On Mon., June 3, Sara Bogosian, the president of the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, Mass., will speak at the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club Dinner Meeting on the topic, “From Whistler to Gorky.”
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sara (Mezian-Yeminidjian) Bogosian has served her community for over 30 years. As president and now acting executive director of the oldest incorporated art organization in the country, the Lowell Art Association, Inc., and the Whistler House Museum of Art, she has brought international recognition to the museum and to the state through the acquisition of works by the famous Abstract Expressionist artist, Arshile Gorky. Her work has taken her, along with the Gorky Foundation team promoting the 2009 Gorky Retrospective, to such well-known art institutions as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Modern in London, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney in New York, and the Gagosian Galleries in New York and London.
As a community activist, she has helped many organizations throughout the region, representing churches, schools, the university, the city, hospitals, arts, and culture; these include the Whistler House Museum of Art, Girls Inc., Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Saints Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, Friends of Pollard Library, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, AHANA at Boston College, the Pike School in Andover, St. Robert’s School in Andover and St. John’s Prep in Danvers.
As a career woman, Bogosian has worked for and with some of the leading Fortune 500 companies in the country and the region. In 1994, she founded her own business, SMB Associates Consulting, a firm specializing in development, marketing, public relations, and fundraising, and serving some of the top companies in the region, including Sun Oil, Lahey Clinic, MIT, Columbia University, Beacon Companies, and EUA Cogenex. It also works with many local organizations and businesses, such as Merrimack Repertory Theatre as their executive director of development and UMass Lowell as their executive director of special projects, raising millions of dollars for development and scholarships.
She presently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), promoting Armenian studies throughout the world with educational partners such as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Tufts, and Clark Universities. She also serves on the board of directors for Greenwich International Advisory Services, Inc., a global financial services consulting firm.
A 12-year breast cancer survivor, Bogosian started a network of women battling the disease and helped support the establishment of the Healing Garden in Harvard, Mass., a haven for women battling breast cancer. She continues to help newly diagnosed women face the challenges of breast cancer through personal training and support. Fluent in several languages, she also helps women of foreign descent understand the medical needs required with a life-threatening illness.
She holds degrees in education, business, and art history from Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh, and attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and UMass Lowell. She has been married for 36 years and has two children.
The Whistler House Museum of Art is the historic birthplace of the famous American artist, James McNeill Whistler. Established in 1878 as the Lowell Art Association Inc., it is the oldest incorporated art association in the United States. It is known internationally for its distinguished collection of 19th– and early 20th-century New England representational art. The Whistler House hosts many exhibits, lectures, educational and community programs, concerts, and an array of social events in the residence, gallery, and adjoining Victorian park.
The Social Hour starts with mezza at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete losh kebab and kheyma dinner at 7 p.m., for $12 per person. The dinner meeting will be held at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center–Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. The event is free and open to the public. Ladies are welcome.