
with Antoniadis & Stone, Masako Kamiya, Bea Modisett and Leonie Bradbury

Eat, Drink, Discuss!
What dynamic forces insert themselves into the creative process? The artistic impulses of control, surrender, perfection and illusion are explored in conversation by visiting artists Antoniadis & Stone, Monserrat Faculty Masako Kamiya, Alumna Bea Modisett and Gallery Director/Curator Leonie Bradbury.

Currently in its 7th year, Contemporary Cocktail is an informal event series hosted in the Montserrat Gallery, that pairs recognized visiting artists, Montserrat Faculty and arts professionals in a casual, yet lively conversation. Delicious italian treats from Gloria’s will be provided.

*Location for this event is the Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex Street.

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

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists and events visit:

For more information on public programs, please contact the Coordinator of Public Programs Savery Kelley:

Bear Gallery Poster Show

Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery is currently hosting its very first Poster Show at its Cummings Center location in beverly, MA (Suite 120-E and 120-D) this spring semester. The show includes work from current Montserrat students and includes poster types of all forms and sizes.

The Poster Show will remain on view through Feb. 28.

Massiel Grullon, Alexandra Rios, Brandon Troulstroup, and Henry Long

Massiel Grullon, Alexandra Rios, Brandon Troulstroup, and Henry Long

Jason Fandel and his blacklight print

Jason Fandel and his blacklight print











Beverly Chamber After Hours at Montserrat


Wednesday, February 12, 4:30-7pm
Montserrat College of Art Gallery
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

You are invited to a Beverly Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and Montserrat’s Visiting Artist Anna Schuleit Haber, winner of Beverly’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) public art competition.

Greg Bialecki,  MA Secretary of Housing  and Economic Development

Greg Bialecki,
MA Secretary of Housing
and Economic Development


Join us to network and hear about Montserrat College of Art’s designation as the North Shore’s regional leader of the Creative Economy Network for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, meet Secretary Greg Bialecki and Creative Industry Director for MA Helena Fruscio. Guests will also hear about Beverly’s NEA project to create an arts and cultural district in downtown Beverly and the plans by Montserrat College of Art’s Artist-In-Residence Anna Schuleit Haber, who has been chosen to create a public art project for Beverly.




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to Kathleen Burke at

Gallery Update: Clint Baclawski at Frame 301 Gallery


Montserrat Galleries is very excited to announce our upcoming exhibition at Frame 301!

Clint Baclawski’s installation, Pink Church, documents his latest body of work, in which he deconstructs his sculptural light box series. Baclawski’s process is that he wraps photographs that are printed on backlight film, typically seen in light boxes, onto fluorescent light tubes. When the piece is illuminated, a sliver of the overall image will appear on each of the lights, creating a photographic light mural spanning the length of Frame 301.


Baclawski (b. 1981) grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and lives and works in Malden, MA. His work combines a technical photographic practice and the playful relationship one can have with the work as an object, the space, and the viewer. His work has been exhibited locally at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston Center for the Arts, Axiom Gallery, and the Alpha Gallery, as well as nationally at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York NY, Snowflake Gallery, St. Louis, MO, San Diego Art Institute, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He was most notably published in The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2 by the Humble Arts Foundation.


He received his MFA from MassArt in 2008 and his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. Baclawski currently works at MassArt and is the Design Director at Big Red & Shiny.

The installation will be on view through February 23, definitely check it out!

For more information please visit:

Bear Gallery Update: Poster Show

The Bear Gallery will be hosting its very first Poster Show at our Cummings Center location (Suite 120-E and 120-D) to kick off the spring semester. The show includes work from current Montserrat students and includes poster types of all forms and sizes.

Come see the work at our opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy the art and snack on refreshments!

Bear Gallery’s Poster Show will remain on view through Feb. 28.

Gallery Update: Spring Visiting Artist Talks


Thursday, Jan. 23, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Wilson Lawrence

Montserrat College of Art presents Skin Deep featuring Rhode Island-based artist, Wilson Lawrence in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery through February 8, 2014.

Lawrence’s three-dimensional pieces begin with the most familiar of flat surfaces, the gallery wall, which he draws onto, digs into, and builds out of with materials ranging from traditional fine art to industrial.

Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery: Jan. 11 – Feb. 8, 2014
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 – 8pm


Wilson Lawrence, Square

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Antoniadis & Stone

Boston-based sculptor duo, Antoniadis & Stone, explore institutional architecture through precisely crafted sculptures, which have trompe l’oeil qualities and are never quite what they seem.

MADE, Montserrat Gallery: Jan. 21 – March 29, 2014
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 – 8 pm

Contemporary Cocktail Beyond the Impulse: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 – 9 pm, Montserrat Gallery, featuring Antoniadis & Stone, Masako Kamiya, Bea Modisett and Leonie Bradbury


Antoniadis & Stone, Rough Shape, 2011

Thursday, Feb. 6, 11:30 am
Artist Talk: Valeri Larko

Landscapes found on the outskirts of American cities are the settings Valeri Larko is most drawn to. Her paintings capture the urban fringe and uncover stories within the ruins of contemporary culture.


Valeri Larko, Diptych Ferris Stahl-Meyer, 2012, oil on linen

*All Artist Talks are held at The Hardie Building, in Room 201, 11:30 – 12:20 pm, 23 Essex St., Beverly MA

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit

For more information on Montserrat Galleries Public Programs:
please contact Savery Kelley at

Alumni News: Allison Hornak and Migrant Salon Update

Alumna, painter and sculptor Allison Hornak ’09 is the owner of Migrant Salon,  which just recently opened its doors this past October. Here is a note from Hornak thanking visitors for their support and announcing her upcoming exhibit, Hold Your Breath:

It has been a joy to connect with you during these first three months at Migrant Salon. Thank you for your interest and support. You are a significant reason why the beginning of this endeavor has been successful and so personally rewarding. The next presentation in the gallery space is kicking off this Friday, Dec. 13, and I encourage you to stop by to see it.


You are invited to visit Migrant Salon to participate in an ongoing, cumulative, community-based artwork. For five weeks in the space I will present an installation titled, Do Hold Your Breath. The art piece involves a camera, computer, some cloth, nails and ten minutes of your time. To make this piece I need your trust and partnership. If you are interested please stop by the salon during its open hours, Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Please come willing to have your picture taken. It must be noted, though, this will be portraiture with a twist. At the end of five weeks there will be a closing reception where it will be viewed, face to face, what came of our—you, the visitor, and me, the artist (in this case)—joined risk. All ages are welcome.

“The photographer’s intentions do not determine the meaning of the photograph, which will have its own career, blown by the whims and loyalties of the diverse communities that have use for it.” – Susan Sontag

“The greatest art is to sit, and wait and let it come.” – Yogi Bhagan

Do Hold Your Breath is underway now through Jan. 18. The doors are open to all who simply wish to view the work in progress, as well as to those who want to volunteer to assist in its progression.

I look forward to sharing this project with you.


Allison Hornak
Migrant Salon
117 Church Hill Road, Suite D
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

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.

Gallery Update: Take20 Talks this December

Wish You Were There? Take 20 talk:
on Mary Ann Davis and Amy Wilson
Thu., Dec. 5, 12 – 12:20 pm
with Chris Klepaldo


Since the early writings of Plato, ‘utopia’ has been commonly recognized as a concept that presents the ideal. A place void of the current social struggles and so perfect that it seems only possible through a dream. Simultaneously, the opposite or ‘dystopic’, presents adverse representations of this alternate reality. Curator Bradbury proposes that within each utopic vision the dystopic is already present.

Amy Wilson paints a rainbow of characters living in harmony in, A Utopian Vision (After Bosch). The five-panel work based on her communal living experience during Occupy NY in Zuccotti Park makes us believe that if we open our eyes a little wider utopia can be presently found in the togetherness of others. Similarly ceramicist and sculptor Mary Anne Davis believes a reconnection with community and our relationship with nature threads the definition of utopia around the dinner table. The Dining Room is a metaphorical “island” of utopia in which the audience is encouraged to sit and embrace utopia as a condition of life rather than set locale.

 Mary Anne Davis, Through The Mirror: Utopia Reconsidered, 2013 ->

David Wells: Foreclosed Dreams Take 20 talk: 
On View: Nov. 20 – Dec. 21, 2013
Tue., Dec. 10, 12 – 12:20 pm
with Stephanie Visciglia

Since 2009, David H. Wells has been recording the human cost of our Great Recession that began the year before by photographing the things people left behind when they abandoned foreclosed homes.

