(Boston) – The Boston University School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce acclaimed British painter Jenny Saville will be the featured artist in the fifth annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Monday, October 27 at Boston University. The lecture series, named in honor of BU School of Visual Arts alumnus Tim Hamill, was created to present artists whose work
crosses boundaries among artistic disciplines, and who connect to the art world in a variety of ways. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture Series has, since its 2005 inception, presented a variety of high-profile artists: Pulitzer Prize winning author Mark Strand; renowned painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist Kiki Smith; painter Matthew Ritchie in conversation with critic Jerry Saltz; and painter Chuck Close in conversation with contemporary art curator Robert Storr. School of Visual Arts Director Lynne Allen raves, “Daring, thought-provoking, a mirror of our times, and ultimately, her human curiosity are all the qualities that make Jenny Saville a painter’s painter, an artist worth listening to.” Allen continues, “She is just the sort of artist we want for our lecture series, for her intelligence, technical prowess and attention to the world we live in.”
Born in Cambridge, England in 1970, painter Jenny Saville is widely recognized for her large-scale figurative paintings and her provocative and unsentimental portraits of obese women. Lauded for her celebration of paint and her loyalty to oil painting as a medium, Saville’s paintings are larger than life, strongly pigmented and highly sensual. When she graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 1992, Charles Saatchi bought Saville’s entire thesis exhibition, and she has since been catapulted into the international art world. Saville has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally, including in the controversial 1997 exhibition Sensation at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
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Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture: Jenny Saville
Monday, October 27, 6:00pm
(Note: this lecture has been rescheduled from its original date of April 8, 2008.)
602 Commonwealth Avenue (corner of Blandford St.), Boston
T Green Line, B train, Blandford St. stop
Lecture is free and open to the public
Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. 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.
The Boston University School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts is a community of artists within a great university and in a city that offers diversity within a vibrant arts culture. Founded in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University, 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. The first-rate teaching and mentoring of its regular faculty is supplemented by a vibrant program of visiting artists, guest lecture series, and exhibitions. The School offers introductory and advanced classes in painting, sculpture, graphic design, art education, ceramics, photography, glassblowing, and printmaking. A solid background in art history, contemporary critical analysis, and liberal arts complements the studio arts courses.
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