Howie Green, Website: howiegreen.com/
When I was an art student back in the late 60’s at Rochester Institute of Technology the school was building a new campus. As part of the project, they had hired 20th Century color master and world-renowned painter Josef Albers to do a pair of murals in the new Administration Tower. At the time I was working on the downtown Rochester campus, but when I found out Mr. Albers was in town I drove out every day to the new campus to pay him a visit and basically be an adoring art student fan.
We often hear of the iconic foods that Boston is known for but what about underrepresented foods that are quite popular (and tasty) yet do not get enough coverage? For the “Tasteful Boston” public art project, I wanted to amplify the richness of ethnic and cultural foods within local communities. As a Vietnamese American artist who grew up in Dorchester with my family, I was also interested in representing the vibrant flavors for residents who identify as immigrants and refugees. I wanted to showcase foods such as bánh mì, roti, plantains, etc. because these foods represent the dynamic and resilient stories of families and individuals as part of the Boston fabric.
April Jacubec, Website: https://www.apriljakubec.com/ - Instagram: @aprilj222
After multiple attempts to take my own life, my dedicated art practice is a large part of the reason that I’m still alive today.
I consider myself to be a mental health artist-advocate— an artist with a message. I create bright and positive, mixed-media portraits of a diverse group of people living with mental health struggles as a counter narrative to the traditionally dark and gloomy images we often see depicting mental illness. The eyes are covered, capturing the hidden/unseen nature of mental health issues. The sparkling blooms symbolize the strength, resilience, and all that can stem from living and coping with these struggles. Through these more holistic images of mental health, I aim to celebrate vulnerability, reduce stigma, and promote mental health positivity.