College of Fine Arts

Alumni Notes


Marjorie E. Fields, (1949) art and (1960) MA French, taught three years at Yorktown as an art teacher after graduation. She then went into a property management business. She is now retired and travels as an amateur photographer.


Patricia Lee Evans, (1967) music, was very involved in area music. She recently took part in the second annual Waycross Area Composer's Concert as one of the singers and composers. Carla Rae Johnson, (1969) art, is a visual artist, and her media include drawing, sculpture, conceptual, performance, and installation art. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts 2005 Fellow in Sculpture and a 1990 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been exhibited in solo, individual, and curated shows in museums and galleries nationally and in New York City and is included in numerous public and private collections. She received a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa in 1975 and now resides in the artists' community of Peekskill, New York. Daniel Sherry, (1963) music and (1966) MA biology, has been in the same Top 40 nightclub band since 1969. He is now retired but still works part-time as a fisheries biologist for a Tennessee wildlife resources agency. Robert C. Tarlow, (1960) art, (1970) MA psychology, and (1975) EdD, was selected as one of the artists in the book Painting Indiana, The Changing Face of Agriculture and was invited to the Statehouse to paint Governor Mitch Daniels' portrait.


Jacqueline Lee Brown, (1974) speech and (1976) MA theatre, was recently named department chair of the performing arts department of the Loran G. Skinner Auditorium at Pendleton, Indiana. She was also a member of the College of Fine Arts Advisory Board and representative to the Alumni Council, where she received the Benny Award in 2006. Matthew Stephen Davish, (1978) music education, has recorded three CDs with the Nashville Symphony (2001–2007) and performed with L. Pavarotti (1993). He has also played more than 50 touring Broadway productions in Nashville, Tennessee, and toured with NSO and Amy Grant. He has continued his work in the recording field and as a member of freelance musical organizations and has private instruction in woodwinds. David Garrett, (1979) music, is in his ninth season as a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He teaches at California State University-Long Beach and maintains an active chamber music and recital performance schedule. In summer 2007, he and his wife, pianist Junko Ueno Garrett, played a series of recitals in Japan under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, presenting music by American composers. Jan Lynette Stewart, (1971) music and (1979) MA music, has retired after teaching music for 35 years in the Chardon local schools and plans to travel around the country. Dale Threlkeld, (1970) MA art, has a solo exhibition of paintings at the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, April 11–May 18, and guest artist and solo exhibition at the Dogwood Festival, Dowagiac, Michigan, 2006.


Melody Sue Jackson, (1983), earned her PhD in mythological studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She completed two marathons and was named a Top Five Script Consultant in the Country by Creative Screenwriting magazine. Mark Kratzner, (1987) theatre, worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as an audio-visual technician for 15 years, which inspired him to make a museum from his small collection of Hollywood hoosiers items


Michael Hall (1991) BM, living and performing in Chicago, has had several world premiere compositions written specifically for him. He regularly performs with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently on the faculties at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, VanderCook College of Music, and Illinois Wesleyan University. On April 29, he premiered "Canopy" for viola and fixed media by composer Mara Gibson, at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. "Canopy" was commissioned by the museum to commemorate the installation of a 60' sculpture by New York artist Roxy Paine titled Ferment. Ferment was installed as a retirement gift for renowned art curator Martin Friedman. He recently presented a lecture/concert to the Kansas City Institute of Art's entire freshman (240) Foundation Class discussing the connections between the visual arts and music.  Mr Hall will be the featured soloist at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival. Performing music by Zhou Long, this year's Pulitzer Prize winner in Composition, the Chen Yi Viola Concerto with the Chiang Mai Philharmonic, and the Asian premiere of several other pieces written for him, including "Canopy." Mr. Hall performed the World Premiere of Ottava Rima, as trio for viola with clarinet and piano played by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst and broadcast by Wisconsin’s Public Radio from the Chazen Museum in Madison, Wis. Both inspired and motivated by BSU Alumni News and professional activities, Mr. Hall’s work demonstrates that his BSU experience was indeed very valuable and that the transition from student to professional musician is possible.


Jared L. Applegate(2007)BFA, will be the opening Artist for the first Art Show at a new Gallery in Chicago! Topics Art Gallery/ Coffee will feature Jared as their first up and coming Artist. This new Business is located in the beautiful Lincoln Park area near downtown Chicago. You can find out more on Topic’s Facebook page, and or Jared’s Facebook. The Reception will be on Friday Dec. 9th, where Jared will talk about his art, and guests will be able to meet him and ask questions. We’re really excited about this awesome opportunity and wanted to share it with all of you!

 Jared L. Applegate



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