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Newsletter - 8/20
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Department of Art, UMass Alumna Haley McDevitt
Read more about Haley and our other students and alumni in the About You section!
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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
Fielding: Goldenrod and an Exploration of Connections
Curated by Emily Tariela
Fielding, curated by Emily Tareila (MFA, Studio Arts, 2019) uses the plant Goldenrod (L. solidago) as a lens through which to engage the Natural History Collections and the UMass community. The project looks at both human uses and history of the plant, its local history and current presence in the area, and its significance in the non-human sphere and ecology. Fielding consists of a pop-up exhibition in Morrill Science Center with original artwork and selections from the CNS collection, as well as experiential events around campus, from natural dyeing, to plant identification, to cyanotype photography, and more. This exhibition is an outcome of Tareila’s Graduate Assistantship at the UMCA and a pilot project leading to UMCA’s future collaborations with the UMass science collections.
The Fielding exhibition will open to visitors on five Wednesdays:
September 11, 18, & 25, and October 2 & 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 11, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
144 Morrill Science Center 2 South
New jobs for our Art Ed graduates are as follows:
- Ryan Jobb, 2019 - art teacher, Boland School, Springfield
- Ellie Trudeau, 2019 - underwriter, Hancock Insurance Compan
- Nicole Zadykowicz, 2019 - art teacher Garfield Middle School in Revere
- Shamara Jones- MA-Art, 2018 - art teacher, Springfield's Sci Tech High School
- Nicole Zadykowicz, 2019 - art teacher, Garfield Middle School, Revere
Transfers to new jobs:
- Ryan Lavigne, 2018 - art teacher from Millbury Jr/Sr High to Ware Jr High
- Jane Berroll Kubiek - 2006, art teacher Johnson Elementary School, Natick
- Kayla Reno, 2018 - art teacher from Springfield to Westfield Intermediate School, Westfield
- Caroline Whalen - 2018, art teacher from Glen Cover, NY to Horace Mann School, Melrose
- Dominika Bdzula, 2014 - art teacher, Dryden School, Springfield
- Carolyn Ward, 2015 - art teacher, from graphic web design in NYC to North Brookfield Elementary School
- Nicole Guzik Giguere, 2013 - art teacher from North Brookfield Elementary School to Quaboag Reg. High
Ryan Jobb, recent BFA-Art Ed grad, and current MA-Art Education graduate student, gets a new art room at Boland Elementary in Springfield!
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
BFA Art Education Alumna
Kayla has recently accepted a full-time position at Westfield Intermediate School, within her hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts. She will be teaching and inspiring future visual artists at the fifth and sixth grade levels, while she also continues her own education at UMass Amherst, beginning her Art Education Master's program in the fall. Congratulations, Kayla!
BFA Painting Alumna
The following paragraphs are excerpts from Haley's recent feature in the Daily Hampshire Gazzette.
"Painter Haley McDevitt, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this past spring, has already made her presence known in the area, from some solo shows at UMass and participation in several group exhibits, most notably in Easthampton, where she served as an intern with Easthampton City Arts.
McDevitt says she’s particularly inspired by art that can convey emotions and inner thoughts. “I find the expressionistic value of art as a method of communication liberating,” she says. “To be able to paint something I can’t necessarily find the right words to say is what defines a successful piece of artwork to me.”
Madeleine Conover - BFA Alumna
Madeleine Conover will be attending the Tyler School of Art at Temple in Philadelphia as a student in their intensive two year printmaking program. Madeleine was awarded the University Future Faculty Fellowship, and in exchange, she will teach during her second year.
Her MFA show will be in May 2021!
Madeleine has been an emerging Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, a Winter Keyholder Resident at Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville, Maryland, and a studio art instructor at Red Panda Art Studio in Bethesda, Maryland.
"I just finished my week at Bennington College in Vermont helping Professor Emeritus Dean Nimmer teach for Massachusetts College of Art and Design. We taught his class called the 100 Drawing Challenge. This was my fifth year helping Professor Nimmer teach this class which explores a variety of abstract art techniques designed to motivate the artist and forget the preciousness of materials, allowing students to focus on their creativity, and freedom to take risks in experimentation.
I finished my B.F.A in Studio Arts and Art Education at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and was hired as a teacher for Springfield Public Schools. Teaching this class with Professor Nimmer really has changed my life and only affirms my theory about needing a strong role model in the field one wants to pursue. It is so important to be a mentor and a teacher as it can truly change someone's life for the better."
Do you feel that museums do not speak to your experience – or "got it wrong"?
Get paid to be an art critic for the day! No art or museum background required. Join Professor Karen Kurczynski and Sid Ferreira from Student Affairs one evening this fall for a small group dialogue about art, museums, and belonging in the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at UMASS. Apply online by filling out a 2-minute questionnaire.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29th or Wednesday, Nov. 20th
Time: 5:30 – 8 pm. Free dinner provided.
Location: University Museum of Contemporary Art (entrance in the basement of the Fine Arts Center, at the south end of the pond)
This project is supported by a Campus Climate Improvement Grant, the Department of Art History and Architecture, and the UMCA
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plus many more offerings coming up!
Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition
Call to Artists
Prizes awarded in the following 6 categories:
Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Water Color Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Pastel
September 12th | On-Line Submissions Due, 9pm deadline
September 28th - October 12th | Exhibition
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.