Our Outstanding Alums
Miles Warner ’09 (sculpture)
During his senior year at KSC, Miles Warner received an Undergraduate Research & Creative Project Grant, and he was awarded a full scholarship to study sculpture at Southern Illinois university Carbondale. While working on his MFA, Warner has been teaching sculpture, managing surplus gallery, and exhibiting in shows.
"KSC helped to unlock an understanding of what art is and does," Warner recalled. "It created an understanding for how sculpture functions in society while also instilling an understanding of processes and ideas for how artwork can be created. Keene helped me see the importance in contemporary sculpture of the balance of concept and craftsmanship. This idea of a balance is a constant in all of my work today. My work has always pushed the boundaries of traditional object-oriented sculpture as I include video, performance, digital images, and other time-based mediums. I tend to favor sculpture that is both visually stimulating and conceptually concrete, again referencing the balance of concept and craft."
Charity Thackston ’11 (ceramics)
After graduating from KSC, Charity Thackston was accepted in a post-bacclaurate program at the Louisiana State University College of Art and Design. She's now working towards her MFA in ceramics at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. While she's in Philadelphia, she's been interning at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, a center for contemporary craft and design.
Thackston credits the small class size at KSC for giving her the opportunity to develop strong interpersonal relationships with her professors and her study of art history for fostering critical thinking and her understanding of her place in time as a contemporary artist. She also credits the studio space she was given to work on her BFA thesis for allowing her to create a stronger body of work, and giving her an understanding of presenting her work on a professional level.
"The student-run Carroll House Art Gallery offered the opportunity to work one-on-one with established artists outside of New England, (some of whom wrote me letters of recommendation for grad school)," Thackston explained. "I also had the opportunity to receive one-on-one critiques with not only my professors but visiting artists, all of which fostered my awareness of content within my work. Access to current/contemporary art with field trips to Mass Moca and the Chelsea galleries in NYC, as well as other galleries in Boston gave me a rich experience of the contemporary art scene."
Andrew Hodgdon ’12 (photography)
I fell in love with photography in high school. When I got to Keene State and took photography, Photo 1 was all film. We were taught the basics of camera exposure and how the camera and lens work. We were then thrown into the darkroom to develop and print our photos, which is a very unique experience. You learn to be patient and you learn to be humble, because you find some of your photos aren't worth developing. Being inside a small room with 10 other students at the same time forces you to connect and work off of each other in a way that is constructive and creative.
I have learned invaluable information about myself as an artist from that darkroom, and I take them everywhere I go. I graduated in 2012 with a BA in Film Production and have since been working in the film industry. I worked in Boston for a year and am now located in Los Angeles. I work in the camera department as an AC (assistant camera) and director of photography. I don't think I would be where I am today without the education I received from KSC and the photography program.