Past Gallery Exhibitions

Fall 2021

The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery presents new collages by Keith Hollingworth entitled “40 Black Writers.” The series started in 2012 and features Sonia Sanchez, Alain Locke, Edwidge Danticat, Ntozake Shange, and James Baldwin, among many other Black writers whose wide range of thought, ideas, and feelings are illustrated with portraits, stamps, and book art. This exhibition will be on view through December 7, 2021. A virtual tour with no audio is available on YouTube.

Carberry Conversations, presented by Springfield Technical Community College’s Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery, continues Friday, October 29th from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. with a virtual conversation between associate professor and gallery coordinator Sondra Peron and retired professor and visual artist Keith Hollingworth. Hollingworth exhibited “54 African Americans” and “Homage to Art” at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery in October 2017, and his collage work, “40 Black Writers,” is currently on view at the STCC campus gallery.

Keith Hollingworth 40 Black Writers Exhibit

Keith Hollingworth graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1959. After serving in the U.S. Army for 2 years, he attended Mills College in Oakland, California, receiving his M.F.A. in 1964. He taught for a year in Ohio and then became a member of the Art Department at UMass in Amherst. In 1967 he moved to New York to establish himself as an artist. He exhibited in the Paula Cooper Gallery. In 1974 he moved from the city to Western Massachusetts and began teaching as an Adjunct at HCC, GCC, Mount Wachusett Community College and Westfield State University (WSU). He eventually became tenured at WSU and retired in 2019. He was a founding member of Gallery A3, a cooperative gallery located in Amherst.

Spring 2020

Kiayani Douglas—Fallacies of a Black Identity Enthusiast
Exhibition on view from Tuesday, February 4 through Saturday, February 29, 2020

Saturday, February 8: Evening Celebration for Artist, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12: Wearable Art Workshop with Kiayani Douglas, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 27, Special Artist Talk held at The Forum, B19, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and Vonetta Lightfoot

Kiayani Douglas painting of a young black women in thought

Artist Statement

I am a Black Identity Enthusiast. I use multiple disciplines to express my idea as about Afro-futurism through buried narratives of the African Diaspora in America. I create call to actions and immersive pieces to force people to have conversations rooted in race, history, and privilege. I make paintings, sculptures, and videos as calls to action about African-American Diaspora narratives. 

I make art as a way to cope with the social injustices that are happening in America. I have always been a maker of many things, but my love for portraits and the body have always shown through in all the mediums I manage. My interest in non-traditional drawing has allowed me to think about how we interact with two-dimensional pieces. My love for sculpture has allowed me the ability to expand my two-dimensional works and create forms to further express my conceptual thinking. 

I am a maker of many things, including the creation of a 10-part mini-series called “Black Identity Enthusiast.” This body of work is heavily influenced by Huey P. Newton’s 10-point program and his advocacy for the community. I use this information to challenge the dominant cultural narratives that are seen on social media, news, and public outlets. I challenge people’s perceptions of what it means to be black. I make work to use as educational tools that allow individuals to gain a different perspective of blackness within a brave place. 

Official Kiayani Douglas website


Kiayani Douglas has spent the last three years developing an interdisciplinary body of work called Black Identity Enthusiast. B.I.E. is a body of work geared towards curating conversations rooted in race history and privilege. She uses the Black Panthers Party for Self-defense 10-point program to critique and make visual connections to social injustices that have plagued African Americans during the Diaspora. Her talents as an educator and an artist come together effortlessly to build much needed conversations in brave places. She creates workshops where students of all disciplines can learn about American Black History, while making connections to Math, Science, History, and literature. Her desire to make these spaces stems from her not having them herself. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Douglas has a deep passion for advancing her community, culturally, economically and intellectually. She is a recent graduate of the University of Hartford in 2018 with her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. She also holds her BFA in ceramics with a double minor in painting and psychology, also from the University of Hartford.

Donnabelle Casis--inkling

Artist Donnabelle Casis gave us a "virtual tour" of her Spring exhibit, "inkling," for us all to enjoy while the campus is engaged in remote learning.

 Bright colored collage by Donnabelle Casis

Artist Statement

My 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, I reassemble disparate and discrete iconographic sources into unified compositions as an analog of cultural hybridity. Large and small, intimate and vast, they are part of an expansive framework of disperse elements. Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, trajes de luces (suits of light) or bullfighting costumes, and facial recognition software, inform my aesthetic decisions. Filipino tribal imagery is tied to storytelling, marks of accomplishment, and societal roles. Spanish bullfighting costume colors and embellishments have deep ties to familial history and status. Facial recognition software maps physical characteristics which determine one’s visual identity. I filter these and other images to create my own configurations rich in a variety of interpretations.

Official Donnabelle Casis website


Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina-American artist living and working in Florence, MA. She earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Connecticut and an MFA in Painting at the University of Washington. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions at Platform Gallery, ChaShaMa Chelsea, 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. 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, and Northampton Arts Council Grants, Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. Her work is included in several public and private collections.

STCC Student Art Work: Spring Showcase

Each year, the Annual Student Spring Exhibition invites the Fine Arts faculty to select work to showcase their students' finest portfolios. From colorful paintings to intricate prints, charcoal drawings to traditional gelatin silver photographs, and many other outstanding design projects, all artwork represents the culmination of a semester’s work in the Fine Arts Department at STCC.

Fall 2019

THEM: Images of Separation from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia: Using objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 5, 2019
Special Lecture by Dr. David Pilgrim, Monday, Sept 23, 11:15 a.m., Scibelli Hall

Meet and Greet Reception with Dr. David Pilgrim: Monday, Sept 23, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

artifacts of racism displayed on gallery wall

“THEM: Images of Separation,” a traveling exhibition of six three-dimensional and 32 framed pieces from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, showcases negative imagery found on postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs, and costumes has promoted stereotyping against such groups as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, and poor whites, as well as those who are "other" in terms of body type or sexual orientation. These items from popular culture have been used to stereotype groups of people and tackle some of the most contentious, hot-button cultural issues: anti-Arab sentiment, Holocaust denial, "don't ask, don't tell" and immigration.

signs reading Whites only beyond this point and help wanted no irish need apply

More information about "THEM: Images of Separation" can be found at the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia website.

Eric Pelka: 90s NYC to Rural Western Massachusetts
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, through Saturday, November 9, 2019

Eric Pelka’s career as a painter spans a twenty-five-year period of artwork showcasing two and a half decades living in New York City followed by three years in rural isolation located in the foothills of the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. Combining an exposition of paintings, large works on craft paper and illustrative drawings, Pelka exposes the viewer into a unique and immersive experience showcasing the juxtapositions between urban life and nature; the discord and harmony they both engender. Representation of these dichotomies is exaggerated by the artwork that appears to be “hung out to dry,” a facetious allusion to betrayal—especially by someone who expects assistance and protection. The art shows natural wear through time; the wisdom from the natural world versus the manufactured, the man-made.

To see more of Eric's work visit the Eric Pelka website.

 painting of faces collaged abstractly

"The Well Wishers Day Off"
30 x 40 inches
acrylic and oil on canvas

STCC Student Art Work: Fall Showcase
Tuesday, November 26, 2019-Saturday, December 7, 2019

Student Reception: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m.

 artwork on wall of art gallery

Each year, the Annual Student Fall Exhibition invites the Fine Arts faculty to select work to showcase their students' finest portfolios. From colorful paintings to intricate prints, charcoal drawings to traditional gelatin silver photographs, and many other outstanding design projects, all artwork represents the culmination of a semester’s work in the Fine Arts Department at STCC.

Spring 2019

Philadelphia artist Brian Gaither, Paintings
In collaboration with Multicultural Affairs
Friday, February 1, 2019, through Thursday, February 28, 2019
Artist Talk Via Skype from China: TBA

In celebration of Black History Month, the gallery presents Gaither’s recent large-scale monochrome paintings critiquing the hierarchies within society and how those hierarchies uphold social relations that perpetuate injustices. Issues of police brutality, the killing of unarmed African Americans, and other iconic figures confront the viewer.

Philadelphia artist Brian Gaither, Paintings

Gaither, a Penn State School of Visual Arts MFA graduate, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Civil Society Institute Fellowship Award from the Vermont Studio Center, a four-week residency program for visual artists. His painting, "Accountability," was shown at the African American Museum in Philadelphia in an exhibition called "Outcry!," which addressed the killing of unarmed African Americans. Another of Gaither's paintings, "Allegory of Justice," was accepted by the Wiseman Gallery at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon, for its November exhibit, "Exercising Authority: Racial Minorities in the American Legal System."

Sandra Matthews--Photography
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, through Saturday, April 6, 2019
“Meet and Greet” Reception: Tuesday, April 6, 2019

Sandra Matthews--Photography

Sandra Matthews, associate professor emerita of film and photography, is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.F.A.). Her photographic work is represented in collections including the Smith College Art Museum; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the Block Museum of Art, Chicago; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Women In Photography International Archive at Yale University. Matthews is co-author, with Laura Wexler, of Pregnant Pictures (Routledge, 2000), a cultural history of photographs of pregnant women in the U.S. In 2010 she founded, and currently edits, the Trans-Asia Photography Review (, an online scholarly journal published by Hampshire College and devoted to the discussion of historical and contemporary photography from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

STCC Student Art Work: Spring Showcase
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, through Saturday, May 4, 2019
Student Artists’ Reception: Thursday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Spring 2019 Student Art Work

Each year, the Annual Student Spring Exhibition invites the Fine Arts faculty to select work to showcase their students' finest portfolios. From colorful paintings to intricate prints, charcoal drawings to traditional gelatin silver photographs, and many other outstanding design projects, all artwork represents the culmination of a semester’s work in the Fine Arts Department at STCC.

Fall 2018

Fafnir Adamites - Insight That Accrues - Sculpture
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Saturday, September 29, 2018
Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 19, 11:30 - 1 p.m.

Mass Cultural Council

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

Fafnir Adamites - Sculpture

Fafnir Adamites - Sculpture 2

Adamites holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. She teaches at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, UMass Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and at The Academy at Charlemont. She lives in Turners Falls, MA. Using felt making and other traditional craft processes, Adamites creates sculptural and installation works that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Using repetitious processes such as felt making allows the artist to physically engage with and meditate on the concepts she is working with. Material exploration is the starting point for all of her work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece.

BIG INK--Large-scale Printmaking
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, through Friday, November 9, 2018

BIG INK--Large-scale Printmaking

BIG INK is an organized network of creative thinkers focused on promoting the art of large-scale woodblock printing. The program was started in 2012 by directors Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet as a way to spread their passion for the medium with other artists and the general public. BIG INK works by establishing a temporary print shop on-site at partnership organizations, most often at museums, universities, art centers, studios, and galleries. Artists are selected, either by personal invitation or through a call-for-entry process, to attend these events and print original woodblocks at least 24” x 36” in dimension. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of artists have participated in BIG INK events across the country.

STCC Student Art Work:  Fall Showcase
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Friday, December 14, 2018 
Student Reception: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Fall 2018 Student Art Work

Each year, the Annual Student Fall Exhibition invites the Fine Arts faculty to select work to showcase their students' finest portfolios. From colorful paintings to intricate prints, charcoal drawings to tradition gelatin silver photographs, and many other outstanding design projects, all artwork represents the culmination of a semester’s work in the Fine Arts Department at STCC.

Spring 2018

Philadelphia fiber artist Dindga McCannon
Thursday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 28, 2018
“Meet and Greet” Reception: Thursday, Feb 22, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mass Cultural Council

This exhibition is made possible with financial support from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency; Vonetta Lightfoot and the office of Multicultural Affairs; and Anne Bonemery, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Special thanks to co-curator Rosemary Woods of Art for the Soul Gallery.

