GVSU Art and Design

Alumni

 

Amanda

Amanda Wieczorek, (2012) has been accepted to and is attending the Royal College of Art. London, England for graduate studies in Printmaking.

http://www.rca.ac.uk/

 

Jenn Schaub

2011 CLAS Distinguished Alumna-in-Residence, Jennifer Schaub
B.F.A. in Studio Art, Printmaking Emphasis, 2002
M.P.A. in Public Administration, 2007

For over six years Jenn Schaub has focused interest in helping creative communities grow.  After graduating with a BFA with Printmaking Emphasis, from Grand Valley State University she began working with community art collectives including the lo-fi project site and The Division Avenue Arts Collective.  In 2005 she began promoting and working with the Avenue for the Arts as part of the Dwelling Place neighborhood revitalization department in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In addition to facilitating creative community problem solving her work focuses on growing healthy neighborhoods.  From promotions to attraction and retention of residents and businesses in the Heartside neighborhood she manages seven annual Avenue for the Arts events including The Market and Art.Downtown.  In 2006 she graduated with a Masters of Non-profit Administration from Grand Valley State University.  She is currently a board member of the DAAC, Marketing chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids, secretary for the Heartside Business Association and serves on the Heartside Neighborhood Association.  In her spare time she continues to make prints, hang out with her boyfriend, and enjoy life in the heart of Grand Rapids.

 

Julie Upmeyer

2009 CLAS Distinguished Alumna-in-Residence, Julie Upmeyer
B.F.A. in Studio Art, Ceramics Emphasis, 2003
www.caravansarai.info

Julie Upmeyer’s life at Grand Valley was always tied to her swimming schedule. She was on a swim scholarship, and was in the pool by 6 a.m. or earlier nearly every morning. She received Induction to the GVSU Athletic Hall of Fame for her 9 times All-American in 4 different swimming categories from the Athletic Department. As busy as she was, her first commitment was to her chosen work, art, in general, and ceramics, and later mixed media and repurposed materials. In addition to that, she was the inveterate explorer. She always wanted to know more, pushing the edges of any idea. She left Grand Valley State University with 3 major permanently installed works of considerable size: the huge “pill capsules” in the Health Science Building, the interactive wheels in the downstairs north eating area of the Student Center, and a mural jointly made by Julie and another student in the Alumni House.

Julie is currently an artist and initiator based in Istanbul working with everyday materials and space: paper, plastic, food, the internet, her home, the street. Born in 1980 in Detroit, her work as an artist has been highly influenced by this repurposing of everyday materials, with an emphasis on interaction and process-based practice. Curiosity lead her to work with Res Artis, the international network of artist residencies, and a three-year nomadic life - working in India, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Greece.

Having been first invited to Istanbul, Turkey as an artist-in-resident in 2006, it is now a base for her artistic practice. She initiated Caravansarai in 2007, an independent project space and meeting point in Istanbul, an open exploration of the interactive possibilities of food, space and the internet.

 

2007 CLAS Distinguished Alumna-in-Residence, Jo Hormuth
B.F.A. in Studio Art, Painting and Printmaking Double Emphases, 1981
johormuth.net

Jo Hormuth was in born Grand Rapids and raised in Rockford. Her involvement in art started at a very early age. Following extensive travel throughout the US and studies at Western Michigan University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Ms. Hormuth found herself back in Michigan in 1978. She enrolled that year at GVSC and in 1979 was the recipient of the Calder Fine Arts Scholarship. Her studies included a semester at the Slade School of Art in London. After graduating from GVSC she went on to receive her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1983). She has exhibited in Europe, Japan and throughout the U.S.. Venues include The New Museum, NYC; ARCO, Madrid; Donald Young, Chicago; Deven Golden, NYC. Her public collections include: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago; The MacArthur Foundation; Rogers Park Library, Chicago; Chicago Transit Authority. Her work is also part of the Grand Valley State University collection with two sculptures on the Allendale Campus as well as an installation in Muskegon for the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

