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Sara Black, '01, B.F.A.My primary faculty mentors played an incredibly important role in preparing me for the work I do today. I had numerous excellent teachers in my time at UWEC and reflect on my education in the department with a lot of gratitude.
Li-Ying is also responsible for managing the Graphic Design area lab-fee account, ordering lab supplies for twelve GD courses per semester, and drafting annual Lab-Mod proposals based upon the suggestions of LTS directors.
Professor Li-Ying Bao has on average 30-40 advisees each semester. She keeps in communication with her advisees via office hours, E-mails, as well as individual appointment at any time when it is convenient to the student, sometimes including weekends and vacations.
Professor Bao also serves on various department and university committees.
Wanrudee Buranakorn, born and raised in Thailand and studied arts at the UNiversity of Alabama. Before joining the Department of Art &Design in 2007, she has taught at the University of Alabama, Ohio University, Ringling School of Art and Design, the University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie, Penland School of Crafts, Colleton County Arts Council, and Asheville BookWorks.
Her work employs varieties of alternative printing processes including silver liquid emulsion (Liquid Light), cyanotype, van dyke, kallitype, and platinum, in addition to traditional gelatin silver prints and digital. Her work has been exhibited nationally in a number of galleries and museums. Recent exhibits have appeared in ARC Gallery and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago (IL), Flash Gallery (CO), Fayetteville Museum of Art (SC), Bare Hands Gallery (AL), Asheville BookWorks Gallery (NC), and Sara Meltzer Gallery in Chelsea (NY).
Her artist's books are in the collection of the University of Alabama's Book Arts program and the Hoole Rare Books Special Collections Library. Her limited-edition book of platinum images of Buddhism in Thailand by Ben Simmons is in the private collection of the King of Thailand.
His work has appeared in New York galleries, the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, and in Communication Arts. His clients include American Airlines, Boyds Mills Press, Cobblestone, Cricket, and Odyssey Magazines, Woodbine Publishing, and St. Vladimir’s Press. His work is in private collections in Australia and the United States, including the Staten Island Museum.
Ned was the youngest of six siblings. This may have exacerbated a terrible tendency toward daydreaming or “traveling” as his wife, Sara, kindly prescribes it.
Kelley practices imitative magic, illusion, and science. She is a photographer and intermedia artist whose work incorporates video, digital technology, performance and installation art. Her exhibition record includes shows in the United States, China, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey and Europe, with numerous exhibitions and performances.
Kim joined Graphic Communications program at UW-Eau Claire in 2017 after teaching Visual Communications Design at Purdue for ten years and another ten years of a teaching career in Korea. Kim has enjoyed working closely with students to expand their knowledge of design, problem-solving methods, understanding of the process, skills in the field, creativity and critical thinking. She loves the dynamism of her studio classes and the vibrant interactions among students. She finds it very rewarding to observe her students’ growth and development through the way they experience the design process of solving problems with passion and endeavor, but they are progressing towards their future careers as successful and responsible designers.
Kim holds an M.A. and M.F.A. in Visual Communications Design and has finished her coursework for a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning. Kim's doctoral research, an interdisciplinary study, examines the role of graphic design in a built environment. She investigates how design objects and visual system can be inclusive and responsive to different user groups as active components of environmental infrastructure balancing style and functionality.
Marie is inspired by people who work on the water and investigates the cultural shifts of small fishing communities. Commercial fishing informs her artistic practice and allows her to create artworks that reveal a broad aesthetic inquiry into the preservation of cultural traditions through lived experiences. As a conceptual artist, her artwork is site-specific: The history of a place, its people, and the analysis of cultural materials are intimately tied to the artwork she produces in order to express the conditions in which people work and live. It is necessary for her to step outside of the usual studio boundaries and into the field. This way of working situates her creative and experiential investigations at the intersections of art, visual culture, and social inquiry. The artwork acts as a buoy that navigates viewers from all walks of life into thinking about cultural change in their own communities and how this change can affect a sense of resiliency, home, and place.
Marie exhibits nationally is cited in numerous publications including Slate Magazine and the College Art Association's Art Journal. Her work Best Medicine is included in the historical survey Art and Queer Culture, edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer (Phaidon Press, 2013), and the anthology Re/Theorizing Writing Histories of Rhetoric, edited by Michelle Ballif (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013). Best Medicine is the only image in the book. She was a writing fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka in 2013. Her social documentary project about women working in commercial fishing, Women of the Fleet, takes a stream-to-plate approach to exploring women's contributions to the commercial fishing industry in Sitka, Alaska.
Jill’s work has been exhibited at the national level, most recently at the University Art Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana; the Long Beach Foundation of the Arts in Loveladies, New Jersey; the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida; and solo exhibitions at Company Gallery in Syracuse, New York, and Riverviews Art Space in Lynchburg, Virginia.
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