Meet DCAD Alumni

More than 1,000 students have completed associate of fine arts degrees in animation, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior design or photography since Delaware College of Art and Design graduated its first class in 1999. It’s hard to keep up with all that they’ve been up to, but this page provides a sampling of these alumni and their recent accomplishments.

For example, KENADI JOHNSON, FINE ARTS, CLASS OF 2017,  whose artwork is featured above, was named Washington, D.C.’s “Best Up and Coming Portrait Artist” for 2018 by Washington City Paper. The mixed-media specialist was tapped to create work for the “Anacostia Unmapped 2.0 Exhibition,” held in collaboration with the NPR documentary project, at the District’s CAH Gallery a few months later. She also has shown her work at the Lettie Gooch boutique.

View more alumni achievements, by major, below.
  • Animation

    JOSH HOWELL, CLASS OF 2008, became an animator at Titmouse Studios.

    GRANT ANDREW ERVIN, CLASS OF 2013, founded Honeycomb Interactive game studio, became a game developer at Biostream Technologies and started teaching at DCAD.

    MIGUEL DIEZ AZNAR, CLASS OF 2014, became a computer graphics generalist at Taylor James Ltd.

  • Fine Arts

    KRISTA MCGUIRE ROTHWELL, CLASS OF 1999, became the assistant dean of Delaware College of Art and Design.

    KEVIN BIELICKI, CLASS OF 2006, became an instructor in Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and received a 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Professional Fellowship.

    SARAH JEWETT, CLASS OF 2008, continued to work as a painter and sculptor while earning master’s degrees from West Chester University and University of Pennsylvania, with both her art and studies focusing on genocide and other human rights violations.

    ERIN MONEY, CLASS OF 2008, became the visual art teacher at Miami Beach Senior High School.

    ERICA WINNE, CLASS OF 2011, opened her own art gallery, Creative Spectrum Studio, with two fellow DCAD grads.

    INDIANA JOHNSON HILL, CLASS OF 2018, became the art teacher at Salem County Christian Academy.

  • Graphic Design

    JOY SMOKER-LIEDEL, CLASS OF 2004, became the art director for the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering.

    JESSICA PUGLIESE, CLASS OF 2006, became the associate creative director for Entrée Health in New York City.

    MICHAEL MARTIN JR, CLASS OF 2008, is the owner of MMartin Productions and is a published photographer who travels extensively for wedding photography and cinematography projects.

    ALBERT E. CRESSWELL III, CLASS OF 2009, is a graphic designer and coder for Costco Wholesale in Seattle and always makes the effort to visit DCAD on his trips back East.

    JACQUELINE MARINACCI, CLASS OF 2009 is the design and marketing manager at ULC Robotics.

    ASHLEY JOSLIN, CLASS OF 2011, opened her own art gallery, Creative Spectrum Studio, with two fellow DCAD grads.

    CHIA LYNN KWA, CLASS OF 2011, became the design director at Whisperlodge after design positions at SMAKK, Publicis and Huge in New York City.

    THERESA CHROMATIC, CLASS OF 2012, opened her debut New York solo show, “Running in Place and Sometimes Walking: At Times I Feel Loved and Paralyzed,” at the Kravets Wehby Gallery in 2019. She and her mixed-media pieces have been featured in Art CritiqueArtnet NewsInterview Magazine and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Studio Magazine.

    ZACHARY HARTZELL, CLASS OF 2012, started his own photography and videography company, completing work for clients such as Martin Guitar, Moore College of Art and DCAD.

    JAMES PURDY, CLASS OF 2012, returned to London’s D&AD New Blood Academy, the second time as a project coordinator.

    NOAH CIMATU, CLASS OF 2016, was named a 2018 “Student to Watch” by Graphic Design USA.

    ANTHONY HAY, CLASS OF 2016, became a graphic designer at G-III Apparel Group, whose owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, Vilebrequin, Eliza J., Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Bass and Jessica Howard and which has licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Vince Camuto, Ivanka Trump, Kensie, Jessica Simpson, Levi’s and Dockers brands and with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Hands High, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities.

