October 26 – November 27, 2018 – Materials Matter 1 – Lavaughan Jenkins
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Image: Lavaughan Jenkins, Untitled, Oil paint, 11”x4”x 5”, 2018.
Suffolk University Art Gallery is the School of Art & Design’s main exhibition space. In its new location on the sixth floor of the Sawyer Building, 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. The goal of the gallery is to create exciting exhibits and related programs, reflecting our ever increasing visual and image - driven world, and to engage the NESAD and Suffolk University communities as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena. Exhibits of current student work as well as themed curated exhibitions provides an important pedagogical link between and for students, faculty, and visitors.
The second of this two-part exhibit, Materials Matter 2 is a group exhibit of the work by Lavaughan Jenkins and four other Boston area artists. It explores the physicality of paint as an imperative, a rationale for the process and its conclusion. These two exhibits notate the continual elasticity of painting as it has been evolving over centuries, as an inverse mirror of the ever-accelerating changes in our culture in the Digital Age, and how that is changing the nature and perception of painting. It opens up the conversation among practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of the medium. The works shown are compelling both individually and collectively, as each artist has a different relationship with that conversation and with the material itself.
Lavaughan Jenkins’ paintings push the boundaries of the medium by using oil paint to make three dimensional work or “3D Paintings”. Julie S Graham is compelled by the overlooked, the uncertain and the unpredictable. She constructs improbable combinations of paint and materials with which colors and textures randomly collide to form surprising and odd relationships. KT Lane (BFA Fine Arts ’16) works in a reactively rigorous subtractive and additive process. Building up and then sanding, sawing, cutting and beating down dense indulgent applications of paint, medium and other industrial materials, the process is often evident in the final work. Josh Jefferson is one of a new generation of painters who are actively engaging the figure as their primary subject matter. Drawing from a range of sources, including comics and art history, Jefferson strives to imbue his work with the directness of its facture. The content of his paintings is inextricably linked to the simplicity of their making. Destiny Palmer says that her work becomes the solution to the questions and thoughts evoked by her surroundings. Within the work, she relates color, pattern, and texture, to sound. What does a sound look like, or what would a color sound like? These are steps in creating a composition that is based on a visual language.
In memoriam: Julie S Graham 1947 - 2018
Deborah Davidson is a curator, artist and educator. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She has been the director of the Suffolk University Gallery since 2013 where she continues to curate exciting exhibitions and programs, which engage the University community as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena.
She is also part of the core faculty in the MFA program in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Deborah was the featured artist in the 2005 issue of Agni, the BU literary magazine, her first published writing appeared there. 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.
Deborah is founder and director of Catalyst Conversations, devoted to the dialogue between art and science. Her previous curatorial projects include The Book As Subject And Object, Northeastern University and Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing/Daring, The Art Complex Museum. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, Oresman Gallery, Smith College and Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy. Awards include Finalist, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Northeastern University, and a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.
Graduating Masters in Graphic Design thesis students do it again. From the daunting process ofresearching 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 with Infrared5 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 10Opening Event: Thursday, October 175:00 p.m. Panel discussion and open Q & AReception to followAn exhibition of alumni works organized in conjunction with Suffolk University Homecoming Weekend, October 17-20At 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.Participating Artists:
John Park - Advertising Design, DIP 1957Daniel McCarron - Graphic Design, DIP 1962Joseph Norris - Advertising Design, DIP 1966Ruth Daniels - Advertising Design, DIP 1970Rick Keene - attended 1971-73Joe Greco - Fine Arts, DIP 1973John Roman - Graphic Design, DIP 1974Rich Buswell - Graphic Design, DIP 1977Prescott Hill - General Art, DIP 1979Eli Cedrone - General Art, DIP 1981Judy Pearson-Wright - Graphic Design, DIP 1981Velicia Waymer - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1982Paula Whalen - Fine Arts, DIP 1982Yvonne Belcher - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1983Deb Bretton Robinson – attended 1985 - 1987Jama Samek - attended 1992-94Diane Grieco - Fine Arts, DIP 1993Eric Leppanen - School of Management, BSBA 1993Jeanne Finnerty - Interior Design, DIP 1993, BFA 1995Darren Bult - Graphic Design, DIP 1997Erik Bunker - Graphic Design, BFA 1997AnneMary Wood-Mann - Graphic Design, BFA 1999Nicole Wang - Graphic Design, BFA 2002Kseniya Galper - Graphic Design, BFA 2003Christopher Michon - Graphic Design, BFA 2003James Manning - Fine Arts, DIP 1995, BFA 2005Eileen Riestra - Graphic Design, BFA 2005Joanna Nandi - Fine Arts, BFA 2006Michelle McIntyre - Fine Arts, BFA 2006Robert Finneran - Graphic Design, BFA 2007Daniela Wong-Chiulli - Graphic Design, BFA 2007Yvette Perullo - Graphic Design, MA 2008Maria Galante - Graphic Design, BFA 2009Christopher Cavallero - Fine Arts BFA, 2009Tica de Moor - Interior Design MA, 2011Kristen Freitas - Fine Arts BFA, 2011Max Martelli - Fine Arts BFA, 2011Silvi Naci - Fine Arts / Graphic Design BFA, 2011Nick Di Stefano - Graphic Design MA, 2012John Connolly - Graphic Design MA, 2012Keri Lemoine - Fine Arts BFA, 2012John Roy - Fine Arts BFA, 2012Deanna Susser - Fine Arts BFA, 2013Taylor Andrea Crouch - Fine Arts BFA, 2013Allison Skula - Fine Arts BFA, 2013Brayden 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.
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