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Andrew Bonadio, ’09, works at Kittinger Furniture Company in Buffalo, NY, a handcraft and original design company which has provided furnishings to the White House. He received an MFA in furniture/woodworking from RIT in 2014.
Anna Chambers-Goldberg, ’09, has started ACG, her own line of handmade designer clothing. She was the subject of a Make It Minnesota article by Kara Larson, Sept. 12, 2016. Chambers-Goldberg was featured in the Fall 2015 Designer Spotlight on the Ignite Models blog. Her mixed media series, WATER CITY, opened May 2015 in a showroom at 615 W Lake St, Minneapolis, and was mentioned in l’étoile magazine. Chambers-Godberg was a studio intern at Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in Minneapolis, 2011.
Debbie Cohen, ’09, is a Studio Monitor for the Provincetown, MA Art Association and Museum.
Matt Ecklund, ’09, is an artist, sailor and teacher. He is an instructor and captain of a Daily Sail on Lake Superior at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN in 2018 and 2017. He was the Head Educator on the Roseway Schooner, teaching 21 high school students about Maritime Literature and History during their semester at sea for September and October 2016. They sailed from New Hampshire to Cuba and finally to Puerto Rico. He also received his ship captain’s license in 2017. He was an artist in residence and sailor aboard the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, a historic 1841 American whaling ship out of Mystic Seaport, relaunched in 2013 for an 8 week voyage along the Eastern seaboard.
Natalie Foote Rogozinsky, ’09, completed her JD in the Art and Intellectual Property Law program at DePaul Law School in Chicago, IL.
Annie Henly, ’09, is a scenic designer. She designed the sets for the University of Minnesota’s production of The 7 Dwarfs by Kevin Kling in 2015 and Hamlet in 2014. In 2012, The Minneapolis Tribune praised her work for Park Square Theatre’s production of Red, a play about Mark Rothko. She was an intern in scene painting at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis and had a 2010 internship at the Denver Children’s Theater Company in the Properties Department. She completed an MFA in Scenic Design at the University of Minnesota’s Theatrical Design and Technology Program. To see more of Annie Henly’s work, visit annie-henly.squarespace.com
Ian Dove Lempke,’09, is teaching technology skills for the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) through AmeriCorps. To see more of Ian Dove Lempke’s work, visit youtube.com/user/LooneyLempke.
Meghan Nelson, ’09, is an independent jewelry designer. Her jewelry line, Dottir, can be found at https://www.dottirshop.com/. She was a Family Programs Intern at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and worked for Wet Paint art supply store in St. Paul. She was also Family Programs Intern at ArtiCulture in Minneapolis a nonprofit whose mission is to educate, enrich, and nurture through the visual arts.
Camille Schefter, ’09, had a solo show, pine box derby, at NowSpace in Los Angeles, CA in 2017. She received an MFA in Painting from Tyler University in 2013, and was in a group exhibit of mixed media and music celebrating the new Union Arts space in Washington, DC. Rubens Ghenov discussed her work from “In Front of Strangers, I Sing: 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition” at Woodmere Art Museum in 2013. Schefter worked at the Phillips Collection art museum in Washington, DC. In 2011 she had a solo exhibit of paintings titled “Insoluble” at Studio H in Washington, DC Read her 2010 interview with Wade Carey for the East City Art Blog . She was in a group show, DECON/RECON, in June 2013 at Union Arts & Manufacturing in Washington DC.
Nicole Simpkins, ’09, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Macalester College Art Department 2018-’19. Her installation, the ground/thinks with us, was the final display at Pirsig Projects and the Biennale Beinally in Mpls., ended by the historic Roberts Shoes Building fire in May 2018. She has been teaching drawing and design at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. She received an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2013. She held a performance and installation at “A Conspiracy of Strange Girls” show, Nov. 2016 at COexhibitions, Minneapolis , MN. Her two-person exhibit, “Undone,” at Larson Art Gallery at the University of Minnesota in 2016 was reviewed in the Minnesota Daily. In 2015 she started an Indiegogo campaign to start Scylla and Circe Press, and had a solo exhibition, “Invite Your Wartime Storm,” at Modern Times in Minneapolis. In 2013, Simpkins was in a group exhibition of artists’ books at Galleria la Roggia, Associazione Culturale, Pordenone, Italy. She was included in the exhibition for the Mid-American Print Council Conference at the University of Minnesota in 2010. She had a solo exhibit of a printed, painted and cut collage installation titled It Never Ends, at The White Page gallery in Minneapolis and another at the University Center Art Gallery in Rochester, MN in 2016. To see more of Nicole Simpkins’ work, visit nicolesarasimpkins.com/ .
Allison Wegren, ’09, received an MFA in textiles at the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 2013. and is the instructor for their introductory fibers course. In Summer 2015, she had a two week artist residency at Lester Raymer’s Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, KS. She exhibited in “The Art of The Craft,” at the New Century Credit Union Building in Topeka, KS in 2012. Read about her work and studio at the Larryville Artists blog.
Safiya Carter-Thompson, ’08, received an MFA in Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 2011.
Raina Fox, ’08, completed her MA in Public Humanities at Brown University in 2014. She is the Storytelling Editorial Manager at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, where she works with students, staff and faculty to develop, produce, and design digital stories about issues of social justice. Her submission, “Memory and Experience: Exiled Jewish Artists in Vichy France during World War II” was accepted for The Collegiate Journal of Art, June 2009.
Sonia Hazard, ’08, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. She graduated from the MA program at Harvard Divinity School. Fall 2010 she entered Duke’s PhD program in American Religion, working under the direction of David Morgan, an authority on the visual culture of religion. She serves as an editorial assistant for the journal Material Religion. She won both the Robert A. Caine and the George W. Davis Memorial Prizes in Religion at Macalester, with a double major in Art and Religious Studies. Her Macalester Art History capstone thesis was on the performance artist, The Pink Nun.
Kelley Hirsch, ’08, earned an MA in Art and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She is a Program Assistant in the Education Department at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology. She was an intern in the Mediterranean Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia in 2012. She was a Research Assistant and Trench Supervisor at the Kenchreai excavations, Kenchreai, Greece during the summers of 2005-2012. In 2008 she was an intern at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Alison Koehler, ’08, earned a Diplôme de Métiers d’Art as a maître verrier, a master maker of stained glass in 2014 from Olivier de Serres: L’Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art (ENSAAMA) in France. She received special congratulations from the jury for her final project. She received a Leonardo da Vinici scholarship in 2014 to work at the The Scottish Stained Glass Symposium & Trust in Edinburgh. She spent 2008-2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, working as a lithography studio assistant and a frame maker. She also wrote cultural reviews for the Copenhagen Post and was nominated as Journalist of the Year 2008. In 2008 she displayed a handbound book at the Minneapolis Central Public Library, juried from a statewide pool of college students by noted book artist Chip Schilling of Indulgence Press.
Annalee Levin, ’08, is an Instructor and Community Outreach Coordinator at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. She was a Tutor in the Future Tutor Programme at the Royal School of Needlework in London. She received an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2012 where she hand embroidered a giant F-150 truck pillow for her thesis project. The artwork was displayed at the Ford Rouge Factory in 2013.
Lela Pierce, ’08, was awarded an international art residency from the Soap Factory, Mpls., for Kultivera in Tranas, Sweden in August 2017. She was the 2018 Juror for the Macalester College all student exhibit in 2018. In 2016 she completed an emerging artist residency with an installation at the Soap Factory in Mpls. She exhibited work in “Grupo Soap del Corazon “Espiritus” at Art at 801 Gallery in 2015. She contributed to the Minneapolis ‘zine Fabulista in 2015. She organized a ten-day International Family Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India in 2011. Since 2004, Pierce has been a member of Ananya Indian Dance Theatre.
Julia Reardon, ’08, received a Master’s Degree in Art History at Washington University. She is now in law school at the University of Michigan and a judicial intern for the States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. She was a Curatorial Intern in the department of Prints, Drawings and Photography at the Saint Louis Art Museum. In 2008 she interned at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit.
Andy Reiland, ‘08, is the Creative Director and Media Pro for Cafe Imports Minneapolis. He hand painted a mural featured at Cafe Imports Australia in 2015.
Tyler Richmond, ’08, is a Senior Editor at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO.
Legacy Russell, ’08, will join The Studio Museum in Harlem as associate curator, exhibitions in 2018. She.received an MA in Art History within the Visual Cultures Department from Goldsmith’s College, University of London in 2013. Russell curated “Wandering/WILDING: Blackness on the Internet” at IMT Gallery, London, December 2016. Read a review at Samizdat Online. She is Visual Arts Editor at Apogee Journal and Senior Editor at Berfrois. Business Insider named her one of the “The Most Interesting People who Work in London’s Coolest Startup Office” for her work as Arty’s London representative. The University of Nottingham published a profile on Russell in their student magazine in 2016. Since 2014, Russell has worked as visual arts editor for Apogee Journal, and her essays and interviews have been widely published in BOMB, The White Review, Rhizome, Guernica, and others.In 2012 she was in the group exhibit, loop // an exhibition of new media works at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn. In 2010 she received a Curatorial Fellowship at Creative Time, NYC. Russell was the Art Editor of Bomb Magazine, was the School, Youth and Family Programs Intern Educator at the Brooklyn Museum in 2009-’10, and worked for the Bruce High Quality Foundation from 2009-’11 in New York.
