Alumni

Most often, Studio residents live with us for one year, but the Studio community lives on much longer than that. Studio alum return for reunion and showcase events, building relationships with current residents and sharing their experiences and talents over time. We consider Studio alumni to include all of the residents who ever lived with us, all the way back to 2012-our first year as a community. Find out more about these familiar faces, below.

Alumni

Saja Abu Hakmeh

Saja Abu Hakmeh

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies
What is your current creative practice?

Currently I work with photography, film-making, and singing. Photography is my main practice but right now I am also focusing on practicing and performing my singing.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 years old I loved to meet new people and try new things, which I still like to do.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Facebook, YouTube: Saja Abu Hakmeh — Photographer

What's one thing you envision for your future?

In my future I see myself traveling all the time.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Meeting new people and being able to work with so much art.

Louis Baker

Louis Baker

Hometown: Madison, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Undeclared
What is your current creative practice?

My main gig is producing/composing, mainly electronic music and some orchestral pieces. I also enjoy drawing, writing, and (hopefully soon) delving into game design.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was ten, I spent most of my time doodling in notebooks and playing video games.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

What's one thing you envision for your future?

"My biggest goals for the future:
-Write music/sound for films, games, and such
-Develop indie games
-Write and direct a movie
-Write a book
-Surprise myself"

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love living with such motivated, creative people.

Justin Barney

Justin Barney

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Resident Years: 2012-2013
Intended Major: Political Science, History
What is your current creative practice?

Now, it's being on the radio. Back in the Studio, it was just an interest in art and people doing artistic things.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Cowboys. I wanted to be a cowboy. And not a modern day cowboy, but specifically a cowboy from 1880-1900, the Golden Era of cowboys.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

You can hear me 7 days a week on 88.9FM in Milwaukee. Or listen to my segment 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To where I write and talk about songs that I love, as well as talk to my favorite artists like Chance the Rapper, The National, and Mac Demarco about the music they love. You can find it at radiomilwaukee.org/5songs

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I just want to keep doing what I'm doing. Maybe write more about music. While I was housefellow of the Studio I was the host of several radio shows and the Music Director at WSUM, now I'm Music Director at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and that's all I ever wanted.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

It's seeing everyone grow and continue to work and collaborate together. Honestly, words cannot describe how much love I have for the Studio and every single person I shared that floor with. I see them now and they are all doing amazing work. And more than that, they are amazing people.

Mackenzie Berry

Mackenzie Berry

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: English - Creative Writing with a Certificate in Afro-American Studies
What is your current creative practice?

Poetry and spoken word

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was ten years old I read and daydreamed.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

A few videos can be found on my YouTube channel.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision poetry and community organizing and traveling and a place with a view.

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Nickname/Stage Name: Jessie
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Fashion Design and Communications
What is your current creative practice?

Mostly drawing, painting, and writing (poetry and writing in general) and I like experimenting and trying new things.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Ride my bike, sing, play with friends, jump rope, roller-skate, have fun, and enjoy life

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

You can check out my website here (go to the portfolio section to check out my blog).

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Owning my own major fashion line and giving back and providing resources to my community

McKinley Clemons

McKinley Clemons

Hometown: San Francisco, California
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Undecided
What is your current creative practice?

I make music and rap.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play baseball

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I’ll be performing hopefully a bunch this year, follow @McKinleyClemons on Instagram for updates. My music is on SoundCloud.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Success

Mariam Coker

Mariam Coker

Hometown: Prince George's County, MD
Resident Years: 2014-2015
Expected Graduation Date: 2018
Intended Major: English - Creative Writing and Social Welfare with a certificate in African Studies
What is your current creative practice?

My main practice is spoken and written poetry. However, i have dabbled with music production and visual art, specifically sketch and collage.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 I loved jump-roping and playing the trumpet.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Just Bust! and really any spoken word event in Madison. On many attempts, I have tried poetry 365s, where I would write a poem a day for a year. Though I never made it to day 365, I have accumulated over 600 poems in 4 years, which you can check out here and here.

