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

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

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

Street Photography in Cuba: With Athena Pepe

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Mar 19, 2015 9:48:00 AM

Burlington College offers a variety of Travel+Learn opportunities annually, including Street Photography in Cuba. This past January, Burlington College student Athena Pepe '15 took this course, and had lots to say about the experience. All photos contained in this piece are by Athena Pepe and used with her permission.

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Topics: Photography

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

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

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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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