Back to Calendar

Exhibition Opening – featuring Mary Hughes, Julia Hechtman & Keith Maddy

Mary Hughes – In Line

Mary Hughes is a native Bostonian who began her painting career at ten years of age when on vacation in Maine with her grandparents. Her grandmother, an amateur painter, gave her a postcard of the Atlantic coast with a wave crashing on rocks, which Mary then meticulously copied in oil.  Her awkward teen years thankfully involved high school art classes and summer art programs at local museums and art schools. That eventually led her to the painting program at Boston University, where she earned a BFA. She later pursued a MFA at Massachusetts College of Art. Mary is currently the Administrative Officer in the Northeastern School of Architecture. In her current work, Mary explores mapping, mark making and the passage of time. The drawings and paintings are built upon meandering lines formed in reaction to previous layers, recalling contour maps, topographical lines and nautical charts. The organic forms reference the landscape while also referencing abstract patterning — mark-making as an act of confirmation.


Keith Maddy is a Boston based artist working out of the historic Fenway Studios, Boston, MA.  Keith holds a BFA w/distinction from Massachusetts College of Art and is the recipient of several Massachusetts LLC Visual Arts grants. He won 2nd Place Best Show in an alternative Boston Gallery for Surrounded, 2003 at Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville by the AICA. He has exhibited throughout New England and extensively in the greater Boston area including the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston City Hall, Logan International Airport, Mills Gallery, The Distillery, Somerville Museum, Harvard University, Tufts University, Attleboro Museum, Danforth Museum, Schoolhouse Gallery Provincetown, Vermont College, Nahcotta in Portsmouth NH, and Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY.


Julia Hechtman, Lecturer in Art, Fundamentals in the College of Arts Media and Design, is a visual artist who works with a variety of media. She received her MFA in Photography, Film, and Video from University of Illinois at Chicago, and her BFA in Photography from Syracuse University. Hechtman’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including solo shows in Chicago at devening projects + editions and group shows at Robert Miller Gallery in NYC; Underline Gallery in NYC; The Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA; The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH; The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. Her videos are part of the Video Data Bank’s collection in Chicago, Illinois and have been screened recently in London’s 52nd Film Festival. She has been an artist-in-residence at Oxbow in Saugatuck, Michigan; at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia; and most recently, at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. After years of teaching in Chicago at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago, Hechtman moved to Boston and opened Proof Gallery in South Boston. After two years of co-directing the gallery, she decided to dedicate her time solely to teaching and the production of her own artwork.