Swain School of Design Alumni to Reunite May 3

Alumni Reception to Feature Gallery Lecture, Visit to the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store

UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) will celebrate the Swain School of Design May 3, 2014, beginning at 12:30 p.m., at the CVPA Campus Gallery, for an alumni reception. The reception will feature opening remarks by CVPA Dean Adrian Tio, a gallery lecture by Art History Professor Anna Dempsey, and a visit to the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store campus. The event on May 3 will help raise funds for a CVPA student scholarship. 

The current exhibition at the CVPA Campus Gallery tells the story of The Swain School of Design, founded by William W. Swain in 1882 in New Bedford. During its century-long existence, Swain fostered a community of artists who contributed to New Bedford's educational, cultural and commercial institutions. Although the school merged with Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1988, it has left an important legacy. Swain alumni, faculty and students helped to catalyze and support New Bedford's economic and cultural revitalization. "Swain: A Creative Community" features a wide range of works from the artists and educators who contributed to Swain's diverse history and to its legacy. 

All alumni from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Swain School of Design are invited to return for a historic afternoon. For more information or to register visit http://alumni.umassd.edu/cvpa.

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