Mazmanian Gallery

2021-2022 Exhibitions


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 an exhibition of artwork by Caldecott Medal winners Sophie Blackall (illustrator of Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear and Hello Lighthouse) and Javaka Steptoe (illustrator of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat).

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 produced during sabbatical by two faculty from the department of Art & Music.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

January 18 - February 11, 2022

Reception: January 25, 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.

Hernease Davis

Feb 22 - March 25, 2022

Reception and Public Dialogue: Feb 22nd 4:30-6:30pm (4:30-5:20 in gallery, 5:30-6:30 in the Forum)

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

April 4 - May 6, 2022, exact dates and receptions tbd

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.  

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.

To learn more about the gallery visit our website:

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