Wednesday, January 16, 2008

2007 Stephen D. Paine scholarship exhibition

Exhibit runs January 17th – February 9th 2008
Reception: Friday, January 18th 6-8pm

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
75 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116
Gallery Phone (617) 573-8785

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 12-5
Enter from 10 Saint James after 7pm and on weekends

The 2007 Stephen D. Paine scholarship exhibition opens at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University is proud to present the eighth annual Stephen D. Paine scholarship exhibit, featuring some of Boston’s best student artists. The exhibit will run from January 17th through February 9th, 2008. A reception with the artists will be held on Friday,
January 18th, 6 to 8 pm, at the NESADSU gallery, 75 Arlington Street, Boston.

Judging from a pool of undergraduate students applicants from the Boston area were Anne Hawley, Director, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The scholarship winners that they selected are Kaitlyn Emerson, Kristin Kyper, Daniel Murphy all currently seniors from the Massachusetts College of Art. The honorable mentions are Rachel Akiba, Brian Duffy and Conor Maguire each from Mass Art, and Patrick Short who is in the visual arts program at Boston University.

One of the highlights of this exhibition is that it showcases the wide range of artistic styles, media and disciplines that are selected by the jurors. Rachel Akiba, with her photography and prints explores moods and emotions which she used as tools to help communicate ideas of learning and development ; Brian Duffy will be showing a series of poetic and humorous hand-drawn animation shorts; Kristin Kyper showcases her multidisciplinary skills in metal sculpture, installation and performance with a series of wearable devices; Conor Maguire presents his industrial design concepts of products both useful and imaginative; Kaitlyn Emerson explores personal space by giving us a cross section of her entire house in her large format photography; Daniel Murphy explores his interest in film-noir and fairytales in his video work; while Patrick Short will be presenting wall-size monochromatic abstract paintings that completely immerse the viewer.

“We are once again pleased to be hosting the annual exhibition for this important scholarship” states James Manning, interim Gallery Director of NESADSU “The Stephen D. Paine scholarship and the accompanying exhibition brings together many different sections of the Boston arts community and gives much needed and valuable exposure to these talented artists. This exhibit gives the public a unique opportunity to explore the work of outstanding student artists in depth. Since this scholarship was established many of the award recipients have gone on to make an impact in the art world.”

Arthur Dion of the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA), which organizes the scholarship states, “The Stephen D. Paine scholarship was established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association. BADA, which was formed in 1989, decided in 1997 to establish a program to benefit the broader visual arts community and settled upon the idea of a scholarship program that would award, on a competitive merit basis, grants to students entering their fourth and final year of training in any Boston undergraduate studio degree program. Having conceived the project, we thought to bring the concept to Stephen Paine, who, with his wife Susan, was assembling one of the outstanding collections of contemporary art in the area, both privately in their home and also at his firm, Wellington Management. Both also demonstrated a particular affinity for young artists and the schools at which they train. Before our appointment, Stephen Paine died, and we named the scholarship after him.

Starting this year the scholarship amounts have increased; three $4000 grants for the scholarship winners and for the first time $500 was awarded to the honorable mentions. The past jurors for the awards have included Joe Thompson, Director of Mass MOCA; Linda Shearer, then of the Williams College Museum of Art; Joe Ketner, then of the Rose Art Museum; Jill Medvedow Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art; William Stover of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Theodore Stebbins and Virginia Anderson from the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

Exhibition curated by James Manning, Interim Gallery Director, NESADSU

The Stephen D. Paine scholarship was established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association

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