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BSA Space hosts rotating photography exhibitions

The BSA Foundation (Foundation), created by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) in 1971, expanded its focus in 2014 to “build a better Boston”. This mission is delivered through exhibitions at BSA Space, youth and family education programs, community and civic work, and cultural programming. Since 2014, over 125,000 people have been served by the Foundation.

BSA Space is not only home to the BSA and the BSA Foundation, it hosts regularly changing exhibitions focused on design and architecture. The BSA Foundation supports all of the exhibitions at BSA Space, which expose the public to the power of design around the world and in their every day life. Visitors  can get involved with each exhibition through a series of expert led tours and thematic programs.

This year, BSA Space is kicking off its five-year series of rotating photography exhibitions that are expected to change every six months and will feature a roster of photographers exploring themes related architecture, the built environment, and the power of design to transform and improve people’s lives.

The first two photography exhibitions that aim to stimulate public appreciation of architecture are Surface Tension: Architectural photographs from Peter Vanderwarker, featuring a collection of photographs that explore the nature of surfaces, in both the built and the natural environment; and Boston Up: Infrared photographs by Neal Rantoul , a series of architectural photographs Rantoul says contains “an odd, surreal glow that I swiftly became invested in.” Both Peter and Neal’s work will be on display until June 1, 2019.

For the upcoming photography exhibitions, BSA Space is extending a call for proposals to local and national artists to exhibit photography in multiple BSA Space galleries that represents new, creative perspectives on the built or designed environment. The application will open on Friday, February 15, 2019 run through March 15, 2019. The submissions will be juried on creative value, mastery of craft, and relevance to the exhibition theme, New Visions of Designed Environments.

The call for photos is being curated and juried by renowned photographer Peter Vanderwarker, whose work kicked off the Photo Galleries at BSA Space. Vanderwarker’s work will also be part of the Foundation’s inaugural Architecture Auction and Cocktail Party on March 14. The auction is a one of a kind opportunity to own photographs, sketches, and paintings created by local architects and artists. Auction items include sketches of your favorite local buildings, a watercolor of Back Bay, and an airplane tour over the City of Boston—this unique auction can only be found at the BSA Foundation. Early bird tickets are on sale through February 14.

BSA Space is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am–6:00 pm, and on weekends and holidays from 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Images courtesy of BSA Staff.

To learn more about how the BSA Foundation is making an impact in communities, please come to BSA Space for a one hour “tour” of BSA Foundation programs. On the tour, board members and volunteers will tell stories about how Foundation programs, and the power of design, are positively changing the lives of real people. BSA Foundation Conversation meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. Events are free, but seats are limited. Check for upcoming dates and to reserve your seat.