Actively Disengaging Walk #2: North Street

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jun 2, 2015 11:30:00 AM

In a previous blog I discussed the importance of having students actively disengage during the design process. This gives them a rest from the problem and helps stimulate creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five "actively disengaging" walks I have taken on the shores of Lake Champlain. So, here's the second in the series of those walks. This time I visited North Street which is just a few blocks from campus and ends one block from the the lakefront.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Photography, Burlington

Rebuilding A College

Posted by Jay Craven

Jun 1, 2015 1:57:00 PM

Thank you President Moore, trustees, faculty, and students. Congratulations to Burlington College graduates, families, and friends.

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Topics: Community Engagement, Commencment, Burlington College

When It's Time To Actively Disengage

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

May 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

"What is your design process?"

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Topics: Graphic Design, Photography, Burlington

The Creative Process

Posted by Dana Heffern, Chair, Art+Design

May 20, 2015 1:19:59 PM

Dana Heffern, Chair of the Art+Design programs and Curator of The Gallery at Burlington College was chosen by the graduating seniors as Faculty Member of the Year for her strong commitment to making a more colorful, vibrant, and nurturing community. What follows is her address to the graduating class of 2015.

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Portfolio Review Day 2015

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

May 13, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Knowing 15 design professionals were going to show up at the College to look at their portfolios really got our graphic design students motivated — nervous, but motivated. We call it Portfolio Review Day and this year I decided participation was going to be a requirement for all Burlington College students in the Graphic Design program.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Events, Career Services

Degree Projects Presented Thursday & Friday

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

May 6, 2015 4:01:56 PM

Degree Project presentations will take place Thursday, May 7, and Friday, May 8, at Burlington College. For a complete schedule and details, please read the program.

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Topics: Student Life

The Poets in Room 239

Posted by Joanna Beall, MA

May 5, 2015 10:59:05 AM

Spring semester 2015 gathered five unlikely students and one instructor in a small quiet spot on the second floor main hallway: Room 239. It is a rather airless space with two windows that look out on industrial brick and bleached roofing materials; it easily feels cramped. There is a small computer on a side table, a rosy-brown armoire that hides a television and DVD player, two trash cans, and ten chairs. There are no wall decorations. Into this room I welcomed Dan Baker, Maddie Balantine, Geran Miter, Casey O’Brien, and Everett Renderer one frosty day in January. We looked around and decided we had no choice.

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Topics: Writing

Abject Frontier, A Pop-Up Exhibition on May 8th

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

May 1, 2015 9:45:00 AM

On Friday, May 8 from 1-4 p.m., Burlington College student Abbey Meaker '15 will be presenting Abject Frontier as part of the culmination of her degree work at Burlington College.

Meaker says of the project, "I have spent the last two years exploring and, in many ways, absorbing the now-vacant building, which was once called Saint Joseph’s Providence Orphan Asylum and Hospital." The orphanage was previously home to her grandfather and great-uncle, two destitute family members that though she never met, she "remembers vague stories of mysterious and sometimes malevolent robed nuns."

One of the first social institutions in Vermont, Saint Joseph’s opened in 1884 and was overseen by the Sisters of Providence. At one time, it housed as many as 200 children. The photographs Meaker has taken within the hollowed-out, once-hallowed space have gone through several incarnations and discoveries, "each presenting a different shade of inquiry regarding my personal history and revealing a larger context: the nature of an isolated/insulated life within religious communities of women. It grew clear that the women who oversaw the orphanage and its occupants were confined to the space as steadfastly as the helpless orphans had been, bound by solemn vows."

In researching the history of the orphan asylum, Meaker found one portrait of a woman presumed to have been a member of the Sisters of Providence. "Sister Jane Doe was sitting at a desk in what was once the designated sewing room; the desk sits there now covered in dust. Rather than an archetype of spirituality, she seems to represent a persistent image of woman as other, abject, and inert. I culled several other portraits of anonymous nuns, many who worked for other Catholic institutions in Burlington, Vermont, and brought them into the abandoned orphanage. Projecting these images within various rooms on the second floor, where documentation states the sisters resided, I was able to rearticulate those images I had created in my mind many years before, now through a wiser aperture of memory," says Meaker.

An otherness emerged within each portrait, a sense that seemed to highlight the sisters’ holiness and their monstrous nature. They were robed in rigid black and white. "Time had dulled them into a safe anonymity. What had begun as an attempt at knowing Arthur and Gilbert had expanded into a desire to illuminate the sisters' dark authority. Arthur and Gilbert, a little more haunted now, were bound here by tragic necessity, the sisters by reverent choice," she says. 

Also on display during the pop-up exhibition will be works from Meaker's Monstrous Feminine and Animism series. The photographs that comprise the series Monstrous Feminine explore psychoanalytic discourse related to the woman-as-monster / woman-as-victim archetypes as historically depicted in the horror genre of cinema.

Meaker, 31 years old, is a full-time Burlington College student and works full-time running the business and studio of world-renowned artist Richard Erdman. She is anticipating graduating in December of this year with a bachelor of arts in art history.
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Topics: Photography, Fine Arts

Seven Traits of Highly Successful Burlington College Students

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 29, 2015 3:08:04 PM

Burlington College students are independent thinkers and share a commitment to collaborative, authentic learning.

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Topics: Admissions

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 5

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Apr 29, 2015 10:04:00 AM

You’ve worked hard at searching for your first graphic design job. You’ve honed your portfolio, refined your resume, written a persuasive cover letter, tightened up your online presence, produced a stunning leave behind piece, and applied for dozens of jobs. Suddenly all your hard work pays off — you get an offer for a job interview! It doesn’t matter what the job is, you accept. Good job, so-so job, job of your dreams, you take the interview. It will be a learning experience no matter what the result. Here’s a few tips before you head out the door with portfolio in hand.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

Burlington College

Burlington College is a small, creative, private liberal arts institution located in Burlington, Vermont. Located on the shore of Lake Champlain, the College has been recognized as having the most free-spirited students in one of the healthiest states in the country.

The College offers Associate, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as an Individualized Master’s degree program, and several professional certificate programs.

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