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Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom in Tehran in February receiving the World Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their work editing The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (see news item below).


Professor Karl Baden has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Practice in Photography in the Fine Arts Department. Professor Baden currently teaches popular photography and "Art and Digital Technology" courses, and has received widespread critical acclaim for his body of work, including his Covering Photography and Every Day (recently featured on New England Cable News and dozens of other media outlets) projects.


Leila Amineddoleh, J.D. Boston College Law School and specialist in art, cultural heritage and intellectual property law, presented "Legal Issues in Art Restitution: Historic Looting, the Monuments Men, and Nazi Looted Art," a lecture in which she examined the hurdles—legal and otherwise—faced by rightful owners seeking to reclaim stolen works of art. The April 14 event was sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the Fine Arts Department, and the B.C. Law School, and was presented in conjunction with this semester's "Loot" course being taught by Professors Stephanie Leone and Nancy Netzer. The lecture was recorded and will be available online within the next several weeks.


On April 15, Professor Sheila Gallagher led a "Go Back to College Class" for B.C. Alumni. In "Stalking the Muse: 11 Things You Learn in Art Class," Professor Gallagher explored the subjects of creativity and inspiration through the lens of contemporary art, and demonstrated the process of how artists move from inspiration to manifestation. The class was sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association.


Art History major Molly Phelps '14 was selected to present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at the Visual Culture Consortium's 6th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on April 12.


In connection with his course "Holocaust and the Arts," Professor John Michalczyk organized Arresting Children: Biblical Allusion, Modern Iconography, and the Witness of Samuel Bak.* Dr. Danna Nolan Fewell of Drew University and Dr. Gary A. Phillips of Wabash College spoke at this April 7 forum sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.


Witold von Henneberg, husband of Professor Emeritus Josephine von Henneberg, died on April 2, following a long illness. After her retirement in 2001, Professor von Henneberg and her husband moved to Davis, CA, where Professor von Henneberg continues to pursue her research and writing on Italian Renaissance art. Professor von Henneberg and her husband, an architect, were married 62 years ago.


Art History majors Annie McEwen and Molly Phelps (both A&S '14) presented papers at the 2014 BCTalks annual showcase on April 8. Annie's talk was entitled "Baroque Art: Meaning and Relativity"; Molly's "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age."


Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion Norwegian Teachers' Resistance to Nazi Occupation* at Trinity Chapel on BC's Newton campus on April 9. The evening began with a live performance of an oratorio describing how 10,000 Norwegian teachers stopped Hitler from putting Nazi textbooks in their schools. The Fine Arts Department co-sponsored the event along with the Woods College of Advancing Studies; the Laura and Lorenz Reibling Foundation; the Jacques Salmanowitz Program; the Faith Peace and Justice Program; and Veterans for Peace.


Professor Lisa Kessler presented an artist talk at the opening of her solo show In the Pink at DanforthArt in Framingham, MA, where the exhibition will be on view through June 15. The April edition of the DanforthArt Newsletter includes a profile of the photographer.


Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion preceding an April 6 screening of the 1928 silent movie masterpiece "La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. The screening, sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College, featured musical accompaniment by organist Peter Krasinski and the Seraphim Singers.


Dr. Aurelia Campbell has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Asian Art in the Fine Arts Department. Dr. Campbell, currently at Smith College, will be teaching classes at BC starting in the fall semester of 2014. On March 17, Dr. Campbell lectured at BC on "Architecture and the Imperial Image: A Case at the Sino-Tibetan Frontier."


An article in the March 27th edition of The Heights describes the inception of Exposure Media Group, a five-person film production house launched by students Max Prio '16 and Billy Foshay '16. Max and Billy are both students in the Carroll School of Management. But Max, whose father is a freelance film director, has long-standing interest and experience in film; last fall, he was part of a team that received a $10,000 grant from Hyundai to produce a short film on BC football. And Billy is a photographer and graphic designer who also takes classes in the Fine Arts Department. The company's first project, which was completed within a week, was a much-viewed video promoting tickets for the Annual Showdown at BC. In a column in the same edition of The Heights, Arts and Review Editor John Wiley lauds Max and Billy's ingenuity in putting together a startup using the skills they had learned and the talent that they found in the Fine Arts Department, and muses about the fruitful collaborations that could result if more entrepreneurs followed their example by being more open to the ideas artists could bring to their endeavors.


