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Alumni Notes

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Diana Soorikian 
BFA ’50 (Art Education) 
was included in a group exhibition called Amalgamation of Voices at Riverside Gallery in Hackensack, New Jersey, in September 2023. Soorikian’s work features abstract portraits that often reveal the imperfections of the human figure (and psychology).

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Alan Goldstein 
BFA ’62 (Painting) 
had the work he has created over the past 40 years featured in a solo exhibit titled Alan Goldstein: Elemental at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from April 15 to Sept. 24, 2023. In his extensive body of work, Goldstein explores nature, human identity, and cycles of growth and decay in his large abstract paintings, drawings, and sculpture.

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Ruth Fine. Photo by Frank Stewart







Ruth Fine 
BFA ’62 (Painting) 
retired curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., was recognized with the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History. She served as curator for the National Gallery from 1972 to 2012 and worked on dozens of exhibits that featured artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Romare Bearden, Jim Dine, and others.

Toni Silber-Delerive 
BFA ’69 (Painting and Drawing) 
had her work included in The Roundtable Exhibit, which was on view in the Trask Gallery at the National Arts Club in New York City in June 2023. Her painting offers “a stylized impression of her grandmother and her friend.” She said, “While tastes and fashions do change, the most basic of human needs, desires, and dreams are timeless.

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C Bangs 
BFA ’70 (Painting) 
had an exhibit, Postcards from Earth: Holograms on an Interstellar Journey, with her husband, Greg Matloff, at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. It opened Feb. 16, 2023. 

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Pictured from left to right: John Polanco, Rob Rutigliano, Mark Allen, Ed Shea, Bob Surttman







Ed Shea
BMEd ’71 (Percussion/Education) 
performed in the national Broadway tour of Tina: The Musical at the Academy of Music in November 2022. It featured four generations of UArts alumni in the band, including Mark Allen BM ’10, MM ’11 (Saxophone, Jazz Studies); John Polanco BM ’22 (Trumpet); Rob Rutigliano BM ’22 (Saxophone); and Bob Surttman BM ’83 (Trombone)

Lesia Sochor 
BFA ’74 (Painting) 
had a solo exhibit from Jan. 17 to March 2, 2023, at L/A Arts in Lewiston, Maine. Additionally, she had a solo exhibit from May 19 to Sept. 2, 2023, at Zillman Art Museum, University of Maine, Bangor, titled Body Language. It is a retrospective of the evolution of her Threads series, which depicts women, sewing, fashion, and the multilayered narratives they have conveyed through history. Visit Sochor’s website at lesiasochor.com.

Paul Hosch 
BFA ’75 (Illustration) 
recently launched his first of three memoirs, which includes a chapter about his experience at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). The book, titled Undercover in India, contains 20 original illustrations and was released as an e-book in April. It reached no. 1 on Amazon in the Biographies of Social Activists section. 

Tom Judd 
BFA ’75 (Painting) 
exhibited Garden of the Mind at Cope House Galleries in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood from June through July 2023. His work explores our relationship to nature. 

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Deborah Willis. Image credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn







Deborah Willis 
BFA ’75 (Photography) 
received the Don Tucker Prize for the Advancement of American Art from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Willis is a celebrated photographer, author, educator, and scholar. Her groundbreaking images and scholarship explore the representations and history of Black people, life, and culture, with a particular emphasis on women. Willis was also awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts during UArts’ Commencement ceremony in May. Yale University also recognized Willis with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. 

Jennifer Baker 
BFA ’79 (Sculpture) 
was featured in a short film about one of her exhibits by filmmaker John Thornton. Additionally, Baker’s exhibit, Lamentations: Paintings by Jennifer Baker, was on view at Rosemont College’s Patricia M. Nugent Gallery from Nov. 10 to Dec. 4, 2022.

Gary Schwartz 
BFA ’79 (Animation) 
is an animation director and performed a Cantastoria cranky at the Detroit Cantastoria Fest 2022, a festival of two longtime street art forms, Cantastoria and cranky. A cranky features a scroll of artworks that are revealed as a musical or storytelling performance unfolds. 

RL Washington 
BFA ’79 (Illustration) 
exhibited his works in his solo show Flashbacks at the Moody Jones Gallery in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The show is a reflection on his life and everyday Black life. 

