25 Years of Excellence

Faculty Art Is Focus of McMullen Exhibition

The McMullen Museum of Art's current exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Boston College Fine Arts Department by showcasing the work of 18 faculty members in the Studio Art and Film Studies programs.

The show, "Artists at Boston College: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in the Visual Arts," opened June 16 and runs through Sept. 12 at the gallery in Devlin Hall. It offers a glimpse at an infrequently seen side of BC's talented faculty, according to McMullen Museum Director Nancy Netzer.

"In the day-to-day rush to put together lesson plans, meet with students, calculate grades and sit on committees, one rarely gets to see the work of our teachers as artists," Netzer explained.

With the current show, she said, "we have created the time, space and occasion to view the images and read about the processes that are the driving force behind these artists' success as teachers."
"Awakening II," a 1994 work by Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Awalt (Fine Arts), is among the pieces in the exhibit.

Boston College Fine Arts Department faculty whose work is on exhibit are: professors Pamela Berger, John Michalczyk and John Steczynski; associate professors Michael Mulhern and Elizabeth Awalt; Adj. Assoc. Prof. Andrew Tavarelli; adjunct assistant professors Mark Cooper and Charles Meyer; part-time faculty members Mary Armstrong, Karl Baden, Aileen Callahan, Michael Civille, Tina Feingold, Khalid Kodi, Sharon Sabin, Mary Sherman and Debra Weisberg; and McMullen Museum Curator Alston Conley.

The exhibition marks a quarter-century of the studio arts at Boston College, where the curriculum has grown from a single painting class into a comprehensive program that includes sculpture, ceramics, drawing, photography and filmmaking. Nearly 1,000 graduates have trained in the program since 1974 for careers as artists, curators, art dealers and teachers.

During the summer, the McMullen Museum is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on weekends and on holidays. Admission is free. For information, contact the Arts Hotline at ext.2-8100, or the McMullen Museum office at ext.2-8587.

- Rosanne Pellegrini
and Mark Sullivan

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