Becker students’ art being shown at ArtsWorcester College Show
Published on: February 17, 2020
Artwork by eight Becker College students is being featured in the Sixteenth Annual ArtsWorcester College Show, which runs through March 7.
“We are delighted to have such a strong Becker student presence juried in this year’s show,” said Scott Niemi, associate professor of interactive media at Becker College. “The work of these eight Becker students is exemplary. Some of the student work accepted was part of a class project, some of it was homework, and some was done on their own.”
“This show is so wonderful because it really brings the Worcester colleges together and showcases the thriving artistic culture of Worcester which benefits both the students and the community,” said Amanda Theinert, director of Becker College’s Master’s in Fine Arts Program.
Becker College students selected to participate in the show include undergraduate students Troy Bohonko, Justin Duclos, Trent Gallant, Stephanie Mancuso, Alyssa Morvillo, Chloe Tibets, and Jesse van Opijnen, and graduate student Matthew Hopkins. Several noted how pleased they were to be selected.
“It’s very exciting to see my work accepted in an art show,” said Justin Duclos, who has a piece entitled Leviathan in the exhibit. “This sense of accomplishment and knowing that all my hard work is finally beginning to pay off is a surreal feeling as an artist.”
“I’ve never had any chance to be a part of something like this, and to get to have my own artwork shown in a gallery next to some of my peers is really an honor,” noted Chloe Tibits, who will be showing a piece called Tiger’s Eye.
“I’m so happy I was accepted into the show,” said Alyssa Morvillo, whose piece Flower Field will be included in the exhibit. “It’s such a great feeling seeing your hard work has paid off. I hope my bright flowers give as much joy to people as I felt painting them. I love sharing my artwork with others, so saying ‘I’m thrilled,’ is an understatement! I can’t wait to show off my work and talk with other people about my work and their work, too.”
The exhibit is on view in ArtsWorcester’s East and West Galleries, at 44 Portland St, in Worcester. It is free and open to the public.
The College Show is a competitive, professionally juried exhibition of work submitted by students enrolled in Worcester-area colleges and universities.
“Students may be enrolled in any major or degree program, not just studio art or related fields,” said Allie Heimos, marketing & communications manager for ArtsWorcester. “This show allows students to connect even more deeply with the downtown cultural district, and cultivates the next generation of regional artists. It allows students to see how they might grow their artistic career in this city, or how to incorporate art-making into their lives after college.”
This year’s show is juried by Lynne Cooney, artistic director and chief curator of the Boston University Art Galleries. Cooney selected 73 works for the exhibit, out of a total of 261 submissions.
The Becker students selected to participate in the show credited their professors and colleagues with playing a role in their success.
“Personally, I would say that working with professors Niemi and (Ilir) Mborja, among others, has helped me greatly shape my artistic skills,” said Troy Bohonko, who has a piece in the show entitled Mushroom Warrior. “While I still have much more to go, Becker had been an important steppingstone in my life to help me become a better artist.”
“Without the experiences and education I’ve received from Becker, I wouldn’t have a piece in this show this year,” Tibets said. “The work I submitted was created with a lot of feedback from my friends and faculty at Becker College. If I had not had their critique and support, my piece would not have been made to the same quality standard that it is now.”
“My college experiences have very much helped me grow as an artist,” Morvillo said. “I’m able to practice, and get feedback from my peers and my professors. There are also so many opportunities to have your work get shown and critiqued.”
“We feel this well-organized show is a valuable venue for our students to showcase their talents, whether through digital or traditional means,” Professor Niemi said. “The interaction of our students in a show such as this provides networking opportunities in addition to showcasing their work, which is invaluable, especially for those in the creative fields. The faculty, and school, are committed to helping the students succeed in these areas.”
For more information about ArtsWorcester and the College Show, visit their website at ArtsWorcester.
You can learn more about Becker College’s School of Design & Technology by going to School of Design & Technology and find out more about the College’s Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media at MFA.