Lydia Martin, a professor in Suffolk University’s New England School of Art & Design (NESAD), has been named among the “15 Notable Art Professors in Boston” by the Art Career Project.
She is an accomplished teacher, researcher, and artist. Martin, who teaches drawing and painting, received the “Outstanding School of Art & Design Faculty of the Year” award in 2011 from the Suffolk Student Government Association. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Faculty Fellowship to study early 20th century artists and the Ballets Russes in Paris.
A contemporary realist painter, Martin has exhibited her work in museums and galleries across the country, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and San Francisco. Her most recent work is a series of paintings inspired by Loteria, a popular Mexican card game similar to bingo that uses images instead of numbers and letters. She invited Kseniya Galper, a former student and a graphic designer and illustrator, to create actual Loteria cards to act as gallery labels to the paintings.
The Art Career Project lauded Martin’s attitude and teaching philosophy. “She promotes healthy competition in her classes, demands and expects high effort from her students, and genuinely cares about her students becoming better artists under her tutelage…Most students say they left her class as better artists than when they entered.” The Art Career Project, based in San Diego, is the most comprehensive resource for aspiring artists on the web.