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4 Graphic Design seniors earn national packaging design honors

Four Graphic Design seniors have been honored by GDUSA for their packaging designs, recognition given to just a small percentage of the entries in the annual competition. Rachael Clough, Maliyah Gregg, Cleo Kendrick, and Austin Taylor — all seniors in Prof. Tom Newmaster‘s Packaging Design class — were among the 10 percent of 2,400-plus entries to be […]

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Katie Hess named 2024 Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship winner

Katie Hess has several titles on campus — as a student assistant in Career Services and as a Community Assistant for College housing. Now, you can add Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship winner to that list.  The Fine Art major was recently named the 2024 recipient of this scholarship, one of Pennsylvania College of Art […]

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Cleo Kendrick, Austin Taylor are named GDUSA Students to Watch for 2024

Congratulations to Cleo Kendrick and Austin Taylor, who have been named to GDUSA’s 2024 Students to Watch list. These Graphic Design seniors, both veterans of The Agency, PCA&D’s in-house branding and design organization, join more than 100 other students from across the country in being awarded this honor.  CLEO KENDRICK A Graphic Design student with […]

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Congratulations to the students whose work was accepted into Miniatures, an exhibition on display through February in the Learning Commons: Omar Almanzar ’25, Animation & Game Art; Krista Canoles ’25, Fine Art; Ceanna Davis ’24, Fine Art; Megan Einolf ’24, Fine Art; Alivia Haltam ’24, Fine Art; Thorne Havener ’24, Fine Art; Jamie Little ’25, Illustration; Kayla Smith ’24, Fine Art; McKenzie Smith ’26, Design Thinking; Kelby Weaver ’24, Illustration; and Nicole Wesoloski ’24, Fine Art. Amy Boone-McCreesh ’07, Fine […]

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Stormers baseball chooses 5 Graphic Design finalists for new ballcap design

Prof. Pam Barby’s juniors capped off a Graphic Design classroom assignment with a collaboration that will ultimately be sported by fans of the Lancaster Stormers, the locally based Atlantic League baseball team.  It’s a new design for a ballcap to be sold in the team’s Clipper Stadium store.  Five finalists were chosen from designs from […]

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PHV senior Cameren White’s work featured by PhotoVogue

PhotoVogue, an online platform for emerging and established photographers around the world, often acts as a resource for the global Conde Nast publishing empire.  Recently, Photography & Video senior Cameren White’s work was selected by PhotoVogue to feature on its platform.  He’s submitted work before, White says, but this is the first time that it […]

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College’s New Year’s card designed by Amanda Choong ’24

With a swooping blue peacock and stylized red branding, senior Amanda Choong has created PCA&D’s New Year’s greeting card for 2024. The project, which has its roots in her senior Design class, also has deep roots in Choong’s heritage.  The cards were sent to hundreds of supporters and friends of the College — a way […]

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PCA&D’s America250PA team places second in state competition

Four members of The Agency team, together with their faculty advisor and College Fellow leaders traveled to the Pennsylvania State Capitol to compete in the America250PA marketing challenge. The team placed second with their Great American Melting Potluck concept and proposal during the fifth annual 2023 Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (DEIC), a multi-round competition that […]

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Images and Echoes, an exhibition by Photography & Video students, is on display through Nov. 23 in the Photo Hallway Gallery. The show features work by Hannah Aust ’24, Jenna Cervone ’24, Leona Hatch ’24, Alexander Smith ’24, Jason Wagner ’24, and Cameren White ’24.   There’s a new edition of the PCA&D-Zayed Photography Exchange Blog, the result of a cultural exchange between photography students at PCA&D, […]

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Design by Maliyah Gregg, Graphic Design, chosen to brand 2024 Senior Show & Celebration

Big congratulations to Maliyah Gregg ’24, Graphic Design, whose work was chosen this week to brand the 2024 Senior Show & Celebration! Her design offers the idea of “being the light” with a lightbulb that’s incorporated into the font of her design. She competed with six other finalists in the second round of the annual […]

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September accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Mennonite Church USA’s newsletter shared an article about Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster’s new mural, designed and executed by Salina Almanzar-Oree, Assistant Director of the Center for Creative Exploration. For the Beauty of the Earth, dedicated in August, was a collaborative effort with the congregation and is located at the corner of Grant and Concord streets in Lancaster city. […]

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LiveX students spend the day ‘backstage’ at Rock Lititz

The inaugural class of students in the partnership between the Academy of Live Technology (ALT) and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) recently had an exclusive backstage pass to witness a rehearsal by an international rock band at Rock Lititz. While the opportunity may not happen for every class, their full immersion in the […]

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Student work selected for international SIGGRAPH conference

For the fifth consecutive year, work by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design students was accepted into the Faculty Submitted Student Work exhibit at the international SIGGRAPH conference. This professional event, held this year in Los Angeles and marking its 50th anniversary, gathers computer graphics and interactive professionals and educators from around the world.  Senior […]

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions, has five works on exhibit at Millworks, Harrisburg, through Sept. 10 (see above). The show opened in August for 3rd in the Burg. All of the works depict Sphinx cats: The three larger 2D portraits are made from mixed media, including paper cut to create the portraits and felt […]

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Foundation student Zeon Youngblood designs the College’s 2023-2024 T-shirt

Zeon Youngblood, a first-year student from Burke, Virginia, designed the College’s official Welcome Week T-shirt this year. Youngblood’s design, a bold peacock curved into an ampersand, won the most votes out of the seven finalists up for the honor.  “I actually found out I’d won once I was here and saw the shirt,” Youngblood says. […]

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The Agency debuts Summer 2023 work at PCA&D-York

Members of The Agency, PCA&D’s student-centered branding and design firm, had a busy summer working on behalf of five York-area non-profit organizations and the College. The end results — social media templates, new branding, accessories, stickers, logos, and more —  were unveiled in early August at PCA&D-York, the College’s pop-up location in the Royal Square […]

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May accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Greetings from the Mirage, a public art installation by Matty Geez ’14, Illustration, has opened at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The installation, through June 18, features more than a dozen of Geez’s towering soft sculptures. “My work is inherently soft and inviting with its use of color and material, but the sharpness through pricks makes it guarded […]

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Career Ready Lancaster video project puts students in the director’s chair and behind the camera

A video production doesn’t just start when the camera is turned on, or end when filming concludes. A group of PCA&D students has had the opportunity this semester to experience the full range of a production — from storyboarding to editing — creating four videos highlighting local businesses as part of a project for Career […]

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3 named winners in Graphic Design competition

Three members of Associate Professor Pamela Barby’s Junior Design Studio class have been named winners in The Real Show23 competition organized by George Mason University School of Art.  Congratulations to Amanda Choong, Cleo Kendrick, and Alex Maxwell.  Participants were charged with designing a brand identity and menu for Huevos, an all-day eatery in the fast-casual […]

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Art for Social Good’s ‘Escape to the Movies’ prompt leads to Penn Cinema show

Lots of us head to the movie theater as an escape — for excitement, inspiration, or simply to enter another world for a couple of hours.    Students in Bill Dussinger’s Art for Social Good class celebrated our relationship with the silver screen this semester, following an assignment prompt of  “Escape to the Movies.”   […]

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Congratulations to the 13 Fine Art and Photography & Video seniors who this month deliver Senior Presentations to the full College: Cassie Carver-Peters, Alexia Eggleston, Parker Galen, Emily Hornberger, Olivia Koziel, Emily Moyer, Cheyenne Nycz, Rachel O’Brien, Kelsie Reimer, Moselyn Sandy, Mark Shyshkovskyy, Faith Stiffey, and Sabrina Worthington. Tenderness, a project by Henry Gepfer (Adjunct Professor, Fine […]

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Four Graphic Design seniors honored for packaging design work by GDUSA

GDUSA’s American Package Design Awards, now in its 60th year, continues to be the fastest-growing of the New York-based graphic design organization’s national competitions. The reason for that, GDUSA says, is simple: “Marketers and retailers are challenged as never before to convey their message and promote their brand,” they write in their invitation to enter […]

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3 PCA&D Overwatch Esports teams make the playoffs

Congratulations to PCA&D’s Overwatch Esports Teams, who all have qualified for the playoffs this season. This is the first season the College’s Peacocks have competed in NACE Starleague, a national collegiate league that combines a number of gaming titles.  “Overall I’m very proud of all of our teams!” said coach Benjamin Farley, a 2021 PCA&D […]

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February accomplishments in the PCA&D community

BLAC, PCA&D’s Black Led Artist Coalition, debuted a February exhibition in the student-led CORE Gallery. We the People featured the work of eight student artists: Dom Bryson ’24, Illustration; Alex Eggleston ’23, Photography & Video; Adan Harris ’23, Animation & Game Art; Jasmyn Stokes ’23, Illustration; Daria Syphrett ‘23, Illustration; Cameren White ’25, Photography & Video; Kendall White ’23, Illustration, and Lauren Wood ’24, Illustration. Two Graphic Design […]

