Notable Achievements


  • Michael Hager: studio, a continuation of the development of his Totem series, culminating in a large future piece titled “Fracture; Cadence” which will feature 56 individual woodcut prints arranged and will be mounted on patinated steel.  Also the initiating of a new body of work “Maps” which will focus on his travels of the last three years.
  • Danielle Head: - curated into Museum Collection: “Within and Without”, Midwest Photographer’s Project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL. Inaugurated in 1982, the Midwest Photographers Project is a rotating collection of portfolios by both prominent and emerging photographers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • Monette Mark: participation in eight juried art exhibitions including the prestigious Central Time Ceramics International at Bradley University Galleries, Peoria, Illinois.
  • Lynda Miller: attended the Kansas Art Education Association Conference, November 2016 and wrote the 2016 Kansas State Department of Education reaccreditation report for Art Education
  • Marguerite Perret: September 14 – October 30, 2016: Flores Para la Sala de Espera (Flowers for the Waiting Room), an art installation and public art project, at the Museo de Hospital y Clinicas, Asunción, Paraguay, South America. Part of the El Ojo Salvaje (the Savage Eye) an international, multi-venue biennial exhibition of photography. The exhibition included documentation of a public art project conducted at the public hospital and work from the ongoing series, The Waiting Room Projects. The exhibition and public outreach projects were covered in the local press including articles in La Nación, Savalnet Paraguay and SanLorenzoPY.
  • Azyz Sharafy: awarded a six week Artists Residency under CHAAP in Vadodara, India, during which time he conducted a one-week workshop on Architecture and Art with students of ITM Architecture School at the University of Vadodara India. As part of this program, Sharafy also exhibited photographic animations and 3D & 2D artwork. Artwork by students who participated in the workshop was also shown.
  • Ye Wang: received four awards presented at juried exhibitions including Best of Show, 2016 National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL Sept. 27-October 29, 2016
  • Kelly Watt: book chapter, Nice (Icha)Bod: How Washburn University’s Mascot Came to Dominate Campus In Remaking the American College Campus edited by Jonathan Silverman and Meghan Sweeney (Jefferson, North Carolina: MacFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers), 2016, 79-90. In association with this publication, Watt presented a WU Women and Gender Studies Brown Bag: “Look at that BODy: How Ichabod Has Managed to Transcend Gender Constraints On-Campus,” February 17, 2016.


  • Kody Stadler:  (instructor Danielle Head): recipient of the Marydorsey Wanless Award for Photography presented the Washburn Art Student Exhibition, Mulvane Art Museum.
  • Megan Barnes (Art Ed) and Christina Garcia (Painting) were awarded the prestigious Pollack Purchase Award presented annually at the Mulvane Art Museum during the Student Art Exhibition.
  • Megan Barnes: Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Christina Garcia was received the National League of American Pen Women award for excellence presented annually at the Mulvane Art Museum Student Art Exhibition.
  • Amber Coultis was nominated for the Sibberson Award.
  • Jason Hanna received the inaugural OMA Award of Excellence presented by Barbara Waterman Peters and Larry Peters at the Mulvane Art Museum Student Art Exhibition.
  • Christina Garcia, Hi Stockwell, Michael Bradley, Gweneth McClain and Anne Kuhafl were juried into the 48th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition in Hays Arts Council in Hays, Kansas.
  • Cassandra Leigh: Outstanding Student Teacher PreK-12, Washburn University Department of Education. Spring 2017
  • Kritika Shetty and Anita Young were awarded Dean’s Scholarships.
  • Crystal Huereca-Retana was awarded a National League of American Pen Women visual arts scholarship.
  • Margaret Clem was awarded the Student Employee of the Year at Washburn University, 2016 - 17
  • Christina Garcia and Ashley Wiebe were accepted into the Kansas City Artists Coalition Undergraduate Art Exhibition.
  • Anita Young’s drawing "Depression" won the Best of Show Award in the Human Experience vs. Abstract Exhibit at Art at the Center, Overland Park, Kansas, Fall 2016
  • Christina Garcia’s oil painting "At Dawn" was accepted in the Eighth Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition at the Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA September 16, 2016.
  • Freshman Kyra Miller, featured artist at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery in Fairlawn Plaza Mall, October, 2016.
  • Kritika Shetty and Alexis Balaun have been invited to teach art workshops over the summer at Camp Weequahic in Pennsylvania.

Recent Alumni

  • Tyler Quintin BFA (2016) and Nicole Wilson BFA (2015) were awarded Third Place in the 2017 National Juried Art Exhibition at Art at the Center in Overland Park, Kansas for their sculpture "Autonomy" (mixed media -ceramic, paint, clear plastic straws, and coffee stirrers).
  • Tyler Quintin has been awarded a summer course scholarship at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
  • Nicole Wilson  was accepted into the graduate photography program at Indiana University, Bloomington, with full support.
  • Ryan Caldwell BFA 2015), full support awarded to attend graduate school for ceramics at the University of Montana, Missoula.
  • Eleanor Heimbaugh BFA (2013) was appointed assistant professor of art at Bethany College on completion of her MFA program, December 2016.
  • Daniel Coburn, BFA (2009) was awarded a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Guggenheim Fellowship. These fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

In the Community

  • Recent Internships by Washburn Art Students have included: GTM Marketing; Dream Rocket; Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Sabatini Gallery; Topeka Metro System; Yeldarb Gallery in NOTO; Mulvane Art Museum, MVP magazine, UMAPS; Helping Hands Humane Society
  • NOTO ArtsPlace has partnered with the Art Department and art student organization WPC (Washburn Process Coalition) to provide off campus gallery space, facilitate student demonstrations, off campus sales, community engagement and fund raising opportunities. Student demonstrations were presented at the Mother Earth News Fair at the Kansas Expocentre, Community Throwing Night in the art department ceramics studio (an outreach event) and sales/business of art events organized by WPC with the assistance of NOTO representatives include Candlelight Christmas in NOTO, Topeka Small Business Saturday, PlanB at the Mother Earth News Fair