Evelyn Rydz, Lost and Found (detail), 2012.

Support for exploration and research are critical in an artist's career. SMFA has a strong history of providing those opportunities, none more important or enduring than the SMFA Traveling Fellows program. Since 1899, this program has awarded funds to select artists for post-graduate work and travel. Over the years these awards have recognized the most innovative, ambitious work, including notable alumni Nan Goldin, Mike and Doug Starn, Ellen Gallagher, Omer Fast, Cliff Evans, and Rachel Perry Welty.

Current Exhibition
Of the 10 Traveling Fellows from 2012, Evelyn Rydz (MFA '05) was selected to hold a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts. "Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours" will be on view in the  Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria April 19–September 14, 2014. Read a q+a with Evelyn on the SMFA blog.

Current Fellows
A jury comprised of Susan Cross, Curator at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Camilo Alvarez, samsøn gallery owner, and Don Gummer, artist and SMFA alumnus, awarded 10 fellowships from a pool of 97 alumni applicants:

Ria Brodell (MFA '06)
Christopher Frost (MFA '95)
John C. Gonzalez (BFA '11)
Audrey Hope (BFA '08)
Jonathan Lucas (MFA '95)
Joe Joe Orangias (MFA '13)
Marina Pinsky (BFA '08)
Mat Rappaport (BFA '95)
Valerie Sanjines (DD '10)
Scott Townley (BFD '09)


The 10 recipients have approximately one year to complete their travels. At the conclusion of those travels, their works will be reviewed again and one artist from this distinguished group will be selected for a solo presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to be held in 2016.

The Traveling Fellows 2015 application is now available. The deadline to submit is June 2, 2014, 5 pm.

2015 Exhibition
Gonzalo Fuenmayor (MFA '04) has been selected from the 2013 Traveling Fellows to present an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the spring of 2015. Visit SMFA's blog to read our q+a with Gonzalo.