The Tufts University Art Gallery animates the intellectual life of the greater university community through exhibitions and programs that explore new, global perspectives on art and art discourse. The Gallery is dedicated to conceiving and presenting contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs that support the academic and civic ideals of the University. The Gallery is also the steward of the University's permanent art collection.
The Gallery's academic mission is to provide a research and teaching platform for its major constituencies. Thematic and solo-artist exhibitions are socially relevant and idea-driven. They aim to expose fresh interpretations and scholarship on art, art history, and visual culture. Guided tours for classes and groups based on the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method are available by appointment. A "Museum Without Walls-Tufts" web app is available (tuftsart.toursphere.com) that aids in the interpretation and appreciation of art sited around the Medford campus. Each May, the Gallery hosts an exhibition organized by students in the Tufts Museum Studies Program, a graduate certiﬁcate program.
The Gallery's major constituencies include: current students, faculty, and staff on the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the other Tufts schools; the greater university community of alumni, parents, donors, friends, and neighbors; the regional and New England arts community; and arts professionals (including exhibiting artists). Its Contemporary Art Circle organizes events in Boston, New York City, and occasionally elsewhere that foster art appreciation and education as well as collecting. Circle donations support the Gallery's special projects and publications.
The Tufts University Art Gallery's exhibition space consists of the Tisch Family Gallery, the Koppelman Gallery, the Remis Sculpture Court, and the Slater Concourse Gallery (a Tufts community gallery).