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Fine Arts Featured Story

Dr. Aurelia Campbell

Boston College and the Fine Arts Department are thrilled to welcome Dr. Aurelia Campbell to our faculty. Our new Assistant Professor of Asian Art History received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Pitzer College. Dr. Campbell's research focuses on Chinese architecture of the early modern period, and she is currently at work on a book about the geographically widely distributed construction projects undertaken by the Ming dynasty Emperor Yongle. Although she's busy preparing for her first semester teaching here at BC, Dr. Campbell kindly took time out to answer some of our questions about her background, interests, and thoughts about her new position.

Student Profile

Daniel Zawodney '14

Daniel Zawodny '14 has known since before starting college that he wanted to combine his interest in photography and film with his ambition to help "bring the world together." In this first-person account, the Film Studies major describes how his courses and relationships with his instructors and peers at BC have prepared and supported him in this endeavor. Traveling to Guatemala last summer with Actuality Media, a program for documentary filmmaking students, Danny was able to put his skills and knowledge to work in order to share with a greater public the story of a Mayan fishermen's cooperative dedicated to preserving the health of Lake Atitlan and their native culture. Photograph by Robin Canfield, Actuality Media

Upcoming Events

With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, the Fine Arts Department has no events scheduled over the next few weeks so as not to distract our students from their papers and final projects and exams. We wish everyone a very happy Christmas season with family and friends, and a healthy and peaceful New Year!

Mary Sherman's artwork

Still from Mary Sherman's Eri, After Dark, 2012.


The Bowman Art Collaborative has issued a Request for Proposals for artwork showcasing "the Power of Youth Movements in Black History." Finalists will receive a $100 honorarium and a $75 budget for work for a February exhibition in the Level One Gallery at O'Neill Library. Submission deadline: Friday, December 19.

Skinner auction house is offering BC students a behind-the-scenes tour of its Back Bay location at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 22. Students are invited to stay after the tour for a preview, with commentary by Skinner staff, of the items to be auctioned the following day. Space is limited, so email by Friday, January 16 if you're interested in joining the tour.

Deadline approaching: The Visual Culture Consortium, Boston, invites undergraduates to submit abstracts for consideration for the VCC's 7th annual art history symposium, "New Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture." The event will take place on April 11, 2015 at the MFA. Abstracts due by January 30, 2015.

Summer courses abroad
Four Fine Arts courses will be offered abroad during the summer of 2015 – Studio Art courses in Bali and Venice, and Art History courses in Florence and Spain. Application deadline is Feb. 5, 2015, but courses may fill earlier. More info & application instructions.

Professor Mary Sherman is looking for a student assistant for the spring semester to help her prepare materials for a museum show. Juniors and Seniors with a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for the position. The work will entail scanning working drawings, notes and wiring schematics, and will require good attention to detail for accurate results. The pay rate is $10 per hour, and the assistant should expect to work at least 5 hours per week. If interested, contact Professor Sherman at 617-413-0967 or

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