Every student-artist at Montserrat spends their senior year immersed in a self-designed capstone project in close consultation with a faculty advisor that results in a cohesive body of work. During the spring semester, seniors collaborate in small groups to curate Senior Thesis Exhibitions, a series of week-long public shows hosted in on-campus and off-campus gallery spaces. The Senior Thesis Exhibitions represent the culmination of each senior’s academic journey at Montserrat. These gallery shows have historically included public opening receptions, providing an opportunity for both celebration and recognition of each senior’s significant achievement.
In addition, a work created by each graduating senior will be included in the Graduation Exhibition to be held in May in the main Montserrat Gallery, located at 23 Essex St. in Beverly.
This spring, based on CDC guidelines in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Montserrat has made the decision that all Senior Thesis Exhibitions planned through at least April 13, 2020 will not be open to the public, and will not include public receptions. Instead, Montserrat will create thorough photo and video documentation of each show to provide the public with an opportunity to view the exceptional work of our graduating seniors.
On April 13th, Montserrat’s leadership will determine if the College’s galleries will re-open to visitors based on CDC recommendations and state guidelines at that time.
Senior Fine Arts Seminar
This Seminar is a six-credit course that meets twice a week for two semesters. The program consists of three components. The first addresses the development of critical awareness through discussions, led by an art historian, of contemporary art and critical theory. The second component involves studio-based group activities and critiques, enhanced by the regular participation of visiting artists, curators and critics. In conjunction with these interactions, each student works closely with a faculty advisor throughout the senior year to develop a coherent body of work, to be presented in a public thesis exhibition in the senior gallery at 301 Cabot. Overall the SFAS successfully integrates studio practice and theory, and fosters self-discipline and self-reflection in the students. Furthermore, the consistent interaction between the students and visiting artists or scholars provides valuable exposure to “real work” situations and issues related to professional practice.
Disposition of the Moment (301 Gallery) March 24-28 Hunter Lamore, Gabrielle Gomez, Vanessa Wyman, Melissa DiCostanzo, Susan Drennan, Jared Adams, Margaret Skerry, Dillian McGahey
Omega Point (301 Gallery) April 2-8 Jaime Fox, Jack Fay, Jylik Buissereth, Matthew Rucki, Shannon Herrick, Sylvia Burger
Late Bloomer (301 Gallery) April 14-18
Cayla Montes, Zeynep Yurtsever, Denali Musgrave, David Mshar, Mareson Yates, Annie Lee-Daly, Lys DelCampo, Richelle Gilligan
Senior A+IM Seminar
This Seminar is a six-credit course that meets twice a week for one or two semesters. In this course students complete independently generated animation or interactive projects. Guided by an instructor, students create a comprehensive body of work, which explores a specific field of animation or interactive media. Particular attention is paid to the workflow and timeline of professional level work, and a thorough understanding of the market for such projects. Students work in their studios and participate in weekly group and/or individual critiques with the instructor. Specific business practices will be addressed throughout the semester through group discussions and readings.
Error Code H306 (301 Gallery) April 23–29
Jared Aprile, Dorian Eason, Tatianna Feliciano, Emma Gallant, Alexander Gunther, Emma Ingalls, Brendan Maida, Jessica Manning, Cliff Pierre, Rose Sauriol
Senior Illustration Seminar
This Seminar is a three-credit course that meets twice a week and is offered only in the spring term. Illustration students enroll in Senior Illustration Seminar to learn the fundamental aspects of preparing for a career in Illustration. Students enrolling in Senior Illustration Seminar are required to take it during their final spring semester at Montserrat College of Art. Students may also opt to enroll in Senior Illustration Thesis to work on a singular proposed topic of work, though this is not required. Continual close contact with faculty throughout the senior year is integral to the senior illustration experience. Furthermore, the interaction between the students and visiting artists, as well as the internship, provide valuable exposure to “real work” situations and issues relating to professional practice.
Illustration Group 1 (Montserrat Gallery) April 30 – May 7
Elizabeth Robinson, Nicole Perez-Rodriguez, Nathan Peddie, Genevieve Marques, Brittany Mackenzie, Natalia Klimchuk, Seth Hart
Illustration Group 2 (Schlosberg) April 30 – May 7
Alyssa Schadhauser, Allison Heckman, Briel DiDonato
Senior Graphic Design Seminar
Graphic designers enroll in the six-credit Senior Graphic Design Seminar and focus on self-defined projects, which are usually client- or user-oriented. The emphasis in the final year is on mentoring students as they become skilled, informed, creative designers, ready for the real world of work. The seminar leader and advisors help students to structure their independent work and offer continual feedback. Visiting designers, writers and professionals provide the design students with valuable exposure to outside viewpoints. The required internship, tailored to meet the interests of the individual student, complements the classroom study and independent research.
Design May 5 – 9
Andrew Cook, Claire DiIonno, Richard Fraser, Nicole Hosking, Cailee Mitchell, Zaruga Philips, Steven Rudin