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August 2015



BNN News Interviews Ceci Méndez, MassArt
Ceci Mendez, Director of the Center for Art & Community Partnerships speaks with Boston Neighborhood Network Television about Roxbury Rhapsody, a Boston Art Commission for the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury, MA by artist Napoleon Jones Henderson in collaboration with sparc! the Artmobile!

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Around Cape Ann: Chamber Piece Premieres
Catherine Kehoe '89 BFA Painting will lead an artist talk at Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

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Ruth Bernard's 'Transitions Exposed' at Lancaster Galleries
Inspiring story about Ruth Bernard '96 BFA Painting who struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia and became an inspiring artist.

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Zehra Khan's Voyage of Discovery in Provincetown
The work of MassArt alumna Zehra Khan '10 MFA on view at the The Art Strand in Provincetown, MA. Included in the exhibition are "malleable structures" - such as painted bedsheets!

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Special Display in Murfreesboro: Artwork of Young artists with Disabilities
Mary Grace Tinsley '15 BFA Sculpture was awarded the second prize at the The 2014 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition. The work of the winners will be on view in a traveling exhibition entitled The Journey.

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July 2015



What Makes Kelly Wearstler a Design Powerhouse
Alumna Kelly Wearstler featured in Vogue Australia for the design empire that she's created based on her unique and gorgeous esthetic.

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Greater Bostonian: Helping Kids Cook Up Bright Futures
Toni Elka '86 BFA Painting found her place at MassArt, now she's helping Boston teens develop professional skills with her company Future Chefs.

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How Did Lowell Painter's 'Highway' Make its Way to Actress's Cape home?
"Highway thru the Villages" by Vassilios "Bill" Giavis BFA '51 Painting will be up for auction from the estate of late actress and Tony award winner Julie Harris.

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Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe Opens on Rantoul Street
Taryn Manzi '07 BFA Graphic Design parlays her graphic design skills into cake decorating, and partners with Jean Sword to open Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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Local Comedian to Appear on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Jenny Zigrino '09 BFA Film competed on NBC's reality TV show, America's Got Talent, spouting her comedic wit to the judges and national viewers.

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Noncompetes are the Wrong Gear for Boutique Bike Makers
The Boston Globe discusses noncompetes in the wake of growing bicycle boutiques like that of Firefly Bicycles, founded by Tyler Evans '96 BFA Sculpture.

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Boston receives $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
MassArt is excited to work with the City of Boston's Office of Arts and Culture to implement an Artist in Residency Program as a result of a $100,000 Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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City of Boston Receives $100,000 Award from National Endowment for the Arts
Boston's Office of Arts and Culture will use the National Endowment for the Arts Award to establish an Artists in Residency program in partnership with MassArt.

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‘Raise the Roof’ Brings Lost History, and Art, Back to Life
The work of MassArt professors Rick and Laura Brown chronicled in JWeekly for leading students, artists, and woodworkers to re-create the roof and ceiling of the Gwozdziec Synagogue for the Polin Museum.

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NEA Awards $5 Million to Cities Including LA, Boston, and New Orleans
Artforum reports on the National Endowment for the Art's Award to the City of Boston to establish an Artist in Residency Program. The City of Boston will collaborate with MassArt to develop the program.

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Boston Receives National Endowment for the Arts Award to Support Artists
The City of Boston received a $100,000 Our Town award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support an Artists in Residency program. The City of Boston will collaborate with MassArt to implement the program.

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Orlando Welcomes New Mennello Museum Director
MFA Alumna Shannon Fitzgerald has been named the new director of the Mennello Museum of American Art, the second director in the museum's 17-year history.

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See Vintage Photographs of Summer Camp Memories From the ’80s
Time features work from Young Summer Love by Cheryl St. Onge MFA '87 Photography, detailing photographs from her time as an art director at a summer camp in New Hampshire in the 1980s.

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Commitment to Public Education Must not Overlook Creative Sector
A letter from Acting President Kurt Steinberg to The Boston Globe on the importance of STEAM in public higher education, and its contribution to the creative economy.

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A Man Ahead of His Time: Bill Hannon and the Founding of DMI
In the latest issue of Design Management Institute, Professor Emeritus Bill Hannon '56 is highlighted in the feature article.

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June 2015



Best of the Day: '10 Years of Prints: The Posters of Dan McCarthy' - June 25, 2015
A duo show entitled "Two Views II," highlighting the paintings, sculpture and works in mixed media by New Fairfield residents Mary Lou and Robert Alberetti BFA '58 Painting, opens July 24 at @287 Gallery in Danbury, CT.

