Alvin Ouellet obtained a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1987 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and an Associate of Arts degree in 1976 from Becker College. In 1992 Alvin was selected to participate in an intensive summer workshop on Lithography at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico.
In 2012 Alvin Ouellet will be featured in an upcoming book: “100 Boston Artists” (edited by Chawky Frenn). He is particularly honored to be one of the participating artists in “Galvanized Truth: A Tribute to George Nick” at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA (May 20 – September 9, 2012)
Alvin Ouellet is the recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, through the Arts Commissions of the City of Worcester and the City of Brockton, Massachusetts. He was commissioned by the City of Waltham, Massachusetts, to create a series of large scale images commemorating the city’s 250th Anniversary.
Alvin has exhibited throughout New England, including solo shows: in 1991 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute entitled: “Seven Hills of Worcester”; in 1992 at the Framingham State College Masmanian Gallery: “Alvin Ouellet: Paintings and Prints”; in 1994 at the Fuller Museum of Art entitled: “Brockton: Present Tense” and in 1996 at Bunker Hill Community College entitled: “Bent Spaces”. His prints were part of the 1985-1987 “East Coast Travelling Exhibition.” Alvin Ouellet paintings and prints are part of numerous private and corporate collections.
In 1995 Alvin Ouellet was awarded the “Public Service in the Arts Award” from the Professional Arts Consortium for innovative community outreach and arts education projects designed to engage inner-city youth in schools-based and community-based arts and cultural programs. For the past fifteen years Alvin has continued his involvement in community outreach efforts through the Mass Art Center for Art and Community Partnerships, including the coordination of the recent 2010 exhibit at MassArt entitled: “Collaboration” – a project between the Combat Paper Project and HOPE: the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, Inc. which brought together “at risk” youth and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to create works on hand-made paper expressing images and conveying messages about global concerns. Alvin also served as the Artistic/Technical Advisor to the HOPE: Culture for Change Arts-Based Civic Dialogue Project on Social Justice sponsored by Health Resources in Action in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council with funding from the Barr Foundation.
In addition to being a practicing artist, Alvin Ouellet is a teacher, consultant (arts programs and shop management) and printmaking facilities manager. For the last twenty-four years Alvin has taught painting, printmaking and drawing as adjunct faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Since 1987 Alvin serves as the Studio Manager of the Printmaking Department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.