Pop-Up Gallery: Audrey Crouse’s Degree Project

Posted by Madi Pajerowski

May 17, 2016 12:50:32 PM

April 21, 2016, was not a typical Thursday at Marco’s Pizza on Williston Road. That evening, Marco’s became a pop-up gallery for Burlington College artists. Paintings and photos lined the walls of the pizza parlor as students played guitar and sang in the small performance area set up at the front of the shop. Patrons browsed the art and listened to music while eating their slices. After some performances, a raffle was drawn, and prizes ranging from BC apparel to a cruise on Lake Champlain were awarded.

The pop-up event was planned and hosted entirely by senior Audrey Crouse as a part of her Degree Project. She graduated on May 14th as an individualized major with a degree in Event Management and Media Production. For her project, Audrey wanted to plan a community event, and chose an art show featuring the work of fellow Burlington College students, such as Tim Morris and Everett Renderer. Giving exposure to her fellow graduates was central to what Audrey sought to accomplish. With the help of Professor Jen Colman, Audrey pulled off an evening of art, music, and pizza that reached the BC community and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni, Fine Arts, Events, Student Life

Founder Dr. Steward LaCasce to Speak at Commencement

Posted by Kelsey Evans

May 10, 2016 10:44:30 AM

As the 35th Burlington College Commencement approaches, the school is naturally abuzz with busy faculty, frazzled students and lots of plans for graduation festivities.
This year, the BC community is in for a rare honor as founder Dr. Steward LaCasce returns to campus to address the class of 2016 as they step away from their undergraduate careers and forge ahead into futures as creatives, academics and compassionate citizens. As founder and president of BC for 22 years, LaCasce is intimately familiar with the scene of beaming graduates in cap and gown, sniffling parents and proud teachers. Indeed, as has been passed down in popular anecdote to this day, the first graduates of BC attended class right in LaCasce's living room.
LaCasce was born into a family of educators. His father served as principle and his mother in administration at Freyburg Academy in Maine. His sister went on to found the Pine Ridge School for students with learning disabilities, in Williston, VT and his brother became a professor of physics at Bowdoin College. Steward himself obtained an undergrad from Bowdoin, then continued on to a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University, teaching at both Rutgers and Boston University while pursuing his degree. He began to experiment in the classroom with different teaching styles, including limiting the focus on letter grades, and encouraging students to actively participate in their local communities. In doing so, Steward began to develop his own ideas about effective, meaningful, and community-oriented education.
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Topics: Alumni, Communiversity, Graduation

Marchelle Mixson: Living Her Best Life, Living the Dream

Posted by Madi Pajerowski

Apr 21, 2016 2:41:58 PM

Any college student approaches graduation with fears of not finding a “real job” after getting that diploma. Finding a job that is related to your degree, pays well, and excites your passions can seem like the stuff of legend. When I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, it always helps to talk to someone who can relate and offer a glimmer of hope. This past weekend, I sat down with my friend, the gainfully employed alumna, Marchelle Mixson, Burlington College, class of 2015.

A transfer from Green Mountain College, Marchelle spent her last three semesters at BC, and graduated with a degree in Expressive Arts. Our conversation over dinner at Duino Duende ranged from Marchelle’s current jobs (she has three) to her plans for grad school, and of course how great it feels not to have homework.

Only about a month after graduation, she was hired at the ONE Arts Center as their Children’s Education Coordinator. When asked if she felt she had a job in her field, Marchelle modestly replied with a nod saying, “Yeah I think I do. I wouldn’t have expected it to happen this soon, but it’s cool.” In addition to working at ONE, Marchelle is also employed at the Howard Center and Lund Family Center. Though her jobs are different, the three organizations are similar in their missions to build communities and empower individuals.

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Topics: Alumni, Burlington

Art Beats: Burlington College Takes Over First Friday

Posted by Michelle Carbino and Madi Pajerowski

Mar 8, 2016 5:00:00 PM

The First Friday in February, a night when many artists exhibit all over town, was a busy night for four artists from Burlington College: Mikayla Johnson, Kacie Cotter-Sacala, Dana Heffern, and Rebecca Weisman.

We started our tour des arts downtown at the New Moon Café, where senior Mikayla Johnson was presenting her first solo art show. The large cavernous back room was softly lit, and Mikayla’s large vibrant paintings filled a long wall made of unfinished boards. Beneath the paintings, people filled the tables while they drank tea and worked on their laptops. Friends and family members came to enjoy her show, leaning across customers for a better look.

