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Newsletter - 6/28
Friday, June 28, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
The photo above was taken by Sophia Derry who recently studied abroad in Florence Italy.
Read more about what our current students and alumni are up to this summer and beyond in our featured section About You!
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More information on this summer 2019 course is listed below under
Educational, Professional, and Internship Opportunities.
Department of Art - Artist in Residence
During September / October, Department of Art Artist in Residence Joanna Tam will be making work within LEG gallery on Thursdays and Fridays.
Using photography, video, performance, text and installation, Tam's works function as cultural commentary. Her practice examines the issues of migration, citizenship, standardization, construction of national identity as well as the notion of home and sense of belonging.
Lecture: Thursday, October 24, 12 noon, room 240 SAB
*Closing reception in the LEG Gallery TBA
Sophia Derry - Current BA student
"I just finished a study abroad program in Florence Italy where I took street photography at Florence University of the Arts. I was in Italy for 3 weeks and it was the most amazing time of my life. Here are some of my photographs from my course!"
Caroline Murphy - BFA Alumna
Caroline has been training during the month of June for her new position as a National Leadership Consultant at Chi Omega National Headquarters in Memphis Tennessee! During her time there she has learned everything from operations in risk management and mental health assessment to how to empower collegiate women across the country.
Allison Gaines - Current BFA student
"I just returned from a semester abroad in Australia working at the National Art School in Sydney as part of their marketing team. This summer, I will be working in the Hamptons, on the east end of Long Island as a second year Head Intern at LongHouse Reserve, a renowned outdoor sculpture garden featuring 16 acres of architecture, landscape, and sculpture. We look forward to our major event in July, the Summer Benefit and Auction where I will work as the Auction Coordinator Assistant. Guests will include Donna Karen, Julien Schnabel, Calvin Klein, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson, and many others.
Ryan Jobb - BFA Alumnus, and Current MA grad student
I am working at Janna Ugone & Co. in Easthampton where I have worked for almost two years. I am working here until I start my new job as an art teacher at Boland Elementary School in August. In July I will be going to Bennington College working for Mass Art and Dean Nimmer as his teaching assistant for a class he teaches called "The 100 Drawing Challenge." This will be my fifth summer going, it's a program called Art New England and a lot of our students are art teachers. The put Dean and I in the dorms at Bennington College and we get to eat the dorm food all week. It's my working vacation and the experience that made me want to become an art teacher.
Michele Lauriat - MFA Alumna
There is an opening reception for Acadia at Star Gallery tomorrow, June 27th from 5-7pm. Star Gallery is located at 6 Neighborhood Road in Northeast Harbor, Maine. This is a two person exhibition with Cynthia Stroud, sculptor and painter.
Paper Landscapes will open July 3rd at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture at 111 S Grand Ave, Bozeman, Montana. There will be a reception during the July Art Walk on July 12th, beginning at 5pm. This is a solo exhibition and will feature seven drawings from six different series. I will be at the reception, and will be in and around Yellowstone for two weeks. (I primarily post on instagram now, so follow me there for daily updates. michele_lauriat is my handle.)
You can also see one of my Pemigewasset drawings this summer at the Bates College Museum of Art in the exhibition Uncovered: Selected Works from the Collection. (Yes, my work is now part of the collection at Bates College!)
This fall my drawings will be in a group exhibition called Draw the Line at the Art Complex in Duxbury, Massachusetts. I will be exhibiting a new series of large drawings of the Fells Woods. The exhibition opens September 15th and runs until January 12th, 2020. The artists I am honored to be exhibiting beside include: Shona Macdonald, Shane Savage-Rumbaugh, Lesley Cohen, Sandra Allen, John Roman, Cobi Moules, Stephen Cipullo, and Tim McDonald.
Alice Erickson - Current BFA Student
Alice was recently appointed Co-Director of Crossway Community Clothing Outreach. Serving the local community by providing free, gently-used clothing and linens, the outreach holds four open events each year, open to anyone in its service area, regardless of income. The outreach also provides immediate, need-based assistance to those who have suffered losses from fire and natural disasters, individuals recovering from illness and addiction, families fleeing domestic abuse, and those coping with homelessness. In addition to her volunteer position, Erickson also creates chalkboard murals to enliven the outreach’s service space.
Show runs through June 30
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Northampton, MA 01060
We have been busy this spring, helping BFA students secure first teaching jobs, assisting others who wish to make transfers to new districts. Letters of Recommendation, networking, filling out referral forms, and responding to reference checks from potential employers has kept us busy. New jobs are as follows:
- Ryan Jobb, 2019 - Art teacher, Boland School, Springfield
- Dominika Bdzula, 2014 - Art teacher, Dryden School, Springfield
- Ryan Lavigne, 2018 - Art teacher from Millbury Jr/Sr High to Ware Jr High
- Ellie Trudeau, 2019 - Underwriter, Hancock Insurance Company
Congratulations on your new positions!!
Congratulations X's 2 !!!
Jana Silver will be the full-time lecturer in Art Education for academic year 2019-20 and former lecturer, Lora Barrett, who retired in May 2019, has been nominated for the Massachusetts Art Education Association’s Higher Education Teacher of the Year Award!
Molding Young Minds
Art Education Juniors and Seniors
BFA Juniors and Seniors who are concentrating in Art Education
have prepared an exhibition of a sampling of art work and lesson plans that they will use when they teach.Reception: Tuesday, September 24, 5 – 7 pm
Lee Edwards Gallery, Studio Arts Building
Enroll in Health and Safety in Art Studio / LLART101 through UMass Continuing and Professional Education.
August 19 - 23
SAB, UMass Amherst
from seed to fruition
2019 Western Massachusetts Visual Art & Poetry Biennial
The Northampton Arts Council is seeking artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties to submit their best work created over the past two years and that best interprets the theme "from seed to fruition" as a literal form or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed.
Submit your work. Deadline: August 1.
Connecticut Digital Humanities Conference
Trinity College, February 28-29 2020
Call for Proposals
Do you have a new DH project? Are you in the throes of one, and unsure of its destiny? CT DH is an opportunity for getting feedback, developing skills, or sharing your work with other researchers and teachers across New England.
Proposals are due October 1, 2019.
Presenters will be notified of acceptance by end of November.