Below are archived updates for Art & Art History alumni graduating between 1990 and 1999. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for updates received this year.
Alberta Boone '93 (Studio Art) Since graduating, Alberta has received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2005. She is currently at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, as the 2008 Lincoln Fellow. Anyone wanting further information about the Archie Bray Foundation can visit the website: www.archiebray.org. (2009)
Julianna Bynoe '99 (Studio Art) Julianna was recently appointed Coordinator of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Marryland in College Park. Formerly she served as Weekend Docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. (2009)
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)
San Francisco is where Ian Hart '98 has established his studio (website). (2009)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Peter Krebs '93 (Interdisciplinary Studies Major, 19th Century French Studies; minor, Studio Art)
Recently Peter exhibited his drawings at Migration Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. (2009)
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)
David Lasky '90 (Studio Art) David has just completed the art and design of an educational comic book about influenza that will be distributed throughout the U.S. The book focuses on how to prepare for a potential pandemic, with special emphasis on informing immigrant communities who may not be reachable through the mainstream media. This was a meaningful and personal project for David, as his great-grandmother was an immigrant who died in the 1918 pandemic. Aside from the book, David has been teaching the art of comics and storyboarding part time at the Art Institute of Seattle and in Seattle-area middle schools. He continues to draw comics, design posters, and maintain an active exhibition schedule. (2009)
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)
Laura King Manno '94 (Studio Art) After graduating, Laura completed her Master's in Architecture and accepted a position with one of the most renowned architecture firms in the world, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, where she practiced for 10 years. Over the past 2 years Laura was married to Philip L. Manno (alum '94) and had their first child, Lorenzo. She is now practicing with Grimm & Parker Architects in the Washington DC Metro area. Laura visits W&M annually to speak with students interested in learning more about architecture as a profession. (2009)
Sara Taylor Morasch '98 (B.A. Art History) Sara has obtained master's (2001) and doctoral (2006) degrees in art history from Bryn Mawr College. Her dissertation examined the integration of prehispanic and peninsular elements at the sixteenth-century convent of Santiago Apsstol in Cuilapan, a Mixtec community in the state of Oaxaca (Mexico). She served as an Assistant Research Curator in the Departments of Textiles and Amerindian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006-08. Currently she's a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and would be more than happy to speak with any art history majors interested in pursuing graduate work or museum careers: sm-taylor [at] nga.gov. (2009)
Lewis Nelson '90 is Associate Professor of Architecture at UVA. (2009)
Christopher Reiger '99 (B.A. Studio Art) Christopher was awarded a September residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. He will be provided with a studio space to conduct his reasearch and will work on paintings, drawings, and essays. During his two-week residency he plans to explore Nebraska City and the surrounding land, focusing particularly on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the legacy of the 19th-century westward expansion. Check out his blog, Hungry Hyaena, where he will post essays written during his residency. Recently Christopher had the opportunity to work with printer Gabe Greenberg of Greenberg Editions, where he created two limited edition prints: Further Murmuration and Synesthesia #1. His next solo exhibition will be at Denise Bibro Platform Gallery, October 8 - November 7, 2009. (2009)
Christopher Reiger '99 (B.A. Art) writes: “I just moved to San Francisco after a decade in NYC. The art scene is considerably smaller, but still energetic and vibrant. I was accepted into a residency program called Root Division, located in SF's Mission District, that offers subsidized studio space in exchange for some adult and youth education work. It's a community-oriented program, too, so I'll be working with “under-served” (i.e., poor and overlooked) youth in the neighborhood on art projects. I continue to exhibit regularly around the country, and my charitable sales model is still healthy and growing. I hope all the other W&M art alums are flourishing!” (2010)
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." Website: http://www.baasics.com (2012)
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)
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. www.calacademy.org (2011)
Bart Shepherd '92 (Art History) Bart currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Kathy (Bello, Class of 1990) and their two daughters, Charlotte, 3, and Cecelia, 1. In May 2005, Bart was hired as the Curator of the Steinhart Aquarium, part of the California Academy of Sciences. They are now in the final stages of a $484 million renovation and will reopen the Renzo Piano -designed building to the public in the fall of 2008 (see calacademy.org for details). This has been an exciting couple of years for Bart, with the project allowing him to travel, SCUBA dive in the Philippines, and work hand-in-hand with architects, exhibit designers, and fabricators. He has also been in the press and on TV many times, including Mythbusters, and will appear in several other documentaries. (2009)