Students are encouraged to work hard and to realize that ultimately their drive for success is the motivating factor that leads to future goals. We provide the tools for learning along with excellent instruction, but students are responsible for how to apply what has been learned. We encourage our students to see themselves as lifelong learners with the liberal arts background and artistic attributes that can lead them to successful careers in and outside of the arts.
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Zack Tucker is a designer and artist, living and working in Champaign, Illinois. Zack
has enjoyed a multifaceted career, working with students, design, and technology.
From 2012 until 2016, Zack developed and grew the curriculum and service offerings
of the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center and served as a Graphic Designer
for Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. Zack received two degrees
from Southeast—a BFA with a specialization in Graphic Design/Illustration in 2012
and an MA in Educational Technology in 2015. Currently, Zack is a Petullo Fellow pursuing
an MFA in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign where is he
is using critical design to research abuses of power, parasocial relationships, and
Ryan Paluczak was born and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013 with a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking. After leaving Cape Girardeau, Ryan interned at Washington University’s contracted print shop, Island Press. He was then accepted to Eastern Illinois University where he obtained an MA in Studio Art. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Illinois State University as the first student in the newly formed Sculpture and Expanded Media graduate program, working as an interdisciplinary artist. At ISU, Ryan serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Visiting Artist program and has assisted in teaching 3D fundamentals, Sculpture I, Expanded Media I, and Analog Mechanical Motion. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, and has been featured in several publications and blogs.
Originally from Mascoutah, Illinois, Danny Rohr earned his BFA with an emphasis in Sculpture from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013. An affinity for metal fabrication and woodworking led him to Eastern Illinois University where he earned an MA in Studio Art in 2015. Currently, Danny is a 2nd year MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Danny has worked as an assistant preparator of exhibits at the Tarble Arts Center
in Charleston, Illinois, and installation assistant for Bloomer Studios of New Haven,
Connecticut. Presently, Danny is employed as the Graduate Assistant Director of SIU’s
Surplus Gallery, event coordinator at SIU’s University Museum, and he serves as the
vice-chair of SIU’s registered student art organization, Critical Forum. Danny’s work
has been exhibited in Chicago and St. Louis, and is featured in Blue Room Magazine.
Katherine Miller was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Southeast
Missouri State University in 2014 with a BFA in Studio Art with a Printmaking emphasis.
After graduating, she interned and then worked at The Firecracker Press, a letterpress
shop in St. Louis. Subsequently, she was an artist-in-residence at Spark Box Studio
in Picton, Ontario, Canada. She has participated in several juried and invitational
exhibitions, a collaborative project exhibition (Dodd Galleries, Athens, GA), and
a solo exhibition (Sojourn Arts & Culture, Louisville, KY). Other activities have
included curating a portfolio and being a panelist at Southern Graphics Council International
printmaking conferences, working as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts,
and receiving a Willson Center Graduate Research grant to travel to the Chinati Foundation
in Marfa, TX. Miller is currently an MFA Candidate in the Printmaking and Book Arts
program at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and will receive her degree in
the Spring of 2018.
Jon Daniels graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education. Upon graduating, he was hired as art educator at Greenville Jr. High and High School in Greenville, Missouri, where he remained for five years. There, he was awarded Teacher of the Year, completed work for multiple group and solo exhibitions, and fostered the creativity of multiple award winning young artists. Currently, he is teaching 2D and AP Studio Art courses at Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where he is also the Art Department chair. Jon is also an art educator with the Southeast Missouri State University’s Art Academy and is an active member of the Missouri Art Educators Association and National Art Educators Association.
Kyle Triplett, originally from Spearfish, South Dakota, is a ceramic and digital media
installation artist based in Ruston, Louisiana. Triplett earned his BFA in Ceramics
from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008, completed Post-Baccalaureate Studies
at Louisiana State University in 2009, and received his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio
University in 2013. Currently, Triplett serves as Assistant Professor of Studio Art
within the School of Design at Louisiana Tech University where his teaching practice
focuses on ceramics, sculpture and digital fabrication. Triplett’s work has been exhibited
both nationally and internationally including exhibitions as part of the National
Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the International Ceramics
Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary.
