current faculty news

Jun 19, 2015

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

Opening Reception: June 27, 4 – 7 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Boston Sculptors Gallery

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

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

About Concord Art Association

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

About Chesterwood

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

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

Jun 19, 2015

Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has two poems in the current issue of the Paterson Literary Review, “The Couple in the Car” and “Ted’s Small Appliance Repair.”

The Review is a publication of The Poetry Center, Paterson, New Jersey.

Find more information at

Congratulations, Dawn!

Jun 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

May 26, 2015

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

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

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116

May 22, 2015

Professor Ethan Berry leads a discussion about Martin’s influence as a founding member of the school. By Kim Smith, May 22, 2015 Good Morning Gloucester

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

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

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

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

27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA

May 21, 2015

Montserrat College of Art Prof. Judy Brown’s latest show, From the Ground Up, was reviewed in the Art New England Blog.

From the Ground Up
by Debbie Hagan, May 13, 2015

The mind travels easily, meditatively through Judith Brassard Brown’s mixed media paintings on exhibit now and through the end of May at Kingston Gallery in SoWa. As with Dreams of Tuscania, one navigates easily into and around the lyrical curves, textured spaces and warm, rich colors. The paintings read as landscapes with many scenes filled with dusty-yellow skies, green orchards, fields of hay and dirt roads reaching over the horizon. The titles suggest Tuscany, but the scenes could be anywhere: Provence or no place in particular. They’re the ethereal places we imagine when we shut our eyes in search of the romantic, pastoral ideal.

There’s something far more complex going on here, as seen in In Vulci. Something like confetti that sprays the sky. Colorful bits fly, defy gravity, float across the blue skies. Perhaps it’s an explosion, and yet, in most of Brown’s work, this activity feels nonthreatening. Mysteriously, floating on the breeze, almost celebratory, these Klimt-like color squares rain down as glitter or maybe pastel fallout. Some of the floating objects are made from collaged fragments of letters, old documents and receipts—part of the ground, part of the history and part of the continuum we want to know and understand, but will never be able to piece together.

“Life is always straddling the extremes,” Brown says about the work. “We’re in transition all the time.” True, gravity secures us, holds us steadily in place, creating a static, predictable environment. Yet our world is far from static. Action and movement occur in microseconds, shifting our lovely, dreamy space. A fissure in the earth spews particles into the atmosphere, as in Escaping Blue. What has been buried beneath the surface, hidden from our view, is now expelled into the atmosphere. Is it dangerous? Maybe, maybe not. That’s for the viewer to decide.

Of all the mixed media works, In the Red feels the least safe. The intensity of the red—a color that we instinctively associate with heat, intensity and danger—challenges our security. Something’s bubbling-up, exploding. Even so, the painting is tempered by cooler, more reserved paintings on either side. Escaping Blue #4 and Road Home are both abstracted landscapes showing flying debris ascending, defying gravity, floating lighter than air, but pleasantly so, in fields of Dijon yellow.

While all the works are captivating, I’m particularly drawn to Summer Heat. Perhaps it takes me back to countless Midwestern summers, reminding me of the heat’s intensity, the air so thick it’s hard to draw a decent breath. Then as the sun sets, the sky dances and shimmers with lightning. If it’s a good night, a mist of rain will fall.

All works here inspire viewers to think, dream, imagine and even step out of their comfort zones. Ultimately though, nature succeeds by offering respite, beauty and comfort.

Judith Brassard Brown

From the Ground Up

April 29 – May 31, 2015

Kingston Gallery
Boston, MA 02118


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May 7, 2015

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal‘s show, Strata, is on exhibit from May 6 to June 7 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 268 Harrison Ave., Boston.

There will be an opening reception Saturday, May 9, 4 – 7 pm and an artist’s talk on May 23, 5pm – 6pm.

Congratulations, Caroline!

May 7, 2015

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


APRIL 1, 2015

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

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

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

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


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

Apr 20, 2015

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

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

Congratulations, Colleen!

Apr 17, 2015

Prof. Judith Brown has a solo exhibition opening Friday, May 1st at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston. The exhibit runs from April 29 – May 30. Please see the exhibition website for more information

See more of Judy’s new work at

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

Congratulations, Judy!

Apr 15, 2015

Montserrat professors win major awards
By Will Broaddus Staff writer

Wow! And wow again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights in conflict

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

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

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

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

Bronze Age inspiration

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

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

“But I purposely make them kind of enigmas to look at.”
Morten will travel to Austria, to a site outside Vienna where people once lived in the late Bronze and early Iron ages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 1, 2015

Montserrat College of Art Gallery’s Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo is the presenting at Collectors within the Artistic Community on Thursday April 9, 7 – 8:30 pm at Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA.

Hear stories of influential collectors who dedicated time to developing emerging artists; learn methods and guidelines for developing a holistic art collecting practice.

“The art collector plays a complex role in contemporary art communities. Today, many individuals collect purely for the investment value of a work of art and collecting has, for ages, been a tried and true method for proving one’s cultural capital. The interest and agency of art collectors often influence the careers of working artists and the styles of art that are celebrated and produced. Beyond the financial or cultural gain, the contemporary collector should be aware of her important role within the fabric of artistic communities. how might she make the most of her connections with works of art and artists?”

$25 members / $50 non members* Reservations & prepayment requested; Call 781.631.2608, email or visit for more information.

This is the first of a two part series, included in the fee. An onsite visit to Montserrat will follow on Thursday, April, 23 6:30-8:30 pm. Cavallo and Montserrat’s Take20 team, a group of student gallery teachers, will bring participants for a closer look at leading Montserrat student work and for a visit to a Senior Thesis Exhibition with students working in a variety of disciplines.

Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Much of Cavallo’s curatorial work is characterized by experiential and performance-based practices and the understanding of every arts experience as inherently a learning experience. Past projects includes: The Highest Closet at Montserrat College of Art, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo works currently as the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, a lead Teaching Artist with the Urbano Project and Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University.

The Marblehead Arts Association
is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion, at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. Six galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists change every six weeks and education programs and special events are offered throughout the year. The MAA Artisan Shop features one-of-a-kind crafts including jewelry, pottery, glassworks and textiles by our artisan members. The Mansion is available for private parties, meetings, weddings and other events. For more information, please call 781-631-2608.

Betsy Hoffman Hundahl, Assistant Director
Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead

Mar 31, 2015

Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault has contributed a chapter to the book, Connecting Creativity Research and Practice in Art Education, recently published by the National Art Education Association, The chapter was entitled, Art Education for Older Adults: Insights from Current Research on Creativity and Aging.

Congratulations, Rebecca!

Mar 19, 2015

Montserrat College of Art Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s work is being exhibited alongside Nathan Miner and Lynda Schlosberg in Field Visions, which was curated by Montserrat Galleries Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury. The Opening Reception is Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3 – 5 pm and the exhibit will remain on view through April 22, 2015 at The Gallery at the Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 55 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA.

“What brings together the works by Masako Kamiya, Nathan Miner and Lynda Schlosberg is the way each of the artists engages with ways of seeing. Of course initially this ‘seeing’ pertains to the visual recognition of the art object: the paint on the surface, the formal qualities such as composition, scale, materiality, design, pattern, and of course their vibrant use of color. Additionally, each artist in Field Visions is concerned with the act of looking itself, a thoughtful looking. They are part of a growing number of artists and thinkers who emphasize slowing down and suggest a contemplative response to the fast paced culture of our times…Each painting in Field Visions functions as a locus, a tipping point where perception changes from the micro to the macro or from the two-dimensional picture plane to the three-dimensional space each object activates. Kamiya’s paintings shift from an abstractly painted image to a field of miniature sculptures that forms an imaginary landscape. Miner’s paintings physically surround the viewer to engage their peripheral vision. He asks the viewer to consider their physical place in relation to both the work and the larger world. Schlosberg’s pieces oscillate between the macroscopic and the nanoscopic, and often appear to present both simultaneously. Together, these three artists investigate perception and invite contemplation not simply on their work, but also on our place in the universe. It is my hope that as a result of the temporary poetic shifts created by these paintings, viewers leave feeling connected to a slower, reflective state of mind” —Leonie Bradbury, Curator

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm

Mar 16, 2015

“I can only speak for myself, but as I was teaching I was learning.” – Roger Martin

We celebrate the life of Roger Hemenway Martin, Jr., a Founding Faculty Member of Montserrat College of Art. He passed away on March 14 at age 89. A painter, poet and author, Roger taught at Montserrat for more than 20 years. During his tenure, he embodied the essence of College’s mission and spirit. He was among a group of artists who strived to breathe life into their idea of a new kind of professional education in the visual arts – a school that would not only focus on the arts, but would also focus on the individual needs of each student.

Alumna Heidi Daub ’82 recently reflected on a conversation she had with Roger during one of her last weeks before graduating. They were discussing her plans after Montserrat and he said, “The world needs someone to carry the torch of being a painter, of seeing the world as an artist sees. Who else but you is going to do this?” This teaching moment was only one of the countless lessons Roger had shared with his students. His indelible spirit is recorded and present within the many students and colleagues that he taught and mentored during his career.

Roger pursued to understand life through his work, while also wanting to sweep the viewer into his large and truly magnificent paintings. Born in 1925, he graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before he became a painter, he was an illustrator contributing to such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, among others. In addition to his Montserrat career, Roger was always a prolific painter and writer. He authored several books on Rockport’s history and was the poet laureate of Rockport. Since retiring in 1989, he continued to paint and draw many works inspired by the surroundings of Cape Ann.

An exhibition of Roger’s work is currently on view in Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester and will remain on display through June 28. To learn more about Roger and view his art, visit

His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 1 pm in Rockport Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport, MA.

Mar 13, 2015

Assoc. Prof. Diane Ayott has an upcoming solo exhibit, Jeepers Creepers, at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC. It opens on Thursday, March 19 and runs through April 18.

Ayott is also featured in a group exhibition called Paperworks.

Paperwork is a group exhibition at the Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. The exhibition consists of works on paper by six womeayottn artists that emphasize pattern, accretion, stacking and repeating rhythms that create fields of organized space. The work uses pattern and rhythm to signify connections between people and the repetition of daily life.

Diane Ayott
Merideth Fife Day
Barbara Grossman
Sydney Licht
Marlene Rye
Eve Stockton

On view through March 31st.

Mar 12, 2015

March 14 – 29
Elizabeth Alexander & Alicia Renadette

Mill no. 5
250 Jackson St
Lowell, MA 4th floor
Gallery hours: 12-6pm daily

Montserrat College of Art Sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander and Alicia Renadette cordially invite you to the Victorian Lounge for MERGED, the 2nd installment of Merger, featuring new and reconfigured sculpture, installation art and works on paper

Opening Reception: March 14, 3 – 6 pm
Free and open to the public with edible art, soundscape & surprises. Formal attire is optional.

Panel Discussion: March 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
An evening of conversation about art, craft, feminism, and what it takes to be amazing with artists and artisans, Christina Ptisch, Malika Green, Maria Molteni, and Michelle Marroquin moderated by Alicia Renadette and Elizabeth Alexander
held at the Luna Theater, expect a more detailed invite to follow

The artists have been psychically communicating through art making while hunched over their worktables in separate cities for the past several years. Some of you joined them last November when their work came together in Easthampton, MA for Merger, a show of large site-specific installation, sculpture, collage and costume. With help from a grant by the Lowell Cultural Council, the show is able to travel to the eastern part of the state. Under its new name, Merged will fill the unique spaces in Mill no. 5’s Victorian Lounge with a new take on its first iteration.

Merged is an exhibit of works that interrogate the multi-layered messages of gender compliance and classist aspirations marketed and exploited by the Wedding Industrial Complex. This exploration has resulted in a dreamscape of decadence and heightened delusions of grandeur. Working in conversation, the artists will present works in a variety of mediums ranging from installation and soft sculpture to collage and food presentations.

Mar 10, 2015

Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s newest gouache pieces are featured in Boston Home Magazine‘s spring 2015 issue!

Connecting The Dots

“Masako Kamiya’s striking three-dimensional gouache paintings convey delicate representations of nature and the human experience through layers and color.” —Michelle Marino

As a child, Masako Kamiya took great satisfaction in building and refining shapes through a series of repetitive marks. Today, the MassArt grad’s delicate representations of nature and the human experience are conveyed through layers and color in striking three- dimensional gouache paintings.

“I’m not interested in concrete places,” says Kamiya, who progressively applies thousands of dots to paper until they form a pattern with an observable focal point. “I’m interested in weather…feelings, the atmosphere.” To create Black Rain, for example, Kamiya took inspiration from the temperamental climate of Ireland’s west coast, where she spent a month in 2013.

Kamiya says her intricate, time-consuming artistic process allows her to better connect with her surroundings, something she hopes is evident in her work. “It’s not so much about rain or the title,” she says. “I want the viewer to experience it physically.”

Mar 3, 2015

Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul‘s essay On Festival Poet Denise Duhamel is up on the MassPoetry website! This is the fourth in a series of essays on the poets who will be featured at the May 1 – 3 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Visit to see her work!

Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard College and has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Spring Creek Project and the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Laboratories. She is also a frequent performer on the Improbable Places Poetry Tour.

Feb 27, 2015

Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Member Julia Shepley‘s show, Locus, is being held at Boston Sculptors Gallery from February 25 – March 29. There will be a reception Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 – 6 pm with an Artist Talk at 4 pm. Learn more at

Shepley has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibits at the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, MA; the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, MA; the New Arts Center, Newton, MA; and the Rose Art Museum.  She has received sculpture grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections including Bank of Boston; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; the Rose Art Museum; the Boston Public Library; Fidelity Investments, and Simmons College. She is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston.

See more of her work at

Feb 11, 2015

Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, Feb. 14, 3 – 5 p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Bill of Lading, a special exhibition exploring the art and poetry of Roger Martin. A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, Roger Martin is Rockport’s first poet laureate and author of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown. 

Also a highly re­spected graphic designer, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been-and continues to be-one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative artists. The exhibition opens with a public reception and will remain on display through June 28, 2015. For exhibition-related programs please visit

Image credit: November Tide, 2003, oil and oil stick on canvas. Collection of the artist.
Jan 14, 2015

The Physicality of Color: Jan. 23 – March 29, 2015
Curated by Director, Kristina Durocher
Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire at Durham
Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 6 – 8 pm

The artists selected for this exhibition use color as the subject or subtext of their work, each exploring color tactilely, symbolically to define space as well as physical presence, or formally to create the illusion of space. From a variety of media and artistic practices, viewers are provided multiple entry points to consider artists’ choices. Exhibiting artists include: Diane Ayott, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Catherine Evans, Masako Kamiya, Catherine Kehoe, Keira Kotler, Paul McMullan, Laura Moriarty, Lynn Richardson, Victor Schrager, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Matt Rich and Bill Thompson, who is also the Featured Artists at this year’s Artrageous!29 Auction Party on March 28, 2015. Learn more at

Top images: (left) Gerda Peterich (1906-1974) , Central Park Strollers, 1939-46, gelatin silver print, 6.375” x 6.375”, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, Gift of Ms. Lily Hoffman, 1977.1.61; (right) Nancy Murphy Spicer, Biking In Berlin, 12, 2010, flashe, gouache, collage on guidebook page.

MUSEUM HOURS: Mon, Tue, Wed: 10 am – 4 pm, Thu: 10 am – 8 pm, Sat, Sun: 1 – 5 pm, Closed Fridays & University holidays.

Diane Ayott, Counting # 18″, acrylic on paper, 8.5 X 8.5″, 2013
Dec 10, 2014
Prof. Rose Olson will be participating in a group show of gallery artists at Susan Maasch Fine Art located at 4 City Center, Portland, ME. This exhibit is open Mon. – Sun., 10 am – 5 pm all through December, or by appointment 207-478-4087.  Please drop in when you are in the area, since the gallery will be continually rotating the work of all their artists. Learn more @ Presently, Olson has a solo show of mainly small works at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. One of her 10 x 10 x 2″ paintings titled “Copper Drake” below,  will be included in this exhibit.

Regular gallery hours are Wed. – Sun., 12 – 5 pm or by appointment: 617-423-4113.

See more of Olson’s work @

Dec 3, 2014

Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member Mari LacCure has work in the exhibition Spatial Planes at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX.


Thursday, Dec 4, 6 – 9 pm


Dec 4, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015

Spatial Planes includes a selection of artists whose print-based work plays with the visual and conceptual representation of space. In addition to the abstract and often geometric imagery activating multiple planes and pulling the viewer into contemplative space, the works are new statements on perception, an ongoing discourse of artists and theorists. Participating artist include Valerie Arber, Jeffrey Dell, Haylee Ebersole, Angela Fox, Yuko Fukuzumi, Mari LaCure, Monika Meler, Gary Nichols, Elvia Perrin, Samantha Parker Salazar, and Kate Shepherd.

The artist’s representation of dimensional space has evolved over centuries and styles, shifting from accurate representation of the physical world, to abstracting it, to conceptualizing it. A question we present in this exhibition is how does function inform our emotional and psychological perceptions? How do our abstract ideas, emotions, and desires affect perception? Might they inform not only how we see, but permeate and transform the physical world?

For more information, vist

Nov 24, 2014

Asst. Prof. Kelly Murphy‘s cover illustration for Ship of Dolls (written by Shirley Parenteau and published by Candlewick Press) is a winner in the Society of Illustrators57th Annual Competition!

Discover her illustrations for this project and learn more on the book’s project page.
Murphy’s work has been featured in curated shows, gallery exhibitions and international magazines specialized in illustration. By the end of 2011, her nineteenth book will have been released. 2011 was a prolific year with releases in the novelty and gift market, three published children’s books, and several foreign translations of her books. 
More of her work can be seen on her website
Nov 14, 2014

Montserrat College of Art’s Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett is exhibiting her sculptures and drawings in SOUNDING at Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Marilu Swett: SOUNDING
Reception: Saturday Nov.15, 2 – 5 pm
Dates: Nov.12 – Dec.14, 2014
Boston Sculptures Gallery
486 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
Gallery hours: Wed.-Sun. 12 – 6 pm

For SOUNDINGMarilu Swett turns her attention to the ocean, as site of evolution, human industry, and constant watery companionship. Swett’s sculptures and drawings allude to seaforms of all scales, which appear, evolve, and dive beneath the surface. Themes from 19th century whaling and fishing show up in her choice of material, hardware, pattern, and image. Pieces evoke the leisure time activities of scrimshaw and textile embellishment and the hard labor of fishing and whaling, directly and indirectly. The profound experience of being in and on the water, and walking its shores, drives this body of work. Swett cuts, inks, collages, models, layers, paints, carves, and casts materials to produce complex drawings and suspended forms in plastic, resin, found objects, lead, bronze, and mixed media. The work is serious and fanciful, abstracting, inventing, and drawing relationships among forms. Her references include natural systems and subsystems, microscopic form, the human body, and industrial artifacts.

First Friday: December 5, 5 – 8 pm

Learn more at

See more of Swett’s work at
Nov 12, 2014
Prof. ​Martha Buskirk’s piece on “The Sad Story of Jumbo the Elephant,” published by Hyperallergic on November 4, explores ways that circus impresario P.T. Barnum was also heavily involved in American museum history.
Also, her essay “Studio System,” investigating the role of systems in the work of Jason Rhoades, appeared in a catalog that was recently published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition “Jason Rhoades, Four Roads.” The exhibition opened at the Philadelphia ICA in fall 2013, is currently on view at the Kunsthale Bremen, and will then appear at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; the catalog by Ingrid Schaffner, Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, was published by Prestel.
Oct 24, 2014

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne will be presenting at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual 2014 Conference Nov. 20 - 23 in Washington, DC.  She is part of a panel of authors who use mentor texts. The session will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 from 2:30 PM to 3:45 pm. Learn more here!

Dionne, of Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, will present as a member of the panel, “KNOWING STORIES: HOW PUBLISHED AUTHORS AND STUDENT WRITERS IMPROVE THEIR CRAFT THROUGH THE USE OF MENTOR TEXTS.” The participants’ description of the panel reads:

What’s the best way to become a stronger writer? Read.

Read like a writer, studying mentor texts to learn the craft. Five trade book authors and a renowned teacher-blogger come together to share their mentor text stories, from the writing room to the classroom, exploring the power of texts to teach us. We’ll share not only strategies but also specific mentor texts for teaching everything from nonfiction to poetry to persuasion.

Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention draws thousands of elementary and secondary educators, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world to participate in four days of professional learning programming. NCTE convention attendees hear presentations from award-winning speakers, attend thought-provoking sessions, share best practices, and test the latest teaching materials. The NCTE Annual 2014 Convention will be held November 20-23, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C.

The National Council of Teachers of English (, with 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

Stay updated with what Erin has been up to by visiting

Oct 21, 2014
Video and Photography instructor François-Xavier de Costerd will be participating in Illuminus, Boston’s first “nuit blanche” — a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, that will take place on Saturday, October 25.

There is a free festival in Boston. Learn more at 

This public celebration will feature large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance and multimedia experiences that reimagine the city at night. Illuminus will transform South End, Boston’s streetscapes into a vibrant urban canvas where regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative and imaginative works. The festival will provoke and inspire, celebrating the creative approaches to art, culture, and community that form the foundation of a thriving and dynamic city.

To see the rendering of Francois’s piece in the show visit

Oct 20, 2014

Montserrat Sculpture Faculty Member Julia Shepley has a large installation of sculpture in the third unique part of the exhibition series Ovid’s Girls Boston/ Berlin at MEWO Kunsthalle. Ovid’s Girls is about the continued exploration of the theme of transformation and mythological tales whose origins lie in the chaos and are characterized by endless change. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 20 – Nov. 8, 2014

Ovid’s Girls is an exhibition featuring artworks by twelve female sculptors, six from the USA and six from Germany, all sharing an aesthetic of the evocative and enigmatic. The exhibition will highlight parallels and relationships in the artwork, in a cross-continent dialogue of ideas, materials and conceptual approaches. Ovid’s Girls has been hosted by three different venues in 2014. The first was at the Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany (April 4 – May 3, 2014), followed by the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston, USA (June 25 – August 3, 2014), and the MEWO Kunsthalle in Memmingen, Germany (September 19 – November 8) if the final venue.


Julia Shepley is teaching design and figure modeling this semester. Her teaching objectives are: to provide students with design, craft and problem solving skills to use in developing and identifying their interests and talents; to instill enthusiasm for the intrinsic possibilities and capabilities of each material used in class as a tool for generating ideas; and to help students learn how to share and utilize each other’s progress in class as an opportunity for growth.

Julia has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibits at the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Duxbury Art Complex, Duxbury, MA; the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Boston, MA; the New Arts Center, Newton, MA; and the Rose Art Museum.  She has received sculpture grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections including Bank of Boston; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; the Rose Art Museum; the Boston Public Library; Fidelity Investments, and Simmons College. She is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston MA.

For more information visit

Oct 13, 2014

From more than 10,000 American artists, Montserrat College of Art’s Sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander has been selected to have her art exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of America. She is one of 100 under-recognized artists whose work will be on display from September 13, 2014 – January 19, 2015.

Crystal Bridges Museum of America is located in Bentonville Arkansas and the Exhibit is called State of Art, Discovering American Art Now.


In everyday language, to be “decorative” is also to be feminine, flowery, or delicate. In her work across various media, Elizabeth Alexander probes that traditional understanding of decoration by adding or subtracting it from existing objects, producing familiar-yet-alien forms that defy expectation. In her sculptural series Tea, for example, the artist begins with everyday found porcelain pieces—teacups, saucers, and pitchers—that feature surface decorations such as painted flowers or leaves. Then, using a refined cutting tool, Alexander methodically removes the decorative elements along with the porcelain underneath, creating wavy, irregular holes in the surface of the objects.

The undulating edges of these empty spaces resemble islands, lakes, or rivers, creating beauty even in their absence. Importantly, the removal of decoration destroys the functionality of the original objects: the cup can no longer contain tea, the saucer no longer catches stray crumbs. Alexander’s altered forms compel us to reconsider our notions of beauty in our home environments, suggesting that “mere” decoration perhaps isn’t so mere after all.

Oct 3, 2014

Montserrat College of Art’s Book Arts, Graphic Design & Printmaking Faculty Member Sarah Husley will have work shown in a group exhibition, Bibliophilia at the Nave Gallery in Somerville. Husley describes Bibliophilia as “A hands-on, studio-based exploration of the forms and methods of the book enriches the lives of students and make them better thinkers, readers, writers, and artists — in any medium.”

The opening reception is Sat, Oct 4, 6 – 8 pm.

The exhibit is open from Oct. 2 – 26.

Sarah Hulsey holds an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts (2013), a PhD in Linguistics from MIT (2008), and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Linguistics from Harvard (2001). Her art work focuses on visual representations of complex systems, including language, making use of her Linguistics background in both the workings of language and systematic investigation of its properties.

You can view her work at:

Oct 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 9, 2014

Montserrat College of Art’s Paul Scott Library is currently exhibiting selections from their Special Collections: Zines and Pop-Up Books.

College Librarian Cheri Coe invites the community to check out the two new watercolors.

Later this month, there will be a special Artist’s Book viewing day organized by Instructor Bill Hanscom, and an exhibit of paper art by FX faculty, organized by Instructor David Ferreira.


Mon. – Thu. 8 am – 9 pm / Fri. 8:30 am – 6:30 pm / Sun. 12 – 6 pm / Closed on national holidays.

CONTACT: Cheri Coe, College Librarian
978.921.4242 x1208

Circulation Desk
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Aug 28, 2014

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

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

77 Langsford Street,Gloucester, MA
Hours: Thu – Sun 12 – 5 pm or by appointment

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

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

Aug 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 20, 2014

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

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

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

Jul 29, 2014
Exhibiting Instructors and their Students from

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

Ever Evolving is a celebration of the creative community formed by a special group of instructors and their students who come together each summer at Montserrat College of Art. Artists Timothy HawkesworthLala ZietlynBarbara Moody and Maria Malatesta have ignited the passion of devoted participants for four summers, and in turn have cultivated a rich dialogue amongst themselves, instructor to instructor.  We are proud to present an exhibition which gives testament to the unique community they have created, and pleased present works by all four instructors and their most recent students. The exhibition is sponsored by the Marblehead Arts Association and Montserrat’s Department of Continuing Education.

Timothy Hawkesworth
 grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. Since then, he has shown internationally, and his work can be found in collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. His work has received considerable critical attention, including reviews in the New York TimesArt News, the New Yorker, theLA Times, the Boston Globe and the Irish Times. He teaches around the country.

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

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

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

Jul 28, 2014

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


The Improper Bostonian has named Montserrat Instructor Elizabeth Alexander Best Artist of Boston Best 2014. Check out the article at

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

Congratulations, Wilbur and Elizabeth!

Jul 23, 2014

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

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

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

Jul 9, 2014

Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels‘ has already had two of her poems published this summer. “In Praise of Swimming at Night” is featured in Cider Press Review and “Ladies Night, Rush Tribute Band” is in the recent rock and roll issue of Bohemia Magazine.

Jul 8, 2014

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

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

Jul 7, 2014

Asst. Prof. John McVey presented his paper, “Hardware and Fiction: Genre Intersections” at the conference “The Prosaic Imaginary: Novels and the Everyday, 1750 – 2000″ at the University of Sydney, July 1 – 4. For more information, please visit the conference website:


Prof. Barbara Moody is currently showing in the group exhibition, “Dreaming Gardens”, at Suffolk University Gallery from June 10 – August 22.
Congratulations, John and Barbara!

Jul 1, 2014

Montserrat is hosting the Travel Program A Documentary Lover’s Field Trip to Montreal this fall. The instructor for the travel program, Erin Trahan, has a few new stories out for the ARTery. See links below:

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

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

Jun 16, 2014

Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA will open June 17 – July 2 for a public exhibition of experience-based art projects created by Montserrat College of Art students, inspired by and produced in collaboration with workers at the Salem Harbor Station power plant, located at 24 Fort Avenue Salem, MA.

This first-of-its-kind project, “Across the Bridge,” is the result of a unique partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, whose primary goal was to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer.

According to Montserrat Academic Dean Laura Tonelli, the project dovetailed perfectly with a campus initiative to expand learning beyond the traditional classroom through collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with businesses and community organizations.  In April of this year, the initiative, called StudioXL (Studio for Experiential Learning), received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation.

The documentary project was conducted by 29 Montserrat students and four faculty (Ethan Berry, Rebecca Bourgault, Dawn Paul, and project coordinator Elizabeth Cohen) in collaboration with the plant employees.  The project and exhibition are funded by Footprint Power.

“It is a difficult thing to convey the tremendous and sometimes heroic lengths to which our staff has gone in operating this plant to safely and reliably provide power to the North Shore,” remarked Footprint Power CEO Peter Furniss “We are grateful for this opportunity to work with such a talented group of artists to begin to capture the beauty and power of Salem Harbor Station and the team that has made it work.”

There are about 100 employees of Footprint Power, some of whom have worked at the plant for 40-45 years. The plant, which has been operating on coal and oil since it was built in the 1950s, will be decommissioned this summer and will be replaced with gas-fired power generating equipment using more efficient “combined-cycle” technology.

“Across the Bridge” will include a variety of media: photography and video, drawings, paintings, poetry, sculpture and installations. It will be exhibited in the turbine hall – a unique industrial space never previously opened to the public. In addition, there will be an opportunity to see portions of the power plant itself, with mini-tours of the vintage operating equipment and control room.

Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour will hold a poetry reading on the theme “power of work/work of power” July 2nd, 7-9 pm. More information on submitting or registering to attend is online at

Workers from the plant, and Montserrat College of Art students who have created the works on view, will serve as guides during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display June 17-July 2; Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-5 pm; Thursdays, 3-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 2-6 pm at 24 Fort Ave. Salem, MA.

The exhibit is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Please email  and include the name(s) of those attending and the date you would like to attend.  Please note that you will be required to produce a valid photo ID to enter the site.

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

Footprint Power LLC is an independent power producer that works with existing owners, host communities, workers and other stakeholders in older coal- and oil-fired power plants that are approaching the end of their useful life in order to transition these facilities and sites to other productive purposes.

Above photo was taken by Montserrat College of Art student Rory Bastille ’15 while involved in the Across the Bridge project.

Jun 13, 2014

Prof. Martha Buskirk‘s article on photography in the context of proprietary media networks was just published in the summer 2014 issue of Artforum.

She is also about to begin a summer fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where she will continue her current research, “Intersecting Realms: Art, Law, and Authorship.”

Congratulations, Martha!

Jun 12, 2014

Art as, in and with Education


Friday, June 13th, 7pm

Artists, arts educators, audiences, students – if you are curious and/or opinionated about the many many issues raised by considerations of art and education – please come join the conversation!

How do you learn about art? Through art?

The overlapping roles of art and education have a distinct effect on the lives of artists, arts educators, audiences, students and the general public. From identifying and being able todescribe arts learning experiences, to the place (or lack there of) for the arts in K-12 Education – the relationship between these fields are complex and ripe with opportunity. Join Maggie Cavallo and Leonie Bradbury for an open discussion geared towards defining art as, in and with education. Whether STEM to STEAM, the role of teaching artists in our schools and community centers, considerations of art as research and learning, or the role of colleges and universities in the lives of emerging and practicing artists – these conversations can lead us to models for how we understand both the arts and education.

Co-host bios:

Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, and is dedicated to providing dynamic experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Recent projects include: Take it Easy a collaborative printmaking curriculum with Urbano Project, A New Cosmic Mix: now in 5D! at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and SPACE CASE: Zillaboston Online Residency. Cavallo is also the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a professor at Stonehill College in Arts Administration. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase College in Media, Society and the Arts and a Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Arts in Education.

Originally from The Netherlands, Leonie Bradbury has been the Director and Curator of Montserrat College of Art Galleries since 2005. She has curates contemporary art exhibitions that feature a range of artists of national and international note. Her exhibitions have received numerous awards including New England Art Awards and New England Museum Association awards. Two of her exhibitions received curatorial awards from the Association of International Art Critics.

Bradbury’s specialty is contemporary art, theory, and criticism. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 1998, followed by a M.A. in the History of Art from Boston University in 2001. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts.

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:

Jun 5, 2014

Prof. Judith Brassard Brown and Prof. Rob Roy are featured in the Exhibition ‘New Acquisitions‘ at the Art Complex Museum,

The exhibition runs through September 7th.

P.O. Box 2814 189 Alden St., Duxbury, MA

Learn more here!

Congratulations Judy and Rob!

Jun 4, 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.

Jun 4, 2014

The 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.

