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Previous Exhibitions


Tamar Orell Petler, A Journey Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the time of the pandemic and my personal loss of my father, Izack Alkalay, from it, I used the camera to express myself and my feelings. In a way, this exhibit created itself – after being fully vaccinated I looked through my camera files and thought that these photos reflect a story that I would like to share. I’m sure that many people can relate to these visuals and see their own personal stories and experiences throughout this period of time reflected. I believe that the experience made us stronger and more resilient and we can leverage this force to change many things in our world. At this exhibition the viewer can get a glancing view of my camera roll, representing a peek at my personal diary.

Growing People
Hess Gallery Young Filmmakers Online Film Festival
Take a journey into the lives of three sisters affected by food insecurity in a place we think of as a vacation paradise. Through working at a local farm, the sisters learn about growing food as they gain an education and grow as people. MA’O Organic Farms, in the historical marginalized rural community of Wai’anae, O’ahu, is the site of a youth leadership program that has impacted the lives of hundreds of Hawaiian youth. This short documentary is an intimate look at the MA’O program through the stories of sisters Miki, U’ilani and Sheila Arasato. Directed by Dana Forsberg, Growing People won “Best Documentary” at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Dana’s work focuses on the empowerment of young women in marginalized communities.
The Pine Manor Community can watch for free using the code emailed by the Gallery Director. Anyone can watch for free with a Kanopy subscription, including free services via the Boston Public Library. Get an electronic card at, available to anyone in Massachusetts including students who may be from other places or people who live elsewhere but work in Mass. Questions on how to view? Email the Hess Director, or go to

Nora Valdez – Fragments
Nora Valdez creates sculpture and public art exploring the idea of home and the immigrant experience. Says Nora about her new work at the Hess: “Although my themes come from a personal place, many immigrants who are navigating this same mighty river, moving from place to place and longing for home, share this feeling and yearn for a new place to rest and be safe. Now that we are all living in times of increasing change and disruption, that feeling of being dislocated and fragmented might be felt by even more people, not just immigrants. The feeling of disruption and dislocation can have many sources. Carving gives me the opportunity to hear and express answers from deep within. When I follow it I find it directs me slowly towards peace. Back home to my essential self, the self that is not fragmented or stuck between worlds.”

December graduate Jhovana Correá’s Vida Vieja.
Says Jhovanna: “The Vida Vieja is a multi-media piece of watercolor drawings with audio recording overlaid depicting my childhood memories in Colombia. These memories are fragmented pieces, nostalgic and distorted,…memory is not 100% accurate; with watercolor, I can portray my memories in an abstracted reality. The looseness, vibrancy, and variety of colors of the medium reflect the freedom that I felt as a child.”


Moved to Act! Demonstrations, Marches, Political Actions – A virtual photography exhibit
Moved to Act! documents important–and ongoing–political movements of recent years: Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, Womens’ Marches, March for Our Lives, Climate Strike, and many others. Curators Marky Kauffmann (Pine Manor ‘72) and Ellen Feldman selected a wide variety of images from many different protest movements. Please look at the images and form your own perspective on the important questions raised.

Boston painter Marjorie Kaye, Foundation
Marjorie is a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship in painting finalist and founder of SOWA’s cooperative Galatea Gallery. Marjorie both celebrates and acts as a bellwether for the natural world in her 3D paintings.


legacy Passing The Torch

Former Pine Manor College professor, Stephanie Mahan Stigliano curates a groundbreaking show of area teachers and their students, “Legacy,” opening in November. Stephanie brings together a wide community of faculty from Pine Manor College and other area colleges, hung side-by-side with the work of their students.


opens in late August at the Hess. Six young artists, including PMC’s own former boxing coach Jessica Liggero and art professor Jamie Bowman, interpret what it means to be human using expressive realism. Jamie Bowman, Holly Curcio, Erika Hess, Lavaughan Jenkins, Jessica Liggero and Tamar Nelson show sculpture, painting, drawing, and art that crosses borders between media.

