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.

Source for material above: https://www.unboundvisualarts.org/invisible-disabilities-in-person-exhibit/

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.

Email: fgardino@rcn.com         

Website: www.frangardino.com

Twitter: @GardinoFran

Source: Unbound Visual Arts website: https://www.unboundvisualarts.org/the-photography-of-fran-gardino/

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 UVAarthaus.eventbrite.com 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, Véronique 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 https://youtu.be/cqLOh3iZhd8

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

Friday, April 2, 2021

Invisible No More: Asian American Responses to Atlanta

In solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islander communities, please see the following video of "Invisible No More: Asian American Responses to Atlanta," moderated by  Dr. Takeo Rivera, BU Assistant Professor of English and of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies that houses the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network. Description posted by Boston University on YouTube below:

"On Friday, March 26, a group of Boston University professors gathered virtually for a panel discussion in response to the Atlanta spa shootings that took place just over a week prior in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. The event, which claimed the lives of eight people, has been widely characterized as part of a nationwide pattern of anti-Asian hate crimes and targeting. According to #StopAAPIHate​, a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans have surged by nearly 150% from 2019 to 2020. The panelists spoke on a range of academic and personal topics and will continue to hold space for larger community conversations on how to move forward as an Asian American community at BU. Panelists: Dr. Yoonsook Ha - Boston University School of Social Work 

Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm - Boston University School of Social Work 

Dr. Choi Hee An - Boston University School of Theology 

Dr. Kính T. Vũ - Boston University College of Fine Arts

Moderated by: Dr. Takeo Rivera - Boston University College of Arts & Sciences This event was co-sponsored by BU's Anna Howard Shaw Center, School of Theology, School of Social Work, College of Fine Arts, Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, Diversity and Inclusion Office, African American Studies Program, Department of English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program."

Link to video of the Panel Discussions here: 


Monday, March 22, 2021

UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Stands in Solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islander Communities

We at the BU-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & People-Centered Development stand in solidarity with AAPI communities. Please see Unbound Visual Arts' Statement of Solidarity below:

UVA Stands in Solidarity with the Asian American Community

Unbound Visual Arts (UVA)  is appalled and devastated by the events that transpired in Georgia last week and by the increasing acts of violence against members of the Asian-American community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. UVA stands against racism and xenophobia and does not condone racially motivated acts of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination towards people of Asian descent or individuals of any race or ethnicity.  Our hearts go out to the victims of the recent shootings, their friends and family and to those who have experienced anti-Asian harassment and abuse, which we do not tolerate.  

How You Can Support:

If you are interested in supporting the victims of the Atlanta shootings and AAPI justice, please consider donating to these causes here:







To learn more about how you can combat anti-asian racism and #StopAsianHate in your community, here are a list of resources:









To organize against racism and build support for Asian Americans in your community, join the Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission's Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism, Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 pm ET:


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Celebrating Another Great Cultural Heritage Story: St Gabriel's!

It's not every day that we have a great cultural heritage restoration story! Please see below a message from Linda Mishkin, President of the Brighton-Allston Historical Society and documentary film "Writer," and Diane Kline, Member of the Board of Directors and film Executive Producer. Enjoy!

Greetings friends and neighbors:

When plans to develop the historic St. Gabriel’s site in Brighton were nearing approval, some of the project's mitigation funding was earmarked for the creation of a video documenting the restoration of the spectacular Monastery and Church buildings on the property. The restoration is now complete. Our documentary tells its story.

Along with the renovation of these buildings, our video shows how development and restoration can co-exist beautifully. To achieve this successful balance, it was essential that the voices of individual community residents were heard and the desire to preserve our heritage was honored.

We hope that you enjoy watching this amazing transformation and that it will rekindle fond memories for long-time members of the St. Gabriel’s community.


Thank you,
Linda Mishkin and Diane Kline
Brighton-Allston Historical Society