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Designathon ’23 brings 15th annual event full circle

At last weekend’s 15th Designathon, the annual event came full circle. About two dozen students, seven faculty, and seven alumni worked for 12 hours to deliver new logos, brochures, marketing materials, and more to eight non-profit organizations. And not only were alumni represented in the faculty who assisted, they also this year were represented in […]

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Dean’s List students announced for Fall 2022 semester

Congratulations to the 118 students who were named to the Fall 2022 Semester Dean’s List:  Omar Almanzar ’25, Illustration, Lancaster Lauren Antanavage ’23, Animation & Game Art, Frackville, Pa. Emilia Astudillo ’26, Foundation, Ephrata, Pa. Mary Auble ’26, Foundation, Columbia, Ill. Hannah Aust ’24, Photography & Video, Carlisle, Pa.  Erin Bazor ’24, Illustration, Covington, La. […]

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Amanda Choong named 2022-23 Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship winner

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Amanda Choong of Maryland, a junior Graphic Design major, has been selected as the 2022-23 recipient of the Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship.  “I would describe Amanda as passionate about design,” says Graphic Design/Illustration Prof. Maria Cummings-Miller. “She strives for excellence in the classroom […]

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

The work of former Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence Jason Herr ’16 is part of Idle Times: Pop Disorder, a group exhibition through Feb. 4 at Current Space gallery, studio, and performance space in Baltimore. Learn more here.  Aubrey Maurer ’22, Fine Art, is featured in a solo exhibition opening this month at the Sykes Gallery, Millersville University. Strictly Unconventional, sculptures exploring […]

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Student Life kicks off Spring semester with Among Us night

Who’s a Crewmate, and who’s an Imposter? Student Life kicked off a return for Spring semester with a real-life version of the multiplayer online game Among Us. Dozens of students turned out for the first Friday evening of the semester, bringing the online game into the realm of reality as a lively scavenger hunt. Roaming […]

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Bowermaster and Handa named 2023 GDUSA Students to Watch

Two Graphic Design seniors, Tyler Handa and Paige Alana Bowermaster, have been named GDUSA 2023 Students to Watch. Paige Alana Bowermaster Bowermaster, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up creating artwork and became serious about it when she was 10 years old. Her passion for graphic design surfaced during her Foundation year of college when she […]

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Accomplishments in our PCA&D community

PCA&D Illustration alumni were name-checked in a recent LNP LancasterOnline article about Addvent, an arts collaboration that joins artists from the U.S. and Italy in a series of poster designs. Jay Aman ’22, Joanna Becker’21, Sage Dougherty ’20, and Tyler Le ’20, all are part of Addvent’s roster of 20 or so artists from the two countries, and Addvent’s Creative Director, Laura […]

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PCA&D students could increase sales by $60 million for four major brands

It may have “just” been a class exercise, but the headline is accurate: According to customer feedback from Designalytics, a Chicago-based research firm, recent brand redesigns by four Senior Packaging Design Studio seniors would increase sales — of real products, to real consumers — by $60 million.  “These are not normal numbers,” Graphic Design Chair […]

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Salina Almanzar-Oree and Natalie Lascek of the College’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) were recognized in the November issue of Susquehanna Style for their championing of creative initiatives in the Central Pennsylvania region. Lascek, CCE’s Director, and Almanzar-Oree, Program Coordinator, were honored not only for what CCE brings to the community, but also for their […]

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‘In Consideration’: Fine Art seniors exhibit at The Demuth Museum

In Consideration, a collection of work by eight Fine Art seniors at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, opens for First Friday on Dec. 2, and runs through Dec. 4, at The Demuth Museum Auxiliary Galleries, 116 E. King St., Lancaster.  Artists whose work is on display in the show include Cassie Carver-Peters, Parker […]

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Senior PHV majors debut ‘Amorphous Reflections’ video installation

Senior Photography & Video majors at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) in downtown Lancaster will be turning Chestnut Street into a viewing space Dec. 1-3 for a class public video installation. Viewable by evening passersby in the windows of the College at the intersection of Chestnut and Prince streets, Amorphous Reflections is a […]

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PCA&D team wins statewide America250PA design and marketing challenge

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has been named winner of America250PA’s fourth annual 2022 Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (DEIC). The four-member Pennsylvania College of Art & Design team from Lancaster competed against four other postsecondary institutions — Lebanon Valley College, Point Park University, Rosemont College, and Ursinus College — and received the highest score […]

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Prof. Robert Young’s ‘Dog in a Cowboy Hat’ lesson turns into a zine and exhibition

Dogs wearing cowboy hats, a whimsical example used in the classroom by Illustration Chair Robert Young, have been imagined into reality and have taken over the first-floor CORE Gallery… all thanks to a summer project by Class of 2023 Illustration majors.  The dogs are customers in saloons, howling campfire songs, appearing out of dreams, creating […]

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Paige Alana Bowermaster’s work will brand the 2023 Senior Show & Celebration

A team of design professionals has chosen the work of Paige Alana Bowermaster ’23, Graphic Design, to brand Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 2023 Senior Show and Celebration.  Bowermaster’s design, inspired by her Foundation year footwear and an autocorrect typo that changed “show” to “shoe”, will appear on all promotional materials for the annual […]

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The Agency is a finalist in statewide America250PA competition

Big congratulations to PCA&D’s Agency, a student-led in-house branding agency mentored by Prof. Bill Dussinger, which has been named a finalist for the second consecutive year in the statewide America250PA Lead PA: The Future is YOUth challenge. Agency students who presented the entry include AJ Chase ’25, Animation & Game Art; Cleo Kendrick ’24, Graphic Design; Austin Taylor ’24, Graphic Design; and Taj Younger ’26, […]

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‘I’m so stressed!’: How to help yourself (and others!)

As rewarding, exciting, and growth-inspiring as the College experience can be, sometimes stress and worry can feel like they’re overtaking even the most confident and organized among us. “Being busy” can be great … until it’s not. Mahmood “Moh” Mohammad, PCA&D’s in-house counselor, has some ideas: Not only for how those of us who are […]

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

The work of three 2021 Illustration graduates has been chosen to be part of the art collection at Penn State Health’s new Lancaster facility. Joanna Becker of Lancaster, Amelia Mellberg of Columbia, Pa., and Alex Zhao of Harrisburg, Pa., all had pieces selected from those submitted by nearly 300 artists to demonstrate the bridge between the arts and healing. Giclee prints […]

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PCA&D readies for a full Career Day on September 30

More than a dozen internship sites and employers will be on hand for Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Internship Career Day, scheduled this fall for Friday, September 30. Open to all PCA&D students and alumni, the event will be a hybrid of both in-person and remote sessions and will give participants lots of timely […]

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Recent achievements in the PCA&D community

Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions, has four companion-piece works on exhibit at The Millworks, Harrisburg, through Sept. 11. The sets, Amanita Aries (Amanita meaning fungi, and Aries, for the Ram, and Art Nouveau Billy, include both 2D and 3D pieces. The mixed-media 2D work is made from cut paper and felt, sewn to create an applique of sorts, and then […]

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College’s first-ever Ampersand Day a success

Our thanks to the hundreds of students who turned out on Thursday to make the College’s first-ever celebration of National Ampersand Day a huge success!  “It was exciting to celebrate the additive and inclusive power of the ampersand with our community, and see so much creative expression and art making throughout the day,” President Michael […]

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Senior Frankie Reed’s summer internship puts graphic design into practice

The summer between Frankie Reed’s junior and senior years at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design was full of graphic design assignments: social media graphics and event branding and club logos. And the Graphic Design major couldn’t have been happier. All the work was part of their internship with the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, an organization […]

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Paige Alana Bowermaster’s America250PA project heads to classrooms across the Commonwealth

The work of Graphic Design senior Paige Alana Bowermaster will soon be in front of thousands of Pennsylvania schoolchildren. Simple line drawings by Bowermaster — worlds away from her typical, highly detailed work — fill a coloring book that both celebrates and educates, in honor of the nation’s 250th anniversary.  The project is an official […]

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Meet the 2022 Orientation Leaders

Some of the first faces a new PCA&D student meets when they arrive on campus are those of our Orientation Leaders. Part guide, part cheerleader, an OL not only takes the student through their first activities, they’ll also serve as a sounding board and guide as the semester gets underway. Here’s a glimpse at the […]

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Summertime student interns building brands with The Agency in York

Completing a classroom project for a grade is one thing. Completing a project on behalf of a client? Making your pitch, adjusting your designs, accommodating special requests, and taking into account everything from print costs to client deadlines? That’s a whole other level of real-world challenge that designers and artists face on a regular basis.  […]

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Catching up: Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

A mural by Salina Almazar-Oree, Program Coordinator at the Center for Creative Exploration, recently was unveiled at the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem. De Boriken, al Mundo is a tribute to baseball star Roberto Clemente in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death while on a humanitarian mission. “I admire (Clemente) for his dedication to his […]

