Where Are They Now?
Every year graduates from the KCAI ceramics department venture out to share their talents with the rest of the world. Here are a few updates from our alumni!
Bret Ginsburg, class of 2013
Brett Ginsburg spent this last summer living in Brooklyn, and participated in an internship at Matthew Barney’s studio in Long Island City, NY, assisting in Barney’s sculptural production. While in New York, he also experienced an array of exhibitions, and visited several artists’ studios. He is currently back in Kansas City, and has been awarded a studio space through Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project.
Dean Roper, class of 2013
Dean Roper spent summer 2013 as studio manager at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. He had work featured in an exhibition in New York City and is now living and working in Kansas City as an artist in residence at Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project.
Sasha Alexandra, class of 2013
Sasha Alexandra traveled across Europe this summer as part of her Windgate Fellowship award. Beginning in Dresden, Germany she toured the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, The Dresden collection, and the Grünes Gewölbe. From there, she went to Berlin to visit Charlottenburg Palace, which includes many Chinese and Japanese imported ceramics. She also toured the Sèvres Porcelain Museum and Manufactory and the Palais de Tokyo, along with many other museums in Paris. She finished her trip in London and visited the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Maura Wright class of 2013
Maura Wright received the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship from NCECA, which she will be using to research ceramics, costume, and ornamentation at the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the many galleries and historical sites for two weeks in London. She will then go to Guldagergaard, the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, to participate in Project Network, a six week symposium for recent visual arts graduates.
Maret Miller, class of 2013
Maret Miller is currently living in Kansas City, Missouri. She works as a full time case manager for children diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and is in the process of applying to medical school. Her artistic endeavors include learning the art of making clothing – including spinning, weaving and dying fabric, and pattern making – to inform her ceramic work. She is also the secretary of NCECA’s Green Task Force.
Roberto Lugo, class of 2012
Roberto Lugo is in his last year of graduate school at Penn State. He is currently working on his first solo exhibition, Juvenile in Justice, to be shown at the at the xxx Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Lugo is exhibiting with photographer Richard Ross in this exhibition focused on juveniles in the Justice system. He will also be showing in the Ceramic Top 40 exhibition in Kansas City at Red Star Studios this November.
Jason Segall (class of 1999) Jesse Ring (class of 2006) and Will Preman (class of 2012)
Jason Segall (class of 1999) Jesse Ring (class of 2006) and Will Preman (class of 2012) at Alfred University
Jason Segall is is a second year MFA student at Alfred University in New York.
Jesse Ring and Will Preman are first year MFA students at Alfred University in New York.
Eric Wolever, class of 2010
Eric Wolever a first year MFA student the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lauren Mabry, class of 2007
Lauren Mabry is a resident artist at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.
Jessica Brandl, class of 2006
Jessica Brandl is an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Ben Harle, class of 2012
Ben Harle is currently working in KCAI Admissions as a regional coordinator for incoming students. He will be exhibiting work in a group show titled Tyranny of Good Taste which will open on Thursday, November 14th at the Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago, IL. The show will then travel to KC, where it will open at La Esquina on Friday, February 7th and run until March 30th. This show is curated by Danny Orendorff, Charlotte Street Foundation’s new curator-in-residence.
Calder Kamin, class of 2009
Calder Kamin is the Academic and Career Advisor for KCAI in the new office of Academic Advising and Career Services. Calder is the current artist for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s art truck. It focuses on animals’ adaptation to urban environments and raises awareness of human impact on biodiversity. She is also preparing for a large exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, debuting next fall.