Learn about the Career Paths of the following Alumni on the Creative Arts Career Panel on Fri, 3/29 @ 3:30 PM:
Nance Silliman, the owner of Nuance Gallery in Windsor, Vermont, is an accomplished artist and art educator. She has exhibited her oil and acrylic paintings, as well as prints, multi-media works, and charcoal and pastel drawings, in multiple locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Venues have included AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, Artful Things in Lebanon, Gallery 147 in Windsor, Black River Art Guild in Ludlow, Baker Berry Library and the Women’s Resource Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, Twin Columns in Claremont, and West River Art in Rutland. Recent exhibitions include AVA Gallery members’ exhibition THE WAY WE WORK; Blue Angel Studio, Chester, Massachusetts; Hartland Public Library, Hartland, Vermont; and the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont. For 12 years, through 2010, Nancy Silliman was Assistant to the Director of Dartmouth’s Studio Art Exhibition Program. She holds a B.A. Degree and a Masters of Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth College. She is also a published poet and playwright whose work has been performed by such theater groups as The Parish Players and written about in the MALS quarterly publication. (Bio kindly submitted by Nance Silliman)
Bradford Drazen ’90 – News Anchor @ NBC
Brad Drazen ‘90 has had quite an eclectic career arc. After majoring in Drama and English at Dartmouth, he moved to New York to pursue an acting career. He worked (periodically) in theater, commercials and independent films. His tour de force role was playing Greg in “The Real Live Brady Bunch” Off-Broadway. He then moved to Los Angeles where he continued to work (a little less often) in theater, TV and film.
In 1997, Brad transitioned to the world of broadcast journalism, and he’s currently the morning news anchor and education correspondent for NBC Connecticut. Since arriving at the station in 2000, his assignments have run the gamut from crime and breaking news to presidential politics and sports. Brad has interviewed newsmakers ranging from governors and senators to Bill Cosby and Dr. Bill Petit ‘78. He has several won several awards for his work, including four Boston/New England Emmy Awards for writing, producing and feature reporting.
Brad is perhaps most proud of the work he’s done in the community over the past decade. The opportunity to make a difference while working with organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way and Special Olympics is the most rewarding aspect of his job.
Brad also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA Anderson and has taught courses in marketing and communications at Central Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University. (Bio kindly submitted by Brad Drazen)
Paul Gross discovered a passion for making jewelry when he stumbled into the Hopkins Center Student Workshops Jewelry Studio as a freshman in 1969. He had never even taken an art course in high school, so finding that he had some artistic talent was a surprising revelation. He worked as a student assistant in the Jewelry Studio all four years at Dartmouth, learning all aspects of his craft. After 2 years teaching school in Lebanon, Paul decided to try goldsmithing as a profession, first working for The Goldsmith, Ltd in Chicago, then moving back to Hanover in 1976 and establishing his business in 1977. Paul and his wife, Peggy Sadler, own Designer Gold in Hanover, where he has been making custom designed and limited edition jewelry for 36 years. He was won several national and regional design awards for his jewelry. (Bio kindly submitted by Paul Gross)
Eli Burakian joined the Office of Public Affairs at Dartmouth College in November 2011 as the official college photographer. Burakian says he never expected to come back to his alma mater as a full-time staff member but found the position to be the perfect fit. While at Dartmouth, Burak majored in geography with a minor in earth sciences. Outside of class, he raced on the Alpine Development Ski Team, enjoyed the outdoors with the DOC, and hiked 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Eli previously worked as a freelance photographer; has co-photographed books; and now is responsible for the documentation of the College’s history through the visual medium of photography. For further information, please consult the press release upon his hire. To learn more join us on Friday, March 29th @ 3:30 PM in the Career Services office.
This program is presented as part of the celebration of Dartmouth’s Year of the Arts initiative.