2015 Distinguished Alumni
The ArtsForce Kick-off and Luncheon is an event designed to help better prepare the College of Fine Arts students for their future careers. Join us and receive invaluable advice from 2015 Distinguished College of Fine Arts University of Utah Alumni. Come to learn from those who have been in your position. Lunch will be provided.
2015 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni
Art & Art History: Michael Mabry
Michael Mabry, who has been referred to as the Miles Davis of design, received his BFA from the University of Utah’s graphic design program in 1974. From there, Mabry stepped onto the international design and illustration stage. Mabry is best known for his corporate identities and distinctive brands for large clients. His international clients include Adobe, Martha Stewart Living, The Chronicle Books, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, SFMOMA, and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Mabry’s intuitive designs come from an intense reflective process. This distinguished alumni is back to share his experience in the design and illustration industry.
Ballet: Bené Arnold
Bené Arnold is a graduate from the University of Utah who has distinguished herself in the world of ballet. Arnold received her BFA and MFA from the Department of Ballet, a BS in elementary education, and an M.Ed in special education. She has danced professionally with The San Francisco Ballet Company for 10 years and served as the first ballet mistress to Ballet West from 1963-1975. From there, Arnold taught at the University of Utah, Department of Ballet until 2001. A few of her numerous awards include, The Chamber of Commerce Award in the Arts (1984), Utah State Senate Citation for contribution to ballet through the state, Distinguished Professor (1989), and Distinguished Professor Emerita. The University of Utah is looking forward to hosting Arnold as she shares experiences from her successful career.
Film & Media Arts: Genéa Gaudet
Genéa Gaudet received her MFA in Film Studies from the University of Utah. Her work in film and media arts has been featured on AMC, HBO, TLC, Showtime, PBS, The History Channel, and more. She has the uncanny ability to create stories through documentary films, unscripted television series, and music videos. She has been nominated for the best documentary short for her film Elder at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Now, she is back to share her extensive experience in the film industry.
Modern Dance: Phyllis Haskell Tims
Phyllis Haskell Tims began her professional dancing career at age six, which lasted twenty years. During that time, Haskell Tims performed ballet, modern, and did musical theatre. Additionally, Haskell Tims graduated the University of Utah with an advanced degree in modern dance and an undergraduate degree in education choreographing, teaching, and arts administration. After dancing professionally, she continued teaching at the university level. A few of the many positions Tims held include, President of the Nation Council of Dance Administrators, a board member of the International Associated of Fine Arts Deans, and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Haskell Tims is back to share her extensive understanding and experience in the arts.
Music: Gregory Brown
Gregory Brown graduated the University of Utah in 2011 with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Raised in Utah, Gregory Brown is the third oldest of The 5 Browns, a world- renowned piano ensemble composed of five siblings. He started piano at the age of three and continued to study at the Juilliard School, along with his five siblings. The family has performed in several different countries, simultaneously and unaccompanied, in celebrated theatres including National Symphony Orchestra, Suntory Hall in Japan, and Orchestre de chambre de Paris. The 5 Browns have been stared on Good Morning America, Jay Leno, The View and much more. Brown has worked separately, teaching piano and guest lecturing at the university level, and concertizes worldwide as a soloist, duo-pianist, and with his siblings. He is back to share his expertise and personal experience with performing around the world.
Theatre: Randy Reyes
In 1995, after studying in the Actor Training from the University of Utah, Randy Reyes continued to develop as an actor in hopes of one day impacting the world of theatre. As a multidisciplinary artist, Reyes joined Mu Performing Arts Company as an actor, administrator, director, and member. He has transformed Mu from a small company to one of the largest Asian American arts groups. Reyes has had professional experience with other programs including The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Chicago Ave. Project, the Playwrights’ Center, Cincinnati Playhouse and much more. Titles he holds include, President of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters, board member of Minnesota Theatre Alliance Artists and member of Twin Cities Theatre of Color Coalition. Join us in welcoming Randy Reyes back to the University of Utah to share his substantial art and theatre experience.