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Salina Almanzar-Oree, Center for Creative Exploration Program Coordinator, was awarded an Equity Partner Grant by Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Equity Council. The grant will support Taller Pa’lante: Art in Parks, return pop-up engagements in neighborhood parks that will encompass mini murals, make-and-take projects, and investing in a youth mentee who will learn how to conduct […]

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PCA&D’s The Agency providing design work to five York non-profits this summer

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has partnered with Give Local York to select five York non-profits to receive design services this summer. The winning York non-profits were announced during the big Give Local York event on May 6.  Each organization will receive valuable design services that they otherwise could not afford from The Agency, […]

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Seniors in the Fine Art and Photography & Video departments in April presented Artist Lectures outlining their senior thesis work. The April 4 event is connected to the Professional Practices 2 class taught by Prof. Matt Chapman. Presenting students include Cassandra Aaron, Isiah Bates, Adelaide Biehn, Woodrow Clapper, Kylie Hileman, Ryn Martino, Aubrey Maurer, Na’Chelle Morris, Callie Morton, Emily Reifsnyder, Cheyenne Snow, Nicole Stoltzfus, Kennedy Toomey, and Jaymi Vilardo.  Otherworldly, […]

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2 seniors win national packaging design honors

Two Graphic Design seniors, Christina Clemente and Jose Rosado, have earned national honors in packaging design in the annual Graphic Design USA competition.  Clemente is involved with the student chapter of AIGA, the professional association of design, where she serves as secretary. She also was part of a 2022 Designathon team working to develop new […]

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Kelly Phan ’22 named a Graphic Design USA Student to Watch

Graphic Design senior Kelly Phan has been named a GDUSA Student to Watch 2022 by Graphic Design USA. The annual honors, which recognize undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, turn the spotlight onto “top students ready to burst on the design scene.” Just 100 students from across the country were selected. Prof. Pam Barby, Chair […]

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The Agency stepping up to fill a creative role in the community and beyond

An initiative that began last fall with four students has taken off this semester, preparing PCA&D students for real-world work with branding and advertising clients. The Agency is a new in-house creative services program launched this academic year as an in-house internship site. It provides “real-time business experience with real consequences” says Bill Dussinger, Graphic […]

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CORE Gallery collaborates with BLAC on ‘Works Cited’

CORE Gallery has collaborated with BLAC, PCA&D’s Black Led Art Coalition, for CORE’s new exhibition. Works Cited, which opened last week in the CORE space. In its curatorial statement, BLAC says that Works Cited ” is an exhibition that addresses the way that our fight for equality as African Americans is not a fad, nor was it spontaneously […]

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Book covers by two PCA&D juniors published by Sunbury Press

A book cover needs to be original while still fitting in with a specific genre; striking enough to grab attention from the books around it on a bookstore shelf, yet not so off-kilter that it alienates potential readers; and ultimately, distinct enough that it creates an identity for the title. It’s a tall order. And […]

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Cheers! Two PCA&D artists tapped for Spring House Brewing collaboration

The work of Sami Halfpenny ’23, Illustration and Brigitte Errickson ’19, Fine Art, will be featured on Spring House Brewing products this year. Their art joins that of Center for Creative Exploration instructor Zack Wilkinson, whose Thirst For Adventure piece was tapped for July’s Artist Collaboration beer. The PCA&D artists were among the dozen chosen […]

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December accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions, is exhibiting four works at Millworks, Harrisburg, through Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. The four pieces focus on two birds, the phoenix and peacock, featuring a mount of each along with a matching papercut portrait. “With the closing of 2021 and emergency of a new year, both birds are perfect representations of […]

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College announces Fall 2021 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following 90 students who have been named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design: Omar Almanzar ’25, undecided, Lancaster Abigail Altman ’24, Illustration, Rockville, Md. Aiyana Alvarado ’25, Graphic Design, Harrisburg, Pa. J. Aman ’22, Illustration, New Providence, N.J. Lauren Antanavage ’23, Animation & Game Art, […]

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November accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Work by nearly a dozen artists with PCA&D ties was part of a Nov. 19 community art show and silent auction to benefit the work of CWS Lancaster, a nonprofit organization that works to resettle refugees. CWS Lancaster recently partnered with NPR’s StoryCorps American Pathways program to record podcasts with local refugee storytellers. Those recordings […]

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Fine Art seniors present “Avid Vanguard” at the Demuth

Avid Vanguard, a collection of works created in Senior Studio, is celebrated with an opening reception Friday, Dec. 3 at the Demuth Museum, 116 E King St.  The show, says Assistant Professor and Fine Art Chair Becky Blosser, “is the culmination of focused dedication to developing a studio practice. From this, themes and formal explorations […]

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Business Bootcamp a chance to refine ideas for a creative career

A business plan that lives only in your head can sometimes kind of get stuck there: Where to begin? PCA&D’s recent Business Bootcamp worked to fill out some of those ideas, get them down on paper, and push them a few steps closer to reality. Led by PCA&D instructor Holly Mosher, the full-day Business Bootcamp […]

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Student Council leadership chosen for 2021-2022

  The PCA&D student body has chosen its Student Council leadership for this academic year, turning to several new faces to act as liaisons with college administration and to serve as a sounding board and organization body for student initiatives. Congratulations to: President Dzifa Charity Lassey ’24, Graphic Design Vice President Mak Sherrid ’24, Illustration […]

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Kelly Phan’s work will brand the 2022 Senior Show & Celebration

Congratulations to Kelly Phan ’22, Graphic Design, whose design work has been chosen to brand the 2022 Senior Show & Celebration in May. Her bold, Bauhaus-inspired peacock, tied to the College’s own branding colors, will appear on tickets, banners, social media, and other promotional materials next spring. Phan was one of six finalists, chosen after […]

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Atten-TION! PCA&D students, alumni invited to sign up for Nov. 20 Business Bootcamp

Plenty of art students dream of turning their passion into a business. The knowledge of how to accomplish that, though, isn’t always easy to attain. Instead of “flying blind” toward that goal, it helps to have a strategy, feedback, and guidance that will help boost chances of success. That’s the premise behind PCA&D’s upcoming Business […]

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Alexia Eggleston honored with this year’s Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Alexia Eggleston of Laurel, Maryland, a junior Photography & Video major, has been selected as the 2021-22 recipient of the Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship. Eggleston’s participation in College and department activities and professionalism led to the recommendation for the scholarship. Eggleston is a […]

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11 honored for their student work in computer graphics competition

Nearly a dozen recent graduates of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design have been honored in the SIGGRAPH2021 Faculty Submitted Student Work competition. SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest conference on computer graphics. The work of these Animation & Game Art and Illustration students is now shared here worldwide for educators to use in their classrooms (drag […]

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September achievements in the PCA&D community

Ellie Cochran ’19, Graphic Design, has been awarded the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania Impact Award, which recognizes a woman in technology whose contributions have had a positive impact in the Entrepreneurial/Small Business sector. Cochran is Creative Director at the Lancaster LGBTQ + Coalition. Dyneisha Gross ’20, Graphic Design, has been named a Woman Designer to Watch […]

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Emily Reifsnyder ’22 designs digital book for the PCA&D-Zayed University exchange and exhibition

A simple blog exchange of photos and ideas between PCA&D photographers and students in the United Arab Emirates has morphed into an ebook compiled and designed by Emily Reifsnyder ’22. The Photography & Video major recently completed PCA&D-Zayed Photography Exchange, a digital photo book that highlights the ongoing collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Art & […]

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August accomplishments of note

PCA&D has awarded Research and Practice Grants to five members of the faculty for ongoing projects: Shwarga Bhattacharjee (2D Design Adjunct) participation in the Chautauqua Visual Arts Residency Program in Chautauqua, N.Y.; Adam Del Marcelle (Graphic Design Adjunct), project and documentary presentation to the Attend (to) Futures Conference this fall in Cologne, Germany; Troy Hollman […]

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A snapshot look back at Orientation Week 2021

Five days of Orientation events filled the week before PCA&D’s Aug. 23 start date  — five days of meetings and presentations balanced out by ice cream, walking tours, pottery painting, sketch sessions, movies, and more. It was, as President Michael Molla shared with the Class of 2025, an opportunity to “really explore what living a […]

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‘Show and Tell’ kicks off 2021-2022 in CORE Gallery

CORE Gallery at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has kicked off its 2021-2022 season of shows with Show and Tell, a curated exhibition featuring the work from PCA&D’s class of 2022. Show and Tell introduces new students at PCA&D to the work of their fellow classmates, and gives the Class of 2022 the opportunity […]

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Lancaster Chamber publishes article by members of BLAC

Earlier this summer, the Lancaster Chamber published an article by BLAC, PCA&D’s Black Led Art Coalition, as part of its Words That Activate Change series. The article’s three authors — Delaina Jolley ’22, Illustration; CamRyn Mickens ’23, Animation & Game Art; and Kendall White ’23, Illustration — addressed “How Art Students Respond to the Unprecedented Events.” They talked […]

