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Alumni Activities

Florissant Valley's current art students are heavily involved in community activities and in both regional and national exhibitions and travel. Alumni tend to maintain the momentum generated during their Florissant Valley days. Here are just some recent alum activities, below.(Note: "GFA" indicates alumni from the General Fine Arts Program, "GC" indicates alumni from the Graphic Communications Program, and "Photo" from the Photography Program)

  • Timothy Hykes (GC) is serving as Vice President for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) St. Louis, and also serves on their National Diversity Committee. After a two-year stint as VP, Tim will move to the President position. Among Tim's many recent activities are these: facilitating a Bootstrap Workshop focused on web design at CIC in St. Louis (March 2016); organizing a "Design + Diversity Conference" in St. Louis (July 2016); completing three internships with HLK Design where, among various projects, he did design work for the St. Louis Cardinals; and currently working as a designer for RoverTown, an app company that focuses on creating discounts for college students. At RoverTown, Tim handles branding, marketing, and website design.
  • Aaron Fowler (GFA) (MFA, Yale University; BFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art) had a solo exhibition at Diane Rosenstein Gallery - a major West Coast venue in Los Angeles - February/March 2016. The show received a very positive review in the Los Angeles Times. Prior to Fowler's solo show at Rosenstein Gallery, Michael Shultis (GFA) (BFA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art) and he were both represented there in the selected group exhibition "The New New" October 17th - December 5th, 2015. On October 24th, 2015, Alicia Eler, an art writer based in Los Angeles, moderated a panel discussion with three of the artists in the exhibit, including Fowler. Recent awards won by Fowler included the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency in 2014, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2015, and the Studio Squared residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem 2015. He was named one of "New York City's Five Most Important Young Artists" by Time Out New York magazine in 2015. He was also featured in Art and Design New York magazine's April/May issue article entitled "The Cut - 11 Artists Poised to Have Breakout Years in 2016."
  • Brandon De'Sha (Photo) has received a full scholarship to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. MIAD rarely awards full tuition awards, so this is quite an accomplishment. He is exhibiting his work locally and nationally, most recently in "Clearly Human I" at the St. Louis Artists' Guild, "Elements of Abstraction" at Art St. Louis, and "Horizon: Contemporary Landscape" at the Arts Center in Danville, KY. His work has appeared in several publications including Lux Magazine, where he was awarded 1st place.
  • Ryan Doyle (GFA), who is pursuing his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, was interviewed by Nancy Fowler and Willis Ryder Arnold of St. Louis Public Radio in March 2016. An article and podcast of the interview are available online. In the interview Doyle refers to FV's art program as "great…an amazing place" and he mentions the program's remarkable transfer history. The work he discussed was from his solo exhibition entitled "Boo" at the Millitzer Gallery in St. Louis.
  • Work by Michael Shultis (GFA) was included in "Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial" at the Bronx Museum of Art, Summer 2015. This was the culmination of his year-long participation in the museum's "Artists in the Marketplace" (AIM) program, which "provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists residing in the New York metropolitan area (and) introduces the work of 72 artists to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue." (from the museum's website)  Shultis was also awarded a public sculpture prize - and $10,000 stipend - from FLOW.16, a program affiliated with the Bronx Museum. The title of his winning project is "Goal." The 45' tall sculpture will be installed in 2016 on Randall's Island for six months, June through December. Shultis continues to maintain a studio in New York City, and works at David Zwirner Gallery.
  • Joshua Mosley's (GFA) work has been widely acclaimed, positively reviewed in major art periodicals, and exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the 52nd Venice Biennale, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Joshua is Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • Jonathan Helms (Photo) is a cameraman and designer in Hollywood. His work was recently seen in "Married," a series on the FX cable channel.
  • Dail Chambers (Photo) participated in "Peacework" at Yeyo Arts, Fall 2015. In 2014 Chambers had an exhibition entitled "Itshanapa: A Surreal Sankofa Experience" at the Beverly Gallery. A review of her work entitled "The Surreal Self" was published in the St. Louis American. Other recent activities include participation on the Women's Caucus for Art panel at the College Art Association's conference in Los Angeles and establishing the GYA Cooperative (the first African American women's art cooperative in St. Louis).
