Spring Into Art: The Marble Collection’s 2018 Magazine Release Gala

Faye O'Leary's student ​Thien-Thanh​ Nguyen​ created this mixed media piece called Flower Girl
Faye O'Leary's student ​Thien-Thanh​ Nguyen​ created this mixed media piece called Flower Girl.
Event Start Date: May 20, 2018 - 3 p.m.
Event End Date: May 20, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: McCormack Hall, 1st Floor, Harbor Gallery

The Marble Collection, the nonprofit publisher of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, will hold its fifth annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. in UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery. The Marble Collection (TMC) is based on UMass Boston’s Columbia Point campus. 

The magazine release gala is a celebration of Massachusetts’ students, grades 8 to 12, whose writing, poetry, artwork, and photography are published in the organization’s award-winning online and print magazine. It features an exhibition and sale of jury-selected teen artwork and a program of teens reading their original creative writing, emceed by UMass Boston educator, writer, and performer Krysten Hill.

Spring into Art also includes a silent auction, a performance by Boston University Academy’s student musicians, as well as the presentation of awards to two Massachusetts public high school teachers for their outstanding support of the arts. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

This is the third year that the Creative Advocate—Art Educator Awards have been given out.

The Marble Collection’s 2018 Outstanding Art Educator honoree in the visual arts category is Faye O’Leary, a graphic design teacher at Lowell High School. O’Leary is an educator committed to collaborative learning who engages students and encourages them to appreciate and interact with the community. For the past 16 years she has taught graphic design at Lowell High School, where she has served as the Fine Arts Lead Teacher and mentor to staff. Her students's artwork has won top awards from the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, numerous keys in the Scholastic Art Awards including a national finish, and has also been featured at the New England Aquarium. Three of O’Leary’s students have been selected for publication in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts 2018.

The 2018 Outstanding Art Educator honoree in the English language arts category, Mark Nevard, is a veteran English teacher at Oakmont Regional High School. Nevard kicked off his career as Freelance Teacher of English to Italian professionals in Milan, Italy. He continued his appreciation for international education and worked four years at EF Education in Cambridge. In 1997, he brought his talents back to the United States, where he has been educating and inspiring Oakmont Regional High School student writers to for the past 21 years. Six of Nevard’s students have been selected for publication in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts 2018.

“Our published teens look forward to our Spring into Art Gala all year. It’s also an opportunity for TMC to raise essential funds so we can continue to offer our publishing and mentoring programs at no cost to teens," said the executive director of The Marble Collection, Deanna Elliot. 

UMass Boston’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Spring into Art’s Honorary Committee member Gail DiSabatino, offered her support, saying, “Congratulations to the students and teachers who will be honored at the Harbor Gallery. Your creative energy and mentorship is an important contribution to our society’s understanding of the human experience. I’m so proud that we are able to play a small part in highlighting your gifts.”

“Students in Boston and our state are creative, accomplished individuals—and I'm proud their work will be highlighted at Spring into Art. Artists of all types and ages are key to creating a thriving community, and I congratulate all students and teachers who will be honored at the Harbor Gallery," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Spring into Art honorary committee member.

Teens, their families and friends, educators, and members of the community at large are invited to attend the annual magazine release gala. Tickets to Spring into Art are available in advance for $25 at https://themarblecollection.networkforgood.com or for $35 at the door. Creative semi-formal attire is encouraged. Space is limited. RSVP at https://themarblecollection.networkforgood.com by May 11.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.