Alumni Updates: 2000s


Below are archived updates for alumni graduating since 2000. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for updates received this year.

Lisa Junkin '00 (Art History) In the spring of 2007, Lisa completed her Master's degree in School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While a student, she worked as a teaching artist at the Hyde Park Art Center and created a number of in-school and after-school art programs for various organizations. She was recently hired as a Project Coordinator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago on the University of Illinois campus. She is working to develop the museum's education department and support the wide range of programming offered. (2009)

Brendan Codey '01 (Minor, Studio Art) Since graduation, Brendan has attended the Vermont Studio Center for a sculpture residency and spent two summers at the Chautauqua Institution's Summer Fine Arts Program in Sculpture. In 2005, he received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007 Brendan received an M.F.A., also from the Art Institute. His work has most recently been exhibited in several group shows at Gallery 2 in Chicago and at the Chashama Gallery in NYC. In March, he will be a part of a three-person show at the Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago. (2009)

In December of 2007 Brendan released a four-song EP titled "walkandcarryabig" through the Chicago-based artist collective Bailliwik. Brendan has shared with us that he has fond memories of the W&M art department and invites all to view his website at (2009)

Anna Metcalfe '01 is completing her second year of a three-year MFA program in ceramics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (2009)

Julia Cohen '03 (B.A. Studio Art) Julia recently accepted a Special Events position with Olive Crest, a non-profit that provides homes and services to abused and at-risk children in Orange County, CA. In addition to the graphic and creative services she provides for her organization, she has been freelancing for clients all over Southern California. In her free time Julia works on Ronda's Dream Center, a visual therapy center that will be installed at Fairview Developmental in Costa Mesa, CA.& For more information about the dream center and to view a website created by Juila vist: (2009)

Andrew Coombs '03 has completed his M.F.A. degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology.(2009)

Sarah Bean '04 (Art History) Sarah is currently working for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, under a U.S. Department of Education grant, Ready To Learn. The grant uses educational technology to help children in low-income communities build their literacy skills. Sarah told us that she is grateful for the analytic and writing skills she learned in the art history department at William and Mary. Her most exciting project to date at CPB is a suite of three online professional development courses that were developed in partnership with PBS. These courses were designed to help childcare workers build the literacy skills of young children. Sarah is currently applying for a Master's in Educational Technology Leadership at George Washington University in Washington, DC. (2009)

Lisa Junkin '04 (B.A. Art History) writes: “As Director of Education at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, I had the privilege of curating several rooms in the museum's new permanent exhibition. This was the largest renovation and re-envisioning of the museum in 50 years.”

“On Wednesday, September 8 2010, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Addams' birth, The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, one of the nation's most important historic landmarks, will open its new permanent exhibition and the second floor of the historic Hull home at 800 S. Halsted Street for the first time.”

“Highlights of the new exhibition include:

  • Jane Addams' Nobel Peace Prize, childhood drawings, her personal diary and other personal artifacts.  
  • A Day in the Life: depicting Hilda Satt Polachek, a Polish factory worker who volunteered in the settlement’s Labor Museum and wrote I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl, and Jesus Torres, a Mexican migrant who worked in the Hull-House Kilns and became a leading Mexican-American artist.   
  • Architectural Encounters: restored architectural details throughout the Museum that demonstrate the relationship between social ideals and the decorating choices of the Hull-House reformers. 
  • Sounds Like History: a sonic landscape of Hull-House at the turn-of-the-century.    
  • Unfinished Business: the inaugural temporary exhibition in graphic novel format, dedicated to the history and current state of juvenile justice in the United States.  
  • A collection of photographs of Hull-House by Wallace Kirkland, one of the most important documentary photographers of the 20th century.    
  • A newly constructed, beautiful, detailed scale model of the Hull-House Settlement as it appeared in 1907, highlighting the work of Chicago architects Irving and Allen Pond. 
  • Never-before-seen art by ten Chicago artists who lived and worked at Hull-House at the turn-of-the-century.    
  • An in-depth exploration of what childhood was like in the 19th Ward of Chicago and a multi-media display of Hull-House programs for children. 
  • The renovation was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, The Joyce Foundation, American Association of University Women-Illinois, Inc., American Tamil Medical Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors.” (2010)

Michele Lucas '04 (Art History) Since graduating Michele has been a docent at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. She moved to Raleigh, NC, in September 2007. (2009)

Lindsay Moroney '04 (Art History) Lindsay is currently working in NYC and attending school part time at Hunter College. (2009)

