Alumni Kudos – June 2015

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Adrian Etheridge (Class of 2015, BA with a concentration in photography) is chief photographer for as well as a similar project in Charleston, SC. She is also a self-employed photographer. Adrian finished out her time at UNC Asheville with two Undergraduate Research projects, one with advisor Eric Tomberlin and one with Patrick Bahls, both involving photography. Read more about Adrian's Undergraduate Research projects and senior exhibition, and visit her website.

Destiney Stubbs, (Class of 2015, BA with a concentration in photography) is teaching art in the Asheville City Schools. View Destiney's Senior Exhibition.

Anna Melton, (Class of 2015, BFA with a concentration in photography) got a full-time job one week after graduation with Double Exposure, A Fine Art Printmaking Studio, in Asheville. Read more about Anna's BFA Senior Exhibition, A Wider Perspective on People, which was in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery through July 31. Read review of her exhibition in Asheville Citizen-Times.

Kelly Olshan (Class of 2015, BFA with a concentration in painting, Valedictorian) will go to Columbia University in New York City for Master of Arts in Arts Administration study. Read More.

Kelsey Shamblin, (Class of 2015, BA with a concentration in ceramics and minor in Art History) will be attending University of Colorado Boulder Law School. (She was also accepted at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and wait-listed at University of South Carolina School of Law and at Columbia Law School). She plans to study environmental law.  Read more about Shamblin and view her artwork.

Kate Averett (Class of 2015, BA in Art History) has been accepted into UNC-Chapel Hill’s Masters program in Art History—ranked among the top 10% of Art History programs in the country. She plans to study contemporary art and hopes to continue her education, eventually working towards a PhD and a career within academia and research. Follow this link to read about her project.

Lauren Bellard (Class of 2008, BA with a concentration in art history) will be attending UNC Chapel Hill's Masters program in library science beginning in the fall 2015. She had previously completed an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012.

Louise Bahia Thompson (Class of 2015, BFA with a concentration in painting) has been accepted at Syracuse University with deferred enrollment until 2016. Visit her website.

Liz McCarthy, (Class of 2008, BFA with a concentration in photography) will begin MFA Studio Arts at University of Illinois at Chicago in the fall. Learn more about McCarthy from her website  as well as an Artist of the Week interview.

Adam Cable (Class of 2013, BFA with a concentration in photography) has been working full-time as a gallery manager at American Contemporary, in the Chelsea Art District, NYC, for the past two years. He has been accepted into four graduate programs in NYC, and was offered scholarships at three. He plans to attend the prestigious School of Visual Art in Manhattan this fall.  Learn more about his BFA Exhibition. Visit his website.

Kyle Sherard (Class of 2010, BFA with a concentration in printmaking/Minor in art history) will be entering NCCU School of Law in Durham in the fall on a full tuition scholarship.

Louisa Murrey (Class of 2013, BA with a concentration in photography) has just released a book featuring her photographs through the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum entitled, The Blue Ridge Farm Book with images found on her website. Murrey has also recently published her work in The Sun, The North Carolina Folklore Journal, and Appalachian Voices. See work from her BA Senior Exhibition and additional images in the exhibition on her website.

Tatiana Potts (Class of 2010, BFA Certificate in printmaking and MFA student at UT Knoxville) was in a Master Residency at the Wroclaw (Poland) School of Printmaking in May and June 2015. View her website.

Hanna Trussler (Class of 2013, BFA with a concentration in painting) is a graphic designer at UNC Asheville. She previously worked as a graphic designer with Capital at Play Magazine.

Katie Johnson (Class of 2013, BFA with concentration in sculpture and Minor in Art History) has been hired as Curator of Public Art at the Robert Morris University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Cecilia R. Frederic (Class of 1996, BFA with a concentration in painting) presents Homage to Life, an exhibit of 24 multimedia paintings  UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through May 19 - July 30, 2015. Read news release.

Sean (Jinx) Pace (Class of 2004, BFA with a concentration in sculpture) is in MFA program at UC Santa Cruz. In May, he took his ArtCrawler (California Roving Artists Workshop Lab for Experimental Research), a US military vehicle repurposed into a community center for new media arts to the Bay Area Maker Faire.

Amelia Stamps (Class of 2002, BFA with a concentration in ceramics) has article about her and her work in the June/July/August 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Visit her website.

Dona Barnett (Class of 2012, BFA with a concentration in drawing) exhibited her drawings in the The Other Place We Live: Explorations in Dreams and Hypnagogia exhibition at The Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway, Asheville, during May 2015. Her drawings have been published in North Light Books, Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing series. Phoenix, in the slideshow above, was in the exhibition. Visit her website. 

Hannah Seng (Class of 2011, BA with a concentration in painting) was in the annual Burke Arts Council Art On The Square, held at the historic courthouse in downtown Morganton on May 30, 2015. Visit her website.

Skip Rohde (Class of 2003, BFA with a concentration in painting) had Returning to Base, from his Afghanistan  series in Carolina's Got Art exhibition in June at Elder Gallery, 1520 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC.  Rohde also taught drawing classes at the Warrior's Canvas Studio and Veteran's Art Center in Johnson City. TN. A shout out here for the Warrior's (a 501c non-profit) – it was founded and co-run by Jason Sabbides, (Class of 2009, BFA with a concentration in painting). Read more on Rohde's website as well as his blog. Additionally, a number of the Faces of Afghanistan drawings were exhibited at the Mountain Area Health and Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, North Carolina, from April through July, 2015.

Louise Bahia Thompson and Kelly Olshun (both Class of 2015, BFA with concentration in painting) had their research papers published in the 2015 NCUR Proceedings: Thompson, "Challenging the Feminine: Gender Tropes in Classical Painting" and Olshan, "Perpetual Pursuit: Painting the Unattainable." Both also had their research published in UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Journal. 

Congratulations to the others who also had their Undergraduate Research papers published in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Journal: Kate Averett, Paige Carter, Will Lundquist, Allison Meyer (all 2015 BA in Art History), Anna Melton (2015 BA with concentration in photography), and Austin Cathey and Margit Briggs (both 2015 BFA with concentration in drawing).

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Louise Bahia Thompson, Vashti,  from BFA Senior Exhibition, Challenging that Feminine:  Gender Tropes in Classical Painting. Oil, acrylic, and charcoal on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2015.

Lou Murrey, March 19, 2015. Skate World, Vilas, Watauga County, North Carolina, photography.

Dona Barnett, Phoenix. Collagraph, lithograph and intaglio prints with chine colle’, thread and encaustic wax, 24 x28 inches, 2015.

Skip Rohde, Returning to Base. Oil on canvas, 36 x 40 inches, 2013.

Kate Averett, recording information on collaborative project with Dr. Rundquist, "Curatorial Reconnaissance," Spring 2015.

Anna Melton, She's the Cream of the Crop, from BFA Senior Exhibition A Wider Perspective on People, dogital composite.