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Spencer Presentation

Kathy Desmond: Contemporary Antiquities

Monday, February 2 - Saturday, May 16, 2015

Public Artist Talk and Reception on Wednesday, March 4.
Artist Talk:  12 Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Reception:  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Exhibition, Artist Talk, and Reception are free and open to the public.

image of hand made chandelier by Kathy Desmond

Endicott College is proud to announce the solo exhibition Kathy Desmond: Contemporary Antiquities which runs from Monday, February 2 - Saturday, May 16, 2015 in the Spencer Presentation Gallery.  A public artist talk will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 12:00 noon until 12:30 PM in the Spencer Gallery at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts.  The exhibition, artist talk, and reception are free and open to the public. Kathy Desmond exhibits her work internationally and nationally in venues such as: the Lönnström Art Museum in Finland and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, the Alternative Museum (New York), The Creative Arts Workshop (New Haven), Tufts University, The Nave Gallery and The Windows Art Project/Somerville Arts Council (Somerville, MA) among others. In addition, her video portraits have been screened at the DoubleTake/Full Frame Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and CineWomen NY. Her work is in the collections of The Lönnström Art Museum (Finland) and Electronic Arts Intermix. She has been an artist-in-residence at organizations including the American Academy in Rome and the Vermont Studio Center. Desmond holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a professor of visual communications and studio art at Endicott College.

About her exhibition, Dr. Desmond states, "Contemporary Antiquities is an ongoing project that consists of projected light drawings in spaces of classical architecture, such as the Villa Aurelia and the Dell'Acqua Paola Fountain. The placement of these images in the architectural settings of historic Rome addresses concepts of ideology and notions of presence over centuries. The scaled depiction of women,  metaphorically in command of these spaces of antiquity, serve to question the traditional visualizations of women in past eras and in the present. In some cases, the women are both monumentalized, as in historic portraiture, but the artwork also serves to monumentalize the beauty of the everyday. This project includes icons in the symbolic and metaphorical representations of presence. The dialogues that take place in this work includes the projections with institutions of ideology, as well as with the viewer as participant".  The exhibition consists of 18 large digital prints and one installation created by the artist with wire.  Her elegant hand made chandelier structures cast shadows on the gallery walls drawing the viewer into an intimate space, while her images of people, hands, and feet, projected onto architectural spaces in Rome appear and make themselves known. 

Dr. Kathy Desmond will be giving a public artist talk on Wednesday, March 4 from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Spencer Gallery, questions and answers will follow.  A light reception will take place following from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. If you have any questions regarding this exhibition or programming, please contact Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts at Endicott College at 978-232-2655 or

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