Also, in spring 2016 i will be coming out with my first complete work of poetry called “Princess Diaspora.”

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Only one thing? I guess it would be me using art as a form of therapy for mentally ill teenagers.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best thing is that I still have lasting friendships form living there today.

Hanna Cole

Hanna Cole

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: BFA and Theatre
What is your current creative practice?

I have dabbed into multiple disciplines of art, from dance to theater to writing and visual arts. I am currently most involved at glass work here at UW-Madison.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was ten years old was dance. Dancing has always been a strong passion of mine.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

sassyglassgalleryinfo.com

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I plan to continue my glass business and work. As well as play rugby professionally.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love being able to collaborate with the talented peers on my floor. The studio has also provided a great space to store and work on my glass!

Olivia Cook

Olivia Cook

Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI
Resident Years: 2013-2014
Expected Graduation Date: 2017
Intended Major: Scandinavian Studies, Human Development and Family Studies
What is your current creative practice?

Photography minor

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Draw, paint, make movies with my sister and friends, play soccer, go swimming, ride my bike

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Not right now! But I have been featured in Gordon Commons and the Art Lofts before

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Going to grad school for Educational Policy

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The diversity and learning about different kinds if art that I wasn't familiar with

Jamie Dawson

Jamie Dawson

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Psychology
What is your current creative practice?

I am a spoken word artist and singer part of the 9th Cohort of First Wave.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Write and sing songs and learn multiplication.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

As a part of First Wave performances and festivals around campus.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision working with art as a means to help communities heal.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part of living in The Studio Community is the many spaces that we have access to in order to create art, relax, study, and collaborate.

Kenneth Dizon

Kenneth Dizon

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: English or Finance
What is your current creative practice?

Comedy and Poetry

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Two Words: PBS Kids

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I want to become Beyonce. If not, I can settle for one of the other two less relevant girls in Destiny's Child.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Showcases!

Jessica Fernandes

Jessica Fernandes

Hometown: Carol Stream, Illinois
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Computer Science
What is your current creative practice?

Painting, clarinet, piano, and color guard (spinning flags)

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Climb trees, embroider, build toy furniture, draw cartoons, and write stories

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I was a dancer in Glenbard North High School’s annual show India Night. I was in marching band at that high school, too. Videos and pictures may be available on Facebook and YouTube as well.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision happiness in my future.

Lily Finnegan

Lily Finnegan

Hometown: Evanston, Illinois
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Jazz Performance and Sociology (possibly)
What is your current creative practice?

Making music! I mainly play drums but also some other instruments. I love most types of music but specifically punk/hardcore, jazz, and hip hop.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 years old I loved to play with my dog.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

One of my bands called Black Hole Youth has music here.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision playing a lot of different music with a lot of different bands and working on various projects with them.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I have access to drums and recording equipment and other artists to make music with.

Austin Gladden

Austin Gladden

Nickname/Stage Name: The Carefree Black Boy
Hometown: Largo, Maryland
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Elementary Education w/ Mathematics/Science Dual Minor
What is your current creative practice?

My current creative practice is writing along with the occasional doodle here and there.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was ten years old, I loved to draw. I originally wanted to go to school for art and graphic design, but that changed over the years and now I am here wanting to be a teacher.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

To be honest, a lot of my writing is back at home, but I will be bringing some of it back with me after the break. Just stop by my room if you’d like.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision myself traveling to many places in the future. At the moment, I am very interested in going to Cuba to experience the culture, the beautiful sights, the music (shoutout to the man Juan de Marcos), and everything else that the country has to offer.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part of living in the Studio for me would have to be the people. I have honestly met so many new and talented young individuals that I believe I will have many long relationships with. If any of you guys are reading this, I want you all to know that you are great and that you are going places!

Nora Herzog

Nora Herzog

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Microbiology and Creative Writing
What is your current creative practice?

