Alumni Updates

Recent Alumni Submissions

We post alumni updates as we receive them. Use our handy online form to send us your news! You can also find alumni news in our newsletter and in our news archive.

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Briana Chaney, ’15 (Marketing/Art) Briana writes: I just moved to Colorado in July, and I am working as a Marketing Coordinator for a subcontractor in the booming Denver market. I create digital designs for our business collateral, take progress and completed project photos, and I write content for press releases and social media. (Oct 2017)

Christine Henry, ’92 (Art History) Christine writes: After finishing my PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and Design, I am now teaching historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct 2017)

Holly Fleming, ’17 (Art History) Holly writes: After graduation I accepted a position within the Communications Division at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. (Oct 2017)

Devon Ivie, ’15 (Literary and Cultural Studies, minor Art History) Devon writes: I'm currently a writer at New York Magazine's culture website, Vulture. I write about television, music, and occasionally art.
(Oct 2017)

Anne Gochenour, ’79 (Fine Art and Psychology) Anne writes: After graduation I earned an MA and MFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa. I have shown regionally and nationally. I also got very involved in the exhibition of art and have been the curator of contemporary craft at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am currently the gallery director at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant Michigan. I am married to Tom Karson and have a daughter getting ready to graduate from college. My interest in exhibiting art started at Andrews Hall gallery installing our senior exhibition.
(Oct 2017)

Mary Curro, ’57 (Studio Art) Molly writes: Well, like Molly Brown, "I ain't down yet!" And am still learning and loving it....have been dipping my toes into Sumi e Chinese brush painting. I was thrilled to receive an Honorable Mention ribbon for my first Sumi e submission at the Norfolk Senior Center's Spring Art Show...a really encouraging surprise. My memories of our tiny art department in those good old days are so dear, and it is a pleasure to see how it has beautifully expanded now. Good work! (Oct 2017)

Zara Stasi, ’12 (Art History) Zara writes: I have been working over the past few years to bring art into the business world, specifically into facilitation. I created a unique role where I focus on graphic facilitation, illustration, and using art to help clients solve problems. Recently, I created a video to showcase my role that you can see here on my personal website:
Having started in the business world in consulting, I worked to find a way to bring my background and interest in Art into my role in business. The video explains my journey as I designed my role as the Greenhouse Artist, at the Deloitte Greenhouse. (Oct 2017)

Jim Pittman, ’58 (Art History) Jim writes: I am an artist working in acrylic on canvas. I do minimal landscapes inspired by the southwest. I show in Boulder CO, Charleston, SC and Santa Fe, NM . I have studios on CO and VA.
My website is (Oct 2017)

Kelly Bodie, ’10 (Studio Art) Kelly writes: In 2017, my silkscreen prints were selected into two juried group shows and two solo exhibitions in North Carolina. The solo shows "Nevertheless She Persisted" and "From Nature to Abstraction" opened in September. (more about "From Nature to Abstraction" here: I work full time as a nonprofit professional and enjoy working from my small home "studio" as much as I can. (Oct 2017)

Edward Hopkins, ’79 (Studio Art) Edward writes: I earned an MDiv degree in 1983 and have served as a United Methodist pastor since then. I am currently serving Wellspring UMC in Williamsburg. The only art I do is calligraphy now and then. I am married to a W&M graduate and one of my two sons graduated W&M in 2011. (Oct 2017)

Lana Stephens, ’06 (Studio Art) Lana writes: Since graduating in 2006,I went on to earn an MFA in Visual Art from American University. I have been employed as an adjunct professor as well as a full-time teacher. I have completed residencies in New Hampshire, the Dominican Republic, and Iceland. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Buenos Aires, Argentina and Stockholm, Sweden. I have had solo exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois, in addition to several gallery solo and group exhibitions. My work will be on display at this year's Affordable Art Fair.
I presently live in Stockholm, Sweden with my husband and am represented by Galleri Duerr.
I create art as much as I can and work at an I.B. world school teaching visual art. Life is good!
(Oct 2017)