Zackary Petot graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 with
a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking. Currently he is pursuing
a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of North Texas. While pursuing
his MFA, he has worked with several visiting artists at P.R.I.N.T Press, the collaborative
print shop at UNT. Zackary also teaches within the Core Drawing Department, and is
an assistant to the Printmaking Department. His artwork has recently been accepted
into the 2017 PRINT AUSTIN juried exhibition and several other national exhibitions.
His work illustrates the fragility of life for minority populations by focusing on
slurs and hate crimes in contemporary culture.
Jennifer (Richards) Fisher, a native of Potosi, Missouri, is an Assistant Professor and the Art Education Coordinator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Southeast in 2009, her master's degree in Gifted Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011, and her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2016. She accepted her current position in higher education after teaching art, gifted students, and English education for several years in Missouri public schools. Fisher's dissertation and research interests combine her love for art and gifted education in her exploration of high ability visual artists.
Meg Daniels graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Art in Art and a minor in General Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Currently she teaches Art Appreciation, Intro to Art, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Sculpture, and AP Studio Art at Poplar Bluff Senior High in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Since she began teaching there, Meg established new classes and a National Art Honor Society Chapter, along with facilitating many of her students winning acknowledgements and awards in the arts. In the summers, she teaches at the Southeast Missouri State University’s Art Academy and participates in various professional development opportunities to ensure student and professional success. Meg has had her artwork displayed in galleries in Missouri, Texas, Alabama, and Virginia. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, the Missouri Art Education Association, and the Missouri State Teachers Association. Meg is a practicing artist and is also working on her Masters in Art Education.
Rob Lorenz began his career in clay in 2001 while studying art education at Southeast
Missouri State University. In 2005, Rob finished his Bachelor’s degree in K-12 art
education and immediately started teaching in Jackson, MO. While teaching, he continued
working on his BFA in ceramics, finishing in 2007. In 2008, Rob moved with his wife
to southern Illinois and began teaching at Carbondale Community High School, while
working as a professional potter. In 2013, Rob was admitted to the Master’s program
in ceramics at Southern Illinois University. In May of 2016, Rob graduated from SIU
with an MFA in ceramics. He is currently setting up a ceramics studio where he can
once again make pots.
Emily Thomason is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and room maker from Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate studies at Southeast Missouri State University, graduating in 2014 and earning a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting. During her time in Cape Girardeau, Emily exhibited works locally and nationally in 21 shows and exhibitions and was given multiple awards, including the Best of Show award for the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition in both 2014 and 2015. Currently, Emily is pursuing her MFA in Painting and Drawing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She continues to show in local and national exhibitions and revisits Cape Girardeau to contribute to its art community.
Zach Jones graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a specialization in Digital Art. He is currently based in St. Louis, working as a freelance animator. Zack has worked on animations for Crescendo LLC and Titmouse Studios. He was part of a team of student and alumni animators from the Digital Art specialization that won an Award of Excellence in Animation and special effects at the IndieFest Film Awards for their animation “I’m Just A $100 Bill.”
Lacy Bockhoff graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016 with a Bachelor
of Fine Art with a specialization in Digital Art. She is currently pursuing a Master
of Fine Art in Photomedia at the University of Washington. During her first quarter
at the University of Washington, Lacy worked as a teaching assistant and at Henry
Art Gallery as a private collections assistant.
Clayton Noltkamper grew up in Cuba, MO. he graduated from SEMO in 2012 with a BSED
in Art Education. In the past four years, Clayton has taught pre-K through High School
art courses. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 Missouri Art Educator of the year award.
Currently, Clayton teaches elementary school art in St. James, MO, is the head speech and debate coach for the high school, and provides personal art lessons. He is the District 6 Representative for the Missouri Art Education Association. Clayton is also the Capitol Exhibit Coordinator for the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, which seeks advocacy for the arts at the state capitol by involving legislators in the slsection and display of student work on the capitol grounds. Clatyon is currently completing his Masters in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Art Education at MIZZOU.
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