Mentorship Program

The Alumni-Student Mentorship Program has become a thriving resource for fine arts students and a very rewarding experience for alumni over the years.

The program connects 20 nominated fine arts students with 20 alumni for a semester of one-on-one mentoring sessions. We kick things off with a training session and reception for all participants.

Three one-on-one meetings follow over the course of the term, consisting of studio and gallery visits, critiques, résumé and artist statement reviews, and anything else the pair chooses.

The semester concludes with a group wrap-up and celebration. Read inspiring quotes, view photos from our group events, and learn more about our alumni mentors below.

Testimonials

Here are just a few comments from alumni and student participants:

"We did a meaningful critique of my student's work and restructured her resume. We attended gallery openings and had substantive discussions about art in general and art as a profession. I also shared many of my resources, such as lists of residencies."

"The student demonstrated a devotion to her craft and a grasp of theory that makes me want to work with her on future projects. Our relationship will almost certainly continue after the formal mentorship program ends."

"I was able to schedule an art critic to come and see my student's senior show. I really connected with her artwork, and we very much enjoyed working together. It was a great fit!"

"It was a very valuable learning experience. I toured my mentor's studio and explored their methods of working and material acquisition. I showed my own work and talked about my current process, and I was guided to consider materials and resources I hadn't previously."

"My mentor was amazing and so helpful! This is one of the most fundamental programs I have participated in during my time at CCA. I would be more than happy to be a mentor after graduation." (This student did become a mentor!)

Alumni active in the fine arts are invited to volunteer as mentors!

For more information, email alumni@cca.edu.

Learn more about our accomplished alumni mentors.

2013 Mentors

Steven Barich (Painting/Drawing 1997)
Mia Christopher (Painting/Drawing 2012)
Serena Cole (Painting/Drawing 2006; MFA Painting/Drawing 2011)
Amanda Curreri (MFA Painting/Drawing 2007)
Daniel Dallabrida (MFA Ceramics 2011)
Christina Empedocles (MFA Painting/Drawing 2008)
Alicia Escott (MFA Painting/Drawing 2009)
Nate Fredenburg (Printmaking 1993)
Bean Gilsdorf (MFA Textiles 2011)
Shawn HibmaCronan (Sculpture 2009)
Kara Joslyn (Painting/Drawing 2008)
Kari Marboe (Ceramics 2008)
Robyn Muscardini (Textiles 1973)
George Pfau (MFA Painting/Drawing 2010)
Kelly Puleio (Photography 2010)
David Sandoval (MFA Media Arts 2011)
Ann Schnake (MFA Social Practice 2012)
Zachary Scholz (MFA Painting/Drawing 2006; MA Visual & Critical Studies 2009)
Zak Timan (Glass 2010)
Melissa Wyman (MFA Social Practice 2008)

View photos from the 2013 mentorship program »

2012 Mentors

Steven Barich (Painting/Drawing 1997)
Monica Canilao (Illustration 2005)
Serena Cole (Painting/Drawing 2006; MFA Painting/Drawing 2011)
Amanda Curreri (MFA Painting/Drawing 2007)
Daniel Dallabrida (MFA Ceramics 2011)
Elizabeth Dorbad (MFA Sculpture 2011)
Alicia Escott (MFA Painting/Drawing 2009)
Bean Gilsdorf (MFA Textiles 2011)
Julia Goodman (MFA Textiles 2009)
Angus Haller (MFA Printmaking 2011)
Shawn HibmaCronan (Sculpture 2009)
Courtney Johnson (MFA Painting/Drawing 2011)
Kara Joslyn (Painting/Drawing 2008)
Joe Kowalczyk (Individualized Major 2006)
Ace Lehner (MFA Photography 2010, MA Visual & Critical Studies 2010)
Hilary Pecis (Painting/Drawing 2006; MFA Painting/Drawing 2009)
George Pfau (MFA Painting/Drawing 2010)
Kelly Puleio (Photography 2010)
Douglas Sandberg (Film 1978)
Zachary Scholz (MFA Painting/Drawing 2006; MA Visual & Critical Studies 2009)

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2011 Mentors

Steven Barich (Painting/Drawing 1997)
Iris Charabi-Berggren (MFA Media Arts 2007)
Kevin Clarke (Painting/Drawing 2006)
Serena Cole (MFA Painting/Drawing 2011)
Christina Empedocles (MFA Painting/Drawing 2008)
Alicia Escott (MFA Painting/Drawing 2009)
Nate Fredenburg (Printmaking 1993)
Bryson Gill (Painting/Drawing 2005)
Julia Goodman (MFA Textiles 2009)
Adam Green (Glass 2010)
Shawn HibmaCronan (Sculpture 2009)
David Huff (Photography 2007)
Rachel Kaye (Painting/Drawing 2004)
Crystal Morey (Ceramics 2006)
Jay Nelson (Painting/Drawing 2004)
Hilary Pecis (Painting/Drawing 2006, MFA Painting/Drawing 2009)
Chris Perez (Individualized Major 1999)
Douglas Sandberg (Film 1978)
Zachary Scholz (MFA Painting/Drawing 2006; MA Visual & Critical Studies 2009)
Derek Weisberg (Ceramics 2005)

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2010 Mentors (Pilot Program)

Jeff Benroth (Glass 1996)
Iris Charabi-Berggren (MFA Media Arts 2007)
Kevin Clarke (Painting/Drawing 2006)
Sergio De La Torre (Photography 1998)
Linda Geiser (Illustration 1997)
Max Geiser (Interior Architecture 1997)
Michele Pred (Interdisciplinary Fine Arts 1990)
Douglas Sandberg (Film 1978)
Deth Sun (Painting/Drawing 2002)
Marci Washington (Painting/Drawing 2002; MFA Painting/Drawing 2008)

View photos from the 2010 pilot mentorship program »