NAU graduate of
interior design, Gabriela Jacobsen, has been working
in the Masters program specializing in Architectural Lighting Design with
Sapienza Rome University in Italy. She has recently had the once in a
lifetime opportunity to work on the new lighting system for one of the most
recognized historical monument projects in the world - the Roman Coliseum.
This project will last several months and the Architectural Lighting
Designers will bring new ideas to the entire lighting system using new
technology such as LED lamps, wireless technology, connectors, and sensor
Recent NAU Theatre
graduate Megan Hansen has been cast in in one of their
house stages for Chicago’s The Second City House Ensembles. She will
be performing every week for a year starting in April 2015.
The Arizona Art Education Association has honored several NAU
alumni with awards for outstanding achievements in the teaching of art. Jessalyn Carpino(class of 2011) received an award for
Outstanding First-Year Professional Art Educator. Jessalyn is the art educator
at BASIS Flagstaff. Janeece Henes (class
of 1997) received an award for Outstanding High School Art Educator. Janeece
teaches art at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. Kelly Martin (class of 2011) received the Emerging
Leadership Award. Kelly teaches at Keys College Preparatory School, Tempe. Devin Smith (class of 2009) received an award for
Outstanding Elementary Art Educator. Devin is an art educator at Highland Lakes
Aaron Wilder, art history
graduate, has had an active exhibition schedule for his mixed media,
two-dimensional art in both D.C. and New York. His solo show, “The World
Political,” was on display at the Pierce School in D.C. from January to March
2014. A production of the Evolve Urban Arts Project, this collection of work
analyzed the fragments of national identity in a globalized world. Aaron was
also in two group shows this spring, “Spring Art Market” in Manhattan at
SPACEWOMb Gallery, and “SPECTRUM,” a one-day multi-media art event produced by
RawArtists on April 27 in D.C.
Margaret Sheble, art history
alum with a minor in Museum Studies, is currently working on a Masters in
Arthurian Literature at Bangor University in North Wales. She has participated
in planning a postgraduate “Medievalism Transformed” conference and served as
an editor for the Bibliography of the International Arthurian Society. When she
returns to the States at the end of the summer, Margaret will attend Purdue
University for an MA in Medieval Literature.
Danielle DeLano graduated
with a double major in Comparative Cultural Studies and Political Science, and
minors in Asian Studies and Chinese language. She also completed five semesters
of Arabic, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Religions of the World. This
fall, Danielle will attend the University of Chicago, where she will pursue a
Masters of History of Religions with a focus on Buddhism. She was also awarded
a Divinity School Scholarship which will cover half of her tuition.
Ian Olsen, religious
studies graduate, will attend Harvard University in the Fall of 2014 to study
Lee Bishop, religious
studies graduate, will attend Arizona State University to study the religious
of Southeast Asia.
William Ramsey, who completed a double major
in Religious Studies and Music in 2014, is headed to the University of Colorado
to pursue graduate studies in religion with a focus on Islam and Music.
Kim Wardle, art
history graduate, will start the MS in Speech Pathology program at the
University of Arizona this fall.
Erin Carter, a
2013 Art History alum, will attend Syracuse University where she will also work
as a teaching assistant.
Derek Burdette, a
2005 Art History alumni who received his Ph.D. from Tulane in 2012, has been
appointed to a three year visiting professor position at Swarthmore
Brandon Jovanovich has
been cast as “The Prince,” the tenor lead in Dvorak’s Rusalka performed by the
Lyric Opera of Chicago. Rusalka has been largely missing from American opera
houses until very recently, often because of the difficult Czech language. However,
critic Wynne Delacoma writes “With singers such as…passionate tenor Brandon
Jovanovich able to sound entirely at home with both the words and the music,
the opera is finally finding its way into the repertoire.”
Jessica Walsh, a 2013 NAU graduate with a degree in interior design and a minor
in merchandising, presented her final capstone project entitled “Creative
Healing at Any Age” at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium. Her poster highlighted
her design for a functional art therapy center in Flagstaff for older adults.
“The idea of art therapy has always been a personal interest, and I
wanted to learn more about it,” said Walsh. The project became an opportunity
to research how best to design an art therapy center to meet the needs of this
specific group of clients.
David Stoll, School of Art alumni,
illustrated a piece for “School Arts,” a national art education magazine. The
piece, titled “Interview with a Sequential Artist,” is a two-page comic strip
illustrating his interview with the magazine and can be found in the December
2010 issue of the magazine.
Former painting major Eleanor Aldrich was
selected for a new program and exhibition, "Open Sessions," at The
Drawing Center in NYC.
Ben Jordan ('13), a
ceramics alum, has won a competitive short-term residency at Red Lodge Clay
School of Art graduate Rebecca Rose has
been awarded this year's Halstead Grant.
Rochelle Garcia (class of 2010) has
been named Outstanding First Year Art Educator. Rochelle teaches art at Granite
Mountain Middle School in Prescott Unified School District. Both Kat and
Rochelle were given their awards at the annual AAEA conference.