I am a spoken word artist, poet, and writer! I dabble in visual arts, but my primary focus is on all things poetry and storytelling.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was ten, I loved to bike around my neighborhood with my two best friends and our thirteen younger siblings.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

You can see my writing, as well as a weekly blog, at http://noraherzog.wix.com/noralaine-ko9

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I would like to tour the world doing spoken word performances, poetry readings, workshops, and facilitating discussions. I would also like to discover a cure or therapy for some pathogen (right now I am working on a possible therapy for Primary Effusion Lymphomas).

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love seeing all the art that other people create, because it makes me happy and excited and inspired. I also think that the studio is one of the most friendly learning communities.

Sydney Higar

Sydney Higar

Hometown: Wausau, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Spanish and Fine Art
What is your current creative practice?

Oil painting

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 year old, I was really interested in the visual arts, but I was never really interested in painting or oil painting until my senior year in high school. Ever since then, I have been trying to improve my skills and play around with oils as often as possible.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

As of right now, I have a few art pieces displayed in an art studio/gallery named The Bauhaus in Wausau, WI where I also spent the summer of 2015 teaching variety of aged people how to oil paint and how to use and see color within their paintings.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

If I could completely decide my future right now, I would love to be a professional visual artist, specifically a painter. I would like to attend a well-known art graduate school, such as the New York Academy of Art, and from there I would like to begin my artist career by being represented by galleries and creating a large body of work.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part about the Studio is that you have the privilege to live among people that are similar to you, even if they do not practice the same art form as you. I was able to learn a lot about other people's form of art and how this and where they came from shaped the way they live and create now.

PFanique Hill

PFanique Hill

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resident Years: 2013-2014, 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2017
Intended Major: Middle Childhood Education-ESL
What is your current creative practice?

My current creative practice is spoken word and acting.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

At ten years old, I loved playing with Barbies!!!!!

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

My art can be seen in the lives of those that have been affected by it. But physically, no where.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision myself as a teacher at one of Milwaukee's public schools.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

One of the best things about being part of the Studio's learning community is the different cultures and personalities one comes across while living on the floor. Another great thing about the community is the opportunity that we receive to learn from one another and grow as people. Plus, the studio is so DOPEEEE (dope means like good or spectacular).

Rachel Hoel

Rachel Hoel

Hometown: Madison, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Journalism or Psychology
What is your current creative practice?

I play cello, dabble in ukulele and piano, and I really like to write, but it's been hard for me to find the time to do all of these, so mostly just cello!

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I started playing cello when I was nine, so even back then that was still a big thing for me, (both in a literal and figurative sense because I'm pretty sure the cello I had at that point was bigger than me). I also remember writing stories and illustrating them with my sister and cousins a lot, too.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Maybe at one of these next showcases… sometimes I’ll post little snippets of me singing or playing piano/cello/ukulele on twitter or instagram, so if you wanted to see that, feel free to follow me on either — @tbhjustrach

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I'm not really sure. A job that I love would be cool, and if it paid a lot too that would be a plus because than I could leave ridiculously huge tips when I go out to eat... I'm kind of just focusing on getting through college at the moment, honestly. I don't really have it all planned out, but I think I like it better that way.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part about living in The Studio is being surrounded by talented, dedicated, hard-working people who all come from different places and bring unique experiences with them.

Naomi Hollard

Naomi Hollard

Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Neuroscience
What is your current creative practice?

I'm mainly a flute player but I can also sing, play piano, play ukulele, play guitar, play saxophone, and beatbox.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I played with my dog and hung out with my front door neighbor a lot.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I perform a lot at the humanities cause I’m in the flute studio and in a UW band and jazz band. You can also see me play at the Mt Zion church every Sunday morning at 10 30 playing with Leotha Stanley and many other cool cats. I occasionally jam at the Tuesday jams at the Cardinal and I hope to maybe start playing at elderly homes and bars on the weekends. I’m doing a flute recital soon where I’ll be playing from Bach to Miles Davis, so please look out for that date!

