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MassBay event to honor Marathon bombing victim with $100,000 in donated art

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 12, 2013 12:57 PM

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Massachusetts Bay Community College will host an art event this Thursday honoring alumna Krystle Campbell, who died in the Boston Marathon bombing attacks, college officials said. The event will include the exhibiting of 25 works of art, worth $100,000 that have been given to the college in memory of Campbell, a 2005 graduate.

Private Circus, by David Barnes, Color photographic print.jpg
Private Circus
By David Barnes
The event, titled "An Evening of Art, Artists and Achievement," will be highlighted by a viewing ofthat original pieces of art recently gifted to the college by 21 artists through the Art Connection, a nonprofit that facilitates art acquisition.

The event will take place Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the college's Wellesley campus.

The gift from the Art Connection has an estimated value of $100,000 and is dedicated to the memory of Campbell, who earned an associate degree in business administration from MassBay. She was killed this spring at age 29 while standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

“Our college community will benefit from the sculptures and artwork now on display for decades to come," said Mary Shia, assistant vice president for institutional advancement and alumni relations. "In addition to brightening our hallways, the gift from the Art Connection will inspire current and future artists in our community and foster a deeper connection to the college. We are proud to honor the life of Krystle Campbell in this powerful and purposeful way.”

The event will begin with remarks from Michelle Drolet, the MassBay Foundation board chair, the college's president, John O’Donnell, and from the Art Connection program manager Sarah Berry.

Following the brief speaking program, MassBay students will serve as guides for art tours throughout the campus.

The event is free and open to the public by RSVPing to Teresa Mortell at 781-239-3125 or via email: tmortell@massbay.edu.

MassBay also recently held a 5K race honoring Campbell, with proceeds benefitting the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund that was started this year in her honor, which aims to help students in the business field.

For more information, visit www.massbay.edu.

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