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3 Animation & Game Art students honored by Toon Boom

Congratulations to Animation & Game Art students Samantha Sidesinger, Abraham Pena Puleo, and McKenna DiComo for being selected into the highly anticipated Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Showreel 2024. Each year, Toon Boom selects creators to participate in the Toon Boom Showreels. The showreels are intended to recognize animation and storyboard artists who make exceptional use […]

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Alexia Eggleston and Jasmyn Stokes wrap up Career Development Fellowships with exhibitions

Wrapping up their year as Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s first-ever Career Development Fellows, Alexia Eggleston ’23 and Jasmyn Stokes ’23 will exhibit work, opening April 19, in the Hayden and CORE galleries.  The yearlong fellowship, both say, has been instrumental not only in furthering their artwork, but also their leadership and mentoring skills.  […]

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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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Visiting Artist Nichola Kinch: ‘Curiosity’ is the basis of everything

For artist Nichola Kinch, being a beginner at a particular practice — including art — “holds a special power”: openness. That power to hold openness, to artistic mediums, to paths of inspiration, and, in Kinch’s case, to the natural world surrounding us, extends to the viewers of art, too. “I am interested,” Kinch says in […]

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A successful Career Day boosts students’ career networking, internship exploration, and resumé-building

How do you meet potential employers? How do you find out more about the world of internships?  And how in the world do you turn your draft resume into an eye-catching document that will grab attention?  A standing-room-only audience of PCA&D students and alumni recently had the chance to step up to these challenges and […]

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Free interactive art exhibition opening for York residents

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Exhibitions Department is partnering with PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) on Harmony: Evolving, an exhibition at PCA&D-York open to York County residents of all ages and abilities.  Beginning with blank 10-inch by 10-inch wood panels forming a grid on the main gallery wall at PCA&D-York, the space will […]

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Photographer Nancy Hellebrand visting PCA&D for March 21 Artist Talk

For photographer Nancy Hellebrand, rapport with her subjects is “natural, if I get out of the way (and) pay full attention.” She brings her expertise and advice to Pennsylvania College of Art & Design on Thursday, March 21 as a guest of the Foundation Department. Everyone is invited to attend, at 12:45 pm in the […]

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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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PCA&D celebrates its first Love Week

Whether you’re paired up or single, whether it’s self-care or love of family, friends, or a romantic interest, Love Week at PCA&D was a time to celebrate all the different kinds of love that power us through.  Student Life had a full week of activity planned, culminating in last Friday evening’s Flock-sponsored Love Ball.  ‘The […]

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Designathon ’24 breathes life into new branding for seven non-profit organizations

“We were blown away by their creativity and grateful for the hard work and commitment they dedicated to this project.” That was the response from representatives of Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development, whose programs got a new logo branding design courtesy of Designathon ’24 last weekend.  Thanks to the volunteer students, faculty, staff, and alumni […]

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Rieko Chacey (Adjunct, Graphic Design) designed the projected animation and sound for a current solo exhibition, Blooming, by Sookkyung Park. Park’s piece was the first-place winner in the 2023 international competition, Paper Made, held by Fiber Art Now.  Blooming is on display through Feb. 22 at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Towson, Md.  The 60th Annniversary edition of Graphic […]

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Photographer, filmmaker Stephen Mallon visits PCA&D for Feb. 8 Artist Talk

Stephen Mallon considers himself a “photographer at heart and a hired gun for filmmaking” … but that hasn’t stopped him from making a name for himself at the highest levels in both disciplines.  He’s turned his lenses to recording the “industrial-scale creations” that surround us much of the time, but instead of focusing on those […]

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‘Coming Into View’ highlights emerging artists in the Main Gallery

Get a glimpse of artists defining what it means to be “emerging” with the opening of Coming Into View: A collection of art and artists self-defining what it means to be emerging, in the Main Gallery of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Filling the Gallery through March 1, Coming Into View is curated by […]

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Works by Becky Blosser (Chair, Fine Art), and Matt Allyn Chapman (Adjunct, Fine Art/Foundation) were part of the Lancaster Museum of Art’s New Works from the Echo Valley Art Group exhibition, through mid-December. The Echo Valley Art Group, established in 1945, is limited to 25 professional artists working and creating in the Lancaster area. Membership is by invitation. The design work […]

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Darryl Glenn joins PCA&D as new Dean of Students

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is proud to welcome Darryl Glenn as our new Dean of Students, a position that requires the perspective of supporting, challenging, and celebrating our student body.  With more than a decade of experience in higher education, Dean Glenn has had the opportunity to work within roles that oversee many […]

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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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New mural by Mab Moon ’21 and Alex Maxwell ’24 brings awareness to The Institute

When the College moved some of its operations this fall into a space on North Prince Street near campus, there was nothing to distinguish it from the outside as a place of creativity, exploration, art-making — or, really, anything related to Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.  The location, just a few blocks from PCA&D’s […]

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Aubrey Maurer and Callie Morton, 2022 Fine Art grads, are the focus of Lancaster Museum of Art exhibition

Two members of PCA&D’s Class of 2022, Aubrey Maurer and Callie Morton, are the featured artists in Lancaster Museum of Art‘s upcoming exhibition opening Jan. 13. The museum, at 135 N. Lime St., will be showing Lancaster’s Latest, an exhibition that features the pair of Fine Art BFA graduates of the College. An opening reception […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Faculty Persistence Mentor Michelle Gregoire Fogel

A decade ago, when Michelle Gregoire Fogel was a Liberal Arts adjunct professor, she was involved with teaching a Writing Workshop aimed at assisting students who needed extra help with writing and study skills, from grammar to time management.  “I loved working with those students,” Fogel says, “and, since their learning struggles typically didn’t disappear […]

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PCA&D partner ALT at Rock Lititz announces new hires

The Academy of Live Technology (ALT) at Rock Lititz welcomes new staff for their innovative hands-on degree program partnership with Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Sharon Huizinga will serve as ALT at Rock Lititz Program Director and Marisa Rinchiuso will serve as Project & Operations Manager.  Pennsylvania College of Art & Design  partnered with […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Frankie Reed, Alumnus Studio Mentor

Frankie Reed knows the pressure points of studying Graphic Design really clearly.  That’s because he just graduated in May from PCA&D, and almost immediately turned their skills toward helping current students as an Alumnus Student Mentor.  Their experience here, Reed says, “helped me understand a lot of what the students need. A lot of the […]

