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Artwork is from MA student Ryan Jobb's class "100 Drawing Challenge", which he co-taught this summer.
You can read more about what our students have been up to in the About You! section below.
Please don't forget to check the weekly newsletter throughout the semester for important announcements about events and opportunities. If you'd like to submit an item of interest, please use the link at the bottom of this page.
EH&S Mandatory Safety Training for Studio Holders
Friday, Sept. 7, 9 am – 12 pm, SAB Room 240
Art Safety 9 - 10:15 am
Fire Safety 10:15 - 11 am
Laser 11 am - 12 pm
All studio holders, including faculty are required to attend a classroom Art Safety Safety and Fire Safety training every 5th year with mandatory on-line refresher training in the off-years.
Laser training is mandatory for everyone that intends to use the laser cutter.
Please contact Sandy Hay to sign up or for further information. No other Art Safety sessions are scheduled to be conducted until January 2020.
Please be sure to sign in at class to receive credit for taking the training.
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
Over 60 individual regional, national, and international artists submitted moving image work responding to the broad theme of CLIMATES.
September 3 - October 15
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Studio Arts Building Commons
“Creation Myth” Is an in-process expanded media project that explores a fantastical futuristic world born from the impact of climate change and destructive technologies. New collage and moving image work by Colleen Keough.
September 9 - 29
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 5 - 8 pm
MAP Space, EASTWORKS
116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA
Games of Chance
Dianne McMillan Brannen & Tracey Physioc Brockett
Dianne McMillan Brannen was born in New York City and is of Caribbean descent. Although studied, she is largely a self-taught artist who continues to explore primitive art in everyday life. About her vision, Dianne says, “My work explores the imagery, symbols and colors of pre-classical and tribal societies when the earth was young. Where living colors and raw textures were interwoven with everyday life. The printing process and works on canvas are in a constant dialogue creating effects that surprise me. The images alter themselves like echoes of intent.”Tracey Physioc Brockett's large scale, landscape-inspired abstractions and small mixed-media pieces examine physical sensations of space, movement, and states of being. She describes her paintings as confabulations – chancy and quirky. Just like life. Because of what she calls “a hitch” in her brain as a child, she became hyper aware of the world as a random, provisional place. What her perfectly good eyes saw was processed with gaps and glitches, stitched together with made-up material. As Brockett notes, “turns out my brain imagined something very much like the sub-atomic universe.”
September 9 - 27
Opening Reception: Monday, September 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Augusta Savage Gallery
103 New Africa House
Two upcoming shows at Hampden Gallery, plus workshops and critiques!
Free Workshops and Portfolio Critiques
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Drawn Through Space with Karen Dolmanisth
1:30 - 3:30 pm: Speed Critique for Creatives with curator Suzan Shutan
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Plastic Weaving with Antonia Perez
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Dynamic Paper Cutting with Susan Knight
Saturday, September 7
More information and registration »
"Inspired by the study of natural and manmade systems. I blend styles and ideas, with my interest in the hybrid having lead to a crossbreeding of object and painting. The work is often ironic and with oddly connected commentary. I find myself in constant negotiation between working with flatness, like the car-toon black holes that bugs bunny jumps into then retrieves to escape Elmer Fudd, and dimension, as when cotton candy is formed into a solid. The play of light and shadow are used as ominous and ethereal elements in my work, while the materials incorporate found colors and textures that are bold and dissonant, sometimes combined with paint. My starting point is what the material might suggest. The work is tactile and vacillates between abundance and simplicity, ebbing and flowing into organic or geo-metrical patterns that coalesce.
My work is as much about process and visceral transformation, as it is
driven by a conceptual exploration of our human condition."
September 8 - October 6
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Curated by Suzan Shutan
We are living in a twenty first century of diversification and descent. Art is defying and celebrating traditional systems of structure and process. New forms and material properties create intersections of constructed and found, two and three dimensions, painting and sculpture. Work can be both deliberate and random. The artists explore material, color and form in contemporary art with great skill and manipulation, each constructing a personal and formal language that melds material, dimension and process with resonating forms that rupture our notion of space and how an artwork must function.
MFA alumnus Sean Greene participates in this group show.
September 8 - October 6
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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
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
Tell us about your summer! We'd love to hear about internships, study abroad experiences, or anything else related to your art! You can email us or use the form at the bottom, "To submit to our newsletter".
If you've graduated, please be sure to send us your forwarding email.
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.”
This summer, Kristy worked for artist Molly Hatch in Florence, MA on a commissioned ceramic installation piece. She also recently accepted a position with Laura Zindel Design, a ceramics design studio based in Brattleboro, VT.
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
Paperbark Literary Magazine - Positions available
Paperbark Literary Magazine celebrates the confluences between environmental sciences and the humanities. As a dynamic graduate student team, we publish prose, poetry, artwork, and photography that speaks to sense of place, community resilience, environmental justice, and our role as stewards of the earth
Our magazine is printed annually, with weekly web content and community engagement events throughout the year. Paperbark is seeking graduate students for editorial staff positions (stipend included) and volunteer readers(responsible for reading and reviewing work, as it is submitted)
Editorial staff positions for 2019-2020 Editor-in-Chief
- Managing Editor
- Submissions Editor
- Development Manager
- Distribution & Community Coordinator
- Special Projects Coordinator
- Visual Media Coordinator
This practicum will train you to be a museum gallery educator and guide. You will develop a number of valuable skills you can use in museums and in a wide variety of academic and professional settings. The course will begin with research into the artist/s and art that you will be introducing to our visitors.Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:15 pm (2 credits)To register contact UMCA Education Curator Amanda Herman at email@example.com before Tuesday, September 10.
Makerspace Student Mentor Positions Available
Makerspaces are places where people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects. UMass Amherst has launched a new All-Campus Makerspace that has multiple openings for “Makerspace Assistants”. These assistants will help set up and manage a new location where students from all over campus in any major can come to work on “maker projects” in a helpful, collaborative setting.
Job Title: All-Campus Makerspace Assistant
Hiring Period: Fall Semester | Hourly Pay Rate: $12.50 | Hours per week: 10
View job posting
- Grant Series Part I: Funding Search Strategies
Sep 13, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | 538 Goodell
Need external funding to support your research? Get started by learning about basic tools available to UMass graduate students and postdocs to help find grants and fellowships. We’ll also discuss tips to manage your funding search. This is the first in a three-part series—come to one event or all three! Pre-registration required.
- Faculty Careers: One Size Fits All?
Sep 17, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am | 538 Goodell
Are you considering a faculty career? Do you think that all American colleges and universities are “pretty much” the same? Think again! This session will provide an overview of higher education institutions how faculty roles differ across them, and what you might do to prepare for these careers.
Plus many more offerings scheduled!
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.