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William Wegman: Dogs on Furniture
Artfix Daily features William Wegman '65 BFA Painting in lead up to the September PIASA sale devoted to Wegman's artwork.

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Best of the Day: '10 Years of Prints: The Posters of Dan McCarthy' - June 25, 2015
Boston Magazine names Dan McCarthy's 10 Years of Prints Exhibition, on view in MassArt's Paine Galleries, the "Best of the Day" for June 25, 2015.

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MassArt Gives Boston Fashion Sense
MassArt's student designers in the Vision Fashion Show are extolled for their forward-thinking, trendsetter designs.

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New Hire: Christopher Wright
Christopher Wright named Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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Painting Life's Fragile Notes in Provincetown
A selection of work by Donna Pomponio '07 BFA Art History is now on view at the Roccapriore Gallery. About her art, Pompino has stated, "I knew I wanted to touch another human being through my work."

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Week Ahead: Music, Theater, Art, and More
The Boston Globe features MassArt's "Above the Fold: Alumni Works in Design" in its weekly round-up of visual arts and activities.

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Local briefs: Artist Talks, a Jazz Concert and Art Installations at Old Montana Prison
Alumna Julia Galloway, a utilitarian potter and professor presented at the Archie Bray Foundation.

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Discernible Patterns
Melinda Cox '98 upholds a practice of sustainability and "happiness" in her home decor products.

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What Makes a Good Tower?
The Boston Globe describes MassArt's Treehouse Residential Hall as "alive at the public sidewalk and bold where it meets the sky, and its colorful facade registers, in architecture, the energy and variety of the school inside."

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HueRay! Bicycle Grips Take a Different Angle on Cyclist Safety
Victor Shapiro '10 BFA Industrial Design blends design, functionality, and safety to develop HueRay! Bicycle Grips for cyclists.

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MassArt Vision 2015
Style Boston's Tonya Mezrich reviews the MassArt Vision Fashion Show and shares her picks for the Fashion Design Department's rising stars.

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In Jewelry and Otherwise, Artists Confound Expectations
The Boston Globe Correspondent Cate McQuaid reviews Ground: A Retrospective of Ruudt Peters, on view in the President's Gallery through July 31, 2015.

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May 2015



Guests Dress Creatively for this MassArt Event
Guests of the MassArt's Vision Fashion Show dressed to impress - wearing creative styles ranging from Alexander McQueen to thrifted designs from Goodwill!

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Art Leads to Many Discoveries for JooYoung Choi
Alumna JooYoung Choi's A Strange Paradise is on view at Lawndale Art Center through June 6. Choi uses her artwork to tell stories and to explore her own identity.

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Marion Art Center Exhibition Opens June 5
Kim Morin Weineck '01 BFA Painting exhibits at Marion Art Center with Art in Bloom.

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Week Ahead: Music, Theater, Art, and More
The Boston Globe suggests visiting Infringement at SubSamson Gallery in Boston's South End.

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Dramatic Hats Top Off Party in the Park
MassArt fashion history professor Kathleen McDermott recognized for a "winning" hat at Party in the Park.

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An Artist Becomes Obsessive About a Dollhouse at Lancaster County Art Association
MFA Student William Chambers explores "how the home can serve as a surrogate body, a creative haven, and an isolating and insulating space" in his exhibition at Lancaster County Art Association.

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MassArt Hosts its Runway Show for Student Designers
Andrew Berul's designs at the MassArt "Vision" Fashion Show were featured in The Boston Globe.

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In My Backyard: Iceland
Agnieszka Sosnowska '95 BFA Photography was featured on CNN.com for her photography, which juxtaposes the brutal environment of Iceland, and the feminitity of her subjects.

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Handmade at MassArt
Courtney Goodrich from boston.com reviews the MassArt Made Spring Sale, where more than 60 students and 90 alumni contributed unique and beautiful pieces of art.

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To Relieve Student Stress, MassArt Brings in Barnyard Animals
As part of "Revive for Reviews," MassArt's Counseling & Wellness Center hosted barnyard baby animals to help students relieve the stress of finals.

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Five Questions for Virginia Fretto
Fashion Design alumna Virginia Fretto, owner of Razimus Jewelry speaks with Saratogian on her handcrafted fabric jewelry, and how it's benefiting the American Diabetes Association.

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MassArt Stars Share Fashion 'Vision' at Gala
Fashion Design Seniors Morgan Hill and Gloria Im share what inspires their designs - for Im, it's the chemical changes in DNA, for Hill, it's women of the Wild West. These students' designs will be on view at the Vision MassArt Fashion Show on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Castle at Park Plaza.

