Newsletter Spring 2019

Student and Alumni Professional News

Student Professional News

Mike Adams (cohort ’13)

  • For the past few years, Mike Adams has been teaching studio art, art appreciation, and art history courses for both DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA and Vincennes University in Bremerton, WA. He maintains an active studio practice in ceramics, sculpture, and painting.

  • In May 2019, he will present a paper entitled “A (Tiger’s) Leap into the Past” at the Salish Sea Aesthetics Workshop in Vancouver, BC, which seeks a synthesis of the aesthetic theories of Henri Bergson and Walter Benjamin.

Kimberly Aimée Alvarado (cohort ’18)

  • Paper: "Can Tragedy be Kitsch?," American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division Annual Conference, Philadelphia, April 5, 2019.

Deborah Bouchette (cohort ’12)

  • Paper: “Line as the Essence of Becoming-Artist” at the 2019 American Society for Aesthetics Salish Sea Workshop, Philosophy Department, University of British Columbia, May 10-11, 2019.

  • Recipient:  American Society for Aesthetics Student Travel Grant to present paper at the Salish Sea Workshop, University of British Columbia, May 2019.

  • Poetry: "The Soul of the First Line," "To Calligraph a Reverie," "The Poet's Dilemma," and "Multiplicity" in the final edition of the Oregon College of Art and Craft literary magazine, Julia Jean, May 2019.

  • Essay: (Untitled), in the monograph Richard Hearns: Journey, to accompany Hearns' solo exhibition at Cadogan Contemporary, London, September 17-October 6, 2018. 

Brooke Blackmon Bryan (cohort ’16)

  • Appointed Chair of the Writing Program and Instructor of Writing and Digital Literacy at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she takes on leadership of the Writing Institute and convenes the Story and Creative Practice strategic planning group. She has also been appointed sole director of Oral History in the Liberal Arts, a Mellon-funded program supporting interview-based pedagogy across the colleges of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

  • Panel at the 2019 meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in January on the art of the interview, and using dialogue to facilitate deeper learning in the communities surrounding rust-belt liberal arts colleges.

  • Residential week-long Oral History in the Liberal Arts institutes on the campuses of Antioch College and the American University of Bulgaria, summer 2019.

Rowynn Dumont (cohort ’13)

  • Summer 2018, Group Exhibition, The Local Project Art Space, “The Freak Show,” Long Island, New York.

  • Summer 2018, Group Exhibition, Office Space Gallery, “D Construction: Metamorphosis of the City,” Detroit, MI.

  • Winter 2019, Exhibition Review: "An Encounter, a Work: Jean Clemmer & Salvador Dali," COOPH Magazine, 10 Corso Como Gallery, New York, NY.  

Jocelyn Holmes (cohort ’18)

  • Paper: "Time as commodity: Engaging 'I-Gen' by Finding the Artistic Voice" Foundation in Art Theory and Education biannual conference, Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH. April 2019

  • Panelist: "Reinventing Curricular Structures: Merging Student Voice, Studio Pedagogy and Creativity." Foundation in Art Theory and Education biannual conference, Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH. April 2019.

Samuel W. Kochansky (Cohort ’18)

  • Paper: “The Hybridization Of Art and Flux Of The Avant-Garde” at TRAC (The Representational Art Conference 2019) Ventura, California, April, 2019.

  • Solo Exhibition: Flowers and Figures for Mother’s Day, Atelier Lucia Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, May 2019.

Mary Mazurek (cohort ’12)

  • GRAMMY Nomination: Best Engineered Album, Classical for the album Liquid Melancholy: Clarinet Music of James Stephenson at the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards. She was the only woman to be nominated in this category. February 10, 2019.

  • Paper: “Noise and Judgement of the Self”, Time Talks,  Los Angeles. March 7, 2019.

  • Paper: “Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink: Noise in Art and Music After John Cage” at 74th Annual SECAC conference, Birmingham, AL, October 2018.

  • Speech: “Less Than 5% of Audio Engineers Are Women - This Is My Story” Speak Up Recording Academy Forum on Diversity and Inclusion. The speech was published on September 27, 2018.

  • Upcoming: chairing the panel "Can Noise Be Beautiful?" and presenting a paper at SECAC Chattanooga on October 16-19, 2019.

Liza Papi (cohort ’14)

  • Fundação Joaquim Nabuco - Liza Renia Papi, research on Cordel Literature, December 12-22, 2019, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

  • The Aesthetic of Art - Quiz E-Book - Cognella Editors & University Press, September 2019.

  • Upcoming: Casa Museo Mexico, curatorial work on Jay Milder solo exhibition, May 12, 2020, Havana, Cuba.

Gale Richardson (cohort ’12)

  • Lecture on “The Perceptual Experience of Past and Present Consciousness.” Lucca, Italy. 8th Euroacademia International Conference – Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers, September 2018.

