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Recipients of Honorary Degrees


PCA&D has awarded honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees (honoris causa) to the following people in recognition of their lifetime achievement, leadership, and/or dedication to and support of the arts.

2010: John  A.  Fry (former president of Franklin & Marshall College)

          Jerry Pinkney (2010 Caldecott Medal winner and guest artist during PCA&D's Mosaic Project in 2010).

2009: Caroline Nunan (Mrs. Nunan passed away in 2010, but was a well-known philanthropist, former director at Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. and Steinman Enterprises, and former chairman of the James Hale Steinman Foundation).

2008: Susanna Coffey

2007: Rebecca Hoffberger 

2006: William Plympton

2005: Marshall Arisman  
2003: John Slorp  



Guest Speakers at PCA&D


Academic year 2013-2014

Gerald Cyrus, one of the artists of the Mosaic Project.

Laylah Ali, one of the artists of the Mosaic Project.

Daren Kendall, interdisciplinary artist.

Mike Manley, comic artist.

Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell.

Tom Bejgrowicz and Jennifer Martin.

James Portnow, video game designer and consultant; internationally-recognized leader of the "Games for Good" movement.

Mary Kate McDevitt.

James Ransome.

Nate Larson.

Elizabeth Duffy.

Panel discussion, "Folklore," in conjunction with PCA&D gallery exhibit by the same name. Panelists are Amy Cutler, Clare Grill, and Baker Overstreet; moderated by PCA&D gallery director Heidi Leitzke.

Multi-disciplinary artist Irvin Climaco Morazan.


Academic year 2012-2013

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, one of two artists of the Mosaic Project 2012

Henry Horenstein and Ernesto Aparicio.

Joshua Reiman, performance, photography, film and sculpture.

R. Gregory Christie, one of two artists of the Mosaic Project 2012.

Deborah Sigel, ceramicist and sculptor.

Artists of the exhibit "Photo/Synthesis:" Anita Allyn, Piper Brett, Julianna Foster, Tim Portlock, Mark Stockton and Linda Yun, members of Vox Populi

Anne Catherine Blake, Caitlin Hackett, and Christina Hess (she also teaches at PCA&D).

Dr. Kerry Sherin Wright, commencement speaker on May 4, 2013. 



Academic year 2011-2012
Seymour Chwast, graphic design, illustration, typography, and trendsetter in the genre of poster design. 
Raul Colon, illustrator.  Mosaic Project artist for 2011.  Click here.
Amy Sherald, painter.  Mosaic Project artist for 2011.  Click here.

Gail Anderson, graphic designer + typographer.  Gail delivered the commencement   address during graduation on May 7, 2011.  Click here to read the full story.

Elinor Carucci, photographer. Click here for more information about Elinor.

Deirdre Murphy, painter. Click here for more information about Deirdre.

Brett Bagenstose of Neo-Pangea Design and Production.  View their website.

Marc Burckhardt, illustrator.  View his website.

Stanley Lewis, painter.

Osamu James Nakagawa, photographer.  View his website.

Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell, graduation speakers on May 5, 2012. 


Academic year 2010-2011
Bob Burdette, painter
Joerg Colberg, photographer
Diane Edison, painter and PCA&D Mosaic Project artist.
Glenn Goldberg, painter
Roger Gorman, designer
Joshua Lutz, photographer
Matthew Pillsbury, photographer
Jerry Pinkney, illustrator and PCA&D Mosaic Project artist. Caldecott Medal recipient, Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, and more.
Rob Reed, designer; co-founder One Trick Pony
Celia Reisman, painter
Victoria Sambunaris, photographer
Jackson Taylor, author “The Blue Orchard”
Ray Troll, illustrator
Gail Anderson. Designer, typographer, former creative director at Rolling Stone magazine. Graduation speaker on May 7, 2011.


Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is your place to prepare for a life and career in art and design.

PCA&D, founded in 1982, is central PA’s only non-profit, professional art college.  PCA&D offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in graphic design, illustration, fine art, and photography, and certificate programs in digital photography, print design, and Web design. 

PCA&D also offers continuing education classes year-round for adults, teens, and youth, and a professional gallery that features works by nationally-acclaimed artists.

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.





2010 honorary degree recipients John A. Fry and Jerry

Pinkney (pictured from l. to r.), PCA&D Trustee Bob

Brandt Jr., and PCA&D President Mary Colleen Heil.


2009 recipient of the honorary degree was Mrs.

Caroline Nunan, pictured here with PCA&D Trustee

Bob Brandt Jr.











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