  • Logan Rohlf (GC) is working as Media Coordinator at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. In the position he creates all of FAC's graphics materials for exhibitions, events, and classes. He also designs and sends the center's email blasts, maintains their website, and handles the social media posting and advertising. In addition to this fulltime work, Rohlf does freelance work for Lee Allen Advertising and Borgmeyer Marketing Group.
  • Fashion designs by "Project Runway" alum Michael Drummond (Photo) were featured in a show at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. The show was positively reviewed by Alive Magazine. More recently (2016) Drummond's work was included in "Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night" at the Missouri History Museum. Drummond, whose clothing designs are represented by Skiff International, recently participated in Fashion Week in Dubai, UAE.
  • Steve Kluempers (Photo) is a Director/Cinematographer/Editor at Lumehouse in Baton Rouge, LA. His clients have included national corporations such as United Way, Tuner Industries, and Amersafe, as well as independent film producers.
  • Lydia Boda (GFA) was named the inaugural "UICA Fresh Pick" at Kendall College of Art and Design and was awarded a solo show at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. The exhibit opened in January 2016. The "UICA Fresh Pick" is a distinction awarded annually to one student in the graduating class at Kendall, recognizing an emerging artist of exceptional promise. The recipient receives a solo exhibition at UICA within the following calendar year, and is designated during the annual student exhibition at KCAD with a seal of achievement.
  • Michael Piowarczyk (GC) recently completed a creative development internship at Sony Pictures Animation. He is currently attending California Institute of the Arts where he serves as a teaching assistant. He anticipates graduating in 2017.
  • Diane Papageorge (GFA) is teaching art education classes for St. Charles Community College, Lindenwood University, and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is a working studio artist with an extensive exhibition record and is a member of the Artists' Advisory Board of the Foundry Art Centre (St. Charles), the Advisory Board of Laumeier Sculpture Park, and the public art board for the city of O'Fallon, MO. She is also the convention chair for the Missouri Art Education Association. In 2012 she retired after 31 years of teaching art in the Fort Zumwalt School District (St. Peters, MO), where she was the head of the art department and the art elementary curriculum coordinator.
  • Joseph Stemmler (Photo) recently had three of his videos previewed at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. He also had a video installation exhibited in "Nightvision" at No Nation Gallery in Chicago.
  • Joan Nelson (GFA) is a landscape painter, exhibiting regularly in New York City. Her work is represented in numerous major museum collections throughout the United States.
  • Jason Mills (GC) is Vice Chair of the St. Louis chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Mills is a designer for PGAV Destinations, where he is responsible for architectural concept design and visual development for a variety of attractions and exhibits around the world.
  • Tim Heitz (GFA) continues to work as a storyboard artist for Dreamworks in Redwood City, California. He contributed to all of the "Madagascar" films, "Megamind," "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," and others. He is also working through several galleries, and is doing occasional magazine and book illustration work.
  • Bryce Robinson (GFA) (MFA, Washington University in St. Louis) served as Sculpture Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame's Department of Art, Art History, and Design from 2013-2015, and was appointed Visiting Professor of Art for the 2015-16 academic year. He is now the 3D Shop Manager of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts in Washington University at St. Louis.
  • Nathan Larimer (Photo) completed a BFA and MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Nathan and his wife Cara now own a wedding photography business, Winter Tree Studios. Nathan is also the founder and director of Prince Gallery in Petaluma, California. In 2010 Rock Run Press published a book ("Imprint") of his photography.
  • Tony Bush (GC) is a designer and illustrator working for OCAT Design, a company he founded.
  • Mario Trejo (GFA) had a solo exhibit entitled "Triumphant Nothing" at Koki Arts gallery in Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2015. In addition to numerous group and solo shows in art gallery settings in recent years, he has had two major museum exhibitions, one at the Elmhurst Art Museum, and a two-part show at the Illinois State Museum. Mario's paintings have been represented by five galleries, including the Roy Boyd Gallery in Chicago (solo and group exhibitions), Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Canada, Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, Pictoris Maus Contemporary Art Gallery in Birmingham Alabama, and Koki Arts in Tokyo, Japan. In 2015 his painting "Machine" was acquired by the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture and will be on display to the public. Mario currently lives and maintains studio in Seattle, Washington.