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The Community Library Features Edgy Photographs Of The American West
Photography Professor Laura McPhee exhibits her work from her "River of No Return" series at The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Photo Preview: MassArt Fashion Show 2015
Boston Magazine gives a sneak peek of the designs expected to strut down the runway at the MassArt Fashion Show 2015.

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5 Things to Do in Boston May 3 to May 10
Visit the MassArt Made Spring Sale to purchase unique handmade glassblown pieces, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and other artwork from today's contemporary artists.

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Long, Frigid Winter Spurs Photographer Abelardo Morell to Artistic Innovation
Professor Emeritus Abe Morrell exhibits "A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell" at Bowdoin College.

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April 2015



MassArt's "Treehouse" Awarded Leed GOLD Certification
MassArt's Treehouse Residential Hall was awarded Leed GOLD certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Introducing Six of the Year’s Top Student Artists
Graduate students Youjin Moon (Film/Video) and Cory John Ploessl (Installation and Performance) featured among 2015's "Top Student Artists" in the The Boston Globe.

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A Look at the MassArt Student Fashion Show and Dinner
Boston Common Magazine shares the hard work and determination necessary to develop the pieces by the Fashion Design students appearing the MassArt Fashion Show.

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MassArt Fashion Review
An behind-the-scenes look at the designs of Fashion Design seniors Daniela Cabal, Kimberly Gale Nowers, Carolina Espaillat, and Nicole Oppedisano. These students will showcase their work at the "Vision" MassArt Fashion Show.

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MassArt Auction Raises $1 Million
For the first time ever, the 26th Annual MassArt Auction sold out with 700 guests and $1 million raised to benefit student scholarships.

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Dillon Buss: Cape Cod Skater, Artist, Filmmaker
Alumnus Dillon Buss BFA '12 Film/Video was profiled on boston.com for his art - including his skateboarding, filming, and other artwork.

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The Most Stylish Bostonians 2015
Jordan Piantedosi '15 chosen as by Boston Globe as one of the "Most Stylish Bostonians" of the year. Jordan stated, "I feel strongly about dressing in a way that I like, because when you do something crazy, it gives someone else who is scared permission to do the same."

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Art Smart: Roger Kizik's Bookish Paintings Bring Reality, Abstract Worlds Together
MassArt alumnus Roger Kizik '72 exhibits his "bookish" paintings at the Narrows Center for the Arts.

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Barbara Bosworth Awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant
Photography Professor Barbara Bosworth has been awarded a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Grant with her work from The Meadow: A Reverie.

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No Child Left Behind: How Sparc! Is Driving Creativity to the Masses
Blogger Zoey Gulmi Discovers the Impact that MassArt and sparc! The Artmobile! has on Dorchester Academy for the The Huffington Post.

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Art of Jewelry: Jennifer Trask's Wearable Sculptures
For Blouin Art Info, MassArt alumna Jennifer Trask presents her jewelry as both art and experience for the wearer. Trask's work has been on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts among others.

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Free-Spirit feelings at Beat Hotel
Managing Partner Jack Bardy recruited MassArt student Jordan Piantedosi to create the ambience for the Beat Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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March 2015



Destroyed by Nazis, Restored by Baystate Artists
Professors Rick and Laura Brown were featured on WCVB's Chronicle for their work with the Polin Museum of the History of Jews.

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Transformations: The Interiors and Exteriors Inspiring Greater Boston's Leading Architects
Boston's leading architects share their favorite spaces in the city - including MassArt's Treehouse Residential Housing.

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Doc Provides Look at Real-Life North Korea
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U.S. Consulate And CIFFR Organize Filmmaking Workshops For Students
The U.S. Consulate General Curaçao has invited Kathryn Dietz, a successful documentary maker, producer, writer, director, and adjunct professor at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, to direct workshops that focus on showing students and others how they can become filmmakers.

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Marlboro-born Performer Katya Shoots for 'Drag Race' Fame
Brian McCook '15 BFA Studio for Interrelated Media Competes on RuPaul's Drag Race.

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TV Preview: Pittsburgh Native Gets Ducks in Order for FXX
MassArt alumnae Ben Jones serves as the creative director of Animation Domination on FXX Network.

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Art Opens a Dialogue
MassArt's Fine Arts 2D Printmaking Department hosts the Master Print Series, featuring artists Norberto Marrero Pírez and Janette Brossard from Cuba.

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Beauty Queened
MassArt Alumnus Brian McCook '15 outlines the process to transform into "Katya," a contender on RuPaul's Drag Race.

