Join us for Homecoming Weekend at NESAD!

NESAD Grads: Out in the World

An exhibition of alumni works organized in conjunction with Suffolk University Homecoming Weekend, October 17-20

Please help us welcome NESAD’S new chairman Steve Novick

October 14 – November 10, 2013

Opening Event: Thursday, October 17 5:00 p.m.
Panel discussion: exhibiting alumni and current students – Reception to follow


Nurtured here, this group of alumni carries with them a passion for their chosen field, the skills to express themselves and their ideas, and the discipline to realize them.  The exhibition represents all areas of study at New England School of Art & Design, including IllustrationGraphic DesignInterior DesignInterior Architecture and Fine Art.

The artists included in the exhibit are:

John Park – Advertising Design, DIP 1957

Daniel McCarron – Graphic Design, DIP 1962

Joseph Norris – Advertising Design, DIP 1966

Ruth Daniels – Advertising Design, DIP 1970

Rick Keene – attended 1971-73

Joe Greco – Fine Arts, DIP 1973

John Roman – Graphic Design, DIP 1974

Rich Buswell – Graphic Design, DIP 1977

Prescott Hill – General Art, DIP 1979

Eli Cedrone – General Art, DIP 1981

Judy Pearson-Wright – Graphic Design, DIP 1981

Velicia Waymer – Fashion Illustration, DIP 1982

Paula Whalen – Fine Arts, DIP 1982

Yvonne Belcher – Fashion Illustration, DIP 1983

Deb Bretton Robinson – attended 1985 – 1987

Jama Samek – attended 1992-94

Diane Grieco – Fine Arts, DIP 1993

Eric Leppanen – School of Management, BSBA 1993

Jeanne Finnerty – Interior Design, DIP 1993, BFA 1995

Darren Bult – Graphic Design, DIP 1997

Erik Bunker – Graphic Design, BFA 1997

AnneMary Wood-Mann – Graphic Design, BFA 1999

Nicole Wang – Graphic Design, BFA 2002

Kseniya Galper – Graphic Design, BFA 2003

Christopher Michon – Graphic Design, BFA 2003

James Manning – Fine Arts, DIP 1995, BFA 2005

Eileen Riestra – Graphic Design, BFA 2005

Joanna Nandi – Fine Arts, BFA 2006

Michelle McIntyre – Fine Arts, BFA 2006

Robert Finneran – Graphic Design, BFA 2007

Daniela Wong-Chiulli – Graphic Design, BFA 2007

Yvette Perullo – Graphic Design, MA 2008

Maria Galante – Graphic Design, BFA 2009

Christopher Cavallero – Fine Arts BFA, 2009

Tica de Moor – Interior Design MA, 2011

Kristen Freitas – Fine Arts BFA, 2011

Max Martelli – Fine Arts BFA, 2011

Silvi Naci – Fine Arts / Graphic Design BFA, 2011

Nick Di Stefano – Graphic Design MA, 2012

John Connolly – Graphic Design MA, 2012

Keri Lemoine – Fine Arts BFA, 2012

John Roy – Fine Arts BFA, 2012

Deanna Susser – Fine Arts BFA, 2013

Taylor Andrea Crouch – Fine Arts BFA, 2013

Allison Skula – Fine Arts BFA, 2013

Brayden Varr – Graphic Design BFA, 2013

Exhibition News from Lydia Martin

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Lydia Martin is included in the annual juried exhibition at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC. Her  painting, “La Sirena” can be seen on the announcement below in the upper left-hand corner. The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is one the oldest women’s art clubs in the country and was founded in 1986 in honor of Ms. Wolfe, a prominent New York philanthropist and  art collector. She was the only woman among the 106 founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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“In the Pink” Benefit Exhibition

Two of Lydia’s paintings from her “Loteria” series are featured in a Dana Farber benefit exhibition, “In the Pink,” at Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton, Connecticut. Lydia’s participation in this exhibition is especially meaningful given her experience losing her mother to cancer.  NESAD Graphic Design alumna, Kseniya Galper designed Loteria cards to accompany the series. The series of paintings is inspired by the imagery of traditional Loteria cards, a popular Mexican children’s game.