Erin Murray '06 (B.A., Studio Art in Painting & Drawing) After completing her B.A., Erin took a year off to work as an elementary art educator and arts administrator for the Children's Art Network and P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education in western Virginia. She also spent that time working as a fine art framer and applying to graduate programs. She is currently in her second year of a two-year MFA painting program at the University of New Hampshire, where she is also teaching. Erin spent the summer of 2008 in a painting program in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, where she indends to return in the summer of 2009. Her work is currently on view in the 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibition II at the University of New Hapshire in Durham. (2009)

Erin Murray '06 (B.A. Studio Art) Erin Murray, (Mother Ginger) Your Daughters Will Dance for You  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)

Jessica Ruse '06 (B.A. Art History) writes: “Since 2007, I have been employed as a program assistant at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, part of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I also am working on my M.A. in Museum Studies through Johns Hopkins University's online program and expect to complete it next year.” (2010)

Lana Stephens '06Lana Stephens, Into the Darkness, Charcoal, 2009(B.A., Studio Art) Lana graduated with a Master's in Fine Art in May 2009 from American University in Washington D.C. (2009)

Courtney Benzon '07 (Art History) writes: "After spending a year as an AmeriCorps construction crew leader for DC Habitat for Humanity, I will be attending Rice University next fall for my master's of architecture." (2009)

Veronica Cecire '07 (B.A. Art & Art History) writes: “I have been teaching Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e to children at a Montessori school in Newport News. I am amazed by some of my students' accomplishments in brush strokes.” (2010)

Alyson Fletcher '07 (B.A. Art History) writes: “After three years working in Architecture and co-chairing a design advocacy non-profit in Boston, I spent the summer leading a cross-country cycling trip from Virginia to Oregon to build, raise money, and advocate for affordable housing with Bike & Build. After the epic journey, I moved to Ithaca, NY to pursue a Masters in City & Regional Planning. I'm currently helping teach a seminar in american urban history with preservation planning professor Michael Tomlan, and recently led a lecture on the roots of New Urbanism and other suburban models from the past thirty years. The focus of my graduate studies is in physical planning and urban design, and I am planning to be engaged in advocacy and design for public spaces and for active transportation. After the stimulation of courses like those of Ed Pease and Sibel Zandi-Sayek, I spent a long time visiting schools, thinking about career options, and considering an architecture versus planning path, and I would be more than glad to speak with any current students or alumni thinking about doing work in a related direction. If/when you're in Ithaca anytime soon, let's meet for coffee!” (2010)

Guiliana Graham '07 is the events planner for the New York Studio School. (2009)

Brian Kelley '07 (B.A. Studio Art) This year, Brian obtained his MFA in Painting at Indiana University. Both William & Mary and Indiana University bought work from him in the spring. In particular, W&M's Law Library currently has the painting "Ten Levels," a work he made while at Indiana, on display. This summer he visited Italy, being based in Florence but also traveling across the country making copies and landscapes. Currently he lives in Alexandria, VA, and teaches at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and Prince George Community College (Prince George, MD). To see more of Brian's works, check out his new website at (2009)

Brian Kelley '07 (B.A. Art) Brian will be in two group exhibitions this fall around the DC area:

  • 52nd Annual Art Faculty Show, Prince George's Community College, Marlboro Gallery. 10/4-11/11. Reception 10/21, 6-8pm
  • AACC Visual Arts Faculty Show, Anne Arundel Community College, Cade Gallery. 10/6-10/16. Reception 10/6, 6-8pm

Catherine Williams '07 (Art History) Catherine received notification she has progressed to the next round for a Fulbright grant. Her application was reviewed at the national level, and she was given a "recommended" status. Her application is now being sent to Indonesia and to another board in the State Department. (2009)

Justin Yedor '07 (Minor, Studo Art) Justin will attend Duke Universtiy Law School this fall. (2009)

Case Jernigan '08Case Jernigan '08 (B.A. Studio Art) Case recently exhibitied new oil paintings at the Joie de Livres Gallery in Salisbury, CT. They are all paintings of Italy that he finished this summer during a Residency through the Art Students League of NY. (2009)

Greta Glaser '09Greta Glaser '09 (Art History) This fall Greta will be pursing a graduate degree in Art Conservation at the University of Delaware's Winterthur Art Conservation Program. The three-year Conservation Program include a one- year internship somewhere outside the Winterthur Museum. Greta plans to major in the conservation of paintings or painted surfaces. After graduation Greta intends to spend a few years applying her conservation skills abroad. (2010)
Also see the University of Delaware's Art Conservation June 2012 article about Greta entitled "Preserving History's Fragile Images

Megan Roberson '09 - Megan currently lives in London and is applying to Business School. (2009)