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Student Stories

Hear from Shurvina Heraldo, an Artward Bound junior. Learn about her personal journey through her art and her hopes for the future. 

Please view additional student stories below. 

Gersom Rivera '22 BFA Illustration

In elementary school, Gersom discovered his passion for art while reading Marvel comic books and yearned to become a comic artist. He applied to Artward Bound, MassArt’s college access program for underrepresented Boston-area high school artists, in the spring of 2013 to follow his career goals. While attending Artward Bound, Gersom had a great impact on shaping the program by co-designing the logo. 

Nowadays, in addition to being a MassArt student in the Illustration department, Gersom gives back to the Artward Bound community by working as a mentor with the current students. 

"I didn’t have art classes at my high school, so if it wasn’t for [MassArt’s] Artward Bound, I wouldn’t be where I am now." 

gaby moreno '21, artward bound

Gaby joined Artward Bound in the summer of 2017 to expand her knowledge in the arts. She first became interested in art when her father showed her Dragon Ball Z as a child, which sparked a passion to create her own characters and stories.

When she was in eighth grade, Gaby knew she wanted to follow a career in the arts when she sold one of her paintings and saw the feasibility of being an artist professionally. She soon applied to Artward Bound and was happy to be surrounded by a supportive, positive community that helped solidify her identity. She plans to pursue painting and art therapy in her future.

"We really learn and change here in [Artward Bound]. Being able to access these supplies and classes for free is such a blessing."