AIB kicks off Centennial Celebration through Storefront Art Project

Posted August 27, 2012  Link to this post on the Lesley University website

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, founded in 1912, is beginning its Centennial year by sharing the work of AIB community artists through the windows of Massachusetts Avenue businesses.

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University’s Massachusetts Avenue Storefront Art Project will include the work of more than 50 artists displayed in 23 storefront windows between Porter and Harvard Squares. All works can be viewed during a 10-minute stroll down Massachusetts Avenue. The exhibit will go past AIB’s future home as planning is underway to create an Arts Center adjacent to Lesley’s University Hall.

The Massachusetts Avenue Storefront Art Project will be on display beginning September 16 and will remain until October 13.

“We’re thrilled to be sharing the work of our students and faculty with the entire community, especially as a truly open gallery through such a vibrant neighborhood,” said Stan Trecker, Dean of AIB. “As plans move forward to bring the energy of AIB to Cambridge – the students, faculty, and year-round programming – we thought it fitting to begin celebrating 100 years of art making in the community where we’ll learn, experience, and make art for the next 100 years.”

“As a member of the Porter Square business community, we’re proud to play a role in creating a walkable exhibit for those that live or shop along Massachusetts Avenue,” said Simon Shapiro, owner of TAGS Hardware, one of the participating businesses. “Porter square has a great tradition of supporting the arts, and this is a terrific way to introduce people to the artists of AIB. We’re looking forward to their being an active member of the community.”

Participating stores include TAGS Hardware, Abodeon, Clothware, Coccinelle, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, Irish Imports, Joie de Vivre, Nomad, Raspberry Beret, Sudo Shoes, Susanna, WardMaps, as well as Lesley’s University Hall, Harvard properties and Gravestar.

Denise Driscoll oversaw the jury process for participating artists, and coordinated with participating businesses.

“The generous, welcoming response from the participating business owners to our artists and their work has repeatedly demonstrated what a wonderful community we are joining, “ said Driscoll. “The individual and collaborative proposals submitted by AIB’s students, alumni, faculty and staff were competitive and varied. I’m excited to see the synergies between art work and location.”

This project is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Gravestar Inc., and TAGS Hardware and is produced in collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Council.

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