Our program has helped many students to attain a level of professionalism that has allowed them to be admitted to some of the best graduate schools in studio art, art history, and architecture. Some alumni have started successful businesses: video production companies, graphic design studios, photo studios, and multi-media production companies. Many students have also gone on in other fields such as psychology, journalism, and the law.
Many Art majors remain in the Boston area and continue to have contact with the university and individual faculty members. Many also maintain their interest in art, attending exhibitions and lectures at local museums and arts organizations, with those inclined toward studio practice continuing to make new art. Some have even returned to teach at the university. All of this is evidence of the impact an arts education has on the lives of our students. It is something that they will have perpetually, a touchstone that allows them to fulfill the Department’s concern for developing critically aware, intellectually supple members of society.
Students continue to develop from the foundation they built in the Art major. Our students have gone on to study for the Ph.D. in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Oxford, Brown, Columbia, Berkeley, and New York University. Others have pursued the MA in art history at Williams College, Brown, and the University of Munich and in film history at New York University,. Students have also pursued training at the masters level in fields related to art history: in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, in Arts Management at Boston University, and in Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art. They have gone on to work as university professors, gallery directors, museum curators, archivists, librarians, and secondary school art teachers. One recent graduate is a junior curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Another is a curator at the American Museum of Folk Art in New York. Yet another is the director of the highly regarded avant-garde art gallery Hallwalls in Buffalo. Some graduates work in art conservation; one alumna is paper conservator at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, while another is a senior archivist in the Harvard University Archives. One graduate is the art librarian at John Cabot University in Rome. Another is developing the data for the Central Registry of Information on Looted Cultural Property, 1933-1945.
Students also go on to study studio art at the graduate level. Students have received the MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Cornell University, Cranbrook, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Tyler School of the Arts, School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Massachusetts College of Art. A few have completed professional degrees in architecture and in historic preservation, arts administration, and art conservation. They have become photo-journalists, videographers, multimedia artists, and film-makers, museum preparators, muralists, lighting designers, as well as artists working and exhibiting in Boston and beyond; some of our alumnae have become studio faculty at colleges and art schools.