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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.