Past Exhibit - Interior Design and Interior Architecture Graduate Exhibit
May 15 – June 5, 2016
Image: Farida Sadliwala, Between Avant-Garde and Kitsch: A Community Coworking Space at One Financial Center, 2016.
Suffolk University Gallery is New England School of Art & Design’s main exhibition space. Located in the heart of the school, the gallery’s exhibition program reflects a wide range of art and design representing all fields of study offered by the art school and in so doing, presents a multiplicity of ideas and issues. Annual exhibits of current student work and biannual exhibits of faculty work provides an important pedagogical link between and for students, faculty, and visitors. The goals of the gallery are to create exciting exhibits and related programs that reflect our ever-increasing visual and image-driven world, to engage the School of Art & Design and Suffolk University communities, and to add to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marjorie Greville: Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees
Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present TreeMuse. The exhibit will run from June 9 - July 7, 2016. There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, June 9 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. We are delighted that landscape architect Marjorie Greville from Emerald Necklace Conservancy will give a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. entitled Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees.
Sara Maitland, author of the marvelous From the Forest, describes the environmental changes that occurred thousands of years ago - "as ice shrank back towards the polar regions, the forests (and the trees that inhabited them) chased it northwards as far as they could, and homo sapiens followed the forest. Right from the beginning, the relationship between people and forest was not primarily antagonistic and competitive, but symbiotic."
For the six artists in this exhibit, the tree is an iconic and endless font of inspiration either as image, raw material or a source of sound. The artists in the exhibit are: Sandra Allen, Anthony Aspesos, Ellen Band, Stacey Cushner, Mitch Ryerson, and Jessica Straus.
In Sandra Allen's work, minimal yet intricate trunks and branches elicit an iconic presence that speaks metaphorically of life and the capacity to withstand challenges. The drawings are made of graphite on paper often at a large scale, empowering the work with a sculptural presence. Through scale, attention to surface texture and the play of light over form, the graphite takes on a materiality more akin to paint than pencil. The slow process of creating the drawings, building up marks on a page, mimics in time the physical growth of the trees themselves and captures the expanse of time on paper.
Anthony Apesos's paintings, while indebted to the American realist tradition, are informed by a fascination with mythology and archetypical themes; in this respect, his work exhibits striking parallels with the visual art of the Romantic poet and artist William Blake. His paintings of trees are inspired by those in the Arnold Arboretum, one of the most significant projects of the nineteenth century landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead.
Deeply inspired by the infinitely complex textures, rhythms, and colors within the so-called ordinary sounds of everyday life, Ellen Band uses the time-honored technique of field recording to collect the source material she uses for her pieces. She then fashions works which reflect the imagistic, mnemonic, and psychoacoustic properties of sound. Having a strong background in both the 20th Century experimental music and sound art traditions, she crafts works, which transform familiar sounds into new contexts and forms. When Trees Speak has been created specifically for the TreeMuse exhibit.
Through the practice of drawing, Stacey Cushner creates a meditation on the quality of trees and their labyrinth-like qualities. These trees, and pine trees in particular, can rise to enormous heights, live for thousands of years, create habitats of their own, and are essential for the earth's survival. They are sometimes overlooked. Drawing trees in blue hues taps into notions of wonder, daydreaming, and contemplation. A child-like feeling occurs when anything seems possible: infinite immensity and infinite possibilities.
Mitch Ryerson has been working with wood for over forty years. He has done carpentry, boatbuilding, furniture making as well as building large outdoor wooden play structures. While doing this last work he has gained a new appreciation of the advantages and challenges of utilizing the natural shapes of the tree. He mills and dries his own wood and uses the naturally curved timbers, forks, and crotches from a wide variety of native species. Ryerson says, "It is interesting to me the way this approach can bring the presence and spirit of the forest into an object, whether it is very large or very small."
Working in carved and painted wood and incorporating found objects, Jessica Straus explores the poetry of unexpected juxtapositions between recognizable and invented forms. Alternating between narrative and abstraction, Straus's well-crafted sculpture is infused with a quirky, yet subtle humor and a finely tuned sense of aesthetics.
5:30 p.m. Marjorie Greville: Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees
Marjorie Greville is a landscape architect and a member of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board of Directors. As a member of the Justine Mee Liff Fund Committee, she helped to establish the Olmsted Tree Society in 2013 to make the preservation of the trees of the Emerald Necklace one of the Conservancy's highest priorities.
The Olmstead Tree Society funded a comprehensive tree inventory and conditions assessment of 7,000 trees in the Emerald Necklace, and the data collected resulted in a management plan that informs the work that is done to care for the trees and landscape in collaboration with the City of Boston (Parks and Recreation), Town of Brookline (Parks and Open Space) and the Commonwealth (Department of Conservation and Recreation).
Emerald Necklace Tree Project
The Emerald Necklace is one of the few remaining intact linear parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, America's first landscape architect. Rarely does an urban environment combine the natural beauty of parks with all of the cultural attractions of a city. Even more rare is to find our most historic and valued trees woven in and out of city streetscapes. We have Olmstead to thank for this amazing planned canopy we all benefit from and can now protect. Undertaken in collaboration with the conservancy's public partners, Boston Parks & Recreation, Brookline Parks and Open Space and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the initiative intends to preserve heritage trees in these historic parks, some of which are more than 100 years old. In addition, the project will protect healthy trees with selective pruning and soil enhancement; plant new trees where needed in the Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Franklin Park, around Jamaica Pond and along the parkways of the Necklace. Even more important, the effort will help educate the public about the critical relationship between trees and a healthy urban environment in order to sustain ongoing support for the project.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
This gallery show exhibits the thesis work of graduate students in the Interior Architecture program. The culmination of their degree requires a project of the student's own research, development, and documentation. Through design, students solve problems related to human safety and well-being, as well as increased human productivity and positive experience in our built environments.
Deborah Davidson is an independent curator, educator and artist active in the Boston cultural scene. Deborah received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She is part of the core faculty in the MFA program in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University. She maintains her studio practice in tandem with her curatorial and educational roles. Her work is in many private and public collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houghton Library, Harvard University. Her most recent project Catalyst Conversations is an organization devoted to the idea of art and science in dialogue, launched in October 2012. Deborah’s other independent curatorial projects include Exploding/Exploiting The Book, AIB/Lesley University, What is Contained: The Book As Subject And Object, Northeastern University, and Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing Expanded, Concord Art Association. These all had rich programs supporting the exhibitions – ranging from films, to symposia, to special student events. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, and NKG Gallery. In 2011 she was an Artist in Residence at Northeastern University, as well as a recipient of a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.
Graduating Masters in Graphic Design thesis students do it again. From the daunting process of researching the whisper of an idea that intrigues them; they have created thesis studio projects that will intrigue you. This group’s show covers the themes of “Yip” and “Roam”. Join us for the opening to see how these ideas have been interpreted.
Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients 2013 exhibit. The recipients work in a range of mediums and it is exciting to recognize this group of young artists as they continue with their education. The juror this year is Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition, organized by Suffolk University director Deborah Davidson and Suffolk University professor Ilona Anderson, features the work of six student artists.
Established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association, The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship is designed to support students who are entering their final year in studio art programs at colleges in the city of Boston. As young artists conclude their undergraduate studies, the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) extends financial assistance in order to support their commitment to the making of art. The scholarship is established in memory of Stephen D. Paine. Stephen was passionate about the visual arts and dedicated to supporting arts education through his involvement with numerous Boston-area institutions.
Gallery talk with curator and Infrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen
Reception to follow
Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit From Paper to Pixels, and to be collaborating withInfrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen, who first organized the exhibit. This exhibition creates the opportunity for collaboration between traditional and new media artists.
From Paper to Pixels pairs creative people together, to be inspired and invent new masterpieces. The results of these pairings are smart, funny, delightful. The exhibit invites the viewer to participate – to play with art, dance with characters, touch paintings to make music, interact with sculptures and make the art come alive.
Aaron North + Infradred5
Ace Norton + Andy Shaules
Anna Kristina Goransson + Rob Gonsalves
Bradley Munkowitz + Steff Kelsey
Elodie Sabardell + Kawandeep Virdee
Gretjen Helene + Jamie Kosoy
Eric Rosenbaum + Sophia Breuckner
Rosie Ranauro + Aaron Artessa
Sally B Moore + Keith Peters
Sage Schmett + Joe Farbrook
Boston Globe, "Critic's Pick," December 5, 2013
Suzi Looks at Lots of Art, December 11, 2013
October 14 - November 10
Opening Event: Thursday, October 17
5:00 p.m. Panel discussion and open Q & A
Reception to follow
An exhibition of alumni works organized in conjunction with Suffolk University Homecoming Weekend, October 17-20
At New England School of Art & Design, faculty are deeply engaged with their students. The connection between students and their teachers works in both directions, and often remains long after the academic experience ends – as a professional relationship, or as a philosophical or creative influence. What a professor shares with a student, perhaps even casually, may have a lasting imprint on the life and career of that person.
Nurtured here, this group of alumni carries with them a passion for their chosen field, the skills to express themselves and their ideas, and the discipline to realize them. They have the all-important ability to communicate and connect with the larger world through relevant art and design. The exhibition represents all areas of study at New England School of Art & Design, including Illustration, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Fine Art.
