And this just in about Maxx Steinmetz '09, creative director for the Mountain Times newspaper. Maxx took home two awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association at the end of last week, including "Best Ad Designer." See this tweet.
Professor of fine art Kevin Bubriski's photographs illustrate the article “Djerba’s Museum of the Streets” in the January/February 2015 issue of Saudi Aramco World. Bubriski took the photos during his trip in January to Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and Qatar. In Kathmandu, Nepal Kevin delivered two lectures and celebrated the book launch of Nepal 1975-2011 recently released by Radiant Books. The Nepal events were covered in articles in the Nepali national press and were sponsored by the United States Embassy in Kathmandu, the Nepal Fulbright Foundation, the Nepal Picture Library and PhotoCircle. See stories which appeared in the Nepali Times and the Kathmandu Post. After Nepal, Bubriski was in Tibet documenting the Tibetan Buddhist winter pilgrimages to Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Samye. He then traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to attend the Chobi Mela, Asia’s largest photography festival. His exhibition “Portrait of Nepal” was featured in the Bangladesh National Academy of Fine Arts and was the one exhibition representing the US in the festival, with over thirty exhibitions by photographers from around the world. Kevin began his professional photography career in 1975 when he was dispatched as a Peace Corps Volunteer to the upper Karnali Valley to work on drinking water systems. Fortunately for history, he took his trusty 35 mm M3 Leica with him. The 200 photos in Nepal 1975-2011 premiered in a major exhibition last spring at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum.
A show made up of photographs from Kevin Bubriski's Art 2064 class titled "Rutland" opens at the Feick Art Center on Friday, December 4, from 5-7 p.m. The student photographs of the people and places of Rutland, Vt., are accompanied by each student's written statement reflecting on the experience of encountering Rutland as a documentary photographer. There will be refreshments and live music. Photo: Macauley Lerman.
Students in Karen Swyler's Ceramics III class recently installed two site-specific public art pieces on campus. Both pieces, made from red earthenware, explore ideas associated with the creation of multiples. Each installation contains over 1400 hand-made ceramic components. "The Mantle,” located in the stone garden between Surdam and the library, addresses the natural elements and notions of change over time. It will remain in the garden through the winter with the intention that it is altered by the elements. "The People Project," on the concrete near Richardson and the Dunton parking lot, focuses on community and ways in which different types of people can come together. This piece invites interaction by encouraging viewers to rearrange the figures. See photos here
Fine art prof. Kevin Bubriski’s new book Nepal: 1975-2011 is one of a dozen American books featured this weekend at the Paris Photo Festival at the Grand Palais in Paris. Only two American publishers, Radius Books and Aperture, were invited to exhibit this year at the festival. Kevin will also be giving half-hour public slide presentations about the book at Northshire Books at 6 p.m., November 21 (in Manchester) and November 22 (in Saratoga at the 424 Broadway location).
Prof. Mark Dailey (anthropology) has had three haiku accepted for publication in three different journals this year. They are forthcoming in the following journals and issues: Frogpond 37(3), The Heron's Nest (December 2014) and Modern Haiku 46(1). Although an anthropologist by training, Mark’s interest in Chinese and Japanese poetics informs his ELA course Chinese Nature Poetry.
Last Thursday, prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) presented “The Edges and Beyond: Shedding Light on Shangri La” at The Center for Government and International Studies in Cambridge, Mass. Nepal is not the mythical Asian utopia Shangri La, Kevin related, but rather a diverse country that sits at a cultural crossroads. Read a full account of his presentation which appeared in The Harvard Crimson.
This Thursday, September 25, prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) is giving a talk titled “The Edges and Beyond: Shedding Light on Shangri La” at the Center for Government and International Studies in Cambridge, Mass. The program is sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, The Harvard University Asia Center, and the South Asian Institute. Co-presenters are Frank J. Korom, professor of religion and anthropology at Boston University, and Jinah Kim, assistant professor of history of art and architecture at Harvard. The program is at 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate the arts at GMC! The Department of Visual Arts invites you to an evening of art, music, food, and drink, showcasing student art and musical performances by members of the GMC community. It happens this Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. in Surdam Hall and the Feick Art Center.
