The Boston Marathon: An Artistic Route

By admin on April 12, 2018

On Monday, April 16th, all of Boston will be cheering on the runners in the 2018 Boston Marathon. Starting in Hopkinton and ending in Co|So’s backyard of Copley Square, the marathon route spans 26 miles of exciting moments and sites. Along the way, runners and spectators will see Coolidge Corner, Kenmore Square, and of course, the finish line! In honor of the Boston Marathon, we will take an artistic tour of some sites people will see en route!

William Karlen, Vikki’s Shoes, oil on canvas, 18 x 22”

As runners gear up for the marathon, one of the most crucial elements of their attire will be their running shoes. For our 26th Annual Student Show, William Karlen painted these brightly-colored running shoes, which capture the relief and fatigue that come after a long run. While watching the 2018 Boston Marathon, keep an eye out for many bold and fluorescent running shoes like these! 

Sam Vokey, Lights on the River, oil, 14 x 16,” to be featured in Fresh Paint

With about one mile to go, marathon runners will pass the famously large CITGO sign in Kenmore Square. This sign, which is glorified in Sam Vokey’s Lights on the River, serves as a beacon of hope to runners by reminding them that the marathon is nearly complete.


Kate Sullivan, Columbus and Berkeley, watercolor, 22 x 34”


John Traynor, Open Newbury Street, oil on linen, 24 x 30,” to be featured in Fresh Paint

Drivers will have to take many detours during the Boston Marathon! Parts of streets near the route, like Columbus, Berekeley, and Newbury Street, are closed to cars and vehicles. But pedestrians can still roam these streets and take in their beauty, just as John Traynor’s Open Newbury Street and Kate Sullivan’s Columbus and Berkeley show us!

Roger Palframan, Movement on Boylston, transition, photography, 35 x 42”

Kate Sullivan, Trinity Church, watercolor, 15 x 15,” to be featured in Fresh Paint

Once on Boylston Street, the runners make their way closer and closer to the finish line! Roger Palframan’s abstract photograph Movement on Boylston Street, transition, shows the changeover from the gravel road to the yellow Boston Marathon finish line. As marathon runners celebrate their accomplishment with the crowd, they can see ahead the beautiful Trinity Church in Copley Square.

Cheer on the runners in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16th in person or with art!


Banner Image: William Karlen, Vikki’s Shoes, oil on canvas, 18 x 22”