2017 Student Art on the Marquee

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the fifth call for student media art to display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The 80-foot-tall Marquee offers more than 3,000 square feet of display area on 7 screens, providing full-motion video capability and is viewed by more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists daily. This stunning icon is visible for 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.

Selection Process

Submissions are now closed. Boston Cyberarts and MCCA will review the submitted applications and award up to ten student exhibition opportunities for the BCEC Marquee. Notifications will be sent by Feb 17, and works should be completed by Sunday, April 3 for presentation in April 2017. Selection of work is based foremost upon artistic excellence. We are particularly interested in works that push the limits of the 7 screens as a display platform while also creating dynamic engaging content for the public. Artists will receive proper credit for their media art. Please contact the Student Art on the Marquee Coordinator, Jeffu Warmouth, with questions.


Through a series of Workshops arranged by BCEC, students will receive instruction and direction in order to submit a qualified final project for the Marquee. A Workshop will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Thursday, Mar 16, from 4:30-6:00 PM. It is strongly recommended that you attend this workshop, which will provide an overview of the process of creating work for the Marquee, and include an introduction to Adobe After Effects and the templates. Students will also be able to see previous student work on the Marquee itself. The workshop will be followed by the opening reception for the current round of Art on the Marquee work, from 6-8 PM. Please clear your schedule now so that you can attend in the event that you are accepted. Subsequent workshops will be scheduled with the students at their respective schools, in order to help troubleshoot projects in-progress, and to help create the final build projects for the Marquee.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline – Sun, Feb 12, 11:59 PM
  • Notification of Acceptance – Feb 17
  • Workshop at BCEC – Thu, Mar 16, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Deadline for finished projects – Sun, Apr 2, 11:59 PM
  • Preview of Student Work: TBA Week of Apr 10
  • Opening Reception: Thu, April 20, 6-8 PM

2016 Student Art on the Marquee

ChenDan Chen, MIT, In Motion

In Motion is inspired by the location of the conventions center, where people come and go via train, bus, flight, … etc. This video syncs all motions in one direction, symbolizes the different journey that we took to get here. On the other side of the Marquee will have reverse motion, symbolizes people leaving the center.

Dan Chen is a designer, maker & engineer. He worked as a Research Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has over 7 years of design experience, working at IDEO as a Senior Designer, The Economist group as a product designer, and Morningstar Inc. as a designer and developer. Dan was a TA for “How to Make Almost anything”, a design and fabrication class at MIT. His work has been featured in media such as CNet, Huffington Post, theverge, Engadget and Dailymail.


GiurleoElena Giurleo, UMAss Lowell, Shooting Stars

As humans, we forget to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature and rely on screens for entertainment. The larger screens will be a night sky with animated shooting stars. The smaller screens will be a close up of eyes looking up with a shooting star animated across the eye.

Elena Giurleo is currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA. She is studying graphic design and will be graduating in May 2016. Elena has a passionate drive for design and values learning something new every day.


Jennifer Mayer, UMAss Lowell, Neural Impulse

The tallest main panels represent the brain with neurons firing off; lights animated along them to represent electrical impulses. As the lights reach towards the bottom of the screen, the eyes at the bottom panels would blink. The smaller panels represent the path of the impulse along individual neurons.

Jennifer Mayer is a New Hampshire native that is attending school at UMass Lowell for a degree in graphic design. She enjoys all aspects of design, as well as illustration and animation. She loves to learn and hopes to find a career that is equally challenging and educational.


CurleyPatrick Curley, UMAss Lowell, Ancient Aliens

This will be cut paper & scanned for animation. Pyramids are static objects initially. UFO will fly into frame, move around & come to a stop. As it hovers it will emit a green beam, hieroglyphics will scroll. Pyramids will emit beams and eventually disappear alongside UFO, leaving no trace.

Patrick is a graphic design student at UMass Lowell where he is the Vice President and active member of the UMass Lowell AIGA student group. With knowledge gained from professors and peers Patrick is constantly updating his visual and conceptual vocabulary that has emerged through his love for graphic design.


