SOURCE: Montserrat College of Art

July 14, 2010 16:50 ET

Montserrat College of Art Recognized by PBS (WGBH Boston) as Epicenter of Encaustic Painting, Bringing New Life to Ancient Medium

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -  Boston's prestigious PBS station WGBH-TV has documented the just-concluded 4th International Encaustic Painting Conference, held at Montserrat College of Art.

A special segment on "Greater Boston with Emily Rooney," aired July 8, 2010, featured Montserrat's President, Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D, Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury and expert encaustic painter Julie Shaw Lutts. They explained and demonstrated how encaustic painting, the ancient medium of pigmented beeswax worked while in a molten state, is brought to life.

Artists, educators and collectors attended from around the world at the foremost conference and workshops entirely devoted to encaustic painting.

Boosting art-world interest in the encaustic medium's most important conference is the just-completed record setting $28.6 million sale of "Flag" by painter Jasper Johns, who worked in encaustic. The painting was the centerpiece of late author Michael Crichton's collection. Roberta Bernstein, Ph.D., keynote speaker for this year's conference, is one of the foremost scholars on the work of Jasper Johns, credited with the current encaustic painting renaissance. 

According to Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D, Montserrat College of Art President, "This technique was notably used by the ancients, as well as many works of the 20th century. We're fortunate that faculty member Joanne Mattera, an acknowledged expert on encaustic painting, provided hands-on demonstrations and leadership for this international conference."

Montserrat Gallery featured Immaculate Silence, an exhibition of Vermont-based artist Sasanqua Link. The encaustic and metal sculptures from the Corporeal Relic series were simultaneously on view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery.

About Montserrat College of Art

Students of this world-renowned art institution receive Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in concentrations including Fine Arts, Animation and Interactive Media, Book Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture. At present, nearly 95 percent of Montserrat students rely on scholarships to achieve their first-rate fine arts education. Visit for more information or call 978-921-4242. Montserrat College of Art is located at 22 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915.

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