College of Communication & Creative Arts - Art
News from Our Alumni
Brianna Brennan (2014) is the Graphic Designer at Kona Surf Co. in Wildwood, NJ. Along with rebranding the company, she designs and manages the production of some of their products and the accompanying marketing materials. "A project that I just completed was using CAD to build the structure and images for surfboards and stand-up paddle boards that are now in factory production. There is always something new in my job, so it's a really fun environment!"
Erin Ewasko (2013) joined Bellia Print & Design in Glassboro, NJ. As Graphic Designer, she works with business and community leaders and local residents to develop and produce a wide range of communication materials.
Krista DeMato (2014) is the new Interactive Designer at iCIMS, a talent acquisition software company in Matawan, NJ.
Kendra DeSimone (2015) has accepted a position as graphic designer/creative specialist at Harris Tea in Moorestown, NJ. As part of the marketing team she will be doing design, photography and some promotional writing for their packaging and identity programs.
Nicholette Absil (2011) was juried as an Emerging Artist into the highly competitive Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show.
Stephanie Gerhard (2015) has accepted a position as graphic designer at Keystone Industries in Gibbstown, NJ. She will be doing creative work for the pharmaceutical company's dental department.
Kristin Cosmo (2015), is Art Teacher at the International Academy of Trenton, Trenton, NJ.
Madeline DeFino (2014), is Art Teacher at Hampton Public School, New Milford, NJ.
Natalia Navarro (2014), is Art Teacher at Timber Creek Regional High School, Sicklerville, NJ.
Nicole Smedile (2015), is Art Teacher at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, NJ.
Josh Carter (2012) has been selected for a 6-month Fellowship at The Huffington Post in NYC. He will be assisting with graphic design and motion graphics. He said, "Being involved in the design community after you graduate pays off! A couple years ago I was at an AIGA Start Up event and I was the designer/ motion graphics person on one of the business teams. I didn't actually sign up for this Fellowship; the owner of that Start Up business referred me for the position."
Elaina Unger (2012) is interviewed about her path to illustration and her work as a colorist working for Archie Comics on such books as Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog. You can listen to the podcast here:
Alexandra Barilotti (2011) is Art Teacher at Larchmont Elementary, Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Caitlyn Clements (2009) is 1/2 Day Art teacher at Glassboro High School. She is also teaching Introduction to Painting as an adjunct instructor at Rowan University.
Derek Koch (2015) has been hired as Graphic Designer at Poulin + Morris in NYC. The design firm is recognized for work on environmental graphics, donor recognition, wayfinding sign programs, and exhibitions.
Corey Petit (2014) has a new position in the Bridgeton School District. He is teaching K-8 Art at West Avenue Elementary School in Bridgeton, NJ.
Megan Richards (2014) is the Art Teacher at Hartford Elementary, Mt. Laurel
Jessica Zellers (2012) is now Fine & Performing Arts teacher at Burlington Township High School
Tyler Cheli (2015) is working as Marketing and Digital Media Intern at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, MA. Some of her projects have included branding the Cafe and Pub on the festival grounds, creating an interactive Instagram game to see what is going on at Jacobs Pillow each week (thisweekatjacobspillow) and designing for two events, Free Fun Friday at Jacob's Pillow and National Dance Day campaign. She says, "I have worked on quite a bit since I have been here, especially with promoting the international dance companies that come each week. I also assist with ticket sales, marketing promotion and give tours, and I am learning a lot about digital marketing. Needless to say, they keep us very busy, but I am enjoying my experience."
Jane Gandenberger Medio (2010) teaches art at Egg Harbor Township High School. She won a scholarship for an Artist Teacher Institute program at Stockton University to take a printmaking course this summer.
Mike Smith (2010) has returned to Philadelphia after several years in New York. He has started Smith & Diction with his fiancé and copywriting partner Chara Odhner.
James Viola (2009) is working full-time as a freelance graphic designer and blogger specializing in brand and logo development for companies around the USA. He also designs posters and other merchandise under a new initiative: Damn Good! Brand.
Thuy Vo (2010) continues to work as a graphic designer in University Publications at Rowan. She has also developed an online jewelry site, ShamelesslySparkly.com
Nicolette Absil (2011) was the featured artist in a Philly.com article about her enamel jewelry and her process and influences.
Jessica Genarie (2015) is now the fulltime Designer/Photo editor for the consumer electronics company Mobilestar (or Aduro Products as the online division) in Metuchen, NJ. She began as an intern in February and was hired full-time after graduation. Genarie says, "I am currently doing a lot of photo editing. It is my responsibility to photograph the products and create/retouch product images. I also create the lifestyle photos that are seen for our products on Groupon, Amazon, etc."
Danielle Brazinski (2012) earned her MA in Art Therapy/Counseling at The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. Currently she is recreational art therapist at The Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, PA.
Tyler Cheli (2015) will be interning for the summer festival season at Jacob's Pillow in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.
