Emerson Contemporary is the college’s platform for showcasing contemporary visual art. It is focused on presenting living artists, their ideas, experiments, and creative practices in the areas of media art, performance art, and emergent technologies, while critically examining these works in their social context. The in-depth engagement with the temporary exhibitions and related public programming is based on the principle that artistic practice is an intellectual activity and works of art are a form of knowledge production.

Emerson Contemporary amplifies the voices of living artists, creative changemakers, and technologists who broaden how we understand our present moment and help us reimagine what is possible. We encourage experimentation, commission new works, and support artistic research. Our curatorial programming frequently showcases historically underrepresented artists in the digital and new media art field, including women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ artists. In support of this mission, we actively create opportunities for working artists to engage with new technologies, software tools, creative technologists, and the staff and faculty expertise on our campus that are otherwise less accessible.

Emerson Contemporary consists of the Media Art Gallery, Huret & Spector Gallery, Public Programs, Art on Campus and Public Art.

Our Galleries

Huret & Spector Gallery

The Huret and Spector Gallery is a laboratory for students and faculty of the College to produce experimental art projects and a venue for students to display their BFA thesis exhibitions and other curriculum related exhibitions and events.

What We Do

Public Programs

In conjunction with its exhibitions and mission to bring contemporary visual art to campus, Emerson Contemporary presents an interdisciplinary series of Public Programs—artist talks, conversations, and performances.

Art on Campus

Emerson Contemporary collaborates with other college entities, such as PATT and the School of the Arts, to help bring art to campus.

Public Art

Emerson Contemporary produces temporary public art projects in the City of Boston (and beyond) including murals, interactive light installations, participatory performances, and projection events.

Gallery Reservations

All requests for use of gallery space at the Media Art Gallery and Huret & Spector Gallery are considered requests, and are not guaranteed upon submission.

Connect with Us


Reach out to us at contemporary [at] emerson.edu.

Emerson College opened the Media Art Gallery 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. 

Funding for the creation of the Media Art Gallery has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaboration between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural council. Additional funding has been provided by the George I. Alden Trust and individual contributors to the Emerson Contemporary.