Congratulations Spring Class of 2016

Graduates with Distinction in Art or Art History

The stats for the Art/ARTH class of 2016 are impressive:
• two BFAs, twenty BAs, three K-12 Licensures, one K-6 Licensure
• three BAs in Art History
• one Minor in Art
• one with summa cum laude, two with magna cum laude, two with cum laude honors
• three Distinctions in Art, one Distinction in Art History
• five Distinctions as a University Research Scholar
• one Distinction as a University Scholar

We are very proud of the achievements of all our new alumni, but here we recognize one BFA and two BAs in Art and one BA in Art History who received the designation as graduating with Distinction in their major. Follow this link to read about all twenty-six of our newest alumni.

Kevin Watson, BFA with a concentration in Photography.
Watson received the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant in 2015 and used the funding to further develop his world-building research and technical process for his Spring 2016 BFA Senior Exhibition, The Mad King’s Caernival.  Watson’s prints, The Wedding in the Belly of the Mad King  and Altar were featured in the UNC Asheville Student Exchange Exhibition with Virginia Commonwealth University and printed in the resulting catalog. He has served as the student representative on the Blower’s Gallery Exhibit Committee in Ramsey Library. Watson presented his undergraduate research at NCUR 30 at UNC Asheville, and, while a still a student, was invited to give artist talks about his own work to several art and art history classes within the department. He has consistently been on the Dean’s List or, most often, the Chancellor’s List and has received art scholarships during his time at UNC Asheville. He graduated summa cum laude, with Distinction in Art, Distinction as a University Research Scholar, and he received a Leadership Award. Watson plans to continue his work and research as a professional practice, exploring world-building as an artistic expression that encompasses his talents in visual art, music composition, and writing. Visit Kevin's website.

Hannah Wiepke, BA in Art History and Minors in Spanish and Religious Studies.
Wiepke was a Student Ambassador 2012-2016 and a Resident Assistant 2013-2016. She received an Undergraduate Research Grant for research on a Latin American Art History paper, “Albert Eckhout: Exploring Diversity in Brazil," which she presented at East Carolina University’s Art History Symposium in 2014. This year, she presented “Curating Community” and "A Fascination with the Unknown: The Work of Albert Eckhout in Dutch Colonial Brazil" at the 30th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at University of North Carolina Asheville. She is a well-traveled student, having visited in eight countries. Wiepke was a curatorial intern at the Asheville Art Museum in 2014. She began an internship at the Open Hearts Art Center in August 2015 that culminated in the Spring 2016 with the presentation of her research at NCUR and the installation of two gallery exhibitions. For the Open Hearts undergraduate research project, she coordinated with other students and faculty to construct exhibitions of Open Hearts members' artwork that was displayed both on and off campus. She was consistently on the Dean's or Chancellor’s List, was in the University's Honor Program, and was President of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She graduated magna cum laude with Honors Distinction as a University Scholar, Distinction in Art History, and Distinction as a University Research Scholar. She also received a Leadership and Excellence in Art History Awards. Hannah will begin a PhD Program in Art History at the University of Minnesota this fall. (View on campus exhibition; view off campus exhibition.)

Annelise Ferry, BA with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Anthropology. 
Ferry was the treasurer and vice president elect of Art Front.  She has been the Photography Intern for WNC Magazine (Summer 2014), an intern at French Broad Imaging (2014), the Art History Clerk/Visual Resources Intern for the UNC Asheville Department of Art and Art History (2013-2016), and worked as a studio photographer at The Portrait Studio in Hendersonville. Ferry received the S. Tucker Cooke and New Leaf Art Scholarships, the Asheville Rotary Scholarship as well as the Jack K. Kiley Scholarship. She has consistently made the Dean’s List since she began attending UNC Asheville in 2012. Her artwork and writing have been featured in AmLit (American University's literary magazine), Headwaters (UNC Asheville's literary magazine), WNC Magazine, and Charleston Magazine as well as on various websites. Her photographs were selected for three juried art exhibitions while attending UNC Asheville, and she won second place in the Cross-Cultural category of the International Photography Exhibition. She graduated magna cum laude, with Distinction in Art, and she received a Leadership Award. View more photos.

Megan O'Donnell, BA in Art with a concentration in Ceramics.
O'Donnell was a studio assistant in ceramics; her duties included mixing glazes, firing kilns, and generally assisting the ceramics professor. She attended the 50th Anniversary of NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts) in Kansas City, Missouri, March 16-19, 2016. O'Donnell received departmental scholarships and was consistently on the Chancellor's or Dean's List. She received a Leadership Award and graduated with a Distinction in Art