Lydia Martin

Professor, Foundation Studies

Phone: 617-994-4288
Office: Sawyer Building, 10th floor - room 1045

Fall 2018 Office Hours

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 5:50 PM - 6:20 PM Tuesdays
5:50 PM - 6:20 PM Thursdays
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM Fridays


Diploma (MFA Equivalent), Painting and Drawing, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Directed Master's Studies in Pastel and Painting, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
BA, Fine Arts major/Art History minor, West Chester University - Magna Cum Laude

Courses Taught at The School of Art & Design

Foundation Drawing I, Foundation Drawing II, Painting, Perspective, Printmaking

Teaching Philosophy

Students are wonderful teachers, mainly because they are so aggressive about getting you to take a stand on something, and then equally aggressive about wanting you to change your mind. I get the students to realize this about one another, and encourage them to exploit this strength creatively. Drawing and painting are first of all crafts with a vocabulary of materials and methods that students learn to utilize. Beyond this, it is a profession that involves constant revaluation of both the artist's personal accomplishments and public context. In order to enable a fuller appreciation of this, I try to nurture an atmosphere of healthy competition in the classroom, wherein students begin to honor their own pace while respecting the achievements of established artists. In practice, my teaching strikes a balance between one-on-one consultations and open critiques. Though courses may differ, these general principles have so far grounded my classroom experience.

Recent Professional Highlights

  • 2015: "Lydia Martin: Loteria II" Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA - Solo Show: Artist's ongoing painting series inspired by the traditional images associated with the Mexican game of fortune, Loteria, a version of bingo which utilizes pictorial cards instead of letters and numbers.  Invited colleague and Suffolk University Alumna, Graphic Designer/Illustrator, Kseniya Galper, to hand create an original sequence of corresponding Loteria cards to serve as gallery labels to each of the paintings. Professor Martin gave a presentation on the Latin American game's cultural history of Loteria as well as on the creative process of her paintings.
  • 2014: Recognition: The Art Career Project: "15 Notable Art Professors in Boston 2014" 
  • 2013: Awarded 2013 Marion and Jasper Whiting Faculty Fellowship Study Abroad. In summer 2013, lived in Paris to research on circle of artists and designers surrounding Diaghilev's Ballets Russes' premiere performance of Stravinsky's ballet "Rite of Spring" on May 29, 1913. Attended centenary performance at Theatre des Champs Elysses, May 29, 2013.
  • 2012: "Loteria" Solo Exhibition at the Chabot Gallery, Providence, RI. First solo exhibition of Artist's "Loteria" series. During the course of the show, Lydia gave demonstrations on oil painting techniques in Contemporary Realism. 
  • 2011: Awarded "Outstanding School of Art & Design Faculty of the Year" Suffolk University Student Government Leadership Awards
  • 2006: Presentation by Poet, Professor and Painter: Reading, Exhibition and Book Signing, "Remembering the Young Women of Juarez," Suffolk University Poetry Center. Exhibition of Lydia Martin's book cover painting, "The Border," --  Reading of book of poetry “Missing Women of Juarez” by Chilean poet, Marjorie Agosin and lecture by Suffolk Professor of Spanish, Celeste K. Cooperman.  

Professional Affiliations

Member, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club at the National Arts Club
Lowell Art Association
Contributing Artist, DeCordova Museun Corporate Art Loan Program
Member, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Artist Member, The Brooklyn Art Project  

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