Raul Gonzalez & Karl Stevens: Two Artists and Their Books
Dec. 4, 5 - 7 p.m.
illustrations by Raul the Third
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.
Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present Karl Stevens + Raul Gonzalez, Two Artists and Their Books: The Lodger and Lowriders in Space from December 4, 2014 to January 25, 2015. There will be a reception and book signing on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m.
This exhibition focuses on each of the artist’s published books. They both straddle a range of influences – illustration, graffiti, comic books, as well as nods to the history of painting. Stevens and Gonzalez will present original drawings and paintings from their respective books. This is an exciting opportunity to peer behind the text, and experience the work of these two extraordinary Boston artists.
Karl Stevens’ book The Lodger is so carefully and convincingly drawn from life that it’s tempting to assume the whole thing is real. It is built around a year’s worth of the weekly comic strip “Failure,” which he drew for the Boston Phoenix as the official cartoonist. The strip’s title is both a characteristic bit of self-deprecation and a sequel to Stevens’ earlier work “Succe$$.” His award winning series consisted of realistic renditions of people and the creation of small, slice-of-life profiles filled with wit and profundity.
Raul Gonzalez’s first graphic novel, Lowriders in Space, is co-created with writer Cathy Camper. Lowriders in Space is published by Chronicle Books and debuts in the fall of 2014. The three main characters, Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria, love working with cars. Their favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. Striking art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book educates and entertains in equal measure.
Gallery Talk with the Artists: December 4, 2014, 4 p.m
Reception and Book Signing: December 4, 2014, 5 p.m.
January 29 – February 19, 2015
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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