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Recent Graduates in Studio Art

Here are just a few of our recent studio art graduates, from the Class of 2000 to the present day. If you are looking for earlier classes, go to this page.

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2019

Dana Tokarzewski (BFA 2019, digital media) recently accepted her first design job in the packaging and collateral department at FOCO, a sports memorabilia and marketing company based in New Jersey. Tokarzewski said that because of the graphic design classes she took at UA, “I feel extremely prepared for my career in design and for that I am so grateful.” While at UA, she held a BFA senior exhibition at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in 2019, received the Carol B. Merkle Endowed Scholarship and participated in the 2017 Annual BFA Juried Exhibition at Harrison Galleries.

Sarah Westmoreland (BA 2019 in journalism with a studio art minor) works as an in-house photographer for Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C.

several students gathered in a gallery space
Sarah Johns and Megan Goldman in the Secession Building, Vienna.

2018

Megan Goldman (BFA concentration: painting; minor, art history) interned with curator Mardee Goff at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, summer 2017.

2017

Engineering-turned-sculpture student Brandt Deeds (BA 2017, studio art)  built new bicycle racks at 4th and 23rd for the City of Tuscaloosa, designed by recent graduate Alli Sloan. Deeds designed and built another set at Government Plaza in 2017. He and New College major and art student Nick Jackson together made their first sculpture for the Nucor Charity Auction, which brought in $12,000 to Children’s of Alabama. Visit his website for more designs.

Alex Green (BFA 2017, digital media and photography) received two highly competitive internship positions: one as a marketing and design intern for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he worked for the Trust on the Corridor Preservation Program, a collaborative project to preserve and document the historic Route 66. He was also awarded a museum internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, where he lived for two months in early 2019. Green improved his basic understanding of Italian as he led weekly art talks, gave tours of the collection and supported the assistant curator in installing exhibitions. Green, who minored in art history and studied Italian, had his first introduction to Europe during a study abroad trip in May 2017. He has also worked as a Route 66 Content and Social Media Intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington DC. In the fall of 2019, Green was awarded a Goodrich Internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art where he rotates among the Registration, Education, Development and Curatorial departments for in-depth learning how each works. His art website is https://www.alexleegreen.com/.

a woman standing next to a photo she took
Celestia Morgan, graduate student, with her work

Photographs by Celestia Morgan (MFA 2017, photography) has a solo exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art through Feb. 2020. Morgan’s photographs have been included in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s current exhibition “New Southern Photography,” curated by Richard McCabe up through March 2019. The show was written about in the New York Times‘ “Lens” blog and featured one of Morgan’s photographs. Her work was also featured in the 2017 exhibition, Contemporary Alabama Photography, at the Mobile Museum of Art, also curated by McCabe, who is curator of photography at the Ogden. Images from Morgan’s MA exhibition, Passage, were chosen by McCabe to be in the Mobile show. Read more about Morgan’s previous exhibitions here…

Erin Mosley (BA 2017 studio art, painting; and German) was awarded a competitive editorial internship at Art Papers in Atlanta for the summer 2017. Mosley, an Ellenwood, Ga., native, exhibited work in QUICKTURNAROUND at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center and in the BA EXIT senior exhibition in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

Jamie Reschke (BFA 2017) works as a museum interpreter at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. She presented her BFA exhibition at the Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa in April 2017. Her art website is here: https://jreschkeart.weebly.com/.

Mallorie Roberts (BFA 2017) has been accepted into the MFA program in Craft and Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Roberts completes the ceramics post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida along with classmate Meg Howton (BFA 2016) with a final group exhibition, Ephemera.

Kelsey Shearron Windham (MFA 2017) was listed among Southern Living’s The Daily South’s “Southern Artists to Follow on Instagram Now” in 2016. In January 2016, she presented her MA exhibition, Stands In Solitude, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in Tuscaloosa. She has participated in solo and juried group exhibitions in Memphis and Tuscaloosa.