After completing her graduate studies Ms. Hormuth worked on the restoration of many churches for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A growing interest in restoration and preservation coupled with a lifelong interest in painting materials and techniques led her to found Chicago Architectural Arts in 1984. Her projects have received many national preservation awards. Initially, the primary focus of CAA had been the research, recovery and restoration of painted decoration in historically significant interiors. Services have come to also include site planning, architectural drawings, collection contextualization, interpretation of period interiors and lecturing. Ms. Hormuth has been involved in many Frank Lloyd Wright restorations including: Meyer May House, Grand Rapids; Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park IL; Avery Coonley House, Riverside IL and she is currently working on the historic paint treatments in four more FLW houses. She has recreated period rooms for: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow; Wolfsonian Museum, Miami; and currently the Dallas Museum of Art. She has worked on Macintosh projects for The National Trust for Scotland. Over the past 18 years she has worked intensively with the vast Gustav Stickley and Arts and Crafts collections at Crab Tree Farm, Lake Bluff, IL.

 

William Lieberman

2006 Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, William Lieberman
Director, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery

 

Hubert Massey

2001 Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, HUBERT MASSEY
B.A. in Studio Art, 1981
www.hubertmasseymurals.com

Before his graduation from Grand Valley State University, Hubert Massey, ‘81, was selected by the University to study art at the University of London. There, he learned the importance of combining art and architecture in the initial phases of construction. For the next 12 years, Massey worked as a pictorial painter for Gannet Outdoor Sign Company. During this time, he began his self-study of art restoration and conservation. With this knowledge, Massey has been commissioned to join in several artistic programs such as the Detroit Council of the Arts, Detroit Summer Youth Employment Program, and the Advanced Gifted and Talented Program.

Under the guidance of Stephen Dimitroff and Lucienne Bloch, two apprentices of Diego Rivera, Massey participated in a Fresco workshop in 1995. His fresco, Importing and Exporting of Knowledge is displayed in the Richard DeVos building at Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus. Other pieces include his mural Death of Hector, petrograph carving History of Detroit, and a trompe l’oeil (trick the eye) painting at the University of Michigan.

Massey has been Artist in Residence for the Ruth Mott Foundation and Grand Valley State University. He has earned other such recognitions as the Spirit of Detroit Award, winner of the Terrazzo Floor Design Contest (where his piece, Genealogy, is still on display). He is also the recipient of the Dr. Alain Locke Recognition Award, as well as a membership to the National Society of Mural Painters in New York.

Massey is currently president of Hubert Massey Murals which focuses on creating community art projects. He and his wife, Marquitta, have four children.

CLAS Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence Program

 

Selected Alumni by Emphasis Area
 
Art History
Evelyn Derico:  Associate Webmaster, Time Out New York
 
Art Education
Becca Guyette (Schaub): Director of Educational Programs, UICA
Rosemary Haugen: Director of Art Program, Salvation Army Kroc Center
Mary Hall (Powell): Elementary Art Teacher, Traverse City Public Schools
 
Illustration
Jesse Gregg: Animator, imdb
Laura Mayes: Illustrator, lauramayes.com; Designer, Hallmark
Kim Knoper (Main): Senior Scientific/Medical Illustrator, New England Journal of Medicine
Loreen Hospodar: Owner, Reenie Rose
Allyson Haller: Freelance Illustrator, allysonhaller.com
 
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Robyn Kane: Metalsmith, robynkane.com
David Huang: Metalsmith, davidhuang.org
 
Printmaking
Jenn Schaub: Neighborhood Revitalization Department Program Manager,  Dwelling Place
Chad Pastotnic: Founder, Deep Woods Press
Emily Koehler, Printmaker, studioegk.com
Amanda Wieczorek, Graduate school at Royal College of Art, London. http://www.rca.ac.uk/
 
Sculpture
Paul Amenta: Founder, Site-Lab
Jon Chambers: Sculptor,  jonchambersart.com
 
 

 

 

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