Nedret Andre, new paintings, Seagrass: ecological engineers

Nedret Andre Artist Statement: Seagrass meadows are made up of a group of flowering plants that are unique in their ability to thrive submerged in salty seawater. As ecosystem engineers they create habitat and produce food for countless species, sequester a remarkable amount of carbon, and help maintain the health of neighboring estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, and other ecosystems. They are home to commercial fisheries, which provide food for billions of people. Every hour we are loosing two football fields of seagrass.

My abstract landscapes are inspired by the sensations of life within seagrass beds; the color, the energy, and interconnectedness of species. Through my research and collaborations with marine ecologists. I try to synthesize knowledge gained with being outdoors planting seagrass for example into a similar atmosphere, sound or movement in my work. I love translating sensations of light, or the way seagrass sways into an abstract design. In Bridge to Babel for example, I started with color, line and mark making. As the painting evolved form light washes of diluted oil paint, an abstracted shore started to appear. Each time I would come into the studio a new shape started to emerge. I worked on this painting in the round, constantly rotating it. The charcoal line appears and disappears at different points creating implied connections from one shore to the next. The light in this painting is inspired from harvesting seagrass in Gloucester, first time I got up early and was awestruck by the magnificent light. This painting is about the importance of honoring the biodiversity we have right on our shores. Seagrass habitats provide housing for thousands of sea animals, as well as shoreline protection for us. Bridge to Babel pays homage to Peter Bruegel’s Tower of Babel where it to was stopped from being completed. The tower symbolizes the importance of respecting our differences (having multiple languages) both culturally and with biodiversity. Once seagrass meadows are polluted, this amazing life supporting ecosystem all die. It takes over 100 years to re-establish seagrass beds

Held Together is an underwater hub where many exchanges occur simultaneously. The organic shapes have edges that become distinct and then shift into the next shape, creating energetic flutters. This experience is similar to what occurs underwater when I snorkel in eelgrass meadows, there is this wonderful swaying movement created by lots of micro movements. I try to visually capture this rich diversity of colors, shapes and movement in my paintings.

My sculptural pieces with Text and Here are made from actual seagrass. Last summer I collected actual eelgrass that washed ashore and experimented with preserving them. I wanted wave like movements made with translucent layers of paper with my Text installation. The idea of text, again references my fascination with language, communication and translations. How do we read these scrolls? What about the material quality and fragility of the seagrass? If we could decipher what the seagrass language was what would we learn from them?


The Personal Is Political

More than 20 members of Boston’s National Association of Women Artists have created paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints on themes of feminism and empowerment.

Do I Make You Happy

Adria Arch’s new installation art is exuberant and joyous, as though her abstract paintings grew, morphed, and sprang off the wall in a flamboyant riot of color. Adria is working with dancers from the Luminarium Dance Company (pictured is Jennifer Muffin Roberts) to create a brand-new, premiere performance combining dance and sculpture for Pine Manor’s Arts Fest this November! Watch the website for more details.

“Faculty Friends”

“Faculty and Friends,” Distinguished current and past faculty, and friends of the Pine Manor College art department show together this spring.



“Outspoken 7 Women Photographers”

Curated by Pine Manor alum Marky Kauffmann, class of 1972 and recent Mass. Cultural Council fellowship winner.
Marky invites 7 nationally and internationally known women photographers to show work that touches on many facets of feminism and women’s experience.

C.A. Stigliano and S.M. Stigliano

Pine Manor Fine Art Professor Stephanie Stigliano and her husband Chuck, a sculpture professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, bring their prints and puppets to the Hess this fall. Subtitled “A Work in Art and Life,” the show explores the evolving nature of artwork by an artist couple.


Artists: Gordon D. Chase, Lola Chiasson, L’Merchie Frazier, Stephen Harper, Erika Hess, Amy Janowitz, Alissa Lerman, Karen Meninno, Rebecca Schena, Lee Smith, Carolyn WIrth, Anonymous
The turmoil of the recent presidential election has produced a new outpouring of protest, and with it, a new generation’s political artwork is seen on the streets. Poster art, clothing, paintings, and sculpture from recent protests of all kinds is shown alongside historic work from the 1960s–1990s. Topics include immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, and Black Lives Matter. All objects in the show were made for a contemporary action or for this exhibit.

