Alkek One Student Gallery Creator Mentors

Display and Exhibit Mentors

A highly credentialed slate of artists and creators will work with students selected for the Alkek One Student Gallery. These mentors can help artists figure out how to present their creations and how to use the resources in Alkek One to display the exhibits.

Display and Exhibit Mentors

Mentors for the 2024 selected projects are:

Jennifer Epperson

Art piece from Jennifer Epperson

Jennifer Epperson is a 4th generation Texan, living many years of her life in Houston. As business entrepreneur she founded a drafting business and a school to teach drafting. She received national and international recognition through The White House Council on Small Business, The Small Business Administration, Vice President’s Council on Youth Employment and spoke at The International Decade of Women Conference in Copenhagen DK. 

She became a student at Glassell School MFAH after departing a successful business career.  Epperson studied art history and painting, met artists, went to gallery openings and museums, participated in public art—all necessary, possible and sublimely offered. The artist attributes her foundational education to Houston’s art culture.

Epperson staged an exhibition in April 2022, Reshaping Trauma Through Art, An Artist’s Quest for Healing from Sexual Assault at The Price Center Gallery in San Marcos. The exhibit resulted from an intensive exploration of childhood sexual assault through art and psychoanalysis. The event was sponsored and supported by City of San Marcos Art Commission, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, TXST Common Experience.

Ines Magaña

Image of woman dressed up for dia de los Muertos

I create costumes, face paint creations, and do feature presentations as a chica calavera, Dia de los Muertos. I honor my beloved brother, Jerry's life through my costume creations. At the same time, also bring joy to others in the community that experience my creations. 

Karly "k-scheezy" Shlievert

A piece of art

Karly “k-scheezy” Schlievert (she/they) is a sculptural artist from south/central Texas. Schlievert attended Texas State University in San Marcos where they received a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Gender Studies, which often influences the conceptual side of their work. After completing a bachelor’s degree in the midst of a global pandemic, Karly became quite involved in the local art community in San Marcos. 

She joined the Board of the San Marcos Art League in 2021, and has since become the Market Director of the league’s monthly fine art market, Art Squared, in downtown San Marcos. Karly Schlievert is a proud studio member at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos and sits on the boards of multiple committees and organizations such as San Marcos Studio Tour and the Texas State University System Public Art Committee. 

You can find work by k-scheezy at various markets around Central Texas, as well as on Instagram @kscheezy

Noah Brock

Icarus Wings statue

Noah Brock is the MakerSpace Coordinator for the Alkek Library at Texas State University, where he oversees all operations of the MakerSpace that includes additive and subtractive fabrication technologies as well as traditional ways of making. He has extensive experience working in, building, and maintaining fabrication facilities for academic institutions including the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University where he received his Masters of Fine Arts. Noah teaches training and skills workshops related to physical creation of objects and has led multi-day workshops in 3D modeling and digital fabrication for grade school students all the way to practicing professionals.

Harley Miller

Harley Miller artwork

Harley Miller is the University Libraries Digital Design Specialist. He manages the DesignSpace in Alkek One on the first floor of the Alkek Library and teaches a variety of 2D and 3D design workshops.

As an expert digital artist and innovative 3D designer with over 12 years of experience across diverse industries, Harley Miller brings a unique blend of creative prowess and detailed insight to every project.

Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art Design and Animation, Harley has honed his artistic skills to create visually captivating digital content that engages audiences. His journey in various sectors, including freelance, oil and gas, department of defense, and higher education, has fostered a holistic approach to problem-solving and project execution.

Outside the professional realm, he is an avid enthusiast of gaming and 3D printing. This passion for interactive media and technology further fuels his creative process, enabling him to stay at the forefront of innovative digital art techniques and trends. His naval aviation background has instilled in him a deep appreciation for attention to detail, an attribute that reflects prominently in his meticulous and engaging digital creations.

Zaineb Alhatri

Zaineb Alhatri serves as this year's student representative on the Display and Exhibit Mentor Committee.