In Medford, the galleries grew out of Gallery Eleven, launched in 1952 in the basement of the Cohen Arts Center on the university’s main Medford/Somerville campus. Under the directorship of curators Nancy Doll and then Erika Ketelhohn, the gallery was dedicated to exhibiting the work of Boston-area artists and/or artists affiliated with the schools of the SMFA and Tufts. Gallery Eleven also hosted a portion of the SMFA graduate thesis exhibitions from the 1970s, when the MFA degree was first offered, through the 1990s. With a growing program, Gallery Eleven expanded into a new visual and performing arts space, the Aidekman Arts Center, funded by the Tufts alumni families of Barbara and David Slater, the Tisch family, and Shirley and Alex Aidekman. Completed in 1991 and designed by CBT Architects (Boston, MA), the center houses four main exhibition areas we continue to use today—the Slater Concourse, Tisch Family Gallery, Koppelman Gallery, and Remis Sculpture Court. The new center opened with Modernism: American Prints of the 1930s and 1940s and a new director Elizabeth Wylie, followed by Joanna Soltan (1995), Susan Masouka (1996-2002), and then Amy Ingrid Schlegel (2004-2016).