Public Invited to Free Artist Talks at MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MA - This spring semester, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will offer MCLA Creates! artist talks that are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m., in Bowman Hall room 204, artist Ginger Ertz, a featured artist at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's (MASS MoCA) Kidspace gallery, will discuss how she begins a project, and how different projects build on each other to become part of a cohesive body of work.

Etrz began taking drawing, painting and sculpture classes in the 1980s. She moved to Vermont and studied private art teachers, eventually earning an MFA from Johnson State College and the Vermont Studio Center in 2001. She continues to show work regionally and beyond.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in Bowman Hall room 204, Helen Hiebert will present the business of being an artist, and how she juggles the administration side with the production and creative process of the artist.

Then, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in MCLA Gallery 51, Hiebert will talk about how paper is made, how artists have "discovered" it within the past 50 years and use it to make drawings, sculptures, artists books and installations.

Hiebert is a paper artist who exhibits her experimental work with handmade paper and teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp making internationally. She learned to make paper at Dieu Donne Papermill, in New York City. She serves on the board of Hand Papermaking Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists. She also is the featured artist at Branching Together, an exhibit that opens on Feb. 25 at MCLA Gallery 51.

Tony Israel will be the speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m. in Bowman Hall, room 204. He will explain us how to document artwork digitally, and include tricks to make artists' work stand out.

On Monday, March 26, at 3 p.m., artists Marianne Petit and Matthew Belanger will share how artists collaborate, focusing on their many projects from Greylock Arts to Everything Must Go!

Petit is an associate arts professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. At ITP, she teaches courses in digital media, animation and storytelling, and oversees the assistive technology and social justice curriculum. Petit is the co-founder of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial art space dedicated to interactive new media and emerging arts practice. Her pop-up books, animation, video, comics, and online projects have appeared in festivals and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Belanger is an artist, developer, educator and curator residing both in New York City and the Northern Berkshires. His photography, digital imaging, interactive installations and net art commissions have been exhibited internationally and have been featured in numerous publications including La VanGuardia, Boing Boing, The Boston Globe and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes.

Belanger is a lecturer at Borough of Manhattan Community College where he teaches courses in Web development. Additionally, he is the co-founder of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial art space dedicated to interactive new media and emerging arts practice.