Anne (Williams) Klingenburg (Graphic Design) exhibited Inspirations 44 at the New Providence Memorial Library (New Jersey) from August– September 2019. aklingenburg.com
David Hedges (Commercial Design) retired from running his independent design consultancy, Studio D, in July 2017. In December 2019, David and his spouse, June, relocated within Chapin, SC, where he produces commissioned and personal pastel artwork.
Morris “Moe” Mitchell (Fine Arts) exhibited Pioneering the Edge at Southern Adventist University’s John C. Williams Gallery in Collegedale, TN from January–February 2020. morrismitchell.com
Craig Rubadoux (Fine Arts) exhibited Rubadoux World at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota in April 2019. craigrubadoux.com
Gloria Jean (Anderson) Marion ’63 (Commercial Design) and Jerry Marion ’64 (Commercial Design) run Pilgrim’s Rest Studios, specializing in paintings, portraits, and illustrations by commission in Mocksville, NC. pilgrimsreststudios.com
Gene Johnson (Commercial Design) exhibited his paintings, Residuos, at Sao Paulo’s Galeria Lume from June–August 2019. Gene’s principal studio is in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. genejohnsonart.com
Wendell Minor (Commercial Design) was awarded the key to the city of Aurora, IL and honored with the naming of the street of his childhood home Wendell Minor Way in May 2019. Wendell released Hi, I’m NORMAN: The Story of American Illustrator Norman Rockwell in September 2019 through Simon & Schuster/ Paula Wiseman Books. minorart.com
Janet (Harden) Councilman (Commercial Design) released the children’s book she wrote and illustrated, Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift, through Covenant Books in December 2019. A retired educator, Janet illustrates and designs by commission in Burlington, NC.
William “Bill” Jameson (Fine Arts) exhibited new work at Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC in December 2019. With a principal studio in Saluda, Bill teaches painting workshops throughout the Carolinas. williamjameson.com
Jim Waters (Fine Arts) retired from the High Museum of Art in October 2018. As senior exhibitions designer, Jim served for 31 years and supervised the installation and design of more than 600 exhibitions. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Mississippi in 1976. His art is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Herman Miller, Inc., Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL), and the High Museum of Art.
Jayne Holsinger (Advertising Design) exhibited Our National Parks: Paintings by Jayne Holsinger at the gallery in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Gateway National Recreation Area from December 2019–February 2020. jayneholsinger.com
Dan Greshel (Graphic Design) exhibited Art from the Lost and Found at South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, AR in April 2018.
Linda (Walz) Cantrell (Graphic Design) retired from teaching special education at Gwinnett County Public Schools in May 2019. Linda now regularly enjoys the company of friends and family as she delves back to her roots, painting and crafting in Norcross, GA.
Virginia Hoffman (Graphic Design) exhibited Virginia Hoffman: Vanishing Florida, in Ringling College’s Patricia Thompson Gallery from October–December 2019 and at Ringling College’s Englewood Art Center Mitchell Gallery in January 2020. virginiahoffmanstudio.com
Diane (Borowski) Dempsey (Graphic Design) expanded from her Retro Christmas Card Company to provide mid-century inspired and vintage-style designs in unique products for home and office through Retro Lifestyle Company in October 2019. retrolifestylecompany.com
Isabel Forbes (Illustration) relocated Isabel Forbes Studio & Gallery to a new Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC location in March 2019. Isabel’s working studio and gallery offers independent study, group classes, and workshops, in addition to hosting art events. isabelforbes.com
Stephen Scott Young’s (Illustration) Moroccan Dress (2018) was selected for the December 2019 cover of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine as part of the article, “Dressing the Part.” Stephen is represented by Red Piano Art Gallery in Bluffton, SC.redpianoartgallery.com
Matt Myers (Illustration) joined Ringling College as a full-time visiting Illustration faculty in August 2019. In addition to his design and illustration clients, Matt also designs and fabricates theatrical costumes across the United States. mattmyers.gallery
Joy (Cumbaa) Snyder (Fine Arts) and spouse Tom Snyder (Fine Arts) celebrated their 10th season with the stop animation television show Robot Chicken. Their studio creates celebrity puppet heads in the greater Orlando area. joyandtomstudios.com
Tom Chambers (Graphic Design) received the first place Fine Art Book Award from the 2019 International Photography Awards for his book Hearts and Bones, with a forward by Elizabeth Avedon and published by Unicorn Publishing Group. tomchambersphoto.com
Michael Everson (Graphic Design) was nominated for 2019 Illinois Art Education Association Middle School Art Educator of the Year. An art educator in the greater Chicagoland area for nearly 15 years, Michael has been consistently exhibiting his paintings and monoprints in galleries for 30 years. michaeleversonart.com
Patrice Kennedy (Illustration) won the Florida Art Education Association’s (FAEA) Special Needs Award for excellence in adapting instructional opportunities for students with varied learning, emotional, and/or physical exceptionalities at its annual awards ceremony during FAEA’s 2019 conference. Recently celebrating her 15th year at Oak Park School (Sarasota County’s school for the mentally, physically, and emotionally challenged), Patricia is a fine art specialist in K-12 who also presents motivational lectures and artistic development programs through Women in Search of Healing Through the Arts. wishealingarts.com
Christopher Skura (Fine Arts) and spouse Julie Knight ’90 (Fine Arts) exhibited new work in Aestivus: Summer Group Show at Cross Contemporary Art in Saugerties, NY from July– August 2019. Julie also exhibited in the group show, Abstracts & Pottery Alumni Show at Ringling’s Madeby Gallery in January–February 2020, along with Mark Bettis ’89 (Computer Graphics) and 1988 Fine Arts grads Scott Causey, David Hammel, and Jay Spalding.