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Engaging Creative Communities to Enhance the Quality of Life in Cities
In partnership with The Institute of Contemporary Art, MassArt has been named a finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge. In May 2015, the Public Art Challenge will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

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Noir Fashion Week
Associate Professor of Fashion Design James Mason serves as vice president and creative director of Noir Fashion Week.

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Color Reigns at MassArt
Boston.com's Courtney Goodrich suggests seeking relief from this year's very white winter at the Color Fields exhibition in MassArt's Bakalar & Paine Galleries.

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February 2015



Artist's Touch: Breathing Life into Feats of Clay
MassArt alumna Meghan Sullivan chosen as Gulf Coast State College's 2015 artist in residence in Panama City, Panama.

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Francestown Architect on Mission to Educate Over the Air Waves in Africa
MassArt alumnae Cameron Leandri BFA '13, a humanitarian architect, and Professor of Architecture Paul Paturzo work to bring education to Kicora: Kigoma Community College in Tanzania.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Free To Public Thursday To ‘Beat The Winter Blues’
History of Art Professor David Nolta was a guest on Radio Boston on Wednesday, February 25. Nolta discussed the attractions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Bakalar & Paine Galleries to "beat the winter blues" in Boston.

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Wangechi Mutu Explores Womanhood at MassArt
As part of the 20th Anniversary of the Adderley Lecture series, MassArt presents Wangechi Mutu. As part of her lecture, Mutu will present slides of her work, and attendees will have a rare chance to hear the artist describe her inspirations as well as the historical contexts of her pieces.

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Boston Baker Oakleaf Faces Tough Challenge on ‘Duff Till Dawn’
MassArt alumna Amanda Oakleaf of Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop in Boston will appear on the Food Network's new series "Duff Till Dawn."

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Fashion on Film
Sondra Grace, Chair of the Fashion Department, offered her take on Rag & Bone's new short film highlighting their Fall 2015 menswear collection for New York Fashion Week.

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Before Women's Lib, Opera Divas Weighed Down By Diamonds And Haute Couture
MassArt fashion historian Kathleen McDermott details the historical significance of the textiles and jewels worn by pre-20th century opera singers.

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Meet the Guys Who Got the Boston 2024 Movement Started
Corey Dinopoulos BFA '07 took on a senior project of designing the branding for a hypothetical 2020 Summer Games in Boston while at MassArt. He turned that project into the idea behind Boston 2024.

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ICA Announces 2015 Foster Prize Winners
SIM faculty member Sandrine Schaefer, Carlos Jimenez Cahua MFA '12 and Susan Metrican MFA '12 named James and Audrey Foster Prize Artists by The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

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Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian
Photography Professor Barbara Bosworth's photographs featured in Smithsonian American Art Museum's "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art."

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Fly Guy
As part of Color Fields the new exhibition at MassArt, L.A.-based Jon Knuth has created a series of paintings in collaboration with common houseflies.

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MassArt Hosts an Opening Reception for 'Color Fields'
Boston Art Commission director Karin Goodfellow and Wellington Management Company curator Karen Pfefferle celebrated MassArt's newest exhibition.

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January 2015



WGBH Hometown Challenge Feature
MassArt faculty Mitch Ryerson featured by WGBH Boston for their Hometown Challenge for his wooden structures in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Critics' Picks: Theater, Dance, Art
The Boston Globe deems the Color Fields exhibition "a splashy celebration of color."

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Artwork by Ekua Holmes '77 Featured in Google Doodle for MLK Day
On Monday, January 19, an illustration by Ekua Holmes' 77 Director and Community Coordinator of sparc! the Artmobile was the featured image on Google's US homepage. The collage honors Martin Luther King, Jr. and depicts him walking arm in arm with fellow activists in Selma, Ala.

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Color Fields Coming to MassArt’s Bakalar and Paine Galleries
MassArt's newest exhibition pays tribute to MassArt alum and professor Albert Munsell, inventor of the Munsell Color System.

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Boston's Olympic Flame First Fanned by Dracut Native
For his college thesis, MassArt alumnus Corey Dinopoulous created a visual study of what the look and feel of a Boston Olympics would be like.

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Carnegie Foundation Selects MassArt for 2015 Community Engagement Classification
Out of 240 U.S. colleges and universities, MassArt is one of five institutions with a specialized focus on the arts, medicine, or health professions to receive the prestigious 2015 Community Engagement Classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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Malika Green Pushes the Boundaries of Footwear
Shoemaker Malika Green teaches a sold-out Continuing Education course and hosts a free lecture, "Crafting the Glass Slipper: The Art and Poetry of Shoes" on January 15, 2015.

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