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Emerson College to Unveil a New, Large-scale Projection Mapping Art Installation on the College’s Historic Little Building

The Emerson College: Uncommon Project will launch the College’s efforts to animate Boylston Street; showcase to include works of local artists and Emerson faculty and students 
On Friday, December 1, at 7:30 pmEmerson College will unveil the Emerson College: Uncommon Projecta series of visual and media projected art installations that will illuminate the 13-story façade of the College’s historic Little Building.  
The Uncommon Project will launch Emerson’s efforts to animate the Boylston Street corridor as well as strengthen the College’s sense of place and identity by bringing to life the streetscape along Boylston Street and across from the Boston Common to inspire, embrace, and celebrate Boston’s emerging diversity. This large-scale projection mapping showcase will combine both moving and static work of local artists as well as Emerson faculty and students – through a newly created studio class Projections on a Large Scale. Viewable on the ground from the Boston Common and the surrounding area, this public art installation will be in place for several months during the construction and renovation of the Little Building.
The Uncommon Project illustrates creativity and inspiration while providing city residents and visitors from around the globe with a first-hand experience of the vibrancy of Emerson College. The project was inspired by the opportunity to create “the largest ongoing projected art canvas in the United States.” With curatorial oversight by Emerson’s Foster Chair in Contemporary Art and Distinguished Curator in Residence, Joseph D. Ketner II, the College has partnered with the Emerson Urban Arts Program, the Public Art Think Tank, and the creators of Boston’s ILLUMINUS festival to bring this exhibit to life. 

What:   Unveiling of the Emerson College: Uncommon Projecta new, large-scale projection mapping art installation on Emerson College Little Building 
When:  Friday, December 1, at 7:30 pm
Where: Southeastern corner of the Boston Common—near the Emerson College Little Building at 80 Boylston Street and the Boylston MBTA Station 
Who: Emerson College faculty and students, local artists, Emerson Urban Arts Program, Public Art Think Tank, and the creators of the Boston ILLUMINUS festival
Photo Opportunity: Thousands of people, including members of the Emerson community, residents of Boston, and visitors of the city, gathering on the Boston Common—festive with holiday lights— to witness the unveiling of the Uncommon Projecta visual and media art installation that will be projected on the Little Building’s 13-story façade.  
Among the artists whose work will be displayed during the launch:  Pamela Hersch, Devon Bryant, Cindy Sherman Bishop, Robert Maloney, Callie Chapman, Sam Okerstrom-Lang or “Samo”, Katherine Chin, Jason Lieder, John Craig Freeman and Patrick Farrell.
About Emerson College
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has approximately 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs at Emerson Los Angeles, located in Hollywood, and at its 14th-century castle, in the Netherlands. Additionally, there are opportunities to study in Washington, DC, London, China, and the Czech Republic, Spain, Austria, Greece, France, Ireland, Mexico, Cuba, England, and South Africa. The College has an active network of 39,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit


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