The Tatia Cynae DePass Dean's Research Award at SMFA is being established in memory of Tatia Cynae DePass, a passionate creator who challenged the status quo. This Award aims to provide support and encouragement for SMFA students. It is funded by the many alumni, friends and family members who loved and cared about Tatia, as well as those who were inspired by her.
Tatia graduated in 2018 with a BFA from SMFA at Tufts. As a young creative force in Boston, she was dedicated to expanding her artistic vocabulary. She left behind an ambitious body of work and was determined to reach new heights. This prize encourages students to take creative risks and find their own voice.