Showcasing what can happen when creative potential leads to professional accomplishments, Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alumni Wall of Honor gives future hope to aspiring artists. It is undoubtedly uplifting — seeing what past students have accomplished — while encouraging current students to envision where their own careers might lead.
For three years, this on-campus installation in the Keating Center has paid tribute to award-winning Ringling College graduates who have made positive impacts in their career fields. On January 24, 2020, Ringling College President Larry R. Thompson led the annual ceremony for the 10 honorees of 2020. Now, year-round, passersby can learn about some of Ringling’s most accomplished graduates by visiting the Honor Wall, which was designed by Graphic Design Department Head Jeff Bleitz.
“It’s inspiring for our current and prospective students to see some of the top alumni of the College. I’m so glad that they have such a high-traffic, highly visible space on campus in which to be honored,” said Susan Borozan, director of alumni relations and engagement. “We have a treasure trove of alumni and this is one way to recognize them.”
The work of this year’s honorees spans the creative spectrum.
Jessica Sances Torres ’02, a Computer Animation major, has contributed animation to films including Toy Story 3, Brave, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Coco, and Incredibles 2.
Film major Kate Fail ’11 has worked on The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, and The Billboard Music Awards, as well as on shows including Stranger Things and The Crown.
Fine Arts major Jeffrey Scudder ’11 is an assistant professor of emerging digital practices at Southern Oregon University. Scudder has given more than 65 lecture-performances during his career.
Game Art major Michael Marra ’16 has done video game work for Call of Duty: WWII, Battlefield 1, and Diablo IV.
Graphic Design major Mark Unger ’02 is a partner/chief creative officer at PUSH, an Orlando-based branding and advertising agency. He has collaborated with Disney, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Lobster, The House of Blues, and Publix, among other clients.
Edward Kinsella, III, Illustration major ’06, is an acclaimed illustrator whose clients include The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Photography and Imaging major Hadar Pitchon ’09 shoots for high-end editorial publications including Vogue, W, SID Magazine, Client Magazine, and L’Officiel.
Motion Design graduate Brianne Gagg ’18 has produced content for Apple, Facebook, and Google, among others.
Interior Design alumna Angela Rodriguez ’05, founder of Angela Rodriguez Interiors and Space as Art, PLC, has designed luxury resorts with global giants RTKL and WATG.
Alexandra Tibbe ’14, Business of Art and Design alumna, landed an internship on a film set that led her to pursue a thriving multimedia career. “That experience taught me about the hard work and long hours I was destined to live, but also the joy that comes from doing something you truly love,” Tibbe said. “I have been fortunate enough to apply the skills gained in the business program in my work on commercials, television, and film,” she said.
See their stories here.
The knowledge and skills gained at Ringling College have translated into impressive real-world success for these and other graduates, as the Alumni Honor Wall serves to remind us.
By Abby Weingarten