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Department of Art and Design

Padnos Artist

Meet Nayda Collazo-Llorens, currently our Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence. (Read more)

What are our alumni doing today?


"A liberal arts college encouraged me to listen and learn from multiple sources within and outside my area of emphasis. I find my own work is better when I seek outside influence and advice."

Allyson Haller, B.F.A. Illustration, 2004


Our alumni go on to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. From community focused organizations, to building their own business, to taking positions in art direction, design, manufacturing, and art production. Many others go on to further their fine arts education around the world.

Selected Alumni per Emphasis Area

The list below highlights the accomplishments of a selected group of GVSU alumni to date. 


Art Education

Information on the Art Education area can be found here

Zyra Castillo
Edify Education Consultant, Kent ISD

Becca Guyette (Schaub)
Teen Program Director, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT)

Mary Hall (Powell)
Elementary Art Teacher, Traverse City Public Schools

Rosemary Haugen
North Oakview Elementary Art Teacher, Northview Public Schools

Kelly Junis
Middle School Art Teacher, Greenville Public Schools


Art History

Information on the Art History area can be found here

Our program is quite young, but alumni have attended MA and PhD programs devoted to museum studies, historical administration and public history, as well as art history. Students have pursued advanced degrees at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Eastern Illinois University, George Mason University in Virginia, Northeastern University in Boston, the University of Denver, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

After completing their advanced degrees, alumni have gone on to work in collections management, art co-ops, archival collections, as well as pursued curatorial work in galleries and museums. Many of our graduates have chosen not to pursue graduate study putting the transferrable skills stressed in the program to good use as they pursued careers in technology, publishing, arts practice, and teaching English overseas.



Information on the Ceramics area can be found here

Jeremy Brooks
MFA, Alfred University, Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL,

Brian Caponi
MFA, Alfred University, The Ceramics Instructor at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Nathan Dorotiak
MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Teacher at Arthur E. Canty Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Dean Foster
MFA, University of Montana, Missoula, Ceramics Instructor at The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT,

Chris Scamehorn
MFA, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL, Professional Studio Potter Instructor at CMS Ceramics Fairfield, IA,


Graphic Design

Information on the Graphic Design area can be found here

Amanda Northrop
Graphic Designer, Vox Media, Washington, DC

Kyle DeGroff
Creative Director, Barfly Grand Rapids, MI

Ryan Fitzgibbon
Hello Mr. Brooklyn, NY

Kuu Hubbard
Product Designer at, Chicago, IL

Jesse Hora
Make and Co. Chicago, IL

Ian Macnider
Apple Inc, Cupertino, CA

Corey Price
Hook, Minneapolis, MN

Amber Stout
Designer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

Andy Van Solkema
Visualhero Design Co. Grand Rapids, MI

Eliza Von Hagen
Hook Studios, Ann Arbor, MI

Valerie Waldbauer
True Fabrications, Seattle, WA



Information on the Illustration area can be found here

Eric Ervine
Senior Graphics Editor and Art Department Manager, The Onion, Chicago, IL

Jesse Gregg
Animator, imdb

Allyson Haller
Freelance Illustrator,

Jimmy Hasse
Senior Graphics Editor and Art Department Manager, The Onion, Chicago, IL

Geoffrey Holstad
Cabin Time Artist Residency Designer, Patagonia

Loreen Hospodar
Owner and Artist for Reenie Rose, Chicago, IL

Kim Knoper (Main)
Senior Scientific/Medical Illustrator, New England Journal of Medicine

Laura Mayes
Illustrator,; Designer, Hallmark


Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Information on the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area can be found here

Peter Antor
MFA, Jewelry Metalsmithing Edinboro University,

David Huang
Independent Metalsmith,

Abbey Hunter Blodgett
Full-time Welder at Founders Brewery Founder of Hot Spot, Grand Rapids, MI

Jessica Scimeca
Dental Lab Technician, Davis Dental Lab, Wyoming, MI

Alec Zielinski
Bench Jeweler, Jensen’s Jewelers, Hudsonville, MI



Information on the Painting area can be found here

Angela Bryant
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Artist, Curator and Director at Dominican University

Shanna Shearer
Campus Director, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

Marion Siebert
Art Director, Brightly Grand Rapids, MI 

Casey St Louis
Master of Art Therapy/Counseling, Southern Illinois University Art Therapist, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St Louis, MO

Julia Victor
Art History Graduate Student Artist in Residence, West Side School for the Desperate, Chicago, IL



Information on the Printmaking area can be found here

Todd Freeman
Independent Artist

Kim Hindman
Professor, University of Memphis

Katie Platte
Studio Manager, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Jenny Pope
Independent Artist, JPOP Studios

Lisa Price
Founder and Proprietor of Artgoodies

Adrienne Quint
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Jenn Schaub
Director at Dwelling Place and Avenue for the Arts, Dwelling Place

Lisa Sweet
Professor of Printmaking, Evergreen College

Amanda Wieczorek
MFA program at Royal College of Art, London.



Information on the Sculpture area can be found here

Paul Amenta
MFA, School of Visual Arts,  Co-Founder and Curator at Site-Lab

Kyle Fleet
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art,  Industrial Designer at Herman Miller/Hayworth

Giles Hefferan
MFA, Tyler School of Art, Preparator at Pace Gallery, NY

Ashley Lieber
MFA, University of Michigan, Independent Artist

Alison Stehlik
MFA, Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay


Visual Studies

Information on the Visual Studies area can be found here

Dulcee Boehm
Staff, Oxbow School of Art,

Kate Garman
Assistant Designer, The Scott Group,

Steve Koller
Web Developer, Pillar Technology

Megan Oswald
River City Scholars, Elementary School, Grand Rapids, MI

Jessica Pleyel
MFA, University of Iowa,

Michael Wolf
Division Avenue Arts, Collective Dwelling Place, Grand Rapids, MI,