Friday, July 8, 2022

Check out BU/WGS's Latest Newsletter from 2021-2022!

Our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network host institution, Boston University's Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, has just distributed the Annual Newsletter for 2021-2022! Please see page 16 for the accomplishments of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network that features our Network Affiliates Gloria Bonder, who heads up the UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America as well as the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender, and Unbound Visual Arts with its new Arthaus Gallery!

See the WGS Newsletter here:

Below: screenshot from WGS Newsletter (original photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash; design and copyediting by WGS's Olivia McCargar)

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tribute to Gloria Bonder & The UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America (based in Buenos Aires) on its 20th Anniversary

Gloria Bonder, who heads up both this Regional Chair and the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender, has worked tirelessly herself and guiding her colleagues to celebrate the feminist achievements of scholars worldwide. Her partnership with our Boston University-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development led to invaluable collaboration on volumes of Gender Perspectives in Case Studies Across Continents that we co-edit and co-publish. For the near future, I suggest that the stellar work of the Regional Chair merits the preparation and publication of a case study in our joint "Women & UN Origins" series, showcasing both challenges the Chair confronted and its accomplishments as a model contributor to the global dialogue promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. (From Brenda’s Tribute on behalf of the UNESCO/UNITWIN on the Regional Chair’s 20th Anniversary Jumbotron). Prof. Asha Mukherjee of our UNITWIN Network in India contributed a Tribute focusing on female training and education in West Bengal (see tributes below). “Brava” Gloria & team! (Photo credit:

Interactive Jumbotron website:

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Unbound Visual Arts Presents: Invisible Disabilities - NOW In Person Exhibit!

Please see our UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Affiliate Unbound Visual Arts' latest Exhibition below! 


Invisible Disabilities Exhibit - In Person

Curated by Samantha M Joyce  

 June 3 - July 17, 2022

UVA's Arthaus Gallery, 43 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA 02134

Artists:  Sam Fein, Kyleah Kirby, Alex Miklowski, Linda Morgenstern, James Perry,  Jr., Stacy Shorr, Jenn Stanley, Susan K Teal, Jennifer Turpin, Yolanda He Yang

Opening Program and Reception:  Thursday June 9th, 2022 6:30 - 8:30 pm RSVP 

Live keyboard music by Mae Siu Wai Stroshane, refreshments and short artist talks

Art previewPress Release

Interactive reading and discussion led by Monica McAlpine, author of Winter Bride, her newly published poetic memoir about her mother's Parkinson's Disease. Issues of visibility and invisibility concerning the afflicted and their caregivers will be addressed. Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, 7:00 pm  RSVP coming soon.

This in-person is a follow-up to the virtual exhibit by the same title.

"...what happens when you have a disability that is not easily seen by the naked eye?" - Samantha Joyce

Curatorial Statement:

Samantha Joyce, Curator


When we look at art, we want to see ourselves represented in it and in the space where the art is showcased. But what happens when you have a disability that is not easily seen by the naked eye? 

Disabilities such as ASD (autism spectrum disorder), ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), chronic illnesses, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and mental illnesses are not always recognizable to individuals who are not familiar with them. Because invisible disabilities often go unrecognized, people with invisible disabilities are underrepresented in many gallery exhibitions.

With this exhibition, I want to create a safe and welcoming place for individuals who have invisible disabilities to share their experiences and their artwork. This exhibition aims to represent a variety of experiences and explores questions about representation: In what ways do works of visual art shed light on the experiences of those with invisible disabilities? To whom are different invisible disabilities visible and to whom are they invisible? Can increasing representation of individuals with invisible disabilities in art and other media lead to broader social changes?

It is my hope that this exhibit helps educate the public about invisible disabilities and provides a framework for how invisible disabilities can be better represented in the visual arts. I want other galleries and museums to see what we have created and follow suit, so we can continue to build a wider audience for artists with invisible disabilities.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

An Exciting Exhibition at the Intersection of Cultural Heritage and Visual Art!

The Photography of Fran Gardino

Presented by Unbound Visual Arts

Exhibit installers:  Chelsea White and John Quatrale | Publicity: Christina Jang and Kenneal Patterson

Arthaus Art Exhibit Gallery - 43 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA

February 3 - March 27, 2022

Passed: Opening Program and Reception on Sunday Feb. 27, 2022 

Artist talk, light refreshments, live keyboard music by Mae Siu Wai Stroshaneand free raffle for fun prizes.

Gallery Hours
Fridays:  12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm

Saturdays:  12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm

Sundays: 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm 

Covid-19 Requirements
Please note that all visitors and staff are required to present proof of full vaccination upon entry and CDC-approved face masks must be worn inside the gallery.

Artist's Exhibit Statement

This opening solo show includes some of my photo images from locations both near and far. In 2012, I traveled with my wife and daughter to Italy to visit the home of my grandparents in Sicily for the first time. It became immediately apparent why all four grandparents chose to emigrate to the USA: to escape poverty and limited opportunities in order to seek a more prosperous life. The Italy photos in this show represent a small collection of images from that 2012 trip.

Clouds have always been a fascination to me, wondering how previous artists captured varied cloudscapes with and without the use of a camera. All my cloud photos were taken through the windows of commercial flights in the US and abroad. One such photo, “Coach Class Sunrise”, is featured in a 10 ft X 30 ft photo installation in Logan Airport Terminal A and appears in a smaller version in this UVA show.

The challenge on the ground has been to find varied and compelling combinations of subject matter and mini-worlds that keep me engaged for an indefinite period of time. Fortunately, I have found many such locations. Most notably, the Charles and Mystic Rivers, Boston Public Garden, Emerald Necklace, Mt Auburn Cemetery, seaside and urban locations as well as local plant and animal farms. This show includes several images from these numerous explorations.

Currently, due to the arrival of Covid-19 and my need to stay home or close to my home in Brighton MA, my recent fine art landscape photo efforts have been concentrated on Boston area scenes, especially those of the beautiful parkland spaces.  I have found a greater appreciation for the familiar landscape, possible due to a renewed sense of the importance of simply being happy with what we have.

Artist Biography

Francis Gardino, a Brighton resident and member of the Council of Advisors for Unbound Visual Arts, received his Bachelor's of Fine Art in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  He is a member of the Allston Arts District Open Studios, and the Photographic Resource Center at Lesley University.  He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Massachusetts.

His large scale installations include a 10’ wide x 30’ tall cloud photo at Logan Airport’s Terminal A, and other large format photos at the Mystic Valley Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, Boston Public Garden, Massachusetts State House, Brighton Allston Historical Museum, Workbar Arlington, Mt Auburn Hospital Cambridge, Mt Auburn Hospital Clinic Belmont, the Winchester Hospital and the Dedham Wellness Center.

He has self-published four photo books, of which three are included in the curatorial library of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. His photos have been shown in the Danforth Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum annex and the Italian Consulate in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston, and he’s won numerous awards including the “Best of Show” at the Duxbury Art Complex 2015 Winter Show. The Danforth Museum in Framingham MA owns one of his photos titled “Brewster Rock”.

As a current member and past president of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers, he continues to pursue the captured beauty of landscape and non-traditional panoramic photographic imagery.



Twitter: @GardinoFran

Source: Unbound Visual Arts website:

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Exciting News: Unbound Visual Arts' Arthaus Gallery Opening!

You are invited! See UVA's Arthaus Gallery Opening details below! 

Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) cordially invites you to the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Arthaus Gallery on Sunday, December 12th at 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST at 43 North Beacon Street in Allston near New Balance Headquarters and Boston Landing.

This new gallery will enable UVA Members to celebrate and showcase original works of art from a diverse array of artists throughout the greater Boston community. Since 2018 when UVA first started meeting with The Mount Vernon Company, the opening of the Arthaus Exhibit Gallery has been a long sought-after initiative to provide a formal space for Boston “creatives” throughout metro Boston and to further enrich Allston’s historic and cultural arts district. One of UVA’s primary goals is to make unique visual artwork available to the public and curate one-of-a-kind exhibits. The Arthaus gallery is included in a new 81 unit rental and homeowner development and is Allston-Brighton’s first community-based art gallery.

To commemorate this special occasion, UVA is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition, we will have live jazz music by the Josiah Reibstein Duo, refreshments, the UVA Holiday Sale with plenty of arts and crafts, and a community art project for everyone. We hope you will be able to join us for this momentous event.

To RSVP, please go to by Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you!

Yours truly,

Grand Opening Celebration Committee:
Jeanne Lin, Chair
Susan Loomis-Wing
Ruth Rieffanaugh
Karen Smigliani
John Quatrale

RSVP for Dec. 12th

UVA's Mission Statement
Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) is a unique Allston-Brighton based non-profit art organization. We serve the Greater Boston community with impactful educational programs and exhibits to encourage learning, engagement, and change. 

Source: UVA

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

UVA Exhibit "Invisible Disabilities" live on November 18!

Another exciting exhibit from UVA!

