Announcements and Opportunities
Academic Advising for BFA & CD Students: Drop-in Advising Schedule for Fall 2023
Advising will hold daily Drop-in Hours in the SMFA Atrium (unless otherwise noted).
11:00 - 12:30pm (Leah Gadd; BFA & CD)
2:30 - 3:30pm (Stephanie Lam; BFA)
12:00 - 1:30pm (Stephanie Lam; BFA)
3:00 – 4:00pm (Leah Gadd; BFA & CD)
2:30pm - 3:30pm (Tanesha Leathers & Ted Ogaldez; CD) In Medford, Dowling Hall 710
9:00 – 10:00am (Leah Gadd; BFA & CD)
2:00 – 3:00pm (Stephanie Lam; BFA)
10:00 - 12:00pm (Tobias Bennett; BFA) Virtual via Zoom
2:30 – 4:00pm (Tanesha Leathers & Ted Ogaldez; CD)
12:00 – 2:00 pm (Tobias Bennett; BFA)
SMFA Community Food Pantry
The SMFA Community Food Pantry located inside the Dean’s Suite (B203) is now open. Feel free to drop in and take what you need. This is a community-wide initiative and donations are accepted. Please bring non-expired, non-perishable food donations to the Student Life Office. The Food Pantry is open Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or food recommendations for the next haul.
Get Help Pricing Your Work for the Art Sale
Could you use some advice on how to price your work for the SMFA Art Sale? Even if you’ve already submitted your work, pricing information can be updated through early November. The week of September 25 is dedicated to providing SMFA students with help pricing their work. SMFA faculty and staff across different areas of study have volunteered to provide general pricing help for students. Click here for a preliminary schedule of drop-in offerings.
Private Studio Fall 2023 Application
The application for fall 2023 private studios is now open! Please note that only third years and above are eligible to apply, and that fourth and fifth-year students are prioritized. The priority deadline for consideration is 5:00 pm on Monday, September 18. Click here to apply!
SMFA Student Life Is Hiring On-Campus Student Workers
Looking for an on-campus job? The Student Life team at SMFA is currently seeking student workers who are available to work shifts on Monday afternoons from 1 - 4 pm and Wednesday mornings from 10 am - 1 pm. Duties include answering questions at the Student Life window about various SMFA and Tufts-related topics and supporting the full-time Student Life staff with daily projects as well as sometimes assisting with Student Life events. If interested, please check out our job posting on Handshake!
SMFA Communications Is Hiring Photographers and Videographers
SMFA Communications is seeking two to three motivated, resourceful, and creative individuals to serve as our Freelance Student Staff Photographers and Videographers. The students will work to produce photographs and videos for a variety of SMFA at Tufts and Tufts University needs for use on the website, school brochures, and/or social media. For more information and to apply, visit Handshake.
Join The Tufts Daily
Boost your artist’s resume with practical skills and experience! The Tufts Daily (Tufts' Independent Student Newspaper) is calling all SMFA students interested in illustration, graphic design, photography, and videography. The Daily is an opportunity for student artists to be trained in software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro, etc., and to gain skillsets valuable to internships and entry-level jobs in the publishing industry. Visit our Join Us page to connect and learn more about the Daily’s many departments, sections, and committees!
Tufts Community Day: Call for Portrait Artists
Tufts Community Relations is looking to hire a Tufts student portrait or caricature artist to draw portraits of campus neighbors attending Tufts Community Day on October 1 from 11 am - 2 pm on the Medford campus. Artists are invited to draw in whatever style they’d like (caricature or more traditional portraits). Tufts Community Relations provides drawing pads, and a variety of drawing pencils (graphite, colored), pencil sharpeners, and erasers. Student artists will be offered $100 for a full shift of work (11 am - 2 pm). To apply, please contact Maggie Carril in Community Relations at email@example.com or here.
Come by and catch a vibe at the Student Life Kickback on Wednesday, September 20, 12 - 1:30 pm in room A310. This event is meant to bring together the SMFA community! Join us for a warm meal, great music, and good conversation.
News From The Career Center
Careers in Museums: Opportunities in Arts, Science, Business, & Education
Join us Tuesday, September 26 from 4 - 5:30 pm for a virtual panel discussion to learn about the wide array of opportunities for students from any major at museums across the Greater Boston area. Panelists include reps from the MFA, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Peabody Essex Museum, Gardner Museum, Plimoth Patuxet Museums, and more. Any undergraduate or graduate students in the greater Boston area are welcome! RSVP here.
Tufts Career Fair is September 29! Tufts will host a virtual and in-person career fair this fall. Don't miss out! For more information about the arts, communications, and media employers in attendance, plus how to register, click here.