HoltsbergWilliam Holtsberg, UMAss Lowell, Look Up

Stars and night sky; shooting stars will fly around the screen, form one panel to another, eventually falling down. They will fall down to Earth and explode on impact, causing a fireball on the bottom screens. Bottom light bars will be a solid dark color, black or a dark blue.

I am William Holtsberg, Bill for short. I am a Graphic Designer who attends UMass Lowell. I enjoy sports, music and working on my Jeep. I enjoy working with Photoshop and InDesign, which I have many years of experience with. My favorite genres are comedy and horror.


EstevezIsidro Estevez, UMAss Lowell, Wild Wild World

This installation design is focused on Art, with the idea to represent the beauty and abundance of nature by using illustrations. The designs on screens 4 and 7 will be identical and morph into different animals. All the other screens will have growing patterns of leaves or abstract designs change color.

Born in the Dominican Republic, I came to the United States when I was 4 and a half years old. I grew up between Lawrence, MA and the Dominican Republic and entered UMass Lowell pursuing an Engineering degree. Eventually I switched to Graphic Design and have been growing and loving it ever since.


ZavaletaMaria Zavaleta, UMAss Lowell, You Are What You Eat

This graphic animation explores the idea “You are what you eat”.  The cascading sprinkles will form different molecules which you find inside of a donut. Sugar, water, hydrogen, and other molecules fall onto the doughnut and land on a bed of sprinkles.

Maria Zavaleta is a Junior graphic design student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell who is working on completing her BFA by 2017.  She explores all aspects of graphic design and motion graphics.


Emily Pacht, UMAss Lowell, Team Work

A ball is dropped onto the first gear, spinning it towards the right and dropping the ball to the second gear. The second gear moves to the left passing the ball to the next, and so on until it falls into the ball pit at the bottom.

Emily Pacht is currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is currently working towards a degree in art and hopes to pursue a career in art and design.


marquee_SB1Michelle Moore, Montserrat, Jellyfish Love

By using the height of the marquee, the jellyfish will enter from the very bottom of the screen. They will float through the space and entangle in each other then exit. It will be a soothing and endless loop.

Michelle Moore is an animator and is currently a  junior at Montserrat College of Art. She works mostly digitally but does traditional work as well. Her animations explore the physical and emotional morphing of individual people into other creatures.


TsaiDennis Tsai, MassArt, Ambush from Ten Sides

Ambush from Ten Sides is a Chinese idiom.  I experimented different speed, colors and mediums to deliver the feeling of it.

My name is Dennis Tsai (Chen-Che, Tsai). I am from Taiwan, and a sophomore student in MassArt double majoring Animation and Film/Video.


2015 Student Art on the Marquee

Barreto_StillDaniel Baretto, Exponent Sea

Exponent Sea explores the contrast between light and sea creatures. On the top of the screens, a hand turns on and off a switch of light in repetition. Every time the light goes on again another creature appears. Eventually,  there will be none.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Baretto is currently living and studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He likes to create gifs and surreal animations.


Hangis_HilltopFlight_StillJoseph 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.

I am a game animation major student who is always looking a art challenge.
I have been certified in Adobe Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator by DigitalTutors.com.
I created a webcomic on Tapastic.com called the Preney Life. Link: http://tapastic.com/series/The-Preney-life
I have also won the Grace N. Aznive – Visual Art Award for “Outstanding talent and achievement”.


Murrin_Relations_StillAmanda Murrin, Relations

Relations is about making visual connections within my family geneology. It is an exploration of my thesis that probes my connections to my family through design and motion. We are all connected by blood, but my explorations exemplify connections between my paternal and maternal sides through images and patterns which are inspired by family heirlooms. It is also taking tangible objects and interpreting it into digital forms. 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 illustrates the beginning of their integration.

I am a senior graphic design student at UMASS Lowell. During my last semester I am working on my thesis project, which is a visual catalog of my family history. I am also an active member and secretary in the AIGA Lowell chapter in which we focus on creating a community for students not only studying design but those interested in design.


Gold_PreviewDaniel Gold, Rise

This work is meant to show 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.

I am 25 years old. I attended Emerson Undergraduate, and currently attend MassArt as a Graduate student. My work is a huge passion of mine, but has never been publicly shown. It is such an honor to be displayed on the marquee! I pass by it everyday on my way home to South Boston.


Stein_Vessels_StillJeffrey Stein, Vessels

Vessels is art visualizing blood cells in a blood stream, giving the screens a heart beat. With every beat, the vessels slow down and speed up rapidly.

My major is Graphic Design. I enjoy designing magazines, posters, and exploring typography. I have had my own business in production of T-shirts for about 6 years now. I taught myself to screen print and built up many clients including Smith College, Ohio Student Education Association and even created a gift shop in Kaptain Jimmy’s Distillery. I live and breathe design.


Racamato_LetterLand_StillKristen Racamato, Letter Land

Letter Land is an animation of an amusement park scene constructed entirely of letter forms. 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.


Diaz_PostCards_StillBrandi Diaz, Post Cards to My Future Selves

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. She primarily works with moving picture to explore techniques in filmic essay, video projection, and film portraiture.



2014 Student Art on the Marquee

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts issued the second student media art call for display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The second round of students were:

AmicoJoseph Amico, Community

Community is a 30-second video showing the mechanical components of a clock.  In the work, the Marquee surface will cut away to reveal parts of the clock’s internal machinations, leaving passersby with an enchanting impression of how the slow independent gears are working together towards a common goal.  Amico, a 21-years old undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a student of Ellen Wetmore. He focuses on sculpture with a particular interest in Steampunk. Interested in fine arts since his first year of high school when he made small sketches of characters and traced work, his main passion has always been building things.


LafrifaJohn Lafirira, Slow

Slow explores the mechanics of different objects, such as the ubiquitous slinky, and the facets of life being experienced in very slow motion, recorded at speeds of up to 1500 frames per second. Lafirira is a junior film production major at Fitchburg State University who interns at Rule Boston Camera, while working freelance as a camera assistant and operator in the greater New England area.  At Fitchburg he is a student of Paul Concemi and Jeffu Warmouth. According to John, “I have a passion for technology and challenging myself!”



McGrathHannah McGrath,  Sunken Cities

Sunken Cities uses mixed-media stop motion animation and video to show a fanciful description of life above the water’s surface and what lies beneath Boston’s water supply.  From 1930-1939 Boston built the Quabbin Reservoir by flooding the towns of Dana, Enfield, Prescott and GreenwichThe bitterly disputed project went as far as the Massachusetts Supreme Court.  Hannah, student of Ellen Wetmore, is a Junior at University of Massachusetts Lowell.   A painter and an animator, she’s part of the Student Art Union, paints murals for the Lawrence Senior Center, and is currently employed to create animations for a production of Pentucket Players production of Spamalot at Merrimack Community College.


Youjin Moon, Landscape

Landscape, explores the imagined possibilities of a multi-layered landscape–layering ink painting with video of surface water and images of the city of Boston to create, or break down, boundaries between fictive and real space.

Youjin is a visual artist from Busan, Korea who works and lives in Boston. She is currently an MFA candidate in film/video at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she is a student of Georgie Friedman. She has exhibited in several national and international shows. Recent exhibitions include the 2014 US and Canadian Experimental Film Showcase at the Uplink Theater in Tokyo, Japan; 12th Annual Boston Cinema Census at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge; Binghamton Student Experimental Film Festival in NY; Bakalar and Paine Gallery and Gallery 263 in Boston. www.youjinmoon.com

Moon Water on MarsYoujin Moon, Water on Mars

For Water on Mars, Moon was inspired by surface imagery of Mars and moving water to create a fantastic fictional landscape. Aiming to transform elusive, atmospheric phenomena into imaginative space, the work focuses on the visual impact and the meaning of a particular moment in time. The work captures an unconventional scene, creating an environment that will stimulate the viewer’s imagination.  Her second work, Landscape, explores the imagined possibilities of a multi-layered landscape–layering ink painting with video of surface water and images of the city of Boston to create, or break down, boundaries between fictive and real space.

