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Alumni Biennial Exhibition

“Nourish” Opening Reception, Oct. 2019. Photo by alum Emma Odell ’21

Beginning in 2011, Massachusetts College of Art and Design has organized Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibitions to showcase the breadth of talent, creative excellence, and ingenuity embodied by MassArt’s alumni. Thematically broad in scope to include work across all disciplines, applications are juried by a panel of industry professionals. These exhibitions are an opportunity for our alumni to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting on the MassArt campus.

2022  //  (RE)CONNECT

Works that explore connections (either physical, social, or emotional) between people, places, time, and/or things - particularly given how the definition of “connection” has been reimagined during the last two years.

2019  //  Nourish

Works that find inspiration from the intersection of art and design with food as it relates to community, culture, and/or social practice. Works from a variety of creative disciplines and media were encouraged, including time-based media, performative events and functional works.

2017 // Habitation

Works that find their inspiration from the themes of habitat and/or habitation were considered from a variety of creative disciplines and media.

2015 // Above the Fold: Alumni Works in Design

Works were considered from the following design disciplines: advertising, animation, architecture, dynamic media, fashion design, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, and industrial design.

2013 // Ellipses: Alumni Works in 3D

Works in all media including sculptures in the round, wall pieces, and installations.

2011 // Flourish

Works on paper including drawings, prints, photography, sculptures, and installations.


MassArt alumni from all disciplines and programs are eligible to submit work for consideration in the Alumni Exhibition as long as the work submitted follows the criteria set forth in the Call for Art.

MassArt defines an alumnus/a as any person who graduated from MassArt’s undergraduate and graduate programs, but also those students who completed a minimum of two semesters or 18 credits and left the college in good standing. MassArt also recognizes those who earned a certificate from any of our certificate programs.

Due to size constraints in the Thompson Gallery, it will be difficult for us to accommodate large scale pieces that exceed 48” in width. We are able to accept 3-D works to mount on pedestals.

We are leaving the composition of the exhibition in the hands of the jury. They will determine which artists will participate and the number of works by each artist that will be included. The usable exhibition space of the Thompson Gallery will be taken into consideration when selecting works for exhibition.

You will be responsible for delivery of the piece(s) and shipping costs (delivery and return) and related insurance, which must be received between by the artwork drop-off deadline.

No, so that we may be as inclusive as possible in our submission process, there is no submission fee.

If your work is accepted, you will be required to complete the Loan Agreement form for the Thompson Gallery (a link will also be in the submission form) at artwork drop-off, which details information about artwork, insurance, and images. • 617.879.7020