On Friday, March 4 the Berkshire Art Association featured the work of 18 exceptional student artists at the 2016 BAA College Fellowship Show at an awards reception at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. The opening was part of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk.
The show was juried by a panel of artists and art professors representing several disciplines. Of the 169 works submitted for consideration, 52 were chosen for the show and $5,000 in cash awards was given.
BAA President Danielle Steinmann noted, “The BAA is very proud to exhibit the work being created by students in and from the county. For some, this will be their first opportunity to present their work at a public gallery, providing invaluable experience for emerging artists. Past recipients have told us how much they appreciated the award as well, often using the funds to buy much-needed art supplies. The BAA feels it is particularly important to encourage college students who are pursuing visual arts. We need their creative vision in our contemporary world.”
The mission of the BAA is to connect artists and the community in order to inspire creativity and increase access to the visual arts. The College Fellowship is funded by the BAA’s Norman and Rose Avnet endowment, donations, and proceeds from special events, including the recent 10×10 RAP at the Berkshire Museum.
List of BAA Fellowship Recipients, 2016:
Lauren Casey, Williams College, from North Pownal, VT
Antoinette Conant, UMass Amherst, from Pittsfield, MA
Izzy Davila, Williams College, from Lawrence, MA
Amalie Dougish, Williams College, from Stockton, CA
Mei Kazama, Williams College, from New York, NY
Michael King, Berkshire Community College, from Lenox Dale, MA
Angelina Lin, Williams College, from Morganville, NJ
Winnie Ma, Williams College, from San Diego, CA
Julia Matejcek, Williams College, from Prague, Czech Republic
Katherine Mooney, Williams College, from Princeton, NJ
Elaine Myers, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, from North Adams, MA
John Okemah, Williams College, from Mukilteo, WA
Clover Powell, Williams College, from Tucson, AZ
Alexandra Scarangella, Williams College, from Harrington Park, NJ
Stacey M. Schultze, Lesley University College of Art and Design, from Otis, MA
Sarah Tefft, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, from Greenwich, NY
Brian Trelegan, Williams College, from Cumberland, ME Isaac Wood, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, from Norwood, MA