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The Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge, located on the second floor of the Student Center, has a beautiful view of Westhaver Park. There are work tables and comfortable chairs for students to use for individual study. This space hosts campus events including galleries, guest speakers, book signings and academic breakout sessions.

Gallery

The Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge Gallery at Curry College in Milton, MA offers innovative exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists and designers. We are celebrating lifelong learning and involvement in the arts through exhibitions emphasizing artistic excellence found in diverse disciplines.

Current Exhibition

Faith Ninivaggi: Unwavering Spirit

Faith Ninivaggi: Unwavering Spirit
October 14, 2022 - January 23, 2023

Listen: Audio Guide
The exhibition is accompanied by collective voices of Unwavering Spirit featuring an original piano piece by Composer Valeriia Vovk of Odesa, Ukraine.

Reception and Celebration
Thursday, November 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Unwavering Spirit Pieces

The Shelley Hoon Keith Gallery at Curry College in Milton, MA is proud to present, Unwavering Spirit, a new exhibition of portraits and interviews by artist Faith Ninivaggi documents and presents Boston area students affected by the war in Ukraine. Far from home, from the onset of the Russian invasion, this young generation banded together in solidarity to support one another and raise awareness about their besieged home nation. Ninivaggi’s photos capture their perseverance and strength amidst uncertainty and fear. The portraits demand the viewer’s attention, and for a brief moment instill a calm into the subject’s life; a respite from the ongoing war. These young Ukrainians turned activists for their people, country and culture now recognize that the skills and knowledge they came to the U.S. to learn will be critical in helping to rebuild a better and stronger Ukraine. As our country grows numb to the horrors abroad these portraits and their words remind us that their stories matter. The viewer cannot and should not, look away from these photographs, and the truths they present.

Faith Ninivaggi’s black and white, 4x5, large format film portraits of young Ukrainians living and studying in Boston feel immediate and at the same time effortlessly timeless. With a refined and humanist vision born from years as a photojournalist, Ninivaggi captures the most historical and influential moment in these seventeen lives, as their world is thrust into sharp focus, fearing for their families and reimagining home from afar. Ninivaggi’s camera bears witness to the physical and psychological effects of the war on these young adults. Through a collaborative process, Ninivaggi creates a platform for participants to be seen and heard. “Now looking back, it was so lovely to have someone to talk to, to really listen. I am very grateful of you.” noted Darya who was interviewed in her Somerville apartment as the war broke out. She has since moved back to Ukraine, her home - “where I am meant to be.

The raw and fluid emotional interviews raise awareness and evoke compassion - giving viewers pause to recognize and question how we are all descendants of war. It is a notion that struck Ninivaggi deeply in 2017 when she witnessed her own Grandfather's passing. She notes, “In the forty years I had on this planet with my grandfather he never told me stories about the time he served during the war. It was esoteric to hear him asking for the friends he had made during the war in his last days with us. It really got me thinking how much the war affected his life and about the transgenerational effects war has on all of us.

In this body of work Ninivaggi continues to highlight Generation Z, investigating how this generation will fare in the future. Recognizing the psychological toll the pandemic was having on teenagers Ninivaggi spent two years documenting their experience. In March of 2022 her attention quickly turned to the young Ukrainians who suddenly did not have the luxury of “getting back to normal.” A group whose coming of age has already been greatly impacted by living through a pandemic, is now completely uprooted by war. “The mother in me really feels for these young adults. Photography is a means for me to connect and in my own small way make a difference."

Faith Ninivaggi is a Boston/New England Regional Emmy Award winner. Her work is currently on view in the 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition at the FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona, Spain as well as in the exhibition, Tender Age at the Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA. The past three year she has been a Critical Mass Finalist. Ninivaggi has been exhibited at the International Center for Photography, New York, NY; The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA; Centro Fotográfico Manual Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico; Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro,VT; Robert Raizes and VanDernoot Galleries, Cambridge, MA, and the Wotiz Gallery, Milton, MA. Ninivaggi has spent the past two decades working as a photojournalist and has been published extensively worldwide. She has received numerous awards recognizing her work. Ninivaggi received her BFA from The Art Institute of Boston and her MFA from Lesley University. The artist was born in 1977 in Weehawken, New Jersey and moved to the Boston area in 1997 where she still resides and works.

Curated by Alison Poor-Donahue, MFA
Professor and Chair
Visual and Performing Arts Department

The Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge Gallery would sincerely like to thank the executive team for making this exhibition possible. For information or a private tour, please contact Alison Poor-Donahue, curator of Unwavering Spirit at alison.poordonahue@curry.edu or 978-407-3121.

Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge Gallery
Curry College 
1071 Blue Hill Avenue 
Milton, MA 02186

Recent Exhibitions

Reconstructed Remains Exhibit PosterReconstructed Remains
March 21 – April 28, 2022
Reception and Celebration
Thursday, April 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

The Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge Gallery at Curry College in Milton, MA is proud to present Reconstructed Remains, a gallery of mixed media artworks by Jim Fitts and Stephen Sheffield.

