Suffolk University Gallery

Suffolk University Gallery is New England School of Art & Design’s main exhibition space. Located in the heart of the school, the gallery’s exhibition program reflects a wide range of art and design representing all fields of study offered by the art school and in so doing, presents a multiplicity of ideas and issues. Annual exhibits of current student work and biannual exhibits of faculty work provides an important pedagogical link between and for students, faculty, and visitors. The goals of the gallery are to create exciting exhibits and related programs that reflect our ever-increasing visual and image-driven world, to engage the School of Art & Design and Suffolk University communities, and to add to a larger conversation in the Boston cultural arena.

  • Current Exhibition

    June 9 - July 7, 2016

    Thursday, June 9, 2016
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Gallery Talk:
    Marjorie Greville: Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees

    5:30 p.m.

    Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present TreeMuse. The exhibit will run from June 9 - July 7, 2016. There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, June 9 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. We are delighted that landscape architect Marjorie Greville from Emerald Necklace Conservancy will give a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. entitled Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees.

    Sara Maitland, author of the marvelous From the Forest, describes the environmental changes that occurred thousands of years ago - "as ice shrank back towards the polar regions, the forests (and the trees that inhabited them) chased it northwards as far as they could, and homo sapiens followed the forest. Right from the beginning, the relationship between people and forest was not primarily antagonistic and competitive, but symbiotic."

    For the six artists in this exhibit, the tree is an iconic and endless font of inspiration either as image, raw material or a source of sound. The artists in the exhibit are: Sandra Allen, Anthony Aspesos, Ellen Band, Stacey Cushner, Mitch Ryerson, and Jessica Straus.

    In Sandra Allen's work, minimal yet intricate trunks and branches elicit an iconic presence that speaks metaphorically of life and the capacity to withstand challenges. The drawings are made of graphite on paper often at a large scale, empowering the work with a sculptural presence. Through scale, attention to surface texture and the play of light over form, the graphite takes on a materiality more akin to paint than pencil. The slow process of creating the drawings, building up marks on a page, mimics in time the physical growth of the trees themselves and captures the expanse of time on paper.

    Anthony Apesos's paintings, while indebted to the American realist tradition, are informed by a fascination with mythology and archetypical themes; in this respect, his work exhibits striking parallels with the visual art of the Romantic poet and artist William Blake. His paintings of trees are inspired by those in the Arnold Arboretum, one of the most significant projects of the nineteenth century landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead.

    Deeply inspired by the infinitely complex textures, rhythms, and colors within the so-called ordinary sounds of everyday life, Ellen Band uses the time-honored technique of field recording to collect the source material she uses for her pieces. She then fashions works which reflect the imagistic, mnemonic, and psychoacoustic properties of sound. Having a strong background in both the 20th Century experimental music and sound art traditions, she crafts works, which transform familiar sounds into new contexts and forms. When Trees Speak has been created specifically for the TreeMuse exhibit.

    Through the practice of drawing, Stacey Cushner creates a meditation on the quality of trees and their labyrinth-like qualities. These trees, and pine trees in particular, can rise to enormous heights, live for thousands of years, create habitats of their own, and are essential for the earth's survival. They are sometimes overlooked. Drawing trees in blue hues taps into notions of wonder, daydreaming, and contemplation. A child-like feeling occurs when anything seems possible: infinite immensity and infinite possibilities.
    Mitch Ryerson has been working with wood for over forty years. He has done carpentry, boatbuilding, furniture making as well as building large outdoor wooden play structures. While doing this last work he has gained a new appreciation of the advantages and challenges of utilizing the natural shapes of the tree. He mills and dries his own wood and uses the naturally curved timbers, forks, and crotches from a wide variety of native species. Ryerson says, "It is interesting to me the way this approach can bring the presence and spirit of the forest into an object, whether it is very large or very small."

    Working in carved and painted wood and incorporating found objects, Jessica Straus explores the poetry of unexpected juxtapositions between recognizable and invented forms. Alternating between narrative and abstraction, Straus's well-crafted sculpture is infused with a quirky, yet subtle humor and a finely tuned sense of aesthetics.

