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Greetings from the Art Department Chair

Jehanne-Marie GavariniGreetings! And welcome back to students, faculty and staff to the 2013-2014 academic year. I hope you have had a creative and productive summer.

This is an exciting time for the Art Department! First of all, we have moved! We will be enjoying our new facilities as of September 1st (photos to be posted soon…).

Mahoney now houses the Art Department Office (Suite 1), full time faculty offices (Mahoney 215 and 216), conference room (Mahoney 214), the print lab (Mahoney 110), 3 beautiful and spacious computer labs (Mahoney 103, 111 and 206) and a wonderful new University Gallery (Mahoney 108). The Photography program has moved to Dugan, which has been completely renovated and transformed into state of the art facilities. Most of our Fine Arts studios are now consolidated in Dugan. The new facilities were designed by the architectural firm Cambridge Seven Associates. The renovations include a beautiful critique/gallery space for students work, great individual studio space for advanced students, a new Foundations room and a new Mixed-Media lab along with beautiful new photo darkrooms. The Cage where students can borrow digital and photo equipment is also housed in Dugan. In addition, we have expanded our square footage and class offerings with a fourth computer lab in OLeary 300B. Drawing also occupies a new and renovated studio in Dining Facilities (former bookstore building).

Also, we are growing as a department. Students can now learn and benefit from the expertise of two new tenure-track faculty: Pouya Afshar (Animation) and Ingrid Hess (Graphic Design).

Pouya Afshar is an alumnus from the California Institute of Arts’ Character Animation department and a recent graduate of the University of California Los Angeles Graduate Department of Film and Television. He has received prestigious awards, in particular a Walt Disney scholarship. His films have been featured in galleries and festivals nationally and internationally. Before joining us, he was working as faculty for the Art Institute of California in Hollywood.

Ingrid Hess has a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She was Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at SUNY, Brockport, NY. She has held several positions as Senior Designer and has written designed and illustrated numerous books. Her current research focuses on the study of Fair Trade in the Caribbean.

New faculty, new energy and beautiful space! I anticipate that these wonderful changes will bring inspiration and a stimulating year for all.

 

Three students' work by Hannah McGrath, Joe Amico, and Jiayi Lin were selected for Art on the Marquee

Opens May 1, 2014
Next time you're in the neighborhood of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, look up. Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority commission public media art for the giant digital canvas. The next round of the "Art on the Marquee" series opens May 1 and showcases work by seven Massachusetts college students, three by UMass Lowell art students.

From Tuesday, April 29th through Friday, May 2, 2014, the Dugan Art Gallery will show work by UML undergraduates Hannah McGrath, Joe Amico, and Jiayi Lin, three of the winners of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s “Art on the Marquee,” the second annual statewide student competition. The work exhibited in Dugan Gallery will also be shown in Boston through June.
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Art on the Marquee

 

These UML student works have been selected as three of the winners in the New Voices Unique Visions
student design competition.

Jessica Foley '13
Spindrift Senior Studio project

Jason Taylor '13
Unique Package design

Jason Taylor '13, Juliana DeSouza '12, and Mike Noonan'12
City of Lowell Campaign Advertising Design Campaign

Note: Only 20 works out of 130 submitted were accepted!

EXHIBITION March 12- April 24, 2014 at
Carol Grillo Gallery
Center for the Arts
Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
www.endicott.edu
OPENING Thursday APRIL 10, 2014 5-7 PM

 

Drawing Workshop & Artist Talk

Drawing Workshop with Raul Gonzalez was held on Wednesday, February 12. Artist Talk with Raul Gonzalez and Elaine Bay was held on Tuesday January 28. The show, Riding toward Ninguna Parte is through February 14, 2014.

Artist's Talk: Raul Gonzalez and Elaine BayArtist's Talk: Raul Gonzalez and Elaine Bay

 

Ethan May, senior Graphic Design student wins $2500 in Creative Venture competition for his project Dreamshare

This is a great accomplishment for Ethan and everyone who worked with him in the last two years. It is always wonderful to witness our students' successes. So congratulations to Ethan and cheers to all and to our program! Ethan, we are proud of you and look forward to seeing your project.

Ethan May's DreamShare

Ethan May with his DreamShare website application.

 

6th Annual Student Art Union Fundraiser Auction

Friday, September 27th was the 6th annual Student Art Union Fundraiser Auction hosted by the Chancellor's office at the UML Allen House. Students, faculty and alumni donated art works for a live public auction presided over by David Coffin (pictured with his son, Lars). Proceeds grossed about $9000, to benefit the activities of the Student Art Union. This year's student art union president is Eileen Ryan, who can answer questions at eileen_ryan@student.uml.edu.

