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Our SMFA community includes faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are accomplished working artists, scholars, researchers, and activists. Below is a running listing of some of their many recent exhibitions, awards, publications, and other notable accomplishments.

Professor of the Practice Mary Ellen Strom received a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation to be in residence in Laguria, Italy, where she is working on her project SINK OR SING about coastal flooding.

Professor of the Practice Jennie Jieun Lee is apart of a 3 person exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene in New York City titled Channeling. The show will be open May 22 - June 29.

Professor of the Practice Riccardo Giacconi recently released the first two episodes of Stories of Sound: Conversations on Sound, Art, and Audio Storytelling, a podcast that explores audio documentaries, radio dramas, interviews, soundscapes, narration, sound installations, archival material, sound design, radio, podcasting, and more. The episodes feature sound artists like Hildegard Westerkamp, Axel Kacoutié and Jazmine JT Green, podcasters Nick van der Kolk and Tamar Avishai, audio storytelling theorist Siobhan McHugh, writer and SMFA Professor of the Practice Rick Moody. Tune in weekly on all podcast platforms to explore the captivating world of sound storytelling.

Professor of the Practice Ethan Murrow recently traveled to Paris where he celebrated a new commissioned work with the Louis Roederer Foundation and collaborated with D+S Editions on a new limited edition lithograph. Three of Ethan's editions with D+S were recently collected by the New York Public Library and are on view now at Château de Vogüé in France.

Professor of the Practice Zora J Murff alongside Lecturer Rana Young have curated a photography group exhibition titled TAKE IT FROM HERE at Abakus Projects. The show will be on view now through Sunday, May 26. The exhibiting artists include Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Jasmine Clarke, Peah Pauline Guilmoth, Kathryn Harrison, Alec Kaus, Tommy Kha, Lindley Warren Mickunas and Nadiya Nacorda. 

Professor of the Practice Chantal Zakari and Lecturer Mike Mandel have been invited to participate in the 2nd Providence Photo Book Fair, April 20-21, 12-5 pm at 159 Sutton Street Gallery. Participants include Professor of the Practice Bill Burke, alum Sarah Malakoff and Abakus Projects/Hank Hauptmann. The fair is free and open to all. 

Professor of the Practice Kendall Reiss has been selected to feature her work in the international contemporary jewelry triennial, KORU8, showcasing pieces from her project BEING [with] TREES alongside creations by 49 other artists. Reiss is one of only three artists from the US participating in the exhibition. Her cast glass pieces will be on display at the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto from May 17 to December 1, followed by a showing at The Oulu Art Museum in winter 2025. Additionally, Reiss's work will be featured in The Nature of Imperfection: Jewelry and Adornment, an exhibition organized by the Society of Arts & Crafts Boston. The online exhibition will be showcased on SA+C's social media platforms, with a print catalogue set to release in May

Last month at the quarterly, third-party inspection of our campus, our custodial staff received their highest score yet! We appreciate all their hard work keeping our campus clean year round!

SMFA alum Janella Mele BFA ’18 is vending at Somerville Open Studios on May 4 and 5 where her art studio building will also be open to the public. Mele's animated short has been selected to be showcased at the Brattle Theatre through GRRL HAUS Cinema on April 18.

Professor of the Practice Cristobal Cea is going to be part of TedX Tufts 2024 on April 13 at the JCC. In the presentation, Cea will describe the stories behind his work on monsters, misinformation, and other dangers of imagination that form the base for America Imaginaria: a class at SMFA where students learn how to creatively engage with the unknown, using creativity as a way to break the cognitive barriers of terror, bias, and dehumanization. Buy tickets here