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Arts Festival Alumni Guest

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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. See a complete list of past recipients here



Recipient of 2018 Alumni Award:


Natalia Majluf

Natalia Majluf '88

The Arts Council is honored to introduce this year’s featured guest and Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Natalia Majluf. A South American native, Majluf received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Boston College in 1988, and went on to earn her master’s from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Majluf has held the Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as fellowships through the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington D.C. and the University of Cambridge.

After finishing her doctoral program, Majluf became the Head Curator of the Lima Arts Museum, a position she held until 2001 when she became the Museum’s director. During her tenure, she has overseen the renovation of the museum’s historic building, has successfully expanded the collections, as well as promoted a research program that supports exhibitions and publications. As an advocate for investing in local culture, she is one of the most recognized figures in the field of artistic and cultural history of Peru.

Majluf has curated exhibitions, lectured and published broadly on nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American Art, including the exhibitions Reproducing Nations: Types and Costumes in Asia and Latin America at the Americas Society of New York and the Elena Izcue, Lima-Paris in the Thirties at the Museum of Branly Dock in Paris. Most recently, she has edited and curated The creation of costumbrismo: the watercolors of the donation Juan Carlos Verme at the Lima Arts Museum, Peru.


Natalia Majluf’s Festival Appearances

Visit to the McMullen
Thursday at 4:30 p.m. McMullen Museum of Art
A visit and informal discussion with the McMullen Museum Student Ambassadors.

Inside the BC Studio
Friday at 2:00 p.m., Stokes Art Tent
Art History Professor and McMullen Museum Director Nancy Netzer interviews Natalia Majluf, ’88.

Awards Celebration and Reception
Friday at 4:00 p.m., Stokes Art Tent, McElroy Faculty Dining Room
Presentation of the Arts Council Alumni Award.


List of Past Award Recipients