College of Communication & Creative Arts - Art
News from Our Alumni
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jenn Consoli (2013) is now the Printmaking Studio Technician at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City.
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).
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/
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.