Graduate school success stories for BFA Studio Art alumni

Although an undergraduate art degree alone can launch our alumni into arts careers, many arts professionals go on to pursue graduate studies. The Art Department is proud to report that our BFA Studio Art students have a strong record of graduate school success, with many students going on to pursue an MFA in studio art or masters in a related art field within a few years of graduation.

Maggie Flanigan, who earned her BFA in Studio Art in 2016, will be graduating with her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in May, 2018. While at Tyler, Maggie continued her interdisciplinary studies in printmaking and photography, and began incorporating fibers and installation into her practice. Her thesis show, Can I See it, opened March 19, 2018.

Rachel Ballard (BFA Studio Art 2010), earned her MFA in Ceramics at Georgia State University in 2017. Tricia Cooke (BFA Studio Art 2010) will complete her MFA in Sculpture at the University of Miami in May 2018 and will present her thesis show, “Dig” in April 2018.

Lindsey Elsey (BFA Studio Art 2010) earned her MFA at Clemson University in 2015. Ian Wilson (BFA Studio Art 2011), has been accepted into the MFA program in Painting at the University of South Florida.

Emily Smith Williams (BFA Studio Art 2013), earned her MFA in Ceramics/Sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.

Kristina Key (BFA Studio Art 2014)  is currently pursuing her MFA in Printmaking with a full scholarship at the University of Tennessee Knoxville which is ranked #2 for Printmaking by US News and World Report.

Serra Shuford (BFA Studio Art 2017) is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting/Installation at Clemson University.

Jon Michael Benz (BFA Studio Art 2016) is currently pursuing his MFA in painting with a full scholarship and monthly stipend at the China Art Academy, China.

Sarah Delli Colli (BFA Studio Art 2017) has been accepted into the Master of Art Therapy program at the New York University.

Chris Hare (BFA Studio Art) is currently pursuing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ant M. Lobo (BFA Studio Art 2018) has just been accepted into the Curatorial Practices MA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and will begin studies in Fall 2018.

Chastain Swain (BFA Studio Art 2016) is taking a break from his art studies to pursue a law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill.