Offering undergraduate programs in Art History, Film Studies, and Studio Art, the Art Department curriculum is informed by the research and practice of faculty abreast of evolving ideas in three disciplines. Through interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches, classes emphasize the primacy of visual literacy in the formation of the engaged, humanistic individual. Focusing on undergraduate learning, faculty work closely with students to guide them in their respective areas of inquiry. Our curriculum complements and intersects those of many departments at the University as well as programming at the McMullen Museum of Art. A plethora of cultural and educational institutions in the greater Boston area also provide opportunity for further exploration and discovery.
About the Artist
The image above is a detail from Heavy Weather, a 2012 painting by Professor Andrew Tavarelli, who retired in May following a 40-year teaching career in the Boston College Art Department.
Opportunities for Students
Boston College and the metropolitan Boston area offer countless opportunities for students interested in the arts—either as a vocation or avocation—to get involved. Follow the link below to learn about current calls for papers and art, awards and grants, internships and jobs, and more.
The Art, Art History, and Film department welcomes Kyrah Malika Daniels to our faculty. Dr. Daniels comes to us with a fresh Ph.D in African and African American Studies from Harvard University. Starting this fall, she will be an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in Art History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. Professor Daniels will bring to our department an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Caribbean and African material culture with a focus on comparative religion and sacred art. She will begin teaching courses in the Art department in the Spring 2018 semester.
Professors Andrew Tavarelli and Richard Blake, S.J. retired from their teaching positions in the Art Department in May. Throughout their long careers at Boston College, they touched the lives of innumerable students and colleagues, all of whom express their thanks to these consummate teachers as they move on to new chapters in their careers. Photo of Andrew Tavarelli (at left) by Karl Baden; photo of Richard Blake by Lee Pellegrini.
Jonah Schumer '17
Senior Jonah Schumer believed his Boston College career was somewhat unorthodox. He transferred to BC his sophomore year, and pursued two disparate majors—Finance and Art History, maintaining 4.0 GPAs in both. His summer internships at asset-management companies have alternated with travels to the Far East and a semester abroad studying art in Florence. The "Interests & Skills" section of his resume hints at his wide-ranging passions, including "Ramen," "automobiles" and "Michael Jackson" along with "European and East Asian Artwork" and "Microsoft Excel." Professor Jeffery Howe observes that Jonah's broad interests can lead him to discover unexpected art historical parallels, such as those between Art Nouveau forms and 1970s record album covers.
Pictured: Jonah Schumer studying in Kyoto