2011-2012 Calendar

Lenka ClaytonTuesday, March 27, 2012
Visiting Artist's Lecture by: Lenka Clayton
Beam classroom of the Visual Art Center
4:15 PM
Lenka Clayton is a conceptual artist whose work exaggerates and reorganizes the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. In recent projects she searched for and photographed the 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper; collected, hand-numbered and redistributed 7,000 stones; filmed one person of each age from 1-100; and re-edited the 4,100 words of President Bush’s televised “Axis of Evil” speech into alphabetical order. She and writer Michael Crowe are currently writing a hand-written letter to every household in the world.

March 26, 2012, 4:15 pm
Visiting Artist talk by Nancy Blum
Beam classroom of the Visual Art Center
Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project at Bowdoin College

Nancy Blum makes huge and intricate drawings, etchings, sculpture, and public art.  She has made work for numerous commissions of public art, including permanent works for Philadelphia’s SEPTA, Charlotte, and Minneapolis’ Light Rail Transit Stations, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Seattle Art Commission.  She has been the recipient of grants from the Peter S. Reed Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Seattle Artist’s Trust.  Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions across the globe, most recently in Magical Thinking at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, California.  

Installation of work by Nancy Blum
Installation of work by Nancy Blum

February 9, 2012, 4:15 pm
Visiting Artist talk by Kristen Martincic
Beam classroom of the Visual Art Center
Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project at Bowdoin College

Kristen Martincic states: “I push the boundaries of privacy and expose vulnerability by examining what typically lies hidden beneath the surface.  In my prints, sculpture, and installations, garments become a surrogate for the human form, hovering between skin and clothing, intimacy and exposure.  My artwork uses subtle hints of awkwardness and longing to communicate the honesty and beauty of everyday moments, and to make the viewer keenly aware of their own sense of self.”

Kristen Martincic’s artwork has been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions. Venues include the American University in Egypt, the Indiana University Art Museum, the Holter Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, the Lill Street Art Center in Chicago, and The Print Center in Philadelphia.  She has work in several public collections, including the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Fidelity Investments, and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  In addition, she has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Lux Center for the Arts.

She received a BFA in Printmaking from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a studio in Columbia, Missouri where she also teaches at the University of Missouri.  

bathing suitsrelief, monotype on kitakata and mulberry, stitching, dimensions variable, 2007-2008
bathing suits
relief, monotype on kitakata and mulberry, stitching, dimensions variable, 2007-2008

Friday, December 9, 2011
Open Studios
5:00 PM
Various Art Buildings

Come join the Art Department for the Fall, 2011 Open Studios. All shows listed will have opening receptions this Friday, Dec. 9th, 2011 from 5-8 PM unless otherwise listed.

From Drawing and Painting I to Sculpture and Photography, the campus and beyond will be filled with new works.

Here is a list of classes and Locations.

Senior Pecha Kuchas, 3-4:30 PM - Beam Classroom
Print Sale, 4-6 PM - Fishbowl Gallery
Photography and Color - Kresge Gallery
Painting I - North Studio
Architectural Form & Space- Center Studio

Printmaking I - Second floor

Photo I- Third Floor Hallway & Room 308
Landscape Painting - Third Floor, room 310

Sculpture II - Studio One (under Frontier)
Sculpture I - Follow Signs

Photo I- Documentary Work, 8-10 PM

Linda Alvarez- Independent Study, Blue Gallery

Friday, December 9, 2011 Open Studios

Friday, December 9, 2011
Print Sale
Visual Arts Center

Friday, December 9, 2011 Print Sale

Monday, November 28, 2011
Kate Doody
An Artist's Talk
Beam classroom 4:15 PM VAC (Visual Arts Center)


Kate Doody is an American artist who creates large-scale installations, sculptures and works on paper. The themes in Kate’s work are fueled by an interest in the human sensorial condition through the lens of material translations. Over the course of the last ten years, Kate has expanded her material repertoire to incorporate fiber, photography, wood, foil and plaster constructions informed by her foundational work with ceramic materials and process.

Her exhibition record spans the United States with shows at such locations as The Northern Clay Center in Minnesota, Clemson University in North Carolina, Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, and SOFA Chicago. Her work is part of the permanent museum collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, as well as the international collection of the San Bao Ceramic Institute of Jingdezhen, in China. Among her awards Kate received the notable Trustee Full Scholarship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2008. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2001.

Kate Doody

Tuesday, October 25
Mark Lakeman
“21st Century Design: The Very Edge”
Beam classroom 4:15 PM VAC (Visual Arts Center)

Mark Lakeman is the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community design firm Communitecture. Mr. Lakeman has taken on the role of creative urban place-maker and community design facilitator in his commitment to the emergence of a sustainable cultural landscape.  He seeks to make every design project one which will further the development of a community vision, whether it involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services. His leadership in the City Repair Project has benefited communities across the North American continent including cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Ottawa where City Repair Projects are underway.Stories of Mr. Lakeman’s projects have been told widely, including in such publications as Dwell, Architecture Magazine, New Village Journal, Yes magazine, and The Utne Reader. With City Repair, in 2003 Mark was awarded the National Lewis Mumford Award by the international organization Architects & Planners for Social Responsibility for his work with Dignity Village, one of the United States’ first self-developed, permanent communities by  and for previously homeless people.

Mark Lakeman
Mark Lakeman

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
McKee Photography Grant talks
Please join us as Zoë Lescaze and Josh Gutierrez, 2011 recipients of the McKee Photography Grant, speak about their summer photography projects, which will be on view this month and next in the Fishbowl Gallery in the Visual Arts Center. 
Tuesday October 18, 7pm, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Tomie Arai; The Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project
Tomie Arai is a renowned printmaker and public artist who lives and works in New York City.  Her prints are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Japanese American National Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, the LA County Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 
4:30pm Beam Classroom - Visual Arts Center

Tomie Arai The Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project
Tomie Arai: The Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project

September 28, 2011
Kyle Durrie '01: Moveable Type: cross-country adventures in printing
4:30 PM Beam Classroom - Visual Arts Center
Kyle Durrie is the proprietor of Power and Light Press, a letterpress studio in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2002, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has recently been a resident at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Wisconsin.

Literally, Moveable Type is the system of printing that uses moveable pieces of type - individual letters, numbers, characters - to reproduce the elements of a document. Invented in China but popularized by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, moveable type was like the internet for the 15th century, allowing widespread reproduction of printed materials like books, announcements, and advertising.

In Kyle Durrie’s instance, however, Moveable Type is a fully functional letterpress print shop built into the back of a converted 1982 Chevy step van. Kyle is in the midst of a 9+ month cross-country adventure, driving from town to town and spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way. She is teaching workshops and doing printing demos at farmers markets, universities, grade schools, community centers, parties, and just about anywhere else that has an interest in learning about printing.

Kyle Durrie '01: Moveable Type: cross-country adventures in printing
Kyle Durrie '01: Moveable Type: cross-country adventures in printing