Gigi (Scott) Ortwein (Graphic Design) and Lauren (Pritchard) Thomas ’09 (Graphic and Interactive Communication) won a series of design awards at the 2019 Florida Magazine Association annual conference for their design work with Sarasota Magazine. Gigi has served as creative director since 2010 and Lauren as art director since 2018.
Sandy Campbell (Interior Design) relocated EnteroDesign, her sustainable lifestyle company specializing in residential and commercial projects, within Seattle in September 2019. NCIDQ-certified, EnteroDesign has served the greater Seattle region for more than 25 years. enterodesign.com
Robert Joseph (Interior Design) wrote “A Colorful Journey in a Disturbing Direction: HEATHERS,” for Perspective: Journal of the Art Directors Guild in its January/February 2019 issue. Robert is production designer on HEATHERS and resides in Los Angeles. rwjoseph.com
Claudia Interrante (Graphic Design) exhibited art pieces that she licenses for surface design in a Mount Pleasant pop-up show. Claudia’s artwork has been applied to everything from paper products to ceramics, textiles, and wrapped canvases nationally and internationally. For more than 12 years, she also has taught yoga to people of all ages in the greater Charleston, SC area. artlicensing.com/content/claudia-interrante
Marc Hedges (Graphic Design) was selected to exhibit artwork in a special U.S. Navy Fleet Week exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego over the 2019 Veterans Day weekend. Marc is an independent graphic designer and marketing consultant who specializes in brand development, positioning, renovation, and reinforcement. Located in San Diego, Marc is also the new president for AIGA San Diego. marchedgescreative.com
Robert Doyon (Fine Arts) exhibited Walkabout: The Work of Robert Doyon at Art Ovation Hotel, Sarasota from May–October 2019. 3rdravenstudios.com
Matthew Hasty (Fine Arts) exhibited The Order of Time at Justus Fine Art Gallery in Memphis, TN in September–October 2019. Matthew is represented by L Ross Gallery and his art can also be seen on many television series including The Good Wife and Bluff City Law. matthewhasty.com
Joseph Patrick Arnegger (Fine Arts) was a featured speaker at TedxHiltonHead: Reinvention and also exhibited Accumulus at Hilton Head’s J Costello Gallery in May 2019. josepharnegger.com
Bill Buttaggi (Graphic Design) released The Slush Mold Toys of Lincoln White Metal Works, a history and pictorial reference of Clayton E. Stevenson’s slush metal toy company, which produced dimestore toys between 1931–1937, filling a huge void for collectors of these toys. billsvintagetoygarage.com
Nicole “Niki” Ciccotelli Stewart (Illustration) joined the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia as its first chief learning and engagement officer in April 2019. Niki had served for 10 years at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR.
Ramiro Gomez (Computer Animation) served as rigging supervisor on The Addams Family animated feature film released in October 2019. He is currently rigging supervisor at Cinesite, working on Extinct and Riverdance, both 3-D films to be released in 2020.
