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May 14, 2014

'In The Territories' - A Rare Western Comedy (3.5 Stars) by Tom Boudrot

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

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

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

Mr. Jabaut's story is a classic western "buddy tale" that opens with long-time saddle partners Lazarus and Emmitt carrying what appears to be a corpse on their shoulders. The way they manhandle the body as it crashes to the stage with a thump made me think it was just a dummy. Imagine my surprise when after many minutes "Charlie" started to groan and move. This is just one example of the small details that make Sea Change Theatre shows so surprising and so much fun. Charlie, played nicely by Daniel Allison, is a young inexperienced man who finds himself in a bind after making some bad choices back in town. Because of his mistakes he has dragged Lazarus and Emmitt into danger as well. It's a story of loyalty and responsibility and the results that come from our decisions in life. Rob Kenna was particularly fun to watch as the talkative sidekick, Lazarus. The actors took the time to study classic western films and Mr. Kenna captured the feel of the comedic sidekick. His performance was reminiscent of Andy Devine or Walter Brennan with the good sense to be less foolish than those actors as his character would eventually prove to be crafty as well as brave and honorable. Jim Maden plays Emmitt, the more stoic but equally loyal partner to Lazarus with an enviable vocabulary that Lazarus would call on frequently and to good comic effect. I was familiar with actor John Melczer from the play Antigone, where he took his small role as a sentry and captured my attention with humor and physicality and he does it again as the slightly deranged killer, Bear. In a high point of the show there is a tense scene in act two between Lazarus and Bear in which both actors get to play their roles to the hilt, showing off the work they put in to their character's development. Check out this fun evening of western action from the talented, hard-working folks at Sea Change Theatre Company. For more info, go to:

http://www.seachangetheatre.com/2013-2014-season/territories/


- See more at: http://bostoneventsinsider.com/2014/05/in-the-territories---a-rare-we.html#sthash.jnGmctkL.dpuf

May 12, 2014

Our staff cooked and served a late night breakfast for all our students during finals week.

May 12, 2014

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

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

And THANK YOU to our fabulously talented Juror, Robert Moeller


Photo credit: Michelle Behre '14

Apr 14, 2014

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

Three Christmas Gifts


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

Antigone

Paige Hall: Intern/designer
Aubrey Mueller:tattoo shirt designer and painter
Ariel Lund: fabric manipulator
Hannah Keyes:fabric manipulator

Apr 7, 2014

She’s Got Real Talent: Montserrat’s Katy Rogers Prepares for Her First Art Gallery Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 3, 2014

Senior Sculpture major, Corryn Larkin '14, has been juried into a a show a the Watertown Arsenal for the Arts. The show is called 30x30, and is by artists under the age of 30.

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


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

For more information, please visit: arsenalarts.org

Congratulations, Corynn!

Mar 3, 2014

2014 Student Sculpture Show
Montserrat's 301 Gallery
Opening Reception: Wed., Feb. 19
On View: Feb. 18 – 28, 2014


More photos can be found on Montserrat's Facebook!

Photos by Michelle Behre '14

Feb 28, 2014

After Montserrat College of Art senior Ariel Durkee '14 submitted her short story "Storm" to a few online literary magazines, it has been accepted for publication by Devilfish Review, a sci-fi and fantasy based magazine!

You can also see Durkee's artwork in her Fine Arts Senior Thesis Show that will take place at Beverly's Porter Mill (95 Rantoul St), on view April 16 – 27 with an opening reception: Thursday, April 17, 5 – 8 pm.

Congratulations, Ariel!

Feb 20, 2014

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

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

Feb 9, 2014

Montserrat College of Art announces a series of weekly group exhibitions by graduating seniors of the college at Montserrat’s 301 Gallery, Mingo Gallery and Porter Mill this spring. Exhibit openings will be held Wednesday nights, 5 - 8 pm, March 19 - May 7. The public is invited to see this cutting-edge work and talk to the students.

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

The exhibition schedule is as follows:

Thesis Show: Graphic Design
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Whitney Chin, Caitlin Hatfield, Caroline Lares, Nicole Reilly, Tiffany Valcourt, Liv Varney.
On View: Monday, March 17 - Friday March 21, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, March 19, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Illustration I
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Eric Hechavarria, Grace Kettenbrink, Taylor Popek, Will Pottorff, Heather Scoggins, Michelle Tuttle, Thomas Wakely.
On View: Monday, March 24 - Friday March 28, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, March 26, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Illustration II
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Corey Cleary, Alyssa Coffin, Gloria DiIanni, Cassandra LaFlamme, Jamie Marbury, Hannah Nicoll, Kristen O'Keefe, David Sam.
On View: Monday, March 31 - Friday April 4, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts I
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Candace Bonfiglio, Carly Brasier, Jill Hedrick.
On View: Tuesday, April 1 - Friday, April 11, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts II
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Emily Fung, Ania Gruca, Elizabeth Paddock.
On View: Wednesday, April 2 - Sunday, April 13, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts III
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Daniela Thomas, Kerry McDermott, Gregory Lines, Katy Rogers, Leon Vuong, Alexandrea Gurney, Erin Patterson.
On View: Monday, April 7 - Friday, April 11, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 9, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts lV

301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Angela Gravel, Chelsea Nee, Kaitlyn Lampe, Chelsea Stewart, Claire Fenwick, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero, Jason Fandel.
On View: April 14 - 18, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts V
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey, Amanda Hawkins.
On View: Tuesday, April 15 - Friday April 25, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts Vl
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Ariel Durkee, Alyssa Coffin, Corynn Larkin, Markie Remien.
On View: Wednesday, April 16 - Sunday, April 27, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 17, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts Vll
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Michael Concepcion-Varera, Melissa Miranda, Miroslaw Kutnik, Melissa Trembley, Massiel Grullon, Michelle Behre.
On View: Monday, April 21 - Friday, April 25, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Animation
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Elaine Carreiro, Amanda Furrh, Kristie Guerette, Merriweather McCarty, Michelle McGaughey, Samantha LeFrancois.
On View: Monday, April 28 - Friday, May 2, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 - 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts Vlll
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Dan DeRosato, Cory Wasnewsky.
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 - 8 pm

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

301 Gallery Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment.


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

Feb 9, 2014

Montserrat College of Art announces a series of weekly group exhibitions by graduating seniors of the college at Montserrat’s 301 Gallery, Mingo Gallery and Porter Mill this spring. Exhibit openings will be held Wednesday nights, 5 – 8 pm, March 19 – May 7. The public is invited to see this cutting-edge work and talk to the students.

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

The exhibition schedule is as follows:

Thesis Show: Graphic Design
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Whitney Chin, Caitlin Hatfield, Caroline Lares, Nicole Reilly, Tiffany Valcourt, Liv Varney.
On View: Monday, March 17 – Friday March 21, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, March 19, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Illustration I
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Eric Hechavarria, Grace Kettenbrink, Taylor Popek, Will Pottorff, Heather Scoggins, Michelle Tuttle, Thomas Wakely.
On View: Monday, March 24 – Friday March 28, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, March 26, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Illustration II
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Corey Cleary, Alyssa Coffin, Gloria DiIanni, Cassandra LaFlamme, Jamie Marbury, Hannah Nicoll, Kristen O’Keefe, David Sam.
On View: Monday, March 31 – Friday April 4, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts I
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Candace Bonfiglio, Carly Brasier, Jill Hedrick.
On View: Tuesday, April 1 – Friday, April 11, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 2, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts II
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Emily Fung, Ania Gruca, Elizabeth Paddock.
On View: Wednesday, April 2 – Sunday, April 13, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts III
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Daniela Thomas, Kerry McDermott, Gregory Lines, Katy Rogers, Leon Vuong, Alexandrea Gurney, Erin Patterson.
On View: Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 9, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts lV
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Angela Gravel, Chelsea Nee, Kaitlyn Lampe, Chelsea Stewart, Claire Fenwick, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero, Jason Fandel.
On View: April 14 – 18, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts V
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey, Amanda Hawkins.
On View: Tuesday, April 15 – Friday April 25, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts Vl
Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Ariel Durkee, Alyssa Coffin, Corynn Larkin, Markie Remien.
On View: Wednesday, April 16 – Sunday, April 27, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 17, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts Vll
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Michael Concepcion-Varera, Melissa Miranda, Miroslaw Kutnik, Melissa Trembley, Massiel Grullon, Michelle Behre.
On View: Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Animation
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Elaine Carreiro, Amanda Furrh, Kristie Guerette, Merriweather McCarty, Michelle McGaughey, Samantha LeFrancois.
On View: Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 – 8 pm

Thesis Show: Fine Arts Vlll
Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Featuring Dan DeRosato, Cory Wasnewsky.
Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5 – 8 pm

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

301 Gallery Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment.

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

Feb 3, 2014

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

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

 

Dec 10, 2013

Current student Massiel Grullon ’14 will be showcasing her paintings Friday, Dec. 13, starting at 10 pm at, Store 54, located at 16 Harvard Ave. (in the basement), Allston, MA. There will be live bands by Beach Toys and Beware The Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!

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: bryankonietzko.tumblr.com

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 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.

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: eventbrite.com

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 rockyneckartcolony.org for more information.

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

Sep 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

 

Photo to the right: Cliffs and Caverns, mixed media on panel, 12 x 12, 2013, Kevin Lucey

 

Aug 23, 2013

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

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

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

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

Aug 9, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>This feature has been published in:

The Boston Globe

The Salem News

Beverly Citizen

Phoebe Warner with the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn and The REAL Program summer enrichment students.
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 19, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 21, 2013

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

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

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

Miguel Cruz ’14, Director of Salem CyberSpace Linda E. Saris and Montserrat President Steve Immerman
Jun 20, 2013

Three members of the Montserrat College of Art community will participate in a large-scale public art installation project at the MBTA bridge in downtown Lynn if funding can be raised through a Kickstarter campaign.

The project is being organized by the Lynn non-profit Centerboard, a downtown Lynn nonprofit organization seeking to revitalize the city focusing on creating opportunities for residents and businesses while building community.

The Montserrat artists involved are:

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

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

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

This latest project is the third phase of the project, known as Public Art 3.0, which involves beautifying the neighborhood of Central Square as well as supporting independent and emerging artists. Originally started as a project with local teens in a photography class, the public art was so well received the agency decided to keep going, expanding the involvement to working artists looking to make an impact with their art.

“The public art on the bridge instantly perks up the neighborhood, the residents and businesses love it and we are looking forward to getting new photos installed,” remarks Centerboard’s Special Projects Coordinator Carla Scheri. The participants in this year’s project include a mix of local and national artists. Photographers Josh Morrissette, Michael Karolemeas, Kerry McDermott, Adam Miller and Jason Taglieri are all North Shore residents. Sarah Kang is based in San Francisco. Kate Ahokas is based in Colorado.

MBTA bridge in downtown Lynn
Jun 14, 2013

What’s new? A mural to be painted as part of Arts Fest
By Will Broaddus, The Salem News Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…visit salemnews.com to read the full article.

Jun 1, 2013

By Will Broaddus, The Salem News Staff writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…visit salemnews.com to read the full article.

Also, on boston.com 

May 9, 2013

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

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

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

Congratulations, Liz!

May 6, 2013

The Beverly Historical Society and Montserrat College of Art’s Bear Gallery commemorate the coming of summer in the town of Beverly with an annual art installment on the Hale Farm property. The reception will take place in the backyard of 39 Hale Street at the John Hale House on Tuesday, May 7, 4 – 6 pm. The house once belonged to Rev. John Hale who played a role in the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials.

Artist’s in the show:

Ian Barrie
Jacob Corvelo
Angela Gravel
Sarah Graziano
Amanda Hawes
Nygel Jones
Mirek Kutnik
Len Thomas-Vickory
Chelbi Wades


The artist’s individual works in the show contain their own unique characteristics. Installed together on the grounds of the historic Hale Farm, the pieces transform the space to a whimsical atmosphere that accentuates the rebirth of nature in the spring. The artists have used a variety of techniques and mediums, including steel, fabric, clay, slate and shells.

