Grace Humphries ’17
Grace Humphries on her experience at the New York Studio School marathons, summer 2017:
When I paint, I let myself go. As I work, it starts to become less about what I think, less about the plan, and more about the emotion behind it all.
My time in New York City was about control – a contradicting idea to all that I was once accustomed to. Yet, if I was to improve as an artist, I knew it would not happen by free falling into the canvas. Blocks of color, light and dark, composition – these would be the components that would allow me to better illustrate the prominent sides of human nature that enveloped my life and the world around me. It was still about acting and responding to a feeling and an idea, but it was transitioned through these smaller segments and series of decisions. I began to break down my process in a way that would elevate my execution of a painting.
Grace Humphries Continued…
I was lucky enough to be able to be advised and taught by two great artists, Joe Santore and Elisa Jensen, in the confines of these two separate marathon sessions. The first was focused on portraiture and the second surrounded the figure as a whole.
With Joe Santore, I was really able to dissect the way I was painting and use these different, small blocks of color to create a larger image. This was where I was painting portraits. The face, in a lot of ways, is something very difficult and intricate – as expressions and miniscule details are what we use to characterize individuals and this contributes immensely to the success of a painting and composition. I began to think differently about how an image is generated because of this analysis of the face and the portrait – paying attention to the way the light can transform the color of flesh and texturize it in new ways.
With Elisa Jensen, I learned how to insert these figures into varying scenarios to create a gripping disposition. Color was as important as ever, working with limited palettes and avoiding the use of white in certain situations. Though they were “limited” palettes, it became a liberating experience being able to break down the color in a still life setting and then being able to carry that further into more imaginative environments.
There is a lot to be said about painting for 8 hours, just about every day, for five weeks straight. It becomes ingrained in everything you do, every step you take, and that is just what I needed. I could not avoid the positive changes, despite the minor frustration felt in certain moments.
I still let myself go when I paint, but it’s different. I see so much more.
– Grace Humphries, 9/6/17
Vanessa Vizcarrondo ’07
Current Position: Teaching art to students in Pre-K thru 6th grade at St. Michaels Elementary School in St. Michaels, MD. Her most current body of work is based on her recent studies of the Hensche color theory, inspired by her studies with Camille Przewodek in the summer of 2009. Most recently, Vanessa has been focusing on plein air painting out in the landscapes of the Eastern Shore.
Of her new body of work she says, “I find it refreshing to go out into the landscape and capture nature’s beauty with the bright and bold colors that I can create with my palette knife.”
April Ryan ’09
Current Position: Art Teacher at McDonough High School in Charles County, MD. She completed her Master’s of Arts in Teaching through St. Mary’s MAT program, where she was awarded the Dallas P. Dean Teacher Education Award.
Michael Bargamian ’13
Current Position: Currently employed by the Howard County Department of Planing and Zoning and works in their print shop. He will also be interning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden during the course of their new exhibition entitled Damage Control, which runs from October 2013 until February 2014.
Diane Burroughs ’74
Current Position: Completed a Masters degree in Pastoral Theology from Washington Theological Union in Washington DC in 2000, with a thesis entitled Artistic Expression of Spirituality. She currently works full time as staff chaplain for Hospice of Marion County in Ocala FL.
Ken Castelli ’06
Current Position: Currently lives and works on Tangier Island, a Chesapeake Bay island off the coast of Virginia. From 2007-2010, he served as the Artist-in-Residence on Tangier Island, VA (through the Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center), a program he helped establish. During his first two years as the Artist-in-Residence, Ken helped with design and construction of the museum displays. He also taught art classes and has become involved with the community. His work has been shown at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, MD, and he has also been a visiting artist for “Art in the ‘Toon Age” at the Delaware Art Museum.
John Deamond ’06
Current Position: Attending the low residency program at Parsons, The New School For Design in pursuit of his MFA in photography. He is also an instructional assistant in the Department of Visual Arts & Design at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD. John recently created a book for Transformer Gallery’s “Sketch” exhibition that he plans to publish in a few years.
Website: John Deamond Work
Jen Dohne ’02
Current Position: Recently completed her MFA in the sculpture program of the School of the Visual Arts in New York. She is living and working in Brooklyn. Jen returned to SMCM in fall, 2005 as artist in residence at the Artist House.
Shonne N. Farrell ‘94
Current Position: Completed a graphic design certificate in 2000. Since then she’s been working as an independent graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher.
Remina Greenfield ’12
Current Position: An Interpretive Guide and Graphic Design Intern at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She recently gave a gallery talk on artist Ai Weiwei.
Gina Gwiazdowski ‘00
Current Position: A graphic designer for Booz-Allen Hamilton here in southern Maryland. She handles the formatting and graphics for briefs, slick sheets, and multimedia presentations, and in her spare time walks her puppy.
Alexis Hill ’09
Current Position: Working at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, MD as an exhibits information technician with the Center for National Archives Experience located in Washington, DC since January 2010. During late summer and fall 2009, Alexis worked as a visitor service representative at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Mitchellville, MD.
Amanda Gearey ’03
Current Position: Completed a Masters of Architecture at RISD in 2007 and now lives and works in Naples, FL. She is currently in the process of becoming a registered architect and starting her own design firm.
