Visual Arts Department

Art—Some of it Talking—Fills Edwards Center

At this year’s Spring 2017 Visual Arts Open House, in Edwards Center for Art and Dance, digital creations — like soundscapes and videos — joined the mix of sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints on display throughout the building. The show presents the culmination of work produced in all of this semester’s arts courses.

Artist Stephen Hannock ’74, H’09 Selected for Inclusion in Met Masterpiece Book

Acclaimed artist Stephen Hannock ’74, H’09, internationally known for his luminous and atmospheric landscape paintings, has been selected for inclusion in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, a new volume that celebrates the greatest and most historically important paintings from the collections of the museum.

Human-Animal Relationship Inspires Printmaker and Visiting Artist Nancy Diessner

As a Spring 2017 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist, Diessner recently spent some time on campus, where she shared her insights with students, gave a presentation to the Bowdoin community, and exhibited her work in the Edwards Main Gallery.

Dave Fogler ’90 on ‘Visual Effects in Film – Art, Craft, and (Sometimes) Bad Movies’

“The most fun thing about what I do is that when projects are beginning, there’s a moment when there are so many questions to answer, and quite often you’re asked to do things that you don’t know how to do.”

Professor Mark Wethli’s Sculpture ‘Piper Cub’ in Rockland Gallery

A show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art features professor Mark Wethli’s “Piper Cub,” an abstract framework of an airplane.

Students Learn Art of Curating as They Research Photography Exhibit

The exhibition, which the students themselves have researched and curated, involved close collaboration with the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Colletions & Archives.

To Be Seen: A Semester of Art at the Edwards Center

For the Visual Arts department’s end-of-semester open house on Dec. 9, the Edwards Center for Art and Dance was transformed into a temporary museum filled with riveting works.

Studio Tour: Art Professor Jackie Brown’s Biomorphic Sculptures

If the door to Jackie Brown’s studio happens to be open as you are walking down the Edward Center for the Arts second-floor hallway, and you happen to glance in, you’ll see a vision that looks as if it could have been lifted from the pages of a fantastical children’s book.

Making Art From Science and a Drop of Seawater

Students in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester recently made prints from plankton specimens they collected in the waters off Boothbay Harbor to investigate the relationship between art and science.

Slideshow: Bowdoin’s Kolster Photographs Fossils of the Future on Hawaiian Coast

Visual arts professor Michael Kolster went to Hawaii to study and photograph “plastiglomerates”—a reportedly new type of stone, formed by the fusion of melted plastic and natural minerals.

Instant Coffee, Soy Sauce, Prints: Visiting Artist Teaches Non-toxic Printmaking

In a recent printmaking class, visiting artist Liz Chalfin taught students how to prepare plates with a solution of instant coffee and water. Later, the students cleaned their plates with soy sauce instead of the typical ammonia.

Video: Symmetry Works! Where Math Meets Art

Symmetry is the buzz word on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works!

Bowdoin’s Erin Johnson Curates Performance Series at Fort Gorges in Casco Bay

Inspired by the site and history of Fort Gorges, Bowdoin Visiting Artist Erin Colleen Johnson is curating a three-day event, called A Long Wait, at the island fort on July 9, July 15, and July 23. The $10 or $15 tickets include a round-trip ferry ride from Portland’s Chandlers Wharf to the island.

Bowdoin Seniors Install Public Art on The Commons Bridge

The project, by Mariah Reading ’16, Rachel Brooke ’16, and Molly Ryder ’15, originated in an art class, Public Art, taught in the fall of 2014 by John Bisbee.

New Corequisite Combines Documentary Photography and Writing

Bowdoin students hone their documentary-making skills in a new corequisute that combines nonfiction writing and documentary photography

A Semester’s Worth of Art Fills Edwards Center

Students, faculty, staff, and community members toured the Edwards Arts Center last Friday night, checking out the end-of-semester open house of artwork produced in the spring semester’s visual arts classes.

Art History Students Lead Discussion of ‘Beautiful Monstrosities’

The exhibition Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions: The Artifice of Sixteenth-Century Mannerism opened at the Bowdoin Museum of Art last month, featuring the work of artists “employed by European courts in the 16th century.” Despite its smaller size of roughly a dozen etchings, prints, and drawings, the exhibit leaves much open for debate and discussion.

Photographer and Artist-in-Residence Wendy Ewald Helps Communities Document Themselves

“To say I’m a documentarian feels limiting. It’s not a case of of “this is true” or “this isn’t true”, but “this is how people see it” and I think there may be many ways how people see things.”

Video Art Students to Stage Public Show about Important Maine River

Students in a new art class at Bowdoin, Video Art: Site-Specifics, have created a series of videos that explore people’s past, present, and potential future relationships with the Androscoggin River.

Prof. Mark Wethli Show “(Un)conditional Color” Opens in NYC

Mark Wethli’s new curated show, (Un)conditional Color, opened Feb. 24 at The Curator Gallery, at 520 West 23rd Street in New York City. It runs through April 2nd.