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El Musico II by Lydia Martin ©2012 oil on Belgian linen (26”x24”)  /  Loteria Card by Kseniya Galper ©2012 pastel and ink on wood

Catalyst Conversations

Suffolk University Gallery Director Deborah Davidson will be presenting one of her independent  projects, Catalyst Conversations, Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Catalyst Conversations brings artists and scientists together in dialog. Deborah plans to continue her curatorial explorations of the dynamic relationship between art and science with future programming at the Suffolk University Gallery.

Catalyst Conversations @ Broad Institute
in partnership with the Four Sculptors series at
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Monadnock Room

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6-7 pm
Reception to follow
In different ways, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Bang Wong both transcend the traditional division between science and art. Each uses data as a starting point and then employs tools and techniques from both the science and art realms in order to visualize that data. One place where they diverge is in the outcomes of their work. For Bang Wong, the outcome is essentially scientific: the results seek to explicate patterns and understand relationships in the data in order to make sense of complex systems. In the case of Heather Dewy-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions project, the result is essentially artistic: she uses a visual art piece to provoke thought and conversations about the role that DNA plays in our public interactions by creating an object. For Dewey-Hagborg and Wong, the boundary between science and art is fluid; and each is central to our understanding of the world.

You are also invited to a companion program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Four Sculptors series on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:30pm.

Dispatch From Retirement

Bill Davis, NESAD’s long-time chair, joins & Then as a guest blogger. If you are interested in writing a guest post, please drop me a line at 

Since officially retiring at the end of June I have mostly been occupied with adjusting to some very positive changes in my family. Our first grandchild, Nathaniel Davis Tower, arrived late in August, weighing in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces. The son of our daughter, Mackenzie, and her husband Jonah, “Nate” has managed to keep four adults (his parents and grandparents) mostly focused on him. I have taken on the role of surrogate father to Mackenzie’s Golden Retriever, Benny, and we can often be found wandering through the Medford side of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

billLate in October Patty and I will be traveling to France, where we will spend several days in Paris, followed by a week-long cruise down the Rhone from Lyon to Arles, with some serious wine tasting along the way. We will end our trip with three days in Barcelona. Hopefully we will be able to do some extensive traveling over the few years, as we have not had many opportunities to do so over the past 40 years. It’s hard to make time for traveling when you’re up reading emails at 3:00 AM.

I have also been catching up on many years of lost sleep, walking pretty much every day, reading biographies (I’m half way through the third volume of William Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill) and novels (most recently “Plainsong” and “Benediction” by Kent Haruf), drinking good wine (mostly Pinot Noir), and generally enjoying being alive.

I miss my many NESAD friends and colleagues, but I do not miss the pressures of the corporate approach to higher education, which Suffolk has embraced. At the same time, I am enormously proud of all that we were able to accomplish and I am hopeful that in the future NESAD will again get the recognition and support that it deserves.

2011 – Andrea Dabrila

1000510_10200593520100715_469236618_nAndrea Dabrila – 2011 (Fine Arts) made her curatorial debut this month at Boston’s Gallery NAGA. Andrea interned at NAGA during her senior year and assisted at the gallery part-time after graduation. When the associate director position opened up, Andrea was recruited for the job. She works along side NAGA’s director to manage both the business of running a gallery and the curation of monthly exhibitions. In addition to managing the roster of artists represented by NAGA, Andrea helps program a new back gallery space, used to show unaffiliated artists.

Gallery NAGA

67 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116


Beck­on­ing the eye, and the whole body
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September 11, 2013

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Randal Thurston at the Fitchburg Art Museum

“Still Life Lives!” at the Fitchburg Art Museum features a site-specific installation by professor Randal Thurston. Inspired by the imagery of Baroque period cabinets of curiosity, Randal’s hand-cut paper silhouettes are elaborate room-filling works. Randal was recently interviewed about the exhibition on the public radio program “Inquiry.” Listen to the full interview with Mark Lynch on WICN.

