Boston – Boston University School of Visual Arts concludes the second year of its Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series with painter Anna Conway on Tuesday, April 8 at the CFA Concert Hall. Anna Conway replaces previously scheduled guest artist Jenny Saville, whose appearance at BU has been postponed until the 2008/09 academic year. Through this popular series, students at the School of Visual Arts have the opportunity to work in both lecture and studio settings with artists who offer diverse and multicultural perspectives.
A native of Foxboro, Massachusetts, Conway received her Master of Fine Art degree from Columbia University
and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cooper Union, and is currently represented by the Guild & Greyshkul Gallery in New York. Art in America observes, “”The subjects of Anna Conway’s paintings are generally men reduced to tiny figures by settings that, if not actually hostile, render them absurd. The surroundings suggest metaphors for inner states but do so ambiguously, and the works guard their own inscrutability despite naturalistic treatment, minute detail, and richly imagined stories.”
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 and Master of Fine Arts degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, and 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 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.
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: CFA Concert Hall; 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (Green “B” line, BU West stop)
Lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.bu.edu/cfa or 617-353-3371