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Finlandia University International School of Art & Design Alumni Exhibit 2014

Kenyon HansenHANCOCK, MI – The Finlandia University International School of Art & Design (ISAD) will present an alumni exhibit at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from January 16 to February 19, 2014.

An opening reception for the artists will take place at the gallery Thursday, January 16th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In the 15 years since the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree program began at Finlandia University, 127 students have graduated in five concentration areas: Ceramic Design, Fiber Arts/Fashion Design, Integrated Design, Graphic Design, and Studio Arts.

The Alumni 2014 exhibit spotlights the current work of 25 Finlandia BFA graduates.

“Our graduates have moved to all parts of the world to pursue their careers in art,” notes Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler. “We have alumni living as far away as Japan and as close as Hancock. It is wonderful to see where their life journeys have taken them.”

Cait Spera (’13) is currently living in Portland, Oregon where she works as a graphic designer at Healer’s PetCare, and is also an instructor and manager at the local art center, Collage.

Raven Steals FireCasey Zablocki (’08) is currently living in Missoula, Montana, working as the wood fire resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula. He will spend the next two years teaching classes and firing the Anagama kiln.

Emily Pierce (€˜08) has created her own line of clothing and screen-printed items. Her collection can be viewed at

Colleen Carroll (’09) continues to create and sell her ceramic work, all while working fulltime at Michigan Tech University. Her ceramic piece ‘Spiderbaby’ was recently featured in the movie, “I Filmed Your Death.

Sarah Jalkanen (€˜13 ) is currently working for the local apparel company NineOSix Enterprises and will soon open an online shop where her handmade and personally designed bags, accessories, and designs will be for sale.

Eileen Sunquist (’12) is interested in the oral traditions of our ancestors, and how these stories shared for entertainment and instruction reveal important cross-cultural similarities. Her interest in finding and sharing the common beliefs of early people and emphasizing the similarities between cultures, led her to create “Muddi Mekko,” an African Mudcloth runo-dress intended to protect the woman who wears it and “Pandoran”, a sculpture representing life.

Please join us at the opening reception to learn more about the work of these alumni and more. Additional mediums included in the Alumni Exhibit 2014 include ceramic design, mixed media, fashion design, painting, drawing, graphic design and product design.

The Finlandia University International School of Art & Design Alumni Exhibit 2014 will be on display until February 19, 2014.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.

Photo Cutlines:
Photo 1: Ceramic work by Kenyon Hansen, Finlandia alumni (’05)
Photo 2: “Raven Steals Fire” by Finlandia alumni(’10) , D.C. Wilson