Boston University College of Fine Arts announces 2009 Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Award Winners

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(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the winners of its 2009 Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards. Since 1986, this award has been presented to CFA alumni and faculty who have made a significant contribution to the arts. This year’s awardees have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements in their professions, communities, and service to the College. The awardees attended a ceremony on Friday, October 23 at the CFA Concert Hall at Boston University, hosted by Walt Meissner, Dean ad interim of the College of Fine Arts. This year’s winners included:

School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award
Albert Sherman, BM’75, MM‘76

School of Visual Arts Distinguished Alumnus Award
Cliffton Peacock, BFA’75, MFA’77

Distinguished Service to the Profession
Marian Morash, BFA’59

Distinguished Service to the College
Judith Harris, BM’74

Distinguished Faculty Award
Paula Langton, MFA’03

In a related ceremony during the annual BU Alumni Weekend, CFA alumnus and actor and director Michael Medico (BFA’94) received the prestigious Boston University Young Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards are the most prestigious awards conferred by the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. Meissner explains, “The CFA Alumni Awards ceremony is one of the highlights of our year. We honor those who have been here and gone on to stellar careers, and we are lucky to have them back so we can celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their support of the College of Fine Arts.” In addition to participating in the awards ceremony, all of this year’s awardees participated in sessions with CFA students during their visit.


For more than two decades, stage director Albert Sherman has garnered praise for his stylistic versatility and his carefully crafted productions of opera, operetta, and musical theatre for companies across the United States. Mr. Sherman directed Boston University productions of La Boheme (’99) and The Magic Flute (’08) with the School of Theatre and Opera Institute. As a resident stage director for New York City Opera, Mr. Sherman created a new staging of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, along with critically acclaimed revivals of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Die Zauberflöte; Verdi’s La Traviata; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Mr. Sherman also assisted Harold Prince on the NYCO productions of Candide, Sweeney Todd, and Weill’s Silverlake. In addition to his work at City Opera, Mr. Sherman has directed productions for other companies such as Wolf Trap, Cincinnati, Portland, Kentucky, Florentine (Milwaukee), Phoenix, Sarasota, Columbus, Dayton, Tulsa, and Anchorage. He has also guest directed at Manhattan School of Music and The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

Cliffton Peacock’s paintings are widely exhibited and collected in museums, galleries and private collections. Mr. Peacock is a tenured Professor at the College of Charleston, School of Fine Arts. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants, three Massachusetts Artist Fellowship Awards, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship, and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, SouthEastern Center for Contemporary Art award, the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and an Adolph Gottlieb Fellowship, among others.

Marian Morash is best known for her 25 years as “Chef Marian” on television’s longest running weekly garden series, The Victory Garden, on PBS. Ms. Morash is the author of The Victory Garden Cookbook, the video/book Victory Garden Recipes, From the Garden to the Table, and The Victory Garden Fish and Vegetable Cookbook. In 1976, Ms. Morash co-founded the Straight Wharf Restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and served as its executive chef for eleven years. She credits her introduction to the pleasures of cooking directly to television personality Julia Child, whom she served as executive chef on Child’s PBS series, Julia Child and More Company, Dinner at Julia’s, and on Child’s The Way To Cook home-video series. Ms. Morash is now vice-president of production company Morash Associates, Inc.

After attending high school at The Interlochen Arts Academy, Judith Harris earned a B.A. in piano performance from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, followed by an M.A. in Holistic Medicine and Psychology at Norwich College in Vermont. In 1999 she completed her training as an analytical psychologist at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. While living in Zurich, Ms. Harris, a certified yoga teacher, began teaching yoga to a small group of friends in her living room, which partly inspired her Diploma Thesis and first book, Jung and Yoga: the Psyche-Body Connection. Currently, Ms. Harris maintains a private psychoanalytical practice in London, Ontario, and is a member of the teaching faculty at the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, and the Marion Woodman Foundation. She also serves on the boards of both the Philemon Foundation — which has just sponsored the publication for the first time of Carl Jung’s Red Book — and the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is currently working on a second book, Shattering the Vessel: The Archetype of Trauma.

Paula Langton earned her BA in Theatre Arts from University of Massachusetts Boston and her MFA in Theatre Education at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. She pursued classical training through Shakespeare & Company, where she met Kristin Linklater, with whom she apprenticed for several years and became certified to teach voice. Ms. Langton is a founding member of The Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston and will be seen this season playing Emilia alongside her husband Ken Cheeseman as Iago in the upcoming production of Othello. Additional acting credits include work with American Repertory Theatre, The Olney Theatre Center, La Mama e.t.c., Shakespeare and Company, Boston Theatre Works, Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Counterpoint Theatre, Company of Women, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Coyote Theatre, Hasty Pudding, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Charles Playhouse. In addition to the CFA School of Theatre, Ms. Langton has taught at Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare & Company, The Vineyard Playhouse, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Emerson College, Wheaton College, University of Massachusetts, and Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Michael Medico currently lives in Los Angeles. He wrote and directed the short “Bitch” for BU alumna Krista Vernoff’s Oscar Party “extra short” competition, which has gone on to receive much attention on the festival circuit. His second film “Power Play” was a finalist in the competition. He is also the creator and director of A2IM’s anti-piracy campaign entitled “Stealing Sucks.” Mr. Medico has recently wrapped “Miss March Mishap,” a viral promotion for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, which received more than a million hits in under a month. He currently has several other directing projects in development, including shorts, music videos and commercial projects. Before beginning his directing career, Mr. Medico spent many years in NYC and LA as an actor, and has extensive television credits in House, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Threshold, Frasier, Will & Grace, Sex and the City, Law & Order: SVU, Roswell, Angel, and others. His film credits include Kiss the Bride and Life’s Too Good, and he has done a million commercials. Mr. Medico is also the creator and executive producer of “Hot in Hollywood,” a celebrity-driven benefit that has raised more than half a million dollars in three years for domestic and international AIDS organizations, and involved more than 25 fellow BU alumni in Los Angeles and throughout the country.


Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


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