Corkey (Hay) Desimone
Current Position: Created and runs the Gentle Giraffe Press, an educational publisher that develops books, websites, and interactive teaching tools for children, parents, and teachers in Bethesda Maryland
Website: Gentle Giraffe Press
Gabriel Hodge ’93
Current Position: An architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects in Pennsylvania. Since his time at St. Mary’s he has worked on a variety of design projects including the St. Mary’s College campus master plan, and a new student center for Catholic University in D.C.. He is also pursuing interests in graphic design and is writing and illustrating a children’s book. Gabriel lives in Wilkes-Barre with his wife, Lisa (Chaney, SMCM ’93) and their two sons, Aidan and Cohen.
Tara Hutton ’11
Current Position: Working at Bowdoin College as the Visual Arts Technician. Before she moved to Maine, Tara worked in various jobs as an art instructor, freelance graphic and web designer, and gallery assistant. She also was the St Mary’s College Studio Assistant from 2011 to 2013.
Mike Johnson ’96
Current Position: Mike Johnson is an audio-visual technician at University of Baltimore and an adjunct professor at George Washington University in DC, where he has taught classes in video installation and photography. Mike continues to make both electronic and object based art, including assemblage, experimental electronic music, video installation, performance, and photography. Most recently, Mike’s sound pieces “You Are Not Alone” were included in The Department of Ecology, Art, and Technology’s “Wild Information Network” site-specific installation and his video work was included in the exhibition “Dynamic Field” a group exhibition curated by SMCM alum Jayme McClellan at the Warehouse Arts Complex in DC.
Timothy Johnson ’99
Current Position: In Boston reading, thinking, and making art. He plans to return to New York to pursue work at the Studio School, where he spent the summer of 1999.
Karley Klopfenstein ’97
Current Position: Lives in Brooklyn where she continues to create sculpture and is the development director at Nurture Art in New York. She returned to SMCM as an artist in residence for the fall 2010 semester and exhibited her work in a two person exhibition at the Boyden Gallery.
Anastasia Krylova ’08
Current Position: Has been teaching 5th and 6th Grade Special Ed. at Carmody Hills Elementary in Prince George’s County and taking night classes through the Prince George’s County Teaching Fellows Program for the last year and a half. She will receive full certification by summer ’11 and hopes to keep teaching in a high-need urban school in the New York City area.
Angelia Lane (Murray)
Current Position: ’05Current Position: Currently completing an MFA at SUNY New Paltz in painting and drawing.
Website: Angelia’s Lane
Liz Lawrence ’08
Current Position: Lives in Eugene, Oregon with her partner Aaron Brussat (TFMS ’07) and their five chickens. She directs finance and communications for the McKenzie River Trust, a nonprofit land trust that protects special places in western Oregon. She earned a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon in 2010. Although she hasn’t made any art in a while, Liz served for four years as a member of the Board of Directors for MECCA: the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts, a nonprofit that diverts scrap materials from the waste stream and teaches people to make art from them.
April Morgan ’09
Current Position: Completed her Master’s of Arts in Teaching through St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s MAT Program, where she was awarded the Dallas P. Dean Teacher Education Award. She is currently an art teacher at McDonough High School in Charles County, MD.
Erika Myers-Bromwell ’02
Current Position: Director of theNew Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Indiana.
Ya Haddy Njie ’09
Current Position: Lives and works in Johnstown, PA where she is a web content and eMarketing specialist for a biotechnology company, ITSI-Biosciences (a site authored by Ya Haddy).
Elizabeth Nittler ’08
Current Position: M.A. in Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Koko Olszweski ‘12, MAT ’13
Current Position: An AmeriCorps National member with Habitat for Humanity in Vancouver, WA where she gets to drive a truck and teach others how to build life-sized, functional sculptures- commonly referred to as houses. Koko graduated from SMCM in 2012 with her degree in Art and Art History with minors in sociology and education and from the MAT in 2013 with her masters in K-12 Art Education.
Laura (Salzman) Rozengota ‘01
Current Position: Completed a Masters in Art Education at MICA and has taught art in Calvert County Public Schools for the past 10 years.
Kirk Saunders ‘03
Current Position: Is getting his masters in a program called eco-dwelling at the New College of California in San Francisco. He is also working with an organization called City Repair doing community organizing and resource localization in the Bay Area and co-developing a prototype disaster relief home for victims of natural devastations. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy (Sehman) Odem ’98
Current Position: Earned a second bachelors in Art Education from Towson University right after St. Mary’s. She is currently getting a masters in “Curriculum and Instruction: Integrating the Arts” from Lesley University. She lives in Limerick, Maine and has been an elementary art teacher for two schools in South Portland since 2000. She’d be happy to correspond with St. Mary’s students who have questions about becoming an art teacher.
Kim Thorpe ‘94
Current Position: Presently lives and works in Washington D.C., where she has exhibited in several important group shows. She went straight from undergraduate to graduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned an M.F.A. in 1998. She has also been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center.
Jae Rossman (Williams) ‘95
Current Position: Currently resides in New Haven, CT, where she is the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University. She holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she is currently pursuing a M.A. in History at Drew University.
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