Exchange Exhibition with the Boston Sculptors Gallery
June 8 - July 14, 2012, at The Sculpture Center
5 Boston Sculptors Gallery sculptors - Caroline Bagenal, Peter Haines, Michelle Lougee, Marilu Swett, and Andy Zimmerman - have extremely varied approaches to sculpture as an art discipline. They discuss their artwork in the larger context of the Boston Sculptors Gallery and how they and the 27 other member artists created and have sustained this unique and highly successful commercial collaborative.
July 5 - August 12, 2012, at the Boston Sculptors Gallery
Stirring the Waters | Between Two Bodies is the first joint venture and exhibition exchange between The Sculpture Center of Cleveland and the Boston Sculptors Gallery in downtown Boston. This exhibition will bring the works of 10 Boston sculptors to Cleveland and those of 12 Northeast Ohio artists to Boston in order to introduce visitors to the quality and variety of sculptural production in the two regions. The exhibitions successfully speak to the artists' own regional and cultural backgrounds and, more broadly, to the range of the aesthetic and conceptual concerns of contemporary sculpture in the post-modern age.
Paramount to the concerns of much contemporary sculpture is a deliberate breaking down of any hierarchy regarding the mechanisms and organization of artistic creations. Many of the works shown in Stirring the Waters | Between Two Bodies exhibit these creative tendencies, and there is a notable presence of works produced using nontraditional materials. Curator Ann Albano and advisor Robert Thurmer noted the high quality of the production techniques of the Boston Sculptors Gallery's artists, a bias towards repurposing of "found" domestic objects, and a proclivity for sophisticated whimsy or double entendre that extends to irony, as well as a concern for personal and environmental issues. For the Cleveland artists there is a notable use of common construction materials, such as plywood, plaster, roofing tar, and sand, combined with other media and markedly non-high art materials to convey abstract concepts.
Initiated by Boston Sculptors Gallery artist Jessica Straus, cultivated by Boston Sculptors Gallery artist Julia Shepley, and curated by The Sculpture Center's Executive Director and Chief Curator Ann Albano, with the advice of board member Robert Thurmer, also Director of Cleveland State University's Art Gallery, Stirring the Waters | Between Two Bodies brings to each city striking examples of the 3-D aesthetic and artistic concerns of our time. Both the Boston Sculptors Gallery and The Sculpture Center support the development and exhibition of new pieces which exemplify the multi-faceted nature of modern sculpture.
Boston Sculptors Exhibiting at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland
Peter DeCamp Haines
Peter De Camp Haines was born in 1942 and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1965 with a BA in psychology/anthropology—areas that have informed his art making. He served in the Marine Corps from 1965-1969. Haines earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1971. He received a diploma (sculpture concentration) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1974.
Haines has exhibited internationally and has created sculptures for parks in Fuzhou, China and Seoul, South Korea. In 2008, he was a speaker at the International Sculpture Conference in Changchun, China. Haines has also displayed his sculptures at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts and has installed a piece at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.
Haines is a cofounder of the Vermont Gentlemen's Foundry - a low-tech facility built in the woods by four friends to cast their own work. He is a founding member of Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Michelle Lougee is an environmental artist, sculptor, and ceramist. She has been a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery since 2004, and her artwork has been shown in many New England museum exhibitions, including Chesterwood, the Worcester Art Museum, the Danforth Museum, and Bristol Art Museum. Lougee also teaches sculpture, ceramics, pottery, and drawing at various local museums. She holds an M.F.A and a B.F.A. from Boston University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Michelle balances her sculptural work by acting as a freelance illustrator whose credits include business and financial publications such as Software, Strategy and Business, and Bloomberg Wealth Manager.
Julia Shepley is a founding member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery and the Brickbottomm Artist Building where she has served on several executive boards and committees. Her studio is located in the latter institution in Somerville, MA. Shepley studied at Hampshire College and Boston University. Shepley is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA, and is an alumni member of A.I.R. Gallery, a member of The Textile Study Group in NYC, and is represented in museum and library collections in the Boston area.
