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

Make the Most of your Intern Experience

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Apr 3, 2015 10:09:21 AM

For this week, I was asked to write a piece on how to get the most out of your college internship. However, I feel as though gaining what you need from an experience will look different for everyone, depending on your interests. I also have yet to complete my own college internship, despite having worked in professional settings prior to returning to school. I decided to discuss how to build relationships within much larger communities and how to combine what you love/care about with your professional interests (if the two are not already interconnected).

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Topics: Fine Arts, Media Activism

Burlington College Students Open Show at Arts Alive Gallery

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Nov 25, 2014 8:29:00 AM

From December 1-7, the Burlington College students who went on the Travel+Learn Berlin trip this October, will display their artwork inspired by the experience at the Arts Alive Gallery at Union Station in Burlington.

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Topics: Community Engagement, Study Abroad, Fine Arts

Creepy and crawly isn’t just outside this Halloween!

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Oct 31, 2014 3:32:00 PM

If you were a professional photographer, you'd likely be New York City today at the Photo Plus Expo — the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts.

And, if you were there, you might be taking in seminars from world-reknowned photographers such as Joe McNally — who shoots for Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times and more over his 30 year career. He's also a Nikon Ambassador.

Today Nikon debuted his latest work online and at the convention.

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Topics: Photography, Fine Arts

Creating Your B.F.A. Portfolio

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Oct 21, 2014 8:59:00 AM

Passion for creativity and a love of the fine arts are very much a part of the Burlington College culture. Our small college setting in Burlington, Vermont has much to offer our creative arts students in the way of inspiration, exploration and cultural venues. If you are considering applying for one of our Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, detailed guidelines of how to submit your portfolio are on the website.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Woodworking, Fine Arts, Film, Transfer Students, Admissions

Study Abroad in Paris with BC

Posted by Coralee Holm, Dean of Operations and Advancement

Jun 20, 2013 11:00:00 AM

To put it plain and simple, people like to travel.  The young and the restless are what young adults are branded as, resulting in their constant urge to take off without a moment’s notice to a foreign place.  Burlington College students feel this itch that wants to be scratched.   This itch has caused hundreds of students at Burlington College to marvel at the chance to expand their horizons and submerge themselves in a culture that is completely opposite of the green mountain state they have known to call home.  These particular students have taken the chance to experience the limitless opportunities the study abroad program at Burlington College has to offer, while being able to meet people with similar interests of their own. 

What is the Program?

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Topics: Study Abroad, Fine Arts

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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