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NECC Faculty Member Exhibits Art in ArtSpace

Submitted by on January 14, 2020 – 7:42 pm
art work made from wood and plaster

“Monuments”, Pappas, 2019 

“Are We There Yet?” is the first show of the new decade in the Northern Essex Community College Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace. It was created by Dianne Pappas, an NECC adjunct art & design faculty member.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and runs through February 28. An opening reception and artist talk will be held Thursday, February 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The ArtSpace is located in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. It is free and open to the public during library hours – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A reception and artist talk will be held Thursday, February 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Pappas has worked in the Linda Hummel-Shea Gallery since the beginning of January creating this unique and original installation within the space. She uses the signature materials of much of her previous works, including plaster, cement, corrugated metal, plastic, and twine, among others.

“This work references monumental structures, (here) on a more intimate scale,” said Pappas.

Experiencing this installation in the ArtSpace Gallery focuses the viewer, said Pappas, “…on the dismissed and imperfect, valuing the unpretentious and pushing the perception and capabilities of materials.”

“Glass and Plastic”, Pappas, 2018

Pappas is a visual artist and educator who lives in Sudbury. She has a studio practice at ArtSpace in Maynard. Following her graduation from Smith College, Pappas worked for more than a decade in management consultation before returning to school to earn her MFA in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Keystone College in Pennsylvania and The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, as well as MICA.  She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She most recently exhibited at a pop-up, Invitational Installation, Left Space.  This was presented on an abandoned floor of an historical industrial building in Baltimore, Maryland

Northern Essex Department of Art & Design offers many courses in fine art and design leading to an Associate Degree in General Studies: Art & Design.

For additional information, contact Marc Mannheimer, gallery coordinator at