7th March 2012

Bruce Ackerson and Sally Curcio show Paintings and Bubbles at Hampshire College Art Gallery

Painter Bruce Ackerson and sculptor Sally Curcio will be exhibiting their work at Hampshire College Art Gallery in February. Ackerson and Curcio have more in common than having studios at the Arts & Industry Building in Florence, MA. Their work shares a similar panoptic perspective, whimsically and colorfully capturing entire environments that entice the viewer to enter fantastic worlds.

In Bruce Ackerson’s paintings, the visual and the narrative go hand in hand. The artist uses a consistent format of medium to large-sized square works painted in oils on panel. The paintings are distinguished by their high vantage points and richly textured surfaces. From a birds-eye view, Ackerson presents “scenes which are an imaginative take on popular culture, modern life and the hidden world of the human psyche. His beautiful, agitated brushwork adds to the tension inherent in his unusual depictions, making his work both compelling and highly appealing.” [Marla Rice, Rice/Polak Gallery].
Bruce Ackerson is represented by Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown, and Art 101 in Brooklyn. He received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1999, and his paintings are in collections worldwide.

The artist’s work can be viewed at his website: bruceackerson.net

Sally Curcio’s body of work, “Bubble” uses materials such as pins, beads, false eyelashes, tennis balls, shuttlecocks, and make-up application pads to create miniature worlds rendered in 12”x12” squares enclosed under acrylic glass bubbles. The tiny worlds not only evoke fantasy, but also a kind of nostalgia for mythical or fairytale lands of childhood.
Sally Curcio’s work is represented by William Baczek Fine Arts gallery in
Western MA, and Fresh Paint Art Advisors, CA. Curcio also has work in the flat files at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, MA, and Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC. In 2010 Curcio received the Blanche E. Colman Grant Award, and in 2011 her work was chosen for the DUMBO Arts Festival, Broo

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Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
This special exhibition marks the completion of an extensive project to conserve the Mead Art Museum’s collection of thangka (pronounced “tan-kah”)—scroll paintings of Buddhist figures. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, Amherst College’s eighteen thangka, primarily from Tibet, have been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired by conservators at Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Camille Myers Breeze. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and additional support from the Amherst College Department of Religion underwrote the conservation treatment. The Louis and Nettie Horch Foundation provided further support for the conservation of one thangka.
For more information, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/2011exhib/picturingenlightenment.

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Photo Exhibition: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated
Exhibit: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated by Theresa Antonellis runs from Monday Jan. 9 through Sunday May 11.
A reception will be held Thursday, February 2, from 4-6pm.

The exhibit consists of a related series of framed prints featuring photo-enhanced light photography by Theresa Antonellis.

Info: 577-0785, mcharney@library.umass.edu  

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Charles Dickens at 200
An exhibition of books by Charles Dickens from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens birth in February 2012. The exhibition is in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, 3rd floor). See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.
The exhibition runs from January 15 through April 15, 2012

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Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Exhibition is on view from January 15 through April 15, 2012.
"Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" features decorated paste papers by 19 bookbinders, most of whom live and work in the vicinity of Northampton. The exhibition marks the publication of "Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" in late fall 2011, and also showcases bookbindings which incorporate paste papers. All items on display are from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
The exhibition is in the Neilson Library, 3rd floor. See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.

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Exhibition- David Teeple: Dialogue with a Collection Thinking Water: Poetry, Systems and Politics
Exhibition runs February 1st--March 16, 2012.
February 1st, 5-7 PM Opening Reception and In Conversation, with David Teeple

This exhibition features work by David Teeple alongside works he has chosen from the museum's works-on-paper collection, which features over 2600 contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs. Teeple's work will reference rivers, aquifers, and the hydrologic cycle, in context to systems of economy, society, nature and science.

This event is sponsored by the Farrell Family Foundation, Artist Organized Art, Pygmalion Elements & Sculpture, and Pivot Media. It is free and open to the public.

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Palestine Awareness Week Photo Exhibition
Palestine Awareness Week, or Israeli Apartheid Week, is an annual week of solidarity with the Palestinian people observed on campuses nationwide. Surrounding this event, Smith Student Alliance for Middle East Peace/Smith Students for Justice in Palestine mounts a photo exhibition that illustrates a spectrum of experiences faced by Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Some of these photos are from a Palestinian perspective, and some of them from the perspective of non-Palestinian allies. Together, they are a collection of images both celebratory and disturbing, curated to raise awareness of Palestinian culture and the struggles it faces in the ongoing fight for self-determination.

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"Selections from Sudden Flowers"
"Selections from Sudden Flowers" will be on display in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather) from Feb. 27 to March 16, 2012.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Gottesman studied history, literature, and political science at Duke University and completed his M.A. in Fine Arts at Bard College. His first monograph, "Sudden Flowers: May the
Finest in the World Always Accompany You!," was published by Umbrage Editions in late 2011.

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Exhibition: Transforming threads of resistance: political arpilleras & textiles by women from Chile and around the world
The Student Union Art Gallery Presents

Transforming threads of resistance: political arpilleras & textiles by women from Chile and around the world
Please join us from February 27th to March 9th
Since 2008 Roberta Bacic Herzfeld has curated more than 30 international exhibitions of arpilleras. These exhibitions of her work have been a source of inspiration to women from different countries, encouraging them to epitomize, through this medium, how aspects of their personal and community lives have been affected by human rights violations. Working from where she lives in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom she creates and organizes international exhibitions of Arpilleras and quilts with political stories and influence. Roberta turned to the use of narratives found in 'apilleras', a textile art developed by Chilean women during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, to convey the processes of resistance and the search for truth while under the margins of repression. Arpilleras have greatly contributed to preserving the memory of such repressive acts and their impact on the daily lives of many women, their families and society.