Kelly Seacrest, ’08, teaches art at Culler Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was selected to paint an art rain barrel in 2011 to highlight the importance of water quality for the Lincoln Watershed Management Program. The barrels were sold, with proceeds supporting environmental education programs. She designed and printed a limited edition print for Macalester’s archaeological excavations at Omrit, Israel.
Hannah Sullivan,’08, is the Events and Marketing Manager at Alma Chocolate in Portland, OR. She was an Assistant Editor at Bon Appetit Magazine in 2012, a Publisher’s Assistant with Penguin Group USA 2009 -2011, an Editorial Assistant at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009 and an intern with Graywolf Press, St. Paul, MN before graduating from Macalester.
Kemi Adeyemi, ’07, is pursuing a PhD in performance studies at Northwestern University.
Paper Buck, ’07, is attending graduate school at Canegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. His work is included in the 3rd Global Print Exhibition, Douro, Portugal 2017. He was the shop manager at Kala printmaking studio in Oakland, CA, 2013-2016 and taught interdisciplinary printmaking courses there. He was on the Leadship Team 2013-2016 of the Transgender Justice Project (TGIJP),
SF, CA. Buck had a 2016 solo exhibition, “Today Descends From Yesterday” at Turpentine Gallery in Oakland, CA and another in 2015 titled “History in the Present,” at the Historisches Rathaus in Dringenberg, Germany. He was a 2016 Visiting Artist at San Jose State University, and a 2016 artist resident at Druckwerkstatt, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. Buck organized a panel titled, “It Never Ends!: Queers in the Historical Present” for SGCI, Knoxville 2015 and a print exchange portfolio, UN-SETTLING ALLIANCES: CONNECTING OUR LIBERATION, for SGCI San Francisco, 2014. He received a scholarship for advanced intaglio work at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY in 2010. He had a solo show of prints at Seward Cafe in Minneapolis, January, 2009. Buck participated in the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training program in San Francisco. In 2008, he had work on display at the Winona Arts Center as part of a Highpoint Printmaking Center members’ show and in “Prints on Ice,” the cooperative exhibit at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. From 2013-2016, he was the shop manager at Kala printmaking studio in Oakland, CA. He entered the MFA program in printmaking at Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. He had a solo exhibit titled “Today Descends From Yesterday”, at Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA in January, 2016.
Wei Chuan Hsu, ’07, is a 3D Rigger / Animator at C2C Studio. She graduated from Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Los Angeles, 2010. She worked on background animation for the film Tron Legacy. She was interviewed for Animation Insider in 2014 interview with Animation Insider. To see more of Wei Chuan Hsu’s work, visit wowiwei.com.
Virginia Hungate Hawk, ’07, is an Instructor at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA. She had solo shows in 2017 at Pratt Window Gallery, in the TK Building and at Blink UX, in Seattle, WA. She won a Juror’s Excellence Award at the Pratt Fine Arts Center Auction in 2017. In 2015, she had an exhibit of prints at Velouria Gallery, Seattle, WA and a solo exhibit at the Saturn Building in Seattle. In 2012 she had work in the “6th Biennial Juried Print Exhibition” at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. She graduated with an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. Hungate Hawk had a print accepted for the highly competitive “Stand Out Prints” national juried exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking Minneapolis in 2012.
Annie Jacobson, ’07, is a PhD candidate in History of Art at Ohio State University, currently completing her dissertation on German film, video, and media artist Bjorn Melhus. She is also an editorial assistant at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Lauren Machen, ’07, is a set designer, prop Stylist and arts fabricator. She has an independent fashion design business, Bespoke, in Los Angeles. She made sets for a pop up gallery installation for singer St. Vincent’s homage to the Italian design group Memphis for the US House of Peroni Italian beer brand in October 2017. https://www.thedailybeast.com/behind-the-scenes-at-the-house-of-peroni-10 She has done commercial work for major clients such as Jimmy Choo, Anthropologie Home, Neiman Marcus, Nike, Steve Madden and Target. Some of her accessories appeared in Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video and St. Vincent’s St. Vincent. She was a Set Stylist Assistant for the 2014 Guess Kids fashion campaign. She showed her Artwear clothing at the the St. Paul Art Crawl in 2007. To see more of Lauren Machen’s work, visit laurenmachen.com.
Elizabeth Spier, ’07, earned her Masters of Social Work from CUNY Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work after she earned an MA in Art History from New York University. She is the Team Supervisor in the homeless outreach program at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, the lead agency of the Manhattan Outreach Consortium.
Katy Brukardt, ’06, teaches at Athena Academy in Palo Alto, CA, a nonprofit, private school devoted to educating students gifted with dyslexia in grades 1-8. She was an Assistant Teacher at North Wall Schools Child Development Center, a Montessori school in Spokane, WA.
