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Aurelia Campbell

In the fall of 2014, we welcomed Dr. Aurelia Campbell to the Boston College Fine Arts Department's 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. Although busy preparing for her first semester teaching at BC, Dr. Campbell kindly took time out to answer some of our questions about her background, interests, and thoughts about her new position.

Patrick Hughes and Katlyn Prentice

2014 Fine Arts Graduates

Forty-four members of the Boston College class of 2014 were awarded Fine Arts degrees on May 19 – 22 in Art History, 12 in Film Studies, and ten in Studio Art. Fifteen Fine Arts graduates received Latin honors of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude, and three art history majors were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa – the most ever from the Fine Arts Department.

Photo: Patrick Hughes '14 (Studio Art) and Katlyn Prentice '14 (Film Studies) at the Commencement Ball on May 16.

More about the achievements and plans of our 2014 graduates.

Professor Gallagher's Drawing Connections class

Pagoda Project

In the fall of 2013, students in Professor Sheila Gallagher's "Drawing Connections" class embarked upon a project that involved a real-life mystery: what had happened to a group of pagoda sculptures created a century ago by students in an orphanage in China? Professor Gallagher developed the project along with Reverend Jeremy Clarke of the History Department, who assigned to the students in his Chinese history class research papers documenting the process of their research into this question. Professor Gallagher's class would instead create visual expressions mapping their research experience.

The students were ultimately successful in locating the pagodas, in a most surprising location. In the spring of 2014, a selection of the pagodas were displayed in an exhibition at the O'Neill Library. WBZ News coverage

Courbet Woman with Mirror
Gustave Courbet, Woman with
Mirror, ca. 1860 (Private Collection;
photograph courtesy of the lender)

Fine Arts Department faculty members play instrumental roles in fall 2013 exhibition at BC's McMullen Museum

Fine Arts professor Jeffery Howe co-curated (along with Dominique Marechal, Curator of 19th-century Art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) “Courbet: Mapping Realism" The exhibition, which closed December 8, mapped the travels and influence on foreign artists of one of France's most prolific and innovative painters, the leader of the realist movement, Gustave Courbet. Drawing on collections in Belgium and the U.S., the show traced the influence of the father of 19th-century realism on artists and collectors in both countries. Jeffery Howe also edited the accompanying exhibition catalog, which includes essays by Fine Arts faculty members Claude Cernuschi, Jeffery Howe, and Katherine Nahum, among others.

An audio tour of the exhibition is available for download.

The exhibition received notice in local and national publications: Catching Up with Courbet at McMullen Museum (Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe, September 21, 2013); Gustave Courbet: The passionate painter (Chris Bergeron, The MetroWest Daily News, September 8, 2013; includes a video of Jeffery Howe introducing the exhibition.); French painter a focus at BC museum (Nancy Shohet West, The Boston Globe, August 29, 2013); McMullen Museum will present 'Courbet: Mapping Realism' Sept. 1 (Antiques and the Arts Weekly, August 20, 2013); Courbet in Boston (Leann Davis Alspaugh, The New Criterion’s "Arma Virumque," November 15, 2013).

Gargan Hall

Bapst Library featured on WCVB's Chronicle

The Bapst Art Library, often included on lists of the world’s most beautiful libraries, was featured on WCVB’s popular Chronicle program on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Adeane Bregman, Head of the Bapst Library, provides commentary in the segment, which starts at 1:47 in the video.