Jun 3, 2014

Prof. Fred Lynch is featured in the Spring edition of Drawing Magazine. The article, “Fresh Inks” examines his work which is created during Montserrat’s Viterbo Program. Learn more here:

Congratulations, Fred!

May 20, 2014

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

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

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

Student Awards:

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

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

Faculty Awards:

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

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

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

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page!

May 14, 2014

Rob Roy
American Road

May 10 - June 21, 2014 
opening reception
Saturday, May 10, 3-6pm

HallSpace presents recent monotypes, and paintings by Rob Roy. This Is Roy's second exhibition at HallSpace.
...Roy has incorporated color samples of the sort one would find at a hardware store's paint department into his work, bringing physical, ready-made pieces from the world at large into his paintings and drawings. They are combined with imagery and strategies employed in earlier work. The use of these house paint samples, Roy says, "forces me to use different color combinations." And as has been true throughout his career, experimentation, trial-and-error, and constant exploration throughout the process of creating these works have combined to yield inventive and instructive results.
- excerpt from
American Road, Rob Roy's Long View
essay by Gordon Arnold
In 2011, Rob Roy collaborated with Gordon Arnold, and Leonie Bradbury on the exhibition For the Record, Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict.
Rob Roy earned a MFA from Yale University, and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work is in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Housatonic Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the College of New Jersey. He is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing at Montserrat College of Art, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.

Visit website and Facebook for upcoming exhibitions and events.

Gallery Hours
 Friday and Saturday 12-5pm
Monday - Thursday by appointment

May 7, 2014

Masako Kamiya Exhibits at NAGA Gallery this June!

May 5, 2014

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.

Apr 30, 2014

Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has been accepted to a writing residency at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center for two weeks in June.

The Center provides a refuge for established scholars and artists to study, write, create, and interact in a peaceful and quiet environment. It is located at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL), a marine science research and education center north of Puget Sound, Washington. Scholars at the Helen R. Whiteley Center can work in quiet isolation, and also take advantage of opportunities to meet with other Whiteley Center scholars and with scientists working at FHL. 

"I'm looking forward to some quiet time for writing!" - Dawn Paul

Congratulations, Dawn!

Apr 23, 2014

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!

Apr 23, 2014

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

Apr 23, 2014

Montserrat College of Art's founding faculty member Ray Pisano invites faculty, staff and students to the Grand Reopening of Childe Hassam Park at Columbus Avenue and Chandler Street, Boston, on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 pm.

Prof. Pisano has been instrumental in assisting with renovations and creating sculpture for this historic park, named after the artist Childe Hassam of Boston.

Learn more here:

The park has an arts theme because of the many artists who inhabit the South End.

Apr 7, 2014

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!

Apr 7, 2014

The current work in Montserrat College of Art's Frame 301 Gallery is by our very own faculty member Greg Cook! he Saddest Forest on Earth, installed Tuesday March 25, will be on view throughFriday, 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.

Apr 4, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, participants joined Montserrat College of Art and the Enterprise Center at Salem State University for a unique, half-day workshop held at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA devoted to understanding creativity for business professionals. Participants will hear from and work with esteemed Montserrat faculty who understand innovation through the creative process.

\In the workshop, participants:
• discovered that creativity is not an inherent gift, but rather a teachable process anyone can learn
• demonstrated their own aptitude for learning this way of thinking through expert-led, small group workshops
• discussed how this solution-based method is being adapted and applied by business leaders today, and
• left with resources to apply these concepts to their business

Workshop Included:
• Break-out Workshop Sessions: Culture of Critique facilitated by Fred Lynch, Mark Hoffman & Shanth Enjeti
• Feedback from breakout groups

Fred Lynchis an illustrator, artist, and educator who lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He’s a professor of Illustration at Montserrat College of Art and teaches too at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, (his alma mater). He’s been the recipient of Excellence in Teaching Awards at both institutions. An award winning illustrator, Fred’s works have been seen nationally and internationally for major corporations, magazines, publishers and newspapers. His artwork has been included in many national juried shows and regional exhibits. He has spoken recently on the topic of creativity at a number of venues including the Crossroads Convention of Educators and the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona. This summer, he’ll conduct a workshop in Paraty, Brazil.

Shanth Suresh Enjeti is an Assistant Professor at Montserrat College of Art in both the Illustration and Foundation departments, and is also a Senior Critic at Rhode Island School of Design where he received his BFA and has taught for more than a decade. Shanth balances his academic life with his career as an illustrator, designer, lecturer, and consultant for a variety of clients. His work has also been featured in several books on the field of art and design, and has presented at MIT, Wellesley College, Microsoft Games, Turbine Inc., and Hasbro.

Mark Hoffmann is an award winning illustrator, painter and animator. Mark earned a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in visual design from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. His work can be seen internationally in a variety of print mediums and surface design. With a focus on low brow illustrations, Mark implies a whimsical visual dialogue with his audience. In his teaching, Mark relies heavily on constructive critiques and innovative approaches to idea building.

Mar 19, 2014

Beverly, MA – March 17, 2014 – This month, as snow continues to melt outside, poets and writers will stoke the fires of creativity at the latest stop on the Improbable Places Poetry tour. On Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at 45 Enon Street, Eurostoves, a Beverly-based supplier of cookware and kitchen appliances, will open its culinary center – usually home to knife-wielding chefs – to poets brandishing pens. Writers and spectators alike are invited to join in the fun, which will include a cooking demonstration and a cash bar.
Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Center Director and poetry tour organizer Colleen Michaels says poets are invited to share poems on a culinary theme. “Poems about best meals, kitchen tools, and grandmothers are all welcome,” she says. “We’re looking for poems that snap like a pea in spring, stir like a wooden spoon, and aren’t afraid to raid the refrigerator.”  

This stop is the second on this year’s poetry tour; last stop found poets gathering at Mowers Barber Shop in Beverly where voices blended with snipping scissors and buzzing electric razors. The evening included poems about the sensuality of wet hair, the joy of a fresh crew cut and the history of the haircut.
The next reading will take place Thursday, March 27, 7 – 9 p.m. - with doors opening at 6:30 - at Eurostoves, The Culinary Centre, 45 Enon Street, Beverly, MA.

To participate, send submissions to by Thursday, March 20th. Contact Colleen Michaels with any questions at 978-921-4242 x1277. 

The Improbable Poetry Tour is Montserrat's way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme is selected.  Tour stops of the past have included tattoo parlors, Laundromats and swimming pools.

Mar 3, 2014

Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels' poem Medeski, Martin, and Wood at Dinner has been published in Hawai'i Review 79: Call & Response.

A copy of the journal will be in the Montserrat Library if you want to check it out.

Congratulations Colleen!

Mar 3, 2014

Instructor in Painting and Drawing, Matthew Murphy's show, BETWEEN STATES: Paintings by Matt Murphy and Sam King opens this month with an Opening Reception: Thursday, March 6, 5 pm at SUGAR Gallery, 1 East Center St., Fayetteville, AR.

Sam King and Matt Murphy approach the problem of abstraction from different points of view, but also with many shared visions that move them beyond the formal. King challenges illusionistic preconceptions by building, scraping, and exposing the material of the paint itself, hinting at space, light, and narrative. Using color, accumulated mark, and literal shape, Murphy sets up space discomposed by its own elements.

Through improvisation and drastic revision, King steers his paintings into uneasy resolutions of perceptual, emotional, and interpersonal experience, where suggestion trumps declaration and awkward harmonies abound. King sometimes paints on found (or deliberately misshaped) panels that complicate budding pictorial relationships and nudge at the paintings’ objecthood.

Murphy’s exploration of ideas in abstraction has prompted a move toward the realm of object-making, allowing drawings, paintings, and wooden constructions to inform each other. Paintings happen alongside drawings, which happen alongside collages and constructions. Their development is non-linear. Murphy is interested in how different modes of presentation can be deployed to express similar ideas within abstraction. These ideas are about metaphor, geometry, fantastic narrative and materiality. They draw from a variety of sources, from astronomy to El Greco.

For images and more information click here!
Congratulations, Matt!

Mar 3, 2014

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.

Photo Cred: Michelle Behre '14

Feb 28, 2014

Liberal Arts Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has a new poem in the online journal, Postcard Poems and Prose.

Her poem, "The Night before I Climbed Mt. Washington" can be seen here:

Students are encouraged to submit their work to this journal!

Congratulations, Dawn! Cool poem - literally and figuratively!

To see more of her work visit:

Feb 12, 2014

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. There is a members only reception on Sat. March 8 from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, please visit

Feb 9, 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.

Feb 6, 2014

Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya will be exhibiting in a couple exhibits opening this month at UMass Dartmouth’s University Art Gallery, and Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery.

**Feb. 6 – March 13, 2014
“Obsessive Compulsive Order”
University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth

Reception: AHA! Night, Feb. 13, 6 – 9 pm,
Artist Talks: Feb. 13 & March 7 pm

Group exhibition exploring systematic, deliberate work patiently created in various media by outstanding female artists from the New England and beyond. Artists: Huguette Despault May, Masako Kamiya, Jane Masters, Barbara Owen, Jessica Rosner, Diane Samuels, Curated by: Viera Levitt

Hours: Open daily 9 AM to 6 PM; free admission

University Art Gallery
College of Visual and Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth
715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA
(508) 999-8555

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

**Feb. 14 – March 15, 2014
“Masako Kamiya: Liminal”
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Montserrat College of Art

Opening Reception: Tue., Feb. 18, 5 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: Thu., March 6, 11:30 am

23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA
(978) 921-4242 x3

>> Gallery Website
>> Gallery Facebook

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit

Jan 31, 2014

One of our Founding Faculty Members, Ollie Balf, is featured in Yankee Magazine this month!

"The late Oliver Balf lived and worked as an artist in Rockport, MA for more than 60 years. He was a teacher, a father, a husband and a painter. He created an eclectic mix of work in his lifetime with much of his art inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann. The following slide show is a collection of photographs taken at the family home and studio by photographer Jared Charney in 2013, personal family photographs as well as some of Oliver Balf’s original paintings."

See full feature here:

To see more of artist Oliver Balf’s work, please visit:

His art will also be up for auction at this year's Artrageous!28

Dec 12, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Lawrence Waldron  will be presenting research on Indigenous retentions in Caribbean folk medicine on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Smithsonian Institution. He will explore the early 20th century calypso, "West Indian Weed Woman" as an example of how deeply Indigenous culture has saturated into Caribbean popular culture.

Before joining the faculty of Montserrat College of Art in 2013, Lawrence Waldron had taught both studio art and art history for over fifteen years. He has published essays and presented conference papers on the arts of the pre-Columbian Americas; colonial and modern art, architecture and music in the Caribbean; Buddhist symbols of Asia; traditional textiles in Southeast Asia; and Islamic architecture in Spain and Africa. He has curated two exhibitions of traditional textiles of the Philippines. He is currently completing two books on the art and iconography of the pre-Columbian Caribbean.

Dec 12, 2013

The December issue of Artforum features Prof. Martha Buskirk's collaboration with Caroline Jones and Amelia Jones on the role of "Re-" in contemporary practice (reconstruct, re-create, reenact, remake, etc.). Ten definitions appear in the print edition, and over 20 in the on-line version, but the selected highlights have to be understood as only a small sample of the many variations on this theme.

Visit  to read her piece "The Year in Re-"

Buskirk 's article on the lawsuit brought by Marc Jancou against Cady Noland, after she renounced a damaged work of art that he was trying to sell at auction, was just published by Hyperallergic,

Visit to read her article.

Oct 25, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul has one of her new poems featured in the online journal, Damselflypress.

Paul  is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Naugatuck River Review and Redheaded Stepchild. She is also a frequent performer on Montserrat’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour.

Last Photo with my Mother

It’s all there: the path through the Audubon Sanctuary,
me standing next to my mother, the light of late afternoon.
It is autumn and the path is full of yellow beech leaves.
We stand close together, her shoulder against my arm,
but we do not hold each other, just the slight leaning in.

How alike we are: neatly built, straight-spined, those long Irish cheeks.
And the genuine smiles. We, who often look hunted in photos,
are happy in golden October, the leaves deep on the path.
We both look directly into the camera, which is held by my beloved.
My mother once said to me, in quiet admiration, “She is so honest.
I can’t imagine her ever telling a lie.”

If I was as honest, I would say this photo does not tell the entire story.
But another part of me, equally honest, says, once again, it’s all there:
the path, the autumn woods, the warmth of her shoulder against my arm.

To see more of her work, visit:

Oct 17, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Damian Cote‘s show, Letters to Dr. Ehrlich, is running from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20 at UMASS Amherst’s Fine Arts Center with the opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 pm.

For more information, please visit:

The Letters to Dr. Ehrlich series is a collection of images based on “The Population Bomb” by Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich. The book was written in 1968 warning of the perils of rapid population increase. Cote’s series of images are representative of different places and times in relation to the population explosion described by Dr. Ehrlich.

Cote holds an MFA from RISD and a BFA from UMASS Amherst. He has exhibited extensively throughout the Northeast to include, Swarthmore College, Woods-Gerry Gallery and Sol Koffler Gallery in Providence, RI, as well as the International Print Center.

Oct 15, 2013

Montserrat faculty remembers Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya and Prof. Judy Brown are participating in Dorchester Open Studios event on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 19 – 20, 12 – 5pm at 11 Pearl Street, Dorchester, MA. There are also multiple sites in the city wide event.

For more info visit:

Oct 15, 2013

Montserrat College of Art hosted Bryan Konietzko, award winning co-creator of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” animated series, on  Oct. 15. During his visit to our campus, Konietzko visited some classrooms and gave an artist talk. Montserrat faculty member, Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti, helped to facilitate this special event with the support of Illustration Department Chair Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann, Montserrat Galleries Director, Curator, Leonie Bradbury and Coordinator of Public Programs, Savery Kelley.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to have the rare experience of interacting with an artist who is making such a positive contribution to our cultural landscape.” said Enjeti. “I have known Bryan since college, and I could not be more thrilled about introducing him to our academic community at Montserrat. This event came together very quickly and it is a testament to Bryan’s generosity and the overwhelming support this visit received from our administration faculty, and event coordinators.”

During the intimate classroom visits and presentation to Montserrat’s student body, Konietzko shared his experiences as an artist, storyteller and show co-creator.

Konietzko is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated artist. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” have a global fan base of millions. His current show, “The Legend of Korra“, continues the story of a multigenerational epic that unfolds against the fantasy landscape he co-created with collaborator Mike DiMartino.

Learn more about Konietzko here:

Oct 14, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne is going to be on a “Read Your Own Adventure” panel at the Boston Book Festival with three other children’s book authors on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The festival offers a robust schedule of *free* events–all in Copley Square–featuring both children’s and “adult” authors. Other panels include stories from the marathon bombing tragedy, horror writing with Wes Craven, and a “One City, One Story” read.

For more information, visit

Oct 11, 2013

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.

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.
Oct 10, 2013

Prof. Meredith Morten will be participating in the Fort Point Art Community’s Open Studios event. She and Zsuzsanna Ardó will present Time and Landscape in Meredith’s Boston studio at 300 Summer Street on Saturday Oct. 19 and Sunday Oct. 20, 12 – 6 pm.

More info:

Zsuzsanna Ardó, Hungarian born visual artist, critic and writer, will give a public presentation at Montserrat College of Art on Thursday Oct. 17 at 11:30 am. Learn more at

Oct 7, 2013

It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you the news that Beverly artist Jim Falck – alumnus, teacher, and dear friend of the College – died early Saturday morning, Oct. 5. He became ill just six weeks ago and was being cared for at home by his niece and her husband.

Jim became a renowned landscape architect for the Boston parks system before entering the fine arts concentration at Montserrat. (He was the first male student in my course Women and Art!) Later he designed the Montserrat and Carol Schlosberg Alumni galleries, showed recently in Montserrat Gallery’s SEVEN exhibition (which also starred his beloved Big Boy), and mentored many artists, young and old, in his Continuing Education course that he called “Painting on the Wild Side.” For the last decade, Jim sponsored a student from his alma mater, NDSU, to attend the summer program in Viterbo, Italy, a place he loved. Some of us remember, with amusement and horror, the time he jumped off a moving train in Orte, when he realized it was going to roll through his station without stopping. A determined, gifted and prolific artist, there is no question that he lived large and his life touched many.

No service is planned, but there will be a gathering of friends later this fall at Montserrat.The family will be publishing a full obituary and announcement of the gathering in The Salem News and The Boston Globe at that time.


Laura Tonelli

Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Montserrat College of Art

Oct 7, 2013

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 Beacon, Oct. 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.

Oct 4, 2013

Prof. Martha Buskirk will participate in a panel discussion, HEY, Don’t Steal my Stuff! Navigating Copyright, Intellectual Property & Open Source, Friday, Oct. 11, as part of Design Exchange Boston Design Summit 1/2 Day Kick Off.  The panel she is apart of deals with understanding copyright, when to protect it, as well as when and how to release it are vital to creative’s work and careers. Sofya Polyakov will lead an expert panel in discussing roles of copyright, patents, fair use vs. infringement, transformation and derivatives work, ways to protect intellectual property, sharing work through Creative Commons, and basic contracts for design services.

Learn more here:

In other recent news, her essay on Carey Young, Contract with the Audience, was recently published in the catalog Subject to Contract (JRP/Ringier), which appeared in conjunction with a survey of Young’s work that opened at the Migros Museum, Zurich, in August, and her essay Studio System will appear in a forthcoming catalog for the exhibition Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, which opened in September at the Philadelphia ICA. She has also been invited to be a member of the College Art Association’s Community Practices Advisory Committee, which will meet in December to respond to the report produced by the CAA’s Task Force on Fair Use.

Oct 4, 2013

A free panel discussion at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St., Malden, MA., Tuesday, Oct. 8,  7 – 8 pm. Featuring Judith G. Klausner and Steve Pomeroy, who launched their Mµseum—or “the Smallest Museum in the World”—in Somerville this summer; Matthew Hincman, who snuck a curious double-backed park bench into Boston’s Jamaica Pond in 2006; and Naomi Brave of Malden Arts, which organizes the annual Window Arts Malden, on view in downtown storefronts through Oct. 13. Greg Cook, a Malden-based arts reporter and critic for and The Providence Phoenix newspaper, will moderate. The talk will be followed by a tour of the library’s H.H. Richardson –designed wing and art collection with art curator Marysara Naczi.

The talk launches “Quiet, Please,” a regular series of talks organized by Montserrat Instructor Greg Cook at the Malden Public Library about arts, cultures and other interesting things.

Other upcoming GregCookland mark-your-calendars stuff:

 Greg Cook’s “Enchanted Forest installation will be on view during Window Arts Malden along Pleasant Street in Malden, MA, Sept. 22 – Oct. 23.
 Prints in The Message is the Medium: Prints, Propaganda, and Persuasion at Zeitgeist Gallery in Lowell from Oct. 2 – Nov. 2.

Sep 30, 2013

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:

Sep 27, 2013

Asst. Prof. Rhoda Rosenberg is exhibiting recent prints in Montserrat College of Art’s Paul Scott Library through the end of October.

Damaged Goods: Prints by Rhoda Rosenberg
Paul Scott Library
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Hours: M – Th 8 am – 9 pm, F 8:30 am – 6:30 pm and Su 12 – 6 pm

For more information, please contact College Librarian Cheri Coe at or 978.921.4242 x1208

Sep 25, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Elizabeth Alexander‘s work is featured in the group show, Pedigree, on view Sept. 16 – Oct. 14 at New Art Center in Newton, MA -

Learn more about Alexander’s contribution to this exhibit here:

Her work was also reviewed in The Boston Globe.

“Alexander’s extravagant cut-paper installation ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ re-creates a Victorian dining room, with paper feathering off the walls and a chandelier crashed on the floor.” -Cate McQuaid

Click here to read the article.

Sep 24, 2013

Milton Academy
170 Centre Street, Milton, MA 02186

Connections / Conecciones
September 20 - October 28
Opening reception Friday, September 20th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sculptors include:
Ronald Alvan Alvites, Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Pablo Yactayo Chumpitaz, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Jacob Sulca Gutierrez, Peter DeCamp Haines, Persi Narvaez Machicao, Nancy Winship Milliken, Andy Moerlein, Nancy Selvage, Liz Shepherd, Jose Luis Morales Sierra, Ivan Rojas Tovar, Nora Valdez, Joseph Wheelwright, Leslie Wilcox, and Victor Zuniga.

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal invites the Montserrat College of Art community to her upcoming  exhibition at Nesto Gallery in Milton, MA this fall.

Visit to see more of her work!

Photo to the right: Untitled by Caroline Bagenal 2013

Sep 24, 2013

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
617 423 4113

In the Member's Gallery:

Judith Brassard Brown: Other Landscapes

October 2-27, 2013
First Friday Opening Reception: October 4, 2013. 5:00-7:30pm

Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5 pm and by appointment

Prof. Judith Brassard Brown's Other Landscapes will be exhibited at Kingston Gallery, opening is Oct. 2.

See more of her work here:

Sep 24, 2013

Below is a complete list of Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne‘s autumn appearances in support of her newest book, MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING, (Dial Books, 2013).

Sept. 21 • 11 am – 4:30 pm
Boston Teen Author Festival
Cambridge Public Library
Uncover the Mystery Panel with Diana Renn, Jack Ferraiolo, Kate Burak and Marissa Doyle

Sept. 25 • 11:30 am – 12:30 am
Paul M. Scott Library
Montserrat College of Art
Artist Talk and Book Signing!

Sept. 28 • 10 am – 4 pm
Rhode Island College, Providence
Workshop Session: “Say What?” Crafting Realistic Dialog
Writing convincing, natural-sounding dialogue is one of the most difficult challenges for writers of all levels. In this active workshop session, I will identify what constitutes “good” dialogue, the significance of what is not being said, how to differentiate characters through dialogue, and when to use slang, profanity, and regional dialects. Together, we will explore the common conversational ailments of “floating head” syndrome and its cousin, locomotion-it is, and strategize ways to avoid them. Be prepared to read aloud – developing an “ear” for dialogue requires listening skills as well as writing skills!

Oct. 5 • 7 – 9 pm
Books on the Square
Providence, RI
Signing and party! Come to learn about the 1990 Gardner Museum art heist, stay for the book talk.

Oct. 19 Boston Book Festival
Time & location TBA
Panel discussion

Nov. 2 • 2 – 3:30 pm
Blue Bunny Bookstore, Dedham, MA
Signing event with Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist, Edgar winner, NYT bestselling author. Author of UNTHINKABLE (Dial Books, 2013)

Nov. 16 • 10:15 – 11:30 am
AASL Conference, Hartford, CT
Panel Moderator: Rising to the Global Challenge: Literature as a Tool for Creating World Citizens
Panelists include: Cynthia Levinson, Ann Haywood Leal, Lynne Kelly, Tara Sullivan, Mitali Perkins, Natalie Lorenzi, Jeannie Mobley, & Mary Sullivan Walsh

Nov. 22 • 11 am – 12 pm
NCTE conference, Boston, MA
Signing in the Penguin Booth

Nov. 25 • 11 am – 12 pm
ALAN Panel Presenter, Boston, MA
Introducing Junior Noir: A Funny, Fun Walk on the Dark Side
Co-presenter: Edgar Award Winner Jack Ferraiolo
More than just bubble gum mysteries a la Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, junior noir features complex subjects with high-stakes payouts. Our session will identify elements of the noir genre and how they manifest in stories for younger readers. Participants will look at specific titles and discuss these elements as they pertain to a range of readers– from drawing reluctant readers in via suspense and fast pacing, to teaching the literary touchstones of noir to advanced students.

Visit to learn more!

Sep 24, 2013

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.”

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

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

Photo to the right: Good Morning, Mark Hoffmann

Sep 12, 2013

Check out the Q&A profile of Montserrat Instructor Greg Cook posted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The article, “Greg Cook: Enchanted Forest in the Neighborhood” profiles Greg’s art, art writing and community organizing.

Read the interview here:

Image courtesy of Greg Cook

Sep 12, 2013

Several Montserrat College of Art Faculty will be featured in Kingston Gallery‘s annual members exhibit All the Members: Gifted, curated by Deborah Davidson, including, Prof. Rose Olson, Prof. Barbara Moody, Prof. Judy Brown and Mary Bucci McCoy!

Visit for more information.

There will be an Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 6, 5 – 7:30 pm. Exhibit hours are Wed – Sun, 12 -5 pm, until Sept. 29

Rose is also exhibiting her work in a solo show opening Friday, Sept. 6, 5:30 – 8 pm at Susan Maasch Fine Art‘s beautiful new location at 4 City Center in Portland, ME. It will remain on view through Sept. 27. Her piece below will be on display. Hutson Gallery (432 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA) is planning to include her work in their last presentation of their Gallery Artists Group Show Sept. 12 – Oct. 14Reception: Sept. 13, 7 – 9 pm.


Photo to right: Mary Bucci McCoy, As One, acrylic mixed media on plywood, 10 x 6 x 1″, 2013

Sep 12, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Elizabeth Alexander‘s work is being featured in the upcoming group show, Pedigree, on view: Sept. 16 – Oct. 14.

Reception: Friday, Sept. 20, 6 – 8:30pm
New Art Center in Newton, MA

Learn more about Alexander’s c0ntributiopn to this exhibit here:

Curated by Elizabeth Devlin, of FLUX.Boston, the artworks and creations in Pedigree shed light on the terms of prestige, especially as it pertains to the arts community. Installations, both interactive and contemplative, will transform the gallery space into a neo-Victorian landscape punctuated by often humorous re-imaginations of historical styles and types. Prescient and nostalgic, spectacle and critical, Pedigree blurs the lines between craft and fine art, questions art historical and social hierarchies and re-conceives the work of the Masters.

The exhibition also features the work of Thomas Buildmore, Caleb Cole, Cynthia Consentino, Chris Fitch, Berio Gizzi, Brian Kane, Joo Lee Kang, David Lowrey, Josh Luke, Joyce McDaniel, Christina Pitsch, Shelley Reed and Liz Shepherd.

Sep 12, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Dawn Paul has had a number of her writings published this summer!

  • The online journal Red-headed Stepchild published her poem, “Wind Harvest” in August.
  • The Naugatuck River Review accepted “Centipede” for publication this fall.
  • The Valparaiso Fiction Review has accepted her short story, “Fractals.”
  • Komodo Dragon” was accepted for a fiction anthology on women and place to be published this year by Sundress Publications.
  • Accelerate Education, a company that creates online courses, bought her story “11 PM at Star City.”

Congratulations, Dawn!

To learn more visit:

Aug 1, 2013

Please join Prof. Rose Olson on Thursday, August 8, 5:30 – 8 pm for a Private Opening to celebrate Susan Maasch Fine Art‘s (SMFA) new Maine location and also see a selection of her paintings as well the work of other gallery artists.

This Group Exhibition continues through August, Tue-Sat, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment.

Contact Information:

Jul 30, 2013

We are excited to announce that there are 30 members of the Montserrat College of Art community who’s work has been accepted into this year’s AIDS Action Committee’s ARTcetera Art Auction! “We are honored to be a part of this event, and so grateful to all the artists who donated. “ -Montserrat Galleries’ Asst. Curator of Education Maggie Cavallo

The list of all participating artists includes Montserrat alumni, students, faculty and staff. Congratulations to: Taylor Clough, Aaron Bouvier, Sara M. Benson, Olivia Boi, Bianca Picozzi, Eben Kling, Morgan Dyer, Grant Thompson Archer, Barbara Moody, Bradford Rusick, Kerry McDermott, Diane Ayott, Adam Paladino, Robert James Sheehan, Ania Gruca, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Liv Varney, Angela Ferrara, Rosy Farnan, Sarah Krizon, Devon Dunhill Clapp, Anthony Palocci Jr., Emily Pardoe, Tom Maio, Justin Anderson and Suzy Evans, who’s piece ‘She is a Beautiful and Mythical Beast‘ can be seen here.

Jul 29, 2013

Congratulations to Montserrat Galleries Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury who has had her first of scholarly essay published in a scholarly journal!

Her piece, Sarah Sze’s Random Walk-Drawing: an Encounter With The Hyperreal is featured in artcore journal.

Visit to read her essay!

Leonie Bradbury
Jul 25, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michaels has three poems featured in issue three of The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review!

Click here to read Michaels’ poems!

Colleen Michaels‘ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies including The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg, Roar, Ilanot Review, Barrelhouse, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage, and Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, which brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools.

Colleen Michaels
Jul 19, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s work is in the new book by Chawky Frenn, 100 BOSTON ARTISTS, which will be available in mid-July!

Link to the book on Schiffer Publishing site:

…and on

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit:

Jul 19, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Paul M. Scott Library has several new book titles written by alumni, faculty and staff that are currently being offered at our circulation desk.

The Foreground (a collection of Poetry and Short Stories) by alumnus Grant Thomson Archer ’13 (click here to learn more)

Projecting the End of the American Dream: Hollywood’s Visions of U.S. Decline
by Prof. Gordon B. Arnold (click here to learn more)

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking
by Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne (click here to learn more)

Modern Grimmoire: a Contemporary Anthology of Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore includes a poem by Colleen Michaels

Archer and Dionne will have book signings this fall in the library!

Jun 21, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne‘s  most recent book, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, will be available July 11, and to celebrate, there will be a Release Party!

Tuesday, July 16, 7 – 9 pm
The Center for the Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street, Natick, MA

Snacks! Books! Prizes! Cake! – Kids, friends, family, strangers….all are welcome. Books will be provided by The Book Rack, Arlington.

Moxie is also mentioned in a summer reading round up in Atlantic Wire, the blog of the Atlantic Monthly magazine. Another one of Dionne’s books, The Total Tragedy of A Girl Named Hamlet, was named to the 2013-2014 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award list!

Congratulations to Erin!

Jun 20, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Printmaking Department Chair, Asst. Prof. Stacy Thomas-Vickory ’91, has work in this summer’s Off the Wall juried exhibition at the Danforth Art Museum June 9 -August 4, 123 Union Ave., Framingham, MA.

Each year the Danforth Art’s Juried Exhibitions showcase new and exciting contemporary work created by both emerging and established member artists. Juried annually by a renowned curator, Off the Wall communicates a unique curatorial vision, and has been reviewed in Art New England, artscope, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix and in numerous on-line publications. It also receives wide-spread attention from curators and gallery owners, and is visited by a growing number of collectors who have the opportunity to purchase original work

This Year’s Juror:
Dina Deitsch is Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. Prior to deCordova, she held curatorial positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Click here to learn more!

Jun 20, 2013

Congratulations to Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michaels for her poem “It is Elizabeth Bishop’s Fish” being featured as Poem of the Moment on the Mass Poetry website!

“It is Elizabeth Bishop’s Fish” by Colleen Michaels

It is Elizabeth Bishop’s Fish
who instructs me to gut
the image of long-line fishing
I had wanted so badly to drop
into a poem about my mother
- not a tremendous poem at all -
but I wanted to pull taut this
line between mother and child
tie us on “one long elegant line,”
I wrote. That was the victory…

To read full poem on the Mass Poetry website visit:

Michaels’ poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg and Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour. She has performed at venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, but she usually can be found bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats and swimming pools. The Tour is Montserrat’s way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme will be selected.

This month’s venue was a Jazz Club in the middle of Beverly’s Arts Festival, Saturday, June 15, 2 – 4 pm, at Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot Street, Beverly.

Girl Fishing, Napa Ad Illustration
Jun 20, 2013

Prof. Judith Brassard Brown is included in a couple of exhibitions this summer. Including, the National Association of Women Artists juried exhibition CLOTHING OPTIONAL, July 11 – Aug. 28, at the N.A.W.A. Gallery located at 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405 NYC. And Expressive Voice: Landscape of Emotion, an exhibition of works curated by Katherine French of the Boston Expressionists at Keene State College’s Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, June 7 – July 26.

See more of Judy’s work here:

"Etruscan Dance," 2012 mixed media on board, 30" x 40"
May 28, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne visited The Woodlands, a Houston, TX middle school, where she spoke at earlier this month, May 8.

Check out the interview she did with one of the librarians where she discusses her novels, especially her most recent book, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, available July 11, 2013!

May 28, 2013

If you’re looking to take a break and see some art this summer, Montserrat College of Art faculty member Elizabeth Alexander will have work in two group shows and one solo show in the Boston area opening in the next few months.

Her “Face Shield from Welder’s Daughter” will be appearing in Off the Wall at Danforth Art Museum (Juried by Dina Deitsch).

Exhibit: June 9 – August 4
Hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 5 pm, Thu 12 – 8:30 pm
123 Union Avenue Framingham, MA

Her “Keeping Up Appearances version #3″ will premier in Works in 3D, Mass Art’s 2nd Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibition at Bakalar & Paine Galleries (Juried by: Emily Zilber, Ronald L,, Anita C. Wornick, and Chris Rifkin).

