Monday, December 9, 2013

NEW Senior Exhibition Opportunity for Spring 2014

NEW: Senior Exhibition Opportunity Spring 2014

Have you always wanted the opportunity to curate your own show? Wished you could show with your friends? Have a good idea for an exhibition? Dreamed of having your senior show off campus? Ready to start showing in the real world? Well, now you can!

Beverly’s Mingo Gallery and Porter Mill have opened up their walls to Montserrat and are accepting proposals for 2-3 person exhibitions of featuring graduating seniors.

If your proposal is accepted this will count as your senior show!

Shows can be group curated or have an individual curator. A student can curate a show without including artwork created by him/herself and participate as an exhibiting artist in another exhibition. However, each student can only exhibit work in one show, either at 301, Mingo or Porter Mill.

So how do you do it? It’s easy:

1. Submit a 300-450 word curatorial statement describing the theme of your show, the individual artists, the type of works you expect to be in it (we know you are still making work) and the connections between the works.

2. List each of the artist’s name and contact information: email and cell phone.

3. Submit a 150-300 word Artist Statement for each individual participant that describes the work both physically in terms of materials and process and in terms of content and ideas.

4. Submit 2-4 images per artist of work that are representative of work that will be in the show. Images should be jpegs, 300 dpi, no bigger than 1mb and be titled with the artists last name and a number: bradbury1.jpg, bradbury2.jpg

5. Submit all proposals using the free website to Leonie Bradbury by January 17, 2014, 5pm. Only proposals sent using wetransfer will be accepted.

Proposals are due JANUARY 17, 2014. Late proposals are NOT accepted!!!

Please Contact Pamela Campenaro, Leonie Bradbury or Ethan Berry if you have questions or need help with your proposal.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Schedule of Presentations for Monday 12/2 to 12/11

Schedule of presentations, Monday 12/2

Wednesday 12/4
Monday 12/9
O'Donnell- Curry
Wednesday 12/11

Presentations are a significant part of your grade. If you need to reschedule please try to make arrangements with another senior to replace you. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Seminar Presentation Guidelines

Presentation guidelines

Senior Fine Arts Seminar

The purpose of the presentations is to practice articulating your ideas. This means that you will be discussing the work of a living artist or your own work and relating that work and ideas to the issues and ideas that you are engaged with in a contemporary art-historical context. Presentations should be 10 minutes in length and include a digital slideshow. It should feature original research, not things repackaged from earlier in this class or other classes. A successful presentation should include some of the following;

• A description of the artist's work.
• Interpretation of the artist’s work and ideas.
• A connection between your work and the artist's work visually (what it looks like) and conceptually (the ideas behind it), while putting the ideas in a contemporary art-historical context.
• Some discussion of where your work either diverges from or converges with this artist's work.
• A conclusion with some reference to your experience with this artist.

Your presentation will be about your own work. A successful presentation should include some of the following;
• Some background regarding your recent work (this is not the time for your biography).
• A description of your present work.
• Interpretation of your work.
• A connection between your work and issues and ideas in the contemporary art world. 
• A citation of some artists whose work is relevant to this connection.
•  A concluding discussion of what is next in the development of your work.

Be clear and concise. Try to avoid generalizations and art jargon in your presentations. It is okay for you to quote the words of a critic or artist if you give credit and make a reference to that writer. Remember that you are speaking about YOUR experience and ideas. Video is welcome, but it should not take the place of your own descriptions and analysis. Practice beforehand and keep track of time.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Leonie Bradbury Studio Visits Wed. 10/30, 12:30 -3:10

Tomorrow (Wednesday October 30) is a studio day. There is no 2 p.m. meeting. Leonie and I will be doing studio visits in the 301 building starting at 12:30.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Senior Fine Arts Seminar           

One Hundred Fifty Words Assignment

In this assignment you will be writing one hundred and fifty words about someone else's artwork. I am asking you to pair off with a classmate in seminar and consider a particular piece of their work, a drawing, a photograph, a painting, performance or sculpture.  What you write should include the following things;
• Description,
• Your experience of looking,
• References to other things you have seen,
• Connections to ideas in literature, poetry, popular culture or music,
• Questions,
• Comparisons

The goal in this assignment is to give you experience and practice at writing about what you see. You will be organizing your experience so that others can comprehend it. In this case, what you write about is not as important as what you write. Start with a particular piece and pay attention to it. See what ideas that come up for you, take notes. Your writing may lead you to connect this piece to other pieces by the same artist.
Consider this an exercise. Expect to revise and refine.

References;       Writing about Art by Terry Barret
                            Writing About Visual Art by David Carrier

Upcoming Montserrat Events

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 11:30a
Abigail Newbold - Public Artist Talk
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7-9pm
Contemporary Cocktail - Contemporary Artists and the Natural World: Abigail Newbold,Andrea Evans,Caroline Bagenal
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2-4pm
Mary Anne Davis - Tea Service
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 12-12:20pm
Take 20 - Bevan de Wet
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:30a
Natalya Zahn - Public Artist Talk
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:30a
David H. Wells - Public Artist Talk
Friday, November 22, 2013, 5pm-7pm
David H. Wells - Reception
Friday, November 22, 2013, 7-9pm
Contemporary Cocktail - Defining the Dystopic: Amanda Antunes, Mary Anne Davis, David Wells, & Leonie Bradbury
Friday, November 22, 2013, 11am-12:30pm
Mary Anne Davis - Tea Service

Monday, October 21, 2013



Tuesday, October 22, 11:30a: Public Artist Talk with Alumnus Aaron BouvierHardie 201
Come hear Aaron Bouvier speak about his experiences designing the iconic image for One Heart Boston, which benefits The One Fund Boston and all victims of the tragic events surrounding this year’s Boston Marathon.
Bouvier is Boston-based and draws on his unique background in drawing, painting, and printmaking to create a fresh and distinctive design style.
Wednesday, October 23, 11:30a: Public Artist Talk with Jennifer Hom, Hardie 201
Bring your lunch and hear directly from Jennifer Hom about her work as a Google Doodler!
She has created some of the most famous Google Doodles and we are thrilled to have her to campus.

CHECK OUT THE CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT in NY Streaming on Friday and Saturday October 25th and 26th

About the 2013 Summit

The 2013 Creative Time Summit sets its sights on the fact that culture, for good or bad, is an active ingredient in the construction and shaping of the contemporary city. Tapping into widespread debate on this issue, this year’s Summit provides a global platform for consideration of the trials, tribulations, artistic practices, campaigns, theories, and practicalities that accompany this phenomenon. As the active role of culture in the city gains traction not only with artists but also with architects, city planners, philanthropists, and developers—from eye-popping monumental sculpture, to arts districts, to battles over eviction and squatting—this year’s Summit provides a timely opportunity to debate and consider a variety of artistic approaches to this contemporary condition.


Feel free to dip into the Keynote address on Saturday by Lucy Lippard who has spoken and written about the idea of "Place" in contemporary art here at Montserrat.