Art department alumni pursue a wide range of careers within academia, nonprofits, arts production and administration, and beyond. While some students pursue a studio practice with their degree, others apply their critical thinking, research and writing skills, creativity, and visual literacy to many areas other than art and art history. Some recent examples:

  • Junnan Lyu BA ’17 (studio art) completed internships at Salem Art Works, Smack Mellon, and the Guggenheim in New York, and was recently included in several exhibitions in galleries in New York City, including a public art project curated by Paul Ramirez Jonas.
  • Flynn Casey BA ’14 (studio art), curator for Muscle Beach, is now a graduate student in architecture at the University of Oregon.
  • Rachel Wolfson BA ’14 (studio art) is now a graduate student of osteopathic medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.
  • Emily Walker BA ’17 (art history) is currently studying art therapy at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
  • Angie Epifano BA ’16 (art history) is now a graduate student at Yale and is working on a doctorate in African art history.
  • James Malin BA ’12 (art history) is now a graduate student at New York University and is working toward a master’s degree in food studies.

Read the stories of our recent graduates.

Max Fulton

BA’ 08 Lewis & Clark College: English and Art History
MA’ 12 Portland State University: English

After double-majoring in English and art history at Lewis & Clark, Maxfield received his MA in English from Portland State University, where he specialized in 17th-century English poetry and taught courses in composition and research skills. In fall 2016, he will enter into a PhD program in History of Art and Film & Media Studies at Yale University, where he plans to focus on the rhetorical dimensions of gender and intermediality in contemporary European cinema. 


Jessica Pisano

BFA ’99 Lewis & Clark College: Art/Painting
MA ’02 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Art Administration
Exhibition: Sirona Fine Art: Balance April 1-June 2, 2016 Hallandale Beach, FL

Inspired by the natural beauty of her native island of Martha’s Vineyard, Jessica Pisano’s interest in art started at a young age.  She pursued her interest in art at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, graduating in 1999 with a BFA in painting and photography.  Pisano participated in a year abroad program to study fine art at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence, Italy. In 2002, she earned an MA in Arts Administration from Artist Jessica Pisano The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she gained the knowledge of how to balance creativity with the business side of the arts. Pisano is an award-winning artist who has had numerous solo and group shows.  Her work is widely collected in both private and public collections all over the world.  She lives in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Abbie Hebein BA ’12

Major: Art History
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

Can you describe your Fulbright award, where you will be traveling, and what you’ll be doing while you’re there?

Shortly after graduation, I began to pursue opportunities in which I could unite my passion for the arts with my interest in public education. I am part of the volunteer team at The Right Brain Initiative, an organization that collaborates with teaching artists, Portland Public School teachers, and administrators to enrich current curriculum through the arts. I also teach an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) conversation class at Portland Community College. It is the integration of art and language education that led me to apply for a Fulbright grant to teach in the public schools in Mexico. I am captivated by the ways art both transcends and translates language. Mexico is a country brimming with famous historical art movements, innovative contemporary art venues, and rich indigenous art practices. I am eager to discover and understand the intersection of art, history, identity, and education within a culture that is saturated in the arts.

What drew you to studying a foreign language? What excites you about the idea of teaching English in the country you have been placed?

In the ESOL class I currently teach, my students are from all over the world. After each lesson I feel as much a student as a teacher. It is this reciprocal exchange that I find most beautiful when teaching language. As an English teaching assistant in Mexico, I strive to inspire such an exchange as both a student of Spanish and a teacher of English. Most of all, I am excited to connect with my students within their country to share and learn each other’s language, culture, and experiences.

John Tolles BA ’12
John art will be featured in Atrox Somes an exhibit at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus North View Gallery January 10th- February 8. “This exhibition is comprised of a group of artists who have confronted a life changing health issue (whether directly or indirectly) in their lives. The altered perceptual state that has resulted from these experiences is the focus of the artistic works presented.”

Annie BrulĂ© BA ’08
Annie owner of BrulĂ© Illustration & Design based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about Annie and her company visit her website:

Katherine Groesbeck BA ’11
H/D +Projects is proud to present Sever by Katherine Groesbeck. Part art installation and part performance, Sever creates a whimsical space occupied by players delineating between memory and nostalgia, reality and nonentity.

“I will not merely say that this story is true: because, as you will soon see, it is all truth and no story. It has no explanation and no conclusion; it is, like most of the other things we encounter in life, a fragment of something else which would be intensely exciting if it were not too large to be seen.” -G.K. Chesterton, The Secret of a Train

Groesbeck’s installation creates a tension between our perception of the present and her recollection of a past, amplifying the important signifiers while other information is left out. The characters in her work perform tasks of a surreal nature to create a complex and illusory experience.

9/20/11 Canto I:
6:30pm -8:00pm

9/22/11 Canto II:
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Free Admission

Half/Dozen Gallery 722 E. Burnside Basement (Entrance on SE 8th AVE) Portland OR

Kyle Thompson BA ’09
Kyle will be exhibiting some new work going at Recess Gallery for their inaugural show. He has three pieces/one installation alongside a few other artists. His pieces are full of punk rock and science and the sea…so there’s something for everyone.

The opening is at 6:30 pm, Friday, September 2nd. Recess Gallery is located at 1127 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR (


nick.5w Nick Makanna ’10
Nick Makanna ’10 is featured in this month’s Concrete & Steel show at the Breeze Block Gallery in Portland. Nick’s work is available for viewing online:

Installation views of the gallery:

Makanna’s paintings: category=29

Whole show: