Lecturer – Art, Fundamentals
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sophia Ainslie currently lectures at Northeastern University in Boston. Under the full sponsorship of her patron Henny Kirshon, and the Art History Department at Tufts, she pursued her MFA in Boston, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in 2001. After graduating she received the Anne and Graham Gund award to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Maine. Sophia has lectured in Southern Africa at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, the South African National Museum, in Cape Town, and the Gaborone Museum of Art, in Botswana. Sophia’s most recent awards include, a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Painting, The Drawing Center’s Registry Program, NY, and nominated a Finalist in Drawing by the New England Journal of Aesthetics.
Sophia’s work combines x-rays, territorial mappings and sketches of places she experienced in her immediate environment. Her pieces form a collage-like space that reflects the relationship between the body and landscape as parallel experiences. Drawing becomes a tool where observation and imagination intersect; redefining landscape as an evolving relationship between experience, memory, analysis, recording and the formation of personal symbols.
Some of Sophia’s most recent exhibits include in person, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA; Pigment: Color and Metaphor-Curated by Stephanie Cardon, Brant Gallery, MassArt; Skowhegan Alum-Juried by Carrie Springer-Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 92YTibecca, New York, NY; Then and Now-Curated by Kathleen Bitetti, Spoke Gallery, Medicine Wheel, Boston, MA; Inside Out-2, Grillo Gallery, Endicott College, Beverly, MA. Sophia has participated in residencies such as, Triangle and ART/OMI in NY; Gasworks in London; Thapong in Botswana, Southern Africa; Thupelo, in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been reviewed and published by the Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, ArtScope Magazine, Northeastern News, Arts Media and others. She has received grants to pursue her work from the Sugarman Foundation (USA); the Hamlyn Foundation (UK), the African Arts Trust (UK), Oppenheimer Trust (SA) and others.