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Robert Maloney – Official Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting for Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project

On Thursday, March 2, Illustration faculty member Robert Maloney was honored at the official unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony for his public art work, the HAFFENREFFER CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT. Held by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation at the old Haffenreffer Brewery Complex, the event drew a lively supportive crowd including nearly two dozen members of the Haffenreffer family

Robert Maloney is a MassArt alum, with a BFA in Illustration and an MFA from the MassArt Boston Low-Residency Program where his Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project originated in 2014. His engagement with the initial concept expanded and resulted in an ongoing endeavor that took three more years to realize.

For the public unveiling Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was in attendance. In his speech he congratulated Robert and proclaimed Thursday, March 2 as HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY in the city of Boston. Other guest speakers included Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Richard Thal executive director of the JPNDC, and Carl Nord from the George B. Henderson Foundation/Historic New England which awarded funding to the project. Margot Zurakowska, Illustration chair, paid a heartfelt tribute to Robert on behalf of the Illustration Department and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She spoke of Robert’s accomplishments as both an artist and teacher and congratulated him on making MassArt’s commitment to a rich engagement with Boston neighborhoods visible with his community based public artwork.


John Roman – ‘The Artist’s Personal Grail Quest’ in Professional Artist Magazine

Visiting Lecturer John Roman from the Illustration Dept. has a feature article in the current issue of Professional Artist magazine (February/March, 2017). “The Artist’s Personal Grail Quest” explains how an ancient myth continues to guide and inspire all creative people through their careers. The magazine is in bookstores now and can be found at any Barnes and Noble, or it can be downloaded from the Professional Artist website.

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