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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 January 13, 2020

What You Need to Know This Week

Submit your Work to the Photography Area Show

Students can submit up to 5 photographs for the Photography Area Show. Please note, if selected you will be expected to commit 1.5 hours of assistance with exhibition installation or deinstallation.

DEADLINE:   Monday, January 20, 2020 (end of day)

EXHIBITION DATES:   February 11 – 27, 2020 / SMFA Building 

TO APPLY: Please apply through Tufts Slideroom

For questions regarding submissions email Natalia Leginowicz in Exhibitions:

Submit Your Work for the Drawing & Painting Area Show

Now accepting submissions of your BEST work. Broad interpretations of drawing and painting are highly encouraged. Please ask your drawing and painting faculty, as well as your fall review board participants for suggestions on which work to submit. You can submit a maximum of 3 images. All work must be carefully documented, please note any special hanging/install considerations in the application. If your work is juried into the show, you must be prepared to assist with exhibition installation. Awards will be granted! 

DEADLINE:  Thursday, December 19th, 2019 (end of the day)

EXHIBTION DATES:  February 11 - 27, 2020 / SMFA Building 

TO APPLY:  Please apply through Slideroom

For questions regarding submissions email Natalia Leginowicz in Exhibitions:

Career Center Event for Seniors: Monday, Jan. 13

Are you a senior interested in a full day workshop with the Career Center and young alumni to hear about working in the real world and network with professionals?

If you are back in Boston on Monday 1/13 come to The #Adulting Conference on the Medford/Somerville campus. Learn more and RSVP on Handshake!

Career Center Event for Sophomores: Tuesday, Jan. 14

Sophomores, if you are back in Boston on Tuesday 1/14 come spend the day with the Tufts Career Center, alumni, and employers to engage in career exploration and job search strategy exercises. Ryan Smith, Assistant Director of Career Services, will be leading Improv for Interviewing! Learn more and RSVP on Handshake.

Submit a Proposal for Next Semester's Health, Safety, and Sustainability Day at SMFA

To honor artist and former SMFA faculty member Julie Graham, who passed away due to lung cancer last year, the Sustainability Committee is organizing the second Health, Safety and Sustainability Day on Wednesday March 4, 2020

Students, alumni, staff, and faculty members are invited to submit proposals for workshops to be held that day. Workshops can be either offered by individuals or small groups of collaborators. Collaborations between art specialists and science/engineering specialists are welcome. 

Through the workshops, participants will learn about sustainable and less-toxic techniques and materials for art-making. Hands-on activities are preferred. 

View the full call for proposals here.

Thank You! Student Call for Work Submissions

Thank you to the students who submitted examples of their work to the SMFA Communications department for the school website! The winners of the $50 Amazon gift card raffle have been selected, but keep your eyes out for more open submission calls next semester.

Winter Break Building Hours

SMFA will be open regular building hours, 6am to 11pm, December 20 – January 14th. Please note there is no after hours access during this time.

SMFA will be closed on the following University Holidays:
December 23, 24, 25 and January 1

SMFA Art Store Holiday Hours

The SMFA Art Store will be closed for the holidays Friday, December 20 through Tuesday, January 14.  

Hours for the week of 12/16 are as follows:
Monday, Dec. 16: 8:30 am-8 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 17: 8:30 am-5 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 18: 8:30 am-5 pm
Thursday, Dec. 19: 8:30 am-5 pm
Friday, Dec. 20: closed

We will reopen Wednesday, January 15th with our normal operating hours.

Have a great break! See you next year.

SMFA Café End-of-Semester Hours

The SMFA Café will operate on a modified schedule Friday, 12/13, through Wednesday, 12/18 for the end of the semester. Visit for the most up-to-date dining location and hours information.

Mon., 12/16: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Tues., 12/17: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Wed., 12/18: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thurs., 12/19: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fri., 12/20: Closed

The café will reopen on January 14.


End-of-Semester SMFA Shuttle Service

The SMFA Shuttle will operate through December 19. The last shuttles that day will depart SMFA at 11 pm and from Medford to SMFA at 12 am.

Mailroom: End-of-Semester Hours

During the week of December 16th, the mailroom will be open MondayThursday from 10 am -12 pm.

The mailroom will be closed as of 12 pm on December 19, 2019 to Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Donate Supplies to the Carte Util

Don't forget, you can donate any art supplies that you no longer need to the Carte Util, located in A308.

Visual Culture Consortium Call for Papers: New Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture

This symposium brings together undergraduates from a variety of New England colleges and universities to present their research in art history, visual culture, and associated areas of study. Papers from a broad range of topics in art history and visual culture will be considered.