    ANGEL JEFFERSON, CLASS OF 2017, became a graphic designer for the Delaware Division of Revenue.

    DANIELLE MILLER, CLASS OF 2017, became the design and print manager for DLS Discovery.

    OLIVIA KWIATKOWSKI, CLASS OF 2017, became a junior designer at Boxed.

    BILLY PARKE, CLASS OF 2017, became a graphic designer at MOD Worldwide.

    EMILY CRITES, CLASS OF 2018, became a graphic designer with Mark/Trece Inc.

    ALEXIS PEABODY, CLASS OF 2019, became the print production assistant at DLS Discovery.

     

  • Illustration

    MATTHEW LOEB, CLASS OF 2000, founded Catalyst Visuals.

    ASHLEY JOSLIN, CLASS OF 2011, opened her own art gallery, Creative Spectrum Studio, with two fellow DCAD grads.

    BRANDON CAHILL, CLASS OF 2012, opened his own art gallery, Creative Spectrum Studio, with two fellow DCAD grads.

    FRANCISCO MADERA, CLASS OF 2016, became the graphic design intern for DCAD InQb8 Design Group.

    ANDREW GREEN, CLASS OF 2018, became a design intern for Al’s Sporting Goods.

    MARIESA MAGLIONE, CLASS OF 2018, became the workshop manager and an emerging teacher at The Delaware Contemporary.

  • Interior Design

    AALIYAH PAIR, CLASS OF 2014, became a 3-D visualizer and presentation coordinator with Calvin Klein.

    GRACE MATTESON, CLASS OF 2016, won a Kravet Design of Distinction Competition at Moore College of Art and became an interior designer at Bernardon.

  • Photography

    AARON ZEBROOK, CLASS OF 2002, became a photographer for the New York Times.

    ANN-MARIE VANTASSELL, CLASS OF 2007, is a professional photographer in the Washington, D.C., area who received the first DCAD Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. Her business, Ann-Marie VanTassell Photography, is one of Expertise.com’s 20 Best Washington, D.C., Wedding Photographers as well as a five-star business and 2019 Couples Choice Award winner on WeddingWire.com. VanTassell also is active with The Arcade, a group dedicated to keeping art education accessible in D.C. neighborhoods, and has been a resident artist at Washington’s Pleasant Plains Workshop.

    KATE MITCHELL, CLASS OF 2007, started her own wedding photography company – in Paris – and has had work featured by MarthaStewartWeddings.com and StyleMePretty.com.

    RANDLE REED, CLASS OF 2007, became the assistant director of Admissions at DCAD.

    ERIKA NIZBORSKI, CLASS OF 2008, founded a photojournalism and event photography business and had her “Senate Hearing on Healthcare” image selected as a 2018 “Best in Show” winner by Exposed DC.

    LEON SYFRIT, CLASS OF 2011, started his own photography business and also works as a photographer for Morphy Auctions. In addition, he received an honorable mention in the 2017 Neutral Density World Photography Competition and was featured in the two-artist exhibition “BLOW-OUT/FLOW’r-OUT” exhibition at the CORE Contemporary gallery in Las Vegas.

    EMILY TAYLOR, CLASS OF 2011, worked at the New York Post, ELLE Magazine, DailyCandy and Women’s Wear Daily before becoming the manager of event assignments at Shutterstock.

    ALLISON STANCIL, CLASS OF 2013, became a photo / optical technician for NASA.

    HAILEY MCCRACKEN, CLASS OF 2015, became DCAD’s admissions counselor.

"hey! why aren't i on here?"

Probably because we weren’t aware of your success when we launched this page! To join our roll call of professional creatives who got their start at DCAD, email your name, major, year of graduation and current news to Susan Coulby, director of public relations, at scoulby@dcad.edu. Shout at us, and we’ll give you the shoutout you deserve!