Special Collections & Archives Exhibit – All Together Now: Social Gatherings in Bowdoin History


Now on view in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library is a new exhibit curated by Special Collections & Archives student assistant Laura Hernandez ’17.

All Together Now: Social Gatherings in Bowdoin History explores the traditions of Ivies, the Thorndike Oak, Anna Lytica, and Phi Chi and displays objects found in the College Archives.

The exhibit will be on display through April 2016 and is located on the third floor of H-L.

Ivy Hop Dance Cards

While doing some research on Bowdoin Traditions, I came across these elegant and memorable objects that were a big part of the Ivy Dance. These were dance cards used by young women during the Ivy dance dating back to the 1800s. It was customary for women to carry their dance cards with them and write the names of their prospective partners next to a chosen song. They are beautiful symbols of a different Bowdoin. Today, the Ivies tradition is celebrated with concerts that unite the entire school allowing that all its students be part of the largest dance card ever – Laura Hernandez ’17


Ramp Gallery Exhibit — Senior Showcase 2016: sneak peek

Ramp Gallery: Senior Showcase 2016

Curated by Rachel Zheng ’16, the new Ramp Gallery exhibition, Senior Showcase 2016: sneak peek, features a collection of in-progress works and ideas of Bowdoin College’s senior Visual Arts majors.

During their last semester at Bowdoin, Visual Arts majors take part in Senior Studio, a course that offers seniors a distinct opportunity to develop an individual, expressive body of work. Seniors engage in dialogue with peers, faculty, and visiting artists who share a serious commitment to the creative process. In most cases, artists work through a variety of styles, materials, and ideas that help to develop a well-rounded studio practice, integrating the methods and techniques of the studio with a focus on conceptual concerns and interests. For this exhibition, each senior displays a small body of work alongside names of artists whose styles could potentially inspire the thematic and/or aesthetic qualities of their portfolio that will be exhibited as part of the Visual Arts Department’s Senior Showcase exhibition in May. Senior Showcase 2016: sneak peek provides the Bowdoin community with a collective portrait of the material experimentations and conceptual ideas that continue change and shift in Senior Studio.

Stop by the Ramp Gallery on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 @4:30pm (basement of HL, on the ramp to Hubbard!) for the opening reception of this exciting new show!

New Ramp Gallery Show: The Art Of Cell Biology

The Ramp Gallery Presents:

The Art Of Cell Biology

cell biology photo

This show presents digital microscopic images of plant and animal cells taken by students and faculty in the Cell Biology Course (Biology 2124) at Bowdoin College. Each year students learn to master several types of fluorescent microscopes using Bowdoin’s state of the art Cell Biology Imaging facility.

The Ramp Gallery is located on the lower level of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. For more information, please contact H-L Library at 725-3280.

The Ramp Gallery is grateful to Professor Bruce Kohorn for sharing these images as we continue to showcase work from across the curriculum.

Artist’s reception for Jack Mensik (2014), “90 Miles”

90 Miles

90 Miles

Thursday, October 17th , 4:30pm-6pm
The Ramp Gallery in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

The show, “90 Miles” is a photo exhibition complimented by Jack’s written observations about culture and the political climate in contemporary Cuba. Jack will lead a gallery discussion during the reception.

“90 miles across those waters lies a world that is very different from the one Cubans have known all their lives. The US is truly so close yet so far away. Cubans keep up with American pop music by tuning into American radio stations. I would sit on the Malecón at night and wonder if I could see the lights from Key West.”

See video of Jack discussing the photos Capitolo, Malecon, and 90 Miles.

The Ramp Gallery, located underground in the space between H-L and Hubbard Stacks, will be available for exhibitions of student work from all disciplines: photography, fiber arts, science poster presentations, etc. Work completed for classes or independently are both welcome.

Interested in exhibiting your work in the gallery? Email a brief proposal to The Ramp Gallery at rampgallery@bowdoin.edu.

New Exhibit Examines History of Fine Arts at Bowdoin

Sight & Sound

Launching the Next Century of Fine Arts at Bowdoin

The new Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance marks the beginning of a second century of fine arts in Bowdoin’s curriculum—the College first included formal courses in art and music during the 1912/1913 academic year.

Sight & Sound, a new exhibition in the Bowdoin College Library, celebrates this “turn-of-the-century” by taking a look back at how art and music have enriched learning and cultural life at the College from its beginnings.

