May 28, 2020

This week we're presenting University of Massachusetts Lowell, University at Albany and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery with exhibitions featuring the work of their own graduating art students. Despite COVID-19 throwing a wrench in their plans, these students used their determination, passion and creativity to create work they'll be remembered for long after the pandemic ends.

Artscope is sponsoring Artrageous!34 at Montserrat College of Art. Due to COVID-19, the event is now taking place online. There will be a silent auction beginning June 1, followed by a live auction on June 12 at 6:00 p.m. The items being sold are already available for preview here. Don't miss the North Shore's signature art event! Sponsorships and tickets can be purchased here.

Newport Art Museum is holding their annual gala, this time with a twist. Their Gala at Home will take place on July 17 in the form of a gourmet dinner delivered right to your home. The meal includes food, specially selected wine and fresh flowers. Delivery locations include Aquidneck Island, Jamestown, and Bristol. Tickets are limited and must be purchased by June 30, so don't wait to secure your spot! For more information such as the menu and to purchase your tickets, click here.

Wondering how your favorite galleries are responding to COVID-19? Check out Artscope's COVID-19 Updates & Resources page for a curation of online galleries, classes, webinars and other activities you can do at home, as well as resources for artists. Featuring galleries and museums all across New England, this page will be updated continuously as we receive more information.

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- Kristin Wissler

RESILIENCE at University of Massachusetts Lowell's University Gallery
in Lowell, Massachusetts

UMass Lowell
Suellen Guerreiro, from Invisible Language.

This year, University of Massachusetts Lowell's Spring BFA exhibition takes the form of RESILIENCE, an online gallery showcasing both the artwork created by the school's BFA candidates and the way the candidates rose to the challenge of finishing their capstone projects in the midst of unprecedented and turbulent times. A note from the Art and Design department on the homepage of RESILIENCE acknowledges the difficulty that this year's graduating students had to face, but also applauds their determination in finishing their education and creating good work. "With barely a stumble, they transitioned to remote learning with grace," the note says. "They brought positivity and cheer to zoom calls across the department. They adapted, bent and flexed their skills in unprecedented ways. They should be applauded for their grit, persistence and motivation in a time where it would have been easy to crumble." The virtual gallery is split into three sections, one each for animation, graphic design and studio art. The capstone projects of over 40 students are featured, and though no two pieces of art are alike, all demonstrate the skill, passion and hard work of their artists. Suellen Guerreiro's Invisible Language graphic design project explores the evolution of color and how our experience of it has changed over time. Colleen McDonagh taps into her memories of food to create surrealist yet enticing paintings. Katherine "Katie" Lucas explores the relationship between artist and medium in a 2D-animated short film about a moth who finds emotional release in the beauty of fire. These captivating projects and many more await viewers in RESILIENCE. Access the virtual gallery at

Sponsored by: Claudia Ruiz Gustafson, Art Basel, ArtSpace Maynard, Vizivel, Bromfield Gallery, Solomon Rugs and the Artscope Tablet Edition.

Historias de Tierra y Mar / Stories of Land and Sea
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson

Historias de Tierra y Mar / Stories of Land and Sea
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson
Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

In Claudia Ruiz Gustafson's current exhibit, Historias de Tierra y Mar / Stories of Land and Sea, she pays homage to important parts of her own history through three different series of photographs: Fragmented Stories (Historias Fragmentadas), Poet of the Lake, and Maria. In each series, she explores the paradox of memory and the emotion of loss and how it connects to her being the only person in her family who left her country of origin.

Exhibit on display in the Multicultural Arts Center's Virtual Gallery through August 28, 2020.

Art Basel | Basel 2020
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ArtSpace Maynard


Though ArtSpace Maynard remains closed to the public until deemed safe, we are offering a series of VIRTUAL EVENTS intended to keep the public and artists engaged in the arts! These online gatherings are FREE to the public, offering opportunity for participation. The events present a different topic each Saturday from 2:004:00 p.m. If interested in receiving information on these events, please contact: and you receive updates through our mailing list.

Also, an exciting public arts collaboration between ArtSpace Maynard and The Revolving Museum may soon be coming your way! The Corona/Crown Project shares the collective response of more than 100 artists and community members to the current COVID-19 crisis. Messages of hope, concerns for safety, and gratitude towards the sacrifices made members of our communities are displayed as part of two traveling arts-mobiles making their way through Massachusetts. Follow the anticipated route on Twitter: #CoronaCrownArt

ArtSpace Maynard

During this uncertain time, we believe it is absolutely vital that communities find ways to support each other in their individual and collective creative pursuits. Make art and find ways to share it with the world!

