On Friday evening, November 4, a group of School of Design, Art Foundation students from varying design majors attended a First Fridays event in Boston in which galleries and artist studios in the South End open to the public SoWa Art & Design District.
Art Foundation Associate Professor Jeffrey Marshall helped students explore contemporary art in galleries showing everything from sculpture to installation, painting to drawing and design. At a number of the galleries students were able to talk to the artists and discuss their work. This was the first time any of the students had been to SoWa, and it made a strong impression.
Students spoke with artist Robert Lewis about his sculpture exhibition: “Peripheral Visions” at the Rafius Fane Gallery. Lewis’ work was a group favorite.
Said Animation student Rebecca Fortier, “SoWa was a fun trip, with many interesting artists, who were all very enthusiastic about their work.”
Evonne Chaput,a Game Art Major, echoed Fortier’s experience.“I enjoyed meeting some of the artists and learning about the processes they used to make their work.”
Professor Kathleen Driscoll, Art Foundation Coordinator and Gallery Coordinator in the School of Design, believes exposing students to Boston art venues is an important part of their first year studies.”These experiential trips into Boston to see actual art and speak to living artists and designers supports the learning within the Art Foundation and Design courses by enhancing the students’ understanding of what real world art and design are, and the place these take in the world outside the classroom.”
Jason Donati, Dean of the School of Design, sees tremendous value is these kinds of extracurricular activities. “This is a fantastic example of the engaged teaching and learning that happens regularly in the School of Design. Professor Marshall understands that a well-rounded art and design education should not be confined to a studio or take place only during scheduled class meeting times. In fact, trips like this prove that some of the most important educational opportunities will happen beyond the campus limits.”
“There was a great team effort to make this trip happen,” says Professor Marshall, “from Romeo Lopez at Aramark and Paula Frederick at the School of Design helping organize the shuttle, to Tony our driver creating a smooth trip, to all the support from the Design School, it takes a lot of people to create these unique experiences for students.”
Art Foundation plans on having regular trips to popular and lesser-known arts destinations in the Boston area.