Elena Gross ‘12

Elena Gross is an independent writer and cultural critic living in Oakland, CA. She received an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in 2016, and after graduating with her BA in Art History and a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies minor. She specializes in representations of identity through fine art, photography, and popular media. Elena is the host of the arts & visual culture podcast, what are you looking at, published by Art Practical. Her most recent research has been centered around the work of artist Lorna Simpson and conceptual and material abstractions of the body in photography.
Michael Grunseth ‘09
Michael Grunseth graduated from SMCM with a major in Art History and second major in Theater, Film, and Media Studies. He has worked in content and user experience development positions since graduation, including Site Content Specialist at Custom Ink, Head of Content at AddThis, and Senior Marketing Manager at Oracle Data Cloud. He is currently Senior User Experience Content Strategist at T. Rowe Price, in their Client Experience and Delivery Transformation Lab (CEDT).

Anna Huttel ’03

Anna Huttel graduated from SMCM with an Art History major and second major in Economics. She later received her MA in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Architecture, which awarded her the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for her leadership. She is Certification Manager for Salmon-Safe. As an architect with extensive LEED experience and a volunteer ambassador of the Living Building Challenge, Ms. Huttel has broad experience across the leading certification programs. Working throughout Cascadia, Huttel guides Salmon-Safe program delivery through the Partner Network of collaborating organizations on the West Coast. Her professional focus has been in developing sustainable design strategies with a focus on engineering-related tactics. Huttel has also served as an adjunct faculty member at IIT and currently teaches in Philadelphia University’s Master of Sustainable Design program. In her spare time, she loves any chance to be outside hiking and cycling and trying to keep up with her one-year-old son.

Meredith Johnson ’99

Current Position: Completed an M.A. in Curatorial Practice at CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts). She is currently Curator and Director of Consulting at Creative Time in New York City.

Franny Kupersmith ’11

Current Position: Works for the Pink Line Project, a new online initiative to boost, promote and connect the DC-area arts community.

Amanda (Lamont) Link ’05

Current Position: Completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Towson University in 2007.  She is currently a special education teacher in the Preschool Therapeutic Autism Program at The Forbush School (Sheppard-Pratt) in Towson.

Jennifer Lamar ‘10

Current Position: Worked as a Collections Database developer at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in art education at Kutztown University.

Jacob Lewis ’02

Current Position: Received his PhD in Art History from Northwestern University in Fall, 2011. He earlier received his MA in Art History from the Williams/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. While completing his degree, Jacob also held fellowship positions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Photographs and the National Gallery of Canada. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he teaches art history at the Pratt Institute and the College of Staten Island.

Tyne Lowe ‘11

Current Position: After graduating from SMCM in 2011, Tyne Lowe received her Master of Library and Information Science with a certificate in Special Collections from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. She is currently an MA student in Art History at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where she is primarily interested in the history of comics and printed art. She also serves as a Graduate Assistant at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. Tyne is pursuing a career in Art Librarianship with a focus in book arts, zines, and comics.

Emily Macenko ’05

Current Position: Worked for several years as Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations in the Development Office of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  She recently completed the Master of Arts Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of Art in San Francisco and now works in the development office of the Oakland Museum of California.

Katie McAfee ’11  

Current Position: Presently a graduate student in Art History at Florida State University, where she is focusing her field studies in their interdisciplinary Visual Culture of the Americas program track.

Alexandra McCallen ’12

Current Position: Began graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Information and Library Science in Fall, 2012. She also works part time at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland library.

Alexa Milroy ’12

Current Position: Administrative Manager (Assistant to Director), Baltimore Museum of Art, September 2016 to present. Director of Program and Administration, Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), Baltimore, MD (May 2012 to September 2016). AEMS Alliance’s mission is to create equitable access to high-quality arts education for all Maryland students.

Ema Mills-Robertson ’02

Current Position: Completed an M.A. in art history at the University of Denver. She is Coordinator of Programming & Fictions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO.

Caitie Occhipinti ’10

Current Position: Working toward an M.A. in International Affairs at the School of International Service, American University, where she is specializing in US Foreign Policy, Latin American cultural patrimony and transnational art crime.

Julia Oldham ’01

Current Position: A video artist whose performative work combines scientific inquiry with elements of experimental movement and dance. She travels frequently to participate in residency programs around the country, and has shown her work in exhibitions and festivals internationally. Julia received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2005. Visit her portfolio at www.juliaoldham.com

Kate Pollasch-Thames ’10

Current Position: Pursuing a dual M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Samantha Rockler ’12

Current Position:  Health Coordinator for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, New York.

Tessa Lummis ’07

Current Position: Tessa Lummis (formerly Sabol) is currently the Head Museum Registrar, responsible for all collections oversight, including managing the museum’s loan program, accessioning and deaccessioning, digitization, and collections database. After she graduated from SMCM with an Art History major, she completed her M.A. in Museum Studies at George Washington University in 2010. She has worked in the field of collections management and museum registration at a number of institutions including Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Historical Resource Center, where she helped manage their archival collection of currency, stamps, bonds, and other government obligations printed from its founding in the 1860s to today. In 2011 she joined the The Textile Museum, part of the umbrella organization of the George Washington University Art Museum.

Brittany Sigley ’11

Current Position:  Worked as the gallery assistant at Civilian Art Projects in Washington DC immediately following graduation. She is now a staff member in the National Portrait Gallery’s Education Department, where she specializes in developing and leading Youth and Family Programs.

Teresa Slobuski ’08

Currrent Position: Head Librarian of the Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine. Teresa Slobuski graduated SMCM with a minor in Art History, as well as an English major and second minor in Asian Studies. She completed her MA in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University with a specialization in art information. She is currently the Association of College and Research Libraries’ representative to the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies Accessibility Assembly. She is also a member of the Stonewall Book Awards Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Committee, which highlights excellence in LGBT representation in Juvenile literature. Prior to Penn State, she spent seven years as faculty librarian at San Jose State University, acting as liaison librarian to Teacher Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Design. Teresa is passionate about access and social justice and actively works to improve both representation and recognition of all in libraries.

Teresa says: “Although my major was not Art History at St Mary’s, the work I did and experiences I had while studying Art and Art History there have been majorly influential for both my professional and personal life. In the process of completing the Art History minor, I learned how to critically analyze a huge range of media. In my current job as a Librarian, this skill is crucial as it has helped me understand and teach others to think about content regardless of format. This has provided me the tools and flexibility to support k-12 teachers looking for diversity in children’s book illustrations, to conduct workshops about non-fiction graphic novels, to help industrial design students learn about new materials, to grow connections between animation and computer science students to develop video games, to collaborate on programming to highlight student work at a biennial, and more. Although the words ‘art’, ‘history’, ‘design’, etc. don’t appear anywhere in my current job description, I know that SMCM Art History has had a massive and positive impact on my life and I love that at least once a year someone asks me if I work for the museum or gallery I am in because I just can’t resist telling a friend that anecdote I first learned in Montgomery Hall years ago.”

Beverly Wise ’95

Current Position: Completed a master’s program in Decorative Arts at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Lauren Wolf ’06

Current Position:  Spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security

Jess Wolfley ’03

Current Position: Director of Digital Strategy at Discovery Communications, where she specializes in large digital productions, VR/AR application and content development. She oversees the production of immersive digital and social projects for networks including Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel. In 2014, she was a member of the team that received an Emmy Award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media, Mulitplatform Storytelling, for the Discovery Channel’s Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda.

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