Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation

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The Grimshaw Gudewicz Foundation was founded by George E Grimshaw and his friend, Irene Gudewicz. The foundation has supported a number of projects, including the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA; the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Medical Building at Brown University, Providence, RI; and others, including scholarship programs at several universities. It has not yet been determined which Grimshaw line George Grimshaw is descended from.


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Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery Website


Gallery Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 1 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery is free and open to the public

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery is located in the Jackson Arts Center at Bristol Community College. Click for MapQuest directions from your location.

For further information please call: (508) 678-2811 x.2631

Mailing Address:

Grimshaw-Gudwicz Art Gallery
Jackson Arts Center
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720


Kathleen Hancock, Director
Phone: (508) 678-2811 x.2439
Fax: (508) 730-3285


A Dream Realized . . .
The College and the BCC Foundation saw a dream come true in October 2000 when the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery opened to the public. Donors attending a reception preceding the first public opening enjoyed the gallery’s exhibition of Works From the Permanent Collection curated by gallery director Kathleen Hancock. The Grimshaw–Gudewicz Art Gallery was the result of a two-year campaign led by the Bristol Community College Foundation, which raised more than $500,000 for the gallery. The funds were matched by public funds through the assistance of the Division of Capital Asset Management.

“It starts with the Arts”
“I am firmly convinced that the community with a strong arts commitment is the better for it. The quality of life improves. People have laces to go, choices to make, things to see. The benefits are a hundred fold! Our world is expanded and changed. We become civilized. We understand each other better and finally, we improve.”
H. M. Booth, Chair of the Art Gallery Campaign Committee


The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery supports the educational mission of the college, provides an opportunity for the healthy exchange of ideas, in terms of both in process and product, enriches the environment of the local community and, through its permanent collection, provides an important resource for the cultural heritage of the region. The gallery’s goal is to present a variety of art exhibitions and educational programming to directly engage viewers through observation and analysis of artworks. Gallery exhibitions are designed to support the learning environment and create situations for the students and the community to explore the creative process, and to introduce everyone to both conventional and innovative approaches to creating, understanding and defining meaning in art objects. Objects from the college’s permanent collection of sculpture, paintings and works on paper exhibited throughout the campus are an important resource to the community and reflect the broad diversity and vitality of contemporary art today.



Works from the WPA’s Federal Arts Project
September 8 – October 22, 2005



Contemporary Visions - olhar sobre este tempo
Works by Lena Gal
May 26 – June 30, 2005

Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition
Selected Works From All Fine Art and Graphic Design Studio Courses
April 21 – May 5, 2005

Forces of Nature: Tales of Remembrance
Works by Michele Provost, Stephen Remick, Ray Sauer
March 10 – April 6, 2005

Surface – Structure
Works by Debra Giller, Kyle Huffman, Maria Napolitano
January 27 – February 25, 2005

The Bird Disaster Series
Works by Leslie Bostrom
November 18 – December 17, 2004

BCC Art Program Faculty Exhibition 2004
Works by BCC Art Department Faculty
October 14 – November 14, 2004

IN BODY: The Figure Transformed
Works by
Stacy Latt Savage, Shane Savage-Rumbaugh
September 9 – October 1, 2004



ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION: Selected Works From All Fine Art And Graphic Design Studio Courses
April 22 – May 14, 2004

FROM NATURE: Aeturna Momentum
Works by Joan Backes, Jay Coogan, Katherine Meyer
March 4 – April 1, 2004

Works by Nancy Davidson, Wlodzimierz Ksiazek, Lloyd Martin, David Newton, Susan Unterberg, Denyse Wilhelm
January 22 – February 19, 2004

CON/TEXT:Impulse Order Response
Works by Catherine Carter, Jennifer Pepper, Esmé Thompson
January 22 – February 19, 2004

Works by Jane Masters, Susan Mohl Powers, Joyce Utting Schutter
November 20 – December 19, 2003

THE DIVIDED LINE: Metaphor and Meaning
Works by Robert Loebell, Rob Millard, Susanne Tierney
October 16 – November 7, 2003

IN/SIDE/OUT: Shifting Boundaries
Works by Jimmy Leslie, Bruce McColl, Marlene Rye, Amy Schusser
September 4 – October 2, 2003



RON LISTER: 30 Years Of Romantic Expression
Paintings • Pastels • Drawings
A Life Of Planned Spontaneity

September 5 – October 6, 2002

CORPORATE ART COLLECTION: Vintage And Contemporary
Poster Graphics Collection

October 17 – November 14, 2002

FIRE WATER AIR EARTH: A Perpetual Alchemy
Works by Nancy Eisenfeld, Michael Hansel, Marcella Morgese, Gerald Saladyga
December 5 – January 3, 2003

Fall River And The Granite Mill Fire Of 1874

An Installation By Mary Giehl
January 23 – February 20, 2003

An Exhibition/Symposium On/Of Paper
Works by Michelle Benoit, Suzi Cozzens, Amy Eisenfeld Genser, Lynne Johnson, Gunta Kaza, Michele Levesque
March 6 – April 3, 2003

ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION: Selected Works From All Fine Art And Graphic Design Studio Courses
April 24 – May 15, 2003

