Our Alumni

Wondering what graduates of the Drake Department of Art & Design go on to pursue? Check out this growing list of alumni.

Want to tell us where you are these days? If you are a graduate of our department and have news and/or updated info to share, please contact Alina Grimm

Art History

Graphic Design

Studio Art


Art History

Nora Kreml | B.A. in Art History and International Relations // 2012
Volunteer, US Peace Corps| Ethiopia

Breianna Cochran | B.A. in Art History // 2011
Director at Steven Vail Fine Arts | Iowa City, IA

Charlie Evans | B.A. in Art History // 2009
Graduate Student at Pratt Institute | Brooklyn, NY

Tara (Broemmelsick) Westhoff | B.A. in Art History // 2003
Teacher | St. Louis, MO

Heidi Kraus | B.A. in Art History; B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2002
Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of the De Pree Gallery, Hope College | Holland, MI


Graphic Design

Meanz Chan | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2013
Associate Graphic Designer at Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM) and Co-Founder of the DSM Girl Gang | Des Moines, IA

Drew Albinson | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2013
Associate Donor Communications, Design at Wildlife Conservation Society | New York, NY

Adrian Mendez | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2013
Junior Graphic Designer at Rule 29 | Geneva, IL

Cecily Pincsak | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2013
Graphic Designer at Goodman Theatre | Chicago, IL

Hannah Boom | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2011
Masters of Web Design at University of Greenwich | London, U.K.

Hannah Hoffman | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2011
Junior Production Designer at Capstrat | Raleigh, NC

Olivia Herrick | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2010
Marketing and Communications Manager at Mounds Park Academy | Saint Paul, MN

Michael Carbaugh | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2010
MR of Graphic Design // North Carolina State University // 2012
User Experience Designer at IBM | Raleigh, NC

Allison Quick | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2010
Art Director at LaunchPad Advertising | New York, NY

Michael Pruim | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2009
Web/Graphic Designer at Norvax | Chicago, IL

Jillian O'Brien | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2009
Junior Graphic Designer at Creative Labs | Minneapolis, MN

Jennifer Wadella | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2009
Contract Web Designer/Front End Developer at GSATi | Kansas City, MO

Danna Wulf | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2009
Web Designer/Developer at Terrostar | Davenport, IA

Margaret VanEchaute | B.A. in Graphic Design; B.A. JMC in Magazines // 2009
Graphic Designer at Innovision Health Media | Minneapolis, MN

Michelle Davis | B.A. in Graphic Design; B.S. in Neuroscience // 2008
M.S. in Medical Illustration // Medical College of Georgia
Medical Animator and Illustrator at Medmovie | Lexington, KY

Calvin Colton | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2008
Operation Administrator (Web) at Epocrates | San Francisco, CA

Suzanne Pfutzenreuter | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2008
Junior Art Director at Life Time Fitness | Minneapolis, MN

Steve Rosborough | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2008
Owner/Designer/Musician at Moon Glyph Records | Minneapolis, MN

Sabella Flagg | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2008
Web Design/Developer at eTecc Communications | Chicago, IL

Kevin Fitzgerald | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2007
Senior Designer at Thought District | Lincoln, NE

Lindsey Obermeier | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2007
Owner/Designer at Creens |Seattle, WA

Erin Delahanty | B.A. in Graphic Design; B.A. JMC in News/Internet // 2007
Integrated Marketing Designer at Time Out Chicago | Chicago, IL

Spencer Luebbert | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2006
Level Builder at Irrational Games |Boston, MA

John Vogl | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2006
Self-Employed Illustrator/Designer at The Bungaloo | Denver, CO

Kirby Willis | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2006
Website Graphics Designer Senior Assistant at Computer Sciences Corporation | Des Moines, IA

Jawaher Al-Ali | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2005
Graphic Designer at Unisono | B.A.hrain

Rami Bajjali | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2005
Creative and Design Manager at Sbitany and Sons Co. Ltd. | Jerusalem, Israel
Freelance Designer at Rami Bajjali Designs | Tel Aviv, Israel

Betsy Holmes | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2005
Senior Visual and UX Designer at Apple | San Francisco, CA

Jessica Sokol | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2005
Associate Art Director at Conde Nast | New York, NY

Greg Blair | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2004
Art Director at Blair Strategic Marketing | Rockford, IL

