Alumni News

Art Department

Congratulations to the following UCA art department alumni as they continue to do great things in the arts! If you are an alumnus with great news to share with us please contact Professor Smith at

Sylvia Hardin BFA class of 2018: Sylvia was the lead grant writer for a successful application through the Awesome Foundation to start her FEmale Foundry project. Check it out here:

Brandon Cranford BFA class of 2018, Shiori Soya, BA, and Rebekah Schmitz, art minor were finalists in the (International) Photographer’s Forum magazine 38th Annual College Photography Contest this past spring competing against over twelve thousand entries.

Brandon Cranford BFA class of 2018 was accepted into Bending the Truth, a juried national competition at the University of Central Oklahoma

Katherine Toler BFA class of 2015: After many successful internship and assistantship experiences Katherine is in her first year of the competitive two year Penland Core Fellowship program at the Penland School of Arts in Penland, North Carolina

Sally Lee BFA class of 2017: After completing a successful internship that translated into employment for an additional year with artist Soo Sunny Park, Sally has entered her first year at Tufts University in Boston where she will pursue her MFA.

Melissa Foster BA 2016: Melissa’s work was accepted into the Arkansas Arts Council Small Works on Paper Touring Exhibition

Suyao Tian BA class of 2015 started a company with her husband Tim called Modern Cover, a design company making mittens for children and adults.

Amber Lea BA class of 2010: Runs a successful business Amber E Lea, designing and making fine porcelain jewelry that can be found in stores across the country.

Jessica Harden BFA class of 2004: Has been promoted at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she has worked for many years, to Director of Design and Content Strategy for the Design and Interpretation Department