EVENT SOLD OUT! Each year, at the annual MassArt Alumni Awards event, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design community proudly recognizes a selection of outstanding alumni who have each excelled in their field. Nominated and selected by fellow alumni, faculty, and staff, these distinguished alumni epitomize the creative spirit, fearless determination, and endless enthusiasm that radiates throughout the MassArt community.

We cordially invite you to join us in the Pozen Center for Interrelated Media on Friday, November 4, 2016, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., when we will honor the following distinguished MassArt alumni: Brian Curran ’79, Paul Hatgil ’50, Kathleen Marsh ’91 & ’96, and Mimi Smith ’63.

In conjunction with the 2016 MassArt Alumni Awards event, an exhibition of the honorees’ work will be on view in the President’s Gallery, 11th floor, Tower Building, from November 4‒29, 2016.

Register here to attend the 2016 Alumni Awards.

4:00 – 6:00 pm Viewing of Alumni Awards Exhibition, President's Gallery in Tower Building (Open to MassArt community and friends)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception, Godine Gallery in North Hall
7:00 – 9:00 pm Awards Presentation and Dinner, Pozen Center for Interrelated Media in North Hall

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28th
Tickets: $35/person


2016 MassArt Distinguished Alumni

Brian A. Curran ’79 (Art History & Studio for Interrelated Media)

Brian A. Curran is Professor of Art History at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has worked since 1997. He graduated from MassArt in 1979, with a degree in Art History and Studio for Interrelated Media. He was also, for much of this time, a painting major. During these years, he worked in the MassArt Library as a work study student. He was also one of the owner-artists at the Punkt/Data Gallery (on Hanover Street in the North End), where he co-curated and/or participated in a wide variety of exhibitions and events. His work has always been informed by his deep love of history, engagement in politics, and the struggle for social justice. In the years following graduation, Brian pursued his studies of ancient Egyptian art and archaeology as a curatorial assistant in the Department of Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, and Nubian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He combined this abiding interest in ancient art with his later explorations in the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance, the survival and reception of Egyptian antiquities, and a broader exploration of the history of representations of historical time and place, as well as the history and theory of sculpture. 

His post-MassArt education includes a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA and PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton. His scholarly achievements include the publication of two books, The Egyptian Renaissance: The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy (2007), and, as co-author, Obelisk: A History (2009), as well as a large number of book chapters, articles, and reviews. His list of fellowships and awards includes a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, a Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Brian is also a widely admired teacher and advisor. He has received three teaching awards at his home institution, and has advised numerous doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate honors theses during his years at Penn State. His former doctoral students organized a Festschrift-style symposium in his honor in September, 2016. 


Paul Hatgil ’50 (Art Education)

Paul Hatgil is an accomplished artist, author, and educator. He attended MassArt, Columbia University, and the Harvard University Extension School immediately following his tour of service with the military during World War II, where he served with the U.S. Air Corp in the South Pacific area of operations. In 1951, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas and in 1985 he was named Professor Emeritus. During his tenure of thirty-four years at the University of Texas he instructed over 2,000 students in the arts of ceramics, sculpture, and two- and three-dimensional design. During the inaugural years of the University of Texas Huntington Museum, he served as the Design Curator for more than 200 art installations that included the Texas Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. 

Many of Paul’s works adorn public and private buildings and are included in national and international collections. Several of his most acclaimed works are the entrance mural entitled “Panorama” commissioned by Lady Bird Johnson for the KTBC TV building, in Austin, TX; fifty reliefs that form a frieze along the top of the University of Texas Business Administration Building; his mosaic of UT Austin’s Main College Building in the Walter Web Center and “Exi Stili” a resin stainless steel sculpture. His pre-occupation with a variety of art media and techniques attest to his relationship with materials as they relate to the human experience. 

Paul has published the results of his research in the ancient art of encaustic painting in his book Contemporary Encaustic Painting and he is the author of Apostolos: The Immigrant’s Son, an Autobiography. He has also contributed writing to professional journals. In 2003, he was appointed for a three year term as a member of the American Hellenic Educational Foundation whose mission is to award scholarships to worthy students. 

Kathleen Marsh ’91 (Teaching Certificate) & ’96 (Master of Science in Art Education)

Kathleen Marsh is a founding faculty member and Artistic Dean at Boston Arts Academy. Kathleen received her B.F.A. in sculpture from Syracuse University, where she was a Wirt-Newman scholar, and her M.S.A.E. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she received the Hugh Sloan Award for distinguished teaching. In 2007, she completed the Northeastern University/Center for Collaborative Education Principal Residency Network program with a focus in arts leadership.

In 2005, Kathleen was a Fund for Teachers Fellow and a 2008 Surdna Artist Teacher Fellow. In the book Studio Thinking, The Real Benefits of Art Education, she participated as a teacher researcher, and along with her visual arts colleagues, she is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Art Educator Award from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a Professor of Practice in the Center for Artistry and Scholarship’s Perrone-Sizer Institute, bringing an artistic lens to leadership training.

A recent contributor in the Kennedy Center’s new national initiative on Arts and Special Education, Kathleen also serves on local boards, has presented at several national conferences and has collaborated in establishing arts and school wide policy at Boston Arts Academy since 1998.


Mimi Smith ’63 (Painting)

Mimi Smith, an early pioneer in clothing, feminist, and installation art began making sculpture in the form of clothing in 1965, not as garments to be worn, but as sculpture, installations, and visual objects about woman’s lives. Over the years, her art has continued to examine clothing as both form and subject, while also exploring the subjects of women, child abuse, television, war, nuclear issues, the environment, and AIDS. In recent years, her work has also focused on illness and aging. In addition to clothing sculpture, she has used other mediums from paintings and paper and knotted thread and tape measure drawings, to sound, computers, artists books, and clocks.

She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1963 and an MFA from Rutgers University in 1966. She has been the recipient of grants including an NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally in a career spanning 50 years. Her many solo and survey exhibits include the retrospective ‘Steel Wool Politics’ at the ICA Philadelphia. Group shows include ‘Committed To Print’, MoMA; ‘Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the ‘70’s’, at White Columns, Moore College, and RISD Museum; ‘Addressing the Century, 100 Years of Art and Fashion’ at the Haywood Gallery, London, and Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany; ‘WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution’ at LA MOCA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, PS 1, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Selected public collections include MoMA, the Fogg Museum, RISD Museum, Spencer Museum, Newark Museum, and the Getty Center.

Among the many publications that have written about her work are Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Frieze, Woman’s Art Journal, Time Out, The New York Times, and several books including The Power of Feminist Art, The Pink Glass Swan, Inverted Odysseys, and A Basic History of Western Art, Janson & Janson. 

Images of her work can be seen at her website: http://www.mimismith.com

The Godine Gallery and the Pozen Center for Interrelated Media are both located in North Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

For more information, contact: alumni@massart.edu or 617-879-7020

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Patrick Luteran
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

Date & Location

Date: 11/4/2016
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Pozen Center and Godine Gallery