Notable Achievements


  • MARIN ABEL (Catron Professor) had an EXHIBITION at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art that included a collaborative project conducted by his 3D Design students from the Spring 2015 semester. The exhibition was curated by Jared Steffensen, and ran  Apr.-Jul. 2015. He was also a participant in the Gallery Tally Project exhibited in Puerto Rico and was reviewed in the Puerto Rico Art News by Edwin Vélazquez Collazo in his article, “Diálogos sobre el discrimen femenino en las artes plásticas puertotorriqueñas,” on Jueves, 1 de enero de 2015.
  • DANIELLE HEAD (Photography) Exhibited and served as panel member for the “Visions Of Right,” project at Warehouse 414, Topeka, KS. The project revolved around an original ply by Marcia Cebulska that explored LGBT rights and extremist reactions and censorship.
  • Head also wrote a successful grant through the Washburn Women’s Venture Partnership to fund the purchase of a large format printer and associated color correction software that will enable Head to train students to become more proficient in color printing and in use the printer for their projects, while also using the printer for her own creative scholarship.
  • MICHAEL HAGER (Printmaking) Acquisition and installation of a Vandercook #3 letterpress.  The #3 is considered one of the best and most sought-out letterpresses in educational and production printmaking. Use of the letterpress, a historic process, has been an increasingly popular and important fine press technique that sets the Washburn art department apart in terms of research and curriculum. The acquisition was made possible in part through a community support from the Noto Arts Place, Topeka.
  • MONETTE MARK (Ceramics) served as departmental liaison to the Glenda Taylor estate during the curation of the Washburn Art Faculty Exhibition and Memorial Exhibitions. She wrote the Glenda Taylor section for the Mulvane Museum 2015 Faculty Show.
  • LYNDA MILLER (Art Education) participated in 4 prestigious regional art festivals in Spring /Fall 2015.
  • MARGUERITE PERRET (Art Foundations/Interim Chair) Presenter and session chair at the 5th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, June 10-12, 2015, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Session Title: Water and Rock: Environmental Health, Embodied Memory and Sacred Passages included four presentations with original material by Perret, collaborations with Kansas and international artists, dancers and writers, and significant contributions by Washburn University Student researchers. Additionally, Perret presented a recorded presentation by WU art historian Kelly Watt.
  • AZYZ SHARAFY (Electronic Arts) had a solo show at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, Spring 2015
  • YE WANG had nine pieces of artwork from my “Return to Classicism” series included in the show “Reviving the Past” at Sabatini Gallery on August 14-September 27, 2015.
  • KELLY WATT (Art History) Presented a paper at College Art Association, NYC, February 2015: “Isn’t it Divine? How Medieval Iberian Builders Used Sacred Landscape to Build an Interfaith Coalition”


  • 20 Students completed Transformational Experiences, 16 International WTEs and 4 Scholarly or Creative Research WTEs.
  • Julie Velez was the first recipient of the Marydorsey Wanless Award for Photography presented the Washburn Art Student Exhibition.
  • Students Christina Garcia, Miranda Figgs, Hi Stockwell were accepted into the 47th Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays, KS on view April 28-June 8. The Smoky Hill is a statewide-juried fine art competition.
  • Julie Velez and Christian Sauerman presented their research at the 2016 Apeiron based on their experiences in a WU sponsored, co-listed art and history special topics course that included a civil rights tour of the south.
  • 2 Students were selected to apprentice with internationally renowned mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar at a  Mosaic Mural Workshop, Noto Arts District, Topeka, Kansas.

Recent Alumni

  • James A. Martin and Tyler Quintin were recipients of the prestigious Pollack Purchase Award presented annually at the Mulvane Art Museum during the Student Art Exhibition.
  • Kaitlyn Snow, 2015 BFA Graphic Design, is currently employed full time as a designer for Gear for Sports, A Hanes Company in Lenexa, KS.
  • Kaitlyn Snow, 2015 BFA Graphic Design, was the recipient of the Pen Women’s Award in Art presented annually at the Mulvane Art Museum during the Student Art Exhibition.
  • Tyler Quintin, 2016 BFA Art Graduate, was awarded a summer internship at the prestigious Arrowmont School for the Arts, Gatlinburg, TN. Tyler had his work published in The Hand magazine, Issue #10, Fall 2015
  • James Anthony Martin, 2016 BFA Sculpture Graduate, has been accepted into the University of New Mexico, Art & Ecology MFA Program. He has also been awarded a graduate research assistantship. He was named as a finalist for the Sibberson Award and was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Lauren Thimmesch, 2015 BFA graduate received her Masters hooding at Boston University in Advertising  and was awarded a summer internship in London.
  • Maria Haag, BFA 2014, was commissioned to paint murals in the WU Music Department.
  • Eleanor Heimbaugh, 2013 BFA, 2016 MFA Fort Hays University, has been hired as an assistant professor of art at Bethany College.
  • Kris Roberts, BFA 2013, has been accepted to Ohio State University's MA in Arts Policy and Administration program.
  • Deedra Baker, 2013 BFA in Photography, is a 2016 MFA graduate in Photography from Texas Women’s University. Her work was recently featured in the photo journal “Light Leaked.”

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