Senior Exhibition 2
May 1 – 10

Senior Exhibition 2 2019


Opening Reception is Wednesday 1 May, 5-7pm.

Hunter Hoag, Graphic Design

Emma McGrath, Art Therapy/Studio Art

Tiana Maldonado, Studio Art

Amy Roberts, Art Therapy



Senior Exhibition 1
April 17 – 26
Senior Art Exhibit 1

Opening Reception is Wednesday 17 April, 5-7pm.

Robin Baxter, Graphic Design/Studio Art

Natalie Freida, Studio Art

Abigail Campbell, Art Therapy

Alicia Johnston, Art Therapy/Studio Art

Nancy Diessner, All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds

February 20 – April 12, 2019


Opening Reception, Wednesday 20 February, 5-7pm
Conversation with the Artist and Gallery Director, Darrell Matsumoto, 5:30pm
Catalog available: Silent Soliloquy of One's Own

It is with great pleasure we present the work of Nancy Diessner entitled, All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds. Experiencing Diessner’s work is like entering her private world. There is a sense of quiet solitude, intensity, and melancholy. There are boat-forms hung on the walls. The sleek vertical shapes reflect a dynamism inherent in its form. The images which are fused to the boat-form are time stopped, held, as if in suspended animation. The boat-forms contain what appears to be liquid space, translucent, deep, and clear. This assembled and composited imagery reflects a sense of wonder, which is delicate, yet seemingly impenetrable. The narrative character of the work is reflected in the combination of natural subject matter and human-made form. The human figure appears to represent memory, not unlike an apparition. Diessner’s work appears to be full of memory and potential loss. The atmospheric nature of the water imagery and the somber tones of the aquatic flora reinforce the melancholy. The parallel of the intensity and physicality of single scull rowing and the potency of living is clear. There is an impossibility of the too-thin boat-form and the prospects of buoyancy. Embrace the elegance of her fast boat, skimming the surface, nearly weightless, gliding over dark water, to see what Diessner feels.

25th Annual Anna Maria College
New England Secondary School Art & Design Competition Exhibition
January 23 - February 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 23, 6-8 pm
Stephan Brigidi, Portrait: 45 Years of Photography (1973-2018)
24 October – 21 December 2018

Opening Reception, Wednesday, October 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Artist and Gallery Director, Darrell Matsumoto, 5:30pm
Catalog available: Portrait: The Ideal Guise

It is with great pleasure we present Portrait: 45 Years of Photography by Stephan Brigidi (1973-2018). The exhibition unfolds as a timeless collection of photographic portraits. Throughout its historicity, the portrait has been an iconic representation of the person, the moment, marking the activities of both the portrayed and the portrayer. The act of photography asks both subject and photographer to participate in a ‘dance’ of sorts. The result is a record of this dance. The photographic dance requires the partners to be aware and in mere moments, prepare, either consciously or subconsciously, to record the ideal visage. The sitter and portraitist are willing accomplices in the act of capturing this ideal guise. Through his photography, Brigidi has contributed to the cultural zeitgeist. He has traveled widely, returning to beloved places and discovering fresh locales, to encounter the new. Unlike the imperious 19thcentury photographer, Brigidi intrepidly seeks to form a dialogue with people he encounters. He intends an honest exchange, both subject and photographer, collaborators in search of verity. Brigidi’s photographs reflect an intimacy, which expresses the individual’s character and responsiveness to the portrait session.  He is a virtuoso who orchestrates the process, producing compelling, timeless portraits.


Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

12 September -  12 October 2018

2018 Faculty Poster
Opening Reception, Wednesday 12 September, 5 - 7:00 p.m.

Jillian Anderson, Dyan Gulovsen, Alice Lambert, Timmary Leary,

Darrell Matsumoto, Joseph Ray, Sumiyo Toribe, Jason Travers,

David Wackell, Michael Yefko
Catalog available:



The Faculty, 2018
The Artist/Designer + Educator is a multi-headed beast of sorts. The Artist/Designer is essentially a maker/practitioner. As a maker, it is mostly a solitary endeavor, driven by personal interest, social concern, historicity, or mélange of all of the above. The concerns of the maker/practitioner will vary. A few motivations to consider: the human condition; subject matter; the self; built environment; knowledge, history; materiality; function; are the foundational underpinnings for the maker’s content. The Educator is teacher, mentor, the teller of knowledge. The coursework is defined by the substance of the subject. The skill of an educator requires a delicate dance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Using varied approaches, the maker becomes a teller. The diversity of art practice is represented in our faculty exhibition, Anna Maria College, Art & Design Faculty. The works range: abstract painting; realist painting and drawing; expressionistic drawing; graphic drawing; film and video; photography and other photo-based work; and mixed media sculpture. Fundamental to each artist or designer is process, practice, and the stimulus which motivates invention.