Past Gallery Exhibitions
Fall 2019 Events
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.
“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.
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.
"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.
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 Events
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.
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." http://bdgaither.net
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, through Saturday, April 6, 2019
“Meet and Greet” Reception: Tuesday, April 6, 2019
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 (tapreview.org), 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.
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 Events
Fafnir Adamites - Insight That Accrues - Sculpture
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Saturday, September 29, 2018
Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 19, 11:30 - 1 p.m.
"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."
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. http://fafniradamites.com/
BIG INK--Large-scale Printmaking
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, through Friday, November 9, 2018
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. https://www.bigink.org/
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.
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 Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://wwwkeithhollingworth.com
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. http://www.joanneholtje.com
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.
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,
- 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
- Robert Dickerman, Dean, School of Engineering Technologies, and Math
- 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
$3YM@UR featured in black history month exhibit at Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery, B28
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.
“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.
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.