Brunswick, ME - February 10, 2016 - The Bowdoin Journal of Art will publish its second issue in April of 2016. The Journalis the only art journalin American and British to feature undergraduate work. As the Journal has grown in acclaim, submissions are up threefold from the inaugural issue. Papers, which are published on Academia.edu, take a critical look at subjects ranging from John Constable’s landscape paintings to the modern Chinese woodcut movement.
This Family Weekend, the Bowdoin Art Society (BAS) and Ladd House are co-hosting their 3rd annual art exhibit “340 Miles North.” While the two previous years had themes loosely based on a centered image, this year’s theme is activism.
For the first time, Bowdoin Art Society will accept submissions from universities in the United Kingdom (UK) for its online database and journal, the “Bowdoin Journal of Art,” which will make the publication the only international collegiate journal for undergraduate students studying art history.
The Bowdoin Art Society recently arranged a tour of the Bliss Room on the second floor of Hubbard Hall. The room is mostly locked, so all of the students who gathered outside the doors for a tour from Marieke Van Der Steenhoven, the library’s special collections and archives assistant, had never seen the room beyond what they could glimpse through the door’s small, oval windows.
For several days before and after the annual Delta Sigma/Delta Upsilon Art Show reception last week, student art was practically everywhere you looked in Smith Union. Sculptures stood guard in front of the bookstore, big oil paintings adorned hallways, drawings were tucked into nooks, and paintings, jewelry, photographs, prints and watercolors were set up throughout the rest of the union.
Ladd House hosted the second annual student art show, “340 Miles North,” for students, parents, staff and faculty. The exhibition, which coincided with Family Weekend, opened with a reception Thursday night and ran through Sunday.
Yesterday, Ladd House underwent a transformation into an art gallery. The normally bare walls are now lined with photographs and paintings, and the typically empty common rooms hold interactive exhibits and sculptures all part of the show “340 Miles North,” sponsored by the Bowdoin Art Society (BAS).
Filling Ladd House on Thursday evening was a multifarious collection of artwork by 47 students — as well as 450 or so students, staff, faculty and parents (who were on campus for Family Weekend), a student pianist playing mournful tunes in a darkened room, lots of balloons to throw darts at and countless used red plastic cups.
This fall, Bowdoin Art Society, a new art interest group, entered the College’s art scene. For the past few years, Bowdoin has had two different art groups: Art Club, dedicated to the making of art, and the Student Museum Collaborative (SMC), devoted to bridging the gap between Bowdoin College Museum of Art and students. Art Society’s agenda, however, involves fostering conversations about visual arts and creating art shows composed of student work.
This semester, the nine students in Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster‘s photography seminar pursued independent projects based on the concept of exploring with their cameras. The final projects, which the students recently presented to the public, displayed a range of ideas and objects. Yet they all shared a common theme — photography’s power to allow us to see the world anew.