The Barth Award
In Honor of Fr. Robert Barth, S.J.
The College of Arts and Sciences has established an annual award in honor of former Dean J. Robert Barth, S.J., and his support for the arts.
The J. Robert Barth, S.J., Award for Excellence in the Arts will be given each year at Commencement to a senior who has made an outstanding contribution to Boston College in the fine or performing arts, such as music, theater, dance, film or other visual media throughout their college career.
Fr. Barth is credited with revitalizing the arts at Boston College. He first came to the University as the Thomas I. Gasson Professor in 1985. As dean, he established the Music and Theatre departments, oversaw the opening of the McMullen Museum of Art, and was the first chair of the Boston College Arts Council.