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Our Alumni

Our Alumni

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What our alumni have accomplished

More than 1,000 students have completed Associate of Fine Arts degrees in animation, fine art, graphic design, illustration, and photography at DCAD since our first class graduated in 1999. Each of our graduates benefits from the support, knowledge, and personal growth developed over their two years at DCAD, and they use this foundation to support their future education and careers. Our alumni are an elite group of artists and creative professionals who have gone on to do incredible things in the art world. Just see for yourself!

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Yes, it’s true! DCAD is turning 25 years old in 2022 and we’re celebrating with events throughout the year including an exhibition and a BIG Birthday pARTy on April 14, 2022.

In honor of DCAD’s birthday, Alumni are invited to participate in a special exhibition celebrating you, our Alumni, and help raise funds to support the College’s Student Scholarship program.


March 4 – April 24, 2022

Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery

Small art exhibitions have become a popular way for organizations and schools like DCAD to present an exhibition that is open and inclusive to artists working in a range of media and to offer affordable art purchasing options to the public. While many of our Alum still have personal practices, many don’t because of work and life demands. We want to ensure that all our Alum can participate and be included in this special celebration recognizing the 1000+ talented students who have helped make DCAD the powerhouse of creativity it is today and the region’s premier two-year art program!

We also need your help. As Alumni, we need your support to help us sustain our Student Scholarship program. That’s why we are asking you to split the proceeds of the sale of your artwork with DCAD. You can help ensure future generations of creatives have the same opportunity you did and become part of the creative economy.


  • The exhibition is open to all DCAD Alumni
  • Works must be no larger than 16” x 16” in any direction (including mat and frame for 2D works)
  • Original works only
  • All media welcome including 2D & 3D functional and sculptural work
  • Photographic, animation, and digital media prints welcome
  • Wall works must be ready to hang with well attached wire hangers
  • Each artist is encouraged to submit a minimum of 3 works, a maximum of 10
  • Each work submitted must be clearly labeled with the following information:
    • Artist name, phone, email, Title of Work, Media, Price
  • All works must be for sale
    • Works must be priced from $100 to $300
    • Sales will be split 50/50 between DCAD and the artist
    • Proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing
    • Any shipping requests will be paid for by the purchaser in addition to the purchase price
  • Artists will be responsible for shipping artwork to DCAD by the delivery date of Friday, February 4, 2022. DCAD will not be responsible for works that arrive damaged and are not in condition to be displayed.
  • DCAD will be designating a special area on the main floor, adjacent to the Gallery to feature one to two works by our current 1st and 2nd year AFA students. They will also be asked to create works based on the same criteria. Proceeds from the sale of their art will be split 80/20 with 20% of the sales going to support the DCAD Student Exhibition Club.

You’re Invited!

All Alumni including the participating artists, will be invited to a special exhibition opening reception on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 5-7 pm. DCAD wants to thank you for participating and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished plus you will be able to see all the artworks submitted installed in the Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery.

You’re Also Invited to…

On Thursday, April 14, 2022, DCAD is throwing a BIG Birthday pARTy! Alumni will be able to purchase a specially priced ticket. Birthday pARTy tickets will be available for sale in early 2022. You’ll be the first to know when they become available. Space will be limited. You will want to purchase your ticket early. Gather a group of friends, family, or other DCAD Alum and help us celebrate!

Deadline for committing to participate is Thursday, December 30, 2021 – please complete the online form (at the bottom of this accordion section) to let us know you’re going to participate.

Deadline for delivery of artworks to DCAD is Friday, February 4, 2022, no exceptions!

More info will be provided to participating artists as the delivery date approaches.

Please contact Josh Hollingsworth, Curator and Gallery Coordinator
[email protected]

DCAD25 Alumni Small Art Show
March 4 – April 24, 2022
Toni and Stuart B. Young Gallery

Yes! I want to participate and support DCAD’s Student Scholarship program.

By way of completing this form, I am indicating that I will be participating in the DCAD25 Alumni Small Art Show and will be submitting a minimum of three (3) exhibition-ready artworks priced between $100 and $300. I will ship the artworks at my expense to DCAD for delivery no later than Friday, February 4, 2022.

Preferred First and Last Name(Required)
I Would Like To:

Thank you!! We cannot make this exhibition happen without your support.

And, please spread the word! We’ll be letting Alumni know but pass the word along and encourage as many Alumni as possible to participate.