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Mentoring program helps bring PCA&D’s new Data Visualization Certificate to life

This is the story of mentorship, PCA&D community, and expanding the ways artists and designers can impact the world around them. The culmination of all of those elements: a new certificate program, Data Visualization, that teaches students to use effective design principles and analytics for information design.  Seth Crider, a PCA&D alumnus and instructor for […]

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Learning and teaching design with data

  by Tom Newmaster Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design   When it comes to teaching package design, one thing there is no shortage of is opinions. Design gurus will share what they believe works, what they think of as best practices, what’s cutting-edge. But when you get to the marketplace, it’s the consumer’s opinion that counts. […]

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Congratulations to our Spring 2021 Dean’s List students

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has announced names of students achieving Dean’s List status during the Spring 2021 semester. Congratulations to these 126 students: Abigail Altman ’24, Illustration, Rockville, Md. Jennifer Aman ’22, Illustration, New Providence, N.J. Lauren Antanavage ’23, Animation & Game Art, Frackville, Pa. Isaac Baker ’21, Graphic Design, Frackville, Pa. Charles […]

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Kelly Phan is winner of 2021 Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Kelly Phan of Lancaster, a junior Graphic Design major, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship. Kelly’s participation in College and department activities and her professionalism led to the recommendation for the scholarship. According to Pam Barby, […]

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PCA&D partners with Nimblist to stretch College’s LiveX major and new minors

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is excited to welcome Nimblist as the first partner of the College’s newly created Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. The Institute is the College’s new hub for multiple strategic initiatives and curricular innovations. It will merge entrepreneurship with creativity, developing opportunities for students to build leadership skills […]

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Grace Keefe ’22 hits a home run with new Lancaster Barnstormers merch

Step inside the stadium gift shop of Lancaster’s minor league baseball team,  and you can’t miss the ballcaps bearing a new design for the 2021 Lancaster Barnstormers. It’s a contemporary swoosh of orange tones, a “LANC.” abbreviation that feels like it’s in motion, accented by a heart in the center of the “A” and held […]

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Catch up on Career Day 2021: Watch these sessions with employers and guest speakers

PCA&D’s Career Day in late April was a chance for students to learn more about careers that are their end goal after art school, to explore other options they may not have considered, and to make connections with potential employers. And, in at least one case, to immediately snag a great summer work experience. Rising […]

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For Kelly Phan ’22, designing the Class of 2021 exhibition book was a lesson in balance and insight

If compiling a nearly 140-page book encompassing works from 58 artists, writings from College administration, and input from several editors, while working to specifications set up by senior faculty and staff and a professional printer, sounds like a massive undertaking … Kelly Phan would probably agree. While working on her other classes as well, the […]

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Behind the scenes with the co-curators: “Sincerely Yours,” the Class of 2021 exhibition

Five members of the Class of 2021 were selected for a special opportunity to co-curate the senior exhibition. Nicole Denzler, Photography & Video; Mandi Hall, Fine Art; Alexis Lebesco, Illustration; Regina Marie Mehaffey, Graphic Design; and Rachel Stork, Fine Art. These students were selected out of a pool of applicants for a competitive position within […]

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Behind the scenes with the student curators of the Class of 2021 exhibition, “Sincerely Yours,”

As part of an exhibition and curating internship, five members of PCA&D’s Class of 2021 collectively produced this year’s senior exhibition, featuring one work from each member of their graduating class.  We asked the co-curators — Nicole Denzler, Photography & Video; Mandi Hall, Fine Art; Alexis Lebesco, Illustration; Regina Marie Mehaffey, Graphic Design; and Rachel […]

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PCA&D Graphic Design and Illustration departments ranked regionally, nationally

A pair of national publications has recognized Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in their recent rankings of design and art programs: GD USA Magazine, a business-to-business source for graphic design professionals, has named Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to its list of top graphic design schools in the United States. The compilation represents […]

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Virtual Career Day combines inspiration, information… and lots of employment connections

Combining employer meet-and-greets, question-and-answer sessions, opportunities to share resumes, and a keynote by design historian Gökhan Ersan, PCA&D’s second Virtual Career Day April 21 is designed to be much more than a sit-and-watch-a-Zoom-presentation event. Instead, the goal is to be useful. Eye-opening. Educational. A gateway to internships, mentorships, fellowships … and jobs. “One year after […]

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Recent PCA&D community achievements

Recognizing recent accomplishments by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design:  Four Graphic Design seniors have been named winners in the 2021 Graphic Design USA Student Package Design competition. Bringing home national-level honors are: Isaac Baker, Jia Bernstein, Zorina Eckman, and John Hollas. All four are members of Prof. Tom […]

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Collaborative workshops break isolation and result in community exhibition, ‘Zammesei’

Months upon months of pandemic restrictions can take a toll on anyone — especially a community that thrives on interaction, on collaboration, and on opportunities to learn and discover. The College’s Center for Creative Exploration partnered with a local senior living community to figure out how to bridge that isolation. The result is a new […]

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Documenting the 2021 Faculty Biennial with Cameren White ’24

This is the final post in a series highlighting the creative contributions of students at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design who worked behind the scenes to make the 2021 Faculty Biennial in the Main Gallery.  From Trenton, New Jersey, Cameren White ’24 is on the CORE Gallery curatorial board and does special video […]

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Na’Chelle Morris ’22 documents the Main Gallery’s 2021 Faculty Biennial

This is Part II of a series highlighting the hard work and creative input of students who worked behind the scenes to make the 2021 Faculty Biennial a success.  Na’Chelle Morris ’22, the official photographer of PCA&D’s student-run CORE Gallery, was assigned to document the 2021 Faculty Biennial for the Main Gallery. Charged with documenting […]

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College announces Commencement plans for Class of 2021 and Class of 2020

A message from Michael Molla, President, Pennsylvania College of Art Design: March is a month of change and transition — we can feel the arrival of spring in the air as we shift into a new season and consider the approaching end of this academic year. This time prompts us also to think about the […]

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Designathon 2021: A 12-hour sprint to create new branding for 8 regional nonprofits

The clients (and alumni) were online; the timeframe was 12 hours instead of the traditional 24; and gauging by client reactions Saturday night (yes, there were some giddy tears of happiness), Designathon 2021 was a massive success. Organizer and Graphic Design Department Chair Pam Barby, along with faculty members Bill Dussinger and Laura Korzon, and […]

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4 seniors nab national packaging design honors

Four Graphic Design seniors have been honored in Graphic Design USA’s 58th Annual Package Design Awards. They all are members of Tom Newmaster‘s Packaging Design class. Congratulations to: Isaac Baker: Taino Batata Sweet Potato Chips; Jia Bernstein: Crescents Potato Chips; Zorina Eckman: Sonos Audio Entertainment; John Hollas: Holy Chip Hell Fire and Chili Lime Chips. […]

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Part I: Students behind the Faculty Biennial, Jaymi Vilardo and Isiah Bates

Part 1 of a series highlighting the students who worked behind the scenes to make the Faculty Biennial.  The Faculty Biennial is an important tradition that celebrates faculty members for their dedication to the College’s mission and showcases their creative talents.  This year’s rendition of the exhibit has been enhanced by the hard work and […]

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Recent notes of accomplishment in our PCA&D community

Two members of the College faculty, Becky Blosser (Assistant Professor, Fine Art) and Eric Weeks (Assistant Professor and Chair, Photography & Video), as well as alumnus Marlin Bert have work in the current Demuth Invitational: Illustrations from the Stories that Inspire. The exhibition is open for timed in-person visitation at The Demuth Museum in downtown Lancaster here, and online here, through Saturday, […]

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Learning Commons: Digging into Online Critique Sessions with Jasmyn Stokes ’23

Some of the most useful parts of the learning experience can also be pretty uncomfortable when you first face them. Take the practice of critique. Showing a work in progress to other artists, taking in their constructive suggestions and criticisms, and explaining your choices, is a time-honored part of art school. It helps artists figure […]

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Directions in Contemporary Art zine goes on display at Street Road Artists Space

A month after wrapping up their online exhibition, Beyond Things Left Unsaid, a collaboration with Lancaster Museum of Art, PCA&D’s Fine Art seniors are once again on display. A zine created by members of Prof. Henry Gepfer’s Directions in Contemporary Art Class is on exhibit at Street Road Artists’ Space. The Chester County project integrates […]

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Zorina Eckman and Madeleine Lyash named “Students to Watch” by GDUSA

Graphic Design seniors Zorina Eckman and Madeleine Lyash have been named 2021 Students to Watch by Graphic Design USA. The online news source and magazine covers people, projects, trends, technology and products for graphic design professionals nationwide. “Maddie and Zorina fully understand the power of design,” says Graphic Design Department Chair Pamela Barby. “They are creating […]