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Celebrating 30 years of learning with PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration

In 1993, a program was started at PCA&D to engage the community in the creative life — and now, after decades of program growth, expanded opportunities, and a couple name changes, the Center for Creative Exploration celebrates its 30th anniversary. Thousands of students, from first-graders to retirees, have signed up to take part in this […]

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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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Monday Mentors: Meet Alexandra Leonhart, Director of Aesthetic Technologies

Students may be most familiar with Alexandra Leonhart in her role as Chair of the Live Experience Design & Production Department, but may not be aware that she fills another position as well — that of Director of Aesthetic Technologies. Yet anyone whose art has intersected with IT, or creative hardware or software, has in […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Evan Kitson, Model Coordinator

Evan Kitson’s bio describes him as “a draftsman, painter, instructor, anatomist, curator, collector, and all-around art-obsessed thirty-something.” You can add yet another descriptor, that of PCA&D Model Coordinator, to the list.  Working with human models is an integral part of an art and design education, and it falls to Kitson to keep the roster of […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Rich Johnson, Assistant Director of Distance Education

There’s a whole generation of students who owe at least some of their knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, digital photography, and digital illustration to Rich Johnson. He’s been working professionally as a graphic designer and creative director using Adobe software since 1997 and began teaching in PCA&D’s continuing education department just two years later. […]

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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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Monday Mentors: Meet Caitlin Downs, Director of the Writing Center

So often, says Caitlin Downs, “the scariest part of an assignment is actually starting the thing.” That’s where the College’s Writing Center staff can come in handy — along with the research stage, the middle stage, and the end stage of the assignment, too. And that’s where Downs’ role as the Director of the Writing […]

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‘Drawing in Space’ adds artistic drama to trio of campus locations

The yellow thread stretches across the Mezzanine-level staircase ceiling, almost invisible against the white tiles.  But it links two halves of a Drawing in Space project, 3D student work by Stephanie Manzi‘s Drawing Concepts Foundation students. You also may have spotted Drawing in Space projects in other areas of the building: another is installed across […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Ashley Moog Bowlsbey, Faculty Student Mentor and Photography & Digital Print Lab Technician

A 2012 Photography graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Ashley Moog Bowlsbey continues to work as a practicing photographer while serving her alma mater in a new way. She fills a dual role, as a Faculty Studio Mentor and as the College’s Photography & Video Department Lab Technician (more on those below). It’s […]

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Works by Leah Limpert Walt ’18 and Jason Herr ’16 highlight new Gallery exhibitions

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) is thrilled to announce the opening of dual exhibitions featuring the works of two alumni. Earthling, with work by Leah Limpert Walt ‘18, and A Solitary Loop, featuring work by Jason Herr ‘16, both open in the College’s Main Gallery for First Friday on November 3, 2023, from […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Sam Schindler, Academic Bridge Mentor

Making the leap from high school to college doesn’t always go smoothly: and when a student needs help, they may not know where to turn for resources that will get them the assistance they need. At PCA&D, Sam Schindler makes sure that gap in knowledge is eliminated in his position as Academic Bridge Mentor. That […]

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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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Dr. Adam Smith joins the College as Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, manager of The Learning Commons

For Dr. Adam Smith, taking over as Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, and Learning Commons Manager, comes with several goals.  “The position checks a lot of boxes,” Smith says. “It really elevates the relational: not only does the director communicate with different offices and initiatives, that means that person communicates with people […]

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Work by Kaitlyn McCulley ’21, Illustration, appears in new Magic: The Gathering set

Players of Magic: The Gathering, take note. Work by Kaitlyn McCulley ’21, Illustration, is featured in the newly released Alchemy: Eldrane set. It’s “a digital offshoot of the main, physical set Magic: The Gathering: Wilds of Eldrarne,” McCulley says, and “there were only 30 cards for Alchemy” by different contributing artists.  McCulley, who also has […]

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Artist Talk: Photographer Sara Bennett profiles women who are, or were, incarcerated

Sara Bennett didn’t start her history with the American judicial system as a photographer. She began as a public defender.  But it was what she experienced in that role, and the contacts that she’s made with formerly incarcerated women, that bridge that transition. Those experiences form the lens — both literally and figuratively — of […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Jason Ward, Faculty Studio Mentor

Jason Ward is a familiar face to many PCA&D students who have taken Fine Art or Illustration courses — not to mention his work with first-year Foundation student artists.  But that’s not all the guidance he offers. The BFA graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine […]

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The birth of a mascot: How Prince the Peacock was born

Every legend has an origin story, the tale of how it came to be. And, while it’s a bit early to be able to call Prince, the College’s new (and first!) mascot, a legend, the flamboyant bird still has an origin story that starts with a private, anonymous donor who provided the funds, and a […]

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Monday Mentors: Meet Daniel Cardona, Alumnus Studio Mentor

As a Studio Mentor at PCA&D, Daniel Cardona has pretty good insight into what questions current students may have, and what stumbling blocks they may face: That’s because he was one of them, not too long ago. The 2021 PCA&D graduate in Animation & Game Art works with students from any department who need a […]

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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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Monday Mentors: Meet Caitlyn Bishop, 3D Lab Technician and Maker Space Coordinator

Caitlyn Bishop is an adjunct instructor in Fine Art and Foundation — but those aren’t the only roles she fills at PCA&D. She’s also a familiar face to students who are being guided through the safe and proper use of tools they may not be familiar with in an art setting. Bishop earned her BA […]

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Center for Creative Exploration’s Fall lineup of classes, workshops, makes the most of the season

With the advent of autumn and back-to-school routines, PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE)  has designed a program of both classes and short-term workshops that cater to opportunities for learning within busy schedules. Also highlighted: offerings that mark landmark anniversaries such as the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop music; Hispanic Heritage Month; and fall-themed classes that […]

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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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Governor’s Office taps ’23 grad Paige Alana Bowermaster for logo redesign

When Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro’s office needed a redesign of its Next Generation Commission logo, they wanted to turn to a designer who would have a personal affiliation with the subject.    Paige Alana Bowermaster ’23, Graphic Design, got the call.   Bowermaster says the experience drew on skills she’s not only developing in her […]

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PCA&D announces curatorial fellowships to assist with ‘Bridging the Susquehanna’ exhibition

