Category: #CFADWorks

#CFADWorks: Jessica Craddock

From her picturesque Colorado ranch, College of Fine Arts and Design alumna Jessica Craddock shares her journey to becoming the founder and owner of The Artist Market Co.

After graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010 with a B.F.A. in Painting, Craddock first learned the skills of gallery management while working for notable Oklahoma City artist Suzanne Wallace Mears. She soon opened her own pop-up gallery, an experience which fostered her interest in learning to more effectively market her art. After several years of experience at local marketing firm Public Strategies, Craddock launched her business The Artist Market Co. to teach fine artists the necessary business skills to successfully market and sell their work. As a painter, entrepreneur and business owner, Craddock helps her fellow artists to make a living while doing what they love.

To learn more about Craddock and The Artist Market Co., please visit theartistmarket.co.

#CFADWorks: Kevin Bergquist

As a Graphic Designer at Fulton Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN, alumnus Kevin Bergquist demonstrates the skills he gained from the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design in his daily work.

Bergquist graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a minor in Illustration. Since then, he has used his educational experiences throughout his career, working independently as a screenprinter and freelance designer before beginning his current position at Fulton Brewing Company as a full-time Graphic Designer. His daily work involves designing anything from packaging to web graphics to posters for the company, providing ample opportunities to flex his creative muscles.

Last year, Bergquist’s unique illustration process was recognized by the British art and design publication “It’s Nice That.” Utilizing a scanner to distort his designs, the illustrator created a wobbling effect that offered movement and spontaneity to his compositions. To see examples of his work in this style and read the full feature by “It’s Nice That,” visit https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/kevin-bergquist-illustration-060917.

View Bergquist’s most recent series of designs below:


#CFADWorks: Erin Clemons

Backstage at “Hamilton: An American Musical,” UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alumna Erin Clemons finds a moment amid the whirlwind of rehearsals to share her journey since gradation.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2011, Clemons moved to New York City to begin her career on Broadway. In “Les Misérables,” Clemons touched the hearts of thousands in the tragic role of lovelorn martyr, Éponine. Clemons also performed for audiences across America in the “Les Misérables 25th Anniversary U.S. National Tour” and as Janelle Woods in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical First National Tour.”

Returning to the Broadway stage, Clemons is currently starring in “Hamilton: An American Musical.” This critically-acclaimed musical boasts hundreds of accolades, including 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Clemons is a member of the ensemble, and she has also portrayed Angelica Schuyler, Eliza Hamilton, Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds.

Clemons remembers UCO as an environment where she was able to hone her craft under the guidance of professionals that have evolved into lifelong friends and mentors. For tickets to see her performance in “Hamilton,” visit hamiltonmusical.com.

#CFADWorks: Milena Govich

On the set of primetime medical drama “Chicago Med,” UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alumna Milena Govich pressed pause on a busy week of directing her first network television episode to send an update to her alma mater.

Upon graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999 with degrees in Vocal Performance and Pre-Medicine and minors in Dance and Violin, Govich’s launch to stardom began on Broadway. Appearing in shows such as “Cabaret,” “The Boys From Syracuse” and “Good Vibrations,” Govich’s acting chops were quickly recognized, and she transitioned into a prolific career on television.

After landing the recurring role of Assistant District Attorney Jessica Rossi in the Dick Wolf series “Conviction,” Govich soon became the first and only female detective on the Emmy-winning series, “Law & Order.” Households across the nation tuned in to see Govich as Detective Nina Cassady, the spitfire rookie eager to prove herself on the force. Following “Law & Order,” Govich appeared on the wrong side of the law as Lori Stevens in the MTV original drama, “Finding Carter.” Her impressive career boasts roles in nearly one hundred television episodes, including those in “Love Monkey, “Rescue Me,” “K-Ville,” “The Defenders” and “Make It or Break It.”

Selected as one of only eight filmmakers in the American Film Institute’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, Govich has found success as a director as well. She is also a part of the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program. Her award-winning short film, “Temporary,” has been featured in festivals across the country. Her latest project, “Unspeakable,” premiered at South By Southwest in 2018, and Govich has directed episodes of “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” that will appear this season.

In 2017, the University of Central Oklahoma honored Govich for her accomplishments by presenting her with the Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and producing partner, writer David Cornue.