The exhibition features examples from the Library’s rare book collection that have supported fine arts learning, including medieval illuminated manuscripts, songsters, musical settings for Longfellow’s poems, book illustration, and contemporary artists’ books. Teaching art and music at Bowdoin over the past century is also documented through the display of items from the Bowdoin College Archives. These materials remind us of how well the fine arts have thrived at Bowdoin and suggest a promising and exciting future for the performing and visual arts in the years to come.

The exhibition is free and open to the public seven days a week.
For further information, please call 207.725.3096.

Open daily, Fall 2013
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 2nd Floor Gallery

Image Credit: Michael Kuch’s Waterlines (2009)


New student exhibit on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer After Chaucer

Reading the Medieval
In the Renaissance And Beyond

The works of the Middle English poet Geoffrey Chaucer have been read, referenced, and studied almost continually since the poet’s death in 1400. The books in this exhibit bring together items from Bowdoin’s collections that illustrate some of the ways in which the poet’s text and reputation have been transmitted since then. Many of these items bear evidence of their use by Bowdoin students and faculty: the 1610 edition of Foxe’s Actes and Monuments includes a stamped due date of February 1, 1929, while the lecture notes of then-Professor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain explain his decision to focus on Chaucer in a class on the development of English literature.

This exhibition was researched and prepared by students in Megan Cook’s Spring 2013 course on Chaucer:

Lianna Bessette
Elena Britos
Molly Burke
Michael Colbert
Tara Connolly
Casey Correa
Monica Das
Joseph Galazka
Caitlin Greenwood
Destiny Guerrero
Margot Haines
Mario Jaime
Molly Krueger
Isabel Low
Joshua Pondick
Thomas Roberts-McMichael
Joseph Sise
Jonathan Tang

Open daily, March 25 – May 7, 2013
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 1st floor

Image Credit: "Geoffrey Chaucer," in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Urry (London, 1721)

BOOK ARTS: An Exhibition of Work by Printmaking I and II


Artists’ Books and Altered Books explore the role of the book as both a visual symbol and a structure for creative invention. The Altered Books in this exhibit were inspired by the work of Portland artist, Crystal Cawley. Students in Mary Hart’s Printmaking II class selected vintage books to “alter” and transform into contemporary narratives with the addition of intaglio etchings and mixed media work.

For the capstone project of Printmaking I, Hart’s students worked with Portland book artist Rebecca Goodale to design and construct Artists’ Books. As they describe journeys both real and imagined, combine imagery with poetry, or create a sense of place, their projects showcase a variety of printmaking techniques from drypoint to linocut to intaglio etching.

Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
January 23-February 25, 2013

Bowdoin Boys in Blue – and Gray

Drum Corps
Drum Corps, 8th Maine Vol. Infantry

EXTENDED through August 9!

To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the exhibition Bowdoin Boys in Blueand Gray honors the role of Bowdoin’s own during those defining years for national identity, states’ rights, and individual freedoms.

Fully twenty-five percent of then-living Bowdoin alumni and students—317 men (including eighteen Confederates)—served during the Civil War, a participation rate higher than that of any other northern college. Among those ranks were four Medal of Honor recipients, a member of Lincoln’s cabinet, several commanders of U.S. Colored Troops, and soldiers serving throughout the various theatres of combat, from Gettysburg to Louisiana. Their letters, diaries, and other personal papers, selected from the holdings of Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, illuminate the Civil War period both in the field and on the home front.

The exhibition, located on the second floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, is open to the public daily from January 21 through June 1, 2013, free of charge.

Follow along as we blog “this day in history…” for the year 1863, highlighting items from Special Collections
Civil War Blog
For More Information:

Civil War 150

George Mitchell Oral History Project Receives ‘Outstanding’ Award

George J. MitchellThe George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has earned the 2012 Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award, which is given biennially by the Oral History Association to an outstanding English language oral history project worldwide. The award recognizes projects of noteworthy scholarly and social value that also advance both the understanding of an important historical subject and the practice of oral history.

Under the auspices of the Bowdoin College Library, project director Andrea L’Hommedieu, field interviewers Mike Hastings, Diane Dewhirst, and Brien Williams, and transcriptionist Nicci Leamon amassed over 200 oral histories from people in former Sen. George Mitchell ’54′s life. Interviewees include Mitchell’s Waterville, Maine, friends; family members; college classmates; Maine legislators; political associates and competitors; campaign supporters; U.S. Senate colleagues and staff members; foreign policy specialists; law practice associates; and others. Cumulatively, their spoken accounts document Mitchell’s life and career from early childhood onward, with particular emphasis on his public service to Maine and to the nation. They complement Mitchell’s personal papers, which are also held by Bowdoin.

The oral histories are fully searchable and available for listening, reading, and downloading at: http://digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu/mitchelloralhistory/