Please contact curator Elizabeth Paddock or Emily Fung for more information.

"Prometheus," by Grant Archer ’13
May 2, 2013

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

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

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

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May 2, 2013

Please join us in congratulating these Book Arts students on these wonderful accomplishments:

Dana Robinson had two of her fantastic pop-up books accepted into Heart and Hands, the fourth National Book Art Exhibition for Students at University of Nebraska, Lincoln Nebraska. This is a very competitive show that was juried by Barb Tetenbaum of Oregon College of Art & Crafts. You can see her books in the lower left corner of the image.

Cory Wasnewsky was accepted as a summer intern at Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee, a very competitive opportunity. Hatch Show Print is a nationally and internationally known letterpress poster print shop that has been influencing printers and designers for 134 years: countrymusichalloffame.org/our-work.

Angela Ferrara will be an intern at Booklyn Artists Alliance this summer. Booklyn is a center for artist books with a studio, gallery, classes and publishing. It has become a driving force in the growing field of book arts. http://booklyn.org/

Apr 22, 2013

Montserrat’s Figure Modeling class took a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum recently.

Mimi Leveque, chief conservator, gave a backroom tour of the conservation process of a William Rush figurehead, as well as other artworks under repair or reconstruction. She discussed her background and some of the skills used/needed for the job. Leveque explained how knowing the story behind the object or artwork is necessary to be able to reconstruct missing elements or create the right effects with perhaps different materials than the ones originally used.

Apr 8, 2013

There will be a reception for the show Multiples on Thursday, April 11, 5 – 7 pm at the Cummings Center, suite 120-E and 120-D.

Multiples is currently on display from now until April 19. It is a process based show displaying the works of artists who are currently involved in creating numerous functional artworks. Many of the artists will be giving their original multiples to those who attend the opening!

Apr 4, 2013

CALL FOR WORK: “DO IT YOURSELF”

A Bear Gallery Exhibition

The next juried exhibition of work presented by The Bear Gallery, Do It Yourself, will be showing a collection of work from artists who craft and exhibit their work with a DIY mentality. The show will exhibit various contemporary artists, within the Montserrat student body and outside of it, young emerging artists and established artists, coming together to further the art community.

The idea of a group of people coming together with similar mindsets and ideas to collaboratively further a cause has been the spirit of The Bear Gallery, as well as the universal goal of the DIY art culture. In this show, that spirit will be captured and put on display, paying homage to all of those in the DIY world, choosing to create work, show work, sell work and represent themselves with the exclusion of outside help.

The reception will take place on Thursday, April 25 and go until May 3. If you plan on submitting to this show we ask that you email images of your work to either Sam Glidden, Tegan Doughty, or Ian Barrie via email by April 12th, or talk to one of them in person about your work and why it should be in this show. The work can be of any medium or size, but only submit between 3-5 pieces.

Thank you very much,

-The Bear Gallery

contact:

Samuel.glidden@montserrat.edu
Tegan.Doughty@montserrat.edu
Ian.Barrie@montserrat.edu

Mar 21, 2013

Image: Poster for The Bear Bake-Off, by Allie Rios, 2013

Check out the baking skills and creativity of the Montserrat Community at The Bear Gallery Bake Off!

Head over to the Bear Gallery at the lower level of the Student Village (26 Essex Street) Friday, March 22, 4 – 7 pm for chances to win cash prizes, taste the all the baked goods and judge them on creativity, taste and appearance.

Mar 13, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Bear Gallery has collaborated with Salem’s Shetland Park Gallery to present an exhibition of paintings, drawing, prints and photographs.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 3 – 5 pm
Atrium of Building One, 27 Congress St., Salem

The exhibit will remain on view Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon through May 2 as part of the Shetland Arts at Shetland Park series.

This group of Montserrat College of Art student work is centered on the theme of architecture. Bear Gallery staff members Eddie Negron and Ariel Durkee selected work from their peers based on this idea. The work chosen reflects different perspectives in various media. It also represents different views from abstraction to objective based works.

The Bear Gallery is the college’s student-run gallery in which students create the artwork, jury and stage the exhibitions. Besides holding traveling exhibitions, the gallery has two donated galleries in the Cummings Center in Beverly.

For more information, contact Jenny Hudson at jenny@merrimackmedia.com, 508-932-0865.

Feb 21, 2013

Montserrat College of Art’s Bear Gallery exhibition From Memory focuses on individual memories of eleven artists. Each artist has created a dialogue on the longevity of a moment, place, person or thing. The work on display responds to the appreciation of our minds, which allow us to either remember or forget our most tender moments.

A Series of Artists Present Work From Memory
Reception: Friday, Feb. 22, 4 – 7 pm
100 Cummings Center, Beverly
Suite 120- E & 120- D

Free and open to the public.

Featuring work by: Wilber Blair (M.F.A, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor), Justin Durso ’13, Aubrey Gauthier ’14, Samuel Glidden ’16, Sarah Maeder ’13, Tom Maio ’13, Andrew Podziewski ’16, Nicholas Schaffer (BFA, Alumni Tufts University), Len Thomas-Vickory (MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts), Myra Thorton ’13, Cory Wasnewsky ’14 and poetry by Colleen Michaels (MA, English, State University of New York at Fredonia).

How to get to the gallery:

  • Enter through the 100- E entrance and go straight down the hallway; you will see a community college at the end. The gallery is just before the community college.
  • Or enter through 100-L entrance and make a right down the main corridor until you come to a fork in the path where you will see “LPF Studios”. Make a left and go straight down the corridor; you will see a community college at the end. The gallery is just before the community college.

Join the Facebook event page and RSVP now!

Feb 14, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday Feb. 7, 5 – 9 pm
Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St, Beverly

On view through March 3.

Otherworldly is a two dimensional exploration of the personal creativity of Montserrat students. Every artist has a drive that keeps them creating, and oftentimes that drive is of a personal nature. This show will give Montserrat students the chance to show why they love art, what they live for, and to inspire others to create the art that they truly want to be making. Work will include: original fantasy, science fiction, psychological spaces, extraordinary creatures and exciting places.

Jan 25, 2013

The Bear Gallery’s first on campus show of the semester will be a collection of work created by the Spring ’13 Bear Gallery interns.

Work by Tegan Doughty, Maxx Jacobson, Ian Barrie, Danielle Franzen, Sam Glidden and Alexandra Rios will be on display Jan. 22 – Feb. 1.

Intern Show
Montserrat’s Bear Gallery
26 Essex St, Student Village Basement

Image: Sam Glidden and Tom Maio, performance still from “Dragging”, 2012
Jan 18, 2013

Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery will be exhibiting at The Gallery at Porter Mills this winter.

Otherworldly is a two-dimensional and written exploration of the personal creativity of Montserrat students. Submit work of original fantasy, science fiction, headworlds, psychological spaces, and extraordinary creatures and places.

Please drop off all submissions in the Bear Gallery office in the lower level of the student village (basement) by January 28th!

If you have any questions or concerns, or to negotiate a later submission deadline (no later than February 4th) please contact Ariel Durkee at ariel.durkee@montserrat.edu or by phone (207) 323-6145.

Image: Ariel Durkee “The Resting Place” (2012)
Jan 11, 2013

Three Montserrat students are contributing illustrations to the next Open Stories Project publication!

Ciaran Gaffney
Lillian Gilbert
Amanda Woronecki

The launch is this Friday, Jan. 11, 7 pm at Lorem Ipsem in Cambridge, 1299 Cambridge Street

For more info visit
loremipsumbooks.com

It’s great that our students are contributing to community based projects such as this.” – Kirk Amaral Snow, Director of Career Services

Dec 6, 2012

Instructor Sandrine Schaefer‘s Fall 2012 Body as Art students
are pleased to announce their final performance work in THANK YOU, a public live art event on Friday, Dec. 7, 5 – 9 pm at Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA

Please join us for a night filled with performance art and free food and drink, as well as supporting these young upcoming performance artists.

Performances by:

Dec 6, 2012

A few Montserrat RA’s hosted an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party on Sunday evening, December 2nd.

It included an ugly sweater contest, mocktails, snow flake making and live music with special guest, James Collington.

Nov 28, 2012

Hearing Colors, Seeing Sound
Reception: Fri, Dec. 7, 5 – 8 pm
On View: December 7 – 12

Submission Deadline: Mon, Dec. 3

Description: It can be anything from listening to music or hearing the sounds of the ocean at the beach while visualizing the colors and shapes into art form. Current students and Alumni are encouraged to submit paintings, drawings, prints, mixed medias, or sculptures. All work must be gallery ready and it can vary in any size. Have your work submitted to the Bear Gallery in the Student Village Basement.

 

Image: “Objective Subjective” – Phoebe Warner, Oil on Canvas, 2012
Nov 2, 2012

Montserrat students will have their artwork on display this weekend at the annual collaborative gallery juried art show at the Crane Estate’s Casino Complex in Ipswich, presented by The Trustees of Reservation.

An Alternate View Student Reception: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 – 4 pm

The annual Crane Estate Art Show and Sale at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich, Nov. 2 – 4 is inspired by this year’s theme is An Alternate View. A special exhibition of student artwork from Montserrat and North Shore high schools will be on view Saturday and Sunday at the Crane Estate’s Casino Complex. The show will feature over 300 original works of art capturing the natural beauty of the North Shore.

Visitors may cast their vote for the 2012 “People’s Choice Award,” try the Art Eye Spy and contribute to the community art project.

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

For more information contact The Trustees of Reservation at www.thetrustees.org or 978.356.4351.
Oct 30, 2012

Several Montserrat faculty, staff, alumni and students will be featured in the upcoming 17 Cox exhibition, “$1000 Reward for the 20 Foot Santa Claus”: Greg Cook, Rose Olson, Valerie Rafferty, Reagan Troutman, Mike Vance, Shelton Walker and a performance by current student Shannon Gemma. The exhibition’s title refers to a 20 foot tall fiberglass Santa Claus statue stolen from the Coffee Caboose in West Ossipee, New Hampshire in 2010. 17 Cox has launched an “investi-bition” in response to the missing Santa. Part investigation, part exhibition, the gallery sent out a call for works made in response to the missing saint.

In order to find their missing Santa, the owners of the Coffee Caboose parked a truck in their Route 16 adjacent parking lot with a plea for help painted on the side: “$1000 Reward for the Arrest, Conviction and Return of The 20 Foot Santa Claus”. The truck has since become part of local folklore, with everyone having their own opinions about exactly what happened to the Santa. Thirty percent of all sales go to towards a gift for the Coffee Caboose.

FEATURING
!ND!V!DUALS - Andrew Baranauskas - Stevie Black
Greg Cook - Shannon Gemma - Geoff Hargodon
Natalie Lanese - Diana Lisanto - Rachel Loischild
Meg Lynch - Mike Lynch - Rose Olson
Paul Pauper - Zoe Perry Wood - Valarie Rafferty
Phil Sadewicz - Joana Stillwell - Reagen Troutman
Mike Vance - Shelton Walker - Elizabeth Woodward
$1000 Reward for the 20 Foot Santa Claus
Juried By Rachelle Beaudoin

November 1 – December 23, 2012
Ice Cream Reception:
Thursday, November 1, 6 – 9 pm

For more info, visit 17cox.com

Oct 19, 2012

Members of the Montserrat community, senior Tom Maio ’13, faculty members Erik Benjamin and Sandrine Schaefer will be involved in an all day performative event this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, from 10 am to 10 pm at Anthony Greaney Gallery at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston!

Time Body Space Objects 2
Curated by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan

12 artists have been invited to participate. Each artist has chosen one hour – randomly, out of a hat. There will be no clean up or set up time, one hour will transition into the next. Each artist must leave the space empty at the end of their hour. The theme will be commitment.