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artwork by Anna Fine Foer
Anna Fine Foer, “Hybrid”







Anna Fine Foer 
BFA ’80 (Fibers/Craft) 
exhibited her work in a solo show titled Compensation for Loss at the Peale Museum in Baltimore. Through collages, Foer explores climate change and issues related to it.

Susan Ottaviano 
BFA ’82 (Illustration) 
published The Green Witch’s Guide to Magical Plants & Flowers: 26 Love Spells from Apples to Zinnias with Skyhorse Publishing. Equal parts practical guide and beautiful keepsake, the book—co-authored with Chris Young—shows how to bring more love and contentment into your life using elements of nature. Young and Ottaviano, two green witches, transform everyday flowers, fruits, and plants into bath salts, herbal infusions, soaps, sachets, tinctures, and more.

John David Simon 
BM ’82 (Music) 
has two original compositions, “Inwood” and “Saying Goodbye,” in the new second edition of Real Philadelphia Book, compiled by Jazz Bridge and editors David Dzubinski and Suzanne Cloud and published by Temple University Press. It is available at Barnes and Noble and many other retailers. 

artwork by Miriam Sushman 
Miriam Sushman, “Red-tailed Hawk”







Miriam Sushman 
BFA ’82 (Graphic Design) 
was included in the juried show All Creatures at the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics in Chicago; her work “Red-tailed Hawk” was featured. Sushman has been a mosaic artist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for 10 years and has exhibited artwork, taught mosaics at a variety of institutions, and led community projects. To see more of her work, visit mosaicmirm.com.

Hratch Babikian 
BFA ’83 (Metals) 
was one of three artists who exhibited in the 2022 Wind Challenge 3 series at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Babikian’s exhibit was titled Hiraeth and comprised four hanging sculptures. The exhibit was held from March to April 2022. 

Bob Surttman 
BM ’83 (Trombone) 
performed in the national Broadway tour of Tina: The Musical at the Academy of Music. It featured four generations of UArts alumni in the band, including Mark Allen BM ’10, MM ’11 (Saxophone, Jazz Studies); John Polanco BM ’22 (Trumpet); Rob Rutigliano BM ’22 (Saxophone); and Ed Shea BMEd ’71 (Percussion/Education)

Maria Josenhans 
BFA ’86 (Illustration) 
had a solo exhibition, The Quality of Light, at the Avenue Gallery, Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada, in October 2023. Her painting focuses on natural landscapes. 

Amanda Maishman 
BFA ’88 (Graphic Design) 
was named the Rutherford County (North Carolina) Visual Artist Guild Artist of the Month in April 2023. 

A.J. Casperite 
BFA ’89 (Illustration) 
had work included in the juried Society of Illustration annual exhibit in New York City titled SI65. The piece, titled “Young Sidney Poitier in Harlem NY,” was made with mixed media/Procreate. 

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Adam Nelson 
BFA ’91 (Theater) 
is founder and CEO of Workhouse, a publicity firm based in New York City. In July, Nelson was featured on Los Angeles Magazine’s website in an article titled “How Adam Nelson Became the Class Clown of Creative Communications.” 

Stacy King 
BFA ’93 (Painting) 
was invited to speak at Delaware Valley University’s Watson Executive-in-Residence program. King is the general manager of Watson Adventures, a company that creates team-building activities such as scavenger hunts. 

Scene directed by Musa Brooker from The Boys
Scene directed by Musa Brooker from The Boys







Musa Brooker 
BFA ’95 (Animation) 
directed a surprise animation component for the most recent season of The Boys, a gritty live-action superhero show on Prime Video. Brooker is also the show’s creative director. 

Will Brock 
BM ’97 (Instrumental Performance) 
was music director of Hymn, a play by Lolita Chakrabarti that tells the story of the relationship of two brothers who meet as adults. It was presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company and premiered in Philadelphia at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake from April 12 to 30, 2023. 

Ryan Hancock 
BFA ’99 (Theater) 
was named a 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for his work as a labor and employment attorney at Willig, Williams, & Davidson, Philadelphia.

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Anne Kraybill 
MA ’01 (Museum Education) 
was named CEO of Wichita Art Museum, Kansas. The museum’s collection focuses on American art and includes works by Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Dale Chihuly, and many other artists.  

