STCC offers virtual art exhibit at Carberry Gallery
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College is featuring a virtual tour of an exhibit by Florence artist Donnabelle Casis.
Casis’ artwork was set to be on display through April 11, but the college has closed the gallery to the public due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic..
Casis and gallery coordinator Sondra Peron created an 8 minute video tour of the exhibit, which is posted on STCC’s YouTube channel. Visit www.stcc.io/gallery or go to stcc.edu and click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of the page. Visit the artist’s website at donnabellecasis.com
“With STCC embracing remote operations, we really would like our students and the public to experience Donnabelle Casis’ artwork and are pleased to offer a tour in this virtual format,” Peron said.
Casis lives and works in Florence. She earned an MFA in painting at the University of Washington. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions at The Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Platform Gallery, LABspace, Readywipe, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Howard House Contemporary Art, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Historic Northampton Museum, Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and Center for Contemporary Art (CoCA), among others.
With STCC embracing remote operations, we really would like our students and the public to experience Donnabelle Casis’ artwork and are pleased to offer a tour in this virtual format.Sondra Peron, Coordinator, Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery
She received numerous awards and grants including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, Northampton Arts Council Grants, and she was a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant Finalist. Her work is included in several public and private collections.
Casis, a Filipina-American artist, said her paintings explore the relationship of personal identity and ritual to visual systems of signification in both ancient and modern cultures.
Through the use of patterns and geometry, she reassembles disparate and discrete iconographic sources into unified compositions as an analog of cultural hybridity.
“My title ‘inkling’ is a multi-level reference,” she said. “Inkling can be defined as a slight knowledge or suspicion, a hint. It can also loosely refer to the ink of tattooing. Inkling can also be a word taken from the Philippine word tinikling: a traditional Philippine folk dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. I believe how we contextualize visual information is akin to moving, shaping and reshifting, where multi-layered connections can be compelling and indelible.”
The exhibition is supported in part by the School of Liberal and Professional Studies and the Fine Arts department.
About the Gallery
The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College presents six exhibits each academic year, featuring works by artists of local and national repute as well as STCC student work. The gallery is located in Building 28, first floor, on the Pearl Street side of the STCC campus. The gallery is supported in part by funding from the School of Liberal and Professional Studies. Find the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery on Facebook or follow on Twitter @STCCArtGallery.
About Springfield Technical Community College
Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, liberal arts, and STEM fields continue to provide the most affordable options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of about 7,000 day, evening, weekend, and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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