Virtual art gallery showcases up-and-coming artists

Graduating students at School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University offer online exhibits, allowing access for art lovers worldwide
Installation rendering of Yixiang Tong's "Lighter and Lighter"
"Lighter and Lighter," Yixiang Tong, 2020, installation rendering. Tong is one of the MFA students whose work is on display virutally in "As Above, So Below," the 2020 Master's Thesis Exhibition. (Image courtesy of artist)
May 26, 2020

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Robin Smyton


BOSTON and MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (May 26, 2020)—The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts) is celebrating its graduating art students in the class of 2020 with two 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.

These students will have the opportunity to show their work in person when it is safe for gallery spaces to open to the public.

Graduating master's degree candidates will present their work at the Master's Thesis Exhibition posted online on June 1. This year's show is titled "As Above, So Below,” named by the MFA students. 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.Grace Gomez, "Poner cara de Güegüense," 2020, Photographs. Gomez's work is on display in "As Above, So Below." (Image courtesy of artist)

A virtual reception celebrating the master's thesis candidates and their work will be held on June 4 at 6:30 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 or 617-627-5392.

The SMFA at Tufts' Senior Thesis Exhibition, titled "Outrageous Plans for Sensible Ideas,” 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 appeared online on May 17, the same day as the degree conferral for the Tufts Class of 2020.

SMFA at Tufts will hold its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 with the rest of the Tufts community when it is safe for the graduates and their families and friends to gather and celebrate together.

"As Above, So Below"
Master's Thesis Exhibition
Starting June 1
Virtual reception: June 4, 6:30 p.m.
"Outrageous Plans for Sensible Ideas"
Senior Thesis Exhibition
Starting May 17


About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Founded in 1876, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is a unique art school affiliated with both a major art museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—and a Tier-1 research university. Originally established within the museum, the school began its relationship with Tufts when the university began providing accredited degrees to SMFA students in 1945. SMFA officially became part of the Tufts' School of Arts and Sciences in July 2016. SMFA at Tufts provides an exceptional fine arts education that allows students to craft individualized programs of study while being mentored closely by world-renowned faculty and staff. Graduates are creative thinkers and problem-solvers who succeed in a wide variety of careers. SMFA at Tufts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). For more information, visit