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Our SMFA community includes faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are accomplished working artists, scholars, researchers, and activists. Below is a running listing of some of their many recent exhibitions, awards, publications, and other notable accomplishments.

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.

Tanya Crane's work was on view as part of Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then + Now at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. The exhibition was on view November 8, 2018 through February 17, 2019 and featured more than 30 artists working across mediums.