Tufts University Art Galleries
The Tufts University Art Galleries are where exhibitions, lectures, performances, and artist residencies converge to animate the intellectual life of the greater Tufts community and beyond.
Tufts University Art Galleries oversee the exhibition spaces in the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center in Medford, the galleries and public programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts in Boston, and Tufts University’s Permanent and Public Art Collection. They present up to four major exhibitions per semester, including one-person and group exhibitions, centered on contemporary topics. The Art Galleries install and maintain the Permanent and Public Art Collection throughout Tufts’ four campuses and work closely with faculty and students to develop curricular exhibitions for public spaces throughout the Medford and SMFA at Tufts campuses. Each spring in conjunction with commencement, these galleries in Medford and Boston showcase the thesis work of graduate and undergraduate SMFA at Tufts students.
In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Art Galleries produce public programs with leading contemporary artists and scholars. Guests present public artist talks, as well as give performances and workshops and participate in symposia in dialogue with the SMFA at Tufts and Tufts community. Recent visitors have included Sanford Biggers, Carolina Caycedo, Harry Dodge, Sky Hopinka, Arthur Jafa, Fred Moten, Sondra Perry, Claudia Rankine, Aki Sasamoto, Amy Sillman, Cecilia Vicuña, Faith Wilding, Carmen Winant, and many others.
Exhibitions Across our Campuses
In-person visits to our SMFA at Tufts and Medford/Somerville galleries are free and open to Tufts community and general public. Masks are recommended during your visit.