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.
David Hilliard, Toiles, Triptych in panels of 20”x24”, 24”x60” total, Archival pigment print, 2012
Finding Home & Home of the Heart
November 19, 2019 – January 22, 2020
Reception: Thursday, November 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Artists: Christine Collins, Stefanie Klavens, David Hilliard, Eduardo L Rivera, William Christenberry (Collection Gallery Kayafas), Max Belcher (Collection Cheryl Hirshman)
"When did “home” become embedded in human consciousness? Is our sense of home instinctive? Are we denning animals or nest builders, or are we, at root, nomadic? For much of the earliest history of our species, home may have been nothing more than a small fire and the light it cast on a few familiar faces, surrounded perhaps by the ancient city-mounds of termites. But whatever else home is—and however it entered our consciousness—it’s a way of organizing space in our minds. Home is home, and everything else is not-home. That’s the way the world is constructed." - Verlyn Klinkenborg, Smithsonian Magazine, May 2012
The notion of home is a powerful one and is imbued in the work of the artists participating in the exhibit Finding Home. Their works evoke questions that all of us carry. As an echo to the quote by Verlyn Klinkenborg, additional questions assert themselves: How do the ideas of home and its memory affect us? What are the many possible meanings of home? Often, one must leave home, in order to return, to reflect; to paraphrase novelist Thomas Wolfe – you can never really go home again. The idealized notions of home embody the ideas of safety, shelter, and family. It also evokes its fearful opposite, that of homelessness.
Home of the Heart: Photographs of Senegal by Professor Robert Bellinger and Kenneth Martin.
A companion exhibit to Finding Home.
These two long-time colleagues are drawn to a place far from their own homes:
Robert Bellinger asks: “What is home? Home is a place whose rhythms beat in sync with your heart, a place where you can relax into yourself. Home is the people – mothers cooking, men debating, children playing, and friends laughing together. Home is a feeling of comfort, of familiarity, of connectedness. Home is a place one goes to be fed, to be nourished, and to be refreshed. For me, Senegal is a home of the heart.”
Kenneth Martin found a home in Senegal and was treated as family by all he met. In the Keur Sadaro village in the Wolof Heartland, he and students were given African names and new parents during their stay.
Robert Bellinger is an educator but also an independent photographer. He considers his work to be documentary portraiture. He tries to photograph people in the moment, showing the elegance, strength and beauty of each person, whether they are working, playing, enjoying an exciting event or lost in a moment of reverie, simply being who they are. The photographs in this exhibit were taken in Senegal, West Africa during the last decade.
Kenneth Martin has been teaching Photography and Photojournalism courses at Suffolk University for more than thirty years in the Communication & Journalism Department and concurrently for twelve years in the Graphic Design Program. He has also taught multiple Study Abroad Photojournalism classes at both Suffolk foreign campuses, in Dakar, Senegal, and Madrid, Spain. He has taught Photojournalism at the School for International Training in Senegal. Martin has always held a deep concern and interest in human rights issues, especially those of minorities and the dispossessed, leading him to have a special focus in these areas as a reminder of our collective responsibility to understand the importance of assisting those in need worldwide.
Finding Home Gallery Talk
November 21, 6 p.m.
Gallery talk with the Boston area artists in the exhibit.
Letter to Home
Kick-off Tuesday, December 3, Student Activities Period – 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Pizza served. Join us and write a letter to your “home”. The letters will be gathered in a box and shared with participants, this will remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
Ongoing in Gallery
Reading Area and Links
Home of the Heart
Home of the Heart Gallery Talk
Robert Bellinger and Kenneth Martin in Conversation
December 5, 12:15 – 1:30pm
Student Activities Period - Pizza served
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