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Each year, the Boston College Arts Council recognizes an alumnus, a faculty member, and several students for their accomplishments and contributions to the arts in various disciplines. Alumni and faculty award recipients serve as role models, inspiring and guiding developing young artists in the Boston College community. The award recipients participate in programming at our annual campus-wide Arts Festival and interact in small-group settings with students in their fields. Student award recipients in sophomore, junior or senior years are recognized for their creativity and accomplishments, as well as for specific projects.


2018 Student Art Award Nominations are now open


Past Arts Council Award Recipients

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2017 Alumni Arts Award:

Tracey Wigfield '05

Tracey Wigfield is the creator and showrunner of the new NBC sitcom Great News. She also produces, writes and acts on the show. Previously she was a co-executive producer, writer and actress on the FOX and HULU comedy The Mindy Project.


Tracey got her start in television writing for NBC's award-winning series 30 Rock. During her six years on the show, Tracey rose from writers' assistant to producer and in 2013, she and Tina Fey received an Emmy for writing the show's series finale, making her the fourth woman in Emmy history to take home that award. Tracey also won a Writers' Guild Award, a Comedy Central comedy award and received five additional Emmy nominations for her work on 30 Rock. Tracey was named one of Glamour magazine's "35 Under 35 Women in Hollywood" and has co-hosted ABC's The View. She has performed improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles. Tracey is a New Jersey native and a graduate of Boston College (Class of 2005).


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2017 Faculty Arts Award:

Andrew Tavarelli

Andrew Tavarelli is a Professor of the Practice in the Fine Arts Department in Studio Art. He has taught painting and drawing at BC for 40 years, served as the department's Assistant Chair for over a decade, and is the director of the Senior Project Program for studio majors. In addition to his teaching, he has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and Indonesian tribal art for the McMullen Museum. He has also published articles and exhibition catalogues in the field of indigenous art from Indonesia. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts awards, two for his work in painting and one in support of the exhibition "Protection Power and Display." Tavarelli has been awarded a New York State CAPS grant for drawing, a Blanche E. Colman award in the Arts, a St. Botolph Club award, and a number of Faculty Research Grants from Boston College. Tavarelli's long career as a painter began with an exhibition entitled "Three if by Air" at the Obelisk Gallery in Boston in 1969. Since then, Tavarelli has exhibited nationally in 27 solo and numerous group exhibitions, and his work can be found in many public and private collections both here and abroad. He has lived in places as diverse as Northern New Mexico and Bali and has traveled widely, particularly in Asia, Indonesia and other regions in South East Asia. His recent paintings and prints reference images from Art Deco; Japanese ukiyo-e prints; medieval heraldry; film noir and Balinese shadow puppets. Through the use of bold, flat design, crisp, fluid drawing and strong color, these approaches produced powerful images that were concerned with idealized beauty and saturated with social politics. These images are custom made for exploring the complexity of social relations and the meeting of eastern and western ideals.


2017 Student Art Award Recipients:



Grace Fucci '17, THEATRE

Monica Grady '17, BIOCHEMISTRY & MUSIC

Elias Hatem '17, CSOM

Annie Kim '18, HISTORY & MUSIC

Jessica Lu '17, STUDIO ART

Catherine Malcynsky '17, ENGLISH

Margaret Ritzenthaler '17, ECONOMICS & MUSIC



Jonah Schumer ’17, ART HISTORY



The Barth Award is given each year at Commencement to one senior from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who has made an outstanding contribution to Boston College by participating in the fine or performing arts, such as music, theater, dance, film or other visual media.

2017 Recipient: Audra Hampsch ’17