News & Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture

Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture

Ken Lapatin "Why Fakes Matter: Authenticity in Ancient Art"

Ken Lapatin is the Associate Curator for Antiquities at the Getty Villa.




Modernism in New England

A symposium funded by the Barra Foundation and co-sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Date: Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Location: Collins Cinema, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Though long stereotyped as a bastion of conservative culture and overshadowed by milestone events such as New York City’s 1913 Armory Show, New England in the early twentieth century was home to a vibrant group of visual artists, architects, curators, collectors, and educators who embraced modernism and looked for ways to develop its tenets and new media as a regional expression.

This day-long symposium invites papers that address the explorations of modernism in New England architecture, city planning, interior design, and the visual arts during the first half of the twentieth century. Papers that examine New England modernism’s interdisciplinarity and its cross-cultural expressions are particularly welcome. Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature rather than descriptive and should be approximately 20 minutes long.

The deadline for submissions is November 13th, 2015.

Please submit 250-word proposals and a two-page c.v. via electronic mail to Martha McNamara, and Barbara Mathews,

Proposals should include the title of the paper and the presenter’s name.

For further information, please contact Martha McNamara, or Barbara Mathews,



Monday, September 28, 2015
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory

Jenny Yurshansky will speak in Jewett Arts Center 450 at 4:30 PM on Monday, September 28.

This multi-modal project stems from the ground research of collecting, studying, and digging into the histories of invasive plant species in Claremont, California. Restricting my investigation to vegetation classified as invasive by the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee, I was able to determine which invasive species have infiltrated the local area.

At its root the project investigates the distinction between native versus invasive species. The discourse surrounding a list of "invasive" or "alien" flora species has interesting and fruitful correlations to policies regarding immigration, multiculturalism, and evolving ideas about national identities that are inherently tied to the identity of border cultures and specifically California, a location that has carried the name of a number of nations throughout the historical record.

Artist bio: Jenny Yurshansky is an American artist who was born in Rome. She received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine and was a participant in the post-graduate Critical Studies course at the Malmö Art Academy. She is the co-founder of Persbo Studio, an artist residency, sculpture park, and creative space in Sweden. In 2014 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Pitzer College Art Galleries, developing a site-specific project for a solo show in 2015. This year she has been a Guest Artist Researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. In 2010 Yurshansky was the first international artist awarded the Maria Bonnier Stipend from Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, the prize was awarded along with an exhibition. Yurshansky has also participated in group shows at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach Art Museum, MAK Center, and LAXART, the Torrance Art Museum, the Armory Center for the Arts, the 7th Istanbul Biennial, the Hammer Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Toyota Museum. She is the recipient of numerous artist and curatorial grants. More information is available at

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Lamia Balafrej in Berkeley: "Tablet of Being"

Tablet of Being: Persian Painting and the Demiurgic Artist in Fifteenth Century Iran and Central Asia

Assistant Professor of Art Lamia Balafrej will travel to Berkeley College in October to give a lecture on Persian book painting. From the event website: "Through a careful analysis of aspects of facture and composition, combined with an exploration of primary art historiographical sources, this talk suggests that this departure from illustration transformed the painting into a reflexive medium commenting on art itself, its function and its status, and above all, its relationship to God's creation."

We hope you'll attend if you're in the area!

Learn more on the Berkeley events page.

Jewett Arts Center Receives 2015 "Keeping It Modern" Grant from the Getty Foundation

The Jewett Arts Center is the recipient of a grant through the Getty Foundation's 2015 "Keeping It Modern" conservation initiative. Professor Alice Friedman is principal investigator on the grant team and Professor Martha McNamara is the on-campus project director. They will be working with consultants Timothy Rohan, author of The Architecture of Paul Rudolph, and David Fixler, a highly-regarded expert on the restoration of mid-century modern architecture in America.

Learn more about the grant in this Wellesley News story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Siddhartha Das Public Lecture

2014-2015 Alice C. Cole Fellow: Alida Cervantes

Monday, October 6, 2014
2014-2015 Alice C. Cole Fellow: Alida Cervantes
2014-2015 Alice C. Cole Fellow: Alida Cervantes

Wellesley College’s Studio Art Program is proud to announce that Alida Cervantes has been awarded the 2014-2015 Alice C. Cole Fellowship.

Alida Cervantes is a Mexican artist who lives and works in the Tijuana and San Diego border region. Born in San Diego, California, she was raised in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up on both sides of the border. Her paintings, drawings, and performance work draw inspiration from class, race, and gender relations in colonial and present-day Mexico.

