UArts alumni: where are they now?

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.

Minna Aaparyti
Minna Aaparyti

BFA '90

Expanded Drawing + Print Media
Born in Finland, Minna has lived in the U.S. for years now and is owner of her own Fishtown shop, the Craft Foundry.
Drew Applegate in front of a statue
Drew Applegate

BFA '15

Drew is a storyboard artist at Disney in California.
Mary Bailey with an owl perched on her arm
Mary Bailey

MA '10

Museum Studies (MA)
Mary, Manager of Public Engagement at the Academy of Natural Sciences, says, "No one has a better job than I do."
Sarah Bolt
Sarah Bolt

BFA '03

Theater - Musical Theater
Sarah is the Broadway originator of Sister Mary Patrick, the joyful, uninhibited and beloved nun from "Sister Act."
Elana Boulos
Elana Boulos

BFA 2009

Theater - Directing, Playwriting + Production
Elana is a company member and casting director at Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago.
Allegra Burnette
Allegra Burnette

MFA '95

Museum Studies (MA)
Allegra is creative director of digital media at the Museum of Modern Art, overseeing design and production for
Carbone Smolan
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 is co-owner of Paradigm Gallery + Studio, one-third of the film/animation team Juggling Wolf, and a commercial and fine art photographer.
Head shot image of Jennifer Childs with red hair in black shirt and purple jacket
Jennifer Childs

BFA '90

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

BFA '13

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

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

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

MFA '15

Book Arts + Printmaking (MFA)
Sue Carrie has been awarded a residency, assistantship and the opportunity to participate in several shows since graduating from UArts.
Daniel Fishel
Daniel Fishel

BFA '09

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


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

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

BFA '02

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

BFA '10

Rachel is a 2D character animator who lives and works in New York City.
Daniel Joseph in front of a Walt Disney Imagineering sign
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.
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Veronica Kablan


Veronica is a visual effects coordinator for Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Mohammed Kazem
Mohammed Kazem

MFA '12

Studio Art (MFA)
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

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

AJ received her Bachelor of Music in 2011 from UArts, followed by a Master of Music in 2012, promptly joining the UArts faculty upon graduation.
Michele McKeone assisting a student at a computer
Michele McKeone

BS '05

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

MA '09

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

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
Ellen Owens

Museum Studies (MA)
Ellen is executive director of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a folk art environment, gallery space and nonprofit organization.
Sharif Pendleton
Sharif Pendleton

BFA '06

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.

Dan is a storyboard artist for Little Airplane Productions, an animation studio in downtown NYC.

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

MID '14

Product Design (MDes)
Jordan has taken the user research skills acquired at UArts to lead a design team at IBM Analytic Solutions.
Casey Sharpe holding up a piece of jewelry
Casey Sharpe

BFA '09

Jewelry / Metals
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 displaying her artwork
Nicole Rae Styer

BFA '05

Fibers and Textile Studies
Nicole owns her own boutique, N.R.S., located on East Passyunk Avenue in the heart of South Philadelphia.
Aaron Weber in front of a classroom
Aaron Weber

MAT '14

Art Education (MAT)
Tired of being a "substitute" (teacher), Aaron returned to school to acquire an MAT in Visual Arts Education from UArts.