PCA&D is pleased to announce a call for two Curatorial Fellows to assist with planning and implementing the Bridging the Susquehanna traveling exhibition. The nine-month fellowships, supported by the Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation, are an opportunity to work as assistant curators along with Lead Curator Ophelia Chambliss and PCA&D Director […]

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Dr. Jason Hartz named Steinman Dean, Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has received a $500,000 grant from The Steinman Foundation to assist with the development of our new Live Experience Design & Production Major and our partnership with Rock Lititz and UK-based Academy of Live Technology (ALT). The College announced that as part of the grant, the leader of 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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PCA&D welcomes 13 new faculty for Fall 2023

Thirteen new faculty members have joined Pennsylvania College of Art & Design for the Fall 2023 semester:  Zach Clifford (adjunct, Fine Art): Clifford is a Pennsylvania-born artist whose work is based on researching sociopolitical events within the United States including, but not limited to, gun and police violence and political discourse. They hold a bachelor’s […]

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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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Maria Hostetter named Chair of the PCA&D Graphic Design Department

Maria Hostetter‘s long and varied history with Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has taken a new turn.  She earned a diploma in Communication Art and Graphic Design from the then-Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1993, studied Art Education at Millersville University, then returned to PCA&D to earn her BFA in Graphic Design […]

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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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July accomplishments by alumni, faculty, and students make the news

Kay Baier ’19, Photography, is part of a group show this month, All the In Between, at North Hills Art Center, Pittsburgh. The exhibition ranges from the personal to the universal experience, and “all the in between.” See more of Baier’s work here.  Congratulations to Sharnee Burnett Vega ’21, Fine Art, for creation of a new mural for Parliament Arts Organization, […]

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PCA&D-York opens for exhibition, Agency reveals on Aug. 4

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design celebrates First Friday on August 4 by opening its York pop-up location to the public. Representatives from the student-run Agency will be on hand to display and explain branding work completed this summer for five York non-profits. An exhibition of book cover art, ‘Inside the Cover’, will also be […]

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ACHIEVE ‘near-completer’ grant making degree possible for returning PCA&D students

When Puah Richardson took a break from her PCA&D career in 2021 with just part of her sophomore year completed, it wasn’t with any solid plan for how to return to finish her degree — she just knew that a break was needed.  “I love school, and I love structure, and just from that brief […]

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Shaun Clair, Todd Rucci join Board of Trustees

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce the addition of Shaun Clair and Todd Rucci to its Board of Trustees. Trustees voted to approve the addition of Clair and Rucci to the 17-member Board at their July meeting.  Shaun Clair is Vice President of Sales at Clair Global. He joined the company […]

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Delaina Jolley ’22 awarded Winterthur Artisan Market grant

When Winterthur’s Artisan Market opens its gates in Delaware July 15-16, one of its 100-plus featured artists will be Delaina Jolley, a PCA&D Illustration graduate.  But Jolley won’t just be a participating artist: She was awarded an Artisan Market grant to participate, an honor that encourages emerging artists to take part in the event.  “It […]

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New mural coming to the PCA&D Art Garden

A temporary mural, part of a summertime, citywide mural festival, is being added to the College’s Art Garden. Under the direction of graffiti artist TEER, a giant cube was constructed on June 29 and 30, with painting of the background and lettering on to be done on July 1-2 and the final image — a […]

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Los Angeles is the place to build a career for Nathaniel Gonzales ’21, Animation & Game Art

When Nathaniel Gonzales graduated in 2021 from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, it felt like Los Angeles was the place to be:  It was close to animation studios and conferences, a good location for an Animation & Game Art BFA graduate to set up shop professionally. “Before moving to LA, I spent a year […]

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Parker Galen ’23, Fine Art, starting Emerging Artist Residency this fall

Parker Galen’s part-time job during college did much more than provide some money — it provided inspiration and materials for his senior thesis project, too. And now, those materials, combined with the skills he gained at PCA&D and his innate creative drive, have led to an Emerging Artist Residency at Millersville University.  That job — […]

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‘Just a Bunch of Roadies’ pledges $130,000 in scholarships to Live Experience Design & Production students

Philanthropy isn’t just something afforded to the wealthy. It often starts with meager means. It starts with a student running her college’s radio station.  It starts with a young innovator who figured out a new way to bring concert-level power to old venues.  It starts with a young man emigrating with his family from Brazil […]

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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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PCA&D partnership offers former college students the chance to finish degree or certification for free

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has been chosen as one of three institutions to partner with the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board for a $2.2 million federal grant to help those who dropped out of college or a certificate program complete their degree. Participants have the potential to receive full tuition scholarships in addition […]

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Bee Grissinger ’23, Fine Art, selected for full-year Emerging Artist Residency

Bee Grissinger may have graduated less than a month ago from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design with their BFA degree in Fine Art — but it’s been quite a few weeks. Grissinger is spending the summer working with Second State Press, a Philadelphia-based communal printmaking studio, in exchange for unlimited access to the studio […]

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Bhattacharjee, Bowlsbey, Cochran and Johnson awarded Faculty Life grants

Four Pennsylvania College of Art & Design faculty members were awarded Faculty Life grants this Spring: Shwarga Bhattacharjee: The Philadelphia-based adjunct faculty member was recently accepted into the artist residency organized by Twelve Gates. The experience, Bhattacharjee writes, will “allow me to grow artistically and professionally, as I will participate in a group show with […]

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Fine Art Alumni Residency opens to all BFA grads for 2023-2024

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence program at PCA&D. Applicants must be graduates of the BFA program at PCA&D and have a developing studio practice. All majors and artists working in any media are invited to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that they […]

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April accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Eight Pennsylvania College of Art & Design faculty and staff members have been selected to exhibit work in the annual Demuth Invitational. Demuth Invitational: Portraiture Through Artists’ Eyes runs through June 25 at the Demuth Museum, 120 E. King St., Lancaster.  PCA&D faculty and staff whose work will be on display include Salina Almanzar (Program Coordinator, Center for Creative Exploration), Becky […]

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PCA&D adds portfolio workshops to its lineup of Admissions events

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to offer an upcoming series of free week-long online workshops that will help students prepare portfolios for admission to art and design school.   These workshops will give prospective PCA&D students a glimpse into the creative processes that they can expect to use as an art and design […]

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PCA&D celebrates 41st Commencement with the Class of 2023

The Class of 2023 became Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 48 newest alumni on May 5, receiving their BFA degrees in front of a standing-room-only audience of family and friends at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.  A recording of Commencement can be found below. PCA&D was honored this year to welcome Steve Geist […]

