Museum Forum, an Open Discussion about Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, Slated for Feb. 4

January 28, 2009     
For Immediate Release                    

Elizabeth Barker
Director and Chief Curator, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass. — Art-loving residents of the Pioneer Valley, in addition to Amherst College faculty, students and staff, are invited to attend the second Museum Forum of the 2008-2009 academic year on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum on the college’s campus.

Mead Art Museum Receives $500,000 Grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

January 28, 2009     
Elizabeth Barker
Director and Chief Curator, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum a $500,000 grant, to be used over three years, to strengthen the academic role of the museum’s collections and programs.

No-Mic Open-Mic Poetry Reading at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum Dec. 3

November 25, 2008     

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 p.m., the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host the first-ever No-Mic Open-Mic Poetry Reading in the Rotherwas Room. Organized by sophomore Max Kaisler on behalf of the college’s Marsh Arts House, the event is free and open to the public.

Mead Art Museum to Host Performance by Artist Jonathan Meese Dec. 7

Nov. 20, 2008
Contact: Caroline J. Hanna
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. – On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Amherst College’s Kirby Theater, the Mead Art Museum will host DRIVE ME HOMEESE BABYBABY, TO ERZLAND (ACHTUNG), a performance by German painter and sculptor Jonathan Meese, the artist currently featured in the Mead’s special installation ALARM de ALARM (PROPAGANDA IN ALASKA): New and Recent Works by Jonathan Meese from the Collection of Adam Lindemann ’83 and Amalia Dayan.

Slam Poet Jared Paul to Read at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum Nov. 19

November 10, 2008     

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host a reading by slam poet Jared Paul in the Small Fairchild Gallery.

Nooks and Crannies: Oddities of the Mead Art Museum

With less than one percent of its collection on display, the Mead Art Museum's storage rooms are filled wtih everything from the beautiful and intricate to the strange and macabre. A small sampling of little-seen works by Director and Chief Curator Elizabeth Barker shows the stranger side of the Mead Art Museum.

Lecture on Contemporary Artist Jonathan Meese Opens Mead Art Museum Exhibition Oct. 19

October 3, 2008
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web, and Marketing Manager
Mead Art Museum
(413) 542-2551

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum will sponsor a lecture titled “Ahoi de Angst: Meese, Myth and Culture” by contemporary art scholar Kim Conaty on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium on the school’s campus.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Valley museums offer broad spectrum of art works

In this article (registration required) about the Mead Art Museum, Curator Elizabeth Barker discussed the organization’s collection and masterpieces.

A small, wood-paneled room in the corner of the Mead Art Museum has welcomed both King James and Robert Frost. Commissioned in the early 1600s by English knight Sir Roger Bodenham, finished in 1611, dismantled in 1731 and shipped to a Fifth Avenue showroom in 1913, the Rotherwas Room found its way into the hands of Herbert Lee Pratt, Class of 1895. Pratt bequeathed the room to Amherst College in 1944, and the Mead Art Museum was designed and built to accommodate it.

New Mead Director

Lizzie Barker
To Elizabeth “Lizzie” Barker, the new director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst, nothing compares to seeing a piece of art unframed. 
By Emily Gold Boutilier