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

    Speak, Object

    November 16, 2017 - January 16, 2018

    Opening reception: Thursday, November 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Gallery Talk: Artists as Collectors 6:00 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, 6:00 p.m.
    Gallery talk with artists: Artists as Collectors

    Tuesday, December 5, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
    Activities program with pizza and refreshments
    ONE DAY ONLY!! 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: #talkingthings

    Thursday, December 7,  12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
    American Memory in a Silver Spoon
    Activities period - Pizza and refreshments
    About as completely crazy a craze as ever took possession of this craze-susceptible country, is that for souvenir spoons. 
    "The Souvenir Spoon Craze," The Collector, Dec. 15, 1891
    A fad for silver souvenir spoons swept late 19th century America. Vikings, Columbus, George Washington, Salem Witches, and Plymouth Pilgrims all appeared on spoons. The makers of spoons chose icons, like Plymouth Rock, to adorn these decorative objects which gave owners a diminutive, yet tactile, connection to American history. Why were they popular? What purpose did they serve? This gallery talk will use a Plymouth Rock souvenir spoon from the 1890s to explore the ideas of object's material for its creation of memory.

    Contact: Deborah Davidson for more information

  • Upcoming Exhibits

    Juxtapose: Art and Design Faculty

    January 25 - February 23, 2018
    Opening reception: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Gallery talk 6 p.m. What does juxtapose mean? How are things seen differently?

    The theme of the exhibit is played out in the curation, that is, the juxtaposition of the work of one artist with another provokes a conversation between the pair. This will open up a different kind of dialogue with the viewer as well. The notion of juxtaposition is one we all know well and use to make sense of what we encounter in our everyday lives. Artists of all kinds use this notion to create works that are both thought-provoking and evocative. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Suffolk community and the public to see the artwork of our Art and Design faculty which is a varied as the subjects they teach.


    Ilona Anderson
    Linda Brown
    Mark Brus
    Sandro Carella
    Rita Daly
    Minko Dimov
    Ariel Freiberg
    Lisa French
    Jennifer Fuchel
    Audrey Goldstein
    Lydia Martin
    Susan Nichter
    Steve Novick
    Kayla Schwartz
    Sean Solley
    Randal Thurston
    Patty Zerhusen

    Related programming:

    Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m.
    Gallery talk - What does juxtapose mean? How are things seen differently?

    Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m and ongoing:
    Gallery program - Activities period with pizza

    In a single piece or with a partner, think of ways to juxtapose visual elements and create something that expresses your idea. This means to place different elements side by side to compare, contrast or create something unexpected. The outcome will result in surprising combinations of colors, shares and ideas. Materials provided. 

  • 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


    • HUMAN: a student curated pop-up show
      Nov. 3 - 9, 2017
    • We Dream | Beauty Beyond and Beneath
      Sept. 7 - Oct. 27, 2017
    • 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