FOXTALK Winter 2014 - page 6

6 Winter 2014
Heather Ayvazian, ‘13, a digital media
major, with a minor in photography, from
Franklin, MA, will travel to Malaysia in
January 2014 to teach English to middle
or high schools students. The Fulbright
is the flagship international educational
exchange program sponsored by the U.S.
government, designed to increase mutual
understanding between the people of
the United States and those of other
countries. Avazian hopes to put her digi-
tal media skills and passion for teaching
and travel to work for a nonprofit with an
international focus. An expereinced trav-
eler, she looks forward to traveling to Asia
for the first time as a Fulbright scholar.
Digital Media
major wins
Pamela Talese and Alastair Strachan
The Art Department hosted several
speakers in the fall 2013 semester as
part of their Leaders of Creativity Series,
two of whom were painter Pamela
Talese and painter Alastair Strachan.
Talese is an on-site painter known
primarily for her work throughout
New York City. Since 2005, Talese has
focused on its maritime industries, the
warehouses on the waterfront, and the
ships that come to the Brooklyn Navy
Yard for painting and repair.
“Rust Never Sleeps: Corrosion and
Renewal in Maritime/Industrial New
York” was the title of Talese’s 2009
exhibition, which included paint-
ings of waterfront industrial sites and
working-class neighborhoods that
were either still active or in recession.
Considerations about growth and decay
are still relevant and was the basis for
her talk.
Through her study and painting of
buildings, ships, and public spaces,
Talese also considers the aspirations of
their designers, and whether their origi-
nal intent endures or can accommodate
new uses. On a more tactile level, she
pays close attention to the application
of craft and materials, and how they
weather over time. Appreciation of time
is always central to Talese’s work, as is
the physical experience of standing out
in the scene that she’s painting.
Strachan is a Glasgow-based art-
ist born in Scotland. He is a painter
and currently is a full-time lecturer at
Glasgow-Kelvin College. His teaching
credits include Assistant Professor of
Painting, NSCAD University, Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada and lecturer at
Cardonald College, Glasgow and others.
Strachan has exhibited and traveled
widely. His solo exhibitions include:
Oberpfaltzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf,
Germany, the RGI Kelly Gallery,
Glasgow, the Bellshill Cultural Centre,
the Motherwell Civic Centre, Rotherham
Art Gallery, Artspace, Aberdeen and
many more.
During his talk, he discussed his work
as well as the art culture in Glasgow.
Many of the paintings he showed fo-
cused on the city of Glasgow itself.
Photos courtesy of Pamela Talese
and Alastair Strachan
Painting by Ethan Kolwaite, ‘14; “Organic Mechanics”
From left: Pamela Talese,
painting en plein air;
Talese’s painting rig;
Alastair Strachan.
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