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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 18th – twelve in Art History, eleven in Film Studies, and eleven 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 17th. 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

We've heard from numerous alums pursuing graduate degrees, with many of them finding ways to incorporate their backgrounds in art with career paths in law or medicine. Read about their achievements, and those of our accomplished faculty, on our News page.

Events and Exhibitions

Exhibition: John La Farge
and the Recovery of the Sacred

McMullen Museum, Boston College
September 1 – December 13
Curated by Professor Jeffery Howe, this exhibition aims to provide an interdisciplinary perspective of La Farge's quest to visualize the sacred in an oeuvre that includes works treating ostensibly non-religious as well as religious subjects.

The Nature of Culture

Level Three Gallery,
O'Neill Library
Through December
Recent prints by Professor Andrew Tavarelli, who incorporates imagery from diverse historical sources to create works investigating the relationship between nature and culture.


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.

Internship opportunity
The B.C. Arts Council is seeking marketing interns with an interest in the arts to assist with blogging, social media, graphic design, video production and photography. Contact Lydia Ahern by September 30th if you can commit to 2-4 hours per week. The internships are unpaid, but you'll work with a fun group of people and have a terrific experience to list on your resumé.

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 29th. More information and submission instructions.

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