The Grum Project

Launched in the fall of 2016, the Grum Project is Williston’s visiting artist program. Funded by a generous alumna from the Northampton School for Girls, the Grum Project brings artists of all kinds—musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers, and more—to campus for mini-residencies so that the entire Williston community can participate.

2021-22 Grum Presenters

  • Ryan Gothrup, Glass Blower

    Glass artist Ryan Gothrup travels the country with his mobile glass trailer using the art form as a way to teach lessons in art, science, math, history, and teamwork. Gothrup will spend two days at Williston for a mini-residency this October.

  • Elizabeth Duffy, Textile Artist

    The work of Elizabeth Duffy begs you to look closer. She inserts charged imagery into intricate patterns in wallpaper and makes meaning out of braided rugs. Security envelope and bank statements printed on cloth decorate dresses, coasters, hats and mats. “I am fascinated by how things are made and how taking them apart reveals hidden worlds and the ingenuity of the human imagination,” her artist statement reads.

    Duffy will be on campus on January 21.

    Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Drawing Center, The RISD Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, White Columns, Wave Hill, and DM Contemporary. She has held residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Sirius Art Centre in Cobh, Ireland, VCCA, Jentel and Ucross. Duffy is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, where she was awarded grants in both Sculpture and Craft in 2019. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Art News, Art on Paper, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She has curated exhibitions including Dead Ringer at the Bristol Art Museum and Office Space.

    Duffy received her MFA from CUNY/Brooklyn College and her BA at Rutgers College. She studied Textile Conservation at FIT, Jewelry making the School of Visual Arts and painting, drawing and sculpture at the New York Studio School. She lives and works in Providence, RI and teaches in the Art Department at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and in the Graduate Program at Vermont College of Fine Art.

  • Dance Iquail, Dance Company

    Founded and directed by Iquail Shaheed, Dance Iquail was formed to “create a relevant company that would educate and empower dancers and the audience, while also bringing a positive influence to inner-city youth through education and community initiatives.” Dance Iquail uses the art of dance as a conduit for combating issues of social injustice primarily experienced by the disadvantaged.

  • Miguel Bregante, Theater Artistic Director

    Miguel Bregante is scheduled to visit this spring to work with our theater, Spanish and visual art students. Bregante is Artistic Director of La Mona Ilustre, an award-winning theatre company based in Santiago, Chile founded in 2008. Trained in the methodology of Jacques Lecoq, Bregante approaches theater-making through a unique combination of collaboration, movement, physical storytelling, puppetry, and mask. With La Mona Ilustre he creates a unique storytelling language for each production. Bregante has been a professor of commedia dell’arte and neutral mask at Chilean university DuocUC Viña del Mar since 2016. He has also taught students of all ages the world over in La Mona Ilustre’s pre- and post-show workshops.

  • Dan Phakos '06, Filmmaker

    Dan Phakos will conduct a year-long residency, visiting campus for periods each trimester. His work with students will include techniques such as scriptwriting, casting, and location-scouting. Phakos and a crew came from New York City came to Williston in 2018 and 2019 to help students execute Public Service Announcement short films, one on the dangers of texting and driving, and one on the overuse of plastics. Williston students and the crew plotted out the ads and shot over three-day periods.

Past presenters

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Lorelei Ensemble

Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is recognized nationally for its bold and inventive vocal interpretations of overlooked compositions. In October 2019, the group performed a private concert in the Phillips Stevens Chapel and hosted a Q-and-A session with members of Williston’s choral groups.

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Rosemary Fiet Covey

The paintings of artist Rosemary Feit Covey ’72—often connected to her deep interest in science, including evolutionary biology, entomology, and, presciently, emergent diseases—are housed in more than 40 major museum and library collections worldwide. During winter 2020, she shared her art and perspective with students.

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Kiel Johnson

During a six-day residency in January 2020, Los Angeles-based artist Kiel Johnson worked with students to create a collection of unique cardboard trophies that celebrated victories both personal and humorous. He also addressed the student body during an assembly, telling students, “If you pursue your dream 150 percent, life will open up to you.”

Ben Needham-Wood

Dancer, filmmaker, and five-time-regional-Emmy-award winner Ben Needham-Wood in January 2019 worked with dancers on a special number for the forthcoming spring dance performance. He screened his film BaseBallet, which celebrates the athleticism of dance and the artistry of sports.

Mark Guglielmo

Following numerous trips to Cuba, Mark Guglielmo created large collages using 4″x6″ photo prints he took on the island. Landscapes to intimate portraits of family life hung in Grubbs Gallery in October 2018. Guglielmo also spoke in a variety of classes, from Latin American history to Spanish class, and brought to campus a four-piece local Cuban band.

Tectonic Theater Group

In the run up to the Williston production of The Laramie Project, Tectonic Theater Group, which created the play—conducting 200 interviews in the aftermath of the hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998—arrived on campus in October 2018 to work with students and reflect on how theater can be a vehicle for social change.

Anis Mojgani

Two-time National Poetry Slam champion Anis Mojgani brought his wit and insight to campus during a three-day visit in April 2018. The author of five books of poetry worked with students and performed alongside them during a Friday-night spoken word festival.

Dan Phakos '06

Film director Dan Phakos and a crew came from NYC in April 2018 to help execute the vision of student Aidan Bourbonnais ’20. Her PSA, meant to draw attention to the dangers of texting and driving, was inspired by the death of her cousin. Williston students and the crew plotted out the ad and shot over a three-day period.

David Holt

In a wide-brimmed hat and tap shoes, musician and music historian and three-time Grammy winner David Holt performed songs on an array instruments with his musical partner, Josh Goforth, in December 2017.

Cody Rutty

Rutty, an American painter living and working in Boise, Idaho, in April 2017 lead classes, worked with individual students, and created a large oil painting that will remain at the school.

Pitch Slapped

Pitch Slapped, a co-ed a cappella group based at Berklee College of Music in Boston, performed at assembly and lead workshops with singers in February 2017.

Tanja Hollander

In November 2016, photographer and artist Tanja Hollander spent three days on campus with students exploring the intersection between art and social media.

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