Krista DeMato (2014) is Graphic Design Manager at Likeable Local, a social media marketing software company in NYC.
Matheus Fiuza (2014) is now Senior Designer at Busch Gardens Tampa.
Jessica Genarie (2015) is beginning her new job as designer for Aduro Products in Metuchen, NJ.
Jon May (2015) is the summer design intern at Mole Street in Philadelphia.
Elaina Unger (2012) painted a portrait of Malala Yousafzai because she was inspired by Malala's story of courage and persistence. After posting it on Tumblr, Elaina has watched it go viral when the Malala Fund shared it on Twitter and Facebook a few days ago. "I am humbled to know that people think I have done justice to Malala by honoring her in my painting. I think she a subject worth portraying because she has done so much with her life to support women's education, and she always seems to have a positive outlook on things in spite of her harsh experiences with the Taliban." The portrait was also on display in an exhibition at Rowan's Osteopathic Medical School in Stratford. Currently, Elaina is working with Archie Comics on their Mega Man series and their upcoming "Worlds Unite Battle" books.
David Benjamin (2014) has been accepted into the MFA Studio Art program at UArts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jenn Consoli (2013) has been accepted into the MA program for History of Design and Curatorial Studies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York.
Claire Cossaboon (2010) Since November 2013, Claire has been working as Development Associate at The Studio Museum in Harlem, raising institutional and individual support for the Museum's contemporary art exhibitions, education and public programs, and the Artist-in-Residence program. She earned her Masters in Museum Communications from UArts in early 2013 and published her thesis, "Communicating Brand Identity and Commodity Experiences to Diverse Audiences through Effective Image Usage." Prior to that, in 2012 she worked in Public Programs and Membership at The Barnes Foundation and completed an Audience Analysis for Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2010, she was Curatorial Assistant, and later Interim Director, of the Career Development Program at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia.
Alex Gencarielli (2011) has been accepted into the MFA program for Photography at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island.
Alexis Novak (2012) has been accepted into the MFA Photography program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jessica Padilla (2013) has been accepted into the MFA program of study at SACI (Studio Art Centers International) in Florence, Italy.
Christopher Ferrante (2013) is winning recognition for his work at Princeton University Press. His book design for Nigel Dodd's The Social Life of Money was selected in the Trade Typographic category of the 2015 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket & Journal Show. His cover design for Frank L. Cioffi's One Day in the Life of The English Language was featured on the popular books, design, and culture blog, The Casual Optimist, as a book cover of note for March 2015. www.casualoptimist.com/blog/2015/03/03/book-covers-of-note-march-2015/
Charlie Castilla (2013) is now the Graphic Artist at Custom Graphics in Vineland, NJ. He develops digital graphics for laser-cut, embroidered, screen-printed, and vinyl products.
Krista DeMato (2014) is Graphic Design Manager at Likeable Local, a social media marketing software company in NYC.
Jerry Ortiz (2013) is a Graphic Designer for Rowan Global Department at Rowan University. He is working on print, web media, and billboard promotions for the University.
Matt Williams (2011) has accepted a new position as UI/UX Designer (User Interface and User Experience Designer) with Azavea, a company that creates GIS web and mobile software in Philadelphia. Previously, he was lead designer at Every Merchant in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Alexis Dispensa (2014) is enjoying the challenges of her first year in the MFA graduate program at PAFA. She exhibited some of her new work at PAFA Open Studio Night on February 20.
Charles Korang (2013) is currently employed as a Graphic Designer with CustomED in Collingswood, NJ. Charles notes, "The skills that I developed in Rowan's Department of Art put me in a position to do something I am truly passionate about. My time in Rowan's Visual Art department played a major part in shaping who I am today, both as an artist and as a professional."
Renée Martelli (2013) is now the Graphic Designer at Netherland Bulb Company in Vineland, NJ. She is responsible for designing packaging, catalogs, advertisements, and more.
Jessica Williams (2013) is currently Bench Jeweler for Sterling Jewelers and metalsmith for Joy Stember Metal Arts, Abingdon, PA.
Caitlin Clements (2009) earned her MFA from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) in 2014. In June, she was one of three graduate students who assisted Brooklyn-based artist Markus Linnenbrink in the creation of a large-scale wall painting in the lobby of the PAFA building.
Jackie Kollar (2011) is the Digital Strategist at ChatterBlast Media in Philadelphia, and she is also Digital Marketing Strategies Teacher at UArts in Philadelphia. As Digital Strategist, she assists in the creative development in digital campaigns, often working with designers in the execution phases. In her spare time, Jackie is currently on the planning and marketing committee for the Elixir Gala (annual fundraiser held by Mazzoni Center to support and provide comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment.)
Elizabeth Rosemiller Nemerofsky (2012) is lead chef, creative menu planner, and social media content manager at Coventant Church Cafe in Carrollton, Texas.