Kristen Lied Peyton, '12 (Studio Art) Kristen sent Art Professor Brian Kreydatus an email, thanking him for "being an engaged and dedicated teacher and essential role in my development and maturity as a painter/printmaker". She also included an "indirect shout-out" extended to Studio Art professors, Nikki Santiago, Elizabeth Mead and John Lee. Her contribution to W&M can be visibly experienced in the mural, painted in 2015,  within the English department's outside courtyard of Tucker Hall.
She will be showing some of her latest work in her upcoming thesis show at the University of New Hampshire. See also an article by UNH featuring Kristen.
(April, 2017)

Malina Umberger Busch, '03 (Studio Art) Malina writes: Since completing my MFA in 2011, I have exhibited regularly in the US and UK. During 2014 and 2015, I embarked on studio research into historic and contemporary pigments as an Honorary Research Associate, and ran research workshops for Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London.
Currently, I am excited to be part of Introductions, a group show curated by Julie Torres at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn,, on view from Jan 13 until Feb 19. The show includes Squirm which comes from a series of studio experiments exploring the physicality of color in relation to painting.
In other studio news, I am pleased to have recently completed a painting commission entitled Bright Veils for Fintel Library at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

Becca Kallem, ’03 (Studio Art, Spanish) Becca writes: I recently curated "Light Wishes Only to Be Land," a painting show at the Arlington Arts Center. It received an excellent review in the Washington City Paper: I continue to work in my studio and teach elementary art in Northern Virginia. (Oct. 2016)

Rene Rodgers '93 (Art History/minor in Classics) Rene writes: After graduating from W&M in 1993, I went to Durham University in England on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. I got my MA in Roman Archaeology, and then went on to get my PhD in Roman Archaeology.

After my PhD, I worked for two years in Durham's archaeology department as a research assistant, conference organizer, admissions assistant, and Lifelong Learning lecturer. I joined the publishing department of English Heritage, the UK government's statutory advisor on the historic environment, in 2000. During my time at English Heritage, I project managed and edited books and free guidance literature about archaeology, architecture and conservation. I also co-wrote a book on Christmas history and traditions for EH.

In 2011, I moved back to the US to be nearer family. After briefly working for a costume designer (!), I became the part-time associate director of Believe in Bristol, Bristol VA/TN's Main Street organization focused on downtown revitalization and the arts. I also worked on the content team for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, developing the exhibit content for the museum prior to its opening. In 2013, I went part-time as the associate curator of the museum, and the museum opened in August 2014. I am now working for the museum full-time as Curator of Exhibits and Publications. I also freelance edit and proofread for private authors and academic publishers.

In my free time, I volunteer for Believe in Bristol and other local nonprofits and organizations, read, write and blog, enjoy walks and hikes in the wonderful parks and trails here in the Appalachian mountains, spend time with family, and enjoy my dog Pippa! (Oct. 2016)

Stephen Correll '81 (Fine Arts) Stephen writes: Retired last fall as Associate Director of Registration from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Now pursuing my painting and drawing full time and loving every minute of it. (Oct. 2016)

Christine Henry '92 (Art History) Christine writes: In the Fall of 2015 I started a tenure-track position as assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct. 2016)

Diana Dixon O'Connell '82 (Art History) Diana writes: I retired in July after 26 1/2 years as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA. Our daughter is a senior at W&M and is in an intro Art History class this semester. (Sept. 2016)

Joan Huiner Ranzini  '83 (Studio Art) Joan writes: I maintain an active studio practice, and am currently focused on a series of abstract paintings inspired by my explorations with cut paper collages. I am also the program coordinator at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, VA. (Sept. 2016)

J Hunter Todd '61 (Fine Arts/Philosophy) J Hunter writes: Happy to say we have started working on the 50th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (April 21-30, 2017) - the longest running Indie film festival in the whole wide world! As founding Director, I have emerged as the longest running festival director also. Amazing! It all started with a film class by Prof Al Haak at W&M!
(Sept. 2016)

Katie Wood '14 (Studio Art) Katie writes: I just completed a one day residency in a mobile studio in Charlottresville where I made one drawing every hour for 24 hours.  Here's a bunch for photos and an interview!

