Calendar of Events

Naked Cupcake Event

Naked Cupcake Event

October 23, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, White Box

Meeting for Majors, Minors, and prospective majors and minors in Visual Art. Come partake in a festival of cupcake adornment, meet new Visual Arts professors, and learn about important upcoming events in our department!

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Gallery Conversations: "Metamorphosis of a Myth"

Gallery Conversations: "Metamorphosis of a Myth"

October 16, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Roth, '76, P '13, Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum and James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classics on the Henry Johnson Professorship Fund and Classics Associate Curator for the Ancient Collection in the Museum of Art, explore the making and use of tapestries as well as the long history and central themes associated with the myth of Cupid and Psyche. The discussion will examine the making and use of tapestries and representations of this tale over time. Presented in conjunction with Weaving the Myth of Pysche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Psyche at the Temple at Ceres (detail), ca. 1660.  Wool, silk, and gold thread.  Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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Fall 2014 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist: Lisa Bulawsky

Fall 2014 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist: Lisa Bulawsky

September 29, 20144:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Director of Island Press and printmaking professor from Washington University in St. Louis, Lisa Bulawsky will be visiting Bowdoin the week of September 28 and will be working with students in Professor Carrie Scanga's printmaking courses. She will give a public lecture on her work, examples of which can be viewed at lisabulawsky.com. 


This event is sponsored by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project and the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department and is free and open to the public.

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Reception at the Museum of Art for Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel

Reception at the Museum of Art for Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel

September 4, 20146:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Reception at the Museum of Art with art collector Dorothy Vogel and film director, Megumi Sasaki celebrating the exhibition "It's What You Do With What You View": Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Photo:  Dorothy Vogel and Megumi Sasaki

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Film Screening & Discussion: "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" (2013) by Megumi Sasaki

Film Screening & Discussion: "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" (2013) by Megumi Sasaki

September 4, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Herb & Dorothy 50x50, by Megumi Sasaki
Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50x50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.

Followed by a discussion with Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

RSVPs are kindly requested but not required. You may RSVP here:
http://herbanddorothy50x50.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Photo:  Dorothy and Herb Vogel

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Visual Arts Spring 2014 Open House

Visual Arts Spring 2014 Open House

May 9, 20145:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Come join us for the Spring 2014 Visual Arts Open House! This is an exciting opportunity to view the outstanding creative endeavors of all the students in visual arts courses this spring.


Friday, May 9th, 5-7pm in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance. 

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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Visual Arts Senior Studio Exhibition

Visual Arts Senior Studio Exhibition

May 2, 20145:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Senior Studio: XIX 


The 2014 Senior Majors in Visual Arts cordially invite you to their culminating exhibition. 

Opening Reception Friday, 5/2/14, 5-7pm in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance

Exhibition runs from May 2-7, 2014. 

Come experience the work of this year's talented senior visual artists!

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David Stork Lecture: Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings

David Stork Lecture: Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings

April 21, 20144:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot? How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how is the "hard humanities" field of computer image and analysis of art changing our understanding of paintings and drawings?


David Stork's lecture will include computer vision, pattern recognition and image analysis of works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, and several others. You may never see paintings the same way again.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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Zoe Kwok Lecture - Fantastic Spaces: Visual Imagination in Chinese Architectural Painting

Zoe Kwok Lecture - Fantastic Spaces: Visual Imagination in Chinese Architectural Painting

March 26, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Dr. Zoe Kwok, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, will deliver a campus and community-wide lecture on Chinese architectural painting. Her talk highlights previously overlooked aspects of this genre which is often praised for its precision yet glossed over as simply mechanical. Dr. Kwok will discuss the creative ways artists from the tenth to fourteenth centuries manipulated images of architecture to best suit the narrative requirements of their compositions.

Sponsored by the Annie Talbot Cole Lectureship Fund and Bowdoin's Art History and Asian Studies Departments.

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Susan Groce: Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist

Susan Groce: Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist

March 25, 20144:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Susan Groce received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Her prints and drawings have been in over 180 solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions and are included in private, public, and corporate collections all over the world. 


Susan will talk about her own art practice, her involvement with safer print research/teaching in Maine, Scotland, and Australia, and her oversight and design of the just completed construction of a full system safer print studio at the Wyeth Center, UMaine.

Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust

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An Abundant Life: Artist Talk by James Aponovich

An Abundant Life: Artist Talk by James Aponovich

March 24, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

One of New England's premier contemporary artists of the past 25 years, Aponovich spent his time as New Hampshire's Artist Laureate and was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2005. 


His work can be found in numerous public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fin Arts, Boston; Currier Museum of Art; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, to name a few. 

Sponsored by the Blyth Bickel Edwards Fund and the Visual Arts Division of the Department of Art

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Zen Browne Exhibit

Zen Browne Exhibit

February 26, 20148:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Blue Gallery

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Julie Poitras Santos, Artist Talk: visual practice as woven text

Julie Poitras Santos, Artist Talk: visual practice as woven text

February 24, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Come join us as Visual Art's own Julie Poitras Santos speaks about her work. Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department

Image: "A Thickening Rhythm," 2012. photo credit: Luc Demers

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Please Vote For Me"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Please Vote For Me"

February 22, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Bowdoin's World Cinema Film Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.

Please Vote for Me (Weijun Chen, China, 2007) is presented by Shu-chin Tsui (Asian Studies).

A democratic experiment is happening in central China's most populous city: third-grade students are electing a class monitor. Their experience reveals the sacrifices and benefits required by democracy's implementation.

Trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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Zen Browne Exhibit

Zen Browne Exhibit

February 6, 20148:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Blue Gallery

Exhibit in the Blue Gallery of Smith Union 
February 6 – 28

Opening reception in the Blue Gallery on 
February 6 at 4:30 pm

Zen Browne is visual artist whose current work focuses on oil paintings of transmale figures. These portraits of female-to-male transsexuals meditate on identity and serve to counteract the underrepresentation of the transsexual experience in visual culture. Moreover, these paintings also mirror Browne's own sense of selfhood, both artistically and personally. 

Where Browne's past work has documented a self-expression in flux through allegorical representations, his adopting of the portrait form serves to ground these themes in transformation of everyday life, producing representations of friends and acquaintances of various races and ethnicities that are at once intimate and real. The portraits - 12 in total, ranging in size from 24" x 48" to 48" x 49" - strive to locate a commonality on the plane of human experience, while initiating a constructive dialogue about the spectrum and self-expression of gender and racial identity. 

This exhibit coincides with the programming schedule for a month-long series of events devoted to issues related to LGBTQ visibility, politics, and culture. Collectively, these events are known as "Februqueery."

Sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Studies Program, Visual Arts, Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance, Burnett House, Lectures & Concerts, and the Resource Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

Open to the public.

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Visual Arts Open House

Visual Arts Open House

December 13, 20134:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department presents:

Fall Open House

Edwards Center for Art and Dance,
with additional exhibitions in the VAC Fishbowl and Kresge.

Light refreshments in Edwards

Come see the hard work, creativity, and talent of the Fall 2013 visual arts classes.

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Photo Seminar Project Presentations

Photo Seminar Project Presentations

November 21, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Project Presentations by Photo Seminar Students:

Max Blomgren
James Boeding
Amilia Campbell
Casey Correa
Garrett English
Sarah Haimes
Molly Medrano
Alana Menendez
Jay Priyadarshan

Reception to Follow

Sponsored by the Visual Arts Department and Art Society.

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Accra Shepp Artist Talk

Accra Shepp Artist Talk

November 19, 20137:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Professor Accra Shepp, currently teaching at Pratt, is a renowned Brooklyn-based photographer/educator whose work explores the intersection of memory, geography, and identity. He also employs sculptural forms and text to find meaning and common ground across media and disciplines. Professor Shepp will teach three art classes at Bowdoin for the Spring 2014 semester.

Professor Shepp's photographs are primarily concerned with the real world, as opposed to, but not disconnected from, purely aesthetic or formal concerns. As such, Professor Shepp's public talk will engage a wide variety of audiences including but exclusively Environmental Studies, History, English, Sociology and Anthropology, and Africana Studies.

Professor Shepp's Artist Talk on November 19, 2013, in Edwards Arts Center 115, will focus on his recent work, including Islands of New York and a selection of Occupy Wall Street images.

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MBBP Artist's Talk: Justin Staller

MBBP Artist's Talk: Justin Staller

November 11, 20134:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Please join us for a public lecture by the Fall 2013 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist Justin Staller!

Monday, November 11, 2013, 4:15-5:15pm, Beam Classroom, VAC
Reception with refreshments to follow at 5:15pm in Burnett

Justin Staller is a member of the renowned artists’ collective, Space 1026. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches printmaking at Arcadia University and the Moore College of Art and Design. He will lead Bowdoin College visual arts students in a photo-etching project during his campus visit this fall.

Sponsored by the Marvin Bilect and Emily Nelligan Trust.

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McKee Grant presentations

McKee Grant presentations

October 31, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

McKee Photography Grant Artists Talks and Exhibitions for the 2013 recipients, Celina García and Max Blomgren

Artist Talks will be held on Thursday, 10.31.13, from 7-9pm in the Beam Classroom at the Visual Arts Center. Reception Immediately Following at the Edwards Center for Art and Dance.

Exhibitions will be on view from 10.25.13 until 11.9.13. The exhibitions are as follows:

Celina García: PORQUE TAMBIÉN SOMOS LO QUE HEMOS PERDIDO   (because we are also what we have lost)

 On view in the Main Gallery, Edwards Center for Art and Dance

 Max Blomgren: MEMORY

 On view in the Fishbowl Gallery, Visual Arts Center

The McKee Photography Grant, supported by the McKee Fund for Photography, an endowed fund established in 2003 to augment the photography offerings within the Visual Arts Department at Bowdoin College, is intended to support annually one student photography project during the summer months and a public lecture and exhibition of the project upon completion in the fall. The grant consists of up to $1000 to allay expenses, such as supplies and travel, associated with the project.

 

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Paper Machine by Lindsey Clark-Ryan

Paper Machine by Lindsey Clark-Ryan

October 9, 20138:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 116 [Gallery]


"Paper Machine" by Lindsey Clark-Ryan, presented by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project at Bowdoin College. On view at the Edwards Center for Art and Dance Maine Gallery, October 9th-20th, 2013.

Lindsey Clark-Ryan uses printmaking and installation to complicate her sense of gravity (and levity) and suggest a line between disaster and control. She is also interested in how prints act as objects and how found or constructed things can become ephemera. She lives and works in Northampton, MA, where she teaches at Smith College. Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust.

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Erling Sjovold Artist Talk

Erling Sjovold Artist Talk

October 8, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Erling Sjovold, painter and associate professor of art, University of Richmond, will give an artist talk entitled "Old River, New Shore. Old Shore, New River" on October 8 at 7:30 in Searles 315.  

Professor Sjovold is artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College from October 1-22.  He will speak about some of his recent work completed during artist residencies in Iceland this summer and at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst last year.

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