SMFA Shuttle Schedule Change
Previously, the first two shuttles departed at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Starting September 11, the first two SMFA shuttles will depart at 8 a.m. This change will create more space for students heading to SMFA for the first classes of the day and reduce the number of students needing to stand for the ride. Please plan accordingly and ensure you are at the shuttle stop prior to 8 a.m., the next shuttle will not depart Medford until 8:45 a.m. View the schedule and more information about the shuttle here.
MBTA Green Line Suspension
The MBTA will be suspending Green Line service between North Station and Government Center September 18 – October 12. If you are taking the Green Line from the Tufts/Medford station during this time you will need to walk from North Station to Government Center to continue travel to the MFA stop. Please plan accordingly and/or utilize the Tufts SMFA Shuttle.
Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC) Is Seeking a Graphic Designer
Each year, TUSC seeks dynamic, energetic individuals to fill a number of programming and marketing roles. This semester, we’re looking to fill our Graphic Design Coordinator positions. As a member TUSC, you'll meet regularly with your staff advisor and volunteer for TUSC events while developing and implementing marketing strategies. This is an excellent opportunity for you to be involved and develop your creative and organizational skills. Apply here.
Off-Campus Work Study Tutoring Job
SMFA students are invited to apply to tutor students at the Boston Arts Academy Library. You can work 2-4 hours per week, within walking distance of the SMFA campus. If you would like more information or are interested in applying, please view the flyer and reach out to Rose Marz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printmaking Call for Submissions
The Umbrella Arts Center is pleased to accept submissions for the juried exhibition Fresh Ink: Contemporary Explorations in Printmaking. Printmakers from across New England are encouraged to submit. Prizes will be awarded. The deadline to submit is September 30. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Véxoa: We Know: Reception & Artist Program
Join Tufts University Art Galleries on September 20 from 6 - 8 pm in Aidekman Arts Center in Medford for the Véxoa: We Know reception. The reception will start with a discussion of the show and the central topics that bridge its travel from Brazil to Medford featuring co-curator, SMFA faculty member Claudia Mattos Avolese and participating artists Denilson Baniwa and Daiara Tukano. This program will be presented in English and Portuguese.
Tufts Environmental Humanities Symposium
Join the community for the Tufts Environmental Humanities Symposium in Curtis Hall (Multipurpose Room) on September 21 and 22. Listen to scholars, researchers, poets, artists, scientists, and practitioners who engage with the environmental humanities within their different disciplines. Don't miss a dedicated session that zooms in on the ecological, cultural, and historical implications of lawns on the Tufts campus and beyond.
MAT Program Info Session at SMFA
The 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education (MAT) program prepares artists to teach in elementary, middle, and high schools with a critical focus on both contemporary visual culture and traditional arts. BFA students interested in pursuing art education can attend a hybrid info session on September 26 from 12 pm - 1 pm in SMFA Room B311 to learn about applying to the MAT Fifth-Year Master’s Program through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Pre-registration is required here. Lunch will be served in-person.
Welcoming President Sunil Kumar
Please join us in welcoming 14th President of Tufts University, Sunil Kumar, to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, October 2 from 4 - 5 pm in the SMFA Atrium & Anderson Auditorium. Light refreshments will be provided before brief remarks and a tour of the SMFA Art Galleries.
Leo and Betty Beckwith Lecture: Catherine Opie
Mark your calendars for October 12 for the Leo and Betty Beckwith Lecture featuring renowned photographer Catherine Opie. Established in 1978, this annual series is designed to bring artists and cultural thinkers at the leading edge of contemporary art to the SMFA at Tufts community. The 2023 Beckwith Lecture is made possible through our partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and will be held in the museum’s Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium. This event is free and open to all, but advance tickets are required. Get your tickets here.
Elizabeth James-Perry: Double Arrows
Elizabeth James-Perry: Double Arrows is now on view at the SMFA at Tufts Boston Campus. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm. Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) is a lifelong traditional artist, scientist, and illustrator who engages with Northeastern Woodlands Native cultural expressions in myriad forms, from wampum shell-carving and twined basketry to restorative Native garden design and installation. In this exhibition, her work appears alongside that of SMFA faculty member Tanya Crane and artist Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), as well as the artist’s brother, Jonathan James-Perry, and the artist’s mother, Patricia James-Perry. The show runs September 5 through November 12.
Véxoa: We Know
Véxoa: We Know is a survey exhibition of Indigenous artists of Brazil developed by Naine Terena (member of the Terena Indigenous people of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso do Sul), that argues for new aesthetic criteria to reflect the contributions of Indigenous nations in today’s Brazil. Informed by the role of art as a tool for activism, the exhibition presents the work of 22 artists and collectives from regions throughout Brazil, and spans painting, drawing, and sculpture. First presented at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Véxoa: We Know will have its only North American venue at Tufts University Art Galleries in Medford. The show runs September 5 through December 10.