See below for important information and announcements for the week.
This information is also sent out in our SMFA Update newsletter, which is sent to undergraduate and graduate students weekly on Mondays during the school year.
What You Need to Know This Week
Opening of SMFA at Tufts: Archive and Autobiography
Please join us for an informal gathering for the Tufts community on Thursday, December 1 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Edward H. Linde Gallery (Gallery 168) at MFA Boston to celebrate the opening of SMFA at Tufts: Archive and Autobiography on view from November 19, 2022 – April 16, 2023. This exhibition features current and former BFA and MFA students Alonso Nichols, Zuofu Wang, Julie Francois, Rei Xiao, and Andrew Cain and is curated by Tufts graduate students in Art History & Museum Studies, Michaela Antunes Blanc and Jennifer Gee. Part of an ongoing collaboration between the MFA and SMFA at Tufts, this exhibition brings together work that explores the concept of archives, which shape our relationships to memory, history, geography, storytelling, feeling, and ourselves. Tufts students, faculty, and staff have free admission at MFA, Boston with a Tufts ID.
Visiting Artist: Jamal Thorne
Jamal Thorne will be speaking at the Mission Hill Building in room C208 on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm as part of the SMFA Graduate Program’s Visiting Artist Series, made possible with generous support from Robert Nagle and TUAG. All are welcome to attend. Learn more about Jamal Thorne.
Metals Area Exhibition Closing Reception
The Metals Area will host a reception in the Well Gallery on Wednesday, November 30 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm to celebrate the closing of this year's Metals Area Exhibition. Please join Metals Area students, faculty, and staff for refreshments and conversation. Professors Tanya Crane and Kendall Reiss will be available to answer any questions you might have about Metals Area spring classes.
We Eat'n Wednesday
SMFA's Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting its FREE food for the student body with We Eat'n Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm! This We Eat'n Wednesday on November 30 will be donuts and coffee in room B201 by the Dean's suite.
Submit Artwork to the Latinx Center
Submit now to the Latinx Center’s Student Gallery! We want to support our community and display your beautiful work in our community center. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Free Interview Training System from the Career Center
Prepare more effectively for job, internship, and graduate/professional school interviews! The Tufts Career Center offers a free training system, Big Interview, to help you prepare for interviews AND practice your skills.
Lecture: Becoming Ecological Archaeologists
Join Dr. Craig Cipolla this Thursday, December 1, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Curtis Hall Multipurpose Room for a discussion on the status of environments in North American historical archaeology - which he argues is becoming less anthropocentric and more attuned to the environmental impacts of processes like capitalism. He will also discuss his work on Indigenous reservations in New England and on the fur trade in the Great Lakes. Free pizza will be served! Co-sponsored by Tufts Environmental Studies and Anthropology.
Upload Your Booster Documentation
Students are required to have their COVID-19 updated (bivalent) booster shot and upload their booster documentation by December 2. To upload documentation of COVID-19 vaccination, individuals should use Tufts’ HIPAA-compliant Qualtrics application. If you have received your booster at an on-campus clinic, you still need to upload your documentation. If individuals wish to seek a religious accommodation, they can email the Office of Equal Opportunity with the religious accommodation form, or to request a medical accommodation, please email the Occupational Health Office.
Guest Speaker: Tamar Avishai
On December 2 at 4:30 pm, Professor of the Practice Riccardo Giacconi will host a conversation with Tamar Avishai, host of The Lonely Palette podcast. All are welcome to attend in B015 or on Zoom. Tamar Avishai is an art historian turned finance administrator turned independent radio producer. She worked for years as an art history instructor and an adjunct lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In each episode of her podcast The Lonely Palette, she focuses on one object – a painting, a sculpture, an installation, a very special urinal – and tells its story, exploring the artwork, the movement, the social context, and more importantly, why art matters, not just to its own time, but to ours.
Women's Center Evil Eye Jewelry Event
Join us at the Women's Center on November 30 from 2 - 4 pm to learn about the evil eye across cultures and make evil eye jewelry or embroider it! This will be our first "culture through crafts" event of the year. View the flyer here. Please RSVP here.
DEIJ Student-Run Magazine Seeking Submissions
Liberty & Justice For All is a new student-run magazine focused on diversity, representation, equity, justice, anti-racism and liberation. The first edition's theme is diversity and exclusion. It is meant to represent marginalization, oppression, and why we need DEIJ work in the first place. Creative expression can be both healing and educational at the same time. All students are welcome to submit art, poetry, collages, stories, and anything that can be printed to the new DEIJ-focused magazine that goes along with the theme. If you are unsure of what to create, think about what terms diversity, justice, inclusion, and exclusion mean to you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to submit!
Apply to the Tufts Pollinator Initiative Pollinator Ambassador Program
Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) promotes pollinator conservation in the greater Boston area. We are looking to expand our outreach capacity by training Tufts students on how to raise awareness for pollinators through community engagement. The 8-week Pollinator Ambassadors program will help build your skills in urban conservation, community engagement, public speaking, land stewardship, and peer leadership. In turn, you will help us build our capacity for engaging diverse community members as participants in biodiversity conservation. Pollinator Ambassadors is open to any current Tufts student, including graduate students. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting December 2 with a hard deadline of December 10. Applicants will be notified of their status in the program by early January. This is a professional development opportunity. There is no stipend for participation in the program. Learn more about the ambassador program here.
Toys for Tots Accepting Donations
Tufts Public Safety is pleased to announce the donation box locations for Toys for Tots this holiday season. We have created an Amazon wish list to help with toy ideas. The donations period will run from November 18 through December 7 followed by the annual cruiser convoy to bring all toys to the Marines in Boston. Visit the Toys for Tots website for more information about the program. The drop-off locations are:
Medford Campus - Dowling Hall: 1st Floor Lobby (419 Boston Ave)
Boston Campus SMFA - Main Entrance Lobby (230 Fenway Boston)
Seeking Judges for the Annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
SMFA is looking for volunteer judges for the Annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The Scholastic Competition is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Contact Maureen Meyer for an application. Learn more here.
New Resources from the Tufts Career Center
Check out the career center's blog post, Real, Practical Work Advice from Working Artists, featuring quick tips from artists on making their careers work. Additionally, Assets for Artists offers an ever-evolving selection of free workshops to address the most urgent needs, challenges, and opportunities facing artists in our region.
SMFA Alumni, Helina Metaferia, MFA ’15, Featured in Tufts Career Center Podcast
Metaferia is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Brown University and a multidisciplinary artist who uses collage, video, and other media to integrate Black bodies in positions of power and vulnerability. Listen to the episode to hear more about networking, finding residencies, and building a career in the arts.