2013 Alumni Awards Winners
Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Aimee Good, Dawn Barrett Dawn Barrett, Philip Solomon, Saul Levine
On Saturday, November 2nd, MassArt honored two incredible alumni—Aimee Good, Class of 1995 (Sculpture)
, and Philip Solomon, Class of 1980 (MFA Film)
—with alumni awards. In its sixth year, the MassArt Alumni Awards event is held annually to honor alumni who exemplify outstanding creative achievement. Selected by a committee of staff, faculty, and alumni from nominations made by the entire MassArt community, this event provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the professional achievements of our alumni from many different areas of study. This year, the event was held in the Pozen Center for Interrelated Media at the college.
President Dawn Barrett presented each honoree with an alumni award, following an introduction by a former instructor of each award recipient. Professor Jill Slosburg-Ackerman (Fine Arts 3D) introduced Aimee Good and Professor Saul Levine (Film/Video) introduced Philip Solomon.
About this year’s recipients:
Aimee Good '95 (Sculpture)
is an artist, organic farmer, and the Director of Education and Community Programs at The Drawing Center in New York. For the past eight years, she has directed, curated, and produced The Big Draw
This series of site specific artist-led public participatory art events is a joint project of The Drawing Center and various New York cultural institutions. In the past four years, Aimee has transitioned 30 acres of conventionally-farmed land to organic production in Northern Maine. She currently serves on the StreetFest taskforce committee for the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival, a biannual initiative exploring the future of cities since 2011.
Her artwork has been exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles, Ireland, and New York. Artist residencies include the Rotunda Gallery/BRIC Artist Residency, Ucross Foundation, and the Artist Work Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times
, Art New England
, The Boston Phoenix
, and Maquette
Prior to working at The Drawing Center, Aimee taught as a museum educator with MoMA, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; served as a web producer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; managed the Foundation for Partnerships in Boston; ran an art gallery; freelanced as a textbook art editor; and worked for the family potato business in Maine.
She received a BA from Colby College, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Aimee lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Josh, and marvelous daughter, Matilda.
Philip Solomon '80 (MFA Film)
has been making films since 1975, and is currently a Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has been teaching since 1991. He collaborated on three films with his friend and Boulder colleague, the late Stan Brakhage, who named Solomon’s Remains to be Seen
on his Top Ten Films of All Time list for Sight and Sound
. He is currently working on A Snail's Trail in the Moonlight: Conversations with Brakhage
, a video essay and a book of transcriptions of several years of recordings of Brakhage's Sunday film salons.
Phil Solomon has been awarded with a USA Artists Knight’s Fellowship (2012), the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize (2007), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994), and he has exhibited his films in every major venue for experimental film throughout the US and Europe, including two Whitney Biennials and three one-person shows at MoMA. Solomon’s films have won First Prize at numerous international film festivals, including Oberhausen and Black Maria (6 Juror’s Awards).
His recent Grand Theft Auto digital video series, In Memoriam
, has received numerous awards and was named in the Top Ten avant-garde films of the year by the Village Voice
. In a recent poll taken by Film Comment
of the top 50 filmmakers of the first decade of the new century, Phil Solomon was placed at number 5, tied with Stan Brakhage.
About the 2013 Alumni Award
This year’s alumni awards were hand-crafted by alumnus, Sidney Hutter, Class of 1979, with an MFA in Glass. Sidney’s glass work is housed in the collections of the Corning Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian, and in the White House Craft Collection.