Boston – The 2007 Boston University School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition presents a wide range of visual interests, spanning genres and media from realism to abstraction, two to three dimensions, small to very large scale. This year’s exhibition will be on view in Boston University’s 808 Gallery from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, January 6. The show features the work of 25 artists who currently teach at the University in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and photography. The artists will be present for the opening reception on Friday, November 9 from 6:00-8:00pm, which is free and open to the public.
The faculty included in the exhibition are nationally and internationally recognized artists, including Sachiko Akiyama, Lynne Allen, Eamon Brown, Jennifer Caine, Dana Clancy, Deborah Cornell, Richard B. Doubleday, Stephen A. Frank, Dana Frankfort, Howard Gerstein, Jill Grimes, Diana Hampe, Eka Maraneli, Hugh O’Donnell, Dushko Petrovich, Alston Purvis, Richard Raiselis, Harold Reddicliffe, Richard Ryan, Barry Shauck, Batu Sirharulidze, Judith W. Simpson, Ruth Stuart Starratt, Christopher Untalan, and John Walker.
Lynne Allen explains, “As the new Director of the School of Visual Arts, it is especially exciting for me to share with the Boston University community, as well as the greater Boston area, the important work done by our faculty. Not only are they dedicated teachers, which is evident by viewing the work of their students, but they are practicing artists who are confident in the choices they face in today’s broad contemporary art scene.”
Boston University’s 808 Gallery is an impressive exhibition space well suited to showcasing large-scale exhibitions of art and culture. Exhibition schedules and programming balance contemporary art exhibitions, with those of a more socially relevant or popular content. As the most visible exhibition space on campus, the 808 Gallery provides a public face to visual arts at Boston University. At an impressive 11,250 square feet, this venue is the largest space committed to contemporary exhibitions in the Boston area.
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 Rick Heinrichs, the production designer whose credits include the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, “Fargo,” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Best Art Direction in 1999.
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 Faculty Exhibition 2007
November 9, 2007 – January 6, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 6:00-8:00pm
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm
Closed during the Boston University intercession: December 24, 2007 – January 2, 2008
Admission is free and open to the public.