Skip to content Skip to navigation


Updates From Alumni (New Updates Coming Fall 2015!)

Submit Your Alumni News
Join Our LinkedIn Group!

Jaime Saunders Archer, BA Art History, 1998

Jaime is a working mom and owner of a small online craft/photography business:

Updated: JULY 2014

Nisa Ari, BA Art History, 2008

Nisa entered the PhD program in the history, theory, and criticism of art at MIT in 2012.


Jeremiah Barber, MFA Art Practice, 2010

Jeremiah lives and maintains a studio in San Francisco. This last year he has made new performance works, including "Other Half Orbit" at Southern Exposure, and "If Only my Own Person" at SOMArts Cultural Center. In 2015 he will be awarded a Eureka fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. Barber is currently collaborating with his partner, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, on the exhibition "Lo Real Maravilloso/The Marvelous Real" to debut at the Mission Cultural Center in February 2015. This exhibition will be curated by another Stanford MFA graduate, Sanaz Mazinani.

Updated: JULY 2014

Michael Bartalos, MFA Art Practice, 2014

Michael recently participated in Mexico City's SOMA Summer 2014 program through a fellowship from Stanford's Department of Art & Art History.  He is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts through June 2015 where he works with light, fabric, and video.  This autumn he is taking part in Pulp Atlas, a series of artists' book exhibitions in cities across the US, Candada, and the UK.

UPDATED: November 2014

Nicholas Berger, MFA Documentary Film and Video, 2008

Nicholas is just finishing editing a feature length documentary about Lithuanian folk singers called, "Land of Songs."

Updated: JULY 2014

Margaret Burgess, BA Art History, 1995

Margaret is the Susan Donnell and Harry Konkel Associate Curator of European Art at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME.


Yve Chavez, BA Art History, 2010

In 2012, Yve completed her MA in Art History from the University of Washington.  This fall she passed her qualifying exams in the Art History program at UCLA, where she is now a PhD candidate.  Yve is currently a research assistant through the Getty Research Institute Scholars Program, and she's writing a dissertation that examines Native American art in the California missions.

UPDATED: November 2014

DeWitt Tienwei Cheng, BA Art History, 1971

DeWitt Tienwei Cheng is a Bay Area artist, art critic (ArtLtd, Artillery, East Bay Monthly, Artvoices, and curator at Stanford Art Spaces.

Updated: September 2014

Cynthia Daignault, BA Art Practice, 2001

Cynthia Daignault is currently living and working in New York.  Her work has been featured in numerous gallery and museum shows, most recently in 2014 with a solo presentation at the Fort Worth Modern. She has published two limited edition artist books, “CCTV” (2012) and “I love you more than one more day” (2013). Daignault has done a number of curatorial projects including the 2014 show "Ruffneck Constructivism" at the ICA with Kara Walker, and 2013 exhibition "Eric's Trip," at Lisa Cooley, which featured other Stanford alumni, Victoria Fu and Kamau Amu Patton. She has an upcoming group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2014.

Updated: JULY 2014

Amy Eshelman, BA Art Practice, 2008

After graduating, Amy moved back to Seattle and worked as Lead Printer for the Fine Art/Fashion photographer Jock Sturges, after which she went back to school for Apparel Design.  Amy is now working as a Fashion Designer at Nordstrom in their Lingerie and Soft Accessories Departments.

Updated: JULY 2014

Jamil Hellu, MFA Art Practice, 2010

Jamil was selected for the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco in 2014, and received the Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010-2011. Currently teaching photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, he is also an adjunct faculty member at Diablo Valley College.

Updated: JULY 2014

Steven Hamilton Skov Holt, MFA Design, MFA Design, 1992

Based in San Francisco and presently Distinguished Professor in Design at California College of the Arts, Steven continues to write and curate design-related projects. His episodic, essay-based blog is at

Updated: December 2014

Elizabeth Ivanovich, BA Art History, 1997

Elizabeth Ivanovich has been the arts and entertainment columnist for the Santa Cruz, California magazine STUDENT GUIDE for thirteen years. Her freelance writing has appeared in such publications as THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, THE SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL, and STUDENT TRAVELER. Her first book, GOING COASTAL: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AND BEYOND, was published in October 2014. It is available at, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers.

Updated: october 2014

Jesse Krompier, BA Film and Media Studies, 2010

Jesse is living in Los Angeles, and working in film production. He has won cash prizes for submissions in multiple commercial contests, and teamed up with fellow Stanford alum Solly Mirell '10 to produce and direct the short horror film "Teddy Bear," which was selected and screened at the 2013 SIE LA Film Festival (Kyle Dean '09 was the Casting Director, and Alex Gamble '09 was the Assistant Director).  In fall 2014, he will be entering his first year at UCLA School of Law with a Dean's Merit Scholarship, pursuing a J.D. in the Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law program.

Updated: JULY 2014

Justine Lai, BA Art Practice, 2008

Justine received her MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2013.  She has published a catalogue essay on Destroit and artist Tyree Guyton as part of CUE art Foundation's 2013-14 Young Art Critics Mentoring Program.  She is based in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Brooklyn, NY.


