A Coming of Age: Paintings by LaShonda Cooks
and Jamaal Eversley
Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, September 15, 4:30 P.M.
Exhibit on View: September 15-October 26
Hollister Gallery, Babson College
Wellesley, MA — BabsonARTS is pleased to announce A Coming of Age: Paintings by LaShonda
Cooks and Jamaal Eversly, from September 15 through October 26 at the Hollister Gallery, Babson
College. The exhibition will open with an Artists Talk and Reception on Friday, September 15 at 4:30
P.M. in the Gallery.
This joint exhibition features two new series by two 2010 alumni: The Pursuit of Womanhood by
LaShonda Cooks and Smells like Teen Spirit by Jamaal Eversley. Cooks has found strength and solace
in painting women who define and defy societal roles. In this exhibition she combines her paintings with
text collage to create a large mixed-media installation depicting her favorite female identifying
influencers and icons, from familial to famous. Eversley’s bold paintings and drawings integrate
influences of Geometric Abstraction and Pop Art with the West Indian palette of Barbados. His
compositions are driven by the fictional characters that inhabit them; the focal character in this series is
Eversley’s alter ego, Spencer Ward, a nerd in pursuit of love.
Jamaal Eversley, born in 1988, hails from Randolph, MA. With a business degree from Babson
College, he has decided to pursue his talents as an eccentric abstract artist, intertwining business with
the arts in order to serve the community. His art has been exhibited at Massachusetts General Hospital
and shown throughout the South Shore and Boston area including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. In
the past couple of years, he has received several public art grants to bring his colorful patterns to the
community and was featured in the Boston Globe for one of his grant funded murals. This year, he has
received three grants to create bold abstract paintings for this exhibition and to establish a
scholarship fund for Massachusetts high school seniors. Mor information about him, his scholarship and
his work can be found at jamonit.carbonmade.com
LaShonda Cooks is a Dallas-based artist and writer who loves exploring cultural norms, identity and
beauty through words and images. She received her BS from Babson College in 2010. While there
Cooks, the daughter of an art teacher, balanced her business education with her life-long interest in the
arts, by working in the college’s ceramic studio and exploring color in glaze and underglaze tiles. Those
color studies birthed her signature pointillist painting style that features short fluid strokes and multiple
layers of colors. Painting people is her specialty. She regularly captures the features and essence of
clients for commission pieces of all sizes and depicts her favorite icons and influencers on canvas as
well. Her work has been featured in the Conception Dallas Art Show, Pancakes and Booze Art Show,
ArtLoveMagic Girl Show and UrbanChatter Art Show. Her work can be found
at www.shondasart.com or on her six-year- old blog, The Re-Education of LaShonda.
This exhibition is supported in part by grants from the Bridgewater, Brockton, and Randolph Cultural
Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
BabsonARTS presents visual and performing arts events and exhibitions at the Sorenson Center for
the Arts and other venues on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Program offerings
include works produced by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson’s theater-in- residence;
visiting artists, performers, and speakers; and the activities of Babson’s faculty-directed student
groups. The mission of BabsonARTS is to serve the educational needs of students, to provide cultural
avenues to the residents of communities surrounding the campus, and to explore the connections
among entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity through the arts.
For more information call 781.239.5880, or visit www.babsonarts.org.