Join us for a reception and conversation with the artists in Anachronism by Design.
ART SMP students present their recent works created at the start of their SMP as they explore new directions for their work.
Join us for a discussion with alumna Erica Maust ’09 and designer Andrew Olsen to hear about their urban Farm + floral design studio: Chicory. What began as a neighborhood beautification project has turned in successful green business.
In 2014, Erica Maust and Andrew Olson had the opportunity to transform a vacant quarter-acre, city-owned parcel of land in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia into a cut flower garden. What began as a neighborhood beautification project evolved quickly, and the two formed chicory, an urban flower farm and design studio. The two grow hundreds of varieties of cut flowers and foliage on the small parcel of vacant space and create unconventional and elegant floral designs for weddings and special events. They also provide free workshops within the community on urban gardening. They are currently searching for more vacant land in the city to expand their growing space, and working on a book about floral design (forthcoming Fall 2016)
Erica Maust is a freelance designer and farmer-florist in Philadelphia. She received her BA in Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2009, and attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and received a M.A. in Historic Preservation. While at PennDesign, she studied landscape preservation and the impact of environmental color in urban communities. She later worked for a non-profit in Philadelphia (The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation), and she is also a freelance graphic designer, with clients that include PublicStuff, The World Bank, PennDesign, and Anthropologie.
Andrew Olson is an accomplished horticulturist with more than a decade of experience of growing and designing urban landscapes in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware then spent 3 years working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Earthcorps, a non-profit specializing in urban parkland restoration, and 2 years working for an organic landscape maintenance and installation company. Olson worked as the Public Landscapes Manager at the Delaware Center for Horticulture to design, implement, and maintain over 25 public landscapes throughout the city of Wilmington. In 2009, he turned 2 vacant city lots next to his home in Southwest Philadelphia into a thriving organic urban garden known as Farm 51.
Dahlberg is the SMCM-MICA Artist House Teaching Fellow and artist-in-residence for the Fall 2015 semester. Dahlberg earned a MFA in Painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015, and a BA in Visuals from Brown University. He has been awarded residency fellowships by the Skowhegan School of Art, Vermont Studio Center and a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. While in residence at SMCM this fall he is creating new works in the Artist House visual artist studio and teaching Introduction to Drawing. To see more of Tommy’s work check out, http://www.thomasdahlberg.com.
Come see the extensive collection of art owned by St. Mary’s College. Students and faculty have invested large amounts of time in organizing, cataloging, and preserving over 2,000 works of art. Now is your chance to take a tour, learn about the history of art at SMCM, and enjoy music and food.
Hosted by Boyden Gallery.
Listen to Professor of Art Sue Johnson give an overview of both botanical and zoological natural history illustration, along with how to keep a nature sketchbook.
Born in Frederick, Maryland, Brea Souders studied art at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and currently lives and works in New York City. Souders’ chosen subject matter includes personal effects and specific props that she arranges in pictorial space as a visual analogy for that which is described in her titles. Her works function as experiments—a physical acting out of an abstract concept or layered subject, they balance between the literal and the figurative. Souders often employs a particular palette and light-hearted tone that belies her consideration of weighty and essential topics. Despite Souders’ preference for control over the creation of her images, her intuition is to always honor chance and the unknowable. She says of her work, “Illumination isn’t guaranteed”. Everyone is invited to bring their lunch with them for this mid-day event.
Sponsored by the Artist House Program
Rebecca Phillips Abbott will lecture on this topic: “Woman, Machine, and Gendered Style Cross-Currents in Photography, 1850 – 1925.”
Rebecca Phillips Abbott is the former director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and founding director and curator of the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, California. She has served as curatorial liaison to the Vatican Museums for the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and as editor of Defining Why, the autobiography of textile artist, Yvonne Porcella. She is also a fine art photographer with works in private and public collections.
Photography as a genre has a reputation for including women from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century. In comparison to female artists of painting and sculpture, for example, we today know the names of many more women photographers, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and Cindy Sherman. As this talk highlights, the ways in which women were “included,” especially in the formative years of photography is actually quite gendered. One example includes George Eastman’s Kodak Girl, introduced as a marketing tool in 1893, as a way of demonstrating that his new camera was so easy to work that even a woman could do it. Women did use the Kodak as well as other cameras, yet numerous histories still leave out the works of women photographers. This talk addresses some of these omissions and also examines ways that photography styles tended to be gendered.
Join curator, Lena Castro ’15, gallery staff and exhibition participants in a celebration of Boyden Gallery’s first participatory, pop-up exhibition, “Love is…”
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
A temporary exhibition curated by YOU!
Your Mission: Bring in an item that finishes the phrase “LOVE IS…” Let Boyden Gallery do the rest!
Every day from February 16 – 20, 2015
Drop off your object: Great Room, 11-1
Come visit the exhibit: Boyden Gallery, 4:30-6
Closing reception: Feb 20, 4 pm, Boyden Gallery
SMCM students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate!
Questions? Contact Lena Castro – firstname.lastname@example.org