Arts Previews

  • Stephanie Sparling Williams is the new associate curator for the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art. Photo by Hector Membreno-Canales

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Contemporaryart installation at Emily Dickinson Museum

Artists Tereza Swanda, Ingrid Pichler, and Fletcher Boote were recently selected winners of the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Conservatory Art Installation contest. Their mixed-media installation, called “In formation,” will be on display in the Amherst museum’s newly restored conservatory beginning Friday, June 21 through September 9.

Museum officials say the installation is inspired in part by Dickinson’s poem “Nature is what we see.” Materials such as stained glass and painted paper will sample colors from the local landscape, and a soundscape created by Boote will wordlessly reference Dickinson’s poetry.

According to the museum, the installation will ultimately draw attention to the importance of the conservatory as a place the poet spent connecting with nature year round, and the artwork can also be enjoyed from outside the glass conservatory on the south side of the Homestead

A public reception for the installation and the artists takes place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mount Holyoke College names newassociate curator

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum has named Stephanie Sparling Williams its new associate curator. According to press notes, Sparling Williams’ research interests and expertise include American, African American and African/diasporic art and culture, as well as histories and theories of vision and transnational intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.

“I am excited to join a team dedicated to the mission of teaching with objects, and to contribute to a collecting and exhibition program where visitors, regardless of background or training, can have meaningful interactions with works of art,” Sparling Williams said in a statement.

Sparling Williams, who earned a doctorate in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California, most recently served as assistant curator for the Addison Gallery of American Art and as a visiting scholar of art history at Phillips Academy in Andover.

Celebrating the art of young mothers

The Care Center of Holyoke, an educational and cultural resource center for young mothers, will celebrate the release of “Nautilus II,” a journal of students’ writing and art, at a reading on Friday, June 21 at at 10:30 a.m. at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. The event is free and open to the public.

According to press notes, student and staff editors select the writing and visual art that best represents The Care Center’s work and its students’ perspectives. Students collaborate with designer Craig Malone to bring the volume, now in its 17th year, together. 

Former Holyoke resident Ivelisse Rodriguez, author of “Love War Stories,” a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist for fiction, says the work in this year’s journal showcases “Women brimming with attitude, women birthing new loves who will love them back, women stepping into futures shaped by their own imaginations and sheer will. And women showcasing the softness of the human heart.”