Where are you currently working? I am currently self-employed and doing commissioned work. Since graduating from Revere Academy in December, I have been on the hunt for an apprenticeship in the Atlanta area.
What types of jobs & where have you worked in the past? In order to gain experience on the sales/business side of things, I worked at Nordstrom in Phipps Plaza on the Jewelry and Watches sales floor. It was a great opportunity for me to meet
Box Ring by Whitney Reddish
designers and their reps and learn more about what it’s like for them to sell their jewelry in a large retail store.
What is your favorite type of work? I like being able to tell when a piece is handmade. There is nothing more appealing to me than someone telling a material such as metal what to do; not with a machine but with his or her own hands.
Where &/or how are you inspired? I look for inspiration everywhere I go. I find a lot of my inspiration in other people. Actions and reactions. I also look for new textures; thinking of how I may replicate them in metal.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? My most memorable experience with BFSDoArt was my BFA Exhibition. I grew a lot in that semester before my show and I am most thankful for that time my Professors and peers.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be? It’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be worth it.
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? Ten years from now, I see myself as a successful, independent Jewelry Artist & married to my BFSDoArt sweetheart.
Involvement with any professional organizations. Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); American Craft Council (ACC)
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? Gallery assistant at Georgia Southern University
What is your favorite type of work? I enjoy making work that channels more than one idea and is very complex- I hand build my ceramics so my favorite project is usually one that I can make as complex as possible while still physically being stable.
Where &/or how are you inspired? I am inspired by walking around, observing my surroundings, the architecture and land. I am interested all art, not just ceramics. In the studio music plays an integral part of my creative process.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? My most memorable experience with the BFSDoArt Program was working as a gallery assistant for the university. Being involved in unpacking artwork, installations, shipping, and having one-on-one interaction with visiting artists of all types of disciplines was invaluable insight into how to be a successful working visual artist.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be?
That there are more opportunities for visual artists, especially ceramic artists than you realize while in college. This whole idea of the “starving artist” is only as powerful as you let it be. Artist have advantage of creativity–there are many opportunities for artists who are flexible and willing to consider different viewpoints and be adventurous.
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I would like be a working artist and possibly teach on a university level.
Involvement with any professional organizations. Work Exchange with The Clay Studio, Philadelphia.
Where are you currently working? Sips n’ Strokes & Fade Away Ink (mobile henna booth)
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? I was a nanny and personal assistant for two years in Atlanta. I was also a waitress at Mellow Mushroom during my college years in Statesboro and Atlanta.
What is your favorite type of work? My favorite type of work would have to be surrealism.
Recent Successes? Current Projects? I am currently working on a logo design for someone’s T-shirt line.
Where &/or how are you inspired? I am inspired almost every time I am in nature or around wild life. I am also inspired by young freelance artists who have made a living doing what they love.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? My most memorable experience was setting up for the BFA Portfolio Exhibition show. I enjoyed learning about all the aspects that go into curating a show. From framing my work to displaying it and making sure the whole exhibit was put together is a cohesive manner was a lot of fun. I learned some valuable information that I think every artist should know.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be? I wish I knew how important it was to have a website up.
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I would like to see myself as a freelance medical illustrator. Ideally I want to work closely with a doctor to create patient education illustrations. I would also like to do editorial illustrations for medical purposes.
Favorite color. Purple
Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers and/or future students? I want to thank all of my art teachers for the wonderful experience I had in the program and for all the knowledge they instilled in me and advice they gave me. To future students: Do not be discouraged by any means to pursue a career in the arts because there is nothing more rewarding than living a life of enjoyment doing the things you are passionate about.
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past?
2012-present Assistant Professor, Ceramics Coordinator, Dept. of Art, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH.
2009 Visiting Faculty, Sabbatical Replacement, Dept. of Art, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI.
2004-08 Assistant Professor, Ceramics Coordinator, Dept. of Art, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR.
2003-04 Instructor/Artist is Residence/Technician, VA&AH, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
2002-03 Ceramic Instructor/Visiting Artist, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB, Canada
2002 Adjunct Faculty, Art Dept., Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.
2002 Visiting Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Art, OH. Summer course –“The Function of Form”
2001-02 Elementary Art Educator, Nevils Elementary, Statesboro, GA. K-5
2001 Visiting Instructor/Artist, Ceramics, Art Dept., Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.
1999-2001 Graduate Teaching Associate (Instructor on record) Ceramic Dept., School of Art and Art History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
What is your favorite type of work? abstract work working with bold forms, atmospheric space, subtlety, and minimal.
Where &/or how are you inspired? I’m most inspired historically by persian miniatures. Currently I’m inspired by life with an active 2 1/2 year old, the illustrations in his books, his perspective of his young world, and the evolution of life with him.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? Woodfiring on the 4th floor of Foy, and all the Club Mud sales!
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be? Jane Pleak did a great job preparing her students for the real world in the field of Art and Ceramics.
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? Doing what I’m doing! I’d like to be creating project driven work that continues to challenge my current skills, working knowledge and love of what I do.
