Past Exhibit - MAGD Thesis Exhibition
August 16 – 25, 2017
Image: Emily Adams and Kim Judkins, Exhibition Show Logo, Digital image, 2017.
Suffolk University Art Gallery is New England School of Art & Design’s main exhibition space. In its new location on the sixth floor of the Sawyer Building, the gallery’s exhibition program reflects a wide range of art and design representing all fields of study offered by the art school and in so doing, presents a multiplicity of ideas and issues. The goal of the gallery is to create exciting exhibits and related programs, reflecting our ever increasing visual and image - driven world, and to engage the NESAD and Suffolk University communities as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena. Exhibits of current student work as well as themed curated exhibitions provides an important pedagogical link between and for students, faculty, and visitors.
Across the centuries, philosophers, poets, scientists, and mathematicians have meditated on the nature and power of beauty. Some have said beauty calls on us to educate ourselves; others have said it is a call to repair the injuries of the world. Elaine Scarry
This exhibit brings together artists from many disciplines who all share an interest in the notion of beauty, sometimes terrifying, sometimes in the face of the grotesque, often dreamlike; tapping into what lies beyond or beneath what is visible. Artists are conjurers, making evident and manifest what they see. The works range from paintings of surprising objects, to photographs which channel seventeenth century still lifes, to overwrought sculptural objects that are infused with baroque longing. Part of the exhibition also includes an interactive Camera Obscura space.
We Dream | Beauty Beyond and Beneath
Thursday, September 14, 4:30 p.m.
Celebrating our new gallery and home
Gallery talk with artists and curator Deborah Davidson
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game
Activities period program with pizza
Organized by Gallery Ambassador Shelby Feltoon
Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a group of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the very end from the previous contributor. Join in for a fun way to create a drawing. No experience necessary!
Tuesday, October 10, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Professor Gary Fireman in conversation with artist Robert Lewis
Pizza and refreshments
Psychologist and researcher Gary Fireman will discuss a range of topics: why dreaming is important to creativity, how dreams serve the purpose of consolidating memories and processing emotion, how narratives embedded in memory get disrupted. His conversation with participating artist, Robert Lewis will be in response to some of these ideas by way of looking at the work, and seeing the connection between the sculptures and the ideas they embody and embrace.
Tuesday, October 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
William Blake: At the Nexus of Beauty and Dreaming
Professor Charles Cramer
Activities period program with pizza
Art historian Charles Cramer will examine English poet and painter, William Blake’s non-perceptual approach to achieving ideal beauty through dreams and other inward forms of vision.
Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Movie Night in the Gallery!
Screening and Popcorn: Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The story takes place in Spain in May-June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative of the film intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown, abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with whom the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia's stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Francoist regime in the region, while Ofelia's pregnant mother Carmen grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden. The film employes make-up, animatronics and CGI effects to bring life to its creatures. Del Toro stated that he considers the story to be a parable, influenced by fairy tales.
Ongoing in the Gallery:
Observe one work in the exhibit, respond and write about it.
What's going on in this picture?" "What do you see that makes you say that?" "What more can we find?"
Camera Obscura Experience
Part of the gallery is transformed into a "camera". Viewers are encouraged to take photographs, make drawings and post on Facebook and Instagram.
How do objects tell stories? What do they hold?
A narrative is embraced by an object, silently. Objects reflect who we are as a culture, they speak of and to the world that came before us, and for their makers. Ultimately, a work of art finds its voice through the viewer’s projection, contemplation, and connection. Often the best narratives about objects are the ones we cannot understand, leaving them up to our imagination. The works in the exhibition Speak, Object imply and also create their own narrative. Embracing a range of materials, they are all very personal and look both inward and out. As reflections of their respective artist-makers, they act as voice and vocabulary for ideas. In this way, they invite us to unpack what is otherwise inaccessible. They are gifts from the present to be valued in the future, mute objects that speak.
Caleb Cole * Judy Haberl * Steve Locke * Greg Mencoff * Janice Redman
The work in the exhibit ranges from repeated forms to found items tenderly wrapped to rubber molds of transformed objects. In addition to the work curated for the exhibition, each artist has been asked to choose an object from their private collection to be part of their display, adding another layer of narrative and a way of thinking about what an artist is compelled to make.
