Alumni Profiles

The UArts Alumni Association brings together more than 17,000 artists, performers, designers, entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, lawyers and countless other professionals both within and outside of the arts. These are their stories.

Above illustration by Daniel Fishel BFA '09 (Illustration) for The Globe & Mail.

Minna Aaparyti

Minna Aaparyti BFA '90 (Printmaking)

Born in Finland, Minna has lived in the U.S. for years now and is owner of her own Fishtown shop, the Craft Foundry.

Sarah Bolt BFA ’03 (Musical Theater)

Sarah Bolt BFA '03 (Musical Theater)

Sarah is the Broadway originator of Sister Mary Patrick, the joyful, uninhibited and beloved nun from "Sister Act."

Elana Boulos 09 (DPP)

Elana Boulos BFA '09 (Directing, Playwriting & Production)

Elana is a company member and casting director at Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago.

Allegra Burnette MFA ’95 (Museum Exhibition Planning & Design)

Allegra Burnette MFA '95 (MEPD)

Allegra is creative director of digital media at the Museum of Modern Art, overseeing design and production for MoMA.org.

Ken Carbone '73 / Leslie Smolan '75 (GD)

Ken Carbone BFA '73 / Leslie Smolan BFA '75 (Graphic Design)

The creative pair has been partners at the Carbone Smolan Agency for the last 35 years.

Jason Chen BFA ’08 (Animation)

Jason Chen BFA '08 (Animation)

Jason is co-owner of Paradigm Gallery + Studio, one-third of the film/animation team Juggling Wolf, and a commercial and fine art photographer.

Jennifer Childs 90 (Acting)

Jennifer Childs BFA '90 (Acting)

Jen is co-founder and artistic director of 1812 Productions, the only professional theater company in the country dedicated to comedy.

Marc Crousillat BFA ’13 (Dance)

Marc Crousillat BFA '13 (Dance)

Marc is a dancer based in New York City and a new member of Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Andrew Dahlgren MID 07

Andrew Dahlgren MID '07 (Industrial Design)

Andrew founded ADMK (Andrew Dahlgren Machine Knitting), a project dedicated to exploring new uses for knitting techniques.

Dan Delaney BFA ’08 (Multimedia)

Dan Delaney BFA '08 (Multimedia)

Dan is quickly becoming the most acclaimed purveyor of authentic Texas barbeque this side of the Rio Grande.

Daniel Fishel BFA '09 (Illustration)

Daniel Fishel BFA '09 (Illustration)

Daniel's client list includes NPR, The New York Times, Sundance, Huffington Post, NBC Universal, The Washington Post and Philadelphia magazine.

Frank Hartman '06 (Sculpture)

Frank Hartman BFA '92 (Sculpture)

Frank took his fine arts degree a long way after graduating from the University of the Arts—all the way to Mars.

Jim Hinz MFA ’95 (Book Arts/Printmaking)

Jim Hinz MFA '95 (Book Arts/Printmaking)

Jim is currently director of book conservation at the Conservation Center of Art and Historical Artifacts in Philadelphia.

Craig Holden Feinberg BFA '02 (Graphic Design)

Craig Holden Feinberg BFA '02 (Graphic Design)

In the nine years since he graduated from UArts, Craig has traveled the world creating innovative work for an impressive array of clients.

Daniel Joseph BS ’06 (Industrial Design)

Daniel Joseph BS '06 (Industrial Design)

The Disney "Imagineer" spends his days brainstorming and creating models of buildings and designing special effects and illusions for its theme parks.

Veronica Kablan 06 (Film)

Veronica Kablan BFA '06 (Film)

Veronica is a visual effects coordinator for Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Mohammed Kazem MFA '12 (Studio Art)

Mohammed Kazem MFA '12 (Studio Art)

A native of Dubai, Mohammed is an internationally recognized conceptual artist whose work touches on a wide range of changes occurring across the globe.

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Erin Kirk BFA '06 (Photography)

The former Marine Corp combat photographer is now documenting the daily activity of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Michele McKeone BS ’05 (Communication)

Michele McKeone BS '05 (Communication)

Michele developed Autism Expressed, an online platform that allows students with autism to learn basic Internet-literacy skills.

Christine McMonagle MA ’09 (Museum Communication)

Christine McMonagle MA '09 (Museum Communication)

Christine is the is the digital marketing manager at the Jewish Museum of New York, responsible for strategic digital marketing and outreach efforts.

Tania O’Donnell MAT ’03 (Visual Arts)

Tania O'Donnell MAT '03 (Visual Arts)

Tania is an art teacher at Upper Darby (Pa.) High School, as well as director of programming and a workshop instructor at Red Barn Arts Center.

Ellen Owens MA ’06 (Museum Education)

Ellen Owens MA '06 (Museum Education)

Ellen is executive director of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a folk art environment, gallery space and nonprofit organization.

Sharif Pendleton BFA ’06 (Multimedia)

Sharif Pendleton BFA '06 (Multimedia)

As founder of Masters of None, Sharif stays true to his tagline: making "the provocative, the funny and the cool" in the form of housewares and accessories.

Tony Sanders '87 (Theater)

tony sanders BFA '87 (Theater)

tony, who stopped capitalizing his name in college, is founder and artistic director of the award-winning youth theater company, Shine!

Casey Sharpe BFA '09 (Crafts)

Casey Sharpe BFA '09 (Crafts)

Casey is an art jeweler who works as a designer at Robert Procop Creative Studio, a high-end jeweler on Rodeo Drive.

Nicole Rae Styer

Nicole Rae Styer BFA '05 (Crafts)

Nicole owns her own boutique, N.R.S., located on East Passyunk Avenue in the heart of South Philadelphia.