BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) welcomed five student artists to the State House from Worcester-area colleges to unveil an art display inspired by landscapes and images of the Greater Worcester area.

In an effort to showcase the unique identity of the Second Worcester District, and to highlight the talent of local student artists, Sen. Moore contacted Worcester-area higher education institutions in February to request student art submissions for display within the foyer of his State House Office. Sen. Moore hosted an art installation and reception for the students, who were joined by family, friends and professors including Professor Mary Newman from Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) and Dr. Paul Cotnoir, Director of Design Programs at Becker College.

After a review of dozens of submissions, the five finalists included three pieces of art from students enrolled at QCC, one from Becker College and one from Assumption College. Worcester resident Travis Simpkins, a freelance artist, educator, and respected museum professional assisted Sen. Moore with launching the program, and with making final selections for display.

“I am honored to celebrate the spirit of the region by showcasing the talent of local student artists,” said Sen. Moore. “As Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, I recognize the importance of assisting students achieve their academic, personal and career goals. I am proud to display this artwork which captures the unique beauty of the Greater Worcester area, and also congratulate all of the students on their achievements.”

“My greatest inspiration comes from a French Photographer who goes by the name of Serge Ramelli,” said Kevail Cole, an Applied Arts major at QCC whose artwork Worcester in Motion was selected for display. “His alluring use of colors and ability to tell a story in a single frame, with an exquisite and moody tone, are all elements that emanate from his work of art.”

The art installation is available for viewing in the foyer of Room 109B at the State House until the end of June. Visitors to the State House are welcome to stop by Senator Moore’s Office to view the following five works on display:

Reminisce By Cristian Gramajo Rodriguez of Marlborough

Quinsigamond Community College

Cristian’s photograph captures the Worcester Korean War Memorial in the foreground with the well-known Union Station landmark in the background. The sunset and statues looking off into the distance evoke an overall sense of peace and calm. Cristian is pursuing an Interactive Media Design degree from Quinsigamond Community College.



Tower in the Night By Stephanie Orlando of Westborough

Quinsigamond Community College

Located in Worcester, Bancroft Tower was built over 100 years ago to honor George Bancroft, who was a historian and statesman.  Stephanie has a passion for photography and chose this structure as a reflection of the City of Worcester’s rich history.  Stephanie is an Applied Arts major who will be graduating in the spring of 2017.



The Future Streets of Worcester By Brandon Smith of Gardner

Becker College

Brandon graduates in May with a Bachelors of Video Game Design, and core specialization in 3D modeling and animation. Brandon’s artwork is inspired by the concept of freedom and familiarity with the urban streets of Worcester.



Webster Lake at Dusk By Kellie Powers of Webster

Assumption College

Growing up in Webster, Kellie has long viewed Webster Lake as one of her favorite places to visit with friends and family.  The landscape  surrounding the shore at dusk served as the inspiration for her artwork.  A senior at Assumption College, Kellie is pursuing a B.A. in Chemistry with a Sociology and Art double minor.




Worcester in Motion By Kevail Cole of Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College

Kevail has a strong passion for photography, and enjoys photographing everything including delicate macro photography, dramatic portraits and storytelling street photography. Through this photo, Kevail captures the warm and uplifting soul of the City of Worcester and its residents.