Class Notes

  • 1980
    Laurel Jean Fredrickson
    BFA, 1980

    Laurel Jean Fredrickson teaches Art History and Visual Culture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her Art History monograph is to be published on March 25, 2021.

  • 1973
    Carol Macht

    Carol Macht, FASLA, a founding partner of Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), will retire from the firm at the end of 2020, though she will continue to consult on some ongoing and select projects. Macht, a landscape architect, along with architects Lee Coplan and Ed Hord, founded Hord Coplan Macht in 1977. Since that time, the firm has grown to a nationally recognized, award-winning, multidisciplinary practice with 300 employees in four offices. Among her highly visible projects, Macht has developed landscape master plans and completed numerous design projects for Loyola University Maryland and Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She led her team in the award-winning design of the major renovation of the historic South Capitol Park at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA; the West Shore Park at Baltimore's Inner Harbor with Thomas Balsley Associates; several gardens at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; and dozens of private residences. Additionally, she has led the landscape master planning and design associated with the repositioning and new addition program at Roland Park Place in Baltimore.

  • 1965
    Diana Hosley Burchfield

    Diana Hosley Burchfield received an Audubon Artists Gold Medal of Honor (with a prize of $500 and a medal) for her watercolor titled A Walk in the Park (image detail featured here). View the entire exhibit and a list of awards at

  • 1969
    Perci [Priscilla] Chester

    NE SCULPTURE | Gallery Factory
    October 16 - November 8
    1720 NE Madison Street #14, Minneapolis, MN

    Opening Reception: Friday October 16, 7-9pm
    10 people max & masks required

    Gallery Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat 12-5pm or by appt. 612-743-6664

    INITIAL RESPONSE is a sculptural installation comprised of 14 pairs of cast aluminum pregnant torsos. These can occupy space in different configurations and thus create a unique correspondence to each other and dynamic meanings to viewers. In this multi-part installation, each piece is made to resemble a capsule or eggshell with both the front and back torsos wrapped around a single letter from a discarded sign. The human forms express a variety of emotional gestures while the letters act as an initial – individuality to be birthed and a path coming into being. Letters signify ideas and emotions, elicit connotations, and swirl in the ways we use and think of language.

    ARC DE TRIOMPHE is a nine-foot high arch composed of 13 unique body molds made from pregnant women and cast in aluminum. These molds were collected over 20+ years where friends, often dancers, volunteered to have a mold made of their body as it was in transformation. To connect each fragmented form into a single movement, they are brought into an arch using long bolts. Supporting itself in balance, the arch inquires into the nature of vulnerability and projects the sensations of flight and movement. Several torsos reveal small drilled openings which have been stitched with bright orange ribbon and a variety of colored pantyhose wave as triumphant flags.

    Perci Chester’s latest series BODY OF WORK speaks to birth, motherhood, and the universal experience of way-finding and place-making within the development of individuality and human agency. With a unique coordination of materials and sculptural strategies, this series seeks to challenge convention and playfully engage viewers with two large-scale installations.

    More on the work
    Perci Chester is a contemporary American artist working across disciplines to explore notions of identity, play and freedom. Her work has been exhibited extensively and is represented in numerous private and public collections. She is the recipient of public commissions for large-scale outdoor works in the United States and abroad.

  • 2006
    Ashley Hairston Doughty

    Artist and designer Ashley Hairston Doughty is mounting the solo exhibition Kept to Myself at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Doughty is a visual storyteller whose practice engages with socioeconomic, racial, and gender-based issues, particularly those relating to cultural misconceptions and the development of personal identity. Kept to Myself provides an introduction to a substantial range of her work in different media, including video, fiber art, and illustration. Augmenting the exhibition space with her personal poems, written thoughts, and anecdotes, Doughty uses art and text to lead viewers through her experiences as a Black woman in contemporary society. Her work has received awards from the Caxton Club, the College Book Arts Association, and Arion Press. Currently an assistant professor of art at UNLV, she uses her business, Design Kettle, to create design projects with an emphasis on meaningful storytelling. The exhibition Kept to Myself will be on view August 17 through October 9, 2020. Image credit: Ashley Hairston Doughty, The Space Between, a collection of writings and tactile pieces that describe the discomfort of unsolicited comments from strangers on the street (detail).

