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On Display: Young Alumnae Art Show Opens at Lincoln

One of the many impressive features of Lincoln’s STEAM Hub for Girls is the Art Gallery, which has been the site of several unique installations of student art since its opening last May. However, on Thursday, November 29, the gallery hosted the opening of a different kind of exhibit–the Young Alumnae Art Show.

For the first time, the work in the gallery belonged to external artists, specifically Lincoln alumnae that have graduated in recent years and attended art school or participated in an intensive art program within their university. The artists gathered with their families, friends, fellow alumnae, current faculty, and other art-loving members of the community to celebrate the opening of the show and comment on their work.

“Lincoln graduates are studying all art fields and creating magnificent work within their chosen genres,” shared Visual Arts Department Head Anita Richard Thompson ’89. “We, at Lincoln, are delighted to have this opportunity to share the work that our young graduates are producing with the school and community.”

Five different artists are featured in the show, which will be on display until February 4, and the pieces they’ve selected to include showcase the work that they have done within their respective programs. Read more about each of them below, and enjoy some of the highlights of the show’s opening in the recap video.


Ayah Badr ’14
Industrial Design/Toy Design
Ayah graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 with a BFA in Industrial Design.

“As an artist, my work encompasses the idea of playful design in a variety of materials. Whether through soft goods or through metal works, my goal is to make playful objects while drawing on a material’s strengths and historical inspiration.

The first reaction I had when I arrived at the Young Alumnae Art Show (besides how lovely the new space looks), was to reminisce over my Art Major show as a senior at Lincoln. It was nostalgic to reflect on how my own work has grown over the past four years, but also on how Lincoln’s campus and involvement with the arts has changed as well. It’s humbling to be included in the first Alumnae Art Show and to return to my “roots” where I first considered pursuing art as a career.”


Rebecca Ford ’15
Furniture Design
Rebecca currently attends the Rhode Island School of Design, where she is pursuing a BFA in Furniture Design.

“The objects that I make surround ideas of play, warmth, and home. Whether that is through the lens of an adult, a child, or meant to be open to both, I like to create work that is whimsical, but also maintains a tone of sophistication. I see the role of the objects I create as both sculptural and that of a functional furniture object. I believe that fun and beautiful objects do not need to sacrifice their excitement for usability.”

Francesca Matarese ’16
Fashion Design
Francesca currently attends the Rhode Island School of Design, where she is pursuing a BFA in Fashion Design and Jewelry & Metalsmithing.

“I am still developing my personal style, so I’m not sure if I could accurately describe it right now. The pieces I’ve entered for the show are some of my assignments from last year. I have entered a men’s shirt, a cow-print bomber jacket, a muslin and seat belt skirt, and a pair of jeans matched with a black denim top meant to be worn over the silky gold top."

Rudy Whelan ’14
Sculpture/Mixed Media Art
Rudy graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 with a BFA in Sculpture.

“Having finished undergrad several months ago, I’m at a pivotal point in my life. For the first time, I’m living on my own and making my own decisions about what to do with my time. My biggest concern is educating myself to become an engaged, critical artist, working against the global rise of white nationalism.”

Theresa Zeitz-Lindamood ’09
Painting
Theresa graduated from The Cooper Union in 2013 with a BFA in Painting.

Theresa is an artist living and working in New York City. After graduating from art school in 2013, she worked in the Design Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then received a Fulbright to study painting in Italy. Since returning, she has concentrated on her studio practice and worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her current studio practice focuses on drawing and painting in egg tempera. She is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Japanese printmaking, and by the work of artists, including Holbein, Van Eyck, and Giovanni di Paolo.