Alumni Association Elects New Council Members

Updated August 6, 2013

The Alumni Association has elected Carrie Galbraith MFA '01 (Book Arts/Printmaking) [left], Natasha Levitas BFA '00 (Dance Education) [center] and TJ Walsh BFA '07 (Graphic Design) [right] to join the Alumni Council. These new members began their three-year terms on July 1, 2013.

The mission of the Alumni Council is to represent the alumni base of the University of the Arts, evaluate and support Alumni Relations programming and communication efforts, offer input and guidance in outreach to all alumni, provide leadership, and serve as advocates for the University.

Based in Oakland, Calif., Galbraith is a practicing fine artist and teaches at the City College of San Francisco, Mills College and California College of the Arts. Her international experience includes teaching book arts and printmaking in Italy as a postgraduate fellow, in Northern Ireland as artist-in-residence and in Romania as a Fulbright scholar. Her work combines her passion for history and archeology with her lifelong habit of journaling and utilizes a variety of mediums that include printmaking, photography and mixed media. She is excited to represent graduate alumni on the Alumni Council and serve as a UArts advocate on the West Coast to share with prospective students and their families about the caliber of faculty and energy of students at UArts.

Levitas is a registered dance/movement therapist working in settings such as long-term care facilities and retirement and assisted living communities in Philadelphia. Prior to being elected to the Alumni Council, she participated on an Alumni Career Panel during Alumni and Family Weekend and guest lectured at the School of Dance. She hopes to represent both traditional as well as non-traditional career paths within the arts and arts-related fields on the Alumni Council. She looks forward to working with students and helping them realize their potential in the arts and beyond with their UArts training.

Walsh is an art director for a nationally based not-for-profit organization. He also has a private painting studio and has shown in and around the Philadelphia area. He is also president of the governing board for Stand Up Demand Action, a grassroots advocacy organization that fights to protect quality public education through the political budgetary process and by enabling communities to stay involved in their local school districts, a position he has held since 2012. He has been involved with the UArts alumni community since graduation, participating in panel discussions and volunteering to speak with prospective students and their families. He hopes to continue to actively communicate with prospective and current students and recent alumni about their journey at UArts and after. He is a member the Philadelphia AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Center for Emerging Visual Artists and InLiquid, a nonprofit organization committed to creating opportunities and exposure for visual artists.

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