2000S

ALUMNI NOTES 2000S

Betsy Casañas '00 was featured in an article on philly.com about her efforts to build community in North Philadelphia by getting people to work together on art projects that beautify the community.

Marie Elcin '00 has been selected as one of 3 finalists in a mural design contest by the Mural Arts Program  sponsored by the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union to be painted on a wall at Frankford ave and Dauphin st in Fishtown. Marie is also curating an exhibition of an international peace project entitled In a War Someone Has to Die, that will be on display at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 38th and Chestnut. The project was started by artist, Hanne Bang of Denmark, and has grown to include over 300 handkerchiefs from contributors around the world who stitched the title phrase in their own language.

Michelle Ortiz '00 has been painting stories of Mexican and Central American families around Philadelphia in places where they live, work, and interact with authorities as a part of Mural Art's Open Source project.

Joanne Bosack '01 had two paintings accepted into The 2015 Absolutely Abstract Show at The Philadelphia Sketch Club and her painting, Be Renewed In the Spirit of Your Mind, was accepted into the 2015 Large Format Show at The Philadelphia Club.

Harshita Lohia '02 was asked to create a scarf for the Barnes Museum shop that would celebrate the ornate nature of ironwork for the Barnes' fall exhibition, Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen.

Kathy Mueller '03 has been promoted to a tenure-track position at Temple University School of Media & Communication. She heads the Art Direction program in the Department of Advertising there. Her work was recently published in the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 2015.

Sheila Frank '07 is opening her first showroom in Mechanicsburg, PA, featuring custom-made wedding dresses, evening gowns, prom dresses, and other special occasion dresses.

Alison Williams '07 has introduced a new line of wall mural décor through her company Chroma Dolls. The new decals are available through Chroma Dolls's etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChromaDolls.

Kristen Ernst-Brown '08 has been nominated for Best Costume Design in the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema awards in London for her work in I Am Henry, a short film about King Henry VIII.

Kelly Kozma '10 was commissioned to paint Philly Electrical boxes for the 2014 HAHA x Paradigm program.

Brianna Barton '11 recently self-published the adult coloring book, Everything Dies! A Coloring Book About Life!  Everything Dies! is an 80 page coloring book that depicts, among other things, funeral rites from around the world, soil biology and decomposition, mourning loved ones, the murders of human rights leaders, and modern embalming.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney '11 participated in Old Enough To Know Better, an exhibition of women artists juried by Eileen Neff & Diane Burko and sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. The exhibition was held at the Crane Building in November 2015.

Therese Lavery '12 was featured among ten other Cecil College alumni in the inaugural show for the Milburn Stone Gallery.

Victoria Wright '12 has a new collection that is attracting attention for it's combination of diverse textures and modern florals, whimsical silhouettes and vintage references.

Jasmine Alleger '13 MFA was a semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Exhibit, featured at the Painted Bride Art Center.

Rebecca Collins '13 is now an Assistant Designer at Korovilas, who recently unveiled their Spring 2016 collection at Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Melinda Houvig '15 MFA exhibited her work in MIRROR, MIRROR: Artists Redefining Identity at the Philadelphia Sculptors and York College Galleries.

Michelle Sherman '15 MFA exhibited her work in MIRROR, MIRROR: Artists Redefining Identity at the Philadelphia Sculptors and York College Galleries.

Lisa Maria Ferry (current MFA student) received a Women's Empowerment Grant from the Chamber of Commerce.