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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.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Reunion Weekend 2015
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Siddhartha Das Public Lecture
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
New InterViews at the Davis
New InterViews with David Kelley, Nicholas Knouf, and David Teng-Olsen.

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.


In-transit/En tránsito

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Exhibition On View: September 3rd - October 3rd, 2014
Opening Reception: September 16th, 6pm - 8pm
Jewett Art Gallery

The Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College is pleased to present In-transit / En-tránsito.

In-transit / En-tránsito is the first step in a collaborative project that seeks to create dialogue between the Art Department at Wellesley College and the School of Arts of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The project aims to build a bridge to a fluid intellectual and artistic exchange between the two institutions and communities.

The first phase of this project was an exchange of work from selected faculty at both institutions. The very low cost of this exhibition asked the artists involved to be creative in terms of the type of works they sent and how these where transported from one continent to another.

In consideration of the export and import of ideas, all works created for In-t​ransit / En-tránsito traveled within the confines of a suitcase and carried the potential for transformation. Many works grew at the time of installation.

The exhibition was conceived as a permeable sample and operates from a collective desire to generate an open and transformative dialogue.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Wellesley - Deerfield Symposium
Deerfield poster

Download the 2014 Deerfield Symposium program

The 2014 Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium will explore visual representations of scientific inquiry produced, collected, distributed or otherwise circulating in New England from the start of the 18th century to the first decades of the 20th century. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines will address a variety of topics from the use of anatomical and biological models in scientific pedagogy to the impact of mechanical inventions for enhancing vision on artistic and scientific practice.

March 15, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Collins Cinema, Davis Museum
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  For further infomation call the Wellesley College Art Department, 781-283-2043. Sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College; the Office of Academic Programs at Historic Deerfield, and made possible by the generous support of the Barra Foundation.

Accompanying the symposium is the Davis Museum exhibit, “The Art Of Science: Object Lessons At Wellesley College, 1870-1940,” in the Robert and Claire Freedman Lober Viewing Alcove.  On view from February 25th –June 22nd 2014.