BSU Bears

Across the BSU campus
Ongoing 2019-20
BSU Bears curated in partnership with Street Theory, Boston

Kayla Dacosta

Kayla Dacosta is the first Bridgewater State University student to participate in the BSU Bears program. The design is wave-like, the background colors resemble those of a sunset, and the bear’s name was chosen based on the sea-nymph from Homer’s Odyssey.

My inspiration for painting this bear originated from a design I used to intuitively sketch since I was a young girl. The design consists of wave-like shapes that point in all directions which I felt would suit the contours of the bear perfectly. The design is wave-like, the background colors resemble those of a sunset, and the bear's name was chosen based on the sea-nymph from Homer's Odyssey named "Calypso". 

-Kayla Dacosta


Don Rimx

Don Rimx’s unparalleled artistry has set him apart from the rest; a classically trained fine artist, graffitist, grand scale muralist and new school tattoo artist. No matter the medium, he’s guaranteed to continue doing what he loves for many years to come.

Don has participated in national and international urban beautification projects including the Artists 4 Israel trip to Israel to paint the security fence, Urban Nation Berlin, Beck’s Urban Canvas Miami, Ponce Es Ley Puerto Rico, Fiesta de Colores Ecuador and Beyond Walls Lynn Massachusetts where he was given the key to the city for contributing to the local culture.


Sagie Vangelina @rastagranpa

Sagie Vangelina is a Boston-based artist and an Industrial Design student at Wentworth
Institute of Technology. Creating art has always been a calming agent in her life since childhood. Working creatively kept her motivated to exhibit her work. While furthering her passion and experimenting with different styles, her work currently shows her artistic journey through repetitive lines and shapes. She incorporates her appreciation for icons of color, inspirational artists, and activists.


PROBLAK @problak

Rob “Problak” Gibbs is a painter, muralist, graffiti artist and a Co-Founder and Paint Studio Director at Artist for Humanity. He grew up in Roxbury venturing between Lenox St. apartments and Orchard Park projects. From a young age, he had a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston with street art and graffti - an art form that is frequently over looked, undervalued and misunderstood. The concept that a picture is worth an infinite amount of words inspires Rob and provides him with the opportunities to take ownership of one of our culture’s modern hieroglyphics.


Jeff Henriquez @jeffhenriquezart

Jeff Henriquez is a Brooklyn based full time artist currently working in the photo realist painting style. He received his BA in art in 1999 from Bradford College in Bradford, MA. Jeff got his start in the gallery scene with huge monochrome portraits of the homeless, and displaced. The emotion and pain captured in the faces of his subjects created strikingly dramatic and profound works that could hold one's attention even from a distance. Successful showings in D.C. at The Museum of Contemporary Art and La Casa de la Cultura in Boston led to shows in Atlanta, Georgia, Saint Petersburg, Florida, Miami and eventually, New York city.