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Towne Art Gallery Archive for 2016-2017

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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

Schedule of Upcoming Exhibits

Be sure to join us at the Towne Art Gallery throughout the 2016-2017 year for the following exhibits. Details of each show will be added a few weeks before the opening date.

  • September 20-October 20, 2016: Ellen Solari and Miranda Updike
  • October 25-December 1, 2016: Flayed: a collaborative installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Gabriel Villa
  • December 10-16, 2016: Student Show
  • January 31-February 23, 2017: Unsend Project
  • February 28-March 30, 2017: Jill Brody
  • April 10-23, 2017: Ubuntu Arts: We Are Ubuntu-The Youth Speak
  • May 1-8, 2017: Student Showcase

To see archives of past Towne Art Gallery shows, please use the links in the callout box.


Student Showcase

May 1-8, 2017

Closing Reception: Monday, May 8, 2017, 7-7:30 p.m

The Student Showcase Art Exhibition features works by Wheelock students. The closing reception on May 8 will be followed by student performances in Wheelock Family Theatre from 7:30-9 p.m.

Ubuntu Arts: We Are Ubuntu-The Youth Speak

April 10 - 23, 2017

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 11, 5-8 p.m.
Exhibit Hours:

Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, open 2-5 p.m.
Friday, April 14, open 2-5 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, open 2-6 p.m.
Sunday/Monday, April 16/17, CLOSED
Tuesday, April 18-Thursday, April 20, open noon-5 p.m.
Friday, April 21, open noon -10 p.m.
Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23, open 2-6 p.m.

We Are Ubuntu 2017 Poster

We Are Ubuntu-The Youth Speak is the 11th annual exhibit of Ubuntu Arts, which is an ongoing initiative of the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Undergraduate Degree Program at Wheelock College. Through the process of creation and exhibition of individual and collaborative youth art, we aspire to be "part of the solution."

The yearly exhibits are curated from youth artwork that is submitted in response to a call for youth art and from submissions by each of our collaborating youth programs through the Ubuntu Arts Youth Project.

Each year we use the theme of the exhibit to ask our senior capstone students and groups of community-based youth to imagine solutions and to consider the concept of Ubuntu as they develop competencies and express their voices through a variety of artistic media.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public and the opening event includes light refreshments and youth performances.


Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight

February 28 - March 30, 2017

Gallery Reception: Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Gallery Closed: March 4-13 (Wheelock College spring break week)

Jill Brody photo of children

Jill Brody gives us a rare glimpse into the world of the Anabaptist Hutterites of Liberty County, Montana. The relationship that Brody developed with them allowed her to document their centuries-old communal lives of faith, and how their lives are increasingly intersected by the powerful forces of 21st century technology. Brody tells this story mostly through the eyes of the women who, unlike most of us who have shed the obedience to the cadences of a patriarchal social order, still find comfort and enrichment in the close connections that bind them.

More information on Jill Brody's work can be found at jillbrody.com.


The Un-Send Project

January 31 - February 23, 2017

Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 9, 3-4 p.m.
Gallery Closed: February 18 (Presidents Day)

Unsend Exhibit

In this international collaborative project, artists communicate with one another through an exchange of small works. The process, allowing artists to alter the work they have received, has minimal constraints other than a set of prearranged rules regulating the mechanics of the artist exchange.


Flayed: a collaborative installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Gabriel Villa

October 25 - December 1, 2016

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Closed: November 19 - 28 (Thanksgiving week)

Salvador Jimenez-flores El Trenzas
Eric J. Garcia El Trenzas
Gabriel Villa Babyman

Flayed is a joint project depicting the "personal evolution of the creative process." All three artists unite to produce 20, 9x12 ft. (double sided) works graphically highlighting key moments in their artist's evolution. By delving into the memory pool and locating time markers, they attempt to unpack what motivated or sparked their creative pursuits. The outcome is a visual journey into the minds of these artists as they go in search of the special and personal recollections/inspirations

Image Info (from top):
Salvador Jimenez-Flores, El Trenzas, 2015, latex paint, gesso on raw canvas

Eric J. Garcia, El Trenzas, 2015, Latex paint, gesso on raw canvas
Gabriel Villa, Babyman, 2015, Latex paint, gesso on raw canvas


Ellen Solari: Sculptural Baskets

Miranda Updike: Crowd Paintings

September 20 - October 20, 2016

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10 - 11 a.m.
Special Showing: Monday, October 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Opening Our Doors Day sponsored by the Fenway Alliance
Gallery Closed: Saturday, October 8

Merging Sectors artwork

Ellen Solari art

This exhibition highlights the work of Massachusetts artists Ellen Solari (www.ellensolari.com) and Miranda Updike (www.mmupaint.com). Updike's paintings show the physicality of people joining together in an era of hi-tech isolation. Solari's structures combine both traditional/non-traditional basketry techniques creating a paradox between the expected and non-expected.

Image Info:
Miranda Updike, Merging Sectors, 2015, Oil (29" x 27")
Ellen Solari, molder, 2016, sculptural basket made with wire, reed, jute, tree branches, artificial leaves, found objects (42" x 11" x 12")


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