Visual Arts Graduates

Graduates: or....whatever can one do with a degree in ART?

Since our first senior class in 1964 we have graduated over 500 majors in Visual Arts, and many have gone on to earn advanced degrees in a variety of fields. Among our Visual Arts graduates since 2000 are alumni who have earned advanced degrees from or who are enrolled in graduate programs at Bennington College, Goddard College (3), Savannah College of Art & Design (3), Rhode Island School of Design (2), Pratt Institute (2), San Francisco Art Institute (3), Maryland Institute College of Art (2), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2), Rochester Institute of Technology, International Academy of Design and Technology, Kent State University, Ohio University, Clemson University, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida (6), University of Texas, University of New Mexico, Southern Illinois University, University of Kentucky, Naropa University, Seattle University, Pennsylvania State University, George Mason University, University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Emory School of Law, Claremont Graduate School (2), University of Indiana at Bloomington, Lesley University, Ball State University, Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland), University of York (England), Burren College of Art (Ireland), Harvard, and Yale.

Our graduates ultimately travel down a great many career paths, many of them art-related. One can find our Visual Arts alumni/ae engaged in art-related fields as varied as university or college teaching, public school teaching, sculpture, photography, design, illustration, advertising, graphic design, printing, digital effects, computer graphics, ceramics, painting, architecture, art direction, fashion design, community-based arts, film production, exhibition design, communications, performance art, woodworking, calligraphy, urban planning, theatre set design, lighting design, gallery owning, landscape architecture, stained glass restoration, and arts management.

Not all of our majors elect to pursue art as a career, for we also have alumni/ae who have chosen professions in fields as varied as civil engineering, psychotherapy, banking, retail sales, financial analysis, antiques, online networking, computer programming, music, military intelligence, social work, massage therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, youth ministry, law, radiology, real estate, and the list goes on!

You may be interested to see examples of what some of our Visual Arts ALUMNI/AE have been doing:

Selected Visual Arts alumni websites and links:

Jason Adkins '96 (MFA, Claremont Graduate School) has been exhibiting his paintings and sculptures with the Western Artists Group, based in Los Angeles.

Grace-Anne Alfiero PEL '04  is currently President and CEO at Arts in Action in Philadelphia.  She was founder of Creative Clay in St. Petersburg, and served as its Executive Director until 2011. 

Robert Barnes '72 was once chief cinematographer for TBS, earned an Emmy for Best Documentary, and was on the founding team of CNN. Now he’s an independent artist making digital images.

Blaze Birge '98 was a founding member of the Flynn Creek Circus in Mendocino County, California, committed to "pushing tradition to the edge.” Blaze now specializes as a trapeze artist.

Afua Boadu '08 has been working as a shoe designer at SEphA Designs in Accra, Ghana.

Margaret Brommelsiek PEL '80 is now Director of Interprofessional Education Health Sciences Schools and Instructor in the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She recently (2011) had an installation of her artwork at the university, titled "Robots in the Changing Landscape."

Joy Brown '72 has exhibited her ceramic sculptures in one-person shows in Europe and Asia, and her work has been prominently featured in Ceramics Monthly. Joy is also co-founder and president of the Still Mountain Center, a nonprofit arts organization in Connecticut whose mission is to support, promote and celebrate artistic exchange between the United States and Asia.

Pamela Callender PEL '07 received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and she now teaches at the Manatee School for the Arts (middle/high Arts Charter school), in Palmetto, Florida.

Denise Choppin '74(MFA, Florida State University) is a graphic designer and mixed-media artist in Tallahassee.  She is represented in galleries across the southeast, as far west as Tennessee and as far east as South Carolina.

Bede Clarke '83 (MFA, University of Iowa) is Professor of Art at the University of Missouri at Columbia, teaching ceramics.

Jay Clewis '96 is now the Mobile Product Manager at Advance Internet.

Kevin Collins '99 is a professional golfer, and a golf instructor at the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton.  

Neverne Covington '77 has a work included in Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II, an international traveling exhibition.

Susan DeMay '77 is Senior Lecturer in ceramics at Vanderbilt University.  For more of her current work see her personal website.   

Ben Dimmitt '76 is a photographer who has taught for years at the International Center of Photography in New York.  He has recently moved to Asheville, NC.  

Hope Donnelly '02 is owner and Creative Director of 8-Count Productions in Tampa.  

frje Echeverria '66 (MFA, University of Arkansas) is Professor Emeritus of Painting at the University of Northern Iowa.

Brad Ennis '10 has been a production assistant at Annie Leibovitz Studio in New York, and more recently first assistant to fashion photographers Kevin Michael Reed and Billy Kidd.  He's also managed to find time to do some of his own photography and has opened his own business.

