MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only independent public college of art and design in the country, and the nation's first art school to grant a degree.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only independent public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees in art and design, all taught by world-class faculty, along with continuing education and youth programs designed to encourage individual creativity. Whether at home in Boston or on the other side of the globe, the artists and designers of MassArt are dedicated to making a difference in their communities. MassArt recently received the prestigious 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its dedication to community through public programming and curricular opportunities. For more information, visit

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David Nolta

David Derbin Nolta received a B.A. from The University of Michigan, an M.A. from The University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Yale. He has held Kress, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and lectured on Caravaggio at The Metropolitan Museum and the MFA. He has appeared on The Today Show and Dateline discussing Leonardo, and published many articles on the history of European culture. His curatorial work includes Florence and Beyond and, with Ellen Shapiro, Inlands: Photographs by Mimmo Jodice (a “Best of Boston” 2001; catalogue Skira). Nolta has published two novels, Grave Circle and Lostlindens, and his poetry can be found in Imago Dei, Subtropics, Assisi, The Lyric, Rattle, Chelsea Station, etc. Last year, he completed a collaborative textbook with sculptor Charles Stigliano, Spirited Prospect: A Portable History of Western Art from the Paleolithic to the Modern Era (Cognella 2015).