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:
- Jones Kelly BA ’22 (art history) was accepted to the Summer Hybrid Internship at the National Gallery of Art. Interns assist with projects in the departments of object conservation and textile conservation.
- Eve March BA ’21 (art history) will be interning at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Eve’s will be working with curators in the department of Decorative Arts and Design to conduct research on contemporary ceramics and other craft media in the collection and in the local community. The internship is one of four full-time paid scholarships offered by the museum
- Hannah Stubee BA ’21 (art history) interned with Vietnamese Portland, Portland Chinatown Museum, and Nina Olsson Painting Conservation LLC. before starting grad school for Museum Studies in the fall 2021 at George Washington University.
- Hannah Ronningen BA ’21 (art history) will begin the Teacher Education Program at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School in summer 2021. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching at the Secondary level, focusing on teaching Art with an added ESOL endorsement. She plans to become a middle or high school art teacher.
- Tyler Short BA ’21 (art history) was selected to be an intern at the 2021 Virtual Museum Seminar Program hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Sara Gallagher BA ’20 (Studio Art) was an artist in residence and assistant to the director at the Adamah Clay Studios during the summer of 2021. During typical summers, Adamah runs an extensive workshop series drawing skilled instructors and participants from across the Midwest. She has recently opened an online shop www.saragallagherstudio.com/
shop. Sara also was on a team that was selected as one of the top five finalists for the XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge.
- Andrea Lewis BA ’20 (art history) received an ArtTable Fellowship and will be partnered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an 8-week summer fellowship. She will be working with the Public Programs department; where she will help plan and develop 3-5 proposals for public and community programming related to the early American Art reinstallation which highlights underrepresented voices. She will also be the Public Programs & Community Engagement intern at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
- Blake Ashby BA ’20 (art history) received a McMullan Arts Leadership Internship at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a speaker in the last Jobs in Art Museums series.
- Sarah Isenberg BA ’19 (art history) is working at the Whitney Museum as a communications assistant. After graduation she interned at MoMA and worked at the National Association of Women Artists. While a student at LC she interned at the Jewish Museum and worked at MoCA in LA during the summers
- 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), earned a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon and is Mass Timber Design Associate at Fabric Workshop.
- 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 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:
Mae Johnson ’19
In fall of 2021, Mae will be starting a two-year long program for my M.S. in Historic Preservation from University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. The program offers a wholistic introduction to the ins and outs of the field, and notably, provides students with the practical skills to succeed out of grad school. The program specifies itself as a “professional” program, verses an “academic” one, in that a majority of instruction time is focused on tangible skills such as field surveys, fluency in Federal preservation law and standards, nonprofit management, and material conservation science. Mae applied under the “Public History of the Built Environment” concentration and anticipate supplementing this research and writing-centric coursework with GIS courses in hopes to achieve both qualitative and pragmatic skills. Also, the program has formidable connections within the preservation world that offer paid summer internships and a high percentage of recent graduate employment. In regards to the city of Philadelphia, she hopes to learn from Philly’s historic community of Anarchists and research the role of historic preservation beyond the State. She is also excited to eat a lot of Italian food.
Anjali Kothari ’21
Starting in Summer 2021 Anjali will begin a MAT Multiple Subject Program (Master of Arts in Teaching + Credential Program) at UC Irvine. This program allows Anjali to receive both a master’s degree and Multiple Subjects teaching credential so that she can teach any elementary school grade.
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, Max began a PhD program in History of Art and Film & Media Studies at Yale University, focusing on the rhetorical dimensions of gender and intermediality in contemporary European cinema. In 2022, Maxfield was awarded the Francis Blanchard Prize for Outstanding PhD Dissertation in Art History.
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 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 Brulé BA ’08
Annie owner of Brulé Illustration & Design based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about Annie and her company visit her website:
Calling all art alumni! What have you been up to since graduation? Start an interesting job? Discover a hidden talent? Used your liberal arts experience and degree to better the world? Adopt a cat? We’d love to know!