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Students are encouraged to work hard and to realize that ultimately their drive for success is the motivating factor that leads to future goals. We provide the tools for learning along with excellent instruction, but students are responsible for how to apply what has been learned. We encourage our students to see themselves as lifelong learners with the liberal arts background and artistic attributes that can lead them to successful careers in and outside of the arts.
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Gabby Bernier graduated in December of 2016 with a BFA specialization in graphic design and a minor in fine arts entrepreneurship. Shortly after graduation, Gabby moved to Boulder, Colorado on a contracted position working with multiple clients on their graphic design, web design, and marketing needs. After moving back to St. Louis a year later, she now works for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation in downtown St. Louis. There, she utilizes both print and web design to create and manage the branding of their signature events, including the grand opening of Gateway Arch National Park. Ms. Bernier is passionate about graphic design and retains clients from both Boulder and Cape Girardeau in addition to her day job.
Jason Stoff grew up in Highland, Illinois and attended Southeast Missouri State University with the assistance of the Governor’s Scholarship. He studied fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in 2006. After graduation, he went on to do award-winning work in the St. Louis marketing and design industry over the next eight years at HLK (née Hughes) and Atomicdust™. He also photographed live music professionally for the Riverfront Times and Eleven Magazine.
Jason Stoff is currently principal digital product designer at Starbucks in Seattle, Washington where he works on app and web experiences that impact millions of customers.
Samantha Park grew up in the small town of Troy, Missouri. She began pursuing her bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2014 as a freshman in the interior design program. Throughout her time at Southeast Ms. Park was involved in the Interior Design Student Association, holding positions as treasurer in the spring 2016 and president from fall 2016 through spring 2017. She gained great experience in the textile industry through her senior year internship at RMCOCO Décor Ltd. Although she enjoyed her experience there, Ms. Park's true passion resides with kitchen and bath design. Currently, Samantha Park is working at Milford Kitchen and Bath in Fenton, Missouri.
Alyssa Johnes studied graphic design at Southeast Missouri State University and through her time in the classroom and her internship with University Marketing on campus, she gained the knowledge to begin her successful career in design. While at Southeast she enjoyed her time as member of the Rock Climbing Club, joining them on multiple trips out west, and she also discovered her love for the sport of bike polo. She graduated from Southeast in December 2016 and quickly started working as a graphic designer for Captiva Marketing. In 2018, she began her current position as a graphic designer for Abstrakt Marketing Group in St. Louis, Missouri.
Michelle Lee came to Southeast Missouri State University to study computer graphics and photography. As she acquired needed skills in the classroom, she pursued work as a freelance designer. Also while at Southeast, she participated in the Jane Stephens Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, and she led the Korean Student Organization as president. Michelle was also regularly featured on the Dean’s List. In 2018, she graduated summa cum laude with honors with a B.S. in commercial multimedia graphics with a marketing management minor. After graduation, she began her career as a graphic art designer at The Wright Group, an advertising agency in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Originally from Mascoutah, Illinois, Danny Rohr earned his BFA with an emphasis in sculpture from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013. An affinity for metal fabrication and woodworking led him to Eastern Illinois University where he earned an M.A. in studio art in 2015. Rohr completed his MFA in 2018 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Danny Rohr has worked as an assistant preparator of exhibits at the Tarble Arts Center in Charleston, Illinois, installation assistant for Bloomer Studios of New Haven, Connecticut, the graduate assistant director of SIU’s Surplus Gallery, event coordinator at SIU’s University Museum, and he has served as the vice-chair of SIU’s registered student art organization, Critical Forum. He is currently employed as an adjunct professor teaching Drawing, 3D Foundations, and Art Appreciation. His work has been exhibited in Chicago and St. Louis, and is featured in Blue Room Magazine.DannyRohrArt.com
Conley Clark is an interdisciplinary artist. He was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and received his BFA in studio art at Southeast Missouri State University in 2016, where he specialized in sculpture. While enrolled, he worked for a year as the studio assistant for Chris Wubbena, area head of sculpture. After graduating, he accepted the position of gallery manager at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri.
He is now an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin—Madison working as an Art Lofts teaching assistant.
Zack Tucker is a designer and artist, living and working in Champaign, Illinois. Zack has enjoyed a multifaceted career, working with students, design, and technology. From 2012 until 2016, Zack developed and grew the curriculum and service offerings of the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center and served as a graphic designer for Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. Zack received two degrees from Southeast; a BFA with a specialization in graphic design/illustration in 2012 and an M.A. in educational technology in 2015. Currently, Zack is a Petullo Fellow pursuing an MFA in graphic design at the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign where is he is using critical design to research abuses of power, parasocial relationships, and media ethics.ZackTucker.me
Ryan Paluczak was born and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013 with a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. After leaving Cape Girardeau, Ryan interned at Washington University’s contracted print shop, Island Press. He was then accepted to Eastern Illinois University where he obtained an M.A. in studio art. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Illinois State University as the first student in the newly formed Sculpture and Expanded Media graduate program, working as an interdisciplinary artist. At ISU, Ryan serves as the graduate assistant for the Visiting Artist program and has assisted in teaching 3D fundamentals, Sculpture I, Expanded Media I, and Analog Mechanical Motion. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, and has been featured in several publications and blogs.