Lavaughan Jenkins, New Work

Prize-winning Mass. College of Art and Design alumnus Lavaughan Jenkins brings his first major solo show to Pine Manor in the spring. Watch for details on Lavaughn’s lecture and other activities around campus.

For interview with Lavaughan Jenkins


Deborah McDuff and Thea Shapiro: Coffee and Tea

How much does a cup of coffee and tea really cost? McDuff and Shapiro create surprising art from re-puposed coffee filters and tea bags, like giant coffee cups, dresses, hats, and murals. The duo also explores the history of coffee and tea by hosting a tealeaf and coffee grind reading. Viewers can discover the process of the coffee and tea business while viewing art in the Hess gallery and attending a campus reception.

The Nature Show – NESA (New England Sculptors Association)

New England’s largest sculptors organization brings sculpture campus-wide in “The Nature Show” beginning August 28th. Sculptors from around the region, working in many media, use nature as a springboard and inspiration. Creating a dialog with Pine Manor’s own campus sculpture collection, our guest sculptors will site work both indoors and outdoors around the campus. One of the guest sculptors will lead a special participatory sculpture workshop for all students in September, so stay tuned!

Drawing Stories: Four Boston-area Childrens’ Book Illustrators Show and Tell!
Priscilla Alpaugh, Wayne Geehan, Ed Shems, Toby Williams

Renowned childrens’ book illustrators share their secrets. Whether they work digitally, paint, or cut paper, each illustrator displays original artwork alongside the published page. Their work both illuminates the text and becomes the story.


ALT clay – New Process in Ceramic Sculpture

Boston-area artists Eleonora Lecei, Judy Motzkin, and Ellen Schön display sculpural forms that are hand-built in a variety of ways, departing radically from traditional ideas and methods of ceramic construction. Additionally, the three artists use the world’s most ancient material—clay— to express idiosyncratic and timeless connections with the natural world.

Inventory of Reverie: 5 women photographers
Sarah Bilotta, Colleen Collins, Frances Jakubek, Molly Lamb, Rachel Loischild

The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is pleased to present “Inventory of Reverie,” new work by five women photographers who employ feminist narratives. Each artist documents a kind of sublime quotidian, where ordinary women and everyday objects become talismans of dread, desire, or aspiration.

The PLACE Between
Mixed Media Works by Janet Kawada and Merill Comeau

Comeau Artist’s Statement: I am a mixed media artist assembling large, wall-hung fabric murals and collaged installations of discarded consumer materials.I bring together incongruous fibers redolent of past lives: worn blue jeans, plastic mesh vegetable bags, vintage linens, paper cups, obsolete slides, and cardboard boxes.Sometimes I use scraps in their original form respecting the source of the debris, other timesI deconstruct and alter materials with paint and print, often I use thread to draw line.In my use of cast-offs I explore lives lived, social constructs of identity and class, our speeded up consumer cycle, and the challenges of living in a complex world where we are bombarded with information and beset with challenges.

Kawada Artist’s Statement: Touch is crucial; the feeling produced while making as well as interacting with the objects. The concepts of security and strength in opposition to tentativeness, fragility and frailty are prevalent in today’s world and in my work. The material and the form it takes illustrate all of these abstractions.

Time, whether it is a moment in time, a period of time, or a passage of time, is prevalent within the iconography of my pieces. The work flows between the physicality of material and the process of time slowing down giving weight to an illusory concept.

Double Vision

Paintings and mixed media by Elizabeth Awalt and Angelo Fertitta

Fertitta Artist’s Statement: My new work draws on a modified version of the tradition of “automatic writing”. It is not referential, but rather a response to the moment. The drawings evolve one mark at a time, always in response to the previous marks. WithThe National Park Series, I have added modified images taken of national parks as part of the creation of the paintings. The Drawings overlaid on the modified images become the paintings, representing the stream of consciousness experienced while viewing the landscapes. While painting, the use of color follows a similar process. The process for me is both spiritual and meditative; a means to be within myself.

