Galleries at the College of Fine Arts

The galleries at the School of Visual Arts comprise both professional and student-run exhibition spaces that serve to compliment and augment the educational experience. The Sherman and 808 Galleries present professionally organized exhibitions by contemporary artists in all disciplines. The Commonwealth Gallery and Gallery 5 are dedicated to rotating exhibitions organized by graduate and undergraduate students. Learn more at the BU Art Galleries website.


808 Gallery


The 808 Gallery is the School of Visual Arts’ showcase exhibition space and sits at the heart of the Boston University campus. In addition to hosting the MFA and BFA Thesis shows each spring, and the Undergraduate Showcase (featuring the work of SVA freshman, sophomores and juniors) in September, the gallery presents two large-scale group or solo exhibitions each year (the first in fall and the second in the spring semester). Additionally, during the summer the 808 Gallery hosts Boston Young Contemporaries, a highly anticipated annual juried exhibition of regional graduate work organized by SVA MFA students now in its ninth year, and the BoNE Show, a juried exhibition of graphic design organized by AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) in collaboration with SVA Graphic Design Faculty. The 808 Gallery is an arts venue widely recognized and respected by the Boston University and Greater Boston communities. Since 2006, programming of the 808 Gallery has increased year-round (prior to that it was largely host to the student exhibitions with no additional programming), presenting cutting-edge exhibitions not possible in other venues. This broadening of scope has greatly enhanced students’ access to an expanding network of artists and artworks. Exhibitions have included Ledelle Moe: Collapse (2008), an exhibition of monumental concrete sculpture; Triiibe: Search of Eden (2010), a large-scale photographic installation; South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community. Twenty Five Years of the Caversham Press (2011) a survey of South African printmaking; the group shows Calender’s Tales: Fantasy, Figuration and Representation (2012), On Sincerity (fall 2012), which explored notions of sincerity in art; and Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures (spring 2013) a large-scale inter-University collaborative project that examined current environmental issues from cross-disciplinary perspectives. 808 Gallery exhibitions are consistently well attended, and receive in-depth reviews by the local press including the Boston Globe.




Each year, Dr. Beverly Brown and Sloane house staff work with the College of Fine Arts to select artwork for display within the President’s residence. Drawn from both student work and CFA collections, these works highlight the rich variety of works collected and generated by the CFA. The program serves to increase the visibility of BU generated artwork for the larger BU community and visitors to the BU campus.

Each semester, an Art@Sloane reception is held at the house to celebrate the artists and curators who make the program possible.


BUAG (Stone Gallery)


Dedicated to serving the Boston University community as well as the greater Boston and New England public, the BOSTON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location on Commonwealth Avenue since 1958, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.

BUAG presents four to five exhibitions annually. Exhibitions are curated internally, often incorporating the rich talent and resources found on campus and in the Boston area, or are borrowed from other institutions. Through exhibitions and educational programs, BUAG seeks to present a cultural and historical context of art and to acknowledge the artistic contributions of under-recognized sectors of the population. Each spring our season closes by highlighting the achievements of School of Visual Art students with the MFA Graphic Design and Senior Thesis exhibitions.

Gallery lectures, panel discussions, and symposia (often co-sponsored with other regional institutions and university departments) regularly accompany the exhibitions, as do high quality scholarly catalogs.

BUAG’s diverse exhibition history includes works by the following impressive list of artists: Josef Albers, Brooke Alexander, David Aronson, Felice Beato, Margaret Bourke-White, Philip Guston, Al Held, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Joyce Kozloff, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Jacques Lipschitz, Whitfield Lovell, Michael Mazur, Alice Neel, David Smith, Raphael Soyer, Pat Steir, John Walker, and Edward Weston.


Commonwealth Gallery


Located adjacent to the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery on the first floor of the College of Fine Arts building at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, the Commonwealth Gallery is dedicated to providing current School of Visual Arts graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to show their work in a professional exhibition space. The Gallery showcases solo and group exhibitions on a rotating, usually weekly, basis throughout each academic year.


Gallery 5


Located on the fifth floor of the College of Fine Arts, Gallery 5 enhances the quality of life of the undergraduate students in the School of Visual Arts by offering them a professional exhibition space near their studios where they are able to plan, propose, and install their own exhibitions. Students consult with the Visual Arts Faculty and administrative office, but are responsible for all aspects of their exhibition’s curation, including selection, display, and advertising. These exhibitions rotate on a bi-weekly basis during the regular academic year.