Graduates: or…whatever can one do with a degree in ART?
Since our first senior class in 1964 we have graduated nearly 600 majors in Visual Arts, many of whom have gone on to earn graduate degrees in a variety of fields. Since 2006 our graduates have earned advanced degrees from, or are enrolled in graduate programs at institutions such as Goddard College, Savannah College of Art & Design, Pratt Institute, San Francisco Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ohio University, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of New Mexico, Southern Illinois University, University of Kentucky, Seattle University, Pennsylvania State University, George Mason University, University of Missouri, University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, Claremont Graduate School, University of Indiana at Bloomington, Lesley University, Ball State University, American University, Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland), Watkins College of Art, Mills College of Art and the Burren College of Art (Ireland).
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, printmaking, visual effects, computer graphics, ceramics, functional pottery, jewelry, stained glass, painting, architecture, art direction, fashion design, community-based arts, film production, exhibition design, arts consulting, communications, performance art, woodworking, calligraphy, urban planning, theatre set design, lighting design, gallery owning, branding, landscape architecture, 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, antiques, online networking, computer programming, music, military intelligence, social work, massage therapy, golf instruction, nursing, nutrition, youth ministry, law, radiology, real estate, and the list goes on!
Selected Visual Arts alumni updates
Margaret Brommelsiek ‘80 is Associate Research Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Missouri / Kansas City, and has spent many years developing interdisciplinary programs between the fine arts and other academic subjects.
Grace-Anne Alfiero ‘04 (MFA, Goddard) is past President and CEO at Arts in Action in Philadelphia, a consulting firm for non-profit organizations, and in 2019 became Vice President of Evergreen Life Services, whose mission is to serve, provide for and champion individuals with disabilities. She was founder of Creative Clay in St. Petersburg, and served as its Executive Director until 2011.
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. In 2017, nine of Brown’s large bronze figures were displayed on Broadway for a period of six months; 12 were also exhibited on the beach in Sanya, China (below).
Pamela Callender ’07 received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and she now is an art exhibitions curator for the Fogartyville Media and Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida. She also recently taught a course for us in Environmental Art.
Jeffrey Carr ’74 is Exhibitions and Collections Manager of the Kennedy Museum of Art, at Ohio University.
Denise Choppin ’74 (MFA, FSU) is a graphic designer and mixed-media artist in Tallahassee.
Bede Clarke ’83 (MFA, University of Iowa) is Professor of Art at the University of Missouri at Columbia, teaching ceramics.
Kevin Collins ’99 is a professional golf instructor at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Neverne Covington ’77 is a painter, printmaker and book artist in St. Petersburg.
Carolanne Currier ’69 has taken on a second career as a ceramic artist after spending many years as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Lisa Daily ’03 earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at George Mason University, and is now on the faculty at NYU.
Ben Dimmitt ’76 is a photographer who taught for years at the International Center of Photography in New York. He recently moved to Asheville, NC.
Hope Donnelly ’02 is owner and Creative Director of 8-Count Productions in Tampa.
Dawn Regan Ellenburg ’86 has been the Creative Director at Eckerd College since 2004.
frje Echeverria ’66 (MFA, University of Arkansas) is Professor Emeritus of Painting at the University of Northern Iowa.
Brad Ennis ’10 has been a photo assistant and production assistant at Annie Leibovitz studio in New York, and he now works full time as first assistant to photographer Billy Kidd.
The late Paul Eppling ’71 was very well-known in the Tampa Bay area for his welded metal sculptures. May 8, 2014 was celebrated as Paul Eppling Day in St. Petersburg, a tribute to the remarkable works he made for the community.
Matt Fisher ’98 (MFA, Claremont Graduate U) is an artist, writer, editor and web developer in Oakland, California. A work in collaboration with Finishing School, “We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust” received national media attention in April, 2014.
Zoe Friedman ’07 earned her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She works in photography, video, installations and finely cut paper. Zoe recently spent six months traveling around the world on a Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, and in 2019 she will be having a one-person exhibition in Copenhagen.
Esther Rodriguez Fuldauer ’92 is a painter, and also a UX/UI designer in Blanes, Catalonia, Spain.
Lori Loveberry George ’08 is an artist and teacher in Sarasota.
Samantha Goresh ’03 earned her Masters in Photojournalism at the University of Ohio, and is a freelance photographer in Boston.
Ben Hamburger ’10 earned his MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland College Institute of Art. His thesis work at MICA explored the consequences of urban development in Baltimore; it was reviewed in the Baltimore press, and also featured in an interview on NPR. More recently Ben’s paintings depicting the removal of Confederate monuments in North Carolina received press coverage as well.
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, and founder of Team Records. His cd package design for his own collaborative recording Clouds was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award in 2006. Stu 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 Studio, an innovative art and design collective that explores the aesthetics of rural cultures and landscapes. In 2018, with the Field Works Collective, he composed and premiered a new album with a sold-out live performance from deep inside the Cave Without a Name, near Bourne, Texas. In 2019, Stuart was honored by being named a National Geographic Explorer. And in 2020 Stu’s recording “Ultrasonic” was reviewed in the New York Times.
D.J. Jackson ’12 is now an independent scientific illustrator.
Martha Ensign Johnson ’75 is now retired from teaching printmaking at Westmont College, and currently lives and works in Asheville, NC.
