Finding Inspiration: Studio Art Majors Share the Stories Behind Works on View

May 4, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Darrow and Brathwaite in the studioDarrow and Brathwaite in the art studio they share with Blackmore and Rothkopf in Fayerweather Hall

After a year spent sharing an art studio on the bottom floor of Fayerweather Hall, Natasha Blackmore, Shannon Brathwaite, María Darrow and Emma Rothkopf are slowly beginning to pack and clear the space for next year’s studio art seniors.

Eight Books in One, Celebrating Individual & Collaborative Student Work

 Kimball photo classProfessor Kimball and his advanced photography students constructing collaborative art books.

Seven students in Professor Justin Kimball's advanced photography course "Eight People, One Place and a Book" spent the fall 2014 semester traveling to photograph the Village of Turners Falls, Mass., about half an hour from Amherst. Upon arrival each week, they split up to take photographs on their own with the goal of building individual bodies of work. 

Arts at Amherst Spring Festival, in Photos

Ready for the Year 3015? World’s Slowest Photograph Will Chart a Millennium’s Evolution

Jonathon Keats
Jonathon Keats '94

The Mead Art Museum is already planning an exhibition in the year 3015 that will unveil the world's slowest photograph, taken in a single exposure over the course of 1,000 years. 

The conceptual artist behind the project is Jonathon Keats '94, whose "millennium camera" will be installed atop Amherst's Stearns Steeple in June 2015 to document the evolution of the nearby Mount Holyoke Range until the summer of 3015.

The technology behind Keats' camera is simple—so simple, in fact, that it doesn't involve much technology at all. Any technology we have now, says Keats, is going to be unintelligible 10 years from now, much less 1,000 years from now. In order for the camera to be sustainable over time, he continues, it can't rely on a mechanical shutter, a developing process or an operating system. 

Spring Arts Festival Celebrates the Arts on Campus

Spring Arts Festival 

A 1,000-year exposure camera created by an Amherst alum. The Amherst College Glee Club's sesquicentennial. Student and faculty collaborations across artistic disciplines. All this and more is celebrated at the Spring Arts Festival, taking place at various locations on campus Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 19.

Senior Thesis Performance Highlights Racial Injustices

Bryce Monroe '15
Bryce Monroe '15 rehearses his senior thesis performance The Lower Frequecies.
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“This is me telling a story based on my experience as a young black man in America,” says Bryce Monroe '15 of his senior thesis performance in theater and dance. Titled The Lower Frequencies and inspired by Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man, Monroe's one-man play aims to shed light on the realities of racism in America through a series of powerful, witty and tragic vignettes.

Encounter the Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism

March 26, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Russian Center Art Gallery
Some of the most influential Russian avant-garde artists of the early 20th century—Kandinsky, Rodchenko and Gabo, to name a few—are celebrated in a new exhibition at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.

On view through June 26, КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism brings together works from the Mead Art Museum’s Thomas P. Whitney ’37 Collection of Russian Art and exemplifies the ways in which artists were able to break free from the prevalent realistic canon in the first three decades of the 20th century.

The Next Generation of Art Historians: Amherst Students Present Research at Regional Event

March 31, 2015
By Madeline Ruoff '18

Law, Morales, Johnson
Maggie Law '15, Pablo Sebastián Morales '16 and Rachel Johnson '15

Three emerging art historians at Amherst College have been recognized for their research. Maggie Law '15, Pablo Sebastián Morales '16 and Rachel Johnson '15 gave presentations on 17th-century European art at "Baroque Brilliance," a series of two inaugural student symposia held at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., and moderated by art history scholars from Manhattanville College and Columbia University. According to the museum's press release, Law, Morales and Johnson were three of only eight student speakers from prestigious art history programs selected to present. 

See Amherst Students' Award-Winning Experimental Films

March 18, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Dershimer

Presentiments
by Miranda Dershimer ’15E

Rodriguez

Exposure (Thoughts Occasioned By)
by Jose Rodriguez 15E

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


At this year’s Five College Student Film and Video Festival, hosted by Hampshire College, Amherst students Miranda Dershimer ’15E and Jose Rodriguez ’15E won awards for short films they wrote, directed, filmed and edited. 

Dershimer won in the Best Experimental category for her visually evocative film Presentiments, and Rodriguez’s Exposure (Thoughts Occasioned By) was named the best submission from Amherst College. Both films were awarded in the “experimental” category, a category previously dominated by Hampshire College students’ films since the festival’s inception in 2007.

Student Life Takes Center Stage in Thesis Play

February 20, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Grow Up
Four student actors embrace during a rehearsal for "Grow Up, Already!"

Living with roommates, choosing classes, forming new friendships, studying for exams—these are things you might expect to see in a play about student life in a college setting. But Grow Up, Already!—a senior honors project by Valerie Rodriguez ’15—dives deeper, tackling harder themes, including mental health, issues of identity, suicide and more.

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