UVA News

Invisible Disabilities explores the personal experiences of individuals living with disabilities that are not easily seen. Curated by University of Westminster graduate Samantha Joyce and designed by Kyung Eun Lee, this exhibit showcases a series of paintings, videos, and mixed media created by visual artists. Addressing the theme of representation, curator Samantha Joyce explains that “art in general is usually a good representation of the artist, their surroundings, and their community, but what happens when you have a disability that is not easily seen by the naked eye?” With this exhibit, she aims to “shed light on invisible disabilities and encourage their representation in a greater number of galleries and museums to help build a wider audience.”

Artists: Romani Berlekov, Linda Clave, Sam Fein, Steph Koufman, Pauline Lim, Lydia Lodynsky, Maia Monteagudo, Amaranthia Sepia, Jennifer Turpin

Virtual program with the curator and artists, with music and raffle

Thursday November 18, 2021, 6:30 pm EST - Invisible Disabilities. 

Source: UVA

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

UVA Exhibit "Teaching Children About Racial Justice" live on November 13!

UVA News

UVA has recently opened two impactful exhibits: "Teaching Children About Racial Justice" curated by Kyung Eun Lee, and "Invisible Disabilities" curated by Samantha Joyce. Over 25 artists represented in the virtual galleries. Just click these buttons and start touring! There are virtual programs too. 

Teaching Children About Racial Justice >>

Teaching Children About Racial Justice, curated by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Kyung Eun Lee, examines the unique ways we can gain a more profound understanding of racial equity and foster meaningful conversation with children and families. The exhibit features artists whose work includes paintings, photographs, mixed media, and sculptures that reflect on education and justice in today’s youth generation. Curator Kyung Eun Lee observes that “open dialogue and validation of children’s experiences is a vital step in encouraging honest, positive change in both ourselves and our communities.” Her curatorial vision focused on “harnessing the power of creativity to generate a varied discourse and inspire meaningful reflection among public audiences.”

short video tour of the exhibit.  View or download the press release and Exhibit Catalogue here.

Artists: Sonia Ben Achoura, Paul Ayihawu, Sarah Buckius, Ugonma Chibuzo, VĂ©ronique Anne Epiter, Anum Farooq, Yee Jae Kim, Lewanda Lim, Elisandra Lopes, Mathew Okazaki, Merlo Philiossaint, Christina Qi, Peter Slingluff, Carve Stone, Jennifer Turpin, Mary Vannucci, Ngoc-Tran Vu

Virtual program with the curator and artists, with music and raffle
Saturday November 13, 2021, 5:00 pm EST - Teaching Children About Racial Justice. 
Source: UVA

Sunday, May 23, 2021

WGS Newsletter 2021 Now Published!

We are excited to announce the publication of the 2020-2021 WGS Newsletter! 

See WGS Newsletter here:

Please note the sections celebrating the WGS co-sponsored Unbound Visual Arts exhibition and Artists Panel discussion, Stronger Sisterhood: Representing Intersectional Identity and a related program, Stories of Resilience: Our Stories Matter (page 7) and the annual UNESCO/UNITWIN Network feature update (page 14). The Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) of Brandeis University was a promotional supporter. 


Friday, May 7, 2021

Unbound Visual Arts Presents: Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct

Join us for a late afternoon of fun to celebrate our virtual exhibition, Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct. Enjoy a live musical performance from Mae Siu Wai Stroshane, an exhibition tour, a Q&A with the artists, and a raffle for exciting prizes!

The 11 artists represented are Nancer Ballard, Donna Caselden, Linda Clave, Catherine Lawrie, Sally Lee, Elisandra Lopes, Kat Masella, Maia Monteagudo, Michaela Morse, Jennifer Jean Okumura, and Diane Sheridan.

Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct is curated by Cecilia Christman and designed by Kyung Eun Lee. Cecilia has a degree in art history from Boston College and assisted in an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kyung has a master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibit explores forms of self-preservation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct is available in the Unbound Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition Gallery for 24 hours a day through June 30, 2021. The exhibit features 22 works of art, which include paintings, photographs, mixed media, and sculptures that reflect on themes of healing and division during the pandemic.

Enjoy the virtual gallery at

View the one-minute video tour available on YouTube at

Curator Cecilia Christman observes that “as a result of the pandemic and the country’s reckoning with racial injustice, the practices of individualism and self-preservation have burgeoned into many new forms.” As curator, she aimed to illuminate different forms of self-preservation, inviting artists and audiences to “explore the ways in which self-preservation can hurt, heal, divide, and unify.”

Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) and the BU/WGS-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development are promotional supporters. 

Visit the Self-Preservation Exhibit Gallery