Opening : June 12 6 – 8 pm
Exhibit: June 10 – July 13
Hours: Mon- Sat 2-6, Wed 12-8
621 Huntington Ave. Boston

Solo show, Double Impatiens
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Montserrat College of Art

May 23, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal invites the Montserrat College of Art community to her upcoming artist talk, Sat. May 25 at 4 pm, about her group exhibition, fabrications, at Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester, MA.

May 21, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Percy Fortini-Wright was featured on page 42-44 of the Improper Bostonian (April 24th edition).

May 13, 2013

One of our Summer Immersive Instructors, Bill Flynn, is featured in an article in the current Art Scope Magazine for his exhibition Exhale_Draw at Assoc. Prof. John Colan‘s gallery, HallSpace. The exhibit will remain on view through June 15.

>>Click here to read the full review!

Flynn will be teaching From Observation to Metaphor at Montserrat June 10 – 14.

This workshop will stress finding your way of transforming the literal world into a poetic visual experience through drawing. Our goal will be developing a personal perspective toward your own art process.Throughout our time we will move from observation to discovery and transformation.We will explore the language of marks, shapes and visual organization through serious play.We’ll take some time to look at the evolution of drawing through history and the techniques that made it visible and changed our ways of seeing.

Visit or contact or 978 921 4242 x 1202 to learn more.

Bill Flynn’s writing and artwork reflect an intimate relationship with drawing. He has exhibited widely throughout the North East, and is currently represented by Victoria Munroe Gallery in Boston. Flynn has taught at Montserrat College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design’s international program, and the School of the Museum of Fine Art, where he also studied.

May 13, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Diane Ayott will be part of new and exciting season at AMP!

AMP: Art Market Provincetown
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 25, 6 – 9 pm

Above and Below brings together a diverse group of artists whose vision is at once uniquely personal, political and spiritual, and at times captures the child experience with a mature and introspective vision. The exhibition incorporates a range of mediums including film, installation, painting and encaustic sculpture. On View: May 13 – June 10

Diane Ayott: Overall
Martha Gorzycki: Veil
Jicky Schnee:
Pianoforte; Tempanissimo
Champa Vaid: New York Series
Teressa Valla: Crossing Over
Susan Bernstein: Underground |+ 14inches gallery|

For much more info, please visit:

May 9, 2013

Montserrat Faculty Member Lanie Wurzel has been commissioned to make original artwork for the online promotion of the fashion label KATE SPADE SATURDAY!

I have always been interested in the lives of women, their beauty, their secrets, and their layers of complexity. My characters are often caught in an intimate moment of introspection—like an elusive thought or feeling has just passed them by.” – Wurzel

Visit to learn more!

May 9, 2013

twentythirteen: recent works is an exhibition of paintings, photography, mixed-media and sculpture at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester that will take place in July.

Guest juror: Montserrat College of Art Assoc. Prof. Blyth Hazen.

Prizes awarded. Request a prospectus/entry form for twentythirteen by email to

Deadline: May 15

May 6, 2013

Real Film Camp
Instructors: Ethan Berry and Tara Meranda Nelson
June 10 - 14; M - F, 9 am - 4 pm

This is an opportunity to work hands on with Super-8 and 16mm film material. We will explore a variety of ways of image making on film ranging from drawing and scratching, to in-camera photographic techniques. Students will encounter and engage with the medium of film as the basic material for generating and presenting images. We will take advantage of the Super-8 and 16mm equipment available from the Northeast Institute for Analog Studies. The course will cover an intro to film, hand drawing, basic cinematography, camera operation, sound collage, hand developing black and white film, film slicing, video transfer, basic editing, and creative use of projectors, and will culminate in a presentation of films.The primary prerequisite for this course is a willingness to experiment with ones own visual ideas. No previous film experience is required but is helpful. Price: $795 (available as a credit or non-credit course)

Ethan Berry holds a BS in Art Education and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking. He is Professor and Coordinator of the Senior Fine Arts Seminar at Montserrat. Berry has served on the board for the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education and Boston Film/Video Foundation amongst others. His work inquires about the significance of place and the accuracy of memory in the construction of our view of the present. He uses printmaking techniques to further process imagery from video, photography and film.

We are also offering Summer Courses in:

  • Collage
  • Knitting
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetic Drawing
  • Comics
  • Japanese Woodblock Printing
  • Supercharged Painting
  • Digital Imaging
  • Solarplate Etching
  • …and more!

Learn more here: or contact or 978 921 4242 x1202.

May 6, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal has an upcoming group exhibition Unlimited at The Art Gallery at Harvard Allston Educational Portal, 175 North Harvard Street in Allston.

Opening Reception:Thursday, May 9, 5:30 - 8 pm

The show will remain on view through the end of June.

May 6, 2013

The artwork of one of Montserrat College of Art’s Founding Faculty Member’s, the late Oliver ‘Ollie’ Balf, will be on display at the Rockport Art Association in the exhibit, Retrospective.

Oliver Balf Retrospective
Reception: Sat., May 11, 5 – 7 pm
Exhibit: May 11 – June 9
Rockport Art Association
12 Main St., Rockport, MA
(978) 546-6604

This exhibit is the largest retrospective ever assembled of the late Oliver Balf’s work, representing more than 60 years of painting and selected from a newly archived collection of close to 1000 paintings. Included in the 40–plus works will be several of Balf’s early and rarely exhibited watercolors on loan from private collections.

For more information visit:

May 2, 2013

Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann is exhibiting in a two man show, alongside Alfonso Fabrega, this month at Nahcotta, located at 110 Congress Street in Portsmouth, NH.

Reception: Friday, May 3, 5 – 8 pm
On View: May 3 – June 2

Fore more information click here!

If you are interested in buying work, click here!

See Hoffmann’s work here:

May 2, 2013

Montserrat’s Asst. Dean of Academic Affairs and faculty member Dawn Paul will be teaching a workshop on The New Poetics of Nature and Place at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival this weekend, May 3 – 5. Also, she will be hosting two readings there: Poets with New Books and North Shore Poets in the Round.

>>Click here to learn more!

On Saturday June 1, Paul will be holding a Creative Writing Retreat at Montserrat College of Art. The day will consist of morning writing from prompts, an afternoon receiving a critique of their work and an evening in lively discussion with a panel of writers who publish poetry, memoir, fiction and biography. The retreat will be led by the core faculty of creative writers at Montserrat including Erin Dionne and Colleen Michaels.

Whether participants are novelists looking to jump start a summer goal of finishing those last—or first—chapters, poets hoping to find inspiration in a new setting or visual artists eager to test the medium of text, Montserrat’s Saturday retreat is designed to help writers of all levels move forward in their work. There will also be classes focused in metal sculpture, knitting, film, acrylic, collage, portraiture, performance art, woodblock printing, comics and mixed media.

For more information about Paul’s Summer Immersive workshop and others, visit or contact Montserrat’s Continuing Education Office at or 978.921.4242 x1202.

To learn more about Paul’s work visit:

Apr 29, 2013

Montserrat College of Art faculty members Elizabeth Alexander, Marilu Swett, Caroline Bagenal, Ethan Berry and Julia Shepley, along with alumna Kristine Roan ’11 and alumnus Anthony Palocci ’09 will be featured in the upcoming Break Out Pop Up Exhibition this May.

7 Central Place
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: 978-518-0582

Break Out
An exhibition of artists working with installation mixed media, and sculpture.

Reception: May 11, 5 – 9 pm
Exhibit: May 11th – 23rd or by appointment, call 978-518-0582

Also featuring: Nancy Hart, Vivienne Metcalf, Steven Martin, Nina Tanis, Nicole Uzzell, John Ashworth, and Joanne Hardy

Contact information: Caroline Bagenal

Nancy Hart:

Apr 29, 2013

Performance Art this summer anyone?

Montserrat Faculty member, Artist, Curator and co-founder of The Present Tense, Sandrine Schaefer is teaching one of our Summer Immersive Courses this June!

Durational Performance Art
June 17 – 21; M – F, 9 am – 4 pm

In this week-long workshop, students will learn about the complexities of creating and witnessing durational performance art. What happens when a performance extends into hours, days, weeks or even years? How do these works evolve over time and what effect does a lengthened duration have on the artist’s body? In this workshop, students will learn various strategies used by contemporary artists working in this way. Students will heighten their body awareness to increase physical and mental endurance. We will also explore various documentation techniques that are unique to this method of working. At the end of the workshop, students will present durational works that will be open to the public. Price: $795 (available as a credit or non-credit course)

Our Summer Courses:

  • Film
  • Collage
  • Knitting
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetic Drawing
  • Japanese Woodblock Printing
  • Supercharged Painting
  • Digital Imaging
  • Solarplate Etching

…and SO many others!!

Schaefer’s artwork explores the shared human experience of understanding the body in space, corporally and conceptually. Sandrine has been awarded grants and fellowships through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tanne Foundation and LEF Contemporary Art fund. She is currently represented by Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago. Sandrine is a co-founder and Director of The Present Tense, an art initiative that produces and archives live art events and exchanges in transient spaces.

She was recently included in The Boston Globe for her work at The Present Tense, which fosters performance art collaborations between Boston artists and others around the world. Last fall, The Present Tense facilitated “Rough Trade,” a performance artist exchange with Chicago. She describes performance art this way: “Instead of being a product of the creative process, it is the creative process.”

Click here to learn more! or contact us at or 978 921 4242 x1202.

Apr 25, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal invites the Montserrat College of Art community to her upcoming group exhibition, fabrications.

Artist Reception: Saturday, April 27

Apr 25, 2013

Assoc. Prof. John Colan‘s invites you to an exhibition opening for Exhale_Draw at his gallery, HallSpace.

Saturday, April 27, 3 – 6 pm
On View through June 15.

Apr 18, 2013

Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michaels is featured in Barrelhouse, a biannual print journal featuring fiction, poetry, interviews and essays about music, art and the detritus of popular culture.

>>Click here to read “When the Bookmobile Lady Drives Down Your Street” by Colleen Michaels!

Michaels’ poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg and Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour. She has performed at venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, but she usually can be found bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats and swimming pools. The Tour is Montserrat’s way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. At each tour stop a new venue and theme will be selected.

Next Stop on the IPPT:
Magma Custom Metal Design & Fabrications
Tuesday, May 7, 7 – 9 pm
59 Park Street, #1, Beverly, MA

For this reading they’ve partnered with the fine folks at TwoHugos and the Type Liberation Project to rescue letterpress type from the hands of bullet makers. There will be broadsides on view, poets at bandsaws and an alphabet flame cut from steel.

Michaels is accepting poem submissions on the theme of “Fabrication” via email at and in Montserrat’s Writing Studio, located at 238 Cabot Street.

The deadline = Tue, April 30, 2013

Questions?  Contact Michaels at or 978-969-2301.

Apr 11, 2013

Prof. Fred Lynch guest blogs about his work on the the blog of the sketchbook company, Stillman and Birn.

>>Read the blog here!

Instructor Allison Cole is speaking at RISD’s Art of Business conference this Saturday, April 13 at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence, sharing what she know about art licensing!

>>Click here to learn more!


Apr 11, 2013

You are invited to a presentation on the making of large-scale sculpture by Founding Faculty Member Reno “Ray” Pisano Monday, April, 22 from 6:30 – 9 pm at the Beverly Public Library Sohier Room, 32 Essex Street, Beverly.

Ray will discuss the methods of how marble and granite models are made, enlarged and copied. Pisano will also elaborate on how the Lincoln Memorial was created from an original 5 foot model, enlarged to become a 19 foot sculpture and transported from New York to Washington D.C. in 22 separate pieces.

6:30 pm refreshments; 7 pm lecture and discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Gianino:, 978.921.4242 x1121

Apr 8, 2013

Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, who was voted the #1 Woman Artist (out of 9 women artists) by the editors of Big, Red, and Shiny.

Also note that Zsusanna Szegedi, of Montserrat’s Absent | Present show, is number 5 on the list.

>>Click here to learn more!

Caroline Bagenal, Toron, 2012, Cardboard, newspaper, bamboo, 10ft x 6ft x 6ft
Apr 8, 2013

Preteen heroine tries to solve Gardner heist
By Will Broaddus, Staff writer, The Salem News

Here’s a tip for the FBI: If you want to find the 13 works of art that were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, talk to Moxie Fleece.

That’s because 13-year-old Moxie, the protagonist of Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne, has discovered that the missing masterpieces are connected to her grandfather’s criminal past.

The timing between the July publication date for Dionne’s novel and the FBI’s recent disclosures — that they know who stole the paintings, but have lost track of the artworks themselves — is coincidental.

Dionne, who has taught composition and creative writing at Montserrat College of Art for 10 years, has wanted to write about the stolen paintings since she first visited the Gardner as an undergraduate.

It made me angry that somebody would take something of such beauty,” she said.

But first, Dionne, who has published three previous books for “tweens,” or youths ages 8 to 12, had to create Moxie.

My books usually launch from a character that I can build a narrative around,” she said. “It’s a story about family and the truth. (Moxie’s) grandfather has been honest, she knows he’s a criminal. But she has to confront, how much truth does she know, and what will she do to recover the paintings?

Moxie was worth waiting for because she has turned out to be Dionne’s first repeating character and will return in two future novels, also set in Boston.

Dionne, who lives in Framingham and attended Boston College, studied creative writing at Emerson.

When I first started pursuing my MFA, I was writing what I thought was serious fiction. It was terrible,” she said. “Then I took a writing-for-children class, and I found I had so many more interesting stories to tell.”

The preteen period of junior high school offers rich material for fiction, Dionne said.

It’s such a period of turmoil and change for all of us,” she said. “There’s a lot of potential for drama, between friends issues, family issues, figuring out who you are. It’s ripe for that.”

On Saturday June 1, Dionne will be holding a Creative Writing Retreat at Montserrat College of Art. The day will consist of morning writing from prompts, an afternoon receiving a critique of their work and an evening in lively discussion with a panel of writers who publish poetry, memoir, fiction and biography. The retreat will be led by the core faculty of creative writers at Montserrat including Dionne, Colleen Michaels and Dawn Paul.

Whether participants are novelists looking to jump start a summer goal of finishing those last—or first—chapters, poets hoping to find inspiration in a new setting or visual artists eager to test the medium of text, Montserrat’s Saturday retreat is designed to help writers of all levels move forward in their work. This course makes a wonderful companion to Shockingly Good Book Arts Course, during the week of June 24. There will also be classes focused in metal sculpture, knitting, film, acrylic, collage, portraiture, performance art, woodblock printing, comics and mixed media.

For more information about Dionne’s Summer Immersive workshop and others, visit or contact Montserrat’s Continuing Education Office at or 978.921.4242 x1202.

Mar 25, 2013

Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Rébecca Bourgault who received a 2013 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship to support her participation in a seminar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this coming May.

Bourgault applied to and was accepted into a faculty development seminar offered through CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange), but needed funding from Whiting. She will use the CIEE opportunity to expand her knowledge of contemporary trends in community leadership, information that will impact directly the master of arts program she is creating for Montserrat College of Art. She also received full funding!


Mar 25, 2013

If you find yourself in New Hampshire this month, Instructor Elizabeth Alexander has 14 new collage pieces accompanied by lovely cast porcelain works by Christina Pitsch on display in Delicate Fragments at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH.

Alexander will also be teaching one of our Summer Immersive Courses:

Miniature Metal Sculpture Workshop
July 8 – 12; M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

This isn’t your average neighborhood welding class: Miniature Metal Sculpture Workshop is an introductory course in working with metal on a smaller scale and will cover a broad range of assemblage techniques with the more delicate metals. The class will be working predominantly with various wires as well as copper, brass, and some silver plates. Students will learn how to solder, rivet, shape, patina, saw, file, and polish while working on individual sculpture projects.

In addition to technical skill building students will be refining sculpture skills. Throughout the week the class will be looking at historical and contemporary works made with these metals as well as talking about how to improve the aesthetic and conceptual side of working on an intimate scale. The week will be jam packed with demos, exercises, discussions, critiques, and tons of making!

Sign up before April 10th for the Early Bird Discount!
Price: $715 Early Bird | $795 after April 10
(available as a credit or non-credit course)

Elizabeth Alexander is a local sculptor, installation artist, and adjunct faculty member at Montserrat College of art and Lasell College. She received her MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009 and BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 2004, and has received grants from both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Foundation, and exhibits internationally.

>>Click here to learn more about the instructors.

Our Summer Courses:
• Painting
• Drawing
• Printmaking
• Book Arts
• Creative Writing
• Comics
• Metal Sculpture
• Fiber Arts
• Performance Art


Visit our website or contact us at or 978 921 4242 x 1202 to learn more.

Mar 21, 2013

Prof. and Chair of the Illustration Department Fred Lynch will lecture at the 4th Annual Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona this July!

>>Click here to learn more!

Mar 18, 2013

Erin Dionne On Art Heist and Moxie: March 18

It's art history worth $5 Million!

Monday, March 18 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Isabella Gardner Museum art heist. 13 works of art were stolen, and have yet to be returned--making it the most famous unsolved art theft in the world.

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne used this fascinating mystery as the basis for her summer novel, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, available July 11, 2013.

Come to the Paul M. Scott Library on March 18 at 11:30 am to learn about the theft, how it inspired Erin's novel, and changed museum security, what to do if you find the missing pieces, and how to collect the $5 million reward!

Mar 13, 2013

Montserrat’s Asst. Dean of Academic Affairs and faculty member Dawn Pauls short fiction “11 PM at Star City has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 BEST OF THE NET ANTHOLOGY. It was originally published and nominated by the online journal Apple Valley Review edited by Leah Browning.

To learn more visit:

Mar 7, 2013

Instructor Allison Cole teaches Entrepreneurial Illustration at Montserrat College of Art and practices what she preaches! She has recently designed a spread in the new Land of Nod magazine.

Cole is an artist, former Art Director and full-time illustrator working out of a former candy factory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She graduated with a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and since then has worked with clients such as Target, Papyrus, Hasbro, Keds, Land of Nod, and Summer Infant, to name a few. Her work spans many different illustration markets, including editorial, publishing, and licensing. Allison also teaches printmaking and illustration classes for the Rhode Island School of Design’s Continuing Education department.

Mar 7, 2013

An exhibit of Prof. Rose Olson‘s large paintings is presently showing in Kingston Gallery‘s main space at 450 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston.

In addition, Paper Dialogue is on exhibit in the Center Gallery features small paintings and works on paper by Olson and alumna Haruyo Nakanishi ’93. Gallery hours are W – Sun, 12 to 5 (or by appointment 617 666-3674).

Both exhibits continue through Saturday, March 30.

To see more of Olson’s work visit:

Mar 4, 2013

Photo Cred: Jackie Rapisardi

Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director + Founder of Improbable Places Poetry Tour Colleen Michaels speaking to Beverly Rotary Club Thu., Feb. 28, during their weekly meeting.

Michaels discussed the MassPoetry Festival, of which Montserrat College of Art is a sponsor, April 3-5.

Feb 28, 2013

Stacy Thomas-Vickory Exhibits at Emmanuel College!

Opening reception and gallery talk: March 7th, 2013

Exhibit - Gallery 5
5th Floor, Administration Building
March 7th - April 3rd, 2013

Feb 25, 2013

Please join Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio for an event presented by Roots+Limbs Press.

Maybe You’ll Find What Haunts You
Monday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
238 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

This event is free and open to the public, and Roots+Limbs books and chaplets will be for sale at this event. This event will feature performances by Michael Flatt, Colleen Michaels, Janna Plant, Ariella Ruth, Meghan Schardt and Annie Sicherman.

Roots+Limbs is a book production collaboration between artists Ariella Ruth and Jeremy Jacob Schlangen. The two have been working together for nearly a decade and here come together to create books around the theme of most concern to each: life and death in America.

Michael Flatt’s absent reciever is forthcoming from SpringGun Press in March, 2013. His work has also appeared recently in The Destroyer, Horse Less Review, and on CA Conrad’s video journal Jupiter 88. He is associate editor at Counterpath in Denver.

Colleen Michaels’ poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg, Paper Nautilus, Stoneboat, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Constellations, and Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage. Her poetry has been commissioned as an installation at Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. She was a finalist for the Split This Rock Poetry Competition and the recipient of an honorable mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour. She has performed at venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, but she usually can be found bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools. Yes, in the swimming pool.

Ariella Ruth is a poet from Beverly, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Poetry from The New School and her MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the Co-founder of Roots+Limbs, and writes story-poems on the blog Mountain Lost in the Palm ( Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Other Rooms Press, Epiphany, The Pulchritudinous Review, Bombay Gin, Esque Magazine, CA Conrad’s video journal Jupiter 88, and Eleven and a Half Journal. Currently, she is working on poems about bluebirds, concrete, floods, and stories that arise from red sand.

Meghan Schardt holds her MFA in poetry from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She is a poet, yogini, and herbal lover from a small farm town in Connecticut, a funky Vermont lake, and the rocky ocean-stone drop-off of Nauset Beach. She finds great solace in salt and her dreams lay in the architecture of a house on Barley Neck Road in Orleans, Massachusetts. Meghan currently lives in the Rocky Mountains, upward facing the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado. Most days, you can spot her wearing a burnt orange wool sweater. Meghan has been published or has work forthcoming in Willard & Maple, Haight Ashbury, Bombay Gin, The PR, Lost Keys, Switched-on Gutenberg, Thunderclap, and the Body Electric Anthology.

Annie Sicherman is the artist behind the bittersweet songs of the Brooklyn-based group Glass Anchors. These songs are the stuff of long, dusty roads and late-night reverie. Like opening a box of old letters you found under your bed. Annie has toured extensively throughout these great United States. You can hear her music at

For more information, contact Ariella Ruth, co-founder of Roots+Limbs at, 508.648.2107 or visit

Feb 21, 2013

Montserrat faculty member and alumnus Jim Falck ’91 is currently having an exhibit in our Paul M. Scott Library.
On view: Feb. 5 – March 22

The exhibit is of Falck’s recent paintings and sculptural ceramics.

Jan 18, 2013

Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya is exhibiting at Wheaton College in Norton, MA this winter.

2013 Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds
Opening Reception: Feb, 27, 5 – 8 pm

Exhibiton: Feb. 27 – April 13, 2013
Beard & Weil Galleries
26 E. Main St, Norton, MA

Wheaton’s inaugural Biennial will showcase the work of 54 artists from 19 states and one foreign country whose work explores the boundaries of drawing and pushes it into new territories. The work–including sculpture, video, printmaking, fiber arts, photography, installation, and traditional drawing using nontraditional materials–was selected by juror Judith Tannenbaum, curator of contemporary art a the RISD Museum of Art. The Wheaton Biennial is an example of Wheaton’s open spirit of inquiry and a curriculum that emphasizes connections across disciplinary boundaries. - Courtesy of Wheaton College

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit:

Jan 11, 2013

Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann has work in an upcoming show February!

The Enormous Tiny Art Show ’13
Opening: Friday, Feb. 1, 5 – 8 pm
On View: Feb. 1 – 2

See Hoffmann’s work here:

110 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Image: Takin’ It Easy, mixed media and vintage wood, 5.75″ x 5.5″
Jan 11, 2013

Prof. Gordon Arnold‘s book, Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics (Praeger, 2008) was recently discussed in an editorial appearing in the Indonesian publication Victory News. Arnold is cited in a Nov. 2012 editorial entitled “Bahaya Konspirasi Politik dalam Mutasi.” The editorial relates Arnold’s analysis of conspiracy thinking, and of the fear and anxiety this produces in social and political culture, to developments in domestic Indonesian politics.

The text of the article can be found at

Arnold’s upcoming book, Projecting the End of the American Dream: Hollywood Visions of U.S. Decline, is currently in production and will be published by Praeger in April, 2013. More details of that book are available from the publisher at

Nov 28, 2012

Instructor Elizabeth Alexander has settled into her new studio in Lowell, MA.

The first weekend in December, Alexander is opening her new studio/ loft at the Western Ave Open Studios Dec. 1 & 2 are the ONLY days she will make her studio available to the public for this year to show some of her new work. She will have a guest artist from Wandering Mind Studio. Alexander will be playing some of Todd Bowser’s (of Inevitable Minor Fires, her collaborator and dear friend) compositions that he made for her recent installations.There is an abundance of artists and artisans participating so you will get an excellent cross section of the Lowell art scene which is surprisingly vast and diverse for this little town!

DEC. 1 & 2, noon – 5 pm ONLY
160 WESTERN AVE. Unit #204

Come, unwind, walk off all of that turkey and pie and feed your eyes for a little while.

Courtesy of

Nov 22, 2012

Instructors Mary Bucci McCoy and Jim Falck have been invited to show their paintings in WAYS & MEANINGS, the final exhibition at Gallery Della Piana in Wenham, MA

On View: Nov. 23, 2012 – Jan. 10, 2013

Gallery Della Piana
152R Main Street Route 1A, Wenham

Featuring eleven
contemporary painters:

Janet Albert
Steve Barylick
Mary Bucci McCoy
Barbara Burgess-Maier
Jim Falck
Philip Gerstein
Susan Kauder
Maria Malatesta
Michael Pasquale
Suzanne Ulrich
Miranda Updike

Nov 19, 2012

Looking at the art world
By Will Broaddus Staff writer
The Salem News, November 16, 2012

When Martha Buskirk looks at contemporary art, she sees the forces that shaped it, most of which come from the art world where it appears.

I’m looking at contemporary art and trying to think about how both its incorporation into museums, and its promotion as part of an art marketplace, changes the nature of art itself,” said Buskirk, a professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art.

In her book Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art Between Museum and Marketplace, published this spring, Buskirk spends a chapter discussing “Yard” by Allan Kaprow, a work that has been displayed “at least 10 times” since 1961.

The installation is a collection of automobile tires, which visitors are free to rearrange as they please, and that Kaprow has also varied over time.

In 1991, instead of having tires all around the place, they were presented on orderly racks against pink walls with a Fiat parked in front,” Buskirk said.

By changing to reflect Kaprow’s evolving ideas of what art should be, the work embodies the themes of Buskirk’s book.

The artist is part of a larger set of forces,” she said. “The larger set of forces wind up intersecting with the creation of the work over time.”

Buskirk will lecture on those forces in December, at Art Basel in Miami, which she calls “a huge art market” that is becoming a center of the art world.

Her talk will be on the itinerary of a “Behind the Scenes” expedition — led by Montserrat Gallery director Leonie Bradbury — which is being offered to the public during the college’s winter session.

Courtesy of The Salem News

Nov 13, 2012

Asst. Dean of Academic Affairs and faculty member Dawn Paul has an article she wrote on the Mass Poetry website. Paul examined two of her favorite poems, Mary Oliver’s “May” and Lenard D. Moore’s “Postcard to an Ecologist.”

The new poetics of nature and place embody this perpetually open frontier and propose wildly expansive ideas of wilderness and the poet’s relation to the natural world.” – Dawn Paul

Read full article at

To learn more visit:

Nov 13, 2012

World and Line
Reception: Saturday, Nov 17, 4 – 7 pm
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal‘s exhibition Word and Line animates space with delicate linear sculptures made from marsh reeds covered in newspaper, challenging the viewer to think about landscape and architecture in new ways. The tall mass of vertical columns of Toron bristles with bamboo skewers, suggesting both winter trees and the exterior scaffolding of sticks projecting from the walls of African mosques. Newspaper covered forms create a collage of fragments of words and phrases punctuated with jolts of florescent color.

A large work made from completed crossword puzzles celebrates the handwritten word and newspapers as physical objects to be touched. Newspaper also introduces a political and cultural component to the work and alludes to the passage of time. Drawings made from florescent tape reinforce the themes of time, pattern, architecture and space.

Artist Talk: Saturday, Nov. 24, 6 – 7 pm

On view: Nov. 14 – Dec. 16
Hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 6 pm

Courtesy of

Questions? Contact: Jean Mineo, Coordinator at (617) 482-7781 or

Tangled Thoughts, 2012, magazines, 14″x 14″x 14″
Nov 2, 2012

Letterpress artist and Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith‘s artwork is featured on the cover of this month’s art*throb magazine (November, 2012; Vol. 2, Issue 7).

art*throb decided to use Smith’s piece after seeing her work at her most recent show. Olfactory Gleanings, at Endicott College this past fall and found this cover image to be they way they feel at this point in the presidential election.

Oct 30, 2012

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne has a few upcoming promotional events and exciting announcements this fall!

Sun, Oct. 28 – Boston Teen Author’s Festival
Dionne will be on a panel discussing middle grade literature with several other authors at Emerson College’s Beard Room, 1 – 6 pm, 80 Boylston Street in Boston.

>>For more info click here.

Thu, Nov. 1 – Book Signing and Reading
She’ll be reading from and signing the paperback of NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK and hanging out with Diane Renn, author of TOKYO DRIFT at The Blue Bunny Bookstore at 577 High Street, Dedham, MA.

Sat. Nov. 3 – Book Signing and Reading
Dionne will be reading from and signing NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK at Books on The Square, at 471 Angell Street in Providence, RI.

ALSO, the audio rights for her next book, MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING (Dial Books, July 2013) have recently sold! The audio book will be available from Brilliance Audio!

Oct 18, 2012

Prof. Judy Brown, Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya and Prof. Meredith Morten will be among several artists part of Open Studios in Boston this weekend! Brown and Kamiya will both be represented at Pearl Street Studio.

Dorchester Open House
Oct. 20 & 21, 12 – 5 pm

11 Pearl Street Studios
Dorchester, MA 02125

>>Click here to view map!

Morten will also be participating in the FPAC Open Studios event this weekend. Her studio is located at 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA, Studio #33
For more details visit:
Oct 18, 2012


Illustration instructor and alumnus Greg Orfanos ’01 and his works were featured in Redbubble.

Ever looked at an artwork and applied your own interpretation to it, only to find out that was not the idea at all? Climbing the ladder of inference is something we all do naturally; with art perhaps especially so. Take a browse through Greg Orfanos’ portfolio and you could be making up all kinds of stories. Or, like one admirer, you may be so deeply inspired that you turn your life around and complete a Masters in Engineering. True story.”

>>Click here to see full feature in RedBubble.

Remember the Present, Greg Orfanos
Oct 18, 2012

Asst. Prof Marilu Swett‘s Magnitude will be on view Oct. 10 through Nov. 11.

Boston Sculptures Gallery
486 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
Opening: Saturday Oct. 13, 4 – 6 pm
Oct 12, 2012

(Photo courtesy of Endicott College)

Letterpress artist and Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith had a solo show titled Olfactory Gleanings: An Exploration in Absurdity and the Letterpress Process at Endicott College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts in Beverly. the exhibit was on view July 12 through Sept. 25 in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St, Beverly.

>>Click here to read an article about the show in the Andover Townsman.

Oct 12, 2012

Writing Studio Director Colleen Michaels, founder of Montserrat’s infamous Improbable Places Poetry Tour, has one of her poems currently featured on Up The Staircase Quarterly.

Her poem, “It is Elizabeth Bishop’s Fish”, can be seen on the journal’s website:

>>Click here to read full poem

Oct 11, 2012

Instructor Esther Tornai Thyssen, PhD will be chairing a session at the Digital Revolutions: Interpreting and Historicizing American Culture conference, organized by the New England American Studies Association on Friday, Oct. 12 at the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, in downtown Providence, RI.

Her session is on Packaging, Perception and Identity from 2:30 to 3:45 pm in Room 442

A map of the area surrounding the campus is available here.

Oct 4, 2012

Instructor Greg Cook has his “Enchanted Forest” paintings of happy and sad trees hanging in the windows of Malden Access Television, 145 Pleasant St., Malden, MA, from Sept. 23 to Oct. 14. His paintings are part of the “Window Arts Malden” project organized by Malden Arts. Please join Cook and some of the other dozens of artists displaying their art in storefront windows downtown at a reception for this hyper local Yokelist public art project Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 pm at the Malden Senior Center, 7 Washington St.

Sketches for his “Enchanted Forest” series, including an awesome 3D model, are on view at Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., Lowell, MA, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 4. The paintings, the model and the sketches are all for a walk-through “Enchanted Forest” installation that Cook is slowly constructing.

Sep 13, 2012

Asst. Prof. Dawn Paul‘s short fiction 11PM at Star City was nominated by the Apple Valley Review for Best of the Net 2012!

Congratulations, Dawn!

She will also be presenting a short paper, “Contemporary Poetics of Nature and Place,” at the Convergence on Poetics Conference at University of Washington-Bothell on Sept. 30 as well as a reading from her novel, The Country of Loneliness, at Brown University’s Bookstore in Providence, RI on Oct. 18 at 5:30 pm.

