Emory & Henry art alumni are doing great things. Art students at Emory & Henry College create in a stimulating environment with nationally recognized studio artists and historians. The program is a combination of a liberal arts education with rigorous studio art practice, which provides students with an education for a lifetime. Art graduates from Emory & Henry thrive in a variety of careers including the fine arts, graphic design and teaching. The Emory & Henry art program emphasizes individual student/faculty interaction that ultimately leads to a mentor relationship. This unique feature makes the Emory & Henry art program a success. At every point, faculty members emphasize serious critical thinking about visual arts problem-solving.
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Recent graduate, Amber Amburgey, is a perfect example of excellence in interdisciplinary achievement. She earned a B.A. double major in Art-Graphic Design and Mass Communications (summa cum laude) from E&H and excels not only because of her professionalism, but also her passion for design at Coburn Creative as the Art Director. Amber has an exceptional aptitude for product packaging, memorization of fonts, a mounting collection of “visually cool” marketing and an abundance of talent for design, and thus solidifying herself as a key leader in her field. She is currently heads 2Color Design in Abingdon, Va.
Another graduate, Heather Warner Dubin, is a successful at motivating middle school students at Tyrone Middle School in St. Petersburg, Fla. Since 2009, she has been consistently recognized for her inventiveness in the classroom, enthusiasm for students and passion for creativity.
Tammy McMillan Parks earned her master of fine art (M.F.A.) at Goddard College in Vermont, and is now assistant professor of art at New River Community College in Virginia. Currently pursuing her doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the visual arts in Portland, Maine.
Regarding her art, Sarazen Elyse Haile states, “I’m interested in the communities, actions, objects, stories and memories that maintain and create place. I see “place” as an all-encompassing term combining physical location, memory, people, interactions, and objects from an area to create a complex reality.” After graduating with a bachelor of art (B.A.) in Studio Art, Sarazen continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her master of fine art (M.F.A.) in print media. She now teaches at Watkins College of Art and serves as Administrative Finance and Grants Assistant at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Graduate Vaughan Whitney Garland, is a civically engaged artist and curator instrumental in providing public art opportunities. He curated the RVA Street Art Festival in Richmond, Virginia during September 2013 with the goal of revitalizing the former GRTC property on Cary St. through public art, murals sessions, sculpture and focusing on the future of transportation in Richmond, Va. Vaughan won a Virginia Commission for the Arts Community Grant for an outdoor sculpture invitational exhibition and served as chair of the Richmond Public Arts Commission. He received his master of fine art (M.F.A.) and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Media Art and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University.
It is a combination of a first love and a hobby turned second job for Richlands resident Victor Lawson. The 35-year-old is an art teacher at Richlands Middle School during the week and a blues musician on the weekends and summer.
We have teachers that truly give it their all in Southwest Virginia. All teachers at my school care and do their best for their students every day. They also have high expectations for their students. When teachers and students have high expectations, it is easy to inspire each other.” See article online
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen light up the stage with their own renditions of an extreme variety of music. With their name taken from a John Lee Hooker song, the trio, consisting of Lawson on lead vocals and guitar, Don Armstrong on bass and Andrew Brown playing drums, mostly performs blues. However, they continuously prove to audiences that they master just about any genre.
Solo exhibition, Perch Studio, Carrboro, NC (October 2014) —Flannery O'Connor Portrait Zine (group exhibition), Mint Gallery, Atlanta, GA —Hungry: North Carolina Artists and Food (group exhibition), Elliot Center Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ms. Laura Steinberg is the Galax Middle School art teacher and has been teaching since 2003 in her current position. She was born and raised in Sterling, Virginia and attended Broad Run High School graduating in 1987. Ms. Steinberg attended Virginia Highlands Community College and earned an associate’s degree with a major in education. She transferred to Emory and Henry College and received a bachelor’s degree in art education with a certification of K-12 grades. Continuing her love of art, architecture, and preservation, Ms. Steinberg earned a master’s degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
“I developed a love of art and culture through my years of world travel and enjoy sharing my knowledge with the students at Galax Middle School. It is truly rewarding watching my students create and express themselves through art.”