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Thirty-four members of the Boston College class of 2015 were awarded Fine Arts degrees on May 18 – 12 in Art History, 11 in Film Studies, and 11 in Studio Art. Ten Fine Arts graduates received Latin honors of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa inducted four graduating Fine Arts majors into its Omicron of Massachusetts chapter on May 17. Read more about our 2015 graduates. Above: Kenya Danino's graduation cap.
In looking at what Cai Thomas '16 has accomplished over the past three years, it's hard to imagine when she slept. Since declaring a Film Studies minor in her sophomore year, she has energetically pursued seemingly every opportunity available to develop her skills and experience as a filmmaker. A Communications major, Cai is a natural story-teller, and her documentary films reflect that strength. In 2014 she produced an eight-part series of videos profiling the cast members of a production of the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" at the Robsham Theater. The following year she made a documentary about Boston College alumna Blake Bolden '13, a professional hockey player for the Boston Blades; the film was chosen by NESN as a finalist for the network's "Next Producer" series, and aired on April 6, 2015. Most recently Cai teamed with Professors John and Susan Michalczyk, serving as Associate Producer and film editor for Lou Montgomery: Legacy Restored, a documentary about the first African-American football player at BC.
Cai's film work, and the commitment to social justice evident in her documentaries, has not gone unrecognized. In February 2015 she received BC's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award, presented annually to a junior who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service and involvement with the African American community and issues. And last September Cai attended the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, having been chosen as one of just 50 student applicants from all over the world to win this prestigious opportunity to meet and learn from highly regarded filmmakers, actors and producers. Professor John Hoover, one of the Film Studies faculty members with whom Cai has worked closely at BC, describes her as "an excellent student who brought a base of experience from a Rule/Boston Camera internship to cinematography class. She was a student who displayed confidence and pleasure in working with all the essential tools."
Read Cai's reflections on how her time at BC, and the instructors in the Fine Arts Department, contributed to her formation as an accomplished filmmaker.
Fine Arts News
2016 marks the centenary of The Easter Rising, a defining moment in the struggle for Irish independence. The McMullen Museum's spring exhibition explores the role that the Irish Art and Crafts movement played in shaping an Irish national identity. The Museum, BC Libraries and Irish Studies Program are sponsoring related events, lectures and an additional exhibition exploring the cultural development of Ireland in the past 100 years. Above: Oisin Kelly, The Children of Lir, 1966 (Garden of Remembrance, Dublin).
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