Notable Achievements


  • Ye Wang, Associate Professor, Painting & Drawing: Return to Classicisim-Madame X won Third Place in Figure in the 30th Annual Five State Photography Exhibition in Hays Arts Council, Hays, Kansas
  • Marydorsey Wanless, Associate Professor, Photography: Artist Residency at Maitland Art and History Museums, Maitland, Flordia, including a two month solo show in 2016
  • Marguerite Perret, Associate Professor, Design: June 8-14, 2014, "Between the Tides Symposium", Terschelling Island, the Netherlands, sponsored by the Bath University, U.K., the Walden Acadamie, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, University of Groningen, Netherlands and the Minerva Art College, Groningen, the Netherlands. Invited to be part of a research group of scientists and artists exploring issues around the theme of water and climate change. Will present research, chair a panel, curate a group exhibition of U.S. based artists, and create an installation of her own work on site.
  • Azyz Sharafy, Professor, Electronic Arts & Drawing: Paper presented at the International Image Conference in Chicago, October, 2013
  • Michael Hager, Assistant Professor, Printmaking & Sculpture: Included in Topeka Competition 31, Juror's Award. Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Sabatini Gallery
  • Dr. Kelly Watt, Assistant Professor, Art History: Program Director for American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies (ASHAHS). Select conference abstracts, schedules sessions at College Art Association conference, organizes business meeting, and attends CAA
  • Glenda Taylor, Professor, Ceramics & Art Department Chair: Sweet Sabbatical in summer 2013, resulted in body of artwork exhibited in Faculty Exhibition 2013,.Accepted into 2 juried exhibitions: "Twin Cups" show at Missouri Western State University, and "Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition" in St. Paul, MN, also featured artist for June 2014 show at Strecker Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.


  • Drew Douglas Simons, "The Printed Image 5", Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Sabatani Gallery, national juried competition, 2014 
  • Ryan Johnson, one of four winners of The Leigh Rosenberg Earnest Memorial Fund Award at the Kansas City Artist Coalition Undergraduate Juried Art Competition, spring 2014
  • Kansas City Artists Coalition Undergraduate Show: works accepted by Alex Olson, Maria Haag, Nicole Wilson, Ryan Johnson, James Martin, Alex Skorija and Brielle Underhill for this juried exhibition from undergraduates of regional colleges and universities
  • Apeiron Presentations: Asha Slack, Drew Simons, Nicole Wilson, Tyler Quintin, Mavis Myer and Alex Olson
  • Who's Who: Alex Olson
  • 3 Washburn Graphic Design students participated in AIGA, The Professional Organization for Design, portfolio review and submitted work to A10, the annual design competition judged by national leading designers
  • 10 Washburn Graphic Design students participated in their first experimental design workshop, integrating STEAM through application of microcontrollers to design, sponsored by CTEL
  • Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Kansas Capitol, poster presentations by Mavis Meyer, Alex Olson, Asha Slack and Alisha Friess
  • Nicole Wilson had a photo accepted into Hands magazine Issue #3 which also featured faculty Marydorsey Wanless and graduate Dan Coburn
  • Linnzi Fusco, BFA 2014, has incorporated her video and photography business. Her most recent project is an ongoing collaboration with the WU Biology Department creating a documentary about the sea turtles in Corpus Christi, TX and South Padre Island
  • The Black Door Gallery featured artwork of 9 students and 1 faculty in November, 2013: Will Drake, Alisha Friess, Tiffanie Locke, Scott Killingsworth, Mavis Meyer, Jordan Mills, Darlene Regnier, Drew Simons, Nicole Wilson and Marydorsey Wanless
  • Washburn Art Student Association students had their annual booth at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, September, 2013. Art students Megan Thompson and Ryan Johnson also had their own booths.
  • Ashley Russell, Art Department Buzick Scholar is studying abroad in Belgium, spring semester 2014

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