Our Mission

The mission of the Alumni Leadership Council is to be the critical conduit that creates, nurtures, and fosters the key connections vital to the entire MassArt Family – students, faculty, administration, and alumni/ae – in our shared journey of lifelong learning. We are grounded in the belief that art and design provide the bond that is fundamental to realizing our greatest potential as creative individuals.

To learn more about the Alumni Leadership Council or to apply for the 2012-2013 year, please e-mail us or call (617) 879-7016.

2011-2012 Alumni Leadership Council

Elisa Hamilton '07 (Painting), Chair

Elisa Hamilton graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting in 2007.  Since graduation Elisa has continued her diligent studio practice creating over one thousand works on paper and exhibiting her artwork locally and nationally.  Recent honors include a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts and The Fort Point Arts Community to create a temporary public art piece with fellow artist Andrew Edman, and "Peering In", a solo exhibition of her work at the Mayor's Gallery at Boston City Hall in celebration of Black History Month.  Elisa is a proud 3-year member of Massart's Alumni Leadership Council.
EVERYDAY: a blog of drawings

Eva R. Barajas '08 (Photo)

I hail from Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Boston in 2001 to pursue a degree at MassArt.  I am currently the Curatorial Assistant and Photographer at Harvard Mineralogical Museum.  In addition to this I continue to make photographic and site specific installation work around the ideas of faith in modernity.

Jenna Casey '08 (Graphic Design)

Jenna Casey graduated from MassArt in 2008 with her BFA in Graphic Design and has been on the Alumni Leadership Council since then. She was quite involved as a student, having spent time as an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, and the elected Student Trustee of the Student Government Association. In addition to her full-time gig she is the Chapter Administrator for the Boston Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild and a Graphic Design Team Member for the nonprofit organization Design Museum Boston. She has a passion for design and creating events and exhibits that promote design education. When she's not working, Jenna enjoys drinking an unhealthy amount of coffee, experimenting with cooking and baking, reading, exploring new places, and learning to play the drums.

Katie Choquette '08 (Fashion Design)

Katie graduated from MassArt in 2008 with a BFA in Fashion Design.
She is currently an Assistant Wovens Designer, J. Jill. In the past she has worked and/or interned at Reebok International, RedCats & Vandale Industries. She strongly believes that internships are the best way to make the connections that lead you to your future career while gaining experience along the way. If you can’t find her sketching in Illustrator or searching the Internet & streets for inspiration, you can find her in the kitchen whipping up sweet treats.

Pat Falco '10 (Art History & Illustration)

Pat Falco is an artist, illustrator and retired rapper living and working in South Boston. He graduated from MassArt in 2010 with a dual-major in Illustration and Art History. He founded and runs the Lincoln Arts Project space in Waltham with fellow alum Elliott Anderson, he also helps manage the Distillery Gallery in South Boston and runs Pedro Romero Clothing, a small t-shirt line. In his free time he enjoys eating pasta, playing basketball, listening to hip hop very loudly, and dropping in on halfpipes.

Jon Koppel '08 (Sculpture)

Jon Koppel earned his BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art. While a student there he founded and led the Iron Corps student organization, participated in the Student Government Association all four years, showed in numerous student exhibitions, won 3 Book Awards, a Foundation Auction Award, an All School Show Award, and has had photos of his work published in Blade Magazine and Larkbook's “500 Knives”. He graduated with Distinction and Departmental Honors in 2008 and now, after 5 years as Head of Sculpture at Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, is the Studio Art Technician at Brandeis University. A sculptor, welder, caster, metalsmith, blacksmith, and bladesmith, examples of his work can be seen at www.irontrilobite.com.

Archy LaSalle '82 (Photography)

Archy LaSalle received a BFA in Photography with honors from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1982. Early in his career, Archy received national and international attention for his artistic documentation of the M.B.T.A. Orange Line Southwest Corridor subway system project in Boston.  He was awarded an artist's residency at the Foundation Karolyi in Vence, France.  His work in France subsequently earned him a residency at Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris. In 2007, he was the recipient of an ART grant from The Philanthropic Initiative for a photographic project in South Africa. In conjunction with his artistic career, Archy is a committed and dedicated educator who lectures frequently at art institutions here and abroad and who works in the photography department at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Archy was the 2009 winner of the Excellence in Teaching National Award by CENTER in Santa Fe.
Elizabeth Noonan-White '02 (Ceramics)

Elizabeth Noonan-White attended The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and was  featured in the 2011 annual Mass Art's Presidents report "Making History" for the project she launched through Kickstarter, "25 People, 25 Bucks, 25 pieces of Art".  Liz has a broad scope of knowledge with different materials, which makes her uniquely suited to making just about anything. She really, really likes stuff and finds other people's stories about their stuff absolutely thrilling.

Sheryl Pace '02 (BFA, Photo) '11 (MSAE)

Sheryl Pace graduated from MassArt with a BFA in photography in 2002, her teaching certification in 2008, and her Master’s Degree in Art Education in 2011. Sheryl has actively pursued her photography interests artistically and professionally for over a decade when she began her freelance business in 2001.  For the past few years Sheryl has taught traditional black and white photography to 7-12th graders at the Boston Latin School and has just landed a full time ceramic and sculpture teaching position at Scituate High School. Sheryl’s recent work examines feminism and womanhood by documenting the practice of extended breastfeeding. Her use of documentary strategies serve as visual data and evidence of different women exercising their right to do what they believe is best for the development of their children. Recent exhibition venues include McCormack and Scanlon, The Washington Art Center, Lincoln Arts Project, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and The Robert Klein Gallery. Visit sherylpace.com

Case Randall '06 (Sculpture)

Case Randall graduated from MassArt, with a concentration in sculpture, in 2006.She is currently working for Handhouse Studio on the Gwozdziec Synagogue reconstruction. Since graduating she has cobbled together a living by working as a conservation technician; bench jeweler; food stylist; art shipper & handler; artist's assistant; gallery assistant; teaching assistant and landscaper. She lives in Cambridge with her boyfriend, dog, and cat and maintains a studio in Somerville.

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