To learn more visit:

Sep 12, 2012

Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya is involved in a three person exhibition at Boston’s Gallery NAGA this October.

Approaching Volume
Reception: Friday, Oct. 5, 6 – 8 pm
On View: Oct. 5, – Nov. 3

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Hours: Tue – Sat 10 am – 5 pm

To see more of Kamiya’s work visit:

Sep 11, 2012

Assoc. Prof. John Colan‘s HallSpace Gallery is currently having the show Open Season, which features the work of Painting Instructor Doug Bell. The show also features Marlon Forrester, Gerry Perrino and Marisa Sciabarrasi.

Open Season will remain on view though Oct.13 at HallSpace Gallery, ( ) 950 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA.

This is the season of political discourse where immigration, race, war, peace, religion, oil, money, and an endless list of other personal interests are enthusiastically discussed and debated. Marisa Sciabarrasi has been photographing street vendors, bodega workers, veterans, and others working for low wages in search of the American dream.

Doug Bell reflects on the toll war and corporate greed has on humanity by repurposing antiquities and lost collections. Gerry Perrino paints still lifes of small toy soldiers/figures and other objects to create narratives, commentary on war, human relationships, and the destructive repetitiveness of human nature. Marlon Forrester’s photographic collages are direct commentary on the body, the black male body, and how historical and corporate interests have manipulated or crafted their identities.

Fri & Sat 12 – 5 pm, Mon – Thu by appointment

Image: Open Season, Installation View, HallSpace, 2012
Sep 8, 2012

This fall Prof. Fred Lynch will be exhibiting his drawings from Italy along with drawings from his ongoing project Paul Revere’s Route Revisited at the Hunter Gallery on the campus of St. George’s School in Newport, RI.

Long Ago & Far Away:
Drawings from Paul Revere’s Route and Central Italy

Reception: Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
On View: Sept. 5 – Oct. 21
Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 4pm

In September, Lynch was the guest speaker of the Crossroads Symposium of Science Education Professors in Providence, RI. His talk is will be on “Communicating with Pictures.”

To see more of his work, visit:
Teaching Blog:
Summer Drawing Course in Italy:
Drawings from Italy:
New Work:

Sep 7, 2012

Continuing Education Instructor and artist Robin Samiljan has won second place in the Co|So’s Marine Art Show: Distant Shores for her painting, Tempest.

She will be giving a demonstration on encaustic painting at the Copley Society of Art Saturday, Sept. 15, 1 – 3 pm, 158 Newbury St, Boston, MA

Visit to view more of her work.

Samiljan will also be teaching Watercolor Workshops at Montserrat College of Art on Saturdays this fall – Sept 22, 29, 13.

>>Click here for more information on her CE classes at Montserrat.

"Tempest", encaustic on panel, 12” x 12”
Sep 4, 2012

Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann, alumnus Joshua Baptista ’02 and alumna Stacey Durand ’02 are in an upcoming show at Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.

The Enormous Tiny Art Show
Opening: Friday, Sept. 7, 5 – 8 pm
On View: Sept. 7 – Oct. 1

Nahcotta Gallery
110 Congress St.
Portsmouth, NH

The work is already on sale through the gallery site:

Sep 4, 2012

Instructor David Bligh has work in two shows this fall.

Anywhere But Here
On View: Sept. 14 – Oct. 27
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY

15 artists interpret their experiences in and of the world through the metaphorical potential of maps and cartography. Curated by Susan Nathenson and Elizabeth Saperstein.

So Tiny: An Exhibition of Small Works in 3-D
On View: Aug. 20 – Oct. 25
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR

The exhibit features 20 talented artists from all over the nation and their works “smaller than a shoe-box.”

To see more of Bligh’s work visit:

Aug 30, 2012

Instructor and performance artist, Sandrine Schaefer is not only new to the Montserrat community, but she also has recently returned from a grant-funded tour of Mexico and already has a busy fall ahead of her!

Schaefer will be creating a performance art piece this Saturday, Sept. 1 from 7 pm to 10 pm at The Crevice Gallery at 148 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA.

She is involved in a a group exhibit called INNER SPACE, which is composed of works herself and Jennifer Engel.

Schaefer’s work can be viewed at:

Contact, 508.413.9090,
or Heather Kapplow at 617.816.0917 for more information.

Artist Bio:

Sandrine Schaefer’s artwork explores the shared human experience of understanding the body in space, corporally and conceptually. Over the past decade, Sandrine has exhibited extensively both national and internationally in art festivals, galleries, museums, and in public spaces. Sandrine has been awarded grants and fellowships through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tanne Foundation and LEF Contemporary Art fund. She has lectured and led workshops on performance art practices in art institutions throughout the United States. In addition, Sandrine’s writing on contemporary live art practices has been published in numerous art journals, books, and other international publications. She is currently represented by Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago and is included in various private collections.

Sandrine is a co-founder and Director of The Present Tense, an art initiative that produces and archives live art events and exchanges in transient spaces. Since 2005, The Present Tense has produced and collaborated on more than 26 live art festivals, exhibitions, and co-founded the award winning gallery, MEME in Cambridge, MA. To date, The Present Tense has served as a resource for time-based art and has shown more than 300 artists from around the globe.

Aug 30, 2012

Prof. Judith Brassard Brown is exhibiting her landscape paintings this fall at The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.

Blessed Unrest/II
On View: Aug. 2 – Oct. 26
Reception: Thu, Oct. 4, 6 – 8 pm
The South Rotunda Gallery, 900 Boylston St in Boston, MA

Blessed Unrest/II presents Judith Brassard Brown’s landscape paintings and related works; she most often references the Italian landscape and the many centuries of history it contains while others draw from the still life or abstraction found in close scrutiny of the world’s they contain. Created through building and deconstructing many layers of drawing, painting, wax and collage, Brown arrives at each paintings particular viewpoint through a lengthy process of travel, research, and observation. Responding to Martha Graham’s description of art making as characterized by a ‘divine dissatisfaction and a blessed unrest’, Brown creates images that are at turns, beautiful while others are darker, messy and conflicted.

Above all these landscapes are human places and in Brown’s hands they communicate much more than the topographical details or time of day and weather,” writes Art Historian and Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Laura Tonelli in the brochure essay. “For the careful viewer, they reveal their stories slowly. Beneath the main subject we discover in collaged elements layers of history and bits of narrative—an old train ticket here, a love note there. These mark or individualize each landscape like a portrait.”

Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 8 pm
To Visit: e-mail 24 hours prior with names and date/time of visit.

View more of her work here:

Etruscan Path #8
Aug 30, 2012

Prof. Rose Olson has 18 paintings that have been chosen for the upcoming exhibit, WOOD.

On View: Sept. 10, 2012 – Jan. 4, 2013
Reception: Thu, Oct. 4, 5:30 -7:30 pm
McGladrey Art Gallery, 80 City Square, Charlestown, MA

WOOD is a group show highlighting different approaches to the medium. The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, and prints by Kyle Downs, Nick Edmonds, Rose Olson, Barbara Putnam, respectfully. Utilizing the rich natural color and grain, or the historic techniques of carving and joinery each of the four exhibiting artists is dedicated to the beauty and utility of wood. The artists where selected for this exhibit for the diverse approaches to the medium and their ever so slight similarities in style.

Painter Rose Olson, lives and works in Beverly, MA. Olson is a colorist drawing inspiration from ever changing natural light to nail polish colors she notices on the T. Her paintings are a composite of layers of translucent paint too numerous to count and at the base of those layers- a birch panel. The grain adds an organic element to her simple linear compositions, but do not dismiss these panels as minimal in their composition. These panels have a life of their own, ever changing depending on the light and spatial relation that can only be seen in person. Olson exhibits her work extensively through the Northeast, most recently a large retrospective was held at Gordon College in 2010.

The gallery is open by appointment. Contact Christina Godfrey for a viewing: Christina Godfrey,, (508) 667-1062.

Aug 29, 2012

Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann, alumnus Joshua Baptista ’02 and alumna Stacey Durand ’02 are in an upcoming show at Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.

The Enormous Tiny Art Show
Opening: Friday, Sept. 7, 5 – 8 pm
On View: Sept. 7 – Oct. 1

Nahcotta Gallery
110 Congress St.
Portsmouth, NH

The work is already on sale through the gallery site:

Aug 29, 2012

Instructor Elizabeth Alexander will have her work included in two shows in the next few months. Her collage series, BELLINGRATH Gardens & Home, created in 2008-2010, was a significant turning point in her work and contributes to so much of her decision making to date. “I am very proud to show all 21 of these collages and am particularly excited to see them among other local artists who display a range of unique perspectives on the historical genre of landscape art,” Alexander said.

On View: Aug. 27-Oct. 5
Reception: Thu, Sept, 6, at 6pm
Haas Concourse and Lobby
Beard and Weil Watson Fine Arts
Wheaton College Galleries
26 E. Main St. Norton, MA

Alexander will also take part in a panel discussion, Land (re)Formations, alongside Ellen Driscoll and Elizabeth Mooney, Sept. 11 at 6:30 pm, Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts

Sitelines brings together five women artists working in a range of media—collage, sculpture, drawing, painting, and artist books—who are breaking down or reexamining the landscape using unconventional lenses. Whether dismantling, abstracting, fracturing, diagnosing, or morphing the land in their work, these artists capture the ever-changing and fluid nature of our earth, inviting the viewer to enter into unfamiliar spaces or embrace shifting vantage points. Vacillating between the real and the imagined, the serene and the sublime, the works comment on the human impact on nature and present a range of untraditional responses to the scenic view we all seek. Featuring: Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Driscoll, Kysa Johnson, Kyong Ae Kim and Elizabeth Mooney.

Hours: Mon – Sat 12:30 – 4:30 pm
For more info: 508.286.3644,

A few weeks later, Alexander will debut a brand new site specific installation with sound by Minor Fires that will be included in a show curated by Liz Devlin of FLUX Boston. (

On View: Sept. 20 – Oct. 26
Reception: Thu, Sept. 20, 7 – 9 pm
The Distillery Gallery
516 East Second St, S. Boston, MA

Elsewhere will showcase a wide range of artists working in varied mediums, all brought together under Devlin’s curatorial vision for the space.

From the curator: Sometimes it’s nice to get away. For a moment. For an hour. For a weekend in the woods. Elsewhere presents the ordinary as less ordinary, re-imagines ideas of space, and encourages viewers to look at the world with a renewed sense of wonder. There is magic all around us.

Site specific installations, sculptures, and works on paper and canvas imagined by local artists are threaded together through slightly surreal-realistic undertones and an intangible sense of etherealness. Elsewhere isn’t about escapism – it’s about discovery, exploring possibilities, and bringing to life that place inside where insight is gained through daydreams.

>>Learn more about the exhibition here

Aug 28, 2012

Instructor David Bligh has work in two shows this fall.

Anywhere But Here
On View: Sept. 14 – Oct. 27
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY

15 artists interpret their experiences in and of the world through the metaphorical potential of maps and cartography. Curated by Susan Nathenson and Elizabeth Saperstein.

So Tiny: An Exhibition of Small Works in 3-D
On View: Aug. 20 – Oct. 25
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR

The exhibit features 20 talented artists from all over the nation and their works “smaller than a shoe-box.”

To see more of Bligh’s work visit:

Aug 25, 2012

Here’s some fun news from our faculty who exhibited internationally this summer!

Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith and Instructor Bill Hanscom had their pieces in the show A Shared Encounter: Printmaking at Hongik University and the University of the Arts at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, June 25-29.

Aug 23, 2012

Prof. Ethan Berry had an Olympic-like weekend and won TWO races!

He won for his age group in the Salem Sound Coastwatch Swim and Fin 5 K Race on Saturday, Aug. 18.

And he won in the 2 mile Wild Fish Swim in Collins Cove on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Congratulations Prof. Ethan “The Fish” Berry!

Aug 7, 2012

Asst. Prof. Timothy Harney will be exhibiting his work this fall at The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, MA

My Mother’s Hands, My Father’s Heart will include Harney’s Paintings and Collages from 2000 – 2012.

Reception: Sept. 1, 4 – 6 pm
On View: Sept.1 – Oct. 13

Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm

To see more of Harney’s work visit:

Image: The Midway and the Men Who Stole Dolph’s Dog, 2012
Aug 4, 2012

Instructor Elizabeth Alexander‘s Still Life: A Fabricator’s Banquet exhibit will be installed at The Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester for one day only!

August 4th, 11am – 3pm

Alexander’s installation is part of The Museum’s 2012 One-Day Contemporary Art Series at the White-Ellery House as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North program and is free and open to the public.Her work which was originally created for a Colonial house in Portsmouth: The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, will be installed in an equally unique location. The White-Ellery House was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. (First Period means c. 1620–1725.) It is a 2 ½ story “saltbox” structure with a massive central chimney that once serviced six fireplaces. Unlike other structures as old as this, the White-Ellery House has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The White-Ellery House is on the National Register of Historic Sites because of its unique construction and important interior features.

To see more of Alexander’s work visit:

Aug 3, 2012

Reception: Wed, Sept 5, 5 – 7 pm
On View: Aug 1 – Sept 8
301 Gallery

Founding Faculty Member, Roger Martin has a major exhibition of his work on view in our 301 Gallery this summer. Teaching at the school for more than 20 years, Martin’s indelible spirit is recorded and present within the many students and colleagues that he taught and mentored during his career.

Martin’s most recent oil paintings such as Grout II, 2012 (shown here) depict the grooves found in the granite common in Rockport’s many quarries. Works from this series and large abstract oil stick drawings will be on display alongside works that illustrate his trajectory through a lifetime of prolific artistic production such as early illustrations, woodblock prints, palette knife paintings, letterpress poetry and sketchbooks.

Born 1925, Martin is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before he became a painter, Martin was an illustrator contributing to such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, among others. In addition to his Montserrat career, Martin has always been a prolific painter and writer. He is the author of several books on Rockport’s history and was the poet laureate of Rockport. Since retiring in 1989, he has continued to paint and draw many works inspired by the surroundings of Cape Ann.

To see more of his work visit:

Image: Roger Martin, Grout II, 2012, oil on canvas
Jul 26, 2012

Montserrat faculty Greg Cook will be among the artists featured in Friends of the Zeitgeist, the first exhibition the Zeitgeist Gallery Lowell, formerly of Cambridge and Pittsfield, is presenting at its brand new space at 167 Market Street in Lowell.

The show features sculpture, painting, drawing, monoprints, video/sound and lightboxes by Asa Brebner, Greg Cook, John Engstrom, David Grant, Steve Kinney, Greg Kowalski, Angela Mark and Michael Shores, Markus Nechay, Patrick Pierce, Miranda Ryan, Bill Turvillle, Brent Whitney, Jeanne and Will Winslow, Elaine Wood and Rick Breault. Stop in while you’re at the Lowell Folk Fest this weekend.

Reception: Thu, July 26, 7 – 9 pm
On View: July 27 – Aug. 28
Hours: Wed – Sat 1 – 8 pm

Meanwhile, The Boston Globe featured a review of IntraCountry: Patriotic Expressions, a group show at Gallery Kayafas in Boston through Aug. 11 that also included Cook’s art.

Click here to read the review from The Boston Globe

Jul 17, 2012

Prof. Barbara Moody, Prof. Rose Olson, Asst. Prof. Stacy Thomas-Vickory, Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory, Instructor Elizabeth Alexander, alumnus Bradford Rusick ’08, 17 Cox, [Space] and many more from the Montserrat community were mentioned in Instructor Mary Bucci McCoy‘s column Cape Ann Contemporary in Art New England Magazine!

>>Click here to read full piece!

Jul 11, 2012

Instructor Charlie Allen has received Honorable Mention in the fine art category for his colored pencil piece “Padua Reflections,” which is part of Marblehead Arts Association’s Annual Summer Member Exhibit. The exhibit runs through July 29.

The show was judged this year by our very own Prof. Judy Brown and awarding winning photographer Judy Robinson Cox.

Visit for more details.

Jul 3, 2012
Montserrat College of Art’s Founding Faculty Member and noted sculptor Reno “Ray” Pisano was recently featured in The Boston Globe for his generous donation of a beautiful granite sculpture to the town of Nahant. The sculpture, titled “Tectonic Eclipse,” is currently located outside the Nahant Public Library. A ceremonial unveiling was held in early June. Pisano is a resident of Nahant whose work has been displayed locally and nationally!
Image: Reno Pisano, “Tectonic Eclipse,”  5′ x 5′, Circa 1990′s
Jul 3, 2012

Prof. Martha Buskirk received a great mention from actor James Franco in the Huffington Post! He included her Creative Enterprise book as one of his Summer Reading picks!

“...If you’re interested in how that confusing thing called the ‘art world’ operates, it is a great guide,” said Franco. “Buskirk examines the heterogeneous contemporary art world where everything from performance instructions to diamond encrusted skulls is sold for big money. It breaks down the art business and art-making in a way that will enlighten ignorant scoffers and challenge inside practitioners.

>>Click here to read more…

Jul 2, 2012

Greg Cook in "Patriotic" Show at Kayafas

Instructor Greg Cook will be exhibiting his War on Terror textile study collection in the group show Intra Country: Patriotic Expressions at Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston from July 6 to Aug. 11.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 6, 5:30 to 8 pm

The show, co-curated by Arlette Kayafas and Thomas J. Gustainis, features work that "addresses the responsibilities and paradoxical aspects of civic engagement, the complexities of ideological perspectives on patriotism, and speaks of the conflict of personal and private conceptions of the political."

Artists to be featured include Jules Aarons, Lucien Aigner, Karl Baden, Kevin Bubriski, Bill Chapman, Vincent Cianni, Caleb Cole, Greg Cook, Alex Pla Del Mulle, Jess T. Dugan, David Eppley, Matt Gamber, Thomas J. Gustainis, Geoff Hargadon, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Harvey Loves Harvey, Peter Kayafas, Jordan Kessler, Sarina Khan-Reddy, Steve Lambert, Roberta Paul, Lynn Saville, Jenn Sherr, Ben Sloat, Maggie Stark and Triiibe.

Jul 2, 2012

Meredith Morten Exhibits in Hungary

Prof. Meredith Morten will be exhibiting ceramic sculptures at Géza Gorka Ceramics Museum in Veröce Hungary this summer! The solo exhibition Homage to the Terrain is curated by Montserrat Instructor Esther Tornai Thyssen.

The exhibit will be on view July 21 – Sept. 30. Opening reception will take place July 21 at 5pm.

Museum Info: 2621 Verőce, Szamos u. 22
Tel: +36 27 350 017.

This exhibition was made possible in part with funds from CEC ArtsLink Projects and the Berkshire Taconic Community Fund.

Jun 27, 2012

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne‘s most recent novel Notes from an Accidental Band Geek has been honored at The Boston Author’s Club 16th Annual Awards this year with a Boston Authors Club recommendation for young readers!

>>Click here to learn more!

Jun 27, 2012

We are pleased to announce the 2012 Cornelia Endowed Award and Luz Dorrien Awards that were presented at Commencement, May 25.

The Selection Committee included Gallery Director/Curator Leonie Bradbury, Artist Rachel Perry Welty, and Artist/Curator Heidi Kayser, and Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs, Laura Tonelli.

The committee chose to fund a proposal from Asst. Prof. Timothy Harney, in support of production of a catalog to accompany a Fall 2012 exhibition at the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College. As well as a a proposal from Prof. Ethan Berry, to complete a short 16 mm film about visuality, which will draw on multiple 19th century sources in the visual arts and literature.

Congratulations Tim and Ethan!

Jun 27, 2012

Prof. Fred Lynch conducted a workshop called Drawing on Experiences: A Providence Sketch Crawl at ICON 7, The Illustration Conference in June. The biennial national conference took place in Providence, Rhode Island and attracted many of the most influential illustrators in the US, including Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons!

Current student Michelle McGaughey ’14, recent graduate Peter Bergamo Jr. ’12 and faculty member Allison Cole were also in attendance!

ICON7 celebrated RISD’s legacy of illustration with work from over 60 prominent RISD alumni!

Prof. Fred Lynch showing sketches to workshop participants, including current student Michelle McGaughey ’14 on the far right.
Jun 14, 2012

Prof. Rose Olson has been invited to present a small solo exhibit at the Art Trace Gallery in Tokyo from June 25 to July 17. The curator, Haruyo Nakanishi, has named her show Light and the Viewer’s Eye. Olson’s 12 paintings will be located in in Room B of Art Trace Gallery. Room A will be simultaneously viewing Where the Flow Goes?, a major show by Nakanishi.

Light and the Viewer’s Eye
Reception: June 30 at 5 pm
On view: June 25 – July 17

1F, Akiyama Bldg., 2-13-19, Midori,Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0021, JAPAN
Hours: Open daily (except for Wed): noon – 7pm, Fri noon-9 pm
Contact:, 050-804-6019

Jun 12, 2012

Our amazing faculty and former faculty members of Montserrat College of Art are among the featured alumni Icons of RISD!

Prof. Fred Lynch
Kelly Murphy
Antoine Revoy
Jarrett Krosoczka
Joe Quinones
Evan Larson
Grace Lin

Plus several others that have been our guest speakers and a few “house-hold” names!

RISD Icons: A Legacy of Illustration
Reception: Wed, June 13, 6 – 8 pm
Woods-Gerry House
62 Prospect St. Providence, RI

This exhibition, held in conjunction with ICON7, the illustration conference, celebrates RISD’s legacy of illustration with work from over 60 prominent RISD alumni. Prof. Fred Lynch, RISD critic, will also be teaching a workshop, Drawing on Experience: A Providence Sketch Crawl, Thurs., June 14, 10 am – noon at RISD’s campus as part of the ICON7 Illustration Conference!

Woods-Gerry House Gallery Hours:
Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 1 – 5 pm

May 31, 2012

Image: “Last Trap Of The Day” 36″ x 48″ Oil On Canvas, This painting is from a series inspired by three days Ian spent with the Bergquist Brothers, 2nd generation lobstermen of Chatham, MA.

Painting and Drawing Instructor Ian Factor has been accepted into the Master’s Program at the New York Academy of Art for Figurative Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in NYC, and will start this September.

We thank you for your dedicated teaching over the years!

Congratulations and good luck, Ian!

May 30, 2012

Blessed Unrest:
Judith Brassard Brown

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-8pm
On View: May 30 – June 30

Kingston Gallery presents Prof. Judith Brassard Brown’s landscape paintings this June in a solo exhibition Blessed Unrest curated by Montserrat’s Gallery Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury and installed by Exhibitions Manager Lucas Spivey.  Brown’s work most often references the Italian landscape and the many centuries of history it contains. Created through building and deconstructing many layers of drawing, painting, wax and collage, Brown arrives at each paintings particular viewpoint through a lengthy process of travel, research, and observation. Responding to Martha Graham’s description of art making as characterized by a ‘divine dissatisfaction and a blessed unrest’, Brown creates images that are at turns, beautiful while others are darker, messy and conflicted.

Art Historian and Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Laura Tonelli wrote the catalog essay. “Above all these landscapes are human places and in Brown’s hands they communicate much more than the topographical details or time of day and weather,” she said. “For the careful viewer, they reveal their stories slowly. Beneath the main subject we discover in collaged elements layers of history and bits of narrative—an old train ticket here, a love note there. These mark or individualize each landscape like a portrait.”

Kingston Gallery
540 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston, MA
Tues. – Sat., noon – 5 pm or by appt.

Source 9
May 29, 2012

Faculty member Anne Loyer has an upcoming exhibit, Icons at HallSpace in Boston this summer!

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9, 3 – 6 pm
On View: June 9 – July 7

950 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA

Gallery Hours:
Fri + Sat: noon – 5 pm
Mon – Thu: by appointment

For more information visit:

May 22, 2012

Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory95 took part in Art In Odd Places, event last month at Endicott College. He had several of his nobori (or banner) flags that he created installed at Endicott over the past two weeks. The site specific installations that filled the campus were inspired by the the world famous New York City public arts festival.

May 21, 2012

Blessed Unrest:
Judith Brassard Brown

Reception: Friday, June 1, 5 – 8 pm
On View: May 30 – June 30

Kingston Gallery presents Prof. Judith Brassard Brown’s landscape paintings in a solo exhibition curated by Montserrat’s Gallery Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury this June. Brown’s work most often references the Italian landscape and the many centuries of history it contains. Created through building and deconstructing many layers of drawing, painting, wax and collage, Brown arrives at each paintings particular viewpoint through a lengthy process of travel, research, and observation. Responding to Martha Graham’s description of art making as characterized by a ‘divine dissatisfaction and a blessed unrest’, Brown creates images that are at turns, beautiful while others are darker, messy and conflicted.

“Above all these landscapes are human places and in Brown’s hands they communicate much more than the topographical details or time of day and weather,” said Art Historian and Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Laura Tonelli. “For the careful viewer, they reveal their stories slowly. Beneath the main subject we discover in collaged elements layers of history and bits of narrative—an old train ticket here, a love note there. These mark or individualize each landscape like a portrait.”

Kingston Gallery
540 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston, MA
Tues. – Sat., noon – 5 pm or by appt.

Source #9
May 3, 2012

Prof. Barbara Moody will be exhibiting a solo show at the Kingston Gallery next month titled Cave Dwellers.

On View: May 2 – 27
Reception: Friday, May 4, 5 – 7:30 pm

Over the past eight years, Moody’s work has focused on animal imagery, piles of debris, and unusual ecosystems. In Cave Dwellers, she has combined these interests to explore the dark world of caves, caverns, and tunnels. This new series includes large-scale cave/graffiti drawings, paintings, and collages printed on vinyl. Manipulating and collaging old animal engravings, Moody subtly offers clues to the history of the caves’ former inhabitants. Bits of fur, skin, teeth, and claws suggest predators and prey snaking through tunnels and cohabiting in a confined space. The layers of mark-making suggest memories once etched into cave walls and still present.

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Ave, Boston

SoWa Art Walk:
Sunday, May 6, 11 – 6 pm

Apr 12, 2012

Look; ‘Art’ Stands for Meaning
By Marjorie Augenbraum
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

The oldest objects that the Western world calls “art” were made approximately 30,000 years ago. One is a carving in the shape of a man with the head of a lion. Another is an array of drawings of animals on the walls of a cave. What is most fascinating is that they were made at all.

In our day and age many consider art an “extra,” something we visit in a museum. When the priorities of life are considered, art often does not make the list. But is that right?

In many early cultures, there was no word for “art.” Objects had a purpose. Even later, art stood for meaning. Recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art there was an exhibition of Renaissance-era portraits. They weren’t created to be decoration. They documented the lives of real people. Portraits are visual mementos, a kind of summary of a life. If we look, each portrait will tell us a lot.

Last year the Peabody-Essex Museum exhibited 19th century American landscape paintings from the New York Historical Society. Although they display a lot of precision, these paintings were not made as leaf-by-leaf exact reproductions of particular locations. They are representations of real sites, enhanced by not a little artistic license, but why the explosion of landscape paintings at that particular time? They resulted in part from a search for the answer to the question, “What is American?” Throughout the 19th century this question arose in many areas of American culture. The painters of the Hudson River School put their stake in the ground. Many of these landscape paintings are meant to reveal the country’s potential, but also by extension the potential of its people. Just look at the vastness and the variety the artists show us.

Of course, it is unfair and untrue to classify all art as “functional” or containing a message. One of the most intriguing American artists, James McNeill Whistler, stood at the exact opposite pole. The meaning in Whistler’s work is in the very fact of its lack of message. Whistler immerses us in mood and sensation. The aesthetics are the “meaning.” Later, in the paintings of Mark Rothko there are no recognizable objects. The painting itself, as a whole, is the object and is offered to us by the artist for reflection and contemplation.

So, back to the lion-headed human and cave paintings. They must have emerged from some need or compulsion. After all, the people who made them were living a harsh Ice Age existence. It’s difficult to believe they had inclinations toward “extras” or luxuries. They had to carry their belongings around, so the objects must have had importance. And people returned to the same caves over centuries, adding new drawings and paintings to the existing work. Whatever those objects and paintings meant, they were carefully made and highly regarded. Art was not extra. It never has been. We just need to look.

As featured in the Beverly Citizen


Apr 11, 2012

Marblehead Arts Association
2012 New England Open Exhibit
Zero to Ninety – April 7 – 29

In celebration of the Marblehead Arts Association’s 90th anniversary they are pleased to announce the New England Open Exhibit titled Zero to Ninety. The exhibit runs April 7 – 29 with an opening reception on April 15, 2 – 4 pm, which is free and open to the public.

The exhibit was juried by Montserrat’s Chair of Painting and Drawing Prof. Robert Roy and Tom and Judy Robinson Cox, awarding winning professional photographers.

Visit for more information and the list of winners.

Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion in Marblehead.

Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun: 12-5 pm, Sat: 10-5 pm

Apr 4, 2012

Montserrat faculty members Julia Shepley, Asst. Prof. Marilu Swett and Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal, who are also members of the Boston Sculptors, are featured in a group exhibit to celebrate its 20th Anniversary presented by The University Gallery at UMass Lowell (UML).

Boston Sculptors Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
Reception: April 4, 5 – 7 pm
On View:
April 2 – 26

The show is a group exhibition of work by the Boston Sculptors curated by UML Prof. Ellen Wetmore with installation assistance by UML Prof. Jim Coates. This exhibit highlights the variety of approaches to sculpture explored by 30 of the members and features an eclectic examination of materials and processes. The show includes works installed in the gallery and outdoors in the adjacent quad area. (Outdoor exhibit on view through June 30)

Our faculty are among the Boston Sculptors, which is an artists’ cooperative whose founding members recognized in 1992 that there was a shortage of exhibition opportunities for sculpture in the Boston area. They set about to create more opportunities, in exhibition spaces, public galleries and in public art. What began as a series of conversations over dinner has, twenty years later, yielded two successful commercial galleries and numerous critically acclaimed shows.

This show is offered in conjunction with the yearlong activities throughout New England to celebrate the group’s 20th Anniversary. The Dugan Gallery in Dugan Hall at UML will also hosts a coinciding companion exhibition of sculpture by the BFA students enrolled in the spring 2012 Sculpture class.

Visit the University Gallery at UMass Lowell’s website for more information about this exhibit:

UML Art Department is located in the McGauvran Student Center/Union UMass Lowell South 71 Wilder Street, Lowell.

Gallery Hours:
Mon – Thurs 10 am – 7:30 pm
Fri 11 am – 4 pm

(From left to right) Caroline Bagenal, Poems, 2004 Marilu Swett, RING AROUND THE ROSIE, 2007, cast bronze Julia Shepley, Sky Habitation Installation, 2010; carved wood, lexan, waxed linen
Apr 2, 2012

Montserrat College of Art and the Peabody Historical Society have collaborated to host a three-part poetry that will conclude with readings from North Shore poets and lecture gala event Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm at the Smith Barn on Brooksby Farm, 54 Felton Street in Peabody. The event, titled Artifact, Archive, Orchard: The Binding of Past and Present in Poetry, incorporates history, poetry and art to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month!

The event began in March with a poetry-writing workshop that was open to all levels of writers. The poets wrote poems using historical records, objects available from the Historical Society and the surrounding landscape of Brooksby Farm. The workshop was taught by published poets Dawn Paul, a faculty member at Montserrat, and January O’Neil, executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival who teaches writing at Salem State University.

After a week of independent writing, the poets had the opportunity to create hand-crafted books compiling their poems at Montserrat’s Bookmaking Studio, taught by book artist and Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith this past weekend, April 1. The books will be displayed at the final gala event Wednesday, April 25, alongside banners portraying texts, tools and landscapes used in the poetry workshops, created by printmaking artist and Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory. The night will include readings by workshop participants, a lecture by Collections Conservator for the Harvard College Library at Harvard University, Todd Pattison, and pie and cider.

This collaboration was made possible by Bill Power of the Peabody Historical Society and Montserrat’s Writing Studio Director Colleen Michaels. Michaels is also the creator of Montserrat’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour where she brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, banks, laundromats, swimming pools and, most recently, a roller rink!

Click here to see the full list of North Shore poets!

Mar 29, 2012

Fluidity is flooding at Kingston Gallery, thanks to the current exhibition by Mary Bucci McCoy.”

Montserrat Instructor Mary Bucci McCoy has been getting a lot of press for her current “show-stopping” exhibit Manifest, which is her third solo exhibit with the Kingston Gallery in Boston! Manifest is on view through Sunday, April 1.

McCoy makes remarkably subtle works in which perfectly calm surfaces suggest silence, and an occasional smear or glistening patch might be the sound of a gong rippling through that silence.” – The Boston Globe

>>Click here to see the Globe’s full review!

