Art exhibit to feature work by professor, alumni
Published on: September 18, 2020
A trio of artists with Becker ties are taking part in an exhibit, hosted by Preservation Worcester, which runs through Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Architectural Heritage Exhibition will feature artwork by Becker College Professor Scott Niemi and his sons, Becker alumni Andrew and Jonathan Niemi ’14.
The exhibit is being held at The Park View Room, 230 Park Avenue, Worcester. It includes 25 paintings by 25 artists, featuring historic architecture from the City of Worcester and focusing on the subject of preservation.
Scott Niemi said he is happy to be part of the project, particularly alongside his sons.
“We’ve been in a number of exhibits together,” Niemi said. “Though my sons’ interests and work lie in the game design/creation area, they still have an appreciation and interest in other forms of art. I’m happy that they continue to paint and draw, along with their creative pursuits in the game industry.”
Scott Niemi, MFA, is an associate professor of Interactive Media at Becker. He is also an award-winning fine artist and illustrator who has participated in shows on the national and local level. After graduating from Becker with degrees in Interactive Media/Game Design, Andrew and Jonathan Niemi started their own video game company, Niemi Bros Entertainment LLC. In 2019, they self-published their first video game on Steam, “Chipmonk!”
For the Preservation Worcester art exhibit, Scott Niemi’s artwork is a 16 x 20″, oil/canvas painting of the George Cobb House. Andrew Niemi will have a 16 x 20″ acrylic/canvas painting of the Frank Wesson House, and Jonathan Niemi will present a 16 x 20″ acrylic/canvas painting of Whitcomb Mansion.
“There was a public call to submit work that would be juried into the show,” Scott Niemi explained. “So, we submitted the required materials: images of work, our exhibition histories, and link to our websites. Not too long afterwards, we found out that we were all accepted.”
The gallery hours are Wednesdays, from 5-7 p.m. Due to COVID-19, guests to the exhibit are limited to 8 at a time. A closing reception will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 5-7:30 p.m., at Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street, Worcester.
The Architectural Heritage Exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information about the exhibit, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/888890694889371/ To learn more about Niemi Bros Entertainment, you can visit their website at https://niemibrosentertainment.wordpress.com. To learn more about Becker College’s Interactive Media/Game Design program, visit https://www.becker.edu/becker-college-game-design-ranked-2/.