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Alston Conley

fine arts department

Alston Conley

Assistant Professor of the Practice

BFA, Tufts University, 1976
Diploma and Fifth Year Diplomas, School of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1973 and 1974

Devlin Hall 421

Academic Profile

Alston Conley teaches classes in painting, collage, and occasionally a summer Drawing course in Venice, Italy. He was the Chief Curator of the McMullen Museum at Boston College from 1988 to 2005. He has curated several exhibitions at the McMullen that focus on contemporary art, including Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works by Irish Women Artists, and Original Visions: Shifting The Paradigm, Women's Art, 1970-1996. He is also a painter who has investigated natural form and landscapes in his recent artworks and investigated cultural identity in his earlier frescos.

Professional Awards

He has received grants and fellowships for his artwork from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Fulbright-Hayes Grant for Italy, and The Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland.


  • "Exploring Place and Artistic Practice in Northern Mayo," Éire/Land
  • "House: Charged Space," Exhibition Catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art, 2001
  • "Interview with Alice Maher," Éire-Ireland, Fall-Winter 1998 and Spring 1999, XXXIII: 3 and 4; XXXIV: 1
  • Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works by Irish Women Artists, Co-editor, Exhibition Catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 1997
  • Original Visions: Shifting The Paradigm, Women's Art, 1970-1996
  • Jack Tworkov 1935-1982: An Abstract Expressionist Inventing Form, Exhibition Catalogue, Boston College Museum of Art, 1994
  • A Demonstration of the Fresco Technique, Exhibition Video, BC Museum of Art
  • Inspired By Nature: A Contemporary View, Exhibition Brochure, BC Museum of Art


  • 2015 – Northern Sky, O'Neill Library Level Three Gallery, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Downloadable exhibition catalog (pdf)
  • 2013 - Northern Sky: Stoney Conley, Rhodes Art Center Gallery, Northfield Mount Herman School, Gill, MA
  • 2012 - Landscape: A Fresh Perspective, Patricia Carega Gallery, Center Sandwich, NH
  • 2010 - Way After Canaletto, Winfisky Gallery, Salem State College, MA
  • 2008 - Summer Daze: Maine Paintings, West Island Gallery, Georgetown, ME
  • 2007 - Von Schlippe Gallery of Art, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT
  • 2007 - Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
  • 1999 - Vault Series IV: Chairs, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
  • 1999 - The Search Beyond The Surface, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME
  • 1999 - Artists at Boston College, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
  • 1998 - After Dark, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME
  • 1996-97 - Skowhegan at 50: The Maine Legacy, Maine Coast Artists; Rockport; Baxter Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland; and The State House, ME
  • 1995 - Einstein Gallery, NYC
  • 1994 - Lillian Immig Gallery, Emmanuel College, Boston
  • 1994 - Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective, Parsons Gallery, NYC; Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island; and McMullen Museum
  • 1993 - Where Fire Meets Water, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
  • 1991 - Images from the Eighties, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
  • 1989-90 - Subjective Abstraction, The Art Gallery at Boston College, The Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State College, and The Art Gallery at Montserrat College of Art
  • 1984 - VanBuren, Brazelton, Cutting Gallery, Cambridge

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