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Fine Arts Featured Story

Kenya's graduation cap.

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.

Student Profile

Jean Bower

Rising junior Jean Bower has packed a lot of art into her first two years at Boston College. She had never taken an art history class prior to starting college, and describes her experience of being exposed to the great artistic masterpieces of humankind as being life-changing. Professor Kenneth Craig, one of the instructors in the ARTH1101 and ARTH1102 classes that enraptured Jean during her freshman year, is now her advisor. He observes "Jean possesses two traits that are markers of the very best students: she is intellectually curious and eminently teachable. She listens carefully and asks thoughtful questions. But perhaps her most important quality is 'empathy,' which allows her to enter into the spirit of the humanistic disciplines."

Jean's enthusiasm for art history led to an expeditious proficiency in the subject that, by the end of her sophomore year, helped her secure not one, but two highly sought-after summer internships at Boston-area museums. In her spare time, she is assisting Professor Jeffery Howe in preparing a digital tour for this fall's McMullen Museum exhibition, John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred. And earlier this year, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences named Jean as a "Sophomore Scholar," meaning she had achieved an academic ranking placing her in the top three percent of her class.

Read Jean's reflections on how the instructors in the Fine Arts Department opened her eyes to the world of art and helped instill in her a desire to share this passion with others.

Fine Arts News

The Fine Arts Department is currently welcoming applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Studio Art (tenure-track). The application deadline is December 1. See our position description for more information and application instructions.

Events and Exhibitions

Giving Tuesday

The Fine Arts Department wishes you a happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful to enjoy the work of our talented students, and to share the successes of our alumni with all of you. We're also grateful for the donors who help make possible the programming we offer our students. On Giving Tuesday, December 1, you have an opportunity to assist in making this programming available to more students. An anonymous donor has pledged to contribute $100,000 to B.C. financial aid if 1,000 other donors make a pledge on December 1. AND, you can designate where your gift goes. We, of course, suggest you support the Fine Arts Department! To do so go to on December 1. Email if you'd like a reminder that morning.


Film grants available
The Jacques Salmanowitz Program has several $1,500 grants available to help students pursue social justice documentary film projects during the upcoming winter and spring breaks.

Summer Programs Abroad
Fine Arts courses will be offered in Venice, Berlin, Rome and Madrid during the summer of 2016. The application period opens October 15. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 5, 2016, or until the program is filled.

Call for papers: The Visual Culture Consortium, a regional association of Art History, Architecture, Art and Visual Studies departments and schools that aims to encourage innovative research among young scholars, invites submissions for its Eighth Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium, to be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 29. More information and submission instructions.

Call for exhibition proposals
The Office of Student Involvement recently sponsored the renovation of a classroom into the new Carney Gallery! The BC Arts Council is now accepting programming requests for the new exhibition space, and all members of the BC Community are invited to submit a proposal.

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