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David Armstrong (1954–2014)

Oct 28, 2014

SMFA mourns the loss of alumnus and photographer David Armstrong who passed away October 25 after a battle with cancer. While at SMFA Armstrong (Dip ’78, FY ’80, BFA ’89) became associated with the Boston School, whose members unabashedly documented the intimate, sometimes lurid, moments of their lives. His work transitioned from portraits to cityscapes and landscapes to fashion photography. Armstrong’s photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 1995 Whitney Biennial and Emotions and Relations at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and has appeared in French Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Arena Homme+, GQ, and The New York Time Style Magazine among others. 

Read tributes from The Guardian (UK) and Vogue honoring his passion and talent. 


SMFA Art Sale Returns November 20–23

Oct 20, 2014

SMFA's highly anticipated sale showcases an impressive range of SMFA’s emerging and established artists—from students and alumni to faculty and affiliated artists. Explore and shop the eclectic mix of works on a changing rotation, which are priced by the artists and sold to benefit SMFA student scholarships. Join us for the opening celebration November 20, 5–8 pm, which will feature music and cash bar.

Admission to the sale and related events is free. Call 617-369-3204 or visit our webpage for more information.

"South Asia Exchange" Student Exhibition at Harvard University

Oct 2, 2014

On view October 6–24, 2014 at Harvard University's Center for Government and International Studies, "South Asia Exchange: Thoughts, Responses and Questions" features works by SMFA students that explore a contemporary dialog about South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The topics and themes include social justice, pop culture, industry; the environment, food, music, and how they come into play with the idea of exchange. Admission to the exhibition and all related events is free.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6–9 pm
Panel Discussion: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7 pm

Artists: Aparna Agrawal, Susan Bazett, John Bergman-McCool, Pete Adam Bialecki, Jeremy Endo, Matthew Homer, Hillary Irvine, JiEun Jang, Veena Krishnakumar, Eun Gyu Lee, Ryan Leitner, Azita Moradkhani, Michelle Morby, Dael Mundy, Andrew Slezak, Gabriel Sosa, Seth VanDerEems, Kushala Vora, and Madeline Zappala.

In collaboration with the Harvard University South Asia Institute and MIT's Heritage of the Arts of South Asia (MITHAS).

Faculty Jim Dow Will Be Honored at Griffin Museum of Photography’s 2014 Focus Awards

Sep 25, 2014

The Griffin Museum of Photography’s Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography. The 2014 awards, October 24 and 25, will celebrate four people and organizations instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public, including SMFA’s own Jim Dow who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

2015 Traveling Fellows Announced

Sep 25, 2014

Congratulations to the 10 artists selected as 2015 SMFA Traveling Fellows. Since 1899, this SMFA program has awarded funds to select artists for post-graduate work and travel. Upon the completion of their travels, a jury will select one artist for a solo presentation at the MFA Boston in 2017. Read more about the Fellows.

Shinique Smith's Mural On View at the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Sep 25, 2014

The completion of SMFA alumna Shinique Smith's large-scale mural, Seven Moons Junction, at the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park was celebrated on September 23. Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the mural installation.

LG Celebrates Art of the Pixel Finalists at Gala in New York

Sep 19, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Spacey, and Sarah Jessica Parker saluted "Art of the Pixel" finalists at a gala at New York's Gotham Hall on September 17. Check out some highlights from the red carpet. The event, hosted by LG, celebrated the incredible art by the nine student finalists "The Art of the Pixel" New Media competition, including SMFA's Daniel Barreto. John Summerson from Pacific Northwest College of Art was named grand prize winner, while Joseph Bui from Pratt Institute was named first runner-up.


SMFA Students Exhibit at MFA's Hunt Library: "Four Painters 2014"

Sep 18, 2014

The staff of the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library invites you the 23rd exhibition in their collaboration with students from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

4 Painters 2014
September 18–December 12, 2014
Opening Reception: September 25, 2014, 4–6 pm

Read more about the exhibit and William Morris Hunt Memorial Library »

Shinique Smith: Bright Matter Exhibit at MFA

Sep 17, 2014

Shinique Smith (MAT '00) returns to Boston with a new exhibition of paintings, scultpure, installations, video, and performance. Exhibit open: August 23, 2014 through March 1, 2015 at the Henry and Lois Foster Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts.

Read about the exhibit in the Boston Globe: "Shinique Smith exhibit wild and welcoming"