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Striking a Balance Between Art and Motorcycle Maintenance

"J. Shia (BFA, Photography, '13) first drove a motorcycle when she was about 8. Because she was small, her dad — a jack-of-all-trades with a penchant for bikes — would kick-start it for her and lean it up against a tree so she could climb up and ride. This worked well until it was time to stop the bike and get off."

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Meet our 2022 Trailblazers Contributors

"Vanessa Leroy is a freelance photographer based in Boston who holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She sees photography as a tool for social justice, and with it, she hopes to create worlds that people feel as though they can enter and draw from, as well as provide a look into an experience that they may not personally recognize. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Stat News, and Bloomberg and exhibited at Gallery Kayafas in Boston."

'Designing Motherhood' Delves Into Material Culture of Birth at MassArt Art Museum

"The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) announces its next exhibition, Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births, on view June 11 - December 18, 2022. Organized by a curatorial team that includes design historians, birth advocates, and medical and midwifery history experts, Designing Motherhood explores the arc of human reproduction through the lens of design and art from the 19th century to the present day.

Genevieve Gaignard’s Strange Fruit Means to Spark Tough Conversations About Race

“I filter what’s on my mind through my art,” the artist Genevieve Gaignard says. “Whether something is upsetting me, moving me, or bringing me joy, I think, ‘How do I process that through art to elevate it?’” America’s relationship to racial violence was top of mind when Gaignard, whose father is Black and mother is white, conceived her latest solo exhibition, Strange Fruit, which borrows its name from Billie Holiday's 1939 protest song, and is currently showing at Vielmetter art gallery in Los Angeles.

Vielmetter Los Angeles : Geneviève Gaignard : Strange Fruit

"With Strange Fruit, Genevieve Gaignard (BFA Photography) opens a door to haunting nostalgia of America’s relationship to racial violence. This exhition marks her most extensive and provocative body of work to date, focusing on historical and modern-day acts of lynching. The title, borrowed from Billie Holiday’s iconic song, interfaces a range of unapologetic commentary on the American psyche, simulating its inseparable tie to the horrors visited upon black people.

8 Black Female Photographers to Watch in 2022

"Vanessa Leroy -Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Vanessa Leroy holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She remains on the hunt for new ways of seeing, remembering, and altering the world through photography. She is drawn to image-making because of the power it holds to create nuanced representation for marginalized people and uplift their stories.


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