June 1, 2016 – Endicott College is pleased to announce the juried exhibition Breaking Ground, in collaboration with the artists from the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., Massachusetts Chapter.  Breaking Ground is on display from June 17 through September 16, in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  A reception and time to meet the artists is scheduled for Thursday, September 8 from 4:00-6:00 pm  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. 

This exhibition explores the concepts of gender and identity and what it means to be a woman artist in the 21st Century. It asks the question; “Does being a woman artist influence your style, subject, or medium?” 

The exhibition features 55 contemporary works by 44 artists from the National Association of Woman Artists (NAWA), Massachusetts Chapter (www.nawama.org), and was juried by Mark Towner, Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, and Kathleen Moore, Visual Arts Coordinator, at Endicott College. Artists are from throughout New England and the Northeast, and media included in this exhibition are oil, acrylic and water color painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Carol Pelletier, the Chair of Fine Arts, and Dean Mark Towner, along with NAWA Massachusetts President, Nella Lush, contributed to the exhibition catalog which presents one image by each participating artist.  This exhibition is funded in part by the van Oterloo Family Foundation, the National Association of Women Artists, and Endicott College. 

NAWA is based in New York City and was founded in 1889 as a not-for-profit organization of professional women in the fine arts. Its mission is to foster public awareness of visual art created by women. It is the oldest art association for women and has curated notable exhibits presenting the work of Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon and Cecelia Beaux and Alice Neel.  NAWA (thenawa.org) is archived in numerous museums and state libraries throughout the country. 

The Massachusetts Chapter was established in 2013. It offers an active program of exhibitions, seminars, community outreach programs and educational activities. Its mission is to increase awareness of women in the arts, to build and foster a strong art foundation in Massachusetts, and to promote the work of accomplished women artists who contribute to American culture and art. The NAWA Massachusetts Chapter is pleased to be sponsored by Artscope Magazine. 

The artists included in Breaking Ground are:  Kim Alemian, Merry Beninato, Lorrie Berry, Pennie Brantley, Laurene Krasny Brown, Judith Carlin, Anita Helen Cohen, Wendy Cole, Robin Colodzin, Jennifer Costello, Rosalie Cuticchia,  Susan Denniston, Cheryl Dyment, Christine Frisbee, Susan Gallagher, Lisa Goren, Ronnie Gould, Liz Gribin, Mary Hurwitz, Christine Molitor Johnson, Cindy Journey, Linda Pearlman Karlsberg, Anna Kasabian, Alison Landoni, Carolyn Latanision, Linda Lippa, Nella Lush, Carmela Martin, Kat Masella, Maidy Morhous, Mary Alice Orito, Pokey Park, Mimi Reilly, Irene Richard, Beverly Rippel, Patti Robbins, Ellen Rolli, Karen Rovner, Lully Schwartz, Beverly Shaw-Starkovich, Anica Shpilberg, Rosalie Sidoti, Laurie Simko, Linda Talanian, Pamela Tarbell, and Betty Usdan Zwickler. 

The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Art is located at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA  01915.  If you have any questions about Breaking Ground, or about any of the programming in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, or if you would like to schedule a group visit, or book a private tour for your organization, please contact Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts at 978-232-2655 or kmoore@endicott.edu. The exhibition, gallery talk and reception are free and open to the public. 

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