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Graduate Stories

Kimberly Nguyen

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Kim strives to be a lifelong student, always eager to learn and be inspired. During her spring semester of junior year, she extended her studies at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of art. Her experiences abroad diversified her visual palette and enhanced her skill set - she even won “Best in Technical Capacity” at the institute's year-end art show. For two summers, Kim interned at SPARK Experience, a research and creative agency where she discovered her passion to create extraordinary experiences based on user research-driven design. During her last semester of senior year, Kim was awarded “Best Portfolio” at SU’s biannual senior art exhibition. Thereafter, Kim graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and began her career at SPARK where she designed for clients like National Cathedral, National Geographic, Goodwill, and United Nations Foundation. At the age of 25, after almost 5 years interning and working for SPARK, Kim moved to Silicon Valley, California to continue her career in user experience as an interaction designer for Google.

Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan looking at one of her works being displayed

Amber finished her BFA in 3-Dimensional Design with a concentration in Glass from Salisbury University in 2004 and she continued to study MFA in Glass/Ceramics from Tyler School of Art in 2011. She is an artist and educator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, currently working as an adjunct professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Amber has recently been awarded The 2012 International Procter Fellowship at The Australian National University and was one of three artists chosen for The Toledo Workshop Revisited Residency at The Toledo Museum of Art. This summer Amber was selected by Contemporary Glass Philadelphia, CGP to represent the Philadelphia area as their "Rising Star" at Wheaton Arts 2013 GlassWeekend. She is also included in the exhibition Twenty-First Century Heirlooms at The Racine Art Museum which will open in the summer of 2013. Amber is currently represented by Heller Gallery, New York.

Jee Hwang

After earning her BFA in Painting from SU, Jee Hwang went to graduate school at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York, she worked as an intern at A.I.R. Gallery, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, assisting with their public programs. Jee was awarded the 2009-2010 A.I.R. Fellowship and Emma Bee Bernstein award. She also received a partial scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT. Her work has been shown in many group shows, and in a solo exhibition at Porter Contemporary Gallery in New York. Jee teaches in the Art Department at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.

Kenneth Brown

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Kenneth Browne was born in Hempstead, New York. His family moved to the Eastern Shore, and he was introduced to the arts at a young age through the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts, at Salisbury University. Later, he attended SU, earning a BA degree in 2-D Studio, with a focus on drawing and painting under the guidance of professors Gary Brotman and Jinchul Kim. After graduating from SU, Kenneth moved to Brooklyn to study with Linda Francis and Ross Neher at Pratt, earning his BFA in Painting in 2007. He has had solo shows with Bishop’s Stock Gallery, and 23rd & 5th. Called Viewing Burlesque, his latest show featured portraits of the Neo Burlesque performers of NYC. He has also been included in numerous group shows including New Contemporary American Realist Biennial 2008 and 2010 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Currently, he works as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Pratt.

Nikole Grad

Nikole Grad

Nikole’s love and passion for design as a young child translated to adulthood when she began her college career at Salisbury University, where she practiced sketching initial design concepts, illustrating hand drawn typography and realizing customized illustrations to enhance her graphic design assignments. After graduation, Nikole moved to Washington DC and began working full time as the sole in-house graphic designer for the DC Jewish Community Center. The creativity she was able to foster at Salisbury University was the perfect stepping stone for this job. The DCJCC offers a prominent Theater in the district, a preschool, Fitness and Aquatic Center, Gallery, Community Engagement programs, summer camp, and etc. Nikole also works on a variety of freelance projects including branding for a vineyard in Virginia, creating custom wine labels, T-Shirt designs for local coffee shops, and a number of wedding invitations.

Tim McFadden

Tim McFadden

"Hot Glass, Cool Art", is a short video piece telling the story of alumni Tim McFadden, who won the 2006 Bernstein Award and used the money to help start his glass studio in Baltimore. The Bernstein Award is a $5,000 prize awarded annually to a student who proposes a potentially successful business plan. Although he majored in business at SU, Tim got hooked on glass blowing as a freshman, and found a way to turn his passion into his profession after graduation.

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