Here are just a few of our almost and recent graduates, through the Class of 2000.
More Alumni News & Notes coming soon!
Sarah Westmoreland (BA in journalism with a studio art minor) works as an in-house photographer for Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C.
Megan Goldman (BFA concentration: painting; minor, art history) interned with curator Mardee Goff at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, summer 2017.
Kelby Cox (MA, art history, 2017; BA, art history; BA studio art, 2015) has been collections assistant at the new Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, Ala., since Sept. 2017, working with the staff to prepare the museum for opening in 2019. In 2017, she presented her research paper “Stitching Agency: Enslaved African American Quiltmaking and the Prejudicial South” at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History. She also presented thesis research at the Nineteenth Century Studies conference in Charleston, SC, and the Southern Studies conference at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., with travel funding from The University of Alabama’s Graduate School. During her undergraduate years, Cox was awarded an internship at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama in three years with a double major in art history and studio art and a minor in Italian.
Lauren Eich (MA 2017, art history) is a senior adult education art instructor in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
John Paul Foley (BA 2017, art history) was awarded a summer internship at the White House Historical Association for the summer of 2017.
Alex Green (BFA 2017) has been accepted into the prestigious Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice for January and February 2019. 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. His art website is https://www.alexleegreen.com/.
Sommer Hallquist (BA 2017, art history and anthropology) was awarded one of eight highly competitive summer internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Cloisters Museum in New York, summer 2017.
Emilee Hendrickson (MA 2017, art history) is a docent assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Taylor Murray (BA 2017, art history) received an internship at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for the summer of 2017.
Grace Fitts (BA 2017, art history) completed a semester-long internship at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia in 2017.
Photographs by Celestia “Cookie” Morgan (MFA 2017, photography) are 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. Morgan’s 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.
Allison Springer (MA 2017, art history) is currently a PhD student in art history at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her master’s thesis was titled “Mixed-Race Fantasies: Abolitionist Propaganda as Spectacles of Race in the Nineteenth Century.” Read more about Allison Springer here.
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.
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. Her art website is here: https://www.ausharea.com/.
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 a 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.
Erin Hein (BA 2016, art history; BS, chemistry) is a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University. During the summer of 2017, she interned in the European art curatorial department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Hein presented her research, “Uncovering Roman Activity at the Aquae Apollinares through The Vicarello Goblet” at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History at UA, March 2017, where she won the Harrison Award for Excellence in Research – Graduate Paper Presentation. Hein was awarded a highly competitive, six-week art conservation internship at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in the summer of 2015. For more on Hein’s experiences, click here to read The Loupe article.
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.
Micah-Shea McKibben is a part-time instructor in art history for The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History. McKibben’s master’s thesis was titled “Moving Beyond Beauty: Uncovering Sandro Botticelli’s Isis,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones. As a graduate student, she specialized in 15th-century Renaissance Italy and early 20th-century art. She presented her research on Botticelli’s “Isis” at the South Central Renaissance Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, a regional conference of graduate students and professionals in Renaissance Studies. McKibben graduated cum laude from the University of South Alabama’s Honors Program in 2012 with a BA in art history and a minor in history.
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. Her website is http://www.annakatherinephipps.com/. 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.
Kelly Shannon (MFA 2016) presented her MFA thesis exhibition, Apophenia, at the Arts Council Gallery at Tuscaloosa’s Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in December. Shannon currently teaches design, drawing, and ceramics at Stillman College where she has also taught sculpture and art history. Shannon has had solo exhibitions at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery (her MA show, crescente), Harrison Galleries (reticulum, 2014) and at Montevallo University’s Bloch Hall Gallery (in situ, 2010) 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.
Sara Taricco (BA 2016, art history) was accepted to graduate programs in museum/preservation studies at the following schools: Florida State, Clemson, Tulane, and the University of Denver.
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.
Justin Greenlee (MA 2015, art history) is a PhD in student in Art and Architectural History at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville Va. His master’s thesis was titled “Quod Vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium at Old St. Peter’s,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.
Caitlin Huber (MA 2015, art history) wrote a thesis titled “The Battle House: Greek Revival, Religion, Race Relations, and Slavery Justifications,” under the direction of Dr. Rachel Stephens. Huber is currently pursuing a PhD in art history from Rice University.
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.
Kelly Konrad (BA 2015, art history) is currently enrolled in the MA program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies at the Parsons School of Design in Paris. Konrad was accepted there as a Dean’s Merit Scholar.
Carrie Chism Lien (MA 2015, art history) is a part-time instructor (online) in art history at Shelton State Community College and the University of West Florida. Lien’s thesis was titled “Recalling the Council of Ferrara and Florence: Two Fifteenth-Century Florentine uomini famosi Cycles,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.