Dindga Image 1

Dindga Image 2

Dindga Image 3

In celebration of Black History Month, the gallery presents McCannon’s elaborate and colorful quilt designs highlighting the many women of color who have made significant contributions to the history of African Americans. Examples from this exhibition entitled, “Legacy,” include the 1930’s trumpeter Valaida Snow to master dancer and choreographer of the 50’s and 60’s Lavinia Williams to the great Maya Angelou, writer, poet, and civil rights activist. All quilts are made of wool and fiber that has been felted, hand-embroidered and beaded into intricate quilt designs.

Sean Greene
New Work/Solo Exhibition
Tuesday, March 6 through Saturday, April 7, 2018
“Meet and Greet” Reception: Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sean Greene Image 1

Sean Greene Image 2

Florence artist Sean Greene has been exhibiting frequently in the U.S. in galleries such as the Brian Morris Gallery in New York, and William Baczek Fine Arts and Geoffrey Young Gallery in Massachusetts, the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, and New Image Art in West Hollywood, among others. He received grants from the Somerville and Northampton Arts Councils, the Artists Resource Trust and recently has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. His work is in private collections in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and France, as well as the corporate collection of Neiman Marcus, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst.

STCC Student Art Work: Spring Showcase
Tuesday, April 24 through Saturday, May 5, 2018
Student Artists’ Reception: Thursday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Each year, the Annual Student Spring Exhibition invites the Fine Arts faculty to select work to showcase their students' finest portfolios. From colorful paintings to intricate prints, charcoal drawings to tradition gelatin silver photographs, and many other outstanding design projects, all artwork represents the culmination of a semester’s work in the Fine Arts Department at STCC.

Fall 2017

Hollingworth Art Photo 2

Hollingworth Art Photo 1

Keith Hollingworth
Homage to Art/54 African Americans
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, through Friday, November 9, 2017
Artist Talk and Reception: Tuesday, October 31, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Amherst artist Keith Hollingworth’s two series of collages, 54 African Americans and Homage to Art will be on view through Thursday, November 9. A “meet and greet” reception for the artist will be on Tuesday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s, art has been and continues to be at the cornerstone of Hollingworth’s life. In one series on view at the Carberry Gallery, Homage to Art, he credits the many artists in the history of art with over 120 separate canvases devoted to each artist, their style of art, and a replica of their signature. The focus of the series is a recognition that many artists have served as great teachers, whether giving the viewer ideas or simply the concept of commitment, the history of art is has inspired us all.

For the past three years, Keith Hollingworth has been working on this large series of collages of African Americans. Utilizing The New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham’s Sunday fashion page. The 54 collages are hung one against the other in a giant grid, giving the sense of a continuum, much like a mural. Hollingworth has stated that his intent is to show that African Americans are both part of and apart from American society and that many barriers have been broken.

Hollingworth is currently a professor of art at Westfield State College.

More of Hollingworth’s artwork can be viewed on his website:


Holtje Image

Joanne Holtje
Recent Work: Paintings and Works on Paper
Tuesday, September 12, 2017-Friday, October 6, 2017
Artist Reception: Tuesday, Sept 26, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Special Master Class/Studio Visit: Saturday, Sept 23

This collection of paintings and works on paper by Belchertown artist Joanne Holtje, produced over the past five years, exemplifies a wide range of media, content, and scale by the artist.  Holtje’s work celebrates the physicality of paint, with an exuberant use of color and expressive mark-making. Her paintings frequently reference the landscape, some more literally than others at times, which she credits to a youth spent wandering in the woods and fields, along rivers and lakes, drinking in the full sensory experience of being in and of the natural world. She received her BA from Tufts University, and since 2006, she has exhibited in local, regional and national shows including the Massachusetts Artists Biennial, The Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Danforth Museum. Holtje has been a member of Oxbow Gallery, Northampton since 2014 and her work appears in the book, Creating Abstract Art by Dean Nimmer.

