Ann-Marie VanTassell, a professional photographer who owns and operates her own business in the Washington, D.C., area, has received the 2018 Delaware College of Distinguished Alumni Award, the first-ever such honor given by DCAD to one of its graduates. VanTassell completed an associate of fine arts degree in photography at DCAD in 2007 and was selected to deliver the graduating student address at commencement. In addition to being a leader among DCAD’s photo majors, she had been one of the select students chosen to present at the annual DCAD Art History Symposium and earned the top overall grade-point average in her class. She later earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
Stephen Mottola of The Mottola Group, Long & Foster Real Estate, has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. He will serve a term through 2020. Mottola is a veteran of Delaware’s corporate sector, working for companies like MBNA, DuPont, First USA/Bank One and Barclay’s and helping develop the Wilmington riverfront before and after receiving his real estate license in 1987. He has worked full-time in the real estate field since 2008, creating The Mottola Group in 2004. His firm serves the entire state of Delaware; Chester and Delaware counties and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; southern New Jersey shore communities; and Maryland.
Sarah McBride, an internationally known activist for LGBTQ+ rights who serves as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. She will serve a term through 2021. “The work of DCAD is not just central to training the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs and dreamers, it is also at the heart of building a thriving Wilmington,” McBride said. “As someone who personally understands the impact of an arts education, I’m incredibly honored to join the Board of DCAD and to help build on its reputation as a college that welcomes and supports students of all backgrounds.”
President Jean Dahlgren began her tenure as Delaware College of Art and Design’s third permanent president on August 1. The innovative academic leader – who also is an experienced painter, printmaker and graphic designer – is committed to student success. “Creating dynamic curriculum choices, fostering strategic partnerships, supporting the faculty and expanding the boundaries of what is possible for artists and designers intrigues and energizes me,” she says, “and developing strong internal and external relationships is extremely important to supporting those goals and creating a vibrant learning environment.”