Bruce Schlehuber

Commercial Photographer

I graduated with a B.F.A. concentrating in Commercial photography with some extra credits taken in Digital Cinema and Graphic design. I was in college for 5 years and took around 220 credits. During my last couple semesters of school, I began reaching out to various commercial photo studios around different cities I would be willing to live. I was hoping to make a connection that would allow me to begin working in the field shortly after graduation. Fortunately, the first area I decided to begin my search, I was successful and met a few individuals based in Minneapolis Minnesota (Where I currently reside).

The scary part of this situation was, studios only wanted to hire people on a contract/freelance basis. I was worried about picking up everything and moving out of state on a chance that I may not have enough work to keep me afloat whilst I was there.

I moved to the Twin Cities and began working freelance wherever there was work. I worked my ass off at various studios sometimes several weeks in a row without a day off. I did some shooting but was mostly assisting and working as a lighting specialist. I wanted to show everyone that I was a hard worker and that I deserved a full-time staff position (if one became available). My ultimate goal was to find a steady job in the commercial photography world that provided steady work and a nice benefits package.

Studio Setup
Final Photo

The other harsh reality of my job experience is the area that I live. Things get a little slow when there is three feet of snow on the ground. Studio work is great but a lot of what I did at the time was on location and outside. Winter can definitely be a slow season depending on the client’s needs. (Clients usually have Christmas spring and summer photo requirements most of which are photographed during the summer time)

Commercial Photo Shoot

I have recently been picked up full time by a commercial studio that shoots all over the world and has a huge list of clients. We have done location shoots for Cabelas, fashion shoots for Allure magazine out of New York, and many other fun and exciting clients/projects. I have to say, all the time I spent broke and looking for work definitely paid off in the end. Persistence is key. Keep moving forward or you get left behind. I welcome students to follow my story and use it as an avenue to reach out if they need anything or have questions about photography or post-graduation stuff, whatever it may be.

See more of Bruce’s work at the following web site:
http://BruceSPhoto.com

– or follow him on Instagram at Bschlehuber 

Learn about NMU’s Photography Program at the following web site:
http://art.nmu.edu/department/photo/index.html

 

Taylor Darcy

Production Manager, Creative Producer,
& Director

Taylor Darcy graduated with a BFA in digital cinema in 2012. After living in Marquette since birth, she moved to Chicago shortly after graduation. Her first job involved working on wedding videos for a local shop. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she and the wedding biz weren’t compatible, and a divorce was in order.

Soon after, Taylor joined p3 mediaworks, a Chicago-based, full-service video production company that leverages creativity, knowledge, and craft to tell stories with impact for clients across the world as well as in our own backyard.

Crane - jib shot from onsite of "Convergence"
Crane – jib shot from onsite of “Convergence”

Taylor began editing at p3, but her passion and skill set did not lie there. ­Beginning as a production assistant on set, she’s ascended to production manager, creative producer, and director. She books crew, gear, and travel; casts talent; and fulfills all logistics for travel and local gigs.

Taylor working on set
Taylor working on set

At p3 mediaworks the creative producer/director works on projects that are very different from one another. Taylor has been involved in the production of a pilot, web series, nonprofit narratives, promotional videos, and corporate/industrial shoots. She works not only with talented folks within the industry but also with amazing clients all over the U.S.

Producing/Interviewing Employee for Recruitment video
Producing/Interviewing Employee for Recruitment video
Cineaspace Studios, project "Stage Four" Directed by Wendy Roderweiss
Cineaspace Studios, project “Stage Four” Directed by Wendy Roderweiss

After focusing on her production career for two and a half years, Taylor felt it was time for another challenge and decided to concentrate on her love of all things makeup. At Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry, she has studied everything from the basics to runway, prosthetics, and advanced blood, guts, and gore. In building her career as a makeup artist, she’s already gathered experience in doing makeup for runway, commercial, editorial, and narrative.

