GCC students’ art heads to State House

  • Sen. Jo Comerford is sponsoring an exhibit of Greenfield Community College students’ artwork at the State House. The exhibit is on display through July. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield Community College student Jim Schatz’s artwork will hang in the State House until the end of July. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • At left, Greenfield Community College student Cynthia Kunz’s artwork will be on display at the State House until the end of July. Below, state Sen. Jo Comerford. D-Northampton, who is sponsoring the exhibit.

Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2019 6:18:40 PM

Thanks to Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, some Greenfield Community College students have art hanging in the State House in Boston until the end of July.

The exhibit highlights a combination of art created by alumni and current students in a variety of mediums, including computer art, drawing, photography and painting.

The exhibit is installed in Room 428 of the State House. There will be an official opening on June 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“I am tremendously proud to walk into the State House and see the exquisite and powerful artwork from GCC students,” Comerford said.

The senator said the college’s Art Department and administration helped coordinate the project.

“Sen. Comerford is a staunch advocate for the entire education spectrum,” GCC President Yves Salomon-Fernandez said. “Our students are beyond honored to have their art displayed so prominently at the State House.”

Paul Lindale, GCC Art Department chairman, said the program at the college recognizes the inherent power of the visual image as a “critical reflection of our culture.” He said art encompasses all media and all forms of creative expression.

“Our programs embody this philosophy and provide our students with a strong, progressive visual arts foundation, combining the traditions of the past with a contemporary arts practice,” Lindale said.

According to Comerford, state senators typically sponsor an exhibit once per a two-year term. This is her first opportunity to showcase art from her district.

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