Career Night for the Arts Participants
boston college arts council
Mark Brock ‘92,
Brock has had his hand in buying and selling art since high school, but embarked on a full-time career in 1993. He has helped build art collections for numerous private collectors, and has sold to many distinguished institutions in the United States. He has extensive knowledge of the American field and carries a diverse inventory of primarily American works, but also acts in the capacity of a private curator to a handful of collectors.
Jane Conway Caspe ’83,
Jane Conway Caspe graduated from BC in 1983 with a BA in Psychology. During school, she worked as a model for runway, television and advertising. The experience sparked her interest in fashion and design; now she has been working in the Fashion Industry for the past 30 years.
Caspe is on the Board of Trustees at the School of Fashion Design, and she is a representative and speaker for the school. She is also on the Board of Director’s at Fashion Group International and organizes many fashion events, including Boston Fashion Week. Caspe owns two fashion related businesses, ACK Originals and The Nantucket Doll Collection Inc. She is an executive manager and partner at Wildflower Concierge of Nantucket and co-authored a book called The Nantucket Diet, published by Random House in 2005.
"I owe much of my success to my BC education," Caspe says, "I am proud to support the BC community by helping students who are interested in fashion make connections and prosper in the field."
Michael Grogan ’84,
President Fine Art Auctioneers
Grogan worked at Sotheby's, New York, 1978-1987 and started Grogan & Company in 1987.
Christopher Huang ’07,
Freelance Photographer & Cinematographer
After a brief stint in corporate America, Christopher decided to pursue his passion for photography. It wasn't easy in the first few years, dealing with family expectations, and not making much money, but after some hard work improving at his craft and marketing, he built up his name and started getting hired more and more often (it still takes hard work). Since then he has worked as the head photographer at Northeastern University, and has returned to being a full time freelance photographer, doing work in fashion, portraiture, weddings, events, food, and corporate work as well as in other genres. He has also branched out into doing videography the last two years - most recently doing a fashion short film involving helicopters and extravagant mansions. He owes his vocational choice in large part to being inspired on the BC retreat, Halftime.
T.K. McClintock ’75,
Director, Studio TKM
After graduation from Boston College I received an M.A. in conservation from one of the three U.S. graduate programs with a specialization in the conservation of works on paper. I worked for eleven years at a regional conservation center that served many institutions before establishing a private practice in 1990 that allowed me to continue my interest in focusing on the treatment of works. Our clientele is national and largely institutional. Half of our work is on Asian works and half on Western works and within those broad categories half of our work is on fine art and half on historic works. In my experience the critical components of conservation to learn and be aware of are the standards of practice within the profession, technical developments within the field, connoisseurship, and the exercise of craftsmanship.
Joseph van Benten '74
Owner, Joseph van Benten Furnituremakers
Van Benten taught high school woodworking for three years before starting Joseph van Benten Furnituremakers in 1978. The business has always occupied the same retail space on Route 9 in Brookline. Furniture is made to order by a small staff in the same location. His company builds its own designs and accepts commissions from architects and interior designers. A bench of van Benten's design was purchased for the permanent furniture collection at the Boston Museum Of Fine Arts.
William Vareika '74
President, William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd.
Vareika is an art dealer specializing in 18th, 19th and early 20th Century American Art.
Erin Dionne ’97,
Erin Dionne is the author of humorous novels for tweens, including Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies (Dial Books 2009), The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet (Dial 2010), and Notes from an Accidental Band Geek (Dial 2011). Her next novel, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (Dial 2013), is a race against the clock mystery set in Boston. Since graduating from BC in '97, Erin has worked for a publisher, as a journalist, magazine editor, and--currently--is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. She's a die hard Eagles fan, and still holds season tickets for BC football, basketball, and hockey.
Chuck Hogan ’89
Chuck Hogan is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including Devils in Exile and Prince of Thieves, which was awarded the Hammett Prize for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing," and adapted into the 2010 film The Town. He is also the co-author, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labrynth) of the international bestselling Strain Triology, which he is currently adapting for television. His non-fiction has appeared on the editorial page of The New York Times, and his short fiction has twice been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories annual.
Peter Keough ’79,
Film Editor, The Phoenix
Peter Keough has been the Film Editor of “The Boston Phoenix” since 1989 and is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). In 1995 he edited Flesh and Blood: The National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence and Censorship, published by Mercury House, and is currently editing a book of interviews with Kathryn Bigelow for the University Press of Mississippi. He has participated in numerous FIPRESCI festival juries, including Toronto, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Sydney, Thessaloniki, Turin, and Karlovy Vary.
Tim Lemire ’89,
TIM LEMIRE is an author of seven books. He's done just about everything you can do with an English major -- journalism, education, corporate communications -- and, while devastatingly frank in his answers to questions, makes it fun.
Thomas Sheehan ’56,
Retired (Literary Arts)
Sheehan served in 31st Regt., Korea, 1951-52 and graduated from BC in 1956. His books are Epic Cures, 2005, and Brief Cases, Short Spans, 2008, Press 53; A Collection of Friends and From the Quickening, 2009, Pocol Press. He has 18 Pushcart nominations, in Dzanc Best of the Web 2009, has 310 stories on Rope and Wire Magazine and work in a 5th issue of Rosebud Magazine, 5th issue of The Linnet’s Wings (Galway) and 8th issue of Ocean Magazine, and other online/print sites, including Nervous Breakdown, Subtle Tea, Nontrue, Danse Macabre, Jake’s Locked-Room Anthology, Deep South Magazine, The Best of Sand Hill Review anthology, Wilderness House Literary Review, Dew on the Kudzu, Blue Lake Review, Slice of Life, MGVersion2datura, 3 A.M. Magazine, Literary Orphans, Nazar Look, Stepping Stone and Qarrtsiluni, etc. His eBooks from Milspeak Publishers are Korean Echoes and The Westering, 2012, nominated for a National Book Award.
