Close menu Resources for... William & Mary
W&M menu close William & Mary

Alumni Updates: 2000s


Below are archived updates for Art & Art History alumni graduating between 2000-09. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for updates received this year.

 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)

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.

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

Greta Glaser '09

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

Case Jernigan '08

Case 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)

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)

 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)

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)

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)

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 (2010):

  • 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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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