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Artistry in the heart of campus

Boston University Art Galleries’ 808 Gallery invites the BU and Boston community to see exhibitions that immerse you in a fantastical world, that engage conversation and pique curiosity, and that demonstrate how unconventional materials can make incredible art.

The 6,000 sq. ft gallery hosts ongoing rotating exhibitions featuring all ranges of mediums and artists, from BU School of Visual Arts’ thesis exhibitions to large-scale group shows, and solo exhibitions.

Two dozen artistic mathematicians and mathematical artists celebrate the fun, creativity, and beauty in math in the exhibition: Mathemalchemy. Photo by Cydney Scott

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Artist Bhen Alan reimagines a traditional weaving practice using unconventional materials like coconut leaves, bamboo, flowers, coins, and more. Photo by Cydney Scott

“Daydreams,” 2017, by Jaina Cipriano

…808 Gallery is an impressive swath of exhibition space, complete with soaring tracery ceilings

Mina Chung (CFA’23) sets up her thesis exhibit ahead of the 2023 BFA Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition at the 808 Gallery.

Thesis shows

Spring at CFA is an exciting time for our graduating School of Visual Arts students. Thesis exhibition shows are on view at both BU Art Galleries’ 808 Gallery and Stone Gallery throughout the spring semester, including Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Design shows (exhibiting the work of our exceptional graduate students), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) shows (highlighting the work of undergraduate painting, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design students).

Read more on the latest exhibitions from this past Spring 2023 semester.

2023 BFA thesis exhibition

2023 MFA thesis exhibition

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What else can you see 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 see SVA’s graphic design, painting, sculpture, and printmaking studios!

Plan your visit to 808 Gallery

808 Gallery is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, from 11 am-5 pm. Head to BU Art Galleries’ website for more information on directions, parking, public transportation, and upcoming exhibitions.

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