Thursday, November 30, 5:30 p.m.
Gallery talk with artists: Artists as Collectors
Tuesday, December 5, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Activities program with pizza and refreshments
Join us in the gallery and bring a treasured object and its story to share. This is a great way to reveal something about yourself and your history. Continue sharing photos of your favorite things throughout the exhibit on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag: #objectsthatspeak
Deborah Davidson is a curator, artist and educator. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She has been the director of the Suffolk University Gallery since 2013 where she continues to curate exciting exhibitions and programs, which engage the University community as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena.
She is also part of the core faculty in the MFA program in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Deborah was the featured artist in the 2005 issue of Agni, the BU literary magazine, her first published writing appeared there. Her work is in many private and public collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Deborah is founder and director of Catalyst Conversations, devoted to the dialogue between art and science. Her previous curatorial projects include The Book As Subject And Object, Northeastern University and Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing/Daring, The Art Complex Museum. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, Oresman Gallery, Smith College and Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy. Awards include Finalist, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Northeastern University, and a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.
Graduating Masters in Graphic Design thesis students do it again. From the daunting process ofresearching the whisper of an idea that intrigues them; they have created thesis studio projects that will intrigue you. This group’s show covers the themes of “Yip” and “Roam”. Join us for the opening to see how these ideas have been interpreted.
Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients 2013 exhibit. The recipients work in a range of mediums and it is exciting to recognize this group of young artists as they continue with their education. The juror this year is Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition, organized by Suffolk University director Deborah Davidson and Suffolk University professor Ilona Anderson, features the work of six student artists.
Established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association, The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship is designed to support students who are entering their final year in studio art programs at colleges in the city of Boston. As young artists conclude their undergraduate studies, the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) extends financial assistance in order to support their commitment to the making of art. The scholarship is established in memory of Stephen D. Paine. Stephen was passionate about the visual arts and dedicated to supporting arts education through his involvement with numerous Boston-area institutions.
Gallery talk with curator and Infrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen
Reception to follow
Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit From Paper to Pixels, and to be collaborating with Infrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen, who first organized the exhibit. This exhibition creates the opportunity for collaboration between traditional and new media artists.
From Paper to Pixels pairs creative people together, to be inspired and invent new masterpieces. The results of these pairings are smart, funny, delightful. The exhibit invites the viewer to participate – to play with art, dance with characters, touch paintings to make music, interact with sculptures and make the art come alive.
Aaron North + Infradred5
Ace Norton + Andy Shaules
Anna Kristina Goransson + Rob Gonsalves
Bradley Munkowitz + Steff Kelsey
Elodie Sabardell + Kawandeep Virdee
Gretjen Helene + Jamie Kosoy
Eric Rosenbaum + Sophia Breuckner
Rosie Ranauro + Aaron Artessa
Sally B Moore + Keith Peters
Sage Schmett + Joe Farbrook
Boston Globe, "Critic's Pick," December 5, 2013
Suzi Looks at Lots of Art, December 11, 2013
October 14 - November 10Opening Event: Thursday, October 175:00 p.m. Panel discussion and open Q & AReception to follow
An exhibition of alumni works organized in conjunction with Suffolk University Homecoming Weekend, October 17-20
At New England School of Art & Design, faculty are deeply engaged with their students. The connection between students and their teachers works in both directions, and often remains long after the academic experience ends – as a professional relationship, or as a philosophical or creative influence. What a professor shares with a student, perhaps even casually, may have a lasting imprint on the life and career of that person.
Nurtured here, this group of alumni carries with them a passion for their chosen field, the skills to express themselves and their ideas, and the discipline to realize them. They have the all-important ability to communicate and connect with the larger world through relevant art and design. The exhibition represents all areas of study at New England School of Art & Design, including Illustration, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Fine Art.