Charles Campbell, ’06, is Executive Assistant to the Chief Curator at Portland Art Museum. He was an Assistant to the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009-2012. Campbell was an Administrative Assistant to the Deans at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and an intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2007. He was a Design Intern at the Utne Reader 2006-2008.
Cecilia Caride,’06, is a selector and cataloger of multicultural books and videos for the University of Michigan School of Information. She was a 2015 Association of Research Libraries Career Development Program Fellow in the University of Michigan Special Collections Library. She was in the Japan Exchange Teaching Programme in Sotogahama Town, Aomori Prefecture, Japan in 2013. She had a hand beaded piece called “Heavy Ribbon Tree” in the “Salon 300: State Fair Overflow Show” at the Hopkins Center for the Arts ub 2009, and a show of drawings at Cosmic Charlie’s, St. Paul, MN in 2008.
Courtney Dicmas, ’06, received a Master’s degree in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in England in 2013. Her first children’s book, Harold Finds a Voice is available online and was nominated for a People’s Book Prize and the Waterstones Prize in 2014. The Great Googly Moogly was published in 2014. Her children’s book, Lemur Dreamer was published in February 2015 by Templar Publishing. She previously taught ESL at the International School of Choueifat, in Erbil, Kurdistan. She taught painting, color theory and mixed media classes at a non-profit for adult artists with developmental disabilities, at Anodyne Artist Company in Minneapolis in 2007. She taught English to art students in Gyeonggi-Do province in South Korea, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.See more of her children’s books at http://www.courtneydicmas.com/
Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, ’06, was on a panel, The Political Print, at Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery, March 1, 2018. He received a grant from Forecast Public Art to paint a mural at Centro Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (the Mpls workers’ center on South Chicago Ave) in 2017. City Pages voted it Best New Mural in 2018. He curated General Strike / Huelga General, a national exhibit of art on labor themes for exhibit to support CTUL in 2017. He was a labor organizer with the Graduate Employees Organization in Urbana, Illinois. He completed an MFA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His MFA exhibit, “Exile & Utopia” created an artist’s book about a revolutionary junta of exiled journalists who inspired the Mexican Revolution of 1910. On the junta’s centennial, he retraced their exilic journey across North America using old railroad and city maps. Johnson-Ortiz participated in an exchange show between University of Michigan and Cranbrook Graduate students at the Hangar Space at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, March, 2009. He taught a ‘Zine Printing Workshop in May, 2007 as an Art Lab Activity at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. He received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellowship while at Macalester.
Sayoko Nakamura, ’06, received a Masters in Architecture at California College of the Arts in 2009.
Chelsey (Olsen) Smith, ’06, is a Digital Project Manager at ÄKTA in Chicago. She was an Architect Intern at DLR Group in Seattle in 2009 and a Design Intern with Brearley Architects and Urbanists in Shanghai, China in 2008. She received an MA in Architecture from Iowa State University in 2009. She was the fundraising coordinator for Interlock House, the ISU entry in the Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon, challenging architecture students to design a solar-powered home incorporating sustainable technologies.
Jon Beskin, formerly Rosenzweig, ’06, is pursuing a Masters of Architecture degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has work in Digital World, a group exhibit at Morpho Gallery, Chicago, July 2017. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan and in Turkmenistan where he started an Art Club with his students.. To see more of his work, visit jonrosenzweig.com.
Carly Govind (Salter), ’06, is a Speech Language Pathologist at Spencer and Kong in San Francisco. She studied Speech-language pathology at San Francisco State University. She was formerly a full time assistant to a professional muralist in Los Angeles.
Elisa Berry Fonseca, ’05, completed an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and holds a Master of Arts in Religion and Art from Yale Divinity School. Her work was featured in “Genesis” an exhibition at galerie102 in 2015 and also appeared at the Vivid Solutions Gallery and Honfleur Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2014, she was featured in two shows at galerie102: “Cycles and Spires” and “Holidaze Group Show.” Solo shows have included the Fallout Urban Arts Center, 2012, Minneapolis, MN and Ephemeral Outdoor Installation, 2007, Minneapolis, MN. Her work has been featured at the Beijing Film Academy in Beijing China. She lives and works in Frederick, MD.
Summer Hills-Bonczyk, ’05, is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Macalester College. She received her MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her performance, Murus, opened at Squirrel Haus Arts, Nov. 4th 2017. She was a Youth Art Mentor for Free Arts Minnesota. She was awarded a Jerome Foundation artist’s travel and study grant 2013. She traveled to Northern India and Central Guatemala to enrich her performance art and sculpture by studying ceremonial caves and the phenomenology of empty interior space. She put together an art exhibition and album release celebration called Three Rhythms: A Performance Art Exhibition of Sound, Material & Movement inspired by this journey to India, at the Northrup King Building in 2014. In 2006, Hills-Bonczyk showed her ceramic sculpture in a two-person show titled “SURFACING” at MIRA Gallery in Minneapolis. To see more of Summer Hills-Bonczyk’s work, visit summerjhb.com.
