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Read The Globe's review of Allison's MFA Thesis exhibition at Howard Art Project.
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.
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.
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.
"The major draw for aspiring artists to choose the SMFA...is 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 Traveling Fellowship program was created shortly after the School's founding in 1876 to encourage post-graduate travel and independent work for select SMFA artists. Ten artists were awarded Traveling Fellowships in 2013. In September 2013, Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor (MFA '04) was selected from this group of 10 by the Fellowship review committee for a solo presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) in the spring of 2015.
As a Colombian artist living in the United States for over a decade, Fuenmayor once felt the responsibility to make art that commented on the social events happening back at home. Feeling detached from the burden to address drugs and violence, he started drawing bananas instead. What initially began as a lighthearted attempt to self-exoticize and position himself as specifically "Colombian"—coming from a so-called "Banana Republic"—evolved into an exploration of cultural hybridity and transnational identity. Fuenmayor used his Fellowship funds to travel to Leticia, Colombia, located in the epicenter of the Amazon, to explore the people and cultures situated along the Amazon River's banks. Experiencing first-hand the dynamic of acculturation helped Fuenmayor better understand how the notion of exoticism is constructed. The surreal panoramas of his new work are influenced by the ways in which popular culture adapts and transforms itself in such remote places.
Read more about Gonzalo's work on SMFA's blog.
Image: Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Genesis III, 2013. Archival inkjet on metallic paper. 44x66 inches. Courtesy of the artist.