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Prof. Jason Ward’s Drawing Workshops building a community of creatives

Art students itching for out-of-classroom guidance or a practical demonstration to expand their learning won’t always find what they’re looking for sitting solo in the studio. The Learning Commons is working to remove some of those hurdles with biweekly Drawing Workshops held during Saturday Study Tables. Led by Fine Art faculty Jason Ward, the workshops […]

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Admissions Ambassador Kylie Hileman ’22, Fine Art

WATCH KYLIE’S INTERVIEW MEET KYLIE HILEMAN: I am a Junior (Year 3) as of right now, I’m from Nescopeck/Berwick, PA. It’s in very rural central PA. I don’t have a minor, but if I could’ve snagged one, I would’ve loved to minor in Illustration. (Instagram: @k_j_h_art)   What do you remember about your first visit […]

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When Stars Are Scattered: National Book Awards finalists Jamieson and Mohamed

Visual art, combined with literature, is an immensely powerful way to tell a story. That artistic collaboration is what brought together Newbery Honor-winning graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, who grew up in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Their resulting graphic novel, When Stars Are Scattered, tells the childhood story of Mohamed and […]

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Introducing Digital Art Drop-Ins with Prof. Natasha Warshawsky

PCA&D students who are working to expand and refine their digital art skills don’t have to work alone to puzzle out assignments, find inspiration, or practice a new technology taught in the classroom.  Every Wednesday from 7:30-9 pm, an online Digital Art Drop-In gives PCA&D students a way to explore, to catch demos, to reinforce […]

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Admissions Ambassador Adan Harris ’23, Animation & Game Art

WATCH ADAN’S INTERVIEW MEET ADAN HARRIS: I’m in the class of 2023, I come from a small town called Chambersburg [PA], but I actually went to a school called Waynesboro in the next town over. I don’t have a minor currently but I may take one in the upcoming semester. (Instagram: @harrisadan)   What do […]

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Student and alumni advice highlights PCA&D’s Spring Preview sessions

If you want to learn more about how to pace school assignments, how to figure out your creative path, and how to take advantage of what’s coming up next in your art and design school career, it makes sense to turn to the experts: Your fellow students themselves, and alumni of your college. This semester’s Spring […]

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Admissions Ambassador Kennedy Toomey ’22, Photography & Video

WATCH KENNEDY’S INTERVIEW MEET KENNEDY TOOMEY: I’m a Photo junior going for an Art History minor. I grew up around Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. (Instagram: @fallingintofocusphoto)     What do you remember about your first visit to PCA&D? KT: My first time at PCA&D, I remember being super excited to see the school had a darkroom. […]

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Peacocks leveling up: Introducing PCA&D’s Esports Team

Every good video game tells a story.  Maybe it’s the tale of a quest. Maybe it’s the challenge of championship battle. Or maybe it’s the vision of a future you’re playing to build and defend — or even the future of video games that connect to education, healthcare, and social justice? At Pennsylvania College of […]

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In the news: Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Tyler Barton, Program Coordinator for PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration, spent a week in December at Modern Art in Lancaster working on his next novel, as part of the gallery’s “Don’t Forget How to Write” project. Passersby could provide prompts and ideas for Barton’s novel as he worked in the gallery’s display window. His first book, […]

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Admissions Ambassador Jose Rosado ‘22, Graphic Design

WATCH JOSE’S INTERVIEW   MEET JOSE ROSADO: I will be graduating in the year 2022. I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [and] I am a Graphic Design major. (Instagram: @joserosado.creative)   What do you remember about your first visit to PCA&D? JR: I remember a vibrant and busy day as it was an open house / […]

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Fine Art senior Brittany Lare wins Demuth Foundation award

The senior Fine Art students’ recent online exhibition hosted by Lancaster Museum of Art, Things Left Unsaid, has resulted in a special award for one of the artists. The Demuth Foundation, which operates Lancaster Museum of Art, recently announced Brittany Lare ’21, Fine Art, as winner of its Artistic Impact Award for her crocheted diptych 1950 […]

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Admissions Ambassador Alicia Groff ’22, Illustration

WATCH ALICIA’S INTERVIEW MEET ALICIA GROFF: I’m a current junior here at PCA&D! I’m from Ephrata, PA, so I have been in Lancaster County my whole life. I’m majoring in Illustration, however, I am not enrolled in any of our minors. For my extracurriculars, I have been branching out to dabble in different fields and […]

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PCA&D collaborates with Franklin & Marshall College to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Delaina Jolley ’22, Illustration, represented PCA&D in a collaborative panel discussion, “MLK and Today,” with Franklin & Marshall College. You can view a recording of the January 2021 discussion below. Jolley, a co-founder of BLAC (Black Led Art Coalition) at PCA&D, joined F&M junior English Literature major Eniyah Brown-Moore and Michael Bright, F&M’s Residential Coordinator for […]

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Lancaster City turns to PCA&D’s Yamilet Orengo ’22 to illustrate its celebration of Three Kings Day

Yamilet Orengo ’22, Illustration, got a taste of real-world quick-turnaround projects with a special end-of-year commission for the City of Lancaster. Three works by Yamilet were used to highlight this month’s video celebration of Three Kings Day, or Feast of the Epiphany, created by the City of Lancaster and Triode Media. The 4-minute video, which […]

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Congratulations to the Fall 2020 Dean’s List students

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has named 114 students to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester. Congratulations to:   Abigail Altman ’24, Illustration, Rockville, Md. Jennifer Aman ’22, Illustration New Providence. N.J. Lauren Antanavage ’23, Animation & Game Art, Frackville, Pa. Isaac Baker ’21, Graphic Design, Frackville, Pa. Frank Barbera ’21, Illustration, […]

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Judging books by their cover

Chances are, whether you’re looking for your next read by wandering the shelves of a bookstore or library, or scrolling through your phone, book covers have the potential to lure you to even more options than the book you started out searching for. PCA&D students in Maria Cummings-Miller’s Junior Publication Design class took on the […]

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“Things Left Unsaid”: A exhibition of PCA&D Fine Art seniors and Lancaster Museum of Art

Things Left Unsaid, a digital exhibition and collaboration between the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design features the work of the College’s Fine Art seniors in a virtual exhibition. Artists include Rachel Boldt, Sharnee Burnett, Karissa Deiter, Meranda Hall, Paige Hershey, Brittany Lare, Sarah Lennon, Danielle Parker, Spencer Robbins, […]

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With CORE Gallery, PCA&D adds a vibrant venue for student engagement, exhibition, and experience

Academic galleries inspire and train succeeding generations of students. For the campus community, these spaces provide greater accessibility to museum-level artworks, enable object-based learning, and broaden exposure in the scope of works shown from the local to the global level. With exhibitions of the highest caliber, academic galleries demonstrate best practices and organize curated exhibits […]

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In the news: A month of accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Congratulations to these students, faculty, staff, and alumni on their recent accomplishments: Rebecca Adey (Assistant Director of Admission) was part of a group show featuring six in-house artists at Millworks, in Harrisburg. Adey’s ModSew Designs occupies one of the studio spaces at Millworks. Six of her works were featured in the exhibition: three 2D paper-cut […]

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Kaitlyn McCulley ’21, Illustration, wins competition to brand the 2021 Senior Show & Celebration

A team of design professionals has chosen the work of Illustration senior Kaitlyn McCulley to brand the 2021 Senior Show & Celebration. Each year, senior Graphic Design and Illustration students compete for the honor – and the top design will be used on everything from tickets and advertising to social media and the website archive […]

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Delaina Jolley ’22 is this year’s Price Scholarship recipient

Bringing large ideas to life, and creating a network of artistic support and inspiration, is a huge motivation for Delaina Jolley ’22, Illustration, recipient of the Cynthia E. Price Memorial Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year. It’s the kind of creative life that the scholarship’s namesake, Cynthia Price, built, too. J. Richard “Rick” Price and […]

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Student-led BLAC — Black Led Art Coalition — established at PCA&D

Attending art school as a Black student means you may find yourself the only person of color in a room. Nationwide less than 8% of degrees awarded in visual and performing arts are awarded to Black students. At PCA&D, too, Black students know with what that statistic means at the most fundamental level. “You’re familiar […]

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Congratulations to these students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our College! The work of Joanna Becker ’21, Illustration, is featured along with that of other Lancaster City artists, such as PCA&D instructor/alumnus Matt Chapman ’08 and alumnus Marlin Bert ’86, in the Fall 2020 issue of Fig magazine, a publication that highlights local business, culture, art, and […]

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Public invited to virtual Constitution Day program Sept. 30: Celebrate the right to vote

The PCA&D community will be exploring the right to vote, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 during the College’s 2020 Constitution Day celebration Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 1-2 pm. Panelists include: Dr. Louise Stevenson, Professor of History and American Studies and Former Chair of Women Studies at […]

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Art for Social Good tackles the pandemic (and the all-important masks)