Dave Stevenson ’89 B.A.(Fine Arts) Dave writes: I have been invited to exhibit a monumental bronze sculpture in Finn Park (TriBeCa), for NYC Parks “2016 Art in the Parks” program. Acrobat, a dynamic, eight foot tall abstract work, will make its debut in June. IF its funded in time!

To learn more about The Acrobat Project, visit the artist’s new sculpturezoo website. The Zoo is set up to receive direct donations as well as contributions via purchases from its Gift Shop. Featuring a rotating collection of limited edition sculpture and jewelry, highlights from this week’s selection include: a wearable Acrobat created through the magic of 3D printing; & Bunnydog, a hilarious, tiny bronze sculpture that tops out at 3 inches.

Stevenson’s artwork has been published in: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, Town & Country, People, Seventeen and St. Barth Weekly. Ensemble Lifestyles, an award winning travel magazine, featured an extensive profile of the artist in its 2013 fall issue, highlighting his annual winter exhibition at Galerie Les Artisans in St-Barth. Corporate collections include the New York City headquarters of Pfizer Inc. and the office of film director James Cameron.
Stevenson recently won the honor of creating a commemorative brooch to celebrate the commissioning of the Navy’s new amphibious assault ship, the U.S.S. AMERICA. His dramatic design was presented by the officers of the ship to the vessel’s sponsor, Lynne Pace. In 2012, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance awarded Stevenson a Creative Grant to support his RAPTOR Rising bronze triptych project. In 2006 Stevenson created a commemorative bracelet celebrating former president Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday. The 18 karat, white gold design was auctioned at the William J. Clinton Foundation fundraiser held at the Museum of Natural History. Multi-media collaborations include the sub-Rosa performance with Seattle-based choreographer Cheronne Wong (‘90). Sub-Rosa had its New York premiere in May of 2009 at the Joyce Theater in SoHo.
Stevenson is represented by Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA, Les Artisans in Saint-Bartholemy, F.W.I. and Old Main Gallery in Bozeman, MT. The artist currently splits his time between an apartment/design studio in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and a larger living/work space in the Catskills.(Jan. 2016).
dave stevenson 305 W. 28th Street #1D NY, NY 10001 212.380.6855

Mary Curro ’57
(Fine Arts) Mary writes: It was great fun to once again have paintings exhibited in the Norfolk Senior Center Art Show in June. I was in the company of some of the most talented artists in the Tidewater area...all over the age of 55. We're still creating! I thank William and Mary art Department and Theater too for some of the best learning and inspiration possible! (October 2015)

Sasha Post ’14 (Art History) Sasha writes: After deciding to pursue a career in Arts Administration, I was given the opportunity to work for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a Development Assistant for the National Symphony Orchestra. (October 2015)

Timothy Gonchoroff ’10 (Art History) Timothy writes: I received my Masters in Fine Arts in sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York in the spring of 2015. Currently, I am on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting research on natural dyes in Trosmo, Norway -- home to the northernmost fine arts academy in the world in the Arctic Circle. I hope to complete a new body of work by the end of the school year and perhaps stay in Norway once my fellowship ends. (October 2015)

Jennifer (Rich) Henel ’02 (Art History) Jennifer writes: As part of the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), funded by the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the National Gallery of Art launched Online Editions Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century in April 2014 ( It was the recipient of the 2014 George Wittenborn Award, which selected the publication as the choice publication in the visual arts and architecture which combine the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.
I served as the project manager for this catalogue, and I have spoken about the project to a number of institutions, such as VMI, Washington & Lee, Dumbarton Oaks, ARLIS, NFAIS, etc. I have also published a chapter about this project in: Technology and Digital Initiatives: Innovative Approaches for Museums (Juliee Decker, Ed., 2015). (October 2015)

Emily Fraser '07 (Studio Art and Environmental Studies) Emily writes: "After working in the environmental policy sector in DC for 5 years, I moved to California to pursue an MFA in documentary filmmaking. I graduated from Stanford's Documentary Film MFA program in 2014 and now work as a freelance filmmaker and video production teacher in the Bay Area. My short film about environmental ethics, "Consider the Ant," is on tour with the 34th Annual Black Maria Film Festival and will screen at the National Gallery of Art on July 25th, 2015. It's also available online here:" (July 15)