Lars Eric W Miller with his father DavidVice Chancellor Jackie Malone and Anna Isaak-Ross, baby Oona, and friend.

Photo 1: Lars Eric W Miller with his father David    |    Photo 2: Vice Chancellor Jackie Malone and Anna Isaak-Ross, baby Oona, and friend.

 

A Fine-Arts Degree May Not Be Such a Bad Choice

Read article from the Wall Street Journal: A Fine-Arts Degree May Not Be Such a Bad Choice

 

Seed Grants Spark Diverse, Enriching Projects

Creative Economy Research Adds to Public Good

 

One City. One Heart. T-Shirt

Order T-Shirt Now
Graphic Designer alumni Kevin Zwirble designed a t-shirt that will help the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
100% of the profits will be donated to the One Fund Boston.

One Heart. One City. T-Shirt, designed by Kevin Zwirble

 

Students Attract Audience of Millions for Class

Nick Broadway with his project Crash at Art on the Marquee, Boston Convention Center
Exposure to a wide audience is one of the most important yet nerve-wracking experiences young artists face. While most students show work to classmates, professors and friends, two of Asst. Prof. Ellen Wetmore’s Computer Arts I students will share theirs with an audience of millions.

Nick Broadway with his project Crash at Art on the Marquee, Boston Convention Center

 

Animator Takes Residence in Classroom:

Filmmaker Martha Colburn Shares Experimental Spirit
Filmmaker and animator Martha Colburn, guides students through making their own experimental film during
her visit as Artist-in-Residence for Center for Arts & Ideas.

Martha Colburn Poster, designed by Jennifer Franco

Poster designed by Jennifer Franco, one of our alumnae.

 

Artscope - Esthetic Ecstasy:

Fran Bull & Anne Lilly in the University Gallery

Fran Bull and Anne Lilly, Festa

(l) Fran Bull, Festa, carborundum etched plexiglass print, 49 x 43 inches, 2001 (r) Anne Lilly, Precise the Object's Loss,
72 x 24 x 24 inches, machined stainless steel, 2012

 

UML Art Department Establishes Its First Endowment Scholarship
to Honor Professor Emeritus Brenda Atwood Pinardi

Brenda Pinardi

This past September, the University Gallery at UMass Lowell hosted "Myths and Mysteries of the Heart, Brenda Atwood Pinardi: A Retrospective," a memorial exhibition honoring the life and career of professor emeritus Brenda Atwood Pinardi (1941-2010) . All sale proceeds of Brenda's work from the exhibit were donated by her husband, Enrico Pinardi, to the newly established Brenda Atwood Pinardi Scholarship Endowment. As a companion exhibition the Art Department hosted a tribute show in the Dugan Gallery. "In Remembrance: A Tribute to Brenda Atwood Pinardi," which included donated artworks from alumni, faculty and friends. Between the two events, over $27,000 was raised. This is the very first endowment established for the UMass Lowell Art Department. Learn more >

Fall 2011 Artist in Residence: Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry

Author, cartoonist, painter and illustrator Lynda Barry is the Fall 2011 Artist in Residence for the Center for Arts and Ideas. Ms. Barry’s syndicated weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” is nationally known. She has published several illustrated novels, such as The Good Times are Killing Me, which won the Washington State Governor’s Award. Barry’s bestselling book, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel.

Events held at UMass Lowell Art Department with Lynda Barry included:
Artist Talk and Book Signing and Creativity Workshop (flyer designed by UMass Lowell Art Student)

You can find a selection of Lynda Barry's books at the South Campus UML bookstore:
For more information on Lynda Barry please visit:
http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/artStudio.php?artist=a45a8141b837f5 
and
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/arts/design/11kino.html?pagewanted=all

More on Lynda Barry:
Lynda Barry Wows as Artist in Residence
Lynda Barry's Artist lecture at UML
Lynda Barry Featured in the New York Times Magazine

Spirit Level Exhibitions

Spirit Level IV, Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Vernissage Gallery, UMass Lowell, July 6 to August 30
Spirit Level Exhibitions being held in Italy, Finland, and the Vernissage Gallery at the Photo Lab this summer.

The Creative Photograph in Archaeology

The Creative Photograph in Archaeology
Frederic Boissonnas, The Parthenon cella from the SW, 1908

Univeristy Gallery, UMass Lowell, through July 31
Reception: Wine & Cheese Reception: Sunday, July 24, 3 - 5pm hosted by the Office of the Provost.

