Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our alumni are the best!

It's true! They have rallied to our side in our fight against the abolishment of Perpich now being attempted in the state legislature--tweeting and retweeting, posting and sharing, writing letters to the editor and their representatives! We love you!


Not only do we love our alumni, we love everything they are up to. Read here some updates as well as the sad news of the loss of two terrific graduates of Perpich who will be deeply missed.

Musician and 2004 Perpich alumnus Johnny Becker died March 18. Chandler (Chan) Holman, his friend and fellow 2004 alum, eulogizes Johnny as a brilliant musician and his best friend. Almost two weeks ago, another great 2004 alum, Casey Flint Tousignant (visual), passed away. We extend our sympathies to the family and many friends of both these members of the Perpich community.

Alumna Amara Hark-Weber is the 2017 winner of American Craft Council's National Rare Craft Fellowship Award!! Read about Amara here and watch a short video of her speaking about her work and her time at Perpich as a literary arts student here. Amara also was part of a “MN Original” artists market at the St. Paul Art Crawl the end of April, featuring eight artists who have been profiled on the local public television channel TPT show, MN Original.
Hannah Hallman (visual '13) and Marika Wasscher (visual '11) showed their illustration and industrial design work during the Milwaukee Institute of Arts and Design Senior Thesis Exhibition April 19. Way to go Hannah and Marika!
Anna Garski, Perpich alumna, received the Research and Creative Work on Women Award from St. Catherine’s University on April 19. Her winning work is "Oppositional Reflections: Carrie Mae Weems and Narcissister Reclaim the Mirror." Congratulations, Anna!
The 1992 Beta class will celebrate its 25th reunion 1-4 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at Perpich Center for Arts Education. The Alpha Class of 1991 and the Class of 1993 are invited to join in. Attendees will be Skyping with some fellow class members who couldn’t attend but wanted to take part, doing an art swap and reading “angsty” poetry. Rumors have arisen about square dancing. Organizer Chelsea Freund (also a dedicated tweeter on behalf of Perpich) has invited numerous elected officials to attend and the plan is to provide them with a performance at 1:30 p.m. to illustrate our graduates’ talents and continued passion for the arts.
Andrew West (literary ’14) is a junior attending Saint John's University (CSBSJU). He’s studying creative writing with a focus in book creations, with a minor in general communication. A local newspaper recently interviewed him. Over the last year he has been writing a series of eight books called the Heaven's Gate Series. He is in the process of self-publishing the series and has posted the first book, “Heaven's Gate - Wrath Among Men”, on a website called Wattpad. He’s posting chapter-by-chapter to gain a following for the books before the first one goes up for sale in mid-late August of 2017. Can’t wait to read it, Andrew!
Eli Szydlo, Perpich alumnus and Northfield resident, and his former instructor, Colleen Clarke Of Minnesota State University-Mankato, have written a book, “Stealing History: Art Theft, Looting and Other Crimes Against Our Cultural Heritage.” Szydlo studied under Clarke and developed a project involving art theft. Szydlo previously studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. From those experiences, he became intrigued with the issue of art theft. Read the whole story here
Jordyn Arndt has passed the Foreign Service Officer Oral Assessment and will graduate with an M.A. in American foreign policy and international economics at Johns Hopkins University in May 2018! Jordyn also recently wrote an op ed published by the Star Tribune on behalf of Perpich. Congratulations and thank you for your support, Jordyn!

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