PDN (Photo District News) selected Professor Greer Muldowney as one of its 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2014.


The Harry G. Friedman Society sponsored Professor Pamela Berger's lecture "The Dome of the Rock as Image of the Ancient Temple in Jewish Art" at the Jewish Museum in New York on March 23.


In the March 24th edition of The Heights, Michelle Tomassi '15 outlines some of the potential future venues for the display of student and faculty artwork in light of the recent closure of the Bapst Art Gallery. An editorial in the same edition of the paper emphasizes the student and public enthusiasm for the visual arts at Boston College, and the importance of permanent exhibition spaces on campus.


The Massachusetts Cultural Council featured work by 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney in its Photography Finalist Exhibition at the New Art Center in Newton from February 28 through March 23. Art critic Cate McQuaid profiled Greer Muldowney in the February 15th edition of the Boston Globe.


On March 21, Professor Debra Weisberg presented a lecture "Material Drawing: Exploration and Connectivity" as part of the "Computation" lecture series at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning.


In the March 19th edition of the Boston Globe, art critic Cate McQuaid reviews "BRINK v1," a group exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts' Mills Gallery. McQuaid characterizes Professor Georgie Friedman's video "Snow Study III," a meditation on the dance of snowflakes against a dark sky, as the "still center" of a show in which the artists attempt to capture visually the fleeting moments that coalesce into our lives.


Professor Ash Anderson presented "Inverting Paris: Photographic Innovation Between the Wars" on March 17 at Boston College. In this lecture, Professor and exhibition curator Anderson discussed how the photographers represented in Paris Night & Day inverted traditional photographic techniques and framing to invent new visions of Paris and new conceptions of photography as an art form.


On March 10, Professor Pamela Berger presented her paper "Stars and Bones: Revisiting Ezekiel's Visions" at Boston College's 2014 Corcoran Chair International Conference, "Jews, Christians & Visuality: New Approaches."


Molly Phelps A&S '14 will present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at the Visual Culture Consortium's Undergraduate Art History Symposium. This annual showcase of the best undergraduate art historical research from across New England will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on April 12.


Tim McCool A&S '12 Studio Art, opened a solo show, You will love this some day at the McGladrey Art Gallery in the Bentley University Library in Waltham. Art critic Cate McQuaid highlighted the exhibition as a week ahead item in the March 12 edition of The Boston Globe. Dina Deitsch, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, has selected one of Tim's paintings for inclusion in a group show, "Massachusetts," at Gallery 263 in Cambridge; the show will run from March 20 through April 12. The Pavement Coffee House in Newbury Street in Boston displayed some of Tim's paintings in February and early March.


As he begins his 28th year of photographing his face daily, Professor Karl Baden was interviewed by WBZ-TV and WCVB News about his Every Day project. A slideshow on the WCVB website provides an "insider view" of the photographer's daily ritual. In light of the current selfie craze, the "Every Day" project has received a great deal of recent press; Professor Baden recommends this PBS News Hour article as one of the most thoughtful. Photographs from "Every Day" serve as the basis for one of the assignments in Professor Baden's "Art & Digital Technology" class, for which he gives each student the photograph of his own face that corresponds to the student's date of birth. Each student then alters the image to imbue it with visual and conceptual relevance to the day of the student's date of birth. An exhibition featuring the products of this year's assignment was on display in the O'Neill Level One Gallery through the month of February.


Soo Jun Rhee A&S '17 interviewed Professor Katherine Nahum for a feature article about Boston College's architecture in the February 17 edition of The Heights.


Photography Professor Lisa Kessler's Seeing Pink is the inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated Hammond Hall Art Gallery at Fitchburg State University. Professor Kessler's documentary photographs explore the psychological and cultural implications of the ways in which individuals and society use and view color – in this case, pink. The show, on view through March 28, was previewed in the February 4 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.


Arcadia Press recently published Professor Timothy Orwig's Cape Cod Canal, surveying – with the help of historic photographs – the history and construction of this engineering marvel.


