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Medal Award

James Turrell
James Turrell, 2017 Medal Award winner

The gala - which includes a seated dinner and silent auction - raises vital funds for financial aid and educational opportunities for SMFA at Tufts students. The Medal Award was first presented in 1996 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since then, the school has paid tribute to some of the most noteworthy artists and influential art patrons of our time.

During the Medal Award Gala, a juried collection of student works will be displayed in the MFA’s Sharf Visitor Center as part of a highly-anticipated silent auction. All selected works will be up for bid by hundreds of guests attending the Gala. Fifty percent of the proceeds of the winning bids will be paid directly to the artist and the remaining fifty percent benefits SMFA educational opportunities. Each student whose work is selected for the silent auction is invited to attend this very special celebration. 

Call for Student Work

During the Medal Award Gala, a juried collection of student works will be displayed in the MFA’s Sharf Visitor Center as part of a highly-anticipated silent auction. All selected works will be up for bid by hundreds of guests attending the Gala. Fifty percent of the proceeds of the winning bids will be paid directly to the artist and the remaining fi fty percent benefi ts SMFA educational opportunities. Each student whose work is selected for the silent auction is invited to attend this very special celebration.

Past Recipients of the SMFA Medal Award

James Turrell
Mona Hatoum
John Baldessari
Sarah Sze
John Wilson *
Glenn Ligon
Lalla Essaydi*
Susan Paine
Will Barnet*
Deborah H. Dluhy
Omer Fast*
Alex Katz
Julian Schnabel
Brice Marden
Kiki Smith
Jim Dine*
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Jeff Koons
Robert Rauschenberg
Ellen Gallagher*
Mike and Doug Starn*
Arnold and Milly Glimcher
Esther Anderson*
Nan Goldin*
Ellsworth Kelly*

The SMFA at Tufts Medal is endowed through the generosity of Carol and Arnold Haynes

*SMFA at Tufts Alumni

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