Awalt Artist’s Statement: Elizabeth Awalt’s paintings have always been rooted in the natural world and evolve from observational studies to expressive, evocations of nature. The micro and macro view of nature exist simultaneously in her recent paintings which weave those two worlds together. Oppositional forces of growth and decay, dark and light, and interior and exterior create a tension both visual and spiritual. Awalt’s paintings are physical beings that shift and change through sanded, wiped, and sensually painted surfaces. The image and process share a language that transcends and transforms her subject into pure painterly experience.


Cast Layered
Niho Kozuru

Is a Japanese-born artist working in Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired by New England turned architectural and industrial forms, Kozuru recast and reconfigures these forms into brightly colored translucent rubber constructions. She explores and re-contextualizes these often forgotten shapes in both two and three dimensional works by giving them new spirit and new life. Kozuru’s interest in turned forms comes from her family history in ceramics. She is a member of a family of clay artists active in Fukuoka, Japan for many generations.

Selected Works
Itaysha Jordan ’01

Boston native and Pine Manor alumna Itaysha Jordan returns to Boston with her iconic fashion photography. Itaysha now maintains a studio in New York (, and her client list includes Iman Cosmetics, Essence and Rolling Stone magazines, and Atlantic Records. Says Itaysha about her work: “I’ve always been attracted to the idea of fantasy — a creative space that is constructed entirely from the mind. The world of fashion and beauty is a wonderful place to experiment with that.”

A Wide Range of Emotions
Paintings by Devon Govoni ’05

Devon’s show title, “A Wide Range of Emotions,” refers both to her work as a therapist and the wide range of media and subject matter she employs in her painting. Devon states “I paint portraits of humans and monsters that carry layers of complexity within them… will take its own form and go into a direction of its own, using me as the vehicle to get where it needs to go.” A family therapist who uses expressive therapies in her practice, Devon says her art philosophy is similar to her philosophy of dealing with clients. Both need to find their own solutions, their own paths.

Play on Fashion
mixed media installation by Karen Meninno Monica Mitchell

Connection: Contemporary Korean Artists
Artists Jan Donghee, Ahram Kim, Heejung Kim, Young Shin and Jaeok Lee combine a mastery of surface, and a mystical approach to the representation of everyday objects and situations. Come by the Hess Gallery to learn more about their intriguing artwork and creative use of different mediums.


New Paintings by David Barnes
David Barnes is a modern painter who is inspired by social media photography and contemporary society in his paintings. His work has evoked meaningful conversations among visitors of the exhibit. Researching themes such as anonymity, identity, and fear of the unknown, his art is both personal and universal.

We the People—Radical Rights By, With, For the People
Chawky Frenn is a humanist painter, a professor of art at George Mason University, and the author of two books “100 Boston Painters” and “100 Boston Artists.” His multi-media work, part of a series called “We the People: Radical Rights By, With, For the People”, is on display in the Hess Gallery through October 23rd. It has attracted many visitors from the PMC community and the greater Boston area. Many members of the PMC community appreciated his lecture in which Frenn discussed self and identity, showing self-portraits from renowned artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Schiele, among many others. Frenn captured student’s attention and inspired them with his artistic expertise, passionate personality and dynamic storytelling.

In the Ottoman Garden by Helga Butzer Felleisen Artist’s Statement: A child of immigrants, Helga Butzer Felleisen has always lived between cultures. To her, identity represents a tension between wanting roots and the freedom of floating.


Pages for the Planet: Artist’s Books and Ecology – Group exhibit of Boston-area artist’s books and mixed media works, curated by Ronni Komarow, adjunct Professor of Visual Arts.
Senior Thesis Exhibit and Student Art – December-January
Fiber art – by Sandra Golbert
Alumnae Artists Centennial Exhibition


Photographs by Rachel Loischild and Salma Khalil – October-December
Faculty/Staff Past and Present Exhibition – September-October
Senior Thesis Exhibition – May
Diane Ayott – April-May
Bremner Benedict – Re-Imagining Eden. February-March


Student Exhibition – December-February
Prilla Smith Brackett – Places of the Heart. October-December
Chaz Maviyane-Davies – Graphic Design. September-October
Cornelia Kavanagh – Tsunami Project. April-June
Sunanda Sahay – Madubani Paintings. February-April


Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons – Works on Paper. November-January 2010
Fran Forman – Photographic Images. September-October
Mary Curtis Ratclif – Mixed Media Works. March-April
Catherine Carter, Iris Osterman Leah Piepgras – Nature Works. February-March


Jeff Hesser – Sculptures. December-January 2009
Georgia Litwack – Captured Moments of Being Female. October-December
Nancy Brown Negley – Paintings and Collages. September-October
Karin Rosenthal – Journeying Within the Human Landscape. March-April
Alex Gerasev – Prints and Drawings. February-March


Carole Rabe – Near and Far, Oil Paintings. December-February 2008
Iso Papo – Drawings and Watercolors. October-December
Lou Jones – Every Color has a Different Song. September-October
Jim Eng – Mixed Media Works. March-April
Susan Butler – Photographs. February-March


Sharon Haggins Dunn – Mixed Media Works. December-February 2007
David Bakalar – Solarized Images. October-November
Kathy A. Halamka – In Grain, Mixed Media Drawings on Birch. September-October
Suzanne Hodes – Visions: From New York to Tuscany. March-April
Jim Lee – Prints and Drawings. February-March


Alfonsina Betancourt – Photographs. November-January 2006
Itaysha Jordan – Photographs. October-November
Joseph Cantave Other Haitian Artists – Paintings. September-October
Kim Salerno Jeanne Williamson – Material Matters, Fabric Collages Quilts, March-April


L’Merchie Frazier – Windows to the Soul: Experiencing the Artifact, Installation. December-March 2005
Ekua Holmes – Second Childhood, Collages and Paintings. October-November
John Willis – Constructions and Configurations. September-October
Brookline Artists – Green Space Alliance. April-May
Carl Sesto – Moving Pictures, Lenticular Photographs. March-April
Bob Evans – Mixed Media. February-March


Christine Wirth – Paintings. December-January 2004
Meris Barreto and Whitney Lucks – Alumnae Artists, Multiple Media. October-December
David Ratner – Paintings. September-October
Brookline Artists – Visions of Green Community. April-May
Ellen Gibson and Lisa Osborn – Proportional Relationships, Sculptures. March-April
Leslie Starobin – Digital Photomontages and Photographs. January-February


Stephanie Mahan Stigliano and Mercedes Nunez – Moving Pages: Journeys through Book Art. December-January 2003
Jon Imber – Fathers and Sons, Paintings. October-November
C .A. Stigliano – Works on Wood. September-October
Brookline Artists – Visions of Green Community. April-May
Susan Butler – Photographs. March-April
Jane Goldman – Watercolors. February-March


Student Exhibit – Multiple Media. December-January 2002
Eiko Shima – Color and Shape: Moments from the Forest and Sea, Abstract Japanese Paintings. October-November
John Crowe, M.J. Crowe, Candace Walters – Sharing Space. September-October
Brookline Artists – Visions of Green Community. April-May
Collection of Arno Minkkinen – Photographs. March-April
Patti Singer and Cindy Dreher Rowland – Paintings and Sculptures. February-March


Laurie Kaplowitz – Realm of the Scenes, Paintings. December-January 2001
Carlos Stuart – Sculpture. October-November
Carole Rabe – Paintings. September-October
Brookline Artists – Visions of Green Community. April-May
Fern Cunningham – Sculptures. February-March


Sloat Shaw – Paintings. December-January 2000
Beverly Snow and Paul Weiner – Photographs. October-December
Paul Inglis – Paintings and Constructions. September-October
Brookline Artists – Visions of Green Community. April-May
Ann Tracy-Montero – Baked, Installation. February-March


Ingrid Capozzoli – The Figure Observed, Works on Paper. December-February 1999
Heather Cherry and Anna Thurber – Alumnae Artists, Multiple Media. October-December
Pat Walker – Pages, Mixed Media Works on Paper. September-October
Larry Santana – ‘Bung Wantam’ (Coming Together): Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea. April-May
Iso Papo – Paintings and Drawings. February-March
Olive Pierce and Carolyn Chute – Up River: The Story of a Maine Fishing Community. January-February