David Lasky '90 (Fine Arts) David writes: "I colored the graphic novel "El Deafo", which was written and drawn by Cece Bell ('92). It is her memoir of growing up with hearing loss. The book has been named a Newbery Honor Book! Cece and I know each other from working as illustrators for the Flat Hat in the late 80's." (May 2015)

Peter Krebs '93 (Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies) Peter writes:  “I was accepted to the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program at the University of Virginia  School of Architecture, where I plan to concentrate on community health and well-being. I am specifically interested to explore how the arts and creative practices can be early and active parts of the planning process in order to collect better information about community strengths and desires and bring about better local buy-in. I expect the broad and rigorous approach I learned at William & Mary, as well as my years of professional and community involvement to be tremendous sources of insight and inspiration. My program starts in the Fall of 2015 and will take two years." (April 2015)

Susanne Earls Carr (Studio Art, concentration in Architecture) Susanne writes: "Possible points of interest: Howard Deerstyne (studied & worked with Mies van der Rohe) taught modern architecture beside the Head of Architecture.  A. Lawrence Kocher, former Dean of Arch at UVA, versed in traditional as well. They both were my favorite professors and on the staff of the Williamsburg Foundation. Mr. Deerstyne’s photographs were shown at MOMA, NYC. Some of us joined his extra curricular photography group. Both were highly respected and inspirational. They encouraged me to continue in architecture, but I was called into the field of interior design that continues. I also enjoy photography greatly." (October 2014)

Rebecca Van Zee Nutton '07 (Studio Art) Rebecca writes: "My husband, Andy and I are thrilled to welcome our son, Griffin Jack Nutton, into the world. Born September 21st 2014 in Ipswich, UK. We look forward to visiting Williamsburg as a family in the near future." (October 2014)

Julia Cohen George '03 (Studio Art) Julia writes: "After spending nearly ten years in southern California, my husband Richard was accepted in to Penn State's Anthropology PhD program; in June of 2013 we relocated to State College, PA. Since August of 2013, I have been working as the Associate Director of Development for Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts. In addition to my role with the university, I maintain a number of clients, providing comprehensive graphic design services. We're enjoying being back on the east coast for the duration of his program and are excited to see what the future holds!" (October 2014)

Elizabeth Hayes Pratt  '49 (Art & Architecture) Elizabeth writes: "I have been a professional watercolorist since college,have sold over 2300 paintings in various galleries around the US and taught watercolor to hundreds of adults. I am still active.2 one woman shows this summer."

Showing work at the Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

(October 2014)

Dave Stevenson '89 (Studio Art) Dave shares his profile in Ensemble Lifestyles: Monumental Bronze Sculpture Completed
This fall, award-winning travel magazine, Ensemble Lifestyles, showcases Stevenson’s art and annual hedonistic excursion as a winter artist-in-residence on the French West Indies Island of St-Barth. Lured by the promise of ginger rum, windsurfing & warm almond croissants, Dave returns to the island year after year to refuel his creative machine. It seems collectors have also been inspired by the surf of St. Barth. Commissioned through Les Artisans Gallery in St. Barth, Stevenson just completed a monumental bronze enlargement of his dynamic Nautilus sculpture. This seven month, multi-phase odyssey has produced a powerful, graceful, eight-foot tall giant that dwarfs the pedestal-sized original. Created at Polich-Tallix Foundry in Rock Tavern, NY, the piece has been installed at the entrance to a private sculpture garden in Pennsylvania.

