Alumni & Friends

Throughout the years the Hite Art Institute has produced many successful Alumni who are contributing artists, scholars, designers, teachers, and mentors adding to the local, regional, national and international visual arts dialogue.


Carrie Burr, Carrie Burr graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in photography in 2002 from the University of Louisville. After graduation Carrie exhibited her artwork and received grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Woman. She worked in New York and Los Angeles to pursue yoga education and photography. Subsequently, she attended Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont and studied holistic living and building. Concurrently, she studied Ecological Economics with Robert Costanza and Ecological Design with John Todd at University of Vermont. Carrie's current work pertains to plants, their full meaning and relationship to people and the planets.

Mallica Kumbera Landrus received her MA in art history from the University of Louisville in 1999. While at UofL, like many other students fortunate to be invited to the Torre de Palma excavation, she spent two seasons in Portugal. Her love of Portugal led to interests in working on the architecture of the Portuguese colonial city of Goa, India. Between 2000 and 2006, she worked on her dissertation on the Portuguese ecclesiastical architecture in Goa, and received her PhD from the University of London in 2006. Since completing her PhD, Mallica has been living in Rhode Island and taught South Asian Art and Architecture at several prestigious institutions: Brown University (Visiting Assistant Professor 2007-09), Princeton University (Research and Teaching Fellow 2009, and Director of Global Seminar in India 2010) and the Rhode Island School of Design (Lecturer 2006-2010 and Assistant Professor 2010-2011). Her research interests lie in the study of transnational space and the built environment. Through her work she investigates the relationship between art, architecture and identity. Her scholarly interests also include the diaspora and the study of information and objects across constructed and conceptual boundaries. Her area of specialization is South Asia, within which she researches and teaches the history of art, architecture, gender studies, cinema, and the colonial period with a particular interest in the Portuguese. In 2010, she curated an exhibition on the controversial contemporary Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain for Brown Universitys Year of India. She is currently curating an exhibition "Tradition Trauma Transformation" (March 26-May 29, 2011, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University) featuring the work of three contemporary women artists.


Sarah Lasley was a Hendershot scholar at UofL and received her BFA in painting in 2004. While in her junior year, she attended the Yale-Norfolk Summer Art Program, a six-week residency for distinguished undergrads across the globe, and in the summer of 2004, she was the youngest to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a prestigious summer residency for emerging artists. Following Skowhegan, she lived in New York working as a studio assistant to a network of professional artists, and in 2006, she entered the MFA painting program at the Yale School of Art. In her first semester at Yale, in an attempt to focus the conceptual aspects of her work, she made the switch from figurative painting to narrative video. She graduated from Yale University with an MFA in painting, with thesis work in video in 2008. She has since exhibited her films all over the world from Los Angeles to New York, Chicago, Alexandria, and Barcelona. She is currently teaching Video Art at Vassar College.


Jane Morgan received her BFA from the University of Louisville in 1994. In 1998, she founded the Plein Air Painters of Kentucky with a small group of artists. The group has now grown tremendously with members from Louisville and surrounding cities. In 2006, Jane opened her own gallery to further promote the ideal of Plein Air and to showcase the work of the members of the Kentucky Plein Air Painters. The Jane Morgan Gallery is now representing ten Plein Air Artists. Her gallery is located at 4838 Brownsboro Road.


Guinever Smith received a BA in painting from the University of Louisville in 1984 and an MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati. From 1988 to 1993, she taught painting, drawing, and two-dimensional design at U of L. In 1993, she founded the Studio School in Louisville, where she is now the head instructor in drawing and painting. Her work has been featured in a variety of exhibitions. Some of the more recent ones include Language of the Land: Contemporary Landscape Paintings of Kentucky and Ecuador in Lexington, KY and Quito, Ecuador; the Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show in Boston; and a solo exhibit entitled Small Horizons at the Heike Pickett Gallery in Versailles, KY. Collections where her work can be found include those of Bellarmine College, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Brown-Forman, Commonwealth Bank, and the University Club at U of L.

Kelly Wacker received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Louisville in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor of Art and the Gallery Director at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. In 2010, she was named University Scholar and was nominated for the CASE Professor of the Year award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. While Wacker's teaching expertise spans Baroque through contemporary periods, her special interest is in Land Art and ecologically oriented art. Her research examines the transformation of this modernist movement from its inception in the 1960s and 70s, typified by massive earthworks emphasizing the role of the individual, into the ecological and social-activist art that represents the current period. She has wide-ranging interests and has edited an anthology, "Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art" (2007), and has written essays on diverse topics including David Bowie's reflections on postmodern contemporary art trends and geo-politics in the work of Mel Chin. She also curates exhibitions including Range, Furrow, Grove: Images of Florida Agriculture for Florida State University and the upcoming The New Naturalists, for Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.


Dona Wong, author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics, is a graduate from UofL with a BA in graphic design. She received her MFA from Yale and completed her thesis on information design. Dona is the former graphics director at The Wall Street Journal, where she was responsible for setting the graphics standard for all feature and breaking news graphics. Previously, Dona served as a business graphics editor at The New York Times. Her book is currently  being translated into Chinese, German, Spanish and Japanese. She lectures widely on the topic of information design and presentation graphics.



Sally Hazelet Drummond, M.A. 1952; painter, Germantown, New York

William Porter, B.A. 1954; auto designer, GM (retired), Detroit

Sam Gilliam, Jr., B.A. 1955, M.A. 1961; painter and installation artist; Washington, D.C.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, M.A. 1957; Professor Emeritus (Retired Chair), University of Kentucky

Alma Lesch, M.A. 1961; fiber artist, instructor, Louisville School of Art

Tom Marsh, B.S. 1960; potter and ceramics professor

Mike Power, B.S. 1965; CEO, Power Creative, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky

Ed Hamiltion, B.A. 1969; sculptor, Louisville, Kentucky

Joseph Smith, B.F.A. 1975; sculptor, Professor of Art, Mr. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

Gwen Heffner, M.A. 1977; potter, Information Officer, Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, Kentucky

Laura Volkerding, B.S. 1961; photographer, San Francisco, California

Julius Friedman, B.A. 1967; graphic designer, Louisville, Kentucky

Mark Hall, B.A. 1977; printmaker/Chair of Fine Arts, Maryville College, Tennessee

Sara Frederick, M.A. 1979; potter, Louisville, Kentucky

Greg Chann, B.A. 1983; sculptor, New York, New York

Joyce Ogden, B.F.A. 1986; Associate Professor of Art at Spaulding University, Louisville, Kentucky

Bart Kasten, B.A. 1986; book artist/instructor, Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia

David Helm, B.A. 1987; graphic designer/educator, Portland, Oregon

Donna Wong, B.A. 1988; graphic editor, Wall Street Journal, New York, New York

Beth Torstrick, B.F.A. 1994; textile designer, New York, New York

Rod Miller, Ph.D. 1988; Associate Professor of Art, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas

Matt Landrus, M.A. 1988; author/art historian, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Kelly Wacker, Ph.D. 2002; Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama

Dan Barczak, B.F.A. 2003, Senior Designer, Fischer Design, Cincinnati, Ohio

Irina Ivanova, B.F.A. 2003; M.F.A. 2005, Pratt. Designer, Graphis.

Guy Kelly, B.F.A. 2003; Art Director, F+W Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio

Matt Weir, B.F.A. 2004; Sculptor, Louisville, Kentucky

Maiza Hixon, M.A. 2005; Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Corie Cole, B.F.A. 2005; GTA, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Susan Fugate Brangers, Ph.D. 2007; Assistant Professor, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania


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