Suffolk University Gallery

Suffolk University Art Gallery is New England School of Art & Design’s main exhibition space. In its new location on the sixth floor of the Sawyer Building, the gallery’s exhibition program reflects a wide range of art and design representing all fields of study offered by the art school and in so doing, presents a multiplicity of ideas and issues. The goal of the gallery is to create exciting exhibits and related programs, reflecting our ever increasing visual and image - driven world, and to engage the NESAD and Suffolk University communities as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena. Exhibits of current student work as well as themed curated exhibitions provides an important pedagogical link between and for students, faculty, and visitors. 

  • Current Exhibition

    We Dream | Beauty Beyond and Beneath

    Sept. 7 - Oct. 27, 2017

    Opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Gallery talk with artists and curator Deborah Davidson 4:30 p.m.

    Across the centuries, philosophers, poets, scientists, and mathematicians have meditated on the nature and power of beauty. Some have said beauty calls on us to educate ourselves; others have said it is a call to repair the injuries of the world. Elaine Scarry

    This exhibit brings together artists from many disciplines who all share an interest in the notion of beauty, sometimes terrifying, sometimes in the face of the grotesque, often dreamlike; tapping into what lies beyond or beneath what is visible. Artists are conjurers, making evident and manifest what they see. The works range from paintings of surprising objects, to photographs which channel seventeenth century still lifes, to overwrought sculptural objects that are infused with baroque longing. Part of the exhibition also includes an interactive Camera Obscura space.


    Emily Eveleth
    Jesseca Ferguson
    Sean Foley
    Masako Kamiya
    Robert Lewis
    Shelley Reed
    Tara Sellios
    Matt Saunders
    Jane Smaldone
    Bill Thompson
    Tabitha Vevers

    We Dream | Beauty Beyond and Beneath

    Opening event:
    Thursday, September 14, 4:30 p.m.
    Celebrating our new gallery and home
    Gallery talk with artists and curator Deborah Davidson

    Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game 
    Activities period program with pizza
    Organized by Gallery Ambassador Shelby Feltoon

    Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a group of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the very end from the previous contributor. Join in for a fun way to create a drawing. No experience necessary!

    Tuesday, October 10, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Professor Gary Fireman in conversation with artist Robert Lewis
    Pizza and refreshments

    Psychologist and researcher Gary Fireman will discuss a range of topics: why dreaming is important to creativity, how dreams serve the purpose of consolidating memories and processing emotion, how narratives embedded in memory get disrupted. His conversation with participating artist, Robert Lewis will be in response to some of these ideas by way of looking at the work, and seeing the connection between the sculptures and the ideas they embody and embrace.

    Tuesday, October 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    William Blake: At the Nexus of Beauty and Dreaming
    Professor Charles Cramer
    Activities period program with pizza

    Art historian Charles Cramer will examine English poet and painter, William Blake’s non-perceptual approach to achieving ideal beauty through dreams and other inward forms of vision.  

    Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
    Movie Night in the Gallery!
    Screening and Popcorn: Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The story takes place in Spain in May-June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. The narrative of the film intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown, abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious faun creature, with whom the main character, Ofelia, interacts. Ofelia's stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis who fight against the Francoist regime in the region, while Ofelia's pregnant mother Carmen grows increasingly ill. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden. The film employes make-up, animatronics and CGI effects to bring life to its creatures. Del Toro stated that he considers the story to be a parable, influenced by fairy tales.

    Ongoing in the Gallery:

    Slow Looking
    Observe one work in the exhibit, respond and write about it.
    What's going on in this picture?" "What do you see that makes you say that?" "What more can we find?"

    Camera Obscura Experience
    Part of the gallery is transformed into a "camera". Viewers are encouraged to take photographs, make drawings and post on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Upcoming Exhibits

    Speak, Object

    November 16, 2017 - January 16, 2018

    Opening reception: Thursday, November 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Gallery Talk: Artists as Collectors 5:30 p.m.

    How do objects tell stories? What do they hold?

    A narrative is embraced by an object, silently. Objects reflect who we are as a culture, they speak of and to the world that came before us, and for their makers. Ultimately, a work of art finds its voice through the viewer’s projection, contemplation, and connection. Often the best narratives about objects are the ones we cannot understand, leaving them up to our imagination. The works in the exhibition Speak, Object imply and also create their own narrative. Embracing a range of materials, they are all very personal and look both inward and out. As reflections of their respective artist-makers, they act as voice and vocabulary for ideas. In this way, they invite us to unpack what is otherwise inaccessible. They are gifts from the present to be valued in the future, mute objects that speak.