  • Lecture on “The Riddle of Violence and Image: Inside the Dimensions of the Phenomena of Perception and Violence.” The World Phenomenology Institute Cambridge Conference. Forty-Second Annual Cambridge Conference Topic: Phenomenology and Aesthetics. Harvard University Faculty Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts. June, 2018

Jennifer Rissler (cohort ’14)

  • Has been chair of the Committee in Women in the Arts at CAA until 2019. Sponsored panel at CAA on February 14, 2019 titled “Feminist Matters, 1968 and Beyond.”

  • Nominated for a board position at CAA, 2019.

Jeca Rodríguez-Colón (cohort ’15)

  • Art History Professor at Harlem Clemente course in the Humanities with Bard College since Fall 2018 (link:

  • Fellowship: Adam Smith Fellow at The Mercatus Center with George Mason University cohort 2018-2019 (link:

  • Conference Presentation: “Maternal Representation in US American Media in 2016: representation or (miss)representation of US American Maternal Politics and its Philosophies?” at the Film-Philosophy Conference 2018, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, July 3-5, 2018.

 Nic Tanner (Cohort ’17)

  • Publication: The Nomad Games and Kyrgyz nomadism photo story, NPR:

Taliesin Thomas (cohort ’13)

  • Paper: “Re-Envisioning The Buddhist Imagination in Contemporary Chinese Art” at the conference "Expressions of the Dharma: Buddhist Art and Culture in Everyday Life" hosted by the University of the West & Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple in Los Angeles, CA (April 4-6, 2019).

  • Paper: “Asexual Sex: Expanding Visions of Gender in Contemporary Chinese Art” at the “Re-Envisioning Gender in China” annual conference of the China Academic Network on Gender at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (February 14 – 16, 2019).

  • Publication: Review of “Inka Essenhigh,” Miles McEnery Gallery, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 32, Vol. 9, 2019

  • Publication: Review of “Jenny Saville: Ancetors,” Gagosian, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 32, Vol. 9, 2018

  • Publication: Review of “RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder,” Red Bull Arts New York, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 32, Vol. 9, 2018

  • Publication: Review of “The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death in the works of Nobuyoshi Araki, Museum of Sex, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 32, Vol. 9, 2018

Maria Patricia Tinajero (cohort ’11)

  • Publication: “Ethical Grounds: The Aesthetic Action of Soil” (Ch 8), in Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene: Series in Art, edited by Julie Riess, Vernon  Press, London & New York, 2018. 

  • Installation titled "I_Legal," exploring the emotional stress of leaving home behind, was part of the exhibition "Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks and Pathways" at the ICA-MECA in Portland Maine.This exhibition received a grant from the NEA (Sep-Dec 2018).

  • Participation at Lighthouse's "Adventures 2019" in Seoul, Korea.  Round table discussion "Morality and Entrepreneurship" a view from ecological art practices  (March, 2019).

Amalya Nane Tumanian (Cohort ’13)

  • Upcoming: solo exhibition at the Gallery Sonia Monti in Paris, April 15-June 28, 2019.

Alumni Professional News

Gregory Blair (A 2015)

  • Solo Exhibition: My Topology. Brookings Arts Council, Brookings, SD. 2019

  • Paper: “There is no Outside the Research” To be delivered at the biannual national Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) Conference on the Panel - Artist Writers & Writing Artists (Columbus, OH), 2019.

  • Publication: “Errant Bodies, Mobility, and Political Resistance,” published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

  • Paper: “There is no Outside the Research” Delivered at the 10th International Conference on the Dialogical Self on the Panel - Between Us: Aesthetic Experience as Care (Braga, Portugal), 2018.

  • Paper: “Fake Estates: Matta-Clark’s Displacements as Political Resistance” Delivered at the 2018 UAAC Annual Conference on the Panel Displacement in the Arts (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON) 2018.

  • Juror -- 42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Brookings Art Council, Brookings, SD 2018.

Lynne Brown (A 2019)

  • Exhibition: Postcard Salon 2019, March 7-April 20, 2019. Location: JARVIS DOONEY GALERIE, and Artist talk for the closing event on Saturday, April 20. My photo is based upon a collage I created while in Lake Como, Italy on a arts study/scholarship I received through the  National Academy Museum and Art School based in New York City. The piece is titled "Uomo contro natura / Umanità contro natura - Dead in the Med", the idea behind the image and original collage (created out of dirt, leaves, flowers and newspapers found in the villa at Lake Como) is based upon the experience of African immigrants attempting to enter Europe/Italy. 

Joni Doherty (A 2015)

  • Symposium: “The Space of Appearance: Creating a World Together.” A Putative Life of Hannah Arendt. The Eli Wiesel Center, Boston University. May 2018.

  • Publication: “Centers for Democratic Public Life: Learning as a Deliberative Democratic Practice.” Coauthor with Alice Diebel. Higher Education Exchange (2019): 17-28.

