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

First Friday Art Walk Features BC Student Art!

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 28, 2015 8:47:00 AM

Didn't get enough art and excitement at the Big Spring Art Party and Student Film Festival last weekend? This Friday has two more celebrations of Burlington College artists as well. You will not want to miss these events, they are sure to be high energy and have more amazing work to enjoy and purchase! You can check out these two exhibits and many more during the First Friday Art Walk, this Friday.

New Moon Cafe will be displaying Art in Berlin during and June. Last October, Burlington College students traveled with Dana Heffern, Chair of Art+Design, to learn as she exhibited her Gods of Afflication series in a Berlin gallery. This group show, by Burlington College students who went on the Travel+Learn Berlin trip this past October, features artwork inspired by their experiences.

The students are writers, musicians, activists, graphic designers, fine artists, and photographers who took part in a Travel+Learn class. Berlin, a cutting edge haven for emerging artists, is a dynamic, progressive city that embraces the new while respecting its past.  The students traveled to unexpected places — attending multiple art openings, pop-up galleries, and musical performances throughout their 8 day experience.

With new energy based in the grit, restlessness and experimental spirit of Berlin, students brought Germany to Vermont with art inspired by their journey.

New Moon is located at 150 Cherry Street in Burlington. Meet the artists starting at 6:00 p.m.

Students with work included in the exhibit are:
Taylor Bruleigh '15
Kacie Cotter-Sacala '15
Brandi Giroux '16
Jenna Jakubowski '17
Mikayla Johnson '16
Teagan Mellor '17
Patrick Rafferty '17
Everett Renderer '16

The Vermont Woodworking School will also be taking part in the fun of First Friday Art Walks with their Opening Reception at Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center on Church Street in Burlington.

Frog Hollow is welcoming Vermont Woodworking School students into the gallery for a month-long exhibit titled Finished. All works are by Vermont Woodworking School students and graduates, who are permeating the landscape and influencing Vermont's design aesthetic. Vermont is experiencing a renaissance and recommitment to crafted, utilitarian wooden objects, and VWS graduates are a significant part of this rebirth. View, touch and experience their finished work at this special May show. This show is focused on individuals who have completed their course of study with VWS.

In 2011 the VWS was accepted as the first Vermont State Craft Education Center under the newly redesigned designation. This exhibit marks the third collaboration between Frog Hollow and the VWS and it focuses on the breadth of skills students mastered in the school's various programs. Come see their work at Frog Hollow on the Marketplace in Burlington, VT, May 1 - June 1.

Participating Students:
Joel Byrne '15
Pat Ford '12
Jesse Fox '15
Tyler Gebhardt '14
Andrew Gilmer
David Lewis — Immersion Program '14
Sylas Navar — Immersion Program '13
Steve Robinson — Immersion Program '10

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Topics: Woodworking, Fine Arts, Events

Jay Craven to receive Honorary Degree at Burlington College 34th Commencment

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 22, 2015 4:04:33 PM

Burlington College is pleased to announce that  award-winning film director, producer, and writer Jay Craven will be the speaker and honorary degree recipient at the 34 th  Annual Commencement on May 16, 2015.
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Topics: Awards

Masiti Mohamed '15 Honored for Civic Service

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 16, 2015 9:55:57 AM

Born in Somalia and raised in a refugee camp in Kenya, Masiti Mohamed came to Burlington, when she was nineteen. She is preparing to graduate this spring with a degree in human services and a minor in international relations. True to her community and culture, she is actively involved with the greater Burlington community — educating, building bridges, and modeling constructive possibilities in an ongoing effort to support refugees’ integration.

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Topics: Awards

Community Faculty Art Opening

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 15, 2015 3:30:18 PM

jen berger is a community faculty member who has taught numerous courses at Burlington College, incuding last semester's Public Art class. 

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Topics: Fine Arts

What do you gain by traveling?

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Apr 15, 2015 8:55:00 AM

Burlington College offers several different travel and learn opportunities, including: Photography in Cuba and the film department’s annual trip to SunFest Film Festival or South by South West; with future plans for the Psychology department to explore Vietnam, and the Fine Arts programs to network in New York City.

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Topics: Study Abroad

Burlington College Student Work Graces Cover of Vermont Magazine

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Apr 10, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Nathanael Asaro '16, a student in the Burlington College photography program, recently had his work published on the cover of Vermont Magazine. With Nathanael working towards a B.F.A. in Photography, this is an exciting accomplishment on his journey to becoming a professional photographer.

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Topics: Photography, Fine Arts, Student Profile

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Apr 8, 2015 9:48:55 AM

On August 1, 2002 my father passed away after collapsing while walking in the hospital. Two weeks later on August 14th — what would have been my father's 63rd birthday — my mother died at home while I was at work. Whether it was a broken heart or the battle she was having with congestive heart failure — she was gone. While I struggled to learn how to balance a checkbook for the first time, pay for property taxes, and deal with lawyers for the first time, I learned one important life lesson — when your lawyer is also a professional clown, you might be in for an interesting journey.

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Topics: Open Spaces

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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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