RSM Art Gallery Exhibit: Debra Kennedy | “Color – Light – Passion”

By day Debra Kennedy is the Director of Executive Education at Bentley University; at night and on weekends she paints! Opening on January 20th in the RSM Art Gallery is an installation of Debra’s paintings she has titled Color – Light – Passion.  We are very pleased to host a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We hope you can join us!

Color – Light – Passion
Paintings by Debra Kennedy

January 20 – March 2, 2018

Artist’s Reception:
Wednesday, January 24, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Gray's Beach Marsh by Debra Kennedy
Gray’s Beach Marsh by Debra Kennedy

Artist’s Statement:

Debra Kennedy is a representational artist and has been a painter most of her adult life. Her paintings document places she spends time: in Boston, on Cape Cod, and in southern Florida. For many years Debra worked solely in watercolor and loved the loose fluidity of the paint and the challenge of the experience. For the past several years she has been working in oils, enjoying the texture and the richness of color. By day Debra is the Director of Executive Education at Bentley University. At night and on weekends she paints! For Debra, “creative pursuits have a way of stretching all aspects of thinking and seeing challenges. Painting is play – it is good for the soul.”

Website: www.debrakennedystudios.com Facebook: @debrakennedyartist

Reading Day Relief! Snacks, Therapy Dogs & Make-Your-Own Buttons

You may think you’re being productive when you work for long stretches at a time on a single task (like cramming for an exam or writing a paper), but taking frequent breaks will actually improve your focus, attention, and performance! The library is hosting three events on Reading Day to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 12

Study Break: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. |  library lobby

Refuel and recharge! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

Stress Buster: Make Your Own Buttons
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery

Take a break from studying to make your own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll have pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Take a Paws: Meet Therapy Dogs Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery

Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo (and their humans Marty and Karl) and are returning to the library! Studies have shown that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself!  Drop in to the art gallery to hang out with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Diverse Voices: Book, Film, and Map Display. Culture Fest 2017 Event

Are you curious about the “world” of resources that the Library offers?

Visit the Library lobby all week to see a pop-up display of books and movies from across the globe! We’ll also provide search tips on how to discover new favorite titles by searching for diverse writers and filmmakers.

Do you already have a favorite book or movie from a diverse voice or place that’s not in our collection? Let us know by placing a title into our suggestion box, and we’ll consider adding it. If you can’t make it to the library, you can submit suggestions via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BentleyLibraryWishlist, post your suggestions on Facebook, or comment here.

We’ll also have a giant world map on display. While you’re browsing the books and movies, take a moment to pinpoint the location where you or your ancestors come from, and check out the diversity of our Bentley community.

Happy reading, searching, and pinning!

November 13-17, 2017
Bentley Library Lobby
Visit anytime during our open hours!

GeoGuessr Party at the Library! Culture Fest 2017 Event

See the world, eat snacks from across the globe, and win prizes, all from the comfort of the Bentley Library!

Come play GeoGuessr – a fun online game that utilizes Google Earth to drop you in a random spot on the globe! Move around on the map to try to determine your location, and earn points based on how close your guesses are. Will you end up in the fjords of Norway, or trekking through the Amazon?  Get a top score and select a beautiful travel book as a prize! Drop-in for one round or stay for the entire time. All are eligible to win!

Tuesday, November 14
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Research Instruction Center (RIC), room 11 on the lower level

 

RSM Art Gallery Exhibit: Robert Collins | Paintings and Sculpture

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

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

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

Artist’s Statement:

This body of work represents four years of an investigation of still life painting and sculpture. You will not find a defined table top, beautifully placed romantic objects, or even a defined light source. Instead, you will experience the relationships between objects, vertical compositions, controlled space and design. You will discover, as I did, a more complex love for two-dimensional design and composition.

I look long and hard for relationships between objects, vertical movements, and value balance. These are the harmonious relationships I see in an everyday still life situation. In this work, the paintings and sculptures come first, with their own vocabulary and style. Second, comes a slight glimpse of formal still life concerns. Spirit and a poetic thought communicate to the viewer before the actual look and feel of a traditional still life. This emphasis on two-dimensional concerns and vertical relationships takes the viewer to new experiences in still life viewing. This creates an abstracted view of the still life, putting the emphasis on the design and sensibilities of the artist.

These two-dimensional design concerns actually allow me to express a more authentic still life, one created with emotion and feeling that can be set aside from the traditional literal approach to this classical subject matter.

Robert Collins
October 2017

Passport to the Library, New Student Open House, Fri. 8/25, 1:00-4:30pm

Passport to the Bentley Library
Open House for New Students
Friday, August 25
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Welcome to Bentley, new students! The staff of the Bentley Library are excited to help you have a great first year.

All new students – first years, exchange students, transfer students, and new grad students – are invited to the library’s open house event, Passport to the Bentley Library, on Friday, August 25th. Check in at the the arrivals desk in the library’s lobby any time between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

new students enjoying Passport to the Library 2016
new students enjoying Passport to the Library 2016

After receiving your library passport and map you will embark on a self-guided tour. As you explore, library staff will show you how to….

…book study rooms
…get research help for your papers and projects
…print to the library from anywhere on campus
…get free museum passes
…download books to your mobile devices
…stream films for free from the library
…borrow books from libraries around the world
…and more!

Along the way you’ll be given some fun (and useful) giveaways. If you collect six or more stamps on your library passport, you will be entered to win Beats headphones and other great prizes!

This is a special opportunity to meet the library staff and learn about all of the library’s services and resources. We look forward to seeing you at the library on Friday and throughout the year.

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Art Gallery Exhibit: “The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!”

The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!, an installation by artist Annie Silverman, is now on view in the RSM Art Gallery. 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.

All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, August 30, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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

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

For more information about the artist please visit her website.

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 June 11, 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.