Visual Arts Graduates

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

Since our first senior class in 1964 we have graduated nearly 500 majors in Visual Arts, and many have gone on to graduate school in a variety of fields. Among our Visual Arts majors who have graduated 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 (2), Rhode Island School of Design (2), International Academy of Design and Technology, Pratt Institute (2), San Francisco Art Institute (3), Maryland Institute College of Art, 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, Naropa University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Emory School of Law, Claremont Graduate School, University of Indiana at Bloomington, Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland), University of York (England), Burren College of Art (Ireland), Ball State University, 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 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 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 (and several other Eckerd alumni) formed a circus in Mendocino County, California, a “fusion of performing and visual arts.” Blaze specializes as a trapeze artist.

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

Margaret Brommelsiek PEL '80 is now an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor 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.

Charles Caldwell '72 works for the architectural firm of McAlpine Tankersley in Montgomery, Alabama.

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 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 is Professor of Art at the University of Missouri at Columbia, teaching ceramics.

Jay Clewis '96 was for years Editor-in-Chief at, but now he has moved up to become Mobile Product Manager at Advance Internet.

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.

Ben Dimmitt '76 is a photographer in New York who teaches at the International Center of Photography.

frje Echeverria '66 recently retired as Professor 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 photographer Kevin Michael Reed.  He's also managed to find time to do some of his own photography and plans to soon open 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 is a middle-school teacher in Manatee County, Florida. 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.

Zoe Friedman '07 has just earned her MFA (June, 2012) at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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

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 is completing her Masters in Photojournalism at the University of Ohio.

Ben Hamburger '10   has just returned (2012) from a year of painting murals and teaching art in Thailand, Cambodia and India.

Kristin Harrison ’01 has worked for years as a photographer, writer and editor.

James Heaton '88 is partner in the luxury-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 is Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at Chaffey College in California.  

Stuart Hyatt '97 is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and collaborator. His cd package design for his own collaborative recording Clouds was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award in 2006. Stuart is now (2011-12) enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning.

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 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 has just completed a year-long residency in ceramics (2011-12) at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center in New York

Jonathan Keeton '80 continues to make his mark in the world of digital effects. Following his time as co-founder and Creative Director at radium (which was bought by Reel-FX) he was for the past two years Executive Creative Director at Pixomondo Public Art, and 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.

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 was recently a featured artist at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.  She also regularly teaches our Visual Problem Solving course!

Alicia Loomis PEL '06 is an Elementary Art Teacher at the Suncoast School for Innovative Studies in Sarasota County. She also recently won first place at a juried art show at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg.

Jessica Loving '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 was recently (February, 2011) a resident artist at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. In 2012-13 he will mark his second year as 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 is an Assistant Professor of Art at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

Kelli Newton '98 is a photographer and designer, and Lecturer at Tunxis Community College and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Ingram Ober '98 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 is pursuing 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.

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

Tai Rogers '01 is now 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 a Masters candidate in Mass Communications at the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Taryn Sabia-Fritz '01 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 has been appointed Executive Director of Upstate Visual Arts, a not-for-profit organization in Greenville, SC.

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.

Steve Smith '74 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 Quality Assessment/Assurance Engineer.

Melanie Taylor '74 was one of the first architects to participate in building the planned community of Seaside, Florida, designing Rosewalk.

Carrie Hall Tomberlin '00 teaches photography at the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

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

Dara Vance '95 teaches at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts magnet program in St. Petersburg.

Jo Anna Zelano '09 has been accepted into the MFA program at the Claremont Graduate School.

During the course of our alumni exhibition of 2004, the art critic for the St. Petersburg Times, Lennie Bennett, wrote this review.

Selected recent works by Visual Arts alumni, included in the 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition (2008):