2012 Commencement Speaker Announced

March 14, 2012

We are thrilled to announce that the internationally-known photographer, Gregory Crewdson, will be the 2012 Commencement Speaker and recipient of an honorary degree. He will address the Montserrat Community on May 25, 2012.

Crewdson lives in western Mass, teaches at Yale, and is represented by Gagosian in New York. We were connected to him originally through a national project called America: Now and Here, which intends “to position art as a catalyst for bringing people together to discuss important issues and big ideas relevant to what we hold dear: America.” Montserrat is among several prominent art schools from the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) across the country who will have invited artists from this project to be commencement speakers. Crewdson will explore themes inspired by America: Now and Here during his 2012 commencement address at Montserrat. Dynamic relationships between artists and their communities, a new synergy between art and American society, as well as the power of a great journey are a few of the themes that will be documented in a forthcoming publication of the speeches. The intention is to publish the speeches together in a book with introductions from Lisa Wainwright, Dean of Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Eric Fischl, artist and founder of America: Now and Here, in order to further the dialogue about the role of art in defining American identity.

Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky –  Cranbrook (May 11)
Andres Serrano – Kansas City Art Institute (May 12)
Eric Fischl – School of the Art Institute of Chicago (May 13)
William Bailey – MICA: Maryland Institute College of Art (May 14)
Gregory Crewdson – Montserrat College of Art (May 25)
Peter Sellars – California College of the Arts (May 25)

Gregory Crewdson received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1985 and an MFA in photography from Yale in 1988. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe and is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York City. He is Professor Adjunct in Graduate Photography at the Yale University School of Art.

Crewdson’s work has been included in many public collections, most notably the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A retrospective of his work, spanning his career, from 1985-2005, was shown as a traveling exhibition from 2005-2008, at major museums around Europe. Another traveling exhibition of his work is scheduled to open at the Kulturhuset Museum, Stockholm, in February 2011, followed by Sorte Diamant, Copenhagen and c/o Berlin, Berlin, among others. Crewdson has received numerous awards including the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship.

Crewdson has published several books of his photographs including Hover with ArtSpace Books, Dream of Life with the University of Salamanca, Spain, Twilight and Beneath the Roseswith Abrams and a Retrospective book of his work, entitled Gregory Crewdson from 1985 to 2005, published by Hatje Cantz. Crewdson’s newest body of work, Sanctuary, premiered at Gagosian Gallery in New York in 2010, it then traveled to White Cube in London and Gagosian Gallery in Rome. Abrams published a book featuring this new work also in 2010.