Manifest is a seamless exploration of connection and physicality that hinges on the sensual, intimate marks that create a space of mediation between the cycling and static.” – ArtScope

McCoy was also awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship for painting this year and is included in the White Columns Curated Artists Registry.

“Implicit” by Mary Bucci McCoy, acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 x 3.5", 2011.
Mar 26, 2012

Congratulations to Asst. Prof and Illustration Chair Mark Hoffmann for being selected as a winner of Creative Quarterly 27 in the professional category! Alumna Corinne Reid ’11 was also chosen as a runner-up in the student competition!

All winners will be exhibited in the Summer 2012 issue of Creative Quarterly. The winners and runner-ups work will be posted on their Online Gallery this summer.

Reid will also be featured in LAMINATE issue 5 “Most Wanted” Creative Scape! If you pre-order before March 31st, you can get a customized iPhone case with Reid’s artwork on it at a discounted price. (Code: FBLAM) 

Click here to pre-order today!

Mar 17, 2012

Prof. Judith Brassard Brown has her work on view in the private galleries of Cell Signaling Technology throughout February and March. The company provides innovative research tools that are used to help define mechanisms underlying cell function and disease. With more than 400 employees worldwide, CST has long been supporters of the arts and area artists. Prof. Brown’s work is currently on view in the galleries of the company’s headquarters Danvers/Beverly.

Curator Carol Seitchik discussing Prof. Brown's work with CST employees, March 7.
Mar 16, 2012

Prof. Martha Buskirk‘s review of Sherrie Levine’s exhibition Mayhem, at the Whitney Museum in New York, has been published in the March 2012 issue of Artforum, which is available our Paul M. Scott Library!

Marking the launch of her book Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum & Marketplace, Buskirk will be discussing the double-edged affair that is the increased popularity of contemporary art. She’ll have a public talk, a week after the book launches!

Martha Buskirk Artist Talk
Thursday, April 19,
6:30 – 9 pm
Montserrat’s classroom in the Oddfellows Building on Cabot Street.

>>Click here to pre-order the book!

Mar 15, 2012

During spring break this March, Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith was the Visiting Artist at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. She also visited Yee Haw Industries and Asheville Bookworks during her southern spring break!

Then from June 11 – July 6 she will be the Artist in Residence at Asheville Bookworks in Asheville, NC.

And THEN starting July 12, Smith has a solo show entitled Olfactory Gleanings at Endicott College in Beverly, which will be on view through Sept. 25!

Talk about a busy summer!

>>Visit Sarah’s website here…

Mar 6, 2012

Exciting news coming from our Illustration Department: congratulations to faculty members Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy! Their co-illustration, “The Lodge”, won a GOLD Medal in the Book Category for The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles!

Kelly Murphy also won a Bronze Medal from The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and a Silver Medal for 3×3 Magazine‘s Illustration Competition. Both of her awards were for “The Princess and the Golden Fish” illustration.

Kelly Murphy:
Antoine Revoy:

“The Lodge” and "The Princess and the Golden Fish"
Mar 1, 2012

Faculty member Liz Alexander was featured in the Wellseley News for her sculpture and installations showcase at the Dana Hall School Art Gallery. Still Life: a Fabricator’s Banquet will run through March 10 at 45 Dana Road Wellesley, MA.

I am motivated by discovery, both in my studio as well as a means to captivate a viewer,” said Alexander. “The familiar standards of objects and space are represented but manipulated in a way that changes one’s perception from normalcy to fancy. I employ decorative arts and formal aesthetics as vehicles to evoke desire, prosperity, and escapism in places typically lacking those characteristics. The final result is a reinterpretation of space and material, a blurring of reality, memory, and imagination.”

Click here to read the full article!

For more information on The Dana Hall School Art Gallery, visit

Feb 22, 2012

Founding Faculty Ray Pisano Artist Talk

Montserrat College of Art’s Founding Faculty Member Reno “Ray” Pisano Visits the Beverly Public Library

You are invited to a presentation on the making of large sculpture by Ray Pisano on Monday, March 26 from 6:30-9 pm, 32 Essex Street Beverly, MA. The program takes place in the Sohier Room on the first floor, and is free and open to the public.

Ray will show a film of the creation of one of his large-scale works, discuss his long and eventful career as a stone and bronze sculptor, and show samples. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm, and the lecture and discussion begins at 7 pm.

R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Gianino at 978.921.4242, x 1121, or to

Feb 22, 2012

This winter, Montserrat’s printmaking faculty member and artist Johnny Adimando has attempted and failed at the impossible: to reach the moon through conventional methods of paper folding and printmaking. At its apogee the Moon is about 406700 km from the Earth, while a single sheet of paper is about 0.01 cm high. It would take approximately 1,520,640,000 stacked pieces of paper to reach the Moon or a single sheet of paper folded on itself 42 times could reach the Moon’s surface.

Please join Johnny for an artist talk in the newly renovated 17 Cox Gallery!

TO THE MoON: Works on paper by Johnny Adimando
Curated by Montserrat’s Exhibitions Manager Lucas Spivey

Exhibit Dates: Jan. 23 – March 23
Opening Reception: Jan. 30, 5-7pm – First Quarter
Artist Talk with Johnny Adimando: Feb. 21, 5pm – New Moon
Montserrat’s Collective Performance Lab: March 7, 5-7pm – Full Moon

Johnny Adimando received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design where he currently instructs printmaking and critique. He currently resides in Providence, RI.

Feb 10, 2012

Illustration Faculty member Allison Cole now has her “Pillow Cloud” for sale at The Land of Nod (a division of Crate & Barrel). Fittingly, Allison is teaching her new course The Entrepreneurial Illustrator this spring at Montserrat! Visit to see Allison’s Head in the Clouds Pillow!

Feb 8, 2012

Prof. Fred Lynch is featured in the newly released book, The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World, published by Quarry Books. The 320-page book is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings that displays the works of 100 artists, designers, illustrators and architects from 50 cities and 30 countries who act as visual correspondents with their on-site drawings and paintings. The Art of Urban Sketching offers a visually arresting, storytelling take on urban life from different cultures and artistic styles, as well as insight into various drawing techniques and mediums.

Fred’s work features drawings from his trip to Viterbo, Italy, where he teaches Montserrat’s study abroad summer program. Each July, Montserrat hosts a four-week residential program affording art students and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy. Fred teaches Journalistic Drawing in Italy where students develop a series of on-site drawings in a sketchbook journal, based directly on their experiences living and traveling in Italy. They closely observe, document and comment on their investigations of various aspects of Italian life and culture. To view more of Fred’s work visit

Feb 7, 2012

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Marjorie Augenbraum was asked again this year to be one of the judges for St. Mary’s Star of the Sea’s (in Beverly) 15th annual Culturama event. The event is a school tradition where 7th and 8th graders choose a topic of interest from various subjects, write an 8 page research paper, prepare a 5 minute speech, design a tri-fold poster, and create a 3-D presentation. Community members from assorted professional backgrounds were chosen to judge the student’s work. The students, staff, faculty and community at St. Mary’s came together to celebrate the academic achievement of their students work that they had been creating since September, 2011!

This was the second year I was one of the judges, and once again I was impressed by the students,” said Augenbraum.

Judging by the quality of the student’s posters and 3-D visual aids, it is evident that there are strict and rigorous guidelines for the projects. Augenbraum found that the students were articulate and showed a high degree of curiosity and interest in the subject he or she had chosen. There was a wide range of subject matter. Among the students she spoke with, there was a thorough presentation on bottlenose dolphins, a survey of the founding and films of Pixar, and an investigation of medical research being conducted on sea creatures. Event Coordinator Evangeline Egizi‘s son Dante presented his Culturama project on Doomsday, 2012. A student who presented a fascinating study into the truth about energy drinks told Augenbraum that her level of consumption and that of a friend had changed as a direct result of her new knowledge!

Photo by Vinny Egizi
Feb 1, 2012

Montserrat faculty member Antoine Revoy, has been chosen as a Gold Medal inclusion to Graphis Magazine‘s Logo Design 8 Annual, which will be published later this year!

The objective of the contest was to design a simple and clear logo for a service allowing online payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet in euro currency. The logo’s design was based on the euro currency’s glyph. Click here to view the winning logo.

To see more of Antoine’s work visit his:
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Feb 1, 2012

Instructor Megan McNaught is in an exhibition of paintings and drawings entitled Agglomeration alongside artist Luke Buffenmeyer this February at NK Gallery in Boston Feb. 3 – 24. Opening Reception: Friday Feb. 3, 5 – 8 pm

Visit the NK Gallery site for more information.

Agglomeration merges MacNaught and Bufenmeyer’s individuality to create something bigger than themselves as a collaborative experiment to see what combining two different approaches to image making would yield.

McNaught’s work has been focused on formal issues of image making using strategies similar to game playing as building blocks to tap into her creativity.  Her tightly planned structures using repetitive pattern, mark making, and shapes result in a complexity that creates a dynamic geometry that takes on a life of its own.

NK Gallery
450 Harrison Ave. #61
Boston MA 02118
Gallery Hours: Wed- Sat 11 am – 4 pm

Jan 31, 2012

Asst. Prof. Stacy Thomas-Vickory juried the Lynn Arts On or Of Paper show on view from Jan. 31 – March 7

Gallery Opening: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 – 4pm in the Willow Community Gallery with live music courtesy of Vive La Renaissance.

Stacy received her BFA in Printmaking from Montserrat College of Art in 1991 and her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from SUNY at Buffalo. Her selected juried exhibitions include 30th Anniversary Show and 25 Years, 25 Artists, Montserrat College of Art; Mondo Tera Firma and Small in a Big Big World, The Cloister Gallery, Marblehead, MA; The Landscape Reconsidered: Collage, Assemblage & Montage, the Gibbs Gallery, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA (Fall, 2002). Her work is included in numerous private collections and in The New American Paintings Catalog, February 1998. She currently teaches Book Arts, Painting and Drawing, and Printmaking at Montserrat.

Jan 31, 2012

Congratulations to Graphic Design faculty Mary Bucci McCoy and Printmaking faculty Damian Cote who have both been awarded 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships for Painting and Drawing!

The MCC awarded 31 Artists in Drawing, Painting and Traditional Arts. Visit the MCC site to learn more:

The awards were anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 866 eligible applications were received; 317 in Drawing, 531 in Painting and 18 in Traditional Arts.

Click here to see full list of recipients.

Jan 19, 2012

This January, Montserrat’s new printmaking faculty member and artist Johnny Adimando will attempt and fail at the impossible: to reach the moon through conventional methods of paper folding and printmaking. At its apogee the Moon is about 406700 km from the Earth, while a single sheet of paper is about 0.01 cm high. It would take approximately 1,520,640,000 stacked pieces of paper to reach the Moon or a single sheet of paper folded on itself 42 times could reach the Moon’s surface.

Please join Johnny for a reception for his 16 ft printstallation in the newly renovated 17 Cox Gallery! RSVP on the Facebook Event Page!

TO THE MoON: Works on paper by Johnny Adimando
Curated by Montserrat’s Exhibitions Manager Lucas Spivey

Exhibit Dates: Jan. 23 – March 23
Opening Reception: Jan. 30, 5-7pm – First Quarter
Artist Talk with Johnny Adimando: Feb. 21, 5pm – New Moon
Montserrat’s Collective Performance Lab: March 7, 5-7pm – Full Moon

Johnny Adimando received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design where he currently instructs printmaking and critique. He currently resides in Providence, RI.

Johnny Adimando, Untitled (Moon Texture), 2011, silkscreen on paper, 6 x 8 inches
Jan 17, 2012

aculty Member Elizabeth Alexander has two openings coming up in February!

She will have works from Welder’s Daughter in the upcoming Border Line: The Craft of Fine Art group exhibition at The Mikhail Zakin Gallery at The Art School at Old Church in Emarest, NJ. The exhibit includes contemporary artists blurring the lines of traditional notions of art and craft.

Exhibit: Jan. 27 – Feb. 24
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6–8pm


Elizabeth will also have a sculpture and installation entitled Still Life: A Fabricator’s Banquet at the Dana Art Gallery in Wellesley, MA.

Exhibit: Feb. 13 – March 8
Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5-7:30pm

Elizabeth works in a number of mediums, taking everyday objects and turning them into sculptures of intrigue and beauty. Her work is focused on a blurring of reality, memory, and imagination which is achieved through intricate patterns of cutting, adding and taking away.

Elizabeth Alexander, "Helmet"
Jan 11, 2012

Assoc. Prof. Erin Dionne was featured in The Boston Globe West for her most recent novel Notes from an Accidental Band Geek!

Erin Dionne, Framingham (preteen novelist)
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek

What led up to this book: ‘‘I participated in marching band in high school and at Boston College. Being part of a school marching band is a bizarre experience that a lot of people don’t know about. After my first two books sold, my former editor said she would love it if someone wrote a novel set amidst a school marching band. While this book includes a lot of the experiences I had as part of a band, including marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which we did while I was at BC, it’s not a story about me. I played piccolo and flute; my main character plays brass. She’s standoffish and prickly and snobbish; I am not.’’

What’s in store for 2012: Dionne’s first project is to deliver her second child, due this month. After that, she’ll be completing her next age-group novel, scheduled for publication in 2013.

Click here to read the full article in The Boston Globe West!

Jan 11, 2012

Stay up to date with Art Critic and Montserrat Instructor Greg Cook’s articles and journal entries in The Boston Phoenix and The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research

Greg Cook Land’s Journal:

The Greg Cook Phoenix:

Jan 10, 2012

Assoc. Prof. Masako Kamiya‘s is among six other artists in the group exhibit entitled Japanation at Tobin Ohashi Gallery in Tokyo, Japan!

Exhibit Dates: Jan. 8 – Feb. 26
Artists Talk: Sunday, Jan. 22

The artists’ relaxing yet refreshing works are uniquely Japanese without resorting to stereotypical imagery. For more information on the show visit!

Jan 4, 2012

Illustration Instructor and alumnus Greg Orfanos ’01 has a show entitled ep.i.sod.ic at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT this month. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 5 at 5:30 pm and the exhibit runs through Friday, Jan. 27.

Greg is a mixed media artist that works primarily with acrylic paint and collage. Making pictures that tell stories has always been a running theme in Greg’s work. Though a narrative is always prominent in his paintings, it is often portrayed in a surreal and allegorical way. His images are a composite of his daily routine, forgotten memories, random thoughts and haunting dreams. Although Greg takes his education, art making and teaching very seriously, he does feel there is plenty of room for humor. His work is often embedded with a fascination of the bizarre, a bit of sarcasm and a tongue-in-cheek sensibility.

To learn more about Greg and his art visit

Greg Orfanos, “The Radiator Conversation”
Dec 23, 2011

December 21 review of exhibit at the Kingston Gallery by Cate McQuaid of The Boston Globe:

Mesmerizing colors
Boston painter Jennifer Moses spent a year at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico. Her new show at Kingston Gallery spotlights work she did there. The paintings teem with color, concentric lines, amoeba-like forms, and beams that radiate outward from the center. She populates “Spiderman’s Elbow’’ with striated puddles of colors that conjoin and wheel over the surface, bobbling over gray rays and bumping into loops. There’s a spinning quality to most of these works, a motion that never stops, but it’s not dizzying – it’s both expansive and centering.

Also up at Kingston, Rose Olson offers nuanced, luminous paintings on wood veneer, mounted on boxes that stand off the wall. Olson layers one transparent color over another. The wood grain remains visible, but showered with light. I especially like the pieces in which the color shifts are almost imperceptible, such as “Come and Go,’’ featuring broad bands of two pinks. She also uses straps of distinctively different color to contain areas of translucence – “Moving Mist’’ has thin bands of yellow and orange. But it’s the evanescent veils of hues that – like Kun’s references to the Hudson River School – evoke the sublime.

Dec 20, 2011

More than 35 Montserrat alumni recently contributed their works to the Guided by Gabin art exhibit at Brickbottom Gallery Dec. 2 – 4.

Guided by Gabin was an exhibition of work by one of Montserrat’s founding faculty member Prof. George Gabin’s former students, colleagues, artist friends and neighbors. Their work represented a celebration of Gabin’s influence and achievements. Proceeds of the sales went towards materials for Gabin’s show at the Chase Young Gallery in February 2012.

“His dedication was deeply inspiring to his students and his colleagues at Montserrat,” said Montserrat’s Dean of Faculty Laura Tonelli. “As one of his Montserrat colleagues once said, ‘No student who studied with George will ever forget him or his love of art.’”

In 1970, Gabin was one of eight artists who originally decided to start an art school on the North Shore, where he ended up serving as a professor of art at Montserrat from 1970-1998.

Michael Pratt, a former student of Gabin’s from 1987-1994 who helped organize the exhibit, explained that it was important to be able to give back to a professor who gave so much to his students. “George was not only a painter but a composer, and he worked tirelessly tuning us to be the best and to showcase our abilities,” he said. “It’s a great feeling that I was able to get people to band together for such a great cause.”

To read the full article about Guided by Gabin, which was on the front page of the The Beverly Citizen, visit

Dec 12, 2011

Travel + Leisure magazine quotes Montserrat Faculty Member and Boston art critic Greg Cook in their article on the “World’s Ugliest Public Art” in the online version of their Dec/2011 issue.

“Public art—even works we hate—should be given a chance. Years. Sometimes it takes a while for something to grow on you. Sometimes it takes a while just to figure something out.” – Greg Cook

Click here to read the full article. The article also appeared on the Huffington Post.

When you think of ugly public art, please think of our own Greg Cook!

The Hare—a Homage to Dürer, Nuremberg, Germany
Nov 30, 2011

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Bagenal’s report on the Venice Biennale is published in the most recent Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Nov/Dec 2011, Vol. 39, No. 3 issue.

The Venice Biennale has grown to enormous proportions, with the 2011 edition boasting eighty-nine national pavilions, the vast Arsenale, and numerous ancillary exhibitions. Despite the scale and varied quality of work on view, the Biennale remains one of the best opportunities to see contemporary art from all over the world. This review is a selective tour of some of the most memorable exhibitions, with a focus on work by young international artists who may not be well known in the United States. except from GLOBAL SPECTACLE: 2011 Venice Biennale by Caroline Bagenal

The most recent Afterimage is available at Montserrat’s Paul M. Scott Library where you can read Prof. Bagenal’s article in full.

Nov 30, 2011

On Nov. 15, Prof. Meredith Morten gave a presentation on her two year project that she is currently finishing up in Hungary called Project Terrain at American Corner Budapest in Corvinus University. Meredith spoke about creating work inspired by prehistoric artifacts and land forms in Hungary.

Also, on Nov. 2, Prof. Morten was interviewed as part of a news story on the Studio where she was in residence. The coverage aired on Nov.13 and is mostly in Hungarian, but there are snippets of English, images of her work, and a lot of scenes of the studio and ceramic art.

Click here to see the video! (Fast forward to 25:30 in the video and brush up on your Hungarian)

Prof Meredith Morten explaining where some of the work was done.
Nov 30, 2011

Art History Prof. Martha Buskirk will give a gallery talk on “Hans Haacke 1967” at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center on Thursday, December 1, 6-7 pm. She will be discussing Haacke’s early kinetic and system-based work (including such well-known pieces as his Condensation Cube and Grass Grows) in the context of an exhibition that revisits his 1967 solo show at MIT. For more information, click here.

In other professional news, Martha’s article on Tania Bruguera at Occupy Boston appeared recently in Artnet; her essay “Certifiable” was published in the catalogue for the touring exhibition “In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art” (currently on view at the KHOJ International Artists’ Association in Delhi); and her new book, Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace is forthcoming from Continuum in spring 2012.

Nov 30, 2011

Twelve of Prof. Rose Olson‘s recent paintings will be exhibited in a show entitled Doubles in the Members Gallery at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue #43, Boston, MA

Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 2, 5 – 8pm

Exhibition: Nov. 30, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012
Hours: Wed – Sun, noon – 5pm

The exhibit was curated and installed by Montserrat’s Exhibitions Manager, Lucas Spivey

Rose Olson, "Moving Mist," 2011, diptych, acryllic on Baltic birch veneer, 12 x 25 x 3"
Nov 23, 2011

Asst. Prof. Erin Dionne has made it on to the 2012 Texas Lone Star reading list for the second time in row! (which is an extremely rare thing to do) This year it’s for NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK. The list was put together by the Texas Library Association where 12 books were chosen to highlight in schools and public libraries for the coming year. Erin’s TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET made the list last year!

NOTES is a can’t-miss, genuinely fun middle-grade novel that brings out the inner band geek in all.

To view the complete 2012 Texas Lone Star List visit —>

Erin will discuss the writing, competitive marching band, and her new novel Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11:30am in the Paul M. Scott Library.

An eight-year veteran of polyester uniforms and football halftime shows, Erin transformed her marching band experiences into a humorous, chaotic coming-of-age story. Stop by the library to learn more about the novel, see embarrassing photos of Erin in uniform, and have treats!

Personalized books will be available for purchase for $12 in the library.
Nov 17, 2011

Prof. Martha Buskirk talks art, community, Occupy Boston, and the “Immigrant Movement International” art project in Tania Bruguera: ART & POLITICS AT OCCUPY BOSTON

Within the art world, the label of choice is “international,” referring to itinerant artists who move from project to project with a relative ease that stands in sharp contrast to the experience of those displaced by political or economic necessity. And the specific dynamics of each community leave open the question of whether it is indeed possible to forge a global immigrant identity.
– Martha Buskirk

Read full article at

Prof. Buskirk is the author of The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art (MIT Press, 2003) and Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace (forthcoming, Continuum, spring 2012).

Nov 16, 2011

Rhoda Rosenberg: Matrilineal Threads
Nov. 16, 2011 – Feb. 26, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Artist Talks: Dec. 7 at 12:30 p.m. & Jan. 22, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave, Framingham, MA

Rhoda Rosenberg’s exhibit is rooted from her loss of her mother, nostalgia from memories, and her family of women. Rosenberg’s artistic lineage may be complex, but it’s tightly knit, an absolute link to a wider understanding of her past and present.

Learn more at

Nov 16, 2011

HallSpace, a gallery in Boston specifically for artists not affiliated with a commercial gallery, was created by Asst. Prof. John Colan, chair of Graphic Design. Montserrat Prof. Meredith Morten and Prof. Rob Roy, along with several other Montserrat faculty and alumni, are among the artists that have displayed their work at HallSpace.

“John is as well as being a talented artist truly one of the nicest people I have ever come in contact with. John’s HALLSPACE Gallery is one of the cooler galleries to hangout in Boston.” -Charles Edward Powers

Read the review at The Boston Globe!

Upcoming Show: Gerry Perrino Syntactic Structures
Dec. 3 – Jan. 14, Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3-6 p.m.

Oct 31, 2011

This past summer, Lincoln Arts Project (LAP) went to a discussion at Montserrat featuring start-up spaces, DIY galleries, and collectives. Initiated by Aaron Colantti from St.Paul MN, Idea Factory focused on starting, running, and maintaining start-up spaces. They enjoyed it so much that they decided to create a second installment discussion, Idea Factory 2.0, at LAP, which coincided with their October Bostonia Collectives show, curated by Fish McGill. The discussion, which took place Oct. 20th, focused on maintaining younger artists within the Boston Art Scene.

The panel of speakers included Montserrat’s Graphic Design Instructor Mary Bucci McCoy from the Kingston Gallery, Exhibitions Manager Lucas Spivey, and alumnus Bradford Rusick ’08, who both represented 17 Cox, Artist/Writer Caleb Neelon, Adam Moskowitz (YES.OUI.SI), Elliott Anderson (LAP Gallery), and Pat Falco (LAP & Distillery Gallery).

Oct 27, 2011

As part of the Peabody Institute Library’s Groundbreaking American Poetry Series, faculty member Dawn Paul will present a lecture and discussion on Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Collected Sonnets Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, MA Registration required. Click here for more information.

Dawn’s Lecture was also featured in The Salem News Calendar.

Oct 12, 2011

AnnieLauri Erikson, adjunct faculty in the photography and video department, takes part in The 22nd Drawing Show entitled “Residue” along with 15 other artists at Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, MA. The Opening Reception takes place Friday, Oct. 14th, 6 – 8 pm. The show will remain on display through Nov. 27th. There will be a Curatorial Talk: Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6 – 8 pm.

“Drawing is about residue. A drawing is the trace left behind. Leaving behind traces, drawing life, drawing is residue. Graphite on paper, pigment on stone. Hatred, love compassion, anger, grace – these also leave tracks behind. Residue examines the tracks left behind.” – Residue’s Curator

Oct 6, 2011
Former foundations faculty member, Damon Lehrer, announces October exhibition “National Figures” with an Opening Reception to be held Oct. 7th, 6 – 9 pm at William Scott Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, #65, in Boston.  The show will run through October 29.

National Figures intends to open a conversation about the overlap between fine art and illustration, comics and classical sensibilities, traditional and hip-hop aesthetics, and the religious and the vulgar. Questions of purpose, technique, and taste all inform the way we categorize images. The pictures collected will challenge those categories by juxtaposing paintings and drawings from very different worlds, in order to allow an examination of their close kinship, and their diverging concerns.

The show features nationally known artists, including the shows curators, Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry.

Oct 5, 2011

The YouTube VideoFest will take place Friday Oct. 7th 7 – 9 pm at Odd Fellows Hall in Beverly. The footage includes a selection of videos, curated by critic, artist, and faculty member Greg Cook, The selections demonstrate how cell phones, the Internet, and other technologies have created what have been called our first YouTube wars. These forms of communication, not only allow immediate connections between troops and loved ones back home, but also new ways for Americans and our enemies to disseminate on-the-ground information directly from the war zone. A conversation with Greg Cook will follow the screening at Oddfellows Hall, 197 Cabot St., Beverly, 2nd Floor, Room 201.

Greg Cook, "Telephone"
Oct 5, 2011

Montserrat student Lindsey Desrosiers and Illustration Professor Fred Lynch share their drawing from this summer’s study abroad trip to Viterbo, along with many others who participated in the program.

Each July, Montserrat hosts a four-week residential program affording art students and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy. This past summer, Montserrat traveled to Viterbo, Italy.

The drawings are from a Journalistic Drawing in Italy course, taught by Prof. Lynch, where students developed a series of images in a sketchbook journal, based on their experiences in Italy. Students closely observed, documented, and commented on their investigations of various aspects of Italian life and culture. Classes were held in the Accademia di Belli Arte in Viterbo, about 90 minutes north of Rome.

Visit the Drawing Viterbo Blog to view more drawings!

Oct 4, 2011

Massachusetts College of Art and Design to host a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 pm with pioneers in the field of online arts education, including Associate Professor Blyth Hazen, Sharon Butler, Robert Gerst, Jennifer Hall, and Karen Kurczynski.

Blyth will discuss how she manages and uses Moodle courseware for her courses, freshmen seminars, and several other faculty initiatives. Blyth coordinates and teaches in the Animation + Interactive Media Program at Montserrat. She received her BA from Austin College, Sherman, Texas and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has a background in painting and technical theatre and has been working with digital media since the mid-1980s. Her work has been exhibited at the deCordova Museum, the Danforth Museum, and the Mills Gallery. Each panelist will begin with a brief presentation of their experience teaching online, with discussion to follow.

Guests are welcome to arrive at 6:00 pm for light refreshments and socializing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 11th floor, Tower Building, Trustees Room. Visit Massachusetts College of Art and Design for more information about Thursday's Panel Discussion.

Sep 29, 2011

Photography and Video Professor Ron DiRito will be presenting a panel discussion on photography alongside Jim Fitts and Larry Volk on ‘The Changing Landscape of Photography’ Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4:15 at the Marblehead Arts Association. The discussion follows the opening reception of the October photography exhibit ‘It Started in a Camera’.
The reception starts at 2 pm is free and open to the public.

Before coming to Montserrat College of Art, Ron DiRito worked as a freelance photographer for various newspapers, magazines and photo agencies. His photographs have appeared in periodicals around the world, including Time, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair, L’Espresso, Paris Match, and the World & I.  As an artist Ron has also received numerous awards for his photography, including: a New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship in Photography; a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Photography; a Visual Arts Fellowship in Photography from the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs. His work is exhibited nationally and is held in many public and private collections. In 2001 he was awarded the Carlos Dorrien Faculty Excellence Award for teaching at Montserrat College of Art.

For more information on the exhibit visit the MAA!

Sep 27, 2011

Foundation Instructor Adria Arch will be exhibiting “Brain Storm” at Bromfield Gallery from October 5th – 29th.

“Doodles aren’t meant for anyone to see,” she says. “I love that naked, unpretentious, unselfconscious line.” The doodles began appearing in Arch’s work in 2008. Newer pieces feature painted, ribbon-like paper scrolls that curve and curl right off of the wall. The spills and doodles share an accidental, animated quality that Arch finds compelling and universal.

Check out Bromfield Gallery!

Opening receptions:
Friday, October 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 9, 2 – 5 pm
Artist talk: 4 pm

For more information on this exhibit, click here!

Sep 26, 2011

Sculpture professor Meredith Morten is on leave this semester, creating work at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét Hungary. She received a grant from CEC ArtsLink to complete Terrain, a two year project.

In early September, she had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Gareth Mason, master potter from the UK. Workshop participants included 7 Hungarians, a Romanian and an American. Six of the participants were fine arts students from the University of Sopron near the Austrian border. The others were practicing artists. “It was great to be a student again working along side the students from Hungary,” said Meredith. “When language difficulties arose, performance or sketching or a pocket dictionary became the mode of communication. The students were very much like Montserrat students – fabulous! Many laughs, hard work, and clay everywhere!”

Meredith Morten will also be giving presentations about her project and her life as an American artist at American Corners in several Hungarian cities. American Corners is an initiative of the US Department of State. American Corners are centers located in many countries and established for the purpose of promoting cultural exchange. Meredith’s first talk will take place on October 4 in Debrecen near the Romanian border. More information can be found here, and on Facebook.

Sep 21, 2011

Asst. Prof. Sarah Smith, Book Arts Coordinator, has one of her books in the Capital Works Show at Asheville Bookworks in Asheville, NC, curated by Eileen Wallace.

Grand Opening Reception and Awards
Friday, Sept. 23, 6 – 9 pm
Open House and Demonstrations
Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 – 5 pm

This is the 7th year that BookOpolis has showcased contemporary book arts & original prints. BookOpolis is a weekend event displayed in the BookWorks Gallery. The weekend opens with a grand reception and unveiling on Friday evening. On Saturday, BookOpolis remains on view with an open house demonstrating the unique tools of the trade associated with papermaking, letterpress printing, book binding, and printmaking. Visitors can meet with artists and participate in guided projects. After the BookOpolis weekend, a selection of work juried from the full submission of artists’ books and prints, including Sarah Smith’s, will remain on display in the BookWorks Gallery in the Capital Works Show through Nov. 28.

To learn more about BookOpolis and the Capital Works Show, visit the BookOpolis website

Sep 20, 2011

“Forget calling it the Garden City. With the overwhelming number of art exhibits scheduled for viewing in Beverly, it might as well be renamed the Art City.”

Montserrat’s “For the Record” and faculty members Lauri Chertok and Barbara Moody “Pieces” were featured in The Beverly Citizen. To view Beverly Citizen’s full article about the flourishing art in Beverly, click here!

In conjunction with the “For the Record” exhibition, will be a Symposium, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, which is a two-day event with a variety of speakers from across the country. Key note speaker is critic and author Robert Storr. Other participants are artist James O’Neil, author Susanne Slavick, photographer Nina Berman, culture scholar Steven Dubin, and social historian Gordon Arnold. Included is a screening of Sebastian Junger’s documentary film Restrepo.
The event is free, but requires registration. Register Today!

Also, The Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham is currently displaying “Pieces,” which features the unique work of faculty member’s Lauri Chertok and Barbara Moody through Friday, Nov. 4

Sep 19, 2011

Erin Dionne has found her voice with another feel-good, funny story about a young girl following in her family’s footsteps but marching to the beat of her own drum.

Erin Dionne is an assistant professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat, where she teaches freshman comp, lit classes, and some creative writing electives. When not actively promoting her writing with her great humor and enthusiastic understanding of the miseries and magic of middle school, Erin reminisces about her days in high school and college marching band.

For more information about Erin, her books, and to read a Q&A followed by an excerpt from her newest novel, click here:

NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK is a can’t-miss, genuinely fun middle-grade novel that brings out the inner band geek in all.