In 2012, Stevenson received a Creative Grant from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to support his RAPTOR Rising, bronze triptych. His sculptures can be seen in the New York City headquarters of Pfizer Inc., the office of film director James Cameron, and in private collections across the United States and abroad. The stainless steel wall-relief Stevenson created for Lightstorm Entertainment is a 3-D interpretation of Cameron’s company logo. An animated version of the sculpture appears at the opening of the films True Lies and Strange Days. In 2005, the artist was commissioned by acclaimed DVD producer Van Ling to commemorate the creation of Paramount/Fox’s TITANIC: Special Collector’s Edition DVD set. Stevenson’s limited edition sculpture was presented by Ling to 100 cast and crew members of Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster. Another notable commission was a commemorative bracelet celebrating former president Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday. Stevenson’s 18 karat white gold design was auctioned at the William J. Clinton Foundation fundraiser held at the Museum of Natural History.
In 2007, Stevenson created the sterling silver Inspiration bracelet series to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research. Proceeds are donated to Parkinson’s Unity Walk in the name of Marlene Kahan, a personal friend of the artist who has Early Onset Parkinson’s. Stevenson’s work has been featured on the VH1 Classic, Fuse, ABC and Fine Living television networks, and published in a variety of magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, People, Seventeen, Lucky, Redbook, St-Barth Weekly, The Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Bozeman Chronicle. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Stevenson is represented by Galerie Les Artisans in Saint-Barth©lemy, F.W.I., and Old Main Gallery in Bozeman, MT. The artist currently splits his time between an apartment/design studio in Manhattan, and a larger, living/work space in the Catskills.
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Georga Smith Williams '60 (Studio Art) Georga writes: "Since 1960 I have used my history of Fine Arts while a docent at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. My classes at W&M gave me a head start in training to be a docent. It was absolutely the most fulfilling and fun volunteer work that I have done. I was a docent for over 20 years. Since then I have taken painting classes....oil painting....and Mr. Thorne's oil painting classes at W&M gave me a firm background. Painting is my avocation but occasionally I manage to sell a piece here and there. My travels to many places too have accentuated my love and appreciation of art .All in all I feel so fortunate to have had these opportunities." (Oct, 2013)

Karen Crowe Pitts '78 (Studio Art) Karen writes: "After teaching art in Spotsylvania County for thirty-two years, I have recently gotten married, retired, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix metro area has a very vibrant art scene, and I am looking forward to becoming a participant." (Oct, 2013)

Case Jernigan '08 (Art History) Case writes: "My next show is Invisible Cities, a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings, opens Thursday, October 10th at Idiosyncrasy in Brooklyn. The exhibition features new work inspired by the artist's recent travels in Crete and the Greek Islands, as well as Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities."
The exhibition will be on view from October 6-14 at:
976 Grand Street
Studio D
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Oct, 2013)

Peter Winebrenner '87 (Studio Art) Peter writes: "I continue to practice architecture in the Baltimore/Washington/Virginia area. I am a Principal at Hord Coplan Macht, a 120-person architectural firm located in Baltimore and Alexandria. I oversee the firm's Education Studio, with a focus on K12 and higher education planning and design projects. Having a wife, parents and sister who are or were educators led me to this immensely rewarding area of the profession. The great liberal arts foundation I got at W&M has been invaluable as I continue to help educational institutions plan and design the new and modernized facilities." (Oct, 2013)

Jessica Dupont '11 (Art History, French) Jessica writes: " I am moving to Arlington, VA this summer and I will be starting a two-year program to obtain an M.A. in Arts Management from the Graduate College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University." (2013)

Catherine Williams '07 (Art History) Catherine writes: "After graduating in May 2007, I spent a year in Indonesia with a Fulbright teaching grant. I taught eight sections of intermediate level English as a Foreign Language to high schoolers at a public high school in Makassar, a major city on the island of Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia.Within a month of returning to the U.S., I moved to Seattle with James Ambrose (W&M '07, BBA). We have lived in Seattle since July 2008, where James works for Microsoft and where I've worked in college access and attended the University of Washington for a Master's in Social Work. Currently, at the UW School of Social Work, I'm a writing consultant for fellow MSW students. Also, I'm completing my practicum (clinical internship) at University of Washington Medical Center in bone marrow transplant and oncology social work, as I receive the Carol LaMare Scholarship for Oncology and End-of-Life Care. I will graduate in June 2013. While I don't get to use my art history background in a traditional sense, I do believe that the writing skills developed as an art history major at William and Mary have been invaluable...Also, the W&M presence in Seattle is tiny but fierce; we'd love to meet up with any alumni passing through the area!"(2013)