Michael Knapp (Illustration) was production designer on the animated film, Spies in Disguise, released by Blue Sky Studio in December 2019. michael-knapp-lydm.squarespace.com
Brandon Oldenburg (Illustration) premiered his virtual reality experience, War Remains, at Tribeca Immersive, Tribeca Film Festival’s intersection of storytelling and technology venue, in April–May 2019. Brandon’s studio, Flight School, is located in Dallas. flightschoolstudio.com
Jennifer (Arminio) Borresen (Illustration) joined GateHouse Media as data projects visualization editor in February 2019. For 18 years, she worked with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on many award-winning teams as a graphic designer. Jennifer moved to the Herald-Tribune’s parent company, conceptualizing, creating, and working with its affiliates to deliver stories in more easily understandable ways through data visualization. When GateHouse merged with Gannett in November, Jennifer became the data visualization editor for the USA TODAY Network investigations team.
Chie Fueki and Kelly Sturhahn (Fine Arts) exhibited in the Second Annual Fine Art Alumni Exhibition in Ringling College’s Crossley Gallery from August–September 2019. Fine Arts alumni exhibiting also included Tom Stephens ’97, Omar Chacon ’02, Sooky Kim ’12, Matt Coombs ’13, Natalie Lerner ’14, and Muriel Holloway ’16.
Jamie DeRuyter (Computer Animation) was named Ringling College’s Entertainment Design Inaugural Faculty in May 2019. Since graduating from Ringling College, he has created 3D modeling, animation, and visual effects for theme parks, television shows, and games, in addition to teaching in Computer Animation and in Game Art. Most recently, Jamie created massive amounts of destruction for the remake of the classic game, Shadow of the Colossus.
Kirsten Drummond Todd (Computer Animation) relocated to Raleigh, NC to join Epic Games as senior lighting artist in May 2019. Kirsten most recently served as a senior lighting artist at Sony Pictures Imageworks on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in Vancouver, and previously on Spider Man: Homecoming, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ghostbusters, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Pixels.
Amanda Goforth (Illustration) joined Fivable as interactive designer in July 2019. Amanda also illustrates by commission in Columbia, SC. behance.net/amandagoforth
Nelson Plumey (Illustration) married April Glover in May 2019. Nelson is lead environment artist at Treyarch Studios, developers of titles like Call of Duty Black Ops II, III, and IV for the publisher Activision. Nelson is currently ramping up on his next title, which is yet to be announced.
Kim Gagnon (Graphic and Interactive Communication) joined Tervis Tumbler as a graphic designer in January 2019. Kim relocated to Venice, FL after 15 years in Birmingham, most recently as art director for Books-A-Million.
Christian Sampson’s (Fine Arts) Vita in Motu was installed for Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College’s inaugural exhibition from December 2019–December 2020. christiansampson.net
Misty (Bell) Stiers (Illustration) was promoted to vice president, executive creative director at Isobar in New York City in January 2020. mistybellstiers.com
David Elliott (Computer Animation) relocated his KEEN Creative Group to Beaver, WV in February 2020. KEEN is an award-winning motion graphics, video, and animation production agency specializing in full brand awareness. heykeen.com
Jeff Boddy (Computer Animation) presented at the Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity (FITC) Conference in Toronto in May 2019, sharing his take on the future, innovation, technology, and creativity. Jeff is creative director with Mill+ in Chicago. noboddy.com
Julie (Miller) Kanapaux (Fine Arts) and her husband, Brett, welcomed their second child, Jane Amelia, in January 2019. Julie exhibited in the group show Round the Wheel at Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Douglas Whitley Gallery from September–December 2019. kankanstudios.com
Michael Crabb (Fine Arts) exhibited in the group show Round the Wheel at Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Douglas Whitley Gallery from September–December 2019. Michael is also publisher of WorkingTitle magazine.
Paul Downs (Computer Animation) and Michael Yates ’14 (Computer Animation) released Urban Legendz, a supernatural graphic novel adventure set in Brooklyn, through Humanoids Publishing in June 2019. Paul teaches computer animation at Ringling College and animated on the 2019 Blue Sky Studios film, Spies in Disguise. Michael is a story artist at Pixar, where his recent credits include Toy Story 4 and the upcoming Soul.
