NEC Gallery Showcases A Community of Artists: Works by Former Faculty and Alumni of Chester College Now Through May 1, 2013
A Community of Artists:
Works by Former Faculty and Alumni of Chester College Now Through May 1, 2013 at
The New England College Gallery
A Reception will be held at the Gallery on Thursday, April 4,2013, 4-6 PM
The Gallery at New England College presents an exhibition of work by former faculty members and alumni from Chester College now through May 1. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, April 4 from 4 to 6 PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 am to 6 pm, Friday 11 am to 4 pm and other times by appointment. To schedule an appointment or for more information about this exhibit, please call Darryl Furtkamp, Director of the New England College Gallery at 603-428-2329. The Gallery is located on Main Street in Henniker, New Hampshire, adjacent to the College’s Administration Building. Admission to the Gallery and Gallery events is free. Artists featured in this exhibit are: Jay Bordage, Melissa Boyajian, Luke Buffenmyer, Meg Cameron, Michelle Case, Samantha Croteau, Matthew Grubb, Megan McNaught, Kyle Petty, Christina Pitsch, Phillip William Sadewicz, and Edward Stapel.
Chester College, which closed last year, was located in NH and was one of the only institutions in the country to offer a BA in the creative arts. It was home to those who found themselves drawn there to practice and share their craft and vision. “When I was asked to curate an exhibition that would showcase artwork made by Chester College faculty and alumni to help preserve the college’s legacy, I quickly agreed, yet I wasn’t quite sure how to proceed,” said Edward Stapel, former faculty member at Chester and curator of this exhibit at New England College. “The closest I can come to addressing legacy is to curate this exhibition that showcases what we did, and continue to do, as artists, educators, and students. It is my hope that this exhibition illuminates the creative spirit that still connects those who were part of the Chester College community, “continued Stapel.
Edward Stapel, photography. Born and raised in Warrenton, VA, Stapel earned a BA in English from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently resides with his family in Haverhill, MA, where he is a photographer and Visiting Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at New England College in Henniker, NH. Stapel taught at Chester College from 2003 – 2012. (edwardstapel.com)
Jay Bordage works in a variety of media and taught at Chester College from 2006 to 2012. He presently a Visiting Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at New England College.
Melissa Boyajian is a multimedia artist working in photography, video, installation and performance art from Boston, MA. Currently, Boyajian lives in Yerevan, Armenia. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Melissa taught at Chester from 2009 to 2012. (melissaboyajian.com)
Christina Pitsch lives in Manchester, NH, and received her MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work is a hybrid of materials and techniques driven by larger conceptual questions of cultural icons and gender identification. Frequently her work uses animals (and fragments thereof) to tell stories about the complexity of relationships. She is featured in the March/April 2013 issue of Artscope magazine as one to watch in 2013. After 11 years as a full time faculty member and department chairperson, she is now happily working full time in her studio. She is currently an artist in residence at Studio 550 in Manchester. She taught at Chester from 2001 to 2012.
Kyle Joseph Petty is a filmmaker and photographer from Hampstead, NH. He earned a BA in Video from Chester College of New England in 2012. He's the director of the internet video series In Place for the literature blog Extract(s). He was recently accepted into the Film and Video MFA program at California Institute of the Arts.
Meg Cameron, photographer, is a 2012 graduate of Chester College of New England. Her featured work is part of her senior exhibition, titled Ekphrasis. Meg currently lives in Connecticut where she works in the textbook publishing industry.
Luke Buffenmyer was born in Chicago IL, and earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and MFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Buffenmyer taught at Chester College from 2008-2012, currently lives in Worcester MA, and teaches at Anna Maria College in Paxton MA. (lukebuffenmyer.com)
Michelle Case, photographer, is from New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Art in Photography and Media Arts in 2012 from Chester College and now lives in Londonderry with her family and is an event photographer.
Megan McNaught now lives in Massachusetts and teaches in the art department at Anna Maria College. She holds an MFA (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts and taught 2 D art and was the gallery director at Chester College from 2007-2012.
Phillip Sadewicz was raised in Plaistow, NH. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA Phillip graduated from Chester College in 2011.
Samantha Croteau was raised in Derry, NH. She graduated from Chester College in 2011. Croteau is currently working on her MFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.