Connections to Boston
The SMFA at Tufts is located looking on the Avenue of the Arts in between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It overlooks the Emerald Necklace, an historic park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that runs through Boston. The campus is located within a 5 minute walk of the Green Line on Boston's MBTA subway line, allowing easy access to everything the city has to offer.
An Artistic Setting
Boston was recently ranked as one of the top 5 most creative cities by Forbes magazine. And with 56 museums in the city, that's not so surprising. In addition to the MFA and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum right next to Fenway campus, you'll have access to the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums at Harvard, and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT. Moreover, Boston's SoWa district was ranked #2 on USA Today's 10 Best Art Districts in the country. Newbury Street and Fort Point are also active gallery and open studio areas, and Cambridge and Jamaica Plain are more eclectic arts neighborhoods as well.
Furthermore, Boston is a city of colleges. During the school year nearly 2 out of every 3 people in Boston are students, creating a wealth of talent and innovative ideas that attracts investors, businesses, and galleries looking for new voices and visions. This leads to opportunities for collaboration - for example, recent alumnus Daniel Barreto worked with visiting faculty member Brian Reeves to collaborate with an MIT physicist on an outdoor artwork entitled Release 2, installed at MIT's library warehouse.
Students in the BFA program at SMFA at Tufts live in one of two brownstones which are a short walk from the SMFA at Tufts main building. Residents are provided with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, complimentary wi-fi, on-site laundry services, and a large community space. Also, a shuttle service runs between the studios and the Residence Halls between 9 PM and 5 AM for students who are working late at night.