    Participating artists:
    Caleb Cole * Judy Haberl * Steve Locke * Greg Mencoff * Janice Redman

    The work in the exhibit ranges from repeated forms to found items tenderly wrapped to rubber molds of transformed objects. In addition to the work curated for the exhibition, each artist has been asked to choose an object from their private collection to be part of their display, adding another layer of narrative and a way of thinking about what an artist is compelled to make. 

    Related programming:

    Thursday, November 30, 5:30 p.m.
    Gallery talk with artists: Artists as Collectors

    Tuesday, December 5, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
    Activities program with pizza and refreshments
    Talking Things

    Join us in the gallery and bring a treasured object and its story to share. This is a great way to reveal something about yourself and your history. Continue sharing photos of your favorite things throughout the exhibit on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag: #objectsthatspeak

  • Gallery Director Bio

    Deborah Davidson is a curator, artist and educator. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She has been the director of the Suffolk University Gallery since 2013 where she continues to curate exciting exhibitions and programs, which engage the University community as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena.

    She is also part of the core faculty in the MFA program in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Deborah was the featured artist in the 2005 issue of Agni, the BU literary magazine, her first published writing appeared there. Her work is in many private and public collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houghton Library, Harvard University.  

    Deborah is founder and director of Catalyst Conversations, devoted to the dialogue between art and science. Her previous curatorial projects include The Book As Subject And Object, Northeastern University and Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing/Daring, The Art Complex Museum.  She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, Oresman Gallery, Smith College and Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy. Awards include Finalist, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Northeastern University, and a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.

  • Past Exhibits

    • MAGD Thesis Exhibit
      August 16-25, 2017
    • MAIA Thesis Exhibition 2017
      July 13-25, 2017
    • Mo: MAGD Thesis Exhibition 2017
      June 19 - 30, 2017
      April 27 -  May 10, 2017
    • 2017 Interior Design BFA Graduate Exhibit
      May 5 - 11, 2017
    • Illustration Exhibition: Presenting Anh My Ngo
      April 10 – May 5, 2017
    • Show Hidden Characters: Graphic Design Senior Show
      April 9 - 23, 2017
    • The Foundation Show
      March 21 – 31, 2017
    • Master of Arts in Interior Architecture Thesis Show
      February 28 - March 17, 2017
    • Master of Arts in Graphic Design Thesis Show: Empart
      February 13 - 24, 2017
    • The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients, 2016
      January 26 - February 7, 2017
    • Mathematics and Art: Searching for Pattern
      December 1, 2016 - January 22, 2017
    • Situating Movement: Anne Lilly / New Work
      October 14 - November 27, 2016
    • Passion Engine
      September 8 - October 9, 2016
    • Master of Arts in Graphic Design Summer Thesis Show
      August 15-27, 2016
    • NESAD-Wide Summer Pop Up
      August 3 - 11, 2016
    • Master of Arts in Interior Architecture Summer Thesis Show
      July 12 - 30, 2016
    • TreeMuse
      June 9 - July 7, 2016
    • Interior Design & Interior Architecture Graduate Exhibit
      May 15 - June 5, 2016
    • Fine Arts Program Student Exhibit
      April 25 - May 10, 2016
    • Graphic Design Student Exhibit
      April 11 - 21, 2016
    • Illustration Program Student Exhibit
      March 22 - April 5, 2016
    • Foundation Program Student Exhibit
      March 1 - 20, 2016
    • The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients 2015 exhibit
      February 5 - 26, 2016
    • Drawing = Thinking
      November 5, 2015 – January 22, 2016
    • It's Biological: Michelle Samour
      October 8 – 31, 2015
    • It's Physical: Kim Bernard
      September 8 - October 3, 2015
    • Current Students & Alumni Summer Pop-Up
      August 6 – 24, 2015
    • Master of Arts in Interior Architecture Summer Thesis Show
      July 9 - 30, 2015
    • Nature, Askew
      June 11 - July 5, 2015
    • Interior Design Student Exhibit: BFA and MAIA Students
      May 8 - June 5, 2015
    • Counterbalance: Fine Arts Senior Exhibit
      April 26 - May 6, 2015
    • Just My Type: Graphic Design Senior Exhibit
      April 12 - 23, 2015
    • Illustration Student Exhibit
      March 29 - April 9, 2015
    • Foundation Student Exhibit
      March 17 - 26, 2015
    • Master's in Graphic Design Student Exhibit
      March 2 - 15, 2015
    • The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients 2014
      January 29 – February 19, 2015
    • Karl Stevens + Raul Gonzalez, Two Artists and Their Books: The Lodger and Lowriders in Space
      December 4, 2014 - January 25, 2015
    • Cryptogam: New Works by Brian Knep and Natalie Andrew
      October 19 - November 25, 2014
    • Artists & Their Sketchbooks: Process Visible
      September 4 – October 10, 2014
    • Dreaming Gardens
      June 10 - August 22, 2014
      Reception: June 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • BFA in Interior Design & MA in Interior Architecture Graduate Show
      May 2 - June 2, 2014
      Reception: May 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 'Value Finding'
      April 19 - 30
      Reception: April 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • Graphic Design Senior Show
      April 6 - 17, 2014
      Reception: April 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Illustration Student Exhibition
      March 24 - April 4, 2014
      Reception: April 2, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • First-Year Foundation Studies
      March 5 - 24, 2014
      Reception: March 20, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • Masters in Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition
      February 22 - March 3, 2014
      Reception: February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Graduating Masters in Graphic Design thesis students do it again. From the daunting process ofresearching the whisper of an idea that intrigues them; they have created thesis studio projects that will intrigue you. This group’s show covers the themes of “Yip” and “Roam”.  Join us for the opening to see how these ideas have been interpreted.
      • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition
        January 29 - February 20, 2014
        Reception: January 30, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
      Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients 2013 exhibit. The recipients work in a range of mediums and it is exciting to recognize this group of young artists as they continue with their education. The juror this year is Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition, organized by Suffolk University director Deborah Davidson and Suffolk University professor Ilona Anderson, features the work of six student artists.