Favorite color. turquoise
Involvement with any professional organizations. NCECA
Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers and/or future students? Work hard, explore your ideas and find motivation and inspiration from not only history but from your peers!
Where are you currently working? I do tons of freelancing, but also still working a service job that I fortunately enjoy and which serves to keep me grounded and not too full of myself 😉
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past?
T Shirt designer
Conceptual designer (TV)
What is your favorite type of work?Anything that balances interesting ideas or problems with a visually stimulating (not to be confused with purely pleasing) effect. I love the hell out of Matisse, but I love Peter Saul and Paul McCarthy as well.
Recent Successes? Current Projects?I’ve most recently sold 3 paintings to the High Museum of Art for their permanent collection. The pieces will be featured in a group show in the latter half of June this Summer.
Back in the Fall I completed a year-long emerging artist mentor program, called Leap Year, through Atlanta’s MINT Gallery. I got a free studio space, stipend, mentors, memberships to art organizations, and collaborated with two other selected artists to make public art and do arts-based community service. I also went on my first artist residency through Leap Year to the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA.
Right now I’m wrapping up the Little Tybee drawing and prepping for the University of KY project. I’m also applying for residencies and trying to sharpen my grant-writing skills.
Where &/or how are you inspired?By working and by learning about how other artists work. There’s a really great interview Richard Serra gave on the Charlie Rose show back in 2007 that I actually ripped the audio from youtube and burned to a cd; it’s one of my favorite things to listen to when I work!
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt?Staying up 33 hours and painting for 19 of those. Bruce Little calling a classmate’s work shit in the first Drawing 1 critique(also my first art class in college). Another classmate catching beetles in buried traps using his own dung and then using the dead bugs in assemblages. Changing from an illustration to fine art painting track when I realized how much more interested I was in dealing with ideas of my own.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be?I guess maybe the hustle involved, by which I mean understanding not just the necessity of grants and residencies to get the time/space to make work, but the actual process of applying for both. It also took me a while before I learned about acrylic painting medium, which would have made my first 5 years out of school so much easier, but I’m hard-headed!
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years?Hopefully in a good cycle of producing and selling work, doing residencies, and hopefully still getting invited to do fun projects all over the place!
Favorite color.Primaries. Secondaries are alright, but I hate purple.
Involvement with any professional organizations. Vice President – Murmur (formerly Atlanta Zine Fest)
Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers and/or future students?Read everything, follow your bliss, make a lot of mistakes, learn tons of processes, take nothing for granted in your work because that is a fine way to cheat yourself, raid youtube and ubuweb for video art, artist interviews, and how-to videos, learn to cook because it saves you a lot of money in groceries and healthcare, learn to save money and invest, be a good person because no one wants to work with an asshole 😉
Where are you currently working? The Times of Gainesville, Ga; Morris Multimedia
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? Oh, I have had a job of one kind or another since I was 15. I’ve done everything from tossing pizza to logistics for a large retail corporation. But my “break” came the summer I graduated Georgia Southern when I landed the job at Statesboro Herald as the daily paper’s sole photographer. Since then, I have had the opportunity to ride in presidential motorcades, meet the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several celebrities among other things. I worked my way up the editorial ladder to become the editor of HOME Magazine, a lifestyles publication produced by Franklin Publishing and Morris Multimedia.
What is your favorite type of work? Most definitely my passion is photojournalism. It takes both the keen eye of an artist to frame and compose a shot and a nose for news, but it happens once and never again. You either get the moment, or it’s lost forever. It’s the anticipation of that moment that really excites.
Michelle Boaen Jameson; Home Living in North Georgia & Destination Lanier Magazines
Recent Successes? Current Projects?I have several awards from both the Associated Press and the Georgia Press Association. I just published a new magazine, Destination Lanier, where I am the editor, photographer, and designer! The latest edition of HOMEfeatures the fabulous art collection at Brenau University here in Gainesville.
Where &/or how are you inspired? Well, I could easily say music, nature and coffee, but to be honest, inspiration comes at our darkest or most unexpected hour, when we are struggling to make sense of life. I do however, find inspiration from the study of the human mind and its endless ability to transform and rewire itself.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? By far my most enjoyable moments came from long hours in the studio with fellow artists, feeding off one another’s sleep-deprived delirium. I also really miss the time spent in Gallery 303 with the other students hanging shows and prepping for receptions. You learn a lot handling other artists work. One trip that stands out was when I was asked to return the work of a visiting artist. He had 20-30 large cane poles as part of his instillation and my job was to safely transport them back to his studio in Washington, D.C. It was my first and only trip to our nation’s capital. Another interesting event happened my senior year when another student and I were asked to show our work at the state capital for an annual meet and greet with the Georgia legislature. My work was a study in figure drawing/mixed media and was a four canvas piece. Before the night even began, someone asked that I remove two of the canvasses. I refused to compromise the work, so I was forced to move the piece to a corner, which only made everyone more interested to see!
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be? That the economy was going to tank! And that it takes time to get started in your field, and you may end up doing something outside of your major that leads to other opportunities.
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I would like to be in a position where I can return to studio work full time.
