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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 November 18, 2019

What You Need to Know This Week

Dining Options During the Art Sale Week: Monday, 11/18 through Friday, 11/22

Café hours and Dining Options

  • The SMFA Café will operate as normal on Monday 11/18, Thursday 11/21, Friday 11/22, and Saturday 11/23
  • On Tuesday 11/19 and Wednesday 11/20 breakfast and lunch will operate as normal. The Café will then close at 3:30 pm. From 3:30—5:00 pm, snacks will be available on the first floor A-side hall by the entrance to the Small Metals Studio (A111). At 5:00 pm a dinner buffet will be served in the same location, available to students on a meal plan.
  • There will be extended hours on Sunday 11/24. The café will be open from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.


Seating in the atrium will be unavailable this week due to the SMFA Art Sale. There will be tables and chairs located throughout the building. Please check the second floor halls on both the A & B sides, and the Well Gallery in the lower level for additional seating.

National Trans Day of Remembrance Memorial Opening on Wednesday, Nov. 20

This year's National Trans Day of Remembrance Memorial featuring work by Kim Tran, BFA '23, opens Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 12 pm in the second floor B-Side hallway. This show was made possible by a collaboration between the LGBT Center, Tufts Chaplaincy, and SMFA Student Affairs.

Lunchtime Talk: Living Materials with Fiorenzo Omenetto on Wednesday, Nov. 20

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Dean of Research for the School of Engineering, presents a lunchtime talk on "Living Materials" at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, November 20 in the Tisch Family Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, Medford.

Omenetto has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology applications. He is co-inventor on a number of disclosures on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base for both technical and design applications. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories and a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society. In 2010, Fortune magazine named him one of its 50 smartest people in tech.

This talk is presented in conjunction with Bookworks, currently on view in the Tisch Family and Koppelman Family Galleries.

SMFA Community Day: Sunday, Nov. 24

All are invited to attend Community Day on November 24th from 12 pm - 2 pm to celebrate the SMFA community on the final day of the SMFA Art Sale.

The SMFA Art Sale will be held November 21-24 and is the largest contemporary and fine art sale in New England. Every year, more than 4,000 people attend the sale and purchase art submitted by members of the SMFA community. This year, more than 525 artists submitted nearly 2,500 works. At least 50% of each sale goes to the SMFA to support student financial aid and faculty research and practice at the SMFA.

SMFA Annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Monday, Nov. 25

Please join us for our annual community lunch featuring all the Thanksgiving favorites on Monday, Nov. 25 from 12 pm - 2 pm in the SMFA Atrium. 

Tufts Institute of the Environment Environmental Research Fellowship Information Session on Monday, Nov. 25

Join the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) for an information session Monday, November 25th 3:00 - 3:45PM in Barnum 231 to learn more about the TIE Environmental Research Fellowship. The TIE Fellowship is an opportunity for graduate students in any Tufts departments or schools to conduct interdisciplinary, environmental research projects with mentorship and guidance from Tufts faculty and TIE staff. Selected students can receive up to $5,000 in research funding! 

RSVP to the Information Session. WebEx details will be available to those who cannot attend in person.

Media Stockroom Thanksgiving Break Reservations

The Media Stockroom is taking Thanksgiving Break reservations for extended equipment checkouts! Reservations must be made by Friday, November 22 at 6 pm for extended checkouts. 

Reservations will be honored in the order they arrive through the reservation form. Authorizations for specialized equipment must be acquired prior to pick-up. Check out the Media Stockroom website for our equipment database or email Dan ( with any questions.


Building Access over Thanksgiving Break

230 The Fenway and 160 Saint Alphonsus St. will be closed on Thursday November 28 and Friday November 29, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no access allowed into either building.

Dean's Research Awards Application Now Open

The Dean's Research Awards (DRAs) support SMFA students working on extraordinary artistic projects whose costs exceed the norm. Students may apply to cover any costs related to producing new work, including research, materials, travel, and any other aspect of their projects. Awards may be used to fund any projects that are currently under way or that have been completed or will be completed by the end of the present academic year. Current students can apply for any amount of funding up to $500. 

Students are eligible to receive a Dean’s Research Award no more than once every three semesters. Therefore, if you have won a Dean's Research Award during the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 rounds, you are not eligible for an award during the present round. 

Recipients of the Dean’s Research Award must submit a report on their progress by May 1st, 2020. Progress reports should be submitted to Kenson Truong.

Applications must include:

  1. project description, not exceeding 500 words in length. You may wish to discuss specific goals you have for the project and how it fits with your ongoing artistic practice.
  2. The amount of funding requested, with an itemized budget showing how the money would be or was spent. (This information can be part of your project description.) 
  3. Three to five sample images of your work submitted as a single PDF. 

Successful applications will:

  • Provide a coherent, compelling, well-written description of the project for which funding is being requested;
  • Include images of work that display obvious signs of promise/progress;
  • Offer a clear justification for the amount of funding being requested, including evidence of pricing out supplies, travel, and other necessities;
  • Make clear that the applicant has read these instructions carefully.

