Suffolk University Gallery

Imagination on display

The Suffolk University Gallery is the Art & Design Department’s main exhibition space. Located on the sixth floor of the Sawyer Building, the gallery presents exciting exhibits and related programs that reflect our increasingly visual and image-driven world. The gallery aims to engage the whole Suffolk community while adding to larger conversations taking place in Greater Boston's cultural arena. Exhibits of student work from all departments, as well as themed curated exhibitions, provide an important link between and for students, faculty, and visitors.

See a gallery of past exhibits below.

Current Exhibits

Current Exhibit is "Curator as Artist: Recent Works by Deborah Davidson" extended through November 20, 2020.

Curator Deborah Davidson wears many hats: she maintains a studio practice, and is active as a curator and educator. She is not alone in these endeavors and is in good company in the Boston arts community. Among her peers are: Danielle Krcmar a sculptor and curator who runs the Babson College Gallery, Andrew Witkin artist and co-director of the Krakow Witkin Gallery, Al Miner painter and former curator at the MFA  Boston, John Guthrie painter and curator of Very Gallery, Boriana Kantcheva, painter and Gallery Coordinator, Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, and photographer and Associate Director of Exhibitions at Lesley Art + Design Andrew Mroczek. One can also think about the parallels in many other fields, performers who are producers, actors who direct, writers who also work as editors, musicians who conduct.

Davidson states that “All my endeavors apart from the studio connect back to it – I am excited by ideas and their manifestations. In all my roles – as a studio practitioner, curator and educator, I am interested in connecting visual art and ideas. There are many ways that that this is expressed. In my curatorial practice, it takes the form of exhibits organized around a theme which encompasses one or several ideas, and similarly with my organization Catalyst Conversations (which is devoted to the dialogue between art and science) artists and scientists talk to each other about a range of issues, and demonstrate the synergy between them.”

With the Dispelling Series the artist is interested in making manifest what she sees as her interior life. The drawings are about things disappearing, things ending. The paradox of making and negating occurs at the same time. They reference objects whose mass and weight are evident, adhering to the force of gravity. Yet they seem to be made of some kind of thread, intensely woven, spun around itself. The drawings are unravelling, dissipating; dispelling themselves. These pieces speak to the fraying of our lives as we have known them to be. But they speak to possibility too, and diversity, richness and poetic reassembly.

Deborah Davidson is an artist, curator and educator. She received her M.F.A. from the SMFA /Tufts University and B.A. from Binghamton University. She is founder and director of Catalyst Conversations, devoted to the dialogue between art and science. She is part of the core faculty in the MFA program at Lesley University, directs the Suffolk University Gallery and maintains a studio practice in Somerville, MA. She was the featured artist for Agni 61, the BU literary magazine. Her work is in many private and public collections, including Yale University, Wellesley College, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts and the Houghton Library, Harvard University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, Oresman Gallery and the Chandler Gallery. Awards include Finalist, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Northeastern University, and a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.

We have created additional ways of experiencing the exhibit. We are excited to share this with you. Please visit the virtual tour and related links, coming soon!!

 Visitor Policy

In response to COVID-19, we have had to make adjustments to reduce in-person visits to the gallery. This temporary visitor policy means that this exhibit will be limited to the Suffolk community, by appointment. To maintain a safe environment, only four visitors will be allowed in the gallery at a time. All visitors will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. We look forward to the time when this temporary policy will no longer be needed.

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Sawyer Gallery Virtual Tour

Gallery Hours

Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., by appointment.
To make an appointment contact Deborah Davidson by email or at 617-816-1974

2020

  • Charting the World: Subjective Map Making
    January 30, 2020 – February 27, 2020
  • Foundation Student Show
  • March 16, 2020 – 23, 2020

2019

  • Finding Home & Home of the Heart
    November 19, 2019 – January 22, 2020
  • Ephemeral Artifacts: Remains of the Play
    August 30 – October 15, 2019
  • Breaking Clear – the 2019 Master of Arts in Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition
    August 8, 2019 – August 23, 2019
  • MAIA Thesis Exhibition
    July 12, 2019 - July 31, 2019
  • Inspired by Sublime
    June 10 - July 8, 2019
  • BFA Interior Design Senior Show
    May 16 - May 31, 2019
  • Transformation: Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition
    April 26-May 8, 2019
  • Beyond the Bleed: Graphic Design Senior Show
    April 11-April 23, 2019
  • A Life Designed
    February 21–March 17, 2019
  • Invitation to Draw! Drop-in Pop-up Show
    January 29–February 15, 2019

2018

  • Materials Matter 2 - Lavaughan Jenkins and Friends
    Dec. 4, 2018 - Jan. 22, 2019
  • Materials Matter 1 - Lavaughan Jenkins
    October 26, 2018 - November 27, 2018
  • The Mirror Revealed: Stories Told
    September 10, 2018 - October 19, 2018
  • The People's Prints Pop-up Show
    August 29, 2018 - Sept. 4, 2018
  • Graphic Design Graduate Thesis Exhibit
    August 8, 2018 - August 24, 2018
  • 2018 MAIA Interior Architecture Graduate Exhibition
    July 12, 2018 - July 31, 2018
  • How Nature Instructs Us
    June 7 - July 6, 2018
  • BFA Interior Design Student Show
    May 16 - May 30, 2018
  • Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition "...and time moved differently..."
    April 26 - May 9, 2018
  • Gradient: 2018 Graphic Design Senior Show
    April 6 - 22, 2018
  • Illustration Student Show
    March 23 - 30, 2018
  • Foundation Student Show
    March 1 - 19, 2018
  • Juxtapose: Art and Design Faculty
    Jan. 25, 2018 - Feb. 16, 2018

2017

  • Speak, Object
    Nov. 16, 2017 - Jan. 16, 2018
  • 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
  • TERRA INCOGNITA
    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

2016

  • 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

2015

  • 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

2014

  • 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
  • BFA in Interior Design & MA in Interior Architecture Graduate Show
    May 2 - June 2, 2014
  • Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 'Value Finding
    April 19 - 30
  • Graphic Design Senior Show
    April 6 - 17, 2014
  • Illustration Student Exhibition
    March 24 - April 4, 2014
  • First-Year Foundation Studies
    March 5 - 24, 2014
  • Masters in Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition
    February 22 - March 3, 2014
  • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition
    January 29 - February 20, 2014
  • From Paper to Pixels: Collaboration + Art + Interactivity
    An exhibition presented in collaboration with Infrared5
    November 18, 2013 – January 17, 2014

2013

  • NESAD Grads: Out in the World
    October 14 - November 10
  • Away For The Summer: Work From the Study Abroad Programs
    September 9 - October 7, 2013
  • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition
    January 31 - March 16, 2013
  • 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

2012

  • 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

2011

  • BLUE DESERT ~ Towards Antarctica
    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

2010

  • 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 Exhibitio
    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

2009

  • 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
    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
 

Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson is a curator, artist and educator. She received her MFA 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.

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