‘The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape’ Opens April 25 At Scandinavian Cultural Center In Newton

Inspirational portraits by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester create a visual archive celebrating the diversity of Massachusetts‘ citizens from 165 countries 
around the globe
April 20, 2015 – Newton, MA – The Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton is proud to host the opening exhibit of The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape on April 25. The selection of inspirational portraits by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester is a moving display of more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who are residents of the Commonwealth. The opening had originally been scheduled for March 5 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The opening exhibit of A Multicultural Landscape will be held on Saturday, April 25, with a reception at 2:00 p.m. At 2:30, Chester(shown, left) will present an artist talk. At 3:00, Westy Egmont, director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work, will speak.

A selection of the Chester’s photographs will be on display during April and May in the Scandinavian Cultural Center’s Nordic Hall Gallery, for which hours vary. The Gallery is located at 206 Waltham St. in West Newton. The photographer and a number of the exhibit’s subjects will be at the opening.

Chesters cultural-diversity collection is featured in the Dreams of Freedom: Boston’s Immigrant Experience exhibit, which began on March 10 at Boston’s

Skywalk Observatory, located on the 50th floor of The Prudential Tower.

Chester’s powerful images create a visual archive that celebrates the diversity of Massachusetts’ citizens from 165 countries around the globe. The photographs of New Americans enrich the viewer by sharing the vast cultural resources and rich ethnic heritage of the Bay State’s 351 towns and cities.

Click here to view and download high-resolution, JPEG-format images in The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape exhibit.

Click here to download a listing in Word format of the countries of all of the participants in The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape traveling exhibit.


To schedule an interview or for further information, contact:

Susan Wagner

Strategic Partner

Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb



Steven Jones-D’Agostino
Strategic Partner
Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb


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