There’s no avoiding current events when you’re taking Art for Social Good with instructor Bill Dussinger. And 2020 has no shortage of current events that are prime for subjects. Dussinger’s first project for the class this semester was to design two posters for coronavirus awareness and prevention: One was to be generic, and the second […]

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Catching up: A month of accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Congratulations to these members of the PCA&D community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni! Jen Arnold, a graduate of Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, PCA&D’s predecessor, has joined Alpha Dog Advertising, Lancaster, as a brand manager. A specialist in project management and marketing research, Arnold also is a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of […]

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Ruptura auténtica pop-up exhibition highlights 6 Latinx PCA&D artists

The annual Hispanic Festival at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church is a vibrant 37-year tradition, a celebration of culture and music and food and heritage — and all the ways they tie together into something inseparable. This year, a pop-up exhibition by PCA&D, Ruptura auténtica, adds art to that mix. Curated by Delaina Jolly ’22, […]

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7 PCA&D students honored in SIGGRAPH exhibition

The work of seven PCA&D students and recent alumni has been selected for the 9th Annual Faculty Submitted Student Work Exhibit at the annual conference of ACM SIGGRAPH. Congratulations to: Animation and Game Art Thesis Film: Dana Timpert, for “Petals,” and Jeff Yosco, for “Brocky VS Big Max.” Both are 2020 graduates in Animation & Game […]

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2 Virtual Town Halls scheduled for PCA&D Housing details: July 20 & 23

Are you living in PCA&D Housing this fall?   If you’re looking for details, move-in information, or have any questions about the PCA&D Housing experience, Student Life is holding a pair of virtual Town Halls this week to answer all your questions — and the first is this evening. Open to both returning and new students, the town halls are scheduled for Monday, […]

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PCA&D announces Spring 2020 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following 104 students, who have been named to the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester:   Jennifer Aman ’22, Illustration, Rockville, Md. Lauren Antanavage ’23, Animation & Game Art, Frackville, Pa. Maria Barba ’20, Animation & Game Art, Lancaster, Pa. Frank Barbera ’21, Illustration, Germantown, […]

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Powerhouse animation team, the Klinglers, heading up several summer classes at PCA&D

With the launch of PCA&D’s three new certificate programs  — Animation, Communication Design, and Game Art — it’s a new opportunity for the College’s BFA students to gain concentrated experience in these growing fields. And it’s a chance for anyone to hone their skillsets for in-demand segments of these industries. Faculty members Norma and Johan […]

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Tyler Barton joins PCA&D as Continuing Ed is reimagined, expanded into the Center for Creative Exploration

As Pennsylvania College of Art & Design expands and redefines its community enrichment courses, we have formed our first institutional center:  the Center for Creative Exploration (CCE). Headed by Natalie Lascek, former Director of Continuing Education, the CCE will encompass classes that not only offer enrichment opportunities to the greater Lancaster community, but also dovetail with certificate […]

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College’s first Career Day goes virtual, with creatives from every PCA&D BFA major

Industries representing careers that lead from every PCA&D major will be present April 14 when the College hosts its first Career Day. In addition, artists and creatives from a wide variety of fields — from VFX artists and game developers to comic book writers, illustrators, graphic designers, curators, gallery directors, filmmakers, public programming, graduate studies, […]

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Junior Nicole Denzler’s work featured in Art of Portrait

When Nicole Belcher Denzler combined one passion — photography — with another — fashion — it was a dynamic mix. The result turned into a four-page spread in Issue 38 of Art of Portrait, a print and online publication dedicated to photographic portraiture.

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Esports team created, scholarships offered: Links here for info, tryouts

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announces creation of the Esports Team as an opportunity for students to engage in community and enhance critical thinking and leadership skills. In celebration, both admitted and current students will be eligible to apply for $5,000 scholarships during this 2020 founding year that will be awarded on the […]

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Animation & Game Art reimagined to target the most in-demand jobs in its field

With some recent changes, one of PCA&D’s departments has aligned itself more closely with skills in great demand in its creative field. And the changes go much deeper than just the name, shifting from Digital Media to Animation & Game Art. Asked to name three aspects of the department that have changed this academic year, […]

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Work of Noel Fry, ’20, selected for international feature on women’s art

As Noël Fry ’20 gears up for her final weeks as a PCA&D student, she’s gotten word that her artwork is garnering attention from a worldwide perspective: Two single works of art, as well as a set of four prints, have been selected to appear in Create!, an independent magazine that features contemporary art from […]

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Graphic Design USA honors Gross, Nardo as Students to Watch

Anthony Nardo and Dyneisha Gross, both seniors in Graphic Design, have been named Students to Watch by Graphic Design USA . The magazine annually recognizes “top students ready to burst on the design scene.” Dyneisha, a Maryland native, is Student Council President and secretary of PCA&D’s AIGAchapter. Her leadership has helped establish the College’s first […]

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Anthony Nardo’s packaging design talents fuel national cosmetics industry honors

Anthony Nardo has a love of the mechanical world, of cars, of mathematics, and of hands-on learning, and he recently combined all of them for a project that usually doesn’t involve any of them: Cosmetics. And it was a beautiful, glossy hit.

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Designathon’s 24-hour marketing blitz is an ultimate College-community partnership

If you’re passing by PCA&D on the evening of Feb. 22, you’ll spot several dozen students, faculty members, and alumni emerging into the dusk. They’ll be bleary-eyed, maybe even a little over-caffeinated, and they’ll have have earned every minute of their upcoming spring break naps. They’re Designathon veterans. Each year, in a 24-hour push of […]

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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announces Fall 2019 Dean’s List

Congratulations to these 91 students, who have been named to the College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester: Jennifer Aman ’22, Illustration, Rockville, Md. Lauren Antanavage ’23, Animation & Game Art, Frackville, Pa. Isaac Baker ’21, Graphic Design, Frackville, Pa. Maria Barba ’20, Animation & Game Art, Lancaster, Pa. Joanna Becker ’21, Illustration, Fort […]

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Photography & Video sophomores Toomey and Stoltzfus chosen for international conference

A pair of PCA&D students have been selected for an international photographers’ conference program in January. Kennedy Bryant Toomey (‘22 Photography & Video) and Nicole Stoltzfus (‘22 Photography & Video) have been accepted into the volunteer program at the Professional Photographers of America‘s 2020 Imaging USA Conference in Nashville. They’ll join more than 10,000 international photographers in […]

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Senior Fine Art exhibition opens Dec. 6 at Lancaster Museum of Art

NEW: Take a virtual tour of “Shoulda Been a Poet” here! Fine Art seniors are mounting a December exhibit of their work, “Shoulda Been a Poet,” at Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 N Lime St. An opening reception will be held during First Friday celebrations on Dec. 6.

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PCA&D Illustration seniors design half-marathon medals, merch

Runners who cross the finish line at the Garden Spot Village Half-Marathon next March will be rewarded with a PCA&D student-designed medal.

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PCA&D expands its Photography Department to become the Department of Photography and Video

A message from Dr. Carissa Massey, Provost, PCA&D: I am excited to announce to you a curriculum change in the Photography Department.  Following review of a proposal brought by Professor Eric Weeks, on November 6th our Department Chairs voted unanimously to support changing the title of the department to the Department of Photography and Video.

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Artist Cupid Ojala on using personal experience to create a new reality

Queer people, says artist Cupid Ojala, “often have to create our own reality, and our own spaces.” That need for imagination and transformation informs the work of this Southern-born, Brooklyn-based artist, who visited campus in early November for his Artist Talk and Art & You gallery opening. In his discussions with students, Ojala focused on […]

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Artist Talk: Eric Favela, whose skills bring stories about Minions, Gru, talking dogs and woolly mammoths to life, at PCA&D Nov. 14

When Eric Favela graduated from Cal Arts, he knew he wanted to work in feature animation — but, beyond that, he really wasn’t sure where, or in what capacity. Then he found his niche: in the story department of Blue Sky Studios. And, since then, he’s expanded his career to include feature film storyboarding, visual […]

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Summer internship paves the way for Corinne Carmiche ’20

Corinne Carmiche ’20 used her summer vacation from art school to take a crash course of sorts in public art in the real world: an internship with CITYarts, a New York-based public arts and education nonprofit. CITYarts programs pair children and youth with professional artists to create public art in New York City. And, since […]

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Two new staff have joined PCA&D in leadership roles

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design welcomes two new senior-level staff to the College: Carissa A. Massey, Ph.D., is the College’s new Provost. Dr. Massey is highly regarded for innovative program development and creation of interdisciplinary opportunities, and will support the College’s efforts to expand academic offerings, enrich co-curricular planning, and create robust partnerships with […]

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7 PCA&D students show in China with Weeks-curated Pingyao exhibit

It can be tough, as an art student, to get your work seen beyond class critiques, professor evaluations, and your social media followers. The work of more than half a dozen PCA&D students, though, recently was on display as part of an exhibit curated by Photography Department Chair Eric Weeks at the 2019 Pingyao International […]

