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Betsy Casanas '00 participated in and hosted Art4Barter: New faces, at her gallery S.O.D. (Seed on Diamond) Gallery. A diverse group of artists presented works for barter with the value, service or product desired posted next to the art. The goal is to elevate bartering to a new standard, promoting a win-win process. Casanas' gallery exhibited work from The Coalition Ingenu Self-taught Artists Collective in Idiosynchronicity exploring "those weird and wonderful deviations and mutations that make each artist unique.”
Linda Cope '00 exhibited work in the Craft Guild's Art Show and Open House, Newtown Square, PA and in Fleisher's 4X6 Inches of Art. Cope is a yoga therapist and now practices at the Temenos Center and at A Chiropractic Touch, both in Moorestown, NJ.
Marie Hutchinson Elcin '00 had a solo exhibition of prayer cloth at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Made from repurposed fabrics, the pieces connect to the theme of loss, grief, and memory. Elcin teaches K to 5 art at Christopher Columbus Charter School and is an adjunct in art education at St. Joseph's University.
Marisa Jannaman '00 now works at Cottage Hill Diamonds in Elmhurst, IL, as a manager for buying and marketing. She enrolled in GIA and plans to become a graduate gemologist.
Michelle Ortiz '00 created Aqui y Alla a transnational project which explores the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia in connection with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico. The mural was dedicated in October and the documentary was screened in several locations. She had new work in the exhibit PAPELES: Are we what we sign? This exhibition served as a visual examination of our social bond with papers as legal signifiers of identity that shape individual mobility, cultural acceptance, gender equality, economic access, labor opportunities, and educational attainment, Painted Bride Art Center. Illuminate Me showcased works by Las Gallas (Julia Lopez, Magda Martinez and Michelle A. Ortiz) and Alex Shaw. The show is a multisensory installation that casts light on the shared stories and struggles of immigration in the Latino and Asian communities. Ortiz is also on the Philadelphia Host Committee for NALAC's National Conference. She was featured in an article on philly.com called "Eyes on the Big Picture" and on NBC Latino in an article "A muralist connects communities with paint.” She was a panelist for "Women Make Freedom: How Women of Color Use Art to Promote Social Change," exploring the diverse ways women of color use their art forms to promote social change and advance the causes that affect women on a local and international level. This was presented by the Art Sanctuary in partnership with Free Library's One Book One Philadelphia. Ortiz presented a colloquium in visual culture “Telling Their Stories: Engaging Communities through the Arts” at Bryn Mawr College.
Michelle Wilson '00 exhibited work in Proof of Some Existence, at Echo Gallery, Calistoga, CA; Clarity, at Napa Art on First, Napa, CA; Carbon Corpus in Beyond, the alumnae juried exhibition and in S'Long As Its Yours at Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Her imprint, Rocinante Press, featured her artist's books at the Codex International Book Fair in Richmond, CA. Images of her work appear in “Thread Loves Paper,” by Emily Marks and in “500 Paper Objects,” from Lark Crafts, juried by Gene McHugh, Kress Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Bridget McMullin '01 was featured in “Social Promotion” on Philly.com in August about her interior design group and their social media promotional efforts.
Melissa D'Agostino '02 was the alumnae artist selected for the September through October “Online Exhibition” on Moore's website where she showcased her Island Collection of hand-made fashion designs. In conjunction with her participation in Macy’s Fashion Incubator program, she had runway shows, was part of Fashion Group International and hosted an event with Devin Pauley ’11 (this year’s Moore fashion incubator designer) at Moore “Brand It to Land It: Take Your Fashion Line to the Limit” with featured guest Seth Friedermann from Ignite Designer Management in NYC. During the holiday season, her fashions and accessories were sold at the following Philadelphia boutiques: Kembrel Boutique, Animated Architecture at Art Loft PA, Arcadia Boutique in NoLibs and Joan Shepp. D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design was showcased among Philadelphia's top designers for “Design Philadelphia” at the opening night reception and Arcadia's “So Re Fa” and at Provenance Architecturals in Northern Liberties. She participated in the 2nd Annual Autumn Elegance Fashion Show at Waynesborough Country Club benefitting Covenant House, the largest private child welfare agency in the Delaware Valley. D'Agostino Design created Philadelphia's first lady Lisa Nutter’s dress worn to The Academy Ball, as well as her formal dress for President Obama’s inaugural ball.
