Image above: Eli Shalan – Jones & Son
On Friday April 6th, the Berkshire Art Association (BAA) showcases the work of seventeen exceptional college artists at the BAA Fellowship Show awards reception from 5-8 pm at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, in Pittsfield. The show was juried by a panel of art professionals, and cash awards totaling $5,000 will be presented. The opening is part of Pittsfield’s First Friday Artswalk. The event is free and open to the public.
BAA President Mary Beth Eldridge notes, “Through the BAA Fellowship, college students with Berkshire connections have a rare opportunity to show their work in a juried, group show in a professional gallery space. We are proud to present this exhibit annually and to encourage college students pursuing visual arts. The BAA feels we need their creative vision in our contemporary world.”
The annual BAA College Fellowship Show is open to college students studying art in the Berkshires, or from the Berkshires and studying elsewhere. This year’s selected artists represent Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Montserrat College of Art, Bates College, Hampshire College, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Receiving Norman and Rose Avnet Fellowship awards for students from Berkshire County are: Eli Shalan of West Stockbridge, a senior at Hampshire College, $1,000; Ben Nugent of Lenox, a junior at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, $500; and Sophie Gerry of Williamstown, a sophomore at Bates College, $500. The Avnet Fellowships honor the late Dr. Norman and Rose Avnet who established the BAA Fellowship endowment to encourage and validate the vision and creativity of Berkshire college art students.
Six other students will receive $500 awards. The award winners from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are: senior Halie Smith of Spencer, MA; senior Nicole Stearns of Oxford, MA; and senior Samantha White of Plymouth, MA. The Williams College award winners are: junior Eva Henderson of Cold Spring, NY; senior Jordan Jones of Mamaroneck, NY; and senior Kayley McGonagle of Natick, MA.
Other college artists presented in the show are: Bailey Brissett of North Canaan, CT, MCLA; Emma Ingalls of Lenox, Montserrat College of Art; Claudia Martin of Monterey, MA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Ellyn Pier of Freeport, Maine, Williams College; Alexandra Scarangella of Harrington Park, NJ, Williams College; Alianne Schatz of Great Barrington, MA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Kyle Strack of Pittsfield, MA, Rhode Island School of Design; and Wylie Thornquist of Garrison, NY, Williams College. A gallery of the students’ work can be found at baafellowship2018.artcall.org/
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield, is open to the public at no charge Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. The BAA Fellowship Show 2018 show will run through Saturday, April 28th.
The mission of the BAA is to connect artists and the community in order to inspire creativity and increase access to the visual arts. The BAA Fellowship Show is funded by the BAA’s Avnet endowment, donations, and proceeds from special events, including the 10×10 RAP at the Berkshire Museum. For more information, visit www.berkshireartassociation.or