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2021 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA at Tufts
10—21 May 2021

Virtual Reception: 2021 Class
Wednesday, May 19, 6 PM
Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Avenue, Medford
May 10-14
Open Mon–Fri, 10 am–5 pm, Closed weekends
Access limited to Tufts students, faculty, and staff
May 17-21
By appointment only for Tufts faculty and staff
Email to make an appointment


Meghan Cleary, Camila Alexzandra Sánchez-Longo Dávila, Justin Anthony Guertin, Anne Birutė Harris, Emily McDonald, Jess Pouncy, Jana Purington, and Sko

Waiting Room features thesis work from members of the 2021 Master of Fine Arts program and will open May 11. The title, Waiting Room, refers to the virtual “waiting rooms” in online meeting platforms where students have completed their coursework remotely, as well as to the actual physical rooms where we all feel caught in a momentary suspension of life’s “normal” activities under COVID-19 precautions. 

Director of Graduate Studies and Professor the Practices Jeannie Simms characterizes the SMFA Class of 2021 as a “tenacious group of artists who weathered the interruption of the coronavirus pandemic plumb in the middle of their MFA program, prompting them to acutely focus on studio work while conducting research and field work with far fewer distractions.” Simms outlines the various themes in the work that will be on view as “site-specificity with an emphasis on close and contemplative studies of land and place, consumable objects reinvented for sensory and visual pleasure, the passing of time, and colonial histories interrupted by resolute bodies performing with agency.”

The exhibition at Tufts University Art Galleries will be open for in-person visits only to members of the Tufts community. For the general public, a 360 tours is available below and the exhibition catalogue is accessible online, here.