Message from the Director

Boston University is the third happiest campus nationally, and Boston the third overall best place for students to live. And I can tell you why. It has nothing to do with the weather, which isn’t all that bad, or baseball or lobster, or anything else that people associate with New England. It is the unique mixture of vibrancy and accessibility that makes Boston a great city for students, and it’s this formula that Boston University prides itself on offering to everyone who joins our community.

In his book On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis wrote, “the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, and to use yourself completely — all your gifts, skills and energies — to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.”

We at the School of Visual Arts believe in helping you manifest your vision completely. How do we do this? We offer a rigorous Fine Art program rooted in studio practice, coupled with a vast array of electives and opportunities that come from our position within a major university. We offer majors in the bedrock disciplines of the fine arts—painting, graphic design, sculpture, art education, and printmaking—coupled with studio electives in glassblowing, drawing into animation, motion graphics, and color theory, to name just a few. We give you the tools to continue learning and growing long after you leave our doors; we create opportunities for residencies and internships and experiences that expand your portfolio and broaden your horizons. Our grads go on to exciting, creative jobs (Pixar, InStyle Magazine, Converse, Museum of Modern Art), to prestigious graduate programs (Yale University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sam Fox School at Washington University), and many start their own businesses.

Those continuing on in their studio practice exhibit widely. Of the 100 painters showcased in the recent book 100 Boston Painters, 30 of them are graduates or faculty of the School of Visual Arts. In fact, our award-winning faculty are in many of the major art museums across the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. And our Visiting Artist lineup brings the best talents and brightest minds in the art world to our campus, with recent names including William Kentridge, Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, and Vik Muniz, to name a few.

Boston University’s mission is Choose to Be Great. Our program in the School of Visual Arts creates the atmosphere where you are supported to become the person “you started out to be.” Everyone has their Everest, let us help you climb yours. I invite you to discover more about our School and the many accomplishments of its faculty, students, and alumni, either by browsing through this website, or coming for a visit.

Jeannette Guillemin
Director ad interim
School of Visual Arts

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