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Thayer Art Gallery

Located in the lower level of Thayer’s Southworth Library, the Art Gallery has been showcasing the work of students, faculty, and professional artists for over 40 years. Renovated in 2011, the Gallery is a beautiful, bright, and open 1200-squarefoot space.

Thayer Gallery Hours:
Mon - Fri | 8 am - 3 pm (when school is in session)

If you are interested in displaying your work, or if you have any questions about the Gallery, please contact Gallery Director Karen Koskores: / 781.843.3580)

Every year, Thayer Gallery exhibits some of the finest artwork in the local area, including work by Thayer students and faculty. We have a wonderful mix of media and styles each year, which serves to expand the minds and enrich the creative perspectives of all who visit. Upper School students enrolled in visual arts courses have the good fortune of meeting with most of the artists who display their work, and often, they take part in workshops prepared expressly for our students.Gallery Director Karen Koskores P '10, '13

Thayer Gallery Exhibits for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Sept 12 to Oct 7: JOHN GRANT
Reception: Thu, Sept. 15 | 6-8 pm

This exhibition of recent work from photographer John F. Grant highlights his eye for detail and the fine art of photography.

John studied at the Art Institute of Boston, Mass College of Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His love of photography has taken him on a creative journey over the last 40 years. He has contributed to the photography for Thayer Academy’s yearbook and various events for over 25 years as well. In recent years he has been working on and compiling this exhibition to highlight his passion around nature, animals, and fine art photography. Some of his influences are Edward Weston, Irving Penn, and Art Wolf.

During the last two years he has entered the Duxbury Winter Show and Plymouth Art Guild as well as the North River Arts Festival and has won several awards in all categories of photography.

Oct 11 to Nov 10: DONNA INGEMANSON

Reception: Thu, Oct 13 | 6-8 pm

This exhibit, sponsored by Image Resolutions, is a timeline of commercial illustration work highlighting finished licensed products with personal artworks that include digital, painting, mixed media and monotype printmaking. Donna Ingemanson currently resides in Massachusetts and Florida. She has travelled the world for inspiration and her art is influenced by figurative painting, Japanese pottery, abstract expressionism, Fauvism, contemporary art, nature and improvisational art. Her work ranges from traditional mediums such as oil and acrylic paints, watercolor and gouache, pastels, crayons, pens and pencils to digital-sometimes in all one piece. Currently Donna has been experimenting with monotype printmaking which has enabled her to create artwork with a spontaneous and personal viewpoint.

Donna has worked extensively in illustration, art, design, advertising, art direction, and contemporary art and has been involved in projects with a wide variety of clients. Her artwork has an appeal to both children and adults and has appeared on wall decor, puzzles, posters, pillows, books, magazines, merchandise, advertising, textiles, and just about anything you can think of. Clients that have utilized Donna’s artwork include Land of Nod, Apple, Chronicle Books, Crocodile Creek, Klutz, K & Company, Hallmark, Greenbox Art+Culture, Sony Music, Hershey, Pottery Barn Kids, Disney, Target, HGTV, Hay House, Zildjian Cymbals, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Anan Magazine (Japan), Boston Globe Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, New York Times, and the Sundance Catalog, among others. Donna’s artwork has been recognized by the South Shore Art Center, International Print Center New York, The Painting Center New York, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, Print’s Regional Design Annual, How Magazine, and 3x3 Illustration Magazine.

In her spare time she has worked as a volunteer to create a farmers market in Braintree and is passionate about the importance of local foods, farms, a clean environment and sustainability of smaller creative businesses. She is also a Gallery Artist at the South Shore Art Center and is a member of the Coastal Printmakers, a group of artists on the South Shore of Massachusetts dedicated to the art and craft of fine art printmaking.

Nov 15 to Dec 16: ART OF AYITI
Reception: Thu, Nov 17 | 5 - 7:30 pm

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, killing more than 200,000, and injuring and displacing hundreds of thousands more. This exhibit presents a taste of the artistic heritage of Haiti, featuring media that accent the twin roles the eye and the hands play in aesthetic production, including up-cycled, oil-drum art from Croix-des- Bouquets, an artisanal village on the outskirts of Port-au- Prince; photography evocative of the place and the people; and paintings from the Haitian folk-art tradition.

If the Thayer community – largely through its Hope for Haiti club – already stood by Haiti before the earthquake in 2010, it has stood even stronger in its aftermath. This exhibit will deepen our understanding of the Haitian people and our standing by them. All proceeds will advance the educational initiatives of the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation, a force for grass-roots, sustainable development programs in Haiti.

Reception: Thu, Jan 26 | 3:30 - 5:30 pm

A multimedia exhibition showcasing the various creative talents of Thayer Academy’s faculty and staff members. This show is a beautiful compilation of paintings, photography, pottery, and unique mixed media creations.

Pottery shown by Steven Branfman P '00, '02

Feb 8 to March 9: JOHN BAYMORE
Pottery Workshop: Thu, Feb 9 | 8 a.m. - 1:30 pm | Reception: Thu, Feb 9 | 6 - 8 pm

John Baymore has been exploring ceramic work that captures inherent characteristics of this earth-sourced and fire-born medium since his undergraduate days at the University of Massachusetts, forty-seven years ago. Currently adjunct professor of ceramics at New Hampshire Institute of Art, his study of the medium eventually lead him to opportunities in Japan, South Korea, and the People’s Republic of China. He has been producing work at his Wilton, NH studio for the past 40 years.

John’s work has received numerous awards, including the Judge’s Special Prize in the Mashiko, Japan International Ceramics Competition and the Silver Prize in the MunGyeong, South Korea Chasabal (teabowl) Competition. His work has been acquired for multiple museum collections; he has been an invited artist-in-residence and guest lecturer in Japan; and his work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, books, and magazines around the world.

“I have chosen the demanding approach of wood firing for finishing my work because no other firing process allows the mark of the flame to be documented in such a direct and literal way upon the wares. Ceramics is formed from very basic earth materials and is based upon the same kind of metamorphic forces that have helped to form our planet. I try to capture some of this materiality in my works, as do many artists I have met while working in Japan. Like the diverse textures and subtle colors of desert and canyon landscapes in the American Southwest which have served to inspire me, there is much to explore and find if you take the time to let your eyes wander and explore my works. Sometimes a wildflower grows in the most unexpected place. Other times one finds the clear marks of the formation processes that create the forms. Occasionally, one even finds a little tiny bit of gold. My pieces are intentionally quiet and subtle, often layering the stark contrast potential of differing types of ceramic materials. With each new firing of the wood kiln, I continue to learn.”

Reception & Demo: Thu, Apr 27 | 6 - 10 pm

The Braintree Art Association has been participating in group exhibitions for over 40 years, with a membership of over 200 amateur and professional South Shore artists. This exhibition - an annual Thayer event for more than 30 years - represents a broad scope of subject matters and various media and techniques.

Opening Reception Thu, May 11 | 3:30 - 5:30 pm

An annual representative showing of artwork completed by students (grades 6-12) during the school year. Media and processes represented include painting, drawing, printmaking, pottery, photography, 3-D design, and architectural design.

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