Mazmanian Gallery

2022-2023 Exhibitions


Soe Lin Post: Typosonic

September 2 - 30, 2022

Reception September 20, 2022 at 4:30pm with an artist talk on Designing from Silence, Sound and Music at 5:30pm in the Alumni Room

"How can we 'see' more by listening to sound?" This is the question posed and explored by Myanmar-born graphic designer, Soe Lin Post. Soe Lin began his deep inquiry into sound and its connection to graphic design as a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. His discoveries, called Typosonic, have transformed the way he thinks about design and the way he works as a design professional. Now, as the Director of Design at Wellesley College, his process continues to involve listening meditatively to silence, noise and music. He draws his inspiration from sound in order to break from preconceived notions and fixed habits that can hinder creative potential. Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University is thrilled to present Soe Lin's professional work from Wellesley College alongside fresh, new Typosonic experiments and explorations.

Raúl The Third

October  11 - November 4, 2022

In conjunction with The Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival on November 2, 2022.

In collaboration with The Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival, Mazmanian Gallery presents an exhibition of artwork by Raúl The Third. Raúl The Third is a New York Times bestselling and three-time Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge was awarded one of the year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2021 from the New York Times and the New York Public Library.

Bob Alter, Ashley McDowell and Leslie Starobin

Nov 15 - December 9, 2022

Reception November 15, 2022 from 4:30-6pm

The three photographers in this show each use the camera to probe at the interior and underlying content of the subject matter they shoot.  Bob Alter’s frontally framed exteriors of houses explore the complexity of aspiration and striving. Ashley McDowell’s portraits of her family use light and shadow to highlight the inner workings of human relationships. And Leslie Starobin’s close-up photographs of both indigenous and non-native tree trunks, with bark weathered by age and wood swelling with disease, mirror the human condition.


2023: Annual Juried Student Show

January 17 - February 10, 2023

Reception January 24th from 4:30-6pm

Each year Mazmanian Gallery presents a juried exhibition of artwork made by students from across the Framingham State University campus.  A guest juror is invited to curate the exhibition. 

Record Keeper

February 15 - March 10, 2023

Reception  February 28th at 4:30pm with an artist panel discussion at 5:30pm in the Alumni Room

Record Keeper is an exhibition of ceramic artwork that explores how artists use clay, one of the oldest artistic mediums, to grapple with time. The artists included in the exhibition take a wide range of approaches to this theme. Adero Willard explores her diverse ancestries by employing building techniques indigenous to West Africa and by using red clay as the skin of the vessel. Complex layering of color and pattern suggest pathways of time. Megumi Naitoh's ceramic animations combine clay with digital technology to address the current waves of racism aimed at Asians during the global pandemic. Paul Brigg's box-like forms reference the architecture of confinement within the prison system suggesting what it means to be held in place and the loss of time. Elshafei Dafalla's work for the show will be a literal record of his time spent working with students in the art department Fall 2022 making an installation of forms that document community and how art can bridge differences.

Capstone Exhibitions

Exhibition One: April 4 - 13 with a reception April 4th, 4:30-6:00pm 

Exhibition Two: April 18 - 27 with a reception April 18th, 4:30-6:00pm 

Exhibition Three: May 2 - 7 with a reception May 2rd, 4:30-6:00pm

Art and 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. 

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