What Does Success Look Like?

  • Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski | Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski | Boardwalk Empire
    Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski, both Pratt Institute B.F.A. graduates in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, launched their digital animation/VFX company, HiFi 3D, in 2010 to provide high-end animation production services for a variety of media, from commercials to feature films. The partners...
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  • Noelle Stevenson | Student Illustrations Take Web by Storm Noelle Stevenson | Student Illustrations Take Web by Storm
    Work by student Noelle Stevenson ’13 (illustration) went viral after she began drawing characters from The Lord of the Rings film series as regular people in contemporary time....
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  • SAIC Alumna’s Nonprofit Design Agency Activates Education and Community SAIC Alumna’s Nonprofit Design Agency Activates Education and Community
    Emily Pilloton (MFA 2005) exemplifies the possibilities of forging a career path that fulfills personal passions while empowering others to reach their own self-directed potential. Pilloton is the founder and director of Project H Design (design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness),...
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  • Harshita Lohia | Textile Designer Harshita Lohia | Textile Designer
    On June 24, 2013, Harshita Lohia became a United States citizen....
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  • Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator
    After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. degree in photo/new media in 2000, Nathan Fariss worked on sports and corporate animation projects in Kansas City before moving into feature film and visual effects. For five years he was with...
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  • Image: Gabriela Bulisova, from “Home Front,” courtesy the artist. 2013 Sondheim Prize Awarded to Corcoran Professor Gabriela Bulisova
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corcoran College of Art + Design congratulates Gabriela Bulisova, a faculty member in both the Photography and New Media Photojournalism degree programs, who was announced as the recipient of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday, July...
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  • Kate Samworth | Fine Artist Kate Samworth | Fine Artist
    “I am trained in the techniques (such as rendering form, perspective, and light) of the “old masters,” and influenced by the darker aspects of Goya, Daumier, and Balthus,” says Samworth. “I studied traditional painting and drawing at an atelier in New Orleans and...
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  • Sarah Adeel | Entrepreneur Sarah Adeel | Entrepreneur
    After graduating from RISD in 2009, Adeel returned to her native Pakistan to launch the LettuceBee Kids non-profit organization with fellow alums Jabbar Bangash, a Global UGRAD alum who earned his degree from Carleton University, Mohsin Ali Afzal, a Fulbright alum and graduate...
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  • Joan Bruneau | Ceramic Artist Joan Bruneau | Ceramic Artist
    “It’s really important to me that my pots are used, not just looked at and pondered,” says Joan, whose show, Full Circle, is on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery. “I’m really after that connection with the audience. And, I believe that...
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  • Itsuki Ogihara | Fine Artist Itsuki Ogihara | Fine Artist
    Ogihara also serves as the community Service Specialist at NextFab Studio—3D prototyping studio and continues to credit PAFA for her development....
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  • Orit Hofshi | Fine Artist Orit Hofshi | Fine Artist
    “I feel the impact of the PAFA experience on my growth as an artist transcends the obvious: sharpening skills, acquiring tools and learning a great deal from lectures and discussions,” states Hofshi. “I think it was after the second year at PAFA, when...
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  • Constantina Zavitsanos | Media Artist Constantina Zavitsanos | Media Artist
    Time-based media artist Constantina Zavitsanos MFA ‘08 PAFA, recently accepted into the 2012-13 Whitney Museum of American Art independent student program, recalls an especially close and unique relationship with her teachers....
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  • Mitchell Sutika Sipus | Urban Planner Mitchell Sutika Sipus | Urban Planner
    Mitchell Sutika Sipus, BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati ’04 and an alumnus of the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program ’02, is an interdisciplinary Urban Planner who now creates unique solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems. He has conducted...
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  • Eric Fischl receives Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree Eric Fischl receives Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree
    Fischl joins an illustrious roster of past recipients of honorary degrees from CalArts including actress Annette Bening, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, visual artist Ed Ruscha, composer John Cage, choreographer Anna Halprin and free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman....
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  • Lee Gilmore | Sound Designer Lee Gilmore | Sound Designer
    Lee was part of the team led by sound editor/designer Paul N. J. Ottosson, whose efforts were recognized at the 2013 Academy Awards with the Oscar for Best Sound Editing (in a rare tie, with Skyfall). In the sound categories, the specific on-stage,...
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  • RISD Alums Contribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild RISD Alums Contribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild
    The coming-of-age tale, which opened in June in limited release, is the vision of first-time director Benh Zeitlin and his New Orleans-based filmmaking collective, Court 13. Among Zeitlin’s tight-knit group of collaborators, four RISD alumni played key roles in bringing the world of...
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  • Saori Kawasumi Lewis | Photo Conservator Saori Kawasumi Lewis | Photo Conservator
    “I started taking pictures because everything was exotic,” she said. “About a year later, my job was really wearing me out, so I decided to do something I actually liked. I wanted to study photography, so I started looking around for schools....
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  • Erin Robertson Wins Prestigious Fashion Scholarship Erin Robertson Wins Prestigious Fashion Scholarship
    "I really thought about the presentation a lot. A huge reason why I won is because every little detail was in there. For example, I made a paperclip out of copper wire to be in the shape of a honeycomb," she said....
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  • Peer-to-Peer Artmaking with Afghan Students Peer-to-Peer Artmaking with Afghan Students
    Working solely through virtual communication, participants have developed joint art projects using a mixture of digital media-photographs, video, and sound-as well as more traditional mediums, including paintings, drawings, and performances....
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  • Teela Shandness | Art Director Teela Shandness | Art Director
    “I have always loved making things. It's a puzzle, you know. It's trying to do something a little bit different than what has been done and putting my perspective on it.”...
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