In the Providence photographer’s heartbreaking exhibit Foreclosed Dreams he documents toys, credit reports, martial arts trophies and family heirlooms jettisoned in homes from Massachusetts to California to Florida. Wells’s subject—this terrible sense of emptiness, of abandonment, of exodus—lasers into your soul.

Walls and ceilings are ripped open. The saying “I’m ruined” here becomes physical and emotional ruins. The departed often don’t seem to give a damn how they leave the place. Or they’re too harried and broken to get it together.

Wells purposely doesn’t photograph the people. By focusing on their things, by leaving it anonymous, he aims to draw us in personally, to get us thinking: “That could be my house, that could be my grandfather’s photo, that could be my child’s toy.”

There’s plenty of blame to go around in this massive tragedy, from the rapacious banking and real estate industries to the individuals who failed to repay their loans. But regardless of the reasons, the results are a diaspora of devastated families.

– Greg Cook, Montserrat College of Art

David Wells, Foreclosure, Los Angeles, California, 2009, Photograph

Rose Olson Update

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Eight of Prof. Rose Olson‘s recent paintings including “Expanding Glow” (pictured above), are now being exhibited in Kingston Members’ Gallery at 450 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston. This exhibit continues until Sun., Dec. 1 at 5 pm. 

“I want to thank those of you who have already seen my exhibit for your kind comments,” said Olson.

Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun., noon – 5 pm and by appointment 617.423.4113.

Please visit for directions and other information.

Montserrat Community Featured in’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.

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

For a complete list of upcoming visiting artists visit:

Former Trustee Linda Holt Exhibits in Boston



Oct. 24 – Nov. 23, 2013

Artist Reception:
Saturday, Nov. 9, 4 – 6 PM
Hours: Mon – Sat, 11 am to 5:30 pm

129 Newbury St. Boston, MA
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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 Galleries Update: Wish You Were There? Reviewed in The Boston Globe


Abigail Newbold’s installation “Dwelling Structure, Hope Chest, Porch Time” at Monserrat College of Art Gallery.

A critical view of utopia by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe

At Montserrat College of Art Gallery, “Wish You Were There?,” organized by gallery director and curator Leonie Bradbury, takes a critical view of utopia. That is, implicit in every vision of a perfect world, there’s awareness of all that’s wrong with the one we have.

But not enough works take on that complexity: The show often veers wildly from utopia to dystopia. Alex Lukas’s gorgeous mixed-media paintings of nature overtaking crumbling concrete structures look post-apocalyptic. With no signs of human habitation, they’re worse than dystopic.

In contrast, Amy Wilson’s winsome painting “A Utopian Vision (After Bosch)” takes her experiences during Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park two years ago and translates them into a Neverland for girls. They wander through the grass, swim, and congregate in domes, amid bits of text such as “the absence of corners would bring us together.” But if girls ran the world, would it truly be a better place?

Gregory Euclide’s landscape paintings sprout with actual plant life and move seamlessly from picture to reality. While they portray idyllic settings, they more deeply engage thematically with painting than with society.

The sharpest blend of hopes for the future and a gritty understanding of what can go wrong comes from Abigail Newbold. Her installation “Dwelling Structure, Hope Chest, Porch Time” reiterates her “Crafting Settlement” installation up earlier this year at the Currier Museum of Art. It features a puckish and eclectic group of tools and clothing and a small cabin. Like Lukas’s paintings, Newbold’s piece takes place sometime after disaster, but this time humans have survived, and begun to construct a new life.

Mary Anne Davis’s installation “Through the Mirror: Utopia Reconsidered” would work well in “About, With & For” at the BCA. Davis has set up a table and benches, surrounded by her mixed-media works promoting optimism. When I was there, she was serving tea to Montserrat students, discussing utopianism and what they might contribute to a better society.

Another feel-good artist: Merritt Kirkpatrick, who has covered a bench, a child’s bicycle, and a sled in colorful knitting, and put bright cozies on trees and railings around outside. Like Wilson, Kirkpatrick seems to cling to childhood. Her work is truly sweet, but if innocence is an equivalent to utopia — and maybe it is! — it won’t last for any of us.

Wish You Were There?

At: Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly, through Dec. 14. 978-921-4242,