Boston University College of Fine Arts presents three students with prestigious Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Awards

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(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award: Michael Anthony Garguilo from the School of Visual Arts for painting and Chris Bannow from the School of Theatre for acting and theatre arts. The winners both received $10,000 grants to help them transition into their artistic careers. The awards were presented at a reception on Friday, May 15 by Walt Meissner, Dean ad interim of the BU College of Fine Arts.

Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Michael Anthony Garguilo went on to receive his Bachelor in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2006, where he received the Dan Wingren Award for Outstanding Senior Body of Work. In 2009 he received an MFA in Painting from Boston University studying under John Walker and Richard Ryan, where he received CFA’s Constantin Alajalov Visual Art scholarship. Garguilo plans to spend time in Honduras this summer painting, before relocating to Philadelphia where he will continue his ongoing projects. He has been included in several juried group painting shows, most recently in 2008 at the Robert Steele Gallery in New York, curated by João Ribas, as part of the InCite Arts Festival. Prior to this he had a one person exhibition at Eastfield College Art Gallery in 2002. Garguilo plans to use the Kahn Award to set up a studio in Philadelphia and get involved in the city’s Mural Arts Program.

Chris Bannow has appeared at Boston University in Trumpery, What the Butler Saw, The Birthday Party, The Wild Place, The Weavers, and Red Noses, and served as Assistant Director on Slavs! and Sow and Weep (KCACTF Regional Finalist). Past projects include performing with Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT; Olney Theatre Center in Maryland; and BRIC Studios in Brooklyn, NY. While studying at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he performed in Coriolanus and The Country Wife, while also studying with the site-specific promenade theatre company Punchdrunk. He is a two-time recipient of the Maxwell Anderson Playwrighting Series Award, and has worked with both the Signature Theatre Company and the O’Neill Theatre Conference. Summer plans include serving as Associate Director of the New York Fringe Festival entry Be The Dog, as well as teaching summer theater classes with his mother. In the fall, Bannow will use the award money to move to New York to begin auditioning for professional projects and developing new works with fellow graduates of the SOT class of 2009. Bannow explains, “I hope to give voice to the many talented people in my class and help showcase our work to New York.”

The Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award Fund was established in 1985 with an endowed contribution of $1 million from Esther Kahn (SED’55, Hon.’86). Each spring, students completing their last semester of graduate or undergraduate studies are eligible to compete for the award. Deborah Kahn and Linda Green, the daughters of the late Esther and Albert Kahn, along with a faculty panel from CFA, select winners from throughout CFA to be awarded grants of $10,000. Kahn Award recipients have gone on to enjoy very successful careers including singers Stephen Salters, Dominique LaBelle, and Kelly Kaduce; violinist Mira Wang; actors Russell Hornsby and Ellen Harvey; scenic designer Antje Ellerman; neckwear designer Bethany Shorb; and painter Nicholas Lamia.

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.


For photos of the winners or for additional information, please contact either:
Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or