Danielle Carrabino '98 (Art History) Danielle writes: "I've worked at several art museums (the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Fogg at the Harvard Art Museum). I also received my MA in Art History from Tufts University before continuing my graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. There, I received a second MA and finally, my PhD for my dissertation on Caravaggio in Sicily in July 2011. Since Fall 2010, I have been working as the Resident Art Historian and Student Services Coordinator for the University of Georgia's Studies Abroad Progam in Cortona, Italy. Three semesters per year, I teach a Renaissance course and a Baroque seminar and every Saturday, I lead guided tours through a different city in Italy among about 20. It is a very rewarding, if challenging position which brings together my passions for viewing art in situ, living in Italy, and teaching art history. In my free time, I working on some articles and thinking about turning my dissertation into a book. Before moving to Italy, I also received my certification in group fitness and I teach weekly exercise classes for my students. All in all, things are going well! I do hope to return to W&M for a visit someday as I have heard it has changed dramatically since I have left. I even had a student from W&M last summer so we were chatting about the college and living in Williamsburg. I still cherish my college years and all I learned through my amazing professors at W&M." (2012)

Becca Kallem '03 (Studio Art) Becca writes: "I am excited to have a two-person show at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, where I've been a resident artist since this summer. Earlier this year, I had a great residency experience at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. I also had my work selected to be on a postcard at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery! Fall finds me quite busy teaching art at an elementary school in Northern Virginia." (2012)

Carolyn Shinn Armbruster '11 (Art History) Carolyn writes: "I married Barret Armbruster (WM '10) in September. I completed my Master's in Museum Education and am now teaching school programs at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (2012)

Catherine (Betsy) Goin '64 (Studio) Betsy writes: "I was a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1964 to 2003. I retired then. Now I am an independent associate for USANA Health Sciences. I am also interested in showing and selling my paintings, and I am also interested in becoming a published writer." (2012)

Christine Henry '92 (Art History) Christine writes: "I am currently working on a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and Design at the University of Maryland, with a concentration on Historic Preservation." (2012)

Christopher Reiger '99 (Studio) Christopher writes: " In 2011, in partnership with the artist and designer, Selene Foster, I co-founded and now direct BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions),
a series of San Francisco-based evening programs that bring together local visual artists, musicians, choreographers, scientists, and interdisciplinary thinkers to present engaging, multi-media lectures and performances that explore a given theme. BAASICS is, in many respects, a reincarnation of Synoddity, the William & Mary-based series that Michael McDevitt (1998, BS, Biology) and I co-founded and continued, under different leadership, for one or two years after our departure.

In the United States, the contemporary fine arts and sciences are generally set apart from popular discourse, and despite much talk of commonality between artists and scientists, there is little substantive dialogue between the disciplines. By bringing together working artists, scientists, and other creative individuals to present diverse ideas and projects, we aim to foment not only interdisciplinary exchange but a new genre of experimentation that will move beyond what one of these disciplines can achieve on its own. More importantly, because these lectures and performances are free and open to the public, we hope to make the fine arts and sciences less esoteric for a general audience, thereby inspiring guests to think about how art and science relate to one another and to society at large.

"BAASICS.1: A Live Animal" took place in July 2011; the focus of the program was humanity’s relationship to other species. "BAASICS.2: The Future" took place in June 2012, and participants considered technology and notions of “the future.” "BAASICS.3," as yet untitled, will explore a range of brain disorders (e.g., autism, schizophrenia, and depression).

