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Towne Art Gallery Archive for 2006-2009

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About the Gallery

The Towne Art Gallery is a professional space that showcases the work of New England artists in a variety of media.

Gallery Hours:
Tues. - Thurs., 1 - 5 p.m.
Sat., 2 - 5 p.m. or by appointment

Admission: Free and open to the public

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Lower Level, Wheelock Family Theatre
180 Riverway
Boston, MA 02215


For More Information
Erica Licea-Kane, Gallery Director

See our past exhibits:

2016-2017 Archive
2015-2016 Archive
2014-2015 Archive
2013-2014 Archive
2012-2013 Archive
2011-2012 Archive
2010-2011 Archive
2006-2009 Archive

Faculty Art Show

February 03, 2009

This exhibition highlights the work of Wheelock faculty members, recently or currently teaching in the Art Department.

All of the artists are Boston-based and include:

Jean Howard, photographer
Greg Gomez, sculptor and printmaker
Erica Licea-Kane, mixed media painter
Stephanie Young, ceramic artist
Christopher Wawrinofsky, sculptor and site-specific works
Keri Straka, ceramic artist


Makoto Yabe

September 18, 2007

The Towne Art Gallery at Wheelock College is proud to exhibit the remarkable ceramic works of Makoto Yabe's, a former faculty member of the Wheelock Art Department.

Yabe, an internationally known Ceramist, explored his medium in diverse terms, but he never forgot the historical foundations of Japanese Ceramics, often including them in his work. He was represented in many art collections some of which include: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Mint Museum of Art and Design in Charlotte, NC, The Smithsonian Institution and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, just to name a few from a long and prestigious list.

He participated in many exhibitions both as a solo artist and in group settings, including the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, The Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan, the Pucker-Safrai Gallery in Boston and The Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, again to name just a few. In addition he created many special commissions for public spaces and to accompany ceramic conferences, where he was often a panelist.

Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1947 he was educated at the Kyoto Prefectual Ceramic School and then received his Master's Certificate at the Kyoto Municipal Industrial School and then onto the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, where he received his B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative Cultural Studies.


About Face: A Story of Healing

April 13, 2007

About Face: A Story of Healing, a photo essay documenting a medical humanitarian mission to Ecuador, will be on display from March 20 to April 20 at the Towne Art Gallery.

Photographer Bryce Vickmark joined the UMass Plastic Surgery Volunteer Team and traveled from Boston, MA to Salinas, Ecuador to help those who do not have access to proper medical care.

Vickmark was given complete access to the families from triage through treatment including their time in the operating room.

"I had the privilege to not only photograph these families as subjects, but to get to know them as people. I want to thank all of the families that granted me access to such a critical time in their lives," Vickmark said.

The result is a dramatic and stunning set of photographs that tell the stories of human need, courage and triumph. The medical team was made up of 16 people including volunteers from Brigham and Women's and St. Elizabeth's Hospitals with support from Draeger Medical Company and CHANGE of Shrewsbury, MA. In only five days the team preformed 61 different surgeries. Many of the patients were children and majority of afflictions were cleft palates, extra toes, skin constrictions (amniotic bands) and webbed fingers and toes. 


Four Acts

February 06, 2007

Meris Barreto's mixed media installation, "Four Acts," a poem of individual glass pieces, is on display at the Towne Art Gallery from February 6 to March 3.

"My work is a multidisciplinary. It is a form of "visual publication" combining aspects of sculpture and writing. I am intrigued with concepts and materials that seem inherently opposite in nature," Barreto said.

Barreto has shown her mixed-media works extensively throughout New England. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design where she obtained both her Masters of Art Education and her Bachelors of Fine Art, degrees. Barreto is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts award for Education and the RISD Center for the Advancement of Art and Design. She has held a multitude of positions relating to the arts and education and is currently the Coordinator for the Summer Arts Program at RISD.


Life Worth Remembering: Images from Four Street Memorials

December 18, 2006

Wheelock College will host the photograph and digital art show, "Life Worth Remembering: Images from Four Street Memorials," from December 18 to January 10 in the Towne Art Gallery.

The show consists of more than 50 photo and digital art images and constructions compiled from four street memorials erected for youth who have been murdered in Boston over the last several months. The show is designed to help all who attend to "feel" the importance of each of the young people who died violent deaths and the subsequent losses suffered by loved ones and communities.

The visual imagery of the show and the captions on the pieces have been chosen to help us think about the youth who have passed, the experiences of loved ones, the difficulties of living in communities where violence is too common, as well as paths of promise.

The art show coincides with Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month which is recognized from November 20 to December 20. This is the 2nd year that Wheelock College is setting aside a time to remember homicide victims. The first event was brought to the college in 2005 by Dr. Patricia Cedeno-Zamor, Director, BSW Program, School of Social Work and Family Studies, who is herself a survivor, and founding member of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Survivors of Homicide Crime (SHOC), and the National Youth Prevention Project.

The show was conceived following a discussion in Wheelock Prof. Ann Tobey's Juvenile Courts and Law course in which the class reviewed the differences in coverage of a young woman who was missing and found dead in Vermont, and the cases of several homicides of youth in the Boston area. Although the cases are not directly related, they are relevant to one another. The comparison allowed the class to consider this difference in coverage and tone, and, over time, what students conveyed was a sense that perhaps the murders of young men in Boston had become routine, or "ho hum" as one student expressed it. This was seen as an indicator of a larger social phenomenon in which people had become accustomed to the violent death of young black males as part of daily life in our inner city neighborhoods. Tobey, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Program at Wheelock College.

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