You can pursue your personal art interests at Bennington. I myself study fairly traditional art history (think Italian Renaissance, Baroque, etc.). Other students make incredible abstract art. It depends on your taste and what you want to study/create. To get a better feel for visual arts at Bennington, you should check out our faculty and the curriculum. Hope this helps!
Enjoy this piece by artist Jules Olitski, who taught at Bennington from 1963 to ‘67.
~ Holly ‘13
A treat for my fellow art historians and art lovers - Jackson Pollock’s first retrospective - “A Retrospective Show of the Paintings of Jackson Pollock” - was held at Bennington in 1952! The show was organized by critic Clement Greenberg, one of Pollock’s most fervent supporters. The above photo shows Pollock with one of his paintings in the Deane Carriage Barn.
~ Holly, ‘13
This past Monday was the due date for students to hand their Plan drafts in to their advisors. Which I completely forgot about until all my friends who are juniors and sophomores started freaking out about LIFE and EDUCATION and WHAT THEY WANT TO DO and WHAT IT ALL MEANS. Being a senior now, it’s too easy to stand back and be like, “That’s so cute that you don’t know and are still learning everything I just learned.” But really I’m just kind of like “Whoa” (it’s a Friday, I’m sorry, this is the extent of my emotional capabilities) because last term was my last Plan meeting EVER and I never have to hand in a Plan essay EVER AGAIN and it’s crazy to think that my Plan is no longer evolving. It’s evolved. This is it. This 35-page paper that I’m writing is IT.
Which makes it fun for me in a kind of masochistic way to look back on my first Plan essay and my last Plan essay and COMPARE. The funny thing about this whole process is that even though it feels like my Plan has changed a lot, flip flopping between art history and anthropology and eventually just being both, I’ve actually been asking the same questions for the past three years.
From my first Plan essay:
And from my last Plan essay:
IN A NUTSHELL. Ultimately, for a lot of us here, when everything feels like it’s changing in our Plan, really it’s our perspective that’s shifting, not the thing we’re studying.
- Meg ‘12
This is my studio space in Swan Garage on campus this term! It’s called Swan Garage because it is a garage-like space behind Swan House (one of the colonials).
One of the best things about studying art at Bennington is that in your junior or senior year, after you’ve demonstrated a lot of work in one particular art, you get a studio space on campus. They are located in lots of small buildings spread around the campus in more secluded parts of it, and because of this the studios become these really wonderful secrets to visual arts students. We are encouraged to decorate our spaces, be in them a lot, visit each other…lots of classes will even spend a day going from studio to studio to see how one another work.
Here I am in front of Swan Garage, which I share with other visual arts students. I concentrate in photography and mixed media work but the other artists in the garage work in many different mediums, from print making to painting.
For me, having a space all to myself to just think and work in is awesome. I can be in it whenever I want and use it in any way I want. This is a way in which I feel I really benefit from the size of the campus. At a bigger school, I probably never would have been able to have a studio as an undergraduate. Instead, I can paint and put together my work in a space that is entirely dictated by me.
-India K, ‘12
Today was the deadline for all Plan essays to be submitted to the Dean’s office, so for the last couple weeks all the sophomores have been freaking out over what they’re going to say, what a Plan essay should look like, and whether or not their Plan committee is going to approve it. Because I’m a senior who has been forced to write a more than usual number of Plan essays, one of my sophomore friends asked if she could read my first one in order to get an idea of what is expected.
Very reluctantly, I went digging through my old folders from fall 2009 to email her my first Plan essay. At first, I only opened it to make sure it was the right copy. In addition to being terrified of reading my old work, my Plan process has been so long and complicated that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to relive that first awkward Plan meeting. But in verifying that this was the copy I needed to email, I was intrigued by remembering that when I graduated high school, all I wanted to do was study Medieval Studies at Smith College, get my MA in Celtic Studies at University College Dublin, and spend the rest of my life mucking around in Irish bogs and libraries. So, out of pure curiosity, I read it.