2016

Ausharea Adams (BFA 2016), originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, holds concentrations in photography and drawing. Her BFA exhibition, Gravity, was held at the Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa with fellow BFA majors Haylee Walker and Tanika Powers. Adams currently advises other artists about their purchases at an art supply store in Birmingham where she is a sales associate.

Mitchell Griest (BFA 2016, drawing) is a software consultant for Pariveda Solutions and coaches a rowing team at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He participated in several interesting projects while working on his degree, including working with renowned jazz composer and musician Anthony Braxton, creating performance art and working with a didgeridoo artist. Griest has a website: Custom Aerosol Art.

Meg Howton (BFA 2016) has been accepted into the MFA program in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University beginning in the fall of 2018. She completes the ceramics post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida along with classmate Mallorie Roberts (BFA 2017) with a final group exhibition, Ephemera.

Sculpture by Meg Howton: "Dwindle."
Meg Howton, “Dwindle,” ceramic, 6″x12″x7″

Sarah O’Mary (BA 2016, double major in advertising and art) works as a graphic designer at The University of Alabama’s Strategic Communications division and with her own OMary Designs. In September 2017, she designed a mural backdrop for ABC 3340’s Talk of Alabama set: http://abc3340.com/station/talk-of-alabama/talk-of-alabama-91117-sarah-omary-designs

Anna Katherine Phipps (MFA 2016, painting) presented her thesis exhibition this spring in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. Phipps teaches art to 2nd-5th and high school students in the Nettleton School District in Nettleton, Mississippi. In the fall of 2016, she had a solo exhibition, Levity, at the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center gallery on the Itawamba Community College Fulton Campus, her alma mater.

Alli Sloan (BFA 2016) designed bike racks for the City of Tuscaloosa in the summer of 2016. Her steel sculpture brought in $10,000 to the Nucor Charity Auction in 2015.

Kelly Shannon (MFA 2016, sculpture) is Visiting Professor at Stillman College where she teaches design, drawing, and ceramics. She has also taught sculpture and art history and serves as art education coordinator for Stillman’s art education degree. Shannon serves on the board of Tuscaloosa’s Phoenix House. She has had solo exhibitions at the Arts Council Gallery at Tuscaloosa’s Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (Apophenia), the Sella-Granata Art Gallery (titled crescente), Harrison Galleries (reticulum) and at Montevallo University’s Bloch Hall Gallery (in situ) as well as numerous regional and national group exhibitions. Her awards include a UA Graduate Council Fellowship and a UA Research and Travel Grant. Shannon graduated cum laude from the University of Montevallo in 2010 with a BFA in sculpture and BS in mathematics.

Haylee Walker, “#PizzaRat,” 14 x 20 inch, linoleum cut, 2015.
Haylee Walker, #PizzaRat, linoleum cut print

Haylee Walker (BFA 2016, printmaking) has been working at JNJ Apparel in Northport, an automatic screen-printing shop, as an assistant press operator, since the fall of 2016. Her print, #PizzaRat, was juried into the 2016 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition at Arkansas State University. Read more about Haylee’s story here.

Turner Williams (MFA 2016) presented his thesis exhibition in conjunction with several concerts by improv musicians.

Heather Whidden (MFA 2016, sculpture) presented her thesis exhibition, (Re)Pair, in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. In February, Whidden presented her paper, “Interpreting the Stitch,” at ACS Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. Her art website is here.

Josh Whidden (MFA 2016, painting) presented his thesis exhibition, Intersections, in April at the Harrison Galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Yanbing Wu (BA 2016, studio art, focusing on graphic design) was accepted to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Atlanta for the MFA program in graphic design. As an undergraduate at UA , he served as photography technician for Associate Professor Chris Jordan and held an internship with Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports.

an abstract painting featuring cross-hatch lines
Painting by Josh Whidden in Heather & Josh Whidden, Always There To Your Here, DWCAC.

