ARCH: Art Remediating Campus Histories Project

Bryn Mawr College’s ARCH Project (Art Remediating Campus Histories), in partnership with Monument Lab, is a multi-year collaboration to design a process and commission a campus public artwork that responds to the legacy of exclusionary practices at the College. This vital work builds on previous and ongoing College-supported efforts by students, staff, alumni, and faculty to reveal and repair harm, ensuring a reckoning with Bryn Mawr College’s history and a clear-sighted look at the way to a future of inclusion and reconciliation.

OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST IDEAS

On behalf of the College, Monument Lab and a circle of campus collaborators have extended an open call to artists to propose a lasting campus public artwork in response to the question, What stories are missing from Bryn Mawr College? In response to this call, interested artists are invited to submit a statement of interest along with work samples and a C.V. through an online form, due November 8, 2022, if they would like to be considered for the project. Upon receipt of artist submissions, the project’s Artist Advisory Committee will select 5 artists. These finalists will be invited to campus for optional site visits and asked to submit a final proposal. Finalists are compensated $4,000 for this proposal stage.

In late March 2023, artists will be invited to share their proposals with the College community publicly through in-person presentations. Informed by community feedback, the Artist Advisory Committee’s decision-making process will result in a final recommendation that will be delivered to the College’s Board of Trustees. Based on the Committee’s recommendation, the Board will make a final decision by late April 2023.

The budget for the final selected project is $560,000 with an artist fee at $112,000.

To learn more, review the Monument Lab artist webinar and download the ARCH Project Artist Dossier.

Questions?

Contact projects@monumentlab.com

Research

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Monument Lab posed a central research and engagement question to the campus to guide the project: What stories are missing from Bryn Mawr College? Rather than seeking a single “winning” response to guide the future commission, we sought to enact a broad collective and creative mapping of the campus across time. The central question aimed to serve the reckoning with, dismantling, and reimagining of narratives of campus history that may offer an artistic and reparative vision for its future. 

Bryn Mawr College hired a cohort of student researchers to work with Monument Lab to extend the research question to the campus community. During an Engagement Week in February 2022, the student research cohort facilitated on-campus events in which BMC’s students, staff, faculty, and alums were invited to respond to the research question through paper engagement forms that asked respondents to map the campus according to their own perspectives and experiences. Respondents could draw, sketch, and/or describe their maps. The prompt was intentionally open-ended.

After the Engagement Week events, with the assistance of Bryn Mawr College’s Library and Monument Lab, the student research cohort digitally transcribed and coded the forms. We witnessed a composite mapping of the campus that highlights its layered multiplicity—places of trauma and transformation, erasure and memory-keeping, individuality and collectivity all exist simultaneously.  

While the engagement forms were Monument Lab’s primary mode of research collection, our findings were also informed by what the student team saw in the process of collecting research. 

As reflected in the central question at the heart of this study, while we gathered overview findings of how the campus was mapped, we were just as drawn to how missing stories, sites, and narratives were engaged. We sought to reveal and engage silences and gaps in the narrative. In analyzing this kind of collective knowledge—crowd-sourced, varied, personal, and reflective of individual experience we highlight the oft-unquestioned falsehood that data is neutral and without messiness. 

To learn more about this research phase, download the Artist Project Dossier

 

Credits

The ARCH Project Team

Co-Chairs
Ruth Lindborg, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College, Bryn Mawr College & Class of 1980, Bryn Mawr College
Monique Scott, Associate Professor of History of Art and Director of Museum Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Artist Advisory Committee
Annalise Ashman, Class of 2024, Bryn Mawr College
Millie Bond, Executive Director of Constituent Engagement, Alumni Relations, Bryn Mawr College
Amy Goldrich, Art Attorney & Class of 1986, Bryn Mawr College
Erika Guadalupe Nuñez, Executive Director, Juntos & Class of 2013, Bryn Mawr College
Olivia Harkins-Finn, Class of 2023, Bryn Mawr College
Justine Jentes, Class of 1988, Bryn Mawr College
Tuajuanda Jordan, President, St. Mary’s College of Maryland & Member, Board of Trustees, Bryn Mawr College
Homay King, Professor and Chair of History of Art on the Marie Neuberger Fund of the Study of the Arts, Bryn Mawr College
Ruth Lindeborg, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College, Bryn Mawr College & Class of 1980, Bryn Mawr College
Lisa Saltzman, Professor of History of Art on the Emily Rauh Pulitzer '55 Professorship, Bryn Mawr College
Monique Scott, Associate Professor of History of Art and Director of Museum Studies, Bryn Mawr College
Sharon Ullman, Professor of History, Bryn Mawr College
Elliot Waters-Fleming, Assistant Project Manager, Monument Lab & Class of 2022, Bryn Mawr College

Student Researchers
Annalise Ashman, Class of 2024
Linda Chen, Class of 2023
Olivia L Harkins-Finn, Class of 2023
Aaliyah R. Joseph, Class of 2022
Faryal A. Khan, Class of 2022
Elliot Waters-Fleming, Class of 2022

Monument Lab Team
Paul Farber, Director
Nico Rodriguez, Associate Director of Projects
Sue Mobley, Director of Research
Gina Ciralli, Senior Projects Manager
Elliot Waters-Fleming, Assistant Project Manager
Patrice Worthy, Year 1 Engagement Curator 
Steph Garcia, Research Associate

Photography
Daniel Jackson 

Supported by
Bryn Mawr College