Boston University College of Fine Arts Launches Citizen Artist Series

in CFA, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
September 13th, 2012

CFA announces Making History, the first event in a

Three-part series on the role of the Citizen Artist in the 21st Century


Boston, MA – Educating the Citizen Artist is central to Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA)’s mission. On September 17, CFA will kick-off  the Citizen Artists Series, a series of informal evening lectures that pair faculty and student guest speakers within the CFA community to share their experiences and endeavors as Citizen Artists.



Citizen Artist Series: Making History
Date and Time: Monday, September 17, 2012, 6:30pm
Speakers: Hugh O’Donnell, Professor of Art, School of Visual Art, and Kristie Eden O’Donnell (CFA ’09)
Discussion: Site-Specific Art: The Making of the Huntington Fire Station Mural
Location: BU Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (855 Commonwealth Ave.)

A Citizen Artist is one that understands and embraces the role their creativity, craft, and inspiration play in responding to societal challenges in the world in which they live. They are advocates for artistry that is a positive force for enlightenment, change, empathy, and compassion.

“Today, more than ever, the world needs leaders educated with a sense of inspiration, imagination, and vision,” says Benjamín Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Boston University. “By tapping into the diverse perspectives of BU and Greater Boston communities, CFA is defining the role of the artist in the 21st century: an artist able to thrive in difficult times – a Citizen Artist, resilient in the face of uncertainty and determined to make the world a better place.”

In this three-part series, Citizen Artists among the CFA and BU community will have the unique opportunity to tell their story and  invite students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests to explore what it means to be a Citizen Artist in the 21st century. In this first presentation, Hugh O’Donnell, Professor of Art, School of Visual Art, and Kristie O’Donnell (CFA ’09,) will discuss the creation of the Huntington Fire Station Mural, a site-specific art collaboration with the Boston Fire Department. Through artists working directly with the community to bring visibility and remembrance to contemporary life, the long tradition of history painting comes alive in this presentation.


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


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