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I hope to help and/or change the world. It's ambitious but I'm ready to do it in anyway. With my music, my science, or just my compassion. I really want to make a difference. Otherwise I also would like to be a university professor eventually in my life. I would love to be part of that intellectual community.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I just really like the diversity and how people really love music here. I mean, you walk down the hallway and you'll just hear that loud punching of the base through the wall. It's pretty cool. Actually, another best thing is the resources they have in the Studio! I mean, we have a performance room where I can practice almost everyday --if no one is there practicing already--, there's two art rooms where, in one of them, there's a new recording studio with pro tools. That's really useful as a musician in the 21st century.

Alberto Kanost

Alberto Kanost

Nickname/Stage Name: Bear
Hometown: Shorewood, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 209
Intended Major: Forest and Wildlife Ecology
What is your current creative practice?

I make songs. For past couple of years I've been making songs that a centered around feelings, angst, and stories of living life. The world can be cruel and we often forgot what it means to live. I want to to talk about life, truly talk about life. Whenever I feel something or notice things in daily life with people I write it down. Things people say, do, and talk about. True life experiences that I put into songs. Along with this my music centers around nature. I am a acid adventurer and I find lots of love in natural spaces and I try to share hat with music.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 I loved to pretend to be a musician and put on performances in my room.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?


Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/22jam22/
Song:

IT WONT LEAVE SNIPPET feat. Elise Shedler and Synovia Knox by Bear In the Forest https://soundcloud.com/cream-city-sunshine-band/it-wont-leave-snippet-feat-elise-shedler-and-synovia-knox on #SoundCloud

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I want to share my music and my love of music. Perform for people, create spaces for people to share their souls through music. And most importantly, just as I was inspired by my inspirators, I want to someday inspire someone to pick up the guitar, or to start singing and write songs.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Best part of the studio is the people. Everyone is trying to do something that I can relate to. Being a creative artist can be hard and having a space where you feel like you are on the same page as others there and doing things that other are is amazing. Everyone respects each other because we are all artists.

Alberto Kanost

Alberto Kanost

Nickname/Stage Name: Bear in the Forest
Hometown: Shorewood, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016, 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Conservation Biology
What is your current creative practice?

Songwriting, singing, and instrumentation including acoustic guitar

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play with sticks outside

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

My music can be sound on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, and Facebook at Bear in the Forest.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

In my future I envision music an nature.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best thing is being able to collaborate with other artists and have jam sessions with people in the community.

Benjamin Karbank

Benjamin Karbank

Nickname/Stage Name: since'93
Hometown: Aspen, Colorado
Resident Years: 2012-2013
Expected Graduation Date: 2017 Madison Media Institute
Intended Major: Recording
What is your current creative practice?

making beats & producing

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

play with legos

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

soundcloud.com/since93

What's one thing you envision for your future?

great music and great collaborations

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

the people!!!!!

Jasmine Kiah

Jasmine Kiah

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Theatre and Film with a Certificate in Dance
What is your current creative practice?

Currently I sing, dance, choreograph, act, direct theatre and film, write and perform poetry, and write plays.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

A highlight of one of my performances at the 2016 Studio Showcase can be seen in this recap video.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision starting a performing arts school and having a career in the theatre world.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part of the Studio is the Blackbox, where I can practice dance and use the lighting and sound for theatre.

Ryan Kimbrell

Ryan Kimbrell

Hometown: Normal, Illinois
Resident Years: 2012-2013
Expected Graduation Date: 2016
Intended Major: Music Performance - Jazz Studies
What is your current creative practice?

