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Successful Graduates

Coe art graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers such as graphic artists, curators, art therapists, architects, industrial artists, teachers, designers, and illustrators. Here are some examples of what recent Coe art graduates are doing now:

Britt Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in 2012, with a major in art and a minor in theater. Britt is currently living in Gothenburg, Sweden while pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Gothenburg: Valand Academy of Fine Arts and plans to apply for a Ph.D. program at Valand upon the completion of her master's program. Britt recently finished an exhibition in Kaly, Sweden with work featured in the publication "A Temporary Roof." She has also found time to form a band which performs regularly at venues of the local art scene.

"One of the most valuable aspects of my time at Coe was the sense of community that I found among both faculty and students. Due to the nature of Coe's small class sizes, I was able to form close relationships with my professors which made it possible to engage in my artistic practice with a sense of comfort, knowing that there would always be a member of the Art Department nearby if I needed guidance or advice. Not only did Coe offer me a supportive community of faculty and peers, but it gave me the most valuable life experience that I could have needed at the time by providing me with the opportunity to travel abroad. In traveling to Sweden for one semester, I found the place that I would call home only one year later. My experiences both on and off campus enriched my life in ways that I will forever value." - Britt Anderson

Kelsey Schroeder graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in art and French.  Originally from Rapid City, S.D., she currently resides in Cedar Rapids while she finishes her residency at The Ceramics Center and works as a wedding consultant for David’s Bridal.  Her work is featured in several galleries and includes a purchase from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for its permanent collection.

“My experience at Coe has helped me immensely both in my field of study and in my personal growth.  The art program was fantastic in preparing me with the skills I need to be successful in the art world, and the liberal arts setting gave me a chance to explore other areas of study without sacrificing my passion.  In addition I credit the chaplain’s ministry programs and my involvement with Alpha Sigma Alpha in helping me to develop as a person and establish lifelong friendships.” - Kelsey Schroeder ’10

Amanda Havel from Riverside, Iowa, graduated in 2009 with majors in physics and art. She is pursuing a graduate degree in architecture at Iowa State University and will graduate in 2013. She decided to take the year off between Coe and ISU because she wanted to be positive that architecture was her passion, and she could not be happier with that decision.

“The Art Department helped prepare me for a successful first year in grad school through the individualized course plan that fit my needs and desires, and the ability to grow as an individual artist my senior year. I was given the chance to learn who I am as an artist by having the freedom to explore my medium to the fullest without much protest.  Looking back, I know some of the tangent paths I took during that year weren't close to successful, but allowing me to experiment gave me the confidence to push my creativity into something I never imagined it could become.  I use this confidence daily when I am designing for studio, and plan to use it for the rest of my career.” – Amanda Havel ’09

After graduating from Coe as an art major in 2009, Gary Webb completed a residency at the Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids, and then moved to New York City, where he worked as an archivist for K. Caraccio Studios and as an art handler at Paul Kasmin Gallery.  In the fall of 2010, Gary began graduate studies in visual art at New York University, Steinhardt. He has exhibited in New York City, Catskill and Woodridge, N.Y., and internationally at Non-Object if Sud in Provence, and Galerie Michel Journaic in Paris, France.  His work is included in the U.S. State Department’s permanent collection.  Webb is continuing his graduate studies, and is an adjunct professor of sculpture and ceramics at New York University.

"Providing exceptional opportunities and challenges both on-campus and abroad, Coe quickly set me on the path to discover my potential and place in the world.  The faculty and students are both genuine and diverse, motivating one another to constantly question and investigate. The Art Department immediately became my "home away from home," where the faculty was direct, curious and engaging. This rigor built the foundation for my current perspectives, enabling me to pursue opportunities post-college with momentum and confidence." – Gary Webb ’09

Christina Chiusano graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in art and public relations. She is currently working as an artist and compositing supervisor at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, in Burbank, California.  She went to California after graduation and has been working at Nickelodeon ever since.

“I really enjoyed the small class sizes at Coe. It gave me a chance to get to know other students and professors on a more personal level. I felt like I was part of a family with all the other art majors and that made going to class a really great experience.” - Christina Chiusano ’07

  • Liz Miles '07, project manager, Terry Dowd Art Packaging and Transport, Chicago, IL
  • Dan Pilgrim '05, layout artist, Dreamworks Animation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Abby Graham '05, elementary art teacher, Tomahawk Elementary, Overland Park, KS
  • Rebecca Hession '04, animator, DMA Animation, New York, NY
  • Stacy Gage '04, collections and exhibitions manager, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA
  • Allison Schue '04, landscape designer, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jody Egolf '03, registrar/gallery assistant, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
  • Matthew Mueller '01, architect, Alvarez Morris Architectural Studio, Littleton, CO
  • Elizabeth Naso '01, high school art teacher/dept chair, Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Matthew Whitlock '99, photographer/owner, Zeta-Alpha Studio, South Bend, IN
  • Kathryn Johnson Befeler '99, design artist, University of Iowa Dental College, Iowa City, IA
  • Christine Buckton Tillman '99, Faculty Member, The Park School, Baltimore, MD
  • Anna Frey '98, director of development, Burke Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Leslie Klingner '98, curator of interpretation, Biltmore Estates, Asheville, NC
  • Melissa Furness '98, assistant professor of art, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Reuben Torres '97, art teacher/football/baseball coach, St. Charles High School, St Charles, MN
  • Matt Lowe '97, technical services manager, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
  • Aaron Coleman '97, associate web developer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Jamie Pilgrim '96, senior artist, Blizzard Entertainment, Irvine, CA
  • Jill Thompson Kohler '95, associate registrar for collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  • Angela Foley '94, potter, Water of Life Pottery, Red Wing, MN
  • Andrew Davies '94, founder/owner graphic design firm, Oxide Design Co., Omaha, NE
  • Tony Alt '92, gallery owner, ARA Gallery, Marion, IA
  • Dennis Wall '90, project manager/architect, Teng & Associates, Chicago, IL
  • Li-Ying Bao '90, assistant professor/graphic design, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI
  • Erin Wells '89, freelance illustrator, San Mateo, CA
  • Pam Hyberger '88, graphic artist, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Dave Cahill '85, brand creative director, Monroe and Main Apparel, Madison, WI
  • Peter Xiao '84, associate professor, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL