New Faculty Members Enliven the Arts

Marlboro College is pleased to welcome two new tenure-track faculty members this fall, both of them contributing perspectives to the arts. Visual artist Amy Beecher (pictured, right) joins Marlboro from Providence College, where she was a special lecturer of design, while writer Bronwen Tate (pictured, left) comes to Marlboro after teaching in Stanford University’s interdisciplinary critical-thinking program, Thinking Matters.

“Marlboro College’s Plan of Concentration is aligned with my own teaching philosophy, including my emphasis on differentiated, self-directed learning,” said Amy, whose approach to painting includes collaborative work in digital imaging, installation, and sound. “Marlboro’s belief that art is a process informed by craft, play, reflection, and contextual awareness echoes my own artistic and pedagogical views.”

Amy has a bachelor’s degree in visual art from Brown University, and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art. She is a recent fellow in interdisciplinary art at the MacDowell Colony, where she worked on a project that offers critical revisions of Cathy Guisewite’s Cathy comic series in drawing, text, and sound.

“At Marlboro, I see a chance to support and guide the close-knit community of intrinsically-motivated students who chose its unique approach to education,” said Bronwen, who considers the college an ideal setting for intensive, side-by-side work. “Writing is a tremendous source of community. When we read and write, we join conversations that reach across time and space.”

Bronwen has an AB in comparative literature and an MFA in literary arts, both from Brown University, as well as a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. Selections from her current poetry manuscript Probable Garden, a recent finalist or semifinalist for several book awards, have appeared in journals including Denver QuarterlyLit, and the Laurel Review, as well as in chapbooks Vesper Vigil and Like the Native Tongue the Vanquished.