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2016 Alumni Guest

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Nick Scandalios at the BC Arts Festival 2016

Recipient of 2016 Alumni Award:

Nick Scandalios '87

The Arts Council has selected Nick Scandalios to be the recipient of the 2016 Alumni Award.  Established in 1999, this award recognizes alumni who have achieved an outstanding level of distinction and public recognition for contributions in their art-related professions.


Nick Scandalios graduated from Boston College in 1987 from the Carroll School of Management.  A committed CSOM student, Scandalios was also an active member of the theatre scene, starring in West Side Story during his time at the Heights.  Shortly after graduating, he became the assistant to Jimmy Nederlander, Chairman of the Nederlander Organization.   Jimmy Nederlander is recognized today as the man that built one of the largest private live entertainment companies still in existence.  Since joining the company in 1987, Scandalios has risen in the ranks and now stands as the Executive Vice President of this century-old company.


The Nederlander Organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1912, when David T. Nederlander obtained a lease on the Detroit Opera House.  It has since grown into an international company committed to operating historic theatre and producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events.  Devoted to only producing “the best”, the organization owns many of Broadway’s best-known theaters, including the Gershwin, Marquis, Minskoff, and Palace, not to mention the theaters it owns in London, Chicago, San Diego, and other cities across the US.  As the Executive Vice President of this organization, Scandalios is integral in the company’s production choices and so has been actively involved in the booking decisions for the theaters for years.  Under his guidance, shows including The Lion King, Wicked, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray and many others have played and continue to play Nederlander Theatres.  It is thus no surprise that in 2008 Scandalios received the Robert Whitehead Award, which is given to graduates of the Commercial Theater Institute that have achieved “outstanding achievement in commercial theatre production.”


Scandalios’s impact in the theatre world extends beyond his position with the Nederlander Organization.  He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, the trade association representing the entire commercial theatre industry on Broadway and across North America, and has served as the Immediate past Chair and now Treasurer of the Family Equality Council.  Furthermore, he has demonstrated his steadfast commitment to humanitarian causes through serving on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Currently the Nederlander Organization is home to some of Broadways newest hits including the groundbreaking Hamilton, ON YOUR FEET!, and Waitress, the new musical with a score by Sara Bareilles that tried out here in Boston.  The Arts Council is proud to recognize the achievements of an alumnus such as Nick Scandalios, who not only has become one of the most influential people on Broadway, but who is also staunchly committed to promoting nothing short of excellence in professional theater.


2015 Alumni Guest:

Artist Chris Doyle '81

Recipient of 2015 Arts Council Alumni Award



Chris Doyle '81 is the special Alumni Guest for ArtsFest 2015. Doyle is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited widely at venues across the U.S. and internationally. Previous exhibition venues include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, P.S.1 Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMoCA, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Tang Teaching Museum, The Wellin Museum of Art, Sculpture Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.


In 2014, Doyle unveiled "Bright Canyon," an installation that was projected all over Times Square. Watch the video here to see how Doyle created this stunning piece of video art.

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His work includes temporary and permanent projects in the public sphere including Leap, presented by Creative Time; Commutable, presented by the Public Art Fund, and 50,000 Beds, a large-scale collaborative video installation involving 45 artists presented simultaneously at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield), Artspace (New Haven), and Real Art Ways (Hartford). His work has been supported by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and NYSCA.  In 2007, he completed The Moons, an outdoor three-screen video piece for the new Sprint Arena in Kansas City, MO. He is an artist leader in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.

Doyle's recent work explores the cultural construction of landscape. His urban projects include commissions for the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as for Melbourne, Australia, and Edmonton, Canada.  Within the U.S., he has received commissions from Culver City, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Tampa, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Austin, Texas; and, most recently, for Times Square in New York City.

In Chris Doyle’s installation art, watercolors, and projections, the ordinary is transformed into legend. His work monumentalizes people and places that often go unnoticed, bringing attention to elements essential to the vitality of a site. From the janitor he painted on the ceiling of a courthouse to the unknown cleaners he pays tribute to in his hotel pieces, Doyle is aware of the need to celebrate those who make the city sparkle for others. Doyle relies on the momentary transformation of the forgotten or disregarded into civic hero and explores themes of human aspiration through jumping, flying and transformation. His work honors, elevates, and restores a sense of possibility.

        -- The Artist Pension Trust

In September 2014, Mr. Doyle was selected to receive The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize, created to fund the acquisition of an artwork exhibited at Moving Image Istanbul Art Fair for The Borusan Contemporary Art Collection. The prize was awarded for the first time to Doyle, whose artwork Waste_Generation (2011) was shown at the fair through September 28, 2014, and is described as follows: "Doyle’s video is both a mesmerizing metamorphosis of form and color, as well as a meditation on contemporary collapse. Long inspired by Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire series (1833-36), Waste_Generation is the second piece in a larger project in which Doyle reinterprets Cole’s paintings into modern-era tales of ecological degradation and renewal.”

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Boston College and his Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University. 

Other awards and residencies include:

  • 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
  • 2010 MAP Fund, Collaboration with Headlong Dance Theater
  • 2005 Fellow, McDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (also 2001, 1998, 1996, 1991)
  • 2003 Percent for Art Commission, Glen Oaks Public Schools, Queens, NY
  • 2002 New York State Council for the Arts Grant, Film and Video
  • 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Multidisciplinary Work
  • 2000 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, Visual Art
  • 1998 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Architecture
  • 1997 Wheelwright Fellowship, Travel Grant from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • 1996 Public Art Fund, In the Public Realm, Open Competition