Professor Toni Pepe Dan has been appointed to the Malden Cultural Council, one of Massachusetts's 329 Local Cultural Councils that distribute through a grant process funds supporting community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities.


Two new works from Professor Karl Baden's series "Rising" are included in Humble Arts Foundation's online exhibition Tough Turf, which explores new directions in street photography.


Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan selected Professor Georgie Friedman's work for inclusion in BRINK v1, an exhibition exploring ideas of itinerancy in contemporary photography. The show at the Boston Center for the Arts is on view through April 13.


Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom traveled to Iran in February to receive the World Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their work editing The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture. In an interview conducted by the Iran Book News Agency, Professors Blair and Bloom discuss the methodology they employed to compile the encyclopedia, and their hope that their "layman's" approach will help make this fascinating subject more accessible to a greater readership.


The Proof Gallery in South Boston invited Professor Georgie Friedman to contribute work to their annual Boston Does Boston exhibit. A February 4 review in the Boston Globe called Professor Friedman's video "Glacial Melt" "hypnotic."


Associate Professor Stephanie Leone has published the article, "Prince Giovanni Battista Pamphilj (1648–1709) and the Display of Art in the Palazzo al Collegio Romano, Rome,"* in the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (vol. 58), and she will present the paper, "Luca Signorelli's Coriolanus fresco (1509) from Palazzo Petrucci, Siena: from 'singular' to 'commodity' and back again," at the Renaissance Society of America conference in New York in March 2014.


Two of Professor Aileen Callahan’s works were selected for inclusion in the exhibition Expressive Voice: Brought to Light at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art in Durham, New Hampshire. The show runs through March 30, 2014.


Professor Karl Baden's work is included in the group show 2014 Wheels Project at the Lincoln Art Project in Waltham, MA. The exhibition was selected as a Week Ahead: Arts item in the February 6 edition of the Boston Globe. An article in the January 27 edition of The Heights includes an overview of the exhibition as well as a profile of Professor Baden, highlighting his ongoing Every Day project.


Paris Night & Day, a photography exhibition curated by Professor Ash Anderson that will be opening at the McMullen Museum of Art on February 15, is previewed in the January 30 edition of The Boston College Chronicle and the February 3 edition of The Heights. Students in Professor Anderson's fall semester class "Photography in Paris 1900-1945" contributed label texts to the exhibition.


The Massachusetts Cultural Council selected Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney as 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees. Works by Professors Baden, Muldowney, and the other 11 Fellows will comprise an exhibition opening at the New Art Center in Newton on February 28.


The January 27 edition of The Heights features an interview with Katlyn Prentice A&S '14, a Film Studies major who serves as a teaching assistant and mentor for the department's Filmmaking 1 course. Previously, Katlyn had received an undergraduate research fellowship to work with Professor John Michalczyk on his documentary film work.


Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library presents Crucifixion Meditations,* an exhibition of drawings by Professors John Stecynski (retired) and Aileen Callahan. The exhibition will remain on view through May 31.


Professor Stephanie Leone reviewed Dorothy Metzger Habel's new book "When All of Rome Was Under Construction": The Building Process in Baroque Rome in the January 2, 2014 edition of


The Boston College Association for Retired Faculty selected retired Professor of Photography Charles Meyer as one of their 2013-14 grant recipients. Professor Meyer will apply the grant towards production of the book The Aftermath of Conflict: Photographs from the Balkans, Kosovo, South Africa, and Northern Ireland.


Alston Conley: Paintings & Constructions opened December 6 at the Rhodes Arts Center Gallery at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. The exhibition, on view through January 24, 2014, features this studio professor's recent work, in which he superimposes intricate silhouettes of trees and other landscape elements against glowing, painted skyscapes. At left: End of the Day Blue Orange, 2012.


The "Names" column in the December 15 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe featured a photograph of Professor and McMullen Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer. Professor Netzer is shown accepting from Steven Rockefeller Jr. a donation to the Museum—an etching by Albrecht Dürer. Mr. Rockefeller and his wife, Kimberly, presented the print in honor of their sons, Steven III (BC '09) and Christian, who graduated from BC this December; related story in the January 16 edition of The Heights. BC News Release

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