John Park - Advertising Design, DIP 1957
Daniel McCarron - Graphic Design, DIP 1962
Joseph Norris - Advertising Design, DIP 1966
Ruth Daniels - Advertising Design, DIP 1970
Rick Keene - attended 1971-73
Joe Greco - Fine Arts, DIP 1973
John Roman - Graphic Design, DIP 1974
Rich Buswell - Graphic Design, DIP 1977
Prescott Hill - General Art, DIP 1979
Eli Cedrone - General Art, DIP 1981
Judy Pearson-Wright - Graphic Design, DIP 1981
Velicia Waymer - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1982
Paula Whalen - Fine Arts, DIP 1982
Yvonne Belcher - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1983
Deb Bretton Robinson – attended 1985 - 1987
Jama Samek - attended 1992-94
Diane Grieco - Fine Arts, DIP 1993
Eric Leppanen - School of Management, BSBA 1993
Jeanne Finnerty - Interior Design, DIP 1993, BFA 1995
Darren Bult - Graphic Design, DIP 1997
Erik Bunker - Graphic Design, BFA 1997
AnneMary Wood-Mann - Graphic Design, BFA 1999
Nicole Wang - Graphic Design, BFA 2002
Kseniya Galper - Graphic Design, BFA 2003
Christopher Michon - Graphic Design, BFA 2003
James Manning - Fine Arts, DIP 1995, BFA 2005
Eileen Riestra - Graphic Design, BFA 2005
Joanna Nandi - Fine Arts, BFA 2006
Michelle McIntyre - Fine Arts, BFA 2006
Robert Finneran - Graphic Design, BFA 2007
Daniela Wong-Chiulli - Graphic Design, BFA 2007
Yvette Perullo - Graphic Design, MA 2008
Maria Galante - Graphic Design, BFA 2009
Christopher Cavallero - Fine Arts BFA, 2009
Tica de Moor - Interior Design MA, 2011
Kristen Freitas - Fine Arts BFA, 2011
Max Martelli - Fine Arts BFA, 2011
Silvi Naci - Fine Arts / Graphic Design BFA, 2011
Nick Di Stefano - Graphic Design MA, 2012
John Connolly - Graphic Design MA, 2012
Keri Lemoine - Fine Arts BFA, 2012
John Roy - Fine Arts BFA, 2012
Deanna Susser - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
Taylor Andrea Crouch - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
Allison Skula - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
Brayden Varr - Graphic Design BFA, 2013
September 9 - October 7, 2013
Reception: Thursday, September 12, 5:00 pm
Suffolk University Art Gallery is pleased to present Away For The Summer: Work From The Study Abroad Programs. This exhibit reflects student work from three distinct Suffolk University Study Abroad Programs –The Italian Journal Program led by Wallace Marosek, Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid with Kenneth Martin and Painting in Prague directed by Susan Nichter. The students experience the art, architecture, culture and the landscape both intellectually and through the experience of making art in a particular medium. This is a marvelous first-hand way to study and understand a culture outside one’s own; all three European locales are rich in history and are vibrant contemporary cultures as well.
The Italian Journal Program features the work of nine New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University and three Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University students; giving them credit for Illustration for Graphic Designers. As they explored the Tuscan countryside and the cities of Florence and Venice, they studied the history and culture of these regions. The exhibition includes observational ink drawings and watercolor paintings, produced en plein air – a visual journal documenting their summer in Italy.
Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid, includes the work of six students, as part of the Communication and Journalism Department at Suffolk University, and followed the pattern of this international class’s explorations held in Dakar, Senegal and Tuscania, Italy. Participants learn basic analog and digital photography, fine art, and photojournalism as a means of expression, documentation and communication. Relevant museum visits and excursions to important cultural locations including Barcelona, Cordoba, and Granada are part of the students’ focus in Spain. These photographs represent a small selection, from perhaps thousands of images captured during their visit to the heart of the Spanish experience.
Painting in Prague represents student work from the summers of 2010 and 2012. Steeped in a rich experience in Prague, a city recognized as a center for innovation in the visual, architectural and performing arts, students learned painting techniques, as well as the vibrant history and culture of the Czech Republic. The curriculum included all aspects of Foundation Painting as developed in Western Art, using Czech and Central European topography, culture and architecture as visual context. Painting sessions were complimented with city tours, visits to museums, galleries and UNESCO sites throughout the Czech Republic, as well as an extended visit to Vienna.
curated by Al Miner, MFA organized by James Hull
January 31 - March 16, 2013
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