After graduating from DCAD in 2017, Kendadi was named Washington, D.C.’s “Best Up and Coming Portrait Artist” for 2018 by Washington City Paper. The mixed-media specialist was tapped to create work for the “Anacostia Unmapped 2.0 Exhibition,” held in collaboration with the NPR documentary project, at the District’s CAH Gallery a few months laterHer. distinctive portraits are created using a variety of mediums including paint, charcoal, and colored pencils. Kennedy truly embodies the versatility of talent that DCAD prides itself on.


Henry Thurlow is an animator from New York living and working in Tokyo. He has contributed animation for an impressive array of projects, including MGMT’s “Kids” music video, Ke$ha’s “Your Love is my Drug” music video, Naruto: Shippûden, and Pokemon Origins. In 2016, Henry co-founded D’Art Shtajio, a Tokyo-based anime studio, after working for Japanese studios such as Studio Pierrot.


After receiving an AFA in illustration, Mike Hinson transferred his skills to the Pratt Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Communication Design. His extensive education and talent allowed him to find success as an illustrator at Buzzfeed and a creative designer at TikTok, where he currently works.


In 2018, Ellen Durkan received a Delaware Division of the Arts Established Professional Fellowship after receiving a DDOA Emerging Artist Fellowship seven years earlier. The artist-blacksmith, who also teaches three-dimensional design and drawing at DCAD, has shown pieces in her “Forged Fashion” series in more than 40 exhibitions. She also has mounted more than a dozen runway shows of her work, as far away as Paris and Sydney, Australia, and most recently at The Delaware Contemporary.


Since graduating from DCAD in 2004, Brad Wason has gone on to become the director of Brand Creative for Capital One. He has also held positions as Senior Creative Director at Capital One and design management positions at Zappos.com and Wilmington’s DMG. He lives and works in New York City, where his work at Capital One allows him to mix his business and art interests.


Leah Beach’s work as a photojournalist has allowed her to work on the United Nations’ Zimbabwe AIDS Campaign and take photographs all over the world. An advocate for social change, Leah created a middle school photography program in South Africa, founded the non-profit Dewey Artist Collaboration, and received a 2018 Emerging Professional Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Visit Leah’s site

Alumni Achievements by Major

Discover more of our distinguised alumni by major.

JOSH HOWELL, CLASS OF 2008, became an animator at Titmouse Studios and a storyboard artist for Late Night Cartoons, Inc.

OWEN WATSON, CLASS OF 2011, Owen is a Lead Artist for Jackbox Games located in Chicago. Before joining the team at Jackbox, Owen worked as an animator and storyboard artist for tv commercials (Ruffles brand potato chips) and animated series (Trip Tank). He also worked as a pixel artist for the game, Thief Town, from Glass Knuckle Games. GRANT ANDREW ERVIN, CLASS OF 2013, founded Honeycomb Interactive game studio and became a game developer at Biostream Technologies.MIGUEL DIEZ AZNAR, CLASS OF 2014, became a computer graphics generalist at Taylor James Ltd and a freelance 3D animator at Framstore, Industrial Color, and Titmouse

WILLOW QUILLEN, CLASS OF 2017, Just one year after receiving her BFA from Pratt, she has worked as a freelance illustrator and 3D designer. She has created beer bottle labels for Butler Brew Works, designed music merchandise for A-F Records, and helped build a 3D model for a holographic Alexa prototype for Sidekicks Co.

KEVIN BIELICKI, CLASS OF 2006, became an instructor in Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and received a 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Professional Fellowship.

ARAH JEWETT, CLASS OF 2008, continued to work as a painter and sculptor while earning master’s degrees from West Chester University and University of Pennsylvania, with both her art and studies focusing on genocide and other human rights violations.

ERIN MONEY, CLASS OF 2008, became the visual art teacher at Miami Beach Senior High School.

ERICA WINNE, CLASS OF 2011, opened her own art gallery, Creative Spectrum Studio, with two fellow DCAD grads.

INDIANA JOHNSON HILL, CLASS OF 2018, became the art teacher at Salem County Christian Academy.

TY HUDGINS, CLASS OF 2001, became a chief visual designer on a product design team at National Instruments in Austin, TX. Has also worked with clients like Nike, Honda, and the NFL.

JOY SMOKER-LIEDEL, CLASS OF 2004, became the art director for the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering.

JESSICA PUGLIESE, CLASS OF 2006, became the associate creative director for Entrée Health in New York City.

ALBERT E. CRESSWELL III, CLASS OF 2009, is a graphic designer and coder for Costco Wholesale in Seattle and always makes the effort to visit DCAD on his trips back East.

