Alumni Happenings

Alumni Spotlight (past and present)


Matt Groff '03 Art Semiotics
Matt's  documentary "U.N. Me" was released in the United States today via iTunes, cable video on demand and theatrically in 10 markets around the country.  Trailer/more info at

Dawn Clements '85 Semiotics
Dawn has been named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts.  2012 Fellows

Asa Mader '97



a multi-artist collaboration by 8 contemporary filmmakers
a.k.a. Day 2: Shapes and Design 

a film by Asa Mader
available exclusively online :


Lucas Folia '05 Art Semiotics


Now Shipping - A Natural Order - Published by Nazraeli Press
Five years in the making, A Natural Order is an 80-page, large-format monograph about Americans who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid in the rural Southeast. An instructional zine, wildlifoodin, is included with the book. The book is available for order here.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions:
Work from A Natural Order is included in the current exhibition, About Face, at Pier 24 in San Francisco. 
A solo exhibition of photographs from A Natural Order will be on view at Les Recontres d'Arles 2012 in Arles, France from July 2 through September 23.
The Michael Hoppen Gallery will exhibit photographs from A Natural Order at the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from September 19 through September 23.
Work from A Natural Order will be included in The Kids are All Right, an exhibition about family and photography at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin from September 2012 through January 2013.

Work from my ongoing series, Frontcountry, will be included in America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island from September 22 through January 13. 

Marc Steinberg '09 PhD MCM 
Marc Steinberg's book Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan is available at

Marc Steinberg convincingly shows that anime is far more than a style of Japanese animation. Beyond its immediate form of cartooning, anime is also a unique mode of cultural production and consumption that led to the phenomenon that is today called “media mix” in Japan and “convergence” in the West. 

Jenny Perlin '93 Literature and Society
Current Exhibition: Drawing Stories: Narration in Contemporary Graphic Art up at Folkwang Museum Essen | 19 May - 15 July 2012 | Germany

Solo exhibition, "Funes" was up at Simon Preston Gallery in New York in early spring . 

Linda Zacks '95 Art Semiotics
The Alliance for Downtown New York announced the latest Re:Construction installation,The Greatest City on Earth, located at Nassau between John and Fulton Streets by artist Linda Zacks: 

Funded by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Re:Construction is a public art program produced by the Downtown Alliance. Engaging, thoughtful and whimsical, the temporary artworks are creating colorful landmarks and brightened streetscapes as they help mitigate the impact of Downtown’s numerous building projects. The program began in 2007 and has produced now 32 installations, including "The Greatest City on Earth." 

Visit Linda’s website at 


Laura Zaylea '03 Art Semiotics
Atlanta Film Festival 365 is proud to announce Laura Zaylea as one of the three winning scripts and screenwriters of the 2011 ATLFF Screenplay Competition. These writers will participate in a retreat with professional mentors at the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival.

Closer Than Rust by Laura Zaylea

Atlanta, GA

A trash collector makes art from garbage, and soon her sculptures create a world of magic, art and queer community.

Rufus Griscom '91 Literature and Society
Rufus Griscom co-founded Babble with his wife, in December 2006. Babble is a website for a new generation of parents, He gave a TED talk with his wife about parenting taboos last December, and they sold, to Disney a couple of months ago. 

Clea Myers '92 MCM
She has a memoir book out in the UK; it was in the shops in 2009  She raises awareness about this issue (crystal meth addiction in the UK) for various charities etc, including FRANK.

Lisa Kors '87 Art-Semiotics
Lisa Kors' award-winning documentary, SHAYNA MAIDELS: ORTHODOX JEWISH TEENAGE GIRLS, is now available for the first time on DVD.  The film premiered at Telluride, aired on PBS, and has shown at over 50 festivals around the world.  The film's website is

Molly Shapiro '89 Semiotics

Molly's first novel, Point, Click, Love, was published on December 20, 2011 by Ballantin . It can be found here: Amazon:

She is also the author of a book of short stories called Eternal City, which won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize. 

Susan Margolin '85 Semiotics
This past October 2011 the Producers Guild of America (PGA) in association with Variety honored individuals and teams who made the greatest impact on digital entertainment and storytelling this year. Susan Margolin, along with co-president Steve Savage, were chosen on behalf of New Video. Among the other recipients were Pixar Animation Studios, Alicia Keysfor Keep a Child Alive, Mike Chambers for INCEPTION, Kickstarter, and 

Debbie Irwin '79 Semiotics 
New York premiere of Incessant Visions, a documentary film that Debbie Irwin co-narrated. It's the untold story of the life and work of the early 20th Century German Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn, (who inspired Frank Lloyed Wright and many of our best-known architects today), and unfolds through letters exchanged with his wife, Louise. Debbie's narration gives voice to the intimate thoughts she shared with her husband.

