Artist Gareginyan Works at Fenway Studios, Boston


BOSTON — Armenian painter Samuel Gareginyan works at the historic Fenway Studios in Boston. Gareginyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He graduated from Terlemezian Fine Art College and Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts (1985-1991). Gareginyan has exhibited his works in Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Spain, England, Turkey, Argentina and the United States.  His paintings are in permanent collections and archives at the Museum of Modern Arts of Armenia, the Fund of the Artists Union of Armenia, Armenian Library and Museum of America and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Gareginyan has lived since 1997 in the United States, exhibiting his works in the galleries and museums of America and abroad. He has been a drawing and painting instructor since 2003 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and is an art advisor to Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics.

Gareginyan has been creating works at Fenway Studios since 2012. Fenway Studios was built in 1905 after a fire destroyed the Harcourt Studios on Irvington Street in Boston. The artists in that building lost their life’s work. This event galvanized business and civic leaders, including members of the Copley Society and the St. Botolph Club, to help rebuild space for Boston’s artist community as quickly as possible.

The new building was designed so that every one of the 46 studios would have north-facing windows, 12 feet high. The interior plan, with 14-foot high ceilings, was inspired by the 19th century ateliers in Paris, where many of the original artists had studied. The building, which is Arts and Crafts style with clinker brick exterior, is located at 30 Ipswich Street in Boston.

Fenway Studios is a National Historic Landmark building. It is the oldest purpose-built structure in the country constructed for and dedicated solely to artists’ space. The Studios are also the first in the country to pioneer a not-for-profit limited-equity form of ownership. The building is open to the public one weekend a year for the annual Open Studios.