Friday, September 11, 2015

New faces at Perpich for the fall of 2015

Every year brings changes. People retire and take new jobs. In their place come new faces, new ideas, new friends, new members of the Perpich community. Please welcome these folks to Perpich!

Please go to the directory to see everyone's photos.

Jess LaRotonda (Ms. J to the students) will be teaching figurative sculpture and ceramics. She holds a BA in art education from Hope College and has more than 10 years of experience teaching art at the high school and college levels. She has an MFA in figurative sculpture and anatomical studies from the esteemed New York Academy of Art and this year she will earn a second MFA from the University of Minnesota where she currently teaches in the ceramics and sculpture departments. As an artist, she works out of the Twin Cities and New York City, sells work through Sotheby's Auction House and has a sculpture piece permanently installed on Madison Avenue. She recently returned from Beijing, China, where she showed work and did a lecture tour, and has upcoming shows in Los Angeles, New York and Germany. When not teaching or working on her own art, Ms. J is laced up and playing ice hockey with the Women's Ice Hockey Association of Minnesota or roller derby with the Minnesota Rollergirls.
Jeremy Lundquist is the new instructor for printmaking. He has a B.A. in studio art from Grinnell College and an MFA in printmaking from Ohio University. In addition to his instruction at Perpich, he is teaching classes at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. In the past he worked as an academic adviser in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for six years, at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received the Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking at the University of Iowa, was named artist in residence at Kala Art Institute, Ox-Bow, Vermont Studio Center and Spudnik Press. He exhibits his work locally, nationally and internationally.
Cameron Browne, who taught at Perpich during the past school year, is returning this year as a visiting artist teaching digital imaging and 2D foundations. He holds a 2012 BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and serves there as adjunct faculty in addition to his work at Perpich.
Rosemary Kimball, who also was at Perpich last year, is returning to serve once again as visiting gallery coordinator. She studied studio art, art history and women's studies at the University of Minnesota. She was the gallery director at the College of Visual Arts Gallery for more than six years until it closed in 2013. She is currently a mixed media artist, organic farmer, freelance art curator/exhibition specialist and event planner. She was a collaborator for MN Creates (an exhibition including 28 MN artists hosted at the MN State Capitol and State Office Building during the 2014 legislative session) and guest exhibition coordinator for the Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition at Concordia University Gallery in St. Paul in October 2014. She co-founded Night Owl Farm in January of 2014, an organic vegetable and CSA farm located in North Branch, which serves the Twin Cities. She is currently an advisory panel member and exhibition specialist for Made Here, a storefront art exhibition and public art program sponsored by the Hennepin Theatre Trust in downtown Minneapolis. 
The theater department is also bubbling with changes. Barbara Morin, one of the art high school’s first instructors, retired last spring and her colleague, Bonnie Bottoms, has taken a leave of absence. Tory Peterson, who began his career at Perpich as a theater teacher and moved for four years to head the schools’ artscience program until it ended last year, is now back in theater heading the program. He was a curriculum designer for Perpich’s 2000-2001 Frameworks for Arts Curriculum Strategies and EdStar Curriculum Repository. He has led teaching workshops and presented at state and national conferences on classroom collaboration and interdisciplinary curriculum development. He received a B.A. in theater from Moorhead State University and M.A. in theater from Arizona State University. Virginia McFerran, theater education coordinator with Perpich's outreach programs, is working with Peterson part-time. McFerran holds B.A. degrees in English and speech, and a Ph.D. in theater arts from the University of Minnesota.
Board of Directors
Two new people have joined the Perpich Center board of directors. Nathan Coulter and Jennifer Prock
Coulter graduated from St. Olaf College in 2008 with a degree in music education and political science. He now serves as legislative assistant to state Sen. Melissa Halvorson Wiklund (DFL-Bloomington), who serves on both the education policy and finance committees. He teaches Sunday school at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. 
Jennifer Prock heads her own business, JP Tax and Accounting, Inc. Before starting that business she worked as corporate tax accountant at Hoffman, Hoffman & Gebhard. She holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is an enrolled agent for the IRS, a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals and is a Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor.
Tammy Funk is the new director of human resources. She will be working with Tina Krieger, just hired to be Perpich’s human resources technician. Chris Paulos has been hired to take a position in the high school’s student services department, supporting admissions, volunteers and dormitory operations. Jenny Rath will be working with Turnaround Arts and the other Perpich Outreach programs as administrative assistant.

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