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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 closed. The student award recipients will be announced on April 9th!

 


2018 Arts Council Award Recipients

2018 Alumni Arts Award: Natalia Majluf '88

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Dr. Natalia Majluf

Natalia Majluf is Director of the Museo de Arte de Lima, where she previously served as Head Curator (1995-2001). During her tenure she has overseen the renovation of the historic building that houses the museum and has been responsible for expanding the collections. As an art historian, she has curated exhibitions, lectured and published broadly on nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American art. She is editor, among others, of

Francisco Laso. Aguinaldo para las señoras del Perú y otros escritos (2003), Los incas, reyes del Perú (2005), Luis Montero. 'Los funerales de Atahualpa' (2011) and José Gil de Castro, pintor de libertadores (2014). Among her co-authored publications are Vinatea Reinoso, 1900-1931 (1997), La piedra de Huamanga: lo sagrado y lo profano (1998), La recuperación de la memoria. El primer siglo de la fotografía. Perú, 1842-1942 (2001), Camilo Blas (2010), Carlos Baca-Flor (2012), Sabogal (2013) and Chambi (2015). Selected exhibition projects include Reproducing Nations: Types and Costumes in Asia and Latin America, ca. 1800-1860 (Americas Society, New York, 2006), Elena Izcue. Lima-Paris, années 30 (Musée du quai Branly, Paris, 2008) and Fernando Bryce. Drawing Modern History (MALI, MUAC, Malba, 2011-2012). She has held the Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington D.C. and the University of Cambridge. She received a B.A. in art history from Boston College (1988), an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1990) and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1995).


 

The 2018 Faculty Award will be presented to Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom

Sheila Blair
Professor Sheila Blair

Professor Blair teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the seventh century to modern times. She offers surveys on Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism, as well as research seminars on the Silk Road, the Islamic book, and the arts of the object. Her research is equally broad: she has written or co-written 17 books, including several international awardwinners, and more than 200 articles in journals, encyclopedias, colloquia, and festschriften. Several of her books were written with her husband and co-holder of the Calderwood Chair, Jonathan Bloom, with whom she served as artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS.

Jonathan Bloom
Professor Jonathan Bloom

Professor Bloom teaches courses on the history of Islamic art and architecture. He also offers undergraduate seminars on such subjects as the arts of medieval Spain and the history of Cairo. His research has explored the history and development of the minaret, the history of paper, and the art of the Fatimid dynasty in North Africa and Egypt. He has written several books with Sheila S. Blair, his wife and co-holder of the Calderwood Chair, with whom he also served as principal consultant acclaimed documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS. He is currently working on a book about architecture in the Western Islamic lands.


 

2018 Student Art Award Recipients:

Andrew Hammond '18, PHYSICS & MUSIC
Kaitlyn Kelleher '18, ECONOMICS, SOCIAL IMPACT AND PUBLIC GOOD & MUSIC 
George Liddy '18, HISTORY & MUSIC
Nicholas Rocchio-Giordano '18, MUSIC & ENGLISH
Noelle Scarlett '18, THEATRE & COMMUNICATION
Marilyn Smith '18, MARKETING, FILM STUDIES & HISPANIC STUDIES
Taylor Tranfaglia '18, THEATRE
Margaux Villeneuve '18, BIOLOGY & SLAVIC STUDIES
Emma Winters '18, ENGLISH, CREATIVE WRITING & THEOLOGY

 

JEFFREY HOWE ART HISTORY AWARD RECIPIENT:

Jessica Lipton '18, ART HISTORY

 

J. ROBERT BARTH, S.J. AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS

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.

2018 Recipient: To be announced during Commencement