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Health and Safety in the Art Studio

Monona Rossol

From August 20 through August 24, the Department of Art at UMass Amherst hosts a special, intensive summer course taught by industrial hygienist Monona Rossol through the Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

Rossol will visit UMass Amherst to teach an exclusive course: Health and Safety in the Art Studio (LLART 101). This course gives participants a rare opportunity to interact with a pioneer in her field and provides them with a comprehensive guide to safety and environmental laws for visual artists, designers, art educators, theater technicians, builders, and safety professionals. 

“It is crucial to teach this course in an art department that is a model of safety,” says Rossol. In her opinion, the Studio Arts Building on the UMass Amherst campus embodies “how things should be done.”  

Identified by investigative journalist Juan Gonzales as one of the heroes of the environmental aftermath September 11, Monona Rossol is a chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist. She was born into a theatrical family and worked as a professional entertainer from age 3 to 17. She holds a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Math, an MS in Ceramics and Sculpture, and an MFA in Ceramics and Glassblowing. She has performed in productions in Off and Off Off Broadway theaters and cabaret.

Currently, Monona is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She also is the Health and Safety Director for Local 829 of the United Scenic Artists, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She has lectured and consulted in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico and Portugal.