Sara Morris (MA, 2015, art history) works as a management support assistant for the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Astri Snodgrass (MFA 2015) will join the faculty of Boise State University as Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting this fall. Since 2016 she has served as Lecturer in Painting and Drawing in the Art Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Snodgrass was Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Center for Creative Arts in May 2018 and in the summer of 2017, she was Artist-in-Residence at Studios Midwest in Galesburg, Illinois. In May of 2016 she had a solo exhibition at the Coop Gallery in Nashville. She has also been writing reviews and interviews for Third Coast Review, a Chicago arts and culture online publication. And, teaching languages via Skype. More about Snodgrass’s art projects are here: https://www.facebook.com/astri.snodgrass.art/.
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 Loupe: https://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.
Emily Brown Kelley (MA 2014) teaches art history part-time for The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History. Her master’s thesis was titled “A Papal Hall of State: Ceremony and Function in the Borgia Apartment,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.
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.
Rachel Robbins (MA 2014) teaches art history part-time for The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History. Her master’s thesis was titled “Politics and Provenance: Five Hundred Years of Images of the Grande Chasse of the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.
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.
Mary K. (Benefield) Dyer (MA, art history, 2013) teaches online art history courses full time for The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History.
Anne Herbert (MFA 2013) teaches in the visual arts department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. In July, Herbert presented a solo exhibition, “Frail Shadows We Inhabit Now,” in the Leo Reynolds Gallery of the Gadsden Museum of Art. Her art website is http://anneherbertpaintings.com/home.html.
Ashley D. Millwood (MA, art history, 2013) is a Marketing Associate for Keystone Property Group in Philadelphia.
Frances Nichols (MA, art history, 2013) is an art consultant for Gallery 1930 in Birmingham, Ala.
Andy Pruett (MFA 2013) is a press operator at Ript Apparel and artist in residence at the newly formed Locallective Gallery in Chicago.
Maggie Coats (BA 2012, art history) is a JD candidate at Sturm College of Law of University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
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.”
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!
Lindsay Jones Lindsey (BA 2012) is currently a medical student at the University of South Alabama. She was a 2012 BA major in art with a concentration in sculpture, 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.
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.”
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.
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/.
Michael Merry (BFA 2008) is a co-founder of PaperWorkers Local, an artists co-operative, exhibition space and the first publicly accessible printmaking facility in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an instructor in drawing at UA. His art website is here.
Viola Moten Ratliffe (BA 2008, ARH) is program manager for Bib & Tucker Sew-Op in Avondale, in east Birmingham, a nonprofit organization that teaches skills and provides economic opportunity for participants. Ratliffe is actively promoting programs like Quilting Activity Resource Kit (QUARK), which teaches fundamentals of quilting while slipping in mathematic concepts. Just after graduating from UA, she served as an intern at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s education department. For two years, Ratliffe also served as curator specialist for the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, where she did everything from coordinating museum installation, liaising between artists and the museum, and implementing marketing, publicity strategies and public outreach programs. AtBowling Green State University, she was graduate coordinator for their art history docent program, chief coordinator of a visiting artists program and collections registrar for the Park West Gallery’s Collection of Fine Art. Most recently, Ratliffe started her own business, The Lovely Home Party, which specializes in handmade home and party decor.
Corey Dzenko (MA 2007, ARH) is co-editor, with Theresa Avila, of Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made, published by Routledge (2018). She received the PhD from the University of New Mexico and has been a Visiting Fellow in the University of Nottingham’s (UK) Department of Art History. Dzenko is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Monmouth University in New Jersey.
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.
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).
Raymond Gaddy (MFA 2000) 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.”
Michelle Moseley-Christian (MA 2000, BA 1997, art history) is Acting Associate Director and Associate Professor and Chair of Art History in Medieval and Early Modern Studies in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, where she has taught since 2007. Recent publications by Moseley-Christian investigate issues of class, gender and economy in informal baroque and Renaissance portraiture, as well as the overlooked role of early modern women in collecting luxury objects. Others areas of research include Rembrandt’s etchings and early modern prints as a mechanism for the distribution of new pictorial genres in Europe. Current research projects focus on a study of the monstrous “wild woman” in prints and book illustration, with related issues in early modern constructions of natural history and scientific knowledge in prints and printed books. In 2014, Moseley-Christian was the first recipient of SECAC’s William R. Levin Award for Research in the History of Art for her proposal “Women and Wildness in Early Modern Northern European Visual Culture: Picturing the ‘Wild Woman’ c. 1300-1650.”