Renowned Artists Contribute to MCLA Art Collection

August 1, 2018


Above, artist Stephen Hannock discusses his painting at the 2013 opening of MCLA’s Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation.

RockwellJarvis Rockwell. Stephen Hannock. Josh Simpson. All renowned artists. And, all of whom have work on display at MCLA as part of our diverse and expanding collection of art that serves to inspire our students and our community, and add to the beauty of our campus.

The most recent addition is work by Rockwell (right), whose assemblage pieces hang in the foyer of Bowman Hall. His innovative work has been displayed at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, N.Y., and at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Critics say his collection is a modern commentary on today’s society – much in the same way that his father’s paintings captured life in America 50 years ago.

Over in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Hannock’s stunning, panoramic painting, entitled, “A Recent History of Art in North Berkshire County,” greets all those who enter the building. This magnificent work – which was a gift to the College – puts MCLA in some very good company. Other institutions that exhibit this Academy Award-winning artist’s work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

MegaplanetSimpson, an American glass artist whose work has appeared in galleries around the world and which is part of permanent collections – such as the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the White House Collection of American Crafts – generously agreed to lend MCLA one of his “Megaplanet” pieces (right).

This intricately designed glass ball, which swirls with color and light, is considered by Simpson to be one of his more unusual pieces, and is on display in Smith House, home of our Office of Admission.

These works – any many more, including artist Richard Criddle’s “Mr. Goodbody” sculpture in Murdock Hall, and Berkshire photographer Randy Trabold’s complete collection – are found throughout the campus. Come visit – “admission” is free!