North Adams: MCLA to host artist discussions


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Gallery 51 will host two evening discussions to explore issues raised by its exhibition, "Inside the Outside: Reconsidering Our Views about Art." Both discussions are free and open to the public.

Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum, will discuss "Art and Biography" from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. He will explore the question of whether the artist’s life is a significant or an insignificant factor in the understanding and appreciation of a work of art.

Panel participants include Anna Saldo Burke, who published her own account of her relationship with artist Jessica Park; Nancy M. Mathews, former Prendergast Curator at the Williams College Museum of Art; and Michael McManmon, artist, author and founder/director of the College Internship Program in Lee.

Ilene Spiewak, artist, teacher and art therapist, will introduce a discussion on "Art Education and the Education of the Artist" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Discussion topics will include the therapeutic value of artistic expression and the inspirational qualities to be discovered in both taught and self-taught art.

Panelists include MCLA art professor Gregory Scheckler, MCLA arts management professor Lisa Donovan, MCLA education professor Dale Borman Fink, artist-educator Renee Bouchard, and Eileen Mahoney, an education outreach coordinator for the Good Purpose Gallery, part of the visual and performing arts program at CIP.

MCLA Professor Emeritus Tony Gengarelly will be the moderator for both sessions.

Information: (413) 664-8718 or


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