Gloretta Baynes is a Cambridge native and alumna of Massachusetts College of Art. She is an independent curator and consultant, and the Associate Curator with Artist/Curator Rob Stull for Sequential Art, The Next Step, an exhibition of Contemporary African American Comic Book Artists. Sequential Art, The Next Step, travelled for 10 years to various museums and cultural venues. Gloretta was the associate curator for “Peers and Pathways, A Photographic Redux” exhibited in the President’s galley at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and curator of the first juried Discover Roxbury/Museum of Fine Arts First Friday exhibition. She is the former assistant director and registrar for the Museum of the National Center of Afro American artists, and was on staff and an active member of the Museum of Fine Arts Diversity Committee. She was a former Chair for the Registrars Committee of the Association of African American Museums, and exhibition designer for Community Creations, an annual exhibition hosted by the Gardner Museum, with 6 community partners. She is also an independent curator and consultant for the “Violence Transformed” series of exhibitions and workshops.
Gloretta is the Chair of the African -American Master Artists in Residency Program (AAMARP), a visual and performing arts facility with two galleries, a workshop/ commmunity partnership gallery ( Edward Strickland Gallery),13 artist’s studios, Artist Emeritus, and 2 Writers-in-Residence. AAMARP is an adjunct of the African American Studies, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities/ Northeastern University. Gloretta curates “ AAMARP, Voices of the African Diaspora”, a rotating exhibition featuring works by resident and visiting artists. Exhibitions created for the Northeastern Community include Legacy, Reconnections, AAI 40th/AAMARP 30th celebration, Internal Journey,Mosaics, The African Spirit, Ascension, and Heroes and Heroines: Legacies of the African Diaspora. She hosted, on AAMARP’s behalf, many international visitors, including visitors from South Africa, Uganda, West Africa, Nigeria, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, China, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Tai-wan. She was the faciliator for AAMARP’s first Skype classroom lecture with AAMARP’s Writer in Residence Askia Toure on the Black Arts Movement for the University of Shanghi, and Clarissa Myrick-Harris, PhD, Associate Provost for Pedagogical and Curricular Initiatives and Professor of African American Studies, Morehouse College. Gloretta presented to The Black Arts Movement Conference, “Re-Visioning Africa, a New Exemplar, Didactic Themes from the Black Arts Movement in Contemporary Nigerian and Ghanian Art, Dillard University, New Orleans, in 2016.
As a result, cross- fertilization and linkages have been established between NU Departments, the Snell Library, Curry Student Center, African American Institute, Creative Services, Office of the President, Department of African American Studies,
The International Student and Scholar Institute, Sponsored International Student Exchange and Exchange Visitor Relations, the Department of English, and the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.
Gloretta’s mediums are airbrush, pen & ink, pencil, fabric, collage, mixed media and digital photography. She has created commissioned works for Say Brother (Channel 2), the Harvard Radcliff Afro-American Center, the Children’s Hospital, and Cooper House. Included among her exhibitions are Black Artists in New England, Black Family ( Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists), Massachusetts College of Art’s “Perceptions”, Renewal and Regeneration, Roxbury Artists of the New Millennium, (The Museum of Our National Heritage),Epiphany/ The Piano Factory Gallery, The New World Bank, The Federal Reserve Bank, The Copley Society, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Attleboro Museum, The State House, Boston City Hall, the Brush Art Gallery, Simmons College, Gallery Z, Children of Hope;The Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists, Home is where the Heart is: Children’s Hospital, Inspired!; Boston Symphony Hall, Radiance; Springstep Performing and Visual Arts Center, Womens Art/Women’s Vision, USPS, the President’s Office, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, “Shelter”; Harlem School of the Arts, NY, the “Violence Transformed” exhibition series, and Sankofa Synthesis; Medicine Wheel Gallery.
She is listed in the Saint James Guide to Black Artists, and the Private Show Issue of the International Review of African American Art. Gloretta’s work is in the collection of the Dei Foundation & Art Alliance, Ghana; the Oyasaf Foundation, Nigeria; private collectors, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and the Association of African American Museums.
Maggie Cavallo is dedicated to activating relationships, advising institutional methods for working with the arts and optimizing the role of artists in society today. Using a variety of platforms, she fosters artistic infrastructure through custom arts programming and consultation for artists, organizations and the private sector. Her practice is curatorial, educative and socially-engaged; directed towards providing dynamic learning experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Recent projects include: CASTLEDRONE CORRAL a curated series of sound, video and performance at Boston City Hall, Experiments in Audience Research, Demonstration 1, a performance OF institutional critique at Gallery Kayafas, Curated public programming for Pablo Helguera’s Liberria Donceles at Urbano Project and designing and implementing the CURRENT Artist-in-Residency Program at Boston Children’s Museum.
Cavallo is a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Art Education Program, Lesley University College of Art & Design and is a Research and Teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education where she co-designed the course Art, Design and Learning in Public. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University.
Bree Edwards is Director of the Northeastern Center for the Arts, in Boston, MA. Her career in the curation, production and administration of contemporary art has included positions at the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston in Texas. She has been a Curatorial fellow at DeAppel Centre for Contemporary Art, in Amsterdam and a Susan Vogt Fellow with the Boston Consortium.
Bree holds a degree from Goddard College, and a graduate degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She has served served on the advisory boards of the Northeastern Public Art Initiative, The Aurora Picture Show, Western Carolina Media Arts Alliance, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Public Art Committee, and the Blaffer Art Museum. She has served on numerous grant and award panels for organizations, including New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Creative City, and the Houston Arts Alliance’s Civic Art + Design committee. She lives with her daughter and husband in Boston, MA.
Karin Goodfellow drives all public art initiatives and policies for the City of Boston. As a leader in the arts in the Greater Boston Area, she is a relationship builder, connector, fundraiser, and arts advocate. Ms. Goodfellow leads the Boston Art Commission, housed in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, to commission and approve innovative and transformative art and promote its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors. She has reinvigorated the City’s portfolio of artworks to engage in contemporary trends and dialogues with an emphasis on artistic excellence that reflects the diversity and values of Boston’s neighborhoods. An artist herself, Ms. Goodfellow fosters involvement of Boston’s arts influencers, cultivates collaboration, curates projects, leads community engagement, and manages all aspects of operations. Since 2008, she has succeeded in increasing transparency and procedural clarity by removing obstacles to improve artistic performance and experience. In 2016, she grew that work to include projects funded through the City’s capital budget with the creation of the City’s first Percent-for-Art program. She also spearheaded the City of Boston’s first Artist-In-Residency program, Boston AIR, now entering its third year. Through this expanding program, Ms. Goodfellow cultivates new approaches to familiar challenges in city government by supporting local artists as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Goodfellow has a background in project planning and design, policy and implementation, and visual arts and social practice.
After 35+ years of teaching, I work in my studio in the SoWa art district of Boston’s South End where I host weekly figure drawing sessions. I work in oil painting, drawing and monotype. My most recent work combines all these media onto large canvases in a series called “Models and Masters”. In these works, I combine my work with images from famous painters, such as Vermeer’s floors, VanGogh’s interiors…etc.
The monotypes use Akua soy inks. The prints are figurative, often with several poses on one print. I work on the plate directly from the model; some are trace monotypes, some use a press.The drawings use combinations of charcoal, graphite and conte and are also figurative.
I am a graduate of the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. My work is in the permanent collection of Armenian Museum, Watertown and in private collections. I am the Chair of the Board of Directors, United South End Artists, a member of the SoWa Artists Guild and curator for Violence Transformed.
–Hope M. Ricciardi