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Awards: Gordon Feng
Fulbright Fellowship

Gordon Feng (‘18 BFA) received a Fulbright Fellowship to Serbia to continue his photographic work on youth culture. To view this ongoing project, please visit Gordon’s website.


2019 Department Award Recipients Announced

MassArt’s Department of Photography held their annual award ceremony to recognize students receiving various honors and to inaugurate the new lighting studio. Departmental honors were given to three graduating seniors from the 2019 BFA class: Jessica Biancardi, Max Labelle and Evan Perkins. In addition, Meghan Braney, Joni McGinley and Emma Ryan, also from the 2019 BFA class, were recognized as Foundation Auction Award recipients. Ethan Hammerle (’19 BFA) was awarded the Hollingsworth Scholarship. The Abelardo Morell Thesis Prize was awarded to Corinne Planche (’19 MFA). Gertrude Kasebier Prizes were given to five exceptional students­–two sophomores, two juniors and one senior–all selected by this year’s juror, Makeda Best (Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums). Sophomores who received prizes were Vanessa Leroy (Monteith Prize) and Ana Torres (Connors Prize). The two juniors awarded Kasebier prizes were Courtney Meskell (Bosworth Prize) and Kevin Moore (McPhee Prize). Carolina Herrera (’19 BFA) was awarded the Palmer/Tourlentes Travel Prize. She will use the grant money to develop a photographic project in Puerto Rico. 

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exhibition: Decordova new england biennial 2019 | APr 5 - sep 15, 2019

Stephen Tourlentes, and Yoav Horesh (’03 BFA), have their work included in the DeCordova New England Biennial 2019The Biennial presents a survey of contemporary art of New England, showcasing compelling and ambitious art-making in the region. The twenty-three artists selected for the Biennial are from all six northeastern states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and features work across diverse mediums including painting, video, sculpture, photography, fiber art and ceramics. 


awards: Kathya landeros
Guggenheim fellowship

Congratulations to Kathya Landeros for being awarded 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts Photography category. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, Landeros’ research has been supported through a Fulbright Fellowship, an AIGA Worldstudio Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Rayko Photo Center and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where she created the self-published artist book titled Verdant Land. The book is included in the traveling group exhibition titled Race, Love, and Labor, curated by art historian Sarah Lewis, and is in the permanent collection at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally, most recently at Aperture Foundation in New York City and through the San Francisco Arts Commission in a group exhibition of women photographers working in the American West.


exhibition: Alexa cushing
Aviary Gallery | Opens April 11, 2019

Aviary Gallery is pleased to present Due West, a photographic exhibition by Alexa Cushing, one of our MassArt Photography department alumni.

This work was funded by the first annual Gertrude Kasebier Grant, the generous gift of an anonymous MassArt Photography program supporter. With the assistance of this award, Alexa Cushing was able to participate in the photographic tradition of heading west to California. Due West joins a conversation that has been ongoing between photographers throughout history, representing the bright and sprawling Los Angeles as a city existing as an unlikely combination of glamour and fracture.

Please join us for our opening reception on April 11th 2019, from 6pm - 9pm at 48 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA.


exhibition: pamela pecchio
lunder arts center | Mar 7 - 31, 2019

Lesley University Spotlight Gallery Lunder Arts Center presents a selection from MassArt Photography faculty Pamela Pecchio’s current project, Inheritance. The exhibition includes photographs of still-life constructions and collages that play with history and the legacy of The Founding Fathers. The gallery is located at 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, and it opens 12-5 Tuesday to Saturday.


Exhibition: Kathya Landeros
Aperture Foundation | Feb 14 - Apr 18, 2019

Work from West, a project by Visiting Assistant Professor Kathya Landeros ’12 MFA is included in the group exhibition, Aperture Photographs, at the Aperture Foundation in New York City. The exhibition follows the evolution of Aperture Foundation through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs, made over a period of fifty years, including prints made in conjunction with recent issues of Aperture magazine. Main Street Laundromat, image by Kathya Landeros featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Aperture magazine - American Destiny.


Awards: Jess T. Dugan
35th Infinity awards | Emerging photographer

Jess Dugan, one of our MassArt photography BFA graduates, is awarded as the emerging photographer of the 35th ICP Infinity Award, which honors outstanding achievements in photography and visual arts. Her work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community through photographic portraiture. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Transformer Station, Cleveland; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. The award ceremony will be held on April 2nd at Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York. Photo by Rafael Soldi.


Exhibition: Cold Season
Aviary Gallery | Feb 7 — Mar 1, 2019

Aviary Gallery is pleased to present Cold Season , a group photography exhibition curated by Joseph Ritchie at its location, 48 South St. Jamaica Plain, MA, featuring the work of many MassArt community members. The exhibition explores the themes and experiences of the winter months that visually transform the landscape, impact our daily routines, and brings halts to cities. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb 7th, 6-9 pm.

Exhibition: How we see reading room
DMC | March 19-21, 11am - 6pm


The Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Photography Department is pleased to host the How We See Reading Room, a public space to browse and view the 100 21st-century photobooks selected for the How We See: Photobooks by Women book and tour. The Reading Room will be open March 19-21, 2019, 11 AM—6 PM at The Design and Media Center at MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. As part of the program, please join us March 19 at 3:30 PM for a lecture by Oluremi Onabanjo, one of the ten experts who selected the photo books for the series, in her case books from Africa. Two of the editors from the 10X10 team will introduce the lecture and examine how important the photobook is as a medium for women today. MassArt community members will present selected books through the exhibition, click HERE for the full list of talks and keynote lectures.

