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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 University’s 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
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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