      Established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association, The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship is designed to support students who are entering their final year in studio art programs at colleges in the city of Boston. As young artists conclude their undergraduate studies, the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) extends financial assistance in order to support their commitment to the making of art. The scholarship is established in memory of Stephen D. Paine. Stephen was passionate about the visual arts and dedicated to supporting arts education through his involvement with numerous Boston-area institutions.
      • From Paper to Pixels
        Collaboration + Art + Interactivity
        An exhibition presented in collaboration with Infrared5
        November 18, 2013 – January 17, 2014
        Opening Event: Thursday, November 21 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      Gallery talk with curator and Infrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen
      Reception to follow
      Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit From Paper to Pixels, and to be collaborating with Infrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen, who first organized the exhibit. This exhibition creates the opportunity for collaboration between traditional and new media artists.
      From Paper to Pixels pairs creative people together, to be inspired and invent new masterpieces. The results of these pairings are smart, funny, delightful. The exhibit invites the viewer to participate – to play with art, dance with characters, touch paintings to make music, interact with sculptures and make the art come alive.


      Aaron North + Infradred5
      Ace Norton + Andy Shaules
      Anna Kristina Goransson + Rob Gonsalves
      Bradley Munkowitz + Steff Kelsey
      Elodie Sabardell + Kawandeep Virdee
      Gretjen Helene + Jamie Kosoy
      Eric Rosenbaum + Sophia Breuckner
      Rosie Ranauro + Aaron Artessa
      Sally B Moore + Keith Peters
      Sage Schmett + Joe Farbrook

      Media Mentions
      Boston Globe, "Critic's Pick," December 5, 2013
      Suzi Looks at Lots of Art, December 11, 2013

      • NESAD Grads: Out in the World
      October 14 - November 10
      Opening Event: Thursday, October 17
      5:00 p.m. Panel discussion and open Q & A
      Reception to follow

      An exhibition of alumni works organized in conjunction with Suffolk University Homecoming Weekend, October 17-20

      At New England School of Art & Design, faculty are deeply engaged with their students. The connection between students and their teachers works in both directions, and often remains long after the academic experience ends – as a professional relationship, or as a philosophical or creative influence. What a professor shares with a student, perhaps even casually, may have a lasting imprint on the life and career of that person.

