SMFA Faculty

SMFA faculty are all established, working artists. They practice what they teach. This first-hand knowledge and in-the-trenches apprenticeship gives you a unique opportunity to set the groundwork for greatness.


SMFA's faculty include 47 full-time and approximately 116 part-time and adjunct faculty members who teach across a variety of disciplines. As accomplished artists, designers, and educators, they encourage and uphold the notion of critical thinking, unrelenting curiosity, and educational integrity while providing mentorship and support for SMFA's many undergraduate and graduate students.

Special Faculty Award Announcements:

Long-time, former SMFA faculty Marilyn Arsem was recently awarded a the prestigious 2015 Maud Morgan Prize by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This important performance acknowledgment is awarded every other year to a Massachusetts woman artist active for a decade or more (includes $10K and solo exhibition). Arsem, who taught at the School for 27 years, is also the founder of Mobius, the collaborative and experimental performance art space. We congratulate her on this great honor. Please read about Marilyn's work and award in the Boston Globe.

The 2014–2015 recipients of the Daynard Faculty Travel Fellowship are: Jonathan Calm, Mark Cooper, and Patte Loper. Established in 2014 by Carol (Dip '09) and Richard Daynard, the Fellowship is awarded on an annual basis to selected SMFA faculty for the purpose of research and enrichment. These awards will not only enhance a Daynard Fellow individually, but also contribute value to SMFA students and the School as a whole.

The Daynards established the Fellowship—which awards a total of $25,000 per year—to create opportunities for faculty to expand or deepen their scope of knowledge and experience through travel, research, and exchange. During the selection process, key consideration is given not only to the faculty member's career and the unique merits of the project, but also to the anticipated impact of their project or experience on SMFA's strategic goals and its students.