Playing (saxophone and piano), singing, composing/arranging, and producing music on and off campus. I keep myself busy with many side projects outside of school as well as many performance based classes for credit.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved playing the saxophone, the piano, listening to music, playing my Playstation 2.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I don’t have a website (yet), but until I graduate you can see me perform with:
– MadHatters Men’s A Cappella Group
– Me En You
– University of Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra
– Univeristy of Wisconsin Black Music Ensemble
– University of Wisconsin Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Besides continuing to make music and collaborate with others, I would like to someday teach at a university or other collegiate institution.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Making some great connections with other student artists, along with many great friendships.

Olivia Kreyer

Olivia Kreyer

Hometown: Poynette, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: English
What is your current creative practice?

My current creative practice has been for the time being been put aside due to school work and other stressors that come with the college experience. However, I someday hope I will be able to bring back the theatre aspect of my life that I was able to take part in during my high school career.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 years old, we had to put my first and only dog down because she had cancer. Because of this I started to find a real love for dogs and how much they actually brought to my life. Even today, I love the complete joy that dogs have given my life

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Not at the moment but if anyone wants to come over and watch some old videos of my dance recitals or plays, they are more than welcome. I have two really comfortable circle chairs they can sit in too.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Simple enough I envision joy and laughter. And a whole lot of dogs.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Just what it says in the question; community. The people of the Studio floor are always there, no matter what you need. I have met some of the most creative, talented, and generous people on this floor, and I am thankful I decided to live here this year.

Jeffrey Larson

Jeffrey Larson

Nickname/Stage Name: Jeff Larson
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Psychology/Music Education
What is your current creative practice?

I sing and play piano, flute, ukulele, and cello. I write original songs and play piano while singing them. Every song I write is about an important personal experience of mine.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved to sing. Too much. I was always doing something related to music, either through band or choir. I also LOVED to be loud, and I still am to this day.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I might post something about a performance I’ve done or future ones through my social media, which include my Twitter: @JeffyLarson and Instagram: @deafyjeffy

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Affecting other people's lives, whether it be through my music, psychiatry, or just being the best dad I can be.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Definitely the huge sense of community and friendships I've made. I am sure they will last a lifetime.

Matt Lyga

Matt Lyga

Hometown: Pigeon Falls, WI
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Music Education
What is your current creative practice?

I am a multi-faceted artist as well as a multi-instrumentalist.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 years old I played video games at any waking moment. I once woke up at 3 a.m. to play video games before school.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

A highlight of one of my performances from the 2016 Studio Showcase can be found at the end of this recap video.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision success, happiness, and a feeling of contentment.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love the freedom of expression and the people on the Studio floor.

Colin Malin

Colin Malin

Nickname/Stage Name: CO//MA
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Real Estate
What is your current creative practice?

Currently I am a DJ and Music Producer that dabbles in photography as well.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I was a big fan of playing baseball and skateboarding, and still am.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

You can check out my soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/djcomamusic or catch me playing some house parties around Madison this next semester. You can also tune into WSUM 91.7FM Madison to listen to my weekly show titled “Teenage Angst”

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I want to expand more into both DJing and production. It'd be great to pick up more house shows or get a residency at a club for DJing and I'm currently in the first stages of producing an EP that encompasses all sorts of electronic music. It'll be my passion project for the next couple years or so.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Just being around like-minded individuals who share a love for art.

Aliya Mayers

Aliya Mayers

Hometown: Pleasantville, NY
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Dance and Statistics
What is your current creative practice?

Dancing all day, every day

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Being the center of attention

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Dance Department Concerts

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Broadway!!

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Being around such amazing artists

Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Computer Science
What is your current creative practice?

I think of new ideas whenever I'm walking or biking around and my mind wanders. Then I record those ideas on my phone, come back to them later, and make them into songs.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Making videos with my friends was one of my favorite things to do.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I hope to be happy with what I do. And if that's not playing drums for a living (it won't be) I'll definitely be playing drums on the side.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

There's music all around and there are always people open to jam.

Launa Owens

Launa Owens

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019, 2020
Intended Major: Social Work
What is your current creative practice?

