Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery Hosts Virtual Student Thesis Art Exhibition

April 20, 2021
By: Andrea Binnick

The Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery will open the annual Student Thesis Art Exhibition on Thursday, April 22. This year’s presentation will be accessible to the community via the Gallery’s website at

The 2021 exhibit features art by eight Worcester State seniors whose work reflects a variety of sources for their inspiration. Showcased works will include abstract art, distorted photographs, embroideries, and more to address important topics ranging from dog breed discrimination and the challenges of progressive blindness, to themes of homelessness and emotional abuse.

“I’m impressed and heartened by the emotional and thoughtful responses that our students had in their work,” says Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery Director and Professor Catherine Wilcox-Titus. “In this difficult year, they have continued to engage creatively with the challenges put before them. We’re honored to make this moving exhibit available online as we offer our deepest congratulations and thanks to this wonderful and talented group of seniors.”

In a typical year, the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, located in the Ghosh Science and Tech Building, offers three to four exhibits per academic year with a commitment to recognizing the work of regional artists, Worcester State faculty, and students. This year, the Gallery has responded to the pandemic by making art available virtually. Professor Stacey Parker, who juried the Gallery’s “2020” exhibit earlier this semester, created the website for showcasing this year’s exhibitions.

Featured artists in the 2021 Student Thesis Art Exhibition are: Zachary Alicandro, Emily Cawley, Kalie Harding, Robyn Jones, Natalie Lamptey, Sotirios (Sam) Lalos, Linette Ruiz, and Michelle Solano.

In addition, the Gallery has facilitated a special capstone project this year by Senior Kayli Lopriore ’21.  Instead of featuring artwork in the exhibition, Lopriore, who is a double major in Education and VPA, presented research and created lesson plans that examine the importance of art integration for students in elementary school.

“By creating art integrated lessons, I seek to give my students the necessary skills to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on their learning,” Lopriore says.

For more information about the Student Thesis Art Exhibition or the Gallery, please contact (508) 929-8651 or

Artwork above: “Fruitlands, Transcendentalism” by Sotirios (Sam) Lalos ’21

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