Press Release

Pao Arts Center and Bunker Hill Community College Presents: Looking at Power and Privilege – A Bunker Hill Community College Visual Media Arts Faculty

Monday, April 29, 2019

On  View:  April  10  to  May 18, 2019  Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA  02111
Exhibition Reception: Thursday, May 2, 6 - 8 p.m.

Boston, MA – The Pao Arts Center is pleased to showcase the exhibit Looking at Power and Privilege curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual Media Arts Department at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). The BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show is on view from April 10 to May 18, 2019.

Looking at Power and Privilege explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations.Julio S. Flores, Shrouded, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

The works in the show are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions, and individualized paradigms that restrict, impair, or otherwise confine equity, justice, and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique, or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege. The show features twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members from Bunker Hill Community College.

Cynthia Woo, Director of Pao Arts Center shares, “Pao Arts Center has been a partnership between BCNC and BHCC in bringing creativity, culture, and education to this community. This is a great way to make more visible the work of BHCC and their faculty at the Pao Arts Center by showcasing their work.”

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 2, 6 - 8 p.m.
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111

About the Pao Arts Center:

BCNC’s Pao Arts Center is Chinatown’s first community-based arts, culture, and education center and adds a new and unique Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space to the landscape of Boston. Opened in May 2017, the Pao Arts Center sits on a historically significant parcel of land where hundreds of Chinatown residents were displaced in the 1960s in order to build a highway on-ramp. The reclamation of this land as a place to celebrate and explore Asian culture represents a powerful shift towards community-oriented development in the face of rapidly expanding gentrification. Developed in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the Pao Arts Center also hosts a variety of BHCC classes, performances, and a multimedia language lab that will be open to the public. For more information: Pao Arts Center

About BHCC:

Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.

Pao Arts Center Contact:
Cynthia Woo, Director of the Pao Arts Center
Phone: 617-635-5129 x 1028; Email:

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).