Coordinator Student Recruitment
Joni Taylor is an artist/illustrator living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work is concerned with the idea of comic arts as a potent medium to disseminate a feminist message through humor and hyperbole. To this end, Taylor has published numerous zines and comics with a decided feminist agenda and is exploring 2D sculptural forms. Her work at Emily Carr University is a perfect outlet for her passion for the arts. Taylor received a BFA in 2014 and an MFA in 2017.
Director of Admissions
David Sigman has 13 years of progressive experience in art and design education. For the past 6 years, he has been the director of admissions at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Sigman earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and served on the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) Board of Directors.
Principal Admissions Counselor, Secondary Education Outreach
As the secondary outreach coordinator and principal admissions counselor for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Kris Musto spends the school year traveling and working in high school art classrooms with art teachers and students. She graduated with a BFA from MCAD and has worked in MCAD admissions for 20 years. In between taking trips and making things, Musto teaches workshops on bookbinding, altered books, soft sculpture, drawing, and portfolio development for art school.
Forrest Wasko is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2017. In Wasko’s practice, the subject of the work becomes the medium of photography itself and the various forms a photograph can take. Using images of the everyday, the familiar, and snapshots, he portrays a spectrum of subjects from within and without the personal narrative. Wasko is interested in the many ways photographs can present themselves—how we ready them, interact with them, and use them to communicate our experiences. Considering photographs as a form of language, his work investigates the different vocabularies and vernaculars present in photography. Using these images, Wasko creates photo essays, photo objects, and photo books.
Genevieve Arnone currently serves as an admissions counselor for Moore College of Art & Design located in Philadelphia’s Center City District. This position has allowed her to travel extensively, reviewing student work from all over the United States. She received her Master of Arts in Art History/Fine Arts Administration from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture. Her area of specialization is in modern and contemporary art, with special interest in surrealism and controversial art. As an artist, historian, and advocate of the arts, Arnone actively seeks out any opportunity to engage in a greater dialogue with the public about their interests and relationships to the creative realm.
Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment
Courtney Richter is the assistant director of admissions recruitment at Otis College of Art and Design. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Wellesley College and her MFA in Visual Arts from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Coming from a background in printmaking and then discovering her love for fibers after taking a weaving class, Richter’s art practice demonstrates her tendency to dabble in various mediums—moving between sculpture, installation, works on paper, painting, and collage. She is in awe of the creative community in Los Angeles and values each opportunity she gets to meet young artists and designers around the world through her work at Otis College.
Melanie Delach is a mixed media painter residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Adelphi University in 2017 and an MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2019. Her mixed media paintings push the boundaries and borders of what it means to look inside the self through intimate interiors. She invites the viewer into her space, but the materiality of the paintings pushes viewers back into real time, leaving them negotiating their access to these spaces. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at Anna Zorina Gallery and LatchKey Gallery in New York, at PAFA’s museum, in Philadelphia galleries such as Tiger Strikes Asteroid, in an exhibition hosted by InLiquid, and at institutions such as Adelphi University and Delaware Community College. Delach has curated exhibitions in PAFA’s Tuttleman Gallery and Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia. She received the Fine Arts Venture Fund Grant and the Judith McGregor Caldwell Purchase Prize at PAFA. Her work was recently collected to be a part of the PAFA permanent collection.
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Sioban Lombardi is an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a painter, educator, and arts advocate. Her work was included in the 2010 Midwest edition of New American Paintings. Lombardi was a founding member of Margin Artists Co-Op and served as a director for Refuge Center for the Arts and Woman Made Gallery. Her work explores truth and fiction as they exist in memory and nostalgia. Lombardi earned her BFA in Painting from Barat College of DePaul University in Illinois and her MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Jerrica Mayo received her BA degree from Austin Peay State University and her MBA from Argosy University. She now calls Nashville home, along with her husband, three kids, and—fun fact—a three-legged dog. She has worked in higher education enrollment and admissions for 9 years and most loves to review the artwork of the talented people she meets across the United States. “I’m inspired to help young people pursue their academic goals, while finding the institution that best fits their educational and artistic talents.” Mayo is a portrait photographer.
Originally from Loxahatchee, Florida, Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Watkins College of Art in 2018 with a BFA in fine art. In her own artistic practice, Obel explores her interest in science and science fiction, in particular chaos theory and time travel, through a variety of media. Her spare time is spent serving as a board member and all-star team member of Nashville Roller Derby, a premier women’s flat-track roller derby team.