Participating artists:
10am-11am Tom Maio
11am-12pm Martine Viale
12pm-1pm Daniel DeLuca
1pm-2pm Jeff Huckleberry
2pm-3pm Erik Benjamins
3pm-4pm Sandrine Schaefer
4pm-5pm Nicholas Buffon
5pm-6pm Rob Andrews
6pm-7pm Ryan Hawk
7pm-8pm Peter Dobill
8pm-9pm Anya Liftig
9pm-10pm Tim Devin

Tom Maio’s work is primarily in performance, printmaking and assemblage. His performances and two dimensional work are tied together in the use of black. He uses Darkness as a manifestation of both meditation and focus, as well as desolation and discomfort. Tom is a Senior at Montserrat College of Art and a co-founder of the artist group “The Collective” and has exhibited his performances regularly in Boston and the North Shore.

Erik Benjamins works in rigorous and patient pursuit towards a choreography of the performing, culinary and visual arts as means to unpack the relationship between the home and away place.

Sandrine Schaefer is a Boston-based artist, writer, educator, and curator. Sandrine’s ephemeral artwork explores cycles of the invisible becoming visible and the shared human experience of understanding the body in space, corporally and conceptually. Her work utilizes the connection between cumulative action and endurance, by manipulating duration to challenge the parameters of real time. She believes that art lives in the body. Through the body’s actions we can re-imagine the potential of our relationship with our environment.

Sandrine has been the recipient of several grants, residencies, and has exhibited her work extensively both nationally and internationally. 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. To date, The Present Tense has served as a resource for time-based art and has shown 300+ artists from across the globe.

Oct 12, 2012

Senior Jordan Walsh ’13 did his internship over the summer at Disney Publishing Worldwide in Glendale, CA. He worked with Disney illustrators to develop visual concept art for publishing and also provided pencil drawings of Disney characters. He worked with drawing tablets and light-boxes to draw many Disney characters from Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc., to Mickey and Donald, to the characters of Wreck it Ralph.

Walsh is continuing working with Disney as a freelancer during this academic year.

Congratulations, Jordan!

Jordan and his internship supervisor, Ken Shue, VP of Global Art Development, Disney Publishing Worldwide, with a tabletop figurine of Donald Duck looking over his shoulder.
Oct 12, 2012

The Series of Artists Present Work (S.O.A.P.) Work exhibit at the 106-H Bear Gallery space at the Cummings Center is an experimental group show curated by student Emily Fung ’13. The artists were asked to display their most recent projects to display their work and gain exposure in a commercial gallery. The artists involved have completed 2+ years of college at Montserrat College of Art.

S.O.A.P. Work: A Series of Artists Present Work #2
100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H
Reception: Oct. 18, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibition: Oct. 19 – Nov. 1

Featured Artists:

Olivia Boi ’13 (prints)
Jacob Corvelo ’14 (sculptures)
Dan DeRosato
(prints + performance)
Suzy Evans ’13 (performance)
Amanda Hawes (sculptures)
Maxx Jacobson (prints)
Christiana Lauzon (paintings)
Rob Sheehan (paintings)
Nichole Walker (paintings)

Oct 5, 2012

Click below to see just a few of the fun activities that our creative RA’s have put together this fall for our students to keep inspired outside of the classroom!

>>Click here to see photos!

Oct 4, 2012

The Bear Gallery‘s invitational show, SOAP, which stands for Series Of Artist’s Present Work, displays work from Montserrat students and alumni in their off-campus space at the Cummings Center. This exhibition is the first of many shows by the Bear Gallery and the Cummings Center.

On View: Sept. 25 – Oct. 5
100 Cummings Center, Beverly, Suite 106H

View new work from our upperclassmen and alumni featuring:

Sara Benson ’13, Taylor Clough ’14
Sam King ’13, Eddie Negron ’13
Sara Santarsiero ’10, Mackenzie Strong ’13
Cory Wasnewsky ’12

Curated by Emily Fung ’13, Bear Gallery staff member

Cummings Center Gallery Hours:
Mon – Fri, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wed – Fri, 3:30 – 5:3 0pm

http://beargallery.blogspot.com/

Oct 4, 2012

Montserrat’s Bear Gallery is calling for work for their upcoming Illustration and Animation show!

Current students and alumni majoring in illustration or animation are encouraged to submit work. All work must be gallery ready and it can vary in size. Have your work submitted to the Bear Gallery in the basement of the Student Village, 26 Essex Street, Beverly. Animators: Please submit your animation in DVD format.

Submission Due: Sunday, Oct. 14

Reception: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 – 8 pm
On View: Oct. 16 – 30

Image: “Minotaur” by Michelle Tuttle, acrylic on bristol paper 2012
Oct 2, 2012

Montserrat’s student run Bear Gallery is having a spooky exhibition this fall at the Beverly Historical Society!

Such Haunting Creations
Reception: Thu, Oct. 11, 4 – 6 pm
117 Cabot St,, Beverly
John Cabot House

In the spirit of October, this show delves into the monsters, madness and magic of selected artists. Bringing their creations to life in a variety of media, these artists explore their nightmares, their fears, horror and magic in a hauntingly beautiful manner. Their work will be juxtaposed with a collection of related items from the collection of the Beverly Historical Society. Historic objects and new artistic works combine in Such Haunting Creations.

Artists include:
Jason Fandel, Dan Stone, Zachary Naylor and Kevin Ilacqua

Curated by Elizabeth Paddock, Bear Gallery staff member

On view though Dec. 8

Hours: Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Wed, 1 – 9 pm

beargallery.blogspot.com
Contact: beargallery@gmail.com

Sep 28, 2012

CALL FOR WORK!

Montserrat students are invited to submit their artwork for the upcoming collaborative gallery show between the Crane Estate in Ipswich and Montserrat College of Art, “An Alternate View”

Submit your pieces to the Bear Gallery office in the lower level of the Student Village by OCTOBER 26TH!

All work must be fixed and ready to be hung!

“An Alternate View” is a juried show.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to show your art outside of campus!
Feel free to contact Ariel Durkee (ariel.durkee@montserrat.edu)
or Eddie Negron (eddie.negron@montserrat.edu) with any questions or concerns.

Sep 24, 2012

The Bear Gallery is hosting its second show of the year. The artists submitting work are encouraged to explore many different combined mediums, with a topic of their choice. The color’s affect on our psyche is explored through visual tactics. Every element or medium used must be related to the color Red.

Everything Red: Mixed Media Show
Reception: Friday, Sept. 28, 5 – 8 pm
On View: Sept. 28 – Oct. 12
Bear Gallery, Student Village Basement

Emily Fung, Untitled Collage (Detail), 2012, collage on canvas
Sep 21, 2012
Montserrat’s student run Bear Gallery is hosting an exhibit at the Cummings Center this fall.

SOAP is an Invitational Show of current work from selected Beverly artists. SOAP stands for Series Of Artist’s Present Work.This exhibition will be the first of many shows by the Bear Gallery and the Cummings Center. Please join the Bear Gallery to celebrate the first show in their off- campus space at the Cummings Center.

Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5 – 7 pm
On View: Sept. 25 – Oct. 5
100 Cummings Center, Beverly

View new work from our upperclassmen and alumni featuring:

Sara Benson ’13
Taylor Clough ’14
Sam King ’13
Eddie Negron ’13
Sara Santarsiero ’10

Mackenzie Strong ’13
Cory Wasnewsky ’12

Curated by Emily Fung ’13, Bear Gallery staff member

100 Cummings Center Gallery Hours:
Mon – Fri, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wed – Fri, 3:30 – 5:3 0pm

http://beargallery.blogspot.com/

Sep 21, 2012

Asst. Prof. Mark Hoffmann is currently at the Ottawa International Animation Festival with his Animation + Interactive Media students Georgia Bolender ‘13, Michelle McGaughey ‘14 and Val Toukatly ’13.

Like last year, Bolender is blogging live feeds about the trip to Ottawa at http://gb-adventures.tumblr.com/

Sep 17, 2012

Current student Colin McGuire ’13 and his father, Michael McGuire, will exhibit their New Work in New York this fall.

Opening Reception: Sept. 20, 6 – 8 pm

TAI Group
150 W. 30th St, NY
RSVP: 508-221-0416

To see more of McGuire’s work visit: colinmcguirefineart.com

Sep 14, 2012

The Bear Gallery is hosting its second show of the year. The artists submitting work are encouraged to explore many different combined mediums, with a topic of their choice. The color’s affect on our psyche is explored through visual tactics. Every element or medium used must be related to the color Red. Everything Red: Mixed Media Show.
Reception: Friday, Sept. 28, 5 – 8 pm
On View: Sept. 28 – Oct.12
Bear Gallery, Student Village Basement

Image: Emily Fung, Untitled Collage (Detail), 2012, collage on canvas
Sep 14, 2012

Current senior Sarah Krizon ’13 is exhibiting her paintings and works on paper this fall in a debut solo show at GLADSTONE at 36 1/2 Union Street
in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.

Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 5 – 8 pm
On View: Sept. 12 – Nov. 14

Sarah Krizon dazzled the North Shore arts community in May when one of her works on paper ignited a bidding battle at Montserrat’s Artrageous!26 Auction; making it clearly one of the most desired pieces of the evening! Krizon began the discipline of painting with the study of portrait and landscape at the Montserrat College of Art. Through her early training she developed a vocabulary of mark making, which she now uses to describe her life experiences with non-representational compositions on canvas, paper, and board.

See more of Krizon’s work here: sarahkrizon.blogspot.com

Sep 7, 2012

Current student Alison Yusov ’14 has her work in two exhibits in Salem this September.

She has a piece that was accepted into Off the Top of Your Head, the 6th Annual Show Inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum Exhibition. The juried show is a collaboration between the Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem Arts Association.

Reception: Saturday, Sept. 8, 4 – 6 pm
Carriage Barn of the Andrew-Safford House
13 Washington Square, Salem, MA

She also has a digital collage hanging in the Seasons theme show at Salem Arts Association.

Reception: Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 – 6 pm
Artists’ Row, Salem Arts Association
24 New Derby St., Unit #4, Salem, MA

Both shows will remain on exhibit throughout the month of September.

To see more work of her work visit: chromeheartillustration.com

Congratulations, Alison!

Aug 30, 2012

Student Loren Doucette ’13 will be apart of Music as Muse, a convergence of music and art that will activate the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm, #6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA.

In a two-hour performance showcasing the musical mastery of singer/guitarist/composer Michael Gregory, visual artists Rocky Delforge, Loren Doucette, Ruth Mordecai and Eileen Mueller will make responsive and interpretative artworks over a broad range of creative expression.

ADMISSION IS LIMITED to the first 40 reservations. Ticket price of $100 per person includes hors d’oerves, wine bar and a completely unique and amazing multi-disciplinary performance demonstrating the power of the creative muse. An artwork created on site by each artist will be up for bid at the performance’s end. Proceeds will benefit the purchase and development of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

Please make your reservations early as seating is limited. For reservations and info contact: karen.ristuben@gmail.com or 978-758-1210.

>>Click here for more details!

LOREN DOUCETTE
As a muralist and a water colorist for many years, Loren returned to art school in 2007 in search of a voice and a line of her own. Her dynamic works in pastel, acrylic and collage are driven by a search for truth in drawing. Inspired by both the landscape and the figure, her works bridge the intersection of realism and abstraction. As she works from observation, she thrives by the freedom to depart from her source at any second.

To view Loren’s recent artwork visit: lorendoucette.blogspot.com

Aug 29, 2012

We had such a great Orientation weekend with our new students!

Thank you to our wonderful orientation leaders, RAs, faculty, staff and the Beverly community for all your help to make our movie in weekend such a success this year!

Jul 20, 2012

Current student Massiel Grullon ’14 will be showcasing her paintings at the Refuge Cafe in Allston for its first local artist reception on Thursday, July 19, from 8 pm to midnight.

Grullon will also be drawing caricatures and doing face paintings during the reception. The night will feature cocktails and DJ Dandy Dan. Admission is open to those who are 21+, costs $5 at the door and includes a beer ticket.

The cafe hopes to host similar shows every couple of months along with arranging to have student work rotate on a more regular basis in its “Loo Gallery.”

>>Click here to visit the Facebook event to learn more!

Image: 2009- Clara Bow ; event poster
Jul 17, 2012

Recent alumna Deborah Gray ’11 has just been offered an art teaching position at Ipswich High School where she will teach digital photography, 3D, studio art and graphic design.

While a student, Gray completed her practicum at Manchester-Essex HS with Caroline Epp in the fall of 2011. Gray graduated with a focus in Photography and Art Education. After graduation, she worked in retail and also taught for our Continuing Education Dept. where she was involved in our community partnership with the YMCA. Gray worked in the after school program and remained very active in pursuing a more permanent teaching position!

Congratulations, Debbie!

Jun 23, 2012

Head down to 17 Cox today for a closing bon-fire as they dismantle and toss their exhibition into a bon fire. The exhibition, You Are Here! The Viewer as Inconstant Media features [Space], a collective of Montserrat students, and Montserrat Faculty Doug Bell. Portions of [Space]‘s Untitled Shack and Benjamin Benson Evans TV Dinner will be burned. Doug Bell’s work will be dismantled and transported back to his studio.

YOU WERE HERE! Closing Bon-fire and BBQ
June 23, 2012 @ 6 pm
17 Cox Court, Beverly MA 01915
Roastable matter and refreshments will be served

More info at www.17cox.com

May 31, 2012

This piece, “Prometheus,” by Grant Archer ’13 has been installed in the Operation Troop Support field next to their strawberry patch. Stop by the farm for a visit and experience the collaboration between local communities!

Farmstand Open Daily, 8am – 6pm
656 Asbury Street, South Hamilton, MA
gmfarm.com | 978.468.2277

May 22, 2012

Faculty member Anne Loyer’s Motion Graphics class Skyped with students in an English Literature class in Basra, Iraq this past spring. The Montserrat and the Iraqi students were exchanging artwork, writing and collaborating on a projects throughout the semester.

The project came about after Loyer helped the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston arrange Amir’s visit to Boston last fall, 2011. Amir is an Iraqi playwright who was finishing his doctoral work at the University of York at the time. His visit allowed them to meet and share ideas.  Loyer had originally been approached by Marc Miller at the Fort Point Theater Channel about working on some projects with them, and she suggested that they do a play by an Iraqi play wright. Loyer eventually learned of Amir, and he shared some of his work with her via e-mail and Skype.

Since he was about to head back to Iraq to teach drama courses in the English Department at the University of Basra, they thought about the value of having both Montserrat and the Iraqi students interact. The political and personal ramifications of their respective culture’s mutual ignorance about each other were a topic that was important to each of them, and something they wanted to share with their students. So they both decided to use the Internet to share work and ideas between the students and develop collaborative projects. The students at Montserrat combined visual work with the writings of the Basra students.

Because steady electricity is not a given in Basra, let alone Internet connectivity – they found that e-mail is the best form of communication. This is something that hadn’t been done before – it is a bit of an experiment. They had run into a lot of difficulties on both ends – but have learned a lot just from trying to set it up (such as working around restrictions on women in Basra, so that they can participate).

Assoc. Prof. Blyth Hazen and the Research Coordinator at the Joiner Center, Ban Al Mahfodh, (an Arabic speaker originally from Basra) had been very supportive throughout the process. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard has also been supportive, and originally offered Loyer and Amir to use their Blackboard Collaborate server for online conferencing.

May 18, 2012

Current junior  Colin McGuire ’13 has his work in a solo show in Provincetown, MA!

One Night Show

Thursday, May 17, 7 – 10 pm
The Nor’East Beer Garden
206 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA

To see more of McGuire’s work visit: colinmcguirefineart.com

May 17, 2012

Freshman Danielle Franzen ‘15 has been interning with Express Yourself (EXYO) this past spring semester. She met with EXYO’s Co-Executive Director, Paula Conrad, during in the fall to initially discuss the internship opportunity. Franzen was immediately excited about the work, the youth and the upcoming spring production at the Wang Center! In addition to being accepted as an intern, Franzen has been given a part in the spring show, PULSE!

Franzen will perform in the annual Express Yourself show Thursday, May 17th at the Wang Theater in Boston at 7 pm. Along with performing in the show, Franzen has also been working with the students to create the stage and props!

She has some background in dance and was active in extracurricular activities while in high school. Franzen’s time with EXYO is only considered an elective internship and she will still have to complete a required internship when she is a junior. Franzen is the first intern Montserrat has had working with EXYO.

The Montserrat community wishes her good luck on her performance!

>>Click here to learn more about Express Yourself!

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

May 8, 2012

Arielle Winchester ’12 not only will be graduating from Montserrat College of Art this May with a BFA in Graphic Design, but  she was also chosen by her peers to be their student speaker during Commencement 2012 on Friday, May 25th!

And to top it all off, Winchester already has plans for post-graduation! She has recently been hired for a full-time position at Montserrat’s Board of Trustee member Don Bowen‘s company, Meridian Associates, as their Marketing Coordinator! She was offered the opportunity after interning with them last summer.

During her internship at Meridian, Winchester worked closely with their Business Coordinator, Melissa Fahey, who was planning her wedding at the time. Fahey hired Winchester to do some freelance design work to help create her wedding materials when she wasn’t busy working in the office.

In her work, Winchester hopes to bridge the gap between tactile and digital design. Through her education and freelance work she has gained experience in everything from marketing, to web coding, to letterpress. A tremendous amount of effort, care and passion go into every project that she takes on.

Congratulations, Arielle!

To see her work visit:

be.net/ariellewinchester or ariellewinchester.com

For more information about our Internship program visit:  www.montserrat.edu/academics/internships

May 7, 2012

Montserrat’s student run Bear Gallery’s Spring Sculpture Show 2012 that will be taking place at the historical John Hale House.

Student sculptures will be on display at the Hale Farm from Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, June 22.

Reception: May 15, 5 – 7 pm
39 Hale Street, Beverly, MA

Spend the evening supporting your fellow classmates and visiting one of Beverly’s richest historical sites! The 1694 John Hale House, home of Beverly’s first minister, is one of the community’s most significant historic structures.

Contact Ariel Durkee at ariel.durkee@montserrat.edu or Len Thomas-Vickory at len.thomas-vickory@montserrat.edu

May 1, 2012

Montserrat students of Greg Orfanos’ Illustration 4 class have designed posters for Children’s Book Week (May 7 – 13). The students were encouraged to create an exciting image to celebrate and help promote the idea of reading.

Their work will be on display from May 1 – 13 at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, in the Children’s Room during regular library hours.

Stop over to see their work and celebrate Children’s Book Week!

>>For more info click here!

Apr 24, 2012

Call and Response
Reception: Monday April 30, 11:30 am
Paul M. Scott Library

Call and Response is an exhibition inspired by the Montserrat Study Abroad Trip to Ghana in West Africa.

There will be Ghanaian food and music!
Everyone Welcome!

Apr 4, 2012

Come and see what our incredibly talented students have been working on! Meet these artists, their parents, our faculty and staff.

Saturday, April 14, 3 – 6 pm
Awards Ceremony at 4 pm

Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA

Find out what the excitement is all about!

Questions? Contact:
Marjorie Augenbraum
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
marjorie.augenbraum@montserrat.edu
978.921.4242 x1603

Apr 4, 2012

Current students Colin McGuire ’13 and Loren Doucette ’12 will be exhibiting their work this April at Passports Restaurant, 110 Main Street in Gloucester. McGuire is displaying his oil paintings of Cape Ann and Cape Cod Landscapes while Doucette is showing her recent Portraits series.

See more of McGuire’s work: www.colinmcguirefineart.com

See more of Doucette’s work: www.lorendoucette.blogspot.com

Special thank you goes out to Eric Lorden of Passports for inviting them to display their work. Please stop by to see the art and have dinner this Apri!

Apr 3, 2012

Our Student Services Department has been working on finding a better smoking solution for Montserrat’s campus. They conducted a survey and while the majority of people do not support a tobacco ban on campus, many commented that they wish the current policy of no smoking within 25 feet of the buildings was enforced. Below are the results from the survey that were included in Montserrat’s most recent Health Center Newsletter for March/April 2012.

Faculty and Students’ Responses:

  • 56% did not smoke in the past year
  • 43% said that second-hand smoke negatively impacted their experience at Montserrat
  • 42% would support a total ban on tobacco products that create second hand smoke, yet 82% feel the smoking policy is fine the way it is

Additional Comments:

  • Many feel total ban is unrealistic
  • Many express support for enforcing 25-foot from building policy
Mar 24, 2012

Many Montserrat students, alumni, faculty and staff will be present at IDEA FACTORY #3, an event at Kingston Gallery, where faculty Mary Bucci McCoy’s exhibition Manifest is currently hanging.  The first IDEA FACTORY was hosted in Montserrat’s Paul M Scott Library last August. IDEA FACTORY was initiated by Aaron Colantti and Rob KS, a pair of artists from Minneapolis – more at www.ideafactoreee.com

IDEA FACTORY #3: A history of co-ops, collectives and DIY in Boston

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7- 9 pm at Kingston Gallery

DELEGATES (Montserrat in bold):

  • Ilona Anderson, Rose Olson + Mary Bucci McCoy – Kingston Gallery, Boston
  • Kathleen Bitteti – Independent Curator / Medicine Wheel, Boston
  • Bradford Rusick – Independent Curator / Art’s Not Dead
  • Lucas Spivey – 17 Cox, Beverly
  • Tom Maio + Leah Rafaela Ceriello – The Collective, Beverly
  • Lindsey Parker – unchARTed, Lowell
  • Kyle Gibson, Sara Benson, Ari Grosvenor + Sarah Miller – [space], Beverly
  • Pat Falco + Elliot Anderson – Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham
  • Jennifer Moses – Fort Point Arts Community, Boston
  • Walter Wright + Mary Ann – Gallery 119, Lowell
  • Brian Crete + Rob Festa – UFORGE Gallery, Boston
  • Grant Archer, Liz Sultzer + Emily Fung – Bear Gallery, Beverly
  • Jean Mineo – Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston
  • Joyce McDaniel — Boston Sculptors Gallery, Reclamation Artists, Boston
  • Olivia Ives-Flores, et al. – Yes Oui Si, Boston
Mar 20, 2012

Bringing Home the Value of Study Abroad
By Laura Olmstead Tonelli
Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Director of Study Abroad Programs

As featured in the Beverly Citizen (Feb. 23-29, 2012)

With the current focus on cutting the cost of undergraduate education, one popular element that might seem easily expendable is the popular option to study abroad. Even those programs that are sponsored by the home institution involve added expenses, and the price tag can be discouraging to students and their parents. In addition, since 9/11, the choice to go overseas has created fears about personal safety, resulting in a drop in travel worldwide. If the threat of terrorism is now lessened in 2012, there are new concerns. With the changeable political climate in the Arab world in the last 18 months, we have watched study abroad programs be closed or suspended in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and most recently Syria. And programs in Japan are just now beginning to resume after the events of March 2011 with the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout. Isn’t it just safer and cheaper to stay home?

The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding “No.” The increasingly global nature of our every interaction makes it more important than ever for young people to have an intensive experience in another culture. While it may be difficult to quantify the educational benefits, just as it is for a humanities education, there are important indicators of the extraordinary value of study abroad programs. Recent studies now provide hard data, not simply anecdotal evidence, that demonstrate these benefits: expanding students’ world views, affecting their life choices, increasing their tolerance of new ideas and behaviors, and imparting a greater sense of civic duty at home.  Read more...


>>Click here for more information on our study abroad program.

We still have a few spots (and scholarship money $$) available for our Viterbo, Italy Summer Program!

Please visit www.montserrat.edu to learn more and apply for this exciting opportunity!

Click here to check out some photography from the summer 2011 trip to Italy. Also, illustrations can be found at drawingviterbo.blogspot.com.

