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Carla R. González
Director of Admissions
Carla Gonzalez has 25 years of art education and higher education administration-related experience. As Director of Precollege and Continuing Studies (2006-2014) at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, González developed college-preparatory art and design programs for high school students to encourage interdisciplinary experiences that teach students to consider how various art and design forms intersect. González has also been a senior art buyer and a gallery assistant director, and has taught photography at various college and community organizations. Outside of work, she exhibits her photographic work and presents on careers in art and design at national and regional professional conferences. She has volunteered on the National Portfolio Day Association’s marketing committee, and as co-chair of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Continuing Education group. González is also a member of the NAEA/Michigan Art Education Association.
Director of Admissions
Colleen Mulvey is Director of Admissions at San Francisco Art Institute. She graduated from SFAI’s MFA program in 2008, and also has a BFA in Photography from The College of St. Rose. She has exhibited her artwork at Southern Exposure, The Lab, and Mina Dresden Galleries in the Bay Area, and several galleries in New York as well. Her work explores urban and domestic constructs through drawing, photography, performance, and installation. Mulvey’s favorite part of working in admissions is helping talented young students realize their potential and see art school as a viable, exciting, and necessary jump-start to a creative career.
Associate Director of Admissions
Born on Staten Island, NY, and raised in Montana, Minnesota, and Kentucky, Mary Kazura has come to call the Twin Cities home for over 20 years. She received a BA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 1999 as well as a Master of Art in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2017. Kazura has been creating handmade artwork and jewelry since childhood and enjoys sharing her visual art skills with others by teaching Portfolio Preparation and Drawing Fundamental courses for teens through the Continuing Education department at MCAD. She is proud to be serving her alma mater as Associate Director of Admissions at MCAD, where she has been working since 2001.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Jason Umfress is an artist living and working in Orange County, CA. He has a bachelor's degree in Drawing + Painting from Laguna College of Art + Design where he currently works with high school and college students as they prepare their portfolios in pursuit of an education in both commercial and fine arts. Umfress’ work has been featured nationwide, including exhibitions throughout Southern California: All Media Juried Exhibition 2015 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, San Diego Art Institute Winter Exhibition 2015, and various shows at Basement Projects in Downtown Santa Ana.
Natalie A. Lascek
Director of Admissions Marketing & Recruitment
Natalie A. Lascek is the Director of Admissions, Marketing & Recruitment at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster. She holds a BFA in Weaving & Fibers with a minor in Art History and a state teaching certification in art education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Lascek is also serving a third term on the City of Lancaster Public Art Advisory Board. She is active in visual arts advocacy and art education.
Associate Director of Freshman Admission
Kelly Teeling is an artist and higher education professional. She has worked in art school admission for seven years and is currently the Director of Freshman Admission and Coordinator of Scholarship Programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Teeling received a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of the Arts & Design in Washington, DC, and maintains an active artmaking practice, working in large-format and alternative-process photography.
Flynn Linehan is an Admissions Counselor at Parsons School of Design where she has worked since 2013. She is based in Los Angeles as The New School's regional admission representative for Southern California. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, where her graduate work focused primarily on printmaking, drawing, and experimental photographic practices. Linehan also holds a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University.
Assistant Vice President for Admissions
Heeseung Lee is the Assistant Vice President for Admissions at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. An admissions professional for 20 years, Lee has dedicated her professional life to arts and higher education access and advocacy. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and is on the Board of Directors of The Clay Studio, a Philadelphia-based international center supporting the advancement of ceramic arts.
Senior Admissions Counselor
Nathaniel Wyrick is a 2014 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA) program, and a co-founder of the Boston-based Petrichor Performance Collective. He has exhibited and performed throughout the United States and Europe, most notably at the Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, MA), Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brooklyn, NY), Mobius (Cambridge, MA), and the Tempting Failure Festival (London, England). He is the recipient of grants through the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Arts Commission, the New Center for Arts and Culture and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and Arts Council England, and a Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship award from the SMFA. Based in Portland, OR, Wyrick is a Senior Admissions Counselor for the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Larry Lee is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he also teaches as Lecturer for the Art History, Theory and Criticism department. A multimedia artist, independent curator and writer, his practice includes sculpture, video, installation and painting as well as his curatorial project, Molar Productions, Lee “remakes” his personal history in specific and the Asian American experience in general into stylized multimedia objects and images he facetiously terms “orientalia”. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Living and working in New Haven Connecticut, Joey Loos received her MFA from Western Connecticut State University. Joey works in the Admissions Office at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her work most recently at Fred Giampetro Gallery, Blue Mountain Gallery, and the Washington Art Association. Working primarily as an abstract, mixed media artist, she creates work that is largely nonrepresentational. Her paintings reflect on ideas of memories and transience. Fueled by a love of investigation, Loos uses a combination of oil paints and nontraditional art making materials to create her work.
Regional Coordinator of Admissions
Silvia Beatriz Abisaab is an artist and arts contributor based in Kansas City, MO. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2016, where she acquired a passion to use both photography and video to collaboratively work with individuals and organizations in the Kansas City community. Abisaab currently works in the Admissions department at the Kansas City Art Institute as a Regional Coordinator. In addition, she is a founding leader of the Artist of Color Alliance and Documentation Specialist with 50/50.
Regional Coordinator of Admissions
Daniel Chase is a visual artist and writer living in Kansas City. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a double major in Painting and Creative Writing, in 2016 at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he is a Regional Coordinator of Admissions. Chase primarily works with hand-painted animation and projection within public spaces as a method of creating immersive experiences. His work has been exhibited throughout Kansas City.