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Mark Cooper speaks about his goals, his creative process, and the importance of art-making. He was filmed in conjunction with his exhibition More is More at the Samson Gallery, Boston, MA. This show was recently reviewed in The Boston Phoenix.



Essay

Pamela Berger's essay “The Crescent on the Temple” has been published on the online journal The Bible and Interpretation. This essay is related to her recent book of the same title.


 

Photographs

Karl Baden photographs like an assassin, through the side window of his car.” —that is from a recent review in the Financial Times (London) of the exhibition ‘Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour’, Somerset House, London, until January 27, 2013. The review was published November 9, 2012.



TransCultural Exchange organization

Mary Sherman continues to raise the international profile of her TransCultural Exchange organization. She was invited to the Res Artis Conference in Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 27 and 28, where she gave two talks, one on the TransCultural Exchange and one on Cultural Exchange in America.

From Tokyo, she flew to Taiwan, where she met with the new Minister of Culture to discuss TransCultural Exchange's standing in the international art scene, its success in promoting artists abroad and how Taiwan might be able to take advantage of this to promote and raise Taiwan's arts and cultural standing on the world stage. She was then invited to give a number of other talks on behalf of Bamboo Curtain (a residency program in Taipei).



Award

Mary Sherman’s TransCultural Exchange was awarded a Mass. Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio Peers Grant. It is for $2500 and is self-renewing next year. ($2500 is this category's award per year.)



Exhibition

Georgie Friedman was featured in the exhibition “Beyond Horizons: Ria Brodell & Georgie Friedman” at the Middlesex School, Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery, 1400 Lowell Road, Concord, MA. ARTIST RECEPTION AND TALK - November 2, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

“Friedman’s videos “Seas and Skies” are composites of incongruous waters and skies. With these pairings, the realism and perspective begin to shift within the frame. The idea of the ‘horizon line’ is questioned and the scenes lose their context and become anonymous. By pushing the limits of the frame, and emphasizing the interior architectural elements, this installation creates an environment that becomes sculptural, visual and experiential.”


 

Exhibition

Khalid Kodi has organized an exhibition of the AMEN Project at Bapst Library. AMEN (Artists Movement to Engage Nonviolence) are part of a multi-religious committee of artists, architects, and human rights activists seeking peace and tolerance among all religions.

The AMEN Project started in response to a church burning incident in Gireif, a residential area in Khartoum, Sudan which occurred earlier this year in April. Sudanese/American artist Khalid Kodi, adjunct professor of the Fine Arts Department at Boston College, initiated the project with the help of a multi-religious and multi-ethnic team of artists who are students at Boston College. The team spent Summer 2012 working on a series of large-scale, high-quality biblical paintings as part of a greater effort to rebuild the Church in Khartoum. The project is firmly rooted in universal principles of and commitment to peaceful co-existence and social justice.

In addition to painting, the AMEN Project conducted interviews with leaders in the fields of education and religion; Dr. Abdel-Rahman Ibrahim Mohamed, Father David Hollenbach, S.J, Professor Catherine Cornille, Professor John Michalczyk, Professor Crystal Tiala, and Father Raymond Helmick, S.J. who commented on the meanings of the church burning incident, and on the response Professor Kodi and his students initiated. These interviews are available to watch online on the AMEN project website.



Alumni Art Exhibition

October 26, 2012
Anna Dehen wrote to Khalid Kodi, part-time faculty in Fine Arts: “I just wanted to share with you an exciting event that happened all because you challenged me to paint a picture of "an old person" for my final project in the intro painting class four years ago. I work for Target HQ now and they had an art show tonight featuring a little over 30 team members' art. Sixty people submitted their art and two local artists selected what pieces would be shown. …thank you for helping me discover my talent.”



Bogside Artists of Derry

Tom and William Kelly, and fellow artist Kevin Hasson—the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland-plan to spend March 27 and 28 at Boston College. Their goal is to speak with students and faculty about their internationally renowned mural art.

For more information on the Bogside Artists lectures at Boston College, please contact John Michalczyk.



Exhibition

Mary Armstrong’s exhibition Any Given Moment at the Victoria Munroe Fine Art gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe on January 3:

In celebration of the Gardner's re-opening, Mary Sherman will host Mary* and Lee Mingwei's 'Living Room Project,' at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. January 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and March 30, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium

India Winter ’13 presented The Challenges of Artistic Media: The Work of Edward Betts at the Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium. Participants include recipients of Boston College's Advanced Study Grants, the authors of articles in the University's undergraduate research and literary journals, the McNair Scholars, and others who have accomplished unusual research and creative projects. BC Chronicle



Exhibition

Mary Sherman is participating in the exhibition “Between the Sheets: a look inside the artist’s sketchbook,” at the Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., Boston, MA, February 16 - March 22, 2012.



Works by alumnist

Matthew Northridge, New York artist and BC alumni will be speaking about his works in the arts and participating in senior major critiques.
February 22, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Devlin 413.



Workshop

Shelia Blair and Jonathan Bloom gave the Frederic W. Goudy Lecture at Scripps College and led a workshop on Making Books in Islamic Lands. Sheila spoke on “Pen & Ink: The Development of Islamic Calligraphy,” and Jonathan spoke on “Paper and the Islamic Book.”



Bapst Student Gallery Exhibition

Photography exhibition of Bethlehem: Then and Now, featuring the work of senior
Iulia Padenau.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 29 in Bapst from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Everyone Welcome! The work will be on display until March 18.



Presentation

Karl Baden presented a paper “You call this clown an artist? Ruminations on three decades of obsessive self-portraiture” at the Yuma Art Symposium, Yuma, AZ on February 25.



Gallagher exhibition

Sheila Gallagher has a solo booth exhibition at the Volta exhibition in New York, March 8-11, 2012.



Best Installation Award and Critic’s Pick Award

Mark Cooper received the Best Installation Award and Critic’s Pick Award at the 2011 New England Art Awards on March 2, 2012. The award was presented at the black-tie Art Awards Ball at the Burren in Somerville, MA.



Spring Art Show – Bapst Library Student Art Gallery

Opening Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m. in Bapst.
Drop off works at Bapst 12:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22 or Friday, March 23.



The Documentary Photographer as Witness

Thursday, March 29, 10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room

The Fine Arts Department at Boston College, in collaboration with the French Embassy, Magnum Photos, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, invite you to attend presentations and a panel discussion with three photographers from the Magnum photo agency: Susan Meiselas, Thomas Dworzak, and Antoine D'Agata. Moderator: Karl Baden, Fine Arts Department of Boston College.



Bogside Artists of Derry

March 27-28

Tom and William Kelly, and fellow artist Kevin Hasson—the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland-plan to spend March 27 and 28 at Boston College. Their goal is to speak with students and faculty about their internationally renowned mural art.

For more information on the Bogside Artists lectures at Boston College, please contact John Michalczyk.



Exhibit

Sheila Gallagher’s exhibit at the Volta Gallery in New York was praised in the Bloomberg News.



Chairing Sessions

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair are chairing sessions at the conference Hajj: journey to the heart of islam at the British Museum, London, March 22-24, 2012. Sheila is chairing a session on Textiles, and Jonathan is chairing a session on Manuscripts and artists in Mecca.

This is a major multi-disciplinary academic conference, bringing together a group of renowned international scholars and specialists to present their latest research on Hajj.

The conference will cover many aspects of Hajj, including literature, history, archaeology, pilgrims’ journeys, art, architecture, photography, and material culture.



Paper session

Stephanie Leone chaired the paper session "Metaphor and Symbolism in Renaissance Architecture" at the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Conference in Washington, DC on March 22.



Fulbright Specialist

Mary Sherman has received a Fulbright Specialist grant in U.S. Studies - Art at Koc University, Turkey. She will teach an interdisciplinary arts course and lay the groundwork for a TransCultural Exchange Conference in Istanbul in 2014. Mary just returned from China, where she presented a lecture and had an exhibit at the Beijing Forestry University (they have an industrial design and arts program). She was the 'performer' of a composition by the French composer Benoit Granier. The concert was at the Beijing Central Conservatory, as part of the Irish festival.



Dean’s Scholars

Each year a select number of BC students are recognized as Dean’s scholars for their outstanding academic work. This year’s Fine Arts students include juniors Rosemary Chandler (Art History) and Cara Wolahan (Art History, Studio Minor), and sophomores Jaimie An (Studio Art/Mathematics), Emma Lott (Art History/French), Annie McEwen (Art History), Molly Phelps (Art History), and Brian Thurow (Film Studies/English). The awards ceremony will be held on April 2, 2012.



New appointment

Sammy Chong, S.J., who will be joining our department next year with a post-doc appointment, will have his MFA Thesis Exhibition, So Close so Distant at the Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA, April 12-29.

Opening reception
Thursday, April 12, 5:00-8:00 p.m.


Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision; From Nature to Art

September 1–December 9, 2012

McMullen Museum of Art
Boston College

Opening: Sunday, September 2, 2012
7:00–9:00 p.m. Dessert reception and exhibition viewing.


Lecture
The Annual Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art

”The Sistine Chapel: 500 Years”

William E. Wallace, Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History
Washington University, St. Louis

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Devlin Hall 101; reception immediately following.