Sarah Marsh Olson, ’05, received an MBA in Design Strategy and an MFA in Design from California College of the Arts in 2014. She is a presentation Services Manager at the Gilbane Building Company, San Francisco. She completed an MFA in Design at California College of the Arts in 2013. She received a work-study scholarship to Penland for Summer, 2006, studying creative furniture design.
Natalie Ross, ’05, received a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She works for GGLO Architects and Urban Planners in Seattle, WA.
Colleen Stockmann, ’05, is pursuing a phD in Art History at the University of Minnesota, Mpls. She was an Assistant Curator for Special Projects at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University and a Curatorial Associate at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco from 2009-2013. She had been working at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Stockmann is the founder of Analogue Anatomy Press, a fine letterpress and design studio. To see more of Colleen Stockmann’s work, visit flickr.com/photos/AnalogueAnatomy
Jumana Al Hashal, ’04, is is the Mobile Development Manager of Zillow Inc. She received a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. She was a featured speaker for the 2013 Seattle Interactive Conference. Al Hashal was Senior User Experience and Engineering Consultant with Übermind, Inc. She has worked for a variety of clients including Apple iTunes and NetServices teams. She writes code for the Mac, the Web, and the iPhone. She volunteers teaching screenprinting at the Vera Project youth arts center in Seattle. She has been a committee member for the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. Her short animation “Memories in Exile” premiered at the California Building Gallery, Minneapolis in 2007. She exhibited in “Tekween, Making Art in Arabic,” at Mira Gallery, Minneapolis and “Prism of Longing,” at the Phipps Center, Hudson WI in 2006 on the subject of Arab/Israeli relations in the Middle East. In 2005 she had prints in “Graphic Images: New Works by 7 Local Printmakers” at the Stevens Square Center and “Haneen, Between Home & Homeland” at Mira Gallery. To see a video Jumana Al Hashal co-directed, visit Lunch at Home. .
Tiffany Kramer, ’04, was in the Fibers Material Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She had drawings in “Box Fresh,” a juried exhibit of Minnesota student art at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in 2004. Her sculpture, “Suspended Flight” was permanently installed in the Macalester Psychology Department atrium.
Katherine Montgomery, ’04, had photographs in “Box Fresh” a juried exhibit of Minnesota student art at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in 2004
Suzanne Shaffer, ’04, is in San Francisco, taking print courses at City College and working at AK Press.
Amy Voytilla, ’04, received an MA in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She is a staff member with Wilderness Classroom, a nonprofit organization that shares wilderness adventure treks with schoolchildren via the internet and classroom visits.
Annie Batistini, ’03, has been casting glass sculptural elements for Macalester Professor Stan Sears’ and Andrea Mycklebust’s public artworks. She is the ReClaim It! Store Manager at Cracked Pots, Inc.
Lucy Dinsmore, ’03, is the Azalea Meadow Horticulturist at The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philidelphia. She completed her MA in horticulture at the University of Minnesota, 2010. She has worked as a design intern for EnergyScapes, a Minneapolis landscape design firm.
Alexandra Leaney, ’03, is a film studies Senior Lecturer in the Department of Arts and Humanities at the University Campus Suffolk. She received a Master’s Degree the film studies graduate program at the University of East Anglia where she also completed a second Masters degree in script writing. Her current PhD research is in the field of scriptwriting and focuses on ‘point-of-view’ within the screenwriting process. She is also working on a series of ten minute shorts, a feature length crime thriller, and her various research interests include the representation of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality in film.
Kristin Mjolsnes, ’03, is an Architect at ChrDAUER Architects, San Francisco. She was an independent Registered Architect and LEED AP in Washington, DC. She received a graduate degree from the Architecture program at the University of Oregon, Eugene in 2007 where she studied Green Architecture practices. She previously worked for MADE Architecture, an innovative design-build firm in New York City, the San Francisco office of the international firm Perkins + Will and Pivot Architecture in Eugene, Oregon.
Sena Pierce, ’03, is an Evaluation Specialist for P-20 Partnerships for Education in Hawaii. She worked at the Country Desk for Pacific Region, Peace Corps in Washington, DC. She previously was in the Peace Corps as a consultant for Tonga Family Health where she set up a small-scale T-shirt printing operation to raise awareness and funds.
Sarah Raser, ’03, was recently promoted to Development Officer at the YWCA of Minneapolis, where she has been working as the Development Assistant since spring of 2007.
Helen Rice, ’03, and fellow alum Josh Nissenboim started a web and graphic design company, Fuzzco and were featured in on Remodelista. In 2013, Rice was interviewed for Ann Street Studio about her life and esthetics.