Prof. Kevin Bubriski (visual arts & documentary studies) spent several days at Ground Zero taking photographs in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. The resulting photos eventually appeared in magazines, a book and in a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition. He recently took some time to speak with AOL in an interview about how his book Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero came together. Kevin had not originally planned to visit Ground Zero but found himself there only weeks after the towers fell when an acquaintance asked him for a brief tour of the city. "I didn't feel any compulsion or need to be in New York after the tragedy," he explained. Kevin said the site was mostly walled off and not visible from the street, He immediately decided the people were more interesting than the hole in the skyline. "There was not much to photograph . . . but there were these 20 or 30 people just looking," he said. "It was so compelling, the look on people's faces." His most iconic photo, of Karen Scarborough, her mother and cousin(pictured here), found its way onto the cover of Double Take magazine, and then into the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition "A Democracy of Images," a six month display of 113 selected photographs from the collection of 7,000 photographs. It was chosen as the iconic image of the tragedy, and became the cover of Kevin’s book. The best seller contains 96 pages of images from his trips to Ground Zero. Read the entire interview by Ryan Gorman. Kevin’s pictures can also be seen on his Instagram feed: @KevinBubriski.
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of recent work titled “Maybe Even Joy” by Vermont painter Galen Cheney. The show will be on display September 2-26. There will be a reception Friday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m. which includes a gallery talk at 6:30. Bold and expressive, Cheney’s work melds together the painterliness of abstract expressionism with calligraphic elements and graffiti. Her process is arduous but ultimately rewarding. “Painting is a sort of heartbreak,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “Initially there’s the seduction—the painting seems to paint itself and everything is working. Then, the veil slips and all the flaws are revealed, one by one, and I have to undo everything that I at first thought was so beautiful. This plays out again and again in each painting until something new pushes forward, hopefully stronger, stranger, unanticipated.” Based in Middlesex, Vt., Cheney received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New England and in Oregon, New Mexico and Quebec. Exhibitions and events at the Feick are free and open to the public. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Jennifer Baker (fine arts) will present "Rapunzel: Living in a Castle Tower, or, Making a New Head for an Old Body: A Semester in Brunnenburg" as the final event in the 2013-14 Faculty Colloquium series. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at noon in Terrace 124.
Brianna King will exhibit her senior show “Biophilia” at the Feick Arts Center May 2-13, with an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m. “Biophilia” is an exploration of the human connection to the natural environment through multiple mediums including 2D, 3D, and an outdoor installation. Fine Arts major Julia Aviles presents her senior show of photographs titled “Roots” in the Surdam Art Gallery from April 25-May 10.
Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) spoke at the The Himalayan Studies Conference held at Yale University March 14-16. He presented at the panel "Beyond Documentation: Photography in the Field.” The abstract for his paper "To the Edges and Beyond: the Framed Moment and Memory" appears on page nine of the online Book of Abstracts. Kevin is also exhibiting some of his photos taken in Syria in 2003 when he was on assignment in Aleppo for the World Monuments Fund and Aramco World. His exhibition "Syria: In Black And White-2003" is on view at the meeting house of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School Street through April. The images displayed are of the ancient Aleppo market place (Souk) and its merchants as well as the ancient Christian pilgrimage towns, called the Dead Cities, and ancient Roman cities and towns along the Euphrates River. Many of the places in the photographs have been destroyed in the recent Syrian civil war. To read more, see this story which appeared in the Bennington Banner.
“I Spy: An Interactive Study in Visual Perception” by Marissa Rozanski is an art exhibition of paintings that embraces the diversity of individual visual perception. Marissa’s exhibit will be at the Feick Fine Arts Center April 11-25. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. Carlie Guinane’s senior exhibition “Live Wire” is on display at the Surdam Gallery through next week. “Live Wire” is an exploration of human movement through wire sculpture.
