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Student, Alumni, & Faculty Achievements

Student Achievements

  • Katherine Albert, ’26 (studio arts major) received the third prize in studio arts for the 2024 Student Annual Exhibition for her drawing, “Hidden”.
    Nez Blaho, ’24 (theatre major and studio arts minor) was accepted into the Master of Arts in Theatre Education program at the Catholic University of America.
  • Julia Case, ’24 (theatre major) directed Spotlight Players' production of Recommended Reading for Girls. All proceeds from the production – $2,101 in total – were donated to the American Cancer Society.
  • Emily Coccovizzo, ’25 (music minor) was the Assistant Stage Manager for Iron Crow Theatre’s award-winning production of RENT.
  • Sydney Eichel, ’24 (theatre minor) directed the Poisoned Cup Players' production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
  • Jess Franchock, ’24 (photography minor) was mentored by Professor Malis in an independent study, during which she developed a sustained body of work investigating nonlinear visual storytelling techniques using photography.
  • Izzy Guerrero, ’24 (photography major) won first place in the arts category at the Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium. Their presentation, “Hacking Instantaneous: Process-Based Creative Explorations in an Everyday Medium”, built off their creative work completed in the Fall 2023 Senior Capstone for Artists (PT/SA 400). The project contextualized their process-based approach to using Polaroids as their photographic medium of choice and explored how altering photographic prints contributed to new meaning of the images. Izzy also was mentored by Professor Malis for an internship in photography and corporate communications with getGFTD, a 2022-2023 Baltipreneurs Accelerator participant.
  • Anna Landi, ’24 (studio arts major) served as a Research Assistant for Professor Friebele for the spring 2024 semester.
  • Kevin Lankford, ’24 (music major) was mentored by Dr. Nygren for an internship in music.
  • Riley Loz, ’24 (theatre minor) was accepted into the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Loyola University Maryland.
  • Warren Megger, ’24 (studio arts major) received the second prize in studio arts for the 2024 Student Annual Exhibition for his painting, “fundamentally unserious animal”.
  • Em Olson, ’24 (art history major) was mentored by Dr. Boeye in a 400-level independent study looking at a Florentine Book of Hours in the Loyola Notre Dame Library.
  • Matt Piccinini, ’24 (theatre major) was mentored by Professor McAfee in an internship in which he was the Head Electrician for the Theatre Program's spring musical, The Prom.
  • Sophia Randle, ’25 (studio arts major), in collaboration with Vilnis Chakars, ’25, received the third prize in photography for the 2024 Student Annual Exhibition for their video, “Poetry”. Sophia also created art in collaboration with Evan Casas, ’23, Allie House, ’25, and Randi Little, ’23, responding to Loyola's connections to slavery, redlining, and segregation as part of Professor Friebele’s SP23 Public Art (SA 367) class. Their art was printed on banners for the Untold Truths book launch, which were exhibited at the event and on the quad for two weeks.
  • Trevor Sangiorgio, ’26 (studio arts major) received the first prize in studio arts for the 2024 Student Annual Exhibition for his mixed media piece, “Chasing Vinyl Dreams”.
  • Monyaé Smalls, ’24 (music major) was accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Wake Forest University.
  • CJ Sommers, ’24 (photography minor) was mentored by Professor Schlapbach for an independent study on antique photographic processes.

Alumni Achievements

  • Evan Casas, ’23 (studio arts major) and Randi Little, ’23 (studio arts major) in collaboration with Sophia Randle, ’25, and Allie House, ’25, created art responding to Loyola's connections to slavery, redlining, and segregation as part of Professor Friebele’s SP23 Public Art (SA 367) class. Their art was printed on banners for the Untold Truths book launch, which were exhibited at the event and on the quad for two weeks.
  • Anna DeBlasio, ’15 (theatre major) was the substitute for the roles of Hilma and Cornelia in the world premiere of Hilma – a contemporary opera about the early 20th century queer mystic and artist Hilma af Klint – at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.
  • Christina Guerra, ’23 (art history major) was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to study languages in the graduate program at the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Joe Mucciolo, ’17 (theatre major) was company member at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, for the 2023-2024 season. Joe also became a member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).
  • Tenley Pitonzo, ’13 (theatre major), an Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) stage manager, served as the Stage Manager for Public Obscenities at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Faculty Achievements

  • Dr. Irene A. Bal received a grant from the University of Maryland System through the Maryland Center for Computing Education to provide computer science professional development to the entire education faculty at Loyola’s School of Education and support the integration of Computer Science into the initial certification Education Program.
  • Dr. Natka Bianchini was named Managing Director of Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s award-winning and critically acclaimed queer theatre, in November 2023. In February, under her leadership, the company’s production of Jonathan Larson’s RENT (which sold out during its initial run at the Baltimore Theatre Project) transferred to the brand-new M&T Bank Exchange, an event space in the France Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the historic Hippodrome Theatre. This transfer (which also sold out the additional five performances) was history-making, representing the first time a small theatre company in Baltimore transferred a production to a union, equity house.
  • Dr. Kerry Boeye presented a paper at the 2024 College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago. His paper was part of a session titled “The Double: Identity and Difference in Visual Art”.

  • Dr. James Bunzli performed his original solo performance piece, 1973 Dodge Monaco Station Wagon, at the Charm City Fringe Festival in October 2023. The culmination of a years-long research project, the piece examines Professor Bunzli's childhood in Mexico in the 1970s and especially the massive station wagon his family of seven traveled in during that period.

  • Professor Billy Friebele was awarded the Environmental Justice Artivist Fellowship, which is supported by the Aspen Institute, Social Art and Culture, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
  • Professor Giulia Livi was named as a semifinalist for the 2024 Janet and Walter Sondheim Art Prize.
  • Dr. Chris Lonegan was granted emeritus status after over two decades of service to the University, making him an Assistant Teaching Professor Emeritus of Studio Arts.
  • Professor Jon Malis was awarded a competitive Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in recognition of his ongoing creative practice.
  • Dr. Barnaby Nygren presented a paper titled “‘Rugged, Mountainous, and Rainy to the Extreme’: Reimagining the Thebaid in Early Colonial Mexico” at the Renaissance Society of America conference in Chicago.
  • Professor Daniel Pinha was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his set design for The Tell-Tale Heart at Synetic Theater. Professor Pinha also designed the set for A Midsummer Night's Dream for the award-winning international company Ave Lola in Brazil, which participated in the largest Latin American Theater Festival. The show has been highly successful, featuring sold-out performances and extensive media coverage across Brazil.
  • Dr. Michael Rickelton was named Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

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