Student Art on the Marquee

ART ON THE MARQUEE premieres seven new works created by Massachusetts college students at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 21 from 6:00-8:00pm

For the third annual student round of “Art on the Marquee,” Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) will be presenting new works created by seven talented Massachusetts college students on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. Massachusetts artists, many of whom have work featured on the BCEC Marquee, are mentoring all of the students. An opening will be held on April 21 at the BCEC, 415 Summer St., Boston, MA, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

“We are thrilled to showcase the works of such gifted Massachusetts students. We are constantly surprised and delighted by the innovative works we receive when we put out a call for art on the marquee, and, once again, this call for student art did not disappoint,” said James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA. “I want to congratulate the artists who were selected, all of whom submitted extraordinarily impressive pieces. I look forward to seeing their works on our ‘big screen,’ and know they will be a fantastic addition to the BCEC and surrounding area landscape.”

According to artist Jeffu Warmouth, Student Art on the Marquee Coordinator, “A jury of artists, curators and BCEC staff selected works by seven very talented young artists. This is an amazing opportunity for students to show their work – huge, and visible to many, many people. It’s also a fascinating story of mentorship – from one generation of new media artists to the next.” 


Daniel Barreto’s Exponent Sea is a 30-second video showing a contrast between light and sea creatures. A hand repetitively turns a light switch on and off. Every time the light comes on, a different creature appears.

Barreto, a 24-year old undergraduate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts is a student of Kurt Ralske. He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and likes to create gifs and surreal animations.

Brandi Diaz’s Post Cards to My Future Selves embodies the idea of tangible memory in the form of a sculptural film diary. The piece uses multi-screen to comment on the bittersweet relationship film has to memory, and the way our minds struggle to access the past.

Brandi Diaz is a Boston-based filmmaker and visual artist who attends the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She primarily works with moving picture to explore techniques in filmic essay, video projection, and film portraiture.

Daniel Gold’s Rise shows the journey we all must take on the road find our inner light. We all have found ourselves feeling like the weight of the world is on our shoulders, but it takes patience and perseverance to rise up and find the light of love.

Gold is a 25-year-old student living in South Boston, MA. Having attended Emerson College as an undergraduate, Gold currently attends the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as a Graduate student.

In Joseph Hangis’ Hilltop Flight, a young dragon on a dangerous hilltop is inspired to fly by a matured dragon flying by in the distance; giving the marquee a nice thirty second inspirational story to show.

Hangis is a game animation major at the New England Institute of Art who is always looking an artistic challenge. He has been certified in Adobe Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator by, created a web comic on called the Preney Life (link:, and has won the Grace N. Aznive – Visual Art Award for “Outstanding talent and achievement.”

Amanda Murrin’s Relations is about making visual connections within her family genealogy. It is an exploration that probes her connections to her family through design and motion. The pattern starts at the outer edges of the Marquee’s screen and sporadically begins to connect to form one pattern. Behind the pattern are several images from two ancestral backgrounds, which illustrate the beginning of their integration.

Murrin is a senior graphic design student at UMASS Lowell. During her last semester she is working on her thesis project, which is a visual catalog of her family history. Murrin is an active member and secretary in the AIGA Lowell chapter, which focuses on creating a community for students interested in design.

Kristen Racamato’s Letter Land is an animation of an amusement park scene constructed entirely of letterforms. Using scale, arrangement and color, the letters work together to build iconic amusement park rides. Viewers are taken along the course of a roller coaster while a ferris wheel and swinging ship play on the two lower screens. An abstract and comical representation; Letter Land is an exploration of typography and its capabilities beyond the tradition.

Kristen Racamato is from Wakefield Massachusetts and currently studies Graphic Design at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has many different interests and passions among the arts including graphic design animation, illustration, and sculpture. Letter Land is the product of one of her first animations and she looks forward to pursuing a career that involves motion graphics and animation.

Jeffrey Stein’s Vessels is an artistic visualization of blood cells in a blood stream. The screen appears to have a heartbeat and, with every beat, the vessels slow down and speed up rapidly.

Stein is majoring in Graphic Design at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He enjoys designing magazines, posters, and exploring typography. For the past six years, Stein has owned his own T-shirt production company. He is a self-taught screen printer, working with many clients including Smith College, Ohio Student Education Association and even created a gift shop in Kaptain Jimmy’s Distillery.


Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s “Art on the Marquee” is an ongoing project to commission public media art for display on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program.

Since February of 2012, “Art on the Marquee” has showcased over 100 works by Massachusetts artists and students on more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions and is seen by traffic on Summer, D, and Congress streets, as well as from the surrounding hotels, office buildings and the Seaport World Trade Center. A panel of Boston Cyberarts and MCCA staff selects artist’s works, which play in rotation on the Marquee with other content including events, advertisements, and community messages.

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By AIGA Boston
Published April 7, 2015