Alumni

We enjoy and are fortunate to have 8,000+ living alumni, and from those with whom we are in contact, a large number of them are doing impressive, vital work, all while making a difference in the world. Are you an alumni?

Keep in touch with us!

With the backing and support of the School and the College of Fine and Applied Arts, we are making a concerted effort to reach out and connect, or reconnect, with as many of our alumni as possible. Our efforts have yielded contact with amazing individuals, who share unique perspectives and stories, reflecting their paths to success after leaving the University of Illinois, and/or stories about professors and fellow students who distinctively inspired them, challenged them, and mentored them.

Our alumni epitomize our proud history and provide the impetus for our future success. The School of Art + Design plays a key role in keeping the importance of the creative process in the forefront in our society. This is a result of extraordinary work being done by our alumni base.

Alumni reunion

Following are a number of our recent graduate alumni:

Graphic and Industrial Design

Maurice Meilleur, MFA Graphic Design 2015
Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University, NC

Taekyeom Lee, MFA Graphic Design 2014
Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University, NC

Brian Lang, MFA Industrial Design 2012
Interaction Designer, Philips, Pittsburgh, PA

Huang Li, MFA Graphic Design 2011
Assistant Professor, Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology, China

Mike Elwell, MFA Industrial Design 2011
Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, MI

Qi Chen, MFA Industrial Design 2011
User Experience Designer, Wolfram Research, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Jingwei Kathie Lin, MFA Industrial Design 2010
Design Analyst, Epoca, Inc. Boca Raton, FL

Archana Shekara, MFA Graphic Design 2010
Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Studio/Crafts

Eli Craven, MFA Photography 2017
Adjunct Lecturer Boise State University, ID

Angelo Ray Martinez, MFA Painting 2016
Adjunct Professor Holy Cross College and Indiana University South Bend, ID

Jina Seo, MFA Metal 2016
Assistant Professor, Missouri State University, MO

Xinran Yuan, MFA Sculpture 2014
Project Assistant at Cai Guo-Qiang Studio, New York, NY

Amy Gilles, MFA Painting 2013
Assistant Professor of Art, Northwest Nazarene University, ID

Jim Graham, MFA Painting 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, AZ

Laura Tanner-Graham, MFA Painting 2013
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, AZ

Ben Hatcher, MFA Painting 2013
Exhibition Coordinator, New York University, NY

Motoko Furuhashi, MFA Metal 2011
Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University, NM

Kerianne Quick, MFA Metal 2011
Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, CA

Kristi Rae Wilson, MFA Metal 2010
Visiting Assistant Professor New Mexico State University, NM

Brandice Gonzalez-Guerra, MFA Paiting 2009
Assistant Professor Humbolt State University, CA

Steve Kluempers, MFA Photography 2009
Cinematographer and Editor, Lumehouse, Baton Rouge, LA

Ryan Thompson, MFA Sculpture 2009
Associate Professor, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL

Art Education

Hong-An Wu, Ph.D. Art Education 2017
Assistant Professor University of Texas, Dallas, TX

Jeff Horwat, Ph.D. Art Education 2016
Assistant Professor, Indiana University, South Bend, IN

Wasana Sriprachya-Anunt, Ph.D. Art Education 2016
Lecturer, Thammasat University, Thailand

Cesar Pena-Iguavita, Ph.D. Art Education 2015
Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Columbia

Stephanie Danker, Ph.D. Art Education 2012
Assistant Professor of Art Education, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Christina Chin, Ph.D. Art Education 2010
Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, Ph.D. Art Education 2009
Associate Professor, Buffalo State University, NY

April Munson, Ph.D. Art Education 2009
Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, GA

Martina Riedler, Ph.D. Art Education 2009
Associate Professor, Cankkale Onsezkis Mart University, Turkey

Art History

Margaret Ewing, Ph.D. Art History 2015
Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, NY

Abby Groth, MA Art History 2014
Adjunct Lecturere, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Miriam Kienle, Ph.D. Art History 2014
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, KY

Adam Thomas, Ph.D. Art History 2014
Curator of American Art, Palmer Museum of Art, PA

Megan Foster-Campbell, Ph.D. Art History 2012
Associate Professor, Illinois Central College of Fine and Applied Arts, IL

Jennifer Langworthy, Ph.D. Art History 2012
Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Rockford University, Rockford, IL

Sarah Eckhardt, Ph.D. Art History 2011
Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia

Laura Whatley, Ph.D. Art History 2011
Assistant Professor, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI