A $1,000 Reward Is Being Offered To Anyone That Helps Locate Artwork Stolen From a Newbury Street Studio
It’s not as infamous as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, but one local art student is trying to solve the mystery of who may have stolen more than two dozen large drawings from her studio, and trashed her space.
Jenna Mannino, a student at the Art Institute of Boston, part of Lesley University, returned to her studio space near campus after the summer vacation to find the room vandalized and void of the artwork she has labored over for the last two years. Mannino planned on showcasing the 25 drawings during a senior art show prior to graduation this year.
“I’m distraught and I just want everyone to keep an eye out and be familiar with my work in case [they] see anyone selling it,” Mannino wrote in a plea to anyone that may spot the large drawings. A poster depicting Mannino’s artwork, offering up a $1,000 reward to anyone that helps her find the large drawings that were stolen from her studio on Newbury Street, was posted this week.
Mannino’s initial reaction to discovering someone had crumpled up some of her work, and trashed the place where she spent hours on-end, making art for her school assignments, brought on extreme anger, but in the days since, Mannino has just begun “feeling down.”
Around 25 pieces of artwork, ranging from sketches of flowers to candles, were among those removed from her studio space, part of AIB’s Newbury Street campus. “[They] were all extremely personal to me, and [I] was working towards my upcoming senior show this semester,” Mannino said in a Facebook post, asking for students to help locate the work. “Now that’s all ruined. All my finished work was stolen and my sketches [and] reference photos were torn up, crumpled, and left on the floor.”
Mannino also posted a message on her website, showcasing the artwork that went missing. “If you see any of it being sold or shown anywhere, please contact me [as soon as possible],” she wrote. “Please spread the word and keep an eye out.”
A $1,000 reward has been put on the table for anyone with information that leads to the recovery of Mannino’s work. The school, which is located on Beacon Street, also decided to get involved, and reached out to students through Twitter and Facebook. A reward flyer was posted on both social media sites by university officials.