Jacob Knight Art Exhibit to be Held at Becker College

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Becker College is assembling an exhibit and remembrance of the Massachusetts artist Jacob Knight, who achieved national prominence before he died young in 1994.

Knight’s real name was Roger Jaskoviak, a 1961 graduate of Leicester Junior College, now the Leicester Campus of Becker College. It has been many years since a showing of Knight’s work has taken place; Becker is taking this unique opportunity to hold an exhibit of his work in May, as part of the celebration of its 225th commencement anniversary.

Knight painted huge, detailed portraits of towns like Palmer and the Brookfields, many of which survive. He was also well-known as an illustrator, doing covers for TV Guide and many for Yankee magazine. An annual grant program was named for Knight and has been supporting Massachusetts artists for many years.

Knight lived in the Brookfields in a house that was a work of art in and of itself, and was the subject of a noted photo series by Massachusetts photographer Stephen DiRado, who is also contributing some images to the exhibit at Becker.

The College has been in contact with Knight’s friends, colleagues, and family, and has collected paintings, prints, artifacts like a set of vintage Jacob Knight print sheets, and other materials for the show.

The exhibit will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, 6:00-9:00 p.m., in the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Campus Center on the Becker College Leicester Campus. To contribute Jacob Knight artwork, stories, or other materials to the exhibit in May, future exhibitions, or the Becker College archive, please contact the Becker College Office of Institutional Advancement at 508-373-9531.

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