May 1, 2019

no time for laundry

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Natalia Leginowicz, Sphere Interactions (1), 2019. Archival Inkjet print from a film photograph. 

The Tufts University Art Galleries and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University proudly present no time for laundry, the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, on view from May 1–19, 2019. A public opening reception will take place on Friday, May 17 from 7–9pm at the Aidekman Arts Center at 40 Talbot Avenue in Medford.

The exhibition presents the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts students from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Titled by the graduating class, the phrase “no time for laundry” humorously sums up the singular focus of an MFA Thesis student’s life. School, art and political engagement swallow up daily life leaving little time for much else.

no time for laundry provides a glimpse into the practice of this class of emerging artists.

“The robust relationship between research and creative production exemplify the artists in the class of 2019," said Jeannie Simms, a SMFA at Tufts professor of the practice, photography and director of graduate studies. "Historical narratives and urgent social and political questions from the contemporary moment drive their studio production, archival and textual studies, and culminate into a consequential collection of artworks in the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition.”

The exhibition represents the capstone of the master's program at SMFA at Tufts where students develop their artistic vision and move into their future careers as working artists.

Featuring: Thalia Berard, Anja DuBois, Willoughby Lucas Hastings, Grace GaEun Kim, Jessica Jihea Kim, Natalia Leginowicz, Paulina MacNeil, Timothy Manalo, Lindsay Mannix, Louis Meola, Katherine Wildman, Gulumhan Huma Yildirim, Lei Zong

Aidekman Arts Center hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm, Thursdays until 8pm

Related program
Friday, May 3, 7–9pm
A celebration of the MFA thesis exhibition through a student-curated soundtrack.

About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Founded in 1876, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is a unique art school affiliated with both a major art museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—and a Tier-1 research university. Originally established within the museum, the school began its relationship with Tufts when the university began providing accredited degrees to SMFA students in 1945. SMFA officially became part of the Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences in July 2016.

SMFA at Tufts provides an exceptional fine arts education that allows students to craft individualized programs of study while being mentored closely by world-renowned faculty and staff. Graduates are creative thinkers and problem-solvers who succeed in a wide variety of careers. SMFA at Tufts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). For more information, visit

About the Tufts University Art Galleries
Poised at the intersection of a major research university and historic art school, the Tufts University Art Galleries engage with artists, scholars, and works of art to provoke discourse around cultural and social contexts. Through exhibitions and programming focused on contemporary art, as well as broader research and collecting, we create a pedagogical platform for the Tufts community and wider publics at visual arts centers across Tufts University’s campuses. The Art Galleries oversee the exhibition spaces in the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center in Medford, the galleries and public programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts) in Boston, and Tufts University’s Permanent and Public Art Collection.

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