BU College of Fine Arts Announces Uzo Aduba as 2017 Convocation Speaker

CFA welcomes back award-winning actress and BU College of Fine Arts alumna for May 20th address Boston, MA – The College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Boston University proudly announces that Uzo Aduba (CFA’05), the award-winning actress currently starring as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the critically-acclaimed Netflix Original Series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, […]

Graduate Painting Student Kayla Suverkrubbe (CFA’17) Named Among “Six to Watch” by Boston Globe

Read the original article here. Expect to see more in the future from these up-and-coming artists KAYLA SUVERKRUBBE, 25 Painting Boston University Suverkrubbe’s squirmy, giant, shaped canvas bubbles off the wall, which makes sense, given the gyrations of the people depicted on it. It’s a comic marvel of sex and gore, with hearts bursting from […]

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CFA Alum Greg Hildreth (’05) Cast as Olaf in Broadway production of FROZEN

We couldn’t be more proud of Greg Hildreth (CFA’05) for taking on the role of our favorite summer-loving snowman Olaf in the just announced Broadway production of FROZEN! Congratulations, Greg! #myCFA#BUtheatre #proudtoBU  

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2017 BFA Thesis Exhibition

BFA Thesis Exhibition May 6-11 Reception: Friday, May 5, 6-8 pm 808 Gallery The 2017 BFA Thesis Exhibition is the culmination of four years of intensive work by undergraduate candidates in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Graphic Design.

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BU Opera Institute Stages LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Le nozze di Figaro, “the Perfect Opera” Mozart favorite is CFA’s current offering In the video above, watch the finale from Act II of the CFA production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, being performed at the BU Theatre through Sunday, April 23. Published by BU Today, April 20, 2017 By Susan Seligson. Video by […]


For CFA’s Cassell, Movement Is an Expression of Inner Truth

“Meticulous, challenging, magical” choreographer In the video above, Yo-EL Cassell, a CFA assistant professor of movement, takes his students on a journey to discover their bodies’ potential to create art. Published by BU Today, April 6, 2017 By Susan Seligson. Video by Devin Hahn. Photos by Jackie Ricciardi The theater students in Yo-EL Cassell’s College […]

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CFA Masters Student Wins First Prize in Best Haydn Performance

Jiahui Yu is a first year Masters of Music student at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she studies with Gila Goldstein. She recently won first prize in her age category (23-25 years old) at the Great Composers Competition’s Best Haydn Performance! Great Composers Competition is a series of international music competitions for […]

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CFA Freshman Wins Second Prize in Best Schubert Performance

Lydia Melnikov is a freshman piano performance major at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she studies with Gila Goldstein. She recently won second prize in her age category (17-19 years old) at the Great Composers Competition’s Best Schubert performance! Great Composers Competition is a series of international music competitions for young performers. […]

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BFA/MA Studio Teaching Exhibition

April 24–May 8 Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 4–6 pm Gallery 5 The culmination of the 5-year BFA/MA program in Studio Teaching, this exhibition features work by K-12 Boston-area public school students taught by graduating BFA/MA art educators at BU. Featuring work from the students of Alexandra M. Pacor and Caitlin M. Serpico.

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Classical Gaming

Ivan Linn Fuses Classical Music with Video Games. by Sydney Narvaez (COM ’19) and Priscilla Valdez (COM ’19) Classical pianist and CFA DMA candidate, Ivan Linn, both embraces and defies tradition. As a composer for one of the best-selling videogame franchises, Final Fantasy, Linn has bridged the world of classical to a realm of unreality, […]

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Creating Culture, Making Change: The Role of Entertainment in Global Health

On Tuesday, March 28th at 4:30 p.m. on the Medical Campus, BU School of Public Health presents a discussion on the intersection of entertainment and health with “Creating Culture, Making Change: The Role of Entertainment in Global Health.” Health is produced by the cultural, social, and economic forces around us. As a key driver of culture, the […]

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2017 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibitions April 14–28 Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 6–9 pm Painting & Sculpture: 808 Gallery Graphic Design: Stone Gallery Hosted in both of the Boston University Art Galleries simultaneously, the 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibitions are the culmination of two years of intensive work by graduate candidates in Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Design. Graphic Design (Stone […]

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The Board of Directors of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University announced the names of twelve composers selected to receive 2016 Fromm commissions. These commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning award, […]

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Spring 2017 Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series

Part of the graduate painting seminar at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work. All lectures are free and open to the public. Spring 2017 Lectures Jennifer Bornstein Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 pm Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave. Working in film, photography, and intaglio printing, Jennifer Bornstein creates representations of […]

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MFA Graphic Design opens its studios to the public

  On Friday, November 4, graduate students from the MFA Graphic Design program at BU opened their studios to the public. The program recently moved into brand-new studio and classroom facilities on the fourth floor of the 808 Building, adjacent to the school’s printmaking studios. First and second year graduate students showed off their new spaces and […]

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Three New Rankings Show BU’s Luster

Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Forbes like what they see 10.11.2016 By Allison Manning Originally featured on BU Today The new Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking emphasizes the quality of education students receive, rather than the quality of the students going to that school; it placed BU above local peer universities Boston College and […]

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Leon Bernsdorf, SOM Alum, Wins 3rd Prize in Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition

  Leon Bernsdorf, CFA ’14 & ’16, won third prize at the Fourteenth Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary on September 11, 2016. Bernsdorf completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in  2014, followed by a Master of Music in Piano Performance in 2016. During his time at Boston University, Bernsdorf studied with […]


Hyun-Ji Kim (SOM) Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Young Artist Music Competition

Hyun-Ji Kim, CFA ’12, was recently named the grand prize winner of the 2016 Young Artist Music Competition in Seoul, Korea. This was the 7th annual Young Artist Music Competition in Seoul. Kim is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) candidate in Violin Performance and is studying under the tutelage of Professor Dana Mazurkevich. […]

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CFA unveils new Graduate Graphic Design studios

  Due to increasing enrollment, a new permanent home was constructed for the College of Fine Arts Graphic Design MFA program. The fourth floor facility in the 808 building features two spacious open communal studios, offices for faculty and technicians, printing facilities, a seminar room, and two large classrooms with LCD projectors and critique walls. The […]

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Video: 3 Steps to Prepare a College Art Portfolio

Applying to art school? You’ll probably need a portfolio as part of your application. We’ve broken it down to 3 steps to help guide you in putting together a stellar portfolio that will get you into your first-choice college. Boston University School of Visual Arts offers BFA degrees with majors in Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Art Education. […]

Inside the Artists Studios

A behind-the-scenes tour of School of Visual Arts student workspace In the video above, School of Visual Arts painting and sculpture majors prepare their year-end projects in studios atop the CFA building. Video by Jason Kimball Originally featured on BU Today Stop by the fifth floor of the College of Fine Arts as the spring […]

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Emissary Quartet Invited to Quarter Final of Fischoff Competition

Colleen McElroy, MM’16, flute has been invited to the quarter final round of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Emissary Quartet on May 6, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. EQ is made up of flutists Weronika Balewski, Rebecca Chapman, Colleen McElroy, and Sarah Shin. Emissary Quartet (EQ) is dedicated to expanding the flute […]

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SPARK: Spring 2017

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Alumni Spotlight: David Delmar (CFA 06)

For the entrepreneurial-minded, Boston is a place of inspiration. As one BU alumnae, David Delmar puts it, “It’s a place where new ideas can take flight. It’s a big enough city to have a market, but it’s not New York, where the tracks have already been laid and greased.” Delmar, who graduated with a BFA […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Autumn Ahn (CFA 08)

After graduating from Boston University in 2002, Autumn Ahn embarked on a unique MFA experience—one that didn’t involve going to a university at all. Her undergraduate studies at BU fueled her ambitions, leaving her hungry to continue her education in the visual arts. After weighing her options, she concluded that Paris, France would be her […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Mathew Cerletty (CFA 02)

After four years of undergraduate studies at Boston University, Matthew Cerletty stood by for his big launch. For most artists, that’s the stuff of dreams, but for Cerletty, it was a reality. He had talent to begin with, and after four years at Boston University, he had the whole package: the ambition, the skills, the […]

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Trunk Show: A Portable Production of Peter Pan

This article was originally published on BU Today. The trunk looks promising. It’s battered and old-fashioned but sturdy, and its leather straps, domed lid, and embossed metal panels bespeak the possibility of adventure, journeys, even magic. And that’s exactly what Danielle “Dani” Taylor conjures from its depths. Taylor (CFA’17) is completing an MFA in production […]

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DMA Orchestral Conducting Student Named Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow

The Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship in was founded by Marin Alsop in 2002 with the mission to promote, present, and encourage talented women conductors at the beginning of their professional careers. It is our great pleasure to announce that Boston University’s very own Lina Gonzalez-Granados has been selected as the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow for the […]

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808 Gallery Showcases Diverse Talent of CFA Grad Students

Annual MFA Thesis exhibitions: painting, sculpture, graphic design Erin Kerbert (CFA’17) with her sculptural paintings at the 808 Gallery. Published by BU Today, April 24, 2017. By Mara Sassoon. Photos by Cydney Scott The 800 block of Comm Ave is awash in color, and no, the reason isn’t just the spring’s flowering trees. Rather, it’s […]

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Artist Josephine Halvorson Helms CFA Graduate Painting Program

Goals: encouraging diversity of voices, building community Josephine Halvorson, the new head of the School of Visual Arts graduate painting program, says, “I don’t want there to be any one overarching pedagogy in the program, one style or way of looking.”   Published by BU Today , April 25, 2017 By Jane Dornbusch. Photos by […]

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808 Gallery Showcases Diverse Talent of CFA Grad Students

This article was originally published in BU Today.  The 800 block of Comm Ave is awash in color, and no, the reason isn’t just the spring’s flowering trees. Rather, it’s the arresting play of light bouncing off of the series of vibrantly painted fabric and metal sculptures inside the 808 Gallery. Created by MFA painting […]

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