    Related program:
    5:30 p.m. Marjorie Greville: Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees

    Marjorie Greville is a landscape architect and a member of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board of Directors. As a member of the Justine Mee Liff Fund Committee, she helped to establish the Olmsted Tree Society in 2013 to make the preservation of the trees of the Emerald Necklace one of the Conservancy's highest priorities.

    The Olmstead Tree Society funded a comprehensive tree inventory and conditions assessment of 7,000 trees in the Emerald Necklace, and the data collected resulted in a management plan that informs the work that is done to care for the trees and landscape in collaboration with the City of Boston (Parks and Recreation), Town of Brookline (Parks and Open Space) and the Commonwealth (Department of Conservation and Recreation).

    Emerald Necklace Tree Project

    The Emerald Necklace is one of the few remaining intact linear parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, America's first landscape architect. Rarely does an urban environment combine the natural beauty of parks with all of the cultural attractions of a city. Even more rare is to find our most historic and valued trees woven in and out of city streetscapes. We have Olmstead to thank for this amazing planned canopy we all benefit from and can now protect. Undertaken in collaboration with the conservancy's public partners, Boston Parks & Recreation, Brookline Parks and Open Space and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the initiative intends to preserve heritage trees in these historic parks, some of which are more than 100 years old. In addition, the project will protect healthy trees with selective pruning and soil enhancement; plant new trees where needed in the Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Franklin Park, around Jamaica Pond and along the parkways of the Necklace. Even more important, the effort will help educate the public about the critical relationship between trees and a healthy urban environment in order to sustain ongoing support for the project.

  • Upcoming Exhibits

    Master of Arts in Interior Architecture Summer Thesis Show
    July 12 - 30, 2016

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    This gallery show exhibits the thesis work of graduate students in the Interior Architecture program. The culmination of their degree requires a project of the student's own research, development, and documentation. Through design, students solve problems related to human safety and well-being, as well as increased human productivity and positive experience in our built environments. 

  • Gallery Director Bio

    Deborah Davidson is an independent curator, educator and artist active in the Boston cultural scene. Deborah received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her B.A. from Binghamton University. She is part of the core faculty in the MFA program in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University. She maintains her studio practice in tandem with her curatorial and educational roles. 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. Her most recent project Catalyst Conversations is an organization devoted to the idea of art and science in dialogue, launched in October 2012. Deborah’s other independent curatorial projects include Exploding/Exploiting The Book, AIB/Lesley University, What is Contained: The Book As Subject And Object, Northeastern University, and Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing Expanded, Concord Art Association. These all had rich programs supporting the exhibitions – ranging from films, to symposia, to special student events. She has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art, Kingston Gallery, and NKG Gallery. In 2011 she was an Artist in Residence at Northeastern University, as well as a recipient of a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant.


  • Past Exhibits

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
      Reception: June 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • BFA in Interior Design & MA in Interior Architecture Graduate Show
      May 2 - June 2, 2014
      Reception: May 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 'Value Finding'
      April 19 - 30
      Reception: April 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • Graphic Design Senior Show
      April 6 - 17, 2014
      Reception: April 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Illustration Student Exhibition
      March 24 - April 4, 2014
      Reception: April 2, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • First-Year Foundation Studies
      March 5 - 24, 2014
      Reception: March 20, 5 - 7 p.m.
    • Masters in Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition
      February 22 - March 3, 2014
      Reception: February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Graduating Masters in Graphic Design thesis students do it again. From the daunting process of researching the whisper of an idea that intrigues them; they have created thesis studio projects that will intrigue you. This group’s show covers the themes of “Yip” and “Roam”. Join us for the opening to see how these ideas have been interpreted.

    • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition
      January 29 - February 20, 2014
      Reception: January 30, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Suffolk University Gallery is very pleased to present The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Recipients 2013 exhibit. The recipients work in a range of mediums and it is exciting to recognize this group of young artists as they continue with their education. The juror this year is Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition, organized by Suffolk University director Deborah Davidson and Suffolk University professor Ilona Anderson, features the work of six student artists.

    Established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association, The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship is designed to support students who are entering their final year in studio art programs at colleges in the city of Boston. As young artists conclude their undergraduate studies, the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) extends financial assistance in order to support their commitment to the making of art. The scholarship is established in memory of Stephen D. Paine. Stephen was passionate about the visual arts and dedicated to supporting arts education through his involvement with numerous Boston-area institutions.

    • From Paper to Pixels
      Collaboration + Art + Interactivity
      An exhibition presented in collaboration with Infrared5
      November 18, 2013 – January 17, 2014
      Opening Event: Thursday, November 21 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Gallery talk with curator and Infrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen
    Reception to follow

    Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit From Paper to Pixels, and to be collaborating withInfrared5 CEO Rebecca Smith Allen, who first organized the exhibit. This exhibition creates the opportunity for collaboration between traditional and new media artists.

    From Paper to Pixels pairs creative people together, to be inspired and invent new masterpieces. The results of these pairings are smart, funny, delightful. The exhibit invites the viewer to participate – to play with art, dance with characters, touch paintings to make music, interact with sculptures and make the art come alive.


    Aaron North + Infradred5
    Ace Norton + Andy Shaules
    Anna Kristina Goransson + Rob Gonsalves
    Bradley Munkowitz + Steff Kelsey
    Elodie Sabardell + Kawandeep Virdee
    Gretjen Helene + Jamie Kosoy
    Eric Rosenbaum + Sophia Breuckner
    Rosie Ranauro + Aaron Artessa
    Sally B Moore + Keith Peters
    Sage Schmett + Joe Farbrook

    Media Mentions

    Boston Globe, "Critic's Pick," December 5, 2013

    Suzi Looks at Lots of Art, December 11, 2013


    • NESAD Grads: Out in the World

    October 14 - November 10
    Opening Event: Thursday, October 17
    5:00 p.m. Panel discussion and open Q & A
    Reception to follow

    An exhibition of alumni works organized in conjunction with Suffolk University Homecoming Weekend, October 17-20

    At New England School of Art & Design, faculty are deeply engaged with their students. The connection between students and their teachers works in both directions, and often remains long after the academic experience ends – as a professional relationship, or as a philosophical or creative influence. What a professor shares with a student, perhaps even casually, may have a lasting imprint on the life and career of that person.

    Nurtured here, this group of alumni carries with them a passion for their chosen field, the skills to express themselves and their ideas, and the discipline to realize them. They have the all-important ability to communicate and connect with the larger world through relevant art and design. The exhibition represents all areas of study at New England School of Art & Design, including Illustration, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Fine Art.

    Participating Artists:

    John Park - Advertising Design, DIP 1957
    Daniel McCarron - Graphic Design, DIP 1962
    Joseph Norris - Advertising Design, DIP 1966
    Ruth Daniels - Advertising Design, DIP 1970
    Rick Keene - attended 1971-73
    Joe Greco - Fine Arts, DIP 1973
    John Roman - Graphic Design, DIP 1974
    Rich Buswell - Graphic Design, DIP 1977
    Prescott Hill - General Art, DIP 1979
    Eli Cedrone - General Art, DIP 1981
    Judy Pearson-Wright - Graphic Design, DIP 1981
    Velicia Waymer - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1982
    Paula Whalen - Fine Arts, DIP 1982
    Yvonne Belcher - Fashion Illustration, DIP 1983
    Deb Bretton Robinson – attended 1985 - 1987
    Jama Samek - attended 1992-94
    Diane Grieco - Fine Arts, DIP 1993
    Eric Leppanen - School of Management, BSBA 1993
    Jeanne Finnerty - Interior Design, DIP 1993, BFA 1995
    Darren Bult - Graphic Design, DIP 1997
    Erik Bunker - Graphic Design, BFA 1997
    AnneMary Wood-Mann - Graphic Design, BFA 1999
    Nicole Wang - Graphic Design, BFA 2002
    Kseniya Galper - Graphic Design, BFA 2003
    Christopher Michon - Graphic Design, BFA 2003
    James Manning - Fine Arts, DIP 1995, BFA 2005
    Eileen Riestra - Graphic Design, BFA 2005
    Joanna Nandi - Fine Arts, BFA 2006
    Michelle McIntyre - Fine Arts, BFA 2006
    Robert Finneran - Graphic Design, BFA 2007
    Daniela Wong-Chiulli - Graphic Design, BFA 2007
    Yvette Perullo - Graphic Design, MA 2008
    Maria Galante - Graphic Design, BFA 2009
    Christopher Cavallero - Fine Arts BFA, 2009
    Tica de Moor - Interior Design MA, 2011
    Kristen Freitas - Fine Arts BFA, 2011
    Max Martelli - Fine Arts BFA, 2011
    Silvi Naci - Fine Arts / Graphic Design BFA, 2011
    Nick Di Stefano - Graphic Design MA, 2012
    John Connolly - Graphic Design MA, 2012
    Keri Lemoine - Fine Arts BFA, 2012
    John Roy - Fine Arts BFA, 2012
    Deanna Susser - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
    Taylor Andrea Crouch - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
    Allison Skula - Fine Arts BFA, 2013
    Brayden Varr - Graphic Design BFA, 2013

    • Away For The Summer: Work From the Study Abroad Programs

    September 9 - October 7, 2013
    Reception: Thursday, September 12, 5:00 pm

    Suffolk University Art Gallery is pleased to present Away For The Summer: Work From The Study Abroad Programs. This exhibit reflects student work from three distinct Suffolk University Study Abroad Programs –The Italian Journal Program led by Wallace Marosek, Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid with Kenneth Martin and Painting in Prague directed by Susan Nichter. The students experience the art, architecture, culture and the landscape both intellectually and through the experience of making art in a particular medium. This is a marvelous first-hand way to study and understand a culture outside one’s own; all three European locales are rich in history and are vibrant contemporary cultures as well.

    The Italian Journal Program features the work of nine New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University and three Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University students; giving them credit for Illustration for Graphic Designers. As they explored the Tuscan countryside and the cities of Florence and Venice, they studied the history and culture of these regions. The exhibition includes observational ink drawings and watercolor paintings, produced en plein air – a visual journal documenting their summer in Italy.

    Lens on Spain: Photojournalism in Madrid, includes the work of six students, as part of the Communication and Journalism Department at Suffolk University, and followed the pattern of this international class’s explorations held in Dakar, Senegal and Tuscania, Italy. Participants learn basic analog and digital photography, fine art, and photojournalism as a means of expression, documentation and communication. Relevant museum visits and excursions to important cultural locations including Barcelona, Cordoba, and Granada are part of the students’ focus in Spain. These photographs represent a small selection, from perhaps thousands of images captured during their visit to the heart of the Spanish experience.

    Painting in Prague represents student work from the summers of 2010 and 2012. Steeped in a rich experience in Prague, a city recognized as a center for innovation in the visual, architectural and performing arts, students learned painting techniques, as well as the vibrant history and culture of the Czech Republic. The curriculum included all aspects of Foundation Painting as developed in Western Art, using Czech and Central European topography, culture and architecture as visual context. Painting sessions were complimented with city tours, visits to museums, galleries and UNESCO sites throughout the Czech Republic, as well as an extended visit to Vienna.

    • Stephen D. Paine Scholarship Exhibition

    curated by Al Miner, MFA organized by James Hull
    January 31 - March 16, 2013

    2013 Undergraduate Student Exhibitions

    • 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


    • 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


    • BLUE DESERT ~ Towards Antartica
      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


    • 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 Exhibition
      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


    • 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
      a group exhibition featuring outstanding faculty work in a wide range of media
      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