The Art of Observation
The Art of Observation: A Retrospective of David Campbell’s Work
Community Curator: Debra Olin
November 2020 – February 2021*
Curated by Community Curator, Debra Olin, The Art of Observation will be a major retrospective of the work of David Campbell, one of Somerville’s most beloved artists. This show will explore Campbell’s long-standing fascination with the streets and buildings of Somerville itself. Programming for this exciting exhibition will also introduce a number of other artists for whom Somerville has been a primary inspiration. We are engaged in ongoing discussions on how to safely re-open the Museum to our members and visitors. All related events will be virtual. Stay tuned for more information.
This program has evolved into a collaboration with Emily Alcott’s 6th grade art class at the East Somerville Community School. These students have been invited to draw everyday scenes and objects of interests to them in and around their home. This will be a virtual exhibit on our website.
Home is Where the Art is | November 2020
This program invites Jessica Howard’s Somerville High School’s portfolio class to draw what is visually interesting or meaningful to them in their immediate environment. Their creations will be showcased at the Museum.
Curator Talk + Studio Tour | December 2020
This is a collaboration with the Somerville Media Center to create a recorded virtual tour of Campbell’s studio, also featuring Community Curator, Debra Olin.
Somerville As Muse: January 2021
Much like Campbell, many Somerville artists use the City as muse. This event will highlight those artists in a virtual and hopefully, live event.
About Artist + Curator
Debra Olin and David Campbell pose with Campbell’s artwork; image credit: Bill Kipp
David Campbell, Artist
David Campbell is a painter living and working in the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA. He studied at the Art Students League of New York in the 1950s. He lived and worked as a plein air landscape painter in Italy for 7 years. Then he returned to the US for his native landscape, painting in Gloucester, Somerville (30 years) and Maine. His work is in many private and public collections: Metropolitan Museum of New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Library. He has received grants from the Somerville Arts Council, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. He had a 2-month residence at the McDowell Colony in NH and at the Delaware River Watergap with the Artists for the Environment Foundation.
Debra Olin, Community Curator
Debra Olin is a printmaker, living and working in Somerville, MA. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1980. Olin has shown in exhibitions across the U.S., Canada, France, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, and Cuba. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, Temple Israel, Brookline, MA, YIVO Institute, NYC, The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. In 2004 Debra was awarded the Rappaport Prize, the largest public annual award to an individual artist in New England. In 2018 Olin received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award and a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust. Olin is a founding member of the Brickbottom Artist Building and the Gallery Coordinator of the Brickbottom Gallery.
*David Campbell’s retrospective has been installed and programming is being finalized. We are still closed to the public but hoping to open soon.We will be following all guidelines and will hopefully be able to open in the near future. Check our website for more updates.