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

Now Showing: Bentley Centennial Exhibit, “Bentley Leaders”

The Bentley Library is proud to host Bentley Leaders, the first of three Centennial year exhibits profiling the history of Bentley University. The exhibit is on view in the RSM Art Gallery through October 26, 2016. An opening reception with President Gloria Cordes Larson will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 4:00 p.m.

Bentley University Centennial Exhibit – Bentley Leaders
August 22 – October 26, 2016 October 24, 2016

Opening Reception with President Gloria Cordes Larson
Wednesday, September 14
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Bentley's first three presidents
Bentley’s first three presidents (from left):
Thomas L. Morison, Harry C. Bentley, Maurice M. Lindsay

Our 100th anniversary is a momentous occasion, and provides an unprecedented opportunity for our community to join together in celebration. Over this year, we hope that members of the Bentley community will learn about how we have grown as an institution, and use that knowledge to develop our hopes for Bentley’s future. Many know that our school began with a single individual – Mr. Harry C. Bentley, who started the Bentley School in a small rented classroom. He was buoyed in his ambitions by a natural entrepreneurial spirit and the enthusiasm of his students, who wanted a modern, comprehensive education in Accountancy. While his hard work and vision built our foundations, Mr. Bentley knew that he would need equally dedicated, innovative partners and successors to help his school realize its fullest potential.

Over the last 100 years, generations of leaders have devoted themselves to that very cause. For our innovative curriculum, our beautiful campus, and our wealth of educational opportunity, we have so many to thank. This exhibit profiles a selection of those leaders who helped the “Bentley School of Accounting and Finance” become Bentley University. We hope that learning about these individuals will inspire gratitude for their contributions, and ideas for how to help Bentley grow in our next 100 years.

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

Centennial Celebration

On Exhibit in the RSM Art Gallery: Francis Domec, “Linear Expressions”

Now showing in the RSM Art Gallery is Linear Expressions, a collection of drawings, drawing/prints and collages by Francis Domec, a French-born Boston-based artist.  To learn more about the artist, please read his statement below and visit his website at http://francisdomec.com.  Linear Expressions will be on exhibit Thursday, June 23 – Friday, August 12.

Francis Domec
Linear Expressions
June 23 – August 12, 2016

Totem 24 by Francis Domec.
Totem 24 by Francis Domec.

Artist Statement

My artwork “linear expressions” explores elements of transformation. Playing with lines and figures by means of drawings and linocuts are all figments of my imagination. 

Some pieces are simply drawn using permanent ink markers. Other pieces are enhanced with linocuts, impressions carved on linoleum plates and ink pressed onto the paper, unveiling multiple layers of shapes through the transparency of the original drawing.

This simple technique is an early printing method that goes back to the duplication of images by means of stamps or seals and later used for the reproduction of newspapers. It is also a means of artistic expression for children. 

There is also a chance element to the creative process, because the saturation of pigments and contrasts between the print and the existing drawing always create a unique image. The transformation of two different images through this immersion creates something new and intriguing and in a way for me a spiritual experience.

Showing in the Art Gallery: Paintings by Linda Collins

On exhibit from May 2 – June 20 June 17 in the RSM Art Gallery is an installation of dog portraits and Cape Cod landscapes by artist Linda Collins.

The series of dog portraits on view includes Kodiak, one of the handsome and huggable therapy dogs that visited the library last semester. Kodiak and his canine friend Athena are returning to the library on Thursday, May 5 (Reading Day), from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., for another Take a Paws stress relief session

In lieu of a formal opening reception for the exhibit, Linda Collins will be present at Take a Paws on May 5.  If you would like to meet Ms. Collins or learn more about her artwork, please visit the gallery during that event.  You can also see more of the artist’s work on her website and her blog.

Linda Collins
Inspirations
May 1 – June 17, 2016

Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

About the Artist

Linda Collins, a Cape Cod resident, has been painting for the past ten years. She began by taking portraiture classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. “If you are going to take up something new, why not start with the most challenging subject matter!” From people she moved on to painting pets, still life, and more recently, landscapes. “The dogs are always what I go back to though. If I am struggling with something else, painting a dog always gets me in a happy place.” This show represents the full range of her painting, with the large canvas landscapes being her most recent.