Youjin is a visual artist from Busan, Korea who works and lives in Boston. She is currently an MFA candidate in film/video at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she is a student of Georgie Friedman. She has exhibited in several national and international shows. Recent exhibitions include the 2014 US and Canadian Experimental Film Showcase at the Uplink Theater in Tokyo, Japan; 12th Annual Boston Cinema Census at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge; Binghamton Student Experimental Film Festival in NY; Bakalar and Paine Gallery and Gallery 263 in Boston. www.youjinmoon.com


ShanahanElizabeth Shanahan, Solo Flash Mob

Solo Flash Mob features a character doing a loop dance on the tall part of the Marquee, with her head and hands popping up along the horizontal screens. A second year student at the New England Institute of Art, Elizabeth is a student of Amy McDonald.



LinJiaYi Lin, Disappearing Horse

Disappearing Horse features a horse and rider and draws inspiration from the moment in the famous Alice in Wonderland story when Alice drops into the rabbit hole and travels from one world to another. This horse and rider make a similar trip with video.  JiaYi, born in British Hong Kong, is an artist who is studying art and design at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  A student of Ellen Wetmore, she has lived in Guangzhou, Honolulu, and Boston; loves dogs, old movies, puzzles, and enjoys sharing ideas with other scholars and artists. As an artist, she tries to capture emotion and experience.


LeeVivan Lee, Morph

Morph explores the conundrum of the circle.  Without changing their shape, circles can be manipulated into interesting forms by their environment. One main circle will travel throughout the screens. Accompanying it will be smaller-textured circles that will also travel through space against a richly textured background.  Vivan, a student of Georgia Freidman, is an animation senior graduating this year from Massachusetts College of Art.



2013 Student Art on the Marquee

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts issued the first student media art call for display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The first round of students were:

Inga Baufale, Invisible City, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

invisible_city“Invisible city” is an architectural metamorphosis inspired by the city of Boston. This animation illustrates an imperceptible city made of intricate combination of hidden places, secret walks, unseen buildings and obscure pathways. It is an endeavor to capture the notion of the city, the motion and dynamics of urban environment, intertwining the real and the imaginary. This animation represents a continuous progression- imaginary geometrical motion transforms into Boston’s skyline.

Inga Baufale was born in Riga, Latvia and later moved to London, where she studied Architecture. She currently lives in Edinburgh, UK and studies Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh. In the spring semester of 2013 she studied in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston participating in the exchange program. She experiments and collaborates across the fields of art and architecture, combining traditional techniques and digital applications, in an attempt to explore the role of art in today’s digital culture.


Nicholas Broadway, Untitled, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

CrashMy animation is a very simple comical view of two figures, one red the other blue, both wearing helmets and pads. They each enter into view from the top of the display falling down on to separate mattresses which then launch then back into the air. As they follow similar mirroring paths the two figures fall, bounce, jump, smack, and crash moving back and forth over the full display until they finally fly into each other and fall back down the mattresses where the animation ends with them only seeing stars

I’m currently an art student at Umass Lowell, this is my first public art debut. Creating this piece was my first time truly making an animation from scratch and love ever bit of it. I’m only in my second year of being an art major so I still have much to learn. I’ve always had a lifelong love of games, and I hope to continue my education farther on and eventually make my way into game design

Emily Dewsnap, Different Beats, Fitchburg State University

Different_Beats“Different Beats” attempts to visualize music through movement via dancing and graphic vibrations. The dancing people change colors throughout and footprints on the bottom panels create a visual tempo. The message is simple: everyone possesses their own beat in a world that is also always moving and changing.

Emily is a recent Fitchburg State University graduate with hopes of breaking into the field of web design. While at Fitchburg State she studied graphic design, interactive media and also investigated the topic of video games in a thesis for her final year. She loves playing the electric guitar, video games, baking, and having in-depth conversations about silly/serious things.


Benjamin Gibson, Inked, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

inked“Inked” documents a natural and unique image’s creation through the physical interaction between ink and a blank canvas. Created by pouring black ink against white paper, the video displays streams of ink dripping from the highest point of the screens while obscure inkblots form on the screens below, all superimposed above a pulsating color gradient.

