At the end of each semester, Sherrill Library debuts the work of an exceptional group of new illustrators and authors who are finishing their education at Lesley or passing a new finish line towards graduation and publishing their own art books. Eight undergrads and recent alumni will display their recent published books and will have signed copies for purchase along with an exhibition based on their personal, artistic style. Join us for this celebration of our talented student authors. See their information below and check out their work. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours. It will run until July 21.
OPENING RECEPTION: June 21, 3-6 p.m.
Ash Bara is an artist from Huntington, MA with an interest in visual humor and wibbly wobbly drawn lines, using digital and traditional techniques to create characters and develop narratives to showcase her imaginative styles.
Archibaldo Lora is a Latino American who emigrated with his family from the Dominican Republic and grew up in Boston. Working in a variety of mediums, his work consists of mixed media collage as well as hand drawn elements. He has been able to explore different aspects of his artwork and techniques, working with the themes of spirituality, memory and the human connection.
Emma-Gia Porter creates otherworldly surrealist landscapes occupied by strange and unusual figures which tell bizarre narratives with a humorous twist on everyday life.
Fatima Mian is a Pakistani illustrator and fine artist living and working in Boston. Her book "Under the Deep Sea" is an illustrated children's story about a deep sea exploration. The story follows a diver going on an underwater mission who soon learns that there's something lurking deep below the surface. Something dark and scaly. Little does he know what's waiting for him 300 meters under the sea.
Kayla Buono focuses on drawing the intimate "quiet" moments of life from relationships between two people to the environment around her. She is from Waltham, MA and finds her local communities to be a great source of inspiration for both imagery and subject matter.
Liz Bauman is an artist living and working in Cambridge, MA. They are currently studying for their graduate degree in visual arts education at Lesley’s Graduate School of Education. Liz often works through additive processes that rely on layering, such as watercolor, quilting and printmaking. Their recent projects have focused on how trauma manifests in the mind and body as well as how to heal and survive traumatic experiences.
Noah Grigni is a non-binary transgender artist, writer and organizer from Decatur, GA, currently living in Boston. They create art to process personal experiences, connect with their community, unlearn the binary and challenge the power dynamic that exists within the realm of queer advocacy. Their art is a celebration of fluidity, a reminder to heal and a call to action.
Rocky Cotard, born in Mirebalais, Haiti and raised in Boston places himself between two cultures as a bridge for artistic international connections. His body of illustrations depict the perspective of the Haitian diaspora, in defiance to the narrow representation of it through media. Cotard’s paintings, prints and illustrations dig into his identity and lineage to collect his history, to reclaim his narrative and to build cultural pride.