Studio updates from visual artist Mark Guglielmo

Artist residency + Exhibition at Williston

During the Fall 2018 semester, I am visiting artist-in-residence at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts, as part of their Grum Project.

Organized by Art Department Chair Natania Hume, the residency includes the installation of my Cuba in Transition exhibition, which runs from August 30 to October 24, 2018, in their Grubbs Gallery (located in the Reed Campus Center) while also tying the artwork into the students’ curriculum.

To do so, I’m collaborating with instructors and students from Michael Doudleday’s Latin American history class, Karen Ram’s Advanced Spanish classes, four of Edward Hing’s photography and video classes, English classes (discussing Cuban writers and poets), and Debra Vega’s dance classes for a lesson in salsa dancing. On Saturday, September 22 I’ll be conducting an artist talk in the gallery from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

The project culminates in a school-wide assembly that I’m organizing which includes a brief presentation of my work and a live performance by Cuban Folkloric Dancer Miguel Periche and Grupo Isla, a fabulous local four-piece Latin band, who will play a selection of traditional Cuban music in the The Phillips Stevens Chapel. For more info, please visit here or call Williston directly at (413) 529-3000.

Pics below from a lively conversation with students of Williston’s Latin American History class with their teacher Michael Doubleday, a meeting at the intersection of social, economic and political history, art, activism and education. Special thanks to Natania Hume for putting this all together. I really enjoyed connecting with the Williston community.

Mark Guglielmo