Suffolk University Art Gallery

Suffolk University Art Gallery is New England School of Art & Design’s main exhibition space. Located in the heart of the school, 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. Annual exhibits of current student work and biannual exhibits of faculty work provides an important pedagogical link between and for students, faculty, and visitors. 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 School of Art & Design and Suffolk University communities as well as adding to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena.

  • Current Exhibition

    Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present the Annual Student Exhibitions representing all programs at New England School of Art and Design. Our students’ work is ambitious and every year we look forward to showcasing and celebrating their achievements. We also acknowledge our talented and dedicated program directors, staff and faculty who work with the students as they develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for their careers in the arts.

    Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 'Value Finding'

    April 19 - 30
    Reception: April 25, 5 - 7 p.m. 


  • Upcoming Exhibits

    Annual Student Exhibitions 

    Interior Architecture & Design 
    May 2 - 30, 2014
    Reception: May 9, 5 - 7 p.m.

    Dreaming Gardens

    June 10 - August 22, 2014
    Opening Event: Thursday, June 12, 5 - 7 p.m.

  • Gallery Director Bio

    Deborah Davidson is an independent curator, educator and artist active in the Boston cultural scene. Deborah received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She is part of the core faculty in the MFA program in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University. She maintains her studio practice in tandem with her curatorial and educational roles. 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. Her most recent project Catalyst Conversations is an organization devoted to the idea of art and science in dialogue, launched in October 2012. Deborah’s other independent curatorial projects include Exploding/Exploiting The Book, AIB/Lesley University, What is Contained: The Book As Subject And Object, Northeastern University, and Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing Expanded, Concord Art Association. These all had rich programs supporting the exhibitions – ranging from films, to symposia, to special student events. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, and NKG Gallery. In 2011 she was an Artist in Residence at Northeastern University, as well as a recipient of a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.


  • Past Exhibits

    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

    Graduating Masters in Graphic Design thesis students do it again. From the daunting process of researching 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.

    February 22 - March 3, 2014
    Reception: February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    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 withInfrared5 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 IllustrationGraphic Design, Interior DesignInterior 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


    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