Mazmanian Gallery

2021-2022 Exhibitions


Annual Juried Student Exhibition

January 31 - February 23, 2022

Reception: February 15, 2022, 4:30-6:30pm

Each year Mazmanian Gallery presents a juried exhibition of artwork made by students from across the Framingham State University campus.  This year the show is juried by Lynne Cooney, Director of Exhibitions and Galleries at Montserrat College of Art.

Hernease Davis

March 1-31, 2022

Reception and Public Dialogue: March 1, 2022, 4:30-6:30pm (Reception at 4:30pm at the Gallery, followed by a talk by the artist at 5:30pm in the Heineman Ecumenical Center) 

Hernease Davis will present a solo exhibition of artwork in Mazmanian Gallery, and will engage in a student driven public dialogue about her practice. Hernease Davis is a photo-based artist using photograms, cyanotypes, and craft to emphasize self-care through the artistic process. She has been shaping her practice into a psychological space where she may safely confront emotional scars, respond to visceral impulses, and grow in acceptance of the imperfections inherent in the material process.

Capstone Exhibitions

Exhibition One: April 5 - 11 with a reception April 5th, 4:30-6:00pm 

Exhibition Two: April 21 - 27 with a reception April 26th, 4:30-6:00pm 

Exhibition Three: May 2 - 8 with a reception May 3rd, 4:30-6:00pm 

Studio Art and Graphic Design majors in The Department of Art & Music at Framingham State University are immersed in a collaborative, innovative and interdisciplinary learning environment, which focuses on academic excellence in the areas of visual art, design, and art history. The Capstone Experience is designed to support students to work intensively on creating a cohesive body of work in their chosen concentration.  Throughout their final year of study students receive feedback on this work from their peers, faculty, and professionals in the field.  The degree culminates with a public exhibition in Mazmanian Gallery.  


Arpilleras from the Collection of Marjorie Agosin

September 1 - October 1, 2021

Reception and Talk: September 21, 4:30-6:30pm (4:30-5:20 in gallery, 5:30-6:30 lecture in the Forum)

Mazmanian Gallery presents an exhibition of arpilleras, hand sewn quilts that tell the story of "Los Desaparecidos" (“the disappeared”) in Chile, from the private collection of Marjorie Agosin.  This art form emerged as a female-led resistance movement in response to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1970s Chile. The works are politically radical, feminist, and historically compelling; as well as compositionally and materially impacting. Marjorie Agosin who is an expert on the history and context of these tapestries will speak on campus about her collection, the current state of the resistance movement, and her recent related book.  

Sophie Blackall and Javaka Steptoe

October 11 - November 5, 2021

Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival: November 3, 2021

In collaboration with The Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival, Mazmanian Gallery presents Sophie Blackall & Javaka Steptoe. The exhibition features original artwork by both illustrators. There are works by Javaka Steptoe from two books: A Pocketful of Poems, written by Nikki Grimes, 2001 and Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2016. The paintings included by Sophie Blackall are all from her recent book If You Come to Earth, 2020. Viewers are invited to look closely at the artworks in order to discover the transformation that takes place as the original artworks take their finished form as printed illustrations.

Tim McDonald and Keri Straka

November 15 - December 10, 2021

Reception: November 16, 2021, 4:30-6:30pm

Mazmanian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork by Keri Straka and Tim McDonald. The sculptures by Straka contemplate, as she puts it, “how internal spaces within the body ‘speak’ through the language of sensation and subtle activity.” McDonald describes his drawings entitled stackshrinesnowswamps or sacralizing the ancient future as “springing from the intersection of wildness and culture.” Seen together, the exhibition poses questions about the effect that close observation can have on our bodily and environmental realities, histories and imaginations.

About Us

Centrally located in the McCarthy Center, Mazmanian Gallery is the on-campus gallery of Framingham State University. The gallery presents established, emerging, and student artist exhibitions and lectures that provide our campus and the surrounding MetroWest community with opportunities for direct engagement with art and artists.  

Mazmanian Gallery aims to foster inspiring cross-disciplinary dialogue by showing artwork that explores a variety of content relevant to a wide range of academic discourses. The gallery is dedicated to working with artists who have diverse backgrounds and life experiences so that the gallery programming is both representative of the diverse world we live in and furthers our campus-wide commitment to anti-racism.

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Our team: 

Ellie Krakow, Gallery Director

Jenna Billian, Gallery Intern

Daniele Farias de Pontes, Gallery Intern

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Location: McCarthy Center, 93 State St, Framingham, MA