Spring 2017

STCC Creates Photo 1

Whether an artist attempts to affect social change, express a personal thought or feeling, or tell a story, the creative work found in this exhibit exemplifies the diversity found in all the many creators presented. In honor of STCC’s 50th anniversary, the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery celebrates the creative spirit found in the people who work here at STCC, where we are all creative.

STCC Creates Photo 2

Art is universal. Art is everywhere. We are all artists, and we are all creative. This belief is at the foundation of this unique exhibition. The criteria for STCC Creates is purposefully open and inclusive: any faculty or staff, whether professional artist or amateur, was invited to submit artwork in any medium.

I want to especially thank all the individuals listed below whose work you see in this gallery exhibition for sharing their creative work. In some cases, the artwork is very personal and was not originally intended for public display, while other work has been exhibited in galleries around the globe. Their willingness to share their artwork in this forum made this unique exhibit possible. Thank you.

  • Kathleen Andrews, Professor of English, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science,
    Poems and Calligraphy
  • Kris Kozuch, Director, Disability Services,
    Digital Photography
  • William Garvey, Coordinator of SIMS Medical, Health, and Patient Simulation
    Celtic-themed Mosaic Wall Hangings
  • Alexis Greenblatt, Literary Specialist, Adult Basic Education
    Handmade Greeting Cards
  • Mary Moriarty-Copeland, Staff Assistant to Dean, Student Affairs Office
  • Mayre Sullivan, Technical Services Assistant, Library
  • Roberta Albano, Professor, Dental Assistant
  • Joan Nadaeu, Senior Director, Human Resources & Employee Benefits and Operations Center
  • William Halloran, Assistant Professor, Energy Systems, School of Engineering Technologies, and Math
    Wildcat O'Halloran Band Live at the Zorba Room
  • Theresa Berard, Adjunct Professor, World Languages/Italian, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
  • Sondra Peron, Adjunct Professor of Photography; Gallery Coordinator, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
  • Susan Barocas, Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering Technologies, and Math
  • Frances Riddle, Assistant Professor of Art & Dept Chair, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
    Mixed Media Contour Drawing
  • David Hosmer, Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering Technologies, and Math
    Digital Photography
  • Robert Dickerman, Dean, School of Engineering Technologies, and Math
    Wood Furniture
  • Susan Dion, Professional Tutor, Student Success Center
    Paintings and Mixed Media Drawings
  • Sandra Howell, Adjunct Professor, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
  • Jaime Herrick, Chemical Hygiene Officer, Police Department
    Press Flower Designs
  • Anne Bonemery, Dean, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
    Painted Glassware and Wood
  • Jesse Connor, Adjunct Professor, Fine Art, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science

STCC Creates Photo 3

Springfield-born Marlon Seymour, also known as $3YM@UR, will be the featured solo artist during a special black history month exhibition entitled, “Gentrification,” at STCC’s Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts, located in B28.

The exhibit will run through Friday, Feb. 24, with three special events: a reception for the STCC community scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and a special master class for fine arts students on February 21, and an evening reception and closing celebration on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet the artist.

Black History Month Image 1

“Gentrification,” highlights $3YM@UR’s diversity of artistic exploration with 12 very large, colorful paintings made up of richly abundant saturated colors and vivid faces. Growing up in poverty, Seymour had little resources for fun between caring for his siblings and helping around the house. Originating as a hobby, and inspired by life’s lessons, painting was a way of escaping from the stress of everyday life.

Black History Month Image 2

Born Marlon Seymour in Springfield, MA in 1978, he lost his mother at an early age and was adopted by his aunt. In 9th grade, he began hanging out in the streets. Seymour managed to refrain from a stereotypical lifestyle of a black man growing up in a bad environment by turning to music and painting. Today, a devoted father and abstract artist, Seymour is a man obsessed with his work and fixated by art. Self-taught and still unveiling his true potential, he has painted over 700 works of art.

SPECIAL THANKS to Vonetta Lightfoot of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Professional Group of STCC); Rosemary Tracy Woods of the Art of the Soul Gallery in Springfield; and STCC’s School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for all their support for the arts at STCC.

Black History Month Image 3