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SMFA Update for the Week of May 6, 2019

From the SMFA Dean's Office

Announcing Student Commencement Speakers

Congratulations to this year's student Commencement Speakers:

  • Mushky Rice
  • Willoughby Hastings
  • Anja DuBois
SMFA Café: End-of-Semester Hours

The SMFA Café closes for the semester on Thursday, May 9. Please see the hours of operation for the rest of the week below.

Monday, 5/6
8 am - 5 pm

Tuesday, 5/7
8 am - 5 pm

Wednesday, 5/8
8 am - 5 pm

Thursday, 5/9
8 am - 5 pm

SMFA Shuttle Services Ends Friday, May 10

Friday, May 10 will be the last day for all shuttle service.

Davis Square & Beacon St. shuttle concludes service at 7pm on Friday, May 10.

The final shuttle to Medford will depart SMFA at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 10.

View the Public Safety website for more information.

Studio, Classroom, and Locker Clean-Out Dates

All studios and classrooms at 230 Fenway must be cleared of artwork by Friday, May 10th (the last day of review boards), and all students lockers must be cleared out completely by Sunday, May 19th.

Any work left after this date will be destroyed. Collection bins will be available into which students, faculty, and staff can deposit reusable or recyclable materials for Carte Uti beginning on May 1. 

Studios and classrooms in the Mission Hill Building must be cleared of artwork by the following dates:
Diploma Students: 5 PM, Friday, May 3, 2019
Post-Graduate Teaching Fellows: 5 PM, Monday, May 6, 2019
Second Year MFA, Post-Bacc, and Senior Thesis Students: 5 PM, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Reminder: SMFA Mail Service

As the school year comes to a close, SMFA Mail Service would like to remind you of the following items:

  • As soon as possible, please notify all correspondents (banks, publishers, organizations, etc.) of your new address. Mail Services is unable to forward mail, so it is imperative that you inform everyone. Mail that does arrive for you after you have left campus will be returned to sender. If you are remaining on campus for the summer, please advise Mail Services of your address.
  • If you wish, Mail Services will hold your 1st Class Mail (1st Class only).
  • Mail service will end on May 10 for the year. Mail Services (First Floor Mail Room A-side) will hold mail through Commencement, May 19. You may check (in person) for mail that may have arrived for you.

PLEASE NOTE: the MailRoom here at the SMFA will be relocating to make way for the fabulous new Café – which is scheduled to open mid-August. The new and improved MailRoom will be located in the Lower Level in the A-side of the school.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Submit Nominations for Professor of the Year

The Education Committee is accepting nominations for Professor of the Year. All instructors at Tufts are eligible, including Lecturers.

Submit a Nomination

Questions? Contact the Education Committee by emailing

Opportunities, Awards, and Trainings

Apply: Senior Thesis Program 2019-2020

The application for the 2019-2020 Senior Thesis Program is now open. Students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are entering the final year of their BFA or Combined Degree programs, and
  • Will complete at least 52 credits of Studio Art by the end of the spring semester

Find the application here:

The Senior Thesis Program is a great opportunity to develop a thesis and strengthen your artistic practice. Applications are due on May 10, 2019 by 5:00 PM. Late applications or incomplete applications will not be considered. For any questions, please contact Kendall Reiss at

Apply: Stephen D. Paine Scholarship

Applications are now open for the Stephen D. Paine Scholarship, established by the Boston Art Dealers Association in 1999.

Scholarship Awards Include:

  • up to two awards of $4000
  • up to four awards of $1000

Students must be entering their final year in Fall 2019
Applicants must be found eligible for financial aid by their school.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019 at midnight
Apply online here.

Award winners will have the opportunity to participate in the Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition in early 2020.

Questions? Email Shaun Thomas, Associate Director of Financial Aid

Apply: SMFA Pre-College Classroom Assistant Position

Apply to be a classroom assistants for our Pre-College program from July 8-26. This is a paid 35 hour/week job.

Classroom Assistants are a key part of students’ learning experience providing support for both students and instructors, while helping create a collaborative and welcoming environment in which students are encouraged to experiment and think deeply about their artmaking.

For more information see the job posting on Handshake:

Apply: Young Masters Art Prize by May 31

Applications for the fifth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize are now open!

Applications are due May 31. Learn more and apply here.

About Young Masters:

Young Masters encourages contemporary artists to look back to the art of the past and art history to inspire their work, whether through technique, concept, theme or medium.

We’re looking for artists who show originality, skill and imagination in response to the art of the past. You can interpret this as widely as you like. You have the chance to explain your interpretation in your artist statement.

Apply: $5,000 Fellowship for New Surrealist Art

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the creation of the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, a $5,000 award for painters (including students in bachelor's and master's degree programs) living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 7th, 2019. See the full announcement for more information.