2015

Ali Hval (BFA 2015) was accepted to graduate school in the fall of 2016 at The University of Iowa, to concentrate in painting and drawing. She was awarded a teaching assistantship and a tuition waiver for all three years,  as well as a $2,500 scholarship the first year. As a senior at UA in the spring of 2015, Hval was awarded one of only ten nationwide Windgate Fellowships. Her sculpture, Genesis, is pictured above. Read more about Hval’s Fellowship here. Other UA alumni awardees of are Adam Hill in 2012 and Jenny Fine in 2006, both BFA graduates. Hval’s art website is here.

Ali Jackson’s (BFA 2015, sculpture) steel sculpture brought $12,000 to the 9th Annual Nucor Children’s Charity Classic silent auction.

Astri Snodgrass (MFA 2015) is an assistant professor of drawing and painting at Boise State University. She had a two-person exhibition at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham with BFA alumnus Ty Smith in February 2020. Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows at COOP Gallery, mild climate, and Channel to Channel in Nashville, the Fuel and Lumber Company in Birmingham, Ala., the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and McNeese State University’s Grand Gallery in Lake Charles, La., among others. She is a Hambidge Fellow and a VCCA Fellow and has been artist-in-residence at Studios Midwest. More about Snodgrass’s art projects are here: https://www.facebook.com/astri.snodgrass.art/.

2014

detail of a gear-like artwork
Detail of work by Darius Hill.

Mark Barry (MFA 2014) is Assistant Professor of advertising and Director of the Creative Specialization in Advertising program for the Advertising and Public Relations Department in The University of Alabama’s College of Communications. Read this interview of Barry in the spring 2018 Loupehttps://art.ua.edu/loupe/alumni-profile-mark-barry/.

Darius Hill (MFA 2014), an award-winning artist, has headed the visual arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts since 2000. Hill and wife artist Bethanne Hill and their children were featured in the January 2016 issue of Family Circle magazine.

a woman posing in front of a building
Meredith Randall Knight at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Meredith Randall Knight (MFA 2014, BFA 2011) serves as coordinator for Birmingham Museum of Art’s studio programs in the BMA’s education department. According to an interview introducing Knight, she will be reestablishing their studio classes and bringing in new projects. “I have a ton of ideas but I also want to include participants and community members in the brainstorming process and hear what they want.” Knight has taught art through the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, co-directed the Black Belt 100 Lenses program and taught art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, as well as taught art to middle and high school students. Read more here…

Ally Mabry (BFA 2014) has worked as a graphic production artist in Austin. In October 2015, she was awarded the 2015 MarCom Gold Award in the Informational Category for “Lockout Tagout – LOTO Is Not A Choice” by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Mabry also won the 2015 Gold ADDY in the Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation Student ADDYs for Magazine Design for UA Honors College’s Mosaic Magazine.

Eric Nubbe (BFA 2014) works as a sculptor’s assistant in the department’s foundry. In 2014 and 2015, Nubbe donated sculptures he created to the annual Nucor Children’s Charity Classic silent auction. This year’s sculpture brought in $15,000. In the 2014 Charity Classic, the winning bid for Nubbe’s steel model of Children’s Hospital was $11,000.

 an art installing consisting of screens
Installation in Woods Quad by Greg Randall.

Greg Randall (BFA 2014) is working as an IT Technical Specialist in web development for Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships at The University of Alabama.

Zoe Stamatelos (BA, art history, 2014) spent the year following her graduation teaching English to students in Spain. Stamatelos is now preparing applications for law school.

2013

Anne Herbert (MFA 2013) teaches in the visual arts department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. Herbert presented a solo exhibition, “Frail Shadows We Inhabit Now,” in the Leo Reynolds Gallery of the Gadsden Museum of Art in 2015. She curated a two-person exhibition at the Alabama School of Fine Arts with BFA alumnus Ty Smith and MFA alumna Astri Snodgrass in February 2020. Her art website is http://anneherbertpaintings.com/home.html.

Andy Pruett (MFA 2013) is a press operator at Ript Apparel and artist in residence at the newly formed Locallective Gallery in Chicago.

