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Arts and Humanities
D'Agnenica, Jill Posted: 8/22/2014 11:24:45 PM
Graduation Date:1991

When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled teenage son.
Jill D’Agnenica is a visual artist, filmmaker, and mother of two girls. She works as a film and television editor, currently on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. Her directorial debut, Life Inside Out, won Best Premiere at the Heartland Film Festival in 2013 and has since screened at 12 festivals throughout the US, receiving 11 awards, including 3 Best Feature and 4 Audience Awards. D’Agnenica received her MFA in Visual Art from Claremont Graduate University and a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Cultural and Intellectual History from UCLA. Life Inside Out will start a limited theatrical release, premiering concurrently at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena California and the Elkins Cinema 8 in Elkins West Virginia during the week of October 17-23 2014. Life Inside Out will be available on DVD and VOD in early 2015.
Clark-German, T. L. Posted: 4/3/2014 1:57:40 PM
Graduation Date:1996

Doctorate in Medical Humanities Awarded
The Doctorate in Medical Humanities (DMH) at Drew University was conferred on April 2, 2014, upon completion of a successful oral defense of the dissertation The Dissertation title:


was accepted and passed with distinction. Dr. Clark-German is currently an adjunct in the Certificate in Medical Research Ethics at Drew University.
Bloomfield, Ruta Posted: 3/5/2014 12:05:08 PM
Graduation Date:2008
Harpsichordist Dr. Ruta Bloomfield recently performed with LA Philharmonic violinist Aroussiak Baltaian in a concert "Music of the Baroque" featuring works by Albinoni, Leclair, Locatelli, and J.S. Bach.
Gordon, John Posted: 2/11/2014 9:35:46 PM
Graduation Date:1973

John S. Gordon
After 40 years in higher arts education, I've recently retired to my own studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's great to have the time and peace to focus on my own work again. Friends are invited to visit my website at:
Osborne, Thomas Posted: 11/26/2013 12:52:13 AM
Graduation Date:1979

Pacific Eldorado is available through the publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, and on Amazon Books
My college-level textbook, Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers) appeared in January 2013. I have since given invited talks on my book at the Huntington Library, the California Historical Society, and the maritime museums of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

More recently, I have signed a book contract with the University of California Press to publish my monograph (in progress) titled: Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shores, due out in 2016.
Hankinson, Joseph Posted: 11/13/2013 2:00:27 AM
Graduation Date:2001
Short story "Going Down" published in The Blue Falcon Review, part of Military Experience and the Arts.
Bemiller, Quinton Posted: 8/6/2013 11:35:33 PM
Graduation Date:2007

Quinton Bemiller (MFA '07)
Quinton Bemiller (MFA '07) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Art at Norco College, Riverside Community College District. Norco College was formerly a campus of Riverside Community College but received accreditation in 2010 to become California's 112th community college. Bemiller will lead the art program at Norco College, which has plans to build a new art complex and gallery to serve its growing population of students. Previously, Bemiller held the position of Director/Curator at the W.Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona and was an Adjunct Instructor at Chaffey College.

Quinton Bemiller (MFA '07), Anita Bunn (MFA '07) and Chuck Feesago (MFA '07) will exhibit work in the "Fifth Anniversary Group Exhibition" at Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, CA. The exhibition runs September 8 - October 13, 2013 and features 12 artists who are represented by the gallery. The Opening Reception is Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm. More information can be found at:

Bavetta, Ruth Posted: 6/16/2013 4:07:21 PM
Graduation Date:1978
Ruth Bavetta, MFA in Painting, 1978, has just published her first book of poetry, Fugitive Pigments, with FutureCycle Press.
DeZur, Kathryn Posted: 5/25/2013 2:46:15 PM
Graduation Date:1999

Gender, Interpretation, and Political Rule in Sidney's Arcadia
Kathryn DeZur (PhD English, 1999) published _Gender, Interpretation, and Political Rule in Sidney's Arcadia_ with the University of Delaware Press in January, 2013. The book studies cultural ideologies regarding gender and monarchy in early modern England by examining transformations of a single text, Sir Philip Sidney's _Arcadia_, in their historical contexts. This book reveals changing tensions in the ideological struggles over queenship, especially with respect to cultural debates focused on anxieties about gendered reception and interpretation of persuasive rhetoric.
Weatherford, Robert Posted: 4/23/2013 5:21:29 PM
Graduation Date:1990 Posted by an administrator

Ah Haa School of the Arts Forms the Telluride Painting Academy
by Watch Staff

TELLLURIDE – The Ah Haa School for the Arts has announced its formation of the Telluride Painting Academy, with longtime instructor Robert Weatherford as its artistic director, and with a 2013 fall semester of intensives for emerging painters, current studio art majors and beginners.

