News, interviews, and stories about the arts at MIT
The Arts at MIT is pleased to announce Andrea Volpe as the director of the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT).
Guillermo Bernal, Erin Genia, Emily Toomey, and Dipo Doherty Every artist’s body of work represents their creative vision and artistic evolution. For younger artists, a portfolio also points to their future potential. Winners of the 2019 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer … Continued
Grace Yin ‘19 Grace Yin doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t play violin. “Apparently my musical career started in day care,” says Yin ‘19, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major from Cambridge, Massachusetts. An early childhood experience steered … Continued
Undergraduates Amalia Lee and Garrett Souza, and Graduate Students Pip Mothersill and Gary Zhexi Zhang Students make myriad contributions at MIT through art. Some set a new level of excellence with their superior talent, dedicated work ethic, and exemplary performance … Continued
The international artist attributes his diverse career to MIT’s open culture. Jorge Otero-Pailos ’02 attributes his unique artistic vision to his experience at MIT, where he earned a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture at the MIT School of … Continued
The mechanical engineering graduate followed his muse as musician and composer. The roads to MIT are many and circuitous. For Ray Zepeda ‘88, the route was straight east. A lifelong Californian, Zepeda’s cross-country trip was motivated by dual interests. “Studying … Continued
Fourth annual event hosted by Arts at MIT, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and MIT Music and Theater Arts Hundreds of students flocked to MIT’s building E15 to kick off a … Continued
Audra McDonald, recipient of the 2018 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, visited MIT campus on several occasions this spring, meeting with students and faculty. In February, she joined Martin Marks’s class, The Musical, for an intimate exchange … Continued
Robotics and Jazz “In high school I was always flying to robotics tournaments and then to jazz festivals in the same day,” says Garrett Parrish, the 2017 recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Over time, his engineering … Continued
The Schnitzer Prize was established in 1996 through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Harold Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. The prizes—a first prize of $5000, … Continued
There is common misconception that all MIT students prioritize psets over practicing piano, performing Shakespeare, drawing, painting, dancing or designing lighting cues. The 2017 recipients of the Wiesner Student Art Awards—Jacob Gunter, Nathan Gutierrez, Rachel Osmundsen and Hallie Voulgaris—counter this … Continued
When I was an art student in New York in 1999, David Bowie visited our school and offered to host images of our work on BowieNet, an ISP he had launched the previous year. Glimpsing Bowie was enough to blow … Continued
“The central story I was thinking about when developing the idea of ‘embodied montage’ [for my SM Thesis in Comparative Media Studies at MIT] was the myth of Orpheus. Eurydice dies and Orpheus goes back to hell to save her. … Continued
Adam Strandberg graduated from MIT in 2014 with a degree in physics. While a student, he was in 20 theatrical productions, from David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow to Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. He received the Wiesner Student … Continued
It’s a hard slog in the studio, battling with materials, suppressing self-doubts, cultivating a vision, destroying false starts and ultimately creating something new. To emerging artists, seeing work outside the confines of their studios and in a gallery setting is … Continued
Renowned architect David Adjaye visited the MIT campus on several occasions in 2015-16, as part of his Eugene McDermott Award residency. On one of his visits, Adjaye spoke with CAST about a magnificent small building here on campus, the MIT … Continued
“It’s a tender portrait of a scary thing,” says Anna Kohler, describing her latest theatrical project, Mytho? Lure of Wildness. Kohler’s play explores the fearsome reality of getting old, in particular how aging transforms beauty and affects the senses: “It’s … Continued
The editors of Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense, Caroline Jones, David Mather and Rebecca Uchill, describe the unusual material features, artistic interventions and intellectual provocations that make this book object something more than a typical codex. … Continued
Celebrate the start of the 2016-17 academic year with MIT arts faculty, staff and administrators.
The Arts at MIT is pleased to announce that Rachel Bennett will assume the position of director of the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) on September 19, 2016. Bennett has been at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in … Continued
Council for the Arts at MIT members are invited to venture to western Massachusetts for a weekend trip, Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 5, 2016.
A payment of $350 per person is due at the time of registration. This cost includes meals and admission to the museums, but does not include hotel or transportation. The payment is non-refundable after Friday, September 30, 2016.
Please see below for group rates at the Orchards Hotel.
We can arrange roundtrip transportation by bus from Cambridge for an additional $140 per person if a minimum of 20 people sign up. Anyone wanting to park at MIT and take the bus would be charged an additional $25 for parking.
To register, visit arts.mit.edu/camit-mass-moca
Some mixture of encyclopaedic curiosity, revolutionary zeal and noblesse oblige gave rise to public museums in the 18th century. The first of this kind, the British Museum, opened in 1759 with free entry to “all studious and curious persons.” The … Continued
CAMIT Member Michael Koerner receives an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of British Columbia on Thursday, May 26, 2016. According to the university’s website, honorary degrees are conferred on deserving individuals who have made substantial contributions to society, such as: Leading … Continued
The Grants Committee met to evaluate grant requests on May 11, 2016 and awarded $44,350 to undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff. This newsletter provides details about those who will receive funding from CAMIT for their art projects.