Now Showing: The Bentley Student Experience, a Bentley Centennial Exhibit

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Bentley Student Experience, the third and final Centennial year exhibit detailing the history of Bentley University. Please join us at the opening reception for this exhibit, which will include remarks by Vice President Andrew Shepardson, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

The Bentley Student Experience
Bentley Centennial Exhibit
April 25 – June 7, 2017

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 26, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Remarks by Vice President Andrew Shepardson

Bentley Homecoming, 1975
Bentley Homecoming, 1975

Bentley was founded in response to a demand for more highly educated business professionals –especially accountants – in the first decades of the twentieth century. At this same point in the development of American higher education, what we now know as Student Affairs (a set of co-curricular offerings created and managed by educational specialists) began to emerge.

Student Affairs at Bentley evolved as they did at colleges and universities across the country, though perhaps a bit more slowly as a result of Bentley’s status as an urban, “street-car school” that offered the basics to students. Once Bentley relocated to its spacious Waltham campus, the student experience steadily began to resemble that of a traditional residential college.

The student experience at Bentley also reflects the distinctive philosophy that characterizes this institution in so many ways – a philosophy that embraces founder Harry Bentley’s belief in a real-world education. In the 21st century we talk about engagement, and Bentley prepares students to have full lives and careers by engaging them in innovative ways now, in the life of the campus and beyond.

The Bentley Student Experience exhibit is not limited to student life narrowly defined as activities and clubs; but is intended to showcase all aspects of what has contributed to being a student at Bentley for the past century – in the classroom, in the residence halls, commuting by streetcar or on Route 128, playing a sport, serving the community, meeting someone with a drastically different background, and more.

Today, fostering an engaged student experience is a key element of the university’s strategic direction, one that recognizes the educational value of comprehensive growth in and out of the classroom. Please enjoy this look at the way students have experienced Bentley for 100 years.

Also available for online viewing is the Bentley Student Experience online exhibit and a selection of videos from the Bentley archives dating back to the 1950s.

Now Showing in the Art Gallery: Malakhai Pearson | “My Brother’s Black Body”

My Brother’s Black Body
Exposition of Photographs by Malakhai Pearson
April 10 – April 21, 2017

Opening Reception
Monday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is an exposition of photographs by Bentley University student Malakhai Pearson titled My Brother’s Black Body.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Monday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the gallery. Guests will have the opportunity to hear Malakhai speak about his photographs. Rev. Emmett Price and Professor Kiana Pierre-Louis will offer additional remarks reflecting on the artist’s work.

exhibit flyer

Artist’s Statement

 My Brother’s Black Body

“The greatest reward of this constant interrogation, of confrontation with the brutality of my country, is that it has freed me from ghosts and girded me against the sheer terror of disembodiment.”

— Ta Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

The images in this exhibition are a celebration of the life and body of the young black male in America today and serve as a meditation on the public depiction of the black body. For me, these images are also a reflection of how I view my own blackness, touching on issues of masculinity and self-love.

My Brother’s Black Body was originally funded by and curated for the Boston College Libraries in collaboration with the Boston College Women’s Center as a part of Love Your Body Week in the fall of 2016.

Peace & blessings,

Malakhai Pearson, Bentley University ‘17

The library is very pleased to host this exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the Valente Center, the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, the Multicultural Center, and the Dean of Arts & Sciences. The exhibit will be on view until Friday, April 21.

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: “Ghost Space” by Josephine Burr

Now on view in the art gallery is Ghost Space, a sculptural installation by ceramic artist Josephine Burr. Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, March 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burr, a Boston-based artist, creates objects that she calls “markers for the invisibilia that underlie our experience of the world: the shifting terrain of memory, faith, and relationship.” Ghost Space presents a series of “still life” tableaux referencing the familiar, evocative language of domestic space – wallpaper and textile patterns, utilitarian vessels – abstracted into quiet meditations on memory and loss.

More information about Josephine Burr and her work can be found on her website and in the artist statement below.

