Jessica O’Hearn

Executive Director
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Jessica O’Hearn’s love of the arts started as a child growing up in New Jersey. Eventually, it brought her to art school in Boston, at what was then the Art Institute of Boston in the Fenway (now LUCAD in Cambridge). Coming back to Boston feels as though she’s come full circle, passing through the Fenway on her way to the BAC every day and seeing how much the city has changed in the last decade.

A passion for printmaking in college led Jessica to attend the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM and then pursue a career as a collaborative printer. Collaboration is what really helped shape the direction of her career, as she could see how important collaboration is to community building. Jessica knew she wanted to find opportunities to create meaningful connections between artists and their communities.

After working as a studio assistant to Michael Mazur in Cambridge, Jessica went on to manage the print studio at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and then worked as a collaborative printer at the Segura Arts Studio at the University of Notre Dame. An opportunity to co-curate a traveling retrospective with Joseph Segura, Images of Social Justice, led to a position as Artistic Director and Curator at the Juliet Art Museum in Charleston, WV.

Ten years, three states, two daughters, and one pandemic after leaving Boston, Jessica and her husband decided to return to raise their daughters closer to family and come back to the city they love so much in 2021. Jessica is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the BAC, especially since her daughter requested she work somewhere fun. Being at the BAC feels like home already. Jessica is so honored to join the team and continue the great work being done to serve Brookline and the Greater Boston communities.

Molly O’Donnell

Administrative Assistant
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Molly joined the BAC as the Art Administrator in Spring 2020. Before joining the BAC team, Molly contributed to the growth of several different non-profits and community art organizations, including the Institute of Contemporary Art of Boston, Isenberg Projects, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Molly received her BFA in Fine Arts Photography at Lesley College of Art & Design in Cambridge MA. It was during their education where they discovered their passion for community art programming and administration by creating a student-led artistic outreach program. As co-founder and director, Molly organized educational programs and events free to the student body, including visiting artist lectures, faculty lectures, alumni panel discussions, portfolio reviews, and student-led critiques. While highlighting artists of marginalized groups including BIPOC and LGBTQIA, the program featured artists working in a variety of interdisciplinary mediums through the intersection of identity, gender, and race. In their spare time, Molly enjoys tending to their plants, hiking, collecting artist monographs, and creating art in a variety of mediums, including photography, video, sculpture, performance, and most recently experimental music.

Lexi Fee

Intern
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Lexi is a Summer 2021 BAC intern. Before joining the BAC team, Lexi worked for the ARTECHOUSE in Washington, D.C., the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, MA, and the Fine Arts Work Center and Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Lexi received her BA in English & Creative Writing and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is currently going for her Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University and works as a Communications Associate for the Boston Women’s Fund. In her free time, Lexi enjoys dancing, watching movies, and reading and writing all forms of fiction.

Celine Gomes

Marketing and Content Editor
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Celine Gomes joined the Brookline Arts Center (BAC) team during the Fall of 2021 as the Marketing and Content Editor. Earlier that year, she graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a dual degree in English Communications/Rhetoric and Women’s Gender Studies. Her courses allowed her to explore creative outlets like WordPress, Google Drive, Canva, and Adobe Photoshop. The education Celine received did not stop outside the classroom. Due to a pandemic that shall not be named, a chunk of her learning also took place within the comforts of her own home. It was there where Celine was able to immerse herself into the digital realm of social media. She learned how to optimize platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, and Tik Tok. All the while trying to master the “perfect selfie”.

Celine’s drive to create stemmed from a well-rounded childhood provided by the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Brighton, MA. From ages 7-18, Celine engaged with music, dance, visual art, and theater. It was the arts that led Celine to find her voice. Through marketing, she has learned how to elevate her pitch. Since the arts have had such an impact on her identity, Celine has always wanted to give others the chance to find their own voice through creative expression. She is passionate about dismantling negative stigmas that are associated with a career in the arts. That is why she is beyond excited to work for the BAC. As a long-time Boston resident, Celine firmly stands behind BAC’s mission of inclusivity and accessibility for those even beyond the city of Brookline. Celine is humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to share the story of BAC and its mission with anyone who will listen.

Celine is writing short stories, reading self-care books, and editing pictures- when she isn’t tending to her one-too-many-plants, of course.

Learn more about Celine at https://celineddotgomes.wordpress.com/