When asked how she felt to have her own art show, Mikayla said, “Weird. I’m not used to seeing all of my paintings side by side because they weren’t meant to be next to each other. But it’s cool. I like it… It was also unexpected because Dana just called me up before winter break and was like ‘we got you a showing for your artwork’ and I was so excited and nervous because I’ve never had my own show before.”

Mikayla has been working on most of these pieces over the last year. She combines figuration with bold colors that are full of energy; even the landscape from Mount Philo was fluid and full of motion. There were a total of 7 paintings and each one told a different story.

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Topics: Alumni, Fine Arts, Events, Student Profile, Burlington

Jesse Fox ‘15 Wins 2016 NICHE Award for Fine Craft

Posted by Kelsey Evans

Feb 17, 2016 9:35:28 AM

As we reported at the beginning of the year, two graduates of the Burlington College Woodworking program, Alicia Dietz '13 and Jesse Fox '15 were nominated as student finalists in the Wood category of the competitive 2016 NICHE Awards
Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft and receives nearly 2,000 entries each year from professional and student craft artists. A panel of judges including gallery owners, guild and museum directors, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates judges the pieces, and the top-scoring pieces — 5 in each category — become NICHE finalists. Of those top five, only one is awarded the win, and we are proud to announce that the 2016 NICHE award in the "Student, Wood" category was awarded to our very own BC alum, Jesse Fox for his piece, Dust Trap
We caught up with Jesse recently and asked him for a few words about his win and the making of his sculptural floor lamp, Dust Trap.
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Topics: Woodworking, Alumni, Awards, Student Profile

Burlington College Alum Abbey Meaker Launches “Overnight Projects” at Burlington City Arts

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jan 7, 2016 2:42:31 PM

With the sale of the orphanage being finalized last week, those who will miss the history of the great old building will be relieved to know that an artistic legacy born in its hallways will live on. Last August, artist and Burlington College alum Abbey Meaker curated An Order — an exhibit of short-lived installations located in the vacant rooms and hallways of St. Joseph's Orphanage, featuring a variety of local Vermont artists and co-sponsored by Burlington College and Burlington City Arts.
This year, Meaker and An Order artist Sarah O Donnell have come together to begin Overnight Projects, an exhibition program, “whose mission is to expand the contemporary art conversation in Vermont by inviting local, national, and international artists to create site-specific installations, performances, and related programming in abandoned, or transitional spaces.”
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Topics: Graphic Design, Alumni, Fine Arts, Film, Events

Burlington College Woodworking Alums Shine at the 2016 NICHE Awards

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 6, 2016 9:46:00 AM

Burlington College is always proud to hear about the successes and accomplishments of of our alumni, and most recently we were thrilled to have learned that two Burlington College alums have been selected as finalists in the 2016 NICHE Awards. Jesse Fox, a 2015 graduate of the B.F.A. in Woodworking and Fine Furniture-Making program, was selected for his piece The Dust Trap and Alicia Dietz, a 2013 graduate of the Advanced Fine Furniture-Making certificate program, was chosen for her piece Fallen Soldiers. Both artists were selected as finalists in the 'Student Wood' category.

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Topics: Woodworking, Alumni, Awards

Brian Heston '00 Receives Award for Upcoming Book

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

May 20, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Brian Heston '00 earned his BA in literature and creative writing.  Since attending Burlington College, Heston has received and MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and an MFA in Poetry from Rutgers University. His poems have won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and his first full length manuscript, “If You Find Yourself,” was just awarded the Main Street Rag Book Prize.  It will be published in November 2014.

Below are two selections from "If You Find Yourself."

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Topics: Alumni

Photography Alum Discovers New Techniques

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Aug 6, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Roy Mercon attempted what no photographer had done before; his groundbreaking discoveries as a photography andfilm student at Burlington College have caused the recently graduated Alum to uncover mediums others have not yet begun to experiment with before in the photography industry.  Now what you may ask could this newfound technique be?  Well, in simple terms Mercon is known for his fearless act when combining high dynamic range photography with time lapse photography. 

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Topics: Photography, Alumni

Alumni Film Makers Have Skyrocketing Success

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jul 9, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Imagine graduating from college and having famous figures in the directing industry swarming at the chance to hire you.  Well, for Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett, that dream became a reality.  The two beat the odds of post-graduation blues spent working at a local restaurant bussing tables.  Covino and Howlett took their education and hit the ground running with ideas for a film that would inspire people; “A Band Called Death” was born from this determination.

The Inspiration

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Topics: Alumni

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

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