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, The MassMutual Center, 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 our Convention Center. 

The first art exhibit opened in April 2014 and was titled “5 Narratives”.  “5 Narratives featured the following five artists Tom Wyatt, Lydia Nettler, Faith Lund, Laura Radwell and Imo Nse Imeh. In April of 2015 the second exhibit, titled “A Walk Through Western MA”, opened and featuring the works of Michelle Iglesias, Beth Reilly, Louise Minks and Priya Nadkarni. February 2016 we opened the third art exhibit titled “Creation” with works from Frank Carter, Jacque Roach and Andrae Green.

If you are interested in being a part of the MassMutual Center Community Art Exhibit, or have any questions please contact Richard DeCusati at rdecusati@massconvention.com

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Perspectives - Spring 2017 - June 2017

Michael Lazarus

 Michael Lazarus is a Springfield, MA native. A graduate of Cathedral High school- class of 1983 eventually earned his Masters of Art (MA) from Savanna College of Art and Design (Online) - class of 2009. Michael’s choice of medium range from, 3D computer graphics, the use of acrylics and oils on canvas, to his most dynamic practice of portrait art with Airbrush.

Michael’s portrait work helped him develop a small but growing clientele with locals in Bad Kreuznach, Germany during the 90’s. Upon arriving back to the United States in 2001, Michael continued his work, eventually meeting other local airbrush artist, who mentored and helped fine tune his skills. Michael has participated as a member of the Albany, NY Art league from 2009-2011. Currently, Michael focuses his work to creating different large canvas themes, representing human interaction events; such as “The Jazz gig” displayed, but also other action events, relating to non-human interactions, e.g.; Animals and mechanical in the future.

Kathleen Morris 

Kathleen Morris is a sophomore at Springfield College. She has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. Kathleen enjoys all types of art but has recently begun to branch out into different mediums. With a focus on ink-based drawings, Ms. Morris has recently delved into painting with a focus on acrylics as well as taking an interest in photography and sculpting. As a young African American woman, Ms. Morris draws on her ethnic heritage when she creates her work, “It’s nice to create things that I can see myself in, and I hope other people looking at my artwork can see themselves in my work as well” says Ms. Morris.  

Rabecca A. Tysz

Rabecca A. Tysz is a native to Springfield, Mass and learned about her natural ability for art at a very young age. After graduating high school and receiving recognition as the most artistic in her class by creating the school book cover, she studied Liberal Art at Holyoke Community College where her talent was expanded as a the makeup artist in the theater group.

Throughout her youth, she has participated in various art venues submitting sketches for children’s books to displaying original art in local cafe's to Union Square in New York City. Being a Jill of all trades, she has shown her flexibility of talent in the arts like music (singing the National Anthem at Fenway for Red Sox) and crafting (herbal soaps and crochet work) to teaching (Art with Annra paint and sips). Currently, Rabecca continues to create and lives in Springfield with her son, dog, cat and a chicken. 

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*CALL FOR ART*

We are now accepting submissions for our Community Arts Program.

We will be seeking large scale artwork to be displayed in our Convention Center.

For more information on requirements, deadlines, and timeline, please see:  MassMutual Center Art Gallery Information.pdf

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