All other things being equal, preference will be given to students closest to the end of their academic programs who have never received a DRA.

Applications for the present round of awards are due by midnight on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019. Please email a SINGLE PDF with your project description, the amount of funding requested with an itemized budget showing how the money would be or was spent, and 5 sample images of your work to Kenson Truong ( Award winners will be informed the WEEK OF DECEMBER 16.

Questions? Speak to or email Kenson Truong in the B203 office suite.

SMFA Senior Thesis Open Studio on Friday, Dec. 6

Please join the SMFA Senior Thesis Program students and faculty for an open studio event on Friday, December 6 from 12 - 4 pm, SMFA 3rd floor A-side. Come on by for a visit and the opportunity to engage the community of artists in the program with questions and conversation about their work and process.

Check your Rhino Bucks Balance

Do you have questions about your Rhino Bucks balance? Go to and login to check your current balance and view your transaction history, or register your card online, if you haven't done so yet. 

Call for Work: Site-Specific Installations for the Sculpture, Performance & Media Arts Area Show

Site-Specific proposals in sculpture, installation and moving image and/or sound will all be considered. This covers various permutations of installation art, including video, sound, performance, virtual reality and the digital realm, social exchange, collaboration, interactivity and the blurred boundaries between media. Works in these media that are not site specific but are installation based will also be considered. Please note that there will be a separate submission process for the Media Arts Annual held at the MFA, Boston in April.

Proposals are now being accepted, until December 10, 2019. The Sculpture, Performance & Media Arts Area Show will take place on April 1-24, 2019. 

Learn more and apply on Slideroom.

Reserve a Table for the SMFA InSidewalk Sale

The inSidewalk Sale will take place December 7th 10am-4pm in the Atrium. Sell your work, gently used art supplies, and get in the holiday spirit. Reserve your table for $5 at the Student Affairs window today! Students are permitted to share a table with up to one other student/alum/SMFA community member.

Deadline Extended: Open Call for Crafts Boston Holiday 2019

The Student Crafts Council is pleased to announce the open call for submissions to the SMFA's student booth at Crafts Boston Holiday 2019 has been extended.

Crafts Boston is one of the most prestigious craft exhibitions and sales in the northeast. All artists working in ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, wood, paper, or baskets are welcome to apply. SMFA students will receive 100% of the profit.

Applications are due Friday, November 22.

Learn more and apply.

Handshake Highlights

Job Postings

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

Hirsch Glass Curatorial Fellowship - Toledo Museum of Art

Studio Manager, Harold Feinstein Photography Trust - New Hampshire

Tiffany & Co. Foundation 12 month internship in American Decorative Art - The Met



Internship Postings

Take a look at some recent internship postings including:

Paid Gallery Learning Next Gen Internship, Museum of Fine Arts

Paid Summer Internships at The Met

Intern Artist Residency Program - Franconia Sculpture Park - Minnesota

Calls for Work

Weekly Wave Farm Radio Broadcast Schedule

This Week's Schedule on SMFA 1630 AM

MON 11/18

10 am – 1 pm
SpHears Ep.8 – Academy Records

1 pm – 2 pm
Amy Fusselman – Artist Talk

2 pm – 3 pm
Damon Locks – Artist Talk

3 pm – 4 pm
Grace Drugge’s Study Zone

4 pm -  5 pm
Darin & Nate Radio Hour

TUES 11/19

10 am – 11 am
Keren Cytter – Artist Talk

11 am -  1 pm
Museum of Capitalism Housing Panel

1 pm -  2 pm
New Moon Transmissions W/ Monica Manoski

2 pm -  3 pm
Mike & Doug Starn

3 pm – 5 pm
Charmaine Wheatley

5 pm – 6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 10 pm
SpHears Ep.8 – Academy Records

WED 11/20

10 am – 1 pm
SpHears Ep.8 – Academy Records

1 pm – 2 pm
Amy Fusselman – Artist Talk

2 pm – 3 pm
Damon Locks – Artist Talk

3 pm – 4 pm
Grace Drugge’s Study Zone

4 pm –  5 pm
Darin & Nate Radio Hour

5 pm –  6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 9 pm
Radio Opera – WaveFarm 

THURS 11/21

10 am – 12 pm
Museum of Capitalism Housing Panel

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

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

2 pm – 3 pm
Simon’s Radio Hour

3 pm – 5 pm
Charmaine Wheatley

5 pm – 6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm – 7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm – 10 pm
SpHears Ep.8 – Academy Records

FRI 11/22

10 am – 1 pm
SpHears Ep.8 – Academy Records

1 pm – 2 pm
Amy Fusselman – Artist Talk

2 pm – 3 pm
Damon Locks – Artist Talk

3 pm – 4 pm
Grace Drugge’s Study Zone

4 pm -  5 pm
Darin & Nate Radio Hour

5 pm –  6 pm
SMFA Update

6 pm -  7 pm
Meditative Moments

7 pm -  9 pm
Radio Opera – WaveFarm 

SAT 11/23

1 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