Classically trained Violinist
Music Theory
Writing Music

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Depends on which 10 year old you're talking to. 10 year old me in 3rd grade loved going to school. She was full of energy and was always ready to learn something new. 10 year old me in 4th grade hated school. She coped with that by writing and reading a lot. My mom and step dad would buy me journals from Half-Priced Books or Dollar Tree near the house. We had a wall of milk crates stuffed with books. I had more books than clothes in my closet, but my parents never minded.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I currently don’t perform because I’m taking a break from high school; art schools are a beast lol. At this moment, I write music for churches, other organizations, and individuals or groups back home that need their music to be written down. It pays well to know how to understand, read, and write music.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I'm set on being a Social Worker back in Milwaukee, but I'm not 100% sure if I want do juvenile detention or be in a school. But for sure I know I want to make some changes back home. I know growing up in the inner city as a poor minority is tough. So, I want to change the environment around these kids; I want the city to stop sending minority teenagers to jail for half of their lives. I want to bring in programs that keep school age children active and engaged with themselves and their community so that they aren't straying away. I want the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS) to stop focusing on criminalizing our black students and start teaching them to be aware of who they are and their limitless potential, then send them off to college (or where ever) PREPARED. Even if I can't do all of that, I just want the families and children that I may work with in the future to know that they matter.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Being around other artists and having access to spaces like the black box in Sellery.

Lucien Parker

Lucien Parker

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Political Science
What is your current creative practice?

Hip-Hop recording artist.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play football, do karate, and play a lot of Call of Duty.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

www.LucienParker.com

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision my self co-signing or signing a distribution deal with a company. I hope to be touring all over the country and working with artists from around the world. I would also love to continue doing work in the community like hosting writing workshops for emcees and young kids who want to explore recording arts.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

It's the one of the very few places on campus that has a group of students of color than I can connect with. The studio also has valuable resources like the black box, the studio, and the dry arts space that allows kids to explore their artistic mediums.

Kynala Phillips

Kynala Phillips

Hometown: Madison, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Community and Nonprofit Leadership
What is your current creative practice?

My creative practice is Spoken Word.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 years old, I use to sing and dance all the time. But I didn't take art seriously at all. I was working on getting my black belt in Tae Kwon Doe. I loved martial arts at the time.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy0LXau3r6M

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I don't plan/hope to be a professional artist. I would love to work in a community. My dream is to open a community center/cafe; where the members of the center and can also work and save money. Hopefully, the space can also double as an art space. I just want to find ways to put power back into the hands of black and brown youth, who have been disadvantaged or underrepresented. I always thought that a center like this would be a step in the right direction.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I like the fact that most of the people you meet on this floor are relatively likemided and are really open. There is a nice mixture of folks in The Studio.

Eneale Pickett

Eneale Pickett

Hometown: Chicago IL
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Education
What is your current creative practice?

Spoken Word

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Watch tv

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

SoundCloud

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Being a Teacher

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The people

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson

Nickname/Stage Name: Rich Robbins
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Resident Years: 2012-2013
Expected Graduation Date: 2015, Dec 2015
Intended Major: English/Creative Writing with a Certificate in Gender & Women's Studies
What is your current creative practice?

My current creative practice falls under the category of rhyming words to a beat. Some might call that rapping. I'm really interested in coming up with unconventional ways to approaching songs. I like playing with the traditional: verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus structure and seeing how we can tell stories in a different, yet exciting musical way. I also engineer music. I take the raw sounds of recordings (vocals, instrumentals, instruments, etc.) and make them sound like they all belong together. Music, to me, is about forming relationships through relatable sounds, so my engineering and writing help me to do just that.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

