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Careers in Art and Design

Graduates from the FHSU Department of Art and Design are highly sought after graphic designers, web designers, interior decorators, educators and more. Your options are only as limited as your imagination and your ambition. With an excellent academic program, strong faculty mentorship and connections throughout education, industry and the non-profit world, you'll be more than ready to pursue a career in art.

At the bottom of this page are some Art and Design Career Resources [bookmark to below]. Here's a sampling of the rewarding careers recent Arts and Design graduates are enjoying (for more success stories, check our Graduates in the World):

Graphic Design

Kerri Soukup ('97), Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL
Cory Befort ('11), Motion Graphic Manager, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles, CA
Dee Erway-Sherwood ('01), Professor of Graphic Design, Program Director, and Dept. Chair of Visual Arts, McPherson College, McPherson, KS
Justin McClure ('00), Founder and Owner of Justin McClure Creative, Wichita, KS
Megan Sornson ('13), Associate Designer and Team Lead, Digital Telepathy, San Diego, CA


Adam Gerik ('05), Photographer, Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL, also featured in the New York Times
Curtis Tasset ('87), Head of Photography, VA Hospital, Wichita, KS
Ashley Oliver ('03), Wheat Photography, Kansas City, KS


Eric Stearns ('07), Associate Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, Doane College, Crete, NE
Brianne Fulton ('10), Miller Assistant Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Fine Art Department, Cottey College, Nevada, NE
Sharon McCoy ('14), Yingee Museum Artist, Residence, Taiwan, PRC
Jennifer Mettlen Nolan ('00), Assistant Professor of Art at Dodge City Community College, Dodge City, KS
Tenille Blair Neff ('00), Art Therapist and Psychoanalyst, Bronson, MO


Dena Thomas (?), Fabrication Lab Manager, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Jillian Thompson ('12), Sculptor, Fabricator, and Shop Technician at Medwedeff Forge and Design, Murphysboro, IL
Stacey Rathert ('11), Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS


Jared Hulstine ('07), Visual Instructor (grades 9-12), Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY
Tamara Schardt, ('08), Fine Arts Teacher and Service Coordinator, VSA North Fourth Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Interior Design

Heather Davis Vandergrist ('10), Owner of Davis Designs Home Décor Boutique, Garden City, KS
Lisa Kisner ('08), Owner of Lisa Custom Interiors, Hays, KS
Caci Pommerehn ('13), Interior Designer, Design by the Paisley, Hays, KS
Candy Viera ('13), Project Manager, Innovative Construction Service Inc., Wichita, KS
Stephanie Downie ('13), Co-Owner of Backroads Designs & Events, Concordia, KS
Jori Gilleece ('13), Co-Owner of Backroads Designs & Events, Concordia, KS


Zhimin Guan ('98), Professor of Art, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN
Jon Swindler ('99), Professor of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Dusty Herbig ('96), Professor of Art, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Dagan Sherman ('04), Professor of Art, Midland College, Midland, TX
Chris Kuksi ('98 and '02), Free-lance Commissioned Artist, Lawrence, KS

Potential careers in art and design include:

Interior Designer
Art Director
Art Teacher
Video Industry Designer
Advertising Designer
Art Appraiser
Gallery Owner

Graphic Designer
Gallery Manager
Publication Designer
Art Consultant
Art Historian
Exhibition Manager


Art and Design Career Resources

Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center
Career Services Online Job Resources
Career Guide for Studio Art Majors
Art Teacher EDU
United States Government Jobs in the Arts
Kansas Education Employment Board
American Society of Interior Designers
American Institute of Graphic Arts
The Creative Group
The American Ceramic Society
Jobs in Higher Education

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