May 29 – June 26, 2003



EMBODIED: Images And Reflections Of The Figure
Works by Robert Rustermier, Susan Schrader, Julie Shelton Smith
September 13 – October 11, 2001

MAFEREFÚN: African Spirituality In Cuban Art
An Exhibition Of Works Organized By The Cuban Art Space
Of The Center For Cuban Studies, New York, NY
October 25 – November 16, 2001

Works by Helen Cantrell, Lisa Russell, Lynnda Pardoe, Penelope Manzella
November 29 – December 21, 2001

HOLDING PATTERN: An Exhibition Of Paintings, Sculpture
And Textiles

Works by Mia Brownell, Wendy Edwards, Charlotte Hamlin, Myra Serrins,
Ron Scolastico
January 24 – February 21, 2002

VIEW FROM THE PORCH: An Exhibition Of Works By Hazard Durfee
March 14 – April 11, 2002

All Fine Art And Graphic Design Studio Courses

April 25 – May 15, 2002

2002 ANNUAL REGIONAL EXHIBITION: An Exhibition Organized By
The Greater Fall River Art Association

May 30 – June 26, 2002



THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION: Works From The Bristol Community College’s Permanent Art Collection
Begun in 1979 as part of Massachusetts One Percent for the Arts Program, many of the works represented form a significant group of limited edition fine art prints, important paintings and drawings, watercolors and photography.
October 18 – November 17, 2000

December 1 – 15, 2000

Works by Fish Bundy, James Duval, Nancy Friese, Daniel Koterbay, Kitty Lovell, Thomas Lyon Mills,J. Schofield Ruggiero, Ronald Wilczek
January 25 – February 15, 2001

March 1 – March 24, 2001

March 29 – April 19, 2001

ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION: Selected Works From All Fine Art And Graphic Design Studio Courses
April 30 – May 15, 2001

June 2 – June 22, 2001


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Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation has made several major gifts to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Scholarship program. Under the terms of these gifts, the scholarships must be awarded to students who are graduates of New Bedford High School or, alternatively, are residents of Bristol County in Massachusetts.

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation was established by Brother George E. Grimshaw and his long-time companion, Irene Gudewicz. His close friend and financial advisor, Arthur Parker, remembered Brother Grimshaw. "George Grimshaw represents the realization of the American dream. A man who had little to start with - no education, he never inherited a dime - but through hard work he became very successful, and has given so much. That's the American story: anybody can do it with the will, the ability, the guts. He grew up without a father around, and was raised largely by his grandparents while his mother worked as a full-time school teacher in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was what you call a latchkey kid. After graduating from high school, he went to work as a night shift errand boy for the Continental Screw Company in New Bedford. He was a natural engineer and would work on any machine until he understood exactly how it ran, and, I guess, he was barely twenty when they made him night foreman because he was so good."

"At Continental Screw Company he met Irene S. Gudewicz who, with George, left Continental Screw Company in 1933 and, with a modest amount of seed capital from her mother, Irene and George started Grim-Grip, which manufactured stainless steel screws in New Bedford. He was in his early 20's with his own company up and running in the heart of the Great Depression. Irene and George worked very long and hard. In 1950, he sold this company and started another business called Stillwater, in Freetown, Massachusetts. In 1969, George sold Stillwater to Pneumo-Dynamics, and that was the beginning of his wealth."

"Of all the attributes I remember about George, the most striking was his sense of organization. All his life, he gave to a wide variety of people and charities. He gave without reservation and without expecting anything in return - no personal thanks or gratitude. Irene was a big part of George's life and she helped immensely working in the office, the packing department, the production department, and with major policy decision both in business and personal matters."

Brother Grimshaw was a member of Star In The East-Paskamansett Lodge. He was raised on April 28, 1930. He received the Veteran's Medal on June 1, 1980. In addition to his business interests, he enjoyed woodworking and built many clocks, cabinets, and shelves which he gave away to organizations such as the Peterborough, New Hampshire Library. He enjoyed playing the organ and helped finance the restoration of the organ in the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford. At age eighty-seven, he began computerizing his financial records and took great delight in sending his accountants his quarterly reports of those transactions which would affect his taxes. He passed away in February, 1995.


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Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Bristol Community College
Fall River, Massachusetts

The brick mass of this Art Gallery complements the existing campus buildings, while its glass corner window and angular entrance canopy act as welcoming beacons. The main gallery space is lit by north-facing light monitors, its display walls interrupted only by the corner window, with views to the campus green.

In this project we designed two flexible exhibition spaces for a variety of contemporary installations. The primary gallery accommodates large two- and three-dimensional works, while a reception gallery at the entrance houses smaller pieces. An outdoor sculpture garden wraps around the building and marks a second entrance to the museum.


Grimshaw-Gudewicz Medical Building, Brown University, Providence, RI 

From Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana:

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Medical Building

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Medical Building, a six-story wing of the Bio-Medical Center, was dedicated on April 20-21, 1990, at exercises which included an inaugural lecture, “From Ionic Currents to Molecules,” by William A. Catterall ’68, and a keynote address by Louis W. Sullivan, U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. The building is named for George Grimshaw, a friend of the medical program, and his wife, Irene Gudewicz.








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Webpage posted June 2004. Updated November 2005 with additions of information from G-G website and photos from architect website.