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2005 Participants

boston college arts council

Career Night for the Arts 2005
Wednesday, November 16
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
McMullen Museum, Devlin Hall

Sharon Bazarian ‘78
Freelance Photographer
Sharon received her B.A. in Political Science in 1978. Following her graduation, she attended workshops and seminars at the New England School of Photography, and Kodak. Her clients include Brigham and Women's Hospital, New Balance, Converse, and Holland and Knight. Sharon also covers Boston area radio stations, WSKS, WBCN, WBMX, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and corporate functions. She is a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and was also a past president of the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. Sharon has also participated on the Board of Directors for the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts. Additionally, Sharon is a patron of the McMullen Museum, and a past Parish Council member of the St. James Armenian Church.

Bill Chisholm ’87
Studio Artist

Bill Chisholm majored in theater and worked as a freelance photographer from 1985-2003. His primary photography work was with models and actors for advertising clients. He furthered his fine art studies at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Montserrat College of Art and various other private art instuction. He is now working as a full time oil painter specializing in still life and portraiture. He exhibits in Boston at Jule's Place Gallery and various other galleries throughout the country.

Maureen Dezell ‘75
Arts Reporter, Boston Globe
Dezell is a staff writer for the Boston Globe. A 1975 graduate of Boston College, she was the first woman editor of Stylus, and the first female managing editor of The Heights. She received a Masters in Education in 1979 and a Masters of Science in Journalism in 1983, both at Boston University.  Her first book, Irish America Coming Into Clover, was published in 2001 by Doubleday. Dezell is currently a reporter for the Boston Globe's Living/Arts section, has written articles for The New Republic and The New York Times and was a reporter for both the Boston Business Journal and the Boston Phoenix. She received the Heights Alumni Achievement Award in 2003. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.

Maureen Donovan '78
Registrar, Harvard University Art Museums
Donovan graduated from Boston College in 1978 with a double major in Art History and English. A senior-year internship in the Department of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston focusing on exhibition planning and management peaked her interest in museum work and in having direct contact with works of art. After graduation, she took a job in the Registrar’s Office at the Fogg Art Museum as a brief respite before applying to graduate school for an advanced degree in art history. Quickly realizing she had found her niche, she has spent the last twenty-seven years in collection management, with primary responsibility for acquisitions, incoming and outgoing loans, traveling exhibitions and collections care. Today she presides over a department of twenty-two individuals and an active, teaching collection of nearly 250,000 works of art.

Sean Flahaven '95
Musician, Composer, Conductor, Arts Journalist, Arts Administrator
Sean Patrick Flahaven A&S '95 is a producer, writer, composer, conductor, orchestrator, and arts journalist based in New York City. He is currently Managing Director of the award-winning, off-Broadway Melting Pot Theatre Company; Executive Director of IN ONE Musical Theatre, a writers' collaborative; and a board member of PS Classics Inc. records. He has worked in administrative and artistic capacities for many major companies on and off-Broadway. His work has been performed in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Delaware, Chicago, and at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. As a musician, he has worked on the development and premieres of dozens of new musicals, including several by Stephen Sondheim. He has also been an arts journalist for ten years, with over 200 articles published in Playbill, Show Music, The Sondheim Review, and elsewhere. A native of Minnesota, he received degrees in English and Music with multiple honors from Boston College; an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. He now teaches at NYU-Tisch and Brooklyn College.

Michael B. Grogan '84
Fine Arts Auctions/Appraisals
Michael is the President of Grogan & Company, a firm specializing in Fine Art Auctions and Appraisals. The firm is based in Dedham, Massachusetts and was established in June of 1987. Mr. Grogan began his career in the art business at Sotheby's, New York, in 1978 when he joined them as a specialist in Oriental Carpets. The following years he became head of the Oriental Carpets Department. In June of 1982 he was appointed Director of Sotheby's Arcade Auctions, in charge of organizing bi-weekly auctions of paintings, jewelry, furniture and decorative arts. In January of 1985, Mr. Grogan as appointed Director of Sotheby's Appraisal Company. He left Sotheby's as a Vice-President of the firm in June of 1987 to establish Grogan & Company.

Mr. Grogan is a graduate of Boston College, where he majored in Art History. He is an auctioneer and has also given many lectures on the subject of fine arts and antiques at auction. A recognized expert of the auction and appraisal process, he is frequently called on by collectors, dealers, museums and trust and estate bankers and lawyers for advice and guidance. Most recently, Mr. Grogan has participated as an expert/appraiser on Antiques Roadshow and is a regular guest on "Trash or Treasure", a segment of NBC's Boston channel 7 evening news. Michael Grogan lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with his wife and three children and is active civically and culturally in town affairs.

Peter Keough ’79
Film Critic, The Boston Phoenix
Peter Keough received his Masters in English from the University of Illinois in Chicago (1985) and had previously graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 1979. He is a noted film critic for The Boston Phoenix, WFNX, and The Chicago Tribune. Peter has also written for the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. He has received numerous awards, and is an elected member of the National Society of Film Critics, and the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 1996 he was awarded first prize for film criticism by the Association of Alternative Newspapers.

