A Sample of Fine Arts Alumni

Fine arts graduates from OWU are enjoying successful careers in the arts and entertainment, education, and almost every field imaginable, from business to medicine to public service. No matter where their career path leads, many enrich their life by continuing to practice their art.

Mary Katherine McElroy ’21

MFA Graduate, Painting & Drawing, School of Art & Design, Ohio University; Freelance Artist

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Robert Oppenheimer quoted the Bhagavad-Gita when he witnessed his brain-child, the atomic bomb, detonate in1945. Seven years later, Hungarian-American physicist Edward Teller created a bomb thousands of times stronger known as the Hydrogen bomb. The H-bomb’s power was created from the fusion of atoms, as opposed to its predecessor, the atomic bomb, which was created through a process of fission. This work of physics demonstrated how powerful the connection of atoms, the building blocks of our universe, can be. My work explores the power in the connectivity of human relationships.

My end goal is to change society for the better, and I need to understand for myself what that positivity looks like. In examining my individual experiences with abandonment and the fallout of trauma, the one thing missing was positive human connection. Through my art, I am exploring and researching what has comprised of positive interactions for me and other ways within which we as a humans think about and engage with genuine connection.

Olivia Baylor ’19

Graduate Student, UCLA Animation Workshop

While at OWU, I was able to explore my interest in animation through the support of the Fine Arts department. I received an OWU Connection grant to study animation at UCLA’s Film and Television Summer Institute, completed an independent study with former chair Jim Krehbiel, and had a motion graphics internship with OWU’s Office of University Communications. Now I am part of UCLA’s MFA Animation program where I have made two short films, and I am currently working on my thesis project which is a pitch for a television series. I am also interning at DreamWorks Animation in TV Development for the fall of 2021 and recently finished up a freelance animation project for the Getty Museum. I hope to continue down this path of pursuing animation and work as a Visual Development artist for feature films or television.

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Kristen Canda ’17

Painter

Kristen Canda received her BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2017 and her MFA in Painting from Wayne State University in 2021. Canda’s work emphasizes the shape and color relationships of objects she observes in her daily life. By depicting her intimate surroundings, she reflects on the items, the places, and the people that have shaped her personal identity. Her work was selected by Michigan’s 2019 Arts in the Legislature and was included in Emergence-19, a juried group exhibition highlighting the work of emerging MFA Candidates throughout the state of Michigan, curated by Eastern Michigan University. At Wayne State University, Canda was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from 2018-2020 and the Graduate Professional Scholarship during the 2020-2021 academic year. She had her Thesis Exhibition at Collected Detroit in April 2021 and a collection of her Thesis work can be seen in her published exhibition catalog, Reflections: A Series of Paintings by Kristen Canda.

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Andrew Wilson ’13

Multimedia Artist

Andrew Wilson is a multimedia artist working in the intersections of ritual and funerary rights honoring the deceased, the ways objects accumulate spirit particles how these collide to open portals to different dimensions. His work is at once beautiful with an attention to craftsmanship and repulsing in its graphic subject matter. He wants to create an extra moment of counfoundment for the viewer to contemplate their relationship to the work and the imagery and histories it evokes. He received his BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals and his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Wilson’s work has been in many galleries and institutions including: The Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SOMArts, and the Museum of the African Diaspora. He has received such awards and honors as: the Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award, an Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, the Carr Center Independent Scholars Fellowship, the McColl Center and more. He has also worked with Carrie Mae Weems on The Spirit that Resides in Havana, Cuba alongside the Havana Biennial and The Future is Now Parade for the opening of The REACH in Washington D.C. His work has been collected by Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico.

Keegan Adams ’10

Mixed Media Artist

I have been making mixed media prints in Cleveland, OH since 2014. My practice includes traditional printmaking, photography, bookmaking, and drawing. The catalysts are varied and include my family history, my experiences living with diabetes, my Shawnee Native American heritage and evocative texts. The process of transforming an idea into a printing matrix is crucial to my work. My images are done in a journalistic mode to document and distill experiences and events that have deep emotional resonances.

I was fortunate to complete residencies at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and the Vermont Studio Center. My works have been shown nationally and internationally. I received my B.F.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University (2010), my M.A. in studio art from Ball State University (2011), and my M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University (2014).

Sarah Hahn ’08

Sculptor

Sarah Hahn seeks to express the intricacy of life and all of its interwoven aspects within her art work. She exhibits this work both regionally and nationally. Her creative pursuits began while studying at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she earned her BFA, and continued at the University of Kentucky to obtain her MFA. Throughout her career she has taught functional and sculptural ceramics, and drawing at colleges and universities in Kentucky, Ohio, and New York. She has also taught and worked for the Governor’s School for the Arts in Kentucky. In addition to educating, Sarah sculpts life-size and larger figures for bronze monuments. Recently she worked with a team of artists and artisans to create nine, seven-foot tall soldiers for the Global War on Terrorism Memorial at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. Her signature is bringing detail and life to her sculptures in order to create a dialogue and illicit an emotional response from the viewer.

Department Contact Info

Location

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Department Contact

Chair: Kristina Bogdanov
Professor of Fine Arts
Haycock Hall 112
740-368-3607
kkbogdan@owu.edu