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Exhibition: Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation
February 22-May 6, 2012

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present The Annunciation, a new work by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the internationally acclaimed artist from Finland who is a pioneer in the development of multi-media art. Her work explores the potential of the film medium, weaving an intricate web of references between film and theater, painting and poetry, fiction and documentary.

Museum Hours: Beginning February 1, 2012
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday/Sunday 2-5 PM
Closed Mondays and Spring Break, March 17-26

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Smith College Spring Bulb Show
A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies, and tulips provide an early glimpse of spring in the Lyman Conservatory. The annual Spring Bulb Show is a long-standing Smith College tradition, dating back over 100 years. Ordinarily blooming at different times, some 5,000 bulbs are coaxed into blooming simultaneously. Bulbs from South Africa add to the exotic flavor of the show. Additional information is online at:http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

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Film Night with Jill Lewis: Protection, Men and Comings in the Time of HIV and AIDS
Jill Lewis is a Professor at Hampshire College. She has recently done research in Eastern Europe on the implementation on male contraceptives for HIV/AIDS prevention. She has published a documentary on her findings. she will be at Mount Holyoke to show clips of the film and lead a discussion on her research.

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Occupation 101
Screening and discussion of Occupation 101, an award winning documentary on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film depicts life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through a series of interviews with locals, leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

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Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series
Eileen O’Neill “Causation in Margaret Cavendish’s Vitalistic Natural Philosophy.”
Location: Reading Room, The Renaissance Center 650 E. Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002
Campus: UMass Amherst
Ticket Info.: Free. No reservations required.
Handicapped: Yes
Sponsor: The Renaissance Center
Contact: Jeff 413-577-3600 or renaissance@english.umass.edu

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Stress, Puberty, & Mental Health- Remodeling of the Brain's Response to Hormones
The campus community is invited to attend the third 2011-2012
Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Wednesday, March 7th, at 4 pm in the
Massachusetts Room, Mullins Center.

Professor Jeffrey Blaustein from the Department of Psychology and
Neuroscience and Behavior Program will present "Stress, Puberty, &
Mental Health- Remodeling of the Brain's Response to Hormones." This
lecture is free and open to the public and a reception will immediately
follow the talk. Professor Blaustein will receive the Chancellor's
Medal, the highest honor bestowed to faculty by the campus.

Professor Blaustein is a pioneer in behavioral neuroendocrinology ? the
study of how hormones act on the nervous system to influence behavior
and mental health. He discovered in animal models that, while hormones
influence cells of the brain by acting on hormone-specific receptors,
and consequently behavior, receptors for the hormones can also be
regulated by stress and stimulation from the surrounding environment.
Stress encountered during puberty in mice, for example, actually
remodels the brain, permanently altering its response to ovarian
hormones. These findings, although made in mice, have great promise to
help us understand mental health as an entire complex of interactions
between hormones, the environment, and the nervous system.

Additional information about the 2011-2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Series is available at http://www.umass.edu/umhome/facultylectures/

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"People of the Book" Discussion Group
Jennifer Acker '00, visiting lecturer in English at Amherst College, will lead a discussion of "Great House," by Nicole Krauss.

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MHC Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies Program Open House and Information Session
Offering academically talented, highly motivated college graduates comprehensive academic and clinical preparation for medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and physical therapy, including:
- Summer General Chemistry I & II
- Kaplan MCAT and GRE courses
- Internships at five local hospitals and area practices
- Medical Scribe program
- Advanced elective courses

For more information, please visit: www.mtholyoke.edu/go/postbac. To register for the open house, email postbac@mtholyoke.edu or call 413.538.3389.

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Edward Humes 75F Reading
Edward Humes 75F, Pulitzer prize-winning writer and author of 11 nonfiction books. His latest book is "Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution."

This lecture is part of the Hampshire College Presidential Lecture Series. Hampshire is hosting a series of public talks by innovative thinkers and leaders in diverse fields throughout the spring semester. National experts, including college alumni, will lecture on trends in higher education and topics such as technology, sustainability, the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Through this Presidential Lecture Series and other events on campus, Hampshire is examining challenges facing the world today and the College’s role in producing innovative thinkers and leaders for the future. These events will also build toward the April 27 inauguration of President Jonathan Lash, which is being built around the theme “Educating for Change: Critical Thinking at a Critical Time.” That day’s events will feature speeches by President Lash and by former U.S. vice president Al Gore.

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Edward Humes Talk

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Edward Humes will speak about his book "Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution" on Wed. March 7th at 7:30 in the Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall as part of the "Innovators in Sustainability; The President's Alumni Speaker Series".

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Union Debate: For and Against
Learn about unions on campus, in the valley, and nationally through the exciting medium of a debate tournament. Debate Society members will battle to the bitter end over the pros and cons of unions, taking a side to best represent and portray the politicized and turbulent history of unions. After the debate will follow a question and answer session with local union members from the area, union organizers, and even housekeepers that the Student Coalition for Action helped unionize early in the 21st century. Free and open to the public.

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Faculty Recital: Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cellist
Music by young composer Vincent Calianno, featuring Mount Holyoke faculty Kivie Cahn-Lipman, (cello), with guest performers Ayano Kataoka (percussion) and Jerry Noble (piano). The program will include the world premiere of "the Light elusive" for cello, vibraphone, piano, and electronics, with video. A conversation with the composer will follow the concert.

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