Wellesley College Friends of Art Boston 

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017  
When: 10:00 a.m.
What: Tour of newly renovated Pendleton    
                        West arts building 
When: 11:00 a.m.
What: Presentation by Cate McQuaid, art
critic for the Boston Globe
Where: Room 001, Pendleton West
Fee: $10 pay at the door

Phyllis McGibbon, Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor of Art and Faculty Client Lead for the transformation of Pendleton West, will give us an insiders’ tour of this LEED Gold design building. The project included a complete transformation of the existing studios with an eye toward integrating traditional and new media. A 10,000-square-foot addition, linking Pendleton to Jewett, allowed for new classrooms as well as music spaces. 

With the renovation of Pendleton West, Wellesley’s art spaces have been transformed to promote creative dialogue and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Architect Steven Kieran said: “The idea was to completely integrate a performance acoustical system into the architecture of the building so that you couldn’t tell what was architecture and what was performance.”

Cate McQuaid has covered the gallery scene and written museum reviews and feature stories for the Boston Globe for more than 20 years. She has written for Art New England and Architecture Boston, and produced stories for WBUR. She is also a storyteller and an actor, and she is currently working on a memoir.

McQuaid claims she became an art critic by accident, not by design. She'll talk about her career path, what it takes to be a newspaper art critic, and the role a critic plays in the art world. She'll offer an overview of art in New England, discuss how museums and galleries have changed exhibition, market, and business strategies in recent years, and ponder what might come next.

This event is sponsored and hosted by Friends of Art

Optional:         Stay afterward for buy-your-own lunch at the Lulu Wang Student Center

RSVP:             Reservations required, as space in Pendleton West 001 is limited to 30

                        Sign up at:  foaboston@wellesley.edu