2017 Random Alumni Kudos I

Heather Brown, Class of 2016 (BFA Photography), was hired by de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1895, the museum is located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and features contemporary art exhibitions as well as pieces from its permanent collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

Annelise Ferry, Class of 2016 (BA Photography), has been promoted from intern to Marketing Assistant  at Galaxy Digital, an Asheville company that develops community engagement software  As a student, "she cultivated an interest in the nonprofit sector after taking service-learning courses as an undergraduate. In fact, she first encountered Galaxy Digital’s software when it connected her with a volunteer opportunity at the Hillcrest Resource Center.

Forest Wallingford, Class of 2017 (BA Photography), interned with Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville. [Read More]. Earlier she did a summer internship with Mike Belleme, a documentary and commercial photographer based in Asheville.

Kevin Watson, Class of 2016 (BFA Photography), was hired by Henco Rephotographics where he is enjoyed utilizing some of the skills he learned during his time at UNC Asheville. He also worked with the Blind Pig Supper Club, a local pop-up restaurant based in Asheville that puts on themed events that offer a six-course meal by local chefs. The cuisine used was based on the fictional world he created for his senior thesis Caernival. [Read more about the charitable fundraiser, The Blind Pig]

Four Alumni presented solo exhibitions on campus in the Spring 2017.

  • Jonathan Fisher, Class of 2001 (BFA Printmaking) [Read More]
  • Sally Gardner, Class of 2013 (BFA Sculpture) [Read More]
  • Jason Adams, Class of 2010 (BFA Sculpture) [Read More]
  • Adam Gibbons, Class of 2013 (BA, Sculpture with K-12 Teacher Licensure) [Read More]

Jason Adams, Class of 2010 (BFA Sculpture), was awarded a $10,000 fellowship by North Carolina Arts Council. [Read More]

Skip Rhode, Class of 2003 (BFA Painting) has art in The Smithsonian Museum of American History. His "Faces of Afghanistan" drawings (over 80 drawings, mostly portrait sketches of rural Afghans done from life) is in their permanent collection. Some of the images were in exhibition at UNC Asheville in 2012 [Read More]. To read more about Skip, [Read Here].

Megan Authement, Class of 2016, (BA Photography). UNC Asheville’s weekly student newspaper, The Blue Banner, won nine awards in the small school category for its coverage during 2016, and the student literary journal, Headwaters, took home two honors. Of those, June graduate Megan Authement received Third Place for Photography — for James Ferin discusses how he became interested in traveling. Megan shared an Honorable Mention for a Single/Two-page design (with Nick Haseloff), The issue of sexual assault.

Welcome New Alumni: Class of 2016 and Fall 2016 Graduates