May 5, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Wendy Ewald, artist-in-residence at Amherst College, and the students in her Collaborative Art class will exhibit their semester-long projects from Sunday, May 7, through Saturday, May 27, at the gallery at the Nacul Center for Ecological Architecture (592 Main St., Amherst, Mass.). An opening reception will be held from 12 noon until 2 p.m., on Sunday, May 7, at the Nacul Center. Sponsored by the Office of the President and Office of the Dean of Faculty at Amherst College, this exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

Titled “COLLABOR8,” the exhibition is rooted in the communal activism movement in contemporary art that has been the focus of Ewald’s teaching and artistic career. Throughout this semester, Ewald’s students have considered various community-based artists and studied contemporary art theory. They also carried out their own collaborative pursuits, where process and concept proved crucial to understanding their final projects. COLLABOR8 features the eight projects carried out by Ewald’s students and their many collaborative partners, including:

  • “The Fuzzy Folder Project,” by Christianna Bonin (Amherst College ’07) and women from the West Street Program in Northampton;
  • photography installation by Alexandra Boyle (Amherst College ’07) and Eric Silva;
  • portraiture installation by Carly Ries (Hampshire College ’09) and a local student named Kai;
  • collection of self-portrait books by Audrey Shields (Hampshire ’07) and grade school students at the local Capacidad after-school program;
  • photography installation by Kita Lantman (Amherst College ’08E) and Rachel Simon (Amherst College ’07) with 4th and 5th grade students from Capacidad;
  • mixed media installation by Lindsey Lyons (Mount Holyoke ’06) and kindergarten through 7th grade students at Holyoke Community Charter School;
  • experiment in portraiture by Scott Niichel (Amherst ’06) and local artist Oriole Feshbach; and
  • past collaborations by local artist and art therapist Deborah Golub.

The Nacul Center for Ecological Architecture is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Nacul Website.