MassArt Presents Exhibition of Work Honoring: Theresa-India Young

  • Ongoing: until Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Monday: 9:00am
  • Tuesday: 9:00am
  • Wednesday: 9:00am
  • Thursday: 9:00am
  • Friday: 9:00am
  • Saturday: 9:00am
  • Where: President's Gallery, MassArt 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: All ages

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) will present a special President's Gallery exhibition from Feb 18- March 21, 2014 honoring the late Theresa-India Young (1950-2008), noted lecturer, teacher, activist, and artist whose life's work was to ensure the preservation of the art of weaving and its traditions as a means of transmitting culture, language, and literacy. MassArt Fibers Program faculty members Janet Kawada and Ann Wessmann organized this exhibition of Young's textile work, in conjunction with the first annual Theresa-India Young Ethnic Weaving Scholarship established at MassArt to recognize a student working in ethnic weaving. The first recipient is Emma R. Welty, whose work will also be on display

Opening reception for the gallery will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
The President's Gallery is located on MassArt's campus on the 11th Floor of the Tower Building, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am - 5pm; free and open to the public
Organized by Fibers Program faculty members Janet Kawada and Ann Wessmann

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In her youth, Theresa-India Young learned basketry, rug weaving, and Gullah folk art and culture from her paternal grandmother. She also learned Kente weaving in West Africa and studied Gobelin tapestry technique at Scheuer Tapestry Studio in NY. After studying textiles at BU, learning Navajo weaving in Arizona and apprenticing at Arthur T Gregorian, Inc, She started her own rug restoration business. Young passionately believed that weaving and its cultural traditions should be encouraged int he wider art world and taught in numerous Boston institutions, including MassArt, and had a long career as a lecturer, teacher, activist, and artist before her death in 2008.

An annual scholarship in her honor was established in 2013 for a MassArt student working in ethnic weaving. The first recipient is Emma Welty, whose work will also be on display.

About Massachusetts College of Art and Design:
Noe celebrating its 140th anniversary, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Found in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only independent public college of art and design in the country and the nation's first art school to grant a degree. The college offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees in art and design, all taught by world-class faculty, along with continuing education and youth programs designed to encourage individual creativity. Whether at home in Boston or on the other side oft eh globe, the artists and designers of MassArt are dedicated to making a difference in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit http://massart.edu/

About the Bakalar & Paine Galleries:
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is home to the largest free, contemporary art space in New England. The Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery and the Stephen D. Paine Gallery host four professional exhibitions annually and debut the work of MassArt MFA candidates. The galleries also offer lectures and events that are meant to encourage creative curiosity, acting as a hub within the college where the community gathers to learn, be inspired, exchange ideas, and celebrate artistic ideas and accomplishments. Free and open to the public, the galleries are a venue for national and international art and serve as a vital cultural resource for the college, Boston, and beyond.

Media Contacts:
Rachel Lucas / rlucas@kortenhaus.com / 781-929-6299
Alex Szafranski / aszafranski@kortenhaus.com / 617-536-5352

This event was posted Feb. 7, 2014 and last updated Feb. 7, 2014