Educational Institutions

Montserrat College of Art, Inc.

  • Beverly, MA
  • http://www.montserrat.edu

Mission Statement

Montserrat College of Art provides an intensive visual arts education that will enable students to sustain a lifelong involvement in art and design and to become informed, responsible members of society. In addition, Montserrat is committed to contributing to the cultural life of its surrounding communities. Through its undergraduate degree, diploma, and community-based learning programs, it offers a vital learning community for students deeply engaged in the study of art and design which encourages and nurtures their unique talents, visions, aspirations, and commitment, a varied curriculum that challenges the individual, an accomplished and diverse faculty of artists, designers and scholars that is dedicated to reinforcing student progress and to promoting the highest standards of artistic and intellectual development, and a continuing array of public art programs, which enhances the cultural life of our campus and the surrounding communities.

Main Programs

  1. Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree/Diploma
  2. Gallery and Visiting Artist Program
  3. Auxiliary Programs/Continuing Education
Service Areas

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National

Montserrat has 385 enrolled students; 70 of whom are expected to graduate in 2015/16. 48% are from MA, 28% from the other 5 New England states, the remainder are from NY, NJ, TX, FL, OH and others. 70% of students live on or near campus. More than 50% of the College's alumni now reside within 25 miles of campus.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Dr. Stephen D. Immerman

Keywords

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Art, College, Culture, Higher Education, Visual Arts

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EIN

52-1859814

 Number

1839064490

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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A cultural leader, Montserrat offers numerous free public programs and exhibitions. Its four galleries present work by acclaimed and rising artists. The College offers a pre-college program for HS students, continuing ed programs for teens and adults, and many other events. A lead economic partner in the revitalization of downtown Beverly, Montserrat was integral to its Arts and Cultural District winning state designation. The College is also a key economic engine, adding more than $25 million last year. 1) 2,146 arts-related businesses operate within 10 miles of the college employing 9,050.In 2013, Montserrat assumed leadership of the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore, and in 2014 was designated as the North Shore Lead Partner for the Creative Economy Network by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2) To benefit Beverly, Montserrat offers: 2 annual full-tuition scholarships for Beverly students;an Advanced Studio Art/College Intro Program at Beverly High to enable juniors and seniors to learn studio art in a master class setting with Montserrat faculty;workshops to assist Beverly teachers with integrating arts more fully into their curriculum;education students who complete teaching internships and practicums in area schools. 3) 1/2 of Montserrat alumni settle in Essex County, with 1 in 10 staying in Beverly. 75% remain in NE. They work in a wide variety of fields in and outside of the creative economy. Currently six alumni-owned businesses in operate in downtown Beverly. In the most recent alumni survey: 72% are currently working in a job related to their field of study;56% stated that their primary income comes from art related activities. 4) Montserrat partners with area arts associations and organizations to enhance the cultural vitality of the region. It also maintains strong relationships with Raw Art in Lynn and Artists for Humanity in Boston, with faculty and staff serving as mentors and advisors to young people in their programs.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree/Diploma

Montserrat College of Art offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and four-year diplomas in the following concentrations: Art Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Video, Printmaking, Book Arts, Animation, and Sculpture. Community Education programs range from one-session workshops to intensive, residential summer institutes and cover topics and disciplines ranging from the foundations of visual arts, life drawing and photography to textile art, cartooning, and computer graphic design. Montserrat's public programs seek to broaden general knowledge of contemporary art and artists through free exhibitions, lectures, and demonstrations. In addition, Montserrat students can earn initial licensure in Art Education (K-12).