Applying makeup on Christian Stolte for a short narrative "Volition"
Applying makeup on Christian Stolte for a short narrative “Volition”
Prosthetic Makeup Application
Prosthetic Makeup Application

In the next few years, Taylor plans to further both her video production and makeup careers in Chicago, gaining knowledge and experience.

p3 mediaworks

Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry

Digital Cinema at Northern Michigan University

Todd Stanich

Interaction Designer at Mutual Mobile

Todd Stanich is an interaction designer at Mutual Mobile in Austin, TX. As an interaction designer, Todd works alongside visual designers, software engineers, and project managers to define the user experience of mobile apps, websites, and connected products. He has worked on projects with brands including Gillette, Union Bank, Lands’ End, AGCO, MillerCoors, and Kellogg’s.

The Design Team
The Design Team

Todd graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Computer Art. During the summers of his sophomore and junior years, he interned at Lands’ End and The Integer Group. These internships helped Todd explore different interests and focus his last two years of study at NMU.

Mutual Mobile Office
Mutual Mobile Office
Brainstorming at the Office
Brainstorming at the Office

After graduation, he moved to North Carolina and worked as a digital designer/developer at advertising agency The Variable. Working in a small, fast-moving agency allowed him to further explore several different areas of interest including development, design, and motion graphics. A passion for user experience design led him to his current role in Austin.

www.mutualmobile.com

Clark Stanton

Lead Playback Graphic Artist for Twisted Media

In 2014, Clark took over the Television side of operations for Twisted Media and worked on a variety of shows including: Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago MED, Empire, The Librarians, Scorpion, Zoo, Agent X, Powers, Being Mary Jane, Bloodline, Satisfaction, and Angie Tribeca, among others. He has completed work for feature films including: The Tank, Geostorm, and Independence Day Resurgence.

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Filming Chroma Key Video
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Clark Editing Video

Clark graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Computer Art and began his career as an intern with Foundation, doing 3D product renders. After the internship ended, he moved to doing motion graphics at p3 mediaworks, working mostly on corporate explainer and promotional videos. During his time at p3 mediaworks, he worked his way up to become Senior Motion Designer (as well as some IT management) and grew ties to the motion graphics community in Chicago. In 2013, he was given an opportunity to work with Twisted Media on shows like “Legit,” “Crisis,” and “Betrayal” doing graphics for practical playback. In 2014, he left p3 mediaworks to join Twisted Media full-time as a Playback Graphic Artist.

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Operating Live Screen Effects On Set
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Computer Screen Animation

Clark lives in Chicago and bounces back and forth to LA to help manage graphics on some of Twisted Media’s larger shows. He spends whatever free time he gets with friends and family, or trying to catch up on what other artists are doing in their screen graphics.

Check out Twisted Media!
www.twistedmedia.com

Jamie Morrow

Internships, Residency, and Museum Position

After graduating from NMU with a BFA in Ceramics, I moved to Goshen Indiana with my good friend and fellow ceramic studio mate, Mark Tarabula (BFA ’14). We interned for professional ceramic artist Justin Rothshank. During this internship our main project was to build a catenary arch downdraft natural gas soda kiln. It was incredibly informational to see how a studio potter operates.

Ceramics Work
Ceramics Work
Ceramics Work
Ceramics Work

After three months of the kiln building internship, it was time to travel abroad. I arrived in Tuscany Italy for a two-month assistantship with the International School of Ceramics. My time there was spent assisting ceramic artists from all over the world. While I was there I also became very close with the founder of the school and introduced him to new ways of marketing and keeping up with various social media outlets. From there I moved to Germany for a one month long residency. I shared the residency with an amazing conceptual artist from the UK. I produced work based off of my European experiences. Nearing the end of the residency, I had an artist presentation and an exiting show.

