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2014 Fine Arts Graduates

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2014 Fine Arts grads

Fine Arts awards for Film Studies went to Daniel Zawodny (Costa-Gavras Social Justice Award), Katlyn Prentice (Excellence in Film Making Award) and Daniel Martin (Cinematography Award). Daniel Zawodny filmed in Guatemala in the summer of 2013, and in 2014 produced a documentary about healing and reconciliation in El Salvador. Katlyn Prentice applied her skills and talent to numerous endeavors on the BC Campus, and served Professor John Michalczyk as an Undergraduate Research Fellow. A review of Katlyn's 2014 documentary Mile 21 appeared in the April 28 edition of The Heights. Daniel Martin's Cinematography Award recognized his accomplishment in special effects and scriptwriting.

Earlier this spring, the Boston College Arts Council presented its Film award to David Riemer for the generous contribution he has made to the arts at the University and the greater community by offering his filming services to the School of Social Work and other campus groups, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Stephanie Leone presents Claire Townley with the Allison R. Macomber, Jr. Award
Professor Stephanie Leone presents
Claire Townley with the Allison R.
Macomber, Jr. Award for Art History

Claire Townley received the Allison R. Macomber, Jr. Award, and Molly Phelps the Marianne Martin Award, for their outstanding scholarship in the field of Art History. At the Boston College Arts Festival in April, the Arts Council had presented the Jeffery Howe Art History Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the arts, to Annie McEwen. Phi Beta Kappa inducted all three of these young scholars into its Omicron of Massachusetts Boston College Chapter on May 18th. Molly and Annie shared some of their recent work at the spring 2014 BCTalks, a semi-annual undergraduate lecture series with a mission of instilling a sense of excitement in both learning and teaching, and the Visual Cultural Consortium, a regional association of art and art history schools and libraries, invited Molly to present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at its annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts on April 12.

Andy Tavarelli presents the Marianne Martin Award to Magdalena Lachowicz
Professor Andy Tavarelli presents
the Marianne Martin Award for Studio
Art to Magdalena Lachowicz, as
Departmental Chair Claude Cernuschi
(and a photograph by Michael
Amigron '14) look on.

In Studio Art, Magdalena Lachowicz won the Marianne Martin Award, and Patrick Hughes the Macomber Award. The catalog for the 2014 Senior Art Show includes examples of their work. In April, the Boston College Arts Council presented junior (now rising senior) Thomas Amundson with its student award for Studio Art.

Boston College elected Christine Papastamelos, Molly Phelps and Claire Townley to membership in its Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter of the Jesuit Honor Society, and Katlyn Prentice to the Order of the Cross and Crown, the College of Arts and Sciences' honor society for seniors.

So what's next for these graduates?

Four students with Professor Kenneth Craig
Molly Phelps, Claire Townley,
Christine Papastamelos and Annie
McEwen with Professor Kenneth Craig.

Two of our Art History majors, Alexandra Axiotis and Jordan Choptovy, will be pursuing their MA in the Art Business program at Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York.  Stephanie Armstrong, a double major in Art History and Economics who graduated from Boston College's Carroll School of Management, will be attending the University of Edinburgh to pursue a Masters of Science in the History of Art, Theory and Display. Graduate school is also on the agenda for Molly Phelps, who will begin the MA program in Art History at Case Western Reserve University (where she has been awarded the Barbato Fellowship) and Rachel Sigismondi, who will pursue graduate work in Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. Claire Townley, who majored in Philosophy as well as Art History, has a summer internship at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Claire plans to return to school for a Master's degree in architecture. And Annie McEwen, a double major in Art History and Theology, will be applying to PhD programs. 

Ben Vadnal, recipient of Departmental Honors for Film Studies.
Ben Vadnal, recipient of Departmental
Honors for Film Studies.

As for Film Studies majors, Edward Mele, who won the Boston College Men's Skiing Outstanding Senior Award and the Coach's Award in 2014, will be working between runs as the DirecTV Assistant Account Executive at Grey Advertising. Daniel Zawodny will continue his globetrotting commitment to service by heading in December to Managua, Nicaragua, for two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  Daniel received his degree from Boston College's Lynch School of Education. Katlyn Prentice, who majored in Communications as well as Film Studies, will be working with Flying Colors Broadcasts as a video editor and producer. And Tiago Barros, who double-majored in Film Studies and Communications in BC, parlayed what he learned at BC into a position as a post-production assistant at Warner Brothers Entertainment Group, where he will be working on the TV show "The 100," which airs on the CW.

We wish all of our 2014 graduates success in their future endeavors, and expect to continue hearing about their accomplishments as they deploy fruitfully and beneficially throughout the world the knowledge, skills and values they honed at Boston College.


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