Please rsvp by September 12, 2012
617-552-4295, or elliotj@bc.edu


Scholarly symposium

October 17-19, with many international speakers.
McMullen Museum
Boston College

 


Meyer photographs

The photographs from the album Aftermath of Conflict: People from the Balkans, South Africa, and Northern Ireland by Charles Meyer (who retired in 2011) were the subject of a long and thoughtful review in the journal Hungarian Review on July 23, 2012, pp. 80-84. The author, Tony Brinkley, praises Meyer’s photos for their combination of “exquisite aesthetic balance” and “ethical imperative."


Tavarelli's new book

Andrew Tavarelli is in the new book, 100 Boston Painters by Chawky Frenn, Schiffer Publishing, 2012.

 


Student's ceramics featured

Joon Park A&S ’12, will have his ceramics featured in the September issue of Ceramics Monthly. He also has received a Mima Weissmann Fellowship to Harvard for 2012-2013.

 


Collaborative Project

Mark Cooper has a new collaborative project, I Am From, at the Boston Children’s Hospital. The 'I Am From Project' at the Boston Children's Hospital will give patients, families, friends, and hospital staff an opportunity to collectively transform a series of sculptural objects with writing and imagery on the topic – I Am From. The sculptures will tour to various locations before returning to Children’s. A kickoff party was held on July 27, 2012.


 

Exhibition

Aileen Callahan is in the exhibition "Community of Artists," Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA. Juried by Katherine French. June 3 through August 5, 2012.

 


Weisberg's paper

Debra Weisberg's paper work will be included in the Paper Biennial in the Netherlands at the Rijswijk Museum, September 4 through November 25, 2012.

 


Conley exhibition

Stoney Conley is participating in the exhibition Landscape: A Fresh Perspective at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, Sandwich, NH, June 09, 2012 through June 29, 2012.



Tarvarelli exhibition

Andrew Tavarelli will be participating in a three-person exhibition “Eastern Influence in Western Art” at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, Sandwich, NH, June 30-July 24.

 


Baden exhibition

Karl Baden is included in the Online exhibition “Connections” on the Luminous Lint web page. The Connections index is for those of you who like to explore visual relationships between photographs. Here I‘m interested in examining series of images taken at the same location, covering the same subject or providing a parody of a well known photograph - for example: André Kertész - Karl Baden - Carte Horse Conspiracy.

 


Berlin Wall commemoration

Mark Cooper’s collaborative sculpture created for the Berlin Wall commemoration to Strabane, Ireland, where it was reworked as a peace memorial for Ireland. This project was extensively reviewed in the Strabane Chronicle with articles on April 19 and 26. Strabane Chronicle (pdf)

Mark is participating in a museum exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany: Die Polaroid Collection, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, May 26 to August 5, 2012.

 


Mary Armstrong is featured in a two-person show at the Cross-Mackenzie Gallery in Washington, DC. The show opened May 18, and continues through June 30. Gallery hours: Wed - Sat 12:00-6:00 p.m. and by appointment. 2026 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Dupont Circle metro).

 


Toni Pepe Dan is part of the exhibition PRC in New York. Several images from The Gesture of Tradition have been selected as part of the Photographic Resource Center's satellite exhibition at the New York Photo Festival this month.

May 16 - 20, 2012.
Reception: Saturday, May 19, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

111 Front Street, Gallery 210, Brooklyn, NY.

 


Selections from the Senior Project exhibition of the best work of our senior studio art majors and minors will be on view in the fourth floor Devlin studios through May 21, 2012.



Baden's exhibition

Karl Baden’s exhibition In and Out of the Car was favorably reviewed in the Boston Globe on May 9, 2012.

Howard Yezerski Gallery
460 Harrison Avenue, Boston.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 


Featured work

Work by BC alum Paul Shakespear is featured in a show at the Howard Yezerski Gallery.


Mark Cooper will be lecturing in Beijing in early June at the Tsinghua university and also traveling to Jingdezhen, a noted porcelain center to make a couple of pieces for a forthcoming major exhibition in Boston.

In April, Mark brought his collaborative sculpture created for the Berlin Wall commemoration to Strabane, Ireland, where it was reworked as a peace memorial for Ireland.


Sherman is profiled

Mary Sherman is profiled in the May/June issue of Art New England; the article highlights her work with the Transcultural Exchange, the international art organization which she founded.



Student Awards

At this year’s Arts Festival exhibition of student art, Casha Cappuccio won the Critic’s Choice award for all three of her digital photography works—Victory; A Journey Behind, A World Ahead; and The World At Her Feet.

Emma Sobota won the People’s Choice award for her painting Impressive Tree Tops.

Arts Council Awards were presented to Aileen Bianchi ’12 for her work in Film; Jennifer Brubaker ’12 for her work with the Art Club; Christie Mealo ’12 for her work in Studio Art; and Eileen Won ’12 received the Jeffery Howe Award for Art History.



