A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Prizes

weather-vane-horizontal-500x366Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. See the full list.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 on the Ins and Outs of Joke Telling (New York Times Magazine)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Every joke is “a work in progress,” says stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04. He shares insight on the development of his funny bits — and some advice, too, such as finding comfort in the silence you will inevitably encounter.

Read “How to Tell a  Joke” in The New York Times Magazine.

Bowdoin Art Students Pursue their Craft from Coast to Coast

Elena Gleed ’18, Rachel Zheng ’16, and Elizabeth Snowdon ’17 (from left to right) are all working on art projects this summer

Elena Gleed ’18, Rachel Zheng ’16, and Elizabeth Snowdon ’17 (from left to right) are all working on art projects this summer

From southern California to midcoast Maine, five Bowdoin students are pursuing self-directed artistic endeavors with the help of Bowdoin’s Kaempfer Art Grants. Exploring their identities and art through new techniques, mediums, and the lenses of different movements, these artists have produced work that will take them through artist talks and an exhibition when they return to campus in the fall.

Talia Cowen ’16 caught up with three of the five artists: Elena Gleed ’18, Rachel Zheng ’16 and Elizabeth Snowdon ’17. Read more about their projects.

Museum of Art Featured Along Maine Art Museum Trail (Wall Street Journal)

Catalogue cover imageThe Maine Art Museum Trail has become a well-traveled route in Maine. Featuring eight museums with more than 75,000 works of art among them and stretching across 200 miles throughout the state, the trail’s second stop is the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Earlier this summer, Judith Dobrzynski explored the offerings of this artistic trail, and wrote about her adventures in the Wall Street Journal.

She was particularly struck by one of the museum’s masterpieces, Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of Thomas Jefferson (c. 1805-07), which is housed in the permanent collection. As for the well-received Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860–1960, Dobrzynski writes that it is both “ambitious” and “a brilliant idea…well done.”

Night Vision has attracted major media attention, with mentions in The New York Times and a previous review in The Wall Street Journal.