I am a proud graduate from Umass Amherst. I left the zoo with a BFA, concentration in still digital imaging and a minor in art history. And my final send off into the art world was my BFA thesis project, “Borrowed Memories.” It was my first taste of being an administrator within the art world. I remember being so scared and very intimidated to call the Umass Fine Art Department to schedule a space for my thesis work. I was standing in my dinning-room-turned bedroom in a big purple house I rented with my best friends. I called and stammering out I was looking for gallery space and would like to request the gallery that was a northeast dorm, and for the reception brought a ton of wine and got in trouble. It was perfect!
I am so pleased to say that I was accepted into the 30 Under 30 Exhibition that is presented at the Arsenal Center for the Arts! The most exciting part about the exhibition was that my sister, Robin and her husband Paul were also accepted into the juried exhibition! Although the three of us have been involved in art our whole lives, we’ve never been an exhibit together. The reception was last Thursday, (January 22, 2015) and my sister had her first night of grad school – but Paul, my dad and boyfriend and my friend Noelle came out for the celebration.
The exhibit space is unique in the fact that there are two levels with an intricate installation work in the middle of the gallery. My crew and I walked around upstairs reviewing the works and then moseyed downstairs to where my sister, Paul’s and my work was presented. And then I discovered that I was selected as one of the six spotlight artists! I thought my heart was going to explode, I was so excited! Below are some images of the evening.