By Erin Dionne
ISBN: 9780803735644

Dial Books for Young Readers
$16.99 / Ages 10 & up

Sep 19, 2011

Faculty Members Colleen Michaels, Erin Dionne, and Dawn Paul Join This Year’s Salem Literary Festival:

Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels‘ panel “My Poetry Crush” will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 3 pm, at The Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA

Do you have a poetry crush? In the panel four writers will share (more like “gush”) and briefly discuss the poems of their cherished “crush.” Panelists will also share their own works which have been influenced or inspired by their chosen writer.

Featured panelists are: Colleen Michaels, curator of The Improbable Places Poetry Tour; January O’Neil, author of Underlife; Rusty Barnes, editor of Night Train and author of Redneck Poems; and hip-hop-poet Walnut ‘Da Lyrical Geni’ whose most recent album ‘Love is in your Face’ is now available. Jennifer Jean, author of Fishwife, will facilitate.

Creative Writing Faculty Erin Dionne will be sitting on two panels. The first is the Young Adult Authors panel and the second is for her participation in the anthology, DEAR BULLY (Harper Collins, 2011). Both will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25.

To view more about the panelists, including Colleen Michaels, Erin Dionne, and Dawn Paul, view their full bios here.

Salem’s 2011 Literary Festival will take place Sept. 23-25 throughout downtown Salem, MA

Sep 13, 2011

Art History Faculty Caroline Bagenal‘s essay “Ravishing Beauty: The Aesthetics of Rape in Grace Ndiritu’s Video Desert Storm” was published in Vol. 39 of Afterimage, the Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.

Link to essay:

Caroline also has a sculpture featured in the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art: Selected Works from the Boston Sculptors Gallery, on view September 10 – October 19, 2011. For more info, click here.

Sep 8, 2011

Staff member Lauri Chertok, Prof. Barbara Moody, and alumnus Giles Larouche ’81 are among 12 artists chosen to exhibit their 2-D and 3-D work in “Pieces,” a group show filled with collage and assemblage.

We’ve selected 12 outstanding artists who create  2-D and 3-D collages with a wide range of approaches in scale, media, format, and content.  We are beginning to visit artists in their studios to select work for the exhibit.  Simi Berman, Sheila Boss-Concannon, Barbara Moody, Karen Watson, Laurie K. Brown, Brett Angell, Ann P. Smith, Lauri Chertok, Donna Catanzaro, Giles Laroche, Donald McIntosh, Ann McCrea. The exhibit will open on September 4 and continue through November 4.

Gallery Della-Piana
152: Rear Main Street, Rt. 1A, Wenham MA

Sep 7, 2011

Faculty members Caroline Bagenal, Julia Shepley, and Marilu Swett are exhibiting in “Selected Works from the Boston Sculptors Gallery”
Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire
September 10 – October 19, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 5-7 pm

Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH

Artwork, clockwise from left: Marilu Swett, “INTERIOR,” cast dyed urethane rubber; Caroline Bagenal, “House of Words,” 2010, newspaper and book; Julia Shepley, “ACCESS #1″
Sep 6, 2011

Judith Brassard Brown, Mary Bucci McCoy, Barbara Moody, and Rose Olson will be showing in the Kingston Gallery 

Annual Members’ Exhibition.
Aug. 31 – Oct. 2
, 2011
First Friday Opening Reception: Sept. 9, 5:30 – 8 pm

450 Harrison Ave., Boston

Hours: Wed – Sun, 12 – 5 pm or by appointment 617-423-4113

Open Studios Weekend Sept. 17 – 18, extended hours 11 am – 6 pm

Clockwise from Left: Rose Olsen, “Ring of Gold”; Judith Brassard Brown, “XMarks”; Mary Bucci Mc Coy, “Sleeper”; Barbara Moody, “Not Still”
Sep 6, 2011

SouthwestArt Magazine – 21 Under 31 Competition

Illustration Faculty Rob Rey's painting, “House Mouse,” has been selected for SouthwestArt Magazine’s annual competition, 21 Under 31. Every year the magazine selects 21 artists under the age of 31 and recommends that collectors and enthusiasts start watching them. The competition and my painting appear in the current, September issue of this year, so take a look if you find yourself near a newsstand or have a subscription!

21 Under 31 SouthwestArt Magazine Spread; Rob Rey, “House Mouse,” oil, 14 x 11
Aug 10, 2011

The Montserrat community would like to congratulate new Illustration faculty member Rob Rey for his Honorable Mention from the Oil Painters of America. His work was displayed in their first Online Showcase for summer 2011. Rey has his B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and will be teaching Narrative Figure Drawing this fall.

The OPA Online Showcase is a quarterly art competition available for OPA Members.

Click below to view the other showcased work:

Aug 10, 2011

Congratulations to sculpture faculty member Elizabeth Alexander on the review of her Bromfield Show. She will be showing in the exhibition Home Sweet Home in the Montserrat Gallery later this year.

Click here to view article.

Jul 18, 2011

Faculty member Masako Kamiya has an exhibit in Japan this summer.

July 23, 2011 – August 28, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, Jul 23 15:00 to 19:00
Open until 21:00 during Tokyo Art Fair

Tobin Ohashi Gallery
1-4 Nihonbashi Yokoyama-cho, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 103-0003 JAPAN
Tel: 03-5695-6600/ +813-5695-6600

Jul 12, 2011

The latest issue of ARTSCOPE MAGAZINE, in print, is featuring the Gallery Della-Piana on the cover, the Editor’s page, and a large article treview by Managing Editor Brian Goslow. According to Elissa, “Brian was a visitor to the show, Points of Departure,  but made a point to come back up and really get a perspective of the gallery, which he said to me was a ‘gateway’ to the further north art gallery groups.

He highlights quite a few artists in the current show, “Down to the Sea”, that include Montserrat people, and the very young, the mature, the self-taught, and the highly professional…he loves our style. I’m so proud!”

Pick up a copy at most art centers and galleries, or see it on line for partial articles plus cover view.

Click here for a view.

Jul 11, 2011

Art History faculty member Esther Tornai Thyssen is included in the fifth annual juried exhibition at the Grossman Gallery of the SMFA titled “affairs of the art. “This is a particularly exciting event for me, since it has been inspiration from my students and fellow faculty at Montserrat that prompted me to make art rather than look at art and talk about art.  I had the privilege to work with master printmaker and faculty at Montserrat and at SMFA, Rhoda Rosenberg.”

“affairs of the art”
is open June 23-July 8, Monday-Thursday 11-7 and Friday 10-5


Esther Tornai Thyssen
Jun 20, 2011

MFA’s men’s room turns sudden gallery
Artists’ surprise exhibit timed to one 40 years ago
June 16, 2011|By Geoff Edgers, Globe Staff

At about 7:03 last night, Chris Krohn, a tourist from Santa Cruz, Calif., did a double take as he entered a men’s room at the Museum of Fine Arts. There were crowds of people gathered outside, in the doorway and inside: men, women, some with cameras. “What bathroom is this?’’ Krohn asked. Read more…

Rob Guillemin (left) hung some of his father Bob’s (center) artwork in the men’s room of the MFA as curator and organizer Greg Cook looked on during their surprise exhibition last night. (Aram Bog
Jun 16, 2011

Faculty member David Bligh will be in the show “New Prints 2011/Summer Selected by Trenton Doyle Hancock.”
On view June 9 – July 29, 2011.

International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, Rm 5A
New York, NY 10001

Gallery Hours Tues.-Sat. 11 am – 6 pm
July Hours Mon.- Fri. 11 am – 6 pm

Artwork: Time and Space by David Blight

May 24, 2011

Elissa Della-Piana Day!
On Sunday, May 22nd, the Montserrat community came together to celebrate Elissa Della-Piana, Associate Professor and founder of the Illustration Department, upon her retirement from teaching after 35 years. Elissa commences a new creative chapter, focusing on her activities as a curator at the Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham, Ma and as a professional illustrator. Dean Laura Tonelli and Professor Fred Lynch lauded Elissa’s many achievements;  President Stephen D. Immerman presented a proclamation from the mayor of Beverly, denoting May 22nd as “Elissa Della Piana Day.”  Scores of former and current students filled the Montserrat Gallery and stepped up to the microphone in a steady succession, to tell their favorite stories and memories of Elissa’s teaching. “Love every line you make, like they’re your children” remembered one student. Also in attendance were founding faculty George Gabin, Dennis Sweeney and Reno Pisano. Following the public reception, the Immermans hosted a dinner in their Salem home for Elissa and her closest friends. Fortunately Elissa will not stray far from Beverly;  she can be found at the Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham, where her summer show “Down to the Sea” opens this Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Please visit the blog for more celebration photos.

Photo caption: Alumni and students celebrate with Elissa.
Front row, left to right: Cheryl Polcaro, Zucco, Assoc. Prof. Elissa Della-Piana, Delani Quintal, Chelsea Sams, and Samantha Romage; Middle row, left to right: Jennifer Perry, Jacky Must, Denny Roy, Gabrielle Pisano, Christy Martinez, Amy Rodriguez, Valerie Toukatly, Melissa Poussart, Judy Muscaro, and Lillie Bryan-Perkins; Top row, left to right: Laura Dasilva, Peter Bergamo, Matt Newton, Thomas Polcaro, Adam Miller, David Ferreira, Paul Demakes, Greg Orfanos, and Chris Parent

Alumni and students celebrate with Elissa
May 23, 2011

Prof. Judy Brassard Brown at Art Complex Museum in Duxbury

May 1 – September 4, 2011

Back Forty

A selection of artists who have shown here over the last forty years:  Sandra Allen, Joel Babb, Phyllis Berman, Judith Brassard Brown, Walter Crump, Nick Edmonds, Beth Galston, Alfred Glover, Marsha Goldberg, Chris Gustin, Linda Huey, Judy Bergman Hochberg, Lance Keimig, Peter Madden, Joyce McDaniel, Rob Millard-Mendez, Phyllis Palmer, Lois Tarlow and Malcolm Wright.

The Art Complex Musuem in Duxbury
189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02332-3801, (781) 934-6634

"Sutri Hillside," mixed media, 2011
May 23, 2011

Barbara Moody
"s y m m e t r e e"

Opening Reception Friday, June 3, 2011, 5 - 7:30 pm
Hours: Weds-Sun 12 - 5 pm

Kingston Gallery Members Gallery
450 Harrison Ave. #43, Boston, MA 01228
617-423-4113 •

Artist’s statement
For years, while making paintings, I’ve been taking photographs of thickets of branches, tangles of ropes, fur, and piles of debris.  For this exhibition, I have manipulated these images into kaleidoscopic photo-collages to create intricate webs, unusual patterns, and disorienting space. This new photographic work connects my three obsessions: linear complexity, simultaneous representation and abstraction, and transforming the natural world.

May 23, 2011

A selection of faculty member Greg Cook’s photos of Bread and Puppet Theater from the past three years are featured with an article by Caleb Neelon about the Vermont troupe in the June issue of Juxtapoz magazine. The photos are part of an art project I’ve been doing for more than a decade now documenting public community spectacles across the region.

May 19, 2011

Prof. Rose Olson has seven paintings in a four person exhibit, titled Reaching for the Sky: 4 Artists Working with Color at the Hutson Gallery, 432 Commercial street, Provincetown, MA.

The exhibit opens Friday, May 20 and is showing until June 17, 2011.
Please call 508.487.0915 or go to for more details.

Artwork: Rose Olson, Ring of Gold, 2011, acrylic on birds-eye maple veneer, 35″ x 22″

May 18, 2011

Faculty members Rose Olson, Stacy Thomas-Vickory and Alumna Kathy Gerdon Archer in Danforth Museum Show "Off the Wall"

Sun., June 12 -  Sun., August 7

Patron Preview: : Saturday, June 11 from 7 – 9 pm

About Off the Wall Juried Exhibition

Each year the Danforth’s Off the Wall Juried Exhibition showcases new and exciting contemporary work created by artists living and working in New England. Juried by renowned curators, the show communicates a unique curatorial vision, and has been reviewed in Art New England, artscope, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix and in numerous on-line publications. It also receives wide-spread attention from curators and gallery owners, and is visited by a growing number of collectors who have the opportunity to purchase original work. This Years Juror:  Susan L. Stoops, currently Curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum, is a recognized authority on international art of the past decade.  In 2008 she received an award for curatorial excellence from the New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for her work on Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child.  Prior to joining WAM, Stoops served as Curator at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

May 17, 2011

Tim Harney's work is included in  "Matter, Medium and Meaning", A Contemporary Still Life Show at The Copley Society of Art in Boston. The Exhibition runs from May 19 - June 28, 2011. 

"Still Life with Old Flowers and Toy Horn," acrylic/ wood panel, 24" x 24"
May 11, 2011

Art Education Instructor Charlie Allen‘s work from Italy 2010: OLD HILLS – NEW MARKS will be at the Marblehead Arts Association at 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, MA from June 4 – June 26, 2011

Artist Reception: Sunday, June 5, 2-4 pm

Gallery Hours:
Tues-Fri & Sun: Noon – 5pm
Saturday: 10-5pm
(or by appointment)
Call 781.631.2608 or email for more info!

May 10, 2011

Painting Instructor Ian Factor sends along some updates about what he’ll be up to in spring. Many details, images and more specifics of the below info can be found on the News / Events page of his website, recently re-designed and updated:

A couple of highlights from Ian’s newsletter: “Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th I’ll be teaching a 2 day Plein Air Painting Workshop, and Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th I’ll be teaching a 2 day Portrait Painting Workshop at the Cape Cod Museum Of Art in Dennis MA. Click links for the details, description and to sign up. Space is limited so don’t delay!  It’ll be a wonderful and educational experience. Come join us!

“I’ve been invited as a visiting artist to have a Solo Exhibition of Figurative and Portrait Work at the Marblehead Arts Association in Marblehead MA. The tentative dates are November 5th -27th, 2011, with an opening on Sunday Nov. 6th from 2-4pm. I’ll also be teaching a mid-month workshop and doing a demo in conjunction with the exhibition. As the dates get closer and we confirm everything I’ll be sending out another announcement with all the details. In the meantime, here’s the website for info about the MHAA.”

Visit his website to see more events, and be sure to check them out!

May 10, 2011

From The Salem News
SEmD Amanda McGregor:

Students and their families gathered at The House of the Seven Gables on Thursday night to celebrate their graduation from Salem CyberSpace.

Stephen Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, addressed the students.

Of the 11 students who graduated from the program, one will attend Bucknell University on a four-year scholarship, one will attend Endicott College, one will attend Montserrat, and the eight others will enroll at North Shore Community College, according to Linda Saris, director of Salem CyberSpace.

The graduates, who are all seniors at Salem High School, are Ashley Colon, Ryan Frias, Aurora McNeill, Sandra Castillo, Carol Verdejo, Scarlett Gonzalez, Katheryn Toribio, Sharon Martinez, Madelin Cueto, Vladimir Aguasvivas and Rose-Berline Pauleus.

Salem CyberSpace provides computer literacy and college readiness services, among other programs, to low-income youths.

Other local officials who attended the graduation include Congressman John Tierney, Rep. John Keenan and Mayor Kim Driscoll — all Salem Democrats. The event was sponsored by Microsoft, GT Solar, Salem Five and NESI.

Apr 27, 2011

On April 30th at 3pm, Professor Thorpe Feidt will give an overview of Montserrat’s founding with attention given to its early teachers, including Alfred Czerepak.

Czerepak will be exhibiting his work at the Museum through May 29. A focus tour will be given of his work led by his former student Trina Smith on March 19th at 11am. For more information about Al Czerepak and his work, please see this post.

For more details about the events, visit the Cape Ann Museum’s exhibits page here!

Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant St
Gloucester MA

Apr 27, 2011

Sculpture Professor Meredith Morten has won an award from CEC Artslink Projects, allowing her to travel to Hungary for a three-month residency in fall 2011 at the International Ceramics Studio where she will be creating work for a Aug-Oct 2012 solo exhibition at the Gorka Ceramics Museum in Veroce, Hungary. Geza Gorka is one of Hungary’s leading ceramists of the 20th Century. It was said of Gorka’s ceramics, “The clay in Gorka’s hand is an instrument and material through which to express harmony, majesty and profound humanitarian thoughts.” The museum is his former homestead and studio. Meredith says she is “honored to show my work in the museum that houses the collection of this notable artist.”

“My project involves returning to Hungary to create a body of work that draws inspiration from the archaeology and landmass of the Great Hungarian Plain,” Morten said, “I will be in residence at the International Ceramics Studio for three months. An invitation from a lead archaeologist at the National Hungarian Museum has been obtained for accessing excavation sites on the Plain for inspiration. I will give talks about my work and life as an American artist and professor at the American Corners in Budapest and Debrecen. American Corners is an initiative of the US Department of State and overseen by the Fulbright Commission. The programs are well attended by youths and adults, Hungarians, ex-patriots (US), and other internationals. The work I complete at the Studio will be stored for a solo exhibition scheduled for August – October 2012.”

Congratulations Meredith!

Apr 27, 2011

Back Forty:

A selection of artists who have shown here over the last forty years:  Sandra Allen, Joel Babb, Phyllis Berman, Judith Brassard Brown, Walter Crump, Nick Edmonds, Beth Galston, Alfred Glover, Marsha Goldberg, Chris Gustin, Linda Huey, Judy Bergman Hochberg, Lance Keimig, Peter Madden, Joyce McDaniel, Rob Millard-Mendez, Phyllis Palmer, Lois Tarlow and Malcolm Wright.

Exhibition Dates: May 1 – September 4, 2011
Reception: Sunday, May 22, 1:30 – 3:00

AT the Art Complex Musuem in Duxbury
189 Alden Street
Duxbury, MA 02332-3801
(781) 934-6634

Judith Brassard Brown, Sutri Hillside, mixed media, 2011
Apr 25, 2011

A two-day intensive workshop for faculty, staff and alumni, directed by Gabrielle Keller

Prepping for Online Submissions of Your Work

From shooting and prepping your images to how to address the various methods required by competitions, galleries, institutions, and grant foundations. Bring 2-3 samples of your work. You do not have to bring a camera.

Faculty, Staff, Alumni:
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
9:30 am – 4:00 pm (30-minute lunch break)
Room H-209 (photo lab)

If you would like to participate, please contact Marjorie Augenbraum at (978) 921-4242, ext. 1603

Apr 19, 2011

Professor Barbara Moody’s solo show of new paintings, Nature: An Intimate Gaze, will be held at the Albright Gallery in Concord, MA from May 10- July 10, 2011.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 12th, from 6-8 pm.
See the gallery website for directions and more details

Barbara will also be having a smaller solo show in the member’s section of the Kingston Gallery in Boston from June 1-26, 2011. The opening reception for this show is Friday, June 3 from 5:00-7:30 pm. See

Detail: "Eco-observation"
Apr 13, 2011

Rhoda Rosenburg (printmaking) earned a Four-Year Certificate at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art ('66), a BFA at Temple University ('76), and an MFA in Printmaking at the Museum School/Tufts University ('81). She has participated in various shows, including Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; National Traveling Book Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and a faculty/student show at 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. She has won numerous awards and grants, including the Cresson European Traveling Award (finalist for Printmaking and Drawing) and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was a visiting artist at the Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a panelist/juror in works on paper for the New England Foundation for the Arts. She recently had a solo exhibition at Danforth Museum, "The Shape of Memory".

The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery is located at:
Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA
For more information call 978-685-2343 or visit

"Nate's Shards", drypoint, woodcut, carborundum intaglio, 22x30", 2010
Apr 12, 2011

Mark Hoffmann has been selected as the new,  full-time faculty member in Illustration and Animation.

Mark earned a BFA in Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and a MA in Visual Design at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and worked for seven years as a professional illustrator and animator. He has taught for over ten years at New Hampshire Institute of Art and here at Montserrat, where, in January 2011, he achieved the rank of Assistant Professor. In the eyes of the Search Committee, Mark’s unique combination of skills in both the illustration and animation fields, his energy and ideas for how to grow this “start-up” concentration, his strong personal work, and his passion for teaching undergraduate artists made him the best candidate for this position.

Congratulations, Mark!  Thanks also to all of you who participated and a special thanks to the search committee members (Fred, Masako, Ron, Blyth, Elissa and Jenn) for their sustained energy during this year-long process.

Apr 12, 2011

Greg Cook‘s satirical call for a pro-business mural to replace the labor history mural that Maine Governor Paul LePage removed from the Maine Department of Labor last month because he believed it was too “one-sided” was reported on nationally by on March 31 and the Huffington Post today:

Also, in a March 29 essay for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanites blog “The Public Humanist,” Dan Blask of the Massachusetts Cultural Council called my online art magazine, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, a “smart, irreverent, quick-on-the-draw visual arts criticism and news resource.”

Apr 12, 2011
Erin Dionne is going to be appearing live on Providence’s Fox affiliate, WPRI, next week to discuss writing and her books on their morning show, The Rhode Show.

Date of air: Tuesday, April 12th
Time: somewhere between 8-8:30am

The segment will be archived on their website:

Apr 1, 2011

An Artists’ reception for Massachusetts Artists 2011: Contemporary Art, which includes 3 of Prof. Rose Olson’s larger paintings, is scheduled for this Sunday, from 2 – 4 pm at the Brush Gallery, 256 Market Street, Lowell. The show continues Tues. – Sat.,  11-4, Sun 12-4 until April 30.  This exhibit was juried by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Rose is very pleased to be included as one of 32 artists whose work was chosen.

Please join us. For more details call 978-459-7819 or visit

Artwork: Rose Olson, Twilight Silver, 2010, 45" x 30" x 2"

Apr 1, 2011

Please join me in celebrating the following great news!

Spectrum 18 the premier annual juried international professional showcase of “Fantastic Arts” were announced recently and Montserrat Illustration will be very well represented! Spectrum selects the best art of the Book, Game, Animation, Comics, Horror and Fantasy Genres. It is the professional standard bearer.

Chosen this year from the hundreds and hundreds of entries:

Senior CORINNE REID! (a huge honor for a student!)

Faculty member ANTOINE REVOY! (This is his first semester teaching at Montserrat!)

Future Faculty ROB REY! (Just yesterday, he was a guest artist at Montserrat! He’s teaching Narrative Figure Drawing in the Fall)

and JOE QUINONES (A teacher in the Illustration Department for the past few years… now too busy to teach!)

The book will come out later in the year. See the list of winners at


Senior CORINNE REID who was also selected for Creative Quarterly 23, an international survey of the best professional and student work of art and design. Corinne was one of only three students selected. On newsstands this Summer! (Corinne was also a runner-up with another piece!) Visit

Fred Lynch
Professor, Chair of Illustration, Montserrat College of Art


Mar 28, 2011

Montserrat College of Art faculty member Sarah Smith with some of the prints being exhibited in the show she curated, On Tour: Letterpress Gig Posters.

Staff Reports
Beverly Citizen

Through April 8, Montserrat College of Art Gallery will exhibit On Tour: Letterpress Gig Posters, featuring the prints of Hatch Show Print, Yee Haw Industries, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., and Hammer Press, at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m., and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

In connection with the exhibit, the film “Proceed and Be Bold,” a documentary about Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., will be screened from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Room 201 of the Odd Fellows Building, 194 Cabot St. The screening will be followed by “Contemporary Cocktail,” a conversation between Kennedy and Sarah Smith, the Montserrat College of Art faculty member who is curating the show, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the third floor student lounge, 23 Essex St.

For more information, visit

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Mar 22, 2011

Prof. Meredith Morten has an exhibit  “re:Strata” on view at HallSpace, 950 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, through April 16. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, noon-5 pm and Monday-Thursday by appointment.

The work is a series of sculptures Morten created while living and working in Hungary on the Great Hungarian Plain, an area rich with archeological deposits from the late Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages. Her trip, study and work were enabled by a Fulbright Scholarship in 2009.

Click here to view the re:Strata catalog (pdf)

Mar 21, 2011

Professor Gordon Arnold was quoted in the article “Why Unions Hurt Higher Education” in USAToday. He mentions that he does not agree with the writer, but it is nonetheless “an interesting piece.” Be sure to check it out!

Mar 9, 2011

March 10 – April 2, 2011, Reception March 12, 3 – 6 pm

Curated by Setheyny Pen, “Seeing in Color” focuses on color exploration with innovative techniques and through a range of individual expression and symbolism. Created by five artists, they wrap around the walls of the gallery to create a mesmerizing and electric atmosphere.  The artists in “Seeing in Color” use color explicitly to achieve very different ends. Their paintings vary in temperament from animated to somber. Their surfaces range from thin glazes to thick impastos.

Featured artists include:
Assoc. Prof. Diane Ayott

Instructor Mary Bucci McCoy
Prof. Rose Olson
Alumna and CE Instructor Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda ’05

119 Gallery
119 Chelmsford St.,
Lowell, MA 01851

Paintings (clockwise from left) by Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, Diane Ayott, Rose Olson and Mary Bucci-McCoy
Feb 24, 2011

Montserrat faculty member Erin Dionne will be celebrating the paperback release of her second novel, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet (Penguin/Dial Books) on Sunday, February 27th, at 1:30pm at Panache Coffee (Rte 9 East, in the Ski Market complex) in Framingham. Events will include a book sale and signing, reading, origami lessons and photos with Shakespeare.

The event marks a natural collaboration between the author and the locally-owned business. “I do most of my writing at Panache,” Dionne said, “and this was a way for me to acknowledge the role that they’ve had in helping me create these books.”

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet follows eighth grader Hamlet Kennedy, whose Shakespeare-obsessed parents dress, speak, and cook straight out of the sixteenth century. As if their mortifying behavior weren’t enough, Hamlet must also cope with the news that her seven-year-old genius sister, Desdemona, will be attending eighth grade with her. The family farce that results is a comedy both hilarious and heartwarming.

The novel has already been a success in hardcover. Named to state reading lists in Texas and Kansas, honored with a starred review in Library Media Connection magazine, and featured in Disney’s FamilyFun Magazine and Girl’s Life, Hamlet’s plight has connected with readers.

“I’m thrilled with the response to the novel,” Dionne said. “Hamlet is a great character and I love hearing from readers who have connected with her.”

Erin Dionne lives in Framingham, Massachusetts, with her husband, daughter, and dog. She’s an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass. Her debut novel, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies (Dial Books, 2009) was honored with a 2006 PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Night Award and was nominated to the ALA Popular Paperbacks list.

Feb 23, 2011

This spring Diane Ayott: A Selection of Paintings will feature both paintings and works on paper at the Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Ayott’s work embraces pattern, repetition and variation in complex color statements. Her optical work  charged with energy places itself in the context of contemporary American abstraction.

Ayott, an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC and by Lydon Contemporary in Chicago.

The artist will present a talk about her work on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:30 Am in Pine Manor’s Kresge Auditorium.

The exhibit will be up March 29 – April 28, 2011

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am  – 10pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Feb 23, 2011

The annual College Art Association conference, held in New York on Wednesday – Saturday, February 9-12, was very well represented by Montserrat College of Art. One of the first sessions on Wednesday morning was co-chaired by Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury, with participants presenting papers on the integration of museum and gallery collection and exhibition programs with the college curriculum. And on Friday, February 11, Associate Professor Martha Buskirk presented a paper entitled “Rebel, Incorporated” that opened a session on the artist Damien Hirst.

Montserrat faces abounded in the audience as well. Joining Leonie and Martha at the conference were Marjorie Augenbraum, Caroline Bagenal, Ethan Berry, Blyth Hazen, Esther Thyssen, and Laura Tonelli, who heard a variety of scholars and arts administrators discuss wide-ranging subjects such as “Cel-Culture: The Hybrid Intersections of Art, Video Games, and Manga”, “Professional Development Curriculum in Fine Art Programs”, “Art and Commerce: The Art Gallery in America”, and “What is Visual Studies?”

On Friday evening, the scene shifted downtown to Chelsea and the New Century Artists gallery where everybody gathered for the opening reception of a juried group exhibition entitled “Hidden Cities” in which Associate Professor Caroline Bagenal’s work was featured.

Caroline Bagenal in front of her piece at CAA
Feb 23, 2011

The Winners of the 2010 Art Awards- picked by more than 2,205 people- were announced February 9th at the Art Awards Ball at the Burren in Somerville. The Awards are a contest to honor the best art made here, local writing about local art, and exhibits organized here in 2010. Here are a list of the Montserrat finalists:

Best Painting Show
“Mary Bucci McCoy: Trace”
at the Kingston Gallery
The exhibit presented new paintings and works on paper, a collection of abstracts that suggest mood shifting and constantly subtle alterations. The works conveyed – at one and the same time – a sense of disappearance as well as adherence.

Drawing and Printmaking
Rhoda Rosenberg “The Shape of Memory” Danforth

Rhoda won both the People’s Choice and the Critic’s Choice for Drawing and Printmaking in the New England Art Awards with her exhibit “The Shape of Memory” at Danforth Museum!
For more information about the exhibit, visit

John Osorio-Buck “The West is Now Closed” Montserrat
Imago; “Divisibility” at Brown; and “Subtle” at Montserrat

Concept/ Theme Show: “Morning Exciting” Shauna Dumont at Montserrat

Check out all the details on Greg Cook’s journal!

Congratulations to all winners and finalists!!

Rhoda Rosenberg's "Collapsing Coils"
Feb 23, 2011

Associate Professor Kimberlee Cloutier-Blazzard recently published two works in Volume XI of “Aurora: Journal of the History of Art” in December, 2010. An article stemming from her dissertation, “The Elephant in the Living Room: Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior as Parodic Portrait of the Schouten Family”, appears along with “Enchanting the Intellect and the Eye”, her book review of Aneta Georgievska-Shine’s “Rubens and the Archaeology of Myth.”

Feb 15, 2011

“Point of Departure,” featuring Montserrat Associate Professor Masako Kamiya and Professor Rose Olson, opened Sunday at the Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham. Be sure to take a look!

The exhibit is open Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm through April 21.

Photo: Left: Elissa Della-Piana and Masako Kamiya. Right: Masako Kamiya and Rose Olsen

Feb 14, 2011

By Sean Teehan, Globe correspondent

Shari Caplan stood in front of a crowd of about 60 people last night, reading an original piece at a poetry reading. She received a resounding ovation from the audience, some of whom came to hear poems, others who came to wash their socks.

Last night marked the third event of the "Improbable Places Poetry Tour," a series that brings poetry readings to Beverly locations where people are libel to stumble upon the reading. It took place at the Salem Laundry Co. on Cabot Street...

Read more on!

Feb 14, 2011

Feb. 2 – 27, 2011
Opening Reception: Feb. 4, 5 – 7 pm

The Back Gallery/Kingston

For more information visit the Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Ave., #43
Boston, MA 02118 • 617.423.4113

Feb 7, 2011

Montserrat Sculpture Faculty member Elizabeth “Liz” Alexander of Gloucester, whose art re-imagines patterns and designs in surprising new contexts, has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant.

Twenty-nine artists were awarded for creating work of exceptional quality in the disciplines of music composition, play-writing, and sculpture/installation. The MCC’s Artist Fellowship Program has awarded $7,500 unrestricted grants to 15 artists, and distinguished 14 others as finalists with $500 grants.

The jury panel was composed of Montserrat College of Art Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury and artists Christopher Frost and Niho Kozuru. Both Frost and Kozuru are past fellows in this program.

This is the first series of individual artists receiving direct funding from the MCC in 2011. In late May, MCC will announce awards in the disciplines of crafts, film and video, and photography. Learn more about the program, and about all artists selected since 2003 on our Gallery@MCC.

The MCC Artist Fellowship Program awards grants in specific artistic disciplines on a biennial cycle. Applications are accepted from artists who live and work in Massachusetts. Next year, fellowships will be awarded in drawing, painting, traditional arts, choreography, fiction/creative nonfiction, and poetry. Artist awards are based on recommendations by independent panels of experts who practice in the disciplines they review.

Feb 7, 2011

Montserrat faculty member Barbara Moody has been accepted into an advanced painting critique workshop with Ross Bleckner at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado, for July, 2011.

Only 10 artists were selected from many applicants to participate in this critique class with Bleckner.

See Barbara Moody’s paintings and drawings at her website,

Barbara Moody in her studio.
Feb 7, 2011

Montserrat faculty member Mary Bucci-McCoy was the featured artist on MAKING THE ART SEEN, a non-commercial virtual gallery featuring art interviews. Created by artSPACE@16 ONLINE in April 2009, the primary goal of the initiative is to provide an artistic web presence within the virtual community. Visit to see the full interview.

Liberal Arts faculty E. Tornai Thyssen has recently written two essays for exhibition catalogs. The “Time Collapse” series by Meredith Morten is the subject of the essay for the sculpture show “re:Strata,” which will be on view at the HallSpace Gallery in Boston March 12 – April 16.