Daniel Kushner 
BFA ’01 (Industrial Design) 
designed a new drum accessory called Drops for his company, Tandem Drums, and has launched via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal in its first 12 days and has been building daily. Learn more at tandemdrums.com

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Andrew Wheeler, cinematography, God’s Country







Andrew Wheeler 
BFA ’01 (Film) 
received an American Society of Cinematographers Spotlight Award nomination for his stunning work in God’s Country. The award recognizes exceptional cinematography in smaller feature films.

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Alumni Awards ceremony. Loveis Wise, German Vazquez, Kerry Walk, Jayson Musson, and Jeannine Cook







Jayson Musson 
BFA ’02 (Photography) 
exhibited Jayson Musson: His History of Art at the Fabric Workshop and Museum from July to November 2022. The exhibition centered around a video series that is part satire and part educational exposé of the art world and stars Musson and his puppet sidekick, Ollie. He was also honored at UArts with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award during UArts Weekend in October 2023. 

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Laurin Talese, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill







Jeffrey L. Page 
BFA ’02 (Jazz Dance) 

Laurin Talese 
BM ‘04 (Vocal Performance) 
were among those who brought to life the mesmerizing musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Talese played Billie Holiday and Page directed the production, which painted a portrait of Holiday’s later life through her music. Adjunct Associate Professor Thom Weaver was also scenic and lighting designer. Lady Day was staged in April by Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, just one block from UArts. 

Maryanne Buschini 
MAT ’03 (Visual Arts) 
held an exhibition titled Kensico Dreams at the Harrison Public Library in New York in September 2023. The show’s works investigate the long history of the people and the land of the Kenisco Reservoir in Westchester County. 

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Adam Blackstone, Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. Image credit: Adam Hunger/AP/Shutterstock.







Adam Blackstone 
’04 (Instrumental Performance) 
brought his one-of-a-kind musical direction to Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII halftime performance. This followed a 2022 Emmy win for his musical direction of the previous year’s halftime show. 

Jeannine A. Cook 
BS ’05 (Communications), MA ’14 (Art Education) 
owner of Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia and Ida’s Bookshop in Collingswood, New Jersey, led a discussion in fall 2022 at UArts about activism, art, and literature with Loveis Wise BFA ’18 (Illustration) and bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, who collaborated on Magnolia Flower. The book, published by HarperCollins in 2022, is a reimagined version of a story by lauded 20th century writer Zora Neale Hurston. Cook was also honored with the inaugural Alumni Service Award during UArts Weekend in October 2023. 

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Alex Da Corte, The Street







Alex Da Corte 
BFA ‘04 (Printmaking) 
A large-scale solo exhibition of the work of Alex Da Corte was presented at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at UArts from Friday, Jan. 13 to Friday, March 10, 2023. Alex Da Corte’s The Street comprised a suite of his recent, large-scale reverse-glass paintings, shown for the first time and hung against a background mural of his own design in an environment including masonry columns, neon, and placards. 

James Boyle 
BFA ’05 (Illustration) 
was among the illustrators who contributed to the Eagles Game Day Poster Playlist. The project paired visual artists and musicians to create a poster and a song for each home game. Boyle and Sharif Lacey BFA ’00 (Writing for Film and Television), known as Reef the Lost Cauze, collaborated for a poster commemorating a game against the New York Giants. 

Monica Zimmerman 
MA ’05 (Museum Communication) 
was appointed executive director of Fleisher Art Memorial in October 2022. Zimmerman formerly served as vice president of public education, engagement, and museum operations at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

Daniel Joseph 
BS ’06 (Industrial Design) 
is principal illusionist integrator at Walt Disney Imagineering and was a 2023 inductee in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame for his innovations in special effects that influenced immersion and interactivity. 

James Moore 
MM ’06 (Jazz Studies) 
was appointed president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia, in March 2023. 

Kate Quinn 
MFA ’07 (Museum Exhibition Planning and Design) 
made history in fall 2022 by becoming the Mütter Museum’s first-ever executive director. Previously, she spent 14 years at the Penn Museum as director of exhibitions and special programs. Quinn is also an adjunct professor in UArts’ Museum Studies MA program. 

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Iquail Shaheed







Iquail Shaheed 
BFA ’07 (Dance) 
made history by becoming the first Black male to earn a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Shaheed’s research has roots in Philly: His dissertation centers around choreographer Milton Myers, who has been a visiting artist at UArts, and the joy his work evokes. 

