Fibers Alumni Accomplishments
UMD TDFA Alumni in Design, Stylist, Management Positions in Textiles Industry
Aimee Arsenian (BFA ’06) Designer, Helen Parker Textiles, Rockport, MA.
Jaclyn Brownell (BFA ’06) Designer, Natco Table Lines, Warwick, RI.
Elizabeth Morlani (BFA ’05) Designer, Murdock Webbing, Central Falls, RI.
Amanda Culhane (BFA ’04) Design Director @ HOT SOX, NYC.
Emily Sievert (BFA ’03, FIT Certificate ’05) Director of CAD Design - POINTCARRE Software Design, NYC.
Lauren Doyle (BFA ’02) Designer - Brahmin Leather, Fairhaven, MA. High-end handbags.
Tiffany Jawor (BFA '97) Design Director @ Cranston Printworks, Cranston, RI. Textile design for home-sewing fabrics.
Marc Denecour (BFA ’96) Director of Woven Textiles @ Robert Allen Textiles, NYC.
Debbie Photopolous (MFA ’95) Timberland Sports, NH. Fabric sourcing and design.
Amy Miller Repella (BFA '94) Cone Jacquards/Burlington Industries High Point, NC. Home furnishings.
Stephan Gelinas (BFA ’90) Murdock Webbing, Central Falls, RI. Narrow woven textiles.
Tony Viera (BFA ’85) Director of Home Textiles, Ralph Lauren/POLO, NYC. Former Director of Textiles @ Calvin Klein Home, NYC.
Dawn Oliveira (BFA ’84) Owner/designer of OliveiraTextiles - eco-intelligent, sustainable design, materials and production. Bristol, RI www.oliveiratextiles.com.
Karen Peterson Lander (BFA ’83) Director of Design @ Swavell Mill-Creek, Randolf, MA.Woven jacquard production.
Mark Grigalunas (BFA ’79) Vice President/Director of Sunbury Textiles, Soho, NYC.
UMD TDFA Alumni in Production Studio Business
Ariel Hahn (BFA ’07) handweaver @ Dahlia Popovitz Wovens, Newton, MA.
Sondra Hamnquist (BFA ’07) handweaver @ Claudia Mills Handwoven Rugs Philadelphia, PA.
Alexis Weglowski (BFA '07) Costume Shop dye/construction assistant @ Boston Ballet Company. ‘06: Summer Scholarship, Santa Fe Opera Company Costume shop, Santa Fe, NM.
Maya Tavares (BFA ‘04) Owner/weaver of Bristol Looms Bristol RI. “Best of RhodeIsland 2009 Editor's Pick” Rhode Island Monthly magazine. www.bristollooms.com.
Abbie Chambers (BFA ’03) MoonTide Dyers in New Bedford, MA; exhibitor in CraftBoston ‘07/’08
Maura Cronin (MFA ’02) MoonTide Dyers in New Bedford, MA.
Bethany Laprade (BFA '02) Owner/designer KAYA Couture Collection. Designs up-scale, young girls and bridal apparel in Los Angeles, CA.
Nicole St. Pierre (MFA ’00) Hatch Street Studios New Bedford, MA. Custom work/trade shows.
Jeannine Dagesse (BFA '99) Owner/designer of NewWave Textiles-Compu-textile Rock Hill, SC. Computer based textile design.
Jill Thibault (BFA ’98, MFA RISD ’09) Boston Ballet Costume shop, construction ‘99-‘04.
Laurie Carlson (MFA ’98, BFA ’80), LCH Designs, Arlington, MA.
Cynthia Lewis (MFA ’97) Cynthia Lewis PaperMaking, North Adams, MA.
Gwyn Marathas (BFA ’97) WovenPaint Textile Designs Stoughton, MA. Free-lance textile design, teaches weaving classes and commission work.
Elizabeth Springett (BFA ‘85). Springett Design Studio, Inc. Medfield, MA. Freelance weave design for industry production.
Jennifer Nixdorf McCalmont (BFA ‘84) Evergreen Studio, Hollis NH. Greeting card design, painting.
UMD TEXTILE DESIGN AND FIBER ARTS - Recent Alumni Exhibitions and Awards
2009 Nature in Fiber Cherry & Webb Gallery, Fall River, MA. TDFA Alumni exhibit including: Laurie Carlson, Nicole St Pierre, Arlene McGonagle, Llinda Senechal, Elaine McBride, Laura Sapelly, Gwen Marathas.
