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Featured Story

Michael Mulhern
Photo by Jeffery Howe

In a 1986 BC Magazine profile of Professor Michael Mulhern, the artist said, "I really want [people] to stop and look and think about what they see, to wonder about the structures they see and the underlying rationality of the world around them."

As I read the reminiscences his colleagues and former students have sent me in advance of Professor Mulhern's retirement at the end of the spring 2016 semester, it became clear to me that over the course of his 40-year teaching career at Boston College he has succeeded in doing just that. Moreover, the quote encapsulates so much of what I've come to know about Professor Mulhern: that he is insatiably curious about what he sees and the science of how we see; that it's important to him to understand just how things work; and that his generous spirit sparks in others the same joy he experiences as, in the process of creating, he explores and makes discoveries about the world around him.

Albert Einstein observed, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Please join the Art Department in celebrating Professor Michael Mulhern's teaching career at Boston College, and the professional legacy he leaves in the form of all the students in whom he has awakened that joy—many of whom will pass it along in their own teaching careers or in their own artwork. Read more

Student Profile

Jonah Schumer

Senior Jonah Schumer believes his Boston College career has been somewhat unorthodox. He transferred to BC his sophomore year, and here pursued two disparate majors – Finance and Art History, maintaining 4.0 GPAs in both. His summer internships at asset-management companies have alternated with travels to the Far East and a semester abroad studying art in Florence. The "Interests & Skills" section of his resume hints at his wide-ranging passions, including "Ramen," "automobiles" and "Michael Jackson" along with "European and East Asian Artwork" and "Microsoft Excel." Professor Jeffery Howe observes that Jonah's broad interests can lead him to discover unexpected art historical parallels, such as those between Art Nouveau forms and 1970s record album covers. Read more about Jonah – what his other Art History instructors have to say about him, and his own reflections on his experience at BC.

Student Opportunities

Calls for papers and art, awards and grants, internships and jobs, etc.


Sigh-Fi by Hartmut Austen

Winter break provides our faculty artists an opportunity to attend to their own creative work in a more concentrated way than during the busy semester. And the visual fruits of their labor will be on view at multiple venues over the next few months. The group exhibition Sigh-Fi at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will include work by Professor Hartmut Austen. The show opens with a reception from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13 and remains on view through March 3. Above: Hartmut Austen, Cyprus, 2016 (oil on linen;
12" x 9").


Jackson Rettig

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic is now on view at the McMullen Museum of Art. Curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta's introductory lecture to the exhibition is available online.
Above: Rafael Soriano, Amanecer (Dawn), 1955.

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