Heather (Carpini) Harris (Computer Animation) married Joshua Harris in June 2017. The couple resides in Newport News, VA, where Heather is a freelance animator. vimeo.com/hcarpini
Tim Jaeger (Fine Arts) was appointed director of galleries and chief curator at Ringling College in October 2019. Tim is responsible for envisioning and executing an innovative curatorial program that simultaneously contributes to the educational experiences of our students and engages our local community. He is establishing an exciting calendar that engages the diverse audiences of the Galleries, working to promote and showcase student, faculty, and alumni work to help advance Ringling College’s vision to achieve pre-eminence. regeaj.com
Katie Niewodowski (Fine Arts) was honored with a Teacher as Artist exhibition curated by the Hudson County Community College’s (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs from August–December 2019. The honor included exhibits at the Dineen Hull Gallery and Gabert Library in Jersey City, and at North Hudson Library in Union City, in addition to an artist talk and reception at the Dineen Hull Gallery. Katie has served as professor of visual arts for HCCC since 2016. She also teaches visual arts at Montclair State University (since 2006) and at Steven’s Institute of Technology (since 2018). In 2017, her sculpture was included in the book, A Glimpse of the Concealed–Body, Intuition, Art by Paul Vandenbroeck. In addition to her teaching and fine art practice, Katie owns Petitraits, a portrait business specializing in miniatures. petitraits.com & katieniewo.com
Michael Sudal (Illustration) joined Facebook as data visualization lead for its global compliance, security, and investigations team in January 2020. Mike was visual editor and graphics editor with The Wall Street Journal for more than eight years. mikesudal.com
Brandon Dunnick (Graphic and Interactive Communication) was awarded a master’s degree in communication studies with honors from the University of Miami in May 2019. Brandon joined Fiserv as marketing and operations manager in July 2019 and resides in the greater Orlando area.
Paul Hargrave (Computer Animation) joined Ringling College as full-time faculty in Computer Animation in August 2019. Previously he was a 3D artist, modeler, lighter, and compositor at Buck, Gentleman Scholar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Third Floor, and Blizzard Entertainment. paulhargraveartist.squarespace.com
Amer Kobaslija (Fine Arts) exhibited Florida Diaries at George Adams Gallery’s Main Gallery in New York City from April–June 2019. Amer is represented by George Adams Gallery. georgeadamsgallery.com
Shawn Pettersen (Fine Arts) and Morgan Janssen ’13 (Fine Arts) exhibited Flamingo Inn in Ringling College’s Patricia Thompson Gallery from September–October 2019. After earning his Master in Fine Arts degree from Montclair State University and spending years inspiring students as Ringling’s fine arts tech, Shawn joined Florida Gulf Coast University as lab coordinator and adjunct professor. seanpettersen.com
Annie Riker (Graphic and Interactive Communication) relocated to Asheville, NC in September 2017. After seven years at the National Parks Conservation Association in Washington, D.C., where she most recently served as creative director, Annie is an independent illustrator, lettering artist, and designer. annieriker.com
Jordan Sullivan (Illustration) relocated to Sarasota in March 2019 where he plein aire paints in shows and competitions throughout the southeast.
Jorge Lacera (Illustration) and his spouse, Megan, released Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! and were featured in Kirkus Reviews in April 2019. The Laceras operate Studio Lacera in greater Houston. studiolacera.com
Josh Beveridge (Computer Animation) accepted a resolution from the City of Los Angeles recognizing Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse in February 2019. Spider-Verse was an Oscar and BAFTA winner for Best Animated Film and a Visual Effects Society Award winner for Best Animated Feature. Fellow alumni who worked on Spider-Verse included Computer Animation grads Kirsten Drummond Todd ’97, Jared A. Brient ’06, Brian A. Kloc ’07, Matt Kummer ’07, JQ Park ’08, Carolyn Vale ’08, Byung Joo Choi ’09, Ozan Basaldi ’10, Megan Deane ’10, Marcus Ng ’10, Eric Chou ’11, Kevin Herron ’13, Luiza Alaniz ’16, Tarun Lak ’16, Michael Trikosko ’16, along with Brian Mah ’00 (Graphic and Interactive Communication) and Brittany Shively ’16 (Game Art).
Bronwyn Coffeen-Mercer (Illustration) was inducted into the UMS-Wright Preparatory School’s Arts Hall of Fame in February 2019 for “significant contributions in an arts discipline while attending our school, meritorious work in the field beyond graduation, and giving back to the school/community,” as reported by the Newnan Times-Herald. Bronwyn is archive graphic designer at USA TODAY Sports Images.
Cesar Rodriguez (Computer Animation) joined Ringling College as a full-time faculty member in the Game Art and Virtual Reality Development departments in August 2019. Cesar began his career at EA Tiburon in Orlando, working on the Madden NFL franchise before moving on to n-Space, Inc. and Steamroller Studios as a senior animator. Cesar’s primary focus has been developing cinematics and presentation animations, with notable titles Mortal Kombat 11, Anthem, Dauntless, Madden NFL, NBA Live, and Tron: Evolution.
