artscope magazine
Leadership, Influence, Inspiration.
January 6, 2011

Students of art, art degrees, and degrees of censorship. They all require a passion and communication ability, two cardinal practices in the world of art. Read about the leadership, document the influence, and get inspired to do something that just might make a difference in the art community.

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MUSE Program at Newport Art Museum
Newport, Rhode Island

Newport County high school students visited the New Bedford Whaling Museum last year as part of MUSE.

The first place we look - when talk of the future comes up in conversation - is to our children and their education and experiences. It's no secret how vital a role education plays in the development of their critical and creative thinking skills and many members of the arts community are wasting no time when it comes to creating programs to help jump start the youth and their educational experiences. In 2005, Newport Art Museum launched its MUSE program, which introduces students from Aquidneck Island public high schools to careers in museum management and historic preservation. MUSE students can enroll in the program for high school credit. During the course, students meet with senior staff at a variety of cultural organizations as they learn about careers in the field and gain practical experience.Three area high schools currently participate in the program: Rogers High School, Portsmouth High School, and East Bay Met School. In 2008, the MUSE program received a "Museums for America" grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This specific grant has allowed the Newport Art Museum to continue to expand its pioneering museum studies program for high school students, adding three paid summer internship positions to the list of MUSE opportunities. This past summer marked the start of the intern program. It ran from July 6th through August 16th, 2010 and each intern was required to complete a total of 120 hours and was paid $11 an hour, bi-weekly. This experience mirrors the "real world" options that will be available to students during and after their studies in college, giving the students of MUSE a head start on exploring their careers, developing their skills, and building a resume. The MUSE program also gives students the chance to curate gallery shows. Just this past December, MUSE students from all three participating high schools curated the exhibition of Artist Kim Salerno's room-size installation, Big Miniature. The exhibition is the culminating project for students enrolled in MUSE and is on view in the Museum's Griswold House through January 9, 2011. Admission is free and the museum is open from 5-8pm, so make sure to get out there and show your support for the leaders of tomorrow's art community. Executive Director of Newport Art Museum, Elizabeth A. Goddard, speaking highly of the MUSE program and its continued success, states, "It is gratifying to know that we are giving our young people an opportunity to learn about the world of museums and possibly begin their training with us as the future museum professionals of America."

Sponsored by: Lamont Gallery

Works by Steve Schapiro

Exhibition is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions
All photographs are copyright Steven Schapiro

Monday, December 6, 2010 - Saturday, January 22, 2011
Artist Reception: Friday, January 7, 2011, 6:30-8pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 10am

The exhibit is a collection of Schapiro's work ranging from dramatic images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, to portraits of Robert F. Kennedy, Jackie Onassis, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. His groundbreaking images of influential personalities, newsmakers, and cultural and political leaders display a modest yet remarkable presentation of his extraordinary life in photography.

Lamont Gallery
Frederick R. Mayer Art Center
Phillips Exeter Academy
11 Tan Lane, Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 777-3461, [email protected]

Gallery Hours: Monday 1-5pm, Tuesday - Saturday 9am-5pm
Closed Sundays, school holidays and vacations

"What Can You Do With an Art Degree?" An Interview Commemorating Dr. Stephen Immerman's First Year Anniversary as President of Montserrat College
Beverly, Massachusetts

              Dr. Stephen Immerman, President of Montserrat College.

Considering the ambiguity of today's economy, it is not uncommon for people to ponder the benefits of a degree in the arts. According to Google, the keyword "artwork" is searched 1,830,000 times every month. "Freelance art jobs" generates 6,600 searches monthly, while "Bachelor of Arts" yields 2,400 hits each month. The question on everyone's mind seems to be: what can you do with an art degree? For an answer, we turned to the President of Montserrat College of Art , Dr. Stephen Immerman, a man of both artistic and technological knowledge. "Training in the arts prepares students for creativity, communication and problem solving, all necessary skills in today's information economy." Dr. Immerman spent his earliest years in rural New York State helping in his father's jewelry shop. "Even while surrounded by engineers, physicists and chemists, how things actually looked has been an important element in my approach to life." Dr. Immerman spent thirty-three years in administration at technology-focused colleges and has always been aware of a link between the arts and technology. "While it might seem a long stretch for an artist to go from a simple design to an animated film in 3D, it still takes that skill with a pencil on paper to express a feeling, illustrate an idea or make a picture of something," he explained. This ability of expression is the benefit to be gained by students earning an art degree. With an open mind and a means to articulate it, students with a degree in art can be looked to as leaders. Their practiced communication skills will help them design, implement, and facilitate the projects and plans that will make up the communities of the future. For instance, take the community contributions made by Montserrat College to its neighbors. Dr. Immerman described many programs and events made available by the art students and their institution, including, "offering high school students opportunities to compete in the national Congressional High School Art Competition and Exhibition, which the college hosts for U.S. Congressman John Tierney." The college is also very dedicated to the Beverly Main Streets program, which works to improve the economic vitality and excitement of the downtown area. Involvement in local communities is only one part of the artistic atmosphere that Dr. Immerman enjoys. With the preparation and education gained from an art degree, "seeing our graduates go on to careers as artists, animators, creators of advertising, award-winning illustrators and teachers of art themselves is making my time at Montserrat College truly fulfilling," he concluded.

Works by David Wojnarowicz at Smith College Museum of Art
Northampton, Massachusetts

Untitled (One Day This Kid) by David Wojnarowicz.

Leadership lurks everywhere in the community of the arts. Smith College Museum of Art revealed its capacity for direction and foresight throughout the month of December when it displayed work by David Wojnarowicz. SCMA did this in participation in a nationwide protest against censorship. This movement was sparked by the Smithsonian Institution secretary G. Wayne Clough's decision to remove Wojnarowicz's 1987 video piece A Fire in my Belly from the National Portrait Gallery exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," (an exhibit exploring sexual identity) in response to political pressure from Republican leadership in the House of Representatives and lobbying by the Catholic League. The video, which contains imagery of ants crawling over a crucified Christ, addresses the issues of AIDS, repression of sexual identity, human desire, societal discipline of the human body, death, sex, and violence simultaneously. The crossroads of these subjects are highlighted in Wojnarowicz's poster print Untitled (One Day This Kid), which the SCMA had on display last month to signify its support in the censorship protest. The portrait of the young, hopeful artist himself is situated in stark contrast to the text that surrounds him and the meaning of the very words that will encumber him in his future. His fate is set for him in the grips of societal norms and institutions that will condemn him for his sexuality. The fortitude of the piece causes its viewers to call into question their own complacency with the current mistreatment of gay and lesbian individuals in our society and what it might take to transcend these silencing institutions. The work itself was purchased in part with the Dorius/Spofford Fund, created by Smith College in order to support programs dealing with issues of citizenship, censorship, creativity, and contemporary political and social repression associated with sexual identity and expression. SCMA constantly challenges these issues and paves the way for future progress and success. This exhibit is yet another example of how SCMA serves as a cultural institution of art that creates access and understanding through contemplative reflection.

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