Boston University School of Visual Arts presents Boston University and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Prints by Andrew Raftery

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

(Boston) – The Boston University School of Visual Arts presents a survey of prints by SVA alumnus Andrew Raftery. Boston University and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Prints by Andrew Raftery will be on view Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, March 6 at the Sherman Gallery at Boston University. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, January 22, 6:00-7:00pm with the artist present.

Boston University and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Prints by Andrew Raftery highlights a selection of prints created since 1984 and includes works made as both an undergraduate student at the Boston University School of Visual Arts and as a graduate student at Yale University, as well as numerous other important works created over the past two decades including the artist’s most recent series Suit Shopping (2002) and Open House: Five Engraved Scenes (2008). Educated and acclaimed as both a printmaker and painter, the exhibition showcases Raftery’s unique technical style and his shift towards printmaking as the primary focus of his studio practice.

Raftery employs traditional etching and engraving printmaking techniques through which he articulates rich narratives that explore the often subtle or banal aspects of contemporary life. Raftery’s meticulously rendered etched and engraved prints are the result of a lengthy process in which Raftery produces numerous models, drawings and studies. The final work, often expressed through sequential panels, reveals layers of subtle detail, exquisite lines and delicate gradations of lights and darks. In works such as Suit Shopping (2002), a five-part engraving, printed on two sheets, Raftery depicts the ordinary activity of suit shopping in an upscale department store. However, Raftery imbues the work’s narrative with subtle social commentary that reveals the interpersonal dynamics of the work’s protagonists and supporting cast.

Andrew Raftery received his BFA from Boston University School of Visual Arts and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. Andrew Raftery’s work has been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally including Contemporary Imaginings: The Howard A. and Judy Tullman Collection at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama and a solo exhibition called A Shopper’s Paradise at the Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco, CA. His work is included in many permanent collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Critically acclaimed, Raftery has also been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award in 2006 and the Fritz Eichenberg Fellowship in Printmaking from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.

Boston University and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Prints by Andrew Raftery runs concurrently with two other printmaking exhibitions on the Boston University campus. The Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial in Boston University’s 808 Gallery February 15 – March 29 showcases a range of printmaking by artists throughout North American juried by Roberta Waddell, Curator of Prints at the New York Public Library from 1985 until 2008. Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades in BUAG at the Stone Gallery February 13 – March 29 is a retrospective exhibition of work by the internationally recognized printmaker and School of Visual Arts Professor Emeritus Sidney Hurwitz.

Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Boston University School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts is a community of artists within a great university and in a city that offers diversity within a vibrant arts culture. Founded in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. The first-rate teaching and mentoring of its regular faculty is supplemented by a vibrant program of visiting artists, guest lecture series, and exhibitions. The School offers introductory and advanced classes in painting, sculpture, graphic design, art education, ceramics, photography, glassblowing, and printmaking. A solid background in art history, contemporary critical analysis, and liberal arts complements the studio arts courses.


Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public:

Boston University and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Prints by Andrew Raftery
January 20 – March 6, 2009

Opening Reception
Friday, January 23, 6:00–8:00pm

Artist Talk with Andrew Raftery
Thursday, February 5, 5:30pm

Sherman Gallery
775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston
T Green “B” Train, BU Central stop

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm

Related Exhibitions:

Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades
February 13 – March 29, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 12, 6-8pm
BUAG at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Artist Talk with Sidney Hurwitz

Thursday, February 26, 1:00-2:00pm

The Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Print Biennial
February 15 – March 29, 2009
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 15, 3-5pm
808 Gallery at Boston University
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Juror Lecture with Roberta Waddell
Sunday, February 15, 1:00-2:00pm
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, College of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


To request high resolution photos or additional information, please contact either:
Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or

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