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Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Low-Residency Program in Boston

Summer Lecture Series 2013

Now in its second year, MassArt's multidisciplinary Low-Residency Program in Boston allows students to complete a 60-credit MFA in three 6-week summer residencies in Boston combined with online course work during the academic year. The program engages students in collaborative processes, discussion, project making, and critique, forging connections between a multiplicity of ideas and strategies. Critical thinking and studio practice are integrated as the work is articulated and situated.  

The MassArt Low-Residency Program in Boston will continue to host the Summer Lecture Series. Five very exciting contemporary artists will present lectures beginning on Tuesday July 9th. The lectures will take place at the MassArt Kennedy Building 2nd floor, room 280a from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and are free and open to the public.  


Vera Iliatova            Tuesday July 9

Gerry Bergstein       Tuesday July 16

Paul Stopforth         Friday July 19

Jim Peters               Tuesday July 30

Ann Fessler             Tuesday, August 8

Vera Iliatova

Lecture: Tuesday, July 9, 12:30-1:30pm
MassArt Campus, Kennedy Building @ Longwood and Huntington Avenues, room 280a

Vera Iliatova was born in Russia in 1975, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She is represented by Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY.  She has also had solo exhibitions at LaMontagne Gallery, Boston MA, and Nahcotta galery, Portsmouth NH and has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.  She is a recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe studio space grant. She received her MFA from Yale and she currently teaches in MassArt's Low- Residencey 2D MFA program at the Provincetown Work Center.

Gerry Bergstein

Lecture: Tuesday, July 16, 12:30-1:30pm
MassArt Campus, Kennedy Building @ Longwood and Huntington Avenues, room 280a

Bergstein's work contrasts the awesome and the trivial, the high and the low, the manic and the melancholic using sources from Brueghel to "The Simpsons." He is the recipient of an Artadia grant (2007), a career achievement award from the St. Botolph Club (2007), and a four-week residency at the Liguria Study Center in Genoa, Italy (2006). His solo shows include Gallery NAGA and the Danforth Museum; Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston ('04, '02, '99, '97); Stephan Stux Gallery, NY ('99); Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland; Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. He is represented in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; MIT; DeCordova Museum; Davis Museum at Wellesley College; IBM; and many others. He has been reviewed widely in the local press as well as Tema Celeste, ARTnews, Art in America, and Artforum. He has been on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for over two decades.

Paul Stopforth

Lecture: Friday, July 19, 12:30-1:30pm
MassArt Campus, Kennedy Building @ Longwood and Huntington Avenues, room 280a

In Stopforth's work the dialogue between permanence and impermanence plays itself out in his careful attention to materiality. It is this alternation between sturdiness and fragility, materiality and decay, between permanence and transience that endows his images with the quality of a "trace" as Jaques Derrida imagined the concept, always in restless movement, nervously oscillating between here and there. He has long worked in the space between the material and the spiritual, imaging finitude and mortality.

Jim Peters

Lecture: Tuesday, July 30, 12:30-1:30pm
MassArt Campus, Kennedy Building @ Longwood and Huntington Avenues, room 280

Jim Peters was born in Syracuse, NY, in 1945. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD in 1967 (BS, Atomic Physics), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA in 1969 (MS, Nuclear Engineering). He began painting while serving on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy and, using the G. I. Bill, graduated from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 1977 (MFA, Painting).  A painter and constructionist, he has exhibited regularly in NYC at CDS Gallery (since 1986) and ACA Galleries (at present), in Cambridge, MA, at Pierre Menard Gallery, and in Provincetown, MA at artSTRAND Gallery. Awards include Fellowships at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (1982-83 and 1983-84), Massachusetts Artists Grants (1985,1988), Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship (1999), and Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship (2002, 2008). He has work in many collections world wide including William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut, Flint Institute of Art, and Solomon  R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC. Jim Peters lives and works in North Adams, MA, with his wife, the artist and writer Kathline Carr.
Jim Peters is a member of the Visual Arts Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He presently teaches drawing at the Rhode Island School Of Design and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s MFA Program in Provincetown.


Ann Fessler

Lecture: Tuesday, August 6, 12:30-1:30pm
MassArt Campus, Kennedy Building @ Longwood and Huntington Avenues, room 280

Fessler’s audio and video installations, artists’ books, photographs and short films have been shown in galleries, museums and film festivals internationally. In 2003, she was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University to research and conduct interviews with women who surrendered children for adoption. The resulting book,THE GIRLS WHO WENT AWAY (The Penguin Press), was chosen as one of the top 5 nonfiction books of 2006 by the National Book Critics Circle. Fessler is the recipient of visual art and film grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Art Matters, NY; and the Maryland and Rhode Island State Arts Councils. Fessler’s work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  

Ann Fessler is currently a Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in the Photography Department.

For more information, please contact MassArt Graduate programs at 617-879-7166,
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