Hi NESAD Alumni –

I’m moving on from my position here at Suffolk at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities.  It has been a pleasure getting to know many of you both as students and alumni. Please continue sharing your news and updates. You can use the “Contact the Editor” form or email nesadalumni@suffolk.edu.

While I’m moving on from my role as Web Editor, I’ll be returning to NESAD to teach workshops in WordPress and social media for both BFA and Continuing Education students.

Please connect on linked in, I’d love to stay in touch.

– Molly

Dreaming Gardens at Suffolk University Gallery

Dreaming Gardens 

June 10 – August 22, 2014

Opening Event: Thursday, June 12, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 Gallery Talk: Gardens of the Mind, Patrick Chassé, 5:00 p.m.


Suffolk University Gallery is pleased to present Dreaming Gardens, from June 10 – August 22, 2014.

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.

– Thomas More

A garden brings many things to mind, even for urban dwellers – a longing perhaps for Eden, a perfect enclosed space, a divine garden. The artists in the exhibit all have a profound relationship to gardens; many of them are practitioners in the yard as well as in the studio.  The works range from drawings to installation, knitted sculpture, photography and video.  Many metaphors are expressed when thinking about the idea of the garden: a place of beauty, a sacred space, of contemplation and refuge. These ideas continue to pervade the work of contemporary artists, writers, designers and gardeners themselves, as they have for centuries. 


Meg Alexander

Avy Claire

Beth Galston

Barbara Gallucci

Mary Kocol

Barbara Moody

Ann Wessmann

Melita Westerlund

Related Program:

Gallery Talk: Patrick Chassé, Gardens of the Mind, June 12, 5:00 p.m. 

Patrick Chassé is an educator, landscape architect, ecologist, writer, and landscape historian. He is particularly interested in the connections between art and gardens and the evolution of both expressions within a given cultural period. As former Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, he sought to explore and compare prominent examples of gardens designed by artists and art made by gardeners. Gardens of the Mind traces some of these progressions.

Suffolk University Gallery
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
617 994-4283

Image: The Photographer’s Garden on August 2, digital inkjet photograph 23x 34.5 inches, Courtesy the artist and Gallery NAGA, Boston, ©2011, Mary Kocol.

Alumni Participation Challenge

Join your former classmates in supporting current and future Suffolk students. A group of donors has pledged $50K to the school (College of Arts & Sciences, Law School, Sawyer Business School) with the highest percentage increase in alumni donors between now and June 30.










Whether you can give $10, $100 or $1000, your gift is important. 78% of first-year students who enrolled in fall 2012 received University grants and scholarships—funds that annual gifts help provide. Learn more about the Alumni Participation Challenge.

Amy Parker – Graphic Design, 2011

Amy Parker
(Graphic Design, 2011) will be a contestant in the 2014 Pixels of Fury contest sponsored by AIGA Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 7 – 10:00 pm.

AmyParker“AIGA sponsors “Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament” hosted by Shutterstock. Through a live competition, each contestant is challenged to create inspiring posters at breakneck speed. Under the gaze of local superstar judges, the pressure is on to answer the big design challenge: Whose inspiration shines brightest?” http://www.aiga.org/pixels-of-fury/

Head over to EventBrite to grab free tickets and go cheer for Amy!

‘Value Finding’ Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Join students, staff and faculty at the annual Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition reception on Friday, April 25th. ‘Value Finding’ features engaging work from graduating BFA candidates.

‘Value Finding’
April 19-30
Reception: April 25, 5-7 pm
Suffolk University Art Gallery
75 Arlington St., 2nd floor











Image: Mallory Salvaggio (photo credit: Elle DioGuardi) 


‘The Joining Project’

News from Silvi Naci (Fine Arts, Graphic Design 2011) about ‘The Joining Project,’ a community building public art project she directs. Join her at the Cyclorama on April 18th to participate in this awesome public art project!

Hello friends, 

With help from the BCA & BAC, we invite you all to a close-knit hangout at the Cyclorama this coming friday before Marathon monday. Hope you can make it out and knit along with us, fill out some wish tags and meet good people.

The Joining Project @ Cyclorama April 18th 12-5pm

Inviting knitters & people who want to learn how to knit for The Joining Project (Mass Ave Bridge) Summer 2014. Bead + Fiber will be teaching how to knit and you can also follow along. “Wish” tags will be given to write a heartfelt message to be hung on the bridge along with the knitting. A % of funds will go to the One Fund and the rest goes to making our project happen (materials costs).

Our Mission

The connection that knitting and crocheting artists make are beyond warmth and comfort, they are personal and joyful. The Joining Project invites you to knit, crochet, and use fabric art to cover Mass Ave Bridge- Boston. Let your message be a happy, uplifting one encouraging a better and happier community in response to Marathon bombing.

Silvi Naci

Founder + Art Director @TheJoiningProject