      Nurtured here, this group of alumni carries with them a passion for their chosen field, the skills to express themselves and their ideas, and the discipline to realize them. They have the all-important ability to communicate and connect with the larger world through relevant art and design. The exhibition represents all areas of study at New England School of Art & Design, including Illustration, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Fine Art.

      Participating Artists:

      John Park - Advertising Design, DIP 1957
      Daniel McCarron - Graphic Design, DIP 1962
      Joseph Norris - Advertising Design, DIP 1966
      Ruth Daniels - Advertising Design, DIP 1970
      Rick Keene - attended 1971-73
      Joe Greco - Fine Arts, DIP 1973
      John Roman - Graphic Design, DIP 1974
      Rich Buswell - Graphic Design, DIP 1977
      Prescott Hill - General Art, DIP 1979
      Eli Cedrone - General Art, DIP 1981
      Judy Pearson-Wright - Graphic Design, DIP 1981
      Velicia Waymer - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1982
      Paula Whalen - Fine Arts, DIP 1982
      Yvonne Belcher - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1983
      Deb Bretton Robinson – attended 1985 - 1987
      Jama Samek - attended 1992-94
      Diane Grieco - Fine Arts, DIP 1993
      Eric Leppanen - School of Management, BSBA 1993
      Jeanne Finnerty - Interior Design, DIP 1993, BFA 1995
      Darren Bult - Graphic Design, DIP 1997
      Erik Bunker - Graphic Design, BFA 1997
      AnneMary Wood-Mann - Graphic Design, BFA 1999
      Nicole Wang - Graphic Design, BFA 2002
      Kseniya Galper - Graphic Design, BFA 2003
      Christopher Michon - Graphic Design, BFA 2003
      James Manning - Fine Arts, DIP 1995, BFA 2005
      Eileen Riestra - Graphic Design, BFA 2005
      Joanna Nandi - Fine Arts, BFA 2006
      Michelle McIntyre - Fine Arts, BFA 2006
      Robert Finneran - Graphic Design, BFA 2007
      Daniela Wong-Chiulli - Graphic Design, BFA 2007
      Yvette Perullo - Graphic Design, MA 2008
      Maria Galante - Graphic Design, BFA 2009
      Christopher Cavallero - Fine Arts BFA, 2009
      Tica de Moor - Interior Design MA, 2011
      Kristen Freitas - Fine Arts BFA, 2011
      Max Martelli - Fine Arts BFA, 2011
      Silvi Naci - Fine Arts / Graphic Design BFA, 2011
      Nick Di Stefano - Graphic Design MA, 2012
      John Connolly - Graphic Design MA, 2012
      Keri Lemoine - Fine Arts BFA, 2012
      John Roy - Fine Arts BFA, 2012
      Deanna Susser - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
      Taylor Andrea Crouch - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
      Allison Skula - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
      Brayden Varr - Graphic Design BFA, 2013
      • Away For The Summer: Work From the Study Abroad Programs
      September 9 - October 7, 2013
      Reception: Thursday, September 12, 5:00 pm

      Suffolk University Art Gallery is pleased to present Away For The Summer: Work From The Study Abroad Programs. This exhibit reflects student work from three distinct Suffolk University Study Abroad Programs –The Italian Journal Program led by Wallace Marosek, Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid with Kenneth Martin and Painting in Prague directed by Susan Nichter. The students experience the art, architecture, culture and the landscape both intellectually and through the experience of making art in a particular medium. This is a marvelous first-hand way to study and understand a culture outside one’s own; all three European locales are rich in history and are vibrant contemporary cultures as well.

      The Italian Journal Program features the work of nine New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University and three Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University students; giving them credit for Illustration for Graphic Designers. As they explored the Tuscan countryside and the cities of Florence and Venice, they studied the history and culture of these regions. The exhibition includes observational ink drawings and watercolor paintings, produced en plein air – a visual journal documenting their summer in Italy.

      Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid, includes the work of six students, as part of the Communication and Journalism Department at Suffolk University, and followed the pattern of this international class’s explorations held in Dakar, Senegal and Tuscania, Italy. Participants learn basic analog and digital photography, fine art, and photojournalism as a means of expression, documentation and communication. Relevant museum visits and excursions to important cultural locations including Barcelona, Cordoba, and Granada are part of the students’ focus in Spain. These photographs represent a small selection, from perhaps thousands of images captured during their visit to the heart of the Spanish experience.

