2013_Untitled, non-textile dress, scratch tickets and hot glue. (c)Lauren Dewey.

BAA Fellowship Show 2013

BAA Fellowship Show 2013

Date: March 22, 2013

BERKSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2013 WINNERS

The Berkshire Art Association announced today that thirteen Berkshire college art students have been chosen to receive cash awards and exhibit in the 2013 BAA Fellowship Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The show opens for the April 5th First Fridays Artswalk, 5 – 8 pm, and will close on April 27th.  Gallery hours are from noon to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  The Lichtenstein Gallery is operated by the Office of Cultural Development of the City of Pittsfield.

The Awards Reception will be Saturday, April 13, 5 – 7 pm.  At 6 pm, the Berkshire Art Association will present $5,000 in cash awards to 8 seniors, 1 junior and 4 sophomores  representing five colleges.  The public is invited.

Three students will receive $1,000 awards.

Lanesborough resident Deena Bak, a senior at Williams College, will show mixed media drawings and prints that reflect her desire to “push back” at a world where the homogenous community of her childhood Cheshire hometown shaped her desire to be “as unique as humanly possible.”  She explores the “dark places of my psyche that most would shy away from.”

Pittsfield native Dell Fontaine, a sophomore at Champlain College in Vermont, aims with his exquisitely detailed pencil drawings to send his viewers “into a time machine…to the instant when I feel the inspiration to create a piece, the twinkle that sparks it all.”

Stephanie Owyang, a senior at Williams College from Ann Arbor, Michigan, uses digital photography to “play with the suspension of disbelief, what it means to manipulate an image and the portrayal of the incredible.”  She will show three large, color photographic installations and one black and white image.

Three students will receive $300 awards.  Louise Smith, a native of Williamstown, is a senior at Bard College.  Her four monoprints reflect a year-long exploration of  “the ideas of disintegration and re-gathering…(using) layering and stripping away as a method of revealing a complex interior.”  Williams senior Jocelyn Fifield of Westport, Connecticut, is exhibiting a chair sculpture and two prints inspired by study in Rome that reflect “an interest in degradation, rebuilding and architectural layering.”  Williamstown native Ruby Jackson, a sophomore at Bard College, is represented by three small but “surprisingly bold” collaged drawings that draw the viewer into their intriging complexity.

Four students Williams seniors will receive $200 awards.  Nicolei Gupit from Los Angeles seeks through his installations “to engage audiences with varying modes of interaction with physical objects.”  Fenn Hoffman of Villanova, Pennsylvania, uses the “simplifying, even abstracting” process of creating linocut prints as a means of expressing his view of the world.  Printmaker Emma Teal Laukitis of Homer, Arkansas, draws inspiration for her work from the “wild place that raised” her, a tiny Alaskan fishing village on the Bering Sea, where her family works each summer on a salmon fishing boat.  Figurative artist NanNan Li from Salt Lake City, Utah, loves “the mystery that is stylistic approach” through which “one portrait may be vaulted above another.”

Three students will be awarded $100.  Pittsfield native, Lauren Dewey, a sophomore fashion design student at the MASS College of Art, will show a size 10, non-textile dress made of scratch tickets.  MCLA sophomore Vasilis P. Kostantinidis from Belmont, Massachusetts, is represented by a small, lens-eye photograph of his world. Another MCLA student, Marli LaGrone from Saratoga Springs, New York, will show a collage inspired by “how people are affected by each other and the presence or absence of love.”

This year’s BAA Fellowships are supported in part by the generosity of seventy Berkshire artists who donated original, 10×10 inch artworks which were raffled at the 10×10 RAP (Real Art Party) at the Berkshire Museum in February.  Berkshire Bank Foundation underwrote the event which also raised money for high school art field trip grants and a fund for free admission for art students at the Berkshire Museum.

The BAA Fellowships were established in the 1970’s and have been maintained through the support of local businesses and individuals, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a Fellowship endowment.  In recent years the association has awarded $4,000 to 5,000 annually to currently enrolled college art students who are either Berkshire County residents attending any college, or non-residents studying at Berkshire County colleges.