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Taylor Emery

BFA in Ceramics 2017

Taylor Emery is the founder of her own company, Clay By Tay. Taylor draws inspiration from pop culture to her ceramic pieces, using bright colors and applying decals of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Beyoncé to name a few. Each piece of her functional work blends fine craftsmanship with a vivid personality, making her pieces accessible to everyone. After graduating in 2017, Taylor completed a residency in Goshen, Indiana under the instruction of Justin Rothshank. While there, she was also a resident artist and teacher with Goshen Youth Arts. Taylor now lives and continues to run her successful business in St. Louis, MO.

Rodger Drawing

Rodger C. Francis II

BFA in Drawing/Painting 2015

Rodger C. Francis II will soon graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College. He was recently featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune's Ovation Section. His energetic personality, strong work ethic and diverse background of studies here at Columbia College has set Rodger up for a bright future in the arts.

To hear more from Rodger about his experience here at Columbia College, check out this video!


Taylor and Rodger are just two examples of the success and opportunities you'll find across all of the art majors at Columbia College. You will develop career-specific skills and knowledge while enjoying the best of a liberal arts education.

Student Highlights

Ben Stokes, 2018, was hired as a designer for the Evoke Group Marketing Agency here in Columbia, MO.

Katherine Barnes, class of 2014, is a practicing artist who works in painting, drawing, and graphic design. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Barnes has also taught a range of classes at the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and here at Columbia College.

Liz Oeftering and Nell Chronister took home 1st and 2nd place (respectively) in the student category at the Orr Street Studios 2018 “Poster Design Show.”

Cecelia Peters graduated in 2018 with her BFA in ceramics. Thereafter she began working at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She is now a resident artist at the Cub Creek Foundation.

Ashley Dudenhoeffer graduated in 2018 and thereafter became a full-time graphic designer at the Missouri River Regional Library.

Kelsey Farley, class of 2017, was hired by Leinicke Group as a Digital Media Artist

Eva Pemberton, class of 2016, was hired by Columbia College after her graduation as a Web Designer in the Marketing Department.

Upon graduating in 2016, Bryan Page began in the Master of Fine Arts program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Julian Foley, after graduating with his BFA in 2016, moved on to the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Missouri emphasizing in sculpture.

Emily Kebert is a Strategic Communications Associate in the MU College of Education Strategic Communications Office. Her responsibilities include branding, marketing, project management, print and digital communications, the College’s website, and more.

Alicia Troesser, class of 2013, has been promoted to Art Director for Caledon Virtual, a full-service marketing agency that develops marketing communications and software applications for startups as well as for established organizations. She previously worked as social media director at Comminiqué and a graphic designer at Veterans United Home Loans. On September 5, 2015 she was highlighted for this promotion in the Columbia Daily Tribune "Top Drawer" Section.

Taylor Emery had a piece of pottery in a show at NCECA last March and currently has work on display at Poppy in Columbia. She was also featured in a story about the North Village Arts District Farmers & Artisan Market on KOMU.

Taylor Emery, Kyle Keeby, Eva Pembertonand Jacob Bigelow had pottery on display at the cup show at Access Arts.

Kyle Keeby's pottery won Best of Show at the student art show.

Sarah Harker was awarded the Watershed center for the Ceramics Arts Residency Assistantship Award and had a successful two weeks in Maine.

Class of 2015, Raschel Relford was recently hired by Zillner, a marketing firm focused on seniors in Kansas, as their Digital Project Manager. Her responsibilities will include web development, coding and graphic design.

Class of 2014 Whitney Roemer has accepted a position teaching art for the Mexico Public School system.

Former BFA student Matt Rahner is currently teaching at Missouri Valley College and recently had his exhibition and lecture Eminent Domain featured at the Genevieve Guldner Gallery in Kansas City.

Hear more about the Columbia College Art Department, check out this video!

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