Professional Advisory Board

The School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has enjoyed a long history of collaboration with highly successful artists, designers, companies and practicing professionals, several of whom are Stout graduates. In an effort to enhance and further develop these relationships, we formed the Professional Advisory Board for the B.F.A. in Art and the M.F.A in Design degree programs. These professionals, who come from coast to coast, provide valuable industry insight so that Stout students receive the education and guidance they need to be successful.
Functions and Concepts
The Professional Advisory Board typically meets once a semester to discuss topics including curriculum, cooperative education/internships, new program development and other important initiatives. The board provides insight, perspective, advice and support from practicing professionals. Students are given the opportunity to meet with these professionals and alumni for reviews of their work, and one-on-one feedback about their progress. This is also an excellent chance for students to network and ask questions about their future career tracks. Professional Advisory Board members are also involved with presentations and panel discussions.

This board includes three professional members from each of the concentrations for a total of fifteen members who serve staggered three-year terms. The board meets as a group with faculty of the School of Art and Design, the campus B.F.A. in Art and M.F.A. in Design Program Advisory Committees and students. Typical on-campus meetings will last one day,  and members keep in touch with faculty and students via e-mail for updates and information between meetings.

Name Position/Title  Corporation/Location
Sarah Amundsen Group Manager
Target Store Planning & Design, Minneapolis, MN Interior Design
Andrea Avery
Community Arts Coordinator
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Studio Art
Jill Borofka
Sr. User Interface Designer, Product Design Group
EFI (Electronics For Imaging), Foster City, CA
Graphic Design
Tamara Brantmeier
DirectorSchool of Arts & Design, UW-Stout
Studio Art
Andrew Christensen
Associate Art Director
Fantasy Flight Games, Saint Anthony, MN
Entertainment Design
Samara Christian
OwnerSamara Jewelry Designs, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Studio Art
Jo Davison
Creative Director
Larsen Design, Minneapolis, MN
Graphic Design
Scott Gaff Production Supervisor

Flurry Animation Studios, Minneapolis, MN
Multimedia Design
Chris Grun
Art Director
Rhythm & Hues Studios, Inc., El Segundo, CA
Entertainment Design
Stefan Hartung
Creative Director
HartungKemp, Minneapolis, MN
Graphic Design
Tracy Lesneski
PrincipalMeyer Scherer & Rockcastle, LTD, Minneapolis, MN
Interior Design
Jay Libby
Manager, Marketing Services
Andersen Corporation, Bayport, MN
Industrial Design
Rochelle Maresh
Senior Interior Designer
BWBR Architects, St. Paul, MN
Interior Design
David Molanphy
Assoc. Creative Director
Orangeseed, Minneapolis, MN
Multimedia Design
Fred Sklenar
Creative Director/Design Manager
Great Northern Corporation, Chippewa Falls, WI
Graphic Design
Scott Stulen
Director, McKnight Fellowship
Walker Art Center
Studio Art
Joel Templin Principal/Designer Hatch Design, San Francisco, CA
Graphic Design
Rich Walters
Director of Industrial Design
LS Research, LLC., Cedarburg, WI
Industrial Design
Jeremy Wilker
CinematographerTweak Digital, Golden Valley, MN
Entertainment Design