Friday, September 05, 2014

September 2014 Alumni Updates

We are always amazed at the great things our alumni accomplish. Check out the most recent updates we've received from alumni around the globe.

Holly Murray (Vrieze) (‘92, visual arts): Working as a metal sculptor and have two beautiful boys, one 4 and one 9 months, and a wonderful husband.

Nathan Taylor (‘13, music): Currently going to McNally Smith College of Music getting my degree in guitar performance.

Nicole Callram (Messer) (‘97, theater): My family and I are living in Kuwait City, I'm working as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State in US Embassy Kuwait. 

PJ Maracle (‘06, visual arts): I just accepted a full-time position with Hennepin County Libraries. 

Diana Vega Vega (‘13, media arts): Transferred from the Savannah College of Art and Design to the University of Minnesota.

Anna ten Bensel (‘13, visual arts): During my first year at Perpich, I met an alumni, Martha Iserman, hosting (along with Craig Farmer and the rest of the visual art department) a scientific illustration contest. I was one of the few winners of said competition that year and it started me on my path of medical illustration. For the past two years, I've dug deeper into my passion, started doing some freelance work in bio-medical art but most recently I attended the international AMI conference (Association for Medical Illustrators). I am a student member and one of the youngest attendees at the conference held this year at the one and only Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I spent 3 days, roughly ten hours a day at the conference, dissected two -very- fresh cadavers, connected with international artists and was able to expand my knowledge of medical illustration even further than before. My current body of work is no smaller than 4 feet by 2 feet and up to 8 feet by 8 feet of interactive, medically-based art which are done in mediums such as sharpie and chalkboard paint, Zbrush animations, wax sculptures and more. I am currently attending Sweet Briar College and pursuing an undergraduate BA in Bio-medical Art and a BFA in Fine Arts, mixed with a Biology and Art History minors with an Equine Studies and Arts Management certificate. I am also a member of AMI and acquiring my membership with GNSI (Guild of Natural Science Illustrators) later this year.

Jesika Watton (Becker) (‘03, music): Post coordinator/fire putter-outer at an added-value content creation production house in West Hollywood. Married to a musician and copywriter for a hip int'l web journal. Happy. Healthy.

If you are a Perpich alum and have an update to share, be sure to fill out our Information Update form. We'd love to hear from you! 

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