Kate Skakel ’19

Brooklyn, New York

Kate Skakel ’19

Kate Skakel is a Brooklyn based artist and fabricator. She graduated from the University of Vermont in May of 2016, and spent the following fall at Yestermorrow Design and Build School, studying woodworking. She then moved to New Orleans, LA which saw her practice expand into metalworking, as well as paper sculptures. In 2018, Kate moved to Brooklyn and focused her art on the exploration of intimacy, vulnerability, and strength. Kate is the sole creator of the Corroon 2D art exchange, which brought together the work of 14 artists and allowed participants to expand their art collection. She also created the Brooklyn Anglers Union, a fly fishing club that leads fishing trips throughout Brooklyn. Kate has shown work in Vermont, Chicago, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and New York.

Kat Rosaen ’19

Kat Rosaen is a conceptual artist based in Michigan. She did her undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and her graduate studies at Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid. She has exhibited in group shows in multiple states and internationally. Her work tends to explore her environment and her psyche.

Grace Mertz ’19

Grace Mertz (b. 1996) is a writer and performer based in central Minnesota. She grew up writing fanfiction, poetry, and novellas but found performative writing when she received her B.A. in Linguistics and Communication Studies from St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN). She completed her M.A. in Communication Studies and Performance at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA), where her Master’s thesis was a one-woman autoethnographic show focused on the experience of practicing faith while in an academic environment. Grace’s performance work is centered on the ideas of interfaith dialogue, religious metaphors in daily life, and art as an avenue for knowing God and others.

Jared Wolfert ’19

Jared (b. 1998) is a young emerging artist based in Ohio but also has studio space located in Indiana. Jared is a current student enrolled at Mount Vernon Nazarene University with expected graduation in May 2020. His work focuses on using pop culture with the goal of filtering it through the act of painting and drawing. With every mark leading to a discovery, he is captivated by how mark-making opens up new possibilities in the unknown. He seeks to create a rich history of marks and gestures, a record of the artwork’s progress, a frantic network of experience that reveals each work’s risky beginnings while allowing them to present their own successful ends.

Martha Gregory ’19

Martha Gregory is a filmmaker, editor, writer, director and professor of film at Kenyon College. She received her MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. She edited and co-directed a short documentary called Facing the Surge which toured the country with Citizens Climate Lobby. Martha’s most recent short doc, Three Red Sweaters, won Best Documentary at Aspen Shortsfest as well as the Jacob Burns Creative Culture Award at Middlebury New Filmmaker’s Film Festival in 2017. It is a Vimeo Staff Pick and appears on Short of the Week. She was an additional editor on both One Vote, a feature doc that premiered at the Omaha Film Festival and the narrative feature Solace directed by Tchaiko Omwale which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2018. She continues to explore visual storytelling through narrative fiction and non fiction, often working to combine the two.

Chad Penner ’17

Chad Penner (b. 1993) grew up in Roanoke, VA and is currently based in South Carolina. He earned a BA in Art and Visual Technology with a concentration in drawing from George Mason University in 2015 and a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina in 2018. Penner’s works exist at the intersection between drawing, art history, comic books, and contemporary politics.

Adrian Hatfield ’17

Adrian Hatfield received his B.F.A. from The Ohio State University in 1996 and his M.F.A. from Ohio University in 2003. Hatfield’s works are included in the public collections of The University of Michigan, The South Bend Museum of Art, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and The University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland. Solo exhibition venues include The South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend IN, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University and the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ. Two-person and small group exhibitions venues include The Butcher’s Daughter, New York, NY, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, New York, NY and Jack the Pelican Presents, New York, NY. He has been a member of the faculty at the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI since 2005.

Micah Daw ’18

Micah Daw (b. 1979) is an artist based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Born and raised in Florida, Micah received his BFA from University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. In 2010 he earned an MFA at the Ohio State University. During this time he won the Fergus Scholarship for two consecutive years and was selected for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. His work has been exhibited nationally including major venues in New York, Philadelphia, Columbus, etc . His studio practice is an ongoing investigation into the possibilities of the two-dimensional drawn and painted image. His work often straddles categories to act as a locus for wonder and questioning.

Julie Puma ’18

Brought as a baby to England by well-traveled parents, Julie Puma spent her first fourteen years there with summers spent in her native Brooklyn. Her earliest memory of art is at age five when her mother gave her a set of oil paints which she used to paint a flower on a Styrofoam meat package. Only a year later her mother would pass away from breast cancer. Her father remarried and his work with IBM moved Julie, her sister, and the new family back to the United States where they settled in the Chicago area. An interest in art wasn’t apparent in high school, but after graduating from Western Illinois State University, Julie went on to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to achieve a Masters of Art in Art Therapy. Her passion for painting was kindled as she practiced art therapy while experiencing its healing powers for herself and deepening her own creative talent.

Julie made her way to Colorado to care for her sister who was also afflicted with breast cancer. Here she met her husband, gave birth to a daughter, and continued to refine and cultivate her artistic growth. Fueled by her family tragedies, Julie’s painting and art evolved as a means for greater communication and exploration of social and political themes. She earned a second Master’s degree in Fine Art in Visual Art with the Vermont College of Fine Art. Currently,

Julie is a full Professor in the Foundations and Fine Art department at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. Julie’s work has been exhibited nationally and locally in several solo and collaborative shows since 1997. Prized by collectors, her drawings and paintings are personal and powerful, resonant and relevant contemporary realism.

Liv Garber ’18

Liv Garber is a current third-year student at Parsons (The New School) studying illustration and screen studies in New York.