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2005 Alumni Guest

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Photographer James Balog '74

Recipient of 2005 Arts Council Alumni Award




This year the Boston College Arts Council has selected photographer James Balog '74 to receive the annual Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in the spring of 2005. He will have the premiere exhibition of his recent project – TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest – in the Boston College McMullen Museum of Art (April 14 – July 12) and make an exclusive Boston appearance at the 7th annual Boston College Arts Festival (April 28-30). While visiting, Mr. Balog will offer a lecture about the TREE project; participate in a career-related program, Inside the BC Studio, for students exploring a career in photography, and will receive the Arts Council award at the annual Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival on Saturday, April 30. For details, see his schedule.

For two decades James Balog '74 has consistently broken ground in the art of photographing nature. His provocative and powerful images have been published in National Geographic Adventure and repeatedly in numerous other magazines including Time, Smithsonian, Audubon, Outside, Stern and Paris-Match. The author of six books that have been considered major conceptual advances in nature photography, Balog has received international acclaim and numerous awards. His photographs have been exhibited around the globe in prominent arts institutions from Greece and Paris to New York and Los Angeles. Boston College is honored to host the first exhibition of TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest and to welcome Mr. Balog back to Boston College.

James Balog, Texas Live Oak Quercus virginiana var. fusiformis, Rio Frio, Texas
James Balog, Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobes, Lenox, Massachusetts
James Balog American Elm Buckley, Michigan Black and White Photograph
James Balog, American Elm, Buckley, Michigan, Black and White Photograph
James Balog, Giant Sequoia, Camp Nelson, California, Color Photograph


James Balog's Schedule at Boston College

Inside the BC Studio*
Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 4:00-5:00 PM
Fulton Hall, Room 511

A public interview program modeled after Bravo TV's Inside the Actor’s Studio. James Balog '74 will be interviewed by Robert Klein, owner of the Robert Klein Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston. This Gallery is the only major art gallery in New England devoted exclusively to Fine Art photography.

Click to see James Balog at Inside the BC Studio.

TREE Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, April 29, 2005, 7:00-9:30 PM
McMullen Museum of Art, Devlin Hall
Come celebrate the opening of James Balog's exhibition TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest. RSVP required.

TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest - A Lecture by Photographer, James Balog
Friday, April 29, 2005 at 7:30 PM
Devlin Hall, Room 008
Mr. Balog will lead a multimedia journey looking at the experiences, process and philosophy behind his portraits of America's largest, oldest trees. RSVP encouraged.

Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival
Saturday, April 30
Includes the presentation of the 3rd annual Arts Council Alumni Award for artistic achievement to James Balog '74. This event is open to Boston College alumni and their guests only.

NOTE: Mr. Balog will be available at all of these events to sign copies of his new book – TREE: A New Vision of the American Forest. The book can be purchased in advance from the Boston College Bookstore, or at the events.

*BE ONE OF THE FIRST FIFTY! The first 50 people to arrive at this event will be entered into a raffle for a FREE James Balog book - Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest - or a brand new Nikon Coolpix 5600 camera - retail value of $279.99!