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Have you seen the massive new art installation 'Chroma Spiral' in the R.W. Kern Center? Renowned felt artist Janice Arno...
07/12/2018

Have you seen the massive new art installation 'Chroma Spiral' in the R.W. Kern Center?

Renowned felt artist Janice Arnold re-envisioned the piece - originally designed for a passage at the Grand Rapids Art Museum - to take on a new form as a sculptural textile metaphor honoring the closed-loop systems underlying our Living Building (after all, wool is, perhaps, the oldest renewable, living material!) ‘Chroma Spiral’ interacts with the building’s natural light and lighting to create an immersive exploration of color, while also offering sound abatement and beauty.

Hats off to Sara Draper, Director of the Kern's Educational Program and Outreach, for her hard work in organizing all the many details involved in installing, insuring, and transporting the work (and the artist!) as part of a recent national conference on Campus Sustainability.

My installation ‘Chroma Spiral’ is now hanging in Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center in Amherst MA. This building was built with the goal of becoming the ninth building in the world to be certified under the world’s most rigorous green building standard, the Living Building Challenge (LBC) - and it has succeeded! It is operating Net-Positive, meaning it is not only completely self sufficient, it gives back to the grid.

Now the R.W. Kern center has art from a living, renewable material!

It’s an honor to have WOOL be the centerpiece of this most amazing place. These pieces were originally seen at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of my installation Chroma Passage. Here, this pure felted wool takes on a new form - a sculptural textile metaphor honoring the closed- loop systems underlying this Living Building. ‘Chroma Spiral’ interacts with the building’s natural light & lighting to create an immersive exploration of color, while also offering sound abatement & beauty!

Special thanks to Todd Holland, Sara Draper and Sarah Miller Meigs all who played important parts of making this possible!

Summertime at the Hampshire College Art Gallery! Gallery Director Amy Halliday was invited to guest lecture with The Ins...
06/19/2018

Summertime at the Hampshire College Art Gallery! Gallery Director Amy Halliday was invited to guest lecture with The Institute for Linguistics, Image, and Text (part of Hampshire College Summer Academic Programs), working with students to think about curation as/and narrative discourse. Students applied their learning in a workshop in the current gallery exhibition (Pablo Delano's 'Museum of the Old Colony'), and during a day trip to the Brooklyn Museum and The High Line, culminating in a conference with presentations and discussions on how they 'read' the exhibitions they saw in NYC. What a great collaboration! A big thanks to assistant professor of linguistics Daniel Altshuler for the invitation, as part of his ongoing interdisciplinary and curricular connections with the Hampshire College Art Gallery!

Photos from Hampshire College Art Gallery's post
06/19/2018

Photos from Hampshire College Art Gallery's post

Even at 8pm on a summer evening, Hampshire College's Gallery & Library folks are working to share our exhibitions, colle...
06/13/2018

Even at 8pm on a summer evening, Hampshire College's Gallery & Library folks are working to share our exhibitions, collections and other resources with folks near and far! Here are some glimpses from last night's talks and dinner gathering for book artists, scholars and students as part of the inaugural Valley Book Fest, originated and organized by Ken Botnick. We especially enjoyed showcasing work from our special collections by faculty, students, and Hampshire College Alumni like Michael Kuch's Hat, and tunnel books made in Professor Andrea Dezsö's two-day workshop.

Over the past few days, book artists, students and scholars have come together in a celebration of the Pioneer Valley's rich history - and continued vitality - in all aspects of bookmaking, as part of the inaugural Valley Book Fest, organized by Professor Ken Botnick. There were talks, tours, and special collections viewings at selected venues across the Five College Consortium, Museums10, and the studios at 1 Cottage Street, Easthampton, and master classes with artist Barry Moser, printer Art Larson, bookbinder Daniel Kelm, and our very own Andrea Dezsö (whose two day tunnel book workshop in the Knowledge Commons resulted in a range of incredible works). At the closing dinner and talks last night, co-hosted by the Hampshire College Art Gallery & Hampshire College Library and Knowledge Commons, gallery director Amy Halliday and arts librarian Rachel Beckwith shared current exhibitions and special collections with visitors from across the country.

