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From the Heart to the Hand - Artists Who Inspire

From the Heart to the Hand - Artists Who Inspire
From the Heart to the Hand: Artists Who Inspire provides an overview of four former art professors who taught at Endicott College.

Endicott College is pleased to present the exhibition From the Heart to the Hand: Artists Who Inspire – Endicott’s Mac Coleman, Barbara Burgess Maier, Jack Murray, and Edith Socolow. This exhibition provides an overview of four former art professors who taught at Endicott College for 10 – 43 years, and inspired hundreds of students through their passion and love of teaching the arts.  A representation from each of the artists includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography. The presentation also includes a slide show with works from each artist.  All are welcome to attend the exhibition and reception, in particular friends, family and alumni who fondly remember these extraordinary artists.  There will be an opportunity for the artists or family members to share their memories with all.


Jack F. Murray, Professor Emeritus – Endicott College 1959 – 1995

Professor Murray taught many courses, including 2 and 3 dimensional design, drawing, painting, art education, fashion illustration, children’s book illustration, and silk screen. He also taught additional classes at Montserrat, Marblehead Arts Association, and Lynch Park. While at Endicott he did freelance work for Boston Magazine. Professor Murray currently resides in North Beverly, MA, near the shores of Wenham Lake. Professor Murray studied at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in Education. He also studied at Michigan State University and received his M.A. in 1958.


McAlister Coleman, Professor of Art - Endicott College 1969 – 1990

Professor Mac Coleman taught drafting, survey of decorative arts, and sculpture. In an interview from 1992 Mac states, “The reason I teach is because I want to learn,” and therefore learning as a desire is what MacAlister Coleman instilled in his students above all else. Two of Mac’s sculptures, A Taoist Landscape and A Western Totem, are installed on Endicott’s campus. Mac Coleman received a B.A. in Sculpture from Bard College, his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University and his M. A. in Fine Arts Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia.


Mac lived with his wife Peggy in Manchester by the Sea from 1969 to 2016.  He is peacefully at rest in Martha’s Vineyard.


Edith Socolow, Art Faculty - Endicott College 1989 - 1996

“I paint the rocks and the quarries, the islands along the shore, the mysterious tides and sandbars – Gloucester, Massachusetts.” From her studio on Cape Ann overlooking good Harbor Beach, Edith Socolow worked on two themes, the Window Series and the Salt Island Series.  This body of work from later in her career, follows on her artistic path of social humanism and abstract expressionism.  Her exploration of figure and form was an ongoing part of her life’s work; often finding a synthesis in between her coastal abstractions and her expressive depictions of anonymous figures in ambiguous states of being. 


A former professor of art at Harrisburg Area Community College, PA, Endicott College, MA; Socolow studied at the Art Students League in NYC after graduating from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art.  She taught many courses in the Endicott Department of Art including painting and drawing.  She continued to paint and sketch until the end of of her life in 2015.


Barbara Burgess Maier, Professor Emerita – Endicott College 1973 – 2016

Professor Burgess Maier taught over 25 different courses in both traditional and new media, and authored the Visual Communications major and such courses as Foundation Seminar, Imagination and Creativity, and Media and Metaphor: Nature. Additionally, she taught a Creativity Workshop at Northeastern University in Boston for 10 years, and a senior graphic design portfolio course. She is profoundly interested in the nature of creativity, human interaction the value of reflection, and how our digital habits impact creative thinking, and has presented numerous papers on these subjects at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her undergraduate and graduate studies were at Endicott College, Skidmore College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received a grant for additional graduate study in computer graphics at Mass College of Art. Her art offers visual time compressions, able to be revealed by the viewer through their own journey with the work. Barbara is very active in the arts community in Nantucket and Massachusetts.


If you have any questions regarding the exhibition, From the Heart to the Hand: Artists Who Inspire, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.



Exhibit dates: Monday, November 19, 2018 – Friday, February 22, 2019

Reception and Artist Acknowledgements: Thursday, December 6, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Location: Carol Grillo Gallery, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA  01915


Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


Funded in part by the van Otterloo Family Foundation


Gallery hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:  2 – 4 p.m.

Closed on November 21 – 25; December 22 – January 2; January 21 and February 18.

No weekend or evening hours in January.