Studio for Interrelated Media

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The Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) is a Studio Art Department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design [1] located in Boston, MA. It was founded by Harris Barron in 1969 .

"The artists in The Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) combine the study of many media by pursuing the representation of their ideas with the most appropriate media for each idea. This process often results in the extending, reshaping, and breaking of boundaries. SIM is project- and concept-centered and depends on the exchange of experience, knowledge and curiosities of a diverse community of students and faculty."[1]

SIM is an incubator. It is a place that generates the kinds of ideas with the potential to grow into entirely new art forms. The artists in The Studio for Interrelated Media[SIM] study many media with the goal of expressing their ideas through the most appropriate media for each concept. This process often results in the extending, reshaping, and breaking of boundaries. SIM is project- and concept-centered and depends on the exchange of experience, knowledge and curiosities of a diverse community of students and faculty. In SIM, students gain practice in articulating their ideas, experience the planning needed to realize them, and learn the power of critique and collaboration.

SIM art overlaps and intersects with many other disciplines in order to encourage students to invent and develop experimental art forms, new directions, and unusual contexts. Each semester SIM provides a selection of courses in many media, such as: web art and digital distribution; video editing and production; interactive media and computer-controlled installations; dance techniques, choreography and improvisation; performance art and spoken word; the interrelationship between art and science; theater production and stage lighting; sound performance, composition, recording, and editing; event planning and production.

The SIM program manages a digital sound studio, a digital video editing suite, a 350 seat flexible performance space, and a store-house of analog and digital equipment ranging from a theremin and a mirror ball to the latest in HD video hardware. SIM students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience curating, designing, and producing by annually re-inventing the Eventworks experimental arts festival and managing SIM's Godine Family Gallery.


Eventworks[edit]

Eventworks was a festival of multimedia and performance arts run by the SIM program. In the thirty-four years since, Eventworks has become known as a group of producers rather than the festival. It was founded to provide venues for new experimental art and to create a link within the college environment and the professional art world. In 1977, SIM students conceived of and held the first Eventworks festival, then an international festival of film and music. Eventworks has presented over three hundred artists working in music, installation, film, video, performance, dance, sound and more.

The annual Eventworks festival is a completely student-run nonprofit organization for the arts. Typically students produce this month-long, city-wide festival in which they curate the work of emerging and established artists and scholars while also running all aspects of the production: curating, technical operations, publicity and fundraising. However as the hands of Eventworks changes each year the goals and vision of the group change so the festival can be anything from one year long to one day long.

Each year, Eventworks producers are self-selected and elected (if need be) among the students in the SIM program. As of 2006 Eventworks producers receive academic credit from the college by registering in the Event Planning and Production course taught by Nita Sturiale (eworks 87’). Before 2006 students had to do independent studies in order to receive academic credit for Eventworks. The MassArt Student Government Association, the Studio for Interrelated Media program, and fundraising efforts throughout the year, provides funding for the Eventworks festival, and other events.

Eventworks Producers
1977: Joel Rubin, Michelle Snyder
1978: Joanne Guertin
1979: Michael Swisher, Susi Walsh, Todd McConchie
1980: Christian Marclay, Dan Kohnfelder
1981: ??
1982: James Williams
1983: San Shoppell, Laura Hanafin
1984: San Shoppell, Keith Kurman, Chris Shine
1985: Max Azanow of Bad Art Ensemble
1986: Eventworks 10 Laurie McKenna, J. Barr, Sue Cousineau
1987: Nita Sturiale, Tony Maciag
1988: Kate Redmond
1989: Keith Godbout, Fido Rodenbeck, Lolly Lincoln
1990: Fido Rodenbeck
1991: Mark Morey, Maya Hayuk
1992: Margo Gibson
1993: Jim McKay ??? is this correct?
1994: B. O'Connell
1995: Nicole McDonald, Jason Arnone
1996: Bobby Abate, Meredith Davis, Sue Grillo, Corrina Quist
1997: Lynne Stabile, Mia Castor, Jenny Ciafone
1998: Sharon Benedict, Vassili Sotos, Clay S. Fernald
1999: Marty Allen, Stefan Raither
2000: Maile Colbert, Roy Simmonds
2001: Jason Talbot, Brian Sniokaitis
2002: Ben Sisto, Janelle Vasseur
2003: Caroline Bloomberg, Matt Mazzone
2004: Sean Ryle, Sarah Ibrahim, Peter Berdovsky
2005: Jamie O'Brien, Meghan Tomeo, Matt Howell
2006: Kristen Palumbo, Emily Geanacopoulos, Casey Moran, Andrew DeVecchio
2007: Andrew DeVecchio, Dan DeLuca, Sean O'Brien, George Scharoun, Jake Turcotte
2008: Jeremy Cousins, Tom Fahey, Mark Persons, Andrea Zampitella, Daniel Kenney
2009: Sandra Aronson, Ben Brown, Paige Peterson
2010: Kara Stowkowski, Ian Deleon
2011: Brendan Antonelli, Scott Hadley, Dyllan Nguyen, Aly Stosz
2012: Monica Chiang, Johnny Chanthavong, Alex Kennedy, Brooke Scibelli
2013: Anthony Blomley-Cassetta, Noah Roscoe, Nell Robinson, Merri Sibley
2014: Kelsey Trottier, Molly Rennie, Megan Dauphinais
2015: Carley Callahan, Polina Protsenko, Caitlyn Pozerski