2012

Amy Feger (MFA 2012) is a part-time instructor in foundations and art appreciation at the University of Montevallo. In September she had a solo exhibition at Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo. Her ART 100 Art Awareness students work in The Plastic Project in which plastic pollution awareness is integrated into art appreciation, collecting plastic waste to create a collaborative work of art.

As a senior, Adam Hill (BFA 2012) was awarded a $15,000 Windgate Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Asheville Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. “My work as a sculptor began when I came to college, but my need to create things has been evident for as long as I could hold a pencil,” Hill told the College of Arts & Sciences, noting that he had only worked in two-dimensional art prior to his enrollment at UA. “I was never exposed to sculpture until I was given a tour of our metal shop at the University of Alabama. I immediately became fascinated with tools and the processes involving metal work.”

abstract painting with colored lines on a mottled background
Roger Jones, “Not Down In It,” oil on canvas, 10″x 0”, 2014.

Roger Jones (MFA 2012) works as a youth minister at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Homewood, Alabama. He is a co-founder of PaperWorkers Local, an artists co-operative, exhibition space and the first publicly accessible printmaking facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Read the spring 2016 issue of The Loupe about Paperworkers Local!

Stephanie Brumfield Kirkland (BA 2012, English and studio art, summa cum laude) is Director of College Relations in the UA College of Arts & Sciences and has won a PRCA Medallion Award. Previously, as communications specialist for the College, she won a PRCA Award of Excellence and was a co-winner of a PRCA Award of Merit and a CASE Award of Excellence. Her paintings can be seen here.

Lindsay Jones Lindsey (BA 2012) is currently a medical student at the University of South Alabama. She was a 2012 BA major in studio art, and a triple minor in biology, Computer-Based Honors and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Her overlapping studies in art and science, sculpture and medicine were the focus of this APT-produced mini-documentary in 2015 on the importance of supporting art education at all levels of schooling. Lindsey designed and built a sculpture, Fibonacci Spiral, located in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden on the UA campus. More photos here. Watch Lindsay’s video here.

2011

Laci Jordan (BA 2011, digitial media) has been making headlines in the graphic design world recently.  Jordan worked her way up from a designer at Creative Campus to a graphic designer at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. All along, Jordan has done freelance design work and had her own company, So Laci Like, where she specializes in branding, digital illustrations, web and art direction. Her portfolio is www.lacijordan.com and she says, “you can find me creating fresh artwork at www.solacilike.com.” 

April Livingston (MFA 2011, sculpture) cast three new works commissioned for the Mobile Medical Museum in Mobile, Ala. Motherwork is installed in the Mobile Medical Museum’s Robert Thrower Medicinal Garden, along with Livingston’s portrait busts of the Poarch Creek midwife and herbalist Bessie McGhee and Dr. James A. Franklin, Sr., one of Mobile’s earliest African American physicians. Livingston also cast the new bust of Cudjoe Lewis for the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile.

2010

Sarah Cusimano Miles (MFA 2010) is included in a major exhibition at Brown University, “Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art.” Her art website is here.

2009

In 2013, Miller Mobley (BA 2009) became the youngest photographer to shoot a Time magazine cover. Mobley has taken photos for The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, ESPN, Esquire, Wired, GQ, People, Garden & Gun, A&E, National Geographic Channel, Disney, Paramount, TV Land, YouTube, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel, NBC, SYFY, TLC and Fox Searchlight, among others. His website with photos of Anthony Bourdain, Michelle Obama and other public figures is http://www.millermobley.com/.

2008

College student weaving hot pink tape into a human-sized maze.
Photo from “Art aims for lab-rat’s-eye view,” Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 15, 2008, photo by Michael E. Palmer.

Chelsea Lloyd (BFA 2008) works as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. She joined the KMA staff as a Visitor Services Representative in April of 2017 and was promoted to Volunteer Coordinator in July of 2018. She also paints and makes jewelry which she displays on her website. Read more about Lloyd’s experiences then and now here.

Michael Merry (BFA 2008) is a co-founder of PaperWorkers Local, an artist co-operative, exhibition space and the first publicly accessible printmaking facility in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an instructor in drawing at UA.

