Montserrat at College Art Association Conference

February 22, 2011

The annual College Art Association conference, held in New York on Wednesday – Saturday, February 9-12, was very well represented by Montserrat College of Art. One of the first sessions on Wednesday morning was co-chaired by Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury, with participants presenting papers on the integration of museum and gallery collection and exhibition programs with the college curriculum. And on Friday, February 11, Associate Professor Martha Buskirk presented a paper entitled “Rebel, Incorporated” that opened a session on the artist Damien Hirst.

Montserrat faces abounded in the audience as well. Joining Leonie and Martha at the conference were Marjorie Augenbraum, Caroline Bagenal, Ethan Berry, Blyth Hazen, Esther Thyssen, and Laura Tonelli, who heard a variety of scholars and arts administrators discuss wide-ranging subjects such as “Cel-Culture: The Hybrid Intersections of Art, Video Games, and Manga”, “Professional Development Curriculum in Fine Art Programs”, “Art and Commerce: The Art Gallery in America”, and “What is Visual Studies?”

On Friday evening, the scene shifted downtown to Chelsea and the New Century Artists gallery where everybody gathered for the opening reception of a juried group exhibition entitled “Hidden Cities” in which Associate Professor Caroline Bagenal’s work was featured.