Hiliary Sopczak Fitzgibbins ’02 reports that after a brief hiatus birthing two little girls, she has returned to the publishing industry and joined the staff at Vanity Fair Magazine where she designs features and columns for the print and digital editions.
Allison Holland ’02 is the Aquatic Director Hatboro YMCA.
Christina O'Donnell-Leasher '02 was featured in an article on Montgomery News, “Conshohocken Artist Chrissy O'Donnell-Leasher Finds Her Spot in the Local Fashion Scene.” Her new line of clothing, Bobby Lerza, is found locally at NRS Boutique and online at her Etsy store. In addition to her clothing line, O'Donnell-Leasher draws a cartoon Skinny Skelly and designs textile prints.
Jill Wasserman '02 exhibited paintings at B Square Gallery, Philadelphia.
Tegan Kowalewski Bellitta '03 was featured in an article on the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch, "Creative Career - Meet the Woman behind Whole Foods Artwork.”
Laura Graham '03 showed her short film, The Orchard, which was screened at the LA Femme Film Festival. It was also shown at the Big Apple Film Fest at Tribeca Cinemas, the Crown Heights Film Festival in Brooklyn and the Audience Choice Screening of the 9th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival.
Alexis Gurst '03 was one of six designers to have fashions exhibited in “The Art of Design” at the Muhlenberg College Gallery. Gurst worked as a design assistant in New York City and recently designed costumes for On the Town, her ninth Muhlenberg production.
Darla Jackson '03 was featured in an article on Philly.com and in the artblog online: “Artists' Collaborative in Fishtown, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, for cranking out creative works.” http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20130206_Gym_s_exercise_in_crowdfunding.html
Marlo Meekins '03 was the winner of illustration awards at the National Convention of Caricature Artist.
Jillian Sokso ’03 assistant professor of art at Houghton College, exhibited in a two-person show, Form and Texture-Our Shared Landscape, at the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Perry, NY.
Margaret Willis '03 was appointed Interim Director at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.
HanNa Jung ’04 was featured on Moore’s website discussing her unique business venture, a clothing boutique inside her family-owned dry cleaning store. The story appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News as she looks to expand her business and include a line of her own designs.
Ankita Kejariwal ’04 was featured in “Prints Charming,” in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. Kejariwal customizes accessories and designs for brides including everything from the wedding tree to guest book through her Etsy-based business, Textured Ink.
Ashley Turner Kreutzer '04 works as a senior landscape designer at Ram-T Corporation in Thorndale, PA. Kreutzer says that she applies fundamentals she learned at Moore every day to the landscape designs she creates. Though not directly related to her major, she finds it a successful way to incorporate her creativity and design experience into an applicable career.
Janell Wysock '04 is teaching classes in crochet, block printing and sewing with Tifanee Taylor.
Melissa Raccagno Bensch '05 recently completed an interior design project for Revolution X Studios, a spinning and TRX studio located in Robbinsville, NJ.
Auralis Herrero Lugo '05 sold her eco-friendly designs at the Give Good Holiday Market in New York City. The event was sponsored by the New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, which offered products by women-owned and sustainable businesses. She was also part of the “MERCADO SF207” holiday market held in San Juan, PR, with eleven eco-friendly, independent women-owned designer brands.
