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Artrageous! 22, Held May 3, 2008 at 500 Cummings Center, Successful!

Beverly, MA April 23, 2008 -

Artrageous! 22, the 22nd annual Montserrat College of Art auction, held May 3rd at 500 Cummings Center, was a great success, raising more than $200,000 for student scholarship.

The auction featured more than 200 items including paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry from some of the region's most sought-after artists.  To view the art work, visit

Artrageous! is the biggest auction of contemporary art on the North Shore,  featuring work by Montserrat alumni, local, regional and national artists, along with selected non-art items, including a week’s use of a 26-room Italian villa.

This year Barbara Moody, a well-known artist and longtime member of the college’s faculty and administration, served as honorary chair. Moody earned an Ed.D. and a M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a full-time professor at Montserrat, where she also served as vice president and dean for nine years. Moody’s work has been exhibited in several major Boston galleries, including last year's exhibition Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art at the DeCordova Museum, and In and Out at the Pepper Gallery, Boston. She is a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston, where she had a solo show in October, 2007, and is currently working on a major commissioned mural for Meditech Corporation.

Montserrat College of Art President Helena Sturnick said, “Barbara Moody’s contributions to Montserrat College of Art span many years and positions. An alumna, former vice president, interim president and dean of the college, and a longtime faculty member, Professor Moody’s former students, whom I meet at alumni gatherings, continue to talk about the influence she has had on their lives and their art. An accomplished artist, Professor Moody’s creativity and enthusiasm will provide the auction with a distinct panache.”

Other well-known artists who have donated this year include internationally acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, painter Tim Harney of Beverly, Norman Laliberte of Nahant, and work by the late contemporary artists George McNeil, Howard Finster and others.

Attorney Mark Glovksy and his wife, Livia Cowan of Annisquam served as honorary auction co-chairs. President Sturnick said, “The Glovsky family’s involvement with Montserrat goes back to the days of the college’s founding in the early 1970s when Mark’s father, C. Henry Glovsky was very involved with the school. Mark is also a long time member and former chair of the college’s board of trustees, and he and Livia have been dedicated supporters of Montserrat and its auction for many years. We are so happy to honor their commitment to this jewel of an art college in this way.”

Kathleen Gerdon Archer of Beverly was the coordinator of this year's auction. A painter and photographer, she is a 2003 graduate of Montserrat College of Art.

Through the generosity of a Boston donor, a week at an 11- bedroom, 6.5 bathroom former Cardinal’s villa in Italy was offered and raised more than $9,000. The 26-room Villa Tre Grazie, built in the 16th century, presented a rare opportunity to enjoy a unique baronial manor in the countryside surrounding Todi, halfway between Florence and Rome.  Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Tiber valley, with panoramic views of the surrounding hills, the 1,000 square-meter villa is surrounded by 2 hectares of gently rolling land including an olive orchard, a fruit orchard, and formal gardens with a swimming pool and bath house. 

All pieces for Artrageous! 22 were donated by invitation, and the work in the live auction was juried this year by Michelle LaMuniere, the Charles C. Cunningham Sr., Assistant Curator of Photography at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and Dina Deitsch, Curatorial Fellow, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.  

The auction was held in the recently completed 500 Cummings Center building, the use of which was generously donated by the Cummings Center. This year’s theme was “Art someone…pass it on”, geared toward helping those who have accumulated an art collection to think about helping the next generation to begin their own, either by buying art, or by bringing new people to the auction to begin cultivating an appreciation of art collecting.

Public previews were held Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29 from noon to 6 p.m. and a special preview and networking opportunity for North Shore businesses, co-hosted by the Cummings Center and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, was held on April 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Additionally, a private patron preview party for corporate sponsors and patrons was held on Sunday, April 27. This year, 29 works were sold at the previews. 

Artrageous! devotes 100 percent of its proceeds to student financial aid, enabling Montserrat students to obtain a first-rate fine arts education. At present, nearly 90 percent of Montserrat students receive need-based aid.

For additional auction information, contact: Cynthia Bowen 978-921-4242 X 1115

Montserrat College of Art is an accredited, private, residential college of art and design offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, art education certification and year-round classes and workshops for adults through its Continuing Studies programs.  The vision of Montserrat College of art is to be the premiere small art college in the nation.




Jo Broderick
Dean of College Relations
978.921.4242 x 1113