Alumni & Friends

At Northwest College, we are proud of every student. The Distinguished Alumni awards give us an opportunity to profile students who have gone on to “do well” in the world, and who have remembered Northwest College along the way.  

Each year, Northwest College honors an alum who has demonstrated 

  • Distinguished record of performance in their field of endeavor, and/or
  • Significant academic achievement at an accredited transfer institution(s), and/or
  • Outstanding service to and involvement in their community or NWC alumni affairs

Nominees for this honor must have attended NWC at least 15 years prior to the award (some exceptions) and be able to present at NWC Commencement Exercises to accept the award and speak to graduates.

If you know of a deserving alum and would like to nominate him/her as a Northwest College Distinguished Alum, please Click Here to fill out our Distinguished Alum nomination form.



Our current Distinguished Alum is featured below:

Nationally-renowned portrait artist Casey Childs, was born in Powell and raised in Lovell, Childs attended Northwest College, where his passion for art was ignited 20 years ago. After earning his associate degree in art from NWC, he went on to complete his bachelor’s at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

“My work as a whole encompasses an exploration of the human experience,” Childs said. “My interest in the people around me comes from the idea that we look at people every day, but we never really stop to see them.”

His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions and exhibits throughout the country in Texas, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming and many more.

Among Childs’ many honors, he’s most recently earned the Oil Painters of America Board of Directors’ Award of Excellence, the Art Renewal Center Realist Award of Excellence, first place drawing and second place painting for the Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, third place in the Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition and several others throughout his robust career.

Additionally, he was recently commissioned by the University of Wyoming to create a portrait of former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Cody. Consistently striving to capture beauty of the human form in each painting, Childs draws much of his inspiration from a variety of artists including John Giarrizzo, NWC associate professor of drawing and painting.

“John, my art professor at Northwest College, instilled in me a great love of art and an immense desire to create it,” he noted. Childs teaches portrait drawing and painting workshops throughout the country. Last year, he traveled to Paris with a group of American artists to study in museums and paint at the famous La Grande Chaumière, an art school in the city’s Montparnasse district.

Childs currently lives in Utah with his wife, Amanda, and their three sons, Evan, Owen and Cameron. Each week, he hosts a session at his studio where artists can paint or draw from a live model. When he manages to find a little free time, he enjoys golf, history and spending time with his family.

 See previous distinguished alum HERE