Many former college students return to their alma mater to say hello to favorite professors, to serve on the alumni association board or attend related events, or simply to take a tour to see what’s changed.
For two Bloomfield College Division of Creative Arts and Technology grads, a recent return to campus involved showcasing their work in a professional art exhibition in the Scott H. Kaplan ’02 Art Gallery located on the 2nd floor of the College library.
The works of Shamisha “MY” Quintaira Williams ’19, a digital artist, and Tosheka “Toshe” Escoffery ’20, a fiber artist who also creates fine art with pencil ink and pastel, were included among the collection of art on exhibit by women artists.
Williams started creating art as a hobby at the age of seven when she began tracing over her sister’s art. Soon art became her “whole world” and she found her way to her own artistry. “My pieces revolve around finding the grace and beauty in a woman,” reads her artist statement.
For Escoffery, her passion lies in experimenting with various types of art. Her artist statement reads, “When I draw I try to sculpt the very drawing in order to make it into a 3D image. This way it makes it more realistic to me and others who view my art.”
During their return to the Bloomfield campus to exhibit their work, the grads enjoyed a private lunch with Bloomfield College President Marcheta P. Evans and her spouse, Ed Evans, as well as Gallery Director Wanda Croudy.
“These very impressive up-and-coming artists, who nurtured their talents here at Bloomfield College, spoke fondly about their experiences as students in our creative arts and technology programs,” said Evans. “It was so unexpected when they each felt moved to gift a personal piece of their art, and I was very moved by their kind gesture.”
The Scott H. Kaplan ’02 Art Gallery, named in honor of the late son of Marc and Ellen Kaplan who was a Bloomfield College Creative Arts and Technology student, presents a schedule of exhibitions featuring area artists as well as student and alumni artists.
Photo: Bloomfield College grads, grateful for their creative arts and technology education, each gifted President Evans with a piece of their artwork. (L to R): Shamisha “MY” Quintaira Williams ’19, President Marcheta P. Evans, and Tosheka “Toshe” Escoffery ’20.