Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Where are they now?
Michael Mullan
B.F.A. Graphic Design 2006

After earning his B.F.A. from Millikin, Michael went on to earn an M.F.A. in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Now owner of a freelance design business, Michael has worked as designer, illustrator, and production artist. His exhibitions have been featured at the Poetter and Morris Galleries at Savannah College as well as at the Morgan Avenue Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA. Michael recently had two illustrations accepted into the prestigious American Illustration 28 Journal

Ben Cohan
B.F.A. Studio Art: Painting and Printmaking Emphasis 2006

Ben Cohan is currently enrolled in an M.F.A. program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He has worked with the Graduate Association of Painters and Printmakers, where he currently acts as president. Cohan’s work has evolved since graduating from Millikin; however, he has retained some of the same conceptual motivations for his paintings such as flatness, composition, color, shape and abstraction. Having been interested in the visual breakdown of fields, roads and skies, his compositions reflect a ruralesque (as opposed to Picturesque) view of the Illinois landscape, in which he finds visual interest in the flatness of the state and the palette of blues, grays, greens and browns. Cohan still keeps in contact with his personal mentor, Millikin professor Lyle Salmi, and hopes that he can one day teach drawing and painting.

Alida Duff
B.F.A. Studio Art 2006

Upon graduation from Millikin, Alida Duff discovered a passion for teaching and art management. Since 2006, she has taught at Richland Community College (RCC) in Decatur, IL as an instructor of photography. There, she teaches both beginning and advanced courses in traditional darkroom media. She also manages the RCC photography laboratories and is an active member of the RCC graphic arts advisory council. In addition, Duff facilitates the David Erlanson Gallery, producing monthly exhibitions there and at the Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur. She regularly shows her artwork in various exhibits, including the exhibition of pieces in several academic permanent collections. Currently, Duff is working toward an M.F.A. in photography, while also organizing several service learning projects geared toward bringing awareness to art and art education in and around the Decatur area.

Dana Drozd
B.F.A. Art Education: Ceramics and Printmaking Emphasis 2003

After her Millikin graduation, Dana Drozd taught ceramics in Maine at a summer camp, enjoying four seasons there as a member of the Art team. In 2005 she served in the Americorps NCCC program, traveling the Southeast and volunteering with non-profit organizations. Her full-time teaching career began in an elementary school in the suburbs of Chicago before she was invited to teach at an International High School in Nairobi, Kenya. Drozd is currently in the process of continuing her studies, working on a Master's Degree in Education and serves as head of the art department at a British high school near London, England, where she has taught Art and Design for the past two years.

Katie Hinton
B.F.A. Studio Art; German Minor 2003

In 2004, Katie Hinton continued her education by attending a Post-Baccalaureate program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and graduated in May 2007 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where she received her M.F.A. in painting. Hinton’s approach to painting was heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism and her background in classical ballet. These influences on her paintings incorporated the representation of the body's movement through space. Hinton’s experimentation with different materials guided her into creating sculptural paintings that moved beyond pictorial space. Hinton has received The Pilchuck School of Glass Scholarship and The Women's Committee Merit Scholarship of Cranbrook Academy of Art for her studies. She has shown her work in a number of exhibitions including “Wayne State University Exchange Exhibition” in Detroit, MI, “New American Talent: The Twenty-First Exhibition” Arthouse in Austin, TX, “Artist as Mentor” at McClean County Arts Center in Bloomington IL, and the Cranbrook/Daimler Financial AG “Emerging Artist Exhibition” in Berlin, Germany. Her works are included in the Daimler Financial AG collection and the Cohen collection. She currently lives and works in Decatur, IL.

