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Graduate Students

Meet our graduate students!

Ryan Akers, Rabies, 2020, mixed media on unstretched canvas, 104 x 72 inches

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

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

William Henry, “Ebony,” 2017, digital photography on aluminum, 20 x 24 inches.

William Henry is a graduate student in printmaking.

Parker Hunt is a graduate student in ceramics.

Art history grad student Meghan Johnson presents her MA Capstone Project via Zoom.
Art history grad student Meghan Johnson presents her MA Capstone Project via Zoom.

Meghan Johnson is a grad student in art history. She presented her MA Capstone Project titled “Curating the Current: Museums and Adapting to Covid-19.” Johnson, originally from Crestview, Florida, earned her undergraduate degree from UA in studio art.

Rebecca Lowery (2021 BA, art history) is in the Accelerated Master’s Program in art history at UA. In May 2021 Lowery received her BA in art history from UA, with minors in Italian and anthropology. Her area of interest is Early Modern Italian art and in 2019 she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute where she served as a tour guide at churches, including Santa Maria del Fiore, San Miniato al Monte and Santa Croce. Through the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies in Florence, Lowery worked to conserve various Etruscan ceramics.

Juan López-Bautista, "Transient Landscape," Acrylic and Paper on Linen, 2018, 18 x 24 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.Juan Lopez-Bautista is a professor of biology, working toward the MFA in painting.

Upneet Kaur Mair (printmaking) 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. She will present her MA thesis show in the spring of 2021.

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

Lydia McCollum is a grad teaching assistant in art history concentrating in Medieval art and is part of the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP).

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

Art history grad student Lizzie OrlofskyLizzie Orlofsky is a graduate student in art history. Her interests include twentieth-century American art, specifically the artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald, as well as gender studies and the semiotic relationship between text and image. Orlofsky graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in 2019 with a BS in studio art and a minor in cultural studies. Before coming to UA, she served as a curatorial intern at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts where she helped curate the exhibition Zelda (canceled due to Covid-19). She is a recipient of The University of Alabama Graduate Council Fellowship and recently won second place in the Harrison Award for Excellence in Research for her presentation at the UA-UAB 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium.

Relief print of two men by Shivam Pawar
Shivam Pawar, “Porters at the Station,” 2018, relief print (reduction process), 20 x 28 inches.

Shivam Pawar (printmaking) 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. He will present his MA thesis exhibition in the spring of 2021.

René Thompson is a graduate 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 graduate 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 (printmaking) holds a BFA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa. Vega 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. She will present her MA thesis exhibition in the spring of 2021.

Tom Wegrzynowski, "The Scientist," 2014, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Tom Wegrzynowski, “The Scientist,” 2014, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Shannon Walsh is a graduate student in art history. She presented her MA capstone project titled “Breaking Down the Barriers: Encouraging Accessibility in Museums Through the Use of Social Media and Online Content.” Originally from Lebanon, Ohio, Walsh earned a BA from UA, double majoring in history and studio art with a minor in art history.

Tom Wegrzynowski is a graduate 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 grad student in art history. She holds a BFA in photography from Jacksonville State University.

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