The Creative Photograph in Archaeology photographic exhibition presents new ways of seeing archaeological sites, monuments, and sculpture - from the invention of photography to the present day. The collection includes 76 stunningly dramatic black and white framed prints featuring Greek antiquities that have been produced from high resolution scans of the original negatives. These photographs explore the creative artistic intention of a select group of international photographers active from the mid 19th century to the present. Divided into five units, the work features a select group of famous photographers, including Konstantinos Athanasiou, Frederic Boissonnas, Walter Hege, Goesta Hellner, Dimitrios Konstantinou, Herbert List, Petros Moraitis, Socratis Mavrommatis, James Robertson, Anthony Silberhuber and William James Stillman.

The exhibition is curated by Costis Antoniadis and organized by Socratis Mavrommatis and the Benaki Museum in Athens, in collaboration with Fairfield University and sponsored by the UML Office of the Provost and the Art Department.

Access during normal business hours through the Art Office in McGauvran 126.

On view through July 31 in the University Gallery, McGauvran Hall.

Senior Studio Triple Feature

Senior Studio Triple Feature

May 12, 7-9pm at O'Leary 222
Presentation of BFA work by
Andy Phelps (audio performance- IChorous)
Roberto Terrones (short film - Plastic)  
Tony Vu (special-effects film-The Forsaken)

Art Department Website Recently Updated

Art Department Website Recently Updated - Charles Saulters II, Tracey Greene, and Brian Bahia

May 11 , 2010
This spring semester Tracey Greene and her two students Charles Saulters II and Brian Bahia undertook the task of updating the UMASS Lowell Art Department website after the previous overhaul in Spring 2009. For Spring 2010, the bar was set even higher as rounds of user interviews with students and faculty were conducted in order to derive at the essence of what could help cultivate the most efficient and user-friendly experience for everyone as well as promote expanding relationships between students, faculty and the greater Lowell art community as a whole.

Some of the highlights of the new improved site are the student and faculty art work featured prominently in the home page header of the site which is easily updated and makes viewing artwork incredibly simple and interesting. Additionally there is the dynamic and interactive new course sort in the Areas of Study aimed at providing students with a straightforward way to plot out their semesters along with sample assignments, which teachers will be teaching each course, its semester of availability and more! These are just a few of the many great improvements of the new site so make sure you bookmark it, explore all of the new features, and check back often.

Nicole Ratos Enerson, Winner of the gallery's 5th Annual Juried Show

Nicole Ratos Enerson, Winner of the gallery's 5th Annual Juried Show

a|symmetrical love
May 19 - June 8, 2010
The series of digital photographs collectively entitled "A|symmetrical love" consists of self-portraits in which the artist's image and her reflected mirror image seem to be engaged in a series of intimate moments. The angle and cropping of the frames creates the appearance of two persons tenderly interacting. What looks like two responsive subjects, is actually an active subject, and a passive object, the mirrored surface. The artifice of the interaction is betrayed by the thin vapor of breath that separates the two images.

The work explores the concept of love as desire for what one lacks, a perpetual absence. It calls attention to the inherent separation, as well as the potential for symbolic connection present in the human condition. It also brings into question the relationship of the artist and the audience to the art object. The breath mark on the mirrored surface recalls the tear that alerted Narcissus to the fleeting quality of his own limpid image, while the pearl earring references traditional modes of representation, and the gaze by recalling the Vermeer painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring." The amorous solitude of these images can be read as Narcissian, not in their tragic unawareness of self, but rather in the creation of an inner space and symbolic meaning through representation.

Nicole Ratos Enerson lives and works outside of Boston, MA. Her artwork explores the condition of the body, as well as the art object, as peculiar things that hold meaning issuing from, but above and beyond, their physicality. She considers her work a form of philosophical inquiry into existential concerns, which she also engages through reading and writing. Her artwork encompasses several media, and is connected through common aesthetic and conceptual frameworks. She received her MFA from at Cornell University, and is an adjunct professor of art University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She was recently included in shows at the Mills Gallery in Boston, the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, and RISD's Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI.

Reception: Saturday May 22, 3 - 6pm. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday,12 - 5pm. For information and images, contact Mary Ann Kearns, artgal@119gallery.org

Photo Lab Updated

Lily Xiying Yang and Honglei Li at UMASS Lowell

April 12, 2010
Photography students at UMASS Lowell are excited to find their photo lab now a technological superstudio with a high quality photo printer, two online computer workstations, and a long-anticipated presentation set-up with projector and computer. All this protected by a state-of-the-art talking digital touchpad doorlock.