Angie Zielinski
B.F.A. Studio Art: Painting Emphasis 2003

Angie Zielinski is a cross-disciplinary artist, pulling from the influence of abstraction while exploring the possibilities of installation. She received an M.F.A. in Studio Art in 2006 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her thesis show, “The Space Between Windows,” consisted of large-scale mixed media drawings and smaller monotypes and paintings. Zielinski’s work has been shown nationally in juried and invitational exhibitions. In January 2007, she had her first solo exhibition at the Parkwood Gallery in Toledo, OH, where she created an installation made entirely of common-use materials and based thematically on instances of celebration and chaos. Her current work investigates events that can be interpreted as celebratory or violent, depending on personal and cultural beliefs. In 2007, Zielinski took a position as Assistant Professor of Art at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, teaching undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing. In April 2008, Zielinski exhibited her most recent sculptural installation at the Stephens Performing Art Center in Pocatello.

Kim Frieders
B.F.A. Studio Art 2000

Kim Frieders is an abstract painter and mixed media artist based in Chicago, IL. Her professional career began with non-profit juried exhibitions including the National Drawing + Print Exhibition, Chicago Art Open and Around the Coyote Arts Festival, from which she earned three Curator’s Choice distinctions. Frieders also began volunteering for the Chicago Artists’ Coalition and other arts organizations, including ARTbitch, a peer critique group. Her involvement with these organizations led to group shows at several alternative spaces and a solo exhibition with the Chicago Public Library. Group exhibitions with galleries in Chicago have included Judy A Saslow, Ai and Polvo and a group and solo exhibition with Stephen Kelly Gallery. In 2007, Frieders was invited to join the Infidel Group and Parts and Labor Collective, with whom she participated in several self-governed exhibitions, including roles as artist, organizer, host and curator. Frieders received a CAAP grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006 and in spring 2007 was chosen for The Artist Project, an independent artists’ fair concurrent with Art Chicago. The following summer, Frieders completed her first public artwork, an 11x33’ mural, as part of the Bloomingdale Mural Project, for which she acted as curatorial committee member. Her work has been included in web and print publications, most recently with a cover story and image in the Chicago Journal. Frieders also had two large works on a six-month installation at the public lobby in downtown Chicago.

Cheryl Paswater
B.F.A. Studio Art 2000

Cheryl Paswater received her M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute in New York and is now based in New York City. Her work is largely comprised of paintings and works on paper; however, Paswater also works in printmaking and has recently begun working in sculpture and installation art. Cheryl is best known for her large scale, abstract, oil paintings on wood. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries including the Pratt Institute and Artist’s Space in New York, the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis, IN, J. Martin Gallery, and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Cooper Union Summer Residency Programs. Paswater returned to the Vermont Studio Center in the summer of 2008 on a full fellowship. She is currently part of the studio residency program at chashama.

Benjamin Gardner
B.F.A. Studio Art 2001

Benjamin Gardner is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Drake University in Iowa. He was perviously Instructional Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL and maintained an active studio practice in Bloomington. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including galleries in Boston, Chicago, San Antonio, Bloomington-Normal, and Ireland. Gardner had a solo exhibition at the James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL titled The Reflecting Subject, with works that continued to explore his interests in narrative and poetic structure with paint and collage. Benjamin recently was selected as one of the competition winners to have artwork featured in the August/September issue of New American Paintings 2009 by Lynne Warren, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Danielle Moseley-Hayes
B.F.A. Art Therapy, French Minor 2001

Following graduation, Danielle went to the University of Illinois- Chicago where she received an M.A. in Art Therapy. During that time, she completed two internships at the Cook County Jail and another in a Chicago area elementary school. Danielle then lived overseas in Morocco for two years, teaching pre-kindergarten English as a foreign language, utilizing her minor in French. While In Morocco, she completed a series of sketches based on Jeremiah Chapter 18, "The Potter's House," found in the Bible. Because faith is central to her life, Danielle uses God’s teachings as inspiration for her artwork. She now lives back in the states and raises two young girls who she cannot wait to draw and create with!

