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MFA Boston is latest museum to shed its art school

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is to merge with the city’s Tufts University this summer

Are museum-run art schools becoming extinct? One of the few remaining schools affiliated with a major museum, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is due to merge with the city’s Tufts University on 30 June. Tufts will run the 140-year-old school, which boasts alumni including Cy Twombly and Ellsworth Kelly, while the museum will retain ownership of its buildings. The partnership is a “bold proposition”, says Christopher Bratton, the president of the SMFA, which has suffered from low enrollment numbers and a lack of full accreditation.