The ArtSalon goes to Northampton, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017
6:30pm, presentations begin at 7pm
$5 suggested donation
At The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, 25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton

This month’s ArtSalon will be at The School for Contemporary Thought in Northampton. The evening begins at 6:30pm with mingling and light refreshments, and presentations start at 7pm.
Refreshments are being provided by River Valley Coop and Ellie’s Oils.

A brief Q&A period with the artists follows the presentations.

This program is supported in part by The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Fierst, Kane and Bloomberg.

Presenting artists:
Bruce Ackerson, Barbie Diewald, Daniel Ladd, Michael Tillyer and Katie Richardson

Ackerson1Bruce Ackerson studied painting and printmaking at Allegheny College, Rutgers University, and the University of Wisconsin before turning to a career in advertising design in New York and San Francisco. Finding graphic design to be unsatisfying, the artist gradually returned to oil painting, and now lives and paints in Northampton, MA. He is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award winner. His paintings can be seen at Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, and on his website He also gives piano lessons.


Originally from Chicago, Barbie Diewald is a choreographer who balances her creative work between New York and New England. Barbie is a 2016 Bogliasco Fellow, and has developed her work with the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Northampton Arts Council. She co-founded and directed TrioDance Collective in New York from 2010-2014, and has recently performed in the work of Bronwen MacArthur, Stephanie Maher, Jen Polins, Katie Martin, and Merce Cunningham (via the Cunningham Trust). She is lecturer in dance at Keene State College, and is on the faculty of the Pioneer Valley Ballet. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Millikin University and an MFA in Dance from Smith College where she was a Teaching Fellow and Gretchen Moran Scholar. Barbie’s current creative home is the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she is the Associate Director of Programming, emphasizing racial and gender diversity, international artists, and support systems for emerging New England choreographers.


Daniel Ladd’s art is not made in the studio, it is not gene spliced or photo-shopped but created outdoors in nature. He makes art with the living botanical world of trees, tree roots, gourds and fungi as his media. He responds to that living growth with creative suggestions, interventions and shaping with molds, props, cables and other tools. Ladd has lived in Northampton for seven years and is currently artist in residence at the Smith College Ada and Archibald Macleish Field Station where he has completed a commission and also has an outdoor studio.


As a creative worker, Michael Tillyer began a career here in Western Massachusetts in 1976. An interest in reductive, self-abnegating, fluxist-like esthetics guided his output of figurative sculpture. By various circumstances he came in close contact with artists living with serious mental illnesses. He found himself able to talk their talk and discovered they made good friends. Filling in the need for opportunity for them, he created a subsidized studio and gallery in 1997, the Anchor House of Artists, to champion their work. Now twenty years hence, he has expanded the original mission to include a museum to preserve the legacies of those he knew well but have passed leaving their legacies to his stewardship.

Richardson1Katie Richardson
is a Hadley based artist and educator whose recent work explores concepts of disease, embodiment, and bioethics. She is interested in the increasing use of biotechnology to shape corporeal existence. Grounded in process, materiality and physicality, she creates sculpture and installation that reflect biological realities and fantasies with the goal of destabilizing the supposedly objective truths we are told about our bodies. Katie holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an M.Ed from UMASS Amherst, and a BA from Hampshire College. In addition to her sculptural practice, she is an educator of English Learners and sells fire formed glass and steel through her business Blue Barn Studio.