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Alumni Highlights

Caroline Peters, MFA 2001, has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Contemporary Theory and Art History/Gallery Director at Colorado State University- Pueblo and has been awarded tenure.

Holly Andres, BFA Photography 2002, teaches adjunct at Portland State and the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Design in Portland. She had solo shows in 2009 at Robert Mann (NYC) and previously at Jen Bekman, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland. She has won awards for her video work and has been featured in the Portland Biennial.

Eric Ashcraft, BFA Painting /Drawing, 2006, received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. He currently serves on their faculty.

Joe Batt, MFA, Ceramics, 1993, teaches ceramics at South Puget Sound Community College and juried the UMECA exhibition in December 2009.

Amy Bilden, BFA Painting/Drawing, 2006, currently works as Curator for Gravity Artworks in Norwalk, CT and serves as artist in residence in Greenwich, CT. She is a member of the teaching staff at the Clay Arts Center in Port Chester, NY.

Ben Bloch, MA Studio Art 2001, serves as a professor of new media at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.

Pamela Caughey, MFA Painting/Drawing 2010, is currently on the faculty at Bitterroot College in Hamilton, MT.  She is a full-time artist and future solo exhibitions include the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman MT (March-April 2012), Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT (June 2012), Art Focus Gallery, Hamilton MT (August 2012) and the Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane WA (Fall 2012)

Kelly Connole, BFA Ceramics, 1991, teaches ceramics and metalsmithing at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  In 2009, she exhibited new work in an exhibition titled "In Between: works by Kelly Connole and Beth Lo" in the Carleton Art Gallery.

Maggie Copeland, BA in Studio Art, 2007, is completing her M.A. in art history at Syracuse University and she is presently applying for Ph.D. programs at Univ. of Maryland, Boston University, and the Univ. of Delaware.

Ivars Drulle, MFA Sculpture, 2003, is an active international artist who represented Latvia in the Venice Biennale in 2008.

Jenny Hornby, BA Art Education, 2008, earned her Masters in Art History from the University of Memphis in spring, 2010. She presented research related to her thesis titled, "Memory Jugs: Continuity and Change in a Traditional American Art Form" at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Mobile, Alabama in 2009.  In 2010, she curated a historical and photographic exhibition titled, "African American Education in Shelby County: The Rosenwald Schools."  Jennifer recently accepted the position of Assistant Curator of Education at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, TN.

Theodore (Ted) Hughes, MA Art History, 2007, Thesis: "An Analysis of Wars of the Romano, a Flemish Tapestry From Circa 1575"

Brian Kakas, BFA Ceramics, 2002, won the silver medal at the Korean International Biennial in Incheon, South Korea in 2009.

Alex Kraft, MFA Ceramics, 2006, completed a yearlong residency at Roswell, NM in 2009, and is currently exhibiting across the united states.

Trisha Kyner, MFA Ceramics, 1997, is teaching at various community colleges near Baltimore and actively exhibiting her works throughout the United States.

Shandy Lemperlé, MA Art History, 2008, Thesis: "Kings and Courtesans: A Study of the Pictorial Representation of French Royal Mistresses."

Carlie Magill, MA Art History, 2008, Thesis: "Gifford Pinchot's Photographic Aesthetic.",  works as an Archives Technician in Archives and Special Collections at the Mansfield Library

Christina Mills, MA Art History, MFA Painting/Drawing, 2009, Thesis: "Materiality as the Basis for the Aesthetic Experience in Contemporary Art."

Kendall Mingey, MFA Sculpture, 2007, works for the Calcagno Foundry in Portland, OR. Her work has been exhibited at the Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle, WA and the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL. Kendall recently completed an artist in residence program in England and will serve as a panelist at the Western Cast Iron Art Conference in the summer of 2010.

Ryan Mitchell, MFA Ceramics, 2005, exhibited a one person show at NCECA in Phoenix, AZ in the spring of 2009.

Caroline Peters, MA Painting/Drawing, 2001, serves as assistant professor of Contemporary Theory and Art History/ Gallery Director at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado.

Kathryn Rodriguez, MA Art History, MFA Painting/Drawing, 2008, Professional Paper: "Henry Meloy: The Portraits: A Narrative of the Exhibition".

Brett Svetlik, BFA Drawing /Painting, 2006, is an MA Candidate, Arts Administration, Boston University, 2011.

Whitney TopSky, BA 2006, is an Indian Education Specialist with the Havre, Montana public school system.

Kaya Wielopolski, MFA Printmaking, 2002, serves on the faculty of the New York public school system.