Emerson Urban Arts
Media Art Gallery
Emerson College recently opened the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery at 25 Avery Street in the fall of 2016. The Gallery serves as the locus of the College’s initiative to develop contemporary visual art as a vital component of Emerson’s arts profile.
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 will present contemporary art exhibits that emphasize new media, film, video, and performance art.
The Media Art Gallery occupies approximately 3,000 square feet of storefront space. It contains three discrete galleries: a grand, two-story atrium gallery of 1,000 square feet; a 1,500-square-foot, one-story gallery; and a Video Jukebox with presentations of the Emerson faculty work.
Four to six exhibitions will be held at the Media Art Gallery each year, featuring the work of outstanding visual and media artists from around the world and showcasing Emerson’s own advancements in the fields of emergent digital media, projection mapping, augmented reality, data visualization, and performance art. The Media Art Gallery will also feature a 24-hour visual arts presence with the New Media Windows program, which will consist of laser light installations, holograms, rear screen projections, and interactive new media, visible from the street even after hours.
The Media Art Gallery’s exhibits will embrace the College’s values, employing arts, communication, and media as vehicles for community engagement, diversity, and global initiatives, and will expand our students’ and our publics’ understanding of the dramatic reach that media arts can have. In recognition of Emerson’s leadership role in new media visual arts, the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery provides a dynamic new space in which Emerson can share its artistic accomplishments with the wider community.