BAASICS is currently applying for official non-profit status and planning "BAASICS.3."(2012)

More information can be found:

Susan Macon '87 (Art History) Susan writes: "We have a new paint color line called Bridget Beari Colors. 200 custom colors. (2012)

David Lasky '90 (Studio) David writes: " I am co-author of a new full-color graphic novel, "Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song," a biography of the first family of country music." (2012)

Steve Douglas '78 (Art History) Steve writes: "I have been playing music in a number of bands since graduation, including the shock-rock band GWAR, of which I was a founding member. I am currently living in Australia where I play with the internationally touring ska/punk band The Resignators and the alt-country band Family Farm." (2012)
For more information about Steve's music, please visit:

Christopher Edwards '07 (Studio) Christopher writes: "I recieved my MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011." (2012)

Jessica Patterson '05 (Art History) Jessica writes: "Jessica graduated from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London in 2006 with a MA in Art Business. After working in Special Events for the Smithsonian Institution and then in Sales and Marketing for a bridal and fashion designer, Jessica now works for Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York City as the Assistant Director of Enrollment and Alumni."  (2012)

Lisa Junkin '04 (Art History) Lisa writes: "I curated an historical exhibit called "Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords," which opened to the public on June 22, 2012 in Chicago, IL. This exhibit is about the history of a gang on Chicago's west side that incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the 1960s and organized youth, protested unfair housing policies and working conditions, opened small businesses, and fought for peace and racial equality. This is an evolving, multi-site project that will remain on view through 2012. More information available at:  Also I was recently engaged to Arturo Lopez Jr., BA in architecture at University of Maryland, 2004." (2012)

Case Jernigan '08 (Art, Painting) Case writes: "I received my MFA from the New York Studio School this spring. Now I'm recruiting students for NYSS as well as painting in a shared warehouse studio space in Park Slope. I'm preparing for a solo show at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia this coming winter." (2012)

Greta Glaser '09 (Art History) Greta is featured in an article in Art Conservation at the University of Delaware entitled "Preserving History's Fragile Images." (2012)

Becca Kallen '03 (Art) Becca writes:  "I am working on paintings for a solo show at Artisphere in Northern Virginia next year. I am also very excited to be starting as a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center. I currently teach art to children and adults at schools and community centers in the DC area. Fellow W&M alum Grace Bonney recently featured my work on her super-popular website, Desing*Sponge -- generating lots of interest and sales! Thanks, Grace!" (2012)

John Hawley '08 (Art History)  John writes:  "I am currently finishing my PhD in art history at the University of Virginia, writing my dissertation on the drawings of Cornelis Visscher. I have also begun to deal in old master and modern drawings, a selection of which can be found at" (2012)

David Stevenson '89 (Studio)  David writes: "In January, 2012 I won a Creative Grant from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to support my RAPTOR Rising bronze triptych project. I will mold and cast my original steel and resin Raptor in three different orientations, animating it like a 3-D flip book. My triptych will show that a well balanced (carved in-the-round) non-representational sculpture can emulate the human figure by moving comfortably through space without losing any defining physical characteristics. To raise the rest of the bronze casting funds for completing my project, I will host an exhibition/fundraiser in NYC over the summer. Visit or email me at for more info. I introduced the steel & resin Raptor alongside another new sculpture, Chimaera, at my annual exhibition at Les Artisans, St-Barthelemy, F.W.I. this past December. "

Catherine Cole '11 (Studio) Catherine won first place in the Second Annual Excellence in Printmaking, a jurried show at Washington Printmakers Galler in Silver Spring, Maryland.  (2012)

Brian Holcomb ’91 (Art History) Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a PhD in English in 2010. He is currently teaching Composition and Literature at MSU while looking for a tenure-track job. (2011)

Alyson Fletcher ’07 (Studio) After working in architecture in Boston, Alyson is doing a dual masters program in City & Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. (2011)

Malina (Umberger) Busch ’03 (Studio) Malina has recently finished her MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. You can view the paintings and drawings she made while in the program in on her website, (2011)

Malina Busch, Oil on canvas, 61 x 77cm

Mary-Montague Sikes '71 (Studio) Mary writes: “Jungle Jeopardy, an adventure novel, is my latest book, released in August 2011. Inspired by my series of large acrylic paintings of the Maya ruins at Palenque and at Chichen Itza, this book uses the Maya ruins of Central America as a major component of the plot. I also have another novel, A Rainbow for Christmas, scheduled for release in November. An historical novel, A Rainbow for Christmas is a sweet romance set in 1869 on a wagon train heading from Independence, Missouri to Denver, Colorado. I also have three short hardcover non-fiction books from the "Snapshot in Time" series set for release in October at the Virginia Librarians Conference in Portsmouth.

