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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.

Professors of the Practice Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom have been selected to be the inaugural artists for the Pauli Murray Residency (PMR) at Eaton Workshop in Washington, D.C. from fall 2021 to spring 2022. The PMR provides creatives with the gift of space and time to work on existing or forthcoming projects that focus on the intersections of race, equity, and justice. 

The Outwin: American Portraiture Today is a major exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, featuring the finalists of the Portrait Gallery’s fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. On October 23, The Outwin artist and Professor of the Practice David Antonio Cruz participated in a discussion of representing friends, family, and activists in the queer community, as well as how an artist’s work can disrupt the traditionally heteronormative genre of portraiture by centering queer bodies and queer intimacy. The event was organized by the Kemper Art Museum. 

Professor of the Practice Rachelle Mozman Solano is featured in a solo exhibition entitled All These Things I Carry with Me through January 2 at the South Bend Museum in South Bend, Indiana.

Lecturer Mara Metcalf, MFA '87, is exhibiting works on paper in a three-person show entitled Enigmatic Space at the Chazan Gallery in the Wheeler School in Providence, RI. The exhibition opens on October 21 and runs through November 11. 

Lecturer Betsy Redelman Díaz and Sally Lee, MFA '20, are featured in an exhibition of ceramics entitled Shaping Things/Dando Forma a Las Cosas at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA. The exhibition will be on view from October 22 through December 12.

Professor of the Practice Guadalupe Maravilla is the 2021 recipient of The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, which is awarded to a distinguished artist whose work will inspire and motivate future generations to active participation and social responsibility.

Lecturer Ria Brodell, MFA '06, is exhibiting work from their Butch Heroes series at The Freedman Gallery at Albright College from October 7 through December 5. The show brings together new work as well as Butch Heroes from the collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and the Cornel Fine Arts Museum.