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OFF-GRID is a celebration of work created autonomously and without reliance on perceived systems of normality, creating new utilities and opportunities to make and participate in art as an ever-changing institution. This student-curated exhibition was organized by seven MFA students and Tufts University Art Galleries. Submissions were juried by the MFA curatorial committee including Pardis Alipour, Nick Batzell, Andrew Cain, Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez, Cecilia Karoly-Lister, Juyon Lee, Jana Purington and post-graduate curatorial fellow Cameron Barker. 

In addition to existing in a virtual format, OFF-GRID will be on view in-person February 8 - March 5 in the SMFA Atrium. Due to COVID restrictions, the SMFA campus is only open to regular users of the 230 Fenway building this semester.

Curatorial Committee Statement: This year’s Students Curate Students show, OFF-GRID, has shifted in previously unconsidered ways to adjust for a world in which in-person exhibitions are not possible for much of the SMFA community. We are so pleased to offer OFF-GRID as both a physical exhibition in the Weems Atrium and a virtual show on the SMFA website This new format has allowed for greater viewership accessibility and the potential to reach people outside the walls of our small institution. OFF-GRID is an exhibition that reflects the myriad experiences of gridded togetherness, loneliness, identity exploration, physical art-making, and virtual realities that have shaped the past year for all of us. We hope that OFF-GRID offers viewers a sense of fellowship and optimism, and that it provides an opportunity for us all to reconsider how our art can be made and shared.

Poster for "Off-Grid"


Pardis Alipour, MFA '22
Mack Baker, Post-Bacc '21
Julia Baroni, BFA + BA '22
Maxine Bell, BFA + BA '21
Kenton Bueche, Post-Bacc '21
Noor Chada, MFA '22
Rei Gencal, BFA '23
Laura Harvey, BFA + BA/BS '24
Cecilia Karoly-Lister, MFA '22
Juyon Lee, MFA '22
Indigo Naar, BFA + BA '21
Julia Napolitan, BFA '23
Casey Park, BFA '23
Catalina Pastrana, Post-Bacc '21
Xan Peters, MFA '22
Jana Purington, MFA '21
Kiara Reagan, BFA '22
Rebecca Wakim, MFA '22
Daniela Steinberg, BFA + BA '25
Yoon Sung, BFA + BS '23
Mrudhubhashini Vijayakumar, MFA '22

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