Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: HOKU by Kiana Kanoa '20

Updated March 13, 2020: The opening reception scheduled for March 26th has been cancelled. We will post an update if the event is rescheduled.

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is a collection of photographs from HOKU Magazine, an online sustainable fashion magazine founded by Bentley University student Kiana Kanoa ’20. Please join us in celebrating HOKU at a reception on Thursday, March 26, 5:00-7:00 p.m. To learn more about the exhibit read the artist’s statement below. Co-sponsored by the Bentley Library and the Office of Sustainability .

HOKU
Kiana Kanoa ’20, Founder and Editor in Chief
March 5 – April 18, 2020

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 26 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

HOKU Magazine cover: Modern Opulence, volume I, issue II.

Artist Statement

Multi-disciplinary creative, strategic marketing maven and self-proclaimed lover of all things film.  After traveling to Milan, I indulged in the world of fashion but couldn’t come to terms with its detriment.  With 6+ years of digital marketing and branding experience under my belt, I set out to shed light on authentic, badass and conscious fashion brands who don’t settle for the ordinary.  My passion for sustainability and fashion allowed me to seamlessly fuse my knowledge of innovative marketing techniques, love for photography and eye for web design to form HOKU MAGAZINE.

In the Native Hawaiian culture, HOKU is the night of the fullest moon – beautiful and magnificent.  As a Native Hawaiian, my culture is emulated in everything I do.  HOKU Magazine represents the ethereal and ever-present guiding light of the good that encompasses the fashion industry.  We are an online fashion magazine that fuses the best of sustainability, fashion, and design by creating a seamless platform for the eco and ethically conscious reader.  A narrative that highlights brands who create effortless silhouettes and killer accessories, while being conscious of their impact.  HOKU covers stories revolving around brands, influencers, creators and real people who are committed to sustainable innovation within the fashion industry.

Kiana Kanoa ’20
https://www.hokumagazine.com/

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: "LUMEN: Paintings by Roz Sommer"

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is LUMEN, a collection of oil paintings by Roz Sommer. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, January 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. To learn more about the artist and her work, please read the Artist Statement below.

LUMEN
Paintings by Roz Sommer

January 13 – March 2, 2020

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 16 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Broken Peach by Roz Sommer

Artist Statement

In Roz Sommer’s paintings, expressive qualities of paint, particularly oil paint, connect the various bodies of work. Thick, juicy, textural color as well as dramatic light and shadows emphasize the intensity of the images. In some pieces the content is emotional, such as the paintings of the aftermath of disasters; physical, global catastrophes or personal interior struggles. In other work, the subject matter might be tranquil; still life paintings of foods and everyday objects, or scenes from nature, but Sommer’s paint application, energetic brushwork and gesture can still be troubling or ominous. Yet, emanating light brings hope and expectation into the darkness.

Roz Sommer
http://rozsommer.com/

Reading Day Relief: Snacks, Therapy Dogs, Button Making & More!

The library is hosting four events on Reading Day (Tuesday, December 10) 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.

OverDrive Drop-in Clinic
unwind with free ebooks & audiobooks
10:00 a.m. – noon | study room 101
Planning to cozy up with some reading over winter break? Drop in to learn how to get downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive. If you bring your laptop, Kindle, iPad, or other mobile device, we can help you get started with the original OverDrive app or the new and improved Libby app.

Study Break
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
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.

Make Your Own Buttons
get creative & relieve some stress
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 provide 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!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Echo & Clover
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Therapy dogs Echo and Clover are visiting the library to spend some quality time with you! Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these good doggos.

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: "Vague Space" by Casey Hayward

Vague Space is a hybrid documentary project and photo-sculptural art installation by Casey Hayward, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. The components of the work—still photographs and found objects—come from the cities of Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn and Salem, MA. These cities have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic and the exhibit serves to shed light on that environment. Mattresses, doors, highchairs and other castoff items found in dumpsters, forested areas, back alleys and roadsides become canvases for imagery of a life lived “rough.”

