UML’s Jia Yi Lin’s ’Disappearing Horse’ is among student artwork featured on giant marquee at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
UML's Jia Yi Lin's 'Disappearing Horse' is among student artwork featured on giant marquee at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center through June 23

Artwork by three talented UMass Lowell artists will be up in lights -- literally -- over the next two months on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.

The students -- Joseph Amico, Hannah McGrath and Jia Yi Lin -- join four other undergrad art students from Commonwealth art institutions as winners of the 10th Art on the Marquee competition sponsored by Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).

Massachusetts artists whose work has been featured on the BCEC Marquee are mentoring all of the students.

The students will be honored at an opening reception on Thursday, May 1, at the BCEC, 415 Summer St., Boston, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A jury of artists, curators and BCEC staff selected the work of these seven "very talented young artists," said coordinator Jeff Warmouth.

"This is an amazing opportunity for students to show their work, huge and visible to many, many people. It's also a fascinating story of mentorship -- from one generation of new media artists to the next," he noted.

Amico, a 21-year-old undergrad student of Ellen Wetmore, focuses on sculpture with a keen interest in Steampunk. He created "Community," a 30-second video showing the mechanical components of a clock that cuts away to reveal parts of the clock's internal machinations, leaving passersby with the impression of how independent gears work towards a common goal.


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McGrath, a junior year student of Wetmore, is a painter and animator who is a member of the Student Art Union, has painted murals for the Lawrence Senior Center and is currently creating animations for a production of Spamalot at Merrimac College. Her creation "Sunken Cities" uses mixed-media stop motion animation and video to show a fanciful description of life above the water's surface and what lies beneath Boston's water supply at the Quabbin Reservoir, which was built in the 1930s when Boston flooded the towns of Dana, Enfield, Prescott and Greenwich.

Lin, another of Wetmore's students studying art and design, loves dogs, old movies, puzzles and sharing ideas with scholars and other artists. Her "Disappearing Horse" features a horse and rider that draws inspiration from the moment in Alice in Wonderland when Alice drops into a rabbit hole and travels from one world to another. The horse and rider make a similar trip in her video.

Other student artists with work premiering on the Marquee are John LaFirira, Fitchburg State University; Youjin Moon and Vivian Lee, Massachusetts College of Art; and Elizabeth Shanahan, New England Institute of Art.

The art will be visible from a half-mile away, including from Summer, D and Congress streets, as well as from hotels, restaurants and businesses in Boston's Seaport District.

Zeitgeist Gallery on Market Street shows work by UML art graduate Stephen Kinney through May.
Zeitgeist Gallery on Market Street shows work by UML art graduate Stephen Kinney through May.

Art Picks

  • COLLEGE ART: Works by Stephen Kinney, a UMass Lowell art graduate, is being featured in a solo show at Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market St., Lowell, May 1-25. On view are his paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints. Special guest U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas will visit on Saturday, May 3, to talk about the arts in Lowell at 2:30 p.m. during the opening reception, which runs 2-7 p.m. The gallery is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-7 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
  • 'COOL' BREAKFAST: The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) hosts its 2014 annual breakfast on Tuesday, May 6, 7:30-9 a.m., at Middlesex Community College's Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square. With its theme "Growing the Audience for Arts & Culture," COOL celebrates Lowell's cultural community, introduces this year's COOLest Person in Lowell and greets guest speaker John Beck, deputy director of ArtsBoston. $30, general/$10, artists and students at http://cultureiscool.org or at the door.
  • FIRST THURSDAYS IN CONCORD: The Umbrella Community Art Center, 40 Stow St., Concord, launches its First Thursdays on Thursday, May 1, by inviting visitors in to explore the artistic worlds hidden in this building. From 6-8 p.m., First Thursdays run through the summer on June 5, July 3 and Aug. 7. Visit emersonumbrella.org or call 978-371-0820 for info.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.