Godine Family Gallery[edit]

The Godine Family Gallery serves as an educational tool for students in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) who are interested in curatorial work and event production - much like Eventworks. Since its inception, the Godine Gallery has been entirely student-run. Because of the direct involvement of students, the space reflects the conversations present within the institution as well as the larger creative world. Additionally, the Godine Family Gallery has exhibited works of MassArt visiting artists, including interdisciplinary artist Marguerite Kahrl (www.kahrl.com) and sculptors and installation artists, the de la Torre Brothers (www.delatorrebros.com).

The Godine Family Gallery is one of several student-run galleries on the Massart campus. As a professional gallery set in an educational institution, the Godine Family Gallery is a means by which students can fully realize the potential of their artistic practice. The gallery is set apart by its focus: beyond merely acting as a means of showing work, the gallery serves as a nexus point where students, faculty, practicing artists, and other members of the community can take part in an intellectual, cultural and creative exchange. Because of its liberal approach to the institutional definition of the gallery’s role, the space is structurally organic, moving from exhibition to event, 2d and 3d work to performance. The Godine Family Gallery is an ever-changing and dynamic setting, growing and developing with each year of student involvement.

Godine Family Gallery managers receive academic credit from the college by registering in the Event Planning and Production course usually taught by Nita Sturiale. The gallery is funded solely by the Studio for Interrelated Media department.

Godine Family Gallery Curators and Managers
2005: Lina Marie Giraldo
2006: Sean O'Brien
2007: Nika Nunley, Melanie Bernier, Patrick Mulligan
2008: Megan Sutherland, Adam Giangregorio
2009: Ali Reid, Evan Smith, Laurel O'Connell
2010: Samuel D. Toabe, Matthew Serpico
2011: Heather Armstrong, Kimberly O'Toole
2012: Stephanie Street
2013: Nicollette Bovat, Tyler Murphy
2014: Marissa Bedard, Esther Moon, Adrian Scott
2015: Jenny Proscia, Jamieson Edson

Harris Barron Scholarship[edit]

This student scholarship of Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation, Inc. is awarded through a generous gift from Ros and Harris Barron, in addition to donations from friends and family. This scholarship is established in the name of Emeritus Professor Harris Barron—who taught at Massachusetts College of Art for 23 years, was the founder of the Studio for Interrelated Media Department (SIM) in 1970, and was the first chair of the ensuing Media Department (MPA).

The Harris Barron Scholarship shall be awarded each year to a Junior student who is eligible for financial aid and continuing through the senior year in the Studio for Interrelated Media Department [SIM], selected by that Department’s faculty, based on exceptional and/or innovative artistic merit with consideration for financial need. The grant shall not be given to the same person more than once, or split into smaller grants, or shared.

The SIM faculty works closely with the financial aid office to determine the recipient of this award. Juniors are invited to submit the following during the 3rd week in March to the SIM department chair: Cover letter, Artist Statement, Senior Year Plan, Portfolio.

Harris Barron Scholarship Recipients
2010: Ian Deleon
2011: Dyllan Nguyen
2012: Alex Kennedy
2013: Nicollette Bovat
2014: Annalisa Quagliata

Faculty[edit]

SIM Staff and Faculty
Harris Barron, Professor Emeritus (1969 - 1988)
Donald Burgy, Professor Emeritus (1974 - 2001)
Dawn Kramer, Professor Emeritus (1976 - 2014)
John Holland, Professor Emeritus (1980 - 2020)
Dana Moser, "Professor (1986 - present)
Lowry Burgess, Professor (1987 - 1989)
Leila Daw, Professor (1990 - 2001)
Nita Sturiale, Professor (2001 - present)
Kianga Ford, Professor (2006 - 2009)
Elaine Buckholtz, Professor (2010 - present)
Denise Marika, MFA Program Coordinator (2005 - 2014)
Fred Wolflink, Electronic Projects Instructor and Computer Arts Staff
Antony Flackett, Beat Research Instructor and Computer Arts Staff
Joe Upham, Studio Manager (1970 - 1974)
Richard Collier, Studio Manager (1974 - 1978)
Bruce Robert Bowen, Studio Manager (1978 - 2010)
Max Azanow, Stagecraft Instructor and Studio Manager (2010 - present)
Eric Freeman, Sound Studio Instructor and Studio Manager (2005 - present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About SIM Description". Retrieved 2006-05-08. 

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