Paul Eppling '71 is very well-known in the Tampa Bay area for his welded metal sculptures, such as these giant Armadillos at the Boyd Hill Nature Park.

Justin Erickson '03 teaches engineering technology at Haile Middle School in Manatee County.  Recently his eighth grade students successfully completed a college-level 3-d engineering software certification exam

Matt Fisher '98 earned his MFA at the Claremont Graduate school, and currently seems to be doing a little bit of  everything in Oakland, California.

Tim Flamboe PEL '07 (Masters in Illustration and Graphic Design, SCAD) is Graphics Manager at US Central Command.  

Zoe Friedman '07 earned her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and in 2014 received a grant from The Awesome Foundation to plant sunflowers all throughout Baltimore.

John Freeman '11 recently earned the MFA from the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. 

Lawrence Frey '97 is a stained glass artist, and owner of Appalachian Glass Studios in eastern Pennsylvania.  

Esther Fuldauer '92 is a painter and also a web designer/developer in Blanes, Catalonia, Spain.  

Lori Loveberry George PEL '08 is a teacher and designer in Sarasota.  Recently (2014) she exhibited with photographer Bruce Jackson at Sarasota's HuB Gallery in an exhibition titled "In Your Face: The Power of Portraiture."

Tom Gessler '72 has worked for many years as the Photographer and Preparator at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.  He also recently had an exhibition of his photographs at the Studio@620 Gallery in St. Petersburg.

Samantha Goresh '03 recently completed her Masters in Photojournalism at the University of Ohio, and is a photographer with GateHouse Media Metro Unit in Boston.

Ben Hamburger '10 spent a year (2012) painting murals and teaching art in Thailand, Cambodia and India, and he's now (2014) doing the same in Bolivia. 

Kristin Harrison ’01 (MFA, University of Texas, Austin) has worked for years as a photographer, writer and editor for national publications including National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post, Women's Running Magazine and Where International.

James Heaton '88 is President and Creative Director of the branding firm The Tronvig Group, based in Brooklyn, New York.

Katherine Hoch Hawley '03 is a teacher in the Pinellas County Schools.  She earned her MAT in Varying Exceptionalities at the University of South Florida, where she is now also a doctoral candidate in Special Education.

Stanton Hunter '80 (MFA, University of Southern California) is Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at Chaffey College in California.  

Stuart Hyatt '97 is an interdisciplinary artist and musician. His cd package design for his own collaborative recording Clouds was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award in 2006. Stuart recently earned a Masters of Architecture from Ball State University (in addition to his MFA from Indiana University), and he is a member of the M12 Collective, an innovative art and design group.  Founder of Team Records, he has most recently has been engaged in a project of mapping sounds in Indianapolis.

Marilyn Ibach '75 is a reference specialist in the Prints and Photographs pision of the Library of Congress.  Two of her recent projects have been on the subjects of historic buildings in Washington D.C. and the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

Jason Irwin '95 (MFA, USF, Tampa) lives and makes art in Brooklyn.  He was one of five artists included the 2011 ArtSlant Prize 2011 Exhibition in Miami, curated by Georgia Fee and Trong Gia Nguyen.

Martha Ensign Johnson '75 teaches printmaking at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Gabrielle Kan '10 is now (2014) enrolled in the MFA program in ceramics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Jonathan Keeton '80 continues to make his mark in the world of digital effects.  Most recently he has become Executive Creative Director at Bonfire Labs. But what he really loves and wants to spend more time doing (and exhibiting) is watercolor.

Contina Kemp '02 (M.Ed., Seattle University) is Student Engagement Coordinator at Seattle University.  

Andrea Jehn Kennedy '95 is a photographer, designer and calligrapher living and working in Colorado.  

Carol Komater PEL '04 recently had a 2-person exhibition with Rose Marie Prins at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.

Molly Landl '08 earned the Child Development Associate Credential and is now Head Teacher at a pre-school in Wyoming.

Mary Law '69 is Senior Lecturer in Ceramics at Contra Costa College, in California.

Betsy Orbe Lester PEL '93 (MFA, USF) was recently a featured artist at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.  She also regularly teaches our Visual Problem Solving course.

Andrew Long '12 is the Ceramics Lab Technical Assistant at the State College of Florida in Venice, and also teaches in the Adult Enrichment Program at the Sarasota Technical Institute.

Jessica Loving-Campos '05 has been exhibiting her paintings frequently in her home state of Colorado.  She and her husband also own a web/graphic design business there.