Since I’ve been back in The United States of America, I have accepted a position working for Indiana University South Bend and The South Bend Museum of Art. I am a Ceramic Technician and I also instruct ceramic classes. When I am not at the SBMA, I am working with fellow graduates Joshua Masserang (BFA ’15 Furniture Design) and Stephen Smolinski Jr. (BFA ’13 Drawing & Painting) to create our own studio in Goshen Indiana.

Ceramics Work
Ceramics Work
Ceramics Work
Ceramics Work

Ashley Dionne

Retail and Merchandising Designer

Ashley Dionne graduated from the School of Art & Design at Northern Michigan University with a BFA in Human Centered Design in 2008. One of the first students to complete the HCD program, Ashley chose to steer her ambitions toward retail design and visual merchandising. She spent most summers taking courses that weren’t required for BFA candidacy, but that piqued her interests. “In comparing my design school experiences with those of my NYC based colleagues, most of whom have obtained masters degrees, I feel like I had their grad school experience in undergrad,” says Dionne. “My educational development was entirely mine to own. Looking back, I wish I had exploited the extensive studio facilities within the School even more!”

Store Display Designs
Store Display Designs
Store Display Designs
Store Display Designs

After graduating, Ashley lived in Marquette honing her design skills with freelance and personal work before departing for New York City in the summer of 2009. “Three days after I got to the city, I got a call from the only real professional contact I had. He needed someone to fill a spot while some of his designers were on vacation. I ended up working there for 5 years.” Dionne is speaking of multi-disciplinary creative agency, RPG, based out of midtown Manhattan. In her time there, she was promoted to Senior Designer and was the agency’s design lead for beauty brand, Benefit Cosmetics. She oversaw projects from initial concept design through engineering, prototyping and production rollouts. Having worked closely with the brand for many years, she was invited to present on their behalf at the inaugural Global Merchandising and Store Design conference at the brand headquarters in San Francisco, California in 2012. While with RPG, Dionne also worked a broad range of clients including Allure Magazine, Birchbox, Bose, Elizabeth Arden Fragrances, Seventh Generation, Smashbox Cosmetics, Revlon, and Walgreens. Projects ranged from branding and packaging design, promotional product launches and merchandising systems, to pop up shops and full retail concept stores. She left RPG in 2014 to join South African based creative marketing agency Barrows in their NYC based North American offices where she worked primarily on In-Store Visual Presentation for Unilever brands including Degree, Dove, Nexxus, Suave and Tresseme.

Trade Show Display Design
Trade Show Display Design
Display Design
Display Design

Most recently, Ashley joined Estée Lauder Companies in November of 2014, working for heritage brand, Clinique. She stepped into a new role as Associate Design Director of Store Design and Visual Merchandising with a focus on open-service accounts. In this role, Dionne leads the team that designs and manages all in-store display and merchandising for Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom. “I’ve been working in the beauty industry for 6 years and in that short time, one retailer, Sephora has completely changed the way people shop for cosmetics and skincare. We see the effects trickling down into drug stores, we’re seeing it in department stores…we even see it in Urban Outfitters and the like.” She continues, “It’s really exciting to be representing such a legendary brand and partnering with the most relevant beauty retailers, but more importantly I really enjoy what I do. For me, it’s the perfect mix of creativity, user interaction and it’s really fulfilling to see my work come to life in-store.”

Product Display Designs
Product Display Designs

Thon Lorenz

Founder Elbē Creative Partners

Thon Lorenz is co-owner and founder of elbē creative partners. Based in Chicago, Illinois elbē designs and develops interactive installations for museums, marketing events and corporate spaces.

Interactive Work
Interactive Work

Thon graduated in 2004 with a BFA in Computer Art and went on to Syracuse University where he completed his MFA in Video Art. He later relocated to Chicago, Illinois where he began freelancing, building applications for marketing events. Today, Thon leads elbē which focuses on projects of varying scopes. elbē develops apps using a variety of technologies such as AR, VR, mobile and desktop apps on platforms including iOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, Oculus and Unity3D to name a few.

