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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.

Faculty Abigail Child Recieves Fulbright Specialist Grant

Nov 24, 2014

Congrats to faculty SMFA Abigail Child who is the recipient of a 2015 grant from the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), which promotes connections between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Abby is traveling now to Greece to deliver a retrospective at the Athens Film Festival and Athens Cinematheque with a master class at the Exile Room as part of the 8th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival.

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.

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.

SMFA Finalist Announced for LG's Art of the Pixel

Sep 10, 2014

Congratulations to BFA student Daniel Barreto, whose work Au Courant has been named the SMFA finalist for LG's Art of the Pixel contest. Winners will be selected at a gala event on September 17. Read the Boston Herald interview with Daniel.

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.