For more information, please contact Sharon McManus at sharon.mcmanus@montserrat.edu or Laura Tonelli, at laura.tonelli@montserrat.edu or call today at 978-921-4242 x 1602.
Feb 23, 2012

Students from Montserrat College of Art teamed up with the Sudbury Wayland Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable this year to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day themed gift bags at their annual sponsored drive. The students donated their time to help make the day a little brighter for adults and children in local shelters.

The Montserrat students were joined by members from the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and Acton, swimmers at Atkinson Pool in Sudbury, members of the Council on Aging in Lincoln, a knitting group in Weston, parents, staff and even the kindergarten students at the Sudbury Extended Day and local residents to help with the donations. The volunteers created 75 festive gift bags!

The Roundtable reaches out to many different communities for help. More information is available at domesticviolenceroundtable.org.

Read full article here…

Feb 10, 2012

Montserrat’s student run gallery, the Bear Gallery, and the Beverly Historical Society have collaborated on an exhibit at The Cabot House, on view through March 31. Bear Gallery’s student staff members Grant Archer and Emily Fung, with the Society’s Curator of Collections Darren Brown, and with assistance from Montserrat’s Asst. Curator of Education, Maggie Cavallo, have created this experience to honor the community they both share.

By considering the practice of recording history, and the relationship to the melting pot of downtown Beverly, the students of Montserrat subvert traditional perspectives on Beverly and its extensive past. The exhibition compares and contrasts contemporary art movements with age-old textile practices, maritime art and traditional painting practices, creating a dialogue that speaks directly with the historic objects on display at the Cabot House. After the students had looked through several rooms and storage units of the Society’s Collection, they chose pieces that would inspire the show.

 

The Beverly Historical Society’s Cabot House is located at 117 Cabot Street, Beverly. The exhibit will be on view during the Beverly Historical Society’s regular hours, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 10am -4pm and Wed 1 – 9pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students and free for members and children under 16. Montserrat students will be admitted free of charge during the run of the exhibition.

Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory, Susan Goganian, the Society’s Director, Emily Fung, Grant Archer, and Darren Brown, the Society's curator of collections
Feb 9, 2012

Students, Faculty, and Staff came together Feb. 8th for Montserrat’s Involvement Fair. Each club had their own table where student and staff representatives were ready to discuss the club they were involved in!

The clubs included Theatre Club, Community Service, Nerdtastic, Knitting Club, InterVarsity, Ponyville, Resident Life, Film Appreciation Club, Fitness Club, Orientation Leaders, C.O.M.I.C. League, Special Effects Club, Hiking/Outdoors Club, Student Voice, Quidditch Team, and Video Game Club!

Feb 6, 2012
The Gallery at Porter Mill is hosting an exhibit this month in collaboration with Montserrat’s student run Bear Gallery entitled Bound and Written. The exhibition features book arts and letterpress work from the students at Montserrat’s celebrated and inventive Book Arts and Printmaking program. The exhibit will run through Feb. 26th.

This show was made possible by alumna Bea Modisett ’07 from Porter Mill and the Bear Gallery student staff of Jordan Archey ‘13, Liz Sultzer ‘13 and Arielle Winchester ‘12.

Gallery Hours: W, Th, F 5 – 7 pm, Sa 11 am – 2 pm, and by appointment. Studios at Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly.

For more information visit studiosatportermill.blogspot.com

Feb 2, 2012

Current student Alison Yusov ’13 has two digital collage illustrations that were accepted into the 2nd Anniversary Juried Show at Paris in Plantsville, CT.

Allison created the digital collages for instructor Allison Cole’s Illustration III class last semester.

Opening reception: Saturday Feb. 4, 7pm

For more information about the gallery visit: parisinplantsville.com
To see more work by Allison visit: chromeheartillustration.blogspot.com

Feb 1, 2012

Current Senior Loren Doucette ’12 will be showing her recent drawings and paintings at The Art Room, 3 Center Street in Gloucester. Her solo show, entitled Recent Works exhibits Loren’s portrait work, abstractions, large ink works and some small landscapes from her July 2011 trip to Italy. Stop by Loren’s opening reception Saturday Feb. 4. Her work will remain on view through April 4 anytime between 10am and 7pm. If you would like to make an appointment to see the show, or have any questions, call Loren at 978.879.8981

View more of Loren’s work on her blog, lorendoucette.blogspot.com

Jan 26, 2012

First, The Bear Gallery and the Studios at Porter Mill will be hosting a collaborative exhibit entitled, Bound and Written. This exhibition features book arts and letterpress work from the students at Montserrat’s celebrated and inventive Book Arts and Printmaking program. The show will run from Feb. 2 – 24 with a reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 – 8 pm at the Gallery at Porter Mill. This show has been made possible by alumna Bea Modisett ’07 from Porter Mill and the Bear Gallery student staff of Jordan Archey ‘13, Liz Sultzer ‘13 and Arielle Winchester ‘12.

The gallery is open Thu – Fri, 5 – 7pm and Sat from 11am – 2pm and by appointment. Studios at Porter Mill is located at 95 Rantoul Street.

Second, The Bear Gallery and the Beverly Historical Society are collaborating on an exhibition which will be on view Feb. 6 – March 31 at the Beverly Historical Society’s Cabot House located at 117 Cabot St.  A reception will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6-8 pm.

Historical Society Curator of Collections Darren Brown coordinated the project with Montserrat students Grant Archer, Emily Fung, Liz Sultzer ‘13, Jordan Archey ‘13 and Arielle Winchester ‘12 with assistance from Montserrat Gallery Education Coordinator Maggie Cavallo. The exhibition will include works created by Montserrat College of Art students, inspired by pieces from the historical society’s collections, which will also be on view.

The exhibit will be on view during the Beverly Historical Society’s regular hours, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 10am -4pm and Wed 1 – 9pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students and free for members and children under 16.  Montserrat students will be admitted free of charge during the run of the exhibition.

Jan 24, 2012

Are you interested in attending our study abroad program in Italy during July 2012?

Last day to apply for this opportunity is Wednesday, Feb. 15th, which is right around the corner! Some classes fill up fast and space will be filled on a first come/first serve basis!

Please visit our website for our application, information and refund policy at www.montserrat.edu/academics/study-abroad/italy. A deposit of $400 is due with your application and scholarship materials will be reviewed after Feb. 15th. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Academic Affairs Coordinator Sharon McManus at sharon.mcmanus@montserrat.edu

Click here to check out some photography from summer 2011. Also, illustrations can be found at drawingviterbo.blogspot.com.

Donna Lee landscape drawing in Viterbo; Peter Bergamo near Terme Tuscanese.
Jan 12, 2012

In addition to class evaluations, students are evaluated by a faculty evaluation panel at the end of the semester where they present an exhibition of their end of the semester’s work. The evaluation and critique is meant to help the student in planning and focusing for the next semester of study.

This past fall semester ended with a mixture of anxiety, excitement and relief as the students prepared for their December evaluations in front of a panel of Montserrat faculty members. The students reflected on their “Aha!” moments they reached during the semester including: self-discovery, what inspired them, perspective growth, what inspires them, etc. The constructive criticism and praise that that students received from the faculty evaluation panel helped the students prepare for next semester!

Angie Hill ’13 explaining the work she had done over the fall '11 semester to Asst. Prof. Rhoda Rosenberg, Asst. Prof. James Durrett, Prof. Blyth Hazen and Prof. Gabrielle Keller
Jan 6, 2012

Congratulations to Senior Aoi Suzuki ‘12 who was chosen for the Exhibit Illustration West 50 at the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles! The exhibition is planned to be held in early spring of 2012 at the Gallery Nucleus.

Aoi was also part of a group show entitled Between Youth and Adulthood at Design Festival Gallery in Tokyo from Jan. 4-7. Visit designfestagallery.com to brush up on your Japanese and learn more about Aoi’s exhibition!

Aoi also contributed work to Montserrat’s Thanks for Everything Senior Fine Arts Seminar Show in November 2011 alongside three other seniors (Rena Masson, Chris Pianka & Matthew Weir).
Aoi Suzuki, "Surrounded by Meats", 2011, Oil on canvas
Jan 5, 2012

The cover of the North Shore Art ThrobJan/Feb Street Guide issue was designed by Montserrat College of Art senior Mori Clark ‘12. Mori’s illustration “Starry Gutter” is also featured inside the magazine on page 12. 

About the cover: “Winter Mist” was the result of a collaboration with Montserrat’s Editorial Illustration class taught by Greg Orfanos. This issue, celebrating The Essay, features writers from across the North Shore as they explore the theme ‘Art is Where You Find It,’ which was the prompted concept behind both of Mori’s featured pieces.

Though Mori Clark works largely in digital media, she still considers herself a painter at heart. Originally hailing from Akron, OH, she enjoys fondue, cats and music where she can’t understand the words!

Get your copy today! Find the Jan/Feb issue in boxes on the corner of Salem’s Essex and Washington, Salem Train Depot and Beverly’s Cabot Street in front of Atomic Cafe. Art Throb can also be found in shops and restaurants in Salem, Beverly, Marblehead and Lynn.

Dec 14, 2011

Colin McGuire ’13 and his paintings were featured on GoodMorningGloucester for his most recent show at The Eugene Quinn Gallery in Rockport, MA. Colin’s work is accompanied by Eugene Quinn himself and Jill Demeri. The show will remain open through Dec. 23, open 10 am – 5 pm every day, 54 Bearskin Neck, Rockport.

Dec 5, 2011

Exchange: Four Art Education Practicum graduates from Montserrat will exhibit student artwork from their elementary through high school grade level classrooms. The Exchange exhibit will remain open from Dec. 5 – 16 in the 301 Gallery. A reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5-8 pm, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.

Exhibiting Instructors, who are also graduates from Montserrat’s Class of 2011, and schools include: Clara Bohan, Beverly High School; Rebecca Figler, Ipswich High School; Deborah Gray, Manchester-Essex Middle High School; and Jacqueline Gaudet, Rockport Elementary School.

The artworks shown were created from lessons taught by the Art Education Practicum graduate teachers during the Fall 2011 semester. Artworks include photography, sculpture, drawing, paintings, ceramics, and printmaking.

Visit www.montserrat.edu for more information!

Dec 5, 2011

Montserrat’s Holiday Art Sale at 301 Gallery Friday, Dec. 2 was a great success! Over 50 Montserrat alumni, students, faculty and staff displayed their incredible handcrafted fine arts, sculptures, jewelry, photography and much much more!! Thank you to everyone who made the night possible. Special thanks to Image Librarian Sally Seamans for all of your work in putting this event together.

Sophomores Elaine Carreiro, Elizabeth (Liz) Laskey, and Dominique Butori
Dec 1, 2011

Viterbo Artwork 2011

Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Nov. 30 – Dec. 21

Montserrat presents paintings, drawings and sketchbooks from students and faculty from their study abroad trip to the medieval Italian town of Viterbo in June 2011, which will be on display through Dec. 21. Montserrat encourages and supports students who want to study art abroad and believes that Montserrat becomes a stronger institution when our students bring broad and diverse educational and life experiences to class.

For more information about the program, please visit Drawing Viterbo!

Left: Val Toukatly's Watercolors on paper; Right: Lana Wheeler's "Untitled," 2011, Sketchbook & Colin Prahl's "Behind the Duomo," 2011, Sketchbook
Nov 30, 2011

Montserrat College of Art’s character design competition is on! “King Of The ILL” Watch as each teams battle over four weeks, all for the honor and glory of being named… KING of the ILL.

Follow the competition at kingoftheill.com!

King of the ILL is a character design tournament where tag teams designed by students from the Montserrat College of Art face each other in a juried competition.

Creative Jury: Paolo Rivera, Willie Real, Cutter Hutton, Ann Smith, and Scott Campbell

Nov 17, 2011

The Bear Gallery’s last show for the fall semester entitled Micro to Macro will begin on Friday, Nov. 18th with two receptions from noon – 1 p.m. and an additional opening from 7 – 9 p.m. in the evening with food and a small dance party!

