Our alumni have gone to be active artists, graphic designers, curators, art directors, professors and a host of other careers in creative fields. See what they have to say about their experiences here in the Department of Art at UB.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Graduate Alumni have significant placements in education including tenure track positions at University of Denver, Northeastern, Western Michigan University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Virginia Tech University, Herron School of Art–University of Indiana, Canisius College, Southeast Missouri State University, Oberlin College, New Jersey City University, Rowan University, New Jersey, and Louisiana State University.
Recent MFA Alumni have also shown their artwork in significant venues including:
The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, Artist Television Access, Mattress Factory The Pacific Film Archive Monmouth Museum Brooklyn Museum-Brooklyn Jenkins-Johnson Gallery – Chelsea Galleri Image—Århus, Denmark Museum of Art, Milwaukee Detroit International Film/Video Festival Chelsea Art Museum Institute for Electronic Arts—Beijing,China SACI Gallery—Florence; Italy Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian University of Stockholm, Sweden Pera Museum, Istanbul Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University Center for the Book, University of Iowa, Iowa City Rochester Institute of Technology, NY National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.
Alumni Press and Reviews
UB Alumni: Public art with a biomedical ‘twist’
UB Alumni-Endi Poskovic Exploring Classical Mokuhanga Printmaking Using Laser-engraving and Bit-map Data
UB Faculty and Alumni Featured in Exhibition exploring the future of surveillance, espionage and privacy.
Alumni-Game Theory:Understanding the Financial Crisis
UB Alumni Stacey Robinson: Q&A with "Black Kirby" with John Jennings
UB Alumni: Open Source Estrogen won an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica in 2017.