About the Artist Studios

The Artist Studios at the Boston Center for the Arts are dedicated to providing affordable workspace and a supportive environment to artists in all disciplines, and at all stages of artistic development. Artists working in studios at the BCA include painters, printmakers, sculptors, filmmakers, craftspeople, writers, performing artists and other art-related organizations.

The building includes fifty work-only studios for artists and arts organizations (studios are not live-in spaces). Studio sizes range from 110 sq ft to 1500 sq ft.

Artists and arts organizations are selected and placed in studios at the BCA through an application and jury-­review process as studios become available.

If you would like more information on the Artist Studios or are interested in applying for a studio, please refer to the application instructions.

Suzanne Merritt PDF Print E-mail

Studio 402


BCA Artist/Instructor Suzanne Merritt offers private classes and small group workshops in her studio for those interested in exploring new forms of creative expression. Altered books, shrines, found object assemblage, are just a few of the programs you can choose from. The world offers abundant and constant inspiration once you discover how to see it, record it, and use it. These fun filled workshops are designed to awaken your creative spirit and confidence. Stop by and see what you can create.

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Check out a preview of Suzanne's new ePub!

Deborah Van Auten PDF Print E-mail

St. Cloud Building
At the BCA since 1992
Artist website

van auten catsvan auten dark horsevan auten gargoylevan auten super dog

Artist statement:

"My work delves into the intangible aspect of the tangible. I think of my paintings as dreamscapes, or psychological environments, that can hopefully provide a platform for reflection and discovery. The figure is used metaphorically, with a penchant for the absurd."


The Dutch Masters and Italian Renaissance painters left an indelible imprint on Deborah as she explored the personal context of self-expression in her art. A reverence for painters of the past is evident in her work, where old world style combines with contemporary images in dream-like worlds rich with symbolism. Van Auten has spent her adult years in San Francisco, London, Boston, and New York where she studied at the Art Students League, School of Visual Arts, and was awarded a scholarship to the Salmagundi Club.

The award-winning work of Van Auten is in many private collections, and has been exhibited nationally. She has been featured in such publications as Art News, Art in America, American Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, Who’s Who in Visual Art, The Boston Globe, Art New England, among others.

Cats, oil on linen, 28 x 32
Dark Horse, oil on linen, 30 x 30
Gargoyle, oil on linen, 28 x 32
Super Dog, oil on linen, 25 x 25

Leika Akiyama PDF Print E-mail

Studio 212
At the BCA since 2004
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Artist Statement:
My work is about organizing color, texture, form and objects into creating unnatural or unusual situations.

Hello Kitty Mandala Installation, 5'x7'
Delicious Torment Installation, 12"x12"
Soapomatic Installation, 2'x5'
Untitled, 8"x16"

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