Ghost Space by Josephine Burr | March 12 – April 6, 2017
The RSM Art Gallery at the Bentley Library, Bentley University

Josephine Burr
Ghost Space
March 12 – April 6, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 23
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Artist Statement:

From my perspective, the history of clay is mute and absorbent. It exists as a foundational, constant, and yet invisible presence – as pot, as brick, as toilet and basin, as earth. I respond to its silence and its capacity. It is a holder of time and of the unnoticed, of the underpinnings of consciousness and of daily life.

As an artist and a maker, I am interested in probing at this unnoticed space, exploring how the temporality of experience can be distilled into visible, tactile form. The objects and drawings I create are in a sense markers for the invisibilia that underlie our daily experience of being: the shifting terrain of presence, memory, and relationship. The body of work presented in Ghost Space makes reference to familiar and ubiquitous objects – a still life of pots, buckets and basins, wallpaper and textile patterns – while simultaneously carrying a sense of fluidity, fragility and porousness. The empty space between and within these objects is as central to the work as the objects themselves.

The ceramic medium is a tool for drawing, much like a pen or a brush. Clay offers both a malleable material for “drawing” form in space, pinching and coaxing it into form; and a surface on which line, color and light can be manipulated. It is my hope that this work carries with it the freshness of the drawn mark, a fleeting moment captured; and offers the viewer a point of entry to linger and contemplate this floating and uncertain space.

Josephine Burr is an artist living and working in Boston. She has exhibited and lectured nationally, and taught at University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and Babson College as well as numerous craft programs in Boston and New York. She is represented by Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA and Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, ME. Her work can be found at www.josephineburr.com.

You’re Invited! Reception for Centennial Exhibit, Wed. 1/18 at 12:30pm

Please join us at the opening reception for the second Bentley centennial exhibit – The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham – on Wednesday, January 18, at 12:30 p.m. Trustee emeritus and Centennial Committee chairman, George Fantini ‘64, will offer brief remarks.  Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Library clock tower arrives
“The Growth of the Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham”
On view in the RSM Art Gallery, January 17 – March 5, 2017

About the exhibit:

The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham traces the university’s history from a small room in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood to the sprawling suburban campus we know today. Find out what life was like for Bentley students in the early decades of the 20th century, discover how Bentley’s leaders made the bold decision to move to Waltham, and get a glimpse of “Cedar Hill” before our now iconic buildings were constructed.  A wealth of new video content from the Bentley Archives will premiere with this exhibit. Gallery visitors can use the new interactive viewing tablet to watch founder Harry C. Bentley give a speech, see construction workers lay foundation for the Waltham campus, and view what the dormitories looked like in the 1980’s.

Now Showing: “The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham”

The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham
Bentley University Centennial Exhibit
January 17 – March 5,  March 2, 2017 [Note new closing date]

Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Remarks by trustee emeritus and Centennial Committee chairman George Fantini ‘64

The Historical Subcommittee is proud to present the second in a series of three Centennial exhibits in the RSM Art Gallery. The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham traces the university’s history from a small room in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood to the sprawling suburban campus we know today.

Find out more about what life was like for Bentley students in the early decades of the 20th century – the classrooms on Boylston Street, early dormitories on Commonwealth Avenue, and the ever-present sound of the Prudential Center being built! Discover how Bentley’s leaders made the bold decision to move to Waltham, and get a glimpse of “Cedar Hill” before our now iconic buildings were constructed.

This exhibit is now interactive, thanks to the addition of a video viewing tablet located in the gallery. Come see historic footage of our founder Harry C. Bentley and hear him give a speech! Watch as construction workers lay foundation for the Waltham campus, or see what dormitories looked like in the 1980’s. A wealth of new footage from the Bentley Archives will premiere with this exhibit.

George Fantini ’64, trustee emeritus and chairman of the Centennial Celebration, will offer brief remarks at an opening reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us!

To view an online version of this exhibit, please visit the Bentley Archives website.

