Big Art Day 2012


Each year the Fine Arts department invites alumni back to campus to talk about their art careers, where they are going, and how their path after KU led them to where they are now.

Josh Dannin received his BFA in printmaking and photography from Kutztown University in 2011.  He has spent much of the past year traveling around the United States and Canada completing numerous print workshops and artist residencies, such as Atelier Presse Papier, Artist in Residence, Trois-Rivières, QC, Spark Box Studio, Artist in Residence, Picton, ON, Canada

currently works at Second State Press in Philadelphia. His most recent exhibitions include the Fountain Art Fair, 69th Regiment Armory, NYC and State of the State, Gallery 102 - Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA,. Josh will begin pursuing his MFA this fall at Ohio University.

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Erika Stanley is a bastardbakerphotographmaker & native of Reading, Pennsylvania. Living & working in Portland (Oregon) since 2006, she's found a place to dig in and put down roots. As an active member of a vibrant queer community, Erika has taken the stage in variations of drag, dance, spoken word, song and glamour. She's known for being such a chameleon that sometimes even close friends have failed to recognize her during shows. When not performing she's also served as an event photographer, documenting the antics & inspired moments of the folks she "goes to church with". She's passionate about

connecting disparate disciplines, and challenging people to push into vulnerability. She's currently excited to add sacred clowning to her repertoire, while exploring the intersections of contemporary queerness and cultivating joy as a warrior of the open heart.

Xavier Jimenez is an independent curator, freelance web developer, designer, and artist based in Upstate New York. Jimenez curates for the Smithy Center for the Arts and Vintage Sweet both located in Cooperstown, NY and Adds Donna located in Chicago, IL. He was also a Co-Founder and Director of Eckhaus, Kutztown, PA (2005-2007), 1213 Sharp, Chicago, IL, (2008-2009), and the Gallery/Study/Collective known as Adds Donna, Chicago, IL (2010-present). Before attaining a BFA at Kutztown (2007) Xavier studied Commercial Art and Advertising Design for two years at Reading Vo-Tech (1999) and another two earning an Associate Degree in Visual Communication (2001) at Lehigh

Valley College. Since completing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) Xavier has developed various presentations on The Generosity of Art, Collaboration, Context, and Experiential Critique.