Office of Career Services

Alumni artists share advice on making a living making art

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    Scott Adams '97 helped design El Monumento. Photo by Carlos Barron, Jr.
    Carlos Barron
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    Carlos Barron '10 is a graphic designer and photographer
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    Julie Savasky '97 is associate partner with Pentagram, a graphic design firm in Austin.

Career Services is highlighting studio artists in our “Careers in…” series this fall.  Seven alumni artists will share their stories with current students in individual presentations throughout the semester.  Hear about their work, career and educational paths and advice for how and why you might want to follow in their footsteps.

All students are welcome to participate in any sessions, though space is limited.  Please reserve your spot by contacting Career Services at or stopping by our office in Ste. 140 of the Prothro Center.  Bring your lunch to mid-day sessions, if you like. 


Friday, Sept. 14, 12:20-1:20 p.m., Margaret Shilling Room
Alumnus Scott Adams ‘97 is an architect and assistant principal at Overland Partners in San Antonio. He recently helped design the new Georgetown restaurant El Monumento. His firm is known for modern, sustainable architecture.

Photographer/Graphic Designer

Friday, Sept. 21, 12:20-1:20 p.m., Margaret Shilling Room
Carlos Barron ‘10 (Studio Art), is a self-employed photographer who also does graphic design at J. Bryant Boyd, Architect & Design-Build in Georgetown.  Julie Hoyt Savasky ‘97 is Associate Partner at graphic design firm Pentagram in Austin.

Landscape Architect

Friday, October 19, 12:20-1:20 p.m., Margaret Shilling Room
Landscape architect and alumna Sarah Yant ‘02 is founder and owner of Eden Garden Design in Austin.


Tuesday, October 23, 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Martha Ballroom
Brian Burkhardt ‘01 (Kinesiology) is founder and owner of Hill Country Pottery, LLC, in Comfort, TX.

Glass Sculptor/Museum Exhibit Designer

Friday, November 2, 12:20-1:20 p.m., Merzbach Room (off the Cove)
Alumnus Drew Patterson formerly worked as a glass sculptor. He is currently self-employed as a contract museum exhibit designer, based in Austin, which incorporates his eye for design as well as his degree in archaeology.

Art Conservator

Thursday, November 8, 4-5 p.m., Protho Room (2nd floor, Smith Library Center)
Alumnus Brad Epley is Chief Conservator at the Menil Collection in Houston. Brad graduated from SU with a degree in chemistry. Students can also join Brad for an informal lunch from 12:20-1:20 p.m. in the Margaret Shilling Room.