Lissa Rivera is a graduating senior at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University expected to graduate in May 2006. Along with coordinating and exhibiting in the annual AIB exhibition and publication Taking In , she is a 4-year merit scholarship winner, received the Portfolio Award in 2005, and was selected for the first New England Regional BFA Exhibition in conjunction with the College Art Association. Rivera has interned at the PRC, Magnum Photos in New York, NY and served as assistant to photographer Burt Glinn.

Education has been a long-term focus for Rivera. Featured online are selections from her graduating project on the interior spaces of private schools in Greater Boston. These halls represent some of the oldest school buildings in the country. Focusing her lens on the un-peopled interiors of 6 prestigious schools, from Phillips Academy to Roxbury Latin, she examines the physical conditions and arrangements of classrooms, auditoriums, and foyers. Such studies allow us to consider the influence of history and methodology on and in these spaces and how structure can affect or reflect education. She is currently expanding the project to include interiors of Greek fraternity and sorority houses.

- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator

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John Hirsch
March 2006

CJ Heyliger
February 2006

Sarah Sorg
January 2006

Jaclyn Salvaggio
December 2005

Chandra Meesig
November 2005

Dutch Huff
October 2005

Shirin Adhami

September 2005

Anne McMahon
August 2005

Ri Anderson
July 2005

Jonathon Wells

June 2005

Lior Neiger
May 2005

Rania Matar
April 2005

Liz Daly
March 2005

Steve Deane
February 2005

Andrew Warren
January 2005

Jane Hesser
December 2004

Jessica Burko
November 2004

Amy Montali

October 2004

Luke Snyder

September 2004

Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson
June 2004

Julie Melton
May 2004

Marlo Marrero
April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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Private Education

Over the past three years I have been exploring educational institutions that act as a vehicle for class mobility. It is the American ideal that one can rise above their class if they work hard enough in school. Anyone can be president, or anything they wish to be. These structures, meant to be the building blocks of one's future, are the egalitarian basis for opportunity. For my current work, I chose to investigate the private sector of secondary education to see if proper funding could create the model school. If so, what advantages are evident, and how are they maintained?

Distinction in decoration, architecture, and cleanliness are all aesthetic values exemplified in the preparatory academy's built environment. These visual expressions project a certain weight upon students to perform at higher standards. Portraits of trustees, classical pillars, tapestries, and sports centers all serve as reminders of the merits students must achieve. Such a high standard of living comes with expectations for students to perform at academic levels just as great.

Using a wide-angle lens when shooting helped to communicate this sensation, as the overwhelming breadth and demeanor of the space could be included in the frame. By photographing without human presence I hope to create a stage-like setting, so that it is up to the viewer to project their own ideas onto how they might experience each area. Through this portfolio I hope to touch upon both the advantages and limitations of the elite prep-school edifice.

- Lissa Rivera

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