Edward Kinsella, III (Illustration) received his second Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York City in January 2020, at Illustrators 62, the premier showcase for illustrators and celebrating SOI’s 62nd anniversary of publication. Edward was recognized in the advertising category for Berberian Sound Studio for client Black Dragon Press, with ad by James Park. The exhibition was on view January–February 2020. edwardkinsellaillustration.com
Christine (Sperry) Brunjes (Photography and Digital Imaging) married Kerri Brunjes in September 2016. After years in management in corporate America, Christine has a portrait photography business, specializing in newborns and children, located in greater Nashville.
Matthew McLaughlin (Fine Arts) exhibited Spatial Rapport at Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville, MD from January-February 2020.
Jessica (Lozano) Brezzo (Computer Animation) and her spouse, Marley, welcomed their second child, Leonardo, in April 2019. The Brezzos reside in greater San Francisco where Jessica launched a story, Lights in the Mist, for the Tales app in December 2019. taleswriter.com
Matthew D. Knopf (Fine Arts) earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in May 2019. Matthew is an aerospace engineer with Ball Aerospace, and also serves as a space ops officer with the U.S. Air Force.
Adriana Raby (Illustration) married Patrick Stone in August 2019. The Stones reside in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Brittany Adkison (Illustration) returned to her roots–the sea–by launching her own company, Lodestar Marine Services, in March 2019. Brittany is currently pursuing her captain’s license while acting as chief stew/chef traveling the globe on a 118-foot private yacht. @theketogalley
Sorcha Augustine (Photography and Digital Imaging), as an assistant to international dance photographer Tony Eng, was the first woman in history to hold an official photographer badge at Blackpool Dance Festival, the oldest ballroom dance festival in the world. Sorcha’s Sarasota studio specializes in dance and theatrical photography. sorchaaugustine.com
Nila Curry (Illustration) earned a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity in a dual degree program at Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2019. Nila is using her African-American church studies specialty and illustration skills to serve young adults, women, and the underprivileged in Washington, D.C.
Sandra (Builes) Diaz (Illustration) was promoted to art director at Amazon Prime Video in May 2019. luciaand.co
Jesse Penico (Graphic and Interactive Communication) joined Amazon in May 2017 as visual UX designer in the devices design group, providing high-level and detailed visual design for the Alexa app across multiple devices, products, and platforms. future-pixels.com
Greg Tariff (Graphic and Interactive Communication) married Sarah Cappello in September 2018 and resides in San Jose, CA. He was a featured speaker at the 2019 London eCommerce Design Summit. With 10-plus years of UX/UI experience, Greg is head of design at Intuit for Quickbooks Live and serves on the advisory board for multiple startups. Additionally, he has worked in the past for eBay, Visa, Groupon, BFG, Oak Labs (acquired), and Fetch Labs (acquired).
Brendan Carroll (Computer Animation) married Mariana Senra Carroll in April 2019 in Rio de Janeiro. Brendan is rough layout artist at DreamWorks and worked on Madagascar 3, Peabody & Sherman, and The Boss Baby. He also worked on other titles such as Mulan, Thor: Ragnarok, and Lego Ninjago.
Francesco Giroldini (Computer Animation) is lighting lead at DreamWorks Animation. Movies on which Francesco has worked include How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Madagascar 3, and Trolls World Tour. francescogiroldini.com
Kyle Hall (Illustration) married Jackie Pistey in January 2020. They reside in Boynton Beach where Kyle is graphic designer and illustrator for Sun Broadcast Group. kylephall.com
Victoria “Tori” King (Fine Arts) married Matthew Taber in June 2018 in Asheville, NC. The couple resides in St. Petersburg, FL where Tori is registrar and exhibitions manager at the Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM). Tori is responsible for the permanent collection and contributes to the research and curation of exhibitions at the FHM.