ArtSpace Maynard invites artists to submit proposals for exhibitions for the 2020-21 season in our new West Gallery. Please go to: for more information.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2020

ATTENTION METALWORKERS!! ArtSpace is organizing a large-scale public art exhibition entitled 'METAL-ITY' that will feature outdoor steel sculptures made by New England artists, to be displayed on ArtSpace grounds. Exhibition dates: July 1, 2020November 1, 2021, Reception July 11, 1:004:00 p.m. If interested, send high resolution images of 3 considered artworks to Jerry Beck, ArtSpace Maynard Executive Director at, or call (978) 897-9828 for more information.

Stay healthy, stay inspired!

JERRY BECK, ArtSpace Maynard

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2020 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at University at Albany's University Art Museum
in Albany, New York

Ya Li, Nurture-2, 2019, mixed media and acrylic on wood panel, 24" x 30".

University at Albany is hosting their 2020 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition online in light of COVID-19 concerns. In their introduction to the online gallery, Danny Goodwin, Associate Professor and Director of the school's Studio Art Program, and Corinna Ripps Schaming, the Director and Chief Curator of the exhibition, point out that despite the difficult situation, it sets the current graduating class apart from those that came before in a big way. "You belong to a new history," they wrote. "It has been nothing short of inspiring to see how, with that rug ripped from under your feet, you have each risen to the occasion to present a version of your planned exhibition that is so much more than a compromise. Each of you has embraced the dual responsibilities to both reflect and help shape the culture in which your practice is situated, especially in times of crisis such as these." Graduating students Courtney Bernardo, Sean Corcoran, Maxwell Goodknight, Anthony Jackson (Bugzdale), Erica Kaufman, Ya Li, Arnela Mahmutović, Meghan Mason, Anna Nina Pellicone and Tzuyen Wei use a wide variety of mediums to explore, expose and interpret an even wider variety of ideas. Ya Li's paintings, for example, explore the balance of human and nature through the depiction of cells and microorganisms and how they act on the body. Tzuyen Wei analyzes the Taiwanese immigrant experience through the manipulation and distortion of paint on the canvas, and Courtney Bernardo's captivating yet often bizarre sculptures confront society's stigma against mental health and body image. Even with COVID-19 providing a frustrating obstacle, each artist in the exhibition created artworks brimming with beauty and meaning. As Goodwin and Schaming eloquently put it, "It wasn't supposed to happen this way, but it did and here you are." Find University at Albany's 2020 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibiton at

énouement at Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
in Worcester, Massachusetts

Cantor Art Gallery
Murphy Grady, 1980 In My Calvins, 2020, recycled denim and thread.

College of the Holy Cross's 2020 Senior Concentration Seminar Exhibition is an online exhibit showcasing the work of the school's nine graduating senior art majors from the Department of Visual Art's Concentration Seminar. Traditionally held in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, COVID-19 has forced the exhibit to move online to a dedicated website. The word "énouement," chosen by the students as their exhibition's title, is the bittersweet feeling of having arrived at the future and wishing to tell one's past self what that future would entail. "Throughout our four years at the college, we have been looking forward to having our senior studios and our senior show in Cantor; one of which got cut short, and one that will never come to fruition," said senior Emma Waligory. "Life doesn't seem to be real right now, and we're all just making it up as we go along." Despite the difficulty, featured student artists Xherd Aliko, Stephanie Browne, Claudia Davila, Luke Doughty, Annie Elbadawi, Murphy Grady, Thomas MacMullin, Morgan Sanders and Emma Waligory have created a senior exhibition that's just as show-stopping as the ones before it, if not even more so. "I am proud of the way this group has handled the challenge and moved forward in ways that demonstrate the skills they've acquired as creative individuals," said Associate Professor Matthew Gamber. énouement is a testament to the students' passion for their work and their drive to create something meaningful in this difficult time. Take a look at énouement at

"SIZZLE!" Online Exhibition at Bromfield
Deadline: July 1
Bromfield Gallery

Bromfield Gallery seeks artwork that sizzles with excitement for an online August exhibition. Open to all media, any interpretation. $18 for 3 images. Prizes include a 2021 solo exhibition for First Place, and Second and Third Place awards of $50$100. Apply online at Questions? Email

Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
(617) 451-3605
(Open by appointment)

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