Four BC students, Kerry Brunelle, Rachel Gregorio, Jordan Mendoza and Stephen Watson, have works in the Photographic Resource Center’s 2012 Student exhibition.

Opening reception: Thursday, April 12, 2012
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215


In and Out of the Car

April 20 - May 22

Howard Yezerski Gallery
460 Harrison Ave., Boston

Opening Reception: Friday, April 20, 2012
6:00-8:00 p.m.



Claude Cernuschi, Barnett Newman and Heideggerian Philosophy
(Madison and Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012).



John Michalczyk and John Hoover were awarded a TAM (Teaching and Mentoring) grant for $10,000 in April, 2012.


Stephanie Leone was awarded a TAME (Teaching and Mentoring Expense) grant for $2,000 in April, 2012.


Jeffery Howe will speak on A New Refinement: the Durant-Kenrick and the First Gentrification of Newton as part of the series Newton’s Revolutionary Roots -
The 2012 Newton History Series.

Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Newton Free Library, Homer Street, Newton, MA. Free

At its construction in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick house represented an important new stage in the evolution of colonial architecture, falling between the simplicity of seventeenth century building and the social aspirations of later Georgian mansions. This lecture by Boston College Professor of Fine Arts Jeffery Howe will explore the emergence of a new phase in upscale homes in Newton.


Toni Pepe Dan is participating in the exhibition Reveal and Conceal at:

The Bristol Art Museum
Hope and Wardwell Streets
Bristol, Rhode Island

March 24 - April 6, 2012
Artist Reception - Friday, March 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Exhibition: Views of Bethlehem: Then and Now

February 29 to March 21
Bapst Library Gallery


Photographer as Witness

Thursday, March 29, 10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room

The Fine Arts Department at Boston College, in collaboration with the French Embassy, Magnum Photos, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, invite you to attend presentations and a panel discussion with three photographers from the Magnum photo agency: Susan Meiselas, Thomas Dworzak, and Antoine D'Agata. Moderator: Karl Baden, Fine Arts Department of Boston College

The event is free and open to the public


Bapst Library Student Art Gallery
Opening Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m. in Bapst.
Drop off works at Bapst 12:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22 or Friday, March 23.


Mark Cooper received the Best Installation Award and Critic’s Pick Award at the 2011 New England Art Awards on March 2, 2012. The award was presented at the black-tie Art Awards Ball at the Burren in Somerville, MA.


Sheila Gallagher has a solo booth exhibition at the Volta exhibition in New York, March 8-11, 2012.



Karl Baden presented a paper “You call this clown an artist? Ruminations on three decades of obsessive self-portraiture” at the Yuma Art Symposium, Yuma, AZ on February 25.


Photography exhibition of Bethlehem: Then and Now, featuring the work of senior
Iulia Padenau.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 29 in Bapst from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Everyone Welcome!

The work will be on display until March 18. View Flyer


Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair will participate in the conference Hajj: Journey To The Heart Of Islam at the British Museum. March 22-24, 2012. Jonathan will be speaking on Architectural ‘influence’ and the Hajj,” and Sheila will speak on “Inscribing the Hajj: Qur’an 3”.


Shelia Blair and Jonathan Bloom gave the Frederic W. Goudy Lecture at Scripps College and led a workshop on Making Books in Islamic Lands. Sheila spoke on “Pen & Ink: The Development of Islamic Calligraphy,” and Jonathan spoke on “Paper and the Islamic Book,” February 11, 2012.


Matthew Northridge, New York artist and BC alumni will be speaking about his works in the arts and participating in senior major critiques. February 22, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Devlin 413.


Mary Sherman is participating in the exhibition “Between the Sheets: a look inside the artist’s sketchbook,” at the Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., Boston, MA, February 16 - March 22, 2012.


BC film studies majors premiered the film BC, I Love You at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on February 11, 2012.


Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium
February 3, 2012

India Winter ’13 presented The Challenges of Artistic Media: The Work of Edward Betts at the Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium. Participants include recipients of Boston College's Advanced Study Grants, the authors of articles in the University's undergraduate research and literary journals, the McNair Scholars, and others who have accomplished unusual research and creative projects. BC Chronicle


Sheila Gallagher is featured in the exhibition of Connecticut College Centennial Alumni at the Cummings Galleries in New London, CT, January 23 - February 24, 2012. She will be giving a gallery talk on January 27 at 4:00 p.m.


Mary Armstrong’s exhibition Any Given Moment at the Victoria Munroe Fine Art gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe on January 3:

In celebration of the Gardner's re-opening, Mary Sherman will host Mary* and Lee Mingwei's 'Living Room Project,' at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. January 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and March 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.