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.
BFA Interior Design Senior Show
Thursday, May 16-Friday, May 31, 2019
Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed weekends & holidays
Opening reception and awards: Friday, May 17, 5-7 p.m.
Hayley Shonagh Desroches
Margot Anne Embree
Tamara Suhail Farah
Anna Magdalena Golda
Talia Ann Lombardo
Luana Morais Menezes
Nicole Amelia Peacock
Christina George Stamatos
Christian John Vail
Inspired by the Sublime. Something awful. Something beautiful. Something awesome.
Sarah Meyers Brent and Jodi Colella
Monday, June 10 – Monday, July 8, 2019
Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 3 pm; closed weekends and holidays
Reception: Thursday June 13, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the artists: Thoughts About the Sublime , 6:00p.m.
Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present Inspired by the Sublime.
The notion of the 19th century American Sublime has its roots in European Romanticism. Contemporary artists have many reasons to eschew the notion of the sublime, yet it persists today. Perhaps we need something beyond ourselves and beyond the circumstances that we find our world to be in. Artists internalize that world and address issues either overtly or subtly in their work. Sometimes awesome. Sometimes beautiful. Sometimes terrible. The artists in this two-person exhibit, each express an aspect of the sublime. Sarah Meyers Brent renders beauty from the excess and the grotesque, while Jodi Colella gives power to under-appreciated labor or hand work.
Sarah Meyers Brent’s work pushes the boundaries of beauty and ugliness in visceral, living works that traverse painting, sculpture and installation. Utilizing heavily impastoed paint, recycled fabric, foam, decaying flowers, dirt and vines; her mixed media pieces flow out of and accrete to the canvas and walls. There is a richness to these materials, which are otherwise considered trash. They are combined as ingredients with which to sculpt and paint, ultimately arriving at a form that is simultaneously growing and decaying. The results aspire to and become something beautiful.
Balancing tradition and innovation Jodi Colella uses needlework to infuse power to craft traditions often dismissed as feminine. There is a presence of the maker in the shape of thousands of stitches, hand-wrought forms. Found objects – the everyday and invisible – are reworked and repurposed; the psychological is made physical in the way that one form materializes from another. She draws from historical and cultural experiences that extend from her own neighborhood to time spent in the Far East and many places in between. Recent work investigates the complex, often entangled qualities of power, emergence and fear – particularly the forces that have historically shaped women's identities and place in society.
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