The RSM Art Gallery

Current Exhibit

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!, an exhibition by relief printmaker and book artist Annie Silverman.

Annie Silverman
The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!
August 17 – October 1, 2017

Opening Reception
Wednesday, August 30
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Beehives by Annie Silverman
Beehives by Annie Silverman

Annie Silverman is a relief printmaker and book artist who has been creating experimental work with print installations, printed dimensional objects and books for over 20 years. In 2007 she formed Abrazos Press, a small teaching and professional studio, with Sandra Butler and Nina Wishnok in Somerville, MA.

Artist’s Statement

Annie Silverman specializes in both wood block and mixed media printmaking, and has been a printmaker for over 20 years.

The wood that she carves to create the matrices for her prints is specially prepared plywood from Japan called SHINA, which is easy to carve and keeps a lot of detail.

She is often asked “how long does it take to carve that?” and she always says, “As long as it takes”. Carving and listening to audio books are very complementary studio activities.

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? Much of Annie’s inspiration comes from her life experiences. She is an urban beekeeper, a beginning accordion player, and a gardener, with strong interests in natural history and botanical illustrations. She also is intrigued with antique circus posters from the 1800’s. There is often an air of humorous oddness in her work which she finds entertaining and hopes her audience does as well.

Some sources of inspiration for Annie’s work are:

– Patterns in Nature
– Antique toys
– Gardens
– Stories
– Shadows
– Cells
– Postcards
– Carved and scratched patterns and surfaces
– Bees (she’s a beekeeper)
– Old prints of botany and natural history
– Curiosity cabinets and the history of collections
– Woven fish traps and coracles
– Polka dots

Upcoming Exhibit

Opening on October 5th is an installation of paintings and sculpture by artist Robert Collins.  An opening reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, October 18, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Robert Collins
Paintings and Sculpture
October 5 – November 10, 2017

Robert Collins painting
painting by Robert Collins
www.robertcollinspaintings.com

Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 18
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Past Exhibits

View the blog postings in the art gallery category for archived information about past exhibits.

About the RSM Art Gallery

The RSM Art Gallery at Bentley University is a cultural and educational resource for the entire Bentley community. Located in the Bentley Library, the gallery sponsors six to eight exhibits per year, highlighting the work of emerging New England artists working in a wide range of media.

For more information about the gallery please email Hugh Wilburn, Art Gallery Curator, at hwilburn@bentley.edu.

Visitor Information

Located on the main floor of the Bentley Library, the RSM Art Gallery is free and open to the public when the library is open.  Driving directions and a campus map are available here.