The Media Art Gallery on 25 Avery Street is centrally located near the Boston Common in the Theater District of the Downtown Crossing neighborhood—and the only gallery in Boston exclusively focused on moving image art, performance art and emergent media. It was founded by the late Joseph D. Ketner II, with the intent of creating easier public access and more visibility for Emerson’s contemporary art exhibitions.
Emerson College opened the Media Art Gallery in the fall of 2016. The Gallery serves as the locus of the College’s initiative to develop contemporary visual art as a vital component of Emerson’s arts profile.
Funding for the creation of the Media Art Gallery has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaboration between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural council. Additional funding has been provided by the George I. Alden Trust and individual contributors to the Emerson Contemporary.