Alumni

Welcome alumni! 

Our alumni are an important part of the College of Fine Arts community. Please stay in touch by updating your contact information and sending us your news. Check out what your fellow alums are up to in our Alumni Spotlight section. If you're nearby, stop by to say hello, and while you're here, support current students by coming to one of their many performances, exhibitions and events.

You can learn more about departmental activities by visiting their Alumni websites:

 

Feature Stories

Vanessa Paumen discusses her work as a curator at Belgium museum

Tuesday, November 22, 2016   |  Department of Art and Art History
Vanessa Paumen

Vanessa Paumen (B.A., Art History, 1997) is a curator at the Groeningemuseum in Belgium. She recently answered questions about her work, her interest in the subject of law and justice and the advice she has for students interested in becoming curators.

Theatre Alumnus finds longevity designing sets for NCIS

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
James Walters poses for a photo next to Mark Harmon

James Walters has spent nearly 40 years working in set design in Los Angeles. For the past decade, he’s enjoyed the stability of working on NCIS—a popular crime drama in its 14th season.

Art History alumnus appointed international art curator at Tate in London

Monday, October 31, 2016   |  Tate
Michael Wellen sits in front of a floral wall

Michael Wellen (M.A. 2005; Ph.D., Art History, 2012) was appointed as the curator of international art at the Tate Modern in London, where he will focus on further developing the Latin American art representation in the Tate’s collection and exhibition program.

Alumni Spotlight

Eric Benson publishes book for graphic designers

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   |  Re-Nourish
Re-Nourish Book Cover

Eric Benson (M.F.A., Design, 2006) published the book Design to Renourish (CRC Press) this fall. The book is for graphic designers and helps to integrate sustainability into their workflow through a design process called systems thinking. This process asks the graphic designer to approach a design problem by being more informed and aware of and influenced by the impacts that material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet and consequently on people.