Opportunities for Professional Development & Experience

BU School of Visual Arts provides a number of intersectional opportunities for students to deepen their artistic and professional practices, participate in idea exchanges internally and in professional settings, and experiment at the intersection of practice and research.


Established in 2005 as a collaborative effort between Dr. Beverly Brown and the College of Fine Arts, Art@Sloane is an opportunity to promote the talent and depth of current School of Visual Arts students. Throughout the academic year, the Browns host multiple events attended by various prestigious guests, each of whom gets a tour of the current artwork exhibited. The home functions, in a sense, as a high-end gallery for the university’s student artists each semester.

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On-Campus Galleries

In addition to Boston University Art Galleries, which showcases student work in thesis shows and special exhibitions throughout the year, SVA students have several opportunities to show their work in public gallery spaces on campus. The BU Arts Initiative also often sponsors temporary student exhibitions and installations.

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Visiting Artists

Hosted regularly by the School of Visual Arts, the Tuesday Night Lecture Series brings practicing artists and curators to Boston University to present their work. In addition to a public lecture on their work, visiting artists meet with students for individual and group critiques as well as hands-on workshops.

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Professional Partnerships

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

Boston University has a student group affiliation with the Boston chapter of AIGA, the American professional association for design. AIGA connects students to the professional world of design through lectures, portfolios reviews, competitions, and exhibitions.

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Boston Young Contemporaries

For nearly a decade, Boston Young Contemporaries has brought together emerging artists from across Boston and New England, fostering dialogue across the region. The annual juried exhibition, organized by Boston University students and hosted in 808 Gallery each summer, showcases work from current and recently graduated MFAs from over a dozen graduate programs throughout the area.

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CFA Partners with Boston Public Schools

The partnership provides BPS employees with a discounted tuition rate scholarship for CFA’s online and on-campus master’s programs in Art Education.

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