The film was screened as part of the NY Jewish Film Festival, at the Lincoln Center Walter Read Theatre (165 West 65th Street/Broadway) last week.

She is so proud to have been involved with this important, historical and beautifully presented work.

NYC screening Tuesday, March 6: 

Additional Screenings:

Here’s a link to the trailer,

Dawn Clements '86 Semiotics


Please join us to celebrate the new year and the opening of an exhibition of recent work by Dawn Clements, with sculpture by Marc Leuthold—

EXHIBITION DATES  |   6 January – 12 February, 2012

LOCATION  |  Pierogi @ 177 North 9th St. Brooklyn, NY 11211

DIRECTIONS  |  Take the L train to Bedford Ave. 

Walk 2 blocks to N 9th St.Turn right and the gallery will be on the left

Asa Mader '97 

NOWNESS presents a new film by Asa Mader

In Homage to His Birthday... Baryshnikov Emerges from Shadow

in a film by Asa Mader



Note: For those in US, please visit:

Frank Lesser '02 Art-Semiotics

Sad MonstersSad MonstersHe is writing for The Colbert Report and has a new book titled Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside.  
Here's his latest from the Colbert Report...

His new book is a blistering treatise exploring the inhuman condition-- 40 short humor pieces about depressed Godzillas, lovelorn ghosts, and racist Bigfoots trying to keep chupacabras from crossing our borders.

You can read more about "Sad Monsters" here:

And you can read excerpts here:

Also, the short film was shot by Aaron Kovalchik, '03 Art Semiotics and the visual effects were done by Tavet Gillson, '04 Visual Art.

Chandler E. Clarke '07 Art-Semiotics
Chandler is announcing the launch of his new apparel company with Chris Mason called TID, LLC.  TID will focus on producing (for now) t-shirts they feel are both creative and representative of their company’s belief – that life should be fun, celebrated, filled with creativity, and that it’s important at one time or another to just go for it.  So here they are - they're going for it., will serve as their company’s retail outlet and will offer their entire line of apparel.

 At this stage, they've created seven t-shirt designs. Their goal is to expand their inventory to a wide variety of items including long sleeve shirts, shorts, sweat shirts and more.  Individual designs make up the majority of their inventory, but a portion of their business will be dedicated to bulk orders as well, including high school/college sports teams, special events, companies, and anything they feel falls in line with their company’s image.

Christoph Cox '87 Semiotics

Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival
Friday October 14, 2011, 5:00-10:00 pm
Saturday October 15, 2011, 1:00-8:00 pm

Locations throughout downtown Greenfield, MA
Free and open to the public

Curated by Christoph Cox

Participating Artists:
Manon De Boer (NL), Seth Cluett (US), Tony Cokes (US), Luke Fowler (UK), Jesse Jones (IE), Paul Lindale (UK/US), Kara Lynch (US), Mirko Martin (DE), The Otolith Group (UK), Jenny Perlin (US), Mathias Poledna (AT), Raha Raissnia & Charles Curtis (IR/US), Steve Roden (US), Billy Roisz (AT), Julian Rosefeldt (DE), Simpson/Meade (US), Miki Tajima (US), Su-Mei Tse (LU), and Daniel Warner (US).

The 3rd annual Brick + Mortar International Video Festival presents work by a selection of contemporary artists who focus on sound, music, and relationships of dissonance and consonance between the aural and the visual. Since the 1990s, sound has become a central concern in contemporary art, with many leading video artists and filmmakers actively exploring the sonic potential of audio-visual media. The 2011 edition of Brick + Mortar showcases some of the most interesting and engaging of these explorations from the past decade by a group of prominent artists from nine countries.
Early avant-garde filmmakers worried that the advent of sound would reduce cinema to an illusionistic portrayal of the world, with sound a subordinate prop for the visual image. These worries proved to be well justified. Present-day avant-gardists have heeded those early warnings, giving sound an equal place and exploring the productive difference between the auditory and visual registers of video and film. Luke Fowler and Raha Raissnia both collaborate with sound artists to develop allied strategies for capturing light and sound. Refusing image altogether, Mirko Martin operates solely through sound and text. Conversely, Steve Roden’s video is silent but functions as a kind of visual and musical score. Mathias Poledna, Manon de Boer, and Mika Tajima use the camera to capture and intervene in musical performance and recording. Other projects uncover the critical potential of music. 2010 Turner Prize nominee The Otolith Group explores the Afro-Futurist mythology of the Detroit electronic duo Drexciya, while Tony Cokes presents a video essay that examines the complex racial politics of House and Techno. Via these and other strategies, the projects presented at this year’s Brick + Mortar festival amplify the “audio” aspect of this “video” festival.