Erin Haran '01
Communications and Arts Administration
Erin Haran graduated from BC in 2001 with a degree in English. She is currently the Communications Corrdinator at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency committed to promoting the arts, sciences, and humanities in Massachusetts. Previously, Erin was Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While at BC, Erin was a member of the BC Dance Ensemble and the University Chorale. One of the highlights of Erin's BC experience was spending a semester studying in London, where she interned at the Royal Opera House.

Tim Lemire '89
Freelance Editor/Writer
Lemire’s latest project—due out next Spring—is a book entitled I’m an English Major—Now What? How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job (Writer's Digest Books). Tim has worked for Fidelity Investments-Boston as a writer for their Intranet site. In addition, he has served as an editor at the TAB Community Newspapers, where he continues to contribute book-related features. He holds a BA degree in English (Boston College, ’89) and a MFA degree in Creative Fiction Writing (University of Michigan, ’96).

Michelle Miller '98
Actor/Singer/Writer/Producer
Michelle Miller graduated from Boston College in 1998 with a double major in Theater and Philosophy. During her summers Michelle continued her education in theater and music by performing and studying with the Abbey Theater, Dublin and Circle in The Square Theater School in New York. The first year post graduation Michelle worked in development and education with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, teaching and directing at-risk and visually impaired children through their Inner-City Outreach Program. While in New York, Michelle has worn many hats as an actor, singer, writer and producer. She has been seen regionally in plays and musicals, both contemporary and classical and most recently was a headlining singer for the New Haven Symphony. In New York Michelle has performed at Lincoln Center, The International Fringe Festival, off-Broadway, as well as her one-woman show. In addition, she can be heard on several recordings of up and coming musicals. As a founding member of AnyMinuteNow Productions she was a performer, producer and the Events Director, and developed a successful concert series devoted to showcasing talented new composers.

Michael Rossi ’98, GA&S ‘99
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Rossi is a freelance filmmaker in Boston who has spent the last 5 years working in public television. Most recently he was Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the film Building the Alaska Highway, produced for the series "American Experience." He also worked as Assistant Editor for The War That Made America, a four-hour series about the French and Indian War, set for national broadcast in 2006.

Michael’s career at PBS began in the Educational Programming department at WGBH-TV in Boston. His projects included Primary Sources: Workshops in American History, an 8-hour series for high school teachers, and Teaching Reading, K-2: A Library of Classroom Practices, which consisted of over fourteen hours of programming and related professional development resources. He has done a variety of freelance production work on feature films, television shows, music videos, and commercials in the Boston area. Michael’s research background is equally diverse; he has conducted archival film and photograph research for various documentary films, as well as historical research for public art proposals and litigation cases. Michael completed the five-year B.A./M.A. program in history at Boston College in 1999. His first film, East Boston: A Changing Community, is included in the curriculum for the course History of Boston at Boston College, and he has been a guest lecturer for the Black Studies course Eyes on the Prize. He has spent the past year working as Associate Producer and Assistant Editor on a two-hour documentary film for American Experience about the California gold rush.

Paul Shakespear ’71
Artist/Painter
An English major at BC, Paul started painting full-time as his Scholar of the College project. Later Paul attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Currently having Mr. Shakespear is having his 12th solo show at Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston and working on paintings for his 4th solo show at Solomon Fine Art in Seattle. Paul’s work was included in the DeCordova Museum's survey exhibition "Boston Painting, 1950-2000." Paul was also the Tanne Foundation Award recipient in 2001.

Jere Shea ’87
Actor, Screenwriter, Coach, Arts Fundraiser, Consultant
Jere Shea is currently working at the Museum of fine Arts, Boston soliciting Major Gifts in support of the MFA’s historic $500 Million Campaign. Jere has also worked as a consultant for Boson College’s Advancement Office focusing on Donor Communications and Administrative Strategy. As a Consultant and Coach, Jere has trained and advised actors from Broadway to Beacon Hill for over a decade. Shea has starred in several Broadway productions such as Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion (Theater World Award, Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination). His Film and TV credits include “Passion” (PBS), “Path to Paradise” (HBO), “Law and Order,” Bill Cosby’s “Cosby Mysteries,” and “A Season in Purgatory” (CBS miniseries) with Brian Dennehy. Shea also starred with Donnie Wahlburg in the Boston based feature film Southie (Seattle Film Festival’s Best Film, 1998), and has narrated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He also appeared in the Nova/PBS documentary film The Most Dangerous Woman In America, fall 2004 and is currently developing a screenplay. Mr. Shea, a former Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, also offers Speech and Presentation Skills Training to individuals in the world of business and politics. He has served on the faculties of Emerson College and the College of the Holy Cross, and has been a frequent Guest Lecturer at his alma mater, Boston College.

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