Directory

Graduate Students

Meet our graduate students!

Kole Nichols

Welcome to new grad students Welcome to our new graduate students Ryan Akers (painting), Molly Greene (sculpture), William Henry (printmaking), Parker Hunt (ceramics), Stephanie Kirkland (painting), Rebecca Lowery (art history), Lydia McCollum (art history), Ashleigh McCool (art history), Sarah Murphree (art history), Kole Nichols (studio art) and Lizzie Orlofsky (art history).

Ryan Akers is a first-year graduate student in painting. He organized and curated the online exhibition What You Unlearn.

Kathryn Bornhoft is a second-year grad student in art history working in the museum studies certificate program. Her curated exhibition, Matters of Representation, had to be postponed because of COVID-19, but will be rescheduled.

Nadia DelMedico

Nadia DelMedico is a second-year graduate student in art history.. Her concentration is in American art with a focus on cross-cultural artistic exchange and the work of immigrant and expatriate artists.

Sarah Dittmann is a third-year graduate student in printmaking. She holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of South Alabama and has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions across the country.

Zoe Fitch holds a BFA in painting from the University of Mississippi. In her work, Fitch experiments with large scale figurative pieces in mixed media including acrylic paint, paper, pattern and text.

Molly Greene is a first-year graduate student in sculpture. Greene received the BA in studio art from Samford University and studied a semester at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. Greene held an internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Education and Community Engagement and she worked as a curator for the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in Saint Petersburg, Fla.

William Henry is a first-year graduate student in printmaking.

Parker Hunt is a first-year graduate student in ceramics.

Sarah Dittmann, “Lítost”

Meghan Johnson is a second-year grad student in art history.

Stephanie Kirkland is a grad student in painting. She serves as director of College Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences and holds an MA in public relations and a BA in English and studio art from UA.

Juan Lopez-Bautista is a professor of biology, working toward the MFA in painting.

Upneet Kaur Mair is a second-year grad student in printmaking. She holds a BFA in painting from Central India School of Fine Arts, Nagpur, India. Mair has exhibited her work in China, India and the United States.

Viscosity print of robot men in a bar in a heated discussion.
Upneet Kaur Mair, “Brawl”

Lydia McCollum is a first-year grad student in art history concentrating in Medieval art and part of the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)

Kelsey Meadows is a third-year grad student in ceramics. She holds a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Frostburg State University. Her MA thesis exhibition showcased unglazed ceramic sculptures created after studying objects under the scanning electron microscope.

Kole Nichols is a first year graduate student in printmaking. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Amber Quinn, “Fleeting, part 2”

Shivam Pawar is a second-year grad student in printmaking.. He holds a BFA in painting from Central India School of Fine Arts, Nagpur, India. Pawar has exhibited his work in exhibitions around the world, from India to Norway and the United States.

Amber Quinn is a third-year grad student in photography. She holds a BA in art from University of Montevallo. She was the recipient of a grant from The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County for her master of arts thesis exhibition in 2020.

Meghan Ruyle is a second-year grad student in art history with a concentration in modern and contemporary art, especially in contemporary women artists and gender studies. She is enrolled in the museum studies certificate program.

René Thompson is a second-year grad student in painting. She holds an MA in general studies and a BA in art with a minor in art history from Auburn University Montgomery, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor.

Olivia Turner

Olivia Turner is a grad student in art history, concentrating in Early Modern art (Spanish Baroque). For the past two years, she has been a gallery assistant in the Paul R. Jones Museum and The University of Alabama Gallery. She also serves as a facilitating instructor for Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority’s (PARA) Active Classroom, which supplements the regular school day for children in grades K-8 during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sandra Vega is a second-year grad student in printmaking. She holds a BFA, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa. She assisted in the NEA-funded program Pots-n-Prints mobile studio (featured in the Washington Post), that traveled to rural areas in southwest and west Texas, teaching students silkscreen printing, etching and ceramics.

Shannon Walsh is a second-year  graduate student in art history.

Tom Wegrzynowski, “Army Guys”

Tom Wegrzynowski is a grad student in art history. He holds an MFA in painting and has been a full-time instructor in studio and art history at UA since 2006.

Allison Wood is a second year grad student in art history. She holds a BFA in photography from Jacksonville State University.

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