As part of Hampshire College's alumni weekend (Hampshire in Action: Community, Justice, and Resilience), Pablo Delano sh...
06/11/2018

As part of Hampshire College's alumni weekend (Hampshire in Action: Community, Justice, and Resilience), Pablo Delano shared with visitors the personal origins and material history of his 'Museum of the Old Colony' installation, now on at the Hampshire College Art Gallery (open 10.30-4.30 Monday to Friday during the summer, and, during the academic year, also Sundays 2-5).
Photo credits, Andrew Hart for Hampshire Communications, and Amy Halliday.

Jobs are posted for the next year of Hampshire College Library and Knowledge Commons Alumni Fellows, including the Galle...
05/26/2018
Employment Opportunities

Jobs are posted for the next year of Hampshire College Library and Knowledge Commons Alumni Fellows, including the Gallery Alumni Fellow, which is now a full-time position. Support students in their artistic thinking and making, build curation and installation skills, contribute to a community of practice across campus, and get practical experience assisting with curation, installation and programming in the Gallery.
https://jobs.hampshire.edu/

Hampshire College is an independent, innovative liberal arts institution. The Hampshire campus is set on 800 acres of meadows, woods, orchards and a working farm in Amherst, Massachusetts, a vibrant college town that is also home to the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College and is within a...

Curious as to what's going on in the Hampshire College Art Gallery? Here are some behind-the-scenes glimpses of Gallery ...
05/25/2018

Curious as to what's going on in the Hampshire College Art Gallery? Here are some behind-the-scenes glimpses of Gallery Director Amy Halliday and Gallery Alumni Fellow Charlotte Ursula Hawkins installing our new exhibition, The Museum of the Old Colony, with contemporary artist Pablo Delano. Special thanks to Film/Photo Intern May Hemler and recent Div III grad Garrison Greenleaf for their assistance too!

The exhibition opens next Friday, June 1, in time for alumni weekend (Div IV - Hampshire in Action: Community, Justice, and Resilience) and will include an artist's talk on June 2 at 10.45am which offers a great introduction to the exhibition. See more info by visiting the event page: Pablo Delano: Artist's Talk - The Museum of the Old Colony.

We're excited to announce our upcoming exhibition, opening in the summer, with extensive, campus-wide programming in the...
05/21/2018
The Museum of the Old Colony – Hampshire College Art Gallery

We're excited to announce our upcoming exhibition, opening in the summer, with extensive, campus-wide programming in the fall: 'The Museum of the Old Colony,' presented with co-sponsorship from the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico - MACPR, is a conceptual art installation by contemporary artist Pablo Delano, who explores the faultlines of US-Puerto Rican relations through the redeployment of historical photographs and artefacts in the form of a museum. https://sites.hampshire.edu/gallery/the-museum-of-the-old-colony/

The Museum of the Old Colony, a conceptual art installation by Hartford-based artist Pablo Delano, derives its name in part from a U.S. brand of soft drink named Old Colony, popular in Puerto Rico since the 1950s. Old Colony (the beverage) remains available at island groceries and restaurants in two...

Each year a graduating student's design is chosen as Commencement poster and cover art. This year's winner is Celeste Ja...
05/18/2018

Each year a graduating student's design is chosen as Commencement poster and cover art. This year's winner is Celeste Jacobs who designed "The Black Sheep" as a tunnel book of layers of hand-cut paper. Jacobs studies graphic design and studio arts and is a captain of the equestrian team. Check out a selection of her Division III capstone (a modern bestiary of animal illustrations and folk tales) and more Div III work in the Gallery's highlights exhibition, 'Room for Miscellany', up through Commencement!

2018 Commencement info: https://www.hampshire.edu/student-life/hampshire-college-commencement-2018

TODAY! Join us for the Reception: Room for Miscellany - A Div III Highlights Show at 4.30 *and* pick up the newest editi...
05/17/2018

TODAY! Join us for the Reception: Room for Miscellany - A Div III Highlights Show at 4.30 *and* pick up the newest edition of the student literary and visual arts journal 'The Reader,' which will be launching in the Gallery at the same time!

Now on through Commencement: work by 21 graduating students in an exhibition curated by Olivia Wargo, T.X. Watson, Dylan...
05/16/2018

Now on through Commencement: work by 21 graduating students in an exhibition curated by Olivia Wargo, T.X. Watson, Dylan Wardwell, and Maddy Chrisman-Miller! Join us at tomorrow's Reception: Room for Miscellany - A Div III Highlights Show at 4.30! https://www.facebook.com/events/819920261534923/

Taking a moment to celebrate the Div III curatorial team who are currently hard at work in the Gallery putting together ...
05/13/2018

Taking a moment to celebrate the Div III curatorial team who are currently hard at work in the Gallery putting together the Div III highlights exhibition 'Room for Miscellany', complete with a brochure. Here's to our amazing students Olivia Wargo, T.X. Watson, Dylan Wardwell, and Maddy Chrisman-Miller for all your hard work! Pop in this week to see the show through Commencement, or join us for a reception from 4.30-6 on Thursday.

Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to see the 10th Annual Five Colleges Architectural Studies exhibition, open 10.30-4.30 TODAY...
05/10/2018

Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to see the 10th Annual Five Colleges Architectural Studies exhibition, open 10.30-4.30 TODAY! We had over 200 people at Monday's reception!

From Modernist-inspired footwear to  a scale model of a campus preservation project, be prepared for amazing student the...
05/07/2018

From Modernist-inspired footwear to a scale model of a campus preservation project, be prepared for amazing student thesis work across architecture and design, now on in the Gallery! Tonight's Architectural Studies Exhibition Reception starts at 5pm.

It's our last Div III small group exhibition in the Gallery, and this one includes Sam Stein's handcrafted electric car,...
05/04/2018

It's our last Div III small group exhibition in the Gallery, and this one includes Sam Stein's handcrafted electric car, informed by the spirit and design of 1950s' sports and touring vehicles and the history of automotive styling! Also on view are works that blur the line between painting and wall support through graffiti ('Wall/Paint') by Eli Shalan and wall and floor sculptures with light components that respond to the sounds and voices of visitors in the space (Zane Clark's 'Terrain'). The reception is tonight from 8-10pm.

It may be approaching May but we're not slowing down on the Div III exhibition momentum! Now on view (through noon tomor...
04/30/2018

It may be approaching May but we're not slowing down on the Div III exhibition momentum! Now on view (through noon tomorrow) is a remarkable set of exhibitions that explore everything from the tradition of cabinets of curiosity to the unconscious! Here are some snapshots of Finley Markham's 'That "I" is Just a Story You Tell Yourself', Nina Gresl's 'Figure it Out' and Ray Mendel's 'A Process of Becoming': but nothing compares to seeing their work in person yourself!

Did you know that students Joy Díaz and Sharon González Colón, who joined Hampshire this semester from Puerto Rico, a...
04/25/2018
Hampshire College

Did you know that students Joy Díaz and Sharon González Colón, who joined Hampshire this semester from Puerto Rico, are part of an incredible women's muralist collective? Both students are helping plan our summer exhibition, and Joy Díaz is also working as a Gallery assistant this semester. We're honored to have two such talented artists, organizers, and changemakers as part of our campus community.

To support students impacted by Hurricane Maria, Hampshire awarded full scholarships to two students from Puerto Rico to study here this semester. We've been honored to welcome Joy Díaz and Sharon González Colón, who are featured this month by WomenArts as members of the art collective Moriviví, formed to create public art and murals for social justice. The collective is made up of students from Puerto Rico’s Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales.

Behind the scenes at the Gallery: it takes a village to install an exhibition! We're so grateful for the cohort of peers...
04/24/2018

Behind the scenes at the Gallery: it takes a village to install an exhibition! We're so grateful for the cohort of peers, family, and friends who turn out to help our Div IIIs install their thesis shows, and show up to celebrate them at receptions. By tomorrow morning, all this messy, tireless installation work will be invisible (but not unseen or unappreciated!) in three amazing new shows: provocative paintings by True Markham, an intimate exploration of the 'monstrous' body by Cat/Milo Bezark, and costumes activated in performance by Anastatia Denos.

*Before noon today*, catch a beautifully-curated interweaving of textiles, poetry, photography and printmaking by Div II...
04/23/2018

*Before noon today*, catch a beautifully-curated interweaving of textiles, poetry, photography and printmaking by Div IIIs Liliana Sampson, Maddy Chrisman-Miller, Olivia Wargo, and Sheila Brown.

Almost forty students from a tutorial class as well as various Living Learning Communities at Hampshire College braved t...
04/20/2018

Almost forty students from a tutorial class as well as various Living Learning Communities at Hampshire College braved the cold Berkshires wind today for some captivating and inspiring art on a First Year Experience field trip to MASS MoCA. Big thanks to curator Denise Markonish for sharing her time, expertise and advice with our aspiring artists and museum professionals, and to facilitators Alana Kumbier, Rachel Beckwith, Daniel Altshuler , Charlotte Ursula Hawkins and Amy Dryansky. We had an amazing time: Mass MoCA always has something for everyone, and made us feel really welcome!

