In 2007, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority created a Community Arts Program and since has featured work from various communities within the Greater Boston area, showcasing hundreds of local artists at the Boston Convention & Exhbiition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.
In 2013, Global Spectrum, along with the MCCA, brought the same Community Arts Program to the Pioneer Valley and plan to showcase the artwork of local artists throughout Western Massachusetts on the walls of the MassMutual Center.
The exhibit, on view until October 2014 is the result of a juried competition with Julia Courtney, curator of the Springfield Museums, Loretta Yarlow, director of the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art, and Aprile Galant curator of prints at the Smith College Museum of Art serving as jurors.
The inaugural exhibit named, 5 Narratives, features multiple works from 5 local artists all expressed through various mediums, methods, and techniques.
On exhibit will be:
Imo Imeh’s “Catatonia Anthologies,” the first “chapter” of a larger pictorial songbook that he is developing exploring images of dream states that engage issues of Black identity and subjectivity;
Faith Lund’s paintings in acrylic which use multiple layering of pigment to achieve a rich look of color and visual texture, giving the canvas an unexpected depth;
Tom Wyatt’s photographs on metal, which focus on overlooked elements of the world around us - such as car reflections that blur the lines between realism and abstraction;
Lydia Kann Nettler’s environmental charcoal installations which surround the viewer and create a world of black and white landscape;
Laura Radwell’s abstract work on metal which celebrates the sense of place revealed through materials, surfaces, and geometry in the natural and built environments.