The Brick + Mortar festival takes place in Greenfield, an historic mill town in western Massachusetts. Transforming the city’s downtown into a temporary arts district, the festival presents video projections and installations within a variety of extraordinary architectural sites that are in various stages of renovation. Presented by ConjunctionArts in partnership with local businesses, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, the Greenfield Business Association, Greenfield Community College, and Five Colleges Inc., the festival is free and open to the public.

Alexandra Chemla '09 MCM 
ArtBinder, the company that I founded in November 2010, officially launched last week. ArtBinder is a comprehensive iPad solution for art galleries. It turns the iPad into an elegant presentation tool that enhances client meetings and simplifies the lives of dealers and archivists. For more information, please check out our website:

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ArtBinder in the news: The App That Tamed Basel

John Lantos '77 Semiotics
John Lantos has a new book - just published by Johns Hopkins - entitled. "Controversial Bodies: THoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses." It picks up on the "Body Worlds" museum exhibitions, and examines what these exhibits tell us about bodies, about being embodied creatures, about medical professionalism and medical ethics.

Andrea Seigel '01 MCM 
Lynn Shelton's directing Andrea Seigel's script, with plans to start shooting in january.

"Humpday" helmer Lynn Shelton is attached to direct "Laggies," an indie being produced by Anonymous Content. Andrea Seigel wrote the script, which follows a woman who, unsure of how to respond to her boyfriend's marriage proposal, pretends to go on a retreat but actually ends up spending a week with her new friends, all of whom are in high school.

Biz Mitchell '88 MCM 
Biz Mitchell's long article on the first female police detective in U.S. history was published recently by Byliner as an e-single, which can be downloaded at Amazon among other places. It's currently #9 on Amazon's nonfiction best seller list.

Kristen Schindler '09 Art-Semiotics
Kristen Schindler wanted to share a post she wrote about being an athlete with cancer. She had this wonderful opportunity to write for an author on her website for young adult cancer patients. It has been absolutely amazing and therapeutic to share her story and her experiences related to cancer. 

Here is the link:
hope you have a chance to read it.

Tatiana von Furstenberg '91 Semiotics 
Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. Filmed in Rhode Island, the knot of adolescent complexity is unravelled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls. The movie stars Rooney Mara, Brie Larsen, Amy Sedaris, Chris Kattan and Tome Everett Scott. Tanner Hall was written and Directed by Tatiana von Furstenberg 91' (Semiotics and Comparative Literature) and Francesca Gregorini 90'.

Tanner Hall opens friday, September 16th at National Amusements Showcase Cinemas 15 1200 Quaker Lane, Warwick, R.I.

Tag line:
Lose your way. Find yourself.

Debbie Irwin '79 Semiotics
On July 28th at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Incessant Visions will premiere; a documentary which she co-narrated, about the life and work of the German Jewish architect, Erich Mendelsohn. 
Press Release • Trailer • Festival • Film (password: preview)

Kelly Anderson '88 MCM
Recent Documentary Project "MY BROOKLYN" It follows director Kelly Anderson's journey to understand the forces reshaping her Brooklyn neighborhoods along lines of race and class. It argues that gentrification is not a natural or inevitable process, but fueled by city policy."

Elizabeth Stevens '04 Art Semiotics
Read her essay published this week. Thousand "likes" on Facebook and a few hundred tweets and was featured as an editors pick on,,'s "Hit List", "Wired Magazines's Twitter Feed and

Zachary McCune '10 MCM
His dissertation from the University of Cambridge on Instagram, has been featured on, the Next Web and App Freak, and has had over 1,000 reads. Pretty Exciting.

Zachary McCune '10 MCM and Colleen Brogan '10 Semiotics-French
Heritage at Play is a documentary project on the role of Gaelic Games in Irish Society. It is a joint production between McCune and Brogan.