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Commencement 2013 Honorees

President Dawn Barrett will present the Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduating class of 2013 in an outdoor ceremony to be held at the college on Friday, May 24, at 1:00 p.m. Over 385 graduate and undergraduate students will be awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Science in Art Education degrees.  In addition to recognizing the tremendous efforts of graduating students, the college will award the Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts to author Lewis Hyde and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. MassArt is also honoring The Education Department at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston with the Excellence in Art Education Award. The charge to alumni will be given by alumna Danielle Spurge '10 (Fibers).

Lewis Hyde

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts:  Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde was born in Boston in 1945 and educated at the universities of Minnesota and Iowa. His much reprinted essay "Alcohol and Poetry: John Berryman and the Booze Talking" (1975) grew out of his experiences as an alcoholism counselor. He has also worked as an electrician and a carpenter to support himself while writing.

His edition of the selected poems of the Nobel Prize-winning Spanish writer Vicente Aleixandre was published by Harper & Row in 1979. His 1983 book, The Gift, is an inquiry into the situation of creative artists in a commercial society. He has edited the essays of Henry D. Thoreau and a volume of critical responses to Allen Ginsberg's poetry. Milkweed Editions has published a book of his poems, This Error is the Sign of Love. His most recent book about art and culture, Trickster Makes This World, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1998.

Hyde has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lannan Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1991 he was made a MacArthur Fellow. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review, the American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, and the Nation.

For six years Hyde taught writing at Harvard University where, in his last year, he was director of the creative writing faculty. He has taught at Kenyon College since 1989 where he is currently the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. He and his wife, Patricia Vigderman, divide their time between Gambier, Ohio and Cambridge, Mass.

Photo: Reuben Cox

Zandra Rhodes

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts:  Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes was born 1940 in Kent, UK. Introduced to fashion by her mother, a fitter in Worth, Paris,  Zandra studied at Medway and then the Royal College London, majoring in printed textiles.

Zandra headed the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of international fashion in the 1970s.  Rhodes' garments have a timeless quality making them unmistakably Rhodes' creations; bold, dynamic, colorful and feminine.  Her innovative approach to garment construction can be seen in her use of printed fabric dictating garment shapes, reverse exposed seams and stylistic use of jeweled safety pins and tears during the punk era.  She has stamped her identity on the international world of fashion with her spectacular pink hair, theatrical makeup and art jewelry.

Zandra designed for Princess Diana, Freddy Mercury, Diana Ross and Helen Mirren, and has also designed Opera sets and costumes for The Pearl Fishers, Magic Flute and Aida.  Her vintage dresses are seen at the Oscars and her print design influence is on the world's catwalks.  Rhodes founded the Fashion and Textile Museum London and her exhibition Zandra Rhodes, a Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles has exhibited in Milan, Melbourne, Mexico City and San Diego.

Photo: Gene Nocon

ICA Education Department

Excellence in Art Education: The Education Department at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Founded in 1936, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. Well known for its groundbreaking exhibitions and performing arts programming, the ICA is equally dedicated to engaging audiences of all ages with art through a broad range of educational programs. Through these offerings, the ICA gives visitors innovative experiential learning opportunities and direct encounters with artists and art-making, and provides context, develops appreciation, and adds meaning to contemporary art and culture.

In particular, ICA Teen Programs help youth utilize contemporary art and the museum as resources in their personal journeys to becoming engaged citizens in the broader world. Family Programs encourage intergenerational engagement with art and the art-making process.  Adult Education Programs welcome different perspectives on creativity and innovation, helping audience members better understand themselves and the world around them. Lastly, Gallery Interpretation Programs, which include guided tours of exhibitions, ICA-produced video interviews of exhibiting artists, and interactive content in the Poss Family Mediatheque, among other offerings, provide visitors of different learning styles with additional ways to connect with contemporary art. From encouraging a conversation about works on view with a Visitor Assistant in the galleries to presenting a performance during a family Play Date or connecting a teen with a mentor in the art or film industry, the ICA's Education Department facilitates meaningful experiences with contemporary art.

The ICA's Ellen Matilda Poss Director Jill Medvedow, Education Director Monica Garza, and Associate Director of Education Gabrielle Wyrick lead the Education Department. The Department also includes Visitor Experience Manager Krista Dahl; Teen New Media Programs Manager Joseph Douillette; Art Lab & Family Programs Coordinator Kathleen Lomatoski; Interpretive Media & Adult Education Coordinator Penelope Taylor; Education Department Assistant Leah Kandel; Gallery Supervisor and Administrator Alice Caldwell; Gallery Supervisor Adrienne Lee; New Media Programs Assistant Lenora Symczak; 30 Visitor Assistants; 15 Teen Arts Council members; and numerous contracted artists, educators, and advisors, as well as volunteers, from throughout the greater Boston area.

The ICA's Education Department was recognized in 2012 for its Teen Programs with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Photo: Allana Taranto/Ars Magna Studio

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