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Since We Last Spoke: A UMassD Illustration Alumni Exhibition

June 13 @ 4:00 am - 7:00 pm

A bright art show flyer depicting a cartoon flower relaxing on a couch using a straw to drink out of a watering can
Join us during aha! June 13th 4pm-7pm for an opening art exhibition featuring the UMassD Illustration Alumni and a live musical performance by Skyjelly! Since We Last Spoke will be on display at Groundwork June 3-June 28th. Visitors are welcome M-F 9am-2pm
Groundwork is thrilled to welcome UMassD graduates for an exhibition that celebrates the art of illustration. Since losing the Star Store, faculty and students of UMassD’s College of Visual Performing Arts have been eager to reconnect with the New Bedford art community, and this exhibition is the seed of new beginnings.
“125 years ago, the Quest Center was part of the Swain School of Design, a creative force during New Bedford’s manufacturing heyday. Now a part of UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual Performing Arts (CVPA), those art, design, and artisanry students are making their way through a very different world. Graduates today have to be creative not just with the work that they create, but in how they generate and find opportunities for themselves. In exhibiting here at Groundwork, these UMass Dartmouth graduates are harkening back to CVPA’s roots. This exhibition also includes work that celebrates Pride month. The LGBTQIA+ community is well represented in the world of illustration, and has contributed in major ways to the field.
Illustration is art that speaks to people in a direct, accessible way, even when it is un-commissioned work. It does not need to be attached to a text. Recent Illustration alumni are organizing community art events, publishing webcomics, exhibiting at local festivals, illustrating Marvel characters, tarot card decks, murals, solo gallery exhibitions, and more. They cover a broad swath of creative output that can attach itself to nearly any field. The work on exhibit here ranges widely in style, process, and subject matter, but even then it does not cover all of what illustration can be.”
– Jess Worby, Assistant Teaching Professor, Illustration
College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMD
This event is supported in part by the Wicked Cool Places grant funded by the City of New Bedford & facilitated by NB Creative


June 13
4:00 am - 7:00 pm
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