Approximately 100 friends of the University and its art museum came to Devlin Hall on June 10 for the dedication of the Charles S. and Isabella V. McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College.
The museum, which opened in Devlin Hall in 1993, was named in honor of the late parents of museum benefactor and Trustee Associate John J. McMullen.
"As one approaches the last phase of life, you obviously think of the early phases, and when you think of them you always think of your mother and father," said McMullen, owner of the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils. "I'm really blessed because I had a great mother and a great father and nothing pleases me more than to have this museum named after them."
"There are so many different parts of the University you could associate John's name with because of his tremendous range of business and academic experience and his interest in sports, but I think it is most fitting that his name be associated with a museum of fine art," said University President J. Donald Monan, SJ.
"John, through his entire life, has been unimpressed with wealth and standing among people, but deeply impressed with personal integrity and loyalty," Fr. Monan continued. "It is indicative of his character that rather than having his name on this fine museum, he is gracing it with the names of his mother and his father."
Museum Director Nancy Netzer said the museum's roster of exhibitions and educational programs has established Boston College as a significant contributor to the artistic and cultural life of New England.
"John McMullen's generosity ... contributes immeasurably to the richness of intellectual life on this campus and to the expanded educational mission at Boston College," Netzer said.
Since opening in its present location, the museum has received acclaim for its exhibitions, including the recent show, "America's Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns." It is currently featuring "A Shadow Born of Earth: New Photography in Mexico" and will mount a major exhibition in October, "J.M.W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land and the Bible."
More information on the museum and its schedule of exhibitions is available at http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum.
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