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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.

Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom, Professors of the Practice, received a Live Arts Boston Grant from the Boston Foundation of the Arts.  They will use this grant to produce and tour Lincoln Gave Us a Beach, an intermedia performance about a segregated New Orleans’ beach and the legacy of white supremacy and public recreational space. Both were also awarded a Public Art Residency and grant from Boston Center for the Arts. The residency culminates with an exhibition at the Mills Gallery in Boston.

Jeannie Simms and Anna Gruman, BFA '19, are artists in residence at the Brookline Arts Center where they are collaborating on a new video installation.  With current international border closings and racial and social injustices causing barriers to mobility across the United States, as well as an upcoming national election, they ask people the question, “Where do you want to be?”

Silvia Bottinelli co-presented a talk Lead and Aluminum in Marisa Merz's Art on October 14, 2020 as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's lecture series dedicated to the Italian woman artist. The talk analyzed the role of materiality in Merz's practice and arte povera in general, proposing a range of methodological approaches that expand on materials. 

Gerri Rachins is having a solo exhibition of new works on paper from her ongoing series In-Between at The Painting Center in Chelsea, NY, from October 27 to November 21, 2020 with an opening reception from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, October 29.

Sarah “Val” Valente, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, moderated a panel discussion on Artistic Narratives and Social Engagement with Karen Hampton, MassArt faculty, Jhona Xaviera, SMFA alum, Naledi Masilo, NEC student, and Ameya Okamoto, SMFA student. Panelists addressed how their journeys, heritage, and our current moment amidst a pandemic and the growing Black Lives Matter movement impact their creative practices particularly as artists of color. This was one of four panels on socially engaged artistic practices. Recordings will be available at a later date at

Professor of the Practice, Bonnie Donohue’s review of Aruna D'Souza's Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in Three Acts was chosen by Full Stop as one of the best they published in 2019. 

Jennifer Schmidt is one of eight artists participating in In the Cool of the Evening, an exhibition celebrating the ideals behind the pagan holiday All Hallows Eve. In the Cool of the Evening will be on view at Project Gallery V, a yearlong, online project, from October 30 through December 30, 2020.

Anthony Romero will be presenting and performing at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA on October 21 and 22, 2020. First, Romero, Matt Joynt, and Josh Rios will present an artist talk on October 21 at 5:30 pm. The next day the trio will publicly perform their piece Ground, Unsettle, Surround: Act 1 (Establishing a Sound) at Congress Square in Portland, ME.

re:photographica by George Slade features Professor of the Practice Chantal Zakari's photograph Drop Dead Gorgeous, 2020.

Danielle Abrams, Professor of the Practice, received OVPR Research Advancement Funds to support producing and touring Lincoln Gave Us a Beach, written and performed by Danielle Abrams with scenic design, choreography, and video by Mary Ellen Strom.

A review by Jeannie Simms, Professor of the Practice, of Becca Albee's solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center focused on the archived work of the late Robert Blanchon and was published this past summer in the UC Berkeley Press Afterimage Journal. His work bridged conceptual art tactics with LGBT liberation politics and the subject of AIDS.

Bonnie Donohue is currently exhibiting A Thin Green Line: Borderlands, a multimedia exploration of international borderlands created by military zones, at Kingston Gallery in Boston through November 1, 2020.