Spirit of Marina Keegan '08 Inspires BB&N Senior to Organize Art Auction

The second floor Upper School art gallery has come to life this week in an altruistic art exhibit featuring student work from BB&N and several other ISL schools. The exhibit is the brainchild of BB&N senior Annabel Kiley who hopes to raise money through a silent auction to honor the memory of Marina Keegan ’08, whose life was tragically cut short in 2012.  

The gallery and silent auction will be open through the end of the week (Friday, March 8) with bidding closing at the end of a 5-7pm reception on Friday. All proceeds will benefit the Marina Keegan ’08 Memorial Fund which supports the Marina Keegan ’08 Summer Fellowship Program.

In the below thoughtful essay, Kiley explains her inspiration behind the idea.

“At this year’s Senior Dinner in September, Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price charged our class to ‘leave BB&N better than you found it.’ It was these words that led me to reflect on the legacy of BB&N alumna Marina Keegan ’08 who has been a constant source of inspiration throughout my experience at BB&N. 

"When I first learned about Marina’s story during my freshman year, I was instantly compelled to learn more about her. Her drive and passion for the arts and activism captivated me. Everyone spoke so highly of her, and it has been a goal of mine to live as she did.

“I’ve read her book, The Opposite of Loneliness, multiple times and love to absorb her words and way of seeing the world. She was definitely a strong presence while writing my junior profile and I think I speak for my whole class when I say she inspired us to write as well as we could. She also served as inspiration for parts of my college essay, exploring what ‘the opposite of loneliness’ means to me.

“In organizing an art exhibition and auction, I knew I wanted to include other schools so that Marina’s legacy could go beyond just BB&N. I reached out to the art department head at every ISL school and a few of my own contacts in the art world and received contributions of paintings, ceramics, drawing, photographs, and more.

“This project has strengthened my connection to Marina and her accomplishments by bringing her presence to BB&N once again. It has inspired me to leave BB&N, and the world, a better place and to pursue every passion that I have. I cannot wait to see what fellowship projects are to come from this amazing community in honor of Marina.”

- Annabel Kiley ’19

Above photo: Annabel Kiley ’19 (left) and Tracy Shoolman, mother of Marina Keegan ’08, at the closing reception of the exhibit, which raised nearly $1,300 for the Marina Keegan Memorial Fund.