Bard College at Simon's Rock Honors Faculty Emeriti--New Gallery Dedicated to Arthur Hillman and William Jackson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2011
Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—On Friday, October 28th at 6 p.m, Bard College at Simon’s Rock will dedicate its new art gallery in honor of two recently retired faculty in the arts, Arthur Hillman and William Jackson. The Hillman-Jackson Gallery in the Daniel Arts Center will open with “Looking Back / Moving Forward,” an exhibition devoted entirely to both Hillman and Jackson’s work. An artists’ reception will follow.
"The opening of the Hillman-Jackson Gallery is exciting for two big reasons. One, we are honoring two faculty members who have truly embodied a committed professorship and scholarship in the arts for over 35 years,” said Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator. “And two, the professional exhibition space allows us to bring a variety of art work to inspire students, complement the curriculum, highlight the work of faculty and visiting artists, and showcase our talented students."
Arthur Hillman, a photographer, printmaker and designer, has been exhibiting his prints for nearly fifty years. His silver gelatin photographs, digital prints, photo silk screen prints, and artist’s books are included in collections throughout the country. Hillman joined the faculty at Simon’s Rock in 1974. He received his B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art and his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before coming to Simon’s Rock, Hillman taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. A selection of his portfolios are highlighted on his website at arthurhillman.com.
William Jackson is a sculptor, painter, lighting designer and video producer. Jackson’s sculptures and paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and his lighting designs have been selected for several historic lighting restoration projects. His exhibition, “What If...?" will be on display in the Koussevitzky Art Gallery at Berkshire Community College (BCC) through December 22, 2011. Jackson’s documentary video work includes a series of portraits of regional sculptors and projects for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Chesterwood. He joined the faculty at Simon’s Rock in 1972 after receiving his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and his M.F.A. from Indiana University.
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Bard College at Simon’s Rock (www.simons-rock.edu) has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years and continues to distinguish itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent, creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (AA) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree after four.