Marvin A. Sweet - In Memoriam

It is with a very heavy heart that I post this obituary. I realize for some this will be news.


Marvin Sweet, Ceramics Professor in Fine Arts, died suddenly from an aneurism this summer. As many of you know, he had been battling heart trouble and, most recently, cancer. He had been recovering quite miraculously from both of these ailments, and it was therefore a great shock to learn that we'd lost him in the end.


Prof. Sweet was known for his acerbic humor, his passion for teaching, implacable standards - both for himself and for his students,  his artistic talent, and, not least, his kindness and empathy for others. We owe a great debt to him here at the college for what he contributed to our ceramics program.


We are transformed in Comiskey by his absence. His presence and role in the department are irreplaceable.

Colleague, mentor and dear friend, Marvin, we will miss you much. Thank you for all you gave and for your time with us!


- Prof. Kimberly Kersey Asbury on behalf the Fine Arts Studio Faculty at Saint Anselm College


Celebration of Life Event for Prof. Marvin Sweet



"SWEET, Marvin A. 57, died unexpectedly, June 26, 2010 in Boston.
imageReceiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, he was an award winning ceramist, author of numerous articles on artistic influences shared between Eastern and Western cultures, and his acclaimed book, The Yixing Effect: Echoes of the Chinese Scholar was presented by President Hu Hintao, People's Republic of China, as a cultural exchange gift to Yale University. Professor Sweet has taught ceramics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, Art Institute of Boston and the former Bradford College.

His ceramic work has received many prizes and awards including the Artists Foundation Fellowship Award and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grant.

His creative spirit, love of learning and teaching, will be sorely missed by his loving wife of 27 years, Catherine Jason; his mother, Mildred Sweet; sister, Barbara Sweet; proud niece and nephew, Deborah and Daniel Ben-David; and his dear friends, colleagues and students. HIs father, Harold Sweet, predeceased him.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held Saturday, July 3, 2010 from 1 to 3 Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence, MA 01840 and donations in his memory may be made to Essex Art Center. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 W. Main St., MERRIMAC"



More about Marvin and his work:

St. A's is doing the Sketchbook Project

Saint Anselm is Doing a Sketchbook

**The deadline has passed for the Saint Anselm discount, but feel free to order direct from the link above and join us. 

  • Saint Anselm is participating in the Sketchbook Project from Arthouse as a college community, spear-headed by Fine Arts & Lucubrations.
  • We received a discount as a group to both purchase & digitize the sketchbooks.
  • We'll hold our own mini-exhibition at the end of the fall semester to share what our sketchbook/journal entries have produced.
  • You fill up your sketchbook by January 15 and we ship them off to join a whirlwind tour of 6 exhibitions. One of the 1st stops is Portland, Maine and then NYC, then off to western states.
  • When the sketchbooks come back, they become part of a permanent collection housed at the Brooklyn Art Museum in NY.
  • Writing, Prose, Collage, Painting, Stitching, Drawing, Doodling, Photography are all valid approaches to tackling these themed sketchbooks which, for many Fine Arts courses this fall, will augment the usual sketchbook/journal requirements and provide students with ready subject matter with which to experiment and respond.
  • We'll post ongoing lists of tips and mini-assignments for filling up your sketchbook on Lucubrations and host a couple of Sketchbook parties in Comiskey with art supplies and fun and easy techniques. Questions? email: Prof. Asbury -

A Lucubrations History


An Abstract History

It began with the burning of journals and discontent with a misunderstanding of every book I picked up. It was truly a baptism-of-fire, that first day of Humanities. I gave up on writing down the words that my professor used whose meaning I did not know. On the one hand, I gave up from weariness. On the other hand, I couldn’t really spell any of them anyway. Now that I have been inaugurated into stupidity, I NEED TO GET OUT! Understanding arises from continual expression via dialogue which results in the falsehood of every utterance. (I may be pessimistic, but you should join the site and set me straight.) But, did I say the dialogue was wrong? Did I say that the experience of the begetting of the soul was wrong? Well, I didn’t. That’s the beauty. Let us sit down together at these funny little computers and defy space and time. Let us pick up during the day the impulses of midnight contemplation. Let us together find solace in the disembodiment of pixels and keys. Ah! But alas, this will never replace the silence between two friends in mutual understanding and forgetfulness of the conversation they just had. And yet, when the silence is broken by creative thoughts, one should not hoard them with greedy palms, but send them to this wonderful little site, this diamond in the rough!


1. What is this Place?

Lucubrations is a Cultural Magazine and Community. It is here to allow thoughtful creative people of all types to share their work, ideas, and comments in any medium in both informal and formal settings.

2. What can you do here?

  • -See what creative people in the community have been doing and thinking.
  • -See upcoming events and news in the arts and related areas and read reviews of selected events.
  • -Share your poems, essays, thoughts, reflections, art works, photographs, music, video or anything else that can be transmitted in an electronic form. Submissions are continuing. You can post directly to the sections or submit via email (editor  if you are not a member. Periodically, there will be digest issues on the  front page containing the editor's picks. You can subscribe to these via email as well.
  • -Share links, videos, and music or any other content you think people might be interested in.
  • -Post cultural events of all sorts, on campus and off, to our calendar.
  • -Post ongoing reflections and works in progress in a safe non-judgmental environment. Members have access to a members only Freedom section and a personal blog they can restrict to the audience they want. Members can also post in the public sections under a pseudonym.


3. What is a lucubration?

The word lucubrations is based on the Latin word lucubrare and means study by candlelight, nocturnal study or meditation, and the writings or thoughts that result.

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