Jodi Stevens (MFA ’10) ‘09 Barbara Kuhlman Award, Rhode Island Foundation Textile Scholarship. ‘09 Contenant Contenu international juried exhibition - theme of containment. Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles Gallery, Quebec, Canada. ’06 Student Artists to Watch-2006. Top-20 grad students working in fiber FiberArts Magazine, Nov/Dec ’06.
Emily Wolf (MFA ‘09) ‘09 Contenant Contenu, international juried exhibition theme of containment. Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles Gallery, Quebec, Canada.
Jasmin Guerrero (BFA ’08) Woven Works Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH. ‘08 juried show - honorable mention.
Arlene McGonagal (MFA ’98) ‘09: Art of the Basket - Works by 8 Northeast Basketmakers Babbidge Library Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. ‘08: Common Threads Solo show, Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA
Kristina Goransson (MFA ’08) Student Artists to Watch-2007 Showcase of Top-20 graduate student work in fiber FiberArts Magazine, Nov/Dec ‘07.
2007 Group Show Fresh Fiber Fuller Craft Museum Brockton, MA. Work by emerging textile artists @ UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island School of Design, Mass College of Art. UMD exhibitors included: Anna Kristina Goransson, Kara Muise, Beth Bentley, Emily Wolf, Jodi Stevens.
Andrea Stewart (MFA ’06) ‘07-‘08: Quilts=Art=Quilts 26th Annual juried quilt exhibit. Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY
Miyuki Akai Cook (MFA ’06) ‘07: Annual Faculty Exhibition Mount Ida College, Newton MA ‘06: Student Artists to Watch-2006. Showcase of Top-20 graduate student work in fiber FiberArts Magazine Nov/Dec ’06.
Myra Serrins (MFA ’02) ‘06: Focus on Fiber Textile Art Alliance, Cleveland Museum of Art, OH 2nd Place Award. ‘05-‘06: Threads-Textiles by Mary Alice Huemoeller, Myra Serrins, Bhakti Ziek Art!Space Gallery, Jackson Hole WY.‘05: The Essential Substance - A Fiber Art Exhibition , Mount Ida College Newton, MA invitational exhibition. ‘02: HOLDING PATTERN: An Exhibition Of Paintings, Sculpture and Textiles Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
Linda Senechal (MFA ’98) ‘05: The Essential Substance - A Fiber Art Exhibition Gallery at Mount Ida College Newton, MA - invitational exhibition.
Arlene McGonagal (MFA ’98) ‘07: Printmakers Providence Art Club Members Show Portsmouth Arts Guild. Portsmouth, RI. ‘05: The Essential Substance-A Fiber Art Exhibition Gallery at Mount Ida College. Newton, MA - invitational exhibition. ‘03: Expressive Baskets FiberArts Magazine, Jan/Feb 03, author, D. Woods. ‘02 Other Materials Other Forms: Exploring Contemporary Basketry Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT.
UMD TEXTILE DESIGN/FIBER ARTS - Alumni Teaching and Related Employment
Miyuki Akai Cook (MFA ’06) Assistant Professor of Art/Fibers @ Marshall University, Huntington, WV. ‘06-‘08: Instructor @ Mount Ida College, Newton MA - teaching Design + CAD.
Andrea Stewart (MFA ‘06) Lecturer @ UMass Dartmouth. Senior Fibers course Fall ’08.
Benares Finan Eshelman (MFA ’04) Arts education: ‘09 Early Learning Center Dartmouth, MA. ‘08: Asheville Museum Education Asheville, NC and Penland Craft Center, Penland, NC. ‘07: Community Programs Director @ Fuller Craft Museum Brockton, MA.
Myra Serrins (MFA ’02) ’06-’09 Workshops taught: Peters Valley Art Center, Layton, NJ. Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT. Brookfield Craft Center, CT. Juror for Spirit of Weaving ‘07, NY Guild of Handweavers - Anthroposophy Gallery, NYC.
Laura Mayotte (MFA ’01) ‘03: Instructor @ UMass Lowell. Papermaking and design.
Marla Shelasky (MFA ’00) ‘06-‘08: Director of Education, Worcester Center for Craft Worcester, MA.
Linda Senechal (MFA ’98) Instructor of Weaving/Textile Design @ Bridgewater State University, MA.
Arlene McGonagle (MFA ’98) ‘08-‘09: Instructor @ Rhode Island College Providence, RI. Lecturer @ Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI. 3-D Design, Surface Design, Fiber Arts.
Cynthia Lewis (MFA ’97) former Director of Textiles Studio @ Peters Valley Craft Center Layton, NJ.
Mark Higden (BFA ’85) Faculty @ Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Teaches textile industry marketing. Formerly, designer of printed silk designs and men’s ties.