Discipline: Architecture – design

Chelsea Garunay

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: Boston, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Chelsea Garunay is the senior exhibition designer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has been the lead designer on over 60 exhibitions, galleries, and installations. Notable exhibitions at the MFA include “Gender Bending Fashion” (Grands Prix Gold Prize for Exhibition Design), “#techstyle” (International Design Communications Exhibition Design Bronze Award), “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” “Ancient Nubia Now,” “Matisse in the Studio,” and “Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity.” She has led the renovation design on several of the MFA’s permanent collection galleries: Arts of Islamic Cultures, The Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting, and Masterpieces of the Pyramid Age. Before joining the Museum of Fine Arts, she worked as a junior architect at Arquitectonica in New York City. Chelsea received her bachelor of arts in architecture from Yale University and her master of architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

At MacDowell, she worked on a series of conceptual models for a theatrical/narrative space. This space will respond to her family’s immigrant American experience in the ‘set’ of the suburban landscape.



Chelsea Garunay worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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