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Alumni Biennial Exhibition

Beginning in 2011, Massachusetts College of Art and Design has mounted 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.


Current EXHIBITION

MassArt’s 6th Biennial Juried Alumni Exhibition: (RE)CONNECT

Frances Euphemia Thompson Gallery
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Exhibition Dates: October 27 – November 22, 2022
Opening Reception: Thompson Gallery, Tower 11th Floor | October 27, 2022 | 6-8 PM

MassArt Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the 6th biennial juried alumni exhibition (RE)CONNECT. This year, we are seeking 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. Works from a variety of creative disciplines and media are encouraged.

All MassArt alumni are invited to submit up to three works for consideration. This exhibition will be held in the Frances Euphemia Thompson Gallery.  Please note that because it is a juried exhibition, submission does not guarantee participation in the exhibition. Please see our FAQs for more details.

In alignment with MassArt’s mission and values, and so that we may be as inclusive as possible in our submission process, there is no submission fee.

Entry Deadline: Monday, September 5 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)

Jurors

Shana Dumont Garr is a contemporary art curator, writer, and educator based in Greater Boston. She currently teaches in the Department of Visual & Media Arts at Emerson College and was the Curator of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard from 2016-2022, most recently co-curating the New England Triennial. Previously she served as the director of Kingston Gallery, the Director of exhibitions and programs at Artspace in Raleigh, NC, and held roles at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Montserrat College of Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Program in Beverly, MA. Garr is currently a pursuing a Ph.D. at the Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, earned her MA in Art History from Boston University, and her BA in Creative Writing and Art from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

Anabel Vázquez Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator based somewhere in-between Borikén and the traditional homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples. Their artistic production includes photography, painting, film/video, installation and performance art. They are interested in otherness, anarcha-feminism, galactical dimensions and obliterating colonial systems. As a curator and cultural manager, their approach is intersectional and collaborative. They have worked as a project manager, grant panelist, lecturer, and portfolio reviewer for institutions such as the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Bell Gallery at Brown University, Photographic Resource Center at Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Foundation, University of California Berkeley, and at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in San Juan. Vázquez Rodriguez is currently an adjunct professor of photography at the Roger Williams University RI, an arts consultant for AgitArte MA/PR, a MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists trainer and part of the board of directors of the Dirt Palace Public Projects RI.

Liz Woodward is the Vice President and Director of Operations at Isenberg Projects in Boston, MA. Isenberg Projects focuses their work in the creative field of enhancing spaces, building public engagement, and shifting perceptions. Liz leads their strategic practice and concept development that incorporate new models of collaboration, with the goal to guide future urban development. She is driven by her curiosity for how art and culture can support the liveability and economy of our cities. As a part of that curiosity, Liz aims to challenge the way people gather together, using data to expose hidden patterns and unlock opportunities to build more inclusive and engaging public places. She believes that every community is a unique ecosystem that benefits participation and creativity in order to make cities more open, inclusive and democratic. Liz holds a BS in Business from Endicott College and a degree from New England School of Photography.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS:
2011 // Flourish

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

2013 // Ellipses: Alumni Works in 3D

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

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.

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.

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.


FAQS

MassArt alumni from all disciplines and programs are eligible to submit work for consideration in the 2022 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 will be 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 October 21-22nd. Other dates to know:

  • Call for Art: July 18 - September 5
  • Entry Deadline: Monday, September 5 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
  • Notifications: September 23
  • Artwork Drop-off: Friday-Saturday, October 21-22
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27 | 6-8 PM
  • Last day of show: Tuesday, November 22 
  • Artwork Pick-up: Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3

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.


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