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1975, a group exhibition curated by Chương-Đài Võ, featuring work by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford and LinDa Saphan January 22, 2015

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Dates: January 26 – February 27, 2015

Reception: Monday, February 2, 4 – 6 PM

Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College is pleased to present 1975, a group exhibition curated by Chương-Đài Võ, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford and LinDa Saphan.

This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian artists whose works engage with war, memory, displacement and globalization. Anida Yoeu Ali’s silk screen prints and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Amy Lee Sanford’s video and photographs share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew. LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh hint at the costs of urban development and global capitalism.

1975 Jewett

STUDENT EXHIBITION: Wednesday, October 23rd at 4pm October 22, 2013

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Come see Wellesley Junior and Seniors present their recent works!

PERFORMANCE: Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm October 14, 2013

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PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, Sept. 24th 7pm September 17, 2013

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Neil Leonard Performance

RISD Fine Arts Portfolio Review May 11, 2010

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Yesterday I spent the afternoon at RISD reviewing student portfolios alongside other curators and gallery directors at the RISD Fine Arts Portfolio Review. Students had the opportunity to sign up for 20 minute individual portfolio reviews with a number of galleries and other arts organizations.  I’ve been to a number of portfolio reviews as a student: to name a few,  the open portfolio session at the Southern Graphics Council conference, the open session at the Boston Printmakers annual meeting, and a portfolio session at the College Art Association conference.

Now that I’ve been on both sides of the table as a reviewer and student, I thought it would be good to share the do’s and don’ts of portfolio sessions as a reference for all of us. Some of what I list below may seem obvious, but in my experience it’s important to keep everything in mind.

1) Don’t make excuses. The reviewers are interested in the work, they’re not interested in discussing why your hard drive crashed 1 hour before the review began or why you’re so busy with your classes and don’t have time to make better work. This is unprofessional and reflects poorly on you.

2)Don’t put yourself down or apologize for your work. You want to always present yourself and your work in the best light possible.  Speak about your work with confidence and be prepared to answer any possible question with enthusiasm and clarity.  My friend who is an actress said that the actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman said in an interview once that you always want to do your best work-regardless of whether you are performing for an audience of 3 in a local cafe or in Carnegie Hall for an audience of hundreds.

3)Don’t get defensive. This means not arguing with the reviewer or telling them that “everyone else likes my work”. You’re there to get feedback on your work, not plead your case to a jury. Remember that venues and organizations have very specific criteria they are looking for, that your work may not necessarily fit. If you’re speaking to a gallery whose interest is in intellectual topics, and your work does not address any of those topics, don’t expect them to be interested in your work.  If you don’t like what the reviewer has to say, simply nod and move on.

1)Be gracious, polite, and professional. Introduce yourself at the beginning and say thank you when the review is over.

2)Do your homework: visit the websites of the venues you’re interested in before the review so that you know what their focus and emphasis is on. You don’t want to sign up for a review with a gallery that focuses on exclusively photography if you work in sculpture.

3)Be concise: Be able to sum up what your work is about in 1-2 articulate sentences. Run the 1-2 sentences by someone else to make sure it makes sense and is clear. These review sessions are quickly paced, you won’t have time to explain your work in a great deal of depth. Sometimes all you have is 2 minutes to catch someone’s attention at an opening reception.

4)Be prepared: Have your laptop already open and awake with the files ready to go. Have a pre-written list of questions you want to ask the reviewer. Have a postcard or business card that you can easily hand over; a postcard is preferable because there’s a visual which will remind the reviewer of your work without a lot of additional effort. there’s  Most reviewers do not have the patience to sit there while you sort through your files figuring out what you want to show.

5)Have professional digital images. The majority of students I spoke to yesterday showed me their work in their laptop which allows them to show a larger quantity of work.  Remember that as artists, we “live and die by our photographs”. A number of images I saw yesterday were poorly photographed; bad lighting, out of focus, not color corrected, etc. Be sure that any digital images you show are high quality, high resolution images. If you work in 3-D, have images of what the work looks like installed into a gallery space.  You can read my blog post here about how to photograph 3-D artwork.

