Art History on the Airwaves

Students in ART 211, Introduction to Art History: Prehistory to 1400, with Prof. Maeve Doyle worked in groups to propose, research, and record original podcasts discussing a theme in art history. Each podcast compares canonical works of art from the ancient and medieval worlds with an example of visual culture today, from Ai Weiwei to Rihanna.

Please enjoy the playlist below:

01. Animals in Art

Brooke Gustafson, Olivia Jenkins, and Kaitlin Rivers

Works of art discussed: Lion-Human, ca. 30,000-26,000 BCE; Hopewell culture, Beaver Effigy Platform Pipe, ca. 100-400 CE; apse mosaic in the church of San Clemente, Rome, consecrated 1128; Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, 2011

02. The Buddha

Nobel Tran

Works of art discussed: Parinirvana of the Buddha, Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka, 11th-12th century CE; Buddha statue at the London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, 2015

03. Ceramics

Isabel Butterick, Madeline DeMartin, Cristian Mercado, and Raven Vanderberg

Works of art discussed: Fragment of Jomon pottery, 12,000 BCE; Puebloan seed jar, ca. 1150; Southern Song Guan ware vessel, 13th century; Sookyung Yee, Translated Vase, 2007

04. Clothing and Power

Alicia Davis, James Johansen, and Alice Merckel

Works of art discussed: Phidias, Athena Parthenos, ca. 447-432 BCE; Bust of Commodus as Hercules, ca. 191-192 CE; ivory relief of Christ crowning Emperor Romanos II and Empress Eudokia, 945-949; Rihanna’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” Met Gala ensemble (designed by Maison Margiela), 2018

05. Death and the Afterlife

Anayeli Arroyo Aguilera, Elizabeth Harris, Russell Lowell, and Wendy Martinez Rojo

Works of art discussed: Judgment of Hunefer before Osiris in the Book of the Dead, ca. 1285 BCE; sarcophagus lid with Larth Tetnies and Thanchvil Tarnai embracing, ca. 350-300 BCE; sarcophagus lid of Pakal the Great, ca. 683 CE; Kurt Wenner, Hell, 2007

06. Domes

Lindsay Doty, Jessica Elliot, and Bryana Sarsoza

Buildings discussed: Santa Costanza, Rome, ca. 350; church of Saint Mark, Venice, begun 1063; Shah-I Zinda funerary coplex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, late 14th-15th century; Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, 1983

07. Gender Roles

Jarimar Borges, Emma Conquest, Bethanie Daley, and Sara Johnson

Works of art discussed: Metropolitan Kouros, ca. 600-590 BCE; female figure holding a fly-whisk, ca. 250 BCE; seated Guanyin Bodhisattva, 11th-12th century; “Meet @JamesCharles: makeup artist, boundary breaker, and the newest COVERGIRL! Spread the word by regramming using #COVERGIRLJames,” @covergirl Instagram post, October 11, 2016

08. Heroes and Leaders

Riley Pawlewitz

Works of art discussed: colossal portrait of Constantine, 325-326 CE; Lee Mitchelson, portrait of Barack Obama, 2015

09. Religion and Power

Emma Axelrod, Cynthia Capps, Gawion Eaddy, and PJ Jimenez

Works of art discussed: Funerary mask of Tutankhamun, ca. 1327 BCE; Alexandros from Antioch-on-the-Orontes, Aphrodite of Melos (Venus de Milo), ca. 100 BCE; Marianos and Hanina, mosaic floor of the Beth Alpha Synagogue, Galilee, Israel, 6th century CE; photograph of Beyoncé performing at the Grammy Awards, 2017

10. Stone

Daniel Brewer, Jeffrey Delgado, and Samantha Ross

Works of art discussed: The Great Sphinx of Khafre, ca. 2520-2494 BCE; female figure holding a fly-whisk, ca. 250 BCE; ROMA Design Group and Lei Yixin, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC, 2011

11. Women in Art and Society

Steevenson Jean, Naz Newton-Jimenez, and Melissa Rivas-Triana

Works of art discussed: relief of Athena attacking the giants from the Pergamon Altar, ca. 175-150 BCE; Emperor Huizong (attr.), handscroll of ladies preparing newly woven silk, early 12th century; icon of the Annunciation to the Virgin, Church of the Virgin Peribleptos, Ohrid, Macedonia, early 14th century; Ariana Grande, God Is a Woman(music video), dir. Dave Meyers, 2018



Colleen Fitzgerald: Stamina


Present Tense Prize WinnerOpening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018  6-8 pm

On view February 2 – March 2, 2018

ArtsWorcester, 660 Main St. Worcester, MA 01610 | Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12pm – 4pm & by appointment


Is the artist the work, is the work the artist, or is each element autonomous under its own power?

