Sean Taillefer '12: Artist of the Week
Berkshire art student Sean Taillefer ’12 was selected this summer to participate in a ground-breaking new program at world-renowned museum Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, MA.
Taillefer, a senior from Pittsfield, MA, has studied in the studio art program since his arrival here. This year he is enrolled in the Advanced Placement Studio Art program, where he is working to fulfill the requirements of a portfolio based specifically in two-dimensional design. He is applying to art schools for college next year, admires “Banksy” and consistently brings exciting news from the art world outside of school into the studios on campus.
“Teenspace” was initiated last May when area art students applied to a new program at the museum that would enlist them to study visual arts and creative thinking with artist Samuel Rowlett in preparation for their own large scale exhibit in downtown North Adams, just steps from the museum. The exhibit was part of a program that the museum calls “DownStreet Art,” and the high school participants found themselves preparing their own collaborative work of art amidst a series of professional artists doing much the same thing. Sean says it was inspiring to be working in such close proximity to professional artists. “We talked to each other. You could just walk next door and see what famous artists were doing with their own spaces.”
Sean says, “the project developed they way that I think about art making; it helped me internalize the process. “We talked a lot about our own art with Mr. Rowlett. Sometimes I didn’t like what he had to say, but he helped me to think of my work from other people’s viewpoints. We were making a public work, so that was important.” When asked what his favorite parts of the project were, Sean said, “learning to collaborate with other artists, becoming comfortable with each person’s contribution to the whole, and getting paid to make art!”
Click here for Mass MoCA’s promotional site for the “Teenspace” project. One of Sean’s drawings is the featured work in the masthead.
-- Linda D'Arco, Studio Art teacher