Jason Chen 
BFA ’08 (Animation) 
worked with Fuentes and Group X to direct a documentary about the creation of “Alpha: Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation),” a monument at the Philadelphia Navy Yard that was created by Marianela Fuentes and symbolizes and celebrates the bridging of two Indigenous Nations. 

Alexander Diaz 
BFA ’08 (Theater Management and Production) 
was appointed executive director of the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, New Jersey. Previously, Diaz was the center’s director of education and outreach for its Performing Arts School, for which he steered classes through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

photo of mural done by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh 
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, “Flight” Photo credit: Steve Weinik







Tatyana Fazlalizadeh 
BFA ’08 (Illustration) 
worked with Mural Arts Philadelphia to create “Flight,” a remarkable mural located 100 feet up on UArts’ Spruce Hall. Unveiled in fall 2022, “Flight” explores what it means for Black people to be free to transcend their environment. Additionally, Megan Barnes ’24 (Painting) was a painting assistant for the project. 

Lee Edward Colston II 
BFA ’09 (Acting) 
wrote The First Deep Breath, a play about family dynamics and secrets that was staged at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from Feb. 1 to March 5, 2023. Colston also played Abdul-Malik, the family’s eldest son. 

Tony Jackson 
BFA ’08 (Ballet) 
is a dance educator at Brooklyn Park Middle School and was named Maryland Dance Educator of the Year. 

photo of the book cover of Loud Mouse by Jaclyn Sinquett 
Jaclyn Sinquett, Loud Mouse







Jaclyn Sinquett 
BFA ’08 (Illustration) 
recently collaborated with Frozen star Idina Menzel and Menzel’s sister Cara to illustrate the children’s book Loud Mouse. The story follows a mouse with a knack for singing who learns to embrace her voice. It was released by Disney Hyperion in September 2022. 

Diane Sanders 
MFA ’09 (Museum Exhibition Planning and Design) 
was named assistant director of University of Southern Indiana Historic New Harmony, a historic communal living site. Previously, Sanders worked as exhibits specialist for the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. 

photo of Adea Michelle Sessoms performing in Moulin Rouge
Adea Michelle Sessoms, Moulin Rouge







Adea Michelle Sessoms 
BFA ’09 (Jazz Dance) 
was a part of the ensemble for Moulin Rouge’s national tour. It was staged in Philadelphia in July. 

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Mark Allen 
BM ’10 (Saxophone), MM ’11 (Jazz Studies) 
performed in the national Broadway tour of Tina: The Musical at the Academy of Music. It featured four generations of UArts alumni in the band, including John Polanco BM ’22 (Trumpet); Rob Rutigliano BM ’22 (Saxophone); Ed Shea BMEd ’71 (Percussion/Education); and Bob Surttman BM ’83 (Trombone)

Anthony Akanbi 
BFA ’11 (Illustration) 
was selected to show his artwork alongside other artists in the exhibition Cross Cultural Perspectives in the Newark Museum of Art for the 2023 Newark Arts Festival in New Jersey. Akanbi’s piece is titled “Sun Wukong Confronts Buddha” and depicts the mythical battle of wits between the unrepentant Monkey King and the great Buddha. The exhibit was held Sept. 27–Oct. 29, 2023. Follow him on Instagram: @rackthecrown.

Danielle Lovier 
BFA ’11 (Musical Theater) 

Nicholas Rahn 
BM ’11 (Instrumental Performance) 
toured in support of their indie rock band Grocer’s six-song EP Scatter Plot, which was released in March 2023. The EP is a followup to Grocer’s 2022 album, Numbers Game

Brandon J. Pierce 
BFA ’12 (Acting) 
played the role of Junior in the world premiere of Eternal Life Part I, which was staged at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from April 11 to 13, 2023. Written by Nathan Alan Davis, the play explores parenting, generations, and legacy. 

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Jason Piperberg, Eagles Game Day poster







Jason Piperberg 
BFA ’12 (Illustration) 
was among the illustrators who contributed to the Eagles Game Day Poster Playlist. The project paired visual artists and musicians to create a poster and a song for each home game. 

Charles P. Way 
BFA ’12 (Dance) 
served as assistant dance captain and swing in the musical Jagged Little Pill, which was staged at Kimmel Cultural Campus in January.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase, T: The New York Times Style Magazine Photo credit: Shikeith







Jonathan Lyndon Chase 
BFA ’13 (Painting) 
graced the cover of the Sept. 18 issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Chase joined other multidisciplinary artists for a shoot celebrating the Black queer community and its trailblazers. 

Sarah Nguyen 
MFA ’13 (Painting) 
was selected as the Martin Shallenberger Artist in Residence at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Nguyen uses layered and cut paper to depict nature and natural elements. Her residency includes an exhibition at Cheekwood from Nov. 18, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024. She also exhibited her work in a solo show called Trinity at the Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico, May 5–July 1, 2023. 

Hannah Agosta 
BFA ’14 (Illustration) 
was among the illustrators who contributed to the Eagles Game Day Poster Playlist. The project paired visual artists and musicians to create a poster and a song for each home game. 

Kit Kouveras 
BS ’14 (Industrial Design) 
was hired as a graphic designer at Hoffman Planning, Design, and Construction in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

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Julie Woodard, Pockets of Light







Julie Woodard 
MA ’15 (Museum Education) 
is a career development advisor in Career Services at UArts. With funding from the Delaware Waterfront Corp., Woodward created Pockets of Light, an interactive public art installation along the waterfront, on view from July to Sept. 2023. The works, which varied in media, were on display on four piers along the river and were made from post-consumer materials. The installation also included interactive elements at each exhibit location.

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Lavett Ballard, Time magazine







Lavett Ballard 
MFA ’17 (Studio Art) 
created a powerful artwork for the Feb. 13–20, 2023, issue of Time magazine—her second cover for the magazine in two years. The collage-like work comprises images of Black life from the past and present for a cover story titled “Division and Destiny: How to Build a Truly Equal American Democracy” by Isabel Wilkerson, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Jessica Claypool 
BFA ’17 (Animation) 
is shop manager of The Painted Lady LA, a queer Black woman–owned tattoo shop in Los Angeles. The Painted Lady LA was featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel in December 2022. 

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Olivia Jia







Olivia Jia 
BFA ’17 (Painting and Philosophy) 
had her work displayed at the famed Armory Show in New York in 2022. Each year, the three-day art fair features work from galleries from around the world and is one of the epicenters of the arts in New York. In spring 2023, the gallery Margot Samuel exhibited Jia’s work in a solo show titled Perimeter.

Jason Corn 
BFA ’18 (Acting) 

William Sander 
BFA ’17 (Acting) 
have a small business, Sandcastle Fun Co. in Philadelphia, which offers early childhood classes and birthday parties for babies through six year-olds. Learn more at sandcastlefunco.com.

Amber Malmstadt 
BFA ’18 (Dance) 
was hired after graduation by Montgomery Ballet as a company member and worked her way up from corps de ballet to soloist. After leaving the ballet in 2021, Malmstadat joined Tallahassee Ballet as a corps de ballet member.

Sean Rynkewicz 
BFA ’18 (Illustration) 

Madison Claus 
BFA ’17 (Musical Theater) 
were engaged on Dec. 20, 2022, at Jose Pistola’s [owned by Casey Parker ’97 (Musical Theater)]. They will be married on Jan. 27, 2024, at St. Luke and the Epiphany Episcopal Church—just around the corner from several UArts buildings. Rynkewicz and Claus were both resident assistants in Juniper Hall during the 2016–2017 academic year. Claus is now senior administrative assistant in the Brind School of Theater Arts, and Rynkewicz is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Design. The couple also shares yet another UArts touchstone: They both received the Resident of the Year Award, one year apart.

Loveis Wise 
BFA ’18 (Illustration) 
teamed up with bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi in 2022 to create a reimagined version of a Zora Neale Hurston story in a picture book titled Magnolia Flower. In fall 2022, the pair visited UArts for a discussion about activism, art and literature, led by Jeannine A. Cook BS ’05 (Communications), MA ’14 (Art Education), who is the owner of Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia and Ida’s Bookshop in Collingswood, New Jersey. Wise was also honored at UArts with the inaugural Young Alumni Award during UArts Weekend in October 2023.