“Willie Marlowe: Persistence of Delights,” also by Thyssen, accompanies the exhibition “Willie Marlowe: A Survey 1977-2010” to be shown at the Opalka Gallery in Albany, N.Y., the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, N.Y., the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. and at Gallery C* in Raleigh, N.C.

Mary Bucci-McCoy in her studio. Photo by David McCoy.
Jan 24, 2011

Montserrat College of Art Painting and Drawing faculty member Masako Kamiya will be one of nine featured artists in the upcoming “Extravagant Drawing” exhibit at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, New York. The exhibit, as defined by the show’s accompanying brochure, emphasizes the renewed interest in drawing at the dawn of the 21st century. As opposed to virtual reality, drawing fully engages the artist in “hand-made mark making.” The exhibit’s independent curator and critic, Judith Tolnick Champa, has united the works of nine distinctive women artists who are “collectively extravagant in their practices, each expanding the range and meaning of what drawing is.”

“Extravagant Drawing” is on view Sun., Feb. 6 – Sun., April 10, at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, N.Y. The opening reception will be held Sun., Feb. 6 from 2 - 5 p.m. For more information, visit

"Recollections," Masako Kamiya
Jan 24, 2011

Exploring the Unknown

“Points of Departure,” will include the works of Montserrat faculty members Masako Kamiya and Rose Olson. The exhibit is one of exploration and deep involvement with craft, form, mathematics, precision and engineering of form and surface. Curated by gallery owner and Montserrat Illustration faculty member Elissa Della-Piana, “Points of Departure” will be showcased at the Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham, MA.

“Points of Departure” is on view Sun., Feb. 13 – Thurs., April 21 at the Gallery Della-Piana in Wenham, Mass. The opening reception will be held Sun., Feb. 13, from 3 – 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Jan 7, 2011

Four Montserrat College of Art faculty members and two alums are participating in an abstract art exhibit at Boston’s Kingston Gallery this winter. The exhibit, “Dialogues,” promotes the subtle interaction and nuances between one artist’s chosen media and technique with another’s.  As member artists of the Kingston Gallery, Montserrat faculty members Judith Brassard Brown, Mary Bucci McCoy, Barbara Moody and Rose Olson each invited a guest to show his or her work in conjunction with her own.  Two of those guest artists are Montserrat alums Bea Modisett and Cassandra Baker.

Montserrat Painting and Drawing Professor Rose Olson will have her work displayed in conjunction with Montserrat alumna Cassandra Baker.

“Cassandra and I build a work in similar ways,” said Olson. “I use liquid paints, tube colors and medium to layer one color over another in order to create the final hue. Cassandra places image over image to develop a pictorial fullness with graphite and colored pencils. Although we both use structure to contribute to the content, our artistic results are quite opposite.”

The exhibit, which highlights a variety of experimental art, is on view Wed., Jan. 5 – Sun., Jan. 30, 2011, at the Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston. The exhibit’s reception, where attendees can meet and discuss the art with participating artists, will be held Fri., Jan. 7, from 5 – 7:30 p.m.  For more information, visit

Artwork from left: Rose Olson, “American Blue,” 2010,"acrylic on Baltic birch veneer, 30 x 30 x 2"; Cassandra Baker, “Tent #1,” Transfer, Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper, 12 x 12.5”

Jan 7, 2011

Defining the Ties that Bind

How do you ever fully define and understand the layers of loss embedded in relationship? Particularly if that relationship is with one’s mother? Montserrat faculty member and master printmaker Rhoda Rosenberg has attempted to do just that in her latest show at Framingham’s Danforth Museum of Art. The exhibit, “Rhoda Rosenberg: The Shape of Memory” is a collection of 17 prints and two artist books structured around the interaction between linear patterns of spiraling lines and knotted cords in an attempt to express the emotional power of grief and loss.

The exhibit is open until Sun., Feb. 6, 2011; there will be a Gallery Talk on Sun., Jan 30, at 3 pm.  For more information, visit  Rosenberg’s exhibit was recently reviewed in The Boston Globe .

Rhoda Rosenberg, "Collapsing Coils"
Dec 3, 2010

Boston’s Kingston Gallery is featuring the works of two Montserrat College of Art faculty members, Painting/Drawing Professor Rose Olson and Graphic Design Instructor  Mary Bucci McCoy. Both exhibits – “Waking in the Blue: Recent Paintings” by Rose Olson and “Trace” by Mary Bucci McCoy – will be on view for the month of December.  “Waking in the Blue” is a collection of Olson’s recent abstract paintings that reflect her passion for color, both subtle and intense.  Her acrylics applied in transparent layers on wood suggest a shifting luminosity. The exhibit of Mary Bucci McCoy’s “Trace” presents new paintings and works on paper, a collection of abstracts that suggest mood shifting and constantly subtle alterations. The works convey – at one and the same time – a sense of disappearance as well as adherence.

The opening reception for both shows will take place Fri., Dec. 3, from  5 to 7:30 pm;  the gallery’s regular hours of operation are Wed. – Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Nov 30, 2010

Congratulations to faculty members Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy for being chosen for this year's Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition in New York!

Click here for more information.

"The Lodge," illustration by Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy
Nov 22, 2010

BEYOND MEASURE, Paintings by Diane Ayott
Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA
Opens on Saturday, December 4, 2010
Artist Talk: 3 – 4 pm
Reception: 4 – 6 pm
Exhibit runs through Jan. 28, 2011
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays, 9 am – 7 pm

Diane Ayott, Touch and Go, 2010, mixed media on paper, 19” x 20”
Nov 17, 2010

A Pensive Portrait
Montserrat Painting and Drawing Instructor Ian Factor preserved the pensive expression of his colleague, Photography and Video Professor Ethan Berry, during a three-hour oil painting demonstration in October. The demonstrations of oil portraiture will continue throughout the 2010/2011 academic year, with Factor painting several Montserrat faculty, staff and students. On Fri., Nov. 12th, Montserrat College of Art President Stephen Immerman sat for his portrait while Montserrat students looked on and learned.

Prof. Ethan Berry portrait by Ian Factor
Nov 15, 2010

Asst. Prof. Rhoda Rosenberg of the Printmaking Department is included in an exhibit at the Danforth Museum, Nov. 14 – Feb. 6. “Rhoda Rosenberg: Shapes of Memory,” curated by Pam Allara and Catherine Mayes, may be previewed at the opening reception Saturday, Nov. 13, from 6 – 8 pm. The museum is located at 123 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702.

Rhoda Rosenberg, "Tightly Bound," soft and hard ground etching, 15" x 22.5"
Nov 13, 2010

Colleen Michaels, director of Montserrat’s Writing Center, manages to nurture both her poetic muse and her eight-year-old daughter Eliza.  Writer, mother, teacher and art lover – Michaels is a regular contributor to the journal “The Mom Egg,” (www.themomegg) a vehicle that promotes and celebrates the creative force of mother artists everywhere. How does Michaels balance her artistry with the demands of motherhood? As she says, “both roles have taught me to wake up early, choose my words carefully, and feel pretty swell about the world.”

Sat., Nov. 13, 2010, Michaels is reading her poem “These Are the Rules Regarding Glitter” at The Mom Egg Fall Reading hosted by the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. The event will be held at 308 Bowery, from 1:30 – 3:45 pm. Admission is $5. For more information visit

Nov 9, 2010

President Stephen Immerman in the “Boston Business Journal”

Nov. 5 – 11, 2010, Vol. 30, No. 41

Click here for a closer look.

Nov 3, 2010

More than 60 people attended the first Improbable Places Poetry Tour evening Thursday, Oct. 28, sponsored by Montserrat College of Art and held at Centraal Cycle on Cabot Street, Beverly. Poets shared their bicycle-themed poems with one another and were inspired by each other’s writings. The group is led by Montserrat College of Art Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels, shown here in the bicycle dress she created for the special evening.

Oct 28, 2010

Join Montserrat Continuing Education Instructor Maria Malatesta at a reception featuring her work, Fri., Oct. 29th, from 5:30 – 8 pm at Beverly’s Mingo Gallery. Malatesta, who specializes in painting and mixed media, will be exhibiting a variety of pieces, including her signature landscape-based abstract paintings.

The exhibition will run from Oct. 26th – Dec. 11th at the Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot St., Beverly, MA. For more information, visit

Maria Malatesta, "Fields 1," acrylic on paper, 42" x 50"
Oct 27, 2010

Montserrat Faculty member Greg Cook, an instructor in Senior Seminar, and a “Boston Phoenix” art critic, is seeking nominations for the Worst Public Art in Boston for his blog, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, reports WBUR Radio.

According to a story on the WBUR website, “I’m soliciting nominations,” he explained, reporting he’s gotten about two dozen so far. Then Cook said, “we’re going to have some sort of vote through the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research about what is the worst piece of public art in the area, and then organize a campaign to try to get it removed and then replaced.”

To nominate, visit

Montserrat instructor Greg Cook at the Irish Famine Statute in Boston, which he nominated.
Oct 27, 2010

As part of its continuing efforts to make art more accessible to its entire community, Montserrat sponsored an open painting demonstration in oil on Friday, Oct. 22nd.  Painting and Drawing Instructor Ian Factor hosted the three-hour event featuring Photography and Video Professor Ethan Berry as his model.  The event, which was the second in a series of art demonstrations planned for the 2010-2011 academic year, was attended by Montserrat students and faculty as well as staff.

Instructor Ian Factor paints a portrait of Professor Ethan Berry during an open painting demonstration.
Oct 18, 2010

Montserrat alumnus and Illustration Faculty Member Nathan Walker may be seen in an interview on New Hampshire Chronicle on WMUR TV 9 at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 20. He will be talking about his giant insect sculptures.

Read more here!

Oct 15, 2010

New paintings and small retrospective
Oct. 23 – Nov. 18, 2010
Opening Reception
Saturday, Oct. 23, 3-6 pm
The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA

Oct 15, 2010

Liberal Arts faculty member Dawn Paul will read and discuss her novel, The Country of Loneliness, at Salem State University on October 25, 2010 at 11 AM in the Martin Luther King, Jr Room, Ellison Campus Center.

Oct 15, 2010

Masako Kamiya and Judy Brown are opening their studios on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24th for Dorchester Open Studios at their studios are located at 11 Pearl Street (rear) in Dorchester and open from 12-5 on both days. The opening event takes place in the new gallery located at 309 Hancock Street from 6-8 pm.

Be sure to check out the Dorchester Artist Collaborative blog here.

Also, on October 22nd, Boston Neighborhood Network BNN, cable channel 9,  features a five minute interview with Judy Brown on the news with Chris Lovett (interview with Chris Harding) at  5:30, 9:30 and 11 pm.

Oct 7, 2010

Asst. Professor Caroline Bagenal’s work at the Boston Sculptor’s Gallery Oct. 6-Nov. 7 was favorably reviewed by Taryn Plumb in the September/October issue of Artscope Magazine. The gallery is located at 486 Harrison Avenue, Boston.

Read an excerpt of the review on the Artscope Magazine website

Oct 4, 2010

Carolyn Kerr, Liberal Arts Instructor, will be presenting at the ALA  (American Literature Association) Symposium on American Fiction, Oct 8-9, 2010 in Savannah, GA. Her paper is called "Why Do You Call Me Good?" on Flannery O'Connor's short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

Sep 29, 2010

Professor and Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department Rob Roy was awarded first Prize in the Monotype/Monoprint exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Juror Joann Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, recognized Roy’s “Witness #37” for its quality as a print that pushes the definition of monotype and for its social content. Monotype/Monoprint is on view through January 2, 2011.

Roy’s work is also in thINK at the Belmont Art Gallery in Belmont from Oct. 15 - Nov. 19. Organized by the Boston Printmakers, thINK will travel to additional venues through 2012.

Rob Roy, "Witness #37"
Sep 25, 2010

Montserrat Senior Seminar faculty member Greg Cook will be showing his work in "Right Thing The Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books" at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave., Boston, from Oct. 1 to 24. An  opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1.

The show features the drawings, paintings, posters and books by artists of Cambridge's amazing art comics publisher Highwater Books, which before it went bust in 2004 pushed all of North American alternative comics in a new direction. The exhibition also includes publication of a catalogue with an essay by Tom Spurgeon and an oral history of Highwater Books by Cook.

Sep 15, 2010

Professor Barbara Moody’s work has been published in a new book, Acrylic Innovation: Styles and Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists, by Nancy Reyner, Northlight Books, 2010.  Two full pages feature photos of Barbara and her work, as well as text describing her process of painting.

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Sep 7, 2010

Montserrat illustration faculty member and author Kelly Murphy (Fiona’s Luck) will have her work included in a prestigious exhibition at the Brush Gallery, 256 Market St., Lowell, which will feature the work of several Caldecott Medal winners. The Caldecott Award is the highest award achievable in children’s book illustration. The exhibition will be on display Sept. 19 to Oct. 24. Other artists in the exhibition include David Macauley, (Cathedral, The Way Things Work), Christopher Bing (Casey at the Bat, Lincoln Shot), Matt Tavares (Zachary’s Ball), Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), David Wiesner (Tuesday, The Three Pigs, Flotsam), and an opening reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 from 12-2 pm, including a 1-4 p.m. meet the authors session in which some of the illustrators will be on hand to sign copies of their books. Admission is free.

Kelly Murphy is an award-winning illustrator and animator working predominantly with traditional and mixed media. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Kelly has been actively freelancing across the various fields of editorial illustration, picture books and poster illustration as well as character design for both the film and toy industry. An accomplished children’s book author and illustrator, Kelly’s books have been published by America’s leading publishing houses and her tenth children’s book was released in Fall 2009.

Kelly’s work has been featured in curated shows, gallery exhibitions and international magazines specializing in illustration. She has been a member of the illustration faculty at Montserrat College of Art since 2002, Massachusetts College of Art and Design since Fall 2008 and Rhode Island School of Design since Spring of 2009.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday., 11 am – 4 pm, Sunday noon-4 pm.

Kelly Murphy, "The Alchemist"
Aug 30, 2010

Professor Tim Harney has an exhibit of his collages and paintings from his series “The View from Andrew’s Room” on display at the George Marshall Store Gallery, through Oct. 3. The gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Rd., York, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 1-5 pm.


"Table", mixed media collage, 24” x 18”, 2010
Aug 30, 2010

Montserrat College of Art Professor Diane Ayott is one of four artists in the exhibit “Pattern and Repetition,” at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery, fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston, Sept. 1-30. The other artists are Kristina Bell DiTullo, Candy Nartonis, and Sarah Sutro.

A reception with the artists will be held Tuesday, September 7, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Curated by Trustman Gallery Director Michele Cohen, the exhibition brings together the work of four artists, who despite stylistic and conceptual differences, all intuitively employ pattern and repetition as a formal device. Using a variety of techniques and materials that range from painted wood panels to collaged Band-Aids these artists share a fascination with structure derived from repetitive shapes and color: the whole is the sum of its parts. Each artist generates myriad visual solutions using a limited palette of color and form to test their ingenuity and delight the viewer with subtle variations of texture, pattern, and color. As Cohen observed, the exhibition is fundamentally about “careful looking.”

Diane Ayott, "Floater", acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 in., 2008
Aug 26, 2010

Professor Judith Brassard Brown’s work has been chosen for inclusion in “Artists for ArtRocks,” an installation sponsored by UrbanArts, of transformed rocking chairs at Logan Airport’s International Terminal. Her entry is called ‘Somewhere Between’ and evocative of living in the Italian landscape. The grand opening the evening of September 7th in Terminal E.

Aug 26, 2010

Professors Judith Brassard Brown, Barbara Moody and Rose Olson along with faculty member Mary Bucci McCoy will have their work included in “Twenty 10,” the annual group show of artist-members of the Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston. The opening is Friday, September 10th from 5-7:30.

Aug 5, 2010

Faculty member Dawn Paul will be on a panel for the Art School Faculty Caucus at the 2011 AWP (Associated Writing Programs) Conference in Washington, DC in February. The caucus provides an opportunity for writing faculty at art colleges to get together to share ideas.

Aug 5, 2010

Faculty member Marilu Swett will be have her work featured in three fall exhibits, all opening the first week in September. They include a solo show at Boston Sculptors Gallery on Harrison Ave., Boston (, an invitational at Curry College in Milton; and a second invitational on site at Allandale Farm in Brookline, MA. The farm exhibit, called Agriculture encounters Sculpture, will include 16 artists, many of them studio teachers, as well as four graduate students. The artists will install their work in and around Boston’s only working farm

Aug 4, 2010

Season for living and color
Works show off prisms where nature, art meet
By Cate McQuaid
Globe Correspondent / July 28, 2010

Summer gathering
Group shows are a staple in summertime. A light-hearted one at Boston Sculptors Gallery, “On/Of/Like/About Paper,’’ offers artists who usually work in three dimensions an opportunity to delve into paper and all its qualities: flatness, translucence, texture, pulpiness, ability to fold and take up space.

Leslie Wilcox’s wonderful lineup of 2-foot-tall sculptures made of heavyweight paper, each painted a buzzing tone, reminded me of deciding whom to talk to at a party: the carefully pleated one, the audaciously twisted one, the one that appears on the verge of toppling over? (Maybe not the last.)

Another party is evoked in Mary Sherman’s “At Heart, Spike Jones,’’ a Rube Goldberg-type contraption made of boxes suspended at different heights. Push a big blue button and a jaunty Jones tune plays. In one box, a turntable spins a cocktail glass; in another, a splatter painting rotates to a blur. Text encourages visitors to take a paper coaster with them and pass it on, sharing the art, sharing the party.

Hannah Verlin’s “Soak’’ installation looks like a ritual site. Wax bowls hang over a sheet of salt-covered paper. Ink in each bowl eats through the bottom and begins to drip out, splattering the paper and getting absorbed by the salt. The piece is all pristine white except for the ink, and beautifully conveys erosion and time passing. Caroline Bagenal has elegantly pieced together concentric paper circles in the simple “Cut Tree Rings.’’ Julia Shepley’s drawings in thread, shadow, and ink sandwiched between arcs of glass and mylar pull you in with delicate intimacy.

Jul 12, 2010

Sunday, July 4th, at 7am  faculty member Erin Dionne was on Magic 106.7 fm’s “Boston Life Show”. Erin discussed her writing career, motherhood, and work with host Gay Larson and her friend (and fellow Beverly-ian), poet January Gill O’Neil.

Jul 12, 2010

Liberal Arts faculty member Dawn Paul has been awarded her second residency at the Vermont Studio Center to work on her third novel. She is also the author of Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her residency will take place in January of next year.

Jul 1, 2010

Professor Gabrielle Keller of the Photo and Video Department was one of several artists included in the show “Animalia” at the Center for Fine Art Photography at 400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO. The “Animalia” exhibit featured images by photographers from around the world, juried by Karen Irvine, Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. It was on display from May 8 – June 26.

"show bird #2", Gabrielle Keller
Jun 30, 2010

July 7 – August 15, 2010

Boston Sculptors Gallery

486 Harrison Avenue

First Friday Reception: July 9, 5 - 8pm

Opening Reception: August 6, 5 - 8pm

Paper is a rudimentary, but also versatile medium. It can be folded, cut, crumpled, scored, drawn on and written across. It can be used to convey important news, give instructions, tell stories, and reflect the most delicate of feelings. But, mainly, in On/Of/Like/About Paper at the Boston Sculptors Gallery this summer, it also occupies space.

On/Of/Like/About Paper celebrates this highly expressive medium with work by twenty-two of its members: B Amore, Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Ben Cariens, Mac Dewart, Donna Dodson, Rosalyn Driscoll, Laura Evans, Sarah Hutt, Peter Lipsitt, Michelle Lougee, Eric Sealine, Liz Shepherd, Julia Shepley, Mary Sherman, Jessica Straus, Marilu Swett, Hannah Verlin, Ellen Wetmore, Dan Wills, Andy Zimmermann, and Lelia Daw.

Some of the works suggest architectural models. Some are free-standing sculptures, reliefs, or installations.  Still others are the stuff of a performance piece.  However, all address the nature of paper — its ability to convey ideas as well as its translucency, strength, frailty, texture, and above all, its marvelous mutability.

About the Boston Sculptors Gallery: Boston Sculptors Gallery is a landmark cooperative and has served as an alternative venue for exciting, innovative solo sculpture exhibitions since 1992. It is Boston’s premier venue for sculpture, featuring exciting and varied contemporary work by Boston area artists.  Gallery membership has expanded to thirty-four exhibiting sculptors including returning members and a stable of new members.

This gallery is unusual in that it exclusively shows sculpture in a large space which is transformed every month by two of the thirty-four members of this group.  Nick Capasso, Senior Curator of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park says, “the Boston Sculptors Gallery, one of the few cooperative sculpture galleries in the country, is among the most stimulating venues for three-dimensional contemporary art in the Northeast.”

Jun 30, 2010

Congratulations to Professor Gordon Arnold and Professor Rob Roy, winners of the Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award.  Rob and Gordon will use these funds to support an exhibition on the subject of art and war,  which they are co-curating for the Montserrat College of Art Gallery.   The tentative list of participating artists in Setting the Record Straight:  Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflicts includes:  Fiore Banner, Chris Burden, Steve McQueen, Emily Prince, Gerhard Richter, and Rob Roy. The Dorrien award is announced annually at commencement.

Jun 29, 2010

Congratulations to Rose Olson, winner of the Cornelia Endowed Faculty Development Award. Rose Olson will use the funds to support an upcoming exhibition of new work, and for, specifically, the construction of a special light module to simulate daylight in the gallery and thus enhance the presentation and viewing of her paintings.

Thanks to all faculty who submitted proposals and to the ad hoc Faculty Development Committee members who had to make the difficult choice.

Dean Laura

May 18, 2010

Nathan Walker, Faculty Illustration, has been very busy lately. Most recently,he was chosen as Best Public Artist by the Peoples Choice Awards in the Seacoast News, NH.

He has also been doing some Artist in Residency programs at both the Portsmouth Middle School, Portsmouth, NH (in May) and Portsmouth's Little Harbour Elementary School.

May 17, 2010

Catalina Viejo,(2005), currently has an exhibition at LOT F Gallery in Boston. She has 50 of her miniature paintings on display and the show will be up until May 22. (LOT F Gallery, 145 Pearl St, Boston MA,

Her Boston Celtics miniature paintings have received a huge following after being  featured on yahoo sports!! Here is the link below

In addition, has approached her and will be featuring and selling her Boston Celtics miniature paintings on their site.

She will have a solo show coming up in June in Jamaica Plain. Attached is a small image and a press release with all the info. The show is called "Mis Amores" and will be showing recent large paintings and drawings. The opening is June 3rd, 6-8pm at Prudential Unlimited Realty, 673 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain MA

And last, but not least her etsy store has been up and running for a couple of months now and doing very well! There are beautiful paintings, drawings and collages for sale.

"Mis Amores"
May 5, 2010

Assoc. Professor Diane Ayott’s work is included in an exhibit at Lydon Contemporary, a new gallery in Chicago, IL. Her work is included in a group show which will be on exhibit all summer. The gallery is located at 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.

"Outsider In", oil on panel, 40" x 38"
Feb 8, 2010

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to announce Diction, the first solo exhibition of Associate Professor of Art Education and  Foundation Diane Ayott. Ayott’s paintings and works on paper shift between balance and distortion, building on the foundations of color, pattern and repetition. The following is taken from a gallery press release re: Ayott's work: Ayott’s painted surfaces are worked in great detail; often using bottle caps, lids, and other quotidian objects as stamps in repetitive patterns. The works are an accrual of layers upon layers of marks upon marks, stamps upon stamps and patterns upon patterns. Beneath the quilt, the patchwork of marks, we find geometric shapes, the color developing strata and fields. The textured paint application and obsessive mark-making engage viewers viscerally and are further complimented by painterly considerations of color and form.

Diction exhibit dates are:
February 11 – March 13, 2010
Artist’s Reception:
Thursday, February 11, 6 to 8 p.m.

"Lost Again", 2009, mixed media on paper, 22" x 15"
Feb 2, 2010

Writing faculty member Dawn Paul will read from her new novel, The Country of Loneliness, on Wednesday, February 10, at 7 to 9 p.m. at the Beverly Public Library, Main Branch, 32 Essex Street.  There will be a book sale and signing after, with proceeds to benefit the Beverly Public Library. She will also be reading at Montserrat College of Art on Thursday, February 18, at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Paul Scott Library and will discuss the process of writing the book and how and why it went from memoir to fiction.

On April 9, she will be participating in a book signing with Marick Press at the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) 2010 Annual Conference and Bookfair in Denver. 

Feb 2, 2010

Assistant Professor of Foundation and Sculpture, Marilu Swett, is in a show called Alchemy: Art and Science at Clark University in Worcester, Feb.15-April 11, 2010 at the Traina Center for the Arts.

Jan 27, 2010

Associate Professor of Foundation, Painting and Drawing, Masako Kamiya has been awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in the Painting category.  The following is from the Mass. Culutral Council website: MCC's Artist Fellowships provide direct support to Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines, to recognize exceptional work and to promote the further development of their talents. These highly competitive awards provide artists recognition and affirmation among their peers and the public. They catalyze crucial artistic advancement and pave the way for creative innovation of enduring cultural value.



Momentum (2007) Gouache on watercolor paper 20" x 16"
Jan 26, 2010

Painting and Drawing Professor, Barbara Moody, will have a solo show of large acrylic paintings called “subMERGE” at the Kingston Gallery in Boston from March 3-28, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 5th, 5-7:30 p.m. (First Fridays in SOWA) and a closing reception on Sunday, March 28th 3-5 p.m. See or for information and directions.

Aug Pier, acrylic
Jan 26, 2010

Instructor of Graphic Design and Printmaking, Sarah Hulsey, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the College Book Art Association. It's a three year position, 2010-2013.

Jan 26, 2010

Adjunct faculty member, Jennifer Jean, is publishing a book called "In the War" about growing up with a Vietnam War veteran father. Montserrat student Shino Takahashi has provided the cover photo for the book. A launch event for the book is currently in the planning stages and more information will be provided once available.

Jan 26, 2010

Assistant Professor Kimberlee A. Cloutier-Blazzard, Ph.D., is reprising her 2008 College Art Association talk entitled “Bean Kings and Brawling Priests: Pairing Epiphany and Easter in Baroque Haarlem” at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester, MA on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations for Haiti relief will be accepted.  Kimberlee gave her original version of this lecture at Montserrat last year.

Jan 26, 2010

Work by Associate Professor of Foundation, Painting and Drawing, Masako Kamiya, will be featured in twp upcoming shows. Her first is a solo show at the Danforth Museum of Art in the center gallery and the title will be announced soon. It runs March 20 – May 16, 2010, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 20th, 6-8 p.m. Masako will provide a public talk and walk though on Wednesday, March 17th at 12 p.m. & Sunday, April 11 at 3 p.m.

Her second show, Masako Kamiya: New Paintings, takes place at Gallery NAGA and runs April 3 - May 1, 2010. The opening reception will take place Friday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. with a public talk on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

Jan 13, 2010

Writing Center Director Erin Dionne's new novel for 'tweens', THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET (Dial Books 2010), debuted on January 7th. Booklist said, "Some sisterly bonding, the sweet flutterings of a first romance, and a creatively contrived comeuppance for the mean girls make this a cheerful read for younger middle-schoolers.
Kirkus Reviews noted, "Hamlet believably grows to fit the new challenges in her life, and her frustrations, presented in a good-humored, first-person narrative, are entertainingly contained within the three Shakespearean(ish) acts of this amusing tale, which captures some of the pitfalls of middle school."

Dionne will also be on the faculty of the New England Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators annual conference in May, and presenting at various schools across New England and New York this spring.

Jan 12, 2010

Poetry by Liberal Arts instructor Colleen Michaels was recently published in Literary Momma, an online literary magazine that features writing by mother writers about the complexities and many faces of motherhood. Visit Literary Momma to read Michaels’ piece entitled “The Last Bath of the First Snow.”

Jan 12, 2010

Paintings and works on paper by Mary Bucci McCoy, graphic design instructor, is currently featured in Paintings, an exhibit at the Kingston Gallery on view now through January 31, 2010.

A recent review of Bucci McCoy's work was featured in the Weekly Dig. "It's easy to get intimidated by Mary Bucci McCoy's artist statement — there's a poem in French, free use of the backslash, and we think we caught the word "dialectical" in there somewhere. Her work itself, on the other hand — elevated or impressed blocks painted with minimalist abstractions — is warm and inviting, to the point that you'll be tempted to touch the thick splotches of paint. Must be that dialectic or sumthin'. After a few sips of wine and the welcoming atmosphere of the Kingston Gallery, you'll be nodding at that art like your B.A. was worth a damn." — Weekly Dig, 12.23.09–1.6.10

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

Jan 12, 2010

Work by Adjunct Professor Matt Murphy will be featured in two upcoming group shows. The first is in Brooklyn, NY at Camel Art Space. The exhibit is called "Distimacy" and runs February 12-28, 2010.  And the other is at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, which runs February 4-28th. The exhibit is currently untitled. 

Jan 12, 2010

Foundation, Painting and Drawing professor Judith Brown’s solo-exhibition Out of Time is underway at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury and will remain on view through February 14, 2010. Her work is also included in a group exhibition of Dorchester artists at the Boston Convention Center through January.

Jan 12, 2010

Assistant professor of Liberal Arts Caroline Bagennal has a report of the 2009 Venice Biennale entitled "Worlds Apart," in the current issue of Afterimage, the journal of media arts and cultural criticism. Visit the website here.

Jan 12, 2010

Professor of Photography and Video Ethan Berry is currently working on a documentary video piece about the Historic Balch House in Beverly, MA. This is the first in a series of three films about houses owned by the Beverly Historical Society that he will be working on. For the past five years he has also been working as a team leader doing personal growth work with a group called Mens Divisions International. Berry continues to compete in U.S Masters swimming in swim meets and open water swims and recently completed his second 6.2 mile Salem Sound swim from Marblehead Neck to Singing Beach in Manchester.

Dec 16, 2009

Work by Assistant Professor of Printmaking, Sarah Smith, is currently included in The Assignment, a national, juried book arts exhibition held at 23 Sandy Gallery in conjunction with the annual meeting of the College Book Art Association (CBAA) in Portland, Oregon. To illuminate the meeting’s focus on book arts teaching practice and pedagogy, this exhibition features artist book works that were generated directly from course assignments or from self-assignments generated by the artist. The exhibit runs now through January 9, 2010. The Assignment was juried by Macy Chadwick and Clifton Meador. Macy is an instructor at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She is also the proprietress of In Cahoots Press in Oakland, California. Clifton is associate professor and director of the M.F.A. program in book and paper at Columbia College in Chicago. He is also the editor of the Journal of Artist Books.

Dec 15, 2009

Work by Illustration Instructor Kelly Murphy is featured in the 18th Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing at Chemers Gallery in Tustin, California.  A description of Kelly's work appears on the gallery blog: "Using a rich color pallet, Kelly really brings her mixed-media pieces to life. Kelly's award-winning illustrations have been featured in curated shows and international magazines. Her adorable paintings really "pop" in person." An example of Kelly's work is also featured beside the copy.

Dec 14, 2009

Former professor Grace Lin recently featured on the Today Show! Grace was interviewed to discuss her middle-grade novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown, July), which Al Roker chose for his Al’s Book Club for Kids. Click here to watch Lin’s visit to the show.

Dec 11, 2009

Professor of Photography and Video, Ethan Berry, recently addressed the National Honor Society and the National Arts Honor Society at an assembly at Salem High School. In attendance were school committee members, faculty and parents along with the students. Berry talked from the point of view of Senior Fine Arts Seminar Coordinator at Montserrat, specifically about discussion skills.

Dec 3, 2009

The Cape Ann Museum will present a lecture by Laura Olmstead Tonelli, Art History Faculty and Dean of Academic Affairs, Montserrat College of Art Saturday at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the current exhibition Women Artists from the Cape Ann Museum Collection. Tonelli's talk will focus on the education of women artists from the Renaissance to modern times, and how society's definition of "woman" and "artist" affected their choice of subjects and media. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. For information, call 978-283-0455.

Dec 1, 2009

Greg Cook, founder and author of The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, will be teaching the critical theory section of the Senior Fine Arts Seminar at Montserrat during the second semester that begins January 26th. His Journal was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant Program.

