November 21, 2017

WAM Collective 2017-2018

Meet the 2017-2018 WAM Collective!

Portrait of Laurel Darling

Laurel Darling is a junior studying English and Art History. In addition to the WAM Collective, Laurel is an editor at The Tower, the university’s art and literary magazine. She can often be found working at the Minnesota English Language Program office. In her limited free time, Laurel enjoys traveling, reading Shakespeare, listening to podcasts or rap music, and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.



Portrait of Lauren Gengler


Lauren Gengler is a 3rd year studying Art and Journalism who spends most of her time within the walls of the museum. When she is not at the WAM, she can be found reading a good book or jammin’ on her planner. In addition to the campus museum scene, Lauren is active with the university’s comedy club, Minnesota Long Form Improv and Phony magazine.



Portrait of Lexi HermanLexi Herman is a cross-disciplinary artist and educator. She has generated a number of independent artistic and curatorial projects and has presented work throughout the Twin Cities in various galleries and programs including Cellular Cinema, 9 x 22, Feminist Video Quarterly, Co-Exhibitions, Quarter Gallery, Yeah Maybe, and SooVAC. Lexi currently holds the position of Education Assistant at WAM. Lexi is finishing her last year as a BFA candidate in sculpture at the University of Minnesota.


Portrait of Madalyn Johnson


Madalyn Johnson is a junior studying strategic communications, sustainability, and environmental science, policy and management! Born and raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, she is a natural fan of outdoor activities, tremendous amounts of snow and the Twin Cities. She is incredibly excited and honored to be a part of the vibrant art community in Minneapolis.



Portrait of Barthollomew Presby


Barthollomew Presby is a multifaceted artist and musician with a habit of questioning the status quo and a passion for guerrilla creation and performance. It is likely that one may find him making something, rolling somewhere, or discussing the universe with someone. If you spot him, feel free to say, “Hi!” Barthollomew will be happy to meet you.



Portrait of Frederica SimmonsFrederica Simmons is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a dual degree in Art History and Communication studies through the University Honors Program. She is also one of the Weisman Art Museum’s Gallery Learning Interns and has worked for the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the MultiGenerational Learning department as well. She loves to connect her passions for art with the community at every possible opportunity.


Portrait of Laura Stamm


Laura Stamm is in her fourth year at the University reviving a degree in both art history and art.Her artistic style is minimalistic through use of bold color along with mix media materials in her drawings and paintings. Most of her free time is spent with her dog Freja.



Portrait of Jedding TambaJedding Tamba is a senior majoring in Health Service Management with a minor in Public Health. My introduction to Art comes from my love of music. Once a DJ, growing up I found myself being captivated by the covers and various booklets within CD and Vinyl’s. I have no talent to create works of art (Trust me I tried) but highly respect and admired those who can. I travel frequently and make it a priority to visit a museum or gallery in every city I go to. As of now, my favorite “Art Adventure” was the Takashi Murakami exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I live by the motto “If everyone is the artist, who is left to appreciate it”. My contribution to the arts I believe is my time given as well as my love and appreciation of it.


Portrait of Anya Udovik


Anya Udovik is a third year Art History and History major with a particular interest in alternative gallery spaces and museology. Although her primary focus is contemporary Eastern European art history, Anya also enjoys reading up on postwar print culture, transi tombs, and Conceptualism.




Portrait of Caleb Vanden Boom



Caleb Vanden Boom is a fourth year graphic design student with an emphasis in web design and typography. He currently works for local design firm Joyce and workshop/collaborative space Fool Proof.




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