Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Mark Strand Launches The First Annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Contact: Amy Corcoran, 617/353-7293 | amycorco@bu.edu

(Boston) —Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand will deliver a lecture called “An Inside Story,” about the parallels between poetry and painting on Thursday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the BU School of Management Auditorium at 595 Commonwealth Avenue. The lecture series, named in honor of BU School of Visual Arts alumnus Tim Hamill, was created to present artists whose work cross boundaries among artistic disciplines, and who connect to the art world in a variety of ways. The talk, one of the highlighted events in the College of Fine Arts year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, is free and open to the public.

In addition to being named national poet laureate in 1990, Strand has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1974, for “The Story of Our Lives.” He also received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1975 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987.

Strand has edited several anthologies, including “Art of the Real: Nine American Figurative Painters.” He has also published numerous articles and essays on painting and photography as well as books on artists Edward Hopper and William Bailey. He is the author of several children’s books and eight volumes of poetry, including “Sleeping with One Eye Open” (1964), “Selected Poems” (1980) and “The Continuous Life” (1990). His translations include “The Owl’s Insomnia,” a selection of Rafael Alberti’s poems, and “Traveling in the Family,” a selection of Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s poems. He is the poetry editor of “The New Republic” and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“Mark Strand is an obvious and exciting choice for the inaugural Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture because he is not only a poet, an author and a teacher, but an artist and an art critic so he can offer first-hand experiences about crossing disciplines and broadening views on art,” said Judith W. Simpson, Ph.D., Director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University.

The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts was established in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University. With faculty composed of practicing professional artists, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, or art education. Notable alumni include painters Brice Marden and Pat Steir; Ira Yoffe, vice president/creative director of PARADE Magazine; and Richard Heinrichs, sculptor and set designer whose credits include “Fargo” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Art Direction in 1999.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts curriculum along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students.

The 2004-2005 academic year will mark the 50th anniversary of the union of Boston University’s schools of Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to form the College of Fine Arts. With an enduring commitment to academic excellence and dedication to nurturing a new generation of artists, the College of Fine Arts is one of America’s leading institutions for education in the arts. The 50th anniversary celebration will feature a dynamic array of concerts, theatre and opera performances, lectures and exhibits, culminating with a variety of spring gala events. For a full calendar, visit www.bu.edu/cfa.