6)Follow up. If you think the review went well and you made a good connection with the reviewer, send the reviewer an email the next day thanking them for the review, and perhaps add a link to your website. Keep your email short and sweet, and don’t write a 5 paragraph memoir about who you are. Add their name to your mailing list so they can stay on top of your developments. Sending your exhibition announcements to your audience is good to do, but do not send announcements for less important developments. For example, don’t send an announcement every time you add 3 new images to your website.

One of the toughest things about these reviews is the overwhelming amount of information you get in such a short period of time. In my experience, it’s hard to even begin to think straight at events like this, so I would even recommend making a recording of each review so you can listen to it later and go through the comments more thoroughly.

“Transformations”: Exhibition events February 16, 2010

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Join us for these upcoming events associated with the exhibition “Transformations” at the Jewett Art Gallery.  The exhibition features Anthony Crudelle-Janello, Ken Takashi Horii, Nathalie Miebach, and Thomas Lyon Mills.  The show runs March 3-April 10; the gallery is closed March 20-29 for spring break. Read more about the exhibition here.

1)Opening Reception: Thurs., March 4, 4:45-6pm
Meet the artists!  Enjoy free wine & refreshments with a live jazz performance from the Wellesley College Music Department.
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"Transformations" exhibition poster

2)Gallery Talk: Friday, March 5, 1:30pm
Join us and hear Ken Takashi Horii & Thomas Lyon Mills speak about their work.
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"Transformations" gallery talk poster

3)Applied Arts Workshop: Sculptural Weaving: Saturday, March 13, 1-4pm
Nathalie Miebach will lead a free hands-on workshop in historical and contemporary weaving techniques. Open to the Wellesley College community.

Sculptural Weaving poster

Upcoming Gallery Season August 17, 2009

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We’re still a few weeks away from school starting, but programming and preparations for upcoming exhibitions at the Jewett Art Gallery are already underway. The gallery season opens this year with “Pulp: Works on Paper by the Studio Art Faculty” in the Jewett Art Gallery, and “365 Days (Plus One)” a self-portrait project by Elizabeth “E.B.” Andersen Bartels, Class of 2010 in the Sculpture Court.

View our 2009-2010 gallery exhibition schedule here.

Phyllis Mcgibbon

Phyllis McGibbon, “Super Imitation”

EB Bartels

Photograph from “365 Days (Plus One)” a self-portrait project by Elizabeth “E.B.” Andersen Bartels, Class of 2010

Ruhlman Conference Presentations May 4, 2009

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Last week Wellesley College hosted the Ruhlman Conference, an opportunity to celebrate student achievement on campus all day.  We had two conference presentations installed in the gallery, one by senior Courtney Richter and the other by senior Brittany Sundgren. Below you can view images of their work and read about their conference presentations.

Art, Feminism, and the Home: Domesticity Reexamined
Brittany Sundgren ’09, Studio Art Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon, Art Department

Brittany Sundgren, '09 Brittany Sundgren, '09

My independent studies in printmaking this year have explored issues of feminist art. Throughout the year, I have been considering the concept of home and belonging by viewing objects through a feminist lens. I wanted to explore and present these ideas using different visual formats, including handmade books, prints, sewing, and performance. Along the way, I have become particularly interested in traditionally feminine objects associated with the home: aprons, spools, teapots, and the like. Currently, we are seeing a kind of new domesticity, or reclaiming of domesticity emerge; motifs and styles reminiscent of those used in the 1950s and ’60s are popular once again. This, in conjunction with my studies, has led me to create a dollhouse that reconsiders the ideas of feminine objects and their place.

Brittany Sundgren, '09

Memories Retold

Courtney Richter ’09, Studio Art and Art History Major
advisor: Phyllis McGibbon & Daniela Rivera, Art Department

Courtney Richter, '09 Courtney Richter, '09

I began my thesis year thinking about objects and images that evoke strong sensory and emotional experiences from my childhood. A typewriter, a tufted living room chair, a canoe, a trumpet and a multitude of other seemingly unconnected objects form my “image lexicon.” Experimenting with different image combinations, I attempted to reinvent pieces of my childhood. The effort to grasp these memories, however, is in vain, for my recollections are tainted by the passage of time, dominated by a particular feeling, or revised by subsequent experiences. Using collage processes in print, drawing, and other media, I am able to add, delete, shift, and revise imagery, mimicking the fragmented nature of memories.

Courtney Richter, '09