artist and student during project

Grum Project Presenter Sees Art in Transformation


Williston’s Grum Project, which brings artists to campus throughout the year and is funded by a generous alumna, was pleased to welcome Elizabeth Duffy to campus in late January. Duffy, a mixed-media artist who teaches at Roger Williams University and Vermont College of Fine Art, led a workshop with students in the Arts Intensive program.

“Her visit was amazing,” said Natania Hume, chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. “She did a project she does with her college classes and our students jumped right into it. She brought several boxes full of found objects and strange and interesting industrial off-cuts. The Arts Intensive group, which is an eclectic group of students, had a great time making all kinds of interesting creations. The energy in the room was high and she is extremely lively so she got everyone going and they enjoyed interacting with her.”

Duffy also spoke with students in the Dodge Room that evening. “Her talk was quite impressive, and several students remarked on it to me the next day,” Hume said. “Her work concerns using what we already have to make art instead of using new materials and she is quite ingenious with what she finds and how she uses it to make very cool things!”

See photos of Duffy’s time in the Arts Intensive program.