2007

sculpture that forms a mesh-like framework
Jamey Grimes installation in Don’t Fence Me In, at Stephen Smith Fine Art in Fairfield.

Jamey Grimes (MFA 2007) was named the 2019 South Arts State Fellowship recipient for Alabama and awarded $5,000The South Arts State Fellowships are awarded to one artist each in nine southern states whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. Grimes has been a full-time instructor at The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History since 2008. His art website is here

2006

As a senior BFA student, Jenny Fine (BFA 2006) won a National Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. She has exhibited her photographs, installations and performance pieces nationally and internationally, including her project,“Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind.” Her art website is here.

Tom Wegrzynowski (MFA 2006, painting) has been a full-time instructor in studio art and art history since 2006. In 2019, he had five paintings selected for the 23rd Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Art.

2005

Bryce Speed (MFA 2005) has been assistant professor of art at at The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History since 2014. His art website is here.

2004

Emily Thomas (BFA 2004, photography) has led the Booker T. Washington Magnet School Photography program in Montgomery since 2009. Read more about her work with the next generation of photography students here.

Martha Hopkins’ (BFA 2004, sculpture) sculpture is in the collections of the City of Fairhope; Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden; Meridian (Miss.) Regional Airport and others. Her website is https://mahopkins.blogspot.com/.

2003

The performance and installation art of *Paul Outlaw (BFA 2003, sculpture) and partner Jennifer Catron has been recognized by Art in America, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Vogue, Flavorwire and many other national media venues. Mobile Bay magazine wrote a feature on Outlaw (a Fairhope native) and Catron in 2014.

John Trobaugh (MFA 2003, photography) is a working artist and serves as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care in Boston. Trobaugh writes a monthly column for Pulse Magazine for the the LGBTQ community in the central Mass region. Read more about all his work on his Wikipedia page.

2002

a murky image, like a photo taken through a foggy, rain-spattered windshield
Wanrudee Buranakorn, I Didn’t Say Goodbye. archival pigment ink on silk, 36 x 24 in., 2015

Wanrudee Buranakorn (MFA 2002) was promoted to Professor of Photography and Book Arts in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she has taught since 2007. Buranakorn uses a variety of alternative printing processes in her work including archival pigment inkjet print, traditional gelatin silver print, silver liquid emulsion (Liquid Light), cyanotype, van dyke, kallitype and platinum. She has exhibited her work in Thailand and in galleries and museums around the US including Luhring Augustine Gallery and Sara Meltzer Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y.; ARC Gallery and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Il.; Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Ga.; Janet Carson Gallery, Wis.; and the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden, Ala. Her artist page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Re-enactment-by-Wanrudee-449852628517264/.

Mario Gallardo (MFA 2002) is Executive Director of The Walnut Gallery and Division Chair of Fine Arts at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama. He co-founded the gallery in 2009 with Robert Hendrickson (MFA 2004).

2001

Montgomery native Ty Smith (BFA 2001, painting) earned the MFA from the University of Tulsa in 2009 and attended the summer program at the Chautauqua School of Art. Smith lives in Birmingham, Ala., and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University. Recent exhibitions include juried exhibitions at the Bowery Gallery and Blue Mountain Gallery in New York; and group shows at Biggin Gallery, Auburn, Ala.; and Ground Floor Contemporary in Birmingham. He had a two-person exhibition at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham with BFA alumna Astri Snodgrass in February 2020. Smith has curated exhibitions at Ground Floor Contemporary and East Side Project Space in Nashville.

2000

Raymond Gaddy (MFA 2000, painting) is assistant professor of painting and drawing at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University and director of the Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery in Savannah, Ga. Previously, he taught at the University of North Florida for 14 years. In 2017, Gaddy was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Gaddy writes, “The funding came as a result of Hurricane Matthew. I live in Savannah and we were hit pretty hard. A tree fell on my studio, destroying the building and most of my work. The funding for both grants was to support a rebuild of the studio.”

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