Here are just a few of our recent graduates…
Photographs by Celestia “Cookie” Morgan (MFA 2017, photography) were featured in the 2017 exhibition, Contemporary Alabama Photography, at the Mobile Museum of Art. Curated by Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the exhibition shows the work of eleven emerging, mid-career and established Alabama photographers who interpret Alabama’s identity, culture and history in their images. Images from Morgan’s MA exhibition, Passage, were chosen by McCabe to be in the show. Read more 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 currently enrolled 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) was accepted to the ceramics post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida.
Micah-Shea McKibben successfully defended her MA thesis in art history, titled “Moving Beyond Beauty: Uncovering Sandro Botticelli’s Isis.” 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. 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.
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 ARH 2016) 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) 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, studio art, focusing on graphic design, 2016) 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.
Kelby Cox (BA, art history; BA studio art, 2015) was awarded an internship at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the summer of 2015. Cox entered the MA program in art history at The University of Alabama in the fall of 2015.
Caitlin Huber (MA 2015) 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) steel sculpture brought $12,000 to the 9th Annual Nucor Children’s Charity Classic silent auction.
Kelly Konrad (BA 2015) 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) wrote a thesis titled “Recalling the Council of Ferrara and Florence: Two Fifteenth-Century Florentine uomini famosi Cycles,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.
Astri Snodgrass (MFA 2015) announced in July 2016 that she will be joining the Art Department faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this fall as Lecturer in Painting and Drawing. This summer she has been Artist-in-Residence at Studios Midwest in Galesburg, Illinois. In May 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 here.
Justin Greenlee (MA 2014) wrote a thesis titled “Quod Vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium at Old St. Peter’s,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones. Greenlee is currently enrolled in the PhD program in art history at the University of Virginia.
Darius Hill (MFA 2014) and wife artist Bethanne Hill and their children were featured in the January 2016 issue of Family Circle magazine. Hill, an award-winning artist, has headed the visual arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts since 2000.
Emily Brown Kelley (MA 2014) wrote a thesis titled “A Papal Hall of State: Ceremony and Function in the Borgia Apartment,” under the direction of Dr. Tanja Jones.
The Birmingham Museum of Art hired UA art alumna Meredith Randall Knight (MFA 2014, BFA 2011) as coordinator for their 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.
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.
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 here.
Andy Pruett (MFA 2013) is a press operator at Ript Apparel and artist in residence at the newly formed Locallective Gallery in Chicago.
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.
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 is here.
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.
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.
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).