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Photographer Don West exhibits his Portraits of Purpose

January 17-February 27

Artist’s reception and book signing: February 27

Resnikoff Gallery in the Media Arts Building


Critically acclaimed photographer Don West presents a selection of photographs from his groundbreaking exhibit, "Portraits of Purpose," on display at the Resnikoff Gallery in the Media Arts building at Roxbury Community College.  The exhibit depicts contemporary African American leaders who have advanced access and opportunity in the continued pursuit of justice.

Alongside these powerful portraits is the newly launched book, Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership where West teams up with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper to present a unique visual chronicle and historic narrative of social change in Boston (1980-2013)  

On February 27th, from 6:00p -8:30p (rescheduled due to the weather)  there will be an artists' reception, commentary and book signing.

Click here to see an interview with Don West.

"Portraits of Purpose": January 17-February 27 (flyer)
Artist’s reception and book signing: February 27, 6-8:30PM

Photo Gallery

Coming Soon.

Resnikoff Gallery Exhibit Schedule

History and Mission:

Through a generous donation from Joan and Howard Resnikoff, the walls of the lobby of the Media Arts Center were refinished to accommodate the exhibition of artwork. In tandem with the art rooms, music practice studios, dance studios and performance center, the Joan Resnikoff Gallery has helped RCC’s Media Arts Center become a vibrant arts nexus within the Roxbury and greater Boston communities.

Our mission is to present challenging and diverse work that represents the broad spectrum of creativity, addresses political issues, expresses individuality and identity and is above all courageous and beautiful. The gallery is an academic and community space showing the work of local and international artists consistent with the college’s mission “to facilitate the success of our students in achieving their educational goals.” Since 2009, when visual artist and educator Mirta Tocci joined us as curator, we have showcased the work of noted Boston-based African American artists, such as Lou Jones, Don West, Craig Bailey, Destiny Palmer, Stephen Hamilton, and Carlos Byron. We have presented the work of Latino and Hispanic artists, such as eight Colombian artists from Colectivo Amarillo, Argentine artists Óscar Astromujoff, Ferran Giménez, and Alberto Fregenal, Cuban artists Martha Jiménez and Gabriel Gutiérrez, and Puerto Rican artist Anabel Vazquez, as resources for RCC students enrolled in ESL and Spanish language classes during annual Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond. The works of photojournalist Kelly Creedon on the home foreclosure crisis and the Armenian painter Hope Ricciardi on the Armenian genocide have also been featured.Additionally, we have presented exhibitions with community partners such as The Medicine Wheel, Violence Transformed, Emerson College, the Dana Farber Cancer Center and the Faith-Based Cancer Disparities Network.

Fall 2016 Exhibit Schedule

Ways of Seeing Boston: December 2-23, 2016
Photographs by students in Emerson College's IN 135 (1-4) Ways of Seeing (Fall 2016)

Opening Reception: December 14, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

For more information call Pamela Green at the RCC Media Arts Center at 617-541-5380.

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Events Spotlight 2014

Lou Jones Road Warrior: Pictorial Scenes From Around the World

Sept 5th-October 10

Artist's Reception September  12,  6:00PM

Resnikoff Gallery in the Media Arts Building

Photographer Lou Jones opens up the exhibition season with his installation of Road Warrior, curated by Mirta Tocci.  The exhibit is comprised of scenes from his extensive photography road trips from around the world.  Lou Jones regularly opens the season in Roxbury Community College's Joan Resnikoff Gallery.

Lou Jones' eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympic Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books including Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, Travel & Photography:Off the Charts and the recently released second edition of Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed. Jones' work is included in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum, Fogg Museum, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Wellesley College and the University of Texas. Lou was a formally on the faculty at Roxbury Community College. For more information, please call 617-541-5380. The exhibit is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.


Demystifying Shakespeare: A Conversation with Joseph Marcell and Steve Maler

October 14, 6:30 PM

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Roxbury Repertory Theater presents "The Glass Menagerie"

October 23-25, October 30-November 1

Mainstage at the Media Arts Building

Artistic Director Robbie McCauley takes on Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie this fall.  This early work is one of Williams' signature plays .McCauley has wanted to  take on the play for a while.  Director, actor, teacher and writer,  McCauley's  credits include Roxbury Community College and Emerson College's Twelve Angry Jurors, The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, and the African American Theatre Festival's Ascension by Cynthia Robinson.  She is recognized as an innovator in theatre practice in teaching, and is widely anthologized including Moon Marked and Touched by Sun by Synde Mahone, Extreme Exposure by Jo Bonney, and Performance and Cultural Politics by Elin Diamond.  Robbie is a recipient of OBIE Award, a Bessie for Performance Art and an AUDELCO Award for acting in Ed Bullins, The Taking of Miss Janie.   She is a 2012 Ford Fellow USA recipient, and this past summer was a visiting scholar at the Getty Institute. She can be seen this January in her one woman performance of Sugar at the HartBeat in Hartford Conneticut this January 2015.

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