Steven Dendy, Graphic Communications Management Alumni
First & Last Name: Steven Dendy
Degree & Graduation Year:1994 B.S. in Printing Management (now referred to as Graphic Communications Management)
Where are you currently working?Huhtamaki, currently in De Soto, KS
What types of jobs (& where) have you held in the past? I worked for a couple of years in the Eagle Print Shop on campus running the printing presses and copy machines. Upon graduation I went to work for Rock-Tenn Company I held numerous jobs from Quality Coordinator, Traffic Manager, Assistant Plant Manager and Plant Manager. In 2001 I became the Plant Manager for Paris Packaging in Andalusia, AL held this positions through a couple of acquisitions, the last one being with Huhtamaki. Most recently I have been promoted to Director of Operations – Folding Carton for Huhtamaki where my responsibility will be overseeing four folding carton plants (Andalusia, AL , Paris, TX, Hopkinsville, KY and Franklin, OH)
What is your favorite part about your job? Working with people.
Recent Successes? Promotion from Plant Manager to Director of Operations Folding Carton
Current Projects? Optimization of Folding Carton Production through four plants for optimal production and customer service.
Where &/or how are you inspired? I was raised around printing and folding cartons. I loved going to the folding carton plants with my dad. I worked out in the plants while going to college in the summer and love working with the people on the machines. I am inspired by the production people in my plants from the lowest paid worker to the plant managers. These people are the reason I go to work every day. I love seeing what you can do with ink and paper. The challenge of a new account and delivering the product to the customer, meeting or exceeding their expectations that is what keeps me going.
Most memorable moment/experience studying your degree at Georgia Southern? Taking the introduction to Printing Management and the conformation that I had chosen the right major for my degree and career. Any day in the computer lab with Dr. Jim Holmes!
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated what would it be? That Snooky’s would close! I would have eaten there more often!
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I just achieved what would have been my 10 year goal. Now I would like to see our organization as the number one food service packaging provider in the US.
Favorite program/machine to use, and what it is used for? Any wide web Flexographic printing press or Lithographic printing press. Nothing is better than the smell of blanket wash in the morning!
Anything else you’d like to tell us, your peers and/or future students? Realize that Georgia Southern University gives you the knowledge for your career. It is your hard work and determination that leads to success in your career.
Where are you currently working? I own my own studio in Elijay, Georgia.
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? After he receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focusing in bronze casting and ceramics, I studied in Italy and apprenticed for two years with Caroline Montague, a Georgia artist known for her monumental stainless steel and wall sculptures.
Recent Successes? Current Projects? I have exhibited in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, California, Arizona, New Mexico and several other states. Today, my pieces can be found in museums, companies, schools and the collections of private collectors such as legendary musician Elton John and a founder of Home Depot.
Where &/or how are you inspired? Living at the foot of the Smoky Mountains inspires my creativity My work is organic and I am constantly surrounded by nature. I live in it, I live with it and my kids grow up in it… I just love it. I look at everything through an artist’s eye. If not for University teachers like Professor Emeritus Pat Steadman I would not have made it as a full-time sculpture. The professors were great and really molded me to what I am today. I didn’t know it then. It took me years to discover it, and come back and say ‘wow’ I now know what they were talking about then.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? During a photography class I was taking as an elective, I opened the sculpture door that was always kept shut to keep the dust down. I saw this wonderful chaotic feast of materials and tools. What I saw spoke to me; it called me. It was then I changed my major from business to art.
Involvement with any professional organizations. I’ve estimated that my art has helped raise at least $400,000 in almost 30 years. I do a lot of charity work because it is the only way I can give back.
Where are you currently working? Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, GA
What types of jobs & where have you held in the past? Prior to working as an Expert Interaction Designer at Turner, I have worked in fine arts administration at a public art center and gallery in Atlanta, freelanced as a graphic designer and web designer, and have experience as a graphic designer at a small agency in south Florida.
What is your favorite type of work? Contributing both visual design and front-end programming on emerging technology projects, and designing interactions that enhance a person’s experience using an application.
Recent Successes? Current Projects? In my first year at Turner, I have worked on several public facing interactive media projects at events such as the State of the Union and Presidential Inauguration coverage on-air and at the National Mall for CNN, InstaBracket for NCAA.com during the Final Four, 80” touch screen application at Ryder Cup for PGA, and a scavenger hunt mobile application for Cartoon Network during Comic-Con.
A screenshot of CNN’s “Tweet of the Union” A collaborative iPad app Langley was part of.
Where &/or how are you inspired? I am inspired when I chat with people about the exciting things they are making, when looking through art and design books old and new, thumbing through old technical manuals, and being surrounded by nature.
Most memorable moment/experience with the BFSDoArt? Going through the entire process of my senior project, from working alone in a studio to presenting artwork to the public in a gallery exhibit.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you graduated, what would it be? Working as a commercial artist, one must emotionally distance themselves from their artwork. Oh, and networking is not as scary as I once thought!
Where would you like to see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years? I would love to have the opportunity to work as a Creative Director for emerging technology projects.
Favorite color. Green
Involvement with any professional organizations. IxDA Atlanta, AIGA
Continuing education, grad school, etc. Master of Science – Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2012