Emerson Urban Arts
Emerson College’s venue for the visual arts presents exhibitions and programs that focus on performance and media arts. Emerson Urban Arts is part of a larger public visual art program consisting of the Media Art Gallery, the Paramount Urban Screen, the Huret & Spector Gallery, and temporary public arts projects. These venues and programs realize Emerson’s mission as an institution of higher learning committed to communication and the arts, and they embrace Emerson’s values, employing arts, communication, and media as vehicles for achieving diversity through community and global engagement.
The Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery is the only art gallery in the Boston Common, Theater District, and Downtown Crossing neighborhoods—and the only gallery in Boston exclusively focused on media art. Its presence reinforces Emerson’s identity as the premier higher education institution committed to communication and the arts by providing a public venue for visual and media art, and also by serving as a home for the Emerson Urban Arts program. Under the direction of Joseph D. Ketner II, Foster Chair in Contemporary Art, the Media Art Gallery presents contemporary art exhibits that emphasize new media, film, video, and performance art.
Funding for the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaboration between Mass Development and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Additional funding was provided by the George I. Alden Trust.