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Artistry in the heart of campus

The 808 Gallery at BU has invited the public to see ongoing rotating exhibitions featuring all ranges of mediums and artists, BU School of Visual Arts‘ showcase exhibitions, large-scale group shows, and solo exhibitions.

What else is at 808?

808 Gallery is located in BU’s Fuller Building at 808 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. While you visit the gallery, be sure to check out the rest of the building. The main hallway features art installations created by our very own School of Visual Arts students. Here’s an example of a two-part installation from 2020, titled, What Inspires You.

Go down the hall and you’ll come across the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (can’t miss it!) founded by Dean Emeritus George K. Makechnie (Wheelock’29, ’31, Hon.’79) to share the legacy of Howard Thurman, who spent his life working to break barriers that separate people based on race, culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity.

The Thurman Center is a cultural hub, where students hang out and enjoy an array of culturally based programs, lectures, discussions, films, events, and more.

Head upstairs and you’ll come across SVA’s graphic design, painting, sculpture, and printmaking studios!

808 Gallery officially reopened in fall 2022!

Starting with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 808 Gallery served as a testing site, ensuring that our BU community of students, faculty, and staff had a safe space for weekly testing.

In Spring 2022, with several COVID-related policies retired, the testing site officially closed its doors. We’re thrilled to be using the space at 808 Gallery again to bring more art to the BU community and our Boston and Brookline neighbors.

Visit the BU Art Galleries website for news and updates, and stop by 808 and Stone Gallery at 855 Commonwealth Avenue to check out BUAG’s latest exhibitions.

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