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2010 Arts Council Award Recipients

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2010 Alumni Award

Fr. Bill Cain '70, Playwright and Screen Writer received the 2010 Arts Council Alumni Award.



2010 Faculty Award

Professor Paul Lewis of the English department received the Arts Council Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts in 2010. An authority on humor and American literature, he has been recognized internationally for having restored the link between Edgar Allan Poe and Boston. Prof. Lewis is Vice President of the Poe Studies Association and Organizer of the Poe Bicentennial Celebration in Boston, and curator of the noted exhibition at the Boston Public Library “The Raven and the Frog Pond Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston.”

Paul has taught in the English department at Boston College since 1977. He was Chair of the department from 1999-2004, and is a strong supporter of BC's writing programs. Dr. Lewis is the author of two major books on humor, and numerous articles on gothic fiction, gallows humor, and US literature and culture between 1790-1860. A freelance writer who has published in many national journals and newspapers, Paul earned a place in cultural history as the man who coined the word “Frankenfood” to describe genetically modified foods. For both his contributions to literary and cultural history, and his dedication to Boston College, the Arts Council is pleased to honor Prof. Paul Lewis.



Special Award

Jeffrey Howe was presented with an Art History award named in his honor.



2010 Student  Awards



Abigail Shaughnessy, Music


Michael Bell is studying History, Philosophy, and Studio Art at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He focuses on fine art and portrait photography. His work has been shown in many capacities including at the Bapst Student Art Gallery at Boston College, the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University’s Annual Student Show (2009), the Student Tent at the Boston College ArtsFestival (2008 and 2009), and three collaborative, mixed-media exhibits called “The Attic,” "Synesthesia,” and “Experiments in the Reproduction of Reality” on Boston College’s campus. Further, he has done freelance work for organizations at Boston College including the Art Club, the Alumni Association, the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, the O'Connell House Student Union. He has also contributed to the student arts and literature journals Naked Singularity and Stylus.

Christopher Casey - Immediately upon his arrival at BC, Chris Casey immersed himself in the Theater Department, not as an actor, but as one of our most valuable sound and light designers. He works incredibly hard for the department as well as for the two major student theatrical groups who perform at the Robsham. Chris has achieved a level of competence above and beyond the rest of his class. He was trusted with the creation, planning, collaborating and execution of numerous fully developed designs. The requirements for such a project are very demanding and Chris’s designs demonstrate both functional and artistic excellence. In the Fall of 2010, Chris was chosen to design lights for a main stage production, Code Monkey. He was nominated to enter his design in the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Chris volunteered to be one of the student advisors for the new Center for the Arts and Social Responsibility.

Edward Dillon - For his excellent work in cinematography and commitment to Film Studies in every aspect of the program, Ted deserves this award not only for his exemplary work in film, but also for his service and dedication to the department. He has been of inestimable value in management and maintenance of equipment and facilities.

Daniel Esposito is a member of the Creative Writing Concentration and EN Honors Program and is the author of "Radiant Machinery," an usually distinguished collection of poems. He is also director of My Mother’s Fleabag improv comedy troupe, and he has organized and invited guest poets for two poetry shows at the O’Connell House, The All Night Jukebox in 2008 and The Elephant Engine Revival in 2009. Daniel represented Boston College at The Glascock Poetry Contest and the the Intercollegiate Poetry Festival in 2008. Daniel participated and wrote a sketch for the Poe Bicentennial Celebration in 2009, and performed at the H(AID)I benefit concert in 2010. His work has been published in the anthology The Good Things About America in 2009. He is performing in Senior Writing Concentrators' Reading at 2010 Arts Festival.

Bryan Leyva is a talented artist who has also been very involved with the Hispanic student oganizations. He has arranged exhibits of Latino art, contributed to Stylus, raised money for the Senior Project catalog and performed with Fuego, the Latin Dance troupe.

Timothy McCool - A talented artist, Tim has also served as the undergrad research assistant for Prof. Tavarelli, and worked for Prof. Sheila Gallagher on the recent Civil War exhibition at the McMullen Museum, and has been involved with all the shows at O'Connell house.

Kyra Shekitka has worked for the Arts Festival for three years; she was the first Marketing Coordinator for the Festival and has been instrumental in developing our marketing plan. She is also the President of the Irish Dance Club. Her work with Irish Dance Club has been entrepreneurial and highly successful. The group has grown significantly since it was founded 4 years ago. Kyra presented the first St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dance Show three years ago, and in its third year the show sold out in Robsham Theater. Irish Dance has become an important and entrenched cultural experience on campus because of Kyra’s efforts. Kyra is highly committed, hard-working, intelligent, and has a positive “can-do” attitude. She is incredibly creative and artistic in her approach to everything.




Steven Bass, Music


Seth Byrum, Theater


Kayleigh Dudevoir, Music


Margaret Mansfield, Art




Maryann Park, Music


Rachel Schmit, Music


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.

2010 Recipient: Sarah Lang, Theatre


2010 Award Recipeints
The 2010 Award Recipients are honored on O'Neill Plaza after the ceremony