Nov 30, 2009

Letters from the Road, a journal of thoughts and pictures by Professors of Photography and Video Ethan Berry and Gabrielle Keller, whose dialogue started at a motorcycle shop, which became an ideal setting for extended conversations that went beyond motorcycles and the traditional imagery associated with them. They continued to communicate while traveling, one writing from the road, and the other photographing in the motorcycle repair shop. The interplay between the male voice (the written work) and the female voice (the pictures) created an intensely personal narrative that eventually became a conversation in itself. The conversation moves forward as a series of moments in time, brief encounters of feeling, thought, and image that resonate across pages and miles. The Foreword is written by Anthony Rotundo, author of American Manhood: “Transformations in Masculinity from the Revolution to the Modern Era.” The journal received an Honorable Mention, Fine Art Books from the International Photograpy Awards.

Nov 10, 2009

Work by Associate Professor of Illustration, Fred Lynch, is featured in the November issue of Midwest Airline's magazine, My Midwest. The article explores the work of six American artists who specialize in sketchbook journalism. That is, the illustrative documentation of travels and life journeys through on-site drawings.

Fred Lynch
Nov 3, 2009

Hypnotic Discotheque Fascination,” a Flash-based music game designed in collaboration with Pixelate, by Graphic Design Instructor Justin Gagne '00, was recently reviewed on Mark Hurst’s online newsletter Good Experience Games as, “clever use of color and music transform a simple concept into a fun game.”

Oct 28, 2009

Painting and Drawing Professor, Barbara Moody, has been designated the featured artist for November in Always Already, a group show at the Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL from Nov 13, 2009-Jan 9, 2010. Four of her large paintings (50 x 68”) will be featured in the show. She will also exhibit a number of small paintings at Albright Art + Craft in Concord, MA, in December. 

Oct 28, 2009

Painting and Drawing Assistant Professor, Kate Jellinghaus, is curating a large exhibit of youth art for the Mark W. Potter Gallery at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. The exhibit is entitled: UBUNTU: I Am Because We Are: Art from the Juvenile Justice System and Beyond. It includes work from both the Boston and New York branches of Artistic Noise, a non-profit organization that brings art programming to system-involved youth. The show runs from November 6th - December 4th, 2009.

Oct 27, 2009

On Thursday, November 19, 2009, Montserrat’s new Liberal Arts Instructor and author Dawn Paul will read from her latest novel, The Country of Loneliness, (Marick Press), at Cornerstone Books, 45 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA at 7 p.m.  The Country of Loneliness pays tribute to the compassionate imagination and its power to create understanding and love between a father and daughter after long years of separation, fear and silence.  Paul is the author of Still River (Corvid Press) and her short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies. She has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Ragdale Foundation and has an MFA from Goddard College.  For more information, contact

Oct 27, 2009

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Caroline Bagenal, is exhibiting paintings, prints and sculptures at New England Bio Labs, Ipswich, MA, from Oct 27th - Dec 8th, 2009.

Oct 27, 2009

Assistant Professor Kimberlee A. Cloutier-Blazzard, Ph.D., recently had her essay "The Wise Man Has Two Tongues: Images of the Satyr and the Peasant by Jordaens and Steen," published in the book Myth in History, History in Myth (E.J. Brill, 2009). Also, "Presence in Absence as an Artistic Mode," her review of Mia Mochizuki’s book, The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672: Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age will come out next month in Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art, vol. X (November 2009).

Oct 20, 2009

Beginning October 2nd, Professor of Painting and Foundation Rose Olson will be exhibiting her paintings at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine. Work by Penelope Jones and the photography of Berenice Abbott and Charles Grogg will also be included. The opening reception takes place on Friday, October 2nd, from 5–8 p.m. and the exhibit runs October 2 – 30, 2009.

Sep 9, 2009

Director of Internships and Career Services at Montserrat College of Art, Joan Milnes, recently received the Higher Education Leader of the Year Award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). The award is made in recognition of Joan's use of experiential learning at Montserrat.  In her letter of nomination, Kate Moore, Director North America, EUSA-Academic Internship Programs, writes: “This internship program has broken the boundaries of traditional thinking that art and employment are incompatible.”

Jul 28, 2009

The 4th Annual Edition of North Shore Magazine's Best of the North Shore, has awarded the Gallery Della-Piana of Wenham, the “Best Art Gallery” on the North Shore! Elissa Della-Piana, Associate Professor of Illustration at Montserrat, opened the gallery one year ago in Wenham, MA.

In an upcoming exhibit, the Gallery Della-Piana will feature 12 Equine painters and photographers. The exhibit opens August 19th and runs through October 17th and will include photography by Montserrat Trustee, Bill Wasserman, among others.

Jun 24, 2009

Colleen Michaels will read her poetry at “Thursday's Theatre of Words & Music” at Cornerstone Books, 45 Lafayette Street, in Salem, MA, this Thursday, June 25th, at 7 p.m. Michaels’ poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in “Images”, "A Room of our Own", "Bread and Circus" and "Blue Collar Review". She has been a featured poet for the *New and Emerging Writers Series”, works as a freelance writer and editor, and is a devoted member of the Salem Writers Group. For more information contact

Jun 16, 2009

Work by Barbara Moody and Doug Bell will be included in the “Alphabet Project 3” show at Essex Art Center June 19 - Aug 14, 2009. Twenty-six artists were invited to create works based on a letter of the alphabet. Opening reception will be held on Friday, June 19, 5 - 7 p.m. Moody will also have two large drawings in  “Zoologic,” an upcoming exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, NY, July 11 - Aug 14, 2009. 

Jun 14, 2009

Sarah Smith’s fire extinguisher book was accepted into a juried alumni show at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The second is a Guild of Bookworkers 100th anniversary show called "Marking Time". The show will travel from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to eight additional venues over the next two years.

Jun 11, 2009

Work by Montserrat Faculty members Ethan Berry, Kaitlyn Boucher, Gabrielle Keller and George Peet is included in The Odysseus Project: Finding Home. The show features work by artists and veteran-artists focusing on issues of war and the experience of veterans returning home.  Art @ 12 Farnsworth Street, June 12 - 27, 2009.  Opening reception Friday, June 12, 2009 at Art @ 12 Farnsworth Street 5 p.m. An artist panel discussion with Ken Hruby, Associate Professor of Sculpture, School of the Museum of Fine Arts will take place on Thursday June 18th at 7 p.m.  In conjunction with the art exhibit, The Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences will host a reading by faculty of their 21st annual Writers Workshop, led by award winning poet Brian Turner Thursday June 25th at the Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA , 7p.m. These events and exhibit are made possible by the Fort Point Artists Community and the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

May 28, 2009

Professor Gordon Arnold (liberal arts) recently discussed Hollywood, History, and Conspiracy Theory in lectures at the historic Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont, and at the Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library in Newton, MA.  Based on his recent book Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics, his lectures focused on how conspiracy themes in movies reflected and shaped American political visions from the cold war to the post-9/11 world.

Mar 10, 2009

Barbara Moody is one of six artists whose work was chosen nationally for “Touch: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing” at the Murphy Gallery in Minneapolis. The exhibit dates: February 21-April 9, 2009. Moody recently returned from an advanced acrylic workshop in Santa Fe, NM, and is working on a series of new paintings for a solo show in Boston in January 2010. 

Feb 11, 2009

Beginning Tuesday, March 3rd, the Kingston Gallery will feature Judith Brassard Brown’s most recent mixed media paintings in Out of Time. Brown’s work continues to respond to the insecurity in today's world. Though at first glance, the paintings may seem to jump in subject or approach, all connect to common human concerns. Each contrasts what we see at first glance with a much slower process of sensing or perceiving much more below the surface. Looking at the range of human experience and how we are remarkably similar regardless of separation across years or political boundaries, the works involve layering the remnants of every day life (collage elements of all sorts) with a range of drawing materials, paint and wax as each image builds to its own truth or reality.

Exhibit Dates: March 3-28, 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from 5 -7:30 p.m.

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Avenue #43 on Thayer
Boston, MA 02118

Feb 10, 2009

Scott Hadfield joins other prominent artists in exhibit at Endicott College

Boston Paints: An Overview of Contemporary Painting from the Boston Metropolis

Visiting Artists Gallery
Center for Visual and Performing Arts
Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
Now through - Sunday, February 22, 2009

Reception: Wednesday, February 11, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Boston Paints is a dynamic exhibition presenting paintings by twenty-two prominent artists closely linked with the metropolitan art scene. Presented as one of two inaugural shows in the new Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, the important investigation of regional activity will be on view through February 22, 2009. A reception to meet the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The exhibit and related programming are free and open to the public.

Feb 10, 2009

Works by Diane Ayott and Rose Olsen were selected for the 32nd Small Works exhibition currently underway at 80 Washington Square East Galleries in New York City.

This year's Small Works was judged by Daniel Ferris of Stephen Haller Gallery in New York. The unique concept of the competition dictates that all works submitted for possible exhibition measure twelve inches or less in every dimension. Throughout the years, tens of thousands of artists contributing from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and our own hemisphere, have challenged the size restriction with innovative and exciting creations. Although often imitated, the diversity and consistent quality of artworks exhibited in Small Works is rarely matched.   

The 32nd Small Works exhibition will be on display through March 13, 2009 at 80 Washington Square East Galleries. Gallery viewing hours are: Tuesday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m.  - 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rose Olson - Plumb Line, 2008, acrylic on birch veneer, 12 x 12 x 3"
Jan 23, 2009

Group Faculty Show at Kingston
Ten Webster Salon is featured in the Kingston's Center Gallery with work by Montserrat's Diane Ayott, Caroline Bagenal, JBBrown, Kathleen Gerdon-Archer, Masako Kamily, Mia Nehme, Rose Olson and Cathy Paige. Curator, Leonie Bradbury.

March 3rd-28th, 2009 with the Opening Reception on first Friday, March 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

Jan 23, 2009

Faculty member Masako Kamiya is included in the group exhibition:
Opening Line

New Art Center in Newton MA
Curated by Suzan Goldwitz

The exhibit is on display through February 22, 2009

Jan 23, 2009

Joanne Mattera has two upcoming exhibits: she has been curated into Geometrics II, an exhibition of abstract geometric painting curated by Gloria Klein, at the 128 Rivington Gallery on the Lower East Side in New York City, March 18-April 19; and she is included in the international exhibition, Material Color, curated by Mary Birmingham, at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey She is one of three curators for Blogpix, which will take place at the Platform Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, March 5-28. The exhibition will be accompanied by a panel that addresses the activities of artists who have included the computer, cyberspace or the blogosphere in their practice. The event will be blogged and Twittered and she is moderating. Joann’e solo exhibition, Contemplating the Horizontal, at Arden Gallery in Boston, Dec. 2-30, 2008, was reviewed by Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe.

Joanne attended the Miami art fairs in December on a press pass and reported on the events in her blog (

Jan 21, 2009

Out of Time II
Judith Brassard Brown's
solo exhibition opens at the Kingston Gallery on March 3rd, 2009. Opening Reception during first Friday, March 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Curator, Leonie Bradbury.

Kingston Gallery
450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

The Kent Street Project: Home is Where the Art Is
an initiative of Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital and Urban Arts led by Jessica Finch includes commissioned two paintings by Judith Brassard Brown among the fifty artists selected. There will be an opening and catalog soon.

"Outside the Gate", mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30", 2007
Jan 16, 2009

The Algorithms of Art
This exhibit will seek to demonstrate the correlation between the genre of abstraction in contemporary art and certain disciplines of mathematics and science. The selected artists include Diane Ayott, Meghan Brady, Karen Dow, Anne Krinsky, Mary Bucci McCoy, Dorothea Rockburne, Craig Stockwell, Joan Waltemath.

Jan. 19 through Feb. 15
The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Complete your evening with fine dining at our award-winning Hospitality Center Restaurant. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and patrons are asked to bring their own wine. Reservations are required: Call 603.629.4608.

Gallery Hours
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106
Curated by Debbie Disston
Director, The McIninch Art Gallery:

Diane Ayott, "Floater", acrylic on panel, 12 x 12"
Oct 9, 2008

Work by Adjunct Professor Matt Murphy will appear in Color, Pattern, Structure, October 6 through 31, at The Harbor Art Gallery, UMass Boston, McCormack 1st Floor, 100 Morrissey Blvd., MA.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 7:00 p.m.  Call 617-287-7988 or visit

Sep 30, 2008

The work of Professor Gabrielle Keller is on view from October 7 through November 6 at the Winfisky Gallery, located at the Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem. An opening reception will be held October 14 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Featured in the exhibition are works from her Bird Series portfolio, soon to be a book entitled Within Reach.  Keller also was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for her digital photography by the Ultimate Eye Foundation.

Sep 30, 2008

Assistant Professor Erin Dionne's first novel for 9-12 year olds, Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies, will be released by Penguin/Putnam's Dial Books for Young Readers in Spring 2009, and has been chosen as a Scholastic Book Fairs featured title, receiving exposure at all events nationwide. Dial will be doing a major paperback print run to support Scholastic's effort, and has also decided to keep its hardcover printing, so the book will be released simultaneously in paperback and hardcover this March.

The novel details the trials of 13-year-old Celeste Harris, who is no skinny banana, but her comfy track pants and daily snack of chocolate cookies suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued, too, if her aunt hadn’t entered her in the Husky Peach Modeling Challenge. To stay out of the spotlight, she’s forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste—because, after all, a thin girl can’t be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone…and that she’s got plenty of off-stage reasons to shine.

Book cover: Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
Sep 23, 2008

On November 30, Illustration Instructor Kelly Murphy will participate in an artist talk/ panel discussion, "Excellence in Children’s Book Illustration," to be held at 3:00 at  the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Chase Center, Michael Metcalf Auditorium. Held in conjunction with The Original Art Exhibition: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration, the panel will feature several recent Caldecott Award winners who graduated from RISD, who will discuss their background and the inspiration that brought them success. A book signing will follow the program. Free with Museum admission.


Sep 22, 2008

Work by Professor Rob Roy is currently included in two group exhibitions: Monotype/Monoprint at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA (September 6 - October 3), and Field Report: The Boston Printmakers, at the Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA (September 7 - October 18). Field Report will travel to venues across the U.S., and then to Europe and China through 2011. A monotype from Roy's Road Ritual series has recently been acquired by the Boston Public Library Print Collection.

Sep 15, 2008

Complexity, paintings by Associate Professor Diane Ayott will appear October 28th to November 22nd, 2008 at the Towne Art Gallery at Wheelock College, 200 Riverway, Boston. Gallery Hours: Noon- 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. For information contact Erica Licea-Kane at (617) 879-2219 or

Work by Ayott appeared in Boston Color, held Thursday, May 29 to Saturday, June 28, 2008 at at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, 529 West 20th 6W, New York,  NY., and New England/New Talent, a juried selection of established and emerging contemporary artists from New England, from February 17 to June 1, 2008, at the Fitchburg (MA) Art Museum. Her patterned and layered paintings were most recently shown in a one-person exhibit, Moment to Moment, at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA curated by Director, Katherine French. Early next year Ayott’s work will be included in a group exhibit at the Mcininch Art Gallery at the University of Southern New Hampshire in Manchester NH.


Mooring - 2008, oil on panel, 12"x12"
Sep 3, 2008

Consequences of Geometry, a three-person exhibit featuring  the work of Associate Professor Diane Ayott, Professor Rose Olson, and Mary Bucci McCoy, is on view at the McCoy Gallery, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA.  Curated by Gallery Director David Raymond and installed by Jen Nazzaro, the exhibition runs from from September 2 to October 16, with a reception September 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The show also was on view at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, December 16 2007 through February 24, 2008.

Sep 3, 2008

Professor Judith Brassard Brown had an exhibition at "mimi," 26 Market St., Ipswich, MA, in June.  She has new  mixed media work in Out of Time, on view at The Gutman Library at Harvard University, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, from September 3rd to 26th, 2008, with an opening reception September 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ( She also is showing work in Take Out: Annual Member's Show, at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. #43, Boston, from September 2nd to 27th , 2008, with an opening reception September 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (

Somewhere Between, her solo exhibition, appeared at the Danforth Museum May 9 - June 24, 2007.  Her work appeared in the Dorchester Open Studios Juried Exhibition, October 26 through 28, 2007, Biennial 2007, New Hampshire Institute of Art Regional Juried Exhibition, juried by Pamela Clark Cochrane of the Clark Gallery, November 14 through December 15, 2007, and Paint, a national show juried by Gerry Bergstein, November 2 through December 31, 2007.                                                                                          




Sep 2, 2008


Drawings and vine sculptures'by Painting and Drawing Professor Thorpe Feidt and New York artist Jennifer Cushman are on view in In Praise of Shadows at The Gallery Della-Piana, #152-R Main Street, Wenham, from September 10th through October 4th. Gallery hours are Wednesday thru Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment. A reception will be held September 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visit for more details, profiles, and directions.

Sep 1, 2008

Liberal Arts Professor Dr. Gordon Arnold was recently asked to write an article for the British Broadcasting Corporation's World Service. The resulting essay, entitled Cuoc chien Viet Nam va chinh gioi My examines the continuing effects of the Vietnam War on American presidential politics. It has now been published in translation on the BBC’s Vietnamese language website, which is widely consulted in Southeast Asia and by Vietnamese readers worldwide.

To view the essay, visit :

Arnold's book, The Afterlife of America's War in Vietnam: Changing Vision in Politics and Screen, was reviewed by Beth Mauldin in the Winter 2007-08 issue of Film Quarterly (pages 92-93).

Aug 27, 2008

Assistant Professor George Thompson's new translation of the Hindu classic, The Bhagavad Gita, is in press at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and has received favorable reviews, including "This new translation of the Bhagavad Gita comes as close to the liveliness, topicality, and flow of the original as any I have seen," from Frits Staal, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley.  For more reviews, visit

Thompson is also working on an anthology of translations from the Rigveda, and is negotiating with Cambridge Univserity Press to co-author An introduction to the Vedas.

Aug 26, 2008

Work by Joanne Mattera, Instructor in Painting and Drawing, will appear in Material Color at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, from October through January 2009. She has or had work in Calculated Color, at the Higgins Gallery of Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA, through Ocotber; No Chromophobia, an exhibition of non-objective color paintings, held through September at OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY; Small Wonders, held through September at Garson Baker Fine Arts, New York, NY; 4th Anniversary Exhibition, held through June at DM Contemporary, Mill Neck, NY; This Just In, held through August at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, and Abstract & Geometric, held in September  2007 at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

She had three solo shows in the past year: Silk Road, at the OK Harris Gallery in New York City, It's Always About You, Isn't It? at the Cervini Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, and Hue Again, at Montserrat’s Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. She also curated a 14-artist show, Luxe, Calme et Volupte: A Meditation on Visual Pleasure, for the Marcia Wood Gallery. Mattera has been appointed Director of the 2008 National Conference of Encaustic Painting at Montserrat, which took place in June.

Aug 12, 2008

Associate Professor Elissa Della-Piana has opened a new art gallery, The Gallery Della-Piana, at #152R Main Street, Wenham, MA. The opening exhibition, from July 12 through August 7 was In the Garden, drawings and paintings by Della-Piana.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment.  Call: 1-978-468-1944  152-R Main Street, Route 1-A Wenham, MA, 01984.

She exhibited her intricate pencil drawings in a group show, A Tribute to Graphite Joe, at The Studio Gallery, Marblehead, May 10 through June 7,  where she was awarded a prize by Jurer Charleen Akullian of Commonwealth Fine Art, Boston. The exhibit was sponsored by Ticonderoga Corp.; visit


Aug 4, 2008

Rose Olson, Professor of Painting and Foundation, is a painter with a studio in Boston’s South End. She has been a featured artist in SOWA magazine, a South End publication and is represented by Kingston Gallery, which is located a few blocks from her studio.  She welcomes everyone, especially Montserrat Students, to come to her solo exhibit at Kingston Gallery, Just Color No Curves, showing from September 30 to November 1, 2008.  Color is a major consideration in all of her work but in this exhibit the colors will be more liquid, revealing the natural wood-grain of the painting support and creating a light of their own. 

Her work is also appearing through October 16 in Consequences of Geometry at the McCoy Gallery, Merrimack 
College, 315 Turnpike Street North Andover, MA, and in Calculated Color at the Higgins  Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West  Barnstable, MA, through October 2.

This past year she has exhibited at OK Harris Harris Works of Art  in SOHO , 383 West Broadway, NY;  Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA; WMG, Chicago, IL; NYU, New York, NY; The Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; Gallery XIV and Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA. For more information on past and present exhibits and excerpts from reviews, please visit

Rose will not be teaching at Montserrat for the fall term, in order to travel, paint and prepare for exhibitions. In September, she will be showing paintings at OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY; the McCoy Gallery at North Andover, MA, a 3-person exhibit; The Higgins Gallery at West Barnstable, MA, an 8-person show titled Calculated Color, and in Take Out at Kingston Gallery, followed by her one-person show at Kingston. 

She looks forward to teaching Foundation and Painting courses in the spring term and is scheduled for an exhibit of her work at Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery during the month of March, 2009.

ROSE OLSON, "New Orange", 2008. acrylic on wood, 42 x 30"
Aug 2, 2008

Work by Associate Professor Fred Lynch was featured at mimi in Ipswich in August.  His work also was juried into the Essex Art Center's 14th Annual Juried Show in Lawrence, MA (October 26 to December 7, 2007) by Carole Anne Meehan, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Eighth Annual Frances N. Roddy Exhibition at the Concord Art Association in Concord, MA (September 13 to October 14) by Barbara O'Brien, Director of the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College, Boston, MA, and the national juried show Paint!, (November 2 to December 31), by Gerry Bergstein. His work was also shown in a Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Exhibit, Providence, RI, from October 29 to November 9, 2007.

Aug 1, 2008

Assistant Professor Erin Dionne was invited to read her short story, "New Rollerskates," which appeared in Brevity & Echo, an anthology of short-short stories published by Rose Metal Press (Abigail Beckel and Kathleen Rooney, editors) for a National Public Radio show called DimeStories. The show will air in October, and will be available for download on and  

Jun 17, 2008

Two faculty members are recipients of a $1500 award from The Cornelia Endowed Fund,  made possible thanks to the generosity of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch of Manchester, MA.  (Gail is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the College.)

The fund was established by Gail and Ernst von Metzsch, in honor of Ernst’s mother, Cornelia von Metzsch.  As a young woman, Cornelia was able to have a university education and later married and raised a family of three children.  Her life completely changed during World War II when she escaped with her children to Australia from Indonesia, before Japan invaded the Indonesian islands.  She raised her children on her own, before it was fashionable and acceptable to be a single parent, and instilled in them the need for education and a love of the arts.  As a result, all three of her children are artistically talented.  This fellowship is established as a fitting tribute to her influence as a great educator and a loving mother.

Keeping in mind the criteria for the fund:  “To support innovative, high quality proposals for the professional development of Montserrat faculty,” the jurors recommended and the President approved the awarding of the Cornelia fund monies to Caroline Bagenal, Assistant Professor,  and Elissa Della Piana, Associate Professor

Caroline Bagenal plans to use the award for materials for the pedestal and shelves and to frame the related drawings and watercolors and defray publicity costs for the First Solo Exhibition at the Boston Sculptors Gallery.  Elissa Della Piana will use the money to defray travel costs to London and Bath, England while on sabbatical.  

Jurors for the award included Rob Roy (Professor, Faculty Affairs rep.), Leonie Bradbury (Gallery Director), outside evaluator Anne Dawson, Professor, Dept of Visual Arts, Eastern Connecticut State University and Laura Tonelli, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs.


May 31, 2008

No Chromophobia
An Exhibition of Non Objective Color Paintings

MAY 31 – JULY 11; SEPTEMBER 2 - 6, 2008
(Opening Reception on Tuesday June 3rd from 5-7 pm)

OK Harris Works of Art
383 West Broadway New York, NY 10012

OK Harris Works of Art is pleased to present No Chromophobia an exhibition of non objective color paintings by thirty-three painters. No Chromophobia highlights the individuality of practitioners of color-based abstraction while revealing shared concerns and assumptions that connect this wide-ranging group of mid-career painters. The exhibition presents an opportunity to reevaluate an important niche within American abstract painting.

Carla Aurich, Diane Ayott, Kate Beck, Siri Berg, Sharon Brant
Cathleen Daley, Julie Gross, Molly Heron, Kazuko Inoue
Marthe Keller, Joanne Klein, Pat Lipsky, Joanne Mattera
Lynn McCarty, Joan Mellon, Margaret Neill, Mary Obering
Doug Ohlson, Rose Olson, Paula Overbay, Susan Post
Cora Roth, Rebecca Salter, Susan Schwalb, Yuko Shiraishi
Louise P. Sloane, Linda Stillman, Rella Stuart-Hunt, Soonae Tark, Li Trincere, Suzanne Ulrich, Jean Wolff, Tamar Zinn

Diane Ayott courtesy of Kathryn Markel Fine Art, Kazuko Inoue courtesy of Allan Stone Gallery, Lynn McCarty courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Margaret Neill courtesy of Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, Rebecca Salter courtesy of Howard Scott Gallery, Yuko Shiraishi courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Tamar Zinn courtesy of Kathryn Markel Gallery, Susan Schwalb courtesy of Galerie Mourlot

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 6pm
July: Tuesday - Friday 12 noon to 5pm
Gallery closed July 12th - September 1st; reopens September 2nd 10am

May 1, 2008

Two of  Professor Barbara Moody's mural paintings have been installed at Meditech Corporation in Fall River. The company already owns 65 of her paintings.  For her new project, Professor Moody made a 18”  x 15' painting, which was enlarged to fit a 111' cafeteria wall and was installed like wallpaper, as well as a three-panel 6' X  40' painting for the lobby. 

Installing Barbara Moody's new mural
Apr 29, 2008

Art Education Instructor Karen Ristuben has released her debut jazz CD, called too much. From her home base on Boston’s North Shore, Ristuben is joined by many of the finest Boston-area players to lend a vibrant and innovative sound to some of the best of the jazz age. The CD also features two new originals by producer
Mason Daring.  Visit or e-mail

Image from the cover of too much
Apr 28, 2008

Susan Scott, a visiting artist for a painting course called Collage Projects, showed students works that involved deconstruction and reconstruction, and Associate Professor Diane Ayott noted that the students in the class employed this same combination of techniques in the course. Susan showed some of her work and talked about her process as an artist, and then held a discussion about the making of art and the particular issues of creating a life as an artist. "It was a very good session," Ayott said. "Our students enjoyed the informal atmosphere of just talking with the artists and sharing work and ideas."

Students with visiting artist Susan Scott
Apr 1, 2008

Based on the drawings from Remains, her October one-person show at the Kingston Gallery in Boston, Professor Barbara Moody has been accepted into the New York Drawing Center’s Viewing Program. This online artist registry is a resource used by the Drawing Center’s curatorial staff as wall as by other arts professionals. She will update her online portfolio every two years.

Mar 31, 2008

Illustration Adjunct Professor Kelly Murphy's eighth book hit the bookstores on April 1st, 2008. Hush, Little Dragon, written by Boni Ashburn and illustrated by Murphy, is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. Murphy teaches Children's Book Illustration, Illustrating Fiction and Illustration Four: Advanced Illustration. Visit:

Mar 7, 2008

Work by Professor Rob Roy was included in Field Report, a print exhibition at the Art Gallery, the Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, MA.  The exhibition was organized by the Boston Printmakers and will travel internationally through 2010. The Gordon College exhibit ran from March 8 - April 15.


Mar 6, 2008

On April 3, Associate Professor Blyth Hazen spoke at a session of "bioArt Seminar," a series of lectures exploring the question "What is bioArt?" sponsored by the Harvard Medical School's Biomedical Graduate Student Organization.

Feb 26, 2008

Assistant Professor Kate Jellinghaus won a $1,500 travel grant from the Cultural Branch of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, to travel to Bulgaria in the spring of 2008 to install and introduce the photography exhibit, Uncovering Identity: A Bulgarian Photo Project (displayed in November at Montserrat in the Schlosberg Gallery) at the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture Gallery. The expanded photo exhibit was supported in part by the US Embassy and featured the artists (orphan youth), their friends, volunteers in the project and larger community.

Feb 26, 2008

An article featuring the opening of HallSpace, Graphic Design Chair John Colan's new Dorchester gallery, appeared in the February 7, 2008 issue of the Dorchester Reporter. The inaugural show, Leah Piepgras' abstract "Euphoria," was on display through March 1 at the gallery, which is located at 950 Dot Avenue.  For information, visit

Feb 26, 2008

On February 21, 2008, Assistant Professor John McVey participated in one of the "Creative Salons" -- Japanese Aesthetics: How It Applies to Graphic Design -- held at the Peabody Essex Museum. Keiko Thayer demonstrated ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and McVey pointed to connections with typographic and graphic design, in particular the relationship of rules/theory to intuitive practice in both ikebana and design.

Courtesy of the PEM, Walter Silver photographer
Feb 25, 2008

Montserrat faculty, students and alumni were participants in "The Canvasation Project," an exhibition held at Gallery XIV, 37 Thayer Street, Boston, from March 7 to March 22. "The Canvasation Project" was a multi-media exhibition featuring more than 100 artists and individual artworks, together with 12 collaborative paintings painted by groups of participating artists and documented by the film production team Film Our Way Films. The artworks and video installation are presented together to create a space that reflects the creative process. 

Canvasations were created by artists associated with: Kingston Gallery, Gallery XIV, Paul Alexander Gallery, Artists for Humanity, Boston Public School Art Teachers, 450 Harrison Ave Studios, The Art Institute of Boston, Montserrat College of Art,, Hill House Boston, and The Miracle Five.  Film Our Way Films are Robert Flame Lamothe and Yvonne Marra Lamothe, documentary filmmakers that have been recording and investigating artists' creative flow for over twenty years.

Montserrat artists participated in two collaborative paintings in the exhibition. Professors Barbara Moody, Rose Olson and Judith Brassard Brown were three of the ten artists in the Kingston Collaborative painting. In addition, the Montserrat Group brought together faculty Rob Roy and Caroline Bagenal with alumni Mike Kripal, Melinda D’Aloia, Erik Troxell, Jeffrey Newell, Bea Modisett, Erica Buschman and Catalina Viejo de la Roda. Each artist also will have personal work as part of the upcoming exhibition.

"The Canvasation Project"  exhibition preview was held Thursday, March 6, with a “First Friday” opening and artist reception Friday, March 7. A Gallery XIV Salon was held on March 18, with a creative dialogue featuring Barbara O'Brian, assistant professor of art at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College, and Montserrat Gallery Director/Curator Leonie Bradbury.  For information, visit

Feb 25, 2008

Assistant Professor Kimberlee A. Cloutier-Blazzard presented a paper, Bean Kings and Brawling Priests: Pairing Epiphany and Easter in Baroque Haarlem, at the College Art Association meeting in Dallas, TX in February, 2008.


Feb 21, 2008

It Makes Sense, a show featuring Assistant Professor Marilu Swett, was held at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 468 Harrison Avenue, from March 12 through April 13, 2008. The exhibition presented a body of work that probes and plays with the complexity of our sensate lives. Swett's mixred-media drawings and collages suggest multiple relationships between our senses and our experience of a work of art.


From It Makes Sense
Jan 29, 2008

"New Work by Timothy Harney," a show featuring Assistant Professor Timothy Harney, was held from January 8 -31 at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA.  The exhibit included small paintings and recent collages that propel his private dialogue of memory, dreams and imagination, as well as abstract compositions exploring color and form.


Dec 10, 2007

Professor Ethan Berry served as panel chair at the Popular Culture and American Culture Association's national meeting, held March 12 - 22, 2008, in San Francisco.  For conference information, visit


Oct 1, 2007

Remains, Professor Barbara Moody's one-person show at the Kingston Gallery in Boston, MA , was held October 2 to 27, 2007.  The exhibition included large drawings of piles of mysterious and elaborate debris. See for gallery hours and directions, or visit Her work received a one-page review in the September issue of Artscope, p. 24, and was also included in an exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA in August, 2007.

Aug 16, 2007

The work of Associate Professor Diane Ayott, Professor Rose Olsen and Joanne Mattera, Instructor in Painting and Drawing, was included in the exhibition, "Abstract & Geometric," juried by Julie Karabenick, at Woman Made Gallery, in Chicago. The exhibit, held September 7 -October 4, 2007, can be viewed online at:

Aug 16, 2007

Professor Gabrielle Keller's work from the bird migration series was included in the 2007 Danforth New England Photography Biennial.  The show was juried by Karen Haas, Curator of the Lane Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Arlette Kayafas, Director of the Kayafas Gallery, Boston.  Hass and Kayafas chose 78 works from 639 pieces submitted by 148 artists for this tightly curated show. Also, a photograph from her "bird series" was a winner  listed in the PIX DIgital Imaging Contest ( and was published  in the November, 2007 issue of PDN Magazine.

Keller's work from the revere series was given Honorable mention in the Prix de la Photographie, Paris International Photo Exhibition. More work can be viewed on her website