At 10 you could always catch me in my room watching Dragon Ball Z and playing with action figures. I was, and to this day am still, a huge anime fan. I had all the toys and all the DVD's to prove it. I find the world of superheroes/anime characters to be really inspiring. A lot of people think it's nerdy stuff (which it is, and I'm proud of it) but what a lot of folks don't know is that comics and anime are very political forms of art. They are often about overcoming adversity in the face of hopelessness. Seeing flawed characters triumph beyond what they thought they were capable of has inspired me and my art since I was a kid. At 10 years old I was entertained by fantastical characters but I always knew there was something special about them beyond entertainment. As I grew older, I realized that what I liked about these shows and figures was that they were very relatable to how I felt as a child: a 10 year-old mixed boy who wanted to fit in but also wanted to change the world around me so "fitting in" wasn't so difficult to begin with. A big goal for a small kid but that's the beauty of being a fan of fantasy.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

My art can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/richrobbinsmusic

What's one thing you envision for your future?

In my future I hope to be a role model for the youth. More specifically Brown youth. Even more specifically I want my art and my persona as an artist to inspire a sense of self-love within those who are told to not love themselves. As a Brown boy/man I have noticed a lack of comfort with loving one's self in our American culture. It's like we are too shy to love ourselves and that has an effect on how we love others around us. In my future I want to challenge the barriers of color, masculinity, success, love (self and romantic), and so on. And I want to do all of that through music.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part about the Studio community is that I have made relationships that will change my entire future. Living on the Studio changed and set the path for my life moving forward. It's rare to find family in those who are not related to you by blood, but I did it on 3B of Sellery. My music would not be the same, my vision for my art would not be the same, the people I love would not be the same, and even the way I move in my every day life wouldn't be the same. The Studio helped shape the little details. It took an average college experience and turned it into one that I will forever remember and will forever be proud to tell stories about. I have a lot to thank the Studio for. The best part about the Studio is that it exists.

Solomon Roller

Solomon Roller

Hometown: Verona, WI
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Music Education
What is your current creative practice?

Singing, dancing, writing, songwriting, saxophone, guitar, and choreography

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was ten years old I loved to sing, dance, watch other dancers to learn and be inspired, draw (sketch), and run.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Instagram, Twitter: @solomon_roller

YouTube, Facebook: Solomon Roller

YouTube channel

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Within the next few years I envision being able to touch people and the country and the world through my music and performance. I also envision being a leader in a music movement in the community and working with youth.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love collaborating with other artists on the Studio floor, especially the dancers on the floor. Without the Studio I wouldn't be able to experiment with dance and choreography as much as I can now.

Leo Rudberg

Leo Rudberg

Hometown: Lake Forest, IL
Resident Years: 2012-2013, 2013-2014
Expected Graduation Date: 2016
Intended Major: Computer Sciences and Mathematics
What is your current creative practice?

Creative writing and game development; some design and visual art

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Play video games, build Legos, watch movies, and play with my dog

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~leo/art.html
https://github.com/lozord/me

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Staying involved in the arts in some degree; finding better and more exciting ways of combining my STEM education with art

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

Justin Barney; living with fun people, who are simultaneously down to earth and extraordinary in what they do; being the coolest floor in Sellery

Nesha Ruther

Nesha Ruther

Hometown: Takoma Park, Maryland
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: English and Gender & Women's Studies
What is your current creative practice?

Poetry and visual art

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I used my authority as a safety patrol to bully first-graders into giving me candy.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

You can see my performances on YouTube and my written work here. A highlight of my performance at the 2016 Studio Showcase can also be found within this recap video.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision a cute apartment with lots of natural light and plants that is not part of gentrification.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

There is always food at the events.

Sonia Santaella

Sonia Santaella

Hometown: San Diego, California
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: English and Russian
What is your current creative practice?

I am writing a novel and also perform spoken word poetry, draw comics, and compose music.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved writing stories and telling people about my pet rabbit, Rosey.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I post songs and drawings to my Tumblr, but not enough for anyone to suffer through the endless slew of anime memes I make.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

World domination

Hailey Staunton

Hailey Staunton

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Rehabilitation Psychology
What is your current creative practice?