Benjamin Gibson is a 23 year old artist from Rockland, Massachusetts currently studying film and video at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Other video related projects can be found at www.bzgibson.com


Duvivier Guignard, STACKS, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

STACKSMy animation is about two robbers robbing an apartment. The Robber on top is throwing objects down to the robber below and the objects behind to stack up in a funny manner until its to heavy and interrupted by a bunny until the stack falls down.

Male, 22, uml student, graphic design major, Brockton, ma …




Dinora Justice, Zen Concatenation, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Zen“Zen Concatenation” is a collage and drawing-based animation by Brazilian-born artist Dinorá Justice, a current Master of Fine Arts candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The piece works in three levels of meaning: first, to highlight the possibilities of happiness in ordinary things that are often taken for granted: the flight of birds, trees, flowers, the wind. Second, to illustrate the idea of the inter-connection of actions in the environment and the importance of sustainable sources of energy like wind power. Third, to juxtapose the simple and hand-made with the electronic venue of display as a way of reminding us that electronics evolved to facilitate communication and improve quality of life, but nature and the simple things in life, like love and friendship, play a big role in keeping us connected to a higher purpose, as well as to each other.

Dinorá Justice is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, video, animation and photography. Her work is avidly collected in the United States, Brazil and Europe. www.dinorajustice.com


Ashton Nordskog, Endless Supply Co., Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Endless_supply_coIt is interesting how a large portion of our population acts upon things without considering the consequences. I turned the marquee board into a giant Neapolitan ice cream sandwich that is being eaten in large increments over the 30-second time span.  Along the bottom screens, there is a seemingly endless supply of ice cream sandwiches being produced from a factory machine and carried off-screen on a conveyor belt.  This suggests that we assume or expect that there will always be more to eat after we finish what we currently have, or that we want more before we even finish.  This also represents the repetition of consumption.  Will there always be more though?  What would we do if supplies ran out? This goes for any resource we have: food, fuel, energy, materials, etc.

The pop colors of the Neapolitan ice cream filling, the Endless Supply Company’s logo (a polar bear desperately grasping onto a melting ice chunk) attribute themselves to the pop art intention of the piece, and add a playful spin to a rather serious topic. My work should be looked at with suspicious eye; to see that more than just fun food art is taking place. Pop art that looks fun usually has a deeper meaning.

Ashton Nordskog, born 1989, is a transfer freshman at MassArt (college of art and design) coming in from CCRI and AIB at Lesley University.  He is working toward a BFA in Industrial Design. Pop art is his favorite area of study, taking cues from such artists as MyersBerg, Mauro Peruchetti, Claes Oldenburg and many more.  He has lived many places including Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and now Massachusetts where he lives and goes to school.  He plans to graduate in the spring of 2015.

This piece was created as part of Denise Marika’s Social Practice in Video Projects class at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; a class that focuses on how the fields of sociology, pop culture, comedy, anthropology, science, and politics fuel current concepts in art.


Annalisa Quagliata, She Rains, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

She_rainsShe Rains is a contemplative video that unveils the portrait of a woman seen through a layer of falling water. Inspired by the figure of the Sea Goddess Mazu, She Rains attempts to portray serenity and draw connections between the feminine figure and the sea within the Boston landscape, creating a dreamlike portrait that merges water and the female figure into the same element.

Annalisa Quagliata was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Daughter of American glass artist Narcissus Quagliata, she grew up in Oakland, California and later moved to Mexico City where she studied high school. She currently lives in Boston and studies Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has a strong interest in light as a medium for artistic expression and through film, video, and installation she creates surreal imagery that evokes a strong sense of suspense and wonder.


Jak Ritger & Dru Ritger, Autograft, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

AutograftVisual digestion is the catalyst for imagining the self. This immersion of images is explored through Dru Ritger’s digital painting. Jak Ritger used this work as the basis for the animation. By introducing individual found photographs and then revealing the whole collage, the act of image consumption is made virtual.

Jak is a Boston based animator and studio artist. He is a recent BFA from MassArt and hopes to explore the ideas of the moving image in the fine art world.

Dru is an art director and graphic designer at a New Jersey based design studio. He explores the issues of digital aesthetic everyday.