Monday, April 11, 2016

Alumni news for April 2016

Spring is on its way and we have alumni news popping up like crocuses and daffodils everywhere we look!


Andre Mohring, who graduated from the Perpich music program in 2013, is a producer and performer for “Boomshaka," the premiere drum, dance and rhythm ensemble at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Andre arranged for the group to perform on the Perpich Performance Hall stage in March. To get a sense of this high-energy group’s performance, check out their video on YouTube.
Ryan Doyle (visual, ’97) was in Vietnam in March working on set decoration for a new King Kong movie being filmed there. When not globe trotting, he works as artist in residence at The Recycling Center in Detroit. He was active in the fight to prevent Detroit from selling off its art museum holdings after declaring bankruptcy and wants all current students at Perpich to know that Detroit is a great town for artists. 
Shanai Matteson (’00, literary) and Colin Kloecker, her husband and co-collaborative director of Works Progress Studio, have gone from pop-up to bricks-and-mortar with The Water Bar, a collaborative public art project that will be serving local tap waters. The bar is in northeast Minneapolis on Central Avenue, just north of Lowry. There is an ongoing fundraiser to help make it a permanent gallery of water. Read more about the water bar on their website and on MinnPost
Jordyn Arndt (visual, ’07), who has been working in Singapore for the American Chamber of Commerce, is moving to Washington D.C. in July to pursue an MA in international economics and development at John Hopkins University’s School of Advance International Studies. She has been awarded a Dean’s Fellowship at the school. She is also hoping to connect with other Perpich alumni in the D.C. area. If that’s you, email Jordyn and set up your own mini-reunion.
Alumna of Perpich Rachel Coyne is up for a Minnesota Book Award for her terrific book, "Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake." Hear a well-done interview with Rachel, where she gives a wonderful shout-out to Perpich. Thanks, Rachel and best wishes! 
Missy Whiteman (media, '95) is fundraising to complete her short film, "The Coyote Way." "The Coyote Way" is a short sci-fi/docu-narrative film about a young boy who must make a life-changing decision to join a Native street gang or begin an epic pilgrimage that will reveal the truth of his existence. Missy is looking for funds to finish her powerful and moving short film about choice, destiny, and the journey home. Here is how to help.
Alumni Maggie Thompson and Mat Ollig will be two of the artists featured in 45 new windows for the MadeHere summer walking tour of downtown Minneapolis! MadeHere is a project of the Minneapolis Theater Trust as "walkable urban art experience." The summer theme is "Represent." Congrats to Maggie and Mat!

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