Dance

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Dancing and performing in a summer musical theatre program

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

The Humorology show in April; any time I’m down in the blackbox

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Even though I'm not pursuing dance as a career, I want to keep it in my life since it gives me such happiness

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The ammenities the Studio offers (blackbox)

Lauren Steinert

Lauren Steinert

Hometown: Mequon, WI
Resident Years: 2014-2015
Expected Graduation Date: 2018
Intended Major: Art, Environmental Studies and German
What is your current creative practice?

I am specializing in Glass and Printmaking. I am currently working on Relief cuts for printmaking and hoping to expand within this field. I am also working on glass pieces.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 I loved to draw and spend my time outside. I loved reading and creating anything that came to mind.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I am currently thinking about becoming an Art Professor. I want to make environmentally conscious pieces that can easily be shared throughout the learning environment to make a difference.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The best part about the Studio was the connections that I made with some of my fellow artists. Being surrounded by other artists that understand both the joy and struggle of creating truly inspired me.

Francisco Velazquez

Francisco Velazquez

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Mass Communications and Journalism
What is your current creative practice?

I write poetry. I've started singing/songwriting as well. I am also trying to get into dance.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Be carefree and eating.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

soundcloud.com/franvela

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Working in New York as a fashion/culture editor. Self-Love, hopefully happiness and spiritual peace

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The talent! Everyone is so talented.

Holly Wanek

Holly Wanek

Nickname/Stage Name: Saphirehope Cosplays
Hometown: Germantown, WI
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Communications- Radio/TV/Film and English- Creative Writing
What is your current creative practice?

I sew a lot. Really whenever I have a project to work on and feel a deadline looming over me is when I get to work. I work in random bursts that can go anywhere from one to ten hours.
I try to write or plan stories in some form everyday. Due to my eclectic planning rituals this can include drawing, painting, researching, or actually writing.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved to write and read. I also did dance classes.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I have a facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/saphirehopecosplay/
Also at any events the Costume Play and Design Guild hold or attend!

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I hope to write TV shows some day, but any form of writing would be wonderful. I plan on being the weirdest double threat ever, Screenwriter and costume designer.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

I love the art spaces. They allow us to stretch out our creativity and do things which would have been really hard to do in a normal dorm setting.

Amber Westlund

Amber Westlund

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN
Resident Years: 2015-2016
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
Intended Major: Art; and undecided
What is your current creative practice?

Visual Arts; Drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and others.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I loved to dance and draw.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Occasionally in the humanities building in an art show.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Traveling the world.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The creative and awesome people that live there with me, they are some of my best friends on campus.

Dequadray White

Dequadray White

Nickname/Stage Name: Quafeed
Hometown: Forest Park, Georgia
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Communication Arts
What is your current creative practice?

Currently I sing, rap, write and perform poetry, act, direct, and do visual art. Right now I am working on an album.

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

When I was 10 years old I loved to play and be extra.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

SoundCloud

YouTube

A highlight of my performance at the 2016 Studio Showcase can be found within this recap video.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision being successful and happy with a family of my own.

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The access to different spaces like the Blackbox and the events are the best thing about the Studio.

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright

Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Art Education and Psychology
What is your current creative practice?

Painting, drawing, singing, and a little bit of everything

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Read

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

I have a few on my Instagram page and am in the process of updating everything.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Impacting people with my life

Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright

Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Art Education and Art History
What is your current creative practice?

Drawing, painting, illustration, and photography

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

Hang out with my dog and camp.

What's one thing you envision for your future?

I envision teaching art to high school students.

Zhinuo Zhou

Zhinuo Zhou

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Resident Years: 2016-2017
Expected Graduation Date: 2020
Intended Major: Fashion Design
What is your current creative practice?

Paint and design

What did you love to do when you were ten years old?

I listened to music all the time.

Anywhere we can see your art/performances?

Instagram: @ipaintitmyway

What's one thing you envision for your future?

Making Shanghai the hub of fashion

What is the best thing about being part of the Studio's community?

The people in the Studio and the materials available in the Hive are the best part of the Studio.