They live mere blocks apart in Manhattan, and each is the mother of two children. They both attended BU’s College of Fine Arts, and they share interests in storytelling, interior design, and healthy cooking.
When Julianne Moore (CFA’83), an Academy Award–nominated actor, and Gael Towey (CFA’75), the longtime chief creative director at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), first met at a CFA alumni dinner, it was clear they had much in common—not least, their status as highly accomplished and multitalented women.
Moore, known for her intelligence, versatility, and distinctive red hair, has appeared in more than 50 films, ranging from the 1998 cult favorite The Big Lebowski to 2010’s critically acclaimed The Kids Are All Right. She has earned a Daytime Emmy, six Golden Globe nominations, and four Oscar nominations.
In addition, Moore’s interior design talents have been featured in The World of Interiors magazine, and her popular Freckleface Strawberry children’s book series has inspired a successful off-Broadway musical.
After working as design director for House & Garden magazine, Towey joined Martha Stewart Living in 1990 as its founding art director. She designed the magazine’s inaugural issue, establishing its iconic and award-winning visual style, and then moved into progressively larger roles at MSLO, directing the design of products from magazines and books to home furnishings and merchandise. This year she became chief integration and creative director, overseeing the creation of digital magazines and mobile applications for the multimillion-dollar Martha Stewart brand.
The College of Fine Arts recently brought Moore and Towey together again. Moore took a break from a busy schedule promoting the HBO movie Game Change, in which she portrays former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, to talk with Towey about arts education, raising children to be creative, and living a life in the arts.