The Bear Gallery is located in the basement of the New Student village. The Student Village is directly across from Montserrat’s Hardie Building.

Visit the Bear Gallery website for directions.

Nov 16, 2011

Recent Montserrat grad Ophelia Hathaway ‘11 and current students Shannon “Soks” Gemma ’13 and Nur Ozkaynak ’15 in The North of Boston Art Center’s rendition of Cinderella Nov. 17th through 20th at the Memorial Theater, 502 Cabot Street, Beverly.

Visit thenobac.org for details and cast roles.
Purchase tickets here!

Nov 14, 2011

Congratulations to freshman Nur D. Ozkaynak and alumna Kate Weghorst ’09 who tied for the 2011 People’s Choice: Montserrat award during The Crane Estate’s Annual Art Show and Sale! Brought to you by The Trustees Reservations.

"High Tea at Essex" by Kate Weghorst '09, and "Together" by freshman Nur D. Ozkaynak.
Nov 14, 2011

Thank you to all of those who participated and donated their time and resources to Montserrat’s community! Our Annual Health & Wellness Fair on Oct. 13 was very much a SUCCESS!

Pictured here are Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services (MCPHS) PharmD majors in their 6th year with Dr. R. Rebecca Couris. They attend various health fairs to present their projects.

From left to right: Dr. Vincent Berardi, Ricky Thumar, Dr. R. Rebecca Couris, Hussein Taha, Adrienne Valentino, Tenley Poulin, Emelissa Sacchetti, Jennifer Fortin, Dean of Students Maureen Wark, Montserrat senior Gabrielle Pisano ’12, Victoria Pisano, Natasha Chan, Gregory Burukhin, and Kevin Yeh.

A special thank you to: Montserrat’s Counseling Center and Health Center (Janet Dauray & Susan Calhoun), Beverly Police and Security, Cabot Street Nutrition, Beverly Massage, Franson Chiropractic, Gentle Dental, Beverly YMCA, Health Quarters, Yogasakti, Organic Café, Smoking Cessation – Dr. Kalman, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Nov 10, 2011

The art work of juniors Morgan Dyer ’13 and Bianca Picozzi ’13 joined over 30 Montserrat students and one alumna, Kristine Roan ’11, on Saturday, Nov. 5th for Montserrat’s Opening Reception of their exhibit in the Casino Complex at The Crane Estate’s Annual Art Show.

Altogether, Montserrat students showed 52 pieces at the show, which came to be with the help of Asst. Prof. Len Thomas-Vickory, director of The Bear Gallery and its fantastic student staff: senior Jordan Archey, juniors Elizabeth Sultzer and Grant Archer, sophomore Emily Fung, and Jensina Ohly!

The event was also featured in The Salem News!

Juniors Morgan Dyer and Bianca Picozzi outside the Crane Estate during Montserrat’s Opening Reception. Morgan ended up selling a set of three of her paintings!
Nov 3, 2011

Montserrat’s Art Connection unveiled its first public program in the cafeteria at Beverly Hospital Wednesday, Oct. 19th. Eleven works were chosen from 150 for the installation, including four pieces by Chandler; a series of photographs by recent Montserrat graduate Cecelia Pettigrew ‘11; and a drawing by junior Georgia Bolender ’13.

“The Art Connection is a unique community collaboration, and we are very grateful to the staff at Montserrat and the artists for affording us such an opportunity,’’ said Gerald MacKillop, hospital official.

Read full article in The Boston Globe…and featured in the Beverly Citizen

Photo: From left, Maggie Cavallo, assistant curator of education at Montserrat, President Steve Immerman, artist Fay Chandler, and Trustees Henrietta Gates and Hilly Ebling stand in front of a painting by Chandler, which is now part of a collection hanging in the cafeteria at Beverly Hospital. Ebling is on the board of the Art Connection of Boston, and was instrumental in helping to make the connection between the college and the program. The Montserrat program is now one of several in the country.

Oct 13, 2011

The Bear Gallery invites the Montserrat community to their current drawing show, All Wound Up: In Lines and Shading, featuring drawings by Montserrat students and alumni. 

The Bear Gallery provides a venue for the pursuit of student education in curatorial and gallery skills. The gallery serves to bridge the gap between art students and professional artists, as well as creating a sense of community. Each show presents a student perspective of contemporary work by their peers and those who influence them. The Ursa Major Gallery was created as a way to branch off of the on campus Bear Gallery to extend publicity of student work beyond the campus. The Bear Gallery: A Student-run gallery offering you a chance to prepare to be a professional artist.

Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 18th, The Bear Gallery invites all students and alumni to submit their work for this fall’s annual Crane Estate Art Show, which will be held Nov. 5th & 6th at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. Work should be brought to The Bear Gallery in the Student Village’s lower level between Oct.18th and Oct. 26th.

Work should be “gallery-ready” (clean, matted, framed, wired, etc. and ready to hang). For any work that has special installation requirements please email len.thomas-vickory@montserrat.edu. The submission forms will be on the desk to the left when you enter The Bear Gallery and should be filled out in full so that the work can be properly identified. All current students and alumni are encouraged to submit work and attend the show! This is an excellent way to gain exhibit experience and show your work in an off-campus location. Please stop by and check out the current show of student drawings on display at The Bear Gallery, entitled All Wound Up!

Also, this Friday, Oct. 21st, The Bear Gallery will be hosting another reception featuring live music for the The Mystery Show at the satellite space at 238 Cabot Street from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. hosted by student Peter Faasse.

Visit the Bear Gallery for more information!

Bear Gallery Hours of Operation:

Mon: 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tue: 2 – 3 p.m., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wed: 12:30 – 3 p.m., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thu: 2 – 3 p.m., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fri: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct 12, 2011

On Tuesday morning, October 11, Kate Beck, an artist from Maine, visited the students in the Painting II: Contemporary Practice course at Montserrat College of Art. Kate is represented by Masters Pelavin in NYC, Icon Gallery in Maine, Minus Space in NYC, and is currently having her first international solo exhibition, Poema, at ELEMENT, in the Netherlands. A book about her work relative to this exhibition will be published in the near future. Kate has exhibited widely and she also writes about art in her blogspot. You can view her work at www.katebeckstudio.com

Kate spoke with the students about the development of her work over a ten year period, addressed the essential importance of drawing in her work andshared images via a digital presentation as well as showing original works on paper. Faculty member, Diane Ayott worked with Maggie Cavello, Gallery Outreach Coordinator, in order to bring Kate Beck to our campus.

Oct 12, 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 3, 2011

Current senior, Rena Masson ’12 will have art work displayed in ”The 3rd Annual Women’s Show: a Breast Cancer Benefit,” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which will be on display at The Silver Circle Gallery in Putnam, CT, from Oct. 5 – 30. The opening reception is Friday Oct. 7, 6 pm – 8 pm, and is a free event that will allow the public to view the artwork and meet the artists.

Click here for more information!

Silver Circle Gallery is located at 75 Main Street in Downtown Putnam, CT.

Sep 23, 2011

Montserrat Animation + Interactive Media students Georgia Bolender and Chris Pianka are attending the Ottawa International Animation Festival! Read about the festival and trip on Georgia’s blog!

Sep 20, 2011

Loren Douchette ’12 featured in Good Morning Gloucester:

Loren Douchette ’12 is currently studying painting at Montserrat. For the past ten years she has been exploring landscape, portrait and abstraction in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Click here to view Good Morning Gloucester post Also, check out Loren’s Artwork and new blog!

Sep 19, 2011

Liz Loyte ’12 did her internship this summer with Conor Doherty, a fashion photographer working in Boston and New York City. One of her projects involved working on a fall fashion shoot at Elevin Studios for StyleBoston, which  was broadcast on WCVB-TV, Channel 5 Boston, Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11.

“Stylists from Contra pulled clothing and accessories from different designers’ fall collections where they noticed a very dark and dramatic ‘witchy’ or wiccan theme, and they really played it up based on that,” said Liz. “It wasn’t strictly ‘fall fashion trends,’ but more of one specific trend/theme…basically I’d sum it up as a dark and dramatic editorial inspired by the spells, power, and magic of the unknown.”

If you missed the live airing you can still catch the episode of Liz’s photo shoot here: Fashion Forward: Cosas Oscuras Editorial. Congrats Liz!

Sep 7, 2011

Four students from Associate Professor Blyth Hazen’s Animation + Interactive Media Projects course met with President Steve Immerman to take advantage of his expertise on group dynamics and working in teams. The students are working on a group project combining animation with live action video. They are managing, planning and implementing the project from start to finish building on skills they have learned in earlier coursework. The students involved are Junior Laura Tarabolksi, Junior Georgia Bolender, Senior Chris Pianka, and Junior Alex Cobb.

From the left: Junior Laura Tarabolksi, President Steve Immerman, Junior Georgia Bolender, Senior Chris Pianka, and Junior Alex Cobb.
Aug 30, 2011

Montserrat students made the best of rainy day by holding a Hurricane Irene Party in the student village on Sunday. Students were treated to food, games, music and movies and spent their second day on campus meeting and getting to know each other!

Photos by Myra Thornton
Aug 29, 2011

Resident assistants at Montserrat prepare to welcome students back to campus. The RAs have a number of fun and exciting activities planned to integrate the new students into the community and welcome back the returning students. Enrollment at Montserrat for the ’11-’12 academic year will increase by 28% over the previous year and retention for returning students is excellent.

Members of the Montserrat College of Art Class of 2015 and other incoming students posed for a photo on the steps of the Beverly Public Library just after moving in to their new apartments on campus Saturday. Aug. 27.

Aug 1, 2011

Incoming freshman Kayleigh Hawes spreads an artistic message...

Woodland graduates spread artistic message | Citizen’s News

www.mycitizensnews.com
Story by by Elio Gugliotti, Editor

BEACON FALLS — Art has always been an interest for Hawes, who plans to study art at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass. in the fall. The painting combined her interest in art with a desire to do a senior project that gave something to the community. Read more…

Jun 29, 2011

Tuesday evening, Montserrat intern Loren Doucette presented the body of artwork created by clients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairments at the Spectrum Adult Day Health program located in Beverly’s Cummings Center. Paintings in watercolor and oils were displayed around the facility’s main room where Doucette spoke about her experience and discussed many of the paintings. Doucette, a junior painting concentrator, explained that she was able to reach clients through art because a creative part of the brain called the amygdala continues to function. At times poignant and moving, the talk included examples of emotional connections that can be made through art with people in advanced stages of memory loss.

Intern Loren Doucette (right), painting student at Montserrat College of Art, holds artwork created through her work in art therapy with clients at Spectrum. Clinical Manager, Pamela Taylor, LICSW, se
Jun 17, 2011

Ethan Berry, Professor of Photography at Montserrat College of Art, has curated a body of Super 8 films by Montserrat students and alumnus to be screened at 17 Cox following Beverly Arts Fest this Saturday June 18th.  The Infinite Format, features films by Gordon and Tera Miranda Nelson of MassArt, Paul Turano of Emerson College and our own Kathleen Brennan of Montserrat ’11, in addition to films made during Berry’s Super 8 workshop, as part of Montserrat’s Continuing Education Department.

The film series is produced by The Northeast Institute for Analog Studies, an organization specializing in the reclaimation and proliferation of “shadow based” media.  Ethan Berry manages “The Institute” from the Montserrat’s Photography Department, which holds a substantial collection of objects.  This is the first time The Institute has worked with 17 Cox, an exhibition space in Beverly that proclaims to be “the most efficient visual art center in the world”.  17 Cox is directed by Lucas Spivey, Exhibitions Manager for Montserrat Galleries.

Jun 10, 2011

Check out these impressive gigs landed by Montserrat students and alumni!

As the first annual artists-in-residence with the Peabody Historical Society, student Ash Alba and Meghan Wicks ’11 are spending their days painting landscapes, plants, animals, birds, historic objects, architecture and anything else that catches their eyes in the bucolic and downtown properties preserved by the historical society. Watch for an upcoming article in the Salem News!

