Painting + Drawing / Alumni + Careers

Currently, hundreds of the Painting + Drawing alumni hold tenured faculty appointments across the country and abroad. Since 2000, graduates from our MFA program have secured many tenure-track teaching positions, including:

—Noah Simblist, Southern Methodist University
—Mariam Stephan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
—Tom Albrecht, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
—Brent Holland, Iowa State University
—Maya Chachava, Central Washington University
—Kevin Bernstein, Kansas State University
—Nancy Morrow, Kansas State University
—Yvonne Petkus, Western Kentucky University
—Ina Wu, Olympic College
—Yi Liang, China National Academy of Fine Arts (China)

Other institutions where graduates have had non-tenure track appointments include University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Stephen Austin State University (Texas), University of Chicago, Indiana University, Central Michigan University, Western Washington University, University of Alaska -Fairbanks, and St. Joseph’s University, and many others local community colleges, liberal art colleges, and art schools.


In recent years, our graduate students have been awarded prestigious grants, fellowships and residencies. Two of our MFA graduates have received Fulbright Fellowships; two received the Neddy Artist Fellowship from the Tacoma Art Museum; two have received the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award for a Northwest artist; and two others received the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award. Other individual awards include an Elizabeth Greenshields International Fellowship (Montreal, Canada) , New Works Laboratory Grant (911 Media Center); Washington Arts Commission Grant; Artist Trust GAP Award; and The Jacob Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education.

Our MFA graduates have continued to gain recognition through the exhibitions of their work. Past alumni have exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries at venues in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and their work has been reviewed by important newspapers and journals. In 2009, one of our graduates received a positive review for his solo exhibition in New York in The New York Times. Additionally, our recent MFA graduates are represented by some of the best commercial galleries in Seattle including Francine Seders Gallery, Winston-Wachter Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery, James Harris Gallery, and Howard House Gallery. Several of our graduates have also exhibited at the SOIL Gallery cooperative. Former students have received favorable critical attention locally.


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