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The SMFA Update is sent to undergraduate and graduate students weekly on Mondays during the school year. It includes important information and announcements of interest to the community.

SMFA Update for the Week of February 17, 2020

What You Need to Know This Week

Undergraduate Student Town Hall: Wednesday, Feb. 19

An SMFA Undergraduate Student Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, February 19 from 12:15-1:45pm in B209 (Performance Room). Dean Nancy Bauer will give a few updates and open up the floor for questions.

Light snacks will be served!

Artist Talk with Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Tufts University Art Galleries Artist Talk: Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Wednesday, February 19, 6 pm
Anderson Auditorium, SMFA at Tufts

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a Brooklyn-based artist and learner from East Palo Alto, California. In her work, she inquiries about the deeply intertwined spiritual, sociopolitical, ecological, and cognitive processes of learning/unlearning. She is interested in how proclamations of certainty, containment, and coherence assert themselves through language, institutional structures, and architecture. Rasheed makes her inquiries visible through an ecosystem of iterative and provisional projects including sprawling, Xerox-based “architecturally-scaled collages” (frieze magazine, winter 2018), interactive publications, large-scale text banners, digital archives, lecture-performances, library interventions, poems/poetic gestures, and other forms yet to be determined. Rasheed has exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ICA Philadelphia, Pinchuk Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Kitchen, among others. She is the author of two artist books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019).

Last Day for Undergrads to Drop a Course: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Wednesday, February 19 is the last day for SMFA undergraduates to DROP a course without record of enrollment.

SMFA Art Store 48-Hour Sale in Coordination with 24-Hour Drawing Marathon

The SMFA Art Store will be having a 48-hour sale in conjunction with the 24-Hour Drawing Marathon!

Come get an additional 10% off an array of drawing materials, sketchbooks, and pads this week. Also, come by anytime and check out our SUPER discounted cart of drawing products! The 48-Hour sale starts Wednesday morning, Feb. 19 and ends on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11 pm.

Special Art Store hours for the marathon: Thursday 6 am-11 pm

24-Hour Intercontinental Drawing Marathon This Thursday: Don't Miss Out

We will be hosting a 24-hour drawing marathon that will be simulcast at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp celebrating the primacy of drawing. The event will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 commencing at sunrise Antwerp time – roughly 7:47 am and at the same moment here in Boston at 1:47 am EST. The marathon will continue through the night into the next day and come to an international conclusion at 1:47 am EST on February 21. Throughout the event we will be continuously checking in with our collaborators in Antwerp.

For 24 hours we’ll feature a rotation of things for you draw, including:

  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • A pack of Great Danes
  • Performance art
  • Skate/Sculpture Club performance/drawings
  • Largescale installations featuring live models
  • Sock monkeys
  • A mom preparing chocolate mousse
  • Collaborative massive woodcut and printing

Complete schedule to be released soon.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to draw for as long or short a period as they desire AND we are also looking for volunteer performers and documentarians of all sorts who may be interested in a collaborative experience. Please contact Brooke Stewart or Caleb Davis if you’re interested.

Learn more about the Drawing Marathon from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

Apply to Work During the 24-Hour Drawing Marathon

We're hiring a number of student workers to cover various shifts during the 24 Hour Drawing Marathon taking place at SMFA on Thursday, February 20. 

Apply on Handshake:

Meet with Care Manager from Tufts' CMHS at SMFA on Friday, Feb. 21

Interested in connecting with a therapist in the community? Meet with Jimmy Kane, Care Manager from Tufts’ Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) on Friday, February 21 at SMFA. Jimmy serves to connect students to providers/agencies off-campus and provides on-going support for continuity of care. Schedule a 30 min. appointment in advance by calling CMHS at 617-627-3360.

Trip to Wyrmwood Woodworking Shop on Friday, Mar. 6

Join us on a trip to the woodworking shop of Wyrmwood on Friday, March 6. Wyrmwood is a high quality table top gaming accessory and furniture design company located in Tanton, MA. They are a consistent sponsor of Dungeons and Dragons sensation Critical Role and collaborator with Wizards of the Coast. We will be receiving a tour of their facilities and demos from their master woodworkers.

The bus leaves at 8:45 am from the SMFA and will return to the SMFA at 2:15 pm. This event is free but please RSVP to reserve your spot and pack your own lunch.

RSVP for the Wyrmwood Trip

Review Board Sign-ups Begin Tuesday, Mar. 10

Review Board Sign-ups will begin Tuesday, March 10 at 8 am. Be on the lookout for an email about this with more information. As a reminder, you must participate in a review board and two student reviews if you are enrolled in 7 credits of studio classes or more.

Submit Your Work for the Japanese Culture Club's Annual Day of Remembrance Gallery

The Japanese Culture Club hosts an Annual Day of Remembrance to hold space and remember Japanese American Incarceration during WWII following Executive Order 9066. This year we are having an art gallery with the theme of "art as documenting one's truths" throughout March in the AAC.