Cervantes earned a BA from The University of California, San Diego (1995), and then studied at Scuola di Arte Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy, for two years.  In 2013, she earned her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Charles Saatchi, London collections.

The Alice C. Cole '42 Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding early-career painter or sculptor, providing $35,000 of unrestricted funds to support one year of unimpeded time and space to experiment, develop a body of work, and focus on future artistic goals. A solo exhibition at Wellesley College will conclude the fellowship.

The fellowship is made possible by the generous bequest of Wellesley Alumna Alice C. Cole, ’42. Aware of the burdens that face recent graduates of art school, Ms. Cole had said that she wanted to provide “a ‘breathing space’ early in an individual's career that will stimulate creativity and allow time to focus on career objectives, freeing the individual from concentrating on purely monetary achievements."

The fellow was chosen from a group of 50 emerging artists nominated from a selected group of artists, educators, curators, and critics in the Pacific Rim states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

In addition to Alida Cervantes, Sophie Lee, Rebekah Goldberg and Terry Powers were honored as finalists. Sophie Lee was chosen to be the 2014-2015 C. Cole Visiting Artist.

Friday, September 26, 2014
The Studio Art Program Announces the 2014-2015 Alice C. Cole Alumnae Grant Awardees and Exhibition As They Are at Jewett Art Gallery

Wellesley College's Studio Art Program is proud to announce the exhibition As They Are at Jewett Art Gallery, October 6 - 31, 2014, with an opening reception Monday, October 6, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

The exhibition will present recent work by the 2013-14 Alice C. Cole Alumnae Fund award winners: Cameron Harvey '99, Laura Salazar '12, Emily Stokes '05, and Alison VanVolkenburgh '08.

The grants are made possible by the generous bequest of Wellesley Alumna, Alice C. Cole '42. Aware of the burdens facing recent graduates of art programs, Ms. Cole had said that she wanted to provide "a 'breathing space' early in an individual's career that will stimulate creativity and allow time to focus on career objectives, freeing the individual from concentrating on purely monetary achievements."

Emily Stokes is an Assistant Professor of Art at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Her visual work uses drawing, printmaking, digital imaging, and painting to investigate the distinguishing characteristics of her transplanted home.

Cameron Harvey is an artist currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She has exhibited work in Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, New York, Italy, and China. Her work is fueld by a desire to explore, color, line, and gesture.

Laura Salazar lives and works in New York City as an Architectural Designer at Lifeform. Her work beings her architectural knowledge to sculptural forms and explores the process of transference between an object that exists in the organic world to the world of the material.

Alison VanVolkenburgh received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. In her recent work, Alison explores the ideas of perception and cognitive recognition through the use of papercutting and other mixed media.

Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture

Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Class of 1919 Art Lecture

Thursday, October 23rd at 5:00pm

Collins Cinema, Wellesley College

Free and open to the public!


Kellie Jones: "Criscrossing The World: Los Angeles Artists and the Global Imagination 1960-1980"

Kellie Jones is an associate professor in Art History and Archaeology at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, as well as an author and curator.


New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition
New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition
On View: September 17th - December 21st 2014
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Gallery / Camilla Chandler and Doroth Buffum Chandler Gallery

(top) Bunny Harvey, Duet: Hidden Dwellings I, II, 2009; Andrew Mowbray, Workbench , 2013 (photo: Stewart Clements, Boston MA); (middle) Candice Ivy, Feral (Drawing), 2011; Salem Shooting at Maskal Square, April 2014. (photo: Tamirat Gezahegne); Daniela Rivera, Tilted Gallery, 2012; (bottom) David Teng-Olsen, Chasing Infinity, 2014.

This fall, the Davis is proud to present New View, a survey of recent work by 11 faculty artists. Known to students in their classrooms and studios, the members of the faculty featured in this exhibition are at once educators, mentors, and active, professional artists. Their work is regularly shown in galleries and museums across New England, throughout the country, and in many cases internationally. This exhibition offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore the extraordinary talent and broad scope of art production among the faculty of Wellesley College.

Participating artists include Carlos Dorrien, Bunny Harvey, Candice Ivy, David Kelley, Phyllis McGibbon, Salem Mekuria, Qing-Min Meng, Andrew Mowbray, David Teng-Olsen, and Daniela Rivera from the studio art faculty and Nicholas

Knouf from Cinema and Media Studies. Capturing their extensive range, the exhibition includes paintings, prints, and sculpture, as well as video and mixed media installations.

Curated by Claire Whitner, Associate Curator. Generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Free and open to the public.