I maintain two studio/gallery spaces at Petersburg Regional Arts Center, 132 North Sycamore St., Petersburg. I also have paintings on display at Prince George Art & Frame on Jamestown Road in Williamsburg.“ 2011

For more information about Mary’s work, please visit: - Mary's Amazon book page link

Michelle Erickson (Studio) Michelle wrote to tell us that she is having an exhibit in the foyer of the Dewitt Wallace Gallery, which runs through October 17th. Also showing at the Dewitt Wallace Museum are recreations from the recently excavated coffee house and a fantastic exhibition of Moravian ceramics entitled 'Art in Clay.'  Michelle has 3 technology screens within the exhibition showing her work in the rediscovery of various ceramic techniques used by the 18th century north carolina potters.

Carol Brown '75  (Studio with Honors) Carol wrote to tell us that she is currently the of Vice President at Kumeu Arts Centre Inc. She has also been an arts teacher Massey High School in Auckland, New Zealand since 1997. She also told us that she obtained her Master of Visual Arts in printmaking, 2006 from Monansh University in Australia. (2011)

Laurel Aston '72  (Studio / Education) Laurel writes "Hi Wm & Mary friends, I will be visiting the east coast this fall 2011, but will not make it to Homecoming... contact me if you wish to join me either around D.C., Bethesda, Richmond, C'ville, or Wmsburg for a visit! A wave from the west coast to all! Laurel" (2011)

Megan McLaughlin '04  (Art History) Megan McLaughlin is currently working as the historic preservation planner for the City of Miami, focusing on preserving the City's built heritage, as well as managing archeological and environmental resources in the City. After focusing on the history of architecture and urban planning at William and Mary, Megan received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Miami and worked as an urban designer and planner for Dover, Kohl & Partners for four years. She married her UM School of Architecture classmate Juan Mullerat, who recently opened his own design firm, Plus Urbia. Megan and Juan are currently sleep deprived and happy after the birth of their first child, Margarita Virginia, on August 30th. (2011)

J.T. (Jonathan) Carter '11 (Studio Art) J.T. writes that he is "currently working full time with ANHAM USA, Inc. a Government Contracting Company in the Contract and Billing Department and Equinox Fitness as a Front Desk Associate." (2011)

Katie Dixon '09 (Art History) Katie writes "Since graduating in May 2009 I have unfortunately used my Art History degree in limited settings. Fortunately, I now work as Communications Assistant at the non-partisan political non-profit Sunlight Foundation where I get to not only read news all day, but I am lucky enough to use my visual background in video production and photography. I live and work in Washington DC and love it dearly, and am continuing my education with art classes at the Smithsonian." (2011)

William (Bart) Shepherd '92 (Art History) writes "I am living with my wife (Kathy Bello, W&M 1989) and our 2 young daughters in San Francisco, CA. I am the Curator of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. We have been in our new Renzo Piano designed building for just over 2 years now. I oversee the care of more than 30,000 organisms representing about 900 species. Although I made the switch to science, one of my favorite aspects of the job is that I get to combine my undergrad degree in art and art history with my graduate degree in biology - especially with new exhibit design and development. I try and go SCUBA diving in our 200,000 gallon coral reef exhibit every once in a while, and I have travelled on several Academy research expeditions to the Philippines. (2011)

Grace Bonney  '03 writes  moved to Brooklyn, NY following graduation where she founded the design website Design*Sponge. Design*Sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design and reaches an audience of over 70,000 readers per day. Grace's first book, Design*Sponge at Home, (A collection of home tours, DIY projects and furniture makeover techniques) will be published next Fall 2011 by Artisan Books. (2010)

Erin Murray, (Mother Ginger) Your Daughters Will Dance for You Erin Murray '06 (B.A. Studio Art) in 2009, Murray received her MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. She currently works as an adjunct faculty member at UNH and will also be teaching drawing and painting at Sanctuary Arts in Maine in the spring. She is exhibiting her paintings locally and nationally. She lives and works in Portsmouth, NH. (2010)