Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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November 17th, 2006

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(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the winners of its 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Since 1986, this award has been presented to CFA alumni who have made a significant contribution to the arts. These alumni have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements in their professions, communities, and service to the College. All awardees will be present for an awards ceremony on Friday, December 1 at Sleeper Auditorium at Boston University, hosted by Walt Meissner, Dean ad interim of the College of Fine Arts. This year’s winners include:

School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award
Ted Atkatz (BM ’93) Percussionist

School of Theatre Distinguished Alumni Award
Brad Oscar (BFA ’86) Actor

School of Visual Arts Distinguished Alumni Award
Bruce Herman (BFA ’77, MFA ’79) Painter

Distinguished Faculty Award
James Noone Assistant Professor, Theatre

Distinguished Service to the College
Judith Flynn Former Assistant Director, School of Theatre

Born in Queens, New York, Ted Atkatz was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s percussion section in October 1997 and joined the Orchestra as principal percussionist that December. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and is now with the Chicago-based band NYCO as songwriter and lead vocalist, as well as playing keyboards and guitar. Mr. Atkatz studied with Tom Gauger and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance and music education from Boston University.

Brad Oscar garnered a 2001 Tony Award nomination for creating the role of Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Other stage work includes the original Broadway casts of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love and Jekyll and Hyde, and Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway in New York and Los Angeles. Film and television work includes The Producers, Rydall Park, and several episodes of Law and Order. Brad graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1986, and currently serves on the board of Only Make Believe, a theatrical charity devoted to children in hospitals.

Bruce Herman is a painter living and working in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Herman was born in Montclair, New Jersey on January 13, 1953. He completed both undergraduate and graduate fine arts degrees at Boston University College of Fine Arts and studied under Philip Guston, James Weeks, David Aronson, and Reed Kay. Herman’s prints and paintings are housed in many public and private collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; and the Grünewald Collection at the Armand Hammer Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Judith Flynn served on the staff of the Boston University College of Fine Arts for 36 years in a number of capacities: Administrative Assistant to the Director, Manager of the Boston University Theatre, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, and Director of Alumni. Judy received the John S. Perkins Award for Distinguished Service to Boston University in 1991 and was named an honorary alumna of the College of Fine Arts in 1993. The Judith M. Flynn Scholarship, established in 1991 by Theatre alumni, colleagues and friends of Ms. Flynn, benefits an undergraduate Theatre student entering his/her Junior year in the College of Fine Arts. Judy continues to serve CFA as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board.

Scenic designer James Noone’s credits include set designs for an extensive number of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and opera productions. Noone has served as the scenic designer for Broadway productions of Hot Feet, Match, Urban Cowboy, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Jekyll and Hyde, and opera productions with the New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Washington National Opera, among many others. He’s been the recipient of the Drama Desk Award, the American Theatre Wing Award, and the Helen Hayes Award.

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.

Boston University College of Fine Arts

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2006

Friday, December 1, 2006

4:00-5:30 PM

Jacob Sleeper Auditorium at the College of General Studies at Boston University
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Free and open to the public.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts presents its 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards to Ted Atkatz, Judy Flynn, Bruce Herman, Jim Noone, and Brad Oscar in a ceremony celebrating the outstanding achievements of these alumni. Hosted by Walt Meissner, Dean ad interim of the College of Fine Arts.


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