Say, “Bon voyage!” to Kristine Williams ’11 as she heads to Iceland for a residency. You can learn more about her project and support her through Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/810680572/fog-form-possibly-gnomes-on-a-tiny-icelandic-islan.

Space, the final frontier, is the theme for Carol St. Sauveur ’11 during her internship at NASA. Carol sent this description of what she will be doing this summer: “The internship is part of the STEP UP program with is usually a program geared towards STEM students. This year they created a position specifically for me. My job is to create three documentaries for NASA. One is about the internship program STEP UP, the second is for a two week camp called Reach for the Stars, this camp 1/3 of the children are disabled, 1/3 are children with at risk backgrounds and the other 1/3 are traditional students, and the third documentary is on Camp Agape which is a camp for children with one or two incarcerated parents. I will also be helping with updating the website for the STEP UP program. Today I shot photographs of blind students who came from Indiana to learn about space and rockets and such.”

Meanwhile, back on Earth, student Brittany Armington will be an intern with environmentally-friendly MiiR Bottles creating skin designs, poster designs and package designs.

Hmmm, I wonder if student Randi Giles will be playing games when she’s not designing packaging, logos and photo shoots for her internship with Hasbro in Rhode Island.

These are just a few examples of Montserrat talent being applied to creative endeavors in society and the workplace. Kudos to all!

Joan Milnes
Director, Office of Internships and Career Services
Montserrat College of Art

 

From left, at the Peabody Historical Society annual dinner are Heather Leavell, Peabody Historical Society (PHS) Curator; Joan Milnes, Montserrat College of Art Director of Internships and Career Serv
Jun 6, 2011

The Sculpture Department congratulates student Kalimah Muhammad for winning Honorable Mention at the recent International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. Her name will appear in this year’s Grounds for Sculpture catalogue and October’s Sculpture Magazine.

Kalimah’s senior year work was an exploration of minimally hewn objects interacting with and within a chosen space. It involved found and cast pieces in basic sculptural material, drawings made with or rubbed over simple objects and building materials, and spaces redefined by using string or wooden pallets.

Kalimah competed against 485 sculpture students at 190 colleges here and abroad. We are proud of her achievement!

Prof. Meredith Morten with student artist Kalimah Muhammad.
May 11, 2011

“This is one of the most impressive senior shows I have seen, and  I have been around the Boston area for a while,” said Dina Deitsch, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Curator. “You are all thinking at a graduate level, which is evident in this work.”

Deitsch’s comments were made at the annual awards ceremony for the Class of 2011 Senior Show, for which she served as juror.

The annual student show will be on view in Montserrat College of Art Gallery through May, 27. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday until 8 pm and Saturday 12 – 5pm. Visit the Montserrat Gallery for more information.

Several students were awarded prizes and Deitsch said she would have liked to have given double the number of awards due to the high caliber of the artwork.

Awarded were:

First Prize: Zena Alexiades, Woodbridge, CT
Second Prize: Kalima Muhammad, Newark, NJ
Third Prize: Kyle Rowe, Groveland, MA

Department Awards:
Brooke Russi (Peabody, MA) from Photography,  Lindsey Mason (Salem, NH) from Graphic Design,  Kevin Illacqua (Syracuse, NY) from Illustration,  Jacqueline Gaudet (Farmington, CT) from 2-D Design,  and Megan Wicks (Florence, MA) for Painting.

Honorable Mentions: Megan Deede of Silverton, OR,  Carol St.Sauveur of Beverly, MA, Jordan Elquist of El Paso, TX and Jennifer O’Brien of Revere, MA.

First Prize Winner Zena Alexiades
May 10, 2011

BEVERLY, MA, May 2011 –– Montserrat College of Art is proud to announce its participation and sponsorship to the 2011 Mass Poetry Festival in Salem, MA. The Mass Poetry festival is a three-day celebration of the poetry and literary heritage that includes readings by renowned and emerging poets, teacher workshops, performance poetry, films, music, programs for children and young writers and a small press fair with more than 50 presenters. Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels has made incredible headway over the last year to increase access to and the opportunity to showcase poetry in our North Shore community. At this year’s Mass Poetry Festival, Montserrat College of Art is excited to expand on these efforts and utilize our creative talents to enhance the presence of the festival in the community and the experience of those participating in it.

Montserrat’s own community of poets will be participating in the event in multiple ways. Along with faculty member Dawn Paul, who will be hosting the event, Michaels will be a featured reader in the North Shore Poets in the Round on Friday, May 13. The reading begins at 5:30 pm at the Athenaeum in Salem.  Montserrat is also proud to introduce its Slam Poetry Team. Montserrat students Grant Archer, Elizabeth Paddock, and Jordan Pomazon will be competing in the Intercollegiate Poetry Slam at Gulu Gulu Café in Salem at 9:30 pm on Friday, May 13.

Beyond sharing our powerful writing and performing skills, Montserrat College of Art was happy to offer our talents with the visual arts in support of the Festival. Faculty Sarah Smith and Imposition Press, Montserrat’s Letterpress Print Studio, were asked to create broadsides for the Common Threads Project, a collection of the seven poems that were taught in Massachusetts’s schools and libraries during National Poetry Month. The broadsides are part of a fundraising effort and have helped to earn more than $8000 in support. Montserrat students from faculty John Colan’s Graphic Design class also designed the Festival posters. Printmaking department chair Stacy Thomas-Vickory and student Zac Goldstein, along with others from the Printmaking and Book Arts departments, will be offering printmaking demonstrations and hand-made Festival book bags from 12-4 on Saturday, May 14, at Marginalia in Derby Square, Salem.

For more information and a full schedule of events visit www.masspoetry.org

May 10, 2011

Montserrat Senior Corinne Reid took the top honor out of 7,000 student submissions in this year’s Society of Illustrators National Student Competition, and Prof. Fred Lynch, who teaches at both Montserrat College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), was the professor of both Reid and JooHee Yoon from RISD, who also won a top award from a screenprint and mixed media. Yoon’s other teacher on the project was Susan Doyle.

Congrats, Corinne!

From Left: President Steve Immerman, Dean Laura Tonelli, Corinne Reid and Professor Fred Lynch pose with Reid’s award.
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 http://j.mp/ehkHPF

MORE BIG NEWS

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 http://www.cqjournal.com/winners.html

Fred Lynch
Professor, Chair of Illustration, Montserrat College of Art

Web: www.FredLynch.com
Blog: www.Picture-It.posterous.com

Mar 9, 2011

Montserrat senior illustrator Corinne Reid has won first prize and a $5,000 scholarship from the Society of Illustrators National Student Competition for her illustration, Wounded Knee. Congratulations! We can’t wait to celebrate!

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Corinne Reid "Wounded Knee"
Mar 8, 2011

Kellie O’Hara, senior graphic design student, was represented in a juried exhibition at Endicott College! Congratulations Kellie!

New Voices, Unique Visions: AIGA Boston Presents the Best of the Student Design Community

In partnership, AIGA Boston and the School of Visual + Performing Arts at Endicott College presents New Voices, Unique Visions: AIGA Boston Presents the Best of the Student Design Community. The 42 piece exhibit is a select group of undergraduate and graduate student projects representing twelve renown colleges and universities in New England. Categories of works include; identity branding, posters, publication/books, packaging, and motion design.

Kellie O'Hara's designs
Feb 23, 2011

Congratulations to Montserrat Senior Corinne Reid who was juried into the VERY prestigious  Society of Illustrators National Student Show! Her works will hang in the Museum of American Illustration in New York Gallery this Spring! Not one, but two pieces were chosen from the nationwide competition!

Two years in a row for winners from Montserrat!

Click here for more information!

Feb 23, 2011

Senior Jonathan Brown made an appearance on the CW television show Smallville. He may be seen about two mintues into this video clip on YouTube. He is the character that says: “I look at the Blur and the powers that he has. They’re amazing to be sure of, but that’s not what inspires me about him. It’s his character.”

Feb 8, 2011

Congratulations to the following students who had work accepted into the juried 7th Arches Student Print Show hosted by Boston Printmakers:

Corah Dahl – December, 2010
Jordan Elquist – May, 2011
Kevin Ilacqua – December, 2010
Noelle Magaw – May, 2012
Colin McGuire – May, 2013
Kate St CyrPrize – The Boston Printmakers Student Award – May, 2011
Alexa Szilagyi – May, 2013
Bill Wareham – May, 2012
Suzy Evans – May, 2013
Carol St. Sauveur - May, 2011

The Exhibit  highlights work done at print departments at 24 New England Art Schools, Colleges and Universities.

It will be at the Danforth Museum of Art from Feb. 26 – April 10, the Reception and award ceremony will be Sunday, Feb. 27 from 3 – 5 pm.

Thank you to all the students who submitted work, cut mats and plexi during the first week of the semester.

Stacy Thomas-Vickory
Assistant Professor
Chair, Printmaking

Carol St. Sauveur '11, "Map"
Dec 14, 2010

On Wednesday night, December 8th the seven student teachers, their faculty members and their supervising practitioners celebrated art education in the 301 Gallery with a ceremony and reception. The event was well attended by young students and their parents and friends from the following communities: Beverly, Hamilton-Wenham, Ipswich and Rockport. This year’s practicum thesis exhibition entitled “ART CREATED,was one of the absolute best art education exhibitions featured at Montserrat College of Art. It is not to be missed; the exhibit continues through December 16.

Photo: Front row: Diane Ayott, Montserrat Art Education Department Chair, Brian Carman, Ipswich High School Art Teacher, Daniel Hallwood, Student Teacher, Christopher Parent, Student Teacher, Simon Paddock, Rockport Elementary School Art Teacher. Back row: Meredith Turcotte, Student Teacher, Jean Bailey, Cutler and Buker Elementary Schools Art Teacher (Hamilton-Wenham), Nicole Fandel, Student Teacher, Martha Chapman, Ayers/Ryal Side Elementary School Art Teacher (Beverly), Karen Ristuben, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Art Teacher, Laura Bowman, Student Teacher, Virginia Eaton, Ipswich Middle School Art Teacher, Amy Moore, Student Teacher, Courtney Cooney, Student Teacher, Gail Pepe, Ipswich High School Art Teacher and Charlie Allen, Montserrat Art Education Faculty.

ART CREATED: Practicum Thesis Exhibition
Dec 6, 2010

December 6-16, 2010
Opening: Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St Beverly MA

ART CREATED is an Art Education Thesis Exhibit. The bodies of work in the show will be a sampling of the artwork created by students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels under the instruction of Montserrat’s student teachers. Come and enjoy food, refreshments and the art of nostalgia as you experience the amazing work coming out of these local public schools. The opening reception is on Wednesday, December 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. During the reception there will also be a special ceremony in which the student teachers will be awarded their certificates of completion from the Art Education Chair and faculty.

Student Work (from local elementary, middle, and high schools)  created under the instruction of Montserrat Art Education student teachers: Laura Bowman, Courtney Cooney, Nicole Fandel, Daniel Hallwood, Amy Moore, Christopher Parent, and Meredith Turcotte.

Nov 19, 2010
By Staff Reports
Beverly Citizen

Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., is hosting an exhibit of original abstract paintings by Montserrat College of Art senior Kristine Williams through Dec. 23.

The public is invited to drop by the exhibit during regular banking hours: Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Painting by Kristine Williams
Nov 14, 2010

The magnificent Crane Estate overlooking Ipswich Bay hosted an art show and sale Sat., Nov. 6, that featured more than 150 works of art capturing the natural beauty of Boston’s North Shore. Among the works of various media and price ranges were several by Montserrat College of Art students. “Beds,” an ingenious array composed of mussel shells by Montserrat senior Michelle Shugrue received the People’s Choice Award.

Michelle Shugrue, "Beds"
Oct 25, 2010

The Bear Gallery invites all students and alumni of Montserrat College of Art to participate in an upcoming event held at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  The Crane Estate is holding their annual Art Show and the Bear Gallery has been invited to show our fellow students in one of their buildings.