Jessica Straus was raised on the coast of New Hampshire but now resides in the Boston region. Straus is a founding member of the Brickbottom Artist Building in Somerville, where her studio is also situated. She has been a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery since 2009. Straus attended Brown University, received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. The sculptor's works have been shown at numerous galleries and museums, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Danforth Art Museum, the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Berkshire Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum of Idaho, the Nicolaysen Museum of Wyoming, the Brattleboro Museum of Vermont, the Boston Sculptors Gallery and the Clark Gallery.
Andy Zimmermann grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Harvard College in 1975, where he studied both psychology and art. Since the time of his graduation, Zimmermann has exhibited paintings and welded steel sculptures in a variety of galleries and artistic institutions, including the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the DeCordova Museum Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, and the Cedarhurst Sculpture Park in Mt. Vernon, IL. He has also had solo gallery exhibits in Boston and New York City, and has participated in group shows around the U.S. and in Europe. He earned an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2003. In recent years, his works have been concerned with digital media, beginning with digital photography on sculpture and later sculpture installations using video, animation, and digital sound. His studio is in Waltham, MA, and he lives in Lexington, with his wife, poet Rosamond Zimmermann.
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Caroline Bagenal is a Scotland-born sculptor, installation artist, and writer, now living in Newburyport, MA. She received a MFA in Painting and a Masters in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art where she teaches the Senior Fine Arts Seminar and is Director of the African Study Abroad Program. Bagenal has received numerous awards from the artistic community, including from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Artist's Resource Trust. She has been a member of Boston Sculptor's Gallery since 2008.
Laura Evans is a Boston-based artist who graduated from Boston University in 1981 with a MFA in Studio Teaching. Her previous education included a BA in Painting awarded from Hampshire College in 1974 and a degree from The British Institute & The American Center for the Arts, Paris, France. Evans has received awards from the AICA Cambridge Arts Council for art in Greene-Rose Park, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Boston Cultural Council & U.S. Auto Exchange.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Margaret Swan is a graduate of Syracuse University and a Graduate Fellow in Painting and Sculpture at Bennington College. Swan's sculptural oeuvre is noted for the artist's skill in working with sheet metal, particularly since she exhibited several riveted aluminum pieces in Boston Now: Sculpture at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1984. Swan was awarded a Massachusetts Artists Fellowship in Sculpture in 1985 for this work, was a Massachusetts Artists Finalist Award in 1988, and was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council/New England Foundation for the Arts Regional Fellowship in Sculpture in 1995. Swan is a founding member of Boston Sculptors. Her sculpture has been included in exhibitions throughout New England, including the Aldrich Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Marilu Swett a greater Boston native, lives and works in Jamaica Plain, MA. She holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and has worked in corporate collections in Massachusetts as Bank of America Corporation; Fidelity Investments, Boston; Siena Construction Company, Cambridge; New England Biolabs, Beverly, Meditech Corporation, Canton, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Swett is a recipient of a grant from First Light for a sculptural installation, Brookline, MA (2008); a residency for iron casting at the Maryhill Art Museum in Washington (2002); a New England foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture (1997); a Somerville Arts Council general support grant (1990); and a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Studio Exchange grant (1996). She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Montserrat College in Beverly, MA, where she chairs the Sculpture Department.
Hannah Verlin is a Philadelphia native who received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, in 2005. At the SMFA she studied ceramics and installation art, often referencing the two disciplines in tandem. As a culmination of her studies she produced a four-day performance and installation with clay titled Infestation in 2005. She has since exhibited many artworks in temporary and public settings, such as A Telling Tail and Cyclic Light for Boston's First Night festivities (in 2006 and 2008, respectively). Her recent work includes an installation incorporated into dance with the group MonkeyHouse (Between Wave & Sky, 2011), her exhibition Knowing Not Knowing (2011) at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and the participatory installation Mystical River for Medford's Mystic River Festival (2011).
About the Boston Sculptors Gallery
The gallery has also served as the hosting venue for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Sculpture Fellowship Recipients, has organized exchanges with Arelis, an association of contemporary tapestry artists of Paris France and with The Sculpture Center of Cleveland Ohio, and is currently in conversation with a German curator to orchestrate a Berlin exchange. Boston Sculptors Gallery has mounted exhibitions at the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont, the University of New Hampshire Museum, The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, The University of Massachusetts Harbor Gallery, The Fitchburg Art Museum, The Attleboro Art Museum, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery.
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