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Beret ceremony kicks off Class of 2023 celebrations

To cheers and raucous applause, members of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Class of 2023 received their berets Thursday evening, May 4. Berets, a symbol of their chosen creative path and the traditional artist’s headwear, will replace the mortarboards at Commencement Friday, May 5.  Gathered in the campus’ LookOut, the soon-to-be graduates kicked off […]

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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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New student mural provides a ‘Harmonious Transition’ in third-floor hallway

The third-floor hallway leading to the dining area has transitioned from a dim passageway to a bright, fresh space thanks to the initiative of the 2022-23 Mural Team. Harmonious Transition, inspired by the cut-out work of Henri Matisse, was dedicated in late April by President Michael Molla. The hallway has been lifted from bare concrete block walls […]

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8 faculty, staff join 2023 Demuth Invitational exhibition

Eight Pennsylvania College of Art & Design faculty and staff members have been selected to exhibit work in the annual Demuth Invitational. Demuth Invitational: Portraiture Through Artists’ Eyes opens April 29 and runs through June 25 at the Demuth Museum, 120 E. King St., Lancaster.  Like many artists, Lancaster native Charles Demuth explored portraiture. His […]

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International photo exchange wraps up its third year with ‘The Impossible’

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has wrapped up its third year of an international photography exchange with The Impossible,  featuring the work of 11 PCA&D students. The exchange, with photography students from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, gives PCA&D students  — and those from Zayed University — the chance to have a […]

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Class of 2023 Commencement to be held May 5

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) is proud to celebrate its 41st Commencement on Friday, May 5, at 10 am at Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, 620 College Avenue, Lancaster. The in-person ceremony also will be livestreamed at pcad.edu/stream. This year, Steve Geist will receive the College’s Distinguished Alumni award and deliver the Commencement […]

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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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Edmond Praybe: PCA&D welcomes ‘In Depth’ exhibition, still life artist

Edmond Praybe is drawn to still life painting because it combines two of his favorite aspects of painting: “responding to direct observation and fine-tuning formal abstraction.” One of 30 artists in the Main Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, In Depth, Praybe will visit campus on Thursday, April 20 to deliver an Artist Talk at 12:45 pm and […]

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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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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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PCA&D enters new Live Experience Design & Production partnership with Rock Lititz, UK’s Academy of Live Technology

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is excited to announce a new partnership with Rock Lititz and UK-based Academy of Live Technology at Production Park to create the Academy of Live Technology (ALT) at Rock Lititz in northern Lancaster County and expand the reach of the College’s Live Experience Design major.   Recognizing the proximity to […]

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Feeling burned out? Counselor Mahmood Mohammad shares tips for stepping back from the stress

BY MAHMOOD MOHAMMAD PCA&D PRE-LICENSED COUNSELOR Burnout occurs when individuals experience chronic stress characterized by exhaustion and deprivation of strength and energy. The World Health Organization defines it as an “occupational phenomenon,” and it strikes college students experiencing academic burnout. Students tend to feel diminished and pessimistic about their academic work. It results in students […]

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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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AJ Nutter ’10 brings his filmmaking expertise to campus for Artist Talk

Being ready to “jump in and help,” AJ Nutter says, is one of the best skills that those who aspire to work in the film industry can cultivate.    The 2010 graduate of PCA&D has just finished working as Director of Photography on Transient, a sci-fi/horror feature film dealing with loss, grief, death, and the […]

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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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Justin Carney ’20 shares his journey with Photography & Video seniors in a virtual artist talk

When Justin Carney was thinking about grad school after PCA&D, he had some questions: Would it be worthwhile? Would it be a good fit for his ambitions for a career in photography? Because he was at a school like PCA&D and knew faculty well enough to use them as a sounding board, he’s ended up […]

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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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Eric Weeks’ Wawa Store project on exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Rotterdam, Netherlands

Prof. Eric Weeks (Chair, Photography & Video) has work in two international shows, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His exhibitions feature work from Twentysix Wawa Stores, a film, print, and artist’s book project documenting the convenience and gasoline store’s locations along the Lincoln Highway, one of the nation’s first transcontinental highways.   […]

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A superhero for all: An interview with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator of La Borinqueña

When superhero La Borinqueña was birthed from the imagination of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, she wasn’t going to remain “just” a superhero for long. Instead, Miranda-Rodriguez has fashioned her into a hero whose superpowers of awareness, advocacy, and philanthropy have crossed over into the real world as well. Whether she’s showing up as a powerful representative of […]

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Keeping up with Ogilvy designer Dyneisha Gross ’20, Graphic Design

If you want to keep up with 2020 graduate Dyneisha Gross, get yourself organized and buckle up: It’s going to be a quick takeoff and a busy, busy agenda. Gross earned her BFA in Graphic Design, magna cum laude, in 2020, and has landed at the Washington, D.C., office of Ogilvy, one of the world […]

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PCA&D to host YWCA Lancaster’s Black Artist Waystation Showcase Feb. 24

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is honored to host the 2023 Black Artist Waystation artists and their work at a Friday, Feb. 24 showcase in The LookOut. This event, from 7-9:30 pm, is free and open to the public.  According to YWCA Lancaster, sponsor of Black Artist Waystation, the community-run collective of artists celebrates and […]

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Graphic Design hosting Fig Creative Director Jason James for Artist Talk

Design, says Jason James, is a gift that cultivates beauty in every aspect of life.   That attitude goes from his job, where he serves as Creative Director at branding and design company Fig Industries, to his lifestyle, where he calls himself a “sartorial enthusiast” (not to mention a superhero aficionado!).   James was introduced […]

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Alumni profile: AGA graduate Jeremy Bensing works to build a career in animation

When Jeremy Bensing was introduced to animation as a career possibility, it was love at first sight.  Since then the 2021 magna cum laude Animation & Game Art graduate has steadily worked to break into the field, continuing to keep in touch with mentors, and always in pursuit of refining and polishing his knowledge and […]

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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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Mural by Assistant Prof. Kathleen Eastwood-Riaño commissioned for Philadelphia Museum of Art collaboration

A mural by Assistant Prof. Kathleen Eastwood-Riaño now on display in Philadelphia is a study in “collaboration” with one of the 20th century’s great artists, Henri Matisse. It’s also a study in producing great work under tight deadlines.  Matisse Under the Table is Eastwood-Riaño’s contribution to a partnership between Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mural […]

