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The Robert Seydel exhibition has come down, the walls have been painted back to white, and Division III Thesis Exhibitio...
11/18/2019

The Robert Seydel exhibition has come down, the walls have been painted back to white, and Division III Thesis Exhibition Season is officially upon us!

Every Fall and Spring, final semester Hampshire arts students exhibit work from their year-long thesis projects in small group shows. Come check out fresh and exciting exhibitions every few days, and support the hard work of these fantastic artists!

https://sites.hampshire.edu/gallery/fall-2019-div-iii-thesis-exhibitions/

Today is the last day to visit the exhibition "Robert Seydel: A Short History of Portraiture"! Take a final look, tour t...
11/08/2019

Today is the last day to visit the exhibition "Robert Seydel: A Short History of Portraiture"!
Take a final look, tour the exhibition with Curator Sura Levine, and enjoy some snacks this evening -- starting at 4:30PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

"Leaning to peer closer at each image,  I had a sense of staring into a small wavering pool of shifting images, compound...
10/11/2019

"Leaning to peer closer at each image, I had a sense of staring into a small wavering pool of shifting images, compounded at times by my own reflection cast on the glass within the frame," writes Trish Crapo for ArtBeat in The Montague Reporter.
Take a look at this insightful article about our Fall exhibition, "Robert Seydel: A Short History of Portraiture," including an interview with Hampshire Alum & previous student of Seydel, Nathan Rubinfeld!

This story ran on September 19, and will be available to read online at MontagueReporter.org two months from its release date.

Did you know that the Gallery has *two* events happening this week? Join us for on Wednesday at 5pm for our reception to...
09/17/2019

Did you know that the Gallery has *two* events happening this week? Join us for on Wednesday at 5pm for our reception to celebrate the Fall exhibition 'Robert Seydel: A Short History of Portraiture"! And, be sure not to miss a fascinating talk at 5pm on Thursday titled 'Collagist as Collector: Voyeurism from Cornell to Seydel' with Hampshire Alum Nathan Rubinfeld!
These events are a great chance to learn more about Robert Seydel and his life and work, as well as enjoy refreshments with our vibrant arts community. We hope to see you there!

It takes a village to mount an exhibition! Shout out to incredible colleagues like Campus Safety Co-ordinator Zeffa Kinn...
08/22/2019

It takes a village to mount an exhibition! Shout out to incredible colleagues like Campus Safety Co-ordinator Zeffa Kinney and Library Technical Services Assistant Jane Pickles, who helped paint the Gallery shades of 'Mountain Pine' and 'Merino Wool' to complement the rich and complex Polaroid transfer montages and illuminating 'notebks' of late Hampshire professor Robert Seydel. Our fall exhibition, 'Robert Seydel: A Short History of Portraiture,' is curated by art historian Sura Levine, and lead designed and installed by Gallery Alumni Fellow Ray Mendel with support from Gallery Director Amy Halliday and Div II student extraordinaire Emily Brozki. We can't wait to share it with you when it opens in a week's time!

Throwback to our Alumni Fellow summer fieldtrip to MASS MoCA to see the incredible film, video and installation work of ...
08/20/2019

Throwback to our Alumni Fellow summer fieldtrip to MASS MoCA to see the incredible film, video and installation work of Cauleen Smith (who will be visiting Hampshire in the Fall!) in 'We Already Have What We Need' and Trevor Doyle Hancock's brilliant 'Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass.' Special thanks to Gallery Director Amy Halliday and interim Library Director Rachel Beckwith for organizing (and Rachel for hosting us for lunch at her home!)

We're excited to announce our upcoming fall exhibition - 'A Short History of Portraiture' - curated by Sura Levine, Hamp...
08/11/2019
A Short History of Portraiture: Robert Seydel – Hampshire College Art Gallery

We're excited to announce our upcoming fall exhibition - 'A Short History of Portraiture' - curated by Sura Levine, Hampshire College professor of Art History. Celebrating the work of renowned artist, curator, and Hampshire professor Robert Seydel (1960-2011), the exhibition focuses on Seydel's lesser-known Polaroid transfer montages of mentors and muses, alongside newly-accessed archival materials. Stay tuned for more news and related events! https://sites.hampshire.edu/gallery/a-short-history-of-portraiture-robert-seydel/

Robert Seydel’s A Short History of Portraiture (1994-97) is a collection of some 200 Polaroid transfer montages. Focused on the face as a figure of the double, Seydel’s imagery is idiosyncratic in the best sense of the word: his multi-layered portraits of real and fictional characters are not re...

07/07/2019

Throwback to summer 2017 and taking the Mead Art Museum interns around our exhibition 'Of Soil & Tongues' as we talked about writer and artist lê thị diễm thúy's work.

