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Friday, September 13, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Chaehee Yoon & Xuan Pham Invite you to come to their rug making project which will be happening each Friday from noon to 4:00 pm in the Commons at the SAB.
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Lora Barrett Receives MAEA Award
Each year the Massachusetts Art Education Association recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of Art Education in Massachusetts. Lora Barrett has been chosen recipient of the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year for 2020. Her passion and dedication to the arts and creative learning make a powerful impact on our community!
MAEA will be honoring award recipients at their awards ceremony, November 9, at 5:00 pm at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly.
Save the dates!
With art by Dianne McMillan Brannen & Tracey Physioc Brockett as the backdrop, visit the Augusta Savage Gallery for its annual Performance Festival, September 23-27 featuring live music, poetry and more, nightly at 7 pm!
The UMASS POTTERY CLUB is forming.
Come this Friday and help create the club. We are looking for club officers and enough students to make the club happen. We are meeting to figure out what the club will be. Club membership is open to all UMASS art students and students who have taken a clay course at UMASS. Bring your own tools.
Meet in the Studio Arts Building, Room 156, at 10:00 AM.
For more information, contact Cynthia Consentino at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up!
Latch Hooking Marathon
Chaehee Yoon and Xuan Pham
"My dear collaborator Xuan and I have been working with a rug since the last semester, and it is thankfully fulfilled with your support and help. But the rug still needs to be done with you and all of your love. Please come to our rug making project which will be happening this Friday, 9/13, from noon to 4:00 pm at the atrium in the SAB, and every Friday until complete. We will have some delicious snacks and drinks for you :) You don't necessarily have to come for latch hooking, but come over to cheer us up, and hang out and talk to each other. It will be much appreciated. Bring your kids, friends, whomever you want to bring, we welcome you all!
Hope to see you all there.
Chaehee Yoon & Xuan Pham (Hy-bi) "
Friday September 13, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Studio Arts Building Atrium
“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
Gather: a clinic and exhibition
Richenda Cope and Avery Forbes
*A month-long clinic for broken and wounded household items.*
What we can (probably) fix:
-books/paper -lamps/light fixtures - soft plastics (e.g. umbrellas, bags) -clothing/fabric/knit -wooden objects - household items (fan, coffee grinder) -battery powered (moving toys) - aesthetically challenged objects
What we CAN'T fix:
Anything having to do with computer chips.
M - F, 12 pm - 2 pm, 9/16 to 10/11 or by appointment!
M -Th, 11 am - 5 pm, F, 11 am - 3 pm
SUA Gallery Umass Amherst
Rm 310 Bartlett Hall (Elevator accessible)
Join us for the reception on Wednesday, October 9, 5 - 7 pm
Gain hands-on experience and build professional skills and connections through an internship this fall or spring. Career Services recommends arts students complete three internships prior to graduation in order to be competitive in the field and get a job
You can meet dozens of local internship providers in one afternoon. The Fall Arts & Humanities Internship Fair will include internship providers from non-profit arts and cultural organizations, museums, performing arts organizations, galleries, publishers, social justice organizations, creative businesses, and independent artists with fall and spring learning opportunities for UMass students.
List of providers attending the Fair A final list of providers attending the Fair will be available Sept. 16. Visit our Current Arts and Culture Internship and Job Postings page to see all of the internships currently available in our area!
September 19, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fine Arts Center, UMass
Need help preparing and printing your resume for the fair?
Join us at RESUMANIA!
Tuesday, September 17 or Wednesday, September 18
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, South College Commons
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
with sound by Tim Lehmacher
Since the invention of photography our experience of history has become synonymous with the experience of a photograph. The digital documentation of an event, because of its infinite capacity for reproduction, presents itself as the event itself. Art, monuments and historical markers can become dust but their digital representation remain forever. History then occupies a space of an infinite present but to lose historical consciousness is a terrifying prospect.
Institut für Alles Mögliche / Stützpunkt Teufelsberg is located in a former radar station on Teufelsberg in Berlin and part of a program that seeks to revive the Teufelsberg region.
September 20 - 29, 2019
Opening Reception Friday September 20, 2-5 pm.
Institut für Alles Mögliche / Stützpunkt Teufelsberg
Leonardo Drew’s prints, at once powerfully large yet fragile, test the versatility of the medium, transforming cotton paper pulp and pigment into what suggests densely populated cities, a forest, or an urban wasteland. They sometimes look like maps of geographical landscapes viewed from above, while others are reminiscent of the night sky and distant galaxies. Evocative of fire, soil, sky, and water, there are strong perceptions in both microcosmic and macrocosmic scale.
Organic forms within the composition undulate with various textures and luminosities, pushing the boundaries of its materiality. Much like his sculptural installations in wood, Drew starts with a raw material, transforming and reconstructing its essence until it resembles debris. Through this process, the artist articulates diverse histories of chaos, and cycles of birth and death.
RCycles Press release
Septemer 20 - December 8
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Disruptions & Continuities
The Herter Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is honored to inaugurate it's 50th year on campus with Disruptions & Continuities: Recent Work by George Wardlaw. While also tracing back to work made in the last six years, it presents Wardlaw's final series, Disruptions. In this final body of work, Wardlaw enters into a dialogue with Picasso's portraits of women, to confront the latter on his treatment and depictions of women. Interjecting with imagery from his own lexicon of hard-edged geometric abstraction, Wardlaw relentlessly layers, arranges, and rearranges to mutate the syntax of these complicated portraits. The resulting work is a new gestalt – a dynamic terrain of contesting forms and legacies.
Made primarily on an iPad due to his increasingly failing health, this body of work was painted on canvas by his studio assistant, Kelsi Giguere. A practicing artist and a recent graduate from the Department of Art at the University, Giguere quickly assumed the role of a collaborator. Thereby, what began as an assistantship evolved into a partnership of mutual respect and a mentorship that had a profound impact on both Wardlaw and Giguere.
Opening Reception: September 25, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
September 25 - October 25
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.
Department of Art - Artist in Residence
Lecture: Thursday, October 24, 12 noon, room 240 SAB
*Closing reception in the LEG Gallery TBA
September 3 - October 15
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Studio Arts Building Commons
Curated by Suzan Shutan
September 8 - October 6
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
September 8 - October 6
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Games of Chance
Dianne McMillan Brannen & Tracey Physioc Brockett
September 9 - 27
Opening Reception: Monday, September 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Augusta Savage Gallery
103 New Africa House
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
Introducing the New AES & Film Studies Program @ Mount Ida
The Arts Extension Service and the Film Studies program at UMass Amherst are pleased to announce the new Semester @ Mount Ida Internship Program. The Semester @ Mount Ida is designed to give Amherst campus students real-world work experience through internships at organizations in and around Newton and Boston. Students: Get ready to start your career with a semester near Boston, interning at an arts organization, networking with professionals, and building your resume. Live on a beautiful campus, commute to your Greater Boston-area internship, and take classes online and in person at the Mount Ida Campus. To learn more, come to our last Student Information Sessions:
Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6pm in South College W360 with PIZZA
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
- 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!
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.