Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Alumni News for February 2016

Whenever one of our alumni makes the news or blows up on social media the school is abuzz, faculty share the news and we race to get it up on the Perpich Facebook page. So let's just say the past few weeks have been busy around here!


Dahlia Jones (music ’14) did not make it into the American Idol finals but she’s not looking back. In fact, she will be portraying Billie Holiday in “Expressions of Black Progression,” a musical theater production in celebration of Black History Month at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public and presented by The Avant Garde and Hennepin Theatre Trust as part of the WeDo Minneapolis campaign. Way to go, Dahlia!
2010 dance alumnus Herb Johnson's energy and passion jump off the screen in this promo for "A Chorus Line" at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Fabulous, Herb!
Jonny Kelson (music '95) is one of seven featured artists in the current Ditch. show, "Friends And Strangers: A Portrait Collection" through March 31, 400 1st Avenue North, Suite 535, Minneapolis. See Jonny's work here, too. Congrats, Jonny!
Rachel Coyne, alumna in literary arts, has had her novel, “The Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake,” nominated for a 2016 Minnesota Book Award! Congratulations, Rachel! (And if you'd like to read it, check it out from the Perpich Arts Library!)
Molly Sherman (visual, ’03) was featured in the Educational Life section of the New York Times. The article discussed MFA programs in art and social practice. After receiving her MFA from Portland State University, Sherman has become a leading artist in the field and an adjunct associate professor at Portland. In an email to art history instructor Craig Framer, Sherman says, "My experience at Perpich had a great impact on my interest in socially engaged art and the work I am producing now. See her projects here
Bonus alumni fact: Sherman's brother Sam (visual ’99) is senior art director at Etsy.

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