Craft, Fine Art, Design – what's the difference, and where is it all headed? Join our panelists as they talk functionality, concept, craftspersonship and the changing role of hand-made objects in our machined world.
Great artists and scholars teach in MassArt's Professional and Continuing Education Program. Think Thursdays is a monthly series of conversations about current and future practice in disciplines of art and design with CE faculty, alumni and friends. See professional presentations and delve into issues and trends in the worlds of art and design while getting to know MassArt and the CE community.
Panelists: Paul Belenky, Kelly Jean Conroy, Peter Thibeault
Moderated by: Annie Meyer
Paul Belenky is an artist living and working in Boston. He recently concluded a seasonal position at Brandeis University as program coordinator/assistant instructor for the BIMA Pre College Program.He is an alumni of MassArt's MFA program and received his BFA from Brandeis University. Paul's practice combines assemblage, soft sculpture, and steel fabrication with cultural engagement. Paul has spent time at residencies at the New York Studio School and the Post Contemporary in Troy New York.
Kelly Jean Conroy graduated with a BFA in Art Education from Syracuse University and a MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has taught metals and enameling at the Worcester Center for Crafts, as well as jewelry at UMass. Her jewelry work focuses on life cycles in nature. Her specialties are enameling, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, and casting.
Peter Thibeault is an educator and self-described maker of everything and anything. His work experience includes furniture design and fabrication, sculpture, assemblage, collage, drawing, graphic design, retail design, exhibit design, interior architecture, wayfinding design and mural design and painting. He teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Northeastern University, UMass Dartmouth, Wentworth Institute and the Eliot School. His work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries nationwide and is included in many institutional, corporate and private collections. He has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Visual Arts from the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University).
Annie Meyer is a Boston based studio artist with a focus in woodworking. Annie graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA) with a BFA in Industrial Design in 2013. Her studio practice is based out of Humphreys Street Studios (Dorchester, MA). Annie has shown work in galleries and museums including Aviary Gallery (Jamaica Plain, MA), Doran Gallery (Boston, MA) and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA). She has taught courses and workshops at various locations including Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA), The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts (Jamaica Plain, MA), The Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA) and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, MA).
Thursday, February 7 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Design and Media Center, DMC Lecture Hall
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Of course, an interesting subject. All four presented themselves well. Anne was excellent: spoke clearly and encouragingly with excellent questions and maintained eye contact on and with the presenters. Each of the latter had valuable insights and they spoke and interacted well. It would have been better for me, not sitting in front, if the microphone could have been a little more amplified. The volume was a bit low and sometimes a presenter (Peter)would hold the mic a bit too far away when speaking. I am glad I attended. Some interesting issues were touched upon, followed up on, and one or two I hadn't previously given too much consideration. Classy event!
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