Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield MA

Springfield Technical Community College Presents "Gentrification"

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Springfield-born Marlon Seymour, also known as $3YM@UR, is the featured solo artist during a special black history month exhibition titled “Gentrification” at Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 24, with a reception scheduled Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and a special master class for fine arts students on Feb. 21.

An evening reception and closing celebration also will be held Feb. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet the artist.

“Gentrification” highlights $3YM@UR’s diversity of artistic exploration with 12 large, colorful paintings made up of richly abundant saturated colors and vivid faces. Growing up in poverty, Seymour had little resources for fun between caring for his siblings and helping around the house. Originating as a hobby, and inspired by life’s lessons, painting was a way of escaping from the stress of everyday life.

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“Colors in art are the unspoken words that become the picture. Without color, a blank canvas would simply be… a blank canvas,” Seymour observes.

Born Marlon Seymour in Springfield, MA in 1978, he lost his mother at an early age and was adopted by his aunt. In the ninth grade, he began hanging out in the streets. Seymour managed to refrain from a stereotypical lifestyle of a black man growing up in a bad environment by turning to music and painting. Today, a devoted father and abstract artist, Seymour is a man obsessed with his work and fixated by art.

Self-taught and still unveiling his true potential, he has painted over 700 works of art. He is also a musician, having released over 14 CDs. A visionary, extremely observant of what the world had to offer, Seymour is determined to be true to himself.

The exhibition at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery is made possible with the assistance of Rosemary Tracy Woods of the Art of the Soul Gallery in Springfield; Vonetta Lightfoot of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Professional Group of STCC; and STCC’s School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

This exhibit is free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ABOUT THE GALLERY:

The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College presents six exhibits each academic year, featuring works by artists of local and national repute as well as STCC student work.  The gallery is located in Building 28, first floor, on the Pearl Street side of the STCC campus. Contact the gallery at: gallery@stcc.edu or Sondra Peron, gallery coordinator, at speron@stcc.edu. Find the Amy H. Carberry Art Gallery on Facebook or follow on Twitter @STCCartGALLERY

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday thru Friday 12:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday 10:00- 2:00 pm
  • Or by appointment

ABOUT SPRINGFIELD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Founded in 1967, STCC is located on 35-acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and is a major resource for the economic vitality of western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, science and technology continue to provide the most economical option for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of over 9,000 day, evening, weekend, and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.

STCC
1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01102

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