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Alumni

During the past few years, students completing their second year of study in the Visual Arts Program were awarded merit scholarships, largely on the basis of portfolio presentations, to the following schools and universities: Atlanta College of Art, Boston Museum School, California College of Arts and Crafts, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons School of Design, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Pratt Institute and Washington University. Visual arts alumni currently are working in the fields of animation, architecture, arts education, fabric design, fashion, film and video production, gallery management, graphic design, illustration, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture.

 

Lauren Frances Adams

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Lauren Frances Adams graduated from UNCSA in 1998.  She attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she studied art and art history and co-curated and co-founded the series of LOOM shows at the Chatham Label Mill. After graduation, she received the Phillips Scholarship for European travel and was an Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence in Raleigh, N.C.  In 2007, Adams gained her Master of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award.

Adams' primary work features painting, drawing, printmaking and sometimes video and performance in the context of installation works. Adams has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte; the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa.; an ex-Turkish bathhouse in Belgrade, Serbia; Fraction Workspace in Chicago, Ill., Branch Gallery in Carrboro/Durham, N.C.; and the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. Recent work has been included in group shows at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Rebus Works, Raleigh; and CUE Art Foundation, Chelsea, N.Y.  She has collaborated on a number of projects involving performance, video, sculpture and camera obscuras. She also initiated and fostered the TAI+LEE Gallery from 2006-07.  

Adams currently resides in St. Louis, Mo., where she is an assistant professor of painting at Washington University in St. Louis. Recently, she completed a residency at the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming.

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Joel Beck

Joel Beck studied at the Boston Museum School after graduating from NCSA. His exhibitions include the Flag Gallery, Harcus Gallery, Fitchburg Art Museum, Newport Art Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Beck has received three Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarships and in 1988 was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting. In 1998 he founded Roebling Hall, a gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Shannon Brinkley

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Shannon Brinkley graduated from the Visual Arts Program of UNCSA in 2001. Parallel to her undergraduate work, Brinkley also studied at the Ox-Bow School of Arts in Michigan and the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in Scotland. In 2005, she completed her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her background in painting, printmaking and material studies was both technical and conceptual, leading her to pursue art outside of the gallery setting. 

Brinkley’s continued work in the arts is focused on arts education and creative development. She has worked extensively with communities in urban Chicago and rural South Africa, bringing together topics in sexual assault, mental health, HIV/AIDS and poverty through the visual arts. Brinkley now resides in rural South Africa. There she works as the operations manager for a community arts centre, where she is helping to establish new initiatives in the creative arts.

Paintings and prints of Brinkley’s can be viewed in the collections of the Chicago Transit Authority, University of North Carolina, and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and have been exhibited at galleries in Chicago, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, and Mount Holly, N.C. 

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David Ellis

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David Ellis received his B.F.A. from Cooper Union, New York, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He is the founder of an artists’ collaborative team called The Barnstormers, a collective of artists, designers and friends. Since 1999, Ellis, along with partner Michael Houston, has led the group with as many as 30 participants (from as far away as Japan), to create large-scale, post-graffiti murals on a series of old barns, tractor-trailers, shacks, and farm equipment in Cameron, N.C. His public art projects can also be seen on industrial buildings in Brooklyn and on the exteriors of Mo Jo Trucking vehicles. His exhibitions include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, and Jessica Murray Projects in New York. His “Paint on Trucks” installation was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Jenny Kiehn

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Jenny Kiehn (born Jenny Hamil) grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, N.C. In 1997, she moved to Winston-Salem to study visual arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating in 2000. 

That same year, she moved to New York City to study sculpture and photography at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Upon graduating from Cooper in 2003, she moved to London, where she worked as a commercial photographer.  She now lives in Reading, United Kingdom, with her husband. She teaches art at Icknield Community College and works as an artist in her studio.

Kiehn creates a blend of textiles, photography and sculpture which is often based around personal themes such as emotional attachment and portraiture.  Selected exhibitions include Take Off at New Greenham Arts in Newbury, U.K., and At Play 3 at South Hill Park in Bracknell, U.K. 

 

Derrick Little

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Derrick Little completed the Visual Arts Program at UNCSA in 1992 and also studied film directing at UNCSA from 1994-1996. He was a recipient of The Semans Art Grant through UNCSA and used his grant to travel through India photographing holy men and prostitutes in Calcutta.  After showing that photographic portfolio at the UNCSA Visual Arts Gallery, Little moved to New York and began his career as a performance artist which then led him into the world of theatrical makeup.

Little’s makeup artistry has been featured on “The Martha Stewart Show” and his private clients include Madonna and Donald Trump. Little won theatre-industry acclaim for his makeup designs created for the Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway show "The Lily's Revenge" (by Taylor Mac in 2009), and has won awards at the International Face and Body Art Convention in Florida as well as the Canadian Body Art Championships in British Columbia.

Art industry experts including the project curator for American Art at the San Diego Museum of Art have praised his style and recognized his body art as "compelling," "inspired" and "historic."

