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23 April, 6 pm, Thursday
Anderson Auditorium / SMFA
Julie Mehretu
2020 SMFA Medal Artist

MacArthur award–winning painter Julie Mehretu will be the recipient of this year’s SMFA at Tufts Medal. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1970, Mehretu is a world-renowned painter who lives and works in New York and Berlin. She received an MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Mehretu’s many awards include the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2007), and the US Department of State Medal of Arts Award (2015). Her solo exhibition Julie Mehretu, a midcareer survey at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2019), will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2020); the High Museum, Atlanta (2020); and the Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis (2021).

Established in 1996 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the SMFA at Tufts Medal has been awarded to noteworthy and influential luminaries of the art world who demonstrate creative excellence and enduring commitment to the arts. Recent recipients include Lorna Simpson (2018), James Turrell (2017), Mona Hatoum (2015), John Baldessari (2014), and Sarah Sze (2013).