What are our graduates doing?
Recent alumni spotlights from the Art and Design Blog.
Midori Saito, Graphic Designer
If you asked Midori Saito, former Art + Design student, what she had been up to since graduating in 2018, she would reply, “Lots of things!” This is a bit of an understatement coming from the graphic designer.
Derek Parker, UX Designer
"I found the EA program by looking for classes that were geared towards aspiring producers and songwriters.” Parker says. This work in the EA program led to Parker’s current job: user experience designer at Sony Playstation®.
Batsheba Castro Martinez, Freelance Graphic Designer
Batsheba Castro Martinez has much wisdom to share–even though she graduated from MSU just over a year ago. Batsheba was a dual-major in graphic design and illustration at MSU, and is currently putting those skills to use through freelancing.
Chaney Jewell, Museum Curator
Ever since the age of 17 Chaney Jewell knew she wanted to be an art historian. Today, as the Curator of Collections for the Art and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, she is living out that dream.
Kristin Yarnell, Art Therapist
From receiving a BFA in art (with concentrations in both ceramics and photography) to now working as an art therapist, Kristin Yarnell has found her passion–with the unexpected help and inspiration from hometown friends and an English class.
Zack Neuman, Film Preservationist
If you would have told Zack Neuman in college that he would become a film preservationist, he wouldn’t have believed you. “I would think, that’s the coolest thing in the world,” Zack reflects, “Heck, I still think that’s the coolest thing in the world.”
Olyvia Yates, Art Educator
Olyvia Yates has taken her artistic talents to Prospect Ridge Academy, a charter school in Broomfield, Colorado, where she teaches art and yearbook classes and sponsors the National Art Society Chapter. “I would say the biggest part of my day is just encouraging the students and assisting them in their creations… Every day is different in the art room, a true ‘revolving door’ of projects!”
Daniel Zender, Freelance Illustrator
Daniel Zender’s work ethic and signature creative style have gained him well-known commercial and media clients. He’s also winning awards in his industry.
Mikey Yates, Painter
Mikey Yates paints from images of the past, sharing his memories with the world. In the past year alone his work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, Ohio, Colorado, and even Colombia, and in the publications BOOOOOOOM, Friend of the Artist, YNGSPC and two editions of the New American Paintings magazine.
Tana Redman, Museum Curator
Tana Redman’s love for art history fueled her passions in museum studies, and allowed her to use both of these skills in her current job as Curator at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.
Desmond Dornak, Stop-Motion Animator
Desmond Dornak, graduated from the Electronic Arts/Animation program in 2017 and is living the dream making stopmotion animation for Dreamworks TV. He can be seen in this behind-the-scenes interview about a recent episode for the “Trolls Toymotion” series.