October 4, 2021 – CantonAfter a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, art exhibitions have returned to Massasoit Community College’s Akillian Gallery. Now on display through October 22, “The Art of Resilience” exhibition is a group show featuring the Women of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts.

The gallery, located at 900 Randolph Street in Canton, Mass., is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. In collaboration with Brockton Arts/Gallery 33 and In Sight Art Gallery, the exhibition features works by:

  • Joane Buteau Dumont
  • Youveline Joseph
  • Myriam Pitte
  • Michele David
  • Eliana A.G. Chery
  • Myrlene “Mimi” Desir

The Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts is a volunteer group of Haitian artists in different domains, visual arts, writers, and performers, created in 1995 in New England. It promotes Haitian arts and culture, facilitates fellowship among artists, and collaborates with other like-minded organizations.

“I am thrilled to finally bring art back to the walls of the Akillian,” said Eunice Hurd, Massasoit’s fine arts gallery coordinator. “During the pandemic, the gallery got a facelift, and we built a website that allows us to showcase artwork virtually and provide more information about artists, the Akillian, and the wonderful Fine Arts program at Massasoit. Please don’t hesitate to visit us in person or online!”

The Akillian Gallery opened in the spring of 2003 and is named in memory of James Akillian, who spent more than twenty years as assistant dean and business manager at the Canton campus of Massasoit Community College. The visually welcoming space, uniquely designed to maximize natural light, minimize structural elements, and encourage an intimate art experience, hosts numerous exhibitions, lectures, and meetings throughout the year. Exhibitions include works by Massasoit visual arts students and faculty, as well as local art associations and regional artists. The Akillian is also available to local community organizations on a limited basis.

Massasoit encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions related to access for this event, please contact Hurd at ehurd@massasoit.mass.edu in advance of your participation or visit.