Message from the Director

A highly engaged artistic vision has been at the core of the work and identity of the School of Visual Arts since its beginnings in 1954. With majors in Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Art Education, SVA’s twenty-first century artists and designers learn core studio processes in the Foundation years and discover new means of making their work. In studios, in the BUild Lab, and in university-side partnerships like the computational artist residency with Francisco Alarcon, our students learn to create connections between resonant material objects and digital forms.

The myth of the artist apart from society lives on in the popular imagination, but is far from the contemporary reality of a life dedicated to art, ideas and social engagement. As our students, alumni and faculty know, becoming a contemporary artist or designer at Boston University means doing creative research that takes you into the world. It means forming a very tangible community of professional artists, designers, friends, mentors, and honest critics who will help sustain a connected and engaged life in the arts.

Our curriculum is energized by exhibitions, lecture series, and experiential workshops These public-facing events give students, alumni and the broader community the opportunity to engage with contemporary art and ideas and with one another in community. The connection of SVA to a larger arts community is invigorated by two dedicated lecture series, the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series (CPLS) and Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series. Both bring internationally recognized artists for public talks. Visiting artists are available to students for smaller-scale discussions and critiques. This year’s CPLS series begins with Adam Pendleton, who will speak on Wednesday, October 16 as part of the distinguished Tim Hamill Lectures that have helped sustain the CPLS for fourteen years.

Undergraduate students at SVA also take part in the new, interdisciplinary-focused BU Hub, which includes their studio courses within a personally-tailored core curriculum. The Hub is a pathway for our students to connect their studio work to various disciplines across the University. We live at a time in which creative problem solving, ethical reasoning and complex thinking are especially crucial. Our current students will leave Boston University well prepared: these skills are central to a rigorous education in the School of Visual Arts and College of Fine Arts at large, where students are trained to speak in a contemporary and personal voice about the human condition.

I look forward to a wonderful, engaging year ahead.

Dana Clancy
School of Visual Arts

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