Now Showing: 2016 International Education Photo Contest Winners & Finalists

Now showing in the RSM Art Gallery are the 2016 International Education Photo Contest winners and a selection of finalists. Don’t miss this exhibit of amazing photographs taken by Bentley University students, faculty and staff!

You also have one more opportunity to vote for your favorite finalist (non-category winner). Visit the gallery to view the photos and cast your vote through Friday, December 9th at 4:30 p.m. The Bentley Votes winner will receive a $50 Bentley Bookstore and one lucky raffle winner will be chosen from those who voted to receive a $25 Bentley Bookstore gift card.

Finalists on Display: Kimberley Alias, Christopher Arrigg, Katie Chin, Jennifer Colombo, Carol Dirga, Abigail Eisner, Ekaterina Galkina, Charbel Hanna, Shuangyu Jia, Yana Levushevska, Robert McNulty, Brad Rothschild, Sofia Sadde and Shiyu Xu.

2016 International Education Photo Contest
Finalists & Winners
December 5, 2016 – January 8, 2017
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Art Gallery Exhibit: The Genotype Phenotype Project | Helen Donis-Keller

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is Genetic Passages: The Genotype Phenotype Project of Helen Donis-Keller, a collection of works by scientist and artist Helen Donis-Keller. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. At the reception, Dr. Donna Blancero, Bentley University’s Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs in Business, will briefly speak on the themes of Dr. Donis-Keller’s art and how it relates to issues of diversity.

To learn more about the exhibit please read the artist’s statement below. More information about Helen Donis-Keller and her work can be found on her website.

Genetic Passages: The Genotype Phenotype Project of Helen Donis-Keller
October 27 – December 2, 2016

Opening Reception with Helen Donis-Keller and
Dr. Donna Blancero, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs in Business

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Self Portrait by Helen Donis-Keller
Self Portrait by Helen Donis-Keller

Artist Statement
Genetic Passages: The Genotype Phenotype Project

Most of the art that I make is inspired by my engagement with the natural world. As a biologist my world-view is based on an understanding of the unity of all organisms throughout evolution on our planet. Traversing the natural world from the molecular level to the biosphere I feel a deep appreciation for the complexity of life and for how much there is yet to learn. The ways I interpret the world as an artist and my choices for subject matter are inextricably linked to my life as a scientist.

The Genotype Phenotype Project originates from my research in human genetics and the human genome project. My lab group studied the relationship between genotype, one’s genetic potential embodied in the inherited DNA genome, and the phenotype, the outward appearance of an individual that can be observed and described. The phenotype is the product of the interaction between genes and environment. I used the vehicle of self-portraiture as an accessible metaphor for the complex relationship between what one inherits and what one becomes over time. An identity photograph, my Sam’s Club card photograph, served as the foundation and this image was deconstructed into six digital images of varying resolution. The six images formed the genotype from which many phenotype images were created. By printing one image over another using aluminum plate photolithography many phenotype images resulted. The work in this exhibition shows the culmination of the project whereby two self-portraits are printed then combined by physically weaving them together, underscoring the dependence of past on present. Each resulting phenotype has a title that is similar to how we would name a lab specimen. The project continues as more phenotypes emerge from the single progenitor identity card image.

– Helen Donis-Keller

Thank you to our exhibit co-sponsors – Center for Integration of Science and Industry, Bentley Health Thought Leadership Network, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

You’re Invited! “Bentley Leaders” Reception with Gloria Larson, 9/14 @ 4pm

Please join President Gloria Cordes Larson for the opening reception of Bentley Leaders, the first of three centennial year exhibits chronicling the history of Bentley University. The reception will begin at 4:00 p.m. in The RSM Art Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Bentley Leaders exhibit case
The Bentley Leaders exhibit is on view in the RSM Art Gallery through October 26, 2016.

While this exhibit offers an introduction to many important individuals, there are countless more that are worthy of note. An additional group of Bentley Leaders have been profiled in a companion exhibit that is available online through the Bentley Archives website. Please visit the two online exhibits, Bentley Leaders and Bentley Leaders: Firsts