Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is proud to present Artists For Humanity: Makers, Disruptors, Innovators, an exhibition of work by current Artists For Humanity youth and alumni. Artists For Humanity is one of Boston’s leading arts nonprofits, focused on providing jobs in art and design for under-resourced youth in Boston, whose mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions in the city. Their program nurtures and compensates Boston teens by employing them in art and design projects for diverse clientele around the city, helping them develop not only their artistic abilities, but also lifelong skills in collaboration, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency. What started off as a small group of teens with a mission—to address the lack of creative opportunities for Boston youth—AFH now employs 250+ teens annually. AFH has received numerous awards and has been recognized nationally, setting the framework for youth arts enterprise programming on a global scale.
This exhibition focuses on the talent and innovation AFH youth bring to their studios. The work selected illustrates each artist’s evolving abilities and unique creative vision. Including both abstract and figurative pieces, the exhibition demonstrates the range of innovative work produced each day in the Artist For Humanity EpiCenter: Stephanie Wu’s intricate patterns; Kitauna Parker’s vibrant use of color; Milü Abel’s shifting, surreal forms; the quiet forest rendered in detail by Fritz Mead. The work on view exemplifies the budding potential in the next generation of Boston artists. This exhibition will also include one-of-a-kind, hand-painted shovels by the vibrant young artists of Artists For Humanity, part of a collection celebrating the organization’s building expansion in Summer 2017.
You can view this incredible exhibition from May 26 - June 11, 2017. An opening reception will be held on May 26 from 5 - 8 pm.