Boston University, BFA
Boston University MFA (Master's)
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Other)
Having had a rich and varied successful professional career in the Arts, Film, Education, and now as a published writer, I am well prepared to work with you to help you reach your goals. Whether it is to complete your college application essay, apply for a Fulbright grant to study painting in Italy, or develop an effective business plan to fund and distribute your documentary film, I am here to listen to your needs and to work with you to ensure that you gain the knowledge leading to success.
While getting my Masters Degree at Boston University, I taught undergraduates in painting, drawing and design theory. As a practicing artist, I also designed exhibitions and worked in gallery management. Combining an interest in Arts Administration and Education, I later served as Dean of Admissions at the Art Institute of Boston. Following new opportunities in the art field led me to Europe where I worked as an Art Consultant and dealer of Fine Art. My business was based in Munich, where I became fairly fluent in spoken German.
In 1993 I moved back to Boston and my entrepreneurial spirit led to becoming President of a documentary film distribution company where I worked for the past twenty years helping filmmakers fund, produce and market their work. Currently I am a Contributing Editor at DOCUMENTARY Magazine. Writing skills have formed an important role in my life and work. I believe writing clearly and succinctly can help everyone regardless of their chosen field and I look forward to hearing from you.
Cynthia Having had a rich and varied successful professional career in the Arts, Film, Education, and now as a published writer, I am well prepared to work with you to help you reach your goals. Whether it is to complete your college application essay, apply for a Fulbright grant to study painting in Italy, or develop an effective business plan to fund
Man has been making Art for at least the past 40,000 years so that gives us a very long timeline in which to explore the evolution of Art from prehistory or the "Paleolithic" right up to modern times. Whether your interests are the ancient Greeks, the Renaissance, or early twentieth century modern, there are wonderful resources available that can enhance your understanding and appreciation of history through artistic expression. If you are an artist or a collector of Art, knowing the history of Art is essential and will help you to appreciate your visits to museums and galleries. It will help you to explain why you like a particular artist or piece of art, beyond just your gut feeling.
While getting my Master's Degree at Boston University, I taught undergraduates in painting, drawing and design theory. This course attempts to answer the question "What is Art?" with primary emphasis on the developments of Art from Modern (1930s-1950s) through Postmodern (1960s-1980s) to the "Post-Post-Modern period up to present day. There will be readings in the field with free form writing assignments, that may draw on your creativity and help you to form and articulate your own opinions about what is or isn't "Art".
There are often times in our lives when we feel stuck in our jobs, or feel we need a fresh start. Perhaps you are about to graduate from college, and are uncertain about your career path. What are your options in today's economy? Are you interested in pursuing a career of helping others, work in the non-profit arena, or are you driven by achieving financial success? Have you lost a job and feel insecure about reentering the job market. Knowing yourself, assessing your strengths, your skills, your financial needs, your short term and long term goals will provide the self assurance you need to move forward in your career. I am eager to share my broad range of experience in both educational administration and as a top level executive, having learned by doing, to help you find satisfaction and success in your chosen career.
Drawing from life is a skill that can be acquired through practice, like learning to play a musical instrument. Samples of your drawing aptitude are often required when submitting a portfolio as part of the process in applying to Art school or to college as an Art major. Having been trained in the classical, European tradition of life drawing at Boston University, and later serving as Dean of Admissions at the Art Institute of Boston, has prepared me well in guiding you in ways of seeing the world and giving you the confidence to transfer your vision to paper.
While digital technology has made film making accessible to anyone with a camera, understanding the business side of film production is rarely addressed by the passionate beginner. Even experienced filmmakers may need help in fundraising, budgeting, grant writing, contract negotiations, copyright law, marketing and distribution. My 20 years of experience as a distributor and consultant in the international documentary film industry has positioned me well. I can help you formulate a successful business plan for your film project at any stage, from pre-production, production, post-production, marketing (including film festival strategies), to final release and distribution. I can review contracts and save you hundreds of dollars in legal fees, by advising when it is appropriate to hire a lawyer and when it is unnecessary. I look forward to helping you find your audience and making your film project a reality.
Painting is an art form that can be the primary medium for a professional artist who depends upon their work to both advance their career and to earn income. It can also be a life-long activity for those who simply seek a creative outlet for personal enjoyment. In either case, it is very difficult to critique your own work, or to gain new perspectives when working in isolation. Often, those students who majored in art in college find it difficult to continue painting or drawing on their own without the encouragement or observations from their teachers or their peers. With an MFA and a major in painting from Boston University, combined with over 30 years experience in art education, gallery management, and art consulting, I can be that observer of your work who will help guide you to reach your full potential, whether your goals are professional or personal. Discussions about materials, technique, style, and presentation can be covered.
Feeling nervous about speaking in public is perfectly normal and can be used to your advantage, but being overly fearful can cause problems at school, work and in other environments when you are called upon to address an audience. Avoiding speaking in public might be detrimental when it comes to job promotions and could negatively affect your grades in school or college. Overcoming fear is at the heart of becoming a confident or even inspirational public speaker. Practice, preparation, familiarity with your surroundings, addressing the audience in a personal way, are only some of the tips you can use to help you over come your fear. For over 40 years, I have addressed audiences around the world. Often English was not their primary language. Different situations demanded different types of preparation as well as style of delivery. I would love to share my experiences and tips to help you be a more interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining public speaker.
Whether reading for pleasure, or to acquire knowledge on a specific topic, reading for understanding is an essential skill that is the key to life-long learning. In our speed obsessed world where short cuts are prized, taking the time to read and to understand fully what we have read is a luxury, but one we can't afford to loose. Love of reading can be taught and reading skills can be improved at any age. I can work with you to help your reading retention and to help you find books and authors who will inspire you so you will keep on reading.
I have a masters degree from Boston University, and have taught a wide range of subjects throughout my career to all ages from k-12 to adult. For the past 15 years I have advised students and mentored adult learners on how to prepare for key events that require research, and self presentation. Instilling an interest in learning a particular subject is key as well as knowing how to create an environment that is conducive to study, perhaps even defining what it means to "study" a subject and what methods to use to achieve the desired outcome.
Having a large vocabulary, a broad-based, in-depth knowledge of words and their meaning, provides the best tool for communication in both written and oral expression. As a professional writer, I recognize the importance of acquiring an ever expanding vocabulary. I can assist students in finding enjoyable ways of adding to their vocabulary base through their participation in solving a variety puzzles and games.
Writing clearly and succinctly is the most useful skill a person can have in order to achieve success in academia, as well as in business. I have utilized this skill throughout my own career and most recently, as a writer and contributing editor for a major print and on-line publication. I understand the needs of writing for various purposes and audiences and have taught students from middle school to adult.