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SMFA Participates in Boston's Summer Arts Weekend

Saturday, July 26, 2014
During the weekend of July 26–27, The Boston Globe, WGBH and Citizens Bank are coming together to host Boston Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square. The weekend will bring together some of the best national and local musical performers—plus arts, food, and cultural programs—to put a spotlight on the arts and all that Boston has to offer. SMFA will be a proud participant in this year's event. Join us in Copley Square for free performances and to celebrate the Boston community.

SMFA Artists Selected for Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition

Friday, July 18, 2014
Congratulations to the eight SMFA MFA graduates who have been selected for "2014 Boston Young Contemporaries," an annual juried exhibition highlighting the exceptional work from MFA students across the New England area. Works by 75 artists from over a dozen local programs will be on view July 18–August 22, 2014 at Boston University's 808 Gallery with a reception on July 18.

SMFA Partners with LG for Art Competition

Sunday, June 1, 2014
LG Electronics is celebrating The Art of the Pixel by sponsoring a New Media Competition, and we are challenging you to share your creativity. LG has introduced two new cutting-edge TV technologies: OLED, with stunning color and the best black levels ever, and Ultra HD, with four times the resolution of Full HD. Contestants are encouraged to create compelling artwork that will be displayed on one of the TVs. SMFA is one of only a few schools in the country chosen for this partnership, so we invite you to bring your best work. Submissions are now being accepted! Final submission deadline is July 13, 2014. Public voting is open until July 31, 2014.

Malcolm Rogers, Director of the MFA, is SMFA's 2014 Commencement Speaker

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will deliver the commencement address SMFA's 209 graduates on Sunday, May 18 at 6 pm in the MFA's Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard. During his nearly 20-year tenure, Rogers has created a legacy of "opening doors" to the Boston community and global audiences. He has transformed this world-class destination by expanding the Museum's encyclopedic collection, presenting innovative exhibitions, enhancing arts education programs, enlarging the MFA's campus, and renovating and expanding the Museum's historic building.

2014 Rose Hill Performance Art Award

Thursday, May 15, 2014
2014 has been yet another outstanding year for the Performance area, with students invited and curated into performance events nationally and internationally, and identified by the Boston Globe as among the most promising artists in MFA programs in the Boston area. The Performance area established the Rose Hill Performance Art Award in 2008, in memory of Rose Hill, who completed an MFA in the SMFA/Tufts University graduate program in 2003.

2014 Chan Sculpture Awards Announced

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Sculpture Area faculty are proud to announce the 2014 G.T. Chan Sculpture Award recipients:

Visual and Critical Studies Departmental Award for 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014
The Visual and Critical Studies faculty would like to announce that the 2014 departmental award will go to two graduating BFA seniors instead of one: Madoka Fukai and Grace Jackson. Each student demonstrated extraordinary abilities as readers, thinkers, and writers in the Visual and Critical Studies and English courses they took throughout their years at SMFA. Each student will receive the full $100 award. Congratulations!

First Annual Graphic Arts Awards Announced

Friday, May 9, 2014
Congratulations to the recipients of the first annual Graphic Arts Awards. A six-person jury evaluated submissions based on three areas: concept, design, and execution. The jurors were impressed by the social engagement, variety of approaches, range of techniques, and general depth of the projects exhibited in all 43 submissions. The winning works will be on view May 16–18 in the Downstairs Gallery alongside the "Graduation Students and Award Recipients Exhibition." The Graphic Arts faculty hopes these awards will encourage recipients in their careers and art-making, and we look forward to following the path each person takes.

Faculty Graham McDougal Awarded Fellowship by Somerville Arts Council

Monday, April 28, 2014
Congratulations to Graham McDougal, SMFA faculty member in Print + Paper / Graphic Arts, who has received a Local Cultural Council (LCC) Fellowship Award granted by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC). LCC awards are granted once a year to support artists, schools, organizations, and special projects in Somerville, MA. The Somerville Arts Council is one of four local cultural councils across the state to offer fellowships to individual artists. These grants provide support to artists to do their work and the LCC Grant Program is funded and overseen by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Somerville LCC program grants are reviewed by SAC board members and local peers with expertise in the appropriate disciplines.

Alumni Exhibitions at the MFA: "Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours"

Monday, April 14, 2014
2012 Traveling Fellow Evelyn Rydz (MFA '05) debuts her solo presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 19–September 14, 2014. Rydz explores America's coastlines, photographing the manufactured remnants of modern life that wash up on the shoreline.

2013–14 Award Recipients

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
On March 26, three jurors—artist and educator, SMFA alumnus Robert Baart; Director of Alpha Gallery, president of the Boston Art Dealers Association, Joanna Fink; and Director of the Sandra and Philip Gordon Gallery at Boston Arts Academy; Visual Arts teacher at Boston Arts Academy Guy Michel Telemaque–reviewed over 300 works submitted by SMFA students and selected the following works/recipients for the following awards:

2014–15 Springborn Fellowships Announced

Monday, March 24, 2014
SMFA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014–15 Springborn Fellowships: Jesus Miramontes and Sophia Lucia Rose. Dr. Robert and Carolyn Springborn (BFA '76) have generously established a scholarship program to support students who have proven themselves to be excellent and highly motivated artists.

2014 Yousuf Karsh Prize Winners

Thursday, March 20, 2014
In recognition of their excellent work, the 2014 Yousuf Karsh Prize was awarded to BFA student Cassandra Klos (first place), MFA student Dayna Rochell Stanley (second place), and BFA student Cleo Murphy-Guerette (third place). Anne Havinga, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Maja Orsic, Director, Robert Klein Gallery; and Matthew Connors, Associate Professor and Photography Department Chair, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, met on March 20, 2014 to select the recepients.

Students Curate Students: "The Things We Carry - Objects in America"

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Students Curate Students is an opportunity for SMFA students to submit curatorial proposals to the School's exhibitions team, who then selects one for a presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts. The 2014 exhibition, "Students Curate Students: The Things We Carry - Objects in America," will be on view March 8–August 17, 2014.

Gonzalo Fuenmayor Chosen for Solo Traveling Fellows Exhibition

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.

2014 Traveling Fellows Announced

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Since 1894, the SMFA Traveling Fellowships have provided support to launch individual careers through independent work, travel, and exhibition opportunities. From a pool of almost 100 applicants, 10 alumni have been selected as 2014 Fellows. They will have approximately one year to use their funds for travel and research before one artist is selected for a solo presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2016.