Student Profiles


Andrés Arteaga (MFA ’19)

Born and raised in the barrios of Los Angeles, Andrés Arteaga informally practiced art, dance and writing as a means to dream, hope and survive. He studied English Literature and French at Seattle University ('12) before moving back to Los Angeles to become a Jesuit. During his time in the Society of Jesus, Andrés pursued his artistic passions, noting a correlation between human flourishment, social justice, spirituality, and the arts. Andrés primarily worked with Latino and migrant communities in the U.S. and in Mexico as a commissioned painter, arts instructor, and ESL teacher. Upon leaving the Jesuits, Andrés became a Spanish and Religion arts educator at Villa Academy and is currently assuming the role of Director of Equity Education and Inclusion. He joins the MFA program with a desire to learn and grow as an artist and administrator. He is certain that the program will offer him the necessary tools to one day effectively serve the Latino and the LGBTQ+ Latino community via the arts.

Adam Burges (MFA ’19)

Originally a southern artist from Mississippi, Adam Burges currently resides in Seattle, Washington, splitting his time as an independent studio artist and glass studio technician at Glassybaby. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of South Alabama where he focused heavily on kiln-formed, blown, and cast glass sculpture. Upon graduation, Adam was selected for a residency as the lead gaffer and instructor at the Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach Alabama. It was there where he was allowed the opportunity to help develop a successful public access glassblowing program. During that 3-year residency, Adam got his first taste of how nonprofit art organizations operate and was hooked. His artistic journey has landed him in the Pacific Northwest where he continues to create his work and pursue his M.F.A. in Arts Leadership. Adam’s style is unique as he constantly experiments with various materials on a quest to obtain a visual voice that is truly his own.



Monica Tanbrin (MFA '19)

Born and raised in Indonesia, Monica came to Seattle pursue her B.F.A in Fashion Design at Art Institute of Seattle. She has worked as Product Stylist at Zulily and was nominated as one of the finalists at Seattle Style Night: Up and Coming Fashion Designer 2015. She also has an internship as Assistant Fashion Designer at one of the manufacturing companies in Indonesia. On the side, she is also the Co-Founder of, which is a Seattle-based women's clothing line that offer the needs in braless alternative. Her goal is to broaden the awareness and also strengthen the connection between fashion and arts to the world. Throughout her studies at Seattle University, she hopes to understand techniques to promote and analyzes what art means to society, while connecting with fellow classmates and teachers as well. Outside of class, Monica likes to explore new places, restaurants, hiking, gathering with friends and painting. Find more about Monica’s work at her website.


 Jessica Taylor (MFA '19)

Jessica Taylor grew up attending art classes at local non-profits in her small city because the school system never offered enough. Jessica watched funding for the arts be the first to be taken away at her public school and seeing something so essential to our education disregarded, this shifted her passion to be an advocate for the arts. Throughout college, she worked with various non-profits, such as The Living Arts and Science Center and the Lexington Art League, which has taught her the intricacies as well as the wonderful possibilities that a program can provide for their community. Graduating with a BA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication at Transylvania University, Jessica hopes to apply and strengthen these skills to successfully work with or for an art non-profit. When she’s not busy trying to learn to hang complicated artworks or come up with savvy social media tag lines, you can find her at local poetry readings, hiking trail she’s never ventured or working at the Marketing Assistant for the Arts Departments at Seattle University.


 Shannon Welles (MFA '19)

 Shannon earned her BA in Criminology from the University of South Florida and studied Art at Georgia State University. Music is her greatest passion, and she has worked in the live music industry for 18 years. A fine art photographer, she has exhibited her photographs nationally and worked with numerous local and international arts organizations in the 16 years she has been a Seattle resident. Over the past decade, she has shifted focus to earth, community, and place-based knowledge areas. She has studied permaculture, earthen building, herbalism, and Pacific Northwest native plants and ethnobotany. She is the founder of Hypha, a collaborative project employing art, science, and gift giving to grow community networks of plant sharing. Her mission is to use the Arts to tell new stories of life based on interdependent networks and cooperation in order to build a web of resilient communities.

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