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‘OUT OF BOUNDS’ RAA exhibit connects with School of MFA project

A rising star in the art world has transformed maps of Cape Ann into silhouettes of two residents. Nikki Rosato, a recent graduate with a master’s degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will premier her works at an upcoming watershed show in Rockport, together with fellow museum school alum Alex Hamrick, a conceptual text-based artist who created a new work connected to Cape Ann’s seaside locale.


The two artists are among 18 alumni of the museum school whose work will be on show at the Rockport Art Association’ trendsetting eclectic exhibit “out of bounds 2014,” opening this weekend. The RAA has a historical connection with the museum school through several of its founders, including Aldro Hibbard, Marguerite Pearson and Harold Rotenburg, all of whom were students at the venerable Boston institution.


At least 88 Rockport Art Association artists, deceased and living, attended the museum school, from the founders to the newest members.


“There’s a past, present and future element to this show,” said Bob Armstrong, co-curator along with his wife Jill Armstrong, an artist herself. “We are curating an exhibition featuring a dream team of artists from all over the world.”


The show is intended to be both provocative and educational.


Written by Gail McCarthy