Please join us in celebrating the opening of Vague Space at a reception for the artist in the RSM Art Gallery on Wednesday, October 16, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Casey Hayward
Vague Space 
October 2 – November 5, 2019


Artist’s Reception: 
Wednesday, October 16
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Your Protection by Casey Hayward
Your Protection
large print transfer on plywood, scrap wood, syringe caps

Casey Hayward: Artist Statement

In my work, be it documentary filmmaking, photography or installation, I seek to explore social justice issues through art, with an appreciation for the imperfection of lived experience. The flaws of humanity often afford a more impactful entrée into the investigation of the world we inhabit.

I am particularly interested in the entropy of cultures, communities and systems. From an aesthetic standpoint, I have always been drawn to rusted metal, rotting wood and other detritus surrounding us. To me this detritus–the less desirable output of our way of life–has a beauty all its own.

I take photographs, interview participants and consider the most effective ways of sharing my work, all with the complexity of imperfection in mind. While I cannot avoid digital technologies due to their ease and ubiquity, I do enjoy physical processes like exposing and developing analog film. I find the process is challenging and introduces flaws based on a myriad of environmental factors and my own abilities. I enjoy the serendipity of “happy accidents.” These can serve to remind viewers that they are experiencing not just a body of work but also a process. Reflexivity in this way is something I instill in much of my work. I trust that participants are keen enough to examine more than just the product, but my role and the problems it can inhere in making the art.

Casey Hayward, Associate Professor
Department of English and Media Studies
Bentley University
chayward@bentley.edu

This project was made possible with the support of the Bentley University Health Thought Leadership Network, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Media Studies.

Passport to the Library: New Student Open House, Friday Aug. 23, 1-4pm

Welcome, new Falcons! The Bentley Library staff look forward to meeting you and helping you begin your Bentley journey. All new students are invited to drop in to our open house—Passport to the Bentley Library—during the Academic Resources Expo on Friday, August 23, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

As you explore the library on a self-guided tour you will learn about important library services and resources, including study rooms, research help, printing, museum passes, Interlibrary Loan, streaming films, and more! Along the way you will be given fun (and useful) giveaways. If you collect six or more stamps on your library passport, you can enter to win Air Pods and other great prizes.

Follow @BentleyLibrary on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the latest library news. Don’t forget to tag us @BentleyLibrary and #BentleyLibrary in your pictures and posts.

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: Underline Series by Elisa H. Hamilton

Now on view in the library’s RSM Art Gallery is a series of continuous-line, blind-contour drawings by Elisa H. Hamilton. All are invited to attend a closing reception for the artist on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars for this special event!

To learn more about Elisa H. Hamilton please read the artist’s statement below, visit the website www.elisahhamilton.com/, and follow @elisahhamilton #UnderlineSeries on Instagram.

Elisa H. Hamilton
Underline: within, and beneath, the wandering lines 
August 6 – September 27, 2019


Closing reception: 
Wednesday, September 25
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Artist’s Statement

This body of work explores my biracial identity through the introspective creation of continuous-line, blind-contour self-portraits; a drawing process that asks me to engage fully with my own visual form, and translate that form into line while not looking at what I am creating or lifting my mark from the page.

As a biracial person how I am seen shifts in the eye of the beholder and depends on social context.  Through these explorations I contemplate my own visual form while relinquishing the ability to control how I look. I embrace a process of discovery that asks me to truly see myself, and asks the viewer to find me within, and beneath, the wandering lines.

These drawings began in black and white, but gradually shifted towards multicolored expressions of self.  Through this process I have discovered that none of us are just one thing- we are all multicolored beings beneath the surface.

Elisa H. Hamilton
socially engaged multimedia artist – she/her/hers
www.ElisaHHamilton.com
@ElisaHHamilton Instagram & Twitter

Reading Day Relief! Study Break, Therapy Dogs, Button Making and More.

The library is hosting four events on Reading Day (Wednesday, May 1) 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.

OverDrive Drop-in Clinic
unwind with free ebooks & audiobooks
10:00 a.m. – noon | study room 101
Get your summer vacation reading here! Drop in to learn how to get downloadable ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive. If you bring your laptop, Kindle, iPad, or other mobile device, we can help you get started.

Study Break
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
Coffee, tea 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.

Make Your Own Buttons
get creative & relieve some stress
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 provide 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!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Kodiak & Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Our good friends Kodiak and Echo are returning to the library to spend some quality time with you! Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.