CHIA LYNN KWA, CLASS OF 2011, became the design director at Whisperlodge after design positions at SMAKK, Publicis and Huge in New York City.

THERESA CHROMATIC, CLASS OF 2012, opened her debut New York solo show, “Running in Place and Sometimes Walking: At Times I Feel Loved and Paralyzed,” at the Kravets Wehby Gallery in 2019. She and her mixed-media pieces have been featured in Art Critique, Artnet News, Interview Magazine, the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Studio Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

ZACHARY HARTZELL, CLASS OF 2012, started his own photography and videography company, completing work for clients such as Martin Guitar, Moore College of Art and DCAD.

JAMES PURDY, CLASS OF 2012, returned to London’s D&AD New Blood Academy, the second time as a project coordinator.

CAITLYN BURKE, DCAD 2013, Pratt, 2015. Strategic Development; Adobe XD. Previous: Interactive Manager, Atlantic Records, NYC Studio Agent at Strong Studio, Brooklyn, New York. Past: Flyleaf Creative, Echo Design Group.

NOAH CIMATU, CLASS OF 2016, was named a 2018 “Student to Watch” by Graphic Design USA.

ANTHONY HAY, CLASS OF 2016, became a graphic designer at G-III Apparel Group, whose owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, Vilebrequin, Eliza J., Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Basse and many others.

WILLIAM PARKE, DCAD 2016, UArts 2019. Graphic Designer at MOD Worldwide, Philadelphia, PA. Previous: Design Intern, Wilmington Trust, Wilmington, DE

OLIVIA KWIATKOWSKI, DCAD 2017, Pratt 2019. Junior Designer at Boxed, NYC. Previous: Design Intern, Triumph Group, Media, PA Part-Time Design Associate; Boxed SoHo, NYC.

ANGEL JEFFERSON, CLASS OF 2017, became a graphic designer for the Delaware Division of Revenue.

DANIELLE MILLER, CLASS OF 2017, became the design and print manager for DLS Discovery.

EMILY CRITES, CLASS OF 2018, became a graphic designer with Mark/Trece Inc.

ALEXIS PEABODY, CLASS OF 2019, became the print production assistant at DLS Discovery

MATTHEW LOEB, CLASS OF 2000, founded Catalyst Visuals.

FRANCISCO MADERA, CLASS OF 2016, became the graphic design intern for DCAD InQb8 Design Group.

ANDREW GREEN, CLASS OF 2018, became a design intern for Al’s Sporting Goods.

MARIESA MAGLIONE, CLASS OF 2018, became the workshop manager and an emerging teacher at The Delaware Contemporary.

AARON ZEBROOK, CLASS OF 2002, became a photographer for the New York Times.

ANN-MARIE VANTASSELL, CLASS OF 2007, is a professional photographer in the Washington, D.C., area who received the first DCAD Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. Her business, Ann-Marie VanTassell Photography, is one of Expertise.com’s 20 Best Washington, D.C., Wedding Photographers as well as a five-star business and 2019 Couples Choice Award winner on WeddingWire.com. VanTassell also is active with The Arcade, a group dedicated to keeping art education accessible in D.C. neighborhoods, and has been a resident artist at Washington’s Pleasant Plains Workshop.

KATIE MITCHELL, CLASS OF 2007, started her own wedding photography company – in Paris – and has had work featured by MarthaStewartWeddings.com and StyleMePretty.com.

RANDLE REED, CLASS OF 2007, became the Director of Admissions at DCAD.

ERIKA NIZBORSKI, CLASS OF 2008, founded a photojournalism and event photography business and had her “Senate Hearing on Healthcare” image selected as a 2018 “Best in Show” winner by Exposed DC.

LEON SYFRIT, CLASS OF 2011, started his own photography business and also works as a photographer for Morphy Auctions. In addition, he received an honorable mention in the 2017 Neutral Density World Photography Competition and was featured in the two-artist exhibition “BLOW-OUT/FLOW’r-OUT” exhibition at the CORE Contemporary gallery in Las Vegas.

EMILY TAYLOR, CLASS OF 2011, worked at the New York Post, ELLE Magazine, DailyCandy and Women’s Wear Daily before becoming the manager of event assignments at Shutterstock.

ALLISON STANCIL, CLASS OF 2013, became a photo / optical technician for NASA.

HAILEY MCCRACKEN, CLASS OF 2015, became DCAD’s Registrar.

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