Alumni/ae Art Show
The Alumni/ae Art Show, held in the Harry M. Drake Gallery, is an annual Reunion Weekend event showcasing the talents of our alumni/ae. This year's show will open on Friday evening, September 8th in conjunction with the Blue & Gold Bash: All Classes Cocktail Party. The 2023 exhibit will feature five alumni/ae artists covering a variety of different mediums: functional and decorative pottery from Chris Bond '89, inspired paintings by Lynn Schilling Brown '73, curious glass works from the studio of Fred Kaemmer '88, sustainably sourced silk clothing designs from Nicole Callahan Rattner '03, and sports branding and jersey designs by Matthew Wolff '08.
Read about each of the featured artists and see some of their works in the galleries below!
CHRIS BOND '89
Chris Bond is a potter from St. Paul, Minnesota. He makes functional pottery and also focuses on large-volume, decorative vessels and soda and wood atmospheric firings. Chris’ ceramic training includes four years at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis where he recently completed the MN NICE certificate program. He has exhibited his work at Northern Clay Center and Artistry in Bloomington, MN. In addition to pottery, Chris enjoys coaching youth hockey, traveling with his family, and almost anything outdoors.
LYNN SCHILLING BROWN '73
Lynn Brown graduated from St. Paul Academy and Summit School in 1973. She was an art student at the University of Minnesota, concentrating in drawing and painting. Lynn moved to Red Wing, MN and, with her husband Charlie, raised their 3 sons. She currently lives across the Mississippi on a farm in Wisconsin. Throughout the years her paintings have been shown locally and regionally. “I’ve always loved being in nature and feel that is reflected in my work.”
Lynn has a studio on her farm and also paints at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota.
FRED KAEMMER '88
Artist Bio and Statement:
"I have been blowing glass at my studio in downtown Saint Paul for over twenty years. I make one of a kind and limited production work that I sell in various galleries and select fine craft shows around the country. While I’ve won a few awards over my career, the coveted blue ribbon from the State Fair Art Barn remains out of reach. My greatest accomplishments are my 25+ year marriage and the parenting of two fantastic daughters (both SPA graduates)."
NICOLE CALLAHAN RATTNER '03
After years working as a designer in the fashion industry in NYC, Nicole launched her own women's apparel line, Sourcery Label. The collection of sustainably sourced, machine washable silk garments highlighted the beauty of natural fibers and sought to modernize the use of silk as an alternative to the synthetic contents that now dominate the industry, and contribute to microfiber pollution. Nicole has since parlayed her experience as an entrepreneur, and currently runs a portfolio of ecommerce brands, each of which are working towards more sustainable futures themselves.
MATTHEW WOLFF '08
Matthew Wolff is a designer and art director specializing in sports branding.
Matthew created several critically-acclaimed Nike soccer uniforms for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, including the Nigeria home kit — one of the most iconic and best-selling jerseys in the sport’s history. He designed on-pitch apparel for 2018 World Cup winners France, and led the first collaboration between Paris St-Germain and Jordan Brand. In four years at Nike, he designed over 400 apparel pieces and contributed to dozens of footwear pieces.
As an independent designer, Matthew designed the visual identity for Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire FC, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and co-designed that of New York City Football Club (NYCFC). He has created the visual identity for clubs at every level of the American soccer pyramid, including Oakland Roots, Vermont Green, Union Omaha, FC Tulsa, One Knoxville, Charleston Battery, Louisville City, San Diego Wave, Racing Louisville, and NJ/NY Gotham.
Matthew is also a co-founder and operator of Vermont Green Football Club, a minor league soccer team in Burlington, Vermont. The club is built on a foundation of environmental justice, and believes soccer can be a powerful catalyst for a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world.
Most recently, Matthew led the design of all the Minnesota Twins logos and uniforms. The work debuted at the start of the 2023 season.
Other noteworthy clients include: EA Sports, The FA (England National Team), Major League Soccer, Seattle Kraken, Angel City FC, Seattle Sounders FC, Bleacher Report, 100 Thieves, and Hypebeast.
After graduating from St Paul Academy in 2008, Matthew went on to Skidmore College and Parsons the New School for Design. A snapshot of his portfolio can be found at www.matthewwolff.com.