Stanley Moore (Computer Animation) launched Kuku Studios as co-founder and vice president of creative in January 2016. Ringling Computer Animation grads on the Kuku Studios team include Adam Campbell ’12, director and show runner; Uri Lotan ’12, director; Jason Heaton ’10, director; and Natasha Brown-Sauls ’09, production coordinator. The studio’s first animated project, Go! Go! Cory Carson, was released by Netflix in January 2020. kukustudios.com
Jessica Pomerleau (Computer Animation) married Jameson Halnon in August 2018. The couple resides in Burlington, VT, where Jessica owns Jess Boutique, offering unique brands, sophisticated style, and warm personal shopping guidance to women seeking to make their own personal fashion statements. Jess was profiled in the August 2019 issue of Business People-Vermont. jessboutique.com
George Retkes (Fine Arts) won the People’s Choice Award at the 19th Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition in Lakeland, FL in May 2019. George and partner, Laura Spencer ’11 (Illustration), each received a Creative Pinellas 2019 Emerging Artist Grant in March 2019. The grant includes a $2,000 prize, mentor assignment, and participation in Creative Pinellas 2019 Emerging Artist Exhibit at the Creative Pinellas campus in Largo, FL. George also exhibited in the 47th Annual Art Beth-el Exhibition in St. Petersburg in January 2020. georgeretkes.com and themisscrit.com
Chelsea Clifford (Graphic and Interactive Communications) relocated to the Hudson Valley area of New York and joined Stamford Hospital, in Stamford, CT as its first in-house graphic designer in June 2019. chelsea-clifford.com
Avner Geller (Computer Animation) released Things That I Hear, a book of satirical cartoons chronicling the times in which we live, in November 2019, when he also held a gallery show and book-signing at Gallery Nucleus. Avner is a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation. avnergeller.com
Michael Gable Marynell (Computer Animation) was featured in Atlanta Film and TV blog, Atlanta’s Movers and Shakers: Storyboard Artist, Michael Gable Marynell in December 2019. michaelgablemarynell.com
Matt Oztalay (Game Art) relocated to Raleigh, NC where he is developer relations technical artist at Epic Games, supporting users of the Unreal Engine.
Mandy Ray (Illustration) joined Humane Society of Sarasota County as an adoption counselor in May 2019 and was promoted to volunteer coordinator in November, overseeing 350-plus volunteers and rebuilding the shelter’s foster program. Mandy and her spouse, Robbie Weppner, married in October 2018 and reside in Sarasota, where she illustrates by commission.
JaymeLee (Benesh) Rivera (Graphic and Interactive Communication) and spouse, Jorge Rivera, welcomed their first child, Frances, in February, 2020. JaymeLee is creative associate with Indigo in Memphis, TN.
Andrea Rodriguez (Illustration) married Michael Hanley in Jalisco, Mexico in November 2019. The Hanleys reside in Queensland, Australia. Andrea taught children visual arts at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen in China for seven years and is now teaching art to high school students at The Gold Coast Art School. andrearodriguezart.com
Marceli Colato (Illustration) joined Warner Brothers Entertainment as a senior designer (and pop culture maven) in October 2019. Marceli had served previously as designer II with Hallmark for seven years in Kansas City and Los Angeles. marcelicolato.com
Matthew Decker (Illustration) opened RAD Printworks in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC in July 2019. RAD specializes in screen printing, apparel, merchandise, and original artwork. radprintworks.com and matthewstuartdecker.com
Dillon Endico (Illustration) was a co-founding member along with three other artists of Art Garden AVL in December 2019, a multi-purpose artists’ maker space, gallery, and garden located in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Dillon is a mural painter and freelance artist. artgardenavl.com
Rose Generazio (Photography and Digital Imaging) was promoted to marketing director at Dean Honda in Pittsburgh and Lake View Ford in Conneaut Lake, PA in April 2019, where she is in charge of all digital and print advertising. Rose also owns The Frame Dame custom framing and photography in Pittsburgh. framethedame.com
Adam Hartlaub (Illustration) and his spouse, Becky, welcomed their first child, Theo, in October 2019. Residing in the greater Philadelphia area, Adam joined ETS as senior UX lead designer and researcher consultant in August. adamfine-interactivedesign.com
Kathleen Sobr (Business of Art and Design) was appointed as Ringling College’s Business of Art and Design department head in January 2019. Kathleen served as interim department head from 2017-2018.
Matthew Coombs (Painting) was in the group exhibition Same Sight Slighter at Pilot+Projects Gallery in Philadelphia in June–July 2019. Matthew earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Tyler School of Art in 2016. mattcoombs.com
Max Golosiy (Game Art) and Miranda (Thomas) Golosiy ’13 (Game Art) married in October 2017. They reside in Los Angeles where Max is a texture artist for Naughty Dog and Mirada is a freelance digital sculptor. figureight.artstation.com and mirandagolosiy.com
Walter Matthews (Painting) exhibited I Don’t Swim So I Float, a solo show at Art Center Sarasota in March-April 2019. walterericmatthews.com
Daniel Cruit (Illustration) was commissioned to do San Jose State University (SJSU) President Mary A. Papazian’s portrait as part of Portraying Possibility. The exhibition was on view at SJSU in February–March 2019. Daniel is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree at SJSU. danielcruit.com
Andrea Caprotti (Computer Animation) joined Bluepoint Games as a 3D animator in July 2019. andreacaprotti.com
Elena Haas (Interior Design) and her spouse, Alfredo Mendez–Saldana, welcomed their first child, Luisa Elena Mendez-Haas, in August 2019. The family resides in Orlando.
Iggy Smalls (Photography and Imaging) was named to ARTPIL’s 30 Under 30/Women Photographers 2019 and exhibited in its group exhibition at Galerie Claude Samuel in Paris in November 2019. Iggy is based in Barcelona. iggysmalls.com
Arri Du (Illustration) and Shu Yu Zhang (Computer Animation) married in October 2019. They reside in Baltimore where Arri is a character artist for Big Huge Games and Susie is an animator for Zenimax Online Studios. artstation.com/arridu & susieshuyuzhang.com
David Jacaruso (Fine Arts) was awarded his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in May 2018. dfjacaruso.com
Holly Lavigne (Illustration) relocated to Atlanta to join Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh as assistant designer in May 2018. She also illustrates children’s books for independent and self-published authors. hollylavigne.com
Anne Lesniak’s (Illustration) art Don’t Tread on Us (2019) was selected for the April 2019 cover of Ms. magazine as part of the article “Keep Your Hands Off Our Bodies.” Anne is an illustrator for Cloudco Entertainment, a division of American Greetings. illustrationsbyanniee.com
Kyle Lopez (Computer Animation) worked under James Cameron’s team at Lightstorm Entertainment as sequence artist. Previously, he worked on Spiderman Homecoming, Pacific Rim 2, and The Star from Sony Pictures Animation. Kyle is based in Los Angeles. lopezkyle.com
Carol Patton (Motion Design) relocated to Bellingham, WA in Spring 2019 where she started Little Hiker Bird, specializing in stationery and comic merchandise for sale online and in stores. littlehikerbird.com
Emma Seaworthy (Graphic and Interactive Communication) exhibited Keep it Beautiful, a solo exhibition and commentary on convenience culture and ocean plastics, during a week-long residency at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota in September 2019. Her art was also included in the Artists for Action exhibit at Venus In Orbit Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL in November 2019. @seaworthydesign
Robin Thompson’s (Illustration) art Confliction won the Christ-Janer Center for Illustration mural contest in March 2019. Robin resides in Los Angeles where she is a freelance illustrator for PSYOP. Her illustrations have been published by Simon & Schuster. robin-thompson.work
Griffin Goodman (Fine Arts) exhibited in the group show Spectrum 4 at Art Center Sarasota from March-April 2019. Griffin earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2019. He is a visual arts teacher at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. @griffingoodman
Vanessa Bundschu (Visual Studies) received her Master of Arts in Television from The University of the Arts, London, in December 2019. vanessabundschu.com
Aviv Mano (Computer Animation) was recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the 2019 Silver Medal Student Academy Award for his animated short film, Game Changer, in October 2019. Aviv is an animator with Pixar.
Sanghyun “Sean” Kim (Computer Animation) was one of seven finalists for a Student Academy Award for his animated short film, Misguided, in August 2019. Sean is a 3D animator at Electronic Arts.
Matthew Vargas’ (Illustration) mural art was selected for the new Starbucks located west of Ringling College on Tamiami Trail/Rt. 41. Matthew fulfilled his wish to create a different kind of art for Starbucks. Matthew noted that “Within every brushstroke, every color, and every shape in this mural is a story. It’s a story about a man who made it his chief goal in life to uplift others through art.” Matthew is assistant graphic designer at Carter’s Inc. in Atlanta.
Alva Christo Yoshe Wijaya (Photography and Imaging) is assistant to documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez in New York City. alvachristo.com
Zifeng “Zi” Zhuo (Film) joined Ringling College as Studio Labs Coordinator in December 2019. Zi interfaces with various constituents to facilitate entertainment contracts and partnerships, support the development of entertainment content, develop marketing campaigns, and coordinate student participation on professional projects with the Film department.