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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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From Lancaster to LEGO, Steve Geist brings illustration skills to product development

Steve Geist loves creating something from nothing. That process of concept through multiple iterations to finished product or design has been tested time and again during Geist’s career, ever since he graduated from PCA&D in 2006 with his BFA in Illustration. It’s taken him through several career evolutions, from companies like classic LEGO to startup […]

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Kaitlyn McCulley ’21 designs the College’s New Year’s greetings

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 2023 New Year’s card, a lush rendition of the College peacock mascot with a tail of gleaming blue, green, and gold, wasn’t just designed by an artist destined to remain anonymous. Instead, it was created by one of the College’s own, illustrator Kaitlyn McCulley ’21.  Working digitally with Photoshop, […]

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Graphic Design senior Amanda Choong creates College’s New Year greetings

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 will be sent to hundreds of supporters and friends of the College — a […]

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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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Insider Inc.’s Tyler Le ’20, Illustration, is drawing up a dynamic career in editorial illustration

When Tyler Le graduated from PCA&D in 2020 with his BFA in Illustration, he says his ultimate goal was to make and create for a living. Right out of the gate, he landed a freelance illustration project for The New York Times. More freelance editorial opportunities followed. Now, nearly three years later, he’s working full-time […]

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Foundation students get a close-up look at mass design production with The Standard Group

How does design get mass produced? The first-year Foundation Digital Media class recently visited The Standard Group press in Lititz to get a physical and tactile sense of the process in an active facility.  This trip was part of the final quarter of the course focused on output methods in digital media. Prior to this, […]

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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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Center for Creative Exploration announces winter classes

If you’re looking for something to spark your creative world as the weather changes, check out our Center for Creative Exploration lineup! All Winter classes can be found here, with some highlights below:  Professional Development classes — many of them bearing college credit — in Content Creation, UX/UI, InDesign, HTML/CSS, Design Thinking, Virtual Reality Prototyping, and […]

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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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PCA&D’s ExtraGive schedule is full of public events

In celebration of Friday’s Lancaster-wide 24-hour ExtraGive fundraising event on Friday, November 18, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and its Center for Creative Exploration have scheduled a day of events for the College community, and the Lancaster community is invited and welcome to join in. Passersby can join the PCA&D Peacocks Esports Team in […]

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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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Portrait photographer Andrew French visits for PCA&D Artist Talk

Based in New York City, photographer Andrew French uses his northlight studio in Union Square to capture a signature look in portraiture, editorial, and commercial images for clients such as Esquire, House & Garden, Food & Wine, and TIME magazines, as well as Microsoft, Coach, Nordstrom, and Veuve Clicquot.  Big names, and big clients. Yet […]

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Accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Klecksomancy, an installation by Foundation adjunct Tyler Kline, ran through October at Pink Noise Projects, Philadelphia, Klecksomancy is divination summoned through the use of inkblots. This exhibition is built upon playful installations, gameplay, and ambiguity endurance. The forms created for the show, Kline writes, “search for meaning that defines the Chthulucene, this new epoch we have entered, […]

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Artist Talk series brings Titmouse’s Artistic Recruiter Ellen Su to PCA&D

Ellen Su spent lots of her childhood absorbing storytelling on television, entertaining herself while her parents worked long hours to build a life in America. As it turns out, those hours with the TV ended up impacting her creative career path, too.  Now Head of Artistic Recruiting at animation studio Titmouse and based in New […]

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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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Leah Limpert Walt ’18 named Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence

Leah Limpert Walt  ’18, Fine Art, embraces the fluidity of shape-shifting. A non-traditional student when she first arrived at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, she used the myriad classes she took at other institutions to help inform and hone the vision she wanted to create as she pursued her BFA. Now, new experiences like […]

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Lancaster is named WalletHub’s Best Small City in America

In a recent survey of more than 1,300 small cities in the United States, the home of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design came out a real winner.  In fact, it came out as the winner.  WalletHub, a website that provides financial advice, in October named the City of Lancaster the Best Small City in […]

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Artist Talk: Fine artist Magnolia Laurie uses landscape as a framework for her message

When Magnolia Laurie paints a landscape, it represents more than horizon and sky and hills.  The Franklin & Marshall College professor often uses landscape as the vehicle through which she conveys ideas about vulnerability and relationships — not only to the land, but also to each other.  Laurie visits Pennsylvania College of Art & Design […]

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Adding good design to live events with Kevin Foss ’20

From Cardi B to Bon Jovi, Lizzo to Nickelback, Chris Brown, and Green Day, it’s been a busy and demanding couple of years of work and clients for Class of 2020’s Kevin Foss.  Yet the magna cum laude Graphic Design graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design probably wouldn’t have it any other way. […]

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Award-winning Admissions viewbook earns new honors

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s most recent viewbook, the College’s statement piece produced as part of its rebranding, was recently recognized with the Power of Print Award (Best of Show) at this year’s Neographics Print Competition. Chosen from hundreds of regional entries from printing and graphics firms throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New […]

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Artist Talk: Creative Director Carla Frank bringing her style and editorial sense to PCA&D

NOTE: Creative Director Carla Frank’s Artist Talk has been postponed to February 17, 2023.    You may not recognize Carla Frank’s name, but you’d surely recognize the work of her company. She’s a “born creative director,” her bio states, and it’s hard to argue with the resume: Launch design director of O, The Oprah Magazine. […]

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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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PCA&D-York opens expanded exhibition

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s York gallery is excited to be open for York’s October First Friday, Oct. 7, with a new and expanded exhibition.  Featuring the work of members of the York community, the Community Exhibition features a new series of 4-inch-by-4-inch panels. They join pieces from the exhibition 10×10 which has been […]

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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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Faculty Grant Series: Profs. Warshawsky and Cochran explore SIGGRAPH conference

Attendance at the national SIGGRAPH conference gives attendees an inside look not only at trend-setting computer graphics and interactive techniques, but also at developments that are so early-stage that they haven’t even had a chance to yet become trends. The summer event, say Profs. Natasha Warshawsky (Chair, Animation & Game Art) and Ellie Cochran (Adjunct, […]

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CCE Instructor Profile: Exploring photography’s creative process with Adam Leitzel ’20

