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Careers and Graduate Success in Art

Our Augustana alumni are successful creative class professionals with careers as studio artists, architects, animators, teachers & professors, photographers, filmmakers, graphic designers, art & creative directors, media & web designers and more.

  • Alessandra Abel '19 has been accepted into the Master of Science program in Library and Information Science (Archives Management Concentration) at Simmons University-The Simmons School of Library and Information Science.
  • Marissa Hight '19 has been accepted into the Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Lucas Wylie '19 has been accepted into the Master of Architecture program of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.
  • Alex Meyer ’18 is a Production/Design Apprentice at the Portland Playhouse in Oregon.
  • Dagne Ode '18 is a Social Media and Design Specialist with GetVisible in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Julie Vu '17 is a graphic designer with a major textile firm in New York, NY.
  • Tyler Johnson, '17 is the 6th-12th grade art teacher in Adrian, MN.
  • Evan Richards, '17 serves as the Marketing Director for Fernson Brewing Company, Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Clare Buendorf, '16 is the Elementary Art Teacher for Waseca (MN) Public Schools.
  • Aimee Fisher, '15 is an art teacher at Metcalf Middle School, Burnvsville, MN.
  • Rebecca Sunde, '15 is a working artist in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Emiklia Van Ert is an independent photographer.
  • Anh Ta '14 received her MFA in printmaking from Ohio University. She currently teaches at Fusion Academy in New York and works at the Robert Blackburn Print Shop.
  • Matt Winder '14 is pursuing a Masters of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
  • Jennie Yu '14 is an art studio instructor in Hong Kong.
  • Erin Murtha '14 is a graphic designer at Preferred Printing in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Kali Johnson '14 is a graphic designer at the UPS Store in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Jacob Harvey '14 is employed at Bronze Age Art Foundry in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Sabrina Johnson '13 is an architect with Babienko Architects, Seattle, WA.

  • Tessa VanRavenswaay '13 is an art teacher at Garfield Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Laura Nerness '13 owns Laura Nerness Art and Photograpyh in Windom, MN.

  • Annie Nance '13 is a framer at Aaron Brothers in Seattle, WA.

  • Mandy Seeley '13 is a printmaker in Omaha, NE.

  • Samantha Perry '12 formerly taught photography and drawing in the Sioux Falls School District; she now runs Perry Imagery in the Seattle area. 

  • Brit Gaster '11 teaches art at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Alexandra Hurney '11 is a designer at Maximum Promotions in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Man Wong '11 is studying in the Master of Visual Arts program at the Baptist University in Hong Kong.
  • Brady Holm '11 is a graphic designer at Matt Jensen Marketing, Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Brian Iverson '10 is an art teacher at Brandon High School, SD.

  • Audrey Stommes ’10 received her MFA from the University of Nebraska and teaches drawing and design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

  • Kari Newton '10 is a web designer at Belk and Figaro Design in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Kathy (Haag) Dang '10 teaches art at Cleveland Elementary School in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Jamie Horter '09 is a photographer and design consultant for the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyon, NE.

  • Andrew Brynjulson ’09 is a Sioux-Falls-based designer, art director, illustrator and crafter of the universe, both digital and analog. He and Andrew Osborn '09 co-founded Harlequin Prints.

  • Sarah Hellstrom Hoehn '03 is a designer and art director at the advertising agency Martin Williams in Minneapolis.

  • Jennifer Borchardt ’01 is a creative director for Lavender Magazine in Minneapolis.

  • Bridget Beck ’00 is a graduate student in sculpture at UCLA. She has worked at Franconia Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Mark DiSuvero’s Spacetime Studio and the Connecticut Sculpture Park.

Bridget Beck

  • Chad Lindemann '00 is an Associate Professor of Art at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Brenda Brokenleg '00 teaches art at Joe Foss School in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Alicia Sauer ’98 works in fashion advertising for Target. She travels to New York and Los Angeles arranging and directing photo shoots.

  • Chad Nelson ’95 teaches art at Brandon High School in Brandon, SD and is an adjunct professor of art at Augustana College.

  • Karine Swenson '93 is a visual artist living in the high desert of Southern California, near Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Ross Blank-Libra  '92 teaches art at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Sarah Winterscheidt '90 teaches art at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD and is an adjunct professor of art at Augustana College.

  • Sherri Sherard '89 teaches art in the Sioux Falls School District.

  • Dave Greenlund ’89 is a ceramic studio artist and pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities.
  • Rick Haugen '88 founded Bronze Age Art Casting in Sioux Falls, SD.

  • Scott Parsons '87 is chair of the Art Department at Augustana College.

  • James Cambronne ’83 is chair of 2D Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is represented by the Alexandre Gallery in New York and the Nielsen Gallery in Boston.

James Cambronne

  • Brad Widness ’82 is an adjunct professor of art at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

  • Shelly Fuller ’81 is professor of photography at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

  • Peter Kilian '79 is a professor of art at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., where he teaches drawing, painting, and printmaking.

  • Peggy Reynolds '78 teaches art in the Sioux Falls School District.

  • Kent Kapplinger '77 is an associate professor of art at North Dakota State University where he teaches printmaking and drawing.  He is also a master printer for Printmaking, Education and Research Studio (PEARS) in Fargo, N.D.

  • Scott Schnepf ’77 is professor of art and acting chair of the department of art and art history at the University of New Hampshire.

Scott Schnepf

  • Bob Booker ’77 is executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Fred Lawyer ’76 is a printmaker and retired art educator in Mobile, Ala.

  • Brian Hansen ’73 owns an architectural firm in St. Paul, Minn.

  • Sam Wang '64, now retired, was a professor of art at Clemson University, S.C.  He has exhibited throughout the United States and China.  His book, Sam Wang Four Decades of Photographic Explorations, was published by China Jiangsu Arts Publishing in 2010.

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