Blaze Birge Jones ’98 was a founding member of the Flynn Creek Circus in Mendocino County, California, committed to “pushing tradition to the edge.” Blaze is Creative Director of the circus, and specializes as a trapeze artist. The “Daring Jones Duo” won the Silver Medal at the International Circus Festival in Izhevsk, Russia, in March, 2014.
Gabrielle Kan ’10 earned her MFA in ceramics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now teaches there.
Andrea Jehn Kennedy ’95 is a photographer, designer, calligrapher (and nutritionist) living and working in Colorado.
Betsy Lagana ’69 is a designer, printmaker, fabric artist and writer living in Bradenton, Florida.
Mary Law ’69 (MFA, Alfred U) is Senior Lecturer in Ceramics at Contra Costa College, in California.
Alexandra del Rio Loftus ’06 (MFA, Pratt Institute) is a photographer based in Mount Desert, Maine.
Jessica Loving-Campos ’05 has been exhibiting her paintings frequently in her home state of Colorado. Recently she and a friend co-founded Artboss, an arts advisory firm. Jessica and her husband also own a web/graphic design business there.
Devin McDonald ’10 has recently earned her MFA at the University of Missouri / Columbia (where Bede Clarke ’83 is on the faculty.)
Casey McDonough ’03 (MFA, RISD) has been a resident artist at the Morean Center for Clay, Red Lodge Clay Center and the Hjorring Kunstmuseum in Denmark, as well as apprentice to Don Reitz. He has also taught at Cedar Crest College and the University of Central Arkansas.
Barbara McFadyen ’74 is a metalsmith and enamelist who has been designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for over four decades. Barbara received her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University, and has exhibited with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, and the Enamelist Society.
Ian Meares ’00 earned his MFA in Studio Practice at Pennsylvania State University, and more recently an MFA in Critical & Curatorial Practice, at the University of California Irvine, Irvine California. He now teaches at the University of Illinois.
Joe Melamed ’06 earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Ingram Ober ’98 (MFA, Claremont Graduate U) teaches sculpture and foundry at Palomar College in California. He and his partner Marisol Rendon recently installed a sculpture at the Underwater Museum of Art in the Florida Panhandle that now serves as an artificial reef.
Erin O’Malley ’13 recently earned her MFA program in Studio Art at Mills College, concentrating in photography.
Lia Nydes ’15 spent many months as a photography and video intern with the National Park Service in Alaska, and in 2019 was accepted into the MFA program at American University.
Brandi Palmer ‘97 earned her Master’s in Arts Administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is now the Director of Marketing at Florida Trend Magazine.
Beth Mueller ’77 has her own production company, featuring ceramics, clothing and paper products of her design.
Kirk Palmer ’10 earned his MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and recently (2018) had a residency at the Penland School of Crafts.
Conor Pickett ’13 is Operations Manager at Clay by the Bay Pottery in San Francisco.
Elaine Raybourn ’85 (Ph.D. University of New Mexico) is engaged in research with Sandia Labs, investigating the learning experience design of immersive transmedia ecosystems to support informal learning, ubiquitous computing, and the anthropology of next generation learners’ interactions with future learning technology. Watch her present in this 2015 TEDx talk.
Tai Rogers ’01 earned his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, and is now the shop coordinator there in the School of Art & Design.
Scott Ross ’97 earned his MFA in sculpture from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and recently taught at Linfield College in Oregon.
Maggie Sanger ’15 is a designer and installation artist in Nashville, and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Watkins College of Art.
Nick Schwartz ’98 owns and operates the Flynn Creek Pottery in Comptche, California.
Garvin Sealy ’02 earned his MFA at the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and now works at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, helping to develop collaborations and partnerships among the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Ward Shelley ’72 is a sculptor and performance artist whose work has been exhibited in ten countries, is often featured in Art in America and Artforum, and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and other major museums. In 2014 he was featured on CBS News as a result of his performance collaboration with artist Alex Schweder during which he lived in a very large hamster wheel for ten days. More recent collaborations with Alex Schweder, ReActor (2016) and “Slow Teleport” (2019) have gained international attention.
Lisa Sibley ’12 recently earned her MFA at Lesley University in Boston. She is a professional photographer, and recently has taught courses for us here at Eckerd.
Zack Sierke ’02 is a functional potter working out of his own studio with local clays in Fairhope, Alabama.
Leslie Simons ’97 is owner and president of Simons Designs, working as art director, wardrobe stylist, and set and props designer, while also working in retail display and residential design.
Michael Specht ’11 works for Apple in San Francisco, as a Camera Image Quality Engineer, in helping develop iPhone technology. 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.
Lindsey Nahmias Turowski ’06 is a digital brand manager 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.
Merry Vasterling ’06 is an art teacher at the Perkins Elementary Arts Magnet program in St. Petersburg.
Hallie Rae Ward ’12 is Business Manager & Art Director at the Art for the People Gallery in Austin, Texas, and regularly exhibits there.
Jan Wiley ’78 is an artist in Tallahassee, and also serves as the Design & Communications Director of the Mission San Luis Living History Museum there.
Tiffany Willey ’06 received her Masters in Science in Exhibit/Interior Design from Pratt Institute, and is now an exhibit designer for Gallagher and Associates, 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.
Zara Yost ’12 earned her Masters of Arts in New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now is the Gallery Operations Manager at the Boston Society of Architects Space.