This exhibition includes original works of art from the artists’ private collections. Many of the pieces have never been previously exhibited.

Both artists do not utilize any digital production techniques in creating their work, and even though both artists incorporate found materials into their art, their approach to their work and the resulting pieces are quite unique.

Jim Fitts states that he “has collected anything that has caught his eye, no matter what media or subject matter, and attempts to incorporate it into a sometimes-chaotic composition based on a formal grid structure.”

Stephen Sheffield states that he is “influenced by past and modern masters of collage and montage such as Robert Rauchenberg, David Hockney and Alexander Rodchenko, I work to construct iconic and sensitive intersecting moments between the past and the present.”

Jim Fitts is currently a Lecturer at Curry College. He has been a graphic designer, fine arts photography teacher, lecturer, and curator for over 30 years. He has had an award-winning career in both advertising and design. His mixed media work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and the subject of a solo exhibitions.

Stephen Sheffield is a native of the Boston area. He obtained his BFA in painting and mixed media from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 1988. He went on to receive his MFA for photography and mixed media from the California College of the Arts in Oakland CA in 1993.

Stephen has exhibited nationally and internationally for many years and has a few large-scale commissions in Boston, Cambridge and New York, Philadelphia and beyond. He has been exhibiting his work every year since 1990 and his work has been featured in many national and international publications. Spanning the past 18 years Stephen has been represented in Boston by the Media Gallery, the Judi Rotenberg Gallery and most recently by the Panopticon Gallery.

Curated by Alison Poor-Donahue, MFA
Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Visual and Performing Arts Department

The Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge Gallery would sincerely like to thank the executive team for making this exhibition possible. For information or a private tour, please contact Alison Poor-Donahue, curator of Reconstructed Remains at alison.poordonahue@curry.edu or 978-407-3121.

Shelley Hoon Keith Quiet Study Lounge Gallery
Curry College 
1071 Blue Hill Avenue 
Milton, MA 02186

Jim Fitts has been a creative director, print and web designer, art director, teacher, and a collector of fine art photography for over 30 years. Jim recently served as an Assistant Professor at the Mount Ida College School of Design.

He has held the positions of Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Executive Creative Director at Avenue, Inc. in Chicago, and Creative Director at Euro RSCG 4D in Boston. Prior to that, he was the Creative Director for Monster.com. He has served as Vice President, Creative Director for iXL/Scient, one of the world’s largest e-business solutions providers, and Hill Holiday in both the United States and Europe. He was also a partner and Creative Director at Clarke Goward Fitts. 
He has received numerous regional and national advertising and design awards. Including, among others, Hatch awards, Clios, One Show awards, ADDYs, and New York Art Directors Club awards. His work has been featured in both Communication Arts Magazine and Art Direction magazine. Jim is also the recipient of the William Gunn Humanitarian Award and the Morton Godine Medal.

Jim has curated exhibitions for the PRC/MIT Gallery as well as exhibitions at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston and the Mount Ida College Gallery. He has served as a reviewer for the Photolucida portfolio reviews and the FotoFest portfolio reviews. He was instrumental in the publishing of Harold Feinstein - A Retrospective, which PDN Magazine called one of the best photo books of the year.

Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, obtained his BFA in painting and mixed media from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 1988. He went on to receive his MFA for photography and mixed media from the California College of the Arts in Oakland CA in 1993. While at CCA he studied directly under, and was artist assistant to  Larry Sultan. He also studied under  Cris Johnson,  Jean Finley,  Jim Goldberg and was artist assistant to  Carrie Mae Weems

Fine Art Print Work:
Influenced by film noir, crime novels and the projected memories of past eras, Sheffield constructs iconic moments of mystery, ambiguity and male insecurity. Often the images depict Sheffield’s displaced figure dressed in a suit standing, crouching, turning, walking and leaning. The figure will sometimes be blurred from movement, heightening the sense of surrounding stillness. 
Stephen has exhibited nationally for over 25 years, and his black and white photography is represented in Boston by Panopticon Gallery and in LA and Internationally by the Duncan Miller Gallery -  Collector Works Gallery and yourdailyphotograph.com.

Mixed Media: Jim Fitts

ate

ate

11 x 17, 2020
Mixed Media

stop

stop

11 x 11, 2020
Mixed Media

ALI

ALI

18.25 x 11.25, 2020
Mixed Media

Alabac

Alabac

11 x 11, 2021
Mixed Media

SW-H

SW-H

11 x 11, 2021
Mixed Media

Failure to pay

Failure to pay

11 x 17, 2019
Mixed Media

Mixed Media: Stephen Sheffield

Declaration of War

Declaration Of War

11 x 14, 2018
Collage

Blue Bird, Like Smoke

Blue Bird, Like Smoke

14 x 11, 2018
Collage

Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds

14 x 11, 2018
Collage

Gable End Truss

Gable End Truss

14 x 11, 2021
Collage

An Audience II

An Audience II

11 x 14, 2018
Collage

Rough Circle of Friends

Rough Circle of Friends

14 x 11, 2020
Collage