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Montserrat College of Art Welcomes Gregory Crewdson

Beverly, MA April 17, 2012 -

Montserrat College of Art announces its 2012 honorary degree recipient and commencement speaker, internationally known photographer Gregory Crewdson. Mr. Crewdson will address the Montserrat community on May 25, when 60 students will be awarded their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.
According to Laura Tonelli, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, “We are extremely honored to have Mr. Crewdson, an internationally known artist and faculty member at Yale University School of Art, speaking to our graduates.  We were connected to him originally through a national project started by artist Eric Fischl called America: Now and Here, which positions art as a catalyst for bringing people together to discuss important issues relevant to our identity as Americans.”
Dean Tonelli added, “Montserrat is among a select few of AICAD schools (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) who invited artists from the project to be commencement speakers.  The intention is to publish the speeches together in a book, in order to further the dialogue about the role of art in defining American identity.”
Gregory Crewdson received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1985 and an M.F.A. in photography from Yale in 1988.  He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe and is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York City. He is an adjunct professor of photography at the Yale University School of Art.
Mr. Crewdson's work has been included in many public collections, most notably the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
America: Now and Here offers outstanding art, music, drama, poetry and film to the whole country in order to invite a civil dialogue about ourselves and our nation. The work in the show will be transported across America by specially outfitted trucks.
For further information contact:
Jo Broderick | 978-867-9613


Jo Broderick
Dean of College Relations
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