From pursuing Masters degrees at top-notch schools and working as professional artists and designers, to giving back to the world in innovative ways, our alumni run the gamut of doing exciting, creative things in the world. Here is a sample of a few of our recent alum’s lives after Elon
Nada Azem (2014) carried her interests in political art, which formed the crux of her thesis while at Elon, into the M.A. in Arts Politics at NYU, from which she just graduated! The NYU program is a unique “critical, interdisciplinary Graduate Program that trains arts activists–capable of activating critical and creative dialogue between art and the world.”
After receiving her BFA in Art and a BA in Art History, Kiley Brandt (2014) was accepted into the MFA program at Florida State University, where she continues to merge her interests in Digital Media, Feminism, Phenomenology, and Postmodern studies. In the summer of 2018 she was awarded a prestigious six-week artist residency in Japan.
Natalie Butler (2012) continues her love for designing for the internet as an eCommerce Web Graphic Designer for Belk Department Stores.
Upon graduation (2012) Ned Dibner’s intricately crafted boxes were included in a national juried exhibition at the Smithsonian. These days, he spends his time on high-end woodworking projects at Eidolon Designs in Raleigh.
Directly after graduation, Ingrid Frahm (2016) moved to art mecca New York City where she worked at InStyle magazine and Marie Claire, before landing a design position at Harper’s Bazaar.
Graduating with a double-major in Art (BFA) and Arts Administration, Brittany Graham (2014) deferred her admission to Pratt to join Teach for America in Chicago where she is giving back as an early childhood educator.
Art minor/Psychology major Adrianne Hanson (2014) enrolled in the M.A. in Advertising program at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is responsible for our awesome “you are here” logo.
A dual major in Art and Arts Administration, Colby-Ann Meagle (2016) now studies Intellectual Property as a Law Student at Pepperdine University. Recently, she interned at the Center for Art Law in New York City.
Ali Reder (2013) followed her art passions into the Art Therapy program at the renowned School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her master’s thesis was titled “Strength-Based Art Therapy with Adolescents in Acute Psychiatric Care.”
After receiving her BFA at Elon, Kelsey Reifler (2012) went on to complete a Design for Social Change program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After stints as a Junior Graphic Designer with Bruce Mau Design and as an Art Director for Sweet Lemon Magazine, she now works as a Graphic Designer for Vogue.
After studying ceramics at Elon, Sarah Riley (2016) worked as a professional potter in Washington, D.C., while teaching ceramics at The Field School. She is now embarking on her MFA journey in Ceramic Arts at Hood College.
Jeffrey Williamson (2013) put his mad digital art skillz to work after graduation at the North Carolina Museum of Art where he was the Digital Media manager. He is now a UX/UI Designer at Conduent.
Where do they go?
The typical path for students graduating with a major in Studio Art is to pursue Art at the graduate level. We have no shortage of alumni who have done just that at such top programs as: The School of Visual Arts, New York University, Chicago Art Institute, University of Colorado Boulder, Drexel University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Harvard University, Boston University, Pratt Institute, and Pacific Northwest College of Art just to name a few. Our alumni have also gone on to become chefs, Web designers, Feng Shui consultants, Art teachers, fashion and graphic designers, and librarians, while others have put their problem-solving and creative skills to work in such diverse arenas as the medical industry, the military, in fundraising and financial sectors, and non-profits among others.