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Boston College Arts Festival 2011: Annual Celebration of the Arts, Apr. 28-30; Community Invited; Special Guest: Author Chuck Hogan

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (April, 2011) —Boston College’s 13th annual Arts Festival—which is open to the public and takes place Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30—includes a variety of events to engage and entertain attendees, who are invited to take part in hands-on art experimentation.

Photo by Christopher Haung

More than 1,000 BC students, faculty and administrators participate in the festival, which last year drew more than 16,500 BC alumni and area residents, and includes over 80 events, most free. It showcases artists with diverse talents and highlights performing, visual and literary arts programs. Professional artists—many of them alumni—will take part.

Activities for families with children of all ages—from pre-school to teen—will be offered on Saturday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m., beginning with a parade led by BC’s Marching Band. Among the offerings are arts and crafts, story hours for children and teens and an original theater production—most appropriate for 5th to 8th graders—on bullying. Titled “ALIVE, on the Inside,” it was written by BC Theatre Department faculty member Luke Jorgensen and debuts at the festival, presented by students in his Creative Dramatics class.

This year’s special guest is best-selling author Chuck Hogan, a 1989 BC alumnus whose novel Prince of Thieves was adapted into the film The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Among his public campus appearances during the festival, the film will be screened on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p. m. in Devlin Hall room 008, followed by a Q&A with Hogan. As part of BC’s Lowell Humanities Series, on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Devlin Hall room 008 he will participate in a panel discussion—titled “Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves and The Town: A Boston Crime Story as Novel and Movie” with BC English Department professors Carlo Rotella and Chris Wilson (more: Hogan also will be honored with an alumni achievement award. 

Of this year’s alumni honoree, BC Theatre Department Associate Professor Crystal Tiala—chair of the University's Arts Council, which organizes the festival—said: “The Arts Council is proud to celebrate the artistic achievement of Chuck Hogan, and looks forward to his future successes. His novels explore our humanity with such imagination and skill that has captivated international audiences both on paper and on screen.  Personally, I truly admire the joy and passion Chuck demonstrates in the creative writing process.  His dedication, perseverance, skill and imagination serve as an exemplary model to our students as well as the whole Boston College community.”

Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Also Showcased at the Arts Festival:

* A production of the acclaimed Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsa fast-paced comedy set on the French Rivierawhich will be performed at BC’s Robsham Theater (ticket information at

* Other featured alumni guests, who are professional artists: dancer Betsi Graves Akerstein, class of 2004; youth author Erin Dionne, class of 1997; singer Margaret Felice, class of 2002; and actress Amy McLaughlin Lemerande, class of 1997. [Information, bios at:  /offices/artscouncil/festival/guests.html]

* An appearance by “Five O’Clock Shadow,” a Boston-based all-vocal rock band whose members have worked with two BC student A Cappella groups—the BC Dynamics and BEATS—which will open for them. April 30, 1:30-3 p.m.

* This year’s collaborative art exhibit— “What does your garden grow?”—celebrates nature. Teams of student artists—under the direction of BC Fine Arts Department faculty member Mark Cooper—will create a collage of murals that will be exhibited on campus.

* Events— many sponsored by BC’s Arts and Social Responsibility Project, including theater, film, a fashion show and an educational panel—celebrate the power of the student voice as change agent.

* BC’s McMullen Museum of Art exhibitionDura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity—which presents Roman artifacts excavated in the 1920s and 1930s from the ancient city Dura-Europos, located in the desert of modern-day Syria. BC is the exclusive venue for this exhibition, on display through June 5.  [More on the exhibition, including news release and image slideshow, at].

Special Guest, Alumni Award Recipient: Chuck Hogan, BC Class of 1989

Chuck Hogan, 2011 Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award winner for Distinguished Achievement

Chuck Hogan is the New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed novels including Devils in Exhile, The Killing Moon  and The Standoff.  His novel Prince of Thieves was awarded the Hammett Prize for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing," and in 2010 was adapted into the film The Town.

His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and his short fiction has twice been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories annual.  He is also the co-author, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) of the international bestsellers The Strain and The Fall, published worldwide in 29 languages. 

Hogan graduated from Boston College in 1989 with a degree in English and regularly returns to campus to speak with students about his experiences as a working writer. [More detailed bio on Hogan at /offices/artscouncil/festival/guests.html; details on his campus appearances on BC’s Arts Festival web site:].

Hogan will be presented with the annual Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement—from BC President William P. Leahy, SJ—at an arts awards celebration and public reception on April 29 from 4-6:30 p.m. in O’Neill Plaza. Awards will also be presented in recognition of the artistic accomplishments of BC students and faculty—including BC English Professor Suzanne Matson, who will receive this year’s Faculty Award. On April 28, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Hogan will participate in a live, career-related interview program entitled “Inside the BC Studio,” in Devlin Hall room 101.

More on the Arts Festival
The festival features a slate of free events which begin at noon on BC’s Chestnut Hill campus, at 140 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill, MA. Venues are handicapped accessible. Each afternoon, music, dance and theater events fill O’Neill Plaza, the event center; each evening there are several featured events. In addition, art exhibitions and demonstrations are open all afternoon, with exhibitions continuing into the evening; there also are daily literary readings.

The performance tent is heated and the festival will be held rain or shine. Rain locations will be posted on the festival web site. A Mass for the Arts open to all faiths —featuring BC’s Liturgy Arts Group—will be held on April 30 at 4 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church.

An appreciation of the arts is integral to Boston College’s Jesuit mission, and BC’s Arts Council supports and encourages the growth of dramatic, musical, visual and other art forms on campus and for the enjoyment of the community. The festival is organized by the Arts Council and sponsored with the offices of the President, the Provost and Dean of Faculties, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts.   

For more information, contact Arts Festival Director Cathi Ianno at (617) 552-6500. For event locations and updates, visit or call (617) 552-ARTS (2787).  [Please note: schedule is subject to change. Events with admission fees are indicated.]