Luke McDonald | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2004
Owner at LMP Publishing | Norman, OK

Rebecca Lysen | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2004
Talent at Solvate | New York, NY

Allison Jackson | B.A. in Graphic Design; B.A.JMC in Magazines // 2004
Senior Designer at National Outdoor Leadership School | Lander, WY

Andrew Cusack | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2003
Art Director at The Integer Group | Des Moines, IA

Thomas Dahl | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2003
Interactive Design Director at Lipman Hearne | Chicago, IL

Amy (Davis) Deering | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2003
Creative Director at Land's End | Madison, WI

Jennifer Chojnacki | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2002
Senior Designer at Ideation Studio | Chicago, IL

Sarah Goldschadt | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2002
Art Director, Designer and Crafter | New York, NY

Mary-Kate (Dietz) Hickey | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2002
Product Designer at the Chicago Tribune | Chicago, IL

Peter Holm | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2002
Designer at Boulder Publishing | Boulder, CO

Heidi (Gough) Kraus | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2002
Ph.D. Student at the University of Iowa | Iowa City, IA

Monica (Ross) Lewis | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2001
Owner/Creative Director at Prodigi | Dallas, TX

Tasneem Galely | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2001
Designer at Day Six Creative | Dallas, TX

Nathan Lewis | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2001
Graphic Designer IV at Hallmark | Kansas City, MO

Heather (Terlecki) Skillicorn | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2001
Senior Graphic Designer at Tweyen | East Dundee, IL

Allison Bloss | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2000
Self-Employed Senior Designer | Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Gugel | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2000
Art Director/Designer at 32 Round, LLC | Minneapolis, MN

Jed Moriarty | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2000
Art Director at Cramer Krasselt | Chicago, IL

Carol Thompson | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2000
Art Director at CMD | Portland, OR

Dan Youmans | B.F.A. in Graphic Design // 2000
Senior Designer at WCG | San Francisco, CA


Studio Art

Laura Hansen | B.F.A. in Studio Art // 2014
M.F.A. in Painting at School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Andrea Piakarzyck | B.F.A. in Studio Art // 2013
Grant Writer at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Tatiana Klusak | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture; B.A. in Graphic Design // 2012
Installation Technician at the Des Moines Art Center | Des Moines, IA

Ainsley Buhl | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture; B.A. in Sociology // 2012
M.F.A. Candidate at San Diego State University | San Diego, CA

Stephanie Spitz | B.F.A. in Studio Art // 2012
M.F.A. in Painting at Montclair State University

Lucca Wang | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Painting // 2011
Graduate Student at the San Francisco Art Institute | San Francisco, CA

Ashley Machacek | B.A. in Studio Art: Painting; B.A. in English // 2010
Graduate Student at the University of Denver |Denver, CO

Nicki Werner | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture // 2009
M.F.A. // University of Illinois // 2012
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Illinois State University | Normal, IL

Anthony Roark | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture // 2009
M.A. // University of Wisconsin // 2011

Angela Warren | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Painting // 2007
M.F.A. // Maine College of Art // 2011
Teacher at Maine College of Art | Portland, ME

Nate Carder | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture // 2004
M.F.A. // Virginia Commonwealth University // 2007
Shops/Labs Technician at Columbia College |Chicago, IL

Dan Kitchen | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture/Printmaking // 2001
M.F.A. // Stony Brook University // 2004
Production Manager for Events Services at Hargrove Inc. | Washington, D.C.

Sally Giles | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Drawing // 2000
M.A. in Art Therapy // The School of the Art Institute of Chicago // 2002
Art Therapist at Willamette View | Portland, OR

Nicole James | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture // 2000
M.A.T. in Secondary Art // 2002
Children's and Family Programs Manager at Des Moines Art Center | Des Moines, IA

Nikki Anderson | B.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture // 1999
M.F.A. // Stony Brook University // 2002
Adjunct Sculpture Professor at Columbia College | Chicago, IL

Bridget Mullen | B.A.E in Art Education // 1999
M.F.A. // Massachusetts College of Art // 2006
Freelance Art Preparator | Brooklyn, NY


Fine Arts News
September 22, 2016
The Drake University Chamber Choir, choirs from four Des Moines area high schools, and a professional orchestra will perform Gabriel Faure’s well-known Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
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