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.


Lindsay Carone

Rhode Island School of Design

MFA, Sculpture

Lindsay Carone grew up in South Salem, New York before attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received her BFA with a Sculpture concentration. After Graduating, she spent time living first in Phoenix, AZ, then Chicago, IL, and eventually in Lancaster, PA, where she spent two years as an Emerging Artist in Residence at Millersville University. Currently, she is working on a MFA in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. Lindsay has also held residencies in the Platte Clove Artist in Residence Program as well as through Provisions Artist Community, and has conducted two workshops as a visiting artist and lecturer for New York State Summer School for the Arts. Her work has been shown in such museums as the Katonah Museum of Art as well as the Phillips Museum of Art. She is the recent recipient of a first place award granted by Fidelity Investments for her work in the exhibition, Growth, at the Providence Art Club in addition to a research grant awarded by the department of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design.

Jeremy Emmendorfer

Western Michigan University

BFA, Printmaking

My name is Jeremy Emmendorfer and I was born in the upper peninsula of Michigan and grew up on the west side of the state in Muskegon. I am a senior at Western Michigan University in progress to a BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking. While here at WMU I have realized the importance of community to artists and have taken steps to extend that relationship out to the community through interning at the Non Profit Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and co-founding a student organization called The Contemporary Printmakers Society whose goal is to get the community involved with the arts. I have also taken part in many opportunities that the school has offered like the New York Professional Outreach Program where a group of students and our Professor went to New York to the work places of contemporary professionals in New York City to encourage the possibility of the many careers in the art world. I also will be taking part in a studying abroad program this summer in Venice, Italy to study book arts in its historical setting as well as work in professional studios. In the past few years I have shown across the US as well as internationally at places like Muskegon MI, Kalamazoo MI, South Haven MI, Louisville GA, and Cairo Egypt.

Haigen Pearson

University of Utah

BFA, Photography

Haigen G. Pearson is a photographer currently pursuing his BFA from the University of Utah. His interests include: his wife, argyle socks, darkroom practices, nice typography, em dashes, humorous people, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, football—international and American, his dog, Bologna Head and his three high-maintenance cats.

Zahra Nazari


MFA, Painting & Drawing

Zahra Nazari received her BFA in Painting from the School of Art & Architecture in Iran, 2007. She is currently an MFA student in Painting/Drawing at SUNY New Paltz, NY, with a graduate scholarship.

Her recent exhibitions include the “6th Annual Master Pieces” at Manifest Gallery and “Reroot” at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, both in Cincinnati, Ohio; "Twenty in Their Twenties" at Woman Made Gallery and "Wet Paint" at Zhou B Art Center, both in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

She was an artist in resident at The International School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, Umbria. She is the recipient of a grant from the Vermont Studio School in Johnson, Vermont for summer 2013.

Matt Reimers

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BFA, Painting

My name is Matt Reimers and I live in Minneapolis, MN. I am twenty-three years old and attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Currently, I am a first semester senior in the Fine Arts Studio Program with a concentration in painting. My work is mainly involved in studying the development of abstract painting into the present, particularly in America from the 1940s onward. This interest stems from a desire to gain an expanded understanding of the metaphysical qualities of marks and gestures on a surface. However, this engagement has led to the necessity of exploring paint alongside other modes of expression such as sound performance and installation. My aims in painting are to shift myself and the viewer into transcending states of consciousness that are separate from the limitations of everyday language. I create pictures that seem to lean or explode outwards or move in directions that cannot necessarily be specified. The work reflects being in states of tilting balance in which I am adhering to my intuitions, but not giving into anything completely. Each painting creates openings, and those openings are constantly revealing more openings. The elements on my surface are in a constant flux of coming into and going out of definition. Gestures and geometric forms collapse in and explode outwards on the canvas. I create chaos in my paintings in order to perpetuate newer waves of mark making and resistance for myself to react with and against.