“This Fall, the Fitchburg Art Museum presents Still Life Lives!, a group exhibition that celebrates the vitality of the still life tradition and its themes of beauty, bounty, darkness, fragility, and fleeting moments. Still Life Lives! features paintings from FAM’s permanent collection – gorgeous florals and fruits by Nell Blaine, Marc Chagall, Henri Fantin-Latour, William Harnett, Walt Kuhn, Georgia O’Keefe, and Marguerite Zorach, to name a few – surrounded by striking examples of the genre by contemporary artists active in the New England visual arts community.

The still life tradition – made popular by skillful seventeenth-century Dutch painters – certainly is alive and well in twenty-first-century New England. While the specific symbols of knowledge, commerce, trade, wealth, and mortality associated with those still life masters may have changed, the desire to portray such themes has not. Still Life Lives! begins a conversation about the myriad ways artists continue to respond to, and redefine, the legacy of still life today. Curated by new FAM Associate Curator Mary M. Tinti, this exhibition features the following contemporary artists: Thomas Birtwistle, Michael Bühler-Rose, Caleb Charland, John Chervinsky, Emily Eveleth, Aaron Fink, David Furman, Matthew Gamber, Cynthia Greig, Judy Haberl, Elisa H. Hamilton, Jon Imber, Catherine Kehoe, Mary Kocol, Elizabeth Kostojohn , Pat Lasch, Laura Letinsky, Catherine McCarthy, Mary O’Malley, Olivia Parker, Scott Prior, Shelley Reed, Justin Richel, Janet Rickus, Evelyn Rydz, Victor Schrager, Tara Sellios, Randal Thurston,
Kathleen Volp, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Kimberly Witham.”

Still Life Lives!
Fitchburg Art Museum 

September 22nd, 2013 – January 12th, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, September 22nd, 1 – 3 p.m.
Meet the Artists: Sunday, November 3rd, 1 – 2 p.m.

The Many Forms of Inspiration

Elizabeth Benedict (Certificate, 2006) joins & Then as a guest blogger. If you are interested in being our next guest blogger please drop me a line at 

SONY DSCI had just had my first kid when I went back to school for design. My husband could see that I was so used to corporate life, that while I loved being a mother, I certainly wasn’t ready to be a homemaker. He enrolled me in the Intro class at NESAD before my son was a year old and said that my path was up to me. I took the advice and ran with it – finished the then Certificate program and hung my own shingle in 2005. Happily still in business, I now have my own assistant. It makes me regret never being an intern.

Interior Design is so much more than what you learn in school. It is so much more than the confidence you have in your own style or the desire that you have to design for someone else. It’s time management, and people management, and math, and science, and scheduling, and billing, and dealing with so many outside forces that you have no control over (like shippers and receivers and dye lots and backorders and custom finishes that require more than one strike off). For me, I love the beginning phase of this cycle – the hellos and the dreams. I love putting together a space (or many spaces within a space). I love the collaboration between the client and the architect and the contractor and me. And then, there’s the middle, and a lot of junk. Junk that I never knew about, since I was never an intern; which, if you do intern, you will know about. And then, most importantly, I love the end, where it’s back to being a collaboration, that’s beautiful and exactly as you imagined it would all work out.

Recently, actually, within the past week, I had two people tell me that they wanted to go back to school for ID – both middle-aged women, with kids. I never thought that I would be one of the designers who would preach – GO BACK TO SCHOOL, WORK IN A FIRM, LEARN FROM SOMEONE IN THE FIELD – but suddenly, it was coming out of my mouth. And I was making sure that I fed them the intern speech – Real life is so much about what happens outside the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I learned so much in those classes (especially rendering from Tommy Yamamoto), but most of what I learned came from what I experienced as an active participant in design. Over the years, that participation has meant traveling (both personally & professionally), being part of trade shows and keeping up with new products, working with showrooms and peers, social media, keeping up with CEUs, learning new technology, and interacting with current students. It’s a big world, inspiration comes in many forms. Concepts grow from ideas that turn into conversations; conversations that you have in the field; experiences that influence you to take the next step.