*Hampshire College on the road* We may have been quiet on social media but Gallery Director Amy Halliday has been busy a...
07/01/2019

*Hampshire College on the road* We may have been quiet on social media but Gallery Director Amy Halliday has been busy at the AAMG (Association of Academic Museums and Galleries) conference 'Learning Lab & Community Center: Positioning the Academic Museum for Success' in Minneapolis! She presented on last fall's exhibition and programming around Pablo Delano's 'The Museum of the Old Colony' and attended panels, workshops and roundtables on a range of topics including art and activism, commemoration and controversy, evaluation, leadership development, and curatorial labor in the academy. And she got to check out the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art's exhibition 'Hearts of our People: Native Women Artists'. #aamg2019 #communitycenter #learninglab

Remember this iconic cerebral sculpture? Now on view in Worcester's Elm Park as part of the city's Art in the Park bienn...
06/25/2019
The Neural Correlate of Concrete

Remember this iconic cerebral sculpture? Now on view in Worcester's Elm Park as part of the city's Art in the Park biennial (now through September) 'The Neural Correlate of Concrete' was Hampshire College alum Julia Buntaine-Hoel's first foray into the intersection of neuroscience and sculpture, and was a popular stop on campus tours from 2009 to 2014! http://www.juliabuntaine.com/the-neural-correlate-of-concrete.html

2009. Sized up anatomical brain model, neural network carvings. Insulation board, concrete. The "neural correlates of consciousness" describes the necessary and specific brain activity which elicits...

What are we up to this summer, you ask? 💪 Since the beginning of June we've been hard at work designing, building and in...
06/17/2019

What are we up to this summer, you ask? 💪 Since the beginning of June we've been hard at work designing, building and installing new storage units for re-housing our permanent collection! Shout out to the team, co-ordinated by Gallery Director Amy Halliday: Ani Rivera of Valley Frameworks/Archival Matters for advice on rationalizing limited storage space and sourcing archival ethafoam at the very best prices, Tom Brown and Ray Mendel for many *many* hours spent designing, prepping, and building eight of these units in the Center for Design, and recent grad Nicolo Triolo and Justin Vezina in Phys Plant for assistance in moving them across campus and providing extra arms as we installed them! Stay tuned as we highlight some of our collection over the next few weeks. #behindthescenesatthemuseum #ittakesavillage

As part of LGBTQ Pride month, Hyperallergic is featuring one contemporary queer artist per day on the website, in their ...
06/16/2019
Queer Artists in Their Own Words: Miatta Kawinzi Carries a Heart of Hope

As part of LGBTQ Pride month, Hyperallergic is featuring one contemporary queer artist per day on the website, in their own words: check out this feature with Hampshire College alum and recent Five College Consortium visiting professor Miatta Kawinzi (whose work was part of our 2017 exhibition 'Of Soil & Tongues').

LGBTQ Pride Month is now. Every day in June, we are celebrating the community by featuring one queer and letting them speak for themselves.

06/14/2019

Yesterday, Hampshire College Art Gallery hosted 25 members of the regional Museums10 collaborative in the R.W. Kern Center for a Label Writing workshop, facilitated by Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Associate Curator of Education, Kendra Weisbin. After initial case study presentations from Historic Deerfield, the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke, folks broke into small groups to workshop current writing challenges.

Support Hampshire through the Arts! Over the past year we have seen Hampshire arrive at a difficult financial crossroads...
06/10/2019
Art Auction to Benefit Hampshire College — Mrs. Gallery

Support Hampshire through the Arts! Over the past year we have seen Hampshire arrive at a difficult financial crossroads: we've also seen remarkable energy, ingenuity and support from our community in working towards a shared future for this unique College, which continues to foster incredible artists across media. Over 25 artists, each of whom either attended as students or served as faculty at the College, have generously donated their works to be auctioned on Paddle8: make sure you're in on the bidding for the chance to own a work while simultaneously supporting the College.

Thanks to Keliy Anderson-Staley, Elizabeth Atterbury, Math Bass, Larissa Bates, Colleen Blackard, Gideon Bok, Strauss Bourque-Lafrance, William Brayton, Nicole Cohen, E.V.Day, Marc Ganzglass, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Gordon Hall, Michelle Handelman, Tanja Hollander, Denzil Hurley, Emma Kohlmann, Daniel Kohn, Tyler Lafreniere, Kelly McCafferty, Pete Olyer, Elizabeth Orr, Lauren Pakradooni, Matt Phillips, Em Rooney, Emily Roz, Sara Maria Salamone, Guy Yanai and Wallace Whitney for their contributions.

http://www.mrsgallery.com/art-auction-to-benefit-hampshire-college?fbclid=IwAR1FnC0d5kfUONGpjEI5enHFTqrPecnnrbOxVWWLGwAwRohryljyFA-sxUc

06/05/2019
My Div III: Jackson Horne

The Hampshire College Art Gallery is closed for the summer, but here's a closer look at one of the great Div III projects - part sculpture, part machine - that was in our recent series of student thesis exhibitions. Jackson worked across the studio arts, the Five College Consortium Architecture and Design program, and in the college's design center where he learnt to fabricate all the metal parts he needed.

