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Careers: Recent Graduates

Recent art and art history graduates

Wondering what Calvin art and art history students do once they receive their degrees? They go on to pursue all sorts of paths, from architecture to teaching art in elementary, middle, high schools, colleges and universities to creating art in the studio, photography and graphic design. Here is just a small sampling of our alumni in action:

Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez
'10 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is employed by Grand River Builders and is currently working on replacing the copper domes on the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids.

Emily Pavlich DeRusha '09 (Bachelor of Arts, Art Education) teaches art to elementary students at Jenison Public Schools.

Kate Falls Eshelman '09 (Bachelor of Arts, Art Education) teaches art to elementary students at Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids, MI.

Jennifer Waid Haverkamp '09 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is a photographer based in Grand Rapids.

Robert Bosscher in studioRobert Bosscher '07 (BFA and Art History) is a retail service and training manager and teaches pottery courses at the Bicentennial Art Center in Aurora, CO.

Eugene Dening '07 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of British Columbia.

Krista Koning Krygsman '07 (Bachelor of Arts, Art Education) teaches art at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

Taylor Greenfield '07 (BFA) is in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Kendall College of Art and Design.

Craig Hoeksema '06 (BFA) designs and builds contemporary furniture for Dennis Miller Associates.

Kevin Buist '06 (BFA) is on the staff of ArtPrize.

Aimee Breuker Einfeld '05 (Bachelor of Arts, Art Education) teaches art at Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, MI.

David Malda '04 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio and Art History) is completing his Masters Degree in Landscape and Building Design at the University of Virginia. He was selected as a 2009 National Olmsted Scholar.

Zac Wanner '04 (Bachelor of Arts, Art Education) teaches art to elementary and middle school students at Ada Christian School.

Derek Petersen '04 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Minnesota.

Alex Beerhorst '04 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is a medical illustrator in Colorado.

Michelle Vondiziano '04 (BFA) is textile designer for Unison Home.

Ryan Thompson '03 (BFA) is an Assistant Professor of Photo and Digital Media at Houghton College in NY.

Kate Bonner '02 (BFA) is a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, NY.

Miriam VanderKooy Slager '02 (BFA) completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Chris Filippini '02 (BFA) is a working artist in Berlin, Germany.

Josh Ippel '01 (BFA) completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Phil Orr '01 (BFA) is completing his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Kevin Huizenga '99 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) creates comics and zines.

Sarah Dornbos '99 (Bachelor of Art, Art Education) teaches an mentors kids in Los Angeles.

Michael Markwick '98 (BFA) is a studio artist who lives and works in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. His work has been widely exhibited throughout Europe.

Steve Barkema '98 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is a graphic designer in the Communications & Marketing department at Calvin College.

Jonathan Quist '96 (BFA and Art Education) teaches art at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

Tim Hackney '96 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is a creative director of an advertisting firm in Holland, Michigan.

Luke Robinson '96 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is the Web manager for Calvin College.

Scott Millen '95 (BFA) is a graphic designer in west Michigan.

Steve Bardolph '93 (BFA) teaches art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Cheryl Wassenaar '93 (BFA) teaches art at Washington University, St. Louis.

Conrad Bakker '92 (BFA) is the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Elaine Tolsma Harlow '92 (BFA) is a studio artist represented by Lafontsee Gallery in Grand Rapids.

Liesl Bockheim Gibson '91 (Bachelor of Arts, Studio) is a clothing designer in New York City.

Featured alumni

Jill DeVries '08 (Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary) is a documentary wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer based in Grand Rapids.

Shannon Gales '05 (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is a fashion designer who specializes in designing and producing custom wedding gowns.

Lori Slager '02 (Bachelor of Arts, Art Education) is "Nurturing kids' writing and fostering creativity" at the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center.

Ryan Spencer Reed '02 (Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary) is a documentary photographer. His work will be featured at the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids March - April, 2012.

Jeffrey DeKock '01 is a photographer/filmmaker and founder of Open Hand Studios, an organization dedicated to promoting social and economic justice in developing communities around the world.

Brad Reed '01 (Bachelor of Art, Elementary Education) is a photographer in Ludington, MI.