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Art Exhibit: The Nurse Project by Vanessa Michalak
August 20 @ 12:00 pm - August 22 @ 4:00 pm
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The Sargent House Museum gallery is open and with a new art exhibit The Nurse Project by artist Vanessa Michalak. The exhibition features ten large-scale images, five at a time, in the consecutive three-week exhibits.
Visit the museum on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is $5 or free as part of a tour of the Sargent House. The exhibit is also free for students and Sargent House Museum members. Go to www.sargenthousemuseum.org for more information.
The Nurse Project is a salute to the heroic efforts of nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic by Vanessa Michalak, a Gloucester artist and graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts who also holds a degree in nursing. Conceived as a collaboration between the artist and individual nurses, the exhibit includes a printed statement by each nurse.
“The project works to recognize each individual in a way that only portraiture can. The size of each painting is intentional,” says Michalak in an artist’s statement. “Each portrait is a monument to our profession.”
Being a nurse, like being an artist, she says, “is deeply rooted in identity. It is more than just a job.” With The Nurse Project, she hopes to bring attention to a profession “where individuals often feel unheard, their concerns, intelligence and instincts sidelined.”
Michalak’s work has earned dozens of awards and has been included in numerous exhibits in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Her work has been seen locally in a creative outdoor show in Gloucester’s Dogtown. Vanessa Michalak would like to thank the Manship Artist Residency and Studios for the financial support of this project.
The Sargent House Museum, located at 49 Middle Street in Gloucester, is the 18th century home of Judith Sargent Murray, an early advocate of women’s rights. Information at www.sargenthousemuseum.org