      Painting in Prague represents student work from the summers of 2010 and 2012. Steeped in a rich experience in Prague, a city recognized as a center for innovation in the visual, architectural and performing arts, students learned painting techniques, as well as the vibrant history and culture of the Czech Republic. The curriculum included all aspects of Foundation Painting as developed in Western Art, using Czech and Central European topography, culture and architecture as visual context. Painting sessions were complimented with city tours, visits to museums, galleries and UNESCO sites throughout the Czech Republic, as well as an extended visit to Vienna.
      • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition
      curated by Al Miner, MFA organized by James Hull
      January 31 - March 16, 2013

      2013 Undergraduate Student Exhibitions

      • First-Year Foundation Studies
        March 25 - April 4, 2013
      • Graphic Design
        April 8 - 18, 2013
      • Fine Arts
        April 22 - May 1, 2013
      • Interior Design
        May 6 - 19, 2013


      • System Presence: New Sculpture by Jonathan Hils
        September 15 - November 5, 2012
      • Master of Arts in Graphic Design Student Exhibition: Spot Process
        August 10 - 30, 2012
      • Biennial Faculty Exhibition: 2012 - Fine Arts & Foundation Studies
        May 25 - July 29, 2012
      • Interior Design Student Exhibition
        May 10 - May 20, 2012
      • Fine Arts Student Exhibition
        April 28 - May 9, 2012
      • Illustrious Alumni Exhibition
        April 16 - April 26, 2012
      • Graphic Design Student Exhibition
        April 2 - April 13, 2012
      • First Year Foundation Studies
        March 19 - March 30, 2012
      • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition 2012
        February 23 - March 17, 2012
      • Arthur Henderson: Wordly
        January 14 - February 17, 2012
      • Tara Sellios: Lessons of Impermanence
        November 10, 2011 - January 11, 2012


      • BLUE DESERT ~ Towards Antartica
        November 4 - December 4, 2011
      • Line Bruntse: Organs, Orphaned
        September 16 - November 5, 2011
      • Paris Visone: A Culture of Looking
        July 15 - September 12, 2011
      • Graphic Design Graduate Student Exhibition
        June 16 - July 5, 2011
      • Interior Design Student Exhibition
        May 8 - May 23, 2011
      • Fine Arts Student Exhibition
        April 24 - May 6, 2011
      • Graphic Design Student Exhibition
        April 9 - April 22, 2011
      • Foundation Student Exhibition
        March 27 - April 7, 2011
      • Stephen Paine Scholarship Exhibition
        February 18 - March 19, 2011
      • Graphic Design Graduate Student Exhibition
        January 21 - February 2, 2011
      • Chido Johnson
        Domestified Angst: Third Recording
        November 12, 2010 - January 15, 2011


      • Danielle Krcmar: Forbidden Understanding
        September 8 - October 31, 2010
      • On The Road
        June 24 - August 27, 2010
      • Master of Arts in Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition
        January 20 - February 7, 2010
      • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition
        February 13 – March 7, 2010
      • Foundation Student Exhibition
        March 10 - April 2, 2010
      • Graphic Design Undergraduate Student Exhibition
        April 3 - April 16, 2010
      • Fine Arts Undergraduate Student Exhibition
        April 17 - May 5th, 2010
      • Interior Design Undergraduate & Graduate Exhibition
        May 7th - May 23, 2010
      • Resa Blatman
        Curated by James Hull
        December 4 - January 17, 2010


      • Construction
        a group exhibition of new sculpture made in Boston
        October 15 - November 21, 2009
      • Cara Phillips: Singular Beauty
        August 17 - October 10, 2009
      • Faculty Drawing Exhibition
        a group exhibition featuring outstanding faculty work in a wide range of media
        June 15 - August 1, 2009
      • Graphic Design Undergraduate Exhibition
        April 6 - 17, 2009
      • Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition
        April 20 - May 1, 2009
      • Interior Design Undergraduate & Master's Exhibition
        May 7 - 22, 2009
      • Stephen Paine Scholarship Exhibition
        Feb. 12 - March 14, 2009