Carly Schmitt, ’03, has her own mural painting company, Artist@Large. She holds an M.F.A from the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany. She is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship, and has presented her work at the German House in New York City and the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin. One of her murals can be found at Schroeder’s Bar and Grill in St. Paul’s North End. Her public art project, Curiosities of Lyndale involved photographing objects that answered the question “what are some unique object in your home that best represent you, your story, or the community?” and placed the photos for display on utility boxes in the neighborhood. https://carlyschmitt.wordpress.com/about/
Heba Amin, ’02, is a visual artist and currently a BGSMSC doctorate fellow of art history at Freie Universität, Berlin. Her project “Operation Sunken Sea”, is featured in Artforum, with a new iteration opening at the Berlin Biennale, June 2018. She was an October 2017 Fellow at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Amin is the co-founder of the Black Athena Collective, an experimental art group that focuses on migrancy from Eritrea to Egypt. She is a lecturer in the Media & Computing Department at the University of Applied Sciences, and at Bard College, Berlin. Her work was accepted for the 2017 Istanbul Biennial, and she was selected to participate in KB17, the Karachi Biennial, Pakistan, 2017. Her photographic work “Antiquity Thieves” was recently acquired by the British Museum. Her exhibit, “An Astronomical Determination of the Distance Between Two Cities,” was on display at Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 2017. She was recently interviewed on the Al Jazeera program UpFront about the US military’s close relationship with Hollywood. Amin and other Arab set artists hacked the TV show Homeland to expose the show’s racist narrative. Asked to decorate the Berlin set with “authentic arab” street art, the artists spray painted “Homeland is racist” and other messages which aired on television episodes. Videos of the prank with a serious message went viral online and received international press coverage in The Atlantic, The New York Times and Common Dreams. Amin had work accepted in the 2016 Dakar Biennale, or Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Dakar, Senegal. Her 2014 project Invisible Borders, involved a Trans-African road trip from Lagos to Bosnia. She had work in “IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2014”. She had work in “Latitudes,” an art exhibit by recipients of Mizna’s first ever granting program in 2007 at the California Building Gallery, Minneapolis. The program supports original artistic work created by Minnesota community members who identify as Arab, Muslim, Berber, or Iranian. In 2006, Amin had work in “Tekween, Making Art in Arabic,” at Mira Gallery, Minneapolis, a solo exhibit in the Atwood Memorial Center Art Gallery at St. Could State University, paintings in “Immigrant Status: Faith in Women”, at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis and work in ‘Prism of Longing’ at the Phipps Center, Hudson WI. The Intermedia Arts show was reviewed in the Star Tribune. Amin was also featured on a radio program on Air America MN as part of the exhibit. Her work was included in the 2005 exhibit, “Haneen, Between Home & Homeland” at Mira Gallery. She organized “A Tesselation of Mideast/Midwest Artists” at Mira Gallery, Minneapolis in 2004 and was named an Institute for Community Cultural Development Fellow for Minneapolis. She received an MFA at the University of Minnesota. In 2003, she had paintings in”Revealing Truths: Muslim Women Artists” at the Anne C. Fisher Gallery at the Center for Being and Becoming, Washington, DC.
Jennifer Andrus Castro, ’02, is the Customer Service Representative at Art Materials, a Minneapolis art supply retailer. She had a print selected for the Minnesota State Fair 100 year anniversary exhibition in 2011 and was in the 2010 Altered Aesthetics exhibit Resident Artist VI: Creative Collaborations.
Katrina Lamb, ’02, was in a group exhibition, “36 Situations” at Louis V.E.S.P., Brooklyn, New York in 2010. Her work was in the Bridge Art Fair in Miami at the Catalina Hotel, with Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in 2007. She had work in “Read & Read,” an exhibit at the Marin County Free Library in 2007. Lamb had an installation project, Flags and Anthems to Bring Us Closer to “Here,” in 2007 at KEYS THAT FIT in Oakland, CA. In 2006 she completed the New Genres MFA program at the San Francisco Art Institute and did a set of comedy/crying/& love songs at a visual culture conference, TRANS, in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2006 she was also part of the entertainment (music) in San Francisco at the New Langton Gallery annual gala dinner and art auction, and had drawings there.
Loren Smith,’02, is an Assistant Registrar at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She previously worked as a gallery preparator at the Walker from Fall 2005-2011. She earned a Graphic Design certificate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and was the owner of Octal design from 2009-2012. See an interview with her concerning the installation of a Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing at the Walker.
Brittany Anderson, ’01, is an MSN and RN in San Francisco. She was a Graphic Designer for Barbara Lockhart, Inc. in Los Angeles until 2014 and previously worked at Bijan fashion design. She was a Development Assistant at the Frederick R. Weismann Art Museum in Minneapolis and a gallery manager at Groveland Gallery.
Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl (Anderson), ’01, a professional muralist and a licensed K-12 Arts Integration Specialist teaching Art and Spanish in the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was was an Adjunct Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2007-2013. She won a 2012 Corcoran Neighborhood Grant for mural work. During the summer of 2010, with help from Engineers Without Borders and a Faculty Enhancement Grant from MCAD, Elissa traveled to Masaka, Uganda where she painted collaborative murals with high schoolers at Hope Academy. She completed a mural at Catholic Charities Branch II Day Shelter in Minneapolis in 2007. Also in 2007, her MFA exhibit was on display at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and The Jefferson Aerial Playground Mural project got underway. She painted murals in the Global Marketplace of the Lake and Chicago Sears building in Minneapolis in 2006. She ran Offbeat Gallery in North Minneapolis until 2005. Exhibitors there included Mac alumni Jake Keeler, Greg Fitz and Sarah Valesano. Pulse magazine reviewed her work and the gallery’s “Initiate” show. Cedarleaf Dahl also shows paintings at the Art Holdings galleries.
Jesse Cox, ’01, was the director of Brooklyn Fire Proof, a gallery/interdisciplinary art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She recently co-curated a show called “F O L K : photographs, artifacts, film and music recordings from the Alan Lomax Archives.” She has worked at VAGA, an artists’ copyright protection agency in New York. She assisted artist Mark Dion in research for his “Field Guide to the Wildlife of Madison Square Park” a 2002 Public Art Fund Project.
Aaron Edelson, ’01, is in the graduate landscape architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He was an independent artist and graphic designer in Los Angeles. Edelson worked as a printer/installer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He had a brush with censorship in Baltimore.
Lucy Goldstein, ’01, is a licensed social worker who previously worked in community mental health in Somerville, MA. She is the director of Wellness at Villageworks in Acton, MA, a facility promoting health and creative expression. She was interviewed by Wicked Local about her work.
Jay Guerrero, ’01, was the Chef de Cuisine at Boat Street Cafe in Seattle and at Bar Melusine. He was named a Rising Star Chef by Seattle Magazine in 2014. He received an MFA at Parsons School of Design, NYC in 2005 and was a professional assistant to the artist Julie Mehretu. He was previously a sous chef at Prune restaurant in NYC.
Gretchen Hooker, ’01, received a Masters in Industrial Design, with honors, from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. She is a Project Specialist at the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute — “a global non-profit that promotes the transfer of solutions from nature to sustainable human design. One of the Institute’s best-known projects is AskNature.org, the world’s first online database of biological strategies.” She was an intern at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rochester, NY in 2003. Her collaborative artist book project, Good Eats, was selected by WSW for a Hands-on-Art Residency Grant. She previously worked for Springstep, an arts center for traditional and contemporary arts in Medford, MA.
Margot Orr, ’01, is a master planner and an urbanist. She is a principal at Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management consultant firm in London in the UK. She completed both a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Design at Washington University, St. Louis.
Emma Spertus ,’01, was in a a four person show at Interface Gallery in Oakland, CA, titled “Producing Space” in 2014. She received an Honorable Mention award of a one-month residency to Kala Printmaking Studio in Oakland in 2013. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2012. She had work in a group exhibit, “11 Lights on the Ba”y in 2011 in Vancouver. Spertus had work in “MAs Select MFAs,” featuring work by students in the MFA program in Studio Art selected by MA students in Art History at Hunter College/Times Square Gallery in NYC, 2007. She curated “Come on Over,” a 2006 exhibit of experiential art by artists from NYC and the Bay Area. She is a founding member of the Rock Paper Scissors collective in Oakland, CA. She won a 2002 Intermedia Arts installation commission, part of Art Inside/Outside Space XV, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation. Her installation was recommended viewing by the New Art Examiner magazine. She went to graduate school at Hunter College.
Carrie Stark ’01 worked at an art gallery called Kiskadee: A Cultural Laboratory in Trinidad in 2002. She exhibited with alum Ginnie Hench at the 109 Gallery, La Crosse, WI in 2001.
Maya Winfrey, ’01, is a doctoral candidate at NYU and a lecturer in Theater at Dartmouth College. She completed an MA degree in the Performance Studies Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts, NYU. In 2014 she presented a paper “The Black Body in the Photographs of Nikki S. Lee and Paul Pfeiffer: A Feminist Aesthetic Positioning” at the American Studies Association annual meeting in Los Angeles. She collaborated with Jess Cox ’01 on a curatorial project at Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, NJ, in 2005.
Ginnie Hench, ’01, had work in interface|| interference experience filtered by smartfones, a juried show at the Carrack Modern Art Gallery, in Durham NC in 2014. She is a Supervisor and Instructor for undergraduate general chemistry labs at UNC, Chapel Hill, after completing a PhD in Immunology in 2010.
