School of Art + Design students and alumni are regularly recognized for their achievements. Here are a few highlights from the past academic year.

MariaD Award
Current Art History Graduate Student, Maria Dorofeeva, wins best paper prize at the The 13th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in 19th century Art held at the Dahesh Museum of Art. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art. 

Maria's paper entitled, The Reinvention of the Spanish Gypsy: Painting as Anthropology, c. 1900 examined the reception of Roma-themed paintings by Spanish artist Isidre Nonell, as grounded in 19th-century discourses on degeneration, criminology, and hygiene. Her analysis revealed how criminal anthropology shaped the Spanish public's response to Roma, informing its understanding of Nonell's "gypsies" on canvas and their imaginary relocation to Andalusia. Dorofeeva received the Dahesh Museum of Art Best Paper prize of $1000, a gift from the Mervat Zahid Foundation, and her paper will appear in an upcoming issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide e-journal.

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Alumna Maria Grillo receives the 2016 AIGA Chicago Fellow Award.
On April 14, this years recipients of the AIGA Chicago Design Awards were honored at the Graham Foundation for their enhancing the profession, impact and culture of design in Chicago. Maria Grillo's (of the Grillo Group, Inc.) talent and achievements as a designer over the last 25 years have been recognized by some of the profession’s most notable organizations and publications—Communication Arts, Graphis Poster, Print, and ID magazines, the New York Type Directors Club, and British Design and Art Direction.


Junior Amanda Sturgill named 2016 Student Employee of the Year.
Amanda Sturgill is a graphic designer with the Media, Information, and Communications (MIC) team. She’s a junior and is currently working toward a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Art Education. She’s worked with Tech Services for almost one year.

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MA and BFA Art Education Alumni and Centennial High School Teacher, Stacey Gross, to receive Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Women of Distinction honor.

Stacey Gross is a National Board Certified Teacher at Centennial High School, where she teaches photography, graphic design, cinema studies, AP Studio Art, and dual credit classes. She also serves as the Fine Arts Department Content Area Chair and the K-12 Visual Arts Coordinator for Champaign Unit School District 4. Now in her 22nd year at Centennial, Gross prides herself on creating a robust art program that fosters a broad appreciation of art and strong technical skill, while stimulating critical and creative thinking. In 2015 she was named the Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. A Quincy, Ill. native, Gross earned a MA ('01) and BFA ('94) in Art Education, with a studio concentration in photography, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a practicing artist who works primarily with camera-less darkroom photographic processes to create abstract imagery. She is an avid traveler, with a passion for Japanese art and culture.