How We See: Photobooks by Women, the latest project in the nonprofit 10x10 Photobooks’ ongoing series of reading rooms, presents a global range of 100 21st-century photobooks by female photographers. 10x10 Photobooks has organized How We See — a hands-on reading room, 'books on books' publication and series of public events—to explore the distinctive qualities of photobooks created by women photographers. Despite their significant presence within the photobook community, women have a relatively small place among top prizes, within prominent photobook publisher inventories, and among widely promoted books compared to their male peers. The goal is not to isolate these books, but rather to closely examine their content, design, and intellectual attributes as a means of understanding and re-establishing their place within the larger photobook practice.

Click here for more information about the project.



Awards: Matthew Connors
The macdowell Colony fellowship

Professor Matthew Connors has been named, among other 85 artists, by The MacDowell Colony for its late winter and spring residencies. Each fellowship has an average value of $10,000, and this season’s fellows were selected from a pool of 846 applicants. The MacDowell Colony is a leading contemporary arts organization, located in Peterborough, NH, that provides essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.

Exhibition: Ansel Adams in our time
Museum of Fine Art | Dec 13, 2018 - Feb 24, 2019

Professors Laura McPhee, Abelardo Morell, and Stephen Tourlentes are parts of the artists selected to be in the exhibition Ansel Adams in Our Time at Museum of Fine Art. Their work trace the iconic visual legacy of Ansel Adam (1902-1984) and center concerns on the environment, land rights, and use and misuse of natural resources point directly directly to Adam’s legacy. The show runs from Dec 13, 2018 to Feb 24, 2019 in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery. Photos by (from left to right): Laura McPhee, Midsummer (Lupine and Fireweed), 2008, Abelardo Morell, Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Mount Moran and the Snake River from Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2011, and Stephen Tourlentes, Florence CO Fed Super Max Prison.

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DMC ATRIUM | WED, DEC 12, 4:30PM - 6:00PM

The Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP), along with our partners, is proud to present this exhibition celebrating the collaborative work of MassArt Photography students and youth leaders from Sociedad Latina. Throughout the fall semester, CACP partnered with Sociedad Latina and MassArt Professor Kathya Landeros' Portraiture and Community Representation course. 

Through this course, students explored issues of agency, identity, and representation in the photographic portrait; in essence, the class explored the ways in which photographs can be made rather than taken. This exhibition includes portraits produced collaboratively by MassArt students and Sociedad Latina Youth Leaders, as well as text and images documenting this rich collaboration.



Each year, seniors in the photography department reach out to generous and talented photographers who donate signed copies of their artist's books. This celebration includes a night of silent auctions, socializing, food, and a chance to view beautiful, rare photobooks. Proceeds from the auction support the senior photography catalogue of student work, published every spring semester to signify and archive the work of our graduating class. 

Again this year, we have been extremely fortunate to have received generous donations from artists and publishers worldwide, and all will be available for purchase at this unique event. Please join us!

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artist talk: barbara bosworth & s. billie mandle
Addison Gallery | Oct 28, 2pm

Professor Barbara Bosworth and S. Billie Mandle ‘08 MFA will discuss their experiences exploring Starfield, Manship's former Gloucester estate. Their work is on view in the exhibition, From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy. Free and open to the public.

artist Talk: abelardo morell
Coolidge Corner | October 24, 6:00pm

Professor Emeritus and force of nature Abelardo Morell will be discussing his new book, 'Flowers for Lisa: A Delirium of Photographic Invention’ with his wife Lisa McElaney next week. The talk will be followed by a book signing across the street at Brookline Booksmith at 7pm. The signing is open to the public, but tickets for the talk must be purchased through Eventbrite. A link to purchase tickets can be found in the bio of the @abelardomorell account.

Exhibition: kathya landeros
San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries
May 11, 2018 - May 10, 2019

If you will be in the Bay Area before next May, head to SFAC Galleries in San Francisco to see the work of Visiting Assistant Professor Kathya Landeros ’12 MFA in the group exhibition Westward.

Exhibition: provenance
Aviary Gallery | October, 2018 - November, 2018

Provenance opens this Thursday at Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain. This group exhibition features the work of many MassArt Photography students and alumni including Meghan Braney '19 BFA, Rafael Concepcion '16 BFA, Alexa Cushing '18 BFA, Juliet Degree, Amy Fink '18 BFA, Ross Kiah '19 BFA, Julia Kokernak '18 BFA, Maxwell Labelle '19 BFA, Alyssa McDonald '16 BFA, Evan Perkins '19 BFA, Kiera Renz '18 BFA, Joseph Ritchie '17 BFA, and Bountheng Tanakhone '18 BFA. Don't miss it! Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, 6-9pm.

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Book Signing: Laura mcphee
Boston Art Book Fair | October 13 At 3pm

Book Signing Alert! Professor Laura McPhee will be signing copies of her book LOST Calcutta at the Boston Art Book Fair. Look for her at the Kris Graves Projects table at 3pm.