The symposium is arranged as panels of 15-minute papers followed by questions and discussion.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2020 (12:00 – 4:45 pm)

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Alfond Auditorium

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

To submit a proposal:

Undergraduate students must submit a 250 word abstract of their proposed 15-minute paper to no later than midnight, Friday, January 24, 2020.

The applicant’s name should be listed in the subject line of the email. In the body of the message, please provide: 1) your name, preferred email and mobile phone number; 2) the name, title and contact information of your faculty sponsor; 3) the title of your abstract. Attach a Word document (not a PDF) of your abstract to your email.

Please note: Students are required to work with a faculty sponsor from their home institution.

A committee of art historians will review the abstracts and select the symposium participants. Notification of the committee’s decision will be emailed by February 17, 2020. Completed papers and Powerpoints must be submitted for review by March 20, 2020.

For more information contact:

Professor Cynthia Fowler
Art Department
Emmanuel College

For more information about the Visual Culture Consortium, please contact Stuart Steck at:

Call for Work: Combined Degree Exhibition in Tisch Library

From January 20, 2020 to February 14, 2020 the Tisch Library Gallery will host the second annual Combined Degree Student Exhibition. Each artist is allowed to submit 1-2 works and must be enrolled in the BFA+BA/BS Combined Degree Program. Please submit a new Google form for each piece. All years are eligible to apply. Each artist is responsible for installing their own work during designated install times.

There will be an opening reception on January 24, 2020 where light refreshments will be served. This is a juried event and faculty jurors will be announced soon. This event is being organized by Bella Kiser, Ezri Horne, and Celia Glastris. 

Submit Your Work

Handshake Highlights

Job Postings

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

Education and Engagement Fellow, New Museum

Hirsch Curatorial Fellowship, Toledo Museum of Art

Internship Postings

Take a look at some recent internship postings including:

Traveling Exhibitions Next Gen Internship, MFA Boston

Via Art Fund Spring 2020 Internship

Paid Summer Internships at The Met

Calls for Work

Check out some open calls for work:

Kunstram LLC Exhibition





Weekly Wave Farm Radio Broadcast Schedule

This Week's Schedule on SMFA 1630 AM

MON 12/16

10 am – 11 am
“Does Education Define an Artist?”

11 am – 12 pm
Carmen Winant – Artist Talk

12 pm – 1 pm
Timothy Furstnau & Andrea Steves

1 pm – 2 pm
New Moon Transmissions w/ Monica Manoski

2 pm – 4 pm
Teaching Capitalism – Artist Talk

4 pm –5 pm
Mike & Doug Starn – Artist Talk

5 pm – 6 pm
Mickalene Thomas w/ David Antonio Cruz – Artist Talk

6 pm – 7 pm
Mia Maljojoki – Artist Talk

7 pm – 9 pm
Boom! Clap! Slam!

TUES 12/17

10 am – 1 pm
SpHears Ep.16 – Academy Records

1 pm -  3 pm
Codex in Context S.1

3 pm – 4 pm
Aliza Nisenbaum – Artist Talk

4 pm – 5 pm
Anthony Romero & Josh Rios – Artist Talk

5 pm – 6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 9 pm
Girl Party

WED 12/18

10 am – 1 pm
SpHears Ep.16 – Academy Records

1 pm -  3 pm
Codex in Context S.1

3 pm – 4 pm
Aliza Nisenbaum – Artist Talk

4 pm – 5 pm
Alsi Cavusoglu – Artist Talk

5 pm – 6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 9 pm
Girl Party

THURS 12/19

10 am – 12 pm
Shady El Noshokaty  – Artist Talk

12 pm -  1 pm
“Please Rise for the National Anthem”– A Sound Intervention by Camila Alexzandra

1 pm -  2 pm
“Human Garden” - Lani Asuncion  

2 pm -  3 pm
Simon’s Radio Hour

3 pm -  5 pm
Radio Opera – Wave Farm

5 pm – 6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 9 pm
Girl Party

FRI 12/20

10 am – 1 pm
SpHears Ep.16 – Academy Records

1 pm -  3 pm
Codex in Context S.1

3 pm – 4 pm
Aliza Nisenbaum – Artist Talk

4 pm – 5 pm
Amy Fusselman– Artist Talk

5 pm – 6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 9 pm
Girl Party

SAT 12/21

10 am – 12 pm
Colonial Unknowing

12 pm – 3 pm
SpHears – Academy Records

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, email