Prof. Jessica Cuni (fine arts) has her work on display at the curated group show "No Country for Old Men" at Landmark College's Fine Art Gallery in Putney, Vt. The opening was on Saturday and the exhibit will be on display through April 27. The exhibition features the work of eight New England-based emerging artists. Utilizing painting, drawing and sculpture as well as performance, video, craft and site-relative installation, each piece calls into question the idea of a landscape as simply a view of the outside world and presents the complexities of exploring one’s place within that world. The title and content of "No Country For Old Men" gathers its inspiration from W. B. Yeats’ poem, "Sailing to Byzantium", while acknowledging that the show is comprised entirely of work from women artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m.
Green Mountain College’s The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit work from four fine arts students through May of 2014. Toma Cernea-Novac, Katrina Goebel, Marissa Rozanski , and Brianna King will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
"Corpus Absolutus" by Toma Cernea-Novac opened last Friday and remains on display through March 7. Toma is a mixed media artist from New York City, graduating with a self-designed degree that includes art and philosophy. His exhibit is comprised of several paintings and a miniature house installation, intended to express a desire for personal absence and stillness while simultaneously accepting the need for action and reaction in a world that necessitates these qualities.
Katrina Goebel spent her childhood along the Shenandoah River in rural Virginia. Her surroundings growing up inspired her to illustrate and write a children’s book. "Just Imagine", an exhibit of Katrina’s paintings and narrative, as well as a completed version of the book, will open on Friday, March 21, 2014, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. "Just Imagine" runs through April 4 and will be followed by exhibits by Marissa Rozanski, April 11-April 25, and Brianna King, May 2-May 13. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or email@example.com.
Leslie Clarke and Tomas Cernea-Novac will present their senior exhibitions later this week. Leslie’s show titled “Doodle Land” will be unveiled Feb. 21 at a 5-7 p.m. reception in Surdam. Toma presents his exhibit “Corpus Absolutus” at a reception the same evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Feick Fine Arts Center. Leslie, an elementary education major from Greenwich, Conn., describes Doodle Land as a multi-media installation with the goal of “recreating the wonder filled world that can be created in the art studio.” Toma is a mixed-media artist from New York City, graduating with a self-designed degree that includes art and philosophy. This show includes paintings and installation. His artist’s statement reads in part: “Currently I find value in the process of making, and meaning comes in hindsight through reflection on the pieces created. For this reason I am less interested in making ‘objects’ of art than I am in the actual process.”
Photographs of Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) appeared in two Journals this month. A collection of black and white photos, taken with his cellphone in Morocco last May, appeared in the Tupelo Quarterly . An article “The Casbah of Algiers: Endangered Ark” written by Louis Werner, which appeared in the Januray/February issue of Saudi Aramco World magazine, is lushly illustrated by Kevin’s photographs. See link
Photographer Radcliffe Roye is participating in a weeklong residency with students, coinciding with an exhibit of his work at the William Feick Arts Center. The residency includes an artist lecture this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room. Roye’s exhibit “Telling Stories” is on view through February 14 with a reception on Friday, Feb. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick.
Roye is praised for the rawness of his images. His popularity on the social media photo sharing site Instagram skyrocketed after he posted images of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and he now has more than 46,000 followers. A self-proclaimed “Instagram Activist,” Roye combines his powerful images with in-depth, descriptive narratives.
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College hosted an exhibition of works by Brooklynbased photographer Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye . His exhibit took place January 21 through February 14 with a reception on Friday February 7. Originally from Jamaica, Roye began his career as a journalist. He was unsatisfied with the photographs that were published with his stories and started taking his own photos. Roye is praised for the rawness of his images. His popularity on the social media photo sharing site Instagram skyrocketed after he posted images of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and he now has more than 46,000 followers. A self proclaimed “Instagram Activist,” Roye combines his powerful images with in depth, descriptive narratives.
Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) has several photos in the "A Democracy of Images" exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition opened June 28, 2013 and closes January 5, 2014. The exhibit's title refers to Walt Whitman’s belief that photography was a quintessentially American activity, rooted in everyday people and ordinary things and presented in a straightforward way. Kevin is in very good company: the showcase of 113 photographs includes the work of Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Mathew Brady, Walker Evans and many other American photographers. See more about the exhibit here.
The Medieval Russia class instructed by Mary Jane Maxwell (history) will host Sister Rebecca from New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, N.Y. Sister Rebecca presents "Meaning of Icons in the Orthodox Church" today at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel (Ackley Hall). All are welcome to attend.
Prof. Jessica Cuni (fine arts) is exhibiting recent work at the Christine Price Gallery at Castleton State College. Her show "Bioluminescence" opened October 14 and will be on display through November 26. The public is welcomed to the opening reception on Friday, October 18 from 5-7 p.m., and an artist's talk on Thursday, October 24 at 12:30 pm. Jessica specializes in painting, drawing, and installation work. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, she majored in biology, on track to attend medical school. However, while enrolled in a studio arts-based program in Florence, Italy, she began to believe in her potential as a professional artist. Cuni attended graduate school at Brooklyn College, earning an MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2004, carrying with her the approach and the awe of a scientist. She has exhibited extensively in New England, but Bioluminescence is her first large-scale solo show in Vermont. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8 am-4:30 pm. For a portfolio of Jessica Cuni’s work, please visit her website at www.jessicacuni.com.
The William Feick Arts Center at GMC welcomes Vermont artist Humberto Ramirez with an exhibit of his recent work. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 15 and will run through December 17. There will be an artist talk on Friday, November 15, at 4 p.m. in Griswold Library’s Dickgeisser Room, followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Arts Center.
Ramirez, chair of the art department at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, received a BS and MFA from Florida State University. He has exhibited multimedia works nationally and internationally. Ramirez will be exhibiting acrylic paintings at the Feick. His paintings are created with thin layers in a delicate building process of color and composition. The works are influenced by pop elements, as shown through the use of vibrant colors and flat patterns. Some paintings focus on geometric “mandala” imagery while others are comprised of more freely drawn shapes and patterns that emerge during Ramirez’s creative process.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, on Veteran’s Day, Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) has two online photo exhibits on display at socialdocumentary.net. One is a series of photos Kevin took in New York City during the Veteran’s Day parade in 2008. Another exhibit consists of photos taken at deployment ceremonies of Vermont National Guard troops in Bennington and Burlington, December 10-11, 2009. The troops were leaving for Afghanistan. From Kevin’s photographer’s statement on the second exhibit: “. . . it is essential to remember that each man and woman on their way to Afghanistan, or currently serving in Afghanistan, and the families and friends they leave behind, need all the support they can get from their hometown communities.”
The students in Prof. Jessica Cuni’s (fine arts) advanced drawing seminar created a short-term installation of art works, collectively entitled "Common Thread", located at the Poultney River by the rope swing. The art works are made entirely of string – as three-dimensional drawings – and they represent each student’s visual response to the landscape. After the one week viewing period, these works, which were designed with the “leave no trace” philosophy in mind, will be carefully dismantled and removed. The community is encouraged to visit the site and enjoy!
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College kicked off a new semester of professional and student exhibits by celebrating Green Mountain College art alumni. "Harvest, A Gathering of GMC Alumni Artists", featured Susan Barrows Wood ’63, Jennifer Gioe Peper ’91, Carrie Pill ’04, Alexander Churchill ’08, and Patrick Girard’08. The exhibit was open through October 4, 2013.
On September 24th Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) met with seminar class "The Himalayan Collection," presented new photographic work and discussed several of his works held in the collection at the Yale University Art Gallery's Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. He also presented "Nepal: A Photographer's Journal 1975-2011," a campus-wide lecture for the Yale Himalaya Fall 2013 Seminar Series. Kevin uses documentary photography to create bridges of understanding between people and places. He first traveled to Nepal at the age of 20 as a Peace Corps volunteer and stayed for five years, working in remote regions of the country. He is the author of Portrait of Nepal, a book consisting of images taken in the 1980's.
