Montserrat College of Art

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Montserrat College of Art
MontserratLogo.png
Motto "Where Creativity Works"
Established 1970
Type Private college
Endowment N/A
President Stephen D. Immerman, EdD
Undergraduates ~400
Location Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
Campus suburban
Colors Silver and Blue
Mascot Merriweather McCarty
Website http://montserrat.edu

Montserrat College of Art is a four-year residential college specializing in the visual arts, located in Beverly, Massachusetts, 23 miles north of Boston.

Description[edit]

Hardie Building on Beverly Common

The school was established in 1970 as Montserrat School of Visual Arts and offered a diploma program. The founders of the school, who were established artists in the Boston area, included Joseph Jeswald, Oliver Balf, George Gabin, Roger Martin, Reno Pisano, Paul M. Scott, James Sweeney, and Vincent Varvaro.

The school was accredited as a college and authorized to award the bachelor of fine arts degree in the mid-1980s, at which time it changed to its current name. In 1992 the school moved to its present location off Cabot Street on Essex Street in the Hardie Building, a renovated 19th century school building that serves as the center of the campus.

Currently, the campus includes the central Hardie Building located on 23 Essex Street; 248 Cabot street, which is home to liberal arts courses, senior illustration studios, and administrative offices; the 301 Gallery which is home to senior studios and the Sculpture department; and apartment-style residence halls. A residence hall, the Helena J. Sturnick Student Residence Village, was also constructed and opened for the start of the fall 2009 semester. The school emphasizes the positives of its small size, which allows more academic attention to the progress of each individual student. Montserrat has an active student body of 390 students as of Fall 2012.

Hardie Building Montserrat College of Art

The college hosts annual summer conferences with international involvement and several study abroad opportunities.

The college galleries exhibit the work of prominent international, national and regional contemporary artists and offer free lectures and events intended to take art education beyond the college's classrooms.

Among the college's alumni are prominent fashion designer Sigrid Olsen, sculptor Carlos Dorrien, painter Carol Schlosberg, and children's book illustrator Giles Laroche.

Degree programs[edit]

Montserrat offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Animation and Interactive Media, Book Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography/Video, Printmaking, Sculpture, Self-Designed studies; and a program in Art Education, as well as minors in Art History and Creative Writing. It also offers non-credit classes for adults, teens, and children and for-credit summer programs for high school students.

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Coordinates: 42°33′1.21″N 70°52′35.54″W / 42.5503361°N 70.8765389°W / 42.5503361; -70.8765389