Apply: Light-Based Artwork for Boston's Chinatown

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (“The Conservancy”) seeks an artist or artist team for the creation of a temporary, site-specific, placemaking artwork. This light-based public artwork will activate Chin Park (recently renamed from Chinatown Park by the legislature), part of the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston known as The Greenway. The artwork will be installed in early August 2020 for the Chinatown Main Street Lantern Festival in September and will remain on display potentially through the winter (on view for 3-6 months).

The primary objective of the project is to recognize and represent the thriving community of Boston’s Chinatown through a artist-designed lit canopy. Through a participatory process, the artwork will celebrate the history and future of the Chinatown neighborhood and community. As an act of placemaking and placekeeping, the artwork will represent and honor Chinatown’s rich cultural history and cross-generational residents, neighbors and friends.

An artist(s) with a demonstrated capacity to work with community and/or of ingenuity in design are encouraged to apply. Experience with public art is encouraged but not required.

Sunday April 28, 1-2 PM Tour of Chinatown and Chin Park. RSVP by April 26 to

Apply online by May 19th, 2019!


Announcing Winners from the Print & Paper Area Show

Congratulations to the following winners of the Print & Paper Area Show

Louis Meola
Khadine Caines
Maribeth Hudzik
Ezri Horne

Honorable Mention
Becca Piascik
Anela Oh
Daniela Rivero
An Ho

Students Accepted to the 2019 Boston Printmakers Student Show at Framingham State

Congratulations to the following students whose work has been accepted into the 2019 Boston Printmakers Student Show November 17-December 13, at the Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State University.

From 355 entries, the jury selected 131 prints to be included in this highly competitive show.

Olivia Kim
Louis Meola
Alyx Madera
Khadine Caines
Zoe Narkewicz
An Ho
Daniela Rivero
Ralph Robinson
Madison Smrtic
Cas Weld
Joey Gottleib

Happenings on Campus

This Week's SMFA 1630 AM Wave Farm Radio Broadcast Schedule

MON 5/6

10am - 10:30am

New Moon Transmission w/ Monica Manoski [replay]

10:30am - 11:45pm

Wave Farm Event: Radio Opera w/ Gregory Whitehead & Yvette Janine Jackson

12pm - 2pm

Brown Bag Culture w/ Bailey Halbreich, Vichka Fonarev, & Eli Beutel [LIVE]

2pm -2:30pm

Codex in Context Conversations: In Conversation w/ Ralph Robinson

(Pictures from Home by Larry Sultan)

2:30pm – 3pm

Codex in Context Conversations: In Conversation w/ Parker Milliken

(Holy Bible by Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg)

3pm – 9pm

SMFA visiting artist lecture archive (2012 - 2018)

TUES 5/7

12pm - 2pm

Lilly’s Reading Room [LIVE]

2pm – 3:15pm

Study Zone w/ Grace Drugge [replay]

3:15 – 9pm

SMFA visiting artist lecture archive (2012 - 2018)

WED 5/8

10am – 11am

Darin and Nate Radio Hour w/ Darin Murphy & Nate Harrison [LIVE]

11am – 11:30am

New Moon Transmission w/ Monica Manoski [replay]

12pm - 2pm

Lilly’s Reading Room [LIVE]

2pm -2:30pm

Codex in Context Conversations: In Conversation w/ Camille Shimshak

(The Address Book by Sophie Calle)

2:30pm – 3pm

Codex in Context Conversations: TBD

3pm – 9pm

SMFA visiting artist lecture archive (2012 - 2018)


10am - 12pm

Academy Records - SpHEARS [replay]

12pm - 2pm

Lilly’s Reading Room [LIVE]

2pm – 3:15pm

Study Zone w/ Grace Drugge [replay]

3:15 pm – 8:15pm

Boom! Clap! Slam! [replay]

(A selection of slam poetry curated by Marla L. McLeod)

FRI 5/10

10am - 12pm

Brown Bag Culture w/ Bailey Halbreich, Vichka Fonarev, & Eli Beutel [replay]

1pm - 2pm

Study Zone w/ Grace Drugge [LIVE]

2pm – 2:30pm

New Moon Transmissions w/ Monica Manoski

2:30pm – 6:30pm

SMFA visiting artist lecture archive (2012 - 2018)

SAT 5/4

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Academy Records - SpHEARS 17 w/ Daniel Patrick Talbot [LIVE]

Listen online at (scroll down to “Tufts SMFA 1630-AM” and press the play button), or via the Wave Farm app (available in the iTunes App Store).

Would you like to program your own show? For training or programming questions/requests, e-mail

Codex in Context Class Podcast

In Chantal Zakari's class Codex in Context, students explored the possibilities of the digitally designed and published artist's book while working toward creating their own by the end of the semester. During the morning session of the seminar, the class reviewed and discussed relevant books, and many of these conversations were turned into a podcast.

Learn more and listen to these conversations on the Tisch Library site under "News".