The inaugural semester for Telluride Painting Academy is scheduled for September 9 through December 7, 2013. Students may progress through all four of its three-week intensives, or select a combination to suit their artistic endeavors.

Taught by master teachers in a spectacular setting, this year’s curriculum includes courses in Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Printmaking and Finding Your Voice in Painting. Each Telluride Painting Academy intensive encompasses just over 67 hours of classroom time, the equivalent of three college credits.

“Telluride Painting Academy’s focus is to help students find their unique voice as artists,” said Judith Kohin, executive director at Ah Haa School for the Arts. “Regardless of skill level, students are guided through one-on-one and group instruction, reading and research assignments, peer critiques, and in depth mentoring sessions with the instructor in order to explore what really moves them.”

Course fees for the 2013 fall semester are $1,800 per intensive, or $7,200 for the entire semester, not including studio fees. Housing may be arranged for an additional fee, and tuition assistance is available. For more information and online application forms, visit or call 970/728-3886.

The nationally recognized instructors selected to lead the intensives during the Fall 2013 semester are Kathy Hirsh, Gregory Botts, Allyn Hart and Robert Weatherford.

Figure Drawing. Sept. 9 - 28

Kathy Hirsh, Instructor

Drawing from her master’s in medical illustration and 10 years of experience teaching painting and figure drawing in the U.S. and China, Kathy Hirsh will instruct the Figure Drawing intensive. Through formal and structural studies of the human body, her students will work to find their own two-dimensional expressions of the human form and gesture using charcoal, graphite and ink.

Figure Painting: Drawing Into Painting. Sept. 30 - Oct. 19

Gregory Botts, Instructor

Gregory Botts, a highly collected figurative and landscape painter based in New York and New Mexico, teaches the Figure Painting: Drawing Into Painting intensive. “Figure painting has always been the standard of what an artist achieved,” Botts said. “A figure is what we look for, it has something to tell us. What does it look like for each of us? As this is our spirit.” Through both realism and expressionism, Botts’ students will evolve from drawing on paper with conté crayon into painting with acrylics and oil.

Printing Into Painting. Oct. 21 – Nov. 9

Allyn Hart, Instructor

Printmaker, painter and book artist Allyn Hart holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts and has taught drawing, design, sculpture, art appreciation and printmaking for University of Utah. Hart will teach the Printing Into Painting intensive. Students in her class will use simple printmaking methods to establish a unique vocabulary of personal images and symbols that resonate through their work.

Painting from Within. Nov. 11 – Dec. 7

Robert Weatherford, Instructor

Longtime Ah Haa School instructor (and Telluride Painting Academy Artistic Director) Robert Weatherford will teach the Painting From Within intensive. A prolific artist whose work can be found in many collections, Weatherford holds a master’s in painting from Claremont Graduate Art School and a master’s in Systematic Theology from Union Seminary in Manhattan. Operating from the belief that all important things in art must come from the deepest feelings about the mystery of being, Weatherford will guide students toward painting from a place that is not intellectual, but rather a place that moves their spirits. Focusing on one subject at a time, students will create a different painting each day.

Telluride Painting Academy classes are housed in a circa-1890s Rio Grande Southern Railroad depot turned art gallery, set next to the San Miguel River. Located within the Telluride Historic District, the thoughtfully renovated building provides the ideal space for painting, complete with 12-foot ceilings and plentiful light. Alongside no more than ten students at a time, students will spend their mornings with the instructor and their afternoons putting pencil to paper and brush to canvas.

Ah Haa School for the Arts is a dynamic center for the visual arts dedicated to inspiring discovery and nurturing creativity. Ah Haa School is located in Telluride, Colorado and offers year-round classes, workshops, visiting artist programs, art trips and retreats, open studios, lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Beginners and skilled artists alike come through the school’s doors to learn something new, refine a skill, or revive a forgotten art. Ah Haa School was founded in 1990 by book artist Daniel Tucker. The prestigious American Academy of Bookbinding, a school of fine binding and book conservation, was founded in 1993 by Ah Haa School. For more information on all of the Ah Haa School’s programs visit Ah Haa School for the Arts is a registered 501 (c) (3).

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