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Art Support: Continuing Ed launches series that includes critiques, practical new skills

“Where are all my people?” — Every creative person, at some point   The creative life often starts as a constant inflow of ideas and feedback and collaboration, that jumble of inspiration and energy. But so much of a creative life in practice is solo — working on the next piece, or struggling over the […]

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Alumna Kay Baier leads workshop that gets into the how-tos of portfolio prep

When Kay Baier was applying to art school, she says, “I kind of knew what I was doing” when it came to preparing a portfolio — “but not a whole lot.” And that’s pretty typical. Knowing you have to create a portfolio of your work is one thing, but knowing what to include, how to […]

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Partnership with make717 makerspace opening new equipment, technology, and techniques for PCA&D ingenuity

  Tucked on a side street in Lancaster City’s east end, the make717 makerspace is an exciting hive of creativity and experimentation. CAD and design equipment and software, multiple 3D printing systems, 3D carving, laser cutting, machine and woodworking tools, open-source art robots… a workshop wonderland. And now it’s open for PCA&D students, faculty, and […]

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Artist Talk: Sculptor Miguel Horn visits PCA&D Oct. 18

You won’t want to miss the work of Miguel Horn, a Philadelphia-based large-format sculptor, who visits the College Friday, Oct. 18, for a noon lecture open to the public and a 2 pm demonstration for PCA&D students. Both events will be held in the Atrium. An artist with Colombian and Venezuelan roots, Horn integrates the natural and digital […]

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PCA&D announces promotion and new faculty hires for 2019-2020

The College has promoted Jeremy Waak to the position of Associate Professor. Waak, Chair of Foundation, has been at PCA&D for more than a decade. He has a passion for the mechanical, and his work reflects a social commentary about our relationship to gadgets, planned obsolescence, absurdity, and Americana. He earned his MFA in Metalsmithing […]

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PCA&D hits audience of million-plus on Oct. 2-3 when Jeremy Friend takes over Goodtype Instagram feed

You might not need an excuse to check on Instagram again … and again … and again… But on Oct 2 and 3, you’ll have one anyway. Jeremy Friend, an Adjunct in Handlettering and Art of the Poster, has been tapped to take over curation at Goodtype, a showcase of the letter arts and a […]

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Want to check out PCA&D and show us your portfolio? National Portfolio Day locations for your calendar

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will have representatives at seven October and November National Portfolio Day events. Below is a calendar of those portfolio reviews, listings of staff who will be present, and some tips for what to expect. Prospective students are encouraged to take advantage of these free events, which allow them to […]

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PCA&D Student Clubs Get Underway for 2019-2020

Beyond the classes and the critiques, PCA&D students get a chance to pursue other passions as well — opportunities to try out leadership roles, get involved in professional organizations, or simply relax and make new connections. This year at PCA&D, nearly 20 clubs will meet, often weekly. Students are welcome to check them out, and […]

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Rachel Boldt receives Inaugural Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Rachel Boldt, Christiana, PA, a junior fine art major, has been selected as the first recipient of the Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship.

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S Dale High and Rob and Deborah Barber receive awards, speak at PA College of Art & Design Commencement

On Friday, May 3, 2019, during the 37th Commencement ceremony for Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, S Dale High received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa and Deborah and Rob Barber received the 2019 Medal of Honor. The Barbers also were the Commencement speakers at the event where 51 […]

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Fenstermacher and Cochran are Student Speakers for the Class of 2019

One new tradition that the College will be implementing this year is a Student Speaker,  member or members of the graduating class, to reminisce about their time at PCA&D and look forward to their futures as artists and designers. This year’s speakers are Brian Fenstermacher and Penelope “Ellie” Cochran, both Graphic Designers.

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PCA&D Announces the Graduates of 2019

37th Commencement: Friday May 3, 10:00 a.m. The 37th Commencement of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will be held Friday, May 3 at 1o a.m. at Barshinger Hall, on the Campus of Franklin and Marshall College, 620 College Ave, Lancaster PA 17603 Graduating seniors will receive their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in one […]

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PCA&D Student Art Market 2019

PCA&D Student Art Market will be held on First Friday, April 5, 5-9 pm, in the PCA&D Atrium, 204 N. Prince St., and will feature all original and handmade items by student artists. Hosted by the PCA&D AIGA (American Institution of Graphic Arts), and completely student run, the Art Market allows students to get valuable experience […]

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Local retirement community challenges PCA&D illustrators

In September, Garden Spot Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in New Holland PA, reached out to the Illustration department in hopes of working with the students in a magazine, Destination Garden Spot , published twice a year. PCA&D Illustration Chair Christina Hess and fellow instructor Bill Dussinger brought their senior Illustration students to Garden Spot […]

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Two PCA&D students featured in Lancaster City Black History Month exhibition

Two PCA&D Students, Justin Carney and Larissa Ramey, are included in the Lancaster City Hall  exhibition about community and the love of black art by black artists.

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Meet transfer student Kim Cook

Kim Cook is a senior Illustration student here at PCA&D. Kim is originally from Bensalem, Pa., and graduated from Bucks County Technical High School. She found out about PCA&D while in high school but knew that finances were a top factor in her path to higher education. She started her studies at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) with […]

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Meet transfer student Isaac Kuhn

We’re excited to share the story of Isaac Kuhn, who is a transfer student and a senior in our digital media department. Kuhn is the perfect example of a student that knew PCA&D was going to be in their future but also knew that some time at a community college would come first. We talk […]

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Meet transfer student Brian Fenstermacher

This is Brian Fenstermacher, senior Graphic Design student. Brian is from Allentown, PA, graduated from Parkland High School, and had attended Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and Northampton Community College as an undecided major before joining our PCA&D art family. We asked Brian some questions about his transfer student journey to PCA&D.   When did […]

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Congratulations to Fall 2018 Dean’s List students

Ninety-one students were honored for achieving Dean’s List ranking following the Fall 2018 semester. Warmest congratulations to these students: Kay Baier, senior, Photography, Cranberry Township, PA Maria Barba, junior, Digital Media, Belcamp, MD Paige Baxter, senior, Illustration, Lancaster, PA Joanna Becker, sophomore, Illustration, Fort Kent, ME Dorinda Benner, sophomore, Illustration, East Petersburg, PA Amber Benner, senior, Illustration, Brownstown, PA Jeremy Bensing, sophomore, Digital Media, Eldersburg, MD Tyler Birky, junior, Graphic Design, Lancaster, PA Rachel Boldt, sophomore, Fine Art, Christiana, PA Samantha Brooks, foundation […]

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Meet Cali Loftus: Student Council Vice President

Carolyn A. Loftus, a junior Illustration major from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, is vice president of PCA&D’s Student Council, which  shares ideas about how to enhance the student experience and coordinates the activities of PCA&D’s many student-run organizations. She attended Avon Grove Charter School in Chester County and was Cyber schooled and love the activities that happen at PCA&D, as […]

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Meet Marshaun Zeigler-Dumas, Student Council President

Marshaun E. Zeigler-Dumas, a senior illustration major from Brooklyn, New York, is president of both PCA&D Student Council and Society of Illustrators. Between the two organizations and his studies, Marshaun stays active and involved in the PCA&D community. Student Council creates and implements student involvement and opportunities in school functions and activities and supports the […]

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‘Abundance’: KIU-PCA&D photography exchange

New images from 90 photography students from here and South Korea have been added to the KIU–PCAD Photography Exchange Blog,  with the theme “Abundance.” See their answers at http://kiu-pcad.tumblr.com. Regularly, for the past seven years,  students at Kyungil University (KIU) in Daegu, South Korea, and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design are asked an open-ended question that students at both institutions […]

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Meet Tyler Le: Illustration Student Ambassador

Tyler Le is our Illustration Student Ambassador. Tyler is from Chambersburg, PA and graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS). Tyler took a year off after high school to make sure that the next step in his life in art was one that would help him achieve his goals. Student Ambassadors are current PCA&D […]

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Meet Brigitte Errickson: Fine Art Student Ambassador

Brigitte Errickson is our next PCA&D Student Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year. Student Ambassadors are current PCA&D students that serve as representatives of the college. They work primarily with the admissions department where they serve as guides for prospective students and their parents, art teachers, and guidance counselors. Student Ambassadors provide important insight into […]

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Meet Chris Morris: Digital Media Student Ambassador

Up next in our spotlight series on our PCA&D Student Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year is Chris Morris. Don’t forget to check out previous posts on two of our other student ambassadors, Adam Leitzeland Emily Phillips. Student Ambassadors are current PCA&D students that serve as representatives of the college. They work primarily with the […]

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2018 Pingyao International Photography Festival

Thanks to a connection made at the festival the previous year, Eric Weeks, Chairman of PCA&D’s Photography Department, PCA&D students, faculty, and alumni exhibited their work at one of the many exhibit spaces in the ancient Chinese city of Pingyao at this year’s festival. The show, “All the World’s a Stage,” was curated by Weeks. Participating […]

