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"Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict" Opens Jan 29

Jan 26, 2015

Guest curated by Pamela Allara, SMFA's spring exhibition "Permanent War" features 16 international artists whose works explore the complex nature of warfare. Join us for the opening celebration, January 29, 5–7 pm.

MFA Student Allison Cekala in The Boston Globe

Jan 21, 2015

Read The Globe's review of Allison's MFA Thesis exhibition at Howard Art Project.

2014-2015 Daynard Faculty Travel Fellowships Announced

Dec 16, 2014

Established in 2014 by Carol (Dip ’09) and Richard Daynard, the Fellowship is awarded on an annual basis to selected SMFA faculty to expand or deepen their scope of knowledge and experience through travel, research, and exchange. Congratulations to this year's recipients Jonathan Calm, Mark Cooper, and Patte Loper.

Jonathan Calm will be embarking on a research trip to Marseille and Algiers in summer 2015. The research is framed within the complex dynamics of urban history, the relationship between photography and architecture, and the construction of urban history and legacy. The Fellowship will support Jonathan’s research to introduce courses to the SMFA curriculum that combine aesthetics, photography, architecture, and urban planning for which Marseille and Algiers provide an extraordinarily rich case study.
Mark Cooper has accepted an invitation to initiate a collaborative exchange with the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. He will work closely with students from the University of Fine Arts and have access to the ceramics facilities in the ancient blue and white ceramic village of Le Quoc Viet. The work created during the exchange is planned to be exhibited at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MO.
Patte Loper’s award is toward her upcoming exhibition Open Sessions 2 in September 2015 at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX. Participating artists in Open Session 2 are invited to lecture and collaborate with Texas State University and the greater San Antonio art community. This opportunity supports Patte’s focus of creating artist-driven and collaborative platforms within the SMFA curriculum.

Former Faculty Barbara Dowling (1950-2014)

Dec 1, 2014

With a heavy heart, SMFA shares the news of the passing of a long-time former faculty member, Barbara Dowling. Teaching in the School's Glass Arts Area for decades, Barbara was an innovative leader and an influential mentor and colleague to many of us—she retired this spring. Barbara was remembered at a funeral service December 1 at the Gormley Funeral Home. Her obituary ran in the Boston Globe on November 29.

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.

Alumna Joan Jonas on PBS and at 2015 Venice Biennale

Aug 11, 2014

Alumna Joan Jonas will represent the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Read more at

Preview a sneak peak of Joan Jonas' episode from the new season of PBS' Art21.

MFA Program Rated Top 10 Most Influential in the World

Apr 24, 2014

"The major draw for aspiring artists to choose the the opportunity to exhibit work at the MFA Boston, one of the city's most important cultural institutions." Read More About SMFA's Top 10 Ranking in ArtSpace »

SMFA's Animation Program Nationally Ranked

Apr 18, 2014
Animation Career Review ranks SMFA's animation program #12 among East coast schools and #29 nationally. Read more »