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

College Aged (18-26 years)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$4,340,000.00

Program 2

Gallery and Visiting Artist Program

The college has four public art galleries and a vibrant exhibition program that enhances the students' experience and engages outside community. The exhibition, discussion, and viewing of artwork are important aspects of a Montserrat education. The galleries are the sites of projects, reflection, and social interaction. The Gallery annually presents four exhibits of contemporary art by emerging and established artists of regional, national and international note, and two student exhibitions. The Schlosberg Alumni Gallery presents twelve exhibits of work by Montserrat faculty, alumni and visiting artists. The 301 Gallery showcases the work of Montserrat students and emerging artists. The Bear Gallery, a student run initiative, features student exhibitions. Finally, we have a Gallery space on campus at 24 Essex Street. New programs include professional practice offerings for students and the community, and a program called the Art Connection, which places art in non-profit, social service institutions in Essex County.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

College Aged (18-26 years)

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$225,000.00

Program 3

Auxiliary Programs/Continuing Education

In addition to the BFA program, the college brings visual arts education to the greater community in three other ways. There is a Continuing Education program conducted on evening and weekends offering non-credit art courses for adults, teens, and youth. It provides professional instruction in the visual arts for the North Shore community. Secondly, a Pre-College Program for high school students runs in summer and targets aspiring artists who intend to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The curriculum, comprised of living on campus and mini-courses, helps students build the skills and the work for a college portfolio, while earning college credit. Lastly, another initiative includes student abroad, conferences and intensive workshop for artists. There is also a program of intensive master classes with nationally-known artists held for adults in week long sessions in the summer.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

College Aged (18-26 years)

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$167,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    -- To continue to provide a first-rate visual arts education that helps students to define their personal creative vision, and develop expertise in ways to express it. Through this process, they develop broadly applicable critical thinking, creative problem solving skills and learn how to work in a team environment, and to effectively give and receive critique. Further, to support their success after graduation by incorporating professional preparation throughout the 4-year curriculum, requiring an effective internship, offering opportunities to hear from and interact with creative economy professionals throughout their education, and by continuing to offer career services support prior to and after they graduate. -- To be a cultural leader and economic driver enriching life in the City of Beverly and the greater North Shore.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    -- Montserrat offers a rigorous and robust curriculum that is tied to teaching students to think and develop their own unique vision, rather than simply teaching them to make. Each student is an individual and most all learn differently. The college's small size, and intimate nurturing culture, enable faculty to know each student and to teach to how they learn. Students are encouraged to take artistic and academic risks and are developed through supportive critique throughout. -- As a cultural leader Montserrat annually offers a broad range of free and open to the public exhibitions, artist talks and presentations. It also offers lifelong learning through summer and continuing education programs for all ages. -- The college is an economic driver through its leadership in the regional creative economy and its annual generation of more than $25 million in the regional economy.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    -- Montserrat's education is accredited by NEASC and NASAD, but more importantly the college has a faculty, Board and community who are committed to these ideals. For more almost 40 years the college has been delivering this education and nurturing community to generations of students who go on to make a life in art, and many other directions. -- The college is also a proven partner with the City, and community, of Beverly and the region. Administration and faculty work closely with civic, business and social leaders to develop important initiatives, such as the recently state designated Arts and Culture District, and programs such as presenting, for free, internationally renowned African artist Wengchi Mutu at the Cabot Theater.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    -- Progress at a college can be measured several ways: Statistically the college's graduation and retention rates exceed the national average. This is particularly compelling given the low socio-economic demographic that Montserrat primarily serves. Typically the group is much less successful in a four year college environment.As important, if not more, are the lives our alumni build. Qualitatively, as mentioned above, we know that 72% are currently working in a job related to their field of study and 56% list that their primary income comes from art related activities. Qualitatively, our alumni are clear that they enjoy their lives and appreciate their Montserrat experience. While few go on to have careers in high finance, investments, or other highly lucrative fields, they live the lives they want - the lives that reflect who they are.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    -- Montserrat has educated generations of young people - in the process helping them to find and transform themselves, and to identify and learn to express their creative vision. Montserrat is a partner and agent of change in the revitalization of downtown Beverly and in the vitality of the greater North Shore. Montserrat continues to enliven the lives of residents with a myriad of exhibitions and cultural projects. -- There is always so much more to be done, new ideas to be explored. This is a challenging environment for small independent schools and, while much progress has been made during the past five years, continuing to build enrollment and financially strengthen the college is paramount. With additions to its campus the college will be able to offer more public programming and improved community life for its students. There are opportunities to create new programs to further enhance professional preparation such as a Design Lab where members of the non-profit and business community can seek help with projects. The work of looking forward never stops.
Service Areas

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National

Montserrat has 385 enrolled students; 70 of whom are expected to graduate in 2015/16. 48% are from MA, 28% from the other 5 New England states, the remainder are from NY, NJ, TX, FL, OH and others. 70% of students live on or near campus. More than 50% of the College's alumni now reside within 25 miles of campus.