Liz Nofziger

Liz Nofziger at UMASS Lowell

Monday March 26 from 3-4 PM in O'Leary 329 (space is very limited)
Liz Nofziger is a site-specific installation artist whose work examines relationships to space within the physical, architectural, political, and pop-cultural landscape. Employing a broad range of media including sculptural elements, video, light, audio, and text, viewer investigation completes her work. Nofziger received her MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art in 2004.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently in the 2010 DeCordova Biennial (Lincoln, MA), and in Tocsin, a large-scale multimedia installation sited in a renovated firestation in East Boston. Solo exhibitions have been held at Soil Gallery (Seattle, WA), Galeria Ateneo (Medellin, Colombia), the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Kult 41 (Bonn, Germany), the Contemporary Artists Center (North Adams, MA), Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA), and Art Space (New Haven, CT), with group exhibitions at NEXUS Foundation for Today's Art (Philadelphia, PA), The Cheekwood Museum of Art (Nashville, TN), the Sante Fe Art Institute (Sante Fe, NM), and at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston, MA) .

Nofziger has received numerous nominations, residencies, and awards, including an AICA Award for her solo exhibtion, Grate (Black Gold) at Second Gallery (Boston, MA), and funding from the LEF Foundation Contemporary Work Fund, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the St.Botolph Club Foundation, and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.

Nofziger is an adjunct professor at Massachusetts College of Art and is the Managing Editor of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, a biannual DVD publication of time-based work.

More Info:
Her website: www.nofzilla.com.
Her work is currently on view at the 2010 Biennial DeCordova
DeCordova in Lincoln, MA
January 23 - April 25, 2010

Lily & Honglei @ UMASS Lowell

Lily Xiying Yang and Honglei Li at UMASS Lowell

Monday March 22 from 3-5 PM
UMass Lowell South Campus O'Leary Library Auditorium Room 222
Lily Xiying Yang and Honglei Li are new media artists from Beijing, currently based in New York City. Since 2005, they have been working under the collective name Lily & Honglei. They create new artistic expressions by integrating traditional and digital art forms. Utilizing online virtual world applications and digital animation, Lily & Honglei reinterpret Chinese folkloric traditions that metaphorically reflect current global cultures and societies.

Lily & Honglei have exhibited internationally, including: FILE (Brazil), SIGGRAPH, Jamaica Flux (New York), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Microwave New Media Fest (Hong Kong), Eyebeam Art + Technology Center (New York), Terna 02 Prize (Rome), and 404 international festival of electronic art (Argentina). Lily & Honglei both received their BFAs in Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) in 1997. In 2007, Honglei earned his MFA in painting from UMass Dartmouth, while Lily received her MFA in Digital Media in UMass Dartmouth in 2008. More info >

To view the lecture, visit the Forum Network >

Newly Appointed Co-Directors of the Center for Arts & Ideas

Jehanne-Marie Gavarini

Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Professor in the Art Department, and Paul Marion, Executive Director of Community and Cultural Affairs, are the newly appointed Co-Directors of the Center for Arts & Ideas. This center exists within the Division of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Purposes of the Center include promoting collaboration, scholarship, mentoring, student learning, and community engagement. For more information please visit: http://www.uml.edu/artsandideas

New Website: Designed and developed by the students for the students.

Designed, developed, and produced by Arseny Vyuniskovsky, Ben Gemborys, Dennis Broduer, and Tracey Greene.

Starting in January 2009, Adjunct Professor Tracey Greene and three students from her Web Design III class, Arseny Vyuniskovsky, Ben Gemborys, and Dennis Broduer, began to reconstruct the UMass Lowell Art Department website. Initially, to determine the art department's site goals, each student interviewed users (students) and stakeholders (faculty) to figure out content and navigation. These findings helped to develop a detailed site diagram and a new user experience. Following this initial discovery phase, the Web Design III students pursued unique design interpretations of a possible new look and feel. The goal was to get to a final design that both faculty and students alike thought represented UML Art Department's personality, culture, and creative opportunities.

Content, content, content. Although not an easy task, Tracey, Arseny, Ben, and Dennis managed to reorganize existing content and obtain new content to better relay information to users. The site was then developed with the latest coding techniques (HTML/CSS) and best practices.

May 2009, four months later, the new site launch represents a better vehicle to express the Art Department's visual identity, faculty and student points of view, and latest news and events. In order to remain a success story – the site will continue to explore visual, community-orientated, and functional enhancements. Stay tuned for more evolutionary and revolutionary updates.

Contact

Art Department / University of Massachusetts Lowell
71 Wilder Street Suite 8 Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978 934-3494
Fax: 978 934-4050

art@uml.edu