Boston University News Release

29th November, 2004

Boston University School of Visual Arts Presents Faculty Exhibition 2004

(Boston) – The 2004 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, one of the highlighted events for Boston University’s College of Fine Arts 50th anniversary, will be on view in Boston University’s 808 Gallery from Thursday, December 9 through Friday, January 28. 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 opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – the event is open to the public and the artists will be present.

“We are thrilled to present the Faculty Exhibition as part of the yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of the College of Fine Arts,” said Judith Simpson, director of the School of Visual Arts. “The Faculty Exhibition has become an anticipated and time-honored tradition since its inception in 1963. This year’s exhibition is our most comprehensive to date with more than 90 works that showcase the extraordinary talent and diversity of our School of Visual Arts faculty.”

The faculty included in the exhibition are nationally and internationally recognized artists including printmaker Deborah Cornell, sculptor Isabel McIlvain, painters Hugh O’Donnell, Richard Raiselis, Harold Reddicliffe, and John Walker, and artists Hannah Barrett, Dana Clancy, Richard Doubleday, Douglas Shaw Elder, Stephen Frank, Howard Gerstein, Laura Giannitrapani, Hilary Hutchison, Sam Lacombe, Jessie LeBaron, Damon Lehrer, Alston Purvis, Richard Ryan, Barry Shauck, Batu Siharulidze, Judith W. Simpson, Ruth Stuart Starratt, Christopher Untalan, and Joel Werring.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering professional training in music, theatre arts, and visual arts to 1,000 graduate and
undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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 Richard Heinrichs, sculptor and set designer whose credits include “Fargo” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Art Direction in 1999.

The 2004-2005 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the union of Boston University’s schools of Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to form the College of Fine Arts. With an enduring commitment to academic excellence and dedication to nurturing a new generation of artists, the College of Fine Arts is one of America’s leading institutions for education in the arts. The 50th anniversary celebration will feature a dynamic array of concerts, theatre and opera performances, lectures and exhibits, culminating with a variety of spring gala events. For a full calendar, visit

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 9, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Gallery
808 Gallery at Boston University
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Phone: 617-358-0922
Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

(Please note: the 808 Gallery will be closed during the Boston University intercession December 23rd-January 3rd.)

Admission is free and open to the public.

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 space is the largest exhibition space committed to contemporary exhibitions in the Boston area.

Note to editor: Images available upon request.

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