Submissions are juried and due Thursday, February 20! Please apply, we would love to see your work and hopefully work it into the space!

View the full call for work here.

Hear from Visiting Artist Lina Puerta on Feb. 26 & 27

Painting and Drawing will be hosting visiting Artist Lina Puerta on Feb. 26th and 27th. Lina will be in conversation with Professor David Antonio Cruz on Wednesday, February 26th at 5:10 pm in B209, the Performance Studio.

Lina will also be hosting a workshop, hosted by Painting, Drawing, Print and Paper called: Paper Layering with mixed Media. How to use Stencils and blow-out techniques combined with other media, to create layered, textural works. Participation for the workshop is limited, email if you would like to join.

Reminder: Applications for Annual SMFA Awards Due Friday, Feb. 28

Awards Submission Deadlines & Requirements
These opportunities are open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students (MFA and Post-Baccalaureate). 

Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography – Submission deadline 02/28/2020
The Karsh Prize (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) is awarded annually to three talented students of photography. Winners will work directly with SMFA Exhibitions to re-print and frame works for the Year End Show.
Eligibility: Full-time students
Submission Requirements: 5 original photographic images, itemized checklist, artist statement

Apply for the Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography

Dana Pond Competition - Submission deadline 02/28/2020
This annual painting competition honors three students for exemplary work.
Eligibility: Full-time students
Submission Requirements: Exactly 3 works in painting, broadly defined

Apply for the Dana Pond Competition

Stella and Sumner Cooper Award - Submission deadline 02/28/2020
This prize is awarded annually for work in metals, glass, and/or ceramics.
Eligibility: Full-time student
Submission Requirements: 1-2 works in metals, glass, and/or ceramics

Apply for the Stella and Sumner Cooper Award

The jurors' decisions will be announced the week of March 30th. Winners of these awards will receive a monetary prize and the award-winning work will be shown in the Annual Awards Show that highlights all award recipients. All recipients must be prepared to drop off work for the exhibition on April 9, 2020, 10 am-5 pm. 

Questions? Contact Caleb Davis or Kaitlyn Clark.

Get Your Caps and Gowns for Commencement

Caps and gowns are required for those participating in the Baccalaureate service and commencement ceremonies (including Phase I) taking place on the Medford/Somerville campus. Caps and gowns are not required for the SMFA Phase II ceremony.

Caps and gowns can be reserved by placing an online order hereAll orders will be delivered to the SMFA for pickup. Orders must be placed by March 1.

Caps and gowns will go on regular sale at the Medford bookstore beginning April 1.

Any questions, please email 

Student Commencement Speaker Nominations Are Open

Please submit your nomination for this year's SMFA Student Commencement Speaker through this form. Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 19th. 

There will be an undergraduate representative and a graduate representative. Multiple nominations are accepted and self nominations are encouraged. Nominated students will be invited to present to a small selection committee of SMFA faculty and staff.

Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 17th on the Medford/Somerville Campus.

Mug and Utensil Drive: Jan. 16 through Feb. 18

Participate in the Sustainability Committee’s Mug and Utensil Drive from Jan. 16 to Feb. 18! 

Were there mugs among your holiday gifts? Donate your old mugs and reduce disposable cup consumption at SMFA. 

Do mounds of utensils crowd your drawers? Donate used metal forks, spoons, and knives to reduce plastic utensil consumption at SMFA.   

Collection boxes are located in the Mail Room, the Student Affairs Window, and the Staff Kitchen.


Apply to Participate in the Granoff All-Nighter

From Saturday, March 28, starting at 8 pm into the wee hours of Sunday, March 29, the Music Department will host a festival-style event in the various spaces of the Granoff Music Center. 

The goal is to fill the building with a diverse, eclectic offering of all the artistic talent and skill that Tufts offers: department music ensembles, a cappella groups, student bands, as well as drama, dance, spoken word, film/media, visual and performance art. The Music Department welcomes everyone—including staff and faculty—involved in arts and expressive culture to participate. 

Applications for participation can be submitted via this online form.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, February 28, 2020.

Handshake Highlights

Job Postings

Looking for a job? Check Handshake for the latest on and off campus postings.


Community Arts Initiative Liaison - MFA, Boston

Visual Arts Instructors, Buck’s Rock Arts Camp, Connecticut

Production Associate, Jewish Museum, NY City



Internship Postings

Take a look at some recent internship postings including:

Visual Arts Curatorial Intern, Mass MOCA

Studio and Art Administration/Collection Care Internship, Dieu Donne- Brooklyn

Studio/Arts Admin Intern, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill



Calls for Work

Check out some open calls for work:

Cue Art foundation – New York City
Call for artists


Weekly Wave Farm Radio Broadcast Schedule

This Week's Schedule on SMFA 1630 AM

We are reformatting our schedule. Check back for updates soon.

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