Now showing in the RSM Art Gallery are the 2017 International Education Photo Contest winners and a selection of finalists. You have one more opportunity to vote for your favorite finalist (non-category winner)! Stop in to the gallery to cast your vote before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17. The Bentley Votes Winner will receive a $50 Bentley Bookstore gift card and one lucky raffle winner will be chosen from those who voted to receive a $25 Bentley Bookstore gift card.
Don’t miss this exhibit of spectacular photographs taken by Bentley University students, faculty, and staff!
Finalists on display: May AlMarzouq, Donna Bacchiocchi, Kanika Banka, Caroline Brosnan, Allison Burns, Olivia Corriveau, Caitlin Derrickson, Phoebe Finn, Esther Hong, Panagiotis Magoulas, Ana Christina Machado Delano, Zyanna Ratansi, Anna Vellante, Feiyu Xiang, and BinBin Zhang.
2017 International Education Photo Contest Winners and Selection of Finalists
November 15, 2017 – January 5, 2018
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
Wednesday, October 18
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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.
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
Wednesday, August 30
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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.
– 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.
The staff members of Bentley University demonstrate their creativity ON the job each day. That creative impulse also finds expression OFF the job through a wide variety of forms of artistic expression. The current exhibit in the RSM Art Gallery presents a sampling of the talents Bentley staff enjoy exploring outside of work. The exhibitors are:
All are invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at a reception on Wednesday, June 28, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Bentley University Staff Art Exhibition June 15 – August 11, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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 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.
My Brother’s Black Body
Exposition of Photographs by Malakhai Pearson
April 10 – April 21, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Josephine Burr Ghost Space March 12 – April 6, 2017
Thursday, March 23
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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.
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!
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.