Students and Alumni

A new anthology The Multispecies Salon, edited by Eben Kirksey, includes a chapter byKarin Bolender (MFAIA ‘07) about her R.A.W. Ass Milk Soap Project, and one by Kirksey about Deanna Pindell’s (MFAIA ’11) “recipes” for forest restoration.” The book and accompanying website document the vanguard of the emerging field of Multispecies Studies, an interdisciplinary field centered on art, ethnography, bio-politics, ethics, and related fields.
Ronnie Burrage (MFAIA’16), composer and drummer, was interviewed by Gigi Brooks,“Ronnie Burrage: A Labor of Love and Hearling,” in JazzTimes magazine.
Ryan Conarro (MFAIA ’15) begins an 18-month mentorship residency with Ping Chong + Company in New York this month. The residency, which will include collaboration on new and ongoing projects with the company, is part of the Leadership University: One on One Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.
Martin Dominguez Ball’s (MFAIA ’15) film, Coming to America:  A Family Narrative of Things,which explores the life stories and immigration experience of a Uruguayan-American family through the lens of their possessions and acquisitions, was shown at theAssociation for Consumer Research Conference Film Festival 2014 in Baltimore.
Kayla Jane Feist (MFAIA’16) collaborated with Dante Comparetto in creating a public art installation in Elm Park, Worcester, Mass., to promote recycling and engage the community with environmental planning and decision-making.
Cara Hagan (MFAIA ’12) recently premiered two new dance works: 3…2…1 as part of “Traversing,” a presentation of site-specific dance works and music in collaboration with the Carolina Summer Music Festival; and Emanio on the students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ annual Fall Dance Concert. Cara Hagan has been awarded a 2014/2015 Individual Artist Choreographic Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, given biannually to two choreographers, state wide. Cara is in her first semester at Appalachian State University as Assistant Professor of Dance Studies.
Annis Karpenko (MFAIA ’14) has been appointed Executive Director of Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) in Ontario. Located in the beautiful Riverwood Park, VAM offers over 200 visual arts classes to adults, teens and children.
Maggie Keenan-Bolger (MFAIA ‘14) with co-founder Rachel Sullivan, brought a new work of their Honest Accomplice Theatre to the University Settlement building in New York.The Birds & the Bees: Unabridged explores the unique – yet interwoven – life circumstances of eight women & trans people forced to confront their own sexuality.
Erin Lavelle (MFAIA ‘16) served as Art Director for Ruination: City of Dust. Produced byNorthern Lights Minnesota in collaboration with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Ruination engaged players in an immersive art experience/mystery game throughout the natural and built landscape of south Minneapolis, connecting environmental issues with collective action.
Ben T. Matchstick (MFAIA’ 16) and his Cardboard Teck Instantute presents Grottoblaster – an interactive hip-hop multi-media puppet adventure, cardboard arcade, and dance party, Halloween weekend at Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College.
Nikki Sao Pedro-Welch’s (MFAIA ’16) Project 7.19 a site-specific dance work inspired by the Salem witch trials will be performed in Salem, Massachusetts. Kayla Jane Feist(MFAIA’16) collaborated, creating publicity and the dancer’s costumes.


Petra Kupper’s new book, Studying Disability Arts and Culture, which contains material from two Goddard students, Chanika Svetvilas (MFAIA ‘14) and Michael Williamson (MFAIA ‘12), has just been released.  In this accessible introduction to the study of disability arts and culture, Petra Kuppers foregrounds themes, artists and theoretical concepts in this diverse field. Complete with case studies, exercises and questions for further study, the book introduces students to the work of disabled artists and their allies, and explores artful responses to living with physical, cognitive, emotional or sensory difference. TheWomen’s Caucus for Art has just announced that Petra is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Art and Activism Award. She recently spoke at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michael Sakamoto recently headlined the If… International Performing Arts Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, produced by Bangkok University Theatre Company. He performed a new solo work-in-progress, “blind spot,” an autobiographical dance theater work that addresses philosophical and political issues of identity, not knowing, and censorship. Michael will also present a performative lecture on “blind spot” next month at the annualCORD/SDHS Conference, the largest international dance studies gathering.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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