Current Exhibit - It's Biological: Michelle Samour
October 8 - 31, 2015
Image: Michelle Samour, Windows, Pigmented handmade paper, plexiglas 2'x4'x36"H, 2012
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 It’s Biological: Michelle Samour from October 8 – October 31, 2015. There will be a reception and gallery talk on Thursday, October 15 from 5 – 7 p.m.
It’s Biological: Michelle Samour includes work that explores the relationship between nature and culture broadly, and specifically is driven by her interest in biology and botany. In addition to the works by the artist, visitors can try their hand at exploring the biological world with specimens, slides, microscopes, magnifying devices and books of interest selected by the artist.
At the root of Michelle Samour's practice is a need to understand and interact with the world through the use of structure, the accumulation of visual language within that structure, and the potential for fluctuation and change between the two. Her use of light and the suggestion of the lens - the physiological eye, a computer monitor, or a microscope slide - become the means for seeing and examining this information. She says this about her work:
"My interest in taxonomy is an extension of a desire to create meaning, and as Baudrillard suggests, an exertion of power. This need for understanding and control manifests itself in my work through the use of the grid as an organizational tool, through the building of structures that preserve and display objects, and through a visual mantra of repetition as a means to accumulate information. My curiosity and inquiry is driven by the vastness of the universe and the limits of reason. To quote Immanuel Kant, 'Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.'"
Michelle Samour is a multi-media artist whose installations, drawings and handmade paperworks explore the intersections between science, technology and the natural world. Samour was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre, Canada and at P.R.I.N.T Press in Denton, TX. Her exhibitions include the Fitchburg Art Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, FR; Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; Racine Art Museum, WI; and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (most recently as a 2014 Fellow in Drawing), a Society of Arts and Crafts New England Artist Award, and grants from the Cushman Family Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study historic paper making in France and Japan. Samour's work has been featured in Surface Design, ARTnews, FiberArts and Hand Papermaking magazines, and is included in public and private collections including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, International Paper Company, and the Meditech Corporation. She is on the faculty of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston.
This exhibit is part of Suffolk University Gallery’s annual fall series of exhibits devoted to Art + Science + Design. This season it takes the form of two exhibits. In addition to Michelle Samour’s solo exhibit, the September exhibition featured the work of sculptor Kim Bernard with It’s Physical: Kim Bernard.
Gallery talk with artist Michelle Samour. Reception to follow.
October 15, 2015
Suffolk University Gallery
5 p.m., with reception to follow
There will be a hands-on 'lab' space in the gallery during the run of the exhibit. Visitors will have a chance to examine specimens from the natural world, and explore through drawing, looking at slides, and books related to biology and botany. Microscopes and magnifying devices will be available.
Suffolk University Gallery
September 20, 2015 – January 16, 2016
November 5, 2015 – January 22, 2016
Kick-Off Event and Reception: Thursday, November 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The gallery will be transformed into an interactive maker space for drawing and thinking. The programming is conceived as an active response to The Art Complex exhibit Cannot Be Described in Words: Drawing/Daring, curated by Deborah Davidson, director of the Suffolk University Gallery. Drawing = Thinking will enhance the gallery as a site activated by the correspondence of drawing to thinking and vice versa. Workshops and demos will give students and the general public the opportunity to experience the many ways that drawing and thinking overlap. The results from these will contribute to a growing exhibit, which will be documented over the course of November through January.
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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