Elizabeth Anne Frownfelter
B.F.A. Art Therapy 1999

After graduation, Beth Frownfelter moved to Washington, DC, where she started working for a non-profit arts organization called The Art League as Registrar and Art Camp Manager. While there, she started teaching art for youth in after-school programs. Frownfelter recently moved to Stratford, VA, where she teaches after-school art classes. She has recently been accepted into the University of Mary Washington's professional studies program in Fredericksburg, VA, where she will gain her licensure to teach special education and earn a Masters in Education. She plans to bring art into the classroom as much as possible and start a relationship with a program called Very Special Arts. Throughout the last eight years, Frownfelter has continued creating art that continues to evolve, from a series of insect paintings to figure work to colorful abstracts and currently mixed media charcoal drawings.

Jamie (Niess) Kotewa
B.F.A. Art Therapy 1998

Jamie Kotewa graduated from Purdue University in 2003 with her Master of Arts degree before returning to Millikin University to teach. She served as Lecturer of Art, teaching drawing and photography courses, and Instructor/Manager for Blue Connection, Millikin’s retail art gallery, where she taught the Entrepreneurship in the Arts course. Kotewa’s work has been displayed in solo exhibitions throughout Decatur and at the Wells Cultural Center in Lafayette, Indiana. She has received awards from the Quincy Art Center and Ivy Tech State College, among others.

Michael Wille
B.F.A. Art Education 1998

After graduating from Millikin, Michael Wille spent a short time living on the Zuni Indian reservation in New Mexico, where he taught and learned about the Zuni lifestyle, before pursuing an M.F.A. degree in painting at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Since completing his M.F.A. studies, he has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country at venues such as the Toledo Art Museum, Oklahoma City Arts Center, Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago, and Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis. In 2007, he was a featured artist in Mapping The Terrain: New Directions on Abstract Painting in Louisiana. His works on paper are also part of the Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston. In addition, Wille’s paintings have been featured in the Midwest edition of New American Paintings three times. His work is a part of the corporate collections of The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, the Renaissance Suites Hotel in Chicago, Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, and the Avalere Health LLC in Washington, DC. Wille has recently lectured about his work at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan and the North American Society of the Sociology of Sport conference in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to keeping an active studio practice, Wille is an Assistant Professor of Art at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he teaches a wide range of courses within the Painting and Drawing curriculum, including mentoring M.F.A. students. Wille was awarded the Illinois State University Service Initiative Award in 2005.

Nathan Cox
B.F.A. Studio Art 1997

Nathan Cox has exhibited his mixed media drawings and sculptural ceramic vessels in over seventy five solo, group, juried or invitational exhibitions, where it has won numerous awards.  As a professor of art, he has taught a wide range of courses including drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, and ceramics at several Illinois colleges and universities such as Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Western Illinois University in Moline, Monmouth College in Monmouth, and at Bradley University in Peoria, where he received his M.F.A. in 2000. In the summer of 2002, Nathan moved to South Carolina to develop a ceramics program at Anderson University, where he currently teaches sculpture and freshman foundations art. In 2007, Nathan received a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award, and was named a lifetime Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Tina Kittstein
B.F.A. Art Therapy 1996

Tina enrolled in graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville shortly after leaving Millikin. She completed a Masters in Art Therapy two years later. After receiving her graduate degree, Tina was hired as an Art Therapist for the Alton, IL school district where she worked until 2006. During her employment at the school district, Tina started her own private practice as both a Counselor and Art Therapist. She currently works both her private practice and as an Art Therapist in the Collinsville, IL school district.  Tina has been married for twelve years and has two boys. In addition to her practice, her therapy position, and responsibilities at home, she works with her husband on managing their rental property business.

Richard Keen III
B.F.A. Art Therapy 1995

Richard Keen III has taught and worked in the visual arts for 10 years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries throughout New England and the Midwest. He currently lives in Topsham, Maine and balances his art career by working on Casco Bay as a mooring diver. His abstract seascape paintings reflect a deep connection to his time spent working on the ocean and has been exhibited in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. Throughout his career, Keen’s work has been accepted in numerous regional, national and international juried exhibitions and has been reviewed in local and regional papers including “Art New England.” Recently, several of his “Area Below Water” paintings were selected by Wes LaFountain for inclusion in Greenhut Galleries “Fusion: 10 Maine Encaustic Artists,” in Portland, ME. Keen was awarded a "Good Idea Grant" by the Maine Arts Commission during the 2007 season to assist him with his ongoing "Area Below Water" series. His work was selected for the Biennial “Encaustic Works 2003” at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY by Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum and for the 2002 National Cambridge Art Association’s “National Prize Show” in Cambridge, MA by Lisa Dennison, Director and Chief Curator at the Guggenheim Museum.

Cynthia Pape
B.F.A. Art 1975

Cynthia Pape is currently in her 30th year as retail jewelry professional where she practices goldsmithing when repairing and restoring vintage and modern jewelry. She can still remember the day, back in 1974, that her instructor, Mr. Gail Olsen, told the class that a student or two in the room may be talented enough to choose jewelry as a career path and looked directly at her. Following graduation, Cynthia attended Gem City College in Quincy, IL where she studied hand-engraving, watch-making, and jewelry making and repair. She worked at several jewelers around Central Illinois, while studying gemology with the Gemological Institute of America, where she became a Graduate Gemologist. Cynthia is now a self-employed jeweler in Springfield, IL and is thankful to Mr. Olsen for being such an insightful instructor.

Bruce Grimes
B.F.A. Art: Painting and Printmaking Emphasis 1961

Bruce Grimes went directly to Ohio University in Athens, OH following graduation from Millikin to earn an M.F.A. in Ceramics. Shortly after, he became Chair of the Department of Art at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. Five years later, Grimes became Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, WI and later the Chair of the College of Communications and the Arts at the same university. Grimes then went back to school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI where he received a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration. Grimes also has extensive teaching experience as both Adjunct Professor and Associate Professor of Art. Additional experience includes Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, WI, University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He was also Director of Development at Ohio Northern University, Futures for Children in Albuquerque, NM, and currently at The Nehemiah Foundation in Springfield, OH. Grimes has had over 300 national and regional exhibitions and currently own Grimes Pottery in Cedarville, OH.

John Fink
B.A. Art 1960

John has been affiliated with many Manhattan and Long Island galleries for exhibition and sale of his work and is a frequent guest artist at a variety of institutions offering demonstrations and workshops on pottery and sculpture. John received Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, Nassau Community College Campus in Garden City, Long Island before leaving full-time teaching to work on his artwork and teach one class a week. During his time at State University of New York, John received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He now owns Fink Design Studio and continues to work with students and on his own pieces.

Bill Heyduck
B.A. Art 1953

After earning his Millikin degree, Bill Heyduck attended the Unversidad de las Amercias, Mexico, where he received a Maestro de Bellas Artes in Painting. He also earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana before heading to Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA to receive a Doctorate in Art Education. Heyduck has worked as a scenic designer and painter, public school teacher, and as Professor of Art at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He now owns Heyduck Stoneware, where he has worked since 1972. Heyduck’s work has been featured in several pottery magazines and is part of the permanent collections of Sheldon Swope Art Gallery in Terra Haute, IN, Tarble Arts Center in Charleston, IL, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, among others.

Cary Knoop
B.A. Art 1950

After graduating from Millikin, Cary Knoop earned an M.F.A. in Printmaking and Art Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and continued with one-year post-masters work in sculpture and art history. Cary taught for both public schools in Illinois and as Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, where he taught both art education and sculpture. Knoop’s artwork is in private collections in Canada, England, Germany, and Ecuador and is on display at The Tarble Arts Center and Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University. His portraits of Lincoln and Douglas sculptures currently hang on the north façade of Charleston City Hall. Even though he is retired, Knoop hasn’t retired from art: he continues to create new pieces from welded steel.
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL