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

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Mikayla Johnson Graduates

Posted by Michelle Carbino and Madi Pajerowski

May 3, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Mikayla Johnson is getting ready for some big changes. After four years at BC, she will be graduating with a degree in Expressive Arts in just a few weeks. She has spent the past two semesters working on her Degree Project, a study on the meaning of dreams through a research paper and four art pieces: a sound installation, a painting, a sculpture, and a multimedia collage.

As her final semester winds down, Mikayla doesn’t have much energy for anything besides perfecting her project, but she did spare some time to reflect on her college experience and tell us her plans for the future. We caught up with Mikayla in her studio which gave us the opportunity to watch her paint.

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Topics: Fine Arts, Student Profile, Graduation

#StuffDanaTaughtMe

Posted by Michelle Carbino

Apr 19, 2016 10:37:26 AM

A couple months ago, while working at Trader Joe’s, junior Tyler Santor was asked to design some large signs for the store. During the process, he realized that all the techniques he was using were ones that faculty member Dana Heffern taught him. “I wouldn’t have known how to do it if Dana never taught me how,” Tyler explained.  A Graphic Design Major, he has worked very closely with Dana since he started at Burlington College.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Campus, Fine Arts

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

Mikayla Johnson ‘16 Opens Show at New Moon Cafe

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 12, 2016 5:02:25 PM

January 8 – February 29, 2016
New Moon Cafe, 150 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont

 
Looking for something to do on a chilly mid-winter day? Head on over to New Moon Cafe for a warm drink and the chance to peruse the artwork of talented Burlington College artist and student, Mikayla Johnson '16. Her artwork ranges from realistic natural landscapes to self-portraits and abstracts.
 
Describing her artistic process, she says, “I want to move, to escape, get lost, and travel when I paint. I paint to ask questions of myself in order to spark new curiosities. When I start a new painting I think of it as starting a new journey. I use a variety of mediums to create specific textures and colors while trying to portray a sense of wonder for my viewers.  I like to push myself in terms of process and enjoy exploring new ways of making a mark- whether it’s with coffee, sticks, cement, or my feet. As an artist of multiple disciplines, I also work with materials such as metals, wire, and stained glass.”
 
Mikayla moved to Vermont from Maine to study at Burlington College in 2012. Her favorite part of the College is its small size, “ I feel really lucky to have such small and interactive classes. I knew I needed to be in a smaller place and it just all made sense when I came here. I could feel the close-knit community of Burlington College even when I was just taking the campus tour as a prospective student.”
 
She will be graduating May, 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Expressive Arts. Mikayla currently works at the Shelburne Craft School, where she is a studio assistant and instructor for youth classes.
 
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Topics: Fine Arts, Events, Expressive Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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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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