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Alumni Award

Silvia Lopez Chavez and President Mary K. Grant stand in front of a dark green backdrop with a grid of logos indicating MassArt's 150th Anniversary

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually as part of the MassArt Common Good Awards ceremony.

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments, service, and impact our alumni have made in their professional practice and in their communities. The award is an honor of high distinction presented biannually to an individual who embodies MassArt’s most cherished values and meets certain criteria.

2023 Alumni Award Honoree: Silvia López Chavez

Dominican-American artist and alumna Silvia López Chavez ('00 BFA Graphic Design and Illustration) was honored with the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award for her community-centered murals that form connections across disciplines and cultural boundaries. She uses joy as an act of resistance and celebration through her vibrant murals. Her work, which can be seen all over the Commonwealth and beyond, transforms urban spaces by honoring the identity of a place and its people.

Mural video footage by Mario E. Ramirez / TostFilms and Zach Heyman
Video by The Media Men

Alumni award criteria

MassArt Distinguished Alumni will consistently demonstrate at least one of the criteria listed below:

  • Mastery - Nominee has developed a mature body of work, achieved an outstanding level of recognition during a significant career in the arts, or has significantly influenced contemporary practice through their creative accomplishments
  • MassArt Spirit - Embodies the character of MassArt
  • Mission and Values - Sustains advocacy for the mission and values of the college, either through actions or philanthropic support
  • Innovation - Advances the potential, pushes the boundaries of expectation, or creates new ways of thinking in their field of practice
  • Creative Economy - Nominee has made significant contributions to the creative economy either through their work or through professional-to-student involvement
  • Citizenship and Community - Engages in the well-being of society or has made a significant commitment to community service through the arts. Fosters community-building, diversity, good citizenship, inclusiveness, sustainability, or social justice
  • Young Alumni Achiever (Emerging Alumni Achiever) - Outstanding achievement by a MassArt alum in the first 10 years post-graduation


Who is eligible to nominate someone to be considered for a MassArt Distinguished Alumni award?
Nominations are welcomed from MassArt alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the college. You may nominate more than one person, but please submit a separate nomination form for each individual.

Who can be nominated for a MassArt Distinguished Alumni Award?
MassArt alumni can be nominated individually or as key members of a collective or organization.

How is the MassArt Distinguished Alumni Award honoree selected?
Honoree is selected by a committee of alumni, faculty, and staff, from nominations made by the MassArt community and friends of the college.