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Fine Arts Opportunities for Students at BC
and in the Boston Area

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Boston College and the Boston metropolitan area provide a wealth of opportunities for students with an interest in viewing, creating, becoming involved with or pursuing a career in the Fine Arts.


BC Clubs

Anime of Boston College A community of students interested in Japanese animation and related music, art, manga and fansubbing/translation.

Artists Striving to End Poverty at Boston College Aims to connect student artists who wish to share their talents with impoverished youth in the Boston area who can benefit from artistic encounters.

Hollywood Eagles Strives to promote an appreciation of and production of film and film criticism at BC, and to provide a support community for film students preparing for a career in the field. Hosts the annual Baldwin Awards for excellence in student filmmaking.


BC Programs and Events

Arts Festival An annual event sponsored by the Arts Council to bring the Boston College and surrounding communities together to celebrate the arts. Features an exhibition of student art. Student artists discuss their work in the 2014 Arts Festival (video)

BCTalks Provide a venue for undergraduates to speak about their research and share their academic passions beyond the classroom.

Jacques Salmanowitz Program The Fine Arts Department administers the Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Film, which is devoted to encouraging the production of films concerned with acts of moral courage, providing role models for youth world-wide.

The Charles S. and Isabella V. McMullen Museum of Art Organizes a program of exhibitions and related events that draw on the research of international scholars and collections, as well as more local resources and talent, including faculty from many BC departments. The Museum also houses a permanent collection.

BC Arts Calendar A listing of art-related exhibitions, lectures and events happening on campus.

BC Libraries Exhibits The BC Libraries host exhibits in multiple venues at O'Neill, Burns and Bapst Libraries.


Art-Related BC Publications & Venues Accepting Submissions of Student Work

Al-Noor The Boston College Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Journal publishes student research on the Middle East and Islam.

Elements Funded through the Office of the Provost, Elements is the undergraduate research journal of Boston College, showcasing the varied research endeavors of fellow undergraduates to the greater academic community.

Kaleidoscope An undergraduate-run publication focusing on international affairs and cultures.

Naked Singularity Magazine The slightly off-beat literary magazine of Boston College.

Stylus Boston College's literary and art magazine.

The Laughing Medusa Boston College's Women's Literature and Arts Journal.

Students may also want to consider working for The Heights. The campus newspaper publishes reviews of arts events at BC and the Boston area.

The University Libraries offer the O'Neill Level One Gallery for the display of creative work from various clubs and organizations on campus. Contact Kevin Tringale for more information or to submit a proposal. Current Library exhibits.


Boston-Area Student Art Organizations

Boston Student Arts Network For college students in Greater Boston who are pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment industry. Sponsors an annual Student Film Festival and Arts Showcase.

The Visual Culture Consortium An association of scholars in Art History, Architecture, Art, and Visual Studies departments, libraries, and schools. Encourages innovative research among young scholars by organizing lectures and events, including an annual undergraduate Art History symposium.


Boston-Area Museums, Galleries and Events

The Boston area boasts a wealth of riches in the visual arts. In addition to those listed below, most area colleges offer exhibitions at campus galleries or museums, and the many local art schools have multiple venues for displaying art. Calendars at local institutions list lectures by international artists and scholars, as well as all kinds of arts events. The Boston.com Visual Arts Calendar is a useful place to begin exploring what's on locally.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston BC is a member of the University Membership Program. Students with a BC student ID enter free and receive discounts on concerts, films, and museum store purchases.

ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art) Reduced admission fee with student ID; free admission for all on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Reduced admission fee with student ID.

The Harvard Art Museums Currently closed for renovation, but due to reopen in the fall of 2014 — undoubtedly with great fanfare, exhibitions and events. Stay tuned.

The Boston area hosts a thriving community of working artists. National and international artists also find Boston a desirable venue for exhibiting their work. Many of the city's galleries are clustered in the SoWa district ("South of Washington Street" in the South End) or on Newbury Street in Back Bay. You'll find these, and others, on the Boston Art Guide site or the list on Art-Collecting.com. Galleries in other areas of Boston — the Fenway, Fort Point, South Boston or Jamaica Plain, for instance — are worth seeking out; many of these "Under the Radar Art Spaces" feature more experimental and cutting-edge work.

SoWA artists open their studios to visitors, and galleries stay open late, for First Fridays, and, throughout the year, open studios are held in other areas of the city as well.

The City has created a guide to Public Art in Boston. Seeking out the work of artists such as Daniel Chester French and Willem de Kooning is a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with a place that has inspired — and continues to inspire — local, nationally.