Sandra Murchison

Director of the School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University

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Sandra Murchison is the Director of the School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to EMU Sandra was a Professor of Studio Art at Millsaps College, where she taught printmaking, painting, drawing and book arts. She was the recipient of the following professional awards: the 2014 HEADWAE Faculty Award for Millsaps College, the 2013 Millsaps College Distinguished Professor Award, the 2011 Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Teacher Award for Millsaps College and the 2011 Richard A. Smith Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Creative Work at Millsaps College. Sandra was also the Founder and Director of a non-profit art center: Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts in Jackson, MS.

Sandra earned her BFA at Alfred University and her MFA from Louisiana State University. She has had solo exhibitions at such places as the University of the Arts and Mansfield University, both in Pennsylvania, the Greater Jackson Arts Council, Loyola University in New Orleans, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and the Cottonlandia Museum in Greenwood, MS. Sandra has shown her work in 60 national and international juried exhibitions. Her work is featured in the newly published book entitled Contemporary American Printmakers. She was nominated for a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters & Sculptors. Sandra has been a visiting artist in numerous institutions including: Appalachian State University, Lawrence University, Southwest School of Art & Crafts, University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She serves as the Vice President of Internal Affairs to SGC International. Sandra has taught print and book arts courses at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in TN, Southwest School of Art & Crafts in TX and has served as a master printer at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in CT. She is represented by Guy Lyman Fine Arts Gallery in New Orleans on Magazine Street.

 

Donna F. St John

Master of Art Education

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Donna F. St John is a contemporary visual artist and professor. She holds a BA from MSU, a MAE from WMU and a MFA from KCAD. She is currently a full time, tenured professor at Kendall College of Art and Design.

Donna has received numerous awards and honors for her artwork, focusing on painting, assemblage and installations. The content of her work comes from the examination of social justice, societal dominance, and the philosophical inquiry of interconnections and global existence. Her artwork searches for the threads that intersect our personal life stories to the stories of each other; it is in that precise overlap that wisdom and awe are examined and displayed. Donna has also been awarded Teacher of the Year by two separate districts and earned Most Inspirational Teacher eleven times.

Donna has also exhibited her work in the following:
    •    Award Winner for the juried Lowell Area Arts Council
    •    Grand Rapids Ballet Company
    •    Fountain Street Church
    •    Award Winner for the Muskegon Museum of Art
    •    Award winner for the First Methodist Juried Competition
    •    West Michigan Regional Juried Competition
    •    Holland Area Art Museum
    •    Illustrated and co-authored a children’s book that deals with the process
          of grieving.