Speaking & Teaching

Join Me for Gallery Night Providence July 18!

I would like to invite you to join me for Gallery Night Providence on Thursday, July 18 where I will be the Celebrity Guide for the 5:30pm trolley tour of four galleries in Providence.

This is a free, fun way to get introduced to art spaces you might not otherwise visit and learn more about the artwork on view and the artists who made it. My tour will conclude by 7:30pm.

Our stops will be:

  1. City Hall Gallery featuring: Invasive Beauty: New Works by May Babcock and Rebecca Volynsky

  2. BankRI Gallery featuring: Paintings by Abba Cudney

  3. Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts featuring: Time Zero and Beyond and Hold Up The Hood by Francis Crisafio

  4. Gallery Z featuring: European and American Landscapes: Exploring Color, Form, and Light

Gallery Night is free program held on the third Thursday of each month, which allows visitors to park for free at Regency Plaza Apartments (entrance to the parking lot is on Greene Street) and then take guided tours to participating galleries around town.

Seating is limited and reservations are not available unless you make a $10 donation, so do arrive early if you’d like to join my tour. If you have any questions, please email me.

*The header image for this post is Abba Cudney’s Dirty Dishes, which will be on view at BankRI Gallery.

Hope to see you July 18 at 5:30pm!

-Michael

Upcoming Programs Summer 2019

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Art League Rhode Island Annual Meeting
Featured Speakers: Michael Rose and Anastasia Azure

Wednesday, June 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

at the Providence Art Club

Admission: This program is for Art League Rhode Island Members.

I am pleased to be one of the featured speakers at the Art League Rhode Island’s Annual Meeting 2019. I will be giving a brief talk on the state of the local and regional art market for members of one of the premier visual arts organizations in the State of Rhode Island. I thank the Art League for inviting me to share my expertise with their artists, who comprise a large segment of artists working in the Southern New England marketplace.


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Writing an Artist’s Bio with Michael Rose
at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education

Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

at the Rhode Island School of Design

Tuition: $85, To learn more and to register, visit RISD CE’s site.

I am grateful to The Rhode Island School of Design for inviting me back to teach another writing course in their Continuing Education Department. This class will focus on writing an artist’s bio that effective tells a story.

Course description from the RISD Catalogue: Learn how to share your personal story as an artist in a compelling and accessible way. Through the use of the third-person biographical essay, you'll discover how to develop your backstory to paint a more complete picture of yourself as an artist and as a person, and how to give readers a clear insight into your personal narrative and the inspiration, motivation and nature of your work. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed strategies of approach and a rough outline to write your bio for use in a variety of applications including web and print.


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Art Lovers Book Club
Special Presentation on Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry
with Guest Speaker Michael Rose
Saturday, June 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

at the Attleboro Arts Museum

Admission: This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required. To reserve call 508-222-2644  x10 or visit the Museum’s website.

I thank the Attleboro Arts Museum for inviting me to speak to their Art Lovers Book Club in June. The Attleboro Arts Museum’s Art Lovers Book Club launched in January 2010. A dynamic Museum member proposed this artful Book Club idea and the program was launched on a trial basis. After the success of the first meeting it was clear that the Book Club should live on. The Art Lovers Book Club meets in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery from 2 – 4pm. This talk on June 29 will focus on Sebastian Smee’s book The Art of Rivalry, which features four friendships, betrayals and breakthroughs in modern art – Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon.


Work by Abba Cudney, which will be on view at BankRI during July’s Gallery Night.

Work by Abba Cudney, which will be on view at BankRI during July’s Gallery Night.

Gallery Night Providence July
Celebrity Guide: Michael Rose

Thursday, July 18, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

at galleries throughout Providence, Rhode Island

Admission: This program is free and open to the public. See the Gallery Night website for more information about scheduling, parking, and other logistics.

I am thrilled to be the Celebrity Guide for Gallery Night Providence’s July installment. This free monthly program gives visitors access to galleries and museums throughout the city. My tour will begin at 5:30pm at Regency Plaza Apartments where free event parking is available. This tour will feature four stops including BankRI’s Exhibition of work by my friend and colleague at the Providence Art Club, the talented painter and printmaker Abba Cudney.


And coming this fall…
Plymouth Center for The Arts
50th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Three Jurors including Michael Rose

Gala Reception: Saturday, September 21

In addition to these other programs, I am also excited that I have been invited to serve on a panel of three jurors selecting work for the Fiftieth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the Plymouth Center for The Arts in Plymouth, Massachusetts. More information on this exhibition will be available soon.

For more information about any of these programs, please reach out to me. I am happy to chat more about collaboration ideas, scheduling availability, and pricing. I am always interested in learning about new venues and partnerships!

- Michael



New Ways to Connect with Michael Rose Fine Art

I’m excited to share a few new ways you can connect with me if you would like to learn more about my newest classes and workshops as well as learn more about appraisals and advising.

I recently joined Fiverr, where I will be offering select writing and editing services as well as digital portfolio reviews. I realize that many artists feel intimidated at the prospect of engaging with a consultant, and through low-priced single project gigs on Fiverr, I hope I can make these services more affordable and more widely available.

I also created a professional Facebook business page to accompany this website as a place to follow what projects I am working on and learn more about my services. I will also be sharing art news and information on my new professional Twitter @michaelroseart.

Additionally, I have joined Pinterest and will be adding to art-related boards. Follow me on this platform for some fun and casual inspiration.

And finally, you can always add me on my Instagram, or join my email list to receive my quarterly e-newsletter update.

Thank you for following along!
Michael

Why Teach Art History?

I recently finished teaching my first session of a new eight week lecture style class I developed for the Providence Art Club: Art History & Appreciation. I proposed the class because I genuinely believe that a good grounding in the basic history of art can go a long way in helping individuals to develop better connoisseurship skills. It was the first time such a class was offered at the Club and I hoped it would garner enough interest to get the ten or so students needed to run it. Nearly forty students signed up. Over eight weeks, and nearly 300 slides, we covered everything from the Cave Paintings of Lascaux to the use of art in Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new music video. It was a great experience for me as a teacher. And a great reminder to me of the incredible value of art history.

Regularly ranked as one of the least useful, least marketable, least valuable college majors, art history is often used as shorthand for a wasteful course of study. Mocked even by then President Barack Obama, who in 2014 reminded an audience that you can often make more money from a career in a skilled trade than as an art historian. Art historians are portrayed as alternatively icy, stodgy, and elitist in the popular culture. In spite of the negativity surrounding the discipline, it still draws in students at all levels. But what value does it actually have?

Still from the 2003 film  Mona Lisa Smile , about a professor who uses art history to challenge her students assumptions at the conservative Wellesley College of the 1950s, starring Julia Roberts.

Still from the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile, about a professor who uses art history to challenge her students assumptions at the conservative Wellesley College of the 1950s, starring Julia Roberts.

The study of works of art is not just about determining whether a painting is by Bruegel or Bacon. First and foremost, art history has power to create empathy and lead to a better understanding of and appreciation for cultures, traditions, and beliefs other than one's own. Art history also builds remarkable analytical and writing skills, born out of the thoughtful consideration of the historical context for a work and paired with a dedicated examination of the object in question. Additionally, studying artworks builds the skills needed to critically process the ever-broadening flow of visual media that comes with contemporary life. In short, studying art history enables closer looking and deeper thinking.

They say that "history is another country", and that although there may be vague commonalities between historic cultures and today's world, it can be difficult for modern audiences to ever truly understand the motivations, attitudes, and values of people living in England during the sixteenth century, or in France during the eighteenth. But through looking at, and deeply examining, the exacting portraits of Tudor courtiers or the lush paintings of the French Rococo it might be possible to gain a better footing in these foreign worlds. And in the process to also hopefully learn something about abuse of power, or despotism, or revolution. More than the rote collecting of facts or points of view, art history stokes continued curiosity about the subjects, techniques, philosophies, and personalities that have shaped visual culture and history. It enables viewers to explore and question the world around them, and to do so with a critical eye.

Teaching Art History & Appreciation reminded me of all the reasons I love this discipline. The skills developed through looking at works of art are easily transferred to the examination of other media. Honing one's eye on great works of art cultivates stronger cross-disciplinary understanding of architecture, film, and design. Talking students through the history of art helped me to better develop my own capacity to see these and other connections, to understand them, and to share them passionately and accessibly with my students.

One of my favorite quotes about education is attributed to Plutarch and goes something like "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." In teaching Art History & Appreciation, I had a great opportunity to reflect on the capacity of art history to motivate curiosity and connoisseurship in contemporary viewers and collectors. By walking my students through the history of art, I think and hope that I inspired a better appreciation for the rich complexities of the artworks of the past as well as a better ability to read and understand artworks of the present. At the end of the last class one of my students came up and said that the course had "lit a spark" in her and inspired a more keen interest in art history. I guess then, according to Plutarch at least, I did a decent job.

I'm looking forward to teach Art History & Appreciation again in the future, and am currently writing the syllabus for a followup class on Modern and Contemporary Art. For more information on my teaching projects, visit my Speaking & Teaching page.