Linda, the Assistant Director of the Falmouth Public Library, is a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild and the American Impressionist Society. She has had her work in juried shows both locally and nationally, including the “6 Inch Squared Exhibit” at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA and the “Best and Brightest” at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, AZ.

“I work full time as a librarian but it is wonderful to have found this creative outlet that has become a full time passion.”

Art Gallery Exhibit: Welcome to the Crowd | Miranda Updike

Opening in the RSM Art Gallery on April 2nd, Welcome to the Crowd is an installation of paintings by artist Miranda Updike.  All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, April 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike
Welcome to the Crowd
April 2 – 29, 2016
Read Artist’s Statement

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike painting, "Black Cloud"
Black Cloud | 2015

Artist Statement

Miranda Updike picture
Miranda Updike

These paintings are from a series on the subject of crowds. In our times of technology, there is little online substitute for a public gathering of bodies and souls uniting in a common cause.  My paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation: People joining together to share ideas, physical space and sentiments.

Many of my crowd paintings are viewed from the aerial perspective.  I use photographic references to abstract the idea of human movement.  I’m attracted to the decorative quality of clustered people or when they are haphazardly separated, like dropped gems, confetti or beads. There is loveliness to the accidental placement of people in the streets seen, say, from the fourteenth floor of a skyscraper – A littering of colored shapes and shadows, which move above asphalt and street lines, express a brand of contemporary splendor.

In tandem with the aerial crowd paintings, I have been working on a mixed media sub-series. These works resemble uncertain seascapes of elliptical shapes that jut forward in space, then recede, and end below a moody sky at the horizon line. I want the viewer to feel like they are part-of-the-pack, and to experience the weight, the mass, and the muscle of a crowd.

– Miranda Updike

To view more works by Miranda Updike please view her Facebook page and visit her website.

Art Gallery Exhibit – The Work of Maurice M. Lindsay

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery at the Bentley Library is a collection of paintings by the second president of Bentley College, Maurice M. Lindsay:

Scholarship Paintings: The Work of Maurice M. Lindsay
February 5 – March 30, 2016

Opening Reception with Bentley University President Gloria Larson and the current Lindsay Scholarship Recipients:
New date! Thursday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks by President Larson  at 5:30 p.m.

Lindsay in the studio
Maurice M. Lindsay in the art studio.

Following his retirement as Bentley College’s second president in 1961, Maurice M. Lindsay (1886-1975) expanded his avocation as a painter to support the growth of the Maurice M. Lindsay Scholarship Fund. Lindsay happily extended his connections with Bentley which started in 1920 by creating paintings for donors to the Fund to help deserving students pay for their education.

Lindsay studied painting with Giragos Der Garabedian at the Fenway Art Center on Gloucester Street, around the corner from the College’s Boston location at 921 Boylston Street. He painted in the morning in Der Garabedian’s studio (where he is seen in the photograph above), and in the afternoons and some evenings in a studio he built at his home in Arlington. Donors to the Scholarship Fund could select a painting size corresponding to the size of their donation (initially $100 and up, but later for a wider variety of donations). Favorite scenes were often repeated with variations from one painting to the next, as shown in three versions of “T Wharf, Boston” included in the exhibition.

When interviewed about this work by the Boston Globe in 1963, Lindsay reflected that painting for the Fund gave him another career following his retirement. “Painting is a wonderful outlet because it is a challenge. And we need a challenge in life at every stage, no matter what our age.”

Now Showing: International Education Photo Contest Winners & Finalists

Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery are the 2015 International Education Photo Contest winners and finalists.  You don’t want to miss this exhibit of  breathtaking photographs taken by Bentley University students, faculty and staff!

2015 International Education Photo Contest
Finalists & Winners
November 16 – December 22, 2015
View on Facebook

image and link to Facebook photo album for International Education Photo Contest
Click to view photo album on Facebook.

Vote for Your Favorite Finalist

image: voting boxThe category winners have been chosen, but you have one final opportunity to VOTE for your favorite finalist (non-category winner).

Votes must be cast by Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. The Bentley Votes winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card and one lucky raffle winner will be chosen from those who voted to receive a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

Finalists on Display: Gordon Berridge, Patricia Carliang, Wesley Coughlin, Carol Dirga, Palash Dugar, Linda Kim, Deanna Leung, Xiaoxi Li, Hoang Nguyen, Nikki Nguyen, Zyanna Ratansi, Marc Stern, Ian Thompson and Shiyu Xu