Announcing the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards


The College of Fine Arts at Boston University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the most prestigious awards conferred by the College.

Emceed by Emmy Award-winning Actor, Michael Chiklis (CFA‘86), the 2016 award recipients will be honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the arts and society on the evening of September 30th in conjunction with Boston University Alumni Weekend 2016.

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College of Fine Arts — 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Friday, September 30, 2016 (5:30pm Cocktail Reception, 6:30pm Awards Presentation)
Questrom School of Business, Trustee Ballroom, 9th Floor, One Silber Way


Joel Christian Gill (CFA‘04) — Chair of Foundations, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Graphic Novelist, Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History.
Beth Morrison (CFA‘94) — Creative Producer, Beth Morrison Projects
Peter Paige (CFA‘91) — Co-Creator and Executive Producer, The Fosters


Michael Chiklis (CFA‘86) — Emmy Award-winning Actor

About the Recipients

gillJoel Christian Gill (CFA’04) is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Author of Strange Fruit, Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, a graphic novel that brings to light nine little known African American stories, and Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth. Gill received his MFA from Boston University and a BA from Roanoke College. An activist on social media, Gill believes 28 days are not enough when it comes to black history. Join the discussion by connecting on Twitter at @jcg007 and following #28DaysAreNotEnough, a call-to-action about Black History, or visit his website at to learn more.

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Beth Morrison (CFA‘94) leads Beth Morrison Projects (BMP). Established in 2006, BMP is the realization of Morrison’s vision, which stems from a deep commitment to nurturing composers and other artists and fostering the development of new opera and other new music-theatre works. As Creative Producer, Morrison identifies and supports the work of emerging and established living composers through the commission, development, and touring of their works, which take the form of contemporary music-theatre, opera-theatre, and multimedia concert works. Morrison is an opera and theatre producer, singer, and voice teacher with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management/Producing from the Yale School of Drama. For more information on Beth Morrison and BMP, visit

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Peter Paige (CFA’91) is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed hit ABC Family series, The Fosters. As an actor, Paige is best-known for his five-year run as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime’s hit series Queer as Folk. He has numerous film and TV credits including: Ping Pong Playa, Our America, and guest/recurring roles on The Closer, Bones, CSI:Miami, Grey’s Anatomy, Related, Will and Grace, and others. As a director, Paige has completed two feature films: Say Uncle (2006) and Leaving Barstow (2009), and has sold pilots and television movie features to The CW, USA, ABC Family, and E! as a principal of Blazing Elm Entertainment. Paige is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

About the Emcee

Best known for his role as LAPD Detective Vic Markey on the FX police drama The Shield, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Emcee Michael Chiklis (CFA’86) is an actor, director, and television producer. Also known for his role as Commissioner Tony Scali on the ABC police drama The Commish, The Thing in the Fantastic Four film series, and Jim Powell on the ABC science-fiction comedy-drama No Ordinary Family, Chiklis joined the cast of American Horror Story for its fourth season in 2014, and currently plays Captain Nathaniel Barnes on Gotham. This month, Chiklis adds the title of singer to his creative talents, with the release of his debut solo album “Influence.” Chiklis received his Bachelor of Art from Boston University. In addition to television and film, he has numerous theater credits including the roles of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Touchstone in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

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