John Park - Advertising Design, DIP 1957Daniel McCarron - Graphic Design, DIP 1962Joseph Norris - Advertising Design, DIP 1966Ruth Daniels - Advertising Design, DIP 1970Rick Keene - attended 1971-73Joe Greco - Fine Arts, DIP 1973John Roman - Graphic Design, DIP 1974Rich Buswell - Graphic Design, DIP 1977Prescott Hill - General Art, DIP 1979Eli Cedrone - General Art, DIP 1981Judy Pearson-Wright - Graphic Design, DIP 1981Velicia Waymer - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1982Paula Whalen - Fine Arts, DIP 1982Yvonne Belcher - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1983Deb Bretton Robinson – attended 1985 - 1987Jama Samek - attended 1992-94Diane Grieco - Fine Arts, DIP 1993Eric Leppanen - School of Management, BSBA 1993Jeanne Finnerty - Interior Design, DIP 1993, BFA 1995Darren Bult - Graphic Design, DIP 1997Erik Bunker - Graphic Design, BFA 1997AnneMary Wood-Mann - Graphic Design, BFA 1999Nicole Wang - Graphic Design, BFA 2002Kseniya Galper - Graphic Design, BFA 2003Christopher Michon - Graphic Design, BFA 2003James Manning - Fine Arts, DIP 1995, BFA 2005Eileen Riestra - Graphic Design, BFA 2005Joanna Nandi - Fine Arts, BFA 2006Michelle McIntyre - Fine Arts, BFA 2006Robert Finneran - Graphic Design, BFA 2007Daniela Wong-Chiulli - Graphic Design, BFA 2007Yvette Perullo - Graphic Design, MA 2008Maria Galante - Graphic Design, BFA 2009Christopher Cavallero - Fine Arts BFA, 2009Tica de Moor - Interior Design MA, 2011Kristen Freitas - Fine Arts BFA, 2011Max Martelli - Fine Arts BFA, 2011Silvi Naci - Fine Arts / Graphic Design BFA, 2011Nick Di Stefano - Graphic Design MA, 2012John Connolly - Graphic Design MA, 2012Keri Lemoine - Fine Arts BFA, 2012John Roy - Fine Arts BFA, 2012Deanna Susser - Fine Arts BFA, 2013Taylor Andrea Crouch - Fine Arts BFA, 2013Allison Skula - Fine Arts BFA, 2013Brayden Varr - Graphic Design BFA, 2013
September 9 - October 7, 2013
Reception: Thursday, September 12, 5:00 pm
Suffolk University Art Gallery is pleased to present Away For The Summer: Work From The Study Abroad Programs. This exhibit reflects student work from three distinct Suffolk University Study Abroad Programs –The Italian Journal Program led by Wallace Marosek, Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid with Kenneth Martin and Painting in Prague directed by Susan Nichter. The students experience the art, architecture, culture and the landscape both intellectually and through the experience of making art in a particular medium. This is a marvelous first-hand way to study and understand a culture outside one’s own; all three European locales are rich in history and are vibrant contemporary cultures as well.
The Italian Journal Program features the work of nine New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University and three Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University students; giving them credit for Illustration for Graphic Designers. As they explored the Tuscan countryside and the cities of Florence and Venice, they studied the history and culture of these regions. The exhibition includes observational ink drawings and watercolor paintings, produced en plein air – a visual journal documenting their summer in Italy.
Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid, includes the work of six students, as part of the Communication and Journalism Department at Suffolk University, and followed the pattern of this international class’s explorations held in Dakar, Senegal and Tuscania, Italy. Participants learn basic analog and digital photography, fine art, and photojournalism as a means of expression, documentation and communication. Relevant museum visits and excursions to important cultural locations including Barcelona, Cordoba, and Granada are part of the students’ focus in Spain. These photographs represent a small selection, from perhaps thousands of images captured during their visit to the heart of the Spanish experience.
Painting in Prague represents student work from the summers of 2010 and 2012. Steeped in a rich experience in Prague, a city recognized as a center for innovation in the visual, architectural and performing arts, students learned painting techniques, as well as the vibrant history and culture of the Czech Republic. The curriculum included all aspects of Foundation Painting as developed in Western Art, using Czech and Central European topography, culture and architecture as visual context. Painting sessions were complimented with city tours, visits to museums, galleries and UNESCO sites throughout the Czech Republic, as well as an extended visit to Vienna.
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