Do you love photography and want to learn more about its various forms? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by our very own Adam Leitzel. Art Support: Product Photography Workshop will be held on Saturdays starting October 15 and Intergenerational Studio: Ages 14-Adult – Analogue Photography runs on Saturdays starting October […]

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Breaking into the male-dominated world of music videos with Maggie Rudisill ’15

Maggie Rudisill may have graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2015 with her Photography BFA, but her history with the College goes back long before that. The groundbreaking videographer — she’s successfully broken into the male-dominated music video industry — started taking all-ages classes at PCA&D as a child and then, in […]

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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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CCE Instructor Profile: Learning about Puerto Rican culture with Kathy Rodríguez

Do you love arts and crafts and want to learn more about Puerto Rican culture? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by Kathy Rodríguez. Intergenerational Studio: Ages 13-Adult – Vejigante Masks on Tuesdays starting October 4; Exploring Puerto Rico – Taino-Inspired Arts and Crafts: Grades 1-3 on Saturdays starting October 29; […]

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CCE Instructor Profile: Joshua Keller dives into horror, creative writing, comics, and manga

Do you love writing and want to explore your literary voice? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by Joshua Keller. Intergenerational Studio: Ages 14-Adult – Mystery/Horror Writing and Discussion on Wednesdays starting October 12; Beginning/Intermediate Creative Writing on Wednesdays starting November 2; Comics and Manga Writing and Visual Narrative: Grades 7-10 […]

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Artist Talk: Filmmaker Harrison Smith brings his brand of horror to PCA&D

Filmmaker Harrison Smith can barely remember a time when horror movies didn’t fascinate him. When Bruce the shark terrorized Amity Island in Jaws, the 8-year-old was gleefully hooked. When his grandmother would watch classic horror movies with the young boy, he absorbed everything. Horror, Smith says now, is one of the most honest film genres […]

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Matty Guiliano ’14 takes up residency at PCA&D-York

Over a body of orange-red and moss green, spikes of seafoam green and purple give Matty Guiliano’s fantastical cacti a prickly flair. Stripes of blue wrap around petals of pink, white, and yellow, and tiny turquoise, yellow, orange, and white balls soften the overall impact. In fact, the whole sculpture is soft, a deceptive juxtaposition […]

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CCE Instructor Profile: Joanna Spicer shares her love of, and skills with, textiles and weaving

Do you love textiles and weaving and want to learn new techniques? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of Center for Creative Explorations classes taught by Joanna Spicer. Intergenerational Studio: Ages 11-Adult – Weaving Basics Workshop on September 28; Intergenerational Studio: Ages 11-Adult – Weaving Basics (Afternoon) on Tuesdays starting October 4; Intergenerational Studio: […]

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Alex Spangler ’22 combining photography and autos in entrepreneurial venture

Alex Spangler earned his BFA in Graphic Design from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2022 – but he and his company, Spec Creative, had already been in business for nearly a year. It’s the story of a hobby and a passion that combined perfectly into a business that now photographs and films automobiles […]

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CCE Instructor Profile: Exploring our ‘intuitive artistic language’ with Nichole Madonna

Do you love painting, drawing, and collage and want to experiment with new tools and materials? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by our very own Nichole Madonna. Books as Art Objects: Erasure, Collage, and Altered Pages Workshop at Garden Spot Village on September 16; Intergenerational Studio: Ages 11-Adult – Drawing […]

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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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PCA&D marking Hispanic Heritage Month with classes, art, and student activities

As celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15) kick off later this week, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is excited to share a roundup of activities that not only honor and observe but also educate and expand creative opportunities:  Saturday, Sept. 17: The College’s Admissions Department and Center for Creative Exploration […]

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Faculty Grant series: Summer residency concentrated Prof. Aaron Thompson’s focus

Prof. Aaron Thompson’s summer was spent using his PCA&D Research and Practice Faculty Grant developing the potential for a PCA&D Artist Residency Program. “Coordinating with several departments to establish the precedent of an artist obtaining a classroom for two months during the summer was really interesting and rewarding. Everyone was very helpful and excited by […]

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CCE Instructor Profile: Justin Quinn’s combination of creativity, a love of knowledge, and a knack for all things digital

Do you love marketing and want to learn more about how to utilize it in a digital space? This fall, PCA&D is offering an adult professional class Digital Marketing Fundamentals on Tuesdays starting Sept. 13. This course will examine the underlying fundamentals of each branch of digital marketing and explain how they can be incorporated […]

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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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Illustration: Multidisciplinary artist TLaloC visits PCA&D Sept. 9

The artist TLaloC, who also goes by his given name, Eduardo Corral, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work can be hard to pin down to a single medium — or even multiple mediums. Illustration and design, he says, were his “first loves,” and they continue to inform and shape the path that has forked into […]

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Graphic designer Jeff DeSantis paying a virtual visit to PCA&D Sept. 13

Jeff DeSantis’ day job is designing packaging for mass retail toys that find their way to the biggest stores in America … but he has an affinity for designing collectible toys, too.  His career, with Just Play during the day and with his own company, BxE Buttons, allows him to pursue both. The packaging/production graphic […]

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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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Faculty Grant series: Prof. Eric Weeks goes off-grid for Montello residency

Prof. Eric Weeks’ summer Montello Foundation art residency took him about 2,300 miles west, down a 20-mile dirt-and-stone road and into Nevada’s Great Basin Desert. It pulled him out of cellphone range and off the power grid, leaving PCA&D’s Photography & Video Chair to rise with the sun, work solo, and completely focus.  And, Weeks […]

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Faculty Grant series: Filmmakers invite Prof. David Spolum for extended London studio visit

Prof. David Spolum spent part of his summer in London, diving deep into the film work of the Quay Brothers. His trip, made possible in part through a Faculty Life Research and Practice Grant, gave the Liberal Arts Department professor the chance to study work that these filmmakers have yet to release.  Invited by Stephen […]

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A message to our BFA alumni: National Arts Alumni Project survey

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is partnering with the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) to learn about how studying art and design has influenced the lives and careers of our alumni. The information we gather will be used to strengthen the College’s academic programs and student experiences, and it will also be used by […]

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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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Faculty Grant series: Prof. Robert Young presents at ICON11 national illustration conference

Robert Young, Chair of Illustration at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, was all set to present a paper on discussing and developing style at ICON11, a national conference for illustrators and designers, in June 2020. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic intervened.  Young finally had the opportunity to present the results of his experience and research […]

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College announces 10×10 exhibition at PCA&D-York

  Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) is pleased to announce 10×10, an exhibition of 10-inch-by-10-inch works by artists from York and PCA&D faculty, staff, and students, will be on display at PCA&D-York, 133 S. Duke St., York, September 4 through October 22. 10 x 10 exhibitions are a great way to see and […]

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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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Almanzar-Oree honored by YWCA as 2022 Woman of Achievement

Salina Almanzar-Oree, Program Coordinator at the College’s Center for Creative Exploration, has been named one of five Women of Achievement honorees by YWCA Lancaster. This event — the 6th annual — showcases the accomplishments of women and gender expansive individuals who, through career and volunteerism, live out the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering […]

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The Center for Creative Exploration kicks off a new year of Art Recess for Adults

Kids get recess: So should grownups. Adults have a chance to fuel their creativity and tend to their emotional well-being at Art Recess, a lunchtime art-making break sponsored by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE). Participants can bring their lunch and make some art, or bring a craft they’re already […]

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Aubrey Maurer ’22 sculpts a future in an Emerging Artist Residency

For Aubrey Maurer, 3D design and sculpture with ceramics have been a natural fit with her artistic leanings.  “The handmade element, the 3D element of sculpture expands that flat 2D feel, and it just comes to me.”  The 2022 Fine Art BFA graduate has been selected for Millersville University’s Emerging Artist Residency and will bring […]

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PCA&D announces new Board of Trustees leadership

Russell D. Urban was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design at the Board’s July meeting. He replaces Audry K. Carter, who will serve as Past Chair. Urban has served as Vice Chair of the Board for the past three years. James Warner has been elected to serve […]

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Admissions Counselor Osmyn Oree ’11 selected as artist-in-residence at Franklin & Marshall College

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Admissions Counselor Osmyn Oree isn’t a flashy, theatrical photographer when it comes to the portraits he creates.  Instead, the fine art photographer says, “I like to keep things relatively simple. That’s me, as a photographer, being real with people.” Since the start of 2022, Oree — a 2011 BFA […]

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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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Logo by Alicia Groff ’22 debuts at Threshing Wheat Ale release party

A new beer collaboration between Winding Path Brewing Co. in York County and Lancaster’s Tellus360 Irish pub and community space is a nod to the traditional methods of Amish and Irish farmers, to wheat ales, and to community partnerships.   But how to represent all of that in a logo?  Add PCA&D art and design students […]

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‘Self Conscious’: Artist in Residence Karin Wengenroth ’17, Fine Art, pushes her boundaries in new exhibition

At the beginning of her tenure as the 2021-22 Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence, Karin Wengenroth said she planned to use her yearlong position to “explore what feels like a new medium.” Now, nearly a year later and with the opening of her exhibition, Self Conscious, a dozen works in the College’s gallery bear […]

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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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Pennsylvania Art & Design programming explores York

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is establishing partnerships in York, Pennsylvania, and working to understand and learn from the larger arts-based and educational community within this dynamic and diverse region, thanks to the generous and visionary leadership of The Powder Mill Foundation. This is an initiative of the College’s current strategic plan as the […]

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Art Alley events, a partnership between Center for Creative Exploration and the city, debut July 1 First Friday

This summer, the Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will partner with the City of Lancaster to program free make-and-go offerings and creative experiences for all ages in the newly branded Art Alley. The partnership launched with May’s First Friday and will continue through October 7th. CCE will bring […]

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Rain Supple ’20 building whole new worlds with Obsidian

Pulling inspiration from real life and from nature, Rain Supple has stepped into the chance to design immersive environments we’ve never seen before. Earlier this year, the 2020 Animation & Game Art BFA graduate joined Irvine, Calif.-based Obsidian Entertainment as an Assistant World Builder — a position that has stretched her skills and made use […]

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Free two-day online workshop June 23-24 open to all educators

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Teaching & Learning will be holding a free, fully virtual, two-day workshop for educators, Supporting the Whole Professor: Overcoming Obstacles and Cultivating Curiosity, Thursday and Friday June 23-24. This event is open to all educators, says Mariah Postlewait, Director of the College’s Center for Teaching & Learning, and […]

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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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Super Nikki: How a mural project united and healed a community

Can art heal? Can a mural painted by artists, friends, and community continue, even after nearly two decades, to unify people in tribute and remembrance?  In Berks County’s Wilson School District, the answer is a resounding yes.  Art can have a profound and lasting impact on those who view it — and on the artists […]

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Art Garden grows creativity of a new kind

The PCA&D Art Garden has been the location of murals and memorials, art classes, critiques, and public art installations. This summer, it’s the location for creativity of a different kind.  Four raised-bed gardens have been planted with vegetables, herbs, and flowers, a joint project between the city police Office of Community Engagement and The Mix, […]

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Applications now open for 2022-2023 Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence

Applications are now open for 2022-2023 Fine Art Alumni Artist in Residence position at PCA&D. Those who apply must be graduates of the BFA Fine Art program at PCA&D, and artists who work in any medium are invited to apply.  Some basic details The residency runs the academic year, from the start of classes in […]

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Not into game design? Here are 3 other ways to combine art & gaming

Without art, the games we have come to know and love would be nothing but lines of script on a screen. It takes teams of artists many years to create the expansive and immersive worlds, characters, and weapons in our favorite games like Elden Ring. However, artists are needed in the industry for far more […]

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Commencement 2022: The Class of 2022 joins the ranks of PCA&D alumni

The Class of 2022 became Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 46 newest alumni on May 6, receiving their BFA degrees in front of a standing-room-only audience of family and friends at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.    A recording of Commencement can be found below.   PCA&D was honored this year to welcome […]

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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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Lancaster Museum of Art and PCA&D’s CCE pair up to lead summer art camp ‘From Making to Museum’

Lancaster Museum of Art and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) are partnering on a unique in-person summer art camp for students in Grades 2-6 that uses the museum’s permanent collection not only to teach about what it’s like to work in the museum world, but also to inspire new […]

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Class of 2022 Commencement scheduled for May 6

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is proud to celebrate our 40th Commencement with the Class of 2022 Friday, May 6, at 10 am at Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, 620 College Ave., Lancaster. Ceremonies also will be live-streamed, at pcad.edu/stream.  Noted future-of-work strategist and author Heather McGowan will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine […]

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Young Artist classes a la carte is back for 2022: Build your own art camp at the Center For Creative Exploration 

