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Bridget Lynch has been a Simmons College faculty member for ten years, teaching studio art classes and a unique field trip based art history class. She is also Director of the Trustman Art Gallery at the College. Her own artistic work has been intensively engaged with cross-discipline conversations including philosophy, theories of folly, art history, politics and theatre. She has produced her theatrical and freewheeling installations in multiple university and museum settings nationally. Lynch created the popular participatory Throne Project 2003 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and was featured this past year in festival and gallery shows of video and sound work at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, University of CA at Chico State, the contemporary art space LAL in Lexington KY, and Aurora Picture Show in Houston TX. Lynch has a BA in Japanese and East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas and studied traditional theatre in Kyoto, Japan. She trained at the Museum School in Boston with an emphasis in painting, and has a MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
She has won several awards for her projects and is a co-founder of the Hall Street Artist Collaborative, which has produced two outside video screenings. Her bibliography includes reviews in Sculpture Magazine, ART New England, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Patriot Ledger, the Wire and others, as well as several exhibition catalogues, and two cable TV presentations. She is included in the Springfield Ohio Museum of Art; the University of NH Art Museum; Simmons College Collection; the Boston Public Library Collection; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; Eastern Connecticut State University Collection; private collections in the USA, Germany and Sweden.
As a teacher she has wide experience. At Simmons, she enjoys the teaching resources of the nearby museums and galleries and her classes make full use of these urban classrooms. Her popular lectures on the topic of Folly and art have been given at many universities and colleges, including Art Break, the UNH Art Gallery lecture series and the University Hour lecture at Eastern Connecticut State University. As part of a Colloquium funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities she lectured and displayed work at Hood College in Maryland.
Critics say of her work: Lynch has inspiration and intellect to spare. Her installation embraces the illogic of chance, double dealing, and rule breaking that too often define our lives. Her work also includes the overt nod to Dada and recalls Duchamp's passion for chess. — John Stomberg ART New England. ** "All is Folly" succeeds in creating a kind of carnival of paintings - riotous and debauched, and altogether worthwhile. — Cate McQuaid The Boston Globe.
Trustman Gallery site: www.simmons.edu/trustman