It's Div III deinstall day in the Hampshire College Art Gallery (the current show will close at noon), but there's alway...
04/19/2018

It's Div III deinstall day in the Hampshire College Art Gallery (the current show will close at noon), but there's always something exciting afoot on the campus arts scene! Tonight from 5-7pm in the Liebling Center's Leo Model Gallery, don't miss the opening reception for 'More Eyes on Western Massachusetts,' a local photography exhibition that includes, among many others, Hampshire College staff and faculty past and present: Jacqueline Hayden, John Gunther, Billie Mandel, Kane Stewart, Claudio Nolasco, Sandra Matthews, and May Hemler.

Join us for remarks on the library lawn, followed by a reception in the Hampshire College Art Gallery at 10.30 this morn...
04/18/2018
Hampshire College

Join us for remarks on the library lawn, followed by a reception in the Hampshire College Art Gallery at 10.30 this morning as we welcome Hampshire College's next president! [all this *and* you will be surrounded by two great Div III projects while you mingle over cookies!]

Hampshire announces our seventh president: Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, one of the country’s most prominent health and nutrition scholars and scientists, university professor and administrator, and federal policy adviser. She has earned national recognition as a public-scholar activist for her groundbreaking research studies, bestselling books, and influence on public health, nutrition, and civic engagement.

Gallery reception alert! Tonight from 7-9, check out Celeste Jacobs' modern take on a medieval bestiary ('Beasts of Love...
04/17/2018

Gallery reception alert! Tonight from 7-9, check out Celeste Jacobs' modern take on a medieval bestiary ('Beasts of Love and Hate') and Garrison Greenleaf's 'States of Health,' a series of photographic portraits and essays on the US healthcare system. The shows run through noon on Thursday. Both Celeste and Garrison are also selling copies of their books.

Tonight in the Gallery, enjoy a reception from 6-9pm, and get immersed in the uncanny installations and evocative enviro...
04/14/2018

Tonight in the Gallery, enjoy a reception from 6-9pm, and get immersed in the uncanny installations and evocative environments of Div IIIs Clara Gainer ('Semester Abroad'), Dylan Wardwell ('Bad Eggs'), and Lulu Bigham ('Come Along').

What's special about Hampshire College? How about the unique opportunity to curate an exhibition in your first year, fir...
04/12/2018
Learning by Doing: Hampshire Students Premiere African Art Exhibition in Their First Semester

What's special about Hampshire College? How about the unique opportunity to curate an exhibition in your first year, first semester tutorial, contributing to significant collections-based knowledge? That's just what this group of first years did in Professor Rachel Engmann's class 'Art/Artifact: African Art and Material Culture', with assistance from Gallery Director Amy Halliday and arts librarian Rachel Beckwith.

What was most rewarding about presenting the exhibition, says Keelin Matthews, was “learning by doing.” Instead of just reading about art or how to create an exhibit, she says, “we actually did one, which is kind of crazy because it doesn’t seem like something a first-year college student would be able to do. This was great.”

Kate Godil-Freeman says that as a first-year student, it would have been easier just to write a research paper, something you can do at any college. “The fact that we had these weights and got to make these important choices and put on a public exhibit — that was really, really helpful in understanding how to work with the greater community and access resources.”

Read more about the exhibit below, and how students explored a range of questions: How did African objects arrive in 19th-century European museums? What is the relationship between African material culture and colonialism? Who “owns” African art? How do we work with African artifacts today, given international codes and conventions, while respecting local, communal, and indigenous rights?

https://www.hampshire.edu/news/2018/04/08/learning-by-doing-hampshire-students-premiere-african-art-exhibition-in-their-first

Over the weekend, DIV III thesis students installed three more amazing exhibitions in the Gallery! Check out T.X. Watson...
04/09/2018

Over the weekend, DIV III thesis students installed three more amazing exhibitions in the Gallery! Check out T.X. Watson's 'Mimetic Engines of Anticapitalism' (and consider buying a share of their soul, complete with limited edition certificate, in an attempt to pay off their student debt), Mei Seva's photographic essay 'Cognitive Dissonance', and Graciela Rodriguez Carmona's exploration of Domenican migration and identity in immersive installations and projections. On view through 4.30 tomorrow (Tuesday) with a reception tonight at 7pm!

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