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Graduating Class 2016

Aakashi Patolawala

  • Degree: B.Sc in Animation
  • Research Interests: Animation/visual arts management

Aakashi M.P. completed her B.Sc. in Animation from Manipal University in India (MUBC). During her final year of studies she was picked and offered a job at Xentrix Studios as a Production Coordinator for their gaming and CGI /Animation industry. During this time she was also selected by SIGGRAPH ASIA organization (2011,2012,2013) to assist them as part of their organizing committee to work with them throughout their annual conference. These experiences opened her eyes to the importance of management in arts organizations. Through this degree program she hopes to formalize her investigations in the field of arts management and obtain the practical skills necessary to make her a successful professional.

Danielle Engel

  • Degree: BS in Business Administration
  • Research Interests: Concert/music management

Danielle comes to the Arts Management Program with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in music performance from the University at Buffalo. As a trumpet player, she has participated in UB’s Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, and numerous brass ensembles, as well as several community groups in the Buffalo region. While Danielle was an undergrad at the university, she was fortunate enough to work as a student assistant at Lippes Concert Hall, where she truly discovered a passion for this field. She will continue this position while pursuing her arts management degree.

Elizabeth Ireland

  • Degree: BA in Individualized Studies (Art and Cultural History)
  • Research Interests: Administration models in arts organizations

Elizabeth Ireland is a graduate of Daemen College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies focusing on Arts and Cultural History. During her undergraduate career, she became familiar with the administrative side of the arts with internships at both Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She worked closely with administrators in the Media Arts department at Hallwalls where she assisted in organizing and assessing archival papers and event documentation. While at the Albright-Knox, Elizabeth was given the opportunity to dive deep into the departmental offices of Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Event Planning. With a wide variety of experiences and enthusiasm for volunteering, these opportunities have only fueled her passion to continue her studies and further her hands-on approach to stay involved in the art community.

Jessica Branch

  • Degree: BA in Art History
  • Research Interests: Museum/archival management

Jessica Marie Branch received her BA in Art History with minors in museum studies and history from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in May 2013. During her four years at SUNY Plattsburgh, Jessica worked at Plattsburgh State Art Museum (PSAM) first as a Curatorial Intern and then as a Curatorial Assistant. She also co-curated an exhibition with five of her fellow peers on Japanese wood block prints as well as organizing the Plattsburgh State Art Museum senior BFA exhibition show. After leaving Plattsburgh State, Jessica went on to work at the Donald Judd Foundation as a Catalogue Raisonné Research Intern where she did in-depth research into possible Judd collectors, both private and public; and scanning of archival materials for the development of the new Donald Judd catalogue raisonné.

Laura Curthoys

  • Degrees: BFA in Dance, BA in English
  • Research Interests: cultural policy, censorship, and arts funding

Laura Curthoys graduated summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 2010 with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English. She has since danced professionally with LehrerDance in Buffalo, NY, at sea on Holland America Cruise Line, and is currently a member of Converge Dance Buffalo. Laura is excited about the Arts Management program because of its multidisciplinary approach and the breadth of knowledge she will gain. She is interested in the balance between governmental policy and artistic institutions with regard to funding and censorship with a focus on structuring an arts organization such that artists are free to create. 

Megan Smith

  • Degree: BS in Arts Management
  • Research Interests: audience engagement for small not-for-profit art centers

Megan Smith graduated with a BS in Art Management from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) in Spring 2013. The following summer she served as a Production Intern at Elsewhere, a non-profit organization in Greensboro, NC defined as a living museum set inside a former thrift store.  During the fall of 2013 Megan interned at the Asheville Art Museum (Asheville, NC) working within their Curatorial department. Megan is currently interested in the importance of community and culture in sustaining an audience for small non-profit art centers.  

D. Piriyadarisini

  • Degree: BS in Biomedical Science
  • Research Interests: Community engagement in the arts

D.Piriyadarisini holds a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Science from the National University of Singapore. Prior to entering the Arts Management Program, Piriyadarisini had engaged herself in multifarious arts related events and explored the field of her passion. She has delivered several fine arts performances and won awards in the area of theatre, dance and singing and held leadership positions in arts societies and productions which further deepened her interest for the Arts management sector. She has also taught young adults drama and dance as part of her desire to communicate the arts to the public.  

Ruxuan Mott

  • Degree: BA in Aesthetics
  • Research Interests: Business models for art

Ruxuan Mott studied Aesthetics at Renmin University of China and obtained her BA from the Communication University of China. She began studying Ancient Chinese Painting Appraisal and Repair for three years in Beijing; after which held a position as an assistant to the manager in the department of ancient Chinese painting of Beijing Googut Auction Company. She spent three years working in the realm of art as an assistant of New Millennium Gallery in 798 Art Zone and as an assistant to general manager of Beijing Shijitan Contemporary Art Museum. In 2011 she managed the collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Beijing Shijitan Museum on the 3D ballet Nutcracker project; which had a successful first run in China. She is currently investigating and developing initiatives for new business models to service art.

Sebastian Engels

Fulbright scholar

  • Degree: BA in Business Administration
  • Research Interests: artist management, social media and the arts

Sebastian Engels obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Potsdam, Germany. During his undergraduate study, he worked in several large-scale event projects for the Berlin Pride Association (i.e. galas, street fairs and parades). Within these projects, Sebastian gathered hands-on experience by working closely with different artists and managers, local and national. The master’s degree in arts management will provide him with the necessary combination of a broad network, the specific knowledge of the arts sector and, the background in business administration to succeed as an artist manager.

Tiancong Tang

  • Degree: BA in Environmental Art Design
  • Research Interests: museum management

Tiancong Tang obtained an undergraduate degree in Environmental Art Design from Minzu University of China in 2013. In August 2013 she moved to the US to attend the University of Bridgeport to learn English and after two months graduated with honors. During her studies at Minzu she was the president of Chinese Young Volunteer Association and helped to organize many activities, some of which garnered press coverage. In 2010 she taught art and design in a primary school as a volunteer. During her sophomore year she went on a research trip to Yunnan Province culmintating in two exhibitions in Beijing and a published book with her professor and colleagues.

Xiaochen Chang

  • Degree: BA in Digital Media Arts
  • Research Interests: Chinese visual arts management practices, gallery management

Xiaochen Chang graduated from Communication University of China in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts. Prior to entering the Arts Management Program, Xiaochen directed several digital microfilms, and worked as an assistant for a Chinese cultural photographer. With great passion in arts, Chinese tradition culture, and international cultural fusion, Xiaochen enters this program to seek professional approaches to visual arts management, especially in respect to Chinese culture.

Xie Xiaojuan

  • Degree: BA in Advertising Design
  • Research Interests: Cultural exchange in the arts, visual arts management

Xiaojuan Xie has a bachelor's degree from the Beijing Technology and Business University. Prior to entering the Arts Management Program, Xiaojuan Xie worked as an intern at Christie's and worked at the Soka Art Center. Her research interests include practical aspects of institutional management and cross-cultural communication.