Jake Keeler, ’00, did the artwork for the cover of The FlyFish Journal issue 7.2, January 2016. He received his MFA in painting in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2013, he painted a large-scale trout mural for the Lucid Brewing Company, Minnetonka MN. He was interviewed about his art and fly-fishing in 2015 for Double Hauled. He had work in a group show, “Art Brawl” in 2011 at A-Z gallery in St. Paul. He was in a two-person exhibit at First Amendment Gallery, Minneapolis in 2009. In 2008, Keeler had a solo show, “Creator/Destroyer,” at Umber Studios in Minneapolis and work in “Rose Colored Glasses,” a group exhibit at Passerby in NYC. He had work in “GRUPE,” at Passerby in NYC and at Mandrake in Los Angeles, in 2006. He had paintings in a two-person show at Gage Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis in 2005. He taught Principles of Art, as well as 2-D Design and The Mural at Macalester College. His mural for aND Gallery/Zander Cafe Building in St. Paul garnered interviews in City Pages and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. To see more of Jake Keeler’s work, visit 20acrecarcass.com.
Toben Windahl, ’00, is a practicing architect and a LEED Accredited Professional at the firm LOISOS + UBBELOHDE Associates, Inc. in San Francisco. He attended the architecture program at UC Berkeley. In the Fall of 2007, he represented the University of California, Berkeley at the International Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Design in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was in the show “PuppetLOVE! 2007” at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. His work was in a traveling all-stencil art show at Buddy Space in Chicago, Boxcar Books in Bloomington IN, Solidarity Books in Indianapolis, plus Nashville, Louisville and Pittsburgh in 2003.
Elsa Lenz (Kothe), ’00, is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. She completed an M.A. in Art Education at University of Arizona, Tucson in 2005. She was previously the Education and Public Programs Coordinator at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, WA from 2009-20011, and the Community Arts Specialist at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI in 2009. She was an intern and fellow at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 2000-2002. She was in the Art Education Ph.D. program at UW-Madison.
Niki Baumann, ’00, received the 2003 Lucy Morgan scholarship for painting at Penland, in Asheville, NC. She was an art teacher for Asheville High School and attended graduate school in ceramics at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.
Kate Copeland, ’00, is the Chief Academic Officer, an Associate Professor in Photography/Printmaking and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. She exhibited cyanotypes at Hand Eye Supply, Portland, OR in 2016 as part of the SGCI conference. She won a Fulbright Fellowship for travel to India in 2013. In 2010, she made nine salt prints in collaboration with scientist Zoe Rodriguez del Rey in the show “Proof” at Beppu Wiarda Gallery, in Portland, OR. Copeland contributed to a postcard show called “To Uganda, with Life” at PNCA organized to benefit GLBTQQI groups working for human rights in Uganda. She also had work in the 1st Annual Print Invitational at Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia in 2010 in conjunction with Philagrafika and the Southern Graphics Council Conference. She has been on several artist’s residencies to Penland, was artist-in-residence at Wilson College in Pennsylvania in 2003 and in 2006 was an artist in residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. She was a studio assistant in daguerrotype at Penland in 2007. Previously she taught at Portland Community College. She had a print accepted in 2012 for the highly competitive “Stand Out Prints” national juried exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking Minneapolis.
Janna Schneider, ’00, participated in the 2015 Empty Bowls fundraiser for hunger through the Powderhorn Park Potters in Minneapolis. She has work in Fire at the Greenway Gallery and Ceramics Studio, Minneapolis. She taught classes at the Bloomington Art Center, and showed with the Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists in 2009. In 2010, she had work in the BAC Instructor/Student Art Show.
Emily Stewart, ’00, completed her MFA in Fibers at Arizona State University, Tempe, 2004. In 2007, her work was in a group exhibition of fiber and textile art at The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center in Mountain View, CA. She had an Artist Residency at Palo Alto Art Center in 2005, and had work accepted to the 2005 CRAFT USA at Silvermine Guild Gallery, New Canaan, CT. She exhibited at Macalester College’s gallery in the 2005 “Material Inquiry” exhibit.
Nick Larimer, ’00, is a motion graphics designer, illustrator, and print designer based in Los Angeles. He is the guitarist for the band Eux Autres. He received his MFA in 2006, from Parson’s School of Design, NY, in Design and Technology. To see more of Nick Larimer’s work, visit nicholaslarimer.com.
Dan Tanz, ’00, received his MA in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. He is a Special Education teacher at Dowling Urban Environmental Magnet School. He previously taught at Jefferson Community School in Minneapolis. His feature film, Triumph 67, screened at the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in Nov. 2011.
David Kurt, ’00, received an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2008. He won a one-year Chinese government scholarship as a Senior Scholar at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. To read David Kurt’s blog, visit chinawhiteowl.blogspot.com.