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Gifts of Art Committee

The mission of the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection is to support the educational mission of the University by offering direct engagement with original works of art through temporary exhibitions, the Permanent Art Collection, and the Public Art Program. The Permanent Art Collection is both a teaching and historical collection, designed to support curricular and extra-curricular learning while articulating the history of the institution through the visual arts.

Current Members


Dina Deistch Director & Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries


Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Associate Professor, Classical Studies Silvia Bottinelli, Lecturer, SMFA at Tufts Chris Helmuth, Executive Administrative Dean, A&S Nancy Mahler, Senior Director of Development, A&S Christina Maranci, Professor, History of Art and Architecture Laura McDonald, Manager of Collections, University Art Galleries Marty Ray, Chief of Staff, President’s Office Eric Rosenberg, Associate Professor, History of Art & Architecture Samuel Cabot, Student Representative, TCU Senate Tanya Crane, Professor of the Practice in Metals, SMFA at Tufts Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Assistant Professor, Director of Grad Studies, Dept of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Sophie Feinstein, Undergraduate Student Nate Harrison, Dean of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts Christina Maranci, Professor Andrew Cain, Graduate Student Darin Murphy, Head of the W Van Alan Clark Library at SMFA at Tufts Ashley Gomez, Undergrad Student


Laura McDonald Manager of Collections, Tufts University Art Galleries

Collections Policy Manual

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The University Gifts of Art Committee is chaired by the Director of Galleries and Collections and is composed of appointed faculty, administrators, and students. The committee’s primary obligation is to review and vote on proposed accessions and de-accessions of artworks and artifacts in the Permanent Art Collection. In addition, the UGAC provides oversight and periodic review of the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection Policy and Public Art Program, develops criteria to guide University officials in addressing proposed unrestricted gifts of art to the University.
View the Collections Policy Manual