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Massachusetts College of Art and Design Announces Free March Programs for all ages

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Programs include a virtual lecture with author Nnedi Okorafor (“Binti” trilogy and Black Panther comics), “Fresh Media ‘22” design exhibition at Boston CyberArts Gallery, and free programs at the MassArt Art Museum

Boston, MA – Monday, February 28, 2022 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces its roster of free public programs for the month of March. MassArt, a publicly funded college of art and design, is a resource to the Commonwealth and beyond and offers a wide variety of free art-making activities, lecture series, and exhibitions for all ages and backgrounds through the MassArt Art Museum, the College’s on-campus contemporary art museum; MassArt x SoWa, the off-campus gallery run by the graduate program; as well as its undergraduate and graduate academic departments.

The MassArt Art Museum

Currently on view through Spring 2022: Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet; Game Changers: Video Games & Contemporary Art; and Ghost Of A Dream: Yesterday Is Here. Admission and programs are always free. Advance registration is required. Visit maam.massart.edu for more information about museum hours and COVID-19 policies. 

Big Idea Saturdays (in-person)  
Saturdays March 5, 12, 19, 26; 12:00pm-4:00pm 

Connect with your inner artist, and with big ideas, in the Barkan Family Big Ideas Studio every Saturday. At this drop-in event, honor your hero—find inspiration in the story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman and draw a portrait of, or share a story about, someone who has impacted your life.

Drawing Together (in-person)
Thursday, March 17, 6:30-8:00pm 
Get creative in the company of friends (or make new ones!) during this free, drop-in figure drawing session featuring live music. All are welcome and drawing materials will be provided. Basic drawing instruction will be offered for those interested.

Creative Conversations: Nnedi Okorafor (virtual)
Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8pm
MAAM is pleased to announce a free virtual lecture by celebrated author Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor is an award-winning Nigerian-American author of Africanfuturist and Africanjujuist works of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. Her works include novels (Who Fears Death, Binti trilogy, and Lagoon), comics (including Marvel’s Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever), and children’s books. At this event Okorafor will read from her Binti trilogy and her memoir Broken Places Outer Spaces before engaging in conversation with students and faculty from the MassArt community. The event is moderated by MassArt Liberal Arts Professor Marika Preziuso.

Fresh Media ‘22 at the Boston CyberArts Gallery

On view (in-person): March 4-6 and March 11-13

Location: 
Boston CyberArts Gallery
141 Green St, Boston, MA 02130
Hours: 12pm – 6pm Friday – Sunday

See works in progress by 10 students in MassArt’s Dynamic Media Institute, a graduate program focused on time-based, interactive and computational media art and design. In this program, a diverse group of educators, developers, designers and artists explore both analog and digital work, bridging the gap between traditional artistic practices such as drawing and painting with more technical means such as the use of microcontrollers, digital displays and projectors, microphones, video cameras, augmented reality, sensors and a variety of computer platforms. This exhibition presents students with the opportunity to test their interactive prototypes in a public gallery setting, receiving feedback and allowing them to reflect on the work in collaboration with an audience. 

MassArt Spring 2022 Creative Writing Minor Online Reading Series

MassArt Creative Writing Minor – Online Reading Series: Alumni Authors Errick Nunnally & Julian K. Jarboe (virtual)
Wednesday, March 16, 7-8:15pm 
The Spring 2022 Creative Writing Minor Reading Series presents MassArt Alumni Authors Errick Nunnally & Julian K. Jarboe for an evening of speculative fiction. Errick Nunnally ​’97 (BFA Graphic Design) was born and raised in Boston, MA ​and ​served one tour in the Marine Corps before enrolling at MassArt. He is the author of novels Lightning Wears A Red Cape, Blood For The Sun, and All The Dead Men, and he has contributed to Apex Magazine, Fiyah Magazine, Galaxy’s Edge, Lamplight, and Nightlight podcast. Julian K. Jarboe ’12 (BFA Studio for Interrelated Media & History of Art) is a writer and artist living in Salem, MA. Jarboe’s debut collection of short fiction titled Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, was listed as one of the “best books of 2020” by Publishers’ Weekly and received the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror. Other recent projects include the role-playing games Inscrutable Cities and Over Easy. 

MassArt Spring 2022 Photography Lecture Series

MassArt Photo Lecture Series: Ahndraya Parlato (virtual)
Tuesday, March 22, 2pm
The MassArt Photo Lecture Series welcomes Ahndraya Parlato for a virtual talk. Born in Kailua, Hawaii, Parlato holds a B.A. in photography from Bard College and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Her publications include: Who Is Changed and Who Is Dead, (Mack Books, 2021), A Spectacle and Nothing Strange (Kehrer Verlag, 2016), and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (a collaboration with Gregory Halpern, Études Books, 2014). Ahndraya has exhibited work at: Spazio Labo, Bologna, Italy; Bildband, Berlin, Germany; Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA; The Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; and The Swiss Institute, Milan, Italy.

MassArt Photo Lecture Series: Alumni Panel (virtual)
Tuesday, March 29, 2pm
The MassArt Photo Lecture Series presents its annual alumni panel featuring: Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Guarionex Rodriguez, Jr., J. Shia, Vanessa Leroy, and Carolina Lizet.

MassArt x SoWa

MassArt x SoWa is MassArt’s offsite gallery space, operated by the graduate program, in Boston’s South End arts district. The space features rotating temporary exhibitions of work by the MassArt community. Admission and programs are always free. Visit sowa.massart.edu for more information about gallery hours and COVID-19 policies.

​​Triple Oscillation
On view through March 6, 2022
Triple Oscillation, curated by Loretta Park, is a mixed media and multimedia show featuring works by three Korean artists: YoAhn Han (MFA ‘14 FA2D), Youjin Moon (MFA ’15 Film/Video + MFA ’13 FA2D), and Loretta Park (MFA ‘16 FA3D). Over the years, the artists have discovered how their works are continuously diverging and overlapping: At one moment, their works come together and resonate at the same visual frequency. But soon the works drift away from one another, each work firmly expressing their own point of view. Triple Oscillation aims to show how the artworks by the three artists sway between distinctive to kindred.

Triple Oscillation Closing Reception (in-person)
Friday, March 4, 5-9pm 
Join artists YoAhn Han, Youjin Moon, and Loretta Park for a closing reception during SoWa First Fridays.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good. Since 1873, MassArt has built a legacy of leadership as the first freestanding public college of art and design in the country, and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. MassArt offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, taught by world-class faculty.  

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