The RELEVANT program has been put on hold for 2014.

The RELEVANT Alumni Group Show will run from August 16 - October 26, 2014 at the Kimball Art Center Main Gallery.


Michael Amici

University of Utah

BFA, Painting

I have lived in Park City since I was about three years old. I have always been interested in art of one kind or another, be it classical music, painting, drawing, ceramics or sculpture. For as long as I can remember I have had creative urges and curiosity about the world. I was home schooled for several years by my mother because I had difficulties in school. I later dropped out of High School, but subsequently obtained a GED. I am currently enrolled at the University of Utah as a non-matriculated student; where I am currently studying art (ceramics and painting) and Soviet era literature. I live with my parents in Park city and have three siblings. I enjoy reading, hiking and Geocaching. I have been doing reaserch in the history of obsolete technology and anthropology.

I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high functioning form of autism some years ago and this has has contributed to what I am told is a unique perspective on things. It has caused me problems but also 'opens doors' if you will. Art has given me a reason to live and goals to peruse.

Andrew Davis

Kansas City Art Institute

BFA, Painting

Andrew Davis is presently a Senior at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, working to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting. He received a Competitive Scholarship to KCAI in 2007. In 2009, Andy participated as an Emerging Iowa Artist at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He spent the first six months of 2010 studying art abroad, in Spain and France. When not working on his visual art, Andy is also a musician, playing mandolin and keyboard with the Kansas City band The Grisly Hand. He has also worked as a puppeteer with the Paul Mesner Puppets in Kansas City.

I conduct my studio practice in the present tense—It is about my environment and experiences. The things I produce are artifacts of personal investigation. But my aim is to push beyond the object, into the realm of the transcendent human experience. When one has an unmediated experience of his or her self, whether it is subtle or sublime, these are the moments in life when we are unified as humans and unified with our time—this solidarity is the transcendent human experience. A work of art can yield this awareness. My goal is to one day bring about this point of transcendence-- to move another human being. I believe that an honest and immersed investigation of the time in which we live can produce this experience.

Joel Fisher

Western Michigan University

BFA, Sculpture

I am currently an undergraduate student studying sculpture at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the past two years I have experimented with new mediums such as steel, copper, silver, brass, ink, paint, and paper. Conceptually, I am still developing and excited to see where the rest of my undergraduate degree takes me. I enjoy keeping my format large, creating not only an aesthetically pleasing object, but an object that evokes emotion and has a strong presence. I am influenced and challenged daily by my professors and peers and have also found the capacity to be very patient and intricate in my work.

Whether making thousands of fine lines with an X-Acto knife, or laying a long weld, I find a sense of calmness and connection with every piece I make. Working with new mediums, specifically steel, has proven to be a challenge at times. Yet my biggest challenge, and biggest hope, is to create pieces that consume you, as they have with me.

Ryan Hughes

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BFA, Painting

I want to build. I want to manifest my ideas and beliefs into tangible forms, and into structures that will outlive me. I create an idiosyncratic world that is both inviting and disorienting. My world is influenced by graffiti, graphic design, and traditional fine art. Often governed by strict geometry, my process involves painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and a relentless studio practice.

My work describes imagined spaces, in both two and three‐dimensional forms. I enjoy getting lost in a curiosity of materials, as opposed to a specific idea. Ideas can be restricting at times, which is why I turn to the infinities of imagined worlds. Although at times my work may address certain ideas, in the end the viewer is meant to draw their own conclusion about the work. Defining one’s own world through personal experience is an important aspect of my life and my work. As I move forward in my process, I constantly expand my non‐existent world, creating a continued sense of absence.

Nicole Penoncello

Portland State University

MFA, Contemporary Art Practice

Nicole Penoncello, born in Torrington, Connecticut, is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work employs a variety of media and interactive processes in order to explore individual and collective notions of sense of place. Her interest in cultural geography and community engagement has led her to produce drawings, paintings, recycled fabric quilts, found object and soft sculpture, personalized urban-garden cookbooks, neighborhood sewing circles, and mixed media installations.

Nicole Penoncello earned a BFA in Sculpture from James Madison University and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice at Portland State University. She has exhibited her work in galleries and art festivals nationally. Additionally she holds a K-12 teaching license with an endorsement in Visual Art and currently teaches drawing at Portland State University.

Wilson Lawrence

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

MFA, Sculpture

Wilson Harding Lawrence’s first solo exhibition was in 1997 and his work has been seen throughout the Northeast from SoHo, New York to Boston Massachusetts. Lawrence received his Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst MA and his Masters of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA.

The young artist Lawrence most recent work investigates the physical realm of pictorial images with a strong sculptural hand. His work is in the permanent collections of Amherst College, Hampshire College and the Massachusetts College of art and design. One can see his most recent work at