Edison Art Collective

BOW. Babson, Olin, Wellesley Colleges

Location 

11

1795 Great Plain Avenue

Edison House (Olin College)

805-405-1626

Medium:

Acrylic Paint, Ceramics, Collage, Digital, Encaustic, Fabric, Illustration, Ink, Landscape, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil Paint, Paper, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Stone, Textile, Wax, Wire, Wood, Yarn

Edison Art Collective is a space where artists from Babson, Olin, and Wellesley can work under one roof. With funding from the BOW Presidential Innovation Grant, Olin’s Edison House has been transformed into studio space for art-involved faculty and staff from across BOW. This provides for an intimate proximity that aims to foster community and facilitate collaboration between art practitioners from all three schools.

Participating Artists:

Helen Donis-Keller, Professor of Biology and Art and Michael E. Moody Professor, Olin College

Helen Donis-Keller is an artist and scientist whose world view is based on an understanding of the unity of all organisms throughout evolution on our planet. Traversing the natural world from the molecular level to the biosphere she feels a deep appreciation for the complexity of life and for how much there is yet to learn. She is Professor of Biology and Art and Michael E. Moody Professor at Olin College of Engineering where she teaches genetics, biology, drawing and photography. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University in Medford, MA.

Farimah Eshraghi, Technology Support Specialist, Wellesley College

Farimah Eshraghi is an Iranian artist currently based in Boston, US. She is a visual artist working mainly with photography and video to address the issues around gender and body and culture. Her work is mostly concerned with how social and political concepts affect personal experience. While using current issues she channels her work to the past and uses history and found imagery to demonstrate her ideas.

 

Danielle Krcmar, Associate Director of the Visual Arts, Babson College

Danielle Krcmar is Associate Director of Visual Arts at Babson College. She earned her BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Binghamton and an MFA in sculpture from UMASS Amherst. She has received grants from from the St Botolph Club Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Blanche Colman Foundation, and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her work has been shown at The Fuller Art Museum, The Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Green Street Gallery, Clark University and The Revolving Museum, among others. She has completed architectural sculpture commissions for St Kateri Church in Ridgeway Illinois and St John Newmann Church in Knoxville TN, and also created outdoor installations for the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, Forest Hills Cemetery, and the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. Her work has been featured in Ocean State Review and Quilting with a Modern Slant in addition to having been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, Arts Media, and The Rockland Journal.

 

David Teng Olsen, Associate Professor of Art, Wellesley College

David Teng Olsen is an artist of indefatigable energy. His work merges the worlds of mural painting, printmaking, animation, interactive digital media and performance. Olsen has taught digital media at Wellesley since 2006. He has created site-specific installations across the country and has collaborated on numerous animation projects.

 

Emily Tow, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College

Emily Tow is a lighthearted visual artist who plays with the experience and outcomes of repetition using various media, including soft sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and mural painting. She is currently asking questions about habits of clothing consumption through creation of soft sculpture from reclaimed textiles. Emily has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and much of her engineering work overlaps with the visual, including investigating the thermal properties of quilts and elucidating mechanisms of membrane fouling through video and microscopy.

 

Robert Wechsler, Artist In Residence, Olin College

Wechsler’s recent projects focus on the U.S. penny. Minted since 1909, the penny has been one of the most familiar objects of daily life in America for generations. Today, rendered practically worthless by inflation, the penny may soon be eliminated from circulation. Produced but without purpose, exceptionally common but rarely used, ubiquitous to the point of invisibility, the penny is fertile ground for surprise. 

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