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Kyle Tanguay 
BFA ’20 (Dance)
who, as a rising senior, became the Philadelphia Eagles’ first male cheerleader in more than three decades and later appeared on American Idol, joined the production of Awakening at Wynn Las Vegas casino and hotel. Through dance, the show follows its heroine and her two companions as they “seek to restore beauty and love to the world.” It’s performed in a custom-designed, 360-degree theater made especially for the show.

photo of Mikaela Rada 
Mikaela Rada







Mikaela Rada 
BFA ’20 (Dance) 
is performing in Mean Girls’ national tour, which is playing in theaters across the country through May 2024. She is in the ensemble and is understudy for the role of Gretchen. 

German Vazquez 
BFA ’20 (Photography) 
was honored with the inaugural Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Alumni Award during UArts Weekend in October 2023.

mural painted by Isabelle Cress 
Isabelle Cress, Global Philadelphia’s 17th sustainable goal mural







Isabelle Cress 
BFA ’21 (Illustration) 
was selected to create a sustainability-themed mural for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal no. 17, Partnerships for the Goals: Revitalizing Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development. The mural was installed at St. Mary’s Interparochial School in Philadelphia.

Vero Gilman 
BFA ’21 (Illustration) 
was among the illustrators who contributed to the Eagles Game Day Poster Playlist. The project paired visual artists and musicians to create a poster and a song for each home game. 

photo of Xenia Matthews
Xenia Matthews







Xenia Matthews 
BFA ’21 (Film) 
was selected for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Her 2022 film OURIKA! was screened at the celebrated film festival after its world premiere at the Philadelphia-based BlackStar Film Festival in summer 2022. It also earned Matthews a feature in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film roundup. 

Abel Aranda 
MM ’22 (Jazz Studies) 
was featured in Jazz Times in the story “Abel Aranda’s Jazz Journey: The Mexican guitarist wanted to study jazz in the U.S.—and found help in a surprising place,” published Dec. 8, 2022.

Hap Haggelgans 
BFA ’22 (Illustration) 
was among the illustrators who contributed to the Eagles Game Day Poster Playlist. The project paired visual artists and musicians to create a poster and a song for each home game.

photo of Victoria Hamersky 
Victoria Hamersky







Victoria Hamersky 
BS ’22 (Music Business, Entrepreneurship, & Technology) 
created her own management company, VH MGMT, when she was just 18. Its mission is to make the music industry more inclusive. Her time at UArts further shaped this vision and turned into a thriving, full-service artist management and development company. In April 2023, she headed out on the road as tour manager for musician Isabel Pless.

Jack Hopewell 
BFA ’22 (Musical Theater) 
played Jesus Christ in the North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which started in fall 2022. He was hired only a few months after graduation. 

Lily McKown 
BS ’22 (Music Business, Entrepreneurship, & Technology) 
released the music video for her latest single, “Yarko’s House.” Her debut album, Backseat Driver, came out in 2020 and was well-received, garnering attention and praise from WXPN. 

John Polanco 
BM ’22 (Trumpet) 
performed in the national Broadway tour of Tina: The Musical at the Academy of Music. It featured four generations of UArts alumni in the band, including Mark Allen BM ’10, MM ’11 (Saxophone, Jazz Studies); Rob Rutigliano BM ’22 (Saxophone); Ed Shea BMEd ’71 (Percussion/Education); and Bob Surttman BM ’83 (Trombone).

Carolyn Quick 
BFA ’22 (Museum Exhibition Planning & Design) 
produced a museum exhibit called A League Apart, about the Philadelphia Negro Leagues with Brian Michael, founder of Phillies Nation and co-owner of Shibe Vintage Sports. It was hosted at the Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia, during July and August 2023. Using memorabilia, stories from the past, and the audio baseball is known for, A League Apart focused on the players who stepped up to the plate to change the biases and traditions of baseball. 

Rob Rutigliano 
BM ’22 (Saxophone) 
performed in the national Broadway tour of Tina: The Musical at the Academy of Music. It featured four generations of UArts alumni in the band, including Mark Allen BM ’10, MM ’11 (Saxophone, Jazz Studies); John Polanco BM ’22 (Trumpet); Ed Shea BMEd ’71 (Percussion/Education); and Bob Surttman BM ’83 (Trombone)

large outside mural by Zeinab Diomande 
Zeinab Diomande, “Deli Delight”







Zeinab Diomande 
BFA ’23 (Fine Arts) 
created the eye-catching “Deli Delight” in Fishtown for a collaboration among Streets Dept, Living Walls, and the Adult Swim Festival. Diomande also premiered her first solo exhibition, Wildest Dreams, at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in fall 2023.