Previewing the environmentally focused Far Eastern oeuvre of artist, writer, critic, and educator Gail Gelburd an overriding riddle – in this case, koan – reveals itself with the impact of your first glimpse. You want to sit down with her and delve deeper. A studio visit is quickly arranged at her enclave in the Berkshires. First – a long look at the work.

The Ph.D. and Professor in the Art Department at Eastern Connecticut State University, is currently exhibiting both her installation series, Encased Memories and Public Art Piece, Unbound Presence at MS17 Art Project in New London – the highly innovative and progressively dynamic contemporary gallery focusing on social and environmental commentary and a myriad of global concerns.

There is a prelude to the exhibition gallery housed in the adjacent public space. The artist’s five semi-transparent 20 foot scrolls curtain the soaring atrium at MS17, boldly illustrating the dynamism and unpredictability of water with the raw power and varying ferocity of cascading waterfalls. This is an interactive experience: viewers stand beneath the panels­ – each an archival digital print on fabric embellished with encaustic (wax) medium; and in this place, feel the movement of water against nature. Standing amidst the boldness of the work, the effect is humbling…close your eyes and sense the chilling mist on your skin. Nature becomes bigger than you are, and there is a profound sense where Gelburd is going with this conversation……

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The Botanical Tyranny Parlor – Gallery Exhibition

The Bell Gallery at Ethel Walker School, 230 Bushy Hill Road, is exhibiting The Botanical Tyranny Parlor by installation artist Jane Rainwater. Nov. 14-Dec. 28th.

Gallery hours:  Dec.5-14 3:30-5:30pm; Dec 2 and Dec. 16 10:00am

The Botanical Tyranny Parlor engages the viewer with its seemingly innocent decorative delight; yet upon closer examination the work challenges and questions our attraction by revealing darker truths. Rainwater explores the hidden cost inherent in most of what we find seductively attractive The fabric design references classical nature illustration, Victorian silhouettes, wallpaper and prints as a critique of cultural history. A dark undercurrent of “cultural reckoning” informs this installation. In the tradition of botanical illustration, the silhouettes of seeming real plants and animals are in fact, carefully constructed from silhouettes of axes, scimitars, guns and grenades. Our measured gardens and cultivated civility are rooted in a history of violent conquest. While grenades may have replaced scimitars in our arsenals, the underlying theme remains. The beauty of our culture, like that all of those which preceded it, is but a mask for the ugliness of our own nature.

Botanical Tyranny Parlor at Bell

“Further On” Featuring Two Art Professors

“Further On” is an exhibition featuring works by artists who teach at the Connecticut institutions that Manchester Community College students often transfer to, including works from Department of Art and Art History faculty members Robert Greene and Afarin Rahmanifar.

“Further On” will open beginning today, November 2, 2017 in the Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. The exhibition runs through Dec. 6 with a reception at on Nov. 2 (tonight) at 6:30 p.m. You can view “Further On” Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Susan Classen-Sullivan at (860) 512-2693.GetFileAttachment

Gallery Exhibition Featuring Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran

 Silver Circle Art Center

ART OPENING this Friday from 6-9 pm

Putnam CT on 134 MAIN street

Adjunct Professor Rebecca Moran is using an old Renaissance technique to prepare the copper metal to accept oil. The Thin oil glazes blend with direct painting techniques allowing for a wider range of expression. The warm, rich luminescent copper ground shows through and will patina with age. She has 19 beautiful, abstract Oil on Copper paintings with 12 other very talented artists on exhibition. Please come celebrate the new gallery space and see the art work LIVE!