Little currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., and works both in New York City and abroad.

www.bodyartbyderrick.com

 

Cristin Millett

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Cristin Millet continued her education at Kent State University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. Recognizing her true direction as a sculptor, she enrolled at Arizona State University, where she received her Master of Fine Arts in 1996. Currently an associate professor of art at Penn State, Millett teaches sculpture courses at all levels, including foundry and installation art. Prior to her appointment at Penn State, she taught four years at the University of Maine as an assistant professor of art and built the sculpture and foundry program. She has also taught courses in foundations and sculpture at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, and Phoenix College. Millett’s work has been exhibited in numerous one- and two-person exhibitions, including the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago; ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) in Athens, Ga.; the Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport; the Icehouse in Phoenix, Ariz.; the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va. Her work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Tucson Museum of Art, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, and the Grounds for Sculpture in Mercerville, N.J. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Sculpture, Art Papers, Time Out Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune. Millett has received numerous grants for both her research and teaching, including an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2007 and Faculty Research Grants from Penn State and the University of Maine. A 2001 Djerassi Residency in Woodside, Calif., funded her examination of historical and contemporary societal perceptions of human anatomy. In 2004, she received a three-month residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, N.Y. While in residence there, she created Teatro Anatomico, an installation based on her research on anatomy theaters. This piece examines the gendered power relationships created among the inhabitants of the space depending on their roles and locations within the installation.

 

Rusty Mills

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Rusty Mills' career in the animation industry has spanned more than 20 years. He has worked as an animator on projects such as AN AMERICAN TAIL, "Garfield's Thanksgiving Special," and “Sport Goofy: Soccermania"; as a director on the first 65 episodes of “Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs”; and as a producer of “Animaniacs” and “Pinky and the Brain” series. Mills has received 11 Emmy nominations and has won five Emmy Awards in addition to a Peabody. He has produced 165 shows for broadcast television. He has also built websites and consulted for graphic software companies. In 2003 he directed a pilot for Disney and recently worked on the 3D show "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and the new series "The Replacements." He continues to follow his roots in animation and visual arts by animating his own short film and doing “plein air” oil painting.

 

Miranda Pfeiffer

Miranda Pfeiffer continued her education at the Maryland Institute College of Art receiving a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Her films have appeared in the Maryland Film Festival, Receiver Fest in South Carolina, and The Northside Film Festival in Brooklyn. She has also directed animated music videos for the bands, Celebration and Soft Cat. In conjunction with her films, Pfeiffer creates large-scale graphite drawings. Though rendered in miniscule mechanical pencils, many of these drawings span over eight feet long.

In 2011, Pfeiffer received a Chair's Prize from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The grant funded a visit to South Korea to complete a series of animations onsite, atop the mountains of Seoul. In 2012, The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund awarded Pfeiffer a B-Grant, culminating in an exhibition of large-scale graphite drawings at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Following this, the Baker Fund awarded Pfeiffer the Nancy Harrigan Prize. Recently, Pfeiffer has exhibited at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, The Exquisite Corpse Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI, and The Cambridge Art Association. Pfeiffer's drawings appear within the Drawing Center's curated slide registry. She is a frequent contributor to such publications as Schematic Quarterly and Spiral Cinema's Video on Paper, as well as a member of Current Space, an artist-run gallery located in downtown Baltimore.

www.mirandapfeiffer.com

 

Sarah Greene Reed

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Sarah Greene Reed studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and the SPEOS Photography Institute in Paris France. In 1994 she obtained a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and, in 1996, a Graduate Certificate from the Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York. Since 2006, Sarah has taught Digital Imaging and Collage at the Art School of the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, TX. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;

www.sarahgreenereed.com

 

Case Simmons

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Case Simmons went on to study painting and new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. Since then he has been collaborating with fellow UNCSA alumni Andrew Burke. Burke received his master’s degree in Music from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Recent exhibitions have included 2010’s “If Not Winter” at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.; 2009’s “Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture at Chicago’s Front Forty Press in the Hyde Park Art Center; and 2008’s “You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth at Kim Light’s Light Box gallery in Los Angeles. Other recent venues include Art Basel Miami Beach, Bew Langton Art in San Francisco, Blackspace Gallery in Oakland, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco. Their work has been acquired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York and is also in the collection of DigiSynd, the Burbank, Calif., -based social media division of The Walt Disney Company.

www.simmonsandburke.com

 

Damian Stamer

Damian Stamer studied painting and German at Arizona State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2007. Stamer also won a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed him to travel to Hungary to help build an English-speaking volunteer program at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest while continuing to study painting at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to graduation, his work was shown in "Divergence," a solo honors thesis exhibition at Step Gallery of Arizona State in Tempe.

 

Randy Wray

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Randy Wray is a painter currently living in New York City. He received his B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His exhibitions in New York include Derek Eller Gallery, Jack Tilton Gallery, Alona Kagan Gallery, SVA Museum, Schroeder Romero Gallery, Thread Waxing Space, David Beitzel Gallery, Universal Concepts Unlimited, Ferragamo Windows, Silverstein Gallery, Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, and White Columns. Wray has also exhibited in California, North Carolina, Florida, Austria, Brazil, and Argentina. In 2002 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in painting.

www.randywray.net

 

Sean Yseult

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Sean Yseult has been a resident of New Orleans for more than six years. She received her B.F.A. from the Parsons School of Design in New York, focusing on photography and graphic design. She co-founded and played bass for the rock group White Zombie and since the break up of the band has become a noted catalyst for the Crescent City music scene. She has recently been creating artwork independently (left) and in collaboration with artist Louis St. Lewis (above). Her exhibitions include Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans, Gallery Lombard in Texas, Lee Hainsley Gallery in North Carolina, the CBGB’s Gallery in New York, and the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.