Thon resides in Chicago with his wife and business partner, Melissa and their daughter Louisa Bray.

Thon’s Company: elbecreativepartners.com

Interactive Work
Interactive Work
Interactive Display
Live 3D Motion Tracking
Museum Installation

Anastasia Greer

Pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

Anastasia Greer is a multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies in Portland, Oregon.

Graduate Artwork
Graduate Artwork

Anastasia’s work explores the expectations and manipulation of fabric within a painting perspective and resides between craft, painting, and sculpture. Greatly influenced by her mother’s quilting, she creates work that has a conversation with craft and it’s feminine connotations.

Anastasia has exhibited in Portland, Grand Rapids, and Marquette, and won second place at a national textile art show. She was recently awarded a residency at Leland Iron Works in Oregon City, OR. Along with her art practice, Anastasia is actively involved in the Portland music scene, playing shows with her band in her free time.

Anastasia graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Printmaking.

Website: anastasiagreer.com

Graduate Artwork
Graduate Artwork
Graduate Artwork
Graduate Artwork
Graduate Artwork
Graduate Artwork

Beth Millner

Jewelry Designer/Shop Owner

Beth Millner Jewelry Storefront
Beth Millner Jewelry Storefront

Beth Millner designs nature inspired eco friendly jewelry in a variety of recycled metals and Michigan gemstones. While in her last year of college, she started displaying at art fairs and teaching silversmithing classes in Marquette, Michigan. In 2007, she also opened an online storefront on Etsy. Beth graduated from NMU with a BFA in metals in 2008 and launched Beth Millner Jewelry in the corner of her kitchen. As her business grew, she was able to take on part time help as well as develop an ecommerce website.

Beth Millner Jewelry
Beth Millner Jewelry
Beth Millner Jewelry
Beth Millner Jewelry

In 2012, Beth opened a storefront in downtown Marquette, Michigan where all the jewelry is handcrafted in the studio space above the retail shop. Depending on the season, Beth employs between three to five staff members, including a full time Operations Manager. She has expanded her jewelry line to include wedding bands in both sterling silver and recycled palladium white gold, as well as offering certified recycled diamonds. Beth has collaborated with many customers over the years to design and fabricate custom pendants, rings and bracelets. Beth has designed 1000’s of pieces of jewelry over the years, including the classic four season tree series and a variety of Upper Peninsula silhouette pieces. Her work can be found in galleries and shops throughout the country and has a strong international retail client base.

For more information or to shop, visit: bethmillner.com

 

Beth Millner Jewelry
Beth Millner Jewelry
Beth Millner Jewelry
Beth Millner Jewelry

 

Mia Cinelli

Art & Design Professor

Mia Cinelli graduated from Northern Michigan University’s School of Art & Design with a BFA in Graphic Communications in 2011. Shortly after she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to complete her MFA in Art & Design at the University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

As it was
As it was
As it was (detail)
As it was (detail)

Throughout graduate school she worked as a freelance designer, teaching undergraduates during the academic year, and teaching a Portfolio Prep class to high-school students through the Stamps Pre-College Summer Program. She also worked as a Rapid Prototyping Consultant at the UM-3D Lab.

In 2014, Mia was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art & Design at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, tasked with pioneering a new Design program. The program incorporates both graphic and product design, allowing students to study design in a holistic manner before choosing a concentration in 2D or 3D design. She is also currently the Director of the Women’s Commission Art Gallery at Defiance College.

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Untitled

Mia’s work has been featured on Dezeen, Fast Company, MTV, Design Milk, Design Taxi, Paste Magazine, People Magazine, Notcot, The Daily Mail, and Yorokobu, among others. She currently lives in Defiance, Ohio, with her fiance and cat. She is thankful every day for the amazing education she received at NMU.

Personal Web Site: www.miacinelli.com

The Weight
The Weight
Type Design
Type Design