Tim Davis '02
CEO, The Boston New Music Initiative
Dr. Tim Davis brings a variety of administrative, corporate, and new music experience to his role as Founder and CEO of The Boston New Music Initiative. Recognizing the need for a strong network across musical disciplines, Tim’s motivation in founding BNMI reflects his long-standing commitment to furthering the careers of composers and musicians. An active composer in constant pursuit of new collaborations and projects, Tim has studied composition and electroacoustic composition with Bruce MacCombie, David Gompper, Thomas Oboe Lee, Scott Wyatt, and Jean-Paul Perrotte. Collaborations and commissions include works for the Bay Colony Brass, Quinta Esencia Ensemble, and Northern Arizona University new music ensemble Erasable Color. As an educator, Tim provides private composition and theory instruction. He earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Iowa in 2009. He also holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Massachusetts.
Ron Domingo ’90,
Ron Domingo was most recently seen on the season premier of Person of Interest on CBS. He is an OBIE award winning veteran stage actor that has worked with many respected theater companies including Manhattan Theater Club, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company & Second Stage Theatre. Mr. Domingo’s television appearances include, Pan Am, Law & Order, SVU, CI, & Trial By Jury, As The World Turns, Rescue Me & Kitchen Confidential. Film credits include Tenderness starring Russell Crowe, Robot Stories, The Motel and the lead role in Slow Jam King. Commercials: Bud Light, Wendy’s, Nextel, Armstrong, Sony, Xerox, Fedex. He will soon be appearing in an episode of BLUE BLOODS also for CBS. AEA•SAG•AFTRA
Betsi Graves ’04,
Betsi Graves, founder and director of Urbanity Dance, is originally from Orlando, Florida and holds a BA from Boston College. At the age of 17, she was selected by Mia Michaels to tour across the U.S. on full scholarship with LA Undergound. She has taught ballet and jazz at Harvard University, Boston College, and several Boston-area dance schools; and is currently on faculty at Boston Ballet, Regis College, and Urbanity Dance.
As a choreographer, Ms. Graves has won national choreography awards and judged for dance competitions throughout New England. Her choreography has recently garnered grant support from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Boston and Boston Dance Alliance. She is an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab (2006) and Green Street Studios Emerging Artists Program (2008). She danced for Karen Murphy-Fitch’s Falling Flight Project and in fall 2008 danced as a street performer for Theatre Mama and Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza. Her choreography has been reviewed as “soulful and inspiring,” “unique and full of energy,” and “gutsy and culturally poignant.”
Recent projects included Urbanity Dance’s The Story of Stuff (November, 2010), Contemporary Theatre of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June, 2010) and Urbanity’s Between the Lines (November, 2011) an interactive dance journey and collaboration with artists in Boston’s SOWA district.
Brett Marks ’06,
Brett Marks is an actor, director, and producer in Boston. His recent directing credits include productions of Murph, Wandaleria, and Junkie with Argos Productions, Charlotte's Web and Robin Hood (Acton-Boxborough High School) Book of Days (Bad Habit Productions), Glengarry Glen Ross (Independent Drama Society), Cherry Smoke (Gurnet Theatre Project), and multiple pieces in the Boston Theatre Marathon on behalf of the Huntington Theatre Company, The Lyric Stage Company, Orfeo Group, and others. He was previously the Producing Associate at The Lyric Stage Company, and under the Growing Voices New Play Development program there, directed numerous readings of plays by local playwrights. He is also an actor, having worked with Zeitgeist Stage, Company One, Gurnet Theatre Project, Way Theatre Artists, and the Vokes Players. Brett holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston College, and he currently works for Boston University.
Cathi Ianno '89
Development Manager for The Center for Arts in Natick
Cathi Fournier Ianno is an arts administrator and fundraiser with more than 20 years experience in the field. Currently, Ms. Ianno is the Development Manager for The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), leading all facets of the fundraising program, including corporate sponsorship, individual membership, grants, and major gifts. Previously, Ms. Ianno led the Office of the Arts Council at Boston College, marketing the University’s arts calendar, coordinating arts alumni programs, and serving as the director of the annual BC Arts Festival. Ms. Ianno also managed the operations of the BC Bands Program for eight years, administering the travel, budget, and inventory of six ensembles, as well as producing all concerts and events related to the program.
An accomplished pianist, Ms. Ianno has accompanied numerous musicals, choirs, and individuals for more than two decades. At the moment, she is the Assistant Director of Sound & Spirit, a multi-generational choral ensemble in Metrowest. Ms. Ianno received her B.A. in Psychology and Management from Boston College in 1989, and her M.B.A. from Boston College in 1996 – qualifying her as an official “double eagle.”
Kara Robbins '04
Kara Robbins graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a degree in English. She began her career on the community arts level with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton. In addition to the New Phil, Kara has also worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Conservatory, and the Newton Cultural Alliance. She focuses on community and economic development programs while conducting marketing, development, special events, and general management duties. Kara is currently the Associate Director of the New Phil and the Program Director of the Newton Cultural Alliance.
Carolyn Rock '05,
Administration Manager, Boston Ballet School
Carolyn Rock, BC ’05, graduated with a major in History and minor in International Studies. Her interest in arts administration began at BC and continued to grow as she took an increasingly active role in the Arts Council. Currently, Carolyn is the Administration Manager for Boston Ballet School, ensuring the highest quality arts education for over 4,000 students each year in North America's largest ballet school.