Outstanding students to receive top honors at commencement

May 8, 2007

Twenty ASU graduating students will receive Outstanding Graduate awards from the ASU Alumni Association at commencement May 10, having been chosen by their individual colleges. These students combine high academic achievement with leadership – and often with service to the community.

One student, biology senior Taylor Jackson, is receiving the honor from both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Barrett, the Honors College. Download Full Image

Others are Amelia Warren-Sifuentes, majoring in criminal justice, College of Human Services; Lisa Pena, graphic design, College of Design; Shawn Smith, nursing, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation; Allison Ward, social work, College of Public Programs, Adam Lessell, graphic information technology, College of Science & Technology; Edmundo Aranda, special education, College of Teacher Education & Leadership; Andrea White, nutrition, East College; Mary Bryan Curd, art history, Herberger College of the Arts; and Meredith Lewis, industrial engineering and supply chain management, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

They also include Michael DiGirolamo, secondary education, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education; Carly Edgington, agribusiness, Morrison School of Management & Agribusiness; David Herring, psychology, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences; Robert Weeks, law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Elizabeth Reusch, business administration, School of Global Management & Leadership; Kristi Kull, curriculum and instruction, School of Educational Innovation & Teacher Preparation; Malissa Geer, interdisciplinary studies, University College; Britanie Hall, management, W. P. Carey School of Business; and Stephanie Berger, journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

In addition, 39 seniors are receiving Moeur Awards from the ASU Alumni Association for achieving 4.0 grade-point averages and having completed all their classwork at ASU.

They are Rachel Aguilar, majoring in bioengineering; Catherine Amos, French; Ashley Beason, accountancy and computer information systems; Stephanie Berger, journalism; Zachary Cann, journalism and Spanish; Emily Charlson, biology; Terry Crist, political science; Matthew Crossman, justice studies; Matthew Dauphin, justice studies; Carrie Durward, nutrition; Steffen Eikenberry, mathematics; Lynn Erickson, art (intermedia); Megan Frankiewicz, political science; Jon Frosch, English; Brittany Garmyn, English and political science; Britanie Hall, management; Ashley Irvin, communication; Erin Johnson, political science; and Lia Kamitsis, English and psychology.

Other Moeur Award winners are Michelle Katz, recreation and tourism; Jill Kripps, kinesiology; Elizabeth Kuehn, history; Sarah Leung, bioengineering; Michael Masci, finance; Zachary McKinney, political science and French; Filip Mladenovic, computer systems engineering; Kate Mullen, mathematics; Sara Myklebust, political science and Spanish; Molly O'Brien, journalism; Laura Richmond, secondary education; Whitney Schlee, marketing; Douglas Self, political science; Marina Shapiro, English and Spanish; Ljubinka Slaveska, journalism; Brandon Temple, marketing and accountancy, Helena Varnavas, urban planning; Emily Wack, English; Jessica Wong, linguistics; and Joseph Young, computer information systems.

ASU Art Museum exhibition Drawing from History

May 9, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. – Drawing from History: Permanent Collection and Loans presents 20 works by contemporary artists who are influenced by and quote from art history. The exhibition focuses on work in the ASU Art Museum’s collection, including new acquisitions and loans from local collections. The exhibition also includes historic works that provide inspiration and reveal sources. The exhibition runs from April to June 23, 2007, in the Nelson Fine Arts Center facility, Arizona State University Art Museum.

The contemporary artists in this exhibition use their knowledge of art history in different ways to inspire their work. The work ranges from painting, prints, photographs, sculpture and installation. Artists in the exhibition include Pierre Alechinsky, Pedro Alvarez, John James Audubon, Sandow Birk, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, Franklin Cassaro, Enrique Chagoya, Gordon Cheung, Sue Coe, Gustav Dore, Walton Ford, Nicholas Herrera, David Huffman, William Kentridge, Vik Muniz, Giovanni Piranesi and Claudette Schreuders. Download Full Image

Walton Ford imagines that he is an early naturalist like John James Audubon. Ford builds upon Audubon’s history, his fascination with American birds and mammals, and his process of hunting his subjects and posing their taxidermied bodies for his drawings, paintings and prints. While Ford is enamored with the heroic tales surrounding this early naturalist and artist, times have changed. Audubon’s practise of hunting his subjects is controversial today, and new technology renders this type of work unnecessary for scientific purposes. So Ford creates an artwork that is a detailed image of an elephant that is anything but scientific, overlaid with out of place images and his great sense of humor.

David Huffman utilizes the panel format and flowing narrative of 17th century Japanese screens for his painting Katrina, Katrina, Girl You’re on my Mind, 2006. This recent acquisition takes on the hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. Huffman’s “traumabots”, cartoon-like astronauts in blackface, are seen throughout the composition recreating some of the haunting images of the disaster: wading through thigh-high toxic floodwaters, waiting for evacuation on a rooftop, in a dinghy.

These are examples of the ways that contemporary artists mine the history of art, for content and for style. For more information contact Heather Lineberry, Senior Curator, ASU Art Museum at 480.965.5272 or heather.lineberry@asu.edu

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger College of the Arts and is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesdays and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 480.965.2787 or visit the museum online atasuartmuseum.asu.edu.

Media Contact:

Heather Lineberry
ASU Art Museum senior curator