Emerging Artists Showcase Work at Virtual Art Gallery

Graduating students at School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University to display work online, allowing safe access for art lovers

A photograph of a performance piece by Anne Harris of Harris wrapping herself in a painting in front of the mountain vista that inspired the work

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts) is celebrating its graduating art students in the class of 2021 with three spring exhibitions. To enable visitors to safely experience the art, the shows will be hosted virtually on the SMFA at Tufts website, and are free and open to the public.

The SMFA at Tufts' Senior Thesis Exhibition, titled “Proximity,” features art created by 14 senior Bachelor of Fine Arts and combined degree students participating in the SMFA at Tufts thesis program. The paintings, printmaking, video, sculptures and installations of 14 graduating thesis students are critiqued by a panel of SMFA at Tufts faculty, including their thesis advisors. The show will appear online on May 6.

Graduating master's degree candidates will present their work at the Master's Thesis Exhibition, posted online on May 11. This year's show is titled “Waiting Room,” named by this year’s eight graduating MFA students. The title refers to the virtual “waiting rooms” in online meeting platforms where students have completed their coursework remotely, as well as to the actual physical rooms where individuals feel caught in a momentary suspension of life’s “normal” activities under COVID-19 precautions. 

The art presented at this show is the result of two years of students' close research and production with SMFA at Tufts faculty to develop their vision and shape the future of their careers as working artists. The variety of works include painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and installations and video.

A virtual reception celebrating the master's thesis candidates and their work will be held on May 19 at 6 p.m.

Members of the press who are interested in attending the virtual reception should register in advance by contacting Robin Smyton in the Tufts University Media Relations Office, at robin.smyton@tufts.edu or 617-627-5392.

Thesis students have had the opportunity to show their work in person in Tufts University Art Gallery spaces, open to faculty and staff members and their fellow students who observe the university’s COVID-19 testing protocols.

The annual SMFA at Tufts Awards and Year End Show will debut online on May 17 in concert with commencement week celebrations. The exhibition highlights the works of graduating students in the class of 2021, across any degree program. This year’s show will display student artwork in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.

SMFA at Tufts will celebrate commencement for the Class of 2021 during a virtual ceremony on May 23.

Senior Thesis Exhibition

Starting May 6

“Waiting Room”
Master's Thesis Exhibition

Starting May 11
Virtual reception: May 19 at 6 p.m.

Awards and Year End Show
Starting May 17

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