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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Loving Every Minute

When the summer of 2012 began, I never thought I would be sitting where I am right now writing this. As the school year wound to a close and summer began, I was hoping (if I was lucky) I would find myself with volunteer opportunities at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. I finished my first year of school at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and headed home with my love of art history fortified by the classes I had taken the past two semesters.

When I started fishing for volunteer positions, Lori Geiger, the Visitor Services and Volunteer Manager went above and beyond to help me get involved with the Museum. It is thanks to her help that I found myself in a Curatorial Intern position - a daunting title for an art history major with only one year of college under her belt.

When I met with Lori at the beginning of the summer she told me about some opportunities that would be turning up in July. They seemed pretty standard: being a gallery attendant and helping the museum staff. I was excited at the prospect of hanging out in an art museum all summer, but never imagined I would be doing anything too official.

In early July I worked with Martin Hanahan, the Museum’s Registrar, in the deconstruction of two outgoing exhibitions, the 61st Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition and the Artists’ Guild Biennial Exhibition. During the two-day period I got to know Martin, and I met Kelli Bodle, the Assistant Curator of the Museum. I got advice on being an art history major and my future in curating.  The experience of just being behind the scenes of a museum exhibit and meeting the people that make it possible made me want to help more and see more of what it takes to operate a museum.  I began wondering if there was anything else I could do, any odd jobs or research projects. I was completely willing to freelance.

A few weeks into my new Big Art: Miniature Golf gallery attendant position that I shared with about 10 other college students, I received an email from Kelli asking if I would like to be a Curatorial intern for the rest of the summer. On top of my ‘Golf Marshal’ status, which I loved having, I would do more behind the scenes work with Kelli and Martin, which is what I was interested in all along! I quickly got started on learning the collections database, and becoming familiar with the various offices in the Museum.

So now, here I am - writing in my own cubicle in the Curatorial Office; almost in disbelief, but mostly just loving every minute of working at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Art School's Summer Trilogy - III

Hello to all again, my chronicle of The Art School’s summer community is at an end with this final post of the trilogy. I have learned so much through this assignment which has opened my mind and expanded my creative sensibilities. Growing up I experienced art through dance and music. Once I had the freedom to discover different courses and areas of study at college, I fell in love with all forms of the visual arts.

Observing the creativity of all the students and the development of each project has given me a fuller understanding that art takes patience and time. That being true, the instant gratification that is seen on the artist’s face once the project is finished is worth a thousand words.

Gabby, 15, attends Dreyfoos School of the Arts and studies photography. She finished her teddy bear for the Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and See No Evil project and the progression of it just became more and more beautiful.
Kiersten , also 15, worked out of her comfort zone in what she likes to define as “dirty art” also known as graffiti. She worked on a painting of two people displaying retro objects such as a record and a camera. She applied the grey undertones, added bright colors to make the piece pop and injected a little of herself into the painting.

The adults finished up their egg tempera pieces, artistic interpretations in oils, and fixed up the minor mistakes.

This journey has reinforced for me the importance of exploration and finding one’s true passion. This unique experience has strengthened, expanded and brought new ideas and a different mindset as to how I will approach my new endeavors in the art world. Thank you to all the artists I had the pleasure of meeting and their stories of how they were inspired by art. I hope you all continue creating your beautiful pieces and remember that life is short, enjoy every moment! It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon. Have a wonderful rest of your summer!

Oh and the Group Youth Summer Camp Exhibition opens today at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. starting today and going through September 16th. Come by and see all the projects created this summer, including Gabby's finished teddy bear.
Posted by: Blair Dector, Marketing Intern @ 12:00:00 pm  Comments (0)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Art School's Summer Trilogy - II

Hello everyone, I am back to report on happenings at The Art School. On my latest adventure I had the pleasure of seeing egg tempera being created and used in Suzanne Scherer and Pavol Ouporov’s class. It was beautiful to see the process and the various art projects were jaw-dropping. Egg tempera’s uniqueness comes from mixing color pigment and egg yolk which creates a surface brilliance distinctive to this medium. I felt as if I was looking at murals from the Vatican! It is one of the most ancient techniques of painting and is still being done today. The Museum recently had an exhibition, Robert Vickrey: The Magic of Realism, which spanned the 60 year career of one of America’s leading modern masters of this traditional medium. Having watched these students I now appreciate the time and effort required to master this technique. It doesn't lend itself to short exploration.