Katherine Miller was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 with a BFA in studio art with a printmaking emphasis. After graduating, she interned and then worked at The Firecracker Press, a letterpress shop in St. Louis. Subsequently, she was an artist-in-residence at Spark Box Studio in Picton, Ontario, Canada. She has participated in several juried and invitational exhibitions, a collaborative project exhibition (Dodd Galleries, Athens, Georgia), and a solo exhibition (Sojourn Arts and Culture, Louisville, Kentucky). Other activities have included curating a portfolio and being a panelist at Southern Graphics Council International printmaking conferences, working as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts, and receiving a Willson Center Graduate Research grant to travel to the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Miller is currently an MFA Candidate in the Printmaking and Book Arts program at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and will receive her degree in the spring 2018.Katherine-Miller.com
Jon Daniels graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in art education. Upon graduating, he was hired as art educator at Greenville Jr. High and High School in Greenville, Missouri, where he remained for five years. There, he was awarded Teacher of the Year, completed work for multiple group and solo exhibitions, and fostered the creativity of multiple award-winning young artists. Currently, he is teaching 2D and AP Studio Art courses at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where he is also the Art Department chair. Jon is also an art educator with Southeast Missouri State University’s Art Academy and is an active member of the Missouri Art Educators Association and National Art Educators Association.
Kyle Triplett, originally from Spearfish, South Dakota, is a ceramic and digital media installation artist based in Ruston, Louisiana. Triplett earned his BFA in ceramics from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008, completed post-baccalaureate studies at Louisiana State University in 2009, and received his MFA in ceramics from Ohio University in 2013. Currently, Triplett serves as assistant professor of studio art within the School of Design at Louisiana Tech University where his teaching practice focuses on ceramics, sculpture, and digital fabrication. Triplett’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions as part of the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary.KyleTriplett.com
Zackary Petot graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of North Texas. While pursuing his MFA, he has worked with several visiting artists at P.R.I.N.T Press, the collaborative print shop at UNT. Zackary also teaches within the Core Drawing Department, and is an assistant to the Printmaking Department. His artwork has recently been accepted into the 2017 PRINT AUSTIN juried exhibition and several other national exhibitions. His work illustrates the fragility of life for minority populations by focusing on slurs and hate crimes in contemporary culture.ZackPetot.com
Jennifer (Richards) Fisher, a native of Potosi, Missouri, is an assistant professor and the art education coordinator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in art education from Southeast in 2009, her master's degree in gifted education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011, and her Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2016. She accepted her current position in higher education after teaching art, gifted students, and English education for several years in Missouri public schools. Fisher's dissertation and research interests combine her love for art and gifted education in her exploration of high ability visual artists.
Meg Daniels graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Art in art and a minor in general psychology and a Bachelor of Science in art education. Currently she teaches Art Appreciation, Intro to Art, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Sculpture, and AP Studio Art at Poplar Bluff Senior High in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Since she began teaching there, Meg established new classes and a National Art Honor Society Chapter, along with facilitating many of her students winning acknowledgments and awards in the arts. In the summers, she teaches at Southeast Missouri State University’s Art Academy and participates in various professional development opportunities to ensure student and professional success. Meg has had her artwork displayed in galleries in Missouri, Texas, Alabama, and Virginia. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, the Missouri Art Education Association, and the Missouri State Teachers Association. Meg is a practicing artist and is also working on her master's degree in art education.
Rob Lorenz began his career in clay in 2001 while studying art education at Southeast Missouri State University. In 2005, Rob finished his bachelor’s degree in art education and immediately started teaching in Jackson, Missouri. While teaching, he continued working on his BFA in ceramics, finishing in 2007. In 2008, Rob moved with his wife to southern Illinois and began teaching at Carbondale Community High School, while working as a professional potter. In 2013, Rob was admitted to the master’s program in ceramics at Southern Illinois University. In May of 2016, Rob graduated from SIU with an MFA in ceramics. He is currently setting up a ceramics studio where he can once again make pots.LorenzPottery.com
Emily Thomason is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and room maker from Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate studies at Southeast Missouri State University, graduating in 2014 and earning a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in painting. During her time in Cape Girardeau, Emily exhibited works locally and nationally in 21 shows and exhibitions and was given multiple awards, including the Best of Show award for the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition in both 2014 and 2015. Currently, Emily is pursuing her MFA in Painting and Drawing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She continues to show in local and national exhibitions and revisits Cape Girardeau to contribute to its art community.
Zach Jones graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a specialization in digital art. He is currently based in St. Louis, working as a freelance animator. Zack has worked on animations for Crescendo LLC and Titmouse Studios. He was part of a team of student and alumni animators from the digital art specialization that won an Award of Excellence in animation and special effects at the IndieFest Film Awards for their animation “I’m Just A $100 Bill.”
Lacy Bockhoff graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a specialization in digital art. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Art in photomedia at the University of Washington. During her first quarter at the University of Washington, Lacy worked as a teaching assistant and at Henry Art Gallery as a private collections assistant.HeyLacy.net
Clayton Noltkamper grew up in Cuba, Missouri. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in education with an emphasis in art education. In the past four years, Clayton has taught pre-K through high school art courses. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 Missouri Art Educator of the year award.
Currently, Clayton teaches elementary art in St. James, Missouri, is the head speech and debate coach for the high school, and provides personal art lessons. He is the District 6 Representative for the Missouri Art Education Association. Clayton is also the capitol exhibit coordinator for the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, which seeks advocacy for the arts at the state capitol by involving legislators in the selection and display of student work on the capitol grounds. Clayton is currently completing his master's degree in learning, teaching, and curriculum with an emphasis in art education at University of Missouri-Columbia.
I have chosen to work as a graphic apparel designer with Dick's Sporting Goods focusing on outdoor apparel. I wanted to use my knowledge in digital art and graphic design in the apparel industry because of how much I enjoyed my experience interning with a small outdoor brand. Seeing my work on clothing is thrilling.