Alumni

At Western Michigan University's Frostic School of Art, we mentor each of our students to develop their career paths as well as their artistic voices. Our students become creative problem solvers, confident in heir roles as practicing art professionals. They have been offered competitive internships at renowned organizations such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Interbrand in New York and have gone on to secure employment after graduation locally, nationally, and internationally. You will find our graduates working in Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, the Seattle Art Museum, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, IDEO in San Francisco and London, Imagination in New York, and Landor Associates in New York and Dubai. Some graduates also participate in the British Universities North American Club Program and begin their careers in London.

Alumni academy

The Academy at Western Michigan University was established to honor distinguished alumni, creating an exchange between these individuals, faculty and students in departmental programs. The academy encourages ongoing communication with alumni as an advisory group consulting as appropriate on art and design advocacy issues pertinent to our institution. Our inaugural year inductees are accomplished artists and designers whose diverse paths and professional influences share a commonality as undergraduates in the Frostic School of Art.

Inductees for 2015

  • Gabriel Craig, metals/jewelry 

Inductees for 2014

  • Wally Krantz, graphic design

Inductees for 2005

  • Peter Gooch, painting
  • Doris Miller, art education

Inductees for 2004

  • Eleanor DeVries, watercolor
  • Timothy Lewis, watercolor
  • Thomas Lollar, installation
  • Michael Souter, installation

Inductees for 2003

  • Harry Hefner, watercolor
  • Charles Breed, installation

Inaugural inductees, 2002

  • Michael Sims, printmaker
  • Tiit Telmet, graphic designer
  • Jan Yager, metals

Alumni 100

  • Patricia Aidan, Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting, 1993
  • Ellen Armstrong, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1992, 1995
  • Keith Bailey, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1951,1954
  • Cheryl Beckett, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1979, 1984
  • Jack Bennett, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1967
  • Craig Bishop, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education 1961, 1969
  • Marcia Blackman, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1974, 1980
  • Kyle Boynton, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1993
  • Jane Boynton, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1991
  • Charles Breed, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1950
  • Ben Bricker, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1971
  • Mary Brodbeck, Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 1999
  • Charlie Brouwer, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpture, 1980, 1984
  • Bill Cagney, Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, 1973
  • Al Caniff Jr., Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, 74,75,92
  • Kristin Canaletto, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1999
  • Gerald Catania, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1985
  • CheeYong Chow, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, 1994
  • Julian Cox, Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 2001
  • Patrick Craig, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1974
  • Peter Daley, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1996
  • James Deeb, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1994
  • Kate Demke, Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 1987
  • Eleanor DeVries, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1987
  • Michael Dunn, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 1993, 1996
  • Brian Edlefson, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1989
  • Jill Eggers, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1983
  • Sy Ellens, Bachelor of Arts, Art Education,1969
  • Curt Ellis, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1987
  • Kelley Fielding, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1996
  • Judy Finnegan, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1985, 1987
  • Dee Fitzsimmons, Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, 1964
  • Paul Flicking, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, 1994
  • Mark Flowers, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1979
  • John Fountain, Bachelor of Arts, Painting, 1996
  • Gwen Frostic, Honorary PHD, 1971
  • Peter Gooch, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1985
  • Sue Holderman Green, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1967,1968
  • Gordon Grinwis, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1959
  • Ladislav Hanna, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 1978, 1982
  • Amelia Hanson, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, 1987
  • Mary Hatch, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Painting, 1970, 1972
  • Charles Heasley, Master of Arts, Printmedia, 1978
  • Harry Hefner, Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, 1936
  • Jeffrey Keedy, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1981
  • Mary King, Master of Arts, Painting, 1970
  • Douglas Kisor, Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1989
  • Gary Koepke, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1978
  • John Kollig, Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1969, 1996
  • Sylvia Krisoff, Bachelor of Science, Art Education
  • Wallace Krantz Jr., Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1993
  • Honore Lee, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Painting, 1985, 1999
  • Timothy Lewis, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1959
  • Thomas Lollar, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Ceramics, 1973, 1979
  • Richard Mallette, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, 1991
  • Mary McDonnell, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1981
  • Madeline Milidonis-Fritz, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1970, 1974
  • Doris Miller, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1958
  • Craig Minor, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1976
  • Jani Mohr, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Graphic Design, 1965, 1966
  • Ted Morgan, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 1975
  • Bruce Naftel, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Graphic Design, 1969, 1971
  • Dora Natella, Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1986
  • Steve Nelson, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, 1982
  • Patricia Opel, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Painting, 1984, 1998
  • Russ Pensyl, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Masters of Fine Arts, Printmedia, Multi-media, 1985, 88
  • Ernie Perich, Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, 1980
  • Lois Pety, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1934
  • Linda Powell, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Graphic Design, 1968, 1970
  • Marion Putney, Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, 1923
  • Eve Reid, Master of Fine Arts, Fibers, 1977
  • Barbara Rensenhouse, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1951, 1958
  • Carol Rhodes, Bachelor of Arts, Printmedia, 1970
  • Lou Rizzoli, Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, 1956
  • Deborah Rockman, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, 1977
  • Ande Roeser, Master of Arts, Art Education, 1981
  • William Rousos, Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, 1974
  • Thomas Ruff, Master of Arts, Painting, 1992
  • John Running-Johnson, Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1989
  • Art Saunders, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1982
  • Sharon Sayler, Bachleor of Science, Jewelry/Metals, 1992
  • Nobel Schüler, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1977, 1983
  • Delores Seymour, Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Painting, 1986, 1993
  • Michael Sims, Bachelor of Science, Printmedia, 1968
  • Lisa Sisley-Blinn, Master of Fine Arts, Printmedia, 1997
  • Paul Sizer, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1988
  • Jackie Skarritt, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education, Painting, 1968, 1976
  • David Smallcombe, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jewelry/Metals, 1976
  • Mark Smith, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Painting, 1974, 1977
  • Jean Underman Smith, Bachelor of Arts, Jewelry/Metals, 1972
  • Walter Solemner, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Art Education, Sculpture, 1966,1969
  • Michael Souter, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1976
  • Holly Stephenson, Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1971
  • Twit Telmet, Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, 1966
  • Thomas Turner, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jewelry/Metals, 1977
  • Bill Tye, Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1963, 1977
  • Karla Wyss-Tye, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Sculpture, 1963, 1980
  • Joe VanderBos, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1986
  • Joseph Wingard, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 1984
  • Jan Yager, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jewelry/Metals, 1974