Natalie Henderson Lee, BA Art History, 1959

Natalie received an MA in History of Art from Southern Methodist University in 1982. She has contributed to a number of art exhibition and collections catalogues, including several for the Dallas Museum of Art and two for The Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With Richard R. Brettell and Paul Hayes Tucker, she wrote Nineteenth- and Twentiet- Century Paintings in the Robert Lehman Collection (2009). Natalie was the curator of an exhibition celebrating the 90th birthday of the Dallas Museum of Art in 1993 and was an editor of the publication celebrating its 100th birthday in 2003.

UPDATED: april 2015

Claire Rehnquist Lynch, BA Art Practice, 2014

After completing the Recology residency in the spring, Lynch is pursuing more residency opportunities in the bay area for the fall. In the meantime, she is working as the Lead Instructor of Go Karts at Camp Galileo Summer Quest.

Updated: JULY 2014

Lia Mary McAndrews, BA Art History, 1973

After getting a Master's in Landscape Architecture , Lia worked as a licensed Landscape Architect, co-founding Madrone Landscape Group, doing projects in Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas until 2010. In 1980, She began teaching landscape courses in the Horticulture Department at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz county and continue to teach. Lia currently teach 6 different landscape related courses and other aspects of horticulture; her classes have changed over the years as the department responds to students desires and the emerging trends in the green industry. She believes she has learned far more from students than she has taught.

Updated: april 2015

Steven McCarthy, MFA Design, 1985

Steven is a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota. His recent book, "The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating" (BIS Publishers, Amsterdam) continues to sell well worldwide, and has led to a number of invited lecture opportunities. Steven was recently named to the board of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the largest and most comprehensive organization of its kind nationally. A solo exhibit of Steven's artist's books will be held next year at the UMn Architecture Library.

Updated: november 2014

Sanaz Mazinani, MFA Art Practice, 2011

Sanaz Mazinani recently opened her solo exhibition "Frames of the Visible" at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York. In September, she unveils a temporary public art project for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and installs a 100 foot site-specific mural in Facebook’s New York headquarters. This fall, Mazinani’s works will be on view in group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Calgary, Canada.  In 2013, Mazinani received the Kala Art Institute Fellowship, and was awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and San Francisco Arts Commission.

Updated: JULY 2014

Deborah Holly Hartel Robinson, BA Art History and Art Practice, 1969

Deborah is still drawing and painting, mostly just for friends and occasionally I am asked to do the illustrations for Home Tour catalogues. She takes art photos and has a line of greeting cards, as well as handbags which she sells at her etsy shop, QueenBeeEssentials . Deborah teaches 8th grade Language Arts and has written 3 books (2 more currently in progress). She plans to retire with her husband in the next 3 years to go on missions for their church.  Her oldest son, Alex, is working on a book, and youngest son, Spencer, is an accomplished musician.

Updated: april 2015

Updated: JULY 2014

Lordy Rodriguez, MFA Art Practice, 2008

Lordy accepted a tenure track position at San Jose State University to teach Arts Entrepreneurship.  He was recently added on the Board of Directors for Proarts, a non-profit alternative space in Oakland. His last solo show was at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco entitled "Code Switch," and he completed a poster series for the San Francisco Arts Commission for their Art on Market Bus Kiosk public art program titled "Strangerhood."  In 2013 he was part of group exhibits: "Contemporary Cartographies," Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, and "Mapping the Terrain," The Mills Building, San Francisco, CA.

Updated: JULY 2014

John Seed, BA Art History, 1979

John's essay "Setting the Stage for Insight: Nathan Oliveira's Road to Stanford" will appear in the new book "A Family Affair: Modern and Contemporary American Art from the Anderson Collection at Stanford University." He is continuing to write about art and artists for both the HuffingtonPost and and entering his 28th year as a Professor of Art and Art History at Mount San Jacinto College.

Updated: september 2014

Mina T. Son, MFA Documentary Film and Video, 2011

Mina is currently in Japan for three months working on a documentary film about the rebuilding efforts of a rural seaside town devastated by the 2011 tsunami.  She received funding from the Independent Television Service Diversity Development Fund and the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission.

Updated: JULY 2014

Jina Valentine, MFA Art Practice, 2009

Jina is an Assistant Professor of Art at UNC Chapel Hill.  She was recently part of a 3-person collaboration "The Intuitionists" exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York.

Updated: JULY 2014

Kimetha Vanderveen, BA Art Practice, 1991

Kimetha is a visual artist based in San Francisco, California. She has been awarded artist residencies by the Cité International des Arts in Paris, and the MacDowell Colony, most recently in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Her drawings are in the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and her paintings will be in exhibition February-April 2015, at Peter Mendenhall Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Updated: February 2015

Susan Sampsell Weller, BA Art History, 1966

Last October Susan exhibited her paintings in a two-person show, “Dialogo tra Pittura e Scultura,” at Incorniciarte, Verona, Italy. Susan keeps a studio in a 12th century palazzo in Verona where she spends half the year; the other half she works in her Laguna Beach studio.

Updated: April 2015

Submit Your Alumni News

Please share your career updates with us