Alumni Spotlights

Jean Jinho Kim, Sun Burst.

Jean Jinho Kim

Jean Jinho Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States after graduating from high school. She earned her BFA in painting from West Virginia University in Morgantown and her MFA in studio art at American University in Washington, DC. Kim began with painting and evolved into 3-dimensional installations and sculptures. She intentionally selects familiar materials for her work, such as downspouts, aluminum, wood and autobody parts, to create new shapes and concepts with a recognizable foundation. Kim also creates particular forms using specific colors to bring relevant and current issues to life. Currently, Kim is a member of STABLE Arts community in DC and has exhibited her work in several solo and numerous group exhibitions in the US, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and South Korea. She participated in residency programs in Berlin, Germany and Seravezza, Italy. Kim’s work has been reviewed by The Washington Post, The Korean Times, and Korea Daily.

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Justin Randolph Thompson

Justin Randolph Thompson

New media artist, cultural facilitator, and educator Justin Randolph Thompson was born in Peekskill, NY, in '79 and sharing time between Italy and the US since 1999. Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of African and African Diasporic cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016.

Thompson is a recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, A Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

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Julia Rommel and a dog in a gallery

Julia Rommel

Julia Rommel received her MFA from American University in Washington, DC. Her first solo museum show, Two Italians, Six Lifeguards, was hosted by the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT in 2015. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Twin Bed, Bureau at Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany; Stay-at-Home Dad with Mathew Cerletty, Standard (Oslo), Oslo, Norway; Man Alive, Bureau, New York; A Cheesecake With Your Name On It, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, CA; The Little Match Stick, Bureau. Group exhibitions include Painting/Objects, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York; Zombie Formalism, ca. 1970/2016, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York; In the Making, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York; Space Between, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Where Were You, Lisson Gallery, London. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. In 2018 she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva Island, Florida.

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Allyssa Ray Yamaguichi-Juárez

Artist Allyssa Ray Yamaguichi-Juárez explores fantasy worlds through painting. Throughout her practice, she employs fractured spaces inspired by photography.

Watch videos of all the 2021 alumni or explore their MFA thesis exhibition.

Alumni News & Notes

Alumni Nieko McDaniel's (CAS '20) solo exhibition Patience… & However Possible, is on view at The Sechrest Gallery at High Point University, High Point, NC January 16-February 16, 2024.

Works by recent MFA graduates are included in the exhibition After the End Quote on view at BWI airport's Yumi Hogan Gallery.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi's (CAS '11) solo exhibition We are forever folding into the night runs at HEMPHILL artworks through December 22.

Jenny Wu's (CAS '15) solo exhibition Otherly runs at the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College September 25–October 23.

Josh Evans Tetzlaff's (CAS '23) solo exhibition Gaze Upon Gays runs at The DC Arts Center May 26-June 25.

Bonner Sale's (CAS '09) show Troubled Magic: Gothic Castle will show at Unit B Gallery in Baltimore September 9-October 2023.

Tim Campbell’s show Erosion showed at Unit B Art + Consulting in Baltimore in June 2023.

Bradley Chriss’s show Return of the Ash Eater showed at Unit B Art + Consulting in Baltimore in spring 2023.

Nathan Mullins (CAS '15) is an Assistant Teaching Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Jenny Wu (CAS '15) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in fine at at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jean Jinho Kim featured in Inside Outside, Upside Down at the Phillips Collection.

Hedieh Ilchi's show Listen to the Night as It Makes Itself Hollow ran at the Hemphill in DC.

Deanna Evans Projects (New York) presented a solo exhibition of new paintings by Dan Perkins (CAS ’13) Passages from January–February 2023. 

Allison Hall (CAS ’04) was recently featured in two group exhibitions at Stephane SimoensContemporary Fine Art (Belgium) and Kate Werble Gallery (New York). 

Pazo Fine Art (Washington, DC) announced its representation of Kate Sable (CAS ’09) and her inclusion in an upcoming two-person exhibition.  

Allison Reimus (CAS ’09) was featured in several recent exhibitions: a three-person show at Essex Flowers (New York) in January–February 2023, a group show, Sign Systems, at Unit London in summer 2022, and a solo exhibition, Hum, at Jennifer Terzian Gallery (Litchfield, CT) in February–March 2023. 

Matthew Russo (CAS ’20) is a current Hamiltonian Artists (Washington, DC) fellow and featured his solo exhibition Practiced Play. His work was also featured in the Kreeger Museum exhibition Doing the Work presented in collaboration with Hamiltonian Artists.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi’s (CAS ’11) work Something Discernable in the Hollow Space of Its Absence (2022) was acquired by the Phillips Collection (Washington, DC).