Amanda Brewer (2012) is an art teacher at Whitman Elementary School in Washington Towanship, New Jersey. Since last summer, she's been getting worldwide attention for a photo she took of a great white shark while volunteering in South Africa with the ecotourism group, White Shark Africa. Good Morning America, The Today Show, and National Geographic were among the organizations that shared her photo and story. Yes, a copy of the photo hangs in her art education classroom. For more information, see the Whit article.
Matt Mansolino (2013) has a job that combines his three favorite passions: video games, graphic design, and New York. He is the graphic designer and front-end developer for Genie Quest, an augmented reality shopping app company located in Manhattan. He is responsible for the graphic UI for new app features as well as creating 3d models and concepts for many retailers and manufacturers.
Iris Leibowitz (2011) is now the Client Relations Lead and template designer at Signazon, Dallas, TX. She is also the owner of a design/photography business: www.irisdesignandphotography.com
Tina Martin (2014) is a Graphic Designer at Mole Street, Philadelphia. She is the lead designer for "Taste of 3 Cities," developing the logo, website, and marketing collateral for the a food truck festival and competition in DC, Philly, and Baltimore.
Meghan Mihalchick (2013) is now Graphic Designer at Breaking Glass Pictures, a film distribution company in Philadelphia. Her job is promoting movies by designing posters, theatrical packets, DVD covers, and websites.
Maxfield Diehl (2010) is the Woodshop Manager for BDDW American Furniture, Philadelphia, PA.
Ashley Oldakowski (2013) has been Graphic Designer at Fox Business Network since she graduated. She says, "the best part of my job is being able to see the all the projects that I worked on air on TV. It is both very rewarding and exciting."
Jaimi (Belfi) Talarico (2011) is in her third year as the Marketing & Design Manager at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, NJ. She is responsible for designing and approving all visual elements that represent the school, including website and the twice-yearly Crimson Magazine.
Megan Richards (2014) is finding success in her career as an illustrator. Her second illustrated book, Run, Faredy, Run, by Kathleen D. Lindsey, has just been published. Her first illustrated book, Eleanor the Cook, by Ellie Kirk, was released in 2013.
James Viola (2009) won the IMAX Godzilla Fan Art Contest with his original poster. The designer, who is employed with the ad agency One Trick Pony, won an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to the premier of the movie. For more information, see the Whit article.
Jenn Consoli (2013) is now the Printmaking Studio Technician at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City.
Katherine (Kat) Garcia (2014) is employed as a graphic designer with SJ Magazine. She is developing a range of design for publication, invitation, and advertising for the organization.
Corey Petit (2014) is putting his art education studies to good use. He is now working as a full-time long-term substitute art teacher in the Vineland High School system.
Nicolette Absil (2011) has been selected as the 2014 Metals Resident Artist at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA. She is currently an instructor at the Main Line Art Center and Abington Art Center, and she was one of the top five finalists for the Halstead Grant in 2013 and a finalist for the Saul Bell Award in the enamel category in 2014. Nicolette is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
Eric Clark (2011) earned an MFA from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts).
John Mitchell (2011) earned an MFA from PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts).
Alexandra Barilotti (2011) is art education teacher at Walls Elementary School in Pitman, NJ. She formed The Curators Club as an after-school program whose mission is to create artwork and display artwork around the school. The club has created a student-run gallery in the basement that rotates artwork from the Curators every couple of weeks. During the annual Spring Arts Festival, the Curators were responsible for giving guided tours of the show.
Jason M. Stewart (2009) will be exhibiting his work at the Newark Museum this summer in “Ready or Not: New Jersey Art Annual.” He continues to teach at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ, while pursuing an MFA degree at MICA in Baltimore. www.jasonmstewart.net
Joe Lifrieri (2008) is now a product designer at Facebook in San Francisco, CA. He was formerly a senior web designer at Vimeo.
Justin Spinozzi (2012) worked with the creative team and designed an April Fool's Day packaging campaign to promote the Brownstein Group. The tongue-in-cheek creative campaign was recognized with an FPO Award by UnderConsideration, celebrating the best print work from around the world. www.underconsideration.com/fpoawards/online/2013/packaging-by-for-brownstein-group/
Vanie Konneh (2013) works as a graphic designer/UI designer at the Party City Corporate office in Rockaway, NJ. His favorite part of the job is the brainstorming process while developing design solutions for the Party City app and website.
Elaina Unger (2012) is freelancing and exhibiting her illustration work in Philadelphia galleries. Some of her artwork has been licensed through Puttiko for use on checks, bankbooks, and address labels. www.studioelainaunger.com
Alexis DiSpensa (2013) has been accepted into the MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). She was also awarded a merit scholarship and a graduate grant to assist with her MFA studies.
Christopher Ferrante (2013) is now working at Princeton University Press in Princeton, NJ. As junior book designer, he develops covers and interiors for a range of academic titles.
Stuart Lopez (2012) accepted a graphic design position with Donovan/Green in New York. This consultancy provides branding, marketing communication and information design solutions for diverse worldwide clients.