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Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries are a venue unlike any other, showcasing some of the most exciting and influential artists from the world of contemporary art through imaginatively curated exhibitions featuring both rising talents and well-known artists.

The Unbound campaign will fund a transformative revitalization of the galleries that will free the exhibition spaces from their current constraints—making them more inviting to the community; expanding the calendar and breadth of programming; improving public access; increasing student opportunities for inspiration, education, and career preparation; and ultimately raising the reputation of both the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and MassArt.

By enabling MassArt to unleash the power and energy of the galleries’ groundbreaking activities, the Unbound campaign supports the College’s commitment to provide our communities with challenging and thought-provoking contemporary art experiences of the highest quality.


Unleashing the Potential

MassArt deserves the best exhibition space to educate tomorrow's artists, designers, art educators, and museum professionals.

Enhancements to the galleries will raise MassArt's profie and entice world-class artists to exhibit on campus as an inspiration to the students.

Unexpected Discoveries

"The kids were shy at first but got really into the projects and didn't want to leave." - Boston parent

Located on Boston's heavily traveled Avenue of the Arts, the galleries should be a treasure for the city yet many who pass by are unaware of the free and dynamic programming inside. 

A new, welcoming entrance will reveal the galleries to the surrounding community and invite them in. 

The renovation will create a dramatic and attractive streetscape on Huntington Avenue.

Unparalleled Training Ground

"It makes me see how influential I can be as an educator in the gallery." - MassArt student

As the largest employer of students on campus, the galleries provide valuable, hands-on experiences for students positioning them for success after graduation. 

Creating a more museum-quality space, implementing a year-round exhibition schedule, and increasing the galleries' visibility and prestige will expand professional opportunities.

Unobstructed Access

"INCREDIBLE program...great way to make connections between the city and the classroom." - Boston Teacher

Engaging and educating the community is a key dimension of the College's and galleries' missions. 

The physical improvements will strengthen the galleries' relationship to the community by making the space more welcoming and accessible, and the guest experience more enjoyable.

Unlike Any Other in Boston

The galleries' emphasis on conemporary art engages students and the public through provocative works that are truly of the moment. 

The renovations will strengthen the galleries' position and affirm their unique contributions to the cultural landscape of Boston and beyond.

Unconventional Talent

Unencumbered by a permannent collection, our curator is free to program dynamic scholarly exhibitions by highly respected artists. 

Professionalizing the space will allow for more possibilities in innovative programming, as well as pave the way for American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accreditation.

Unique Donor Opportunity

The campaign is an opportunity for pioneering donors to establish an inspirational space that will unveil the newest artistic ideas. MassArt’s creative engine is being discovered by new and established art lovers and those who are eager to enrich the city’s Fenway Cultural District.

MassArt is on the move. Overall giving and the number of new donors have increased by 30% from two years ago; the sold out MassArt Auction raised over $1 million in 2016; fashion supporters funded new scholarship opportunities; and the new Design and Media Center is a manifesation of the cutting edge nature of a MassArt education. As its name suggests, UNBOUND will be transformative, providing the resources to showcase the talents of tomorrow here in Boston.


Marjorie O'Malley
Vice President of Advancement