While the older art students are hard at work, a young woman named Kiersten was doing something completely out of her comfort zone. While having the chance to chat with her, I found out that she likes graffiti. She showed me a few of her paintings in which she uses different types of mediums and paints to create her art work. She has lots of projects planned including painting skateboards and her current project being of two people holding objects such as a record and a retro camera.

Then after talking with Kiersten, I moved on to see what projects are being done in the Youth Summer Camp classes. The theme was 3-D ocean projects with creatures. The students were using clay, letting it dry and then painting them. I saw ocean themes as well as animal themes being brought to life. An art student by the name of David is seen here with his creation in the works.

Until next time, enjoy and keep on creating the one of a kind art you all do so well! Bye for now!

Posted by: Blair Dector, Marketing Intern @ 9:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Art School's Summer Trilogy - I

Hello to all, my name is Blair and I am the Marketing Intern at The Boca Raton Museum of Art. One of my tasks this summer includes visiting the Museum’s Art School and exploring how it enriches and changes the lives of its students. I have been given this amazing opportunity to start this blog and observe and chronicle art exploration at their Youth Summer Camp. Through this journey of experiencing kids immersed in all forms of imaginative activities, I have come to reflect on what art means to me and how this passion is changing my own life. I plan to take you on this journey and hope you follow along over the next few weeks.

As I walked around the school for the first time I found children of all ages involved in all manner of activities. It is a place where children get to run around, play with hula-hoops, throw a ball in a large circle with friends and of course draw, color and create. It is the joy in these children’s faces that makes the aura of this community happy and beyond satisfied.

During my first visit, I was captivated by one particular project that a young girl was doing and found it to be beautiful. The project utilized teddy bears and the overall story of the project was, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and See No Evil. She had created three-dimensional shapes on the front of the bear and on the back of it those same shapes became a city scape. I found this creative interpretation simply breathtaking. Perhaps learning to create art at such a young age exposes the mind and body to what creative expression truly is.

Growing up I never really had a chance to fully experience the visual arts and this experience is showing me what I missed. I played the flute for seven and a half years and danced but, as a child, I never put my hands on a paintbrush or clay. Now that I am in college I’ve begun photography classes and other creative endeavors and seem to have unleashed this unrealized passion.  To me, art is timeless and for that, it is something that just gets better and better!

I can’t wait to explore what next week will bring. Bye for now.

Posted by: Blair Dector, Marketing Intern @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Education Department Prepares for Teacher In-Service Program
On left, Museum Educator Bari Martz prepares the medium
while Educational Programs Coordinator Maria Brueggeman assists.

In preparation for an upcoming teacher in-service entitled "Portraits: Express Yourself," the Education Department made paper-pulp portraits. The workshop will be held at the Museum on February 4th and is open to all art teachers, K through 5th grade. Participants will learn about portraits in the Museum’s Permanent Collection and be inspired to create their own portraits, as well as customize lesson plans provided by the Education Department. The Museum’s Education Department is proud to offer professional development for teachers throughout the year.

Curator of Education, Claire Clum describes her experience of preparing the paper-pulp portraits.

“People marvel at the caliber and frequency in which the Boca Raton Museum of Art provides programming for our community. It all stems from creative staff that plans well and supports each other. The Education Department works together as a team and helps to make each program the best that it can be. I took this photo on my phone after I dried my wet, pulpy hands. I couldn't resist blogging about it as I am so proud of the work we accomplish!”

CHUCK CLOSE- (American, born Monroe, WA, 1940- )
1982, Stenciled linen pulp on cotton base sheet,
pigment, 35 x 26 ¾ inches, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Steinman. Permanent Collection PC1993.302

The paper-pulp portraits were created in the style of acclaimed contemporary artist Chuck Close, who manipulated prepared scraps of homemade papers into impressive, painterly portraits of a variety of subjects, including his friend and fellow artist, Keith Hollingsworth.

Keith (1982), part of the Museum’s Permanent Collection and currently on view on the second floor galleries, is a superb example of the medium. Keith is based on a large-scale 1970 grisaille (rendered in shades of gray) painting of Keith Hollingworth. Hollingworth was a sculptor Close became friends with while they both taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1982, Close reworked the portrait, experimenting with different materials and techniques, including  paper-pulp.

Close remarked on his portraiture in a 1970 interview:

“I am not trying to make facsimiles of photographs. Neither am I interested in the icon of the head as a total image. I don't want the viewer to see the whole head at once and assume that that's the most important aspect of my painting. I am not making Pop personality posters like the ones they sell in the Village. That's why I choose to do portraits of my friends –individuals that most people will not recognize. I don't want the viewer to recognize the head of Castro and think he has understood my work."


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