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Meet Emily Phillips – Graphic Design Student Ambassador

We are continuing our spotlights on our PCA&D Student Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year with Emily Phillips. Just in case you missed our first post on Adam Leitzel, Student Ambassadors are current PCA&D students that serve as representatives of the college. They work primarily with the admissions department where they serve as guides for […]

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Meet Adam Leitzel: Photography Student Ambassador

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our PCA&D Student Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year. We’re going to spend one post at a time on who they are, why they chose PCA&D, and a glimpse at some of their work. Other than thinking they are generally really great, Student Ambassadors are […]

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LUX presents 2018 joint exhibition

The exhibition will be shown in the photography hallway at PCA&D, where Anne Arundel Community College, Salisbury University and Frostburg University students works will be exhibited alongside Pennsylvania College of Art & Design students! The exhibition is open to all majors.   Theme is Open Eyes: Relationship to Place The exhibition will be curated by […]

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Art Market 2018

Hosted by the PCA&D AIGA (American Institution of Graphic Arts), but completely student run, Art Market allows students to get valuable experience. The project leaders themselves are Karla Urgiles’ 19, Senior Illustrator, and Joseph Bend’ 19, graphic design senior. According to organizer Karla Urgiles, PCA&D’s Student Art Market is an market designed to help students […]

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PCA&D Schedules Gallery Exhibitions

Upcoming Gallery Shows at PCA&D – Fall & Winter 2018-19 Beginning with the popular Faculty Biennial and including notable artists from around the Americas, including the return to PCA&D of alumni Pacifico Salano, exhibits on PCA&D’s Main Gallery bring to Lancaster unique perspectives of today’s working artists. Located at 204 North Prince Street, the Main […]

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Artist Talks Scheduled at PCA&D

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announces the following Artist talks scheduled during the 2018-19 academic year The talks will be held in the Atrium at PCA&D, 204 North Prince Street, at the start of Lancaster’s Gallery Row. Admission is free and open to the public. Handicap Accessible. Please visit pcad.edu to learn more about […]

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More News and Stories about the PCA&D Community

For More News and Stories about the PCA&D Community, read the PCA&D Blog: http://engage.pcad.edu/blog

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Non-profits: Challenge PCA&D designers with your Designathon 2019 project

Every year for ten years, right before spring break, PCA&D students shut themselves in to give back to the community.  At the annual Designathon, PCA&D’s Graphic Design Department and the student chapter of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts) coordinate the event, a 24-hour marathon to design quality graphic materials for local non-profit organizations. Applications […]

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Hannah Miller exhibits in juried exhibition

Sophomore Illustration student Hannah Miller’s piece “Green Rune” is included the Regional Juried Exhibition 2018 at The Gallery of Penn College of Technology, Williamsport. Her accomplishment was chronicled on the front page of the Muncy Luminary, which serves her hometown of Hughesville. Her pen and ink piece, created as an assignment for her 2D Design […]

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Insights from BFA students

The current exhibition in PCA&D’s Main Gallery, Selected Artworks from the BFA Program at PCA&D, features a selection of outstanding artwork created by forty of our rising junior and senior BFA students. A wide variety of media are represented including digital and hand-painted illustration, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography and graphic design. The exhibit runs through July 20. Opening […]

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Summertime in the Gallery: PCA&D students exhibit work

The exhibition at the Main Gallery at PCA&D this summer features a selection of outstanding artwork created by our rising junior and senior BFA students. A wide variety of media are represented including digital and hand-painted works, illustration, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography and graphic design. The exhibit opens Monday June 11 and runs through July […]

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Board of Trustees create scholarship in honor of retiring President Heil

Robert Brandt, Jr., Chairman, Benchmark Construction Company  and Chair of the PCA&D Board of Trustees, announced that, in honor of her many years of dedicated service to the College, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Board of Trustees is establishing the Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship. This half-tuition, renewable, scholarship will be awarded annually to […]

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Peek at the websites of PCA&D Illustration graduates

Illustrators are visual storytellers. They create symbolic images, narrative scenes, and conceptual pieces that speak every language. Collaborating with creative directors, clients, authors, customers, designers, and editors, illustrators solve problems and aesthetically create alternate worlds for the viewers to live in, even if just for a moment. PCA&D Illustration students are expected to participate in […]

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Congratulations to the Dean’s List honorees for Spring 2018

Ninety-eight students were honored for achieving Dean’s List ranking following the spring 2018 semester. They are: Maria Barba, Sophomore, Digital Media,  Belcamp,  MD Paige Baxter, Junior, Illustration,  Carlisle,  PA Joanna Becker, Foundation, Illustration,  Fort Kent,  ME Dorinda Benner, Foundation, Illustration,  East Petersburg,  PA Tyler Birky, Sophomore, Graphic Design,  Lancaster,  PA Courtney Boyd, Foundation, Illustration,  Denver,  PA Alicia Brooks, Senior, Graphic Design,  Albrightsville, […]

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Mary Colleen Heil named President Emeritus for her 25 years of dedication to PCA&D

Robert Brandt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announced today at the at the 36th Commencement of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design held today, May 4, that the Board unanimously appointed retiring PCA&D President May Colleen Heil as President Emeritus, for her outstanding and distinguished service […]

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Class of 2018 set to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Friday May 4, 2018: 36th Commencement 11:00 a.m., DoubleTree Resort, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster                 Senior Show & Celebration: 5 – 8 p.m., PCA&D, 204 N Prince Street The 36th Commencement of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will be held Friday, May 4 at 10 am in at the DoubleTree Resort, 2400 Willow […]

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‘Not a Fish’: Art of PCA&D Juniors

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design juniors from the fine art and photography departments present Not a Fish, an exhibition of recent works on display at Lancaster Art Studios, 411 W. King St. A reception will be held Friday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. In preparation for the exhibition, student-artists […]

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PCA&D students holding first-ever Art Market

At the first ever PCA&D Art Market during the April 6 First Friday, PCA&D’s illustration, fine art, design, and photography majors have gathered some of their favorite work to sell. The Art Market will feature all original and handmade items by student artists. Participating Artists: Shelby Young – Illustration Annie Troller – Illustration Elizabeth Geckle – […]

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Abigail Bonett has work accepted in SOI Student Show

Congratulations Abigail Bonett, Illustration ’17, whose piece whs been selected for this year’s Society of Illustrator’s student show. This year the Society only accepted 150 pieces out of thousands worldwide. Abigail’s gouache piece, created last spring during her senior year at PCA&D, will be on display at the Society, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, […]

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Art professionals conducted senior portfolio reviews

Six artists, gallery professionals and curators visited PCA&D Monday to assist in a first ever portfolio review for the senior fine art and photography majors. Arranged by Julia Staples, Adjunct Instructor in the Photography Department, as part of the students’ required Professional Practices Class, the event was designed to offer networking opportunities to the students […]

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Illustration Juniors’ work published in online collection

Again this year, in Illustration Studio II, taught by Megan Halsey and Christina Hess, illustration students were assigned a project called the Community Challenge Project. Each student was charged with finding an online community challenge that focuses on illustrative problem solving and then create a piece that would fit into their portfolio and satisfy the […]

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Art for Social Good class creates projects for Medical Society

Last semester The Art for Social Good class had an amazing opportunity to work with Pavone, a Harrisburg based advertising and marketing agency and The Pennsylvania Medical Society. The students were tasked to come up with artwork that may be used for promoting PAMED in newspaper/magazine ads, billboards, etc. that fit the following categories: Time, […]

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A visit to the Fine Art Senior Studios

PCA&D’s five Fine Art seniors, Thomas White, Leah Walt, Seres Hofundur, Samantha Ferrizzi, and Seth Crider,  offered a peak into their Senior Studios as they work on their senior thesis, the culminating project of their BFA degree here at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Their works areas varied as they are interesting, and all […]

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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Selects New President

Michael Molla, Vice President Strategic Initiatives at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), has been selected by the Board of Trustees as the next President of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, according to Robert Brandt, Chair of the PCA&D Board of Trustees. He is expected to take the helm of the College on July […]

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PCA&D and the silver screen

Last semester the senior illustration students in Bill Dussinger’s  Senior Studio class had the opportunity to work with American Music Theatre to design promotional posters for the AMT upcoming show, Songs of the Silver Screen. Michael Rathfon, AMT’s Director of Sales and Marketing, visited the class and presented the project to the students during class. Posters were to […]

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‘For Your Eyes Only’ opens Feb. 2

Please join PCA&D in the Photography Hallway Gallery this Friday February 2nd, during the PCA&D First Friday events from 5-7pm, for the opening of For Your Eyes Only, an exhibition of photographs and books presented by the third and fourth year photography majors. The exhibition is a culmination of a semester-long project in Julia Staples’s Advanced Digital Photography course. Each photography student chose a topic to […]

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