For his Div III, Jackson created a modular mechanical sculpture that explores the function of mechanisms in an abstract sense. He fabricated many of the part...

Impressed by the array of Div 3 shows you've seen? Support students like these, and Hampshire, as we move #Div4ward:Div ...
05/15/2019

Impressed by the array of Div 3 shows you've seen? Support students like these, and Hampshire, as we move #Div4ward:

Div 3 is the culmination of a one-of-a-kind education.
Div Free is a state of celebration.
Div 4 is what comes next.
Our newest graduates are headed #div4ward - and so is Hampshire. That's why an alum passionate about securing an independent future has offered to match dollar for dollar -- up to $250,000 -- all gifts contributed between Thursday 6 p.m. and Saturday 6 p.m.

Donations of any amount will be doubled and we can raise $500,000 for Hampshire’s future in 48 hours. Please give today at donate.hampshire.edu and follow our progress at hamp.it/div4ward

If you missed any of the incredible small group Div III shows up over the past two months, now's your chance - like staf...
05/14/2019

If you missed any of the incredible small group Div III shows up over the past two months, now's your chance - like staff members Sara, Naya, Becca & Sarah below! - to catch a showcase full of selections of their work, up through Commencement. The Div III Showcase is peer-curated and installed by Nicolo Triolo, Alea Alexis, Claudia Hermano, Lauren Burke (who also designed this year's Commencement poster!) and Cori Cannavino, with supervision and mentorship from Gallery Alumni Fellow Ray Mendel.

Check out this feature article with Div III Lauren Burke!Burke’s project is an installation of nine interrelated tunnel ...
05/09/2019
Creating Art from Alienation

Check out this feature article with Div III Lauren Burke!
Burke’s project is an installation of nine interrelated tunnel books, each focusing on a specific theme based on, she says, “moments, spaces, and people that I’ve experienced as a white-passing multiracial person who strongly connects with Asian American culture and identity.” Themes range from the highly personal (her relationship with her brother, her parents’ multicultural marriage), to the political (depictions of the demilitarized zone separating South Korea and North Korea), to cultural touchstones, such as food.

Burke first learned about tunnel books in a class with Andrea Dezsö, a professor of art at Hampshire, who works across a broad range of media, including cut paper.

https://www.hampshire.edu/news/2019/05/01/creating-art-from-alienation

For as long as she can remember, Lauren Burke has felt observed by what she calls “outsider eyes.” The eyes scrutinized her multiracial family whenever they were in public, scanning their faces to try to understand “what” they were. My mother’s family is from South Korea and my father’s ...

Great turn out at last night's reception for the 11th Annual Five College Architecture + Design show! If you missed the ...
05/08/2019

Great turn out at last night's reception for the 11th Annual Five College Architecture + Design show! If you missed the festivities, you can still catch the impressive work of thirteen students through 4.30 today.

It's TODAY! Join us for the On Architecture + Design: Exhibition Reception from 5-7pm: celebrate and be inspire by Five ...
05/07/2019

It's TODAY! Join us for the On Architecture + Design: Exhibition Reception from 5-7pm: celebrate and be inspire by Five College Consortium student work! Check out the below for participating students and their projects: from an entire clothing line to a themed cocktail bar, from theory-based school design to beautiful handmade skateboards!

Currently on view in the Gallery and with a reception at 7pm: Emily Strand's mail art in 'To You, Far Away', Nora Trampe...
05/03/2019

Currently on view in the Gallery and with a reception at 7pm: Emily Strand's mail art in 'To You, Far Away', Nora Trampe's illuminated and installed tarot deck in 'Eriu Insular Illuminated Tarot: Greater Secrets Tunnel Books' and Isabella Villanueva's evocative paintings 'Illustrations of Love and Pain'.

Did you know that every four days, Gallery assistants Anton Kaplan, Nora Hammen and Emily Brozki - under the guidance of...
04/30/2019

Did you know that every four days, Gallery assistants Anton Kaplan, Nora Hammen and Emily Brozki - under the guidance of Gallery alumni fellow Ray Mendel - patch and repaint the entire 2000sq ft space between Div III shows to give each student a pristine exhibition experience? In between, we've been working on professional development by taking field trips to see exhibitions and meet museum folks at local area museums including the Mead Art Museum, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Glad to be part of Museums10!