  • 2008
    Ian Weaver

    Works by Ian Weaver have been acquired by two institutional collections as part of a bequest by Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a trailblazer in the arts and education. Map of Black Bottom Community as a Black Panther is now a part of the collection of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Black Power Helmet (pictured here) was acquired by the the Studio Museum of Harlem. Weaver is an assistant professor of art at St. Mary's College and a 2017 recipient of the Sam Fox School's Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award.

  • 1979
    Kevin J. Flynn

    Kevin J. Flynn was one of eight individuals awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Flynn was recognized for his visionary leadership of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and his contributions to the world of architectural education. As president of the NAAB, Flynn guided the organization through a thoughtful evolution, leading to a stronger, more effective organization working in greater partnership with NCARB and our fellow collateral organizations. As chairman of the NAAB’s 2019 Accreditation Review Forum, Flynn refreshed the process by which the conditions and procedures for accreditation are reviewed, encouraging greater collaboration and bringing together the boards of directors of all five architectural collaterals for the first time. In addition, Flynn served on the AIA National Board of Directors as the Central States Regional Director from 2010-2012 and is a member of the University of Kansas’s School of Architecture Advisory Board.

  • 1964
    Peter Green

    Architect and urban planner Peter Green has published a new mystery novel, Chicago's Designs, part of his Patrick MacKenna series. The novel is available for purchase through Amazon. In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Green also earned a creative writing certificate from WashU.

  • 2002
    Valerie Greer

    Valerie Greer, MArch02, has accepted a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of architecture at the University of Utah. Her appointment, which begins July 1, will include collaborative opportunities with the university’s School of Medicine, for research at the intersection of architecture design and health, with a particular focus on examining resilient spaces for an aging population. In addition to her work as a practicing architect, Greer has held various teaching positions at Washington University since 2005, including most recently as professor of practice and coordinator for strategic graduate initiatives in architecture in the Sam Fox School. Her teaching and research at WashU have centered around topics of aging, behavioral health, and healing environments.

  • 2010
    Yusheen Yang

    JENSEN Architects has promoted Yusheen Yang to senior designer. Yang joined JENSEN in 2014, bringing a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. With experience ranging from urban residences to public spaces to large-scale overseas developments, Yang approaches each project with an eye toward architecture’s role in shaping our environment—and society—as well as an appreciation of the thoughtful details that distinguish good design. She graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture, then worked in New York City before earning her Master of Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • 2001
    Jill Downen

    Jill Downen will be one of the featured artists in the upcoming exhibition State of the Art 2020 at both Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary, a new space for contemporary visual and performing arts. The 61 individuals in State of the Art 2020 represent a cross-section of artists working today, and their artwork will be organized into thematic sections. The show will be on view February 22-May 24, 2020.

  • 1995
    Mark Steel Wool Salinas
    BFA95, Sculpture

    On April 18, 2019, the Nevada Humanities, a nonprofit state council affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, presented the Humanities Rising Star Award to Mark Salinas. Eleven recipients from the Silver State received a 2019 Nevada Humanities Award, which recognizes the achievement of “extraordinary individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to Nevada’s communities using the tools of the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of the people of Nevada. Within the past year, the Carson City Department of Arts & Culture, established by Salinas, was also awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The Big Read Grant was only awarded to one recipient in Nevada, and it provided for 30 days of creative community programming based upon themes found in an American novel. Salinas, in partnering with the Nevada State Museum and the Carson City Library, selected Charles Portis’ True Grit. The Carson City Chamber of Commerce named the project the "Best Event in 2018." Nancy Paulson, City Manager of Carson City, welcomes the heightened state and national arts awareness to Nevada’s rural capital. “This recognition promotes quality of life, downtown vitality, and community pride,” she said. “Carson City is fortunate to have Mark Salinas leading the charge in putting Carson City’s mark on the state and national arts scene.”

  • 2007
    Yu Araki
    BFA in Sculpture

    Yu Araki is shortlisted as one of the 21 artists competing for the Future Generation Art Prize hosted by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2019.

  • 1967
    Perci Chester
    BFA 1067

    Exhibition of photographs titled " In Search of the Glass Slipper: San Francisco 1974".
    Though I work across various media and have photographed throughout my career, I am thrilled to exhibit this photographic series at the San Francisco Public Library. While the photographs were taken in the 1970s, they resonate now as timeless portraits of vibrant individuals who deserve to be recognized.

  • 2007
    Rory Lucey
    BFA in Printmaking + Drawing

    Rory Lucey, M.A. in Teaching Art & Design '09, published his first book, "Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo", which is a graphic novel about the cat from the 1979 film Alien from Titan Books.