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Student and Faculty Achievement 


Amber Hall Amber Hall at the Addy Awards

Last year, senior Amber Hall flew to Las Vegas to accept a national “Addy,” the prestigious American Advertising Federation award. She won for a hot sauce packaging design she created as a class project for Graphic Design III. As a high school student, Amber had never considered art as a career. She took a state job after graduation and started a family. But she also took classes at AUM. And it was when she took Painting 1 with instructor Richard Mills (now retired), that she discovered her talent. Amber attributes her success to the professors she’s had at AUM. “I’ve been impressed with every professor that I’ve had here,” says Amber. “I’ve not heard that from students at other schools.” She especially credits Graphic Design Professor Breuna Baine in the Department of Fine Arts with pushing her out of her comfort zone and encouraging her to enter the American Advertising Federation competition. “I probably wouldn’t have entered it if not for Professor Baine,” she says. An office manager with the DA’s office in Elmore County, Amber plans to freelance until she retires from her state job. Then, she says, she’ll look for a fulltime job in graphic design. 

Chintia Kirana

Artist, editor, publisher, art collector, and art instructor at AUM – Chintia Kirana is all of these things. After graduating from AUM in 2009 with a degree in Visual (Studio) Art, she earned her MFA at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While there, she founded Expose, an art magazine focusing on emerging artists. Now back in Montgomery teaching drawing at AUM, Chintia also has an exhibition of her own work coming up in Portland, Oregon. The editorial staff at Expose has worked with 2000 galleries and 7000 “creatives” across the globe – the US, Europe and Asia. The magazine features interviews with established artists, “so they can give inspiration to emerging artists,” Chintia says, as well as interviews with museum directors and curators. Chintia emphasizes art entrepreneurship: “As a student all you do is create,” she points out,” but once you get out there, you need to be able to sell your work, to network. . . .I think they [students] think graphic design is the only way to make a living as an artist, but that isn’t the case.” She is planning an exhibit in Montgomery for the spring. You can see examples of her work on her website:

Kaylee Hobbes

Kaylee Hobbes came to AUM because her high school music teacher talked her into it. A half-tuition scholarship sealed the deal. She started out in graphic design, but was smitten when she took her first print-making class. Not only has her major changed at AUM, but her view of art itself.  “I was introduced to contemporary art,” says Kaylee, “and absolutely fell in love with that.” Before she went to college, Kaylee say that she looked at art “just as something that was pretty. … [But] “after my first studio class at AUM, I saw art as something that had meaning behind it.”  She credits the AUM faculty with giving her “the ability to fully express myself visually.” She especially singles out her former printmaking professor, Heidi Lingamfelter, who convinced Kaylee that she could have a career in academia, something the Alabama native had not considered before. Now, she has plans for graduate school. Kaylee’s senior project is a series of cyanotype prints that will go on display in the Goodwyn Hall Gallery the last week of April.