CVPA Star Series: Visual Arts

Thursday, February 11th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Danelle O'Malley ceramic sculptures with projected images
Danielle O'Malley, Clean Resources, 2020, earthenware, handmade paper, rust dye and upcycled old bedding

On Thursday, February 11, between 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the CVPA Star Series features the work of New Bedford based photographer and DJ, Andrew Kepinski. Kepinski's photographs will be integrated into projections that will cover the walls and ceiling of the Swain Studio while he 'spins' his favorite music. 

Additionally, printmaker and graduating CVPA student, Taylor Hickey, will be demonstrating how she creates paper objects, shown in our pop-up exhibition, The Cosmological Sublime, installed above the stage. And finally, the audience will also be able to see ceramic sculptures by graduating CVPA student Danielle O'Malley through the windows of this corner gallery.

The CVPA Star Series, visible from Purchase and Union Streets in Downtown New Bedford, offers free outdoor arts experiences from February through April 2021. Spoken word on the first Thursday of each month is followed by visual arts during AHA! Nights, live music every third Thursdays and fourth Thursdays are dedicated to performing arts. More information and

Andrew Kepinski

Andrew Kepinski

Kepinski is a local legend, not only for his talents, but also his distinct look. A resident of Downtown New Bedford, Kepinski can often be spotted around town with his camera or his dog - and sometimes both. Kepinski has been honing his skills on fashion style portrait photography since 2015. He has a keen eye and is always on the lookout for those diverse, unique, vibrant individuals that he captures so well. Music is his second passion and DJ's whenever possible at his favorite establishments. He is excited to be able to express himself through both mediums at the CVPA Star Series.


Taylor Hickey
Taylor Hickey, Icosahedron, paper sculpture with linocut and LEDs, 11 x 11 x 11. Photo credit: Kate Couturier

The Cosmological Sublime; a Pop-Up Exhibition by Taylor Hickey

Taylor Hickey is a printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor working out of New Bedford. She is currently an MFA candidate in Printmaking at UMass Dartmouth, developing a body of work which acknowledges and pays homage to the human endeavor to understand the universe at large. “My work can be found at a crossroad where the cosmological and mathematical intertwine with the sublime and beautiful – where philosophic questions meet scientific inquiry and scientific truth.” 

Taylor’s work will be featured in the upcoming UMass Dartmouth 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, which will be on view at the Star Store Campus from March 30 to May 7. Free timed tickets will be available at


Danielle O'Malley
Danielle O'Malley, Admonition, 2021, earthenware, handmade paper, and cinder blocks

Cleaning the Waters; a Pop-Up Exhibition by Danielle O’Malley

As a sculptor, Danielle O’Malley works primarily with clay and utilizes monumentality, materiality, and installation to assess the human species’ role in the environmental crisis and heighten the viewer’s cognizance of local and global ecologies.

Danielle O’Malley is an MFA candidate in Ceramics at UMass Dartmouth, and has completed a ceramics focused post baccalaureate program at Montana State University, and her BFA from Plymouth State University. She has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, and the Red Lodge Clay Center. She consistently participates in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. O’Malley’s work can be found in the collections of The Northwest Art Gallery in Minot, ND, the Silver Bow Art Gallery in Butte, MT, and the Taoxichuan Art Center in Jingdezhen, China. After finishing her MFA degree at UMass Dartmouth, she is planning to return to her home town Helena, Montana. 

Danielle’s work will be featured in the upcoming UMass Dartmouth 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, which will be on view at the Star Store Campus from March 30 to May 7. Free timed tickets will be available at


Gallery Swain Studio