Alumni News: Katy Rogers ’14 Wins Prize in Boston Calling

May 22, 2015

Record Making Artist Rogers Takes Prize in Boston Calling Competition
By Cary Shuman, Everett Independence, May 21, 2015

Everett’s Katy Rogers continues to make a name for herself on the Boston arts scene.

Rogers, a 2014 graduate of Montserrat College of Art, has won a national art competition and earned the honor of having her artwork displayed at the Boston Calling Music Festival that will be held this weekend at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 20,000 guests are expected each day at the festival.

Artists nationwide were invited to participate in the festival’s Blank Canvas competition in order to create art to be used at the event.

Inspired by the festival and Boston in general, Rogers’s design included all of the information about the festival within a record broken by the Boston skyline. The finished product is entirely painted by hand with acrylic and the record is shiny and textured to look realistic up close.

Rogers, whose illustrations are currently on display at the Shute Library in Everett, said she was excited and a bit anxious as she waited to hear from the judges of the Boston Calling competition.

“I was nervous because I had never won anything based on artistic ability before,” said Rogers, a 2010 Everett High School graduate. “At the same time, I had a feeling that this time I had a good chance. I was very relieved when I got the email congratulating me on my win. I immediately went to buy the giant canvas at Artist and Craftsman.”

Rogers will not enjoy the recognition of having her work shown at the event, but she will get VIP tickets to the festival for herself and three guests, along with a $1,000 prize.

Rogers said she will be particularly excited to see musical artist Gerard Way performing at the festival.

“Gerard Way has been a huge artistic inspiration to me since high school,” said Rogers