October 2016

Tue, Oct 4, 2016

Conversations On A Bench featuring Billy McBride

Drop by the Mead Art Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 4, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., for a “bench-warming” session with Billy McBride, Amherst College assistant athletic director for diversity and inclusion, director of club sports and senior coach.

This fall, Billy is being inducted into the Greater Syracuse New York Sports Hall of Fame, class of 2016, for basketball and football. He has been a hall-of-famer at Amherst College for 27 years! Billy recently traveled to Spain to study bullfighting and will present in Natasha Staller’s Francisco Goya class.

Come and start a conversation with Billy about art, sports or simply your day.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thu, Oct 6, 2016

Donut Days at the Mead

Donut Days at the Mead!

Come in for a treat and see the exhibitions!

Donuts brought to you fresh from a local farm favorite, every Thursday and Friday. Buy a donut, get a free cup of coffee!

Artwork by Rico Gatson showing a black male figure at the bottom of the frame, smoking a cigarette, with alternating black and yellow lines radiating up and out from behind him

Gallery Talk by Rico Gatson

Join artist Rico Gatson at an evening gallery talk about his works on view at the Mead Art Museum, including a new mural to be painted with Amherst College students. The event is free, open to the public and followed by a reception.

The event is held in conjunction with a new artist project at the Mead.

In October, Gatson inaugurates Hall Walls, an annual project that gives artists and students the freedom to create an ephemeral artwork on the walls of the museum.

Through December at the Mead, Gatson and Amherst students will work together to create the mural. Stay tuned for information about public viewings and the mural unveiling.

Gatson attended Bethel College in Minnesota and received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991. He has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions and his works are held in many public collections, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Yale University Art Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Sculpture depicting a horse and rider, by Alexander Phimister Proctor, titled "Pursued," cast in 1928. Mead Art Museum AC S.1933.3

Materiality at the Mead with Scientist Bruce Kaiser

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Bruce Kaiser, chief scientist at Bruker Corp., explains the process of X-ray fluorescent (XRF) testing using the Mead’s bronze sculptures by A. Phimister Proctor (1860–1950), famous sculptor of the American West. Dr. Kaiser will explain the tool’s value to the field of art conservation and how it is advancing our understanding of Proctor’s bronzes.

Lunch will be provided.

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Conversations On A Bench featuring Don Faulstick

Conversations on a Bench with Don Faulstick, Director of Athletics.

Drop by the Mead, Tuesday, October 18, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for a “bench warming” session with Don – Amherst College director of athletics.

Don has been at the college for 19 years, 20 in January, where he has served as an assistant football coach , head softball coach, assistant athletic director, associate athletic director and, ultimately, the director of athletics. Prior to Amherst, he coached at Worcester Poly Tech, Rensselaer, Princeton University, Union College and Shippensburg University.

Come by and start a conversation with Don about art, sports or your day.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Julia Ream

Art conservation workshop and lecture with Julia A. Ream

Thinking of a career in art conservation? Or just curious about the process and materials involved in conserving art? Julia A. Ream, independent conservator of Asian works on paper, will lead a conservation workshop for students and deliver a lecture about her career trajectory and recent work on manuscripts and paintings from the Middle East and South Asia.

1–3 p.m., Workshop for students only, held in the Mead Art Museum's William Green Study Room. Limited to 10 students; registration required. To register, email Louise Becket (finearts@amherst.edu).

4–5 p.m., Lecture, free and open to the public, held in Fayerweather Hall 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Family & Community event: Re-stART


Saturday, October 22, 1–3 pm

Rediscover the art of the everyday—using found objects, recycled materials, and other surprises—at this hands-on crafting marathon for all ages.

Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Conversations On A Bench featuring Norm J. Jones, Ph.D.

Drop by the Mead, Tuesday, October 25, for a conversation session with Norm – Amherst College Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Norm joined Amherst College over the summer and in this role, he works with campus partners to advance practices and programs that foster diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. He oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which comprises the Queer Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Center and the Multicultural Resource Center. Working with the dean of the faculty and the chief human resources officer, he plays a key role in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff. He ensures that the college is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive excellence.

Come by and start a conversation with Norm about diversity, inclusion or just about your day.

We look forward to seeing you at the Mead!

Tomorrow - Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Cover of Issue 11 of The Common: Tajdeed, showing shards of a broken mirror against a pale blue background

The Common at the Mead

The Common literary magazine welcomes parents, students and the general public for a cocktail hour reception. Join us for wine, snacks and brief readings from newly released Issue 12 as well as Issue 11: Tajdeed, The Common's special issue of translated Arabic fiction. All readings will be in English. Pick up a copy of Issue 12, with artwork by Rico Gatson.