Professor of the Practice
Born in 1955 in central Wisconsin, Michael did undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and went on to do graduate work at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, MN. After a year as studio manager in the ceramic department at the Art Institute of Chicago, Michael accepted a full-time faculty position at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 1981 where he continues to teach.
Susan Belton, who teaches painting and professional practices, is a painter of the American landscape and student of its culture. Currently Belton is working on images of logo-emblazoned, take-out coffee cups and their non-drip plastic lids. She investigates these collections of cups as icons of corporate culture and talismans of contemporary rituals. Belton is a graduate of Colby College and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Hilary Binda has a PhD in English and is a Senior Lecturer in the Visual and Critical Studies Department. She is also currently Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program as well as the SMFA Writing Program. Through the generosity of the Provost’s Office and the Tisch College of Civic Life, she is now the Founding Director of the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College, an initiative that includes the development of a Tufts college-in-prison program at the MCI in Shirley, MA.
Blacklow's work is based in photography but is altered through the application of pastels, text, and the creation of limited edition artist’s books and collages. She is the author of "New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step-by-Step Manual for Alternative Techniques”, Taylor & Francis/Focal Press, fifth revised and expanded edition, 2018, a book of illustrated instructions on historical sun-printing procedures and unusual contemporary methods.
Judy Blotnick lives in New York City where she has a studio in Soho. A graduate of Pratt Institute and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, she spent 20 years in the garment industry as a designer with her own label, Judith Luscher for Schrader Sport. Prior to that she was an assistant at Halston Enterprises. A recipient of the Traveling Scholars award in 2002, Blotnick was a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist in painting in 2004 and has been in several one-person and group shows around the country.
Silvia Bottinelli received her PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2008.
Her current research explores the following topics:
Art and Domesticity in Post-Fascist Italy. In post- WWII Italy, reconstruction of residential areas, governmental support to nuclear families and increasing targeting of women as consumers and home makers affected a deep transformation of the home. The study explores how artists, designers and photographers interpreted and documented these changes in domestic cultures, considering gender and class issues.
Ria Brodell is an artist based in Boston whose current body of work addresses issues of gender, sexuality and identity. Brodell attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle ('02) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University ('06). Brodell was recently awarded an Artadia Award ('14), an MCC Fellowship in Drawing ('14), an SMFA Traveling Fellowship ('13), and an Artist's Resource trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in support of their current series, Butch Heroes ('12).
Polly Broman-Wright (graphic design, Studio at Tufts) earned a Fifth-Year Certificate ('62) and Diploma ('61) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her recent work includes a book jacket and illustrations ('00), a hand-bound, hand-written collaborative book project ('00), the Invitational Calligraphy exhibit at Symphony Hall, Boston ('99), a group calligraphy exhibit with the Masscribes, Brookline, MA ('99), and community art exhibit at Morse Institute Library, Natick, MA ('99).
Lizi Brown teaches and paints in the Boston area. She studied at the SMFA, receiving a Diploma in Studio Art, a Fifth Year Certificate, and a Traveling Scholarship. Her classes support strong skill development and individual expression. "Immersion in water, air, life, paint got me back to people in water. I'm exploring breath and skin, visual reverberations of physical experience. Technically this is about physics, too. It's wet in wet with a palette knife. The qualities of a particular knife load keep me in the moment."