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Thayer Art Gallery

Located in the lower level of Thayer Academy’s Southworth Library, the Thayer Gallery has been showcasing student, faculty, and professional artists for over 40 years. Renovated in 2011, the Gallery area is a beautiful, bright, and open 1200-squarefoot space. “Every year the Thayer Gallery displays some of the finest artwork in the local area, while also allowing for students and faculty to showcase work,” notes Thayer Gallery Director Karen Koskores. “We have a wonderful mix of media and styles each year, which helps to enlarge the minds and creative possibilities of all who visit.”


Thayer Gallery Hours

Mon - Fri  |  8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (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. (kkoskores@thayer.org / 781.843.3580)

Download the 2015-2016 Thayer Gallery Brochure»

Schedule of Events 2015-2016
Sept  9 to Oct 8 

STEVEN BRANFMAN • A Father's Kaddish
Reception Sun, Sept 20  |  1 - 3 p.m.   |  Artist's Talk  2 p.m.

A Father's Kaddish exhibition continues online»

On September 27, 2005 my son Jared passed away from cancer. He was 23 years old. A week after his passing I went into the studio. I stood. I sat. I looked around. I cried. I was frozen. I couldn’t bear to be there but I couldn’t leave either. I sat at my wheel empty of creative thought. After a few moments I got up, took some clay, and threw a chawan, a Japanese style tea bowl. The next day I made seven more. The following day I made one, and then one each day for a year. For a year they were the only pots I made. One chawan each day no matter where I was. My wife Ellen, son Adam and I, together in Shul, said Kaddish every day for a year. My daily chawan making at my wheel was my own personal Kaddish. Now, ten years after Jared’s passing, I was able to return to those Kaddish Chawans, glaze them and fire them. This exhibition is the unveiling of my Kaddish Chawan.


Oct 17 to
Nov 13 

Reception Sat, Oct 17  |  5 - 7:30 p.m.

This exhibition brings together recent works on paper by two artists who work side by side and share a long affiliation with the medium of fine art lithography. Mark Wilson currently teaches at Boston University and has also taught printmaking at Maine College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona Italy. He did his MFA work at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and became a certified professional lithographer at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico. Phyllis McGibbon is a Professor of Art at Wellesley College, where she teaches studio courses in printmaking and drawing. She earned her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Before moving to the Boston area, she served on the faculty of Pomona College and Wesleyan University. While both artists have extensive experience printing editions of identical prints, they are most interested in the way that images may be taken apart, combined, inverted, and reworked in one-of-a-kind ways. Both embrace the graphic potential of repeatable digital and hand press work. Wilson’s recent works utilize a reductive monotype process, in which black ink is rolled onto a smooth plastic plate and then worked by hand to create images of everyday figures isolated on a white background. McGibbon’s newest works on paper juxtapose various kinds of printed matter to generate new associations.

Nov 16 to
Dec 16
Reception Sat, Nov 21  | 6 - 8 p.m. 

The kinesthetic nature of printmaking — with its cutting, carving, gouging, rolling, wiping and pressing—makes a perfect medium in which to explore the catalyst for this show - an invention called BrainPort©, which allows blind people to “see” with special goggles and a device worn on the tongue that sends electrical signals to the brain. Hearing impaired since infancy, I’ve been interested in this and other technologies (such as the cochlear implant) that compensate for diminished senses. These sorts of surrogates for the senses and the phenomena of synesthesia (inter-animating the senses) inspire my current work. Randy Garber’s studio practice is divided between her studio in Somerville, MA and the Mixit Print Studio, where she is a Partner, also in Somerville, MA. A recipient of many artist awards and grants including the Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Wynn Newhouse Foundation, the St. Botolph Foundation, the Capelli’ di’Angeli Foundation and the Somerville
Arts Council, Garber’s work can be found in museum, corporate, and private collections including The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum, the Boston Athenaeum, Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in Portland, ME. Recent exhibitions of Garber’s work include solo shows at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College, the Sage College of Albany, the University of Michigan.


Jan 11 to Feb 3

Reception Thurs, Jan 14 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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

Painting at left by Karen Koskores P '10, '13


Feb 8 to Mar 10STEVE MURPHY
Pottery Workshop Thurs, Feb 25 | 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Reception Thurs, Feb 25  |  6-8 p.m.

As a potter and sculptor, I am interested in textures and the way kilns and glazes react with them. I work in oxidation, reduction and wood-fired atmospheres because the firing method has a say in what your pot looks like. Placing pots and sculptures into a wood-fired kiln requires thinking about how the fire will react with the piece in any particular spot. Some places in the kiln are hotter, some cooler, some get lots of ash build-up, some only a dusting. You have to “see” the fire and its path through the kiln in your mind. This takes experience and an active imagination! With my oxidation and reduction kilns, I rely on heat and time and atmosphere to make the glazes sing. Many of my pieces are carved. The textures gained by carving seem to catch the ash and glaze runs and pulls during the firing. I carve with many tools; most are wood knives that I make. Carving soft leather-hard clay is a pleasure and a challenge, very easy to carve and very easy to go too far! In the future I plan to continue carving my pots, working with new patterns and textures and wood-firing. The group of potters I work with have become great friends, can’t wait till the next kiln!


Apr 2 to Apr 28 

Reception & Demo Thurs, Apr 28 | 6 - 10 p.m.



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 over 30 years - represents a broad scope of subject matters and various media and techniques.


May 9 to 23  
Opening Reception Thurs, May 12 | 3:30 - 6 p.m.

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


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