Funding Needs

Montserrat primarily serves a lower-middle-class demographic. 40% of students are Federal Pell Grant eligible. Many have diagnosed, or undiagnosed, learning disabilities and struggled in the standardized testing environment that dominates secondary education. Consequently many struggle with academic preparation and significant esteem issues. At Montserrat they are known, valued, and taught to how they learn. They succeed. This education is transformational, building student's skills and expertise, and the self-worth and confidence essential for success.To help support them the College annually awards more than $4 million in financial aid. Without it few would be able to attend - or earn a 4 year degree. Supporting this aid is the most pressing need. $10,000 supplements a year for a student. $100,000 in endowment creates an impactful scholarship in perpetuity. Montserrat also has exciting opportunities for campus enhancement including:All seniors have a studio to use for their thesis project. Providing studios for all juniors would add continuity and focus for their work and process;A new larger Gallery on Cabot Street would bring more attention and visitors to the College and to the Arts and Culture District - a boon for local businesses and Montserrat's enrollment.

Accreditations

National Association of Schools of Art and Design - Accreditation

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

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MONTSERRAT COLLEGE OF ART INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Montserrat College of Art, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Stephen D. Immerman

BIO

President Stephen D. Immerman Ed.D is a seasoned, charismatic leader who, since taking the role of president of Montserrat in November 2009, has increased the college's enrollment, balanced the finances, and enhanced the academic environment with new faculty appointments, upgraded technologies, and renovated facilities.Building on the strength of the college's rich history, Dr. Immerman aims to inspire innovation and enhance Montserrat's stimulating educational environment allowing each and every student to develop and realize their own creative vision. While strengthening relations within both internal and external communities Dr. Immerman also provides steady support for the daily operational management of the college as a whole.Dr. Immerman has dedicated his more than 30-year career promoting and establishing change in higher education to improve the lives of young adults. Prior to becoming Montserrat's president, he spent the majority of his career in a variety of departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; including student life, advancement, business management, operations, project management, and alumni relations. He is an influential speaker, effective fundraiser, and creative thinker.An involved community leader, he currently serves on the boards of Beverly Main Streets, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Essex National Heritage Commission, and the State University of New York, Potsdam College Foundation. Dr. Immerman is a native of Malone, New York. He holds a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Certificates in Leadership from MIT and in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Master of Science and Education from the University of New York, Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York, Potsdam.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Montserrat is an intentionally small, caring and nurturing community. We are proud of the students we enroll and the alumni that we graduate. Our faculty is devoted to developing individual artistic vision in our students and their ability to present it through different artistic mediums, while preparing them to be well-rounded citizens, able and willing to contribute to society. Pedagogy is guided by principles of exemplary professional practice, rigorous work ethic, meaningful student-faculty relationships, community engagement, and cultural equity. This combination supports students as they transform themselves into adept artists and visual communicators. While developing expertise in various artistic mediums, Montserrat students become creative problem solvers and critical thinkers who can convey complex information through their work. In doing so, they shape how we interpret, understand, and interact with our world. They are prepared for a life in art and the art of life. My proudest moments are when I meet alumni who have gone out into the world and used their education and preparation to do something remarkable. Many apply them directly in the creative economy - running galleries and studios across the region, working as professional photographers, art directors, illustrators, designers, and more. Others go off into to completely different fields. One founded a successful chain of chocolatiers, another is the Head of Threat Security for Boston's Federal Reserve Bank another is an organ builder and voicer with Fiske Organ. They are limited by neither their skills nor imagination."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Colucci

McLane Middleton

Term: July 2015 - June 2018

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