Wayne State University

Alumni

The list below is a small snipit of what our majors have gone on to do after graduation. 

Recent Alumni:

Claire Cisco '19
BA, Fashion Merchandising
Current position at Carhartt 
 
Kelsey Tucker '19
BFA, Design, Fashion Design
Completed internship with Vera Wang 
 
Rachel Harkness '18
BFA, Art, Metalsmithing/Sculpture
Current position at Detroit Parade Company
Pursuing MA, Counseling, WSU
 
Jason Grill '17
BFA, Design, Graphic Design
Current position with Amazon in Seattle 
 
Jenna Smoyer '17
BFA, Art, Photography
Ella Sharp Museum, Marketing and Communications Director
 
Bianca Ibarlucea, '15
BFA, Art, Graphic Design
Accepted into Yale Graduate program, Graphic Design
 
Natalie Gregorarz '13
BFA, Art, Painting
Worked on film 'Loving Vincent'
 
Clare Fox '09
BFA, Art, Printmaking
Co-Owner POST

 

Notable Alumni:

Joan Verla '02, Alex Stchekine '03 and Jayson Lowery '04
Joan created a cast-iron sculpture for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Birmingham, U.K. The sculpture was cast and built at the Iron Bridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture in Coalbrookdale, England, U.K. during a 2003 summer study abroad. In 2004, Verla and Lowery bridged the project to the U.S. by creating a metal sculpture that was installed at EDS in Troy, MI.
 
Justin Morin '02
Justin designed and maintains the websites for 93.1 WDRQ-FM and 96.3 WDVD-FM in Detroit.
 
Shirley Kruise Hathaway '84 '01
Shirley is an art teacher in the Chippewa Valley School System in Clinton Township, MI . Hathaway has paintings published in the books Painting Compositions: Best of Watercolor and Best of Watercolor II and took first and third places in the Professional Art category of the 2002 Michigan State Fair.
 
Gilda Snowden (1954-2014) '77, '79 
Gilda was a professor of fine art at Detroit 's College for Creative Studies. Snowden is a recipient of numerous grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts, ArtsMidwest and the Randolph Street Gallery. She has exhibited her paintings extensively at local galleries and three of her works were acquired by the Detroit Institute of Arts.  
 
Ruth Merigian Adams '71, '74
Gifted to Wayne State in 2003 her drawing of WSU's McGregor Memorial Conference Center.
 
Mark Leithauser '72, '73
Mark is chief exhibition designer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC . A former WSU drawing teacher, he designs exhibitions with an artist's eye and the shows in turn serve as inspirations for his own art. Leithauser was profiled in the January 2003 issue of Art & Antiques magazine.

Dale Northup '66, '68
Dale wrote the 2003 book Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery published by Arcadia.
 
Louis Ocepek '64
Louis retired from a 35-year career teaching art at the college level. He is an emeritus professor of art at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM , where he received the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, NMSU's most prestigious teaching award. He wrote the book Graphic Design: Vision, Process, Product published by Prentice Hall in 2002.
 
Ian Hornak (1944-2002)
Ian earned his BFA and MFA at Wayne and went on to teach in the Art Department.  He moved to New York where for over 30 years he was represented under exclusive contract by many of New York's and the worlds most prestigious galleries [brought to the Tibor de Nagy Gallery from Elenor Ward's Stable Gallery by Jason McCoy the Nephew of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner]. Hornak was always simultaneously represented both on 57th street and in SoHo in New York. His works are included in many of the worlds most important private collections and many of the United States most highly regarded museums including the Corcoran and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

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