The “A Day in Life of Vermont Farmers” photo was on view through September 25 in the Surdam Art Building galleries. A reception with refreshments and music for the photographers, farmers, and the campus community was held from 5-7 p.m. last Friday. The exhibit stems from a project in Prof. Kevin Bubriski’s photography class last semester. On the same day, April 6, 2013, his students photographed farmers on their farms in the towns of Poultney, Pawlet, Tinmouth, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Castleton and Wells. The students were encouraged to keep in mind the collective documentary goals of the project while also exercising their individual creativity in their approach to the photographic assignment. The students curated the collection of their photographs for the exhibition “A Day in Life of Vermont Farmers” on view at the 6th Annual Poultney Earth Fair on April 25.
Karen Swyler's ceramic work is included in the exhibition "Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design" at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. This exhibition, in partnership with the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts, "addresses creative responses to current shifts in the artist's world and work. The exhibition features invited and juried artists from all over the United States who explore their shifting world of ceramics by examining new technologies, trends and societal change." The show runs from September 12 - November 10. Read more about the exhibition and view the works here.
Ian Barnum ‘13 came from Norwood, N.J. on a college tour several years ago. With his parents, Ian decided on a set of criteria for establishing whether or not a college was ideal.
“We were looking for some place that was small and a little more communicative,” Ian stated.
GMC fit the bill, and the fact that the area was mostly quiet and peaceful was even more of an incentive to enroll.
Originally planning to graduate with a BA, Ian enrolled in several art classes, including analog photography and printmaking. For him, these classes were so rewarding that he decided to switch over to a BFA in art.
“In high school I took some art classes and did some drawing, but I never thought about pursuing it in college. My interest in art is what pulled me in,” he explained. more...
The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit artwork from five fine arts students throughout the semester. Lizzie Helbig, Elizabeth Billings, Marijo Bineault, Ian Barnum, and Annie Parham will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor of fine arts degree.
Watercolorist and New Jersey resident Annie Parham explores the natural flow of water using a kaleidoscope of hues. With intentional mark-making and the manipulation of organic forms, she entices the imagination of the viewer into a whimsical world of shape and color. Aquarian Visions: An Exploration of Watercolor and Imagination opens on Friday, May 3 with a reception from 6-8 p.m., and will run through May 12.
Prof. Karen Swyler’s (fine arts) ceramic work is included in AKAR’s current invitational exhibition titled “Yunomi invitational 2013”, which runs from April 19-May 17. The theme of this show is the Yunomi - A form of tea bowl, usually being taller than it is wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. This exhibition includes works created by over 200 artists from around the world. View the exhibition online here.
A new exhibit in Surdam features photographs of dazzling street art that enlivens the urban landscape of Brazilian cities. Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) and student Bruna Lobato ’15 elaborate on their joint project of examining graffiti in several of Brazil’s largest cities. They will be presenting as part of the Spring 2013 Faculty Colloquium this Wednesday at noon in Terrace 124.
Kevin will talk about the photographer's process of encountering and framing the unfamiliar, while Bruna will talk about the cultural aspects of graffiti art from her point of view as a native Brazilian. Each segment explores different artists and the act of painting on the street.
In Rio, they examine the recently "pacified" favela of Katagalo with artist PXE. In Salvador, they show us the work of Afro-Brazilian artist Dimak and the "pacified" favela of Saramandaia. In San Paulo, the "Pimp My Carocca" festival features graffiti artists working with underclass garbage haulers of the city to provide them with medical help and re-fabricate their garbage collection push carts.
The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit artwork from five fine arts students through May of 2013. Lizzie Helbig ‘13, Elizabeth Billings ‘13, Marijo Bineault ‘13, Ian Barnum ‘13, and Annie Parham ‘13 will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor of in fine arts degree. "Shift: Exploring the Effects of Scale" by Lizzie Helbig opens on Friday, February 15 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition ends on March 12. Read more...