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Contemporary Arts Research Center Opens

Community Benefits Culturally, Economically

Adjunct Prof. Jan Johnson’s work is primarily drawing with thread and embroidery, painting, collage and printmaking. This piece is called “Crack Open the Head and Borrow the Beloved’s Eyes.”

By Sheila Eppolito

Lowell’s arts and culture scene has grown by 4,000-square feet, following the opening of Printer on Prescott Artists Research Center, a new contemporary arts facility located in the former Patriot Printer Co. at 82 Prescott St.

The space was developed by three University art professors ߝ Jim Jeffers, Jan Johnson, Stephen Mishol ߝ and alum Denise Manseau.

“As one of our research goals, we always felt it was important to establish a space in downtown Lowell that could become a hub of artists and curators,” says Mishol.

“So, when planning the construction of our studios, we configured the space to allow room to show other artists’ work. In addition, there’s a teaching component for our students that involves workshops, internships and project space.”

The inaugural exhibit includes work by Jeffers, Mishol, Manseau and Johnson as well as Robert P. Moore Jr., Ilya Bolotowsky and Tomas Vu, who have exhibited in leading museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Fogg Art Museum.

Plans call for development of a Drawing Arts Research Center to attract works on paper in flat files to create a digital online archive.

The newly opened Printer on Prescott Artists Research Center will draw contemporary artists to Lowell, providing cultural and economical benefits to the city.