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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.

Rights Along the Shore, an exhibition on view at Boston Center for the Arts through May 28 by Professors of the Practice Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom, proposes a reconsideration of segregated swimming sites in Northern and Southern US locations, specifically the social transformation and social costs ignited by the NAACP-organized “wade-in” resistance at South Boston’s Carson Beach in the summer of 1975. Rights Along the Shore will also be on view as a temporary public artwork being developed to take place at Carson Beach in South Boston in Spring 2022.

Art as Healing: Resilience in Multiple Truths, a collaborative zine featuring artworks, comics, and writing by Maxine Bell, Aidan Sky Chang, Amy Chu, Luna Doherty-Ryoke, Maria Fong, Hannah Kim, Quin Luong, John McKean, Ava Sakamoto, Priya Skelly, Kelly Tan, Martina Tan, Khanh Keith Truong, Angela Wei, Asuka Ohsawa, and Jean Wu was recently acquired by the New York Center for Book Arts, John M. Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, and Cynthia Sear’s Artists’ Book Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum. The publishing project was made possible by the generous support from the Daynard Microgrants for Racial Justice.

Professor of the Practice Guadalupe Maravilla has been invited by the Queens Museum to be a Co-Thinker as part of their Year of Uncertainty initiative. As one of twelve artists, designers, scientists, writers, architects, and activists, Maravilla will share his expertise and knowledge, working with staff across departments and the stakeholders of the museum to reconsider its pedagogy and infrastructure.

Professor of the Practice Ethan Murrow's solo show Magic Bridge at Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York City runs through April 30. Continuing a love affair with plants, gardens, the surreal, and the absurd, the exhibition will also feature a new site specific 14 x 22 foot mural.

Julia Csekö, MFA ’13, has a solo exhibition entitled Speaking Truth to Power at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly through May 15.

Professor of Practice Danielle Abrams with Anita Morson-MatraJen Mergel, and Porsha Olayiwola have been awarded a Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice grant from The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). CISJ grants support Massachusetts teams of artists, creatives, culture bearers, cultural organizers, and community-based collaborators to do the important work of imagining public art that fosters and contributes to more just futures for our public spaces and public culture.

On March 21, Professors of Practice Danielle Abrams and Mary Ellen Strom participated in a panel discussion where they considered key questions related to art and social justice. It was presented by the AU Studio Art MFA program and co-hosted by the Antiracist Research & Policy Center (ARPC). Both Abrams and Strom are serving as visiting artists and lecturers at the Anitracist Research and Policy Center and Graduate Program in Studio Art at American University.

Lecturer Ria Brodell's paintings Helen Oliver aka John Oliver c. 1795-c. 1820 Scotland and Kathleen, born c. 1905 United States from the Butch Heroes series were recently acquired by the collection of the MIT List Visual Art Center.

Professor of the Practice David Antonio Cruz’s work is featured in an upcoming exhibit at the ICA entitled A Place for Me: Figurative Painting Now through September 5. Colorful, surprising, and full of life, A Place for Me is a testament to the vitality of contemporary figurative art, reflecting a multitude of styles and approaches to painting through a cross-section of contemporary painting today. 

Professor of the Practice Ethan Murrow's solo show Magic Bridge at Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York City runs through April 30. Continuing a love affair with plants, gardens, the surreal, and the absurd, the exhibition will also feature a new site specific 14 x 22 foot mural.