Samara Pearlstein

Samara Pearlstein
B.F.A., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); M.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University
Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
JAC 254
Samara Pearlstein
Program Coordinator; Gallery Director; Visiting Lecturer

Artist working as department coordinator, gallery director, and instructor in drawing during summer session.

I work year-round as the Program Coordinator for the Art Department, the Cinema & Media Studies program, and the Media Arts & Sciences program, working with faculty, staff, and students across all our majors. I also run the Jewett Arts Gallery and other exhibition spaces in the Art Department, where we exhibit a variety of visiting artists and student work throughout each year.

I teach Drawing I in the summers as part of Wellesley's Summer Session program. I focus on the development of core drawing skills, learning to critically analyze our work and the work of others, and (crucially) re-learning how to see in order to translate the world around us into drawing. Outside of Wellesley I regularly teach pen & ink drawing and botanical illustration classes.

In my own art practice I explore systems of information and the frameworks we use to make sense of them. Other ongoing projects deal with perception (and its failures), human movement through and intervention into the land, the relationship between the original and the replica, humor and the absurd, and entropy.

I also make many images of cats.