Notable Group Exhibitions
Honoring A Teacher: A Tribute to Leslie Lerner, curated by Francine Birbragher, Ph.D., was exhibited at the Art Ovation Hotel from April – October 2019. Along with works by former Fine Arts Faculty Member Leslie Lerner (1945-2005), the exhibition featured exceptional work by some of Leslie’s former students, acknowledging and honoring his legacy. Alumni Julie (Miller) Kanapaux ’00, Michael Crabb ’01, Nancy Turner ’01, Tim Jaeger ’02, Claudia Ryan ’02, and Shawn Pettersen ’03 participated in the show.
Signs from the Interior, curated by Kathryn Harrison ’15, was exhibited at The International Center of Photography in New York from January-March 2019 and in Ringling College’s Crossley Gallery in May-July 2019. The exhibition featured recent work by graduates of the Ringling College-International Center of Photography programs, exemplifying the partnership’s extraordinary educational benefit to both institutions. Alumni included in the exhibit were Athena Torri ’11, Karen Arango ’13, Bill Ellis ’14, Mariana Greif ’14, Kathryn Harrison ’15, Rachel Kuzma ’15, Angie Garcia ’16, Miles Goscha ’17, Charles Robbins ’18, Alyson Smyth ’18, and Rebecca Morello ’19.
William L. “Bill” Eagan ’49
May 18, 2019, Winter Park, Florida
Robert “Bob” Chase ’52
July 19, 2014, Sarasota, Florida
Danila (Frassineti) Devins ’52
November 27, 2017 Pinehurst, North Carolina
Roselyn Joyce “Joy” (Weaver) Raye ’52
September 29, 2019 Gainesville, Florida
Jack Stanley Reed ’52
March 4, 2014, Rome, Georgia
Barbara (Davies) Thompson ’54
Costume Design and Fashion Illustration
January 14, 2020, Sarasota, Florida
Joseph Michael “Mike” Huey ’56
January 10, 2019, Pensacola, Florida
Herbert E. Jowers ’57
March 7, 2018, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Richard “Ric” Barbour ’58
January 12, 2013, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Robert “Bob” Biddle ’58
December 26, 2015, Franklin, North Carolina
Robert H. Cranor, Jr. ’63
June 19, 2019, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Martha Julia (Hicks) Ellzey ’64
January 10, 2020, Vidalia, Georgia
Susan Garner Hamilton ’67
October 24, 2014, Savannah, Georgia
Edward “Ted” O’Hanlon Hill ’67
April 28, 2019, Advance, North Carolina
J. Kenneth Jones ’69
September 24, 2014, Asheville, North Carolina
Rose Ann (Gandy) Samuelson ’79
September 28, 2017, Sopchoppy, Florida
Sandra “Janette” Laderer ’83
March 26, 2005, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Frank A. “Sandy” Porter ’83
February 28, 2020 Hickory, North Carolina
Nelson Charles “Chuck” Rancorn, III ’85
June 2, 2019, Newport News, Virginia
Jeffrey Allen Gallimore ’86
January 12, 2020, Roanoke, Virginia
Blair Ashby ’91
January 12, 2018, Bradenton, Florida
Craig Anthony Grasso ’92
November 21, 2019, Santa Clarita, California
Derrick Brazeal ’93
March 23, 2016, Columbus, Ohio
Russell “Russ” Winters ’96
December 5, 2019, Hollywood, Florida
Matthew C. Kummer ’07
July 5, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia
Alumni Benefits & Resources
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Center for Career Services: Ringling’s career services are available to you for life! firstname.lastname@example.org
- College Central Career Mentoring Network: Connect with alumni to learn or to serve.*
- Career Counseling: Personal employment, resume, and career counseling services offered by Ringling staff.
- Hire Ringling Talent: For employment or internships, look to Ringling College talent first! Free toregister and to post opportunities. https://wwww.collegecentral.com/ringling/
MADEBY Gallery: Sell your artwork in Ringling’s on-campus gallery devoted to student and alumni art. MADEBY features solo and group exhibitions, as well as retail space for your one-of-a-kind or limited-edition creative works. https://www.madebygallery.com/
Alumni Admissions Network: Share your Ringling experience with prospective students. Connect in-person or remotely for opportunities including National Portfolio Days, college fairs and Accepted Student Day. email@example.com
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well as THE LOOP, your alumni e-newsletter. https://www.facebook.com/RinglingCollegeAlumni/
Regional Alumni & Friends events in Washingon, DC on July 21st.
Stay tuned for Reunion 2021, an all-class celebration of Ringling’s 90th anniversary!
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