Gillian Pokalo '05 had a silkscreen monoprint purchased by the television show “Modern Family” as part of their set decoration. Her famous print was the subject of an article in the Reporter called “Area Woman's Art Lands on Hit Sitcom.” ABC-TV spotted her work on the Etsy website for artists and craftsmen. When not in her printmaking studio, Pokalo teaches K to 6 at Plymouth Meeting Friends School.
Ginger Mimmo Rohlfing '05,'09 exhibited 10 paintings in a group show at TRUST Gallery, Philadelphia with Chiara Lattanzio, ’06.
Amy Breen '06 started a handmade label, amy.b., based in Nashville, TN. She was chosen as one of the emerging designers for Nashville Fashion Week 2012.
Rachel Gagnon Vittorelli '06 owns Cocoagraph, a company making artisan chocolate bars printed with edible Polaroid-style photographs. Each Cocoagraph is handmade to order, with a choice of milk, white, dark or organic dark chocolate. All chocolate uses ethical sourcing and manufacturing practices.
Aubrie Costello '07 created Silk Graffiti in a one-night collaborative exhibition with Michael d'Amato and his Fluid Ribbon chair. The event showcased the common threads between fiber art and functional sculpture. It was held at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia.
Sherita Jennings '07 showed her new collection at a runway show in NYC.
Jennifer Lightfoot '07 exhibited work at Sub2 Gallery in Old City, Philadelphia. She will receive an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in May and participate in their Annual Student Exhibition.
Marilyn Rodriguez ’07 spoke at Edison High School as part of ArtsRising’s on-going community programming, discussing her personal history and obstacles she had to overcome. She will speak at career days at Call Cramp Elementary School and the Hosto Aspire Charter School. Rodriguez joined her daughter at Moore, where they matriculated together. Her artistic specialty is taking found materials and creating arresting imagery depicting society’s disenfranchised.
Heather Seal '07 is now working at the BLITZ Agency in California as a user-experience architect.
Katie VanVliet ’07 announced that BYO Print, a print cooperative that she founded, has moved to larger quarters that now includes artists’ cubicles/nooks for members.
Alison Williams '07, along with PAFA graduate Kala Hagopian, co-created a two-person female art collective and company, Chroma Dolls LLC. The collective was named 'Philadelphia Visual Artist of the Year' for the 4th Annual 2012 Indie Arts Rawards. Chroma Dolls have had numerous commissioned public murals, including one mural recently completed in Kauai, Hawaii, and are completing a mural in South Philadelphia. A collaborative piece from their personal body of work will be exhibited at Penn Medicine's annual show, A Celebration of Art and Life for 2013.
Katherine Bailey '08 has joined the Exton office of Coldwell Banker Real Estate as a full-time sales associate. She is also principal of Katherine Bailey Design, a design and spatial planning company.
Lauren Orloff '08 is working for Lilliana Vazquez as a stylist for daytime television programs: the TODAY Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Rachel Ray, MTV, The Steve Harvey Show, TLC What Not to Wear, ENews, Access Hollywood.
Heather Petrosky ’08 exhibited new work in Thick and Thin, presented by The Standard Club in Doylestown, PA.
Cara Croke '09 has been hired as Moore's new admissions counselor and communications coordinator. She recently completed her MA in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, United Kingdom. Prior to receiving her MA, she worked for the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Snyderman-Works Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Melissa Grimes ’09 is a designer at Case Design and Remodeling where she designs kitchens and baths for residences and is grateful for the fundamentals learned at Moore.
Lauren Mattes ’09 is now associate women’s knit designer at Aeropostale Inc.
Megan Uhaze '09 sold four pieces in an exhibition in Trenton, NJ, and was interviewed in the Examiner.com about her work, goals and advice to younger artists. For the past three years, she has been working as a professional artist at the Johnson Atelier, Hamilton, NJ. Her work was also in the juried exhibition, Mercer County Artists, Mercer County Community College, NJ, where she won the purchase prize. Her work was added to the permanent collection of the Mercer County Cultural Commission of NJ.