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Featuring several artists who are using their artwork to promote advocacy, the Cyclorama Show offers an exciting opportunity to explore environmental issues from a unique visual perspective!

The Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts is hosting their annual MFA Thesis Exhibition in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts from May 18-21, 2017! This year’s exhibition, The Cyclorama Show, offers an exciting opportunity to view the work of several MFA students who are engaging with environmental issues in their work. In their projects, MFA candidates have explored several interesting connections between visual depiction and environmental advocacy, and offer their unique interpretations on issues relating to the intersection of global warming and its impact on marine ecosystems, the ramifications of human waste, and the international dependence on shipping, among many exciting others.

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Location and Exhibition Dates:

539 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116

May 18 | 11:00 am-7:00pm

May 19 | 11:00 am-5:00pm | 7:30-10:00 pm

May 20 | 11:00 am–7:00 pm

May 21 | 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Public Reception:

May 19 | 7:30-10:00 pm

Sneak Peek!

Be sure to check out the exhibitions of William Van Beckum and Isabel Beavers! Below are some of the works that will be included in their projects!

 Isabel Beavers, “Arctic Lab”





William Van Beckum, “Mt. Katahdin via Instagram”






William Van Beckum, “Red Rocks (Ghost Ranch) via Instagram”






Environmental Artists at the SMFA

Seven students presenting their projects at The Cyclorama Show have incorporated environmental themes, questions, and perspectives in their thesis exhibitions. Be sure to check out these artists and their excellent work!

Isabel Beavers on “Arctic Lab”:

“Arctic visualizes changes happening in the Arctic marine ecosystem as a result of melting sea ice and warming water temperatures. As sea ice thins and melts earlier in the year, the lightscape of the marine environment changes drastically, altering the fabric of the Arctic marine ecosystem.

William Van Beckum on “Old Faithful via Instagram”:

“I create photographs, videos, and appropriated media works which are both critical and celebratory of the consumptive nature of humans relationship to images of nature in an age where the effects of climate change are beginning to be felt.”

Allison Gray on “The Problems and Possibilities of Seeing and Knowing”:

“I create my own acts of preservation by encasing organic matter in resin. Using only observational painting techniques, I then create paintings of these objects to point to moments of truth. My work examines and explores ideas of perception versus reality, and the impact of human activity on the climate and environment.”

Tonya Shanhotlz on “One Year”:

“I use sculpture, performance, sound, and video to record anthropological traces relating to the overwhelming excess waste in our everyday environment and the ridiculous challenge of confronting it daily. This exhibition, One Year, is the end product of saving my own trash for an entire year, minus food waste.”

Mission Um on “From Scratch”:

“I consider the found imagery of mass production and reproduces it using a fundamental material, pencil. My drawings take a laborious approach to found objects people carelessly overlook and discard. Attending to the diverse, scattered objects around us that have emerged in the explosion of twentieth-century commodity culture, my practice explores human emotion.”

Mea Duke on “Futureland”:

“The work seeks to implicate our economic relationship to the widely used industrial vessels and the environmental impact by calling on romanticism and the sublime.”

Mengran Wang on “Epitaph”:

“My work explores the relationship between human beings, animals, and objects, and imagines the ramifications of these categories by exploring stages where animals are personified while human beings are animalized or robotized.”