The Bear Gallery is asking for 50+ submissions of work in all mediums that has been inspired by the North Shore. Work must be “gallery-ready” (work should be matted, framed, wired, and ready to be hung on the wall), then dropped off by November 2nd, in the Bear Gallery or in Len Thomas-Vickory’s office.

The work that is submitted will be juried, so not everything will make it into the show, but those pieces that do, will potentially be auctioned off if approved by the artist.  75% of the profit will go to the artist and 25 % will go to supporting the Crane Estate, this is very generous and a great  opportunity to show a professionalized product, take advantage of it. For further information or any questions please feel free to contact Michelle Shugrue (860-912-9469) or Justin Anderson (860-961-5798).

Oct 14, 2010

A Bear Gallery show dedicated to two universal themes.

Reception on Monday October 25, from 7 to 9 pm!

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OFFERING YOU A CHANCE TO PREPARE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST.
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Sep 1, 2010

Congratulations to student Laura Moffit on being selected as a Finalist in Photographer's Forum Magazine's 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest.

Her work will be included in the book, Best of Photography 2010.

Laura Moffit's work
Jul 19, 2010

Montserrat College of Art student Kristine Williams will unveil her mural “Resurrection Theme”, along with other recent drawings and paintings, on Thursday evening, July 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Beverly. The public is invited to attend, to meet the artist and to enjoy light refreshments.

Kristine Williams is a senior at Montserrat College of Art. Kristine’s mural, done on the theme of the Resurrection, explores the subject through abstraction. The painting plays with movement, darkness that transcends into light, as well as with color, tone, and variation in brush strokes. Painted in acrylics on a wall created especially for the piece, the mural is planned to anchor a gallery space that will host more art over time.

First Baptist Church is located at 221 Cabot Street in downtown Beverly and is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call 978-922-3295 or visit www.fbcbeverly.org.

“Resurrection Theme”, Kristine Williams
Jun 30, 2010

Montserrat student Rick DeCosta had his art displayed on the digital mural at WGBH as one of the winners of their mural contest. His piece could be seen from the Mass Turnpike.

Rick DeCosta in front of his mural art.
Mar 30, 2010

Rebecca Figler, a junior studying Illustration and Art Education at Montserrat College of Art, has been offered a position at Camp Starfish in Rindge, New Hampshire. After a competitive application process, Rebecca was notified that the position was hers for the summer of 2010. Camp Starfish is a summer camp for children with emotional, social, and behavioral difficulties. Rebecca will be working in the Arts and Crafts department. This will be a wonderful resume builder for Rebecca who is planning to complete her Art Education Practicum in the fall of 2011.

Mar 26, 2009

Valerie Rafferty '08 of Valley Falls, NY, and Anthony Montouri, a senior Interdiscipilnary Studies major of Colonie, NY, were both accepted into the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Program.

Feb 23, 2009

Illustration by senior Illustrator, Jeremiah Dube, was selected by Tate Publishing's National Competition for Aspiring illustrators, 2009. His work will be printed in Tate's 2009 Catalogue, and exhibited electronically on their site www.tatepublishing.com. Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC, of Mustang, Oklahoma, specializes in book  covers, and searches for many styles of Illustration.

Feb 20, 2009

Tim Zercie, a senior painting major from Ellington, CT, recently won the Arches Paper Award from the Arches Student Print Show at the Boston University 808 Gallery for his piece "Death's Grip on the Fabric of Reality." The winning piece is a 13 color reductive woodcut 16"x24". Montserrat was one of twenty colleges from the New England area participating in the show which is in conjunction with The Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Biennial.

In addition to Zercie, the following Montserrat students had their work juried into the show: Jake Cassevoy, a sophomore of Hull, MA, Tetsuya Kamimura, a senior Printmaking major of Nagaoka City, Niigata, Japan, Ebenezer Archer Kling, a  senior Printmaking major of Oxford, CT, Eric Lomen, a junior Interdisciplinary Arts major of Westford, MA, Michael Meador, a junior Printmaking major of East Hartford, CT, Chelsea Rogoff, a senior Interdisciplinary Arts major from South Windsor, CT, Anthony Palocci, Jr., a senior Painting major from Beverly, MA, Lindsey Parker, a senior Printmaking major from North Chelmsford, MA, Katie Weghorst, a senior Illustration major of Litchfield, NH, and Jenny Weiss, a senior Printmaking major from Mohegan Lake, NY.

The Boston Printmakers show takes place at the Boston University 808 Gallery located on Commonwealth Ave in Boston, MA. For more information on The Boston Printmakers visit: http://www.bostonprintmakers.org/

Feb 19, 2009

Anthony Palocci, Jr., a senior painting major from Beverly, received Honorable Mention for “My Mother in Her Mother's Room,” his oil on panel.

Other Montserrat Students accepted into the exhibition were Steven Carvalho, a senior painting major from Billerica, MA, Chelsea Rogoff, a senior Interdisciplinary Arts major from South Windsor, CT, Katie Weismann, a senior photography major from Boxborough, MA, and Tim Zercie, a painting major from Ellington, CT.

The Copley Society, called Co/So, is the oldest non-profit art association in the United States, representing more than 700 artist members nationwide. It is located at 158 Newbury Street Boston.  This year’s jurors were Kristen Dodge, Director of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, and Ellen Rolli, artist and member of the SoWa Artist Guild.
 

May 9, 2008

Montserrat junior Alicia Antreasian, and Julie O'Boyle '06 accompanied Associate Professor Elissa Della-Piana and Harper Della-Piana '85 to The"Belle-of-the-Ball" charitable Prom Gown giveaway in Boston, in April. This is the Della-Piana's second year volunteering at the event, which selected and custom fitted over 100 highshool girls in donated dresses. Thanks to ALL who dropped off gowns at SEAMS...Harper collected about 35 this year!  www.antons.com/belle

Alicia Antreasian and Julie O'Boyle
May 8, 2008

Beginning April 16th, Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery presented a unique exhibit, "Art du Mali: Montserrat in Africa."

For the past three years, the participating students have ventured with Professor Caroline Bagenal’s Arts of Africa class, to Mali, Africa, for winter break.  The program allows students to immerse themselves into the culture and daily life, while simultaneously studying the diverse art of more than five Malian tribes. 

The show was curated by two students who went on this extraordinary trip: Jacqueline Sorensen, a sophomore, and Chelsea Rogoff, a junior at Montserrat.  Art du Mali showcases work the eight students who participated in the class created while traveling, and is inspired by their amazing experiences. 

Malian masks, jewelry, sculpture, and textiles will be on display, and Malian food will be served at the reception. The exhibition showcases the strength and beauty of Malian people in the face of devastating poverty, always held tightly together with their rich traditions, loving communities, and love of life that comes alive in their art.

Donations of basic art and school supplies were collected at the gallery throughout the duration of the show for the Dogon people. Our Dogon guide and friend, Moise Sagara, will hand-deliver them to schools in Dogon Country for children anxious to create drawings and paintings they often sell to travelers.    

Bear Gallery is located at 116 Rantoul St. in Beverly, MA.  It is an entirely student-run and student-curated space, offering a chance for art students to prepare for being a professional artist.


 



 

Masks from "Art du Mali: Montserrat in Africa"
Apr 10, 2008

Two printmakers from Montserrat, Eben Kling (junior) and Cary Hulbert '07, were included in an international printmaking show, Footprint, the first biennial at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. The show was juried by Kristin Heming, Director of Pace Prints, New York, and Jim Kempner, Director of Jim Kempner Fine Arts, New York. For this competition, 300 artists, from 20 countries and 26 states within the United States submitted a total of 529 works, from which 124 prints were selected.

 

Mar 26, 2008

On March 26th, Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery presented "Autonomy," an exhibition showcasing individual artists who enforce confrontation with the figure.

Paying strong attention to composition, the "Autonomy" artists -- Steven Carvalho, Anthony Palocci, Christina Roginski, Richard Dolan, and Peter Brefini -- were asked to manifest four paintings or drawings that address abstract landscape and the human figure, considering the intimacy of scale, the experience of plasticity and how relationships form between these elements.  The artists used portraits of each other and themselves to induce contrast between his or her perception of autonomy. 

"Autonomy" was on view from March 26th to April 9th. Bear Gallery is located at 116 Rantoul St. in Beverly, MA. It is an entirely student-run and student-curated space, offering a chance for art students to prepare for becoming a professional artist. Visit http://www.beargallery.blogspot.com/.

From the "Automony" show, by Anthony Palocci
Mar 26, 2008

"Illustrative Visions," the senior thesis exhibit by  Scott Bennett, Deborah Ducharme, Amelia Leonards, Pauline Papanikolaou, Joshua Sidlowski and Kathryn Wert opened Wednesday, March 26 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the 301 Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit http://www.montserrat.edu/galleries/301/.

Mar 24, 2008

Vestigium is the Latin root word for the word “vestige,” meaning a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something; a footprint.  Keith Fallon, Meghan Frisino, Michael Kahan, Valerie Rafferty, and Jacob Thomas collectively observed the similarities within their work in choosing "Vestigium" as the title for their senior thesis exhibit, held April 7th to April 11th at Montserrat's 301 Gallery.

These students explored individual bodies of work for their last two semesters in the Senior Fine Arts Seminar program at the Montserrat College of Art.  The exhibit was the culmination of not only these semesters, but of each student’s entire undergraduate experience.

Keith Fallon’s work explored repetition of mark and line within abstract compositions. Concerned with subtlety, Fallon’s watercolor drawings were inspired by the space created within the realm of this repetition. Meghan Frisino's work was comprised of photography, video, and sculpture.  Frisino focused on her concern with society's disconnect and repulsion with the human form, and used these media to make viewers conscious of this separation. Michael Kahan used letterpress, book arts, and drawing installation to critique the importance of 'name' and identity while creating a tandem of other works that address our context in nature. Valerie Rafferty explored relationships to the self and to the material of daily existence in a primarily sculptural language.  Jacob Thomas' body of work explored the unreliable nature of our memory, distorting found photographs using a variety of media in order to revisit the past.

Clockwise from top left: Work by Jake Thomas, Michael Kahan, Meghan Frisino, Keith Fallon and Valerie Rafferty
Mar 10, 2008

Montserrat College of Art senior Valerie Rafferty and  Daniela Wohlwend '07 had photographs in "Contact," an exhibition exploring the interface of photography and psychoanalysis, which opened Friday, March 7 at Gallery 1581 at the Boston School of Psychoanalysis, 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA. 

Mar 6, 2008

At the opening reception of "Sculpture Across Currents - 08,"  an exhibition juried by Bea Modisett, Emily Pardoe and Shawn-Paul Filtranti, held Wednesday, March 5, four students received recognition from their peers and the jury. The results of the student popular votes were Best of Show: Lillian Harden; Best Concept: Brian Galderisi; and Best Fabrication, Natalie TownsonJeremy Ferguson was the winner of the juror's Best of Show.

Jan 31, 2008

Ebenezer Archer Kling and Justin Paszul showed work in  "Emerging Lines," held from December 19 to January 16 at TemporaryGallery, 102 Allen Street, New York.  The show is the first curated by Brad Silk '07, who is the new gallery director.  The show, which featured young artists working in various media using line to explore their world, also included the work of Beatrice Modisett '07, Danny Coeymann and Jessica Williams. 

Jan 31, 2008

Senior Daniela Wohlend won a Merit Award in Photography in Creative Quarterly's  Issue 10 competition.  Each issue of the student art magazine features the best student work from across the country.  For information, visit www.cqjournal.com.

Nov 2, 2007

"Diaphragm Explosions and Olde Potions," featuring the work of  Montserrat College of Art seniors Bradford Rusick, Albert Gray, John Poland and Nicole Reid , opened Wednesday, November 7th, 2007.

"I feel thesis shows aren't just about recognizing the students(us), but also about recognizing everyone here who got us to where we are," says show organizer Bradford Rusick. "So, I would like to ... just to give my thanks and appreciation for what you have done sincerely."

Diaphragm Explosions and Olde Potions