ArtSalon goes to Springfield Community College (STCC) on March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019    
Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery
Building 28, 1st Floor (elevator)
Pearl Street Entrance
1 Armory Street
Springfield Community College

Free parking

This month’s ArtSalon is made possible in part by Silverscape Designs and the Berry Family Foundation.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments
Presentations start at 7:00 pm

Artists: Jorge Costa, Kiayani Douglas, Sandra Matthews, Jessica Poser, and  Marla Shelasky.

Jorge Costa, MFA, is a visual artist and an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College, Springfield College, and Westfield State University. His work explores a variety of mediums, forms, and content. This includes research based on social and cultural deconstruction, the Anthropocene, and the field of biomimicry. Jorge Costa has collaborated with other artists and shown his work in a variety of spaces including the Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY; Sanford Meisner Theater, Chelsea, NY; Artists Space, Tribeca, NY; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan; and the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, Brattleboro, VT.

Kiayani Douglas is an artist/educator who currently works as a ceramics teacher at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham. She currently is working on a large body of mixed media and instillation work rooted in the Black Panther Party For Self Defense 10 Point Program. The ten mini series picks apart each point that the BPP advocated. It stimulates conversations about current African Diaspora narratives in.

Sandra Matthews is associate professor emerita of film and photography at Hampshire College. Her photographic work is represented in collections, such as the Smith College Museum of Art; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Women In Photography International Archive at Yale University. In 2010 she founded, and currently edits, the Trans-Asia Photography Review (, an online scholarly journal devoted to the discussion of historical and contemporary photography from all regions of Asia.

Jessica Poser, EdD, MFA is assistant professor of studio art and community engagement at Springfield College. She also directs the William Blizzard Gallery at Springfield College. She works with materials that have associative histories and she alters them using processes of deconstruction, attachment, mending, and reconstruction. These manipulations often result in awkward gestures that make visible anxious efforts to repair and to make.

Marla Shelasky, raised in Northampton and now living in the Springfield area, creates painted and drawn surfaces on paper in collages and woven paintings – a technique that combines her love for design, pattern, and textile processes. After receiving her BFA in Illustration, Marla worked in San Francisco as a graphic designer, and later returned to earn her MFA in Fiber Arts at UMass Dartmouth. She began a career in teaching, marketing, and outreach at the Worcester Center for Crafts, and today Marla is director of Artists of Springfield MA, a non-profit collective dedicated to raising the visibility of Springfield artists.