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Our SMFA community includes faculty and staff members who are accomplished working artists, scholars, researchers, and activists. Below is a listing of exhibitions, awards, publications, and other notable accomplishments.

Tanya Crane's solo show, Tributaries: Polarity, Exposing the Tensity, at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, was on view January 20 through April 7, 2019. The Metal Museum's Tributaries series features artists whose work is beginning to have a significant impact on the metal arts community. Tanya was also featured in Yankee magazine's January issue in an article entitled The New Makers.

An interview with Harry Dodge and Dina Deitsch was featured in the exhibition brochure for Works of Love (January 17-April 14, 2019), a glorious solo show curated by Dina featuring the work of Harry Dodge. The brochure also featured a new text by Fred Moten.

Congratulations to David Antonio Cruz and alum Evelyn Rydz, both of whom were among recipients of a Joan Mitchell Foundation 2018 Painters and Sculptors Grant. Individual awards of $25,000 support under-recognized artists whose works have significantly contributed to artistic discourse. Cruz's latest works include paintings inspired by poems by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and an operatic piece based on Irish revolutionary Roger Casement's Black Diaries. Rydz, a visual artist and associate professor at MassArt, recently created an interactive installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston where visitors could investigate, experiment, and reflect on the imperiled future of oceans and seas.

Ria Brodell, painting lecturer, is the author of the recently published book Butch Heroes (MIT Press, 2018), which was a Lambda Literary finalist for LGBTQ Nonfiction (winners announced June 3, 2019). The book includes historical accounts of 28 people from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries who didn't conform to gender norms accompanied by depictions of their lives in portraits by Brodell. Publisher's Weekly called the book "A serious—and seriously successful—queer history recovery project." You can read more about Ria and their book on Tufts Now.