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boston college fine arts department
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 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.
[Originally posted July 2015]
Her advisor Professor Michael Mulhern describes Kenya Danino '15 as "fearless," with a "sort of interior compass and drive that makes the job of working with her both easy and demanding." A Studio Art major, Kenya is not only a graphic artist but also a writer, combining these skills with her knowledge about the history of animation and graphic novels to create dazzling stories in which she explores some of life's important and complex themes. Despite the serious content of her work, Kenya never abandons a sense of fun, employing animal characters and skillful draftsmanship to engage an audience spanning all ages. She works as a visual development artist for several start-up animation companies, and has already had her worked exhibited in New York City gallery. Read Kenya's story. Above: Kenya Danino with Animal Arithmetic, 2014 (Sharpie on canvas board).
[Originally posted January 2015]
Daniel Zawodny '14 has known since before starting college that he wanted to combine his interest in photography and film with his ambition to help "bring the world together." In this first-person account, the Film Studies major describes how his courses and relationships with his instructors and peers at BC have prepared and supported him in this endeavor. Traveling to Guatemala last summer with Actuality Media, a program for documentary filmmaking students, Danny was able to put his skills and knowledge to work in order to share with a greater public the story of a Mayan fishermen's cooperative dedicated to preserving the health of Lake Atitlan and their native culture. Photograph by Robin Canfield, Actuality Media.
[Originally posted April 2014]
Art History major Annie McEwen A&S '14 received an Advanced Study Grant to travel to Europe last summer to study the work of 17th-century painter Giovanni Battista Gaulli. Read Annie's first-person account of her research process, and her description of the skills she has learned in Boston College courses that have supported her scholarly endeavors.
[Originally posted January 2014]
An honors thesis probing a mystery at the McMullen Museum of Art, written by Lauren Zajac '11 as a senior–with advising by Burns Library Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard and Integrated Sciences Clean Room and Nanofabrication Facility Research Associate Greg McMahon–has become the subject of conference posters and presentations, and is now featured by Japan Electron Optics Laboratory's JEOLUSA.com.
London McWilliams '11, a double major in psychology and film studies, says that her different academic pursuits are actually good complements. “As a filmmaker, it’s important to understand the psychological impacts images have on your audience."