Cahoon Loretta

Artist Loretta Park (above), along with Juan Escobedo and Cicely Carew will be part of a Zoom conversation on “Material Considerations in Contemporary Art,” hosted by the Cahoon Museum of American Art

The Cahoon Museum of American Art will kick off its program season on Saturday, April 10, from 8 to 9 PM with the live Zoom conversation “Material Considerations in Contemporary Art,” featuring artists Cicely Carew, Juan Escobedo and Loretta Park.

The artists will share insights into their creative practices and how they work with found and discarded materials in making their art. The discussion will be moderated by Cahoon Museum education and programs manager Michael MacMahon.

The program is free of charge. Registration is required through the museum’s website or by calling 508-428-7581.

Cicely Carew is a Boston-based artist who uses vibrant color, rebellious mark-making, sweeping gestures and references to the natural and galactic world in her artwork. Her life as a mother, movement instructor and nature enthusiast heavily influences her practice. Ms. Carew received her master of fine arts degree from Lesley University’s College of Art and Design in 2020. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Northeastern University, Simmons University, Boston Art Inc., the Cambridge Arts Council and Fidelity Investments.

Juan C. Escobedo explores personal identity in his art installations, sculpture and collages. Mr. Escobedo primarily creates his art out of cardboard, and he associates this material with his background as a brown, Mexican-American queer male, raised in a low-socioeconomic community along the United States/Mexico border. He chooses this material to challenge viewers about socioeconomic and racial prejudices, and raise awareness about preconceived notions of race and class.

Loretta Park is a visual artist who holds a master of fine arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College. Her work has been exhibited at Shelter In Place Gallery and the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston; New System Exhibitions in Portland, Maine; and Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. She currently works in the Boston area and serves as a visiting lecturer and compass faculty mentor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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