Tonight at 6pm! Catch the opening reception for Div III Lauren Rhee Burke's series of tunnel books 'What Do I Owe You?',...
04/28/2019

Tonight at 6pm! Catch the opening reception for Div III Lauren Rhee Burke's series of tunnel books 'What Do I Owe You?', Aria Linz's garments and process work in 'costume x fashion', and Makenna Finch's video, performance and installation work in relation to water in 'Sub-Liminal' (including a live performance at the RCC pool from 5pm, viewable from the Bridge or pool area). The exhibitions will be open through 4.30pm tomorrow.

Another incredible Div III show now on through tomorrow with a reception from 6.30-9pm tonight: Tucker Loftus's 'Reticul...
04/24/2019

Another incredible Div III show now on through tomorrow with a reception from 6.30-9pm tonight: Tucker Loftus's 'Reticulum', Hope Widmayer's 'offerings' and Mia Diers' 'SPOOK, I am Still' (trigger warning: sensitive content).

This rainy grey weekend has been lit up by the photographic, film, and lightbox work of Nicolo Triolo in 'Salvage Work',...
04/21/2019

This rainy grey weekend has been lit up by the photographic, film, and lightbox work of Nicolo Triolo in 'Salvage Work', Alea K. Alexis in 'Attendant' and Claudia Hermano in 'scalp, eyes, lungs, wrist'. The Gallery will stay open late tonight if you still want to catch it before tomorrow's deinstallation!

Interested in the curious life of a contemporary art curator? You can hear all about exhibitions with plasmodial slime m...
04/14/2019
Notes from a Contemporary Art Curator

Interested in the curious life of a contemporary art curator? You can hear all about exhibitions with plasmodial slime mold, curating across disciplinary boundaries, working with artists to bring ambitious new works to life, and the inclusion work happening across the Five College Consortium's Museums10 collaborative on Tuesday April 16's talk at Greenfield Community College's lifelong learning symposium series with Hampshire College Gallery Director and Curator Amy Halliday. https://greenfieldcc.3dcartstores.com/Notes-from-a-Contemporary-Art-Curator_p_1586.html?fbclid=IwAR3rm_w9Wgh94ouiTX2V3xxz8uPJ92akw3jY5XUBkdfcXMxcEY1r-oiGMIM

Open late by popular demand! Until 8pm today you can still see Zeke Zeff's photography from Peru in 'How to Get Lost', C...
04/13/2019

Open late by popular demand! Until 8pm today you can still see Zeke Zeff's photography from Peru in 'How to Get Lost', Camila O'Brien's exploration of memory, cultural hybridity and the reconfiguring of margins between US and Puerto Rican identities in 'Para Los pajaros', Jackson Glasgow's 'THOUGHTS BEHAVIOURS ACTIONS' inspired by the images and texts of online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manuals, and Cori Cannavino's performance piece 'In Light' (scheduled for 7pm tonight).

Today is the last day to see four more incredible Div III exhibitions: Natalie Wong's fragmented paintings, set 'Apart,'...
04/09/2019

Today is the last day to see four more incredible Div III exhibitions: Natalie Wong's fragmented paintings, set 'Apart,' Emily Shari's multimedia and performance installation 'etudes in touch,' Erin Sternfels' haunting prints in 'Grey Space' and Shannon Webb's photography project 'And now, before the door,' inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem.

Last week, Gallery Director Amy Halliday gave a talk about collecting and curating contemporary artists' books at the Th...
04/06/2019

Last week, Gallery Director Amy Halliday gave a talk about collecting and curating contemporary artists' books at the The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, drawing on several works from the Hampshire College Library and Knowledge Commons special collections, as well as a recent residency with artists' and organizers' collective AgitArte at Hampshire College.

Photos from the March 28 event at the UMass Amherst Renaissance Center: "Book Arts Unbound: Collecting and Curating Contemporary Artists' Books," a talk by Amy Halliday, Gallery Director, Hampshire College Art Gallery

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CBD Student Group: STEAM not STEM Wednesday, 2/28, 6-7:30PM, ASH lobby What is the purpose and value of art education in the 21st Century? How do we develop scientists that think like artists, and artists that think like scientists: learners who are creative, curious, seek questions, develop ideas, and play? More and more, scientists and artists are looking at the same questions, and collaborating in productive and exciting ways, yet false assumptions and stereotypes about artists and scientists persist. Let's unpack those assumptions! To start us off, we’ll watch a short TED talk by Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art. Then we’ll discuss! Enjoy good conversation and a yummy dinner with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options! CEL-1 credit! Open to all. Drop-ins welcome. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email [email protected] or call 559-5730.