Jere Lykins '68 is Professor of Art and Director of the Moon Gallery at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia.

Andrea Martin '94 is Senior Associate Design Manager at Georgia Pacific LLC.

Casey McDonough '03 earned his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, and was recently Visiting Professor in Ceramics at the University of Central Arkansas.

Sydney McKenna PEL '96 owns and operates her own gallery on Anastasia Island, near St. Augustine.

Ian Meares '00 (MFA, Pennsylvania State University) was recently Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Joe Melamed '06  received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011.

Kelly Mills '78 (MVA, Georgia State University) is the Chairman of the Visual Arts Department at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

Ingram Ober '98 (MFA, Claremont Graduate School) is Chair of the Art Department at Palomar College in California. His work was included in the 2010 juried exhibition "Here Not There: San Diego Art Now" at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

Erin O’Malley ’13 had her first one-person exhibition at the Loft Art Gallery in Lakeland, Florida in August, 2013.  

Brandice Palmer '97 recently earned her Master's in Arts Administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mark Pauline '77 is founder of the San Francisco-based performance art group Survival Research Laboratories, which boasts of staging "the most dangerous shows on Earth."

Ruth Pettis ’78 has recently completed a 10-year project rendering all 154 sonnets by Shakespeare in original calligraphy.

Hugo Porcaro '92 had an one-person exhibition of his paintings at the Eve N Odd Gallery in St. Petersburg in 2012, and he is currently a featured artist at the Michel Tuegel Contemporary Art Gallery.  One of Hugo's paintings is included in the collection of the Clinton Presidential Library.  

Elaine Raybourn '85 (Ph.D, University of New Mexico) is into "serious games," and is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff for the Sandia Laboratory's Military Systems & Analysis Department. She is on assignment with Team Orlando, and engaged in research in game-based training for National Defense Acquisition University and participating in OSD studies on learning via social media, mobile devices, and immersive environments such as virtual worlds.

Tai Rogers '01 is now (2014) an MFA candidate in ceramics at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Scott Ross '97 earned his MFA in sculpture from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and is now Assistant Professor of Art at Kentucky State University.  

Matthew Runde '05 is a creative technologist, and recently earned his Masters of Mass Communications at the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Taryn Sabia-Fritz '01 (M.Arch, RISD) is a practicing architect and activist in Tampa, and co-founder and President of the Tampa Urban Charrette.

Nick Schwartz '98 owns and operates the Flynn Creek Pottery in Comptche, California.

Katie Screven PEL '11 is the Executive Director of Upstate Visual Arts, a not-for-profit organization in Greenville, SC.

Garvin Sealy '02 is enrolled in the MFA program in ceramics at the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  

Ward Shelley '72 is a New York-based sculptor and performance artist whose work has been exhibited in ten countries, featured in Art in America and Artforum, and represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum.  He was recently (March, 2014) featured on CBS News as a result of his performance work during which he lived in a very large hamster wheel for ten days.  

Lisa Sibley PEL '12 is a professional photographer now enrolled in the MFA program at Lesley University in Boston (2014).  

Zack Sierke '02 is a functional potter working out of his own studio with local clay in Fairhope, Alabama.  

Steve Smith '74 (MFA, University of Florida) has examples of his Artistamps included in the Moscow Artistamp Collection and the  Gina Lotta Post Online Artistamp Museum.

Suzanne Meyer Smith '89 is a Major Gifts Assistant at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.

Michael Specht '11 works for Apple in San Francisco, as a Camera Image Quality Engineer.  He also continues to make his own photography.

Melanie Taylor '74 (M.Arch, Yale) in an architect in New Haven, Connecticut.  She was one of the first architects to participate in building the planned community of Seaside, Florida, designing Rosewalk.

Carrie Hall Tomberlin '00 earned her MFA in Photography at Clemson University, and teaches photography at the University of North Carolina in Asheville.  

Lindsey Nahmias Turowski '06 is a graphic/web designer at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  

Mila Kollock Turtle '90 is the owner of her own graphic design firm in St. Petersburg, Turtle Moon Graphics.

Tiffany Willey '06 received her Masters in Science in Exhibit/Interior Design from Pratt Institute, and is now an exhibit designer in the Washington D. C. area.  

Mary Yates '91 earned her MA in Photography and Digital Media at the University of Louisville, and teaches photography for Spalding University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  

Zara Yost '12 is a freelance writer, and is enrolled in the Masters of Arts in New Arts Journalism program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Edgar Zabaleta '00 is Associate Creative Director at Triad Retail Media in Tampa.  

Jo Anna Zelano '09 recently earned her MFA from the Claremont Graduate School.