May 5, 2016

The Cyclorama Show:Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Hilary Zelson (MFA ’16), Who Wears Wool. Public art project, Boston’s Fort Point Channel, Fort Point Arts Community Floating Art Grant. Courtesy of the artist.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Tufts University celebrate the work of the 2016 graduating Master of Fine Arts students with a large-scale exhibition May 17–20 at the historic Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. A diverse collection of thought-provoking contemporary works will be on view.

SMFA has been educating artists since its founding in 1876—from Joan Jonas, Lois Mäilou Jones, Ellsworth Kelly, and Cy Twombly to Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Ellen Gallagher, Nan Goldin, Omer Fast, and Dawit Petros. SMFA’s Master of Fine Arts program has received global acclaim for their cutting edge, inter-disciplinary curriculum. The immersive two-year program emphasizes research, vision and art production, cultivating students to become proficient makers. SMFA Master of Fine Arts students become well versed across aesthetic domains and critical discourses relevant to visual art.

Working in a range of media and methods, the 59 artists will present thesis projects in film/video, painting, performance, sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, performance and more. This culminating thesis exhibition honors the aesthetic and educational achievements of this talented group of MFA candidates.

Participating artists:
Laila Abduljawad, Ola Aksan,Tamara Al-Mashouk, Marie Anthony, Danica Arimany, Grace Baxter, John Bergman-McCool, Adam Berk, Pete Adam Bialecki, Kat Bossi, Kaeley Boyle, Kathleen Brewster,  Sarah Brewster, Philana Brown, Susan White Brown, Soyoon Cha,  Fotini Christophillis,  Furen Dai, Deng Dekuan, Andrea Dillon, Amanda Elam, Jeremy Endo, Tyler Giordano, Mariana Gutheim, Rina Ito, Max Avi Kaplan, Sawool Kim, Soo Young Kim, Taebyoung Kim, Julia Kwon, Ryan Leitner, Tianqi Lu, Vinny Martin, Arturo Mejia, Xiaoxue Mo, Joseph Moccia, Catrina Morbidelli, Chelsea Nee, Sara Oliver Gomez de la Vega, Fritz Pielstick, Kate Rasche, Emily Reinauer, Maryam Safajoo, The Safarani Sisters, Paige Schmehl, Caleb Smith, Lisa Andrea Smith, Robert Solomon, Gabriel Sosa, Kim Druker Stockwell, Jessica Tatara, Christine Tinsley, J. Seth Van Der Eems, M Sylvia Weintraub, Jonathan Weiskopf, Yang Yang, Anthony Young, and Hilary Zelson

The Cyclorama Show is generously funded by Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté and Sandy Moose and Eric Birch. Special thanks to Horizon Beverages.

Visit SMFA’s website for images and information about the artists. Admission to the exhibition and related events is free and open to the public.


Related events

May 4, 5:30pm
MFA Graduate Thesis screening 
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
A diverse and dynamic meeting ground of moving image art from select 2016 graduating Master of Fine Arts students featuring Tamara Al-Mashouk, Kat Bossi, Kaeley Boyle, Soyoon Cha, Furen Dai, Artie Mejia, Maryam Safajoo, The Safarani Sisters, Caleb Smith, Gabriel Sosa, and Yang Yang.

April 28–May 21, 2016
Graduating Students and Award Recipients
Grossman Gallery, SMFA
Features 80+ graduating students from across SMFA’s programs, including Robert Solomon’s MFA thesis exhibition, and works that received awards in the 2015–16 academic year.
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Wednesday 10am–8pm

MFA program inquiries contact: SMFA Admissions Office at T +1 617 369 3626 or [email protected].


About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of only two art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Our mission is to provide an education in the visual arts that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit

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