  • Angela Vories (Photo) was one of the artists recently featured on the nationally broadcast PBS series "Arts America."  Her recent exhibits include "Photographer Showcase" at Studio Atlas (St. Louis, MO) and a show at the Hoffman LaChance Gallery (St. Louis, MO). Her work has recently been commissioned by Harmony STL and St. Louis Metro Stops (as part of a public art program).
  • Dominic Chambers (GFA) attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School on a scholarship awarded by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, where he recently completed his BFA. In addition, Dominic studied, on a scholarship from MIAD, at the School of Visual Arts in New York during the Fall 2015 semester. He has recently participated in several group exhibitions at the Pitch Project Gallery in Milwaukee.
  • Lauren Winchester (Photo) and her husband own a successful cinematography and photography company called "Golden Photographics."  She also works at CoolFire Studios, where she does broadcast and media production.
  • Chris De Beer (GC) is working as a designer for Optima Graphics.
  • Elizabeth "Neko" Pilarcik-Tellez (GC) is an award-winning freelance animator and designer whose work has been screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.She is currently serving as the national coordinator of marketing and fundraising for the Women's Caucus for Art and as the programming and outreach coordinator for WCA's St. Louis Chapter. She is also a member of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. Among Neko's many accomplishments (including teaching in our department!) are the following: lead illustrator for the "Zombie Ninja Pirates" game series that won the 2010 Toy Man Award of Excellence and the 2011 Gaming Genius Award; design work for the award-winning musical "Osgood Rex"; special effects background artist for the animated film "A Tooth Tale" that was named Best Animated Short: 2013, Garden State Film Festival; Best Short Film: 2013, Columbia College Chicago Alumni Film competition; Honorable Mention: 2013 Santa Monica Film Festival; Honorable Mention: 2012 Columbus International Film & Video Festival.
  • Nicole Pflum Oldani (Photo) owns a very successful, award-winning commercial photography business with her husband. Their work has been included in several national publications and blogs.
  • Marty Linson (GFA) has been working as Chief Preparator at Laumeier Sculpture Garden since 2015.
  • Kenwin Jones (Photo) (BFA, Photography/Film and BA in Marketing, SIU- Carbondale) recently completed an internship in photography/film at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Jones has accepted a full-time position as the photo director at a St. Louis marketing firm.
  • Erin Seidel (GC) is working as a designer at Wee Ones, a hair accessory company.
  • Todd Fischer (GFA) is working as a welder/sculptor for Innovations in Art, Inc. (Maryland Heights, MO) and as creative director and exhibit coordinator for the National Headache Foundation (St. Louis). Fischer has participated in a number of exhibitions in recent years.
  • Lydia (Brockman) Crespo (Photo) is owner of Argaman & Defiance (A&D), a Chicago-based business that creates and sells hand-dyed silk scarves. The business was recently featured on Fox Chicago highlighted in Chicago Magazines's "Best of."
  • Michael Behle (GFA) is represented by the Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago and by the Hogar Collection in Brooklyn, NY. Behle, who received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from Rutgers, is an award-winning artist with an extensive national exhibition record. He is an assistant professor in the art department at UMSL.
  • Eric Warner (GFA) recently performed his monologue "The Lord Loves a Working Man" at the STL Fringe Festival at the Kranzberg Cabaret Theatre, and his one act play "A Life in Tending" at the Heartland Studio Theater in Chicago.
  • Tony Garcia (GC) will be working as a paid intern at Brown Shoe Company, summer 2016. Brown has hired many FV alumni as shoe designers over the years.
  • Rachael Bordon (GFA) received two full scholarship offers (2016): the prestigious William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis and the James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
  • Rebecca Lindley (Photo) received her BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in 2016. She also had an exhibit at the Brownlee O. Currey Gallery entitled "Hiraeth." The show, which dealt with her experience of being adopted and the search to find her birth parents, included photographs, artist's books, installation, and the alternative photography processes of cyanotype and kailotype.