  • Publication: “Assessment through a Deliberative Pedagogy Learning Outcomes Rubric.” Chapter, with Sara A. Mehltretter Drury and Leila R. Brammer. Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement. Edited by Timothy J. Shaffer, Nicholas V. Longo, Idit Manosevitch, and Maxine S. Thomas. (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press 2017): 191-201.

Jessica Doyle (A 2015)

  • Fall 2018: I began teaching graduate courses in special topics for Social Media and Visual Communication at College of Saint Elizabeth. In those courses, I teach philosophical concepts in relation to the field of current social media.

  • I am still teaching writing intensive graduate courses with Tiffin University, primarily two courses each semester: "Women and Art" and "Survey of Western Art History."

  • Artistic Accomplishments: Winter 2018/Spring 2019: I am working on a graphic novel and an animated short film (writing, animating, producing, and creating original music). Both explore philosophical, anthropological, and art historical themes.

Heather Dunn (A 2014)

  • Publication: “Street Art, Political Activism, and Surveillance” in The Revolution Will Be Live! Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times, edited by Kristina Olson & Eric Schruers (Routledge Press). Peer review.

  • Paper: “Graffiti, Street Art, Technology, & Fashion” Fashion Now & Then, LIM College, Annual Conference, New York, NY, October, 2018.

  • Exhibition: “Blot,” Moon Gallery, Mount Berry, GA (juried) 2018.

Jason Hoelscher (A 2018)

  • Chaired an Idea Exchange Round Table discussion at CAA 2019 on the topic of "Technology in the Art Studio Classroom," NYC.

  • Three upcoming group exhibitions: the annual Artfields festival in Lake City, South Carolina during April-May; at the Atlanta Museum of Contemporary Art during April-June; and at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art from June to September.

  • Paper titled "Art, Information Efflorescence and the Post-Object Field" at the SLSAeu conference in Athens Greece in June, 2019, and a paper titled "Combinatorial Creativity and Constraint in Adjacent Possibility Space" at the ICA conference in Belgrade Serbia in July, 2019, where he has also been invited to serve on a round-table discussion with Lev Manovich on the topic of Aesthetics and Technology.

Maria LaBarge (A 2018)

  • “Art History Live! Consciousness in Contemporary Arts”, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division, Nov 2018. Presentation. 

Emily Putnam (A 2014)

  • Performance: Quickening, Expanded Digital Performance, DAS Annual Showcase, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland (March 2019)

  • Performance: Sweet Bounty, Performance, Art Action: 1998 to 2018, Rencontre Internationale d’Art Performance de Quebec, Le Lieu, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (November 2018).

  • Performance: Quiet Zone: In Honour of Jed Speare (1954 – 2016) • Sound Performance with Strange Attractor, Organised by Non-Event, Supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Boston Foundation LAB Grant, Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA, USA (November 2018).

  • Performance: Transactions, International Artist Exchange (co-curator), Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, a Boston Foundation LAB Grant, and Culture Ireland, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast (May 2018) and Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA, USA (September 2018) (forthcoming).

  • Performance: Untitled (Vessel), Video, Screened at Thinking Gender Justice, First Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities, University College Dublin (May 2018).

  • Performance: Quickening, Expanded Digital Performance, Transient Topographies: Space and Interface in Digital Literature and Art, Second Galway Digital Cultures Initiative Conference, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway (April 2018).

  • Performance: Anticipation: Actualisation, Performance Art Event (co-curator with Sara Muthi), National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (March 2018)

  • Book Review: "Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War, by Hito Steyerl." In Visual Resources, Special Issue “Art in the Age of Financial Crisis,” edited by Conor McGarrigle and Marisa Lerer, vol 34(3), 2018.

  • Paper: “Strange Mothers: Toward a Digital Aesthetics of Interruption,” College Art Association Annual Conference, February 2019.

  • Paper:“Leaking Milk and Beating Hearts: Technological Immanence and the Maternal Body,” Bodies of Data: Intersecting Medical and Digital Humanities, Irish Humanities Alliance Conference, November 2018.

  • Paper: “Performance Art in Northern Ireland: 1998 to 2018,” Art Action: 1998 to 2018, Rencontre Internationale d’Art Performance de Quebec, Le Lieu, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, November 2018.

Toni-Lee Sangastiano Mackin (A 2018)

  • Appointed: FT Assistant Professor of the Practice and Digital Media Specialist, August 2019, Georgetown University

  • Exhibition: Canvas Project, Brooklyn Art Library, NY, 2019

  • Exhibition: Postcards from the Edge, Bortolami, NY, 2019

  • Exhibition: Dark Matters, Space Gallery, Burlington, VT, 2018

  • Exhibition: Freak Show, Local Project, Long Island City, N, 2018

  • Exhibition: D-CONSTRUCTION: Metamorphosis of the City, Office Space Gallery, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Collections: Silver Special Collections, Billings Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

  • Collaboration with A Revolutionary Press, Robert Lax Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL; Shagraf Group, Dubai, UAE