Featured Alumni

Andrea Mancuso, PhD 2016.
Nekita Thomas, MFA 2015.
Chris Coleman, MFA 2003.
Byron Rich, MFA 2013.
Stacey Robinson, MFA 2016.
Ashley Powell, MFA 2016.
Su Yang, MFA 2015.
Jacob Kassay BFA 2006.

Meet Our Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to pursue active careers as artists, graphic designers, curators, art directors, professors, as well as a host of other opportunities in creative fields. See what they have to say about their experiences here in the Department of Art at UB.

1/20/19
LIZ BAYAN is a Toledo, Ohio based multimedia artist born in Salem, Oregon. Her practice in the fields of Digital Arts and New Media focuses on mediation, technogenesis, and digital vision. In 2010 she received her B.F.A. in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. After graduating, she worked as a professional letterpress printer for Oblation Papers & Press in Portland, Oregon before moving to Buffalo, New York for graduate school where she received her M.F.A. in Emerging Practices in 2015 from SUNY, University at Buffalo.
11/16/18
The best part of studying at UB was the support and guidance I received for my professional development.  Buffalo taught me how to present myself professionally as an academic scholar in addition to being an artist and supported me through the process of finding a faculty position after graduation.
1/20/19
She is the founder and director of the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology in Michoacán, Mexico (www.guapamacataro.org).
1/20/19
Augustina Droze is an artist based in Buffalo, NY. She works primarily as a public artist and muralist as well as a painter and art educator. Droze is familiar with large scale public art through her work in mural projects, mixed media installations and sculptures.
1/20/19
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Assistant Professor in graphic design Nekita Thomas is a designer, researcher, and educator with skill in participatory design and social practice.
11/16/18
Professors were really not that buttoned up, they danced with us. Harvey Breverman was extremely generous, even when he was the most challenging. Adele Henderson made printmaking young again. She once said, all that matters is your work, and that is all one can strive for. This has stayed with me forever.
11/16/18
In the Visual Studies PhD program at SUNY Buffalo, I was given enough autonomy to define my own course of study, taking classes in anthropology, finance, and media study, in addition to art, art history, and visual studies. I know of no other program that would have allowed me to do the work I was able to do there.
11/15/18
The best part of studying at the UB Department of Art was the opportunity to explore; UB gave me the space and time to experiment, investigate, and to seek new answers as both an art maker and as an individual.
9/12/19
Patrick Foran’s work is concerned with the visual culture of disasters and emergencies disseminated by news imagery and other highly mediated forms of representation. His drawings and paintings isolate, fragment, and reframe events within the context of our contemporary catastrophe.
9/12/19
Although I learned many of the skills I use daily in my current position as the Curator at Buffalo Arts Studio, the most important thing I learned was visual culture literacy.
10/3/19
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design-University of Illinois Urbana Champaign As an artist, his subject matter examines the African-American experience, more specifically the future. Making many African-American private conversations and concerns public.
1/20/19
Sangjun, Yoo is a candidate in Digital Arts and Experimental Media Ph.D program at the University of Washington. He holds MFA in Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo and two BFA degrees in Design and Technology at Parsons the New School in New York City and Multimedia Design at Hansung University in South Korea. He has four years of working experience in the global design agencies, including MTV.
11/15/18
Buffalo offered not only a large, supportive, and well-resourced university but also the support of the city. This is the city, home, and place of education of some of the most well-known artists and contemporary art spaces in the world, and it's not difficult to tap into that same spirit of invention and talent.
1/20/19
Born on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Paul is now an artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University at Albany, and MFA in Fine Art from the University at Buffalo, before swimming west along the southern coast of Lake Erie. After stopping to rest, mesmerized by the flaming smokestacks, she wandered inland and fell in love and lust with the smokestacks, the city, and the lake.
9/12/19
Shin's work has been shown regionally and nationally at institutions across the United States. She was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Fellowship from the Southern Graphics Council International, as well as the juror's award at Brand 45 Works on Paper, 45th Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper. Recently started Mirabo Press a Buffalo-based printmaking studio founded by Bob Fleming, Rachel Shelton, and Mizin Shin.
10/3/19
I had wonderful, life-changing experience at SUNY@Buffalo, now called UB. Followed by my undergraduate days at KCAI-Kansas City Art Institute, it was incredible to be there then, in the mid-1970s.