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80 Washington Square East

80WSE Gallery

80 Washington Square East is a not-for-profit gallery affiliated with the Department of Art and Art Professions that presents contemporary and historical exhibitions.  The gallery resides in the historic Benedick building at Washington Square Park, originally commissioned in 1879 by Lucius Tuckerman, a wealthy iron manufacturer. 

Each spring, the gallery hosts MFA Thesis exhibitions.  Throughout the school year, student installations from the MFA, BFA, and Costume Studies MA programs are on view in the Project Space.

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Student Exhibitions

MFA First Year exhibition

July 31 – August 14, 2021
80 Washington Square East 
Gallery Hours: 12-6pm

Amanda Caldwell
Daniel Chase
Cecile Hirschler
Hugo Yu

Faculty Exhibitions

Below are highlighted exhibitions featuring full time and adjunct faculty.   

Kevin McCoy is a part of PostmastersBLOCKCHAIN, Postmasters Gallery’s blockchain website. The site debuted Wednesday May 26, 2021.

"This artist-focused site facilitates relationships of immediacy between their artworks and a new generation of collectors and curators. We believe our accumulated knowledge of the field gives the gallery an important role in mediating and supporting these relationships."

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Jesse Bransford has an exhibition at The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, Jesse Bransford: Time Machines 1997-2021. On view May 26 - July 31, 2021.

"Collecting an array of small works in various media spanning over twenty years, Time Machines presents artist Jesse Bransford’s long and intimate workings with ideas of magic and the occult. From the fantasy and speculative fiction genres that have long used tropes pulled from the magical traditions, on into the reality of psychedelic and spiritual questioning and manifestation, the work can be seen as an extended initiation process, one that Bransford explicitly embraced over the course of several years, beginning in earnest in 2003."

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Alumni Exhibitions

Below are highlighted exhibitions featuring alumni.

Thomas McDonell (BFA) has a solo show, Me, at de boer gallery, June 5 - July 10, 2021.

"Los Angeles-based McDonell presents a suite of assemblage paintings and prints surrounding notions of the self. The title of the exhibition, Me, immediately presents the core of the work, a probe into the idea of private versus public, and the ownership of images and ideas."

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Damien Davis (BFA, VAA) has a museum curatorial project, But No Elephants! at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, June 5- August 15, 2021.

"Inspired by a children's book my mother used to read to my late brother and I, this show (co-curated with Priyanka Dasgupta and the Museum’s Interim Director Charlene Melville) Unpacks the various ways in which we have reexamined what community looks like over the last year, and the potential we all have as individuals to contribute towards a more open and inclusive future."


Vaune Trachtman (MA) has an exhibition, Now is Always, at the Griffin Museum of Photography, May 26 – July 9, 2021. It was also reviewed in the Boston Globe.

"Vaune Trachtman’s “Now Is Always” offers process as vision: the world seen as through a glass softly. Using the gravure method, Trachtman creates works that seem more like emanations than photographs."

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