This Summer the Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) is offering a buffet of diverse opportunities for weeklong and multi-day, youth art classes on the PCA&D campus and beyond. Students in grades 1-9 have the opportunity to piece together morning and afternoon classes along with a selection of intergenerational classes for the whole family. A mixture […]

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PCA&D and CCE use art to capture interest and motivate young students’ academic achievements

Art classes that stretch the imagination of students who already see themselves as creative are rewarding all by themselves. But art has a deeper impact even than that:  Studies continue to show that taking art classes positively affects student performance in other subjects, too: Math and reading scores are higher for 8th-grade students who reported […]

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‘Skill Set’, art by CCE instructors, opens exhibition

Skill Set, an exhibition of art by Center for Creative Exploration instructors, has opened at Garden Spot Village, New Holland, and runs through the end of April.    CCE instructors whose work is on display include Bill Cifuni, Dobe, Sheri Hansen, Rich Johnson, Adam Leitzel, Abigail Saurbaugh, Adam Serrano, Leah Limpert Walt, and Jason Ward.    The […]

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PCA&D expands its articulation agreement with Harrisburg Area Community College

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) recently signed an expanded articulation agreement that gives additional HACC students a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree at PCA&D. HACC President and CEO John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D., and PCA&D President Michael Molla were joined by representatives of both […]

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CCE and PCA&D counseling collaborate to bring Art as Self-Care to educators

The profession of teaching has never been a low-stress career: Add in a pandemic (and its resulting toll on physical and mental health) and it’s been a rough few years for educators.  Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Creative Exploration and PCA&D Counselor Michael Hoober recently paired up to present Art as Self […]

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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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Make and Create Weekend a chance for immersion with the Center for Creative Exploration and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Learning a fine art or fine craft skill may seem like a high barrier to overcome: Where do you find the materials? The facilities? The instructors? The time? PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen are teaming up to provide all of that during the weekend of April 23-24. For those […]

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Working with life models: An interview with PCA&D Model Coordinator Evan Kitson

Just about every student works with a live figure model at some point in their years at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design — no matter their major.  Especially as they move beyond their Foundation year, some majors find less need to collaborate with a figure model, but that base of figural representation and anatomy […]

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New retrospective opening April 8 honors PCA&D co-founder Tom Scullin

The impact of Tom Scullin’s art career isn’t just seen in his prolific output of painting, or the books he’s authored, or the hundreds upon hundreds of students he taught during nearly four decades in higher education. If his impact was confined just to that list, it would be remarkable enough. But, it could be […]

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PCA&D wins 7 communications awards from CUPRAP

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s prospective student viewbook, poster, acceptance mailer, website blog, College rebranding, and other communications efforts were honored at the recent Spring convention of CUPRAP, the College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals. Made up of the communications teams from nearly 100 colleges and universities, CUPRAP is the largest organization […]

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Building a path forward with Career Services

“Career preparedness” is sort of a buzz phrase that can mean lots of different things. Maybe you’re an art and design school student looking for a summer internship that will make the most of skills you already have while challenging you to build new ones. Maybe you’re a senior on the cusp of graduation and […]

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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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Artist Talk: Fine Artist Neil Callander addresses ‘spearing the white whale’ of a blank canvas

As an artist and educator, painter Neil Callander draws from each experience to feed and nurture the other:  Work in the studio helps him refine what he teaches, and work in the classroom helps him distill his next steps in the studio.  The PCA&D community will benefit from that experience on March 31, when Callander […]

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Filmmaker David Godin’s work combines what can be ‘learned’ with the inner voice of instinct

When you combine instincts with knowledge, powerful results can spark what happens next.  That’s underpinned the career of filmmaker David Godin, who speaks at PCA&D March 29 as part of the College’s Liberal Arts Speaker Series. From humble Hi-8 home video beginnings to a career developing work for clients and for his own personal projects, […]

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Zach Heffelfinger ’14 brings ‘Sensical Nonsense” to a solo exhibition at PCA&D

When Zach Heffelfinger left PCA&D in 2014 with his BFA in Illustration, he says, he wasn’t quite sure what the next steps would be. A couple of months of R&R were followed by landscaping and home renovation jobs, then with a substitute teaching position.  Then a trip to Florida “put my life on a new […]

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Artist Talk: Photographer Len DeLessio talks about building a connection with your subject — no matter who they are

The transfer of personality and presence into a photograph can be a tricky challenge. The subject may be bathed in a stage spotlight, relaxing with family, or simply standing by a window lit by natural light but, no matter what, using a camera to capture something unique is a hard-won gift. Len DeLessio’s gift started […]

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Eric Weeks and Paul Rider: Faculty Life Grant Recipient presentations

Professors Eric Weeks and Paul Rider will present their latest photographic work supported by the faculty grant program Friday, March 4, 1:10-2 pm in the Learning Commons (Room 214).  ERIC WEEKS  In reference to Edward Ruscha’s quietly contemplative Twentysix Gasoline Stations, published in 1962, Twentysix Wawa Stores is a film, print, and artist‘s book project documenting the convenience store […]

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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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Center for Creative Exploration building partnership with Garden Spot Village

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) has a new partner in its mission to bring opportunities to creatives of all ages: Beginning this winter, CCE is collaborating with Garden Spot Village to operate several workshops at the retirement community’s eastern Lancaster County campus.  In some cases, the class will be […]

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PCA&D purchases adjacent property; exploring campus expansion

A Lancaster city building with a storied history has been purchased by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. The building, with entrances at 224 N. Prince and 223 N. Water streets, neighbors the 204 N. Prince Street College. Most recently, the building was the long-time home of The Chameleon Club, a music and cultural landmark […]

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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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Artist Talk: Illustrator Mai Ly Degnan talks about finding your ‘personal voice’

When Mai Ly Degnan sits down to create a new illustration, she’s melding the immediacy of hand-drawing with a deft skill at digital refinements: and that work has found fans far and wide. The award-winning illustrator and illustration professor presents an Artist Talk at PCA&D on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 1 pm in the College […]

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January accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Several artists with current faculty and staff ties to PCA&D are exhibiting in Demuth Invitational: Lancaster Landscape now at the Demuth Museum, 120 E. King St. The show is open through Feb. 27 with the work of nearly 50 artists, including Salina Almanzar (CCE); Becky Blosser (Chair, Fine Art); Evan Kitson (Fine Art & Illustration); and Eric Weeks (Chair, Photography & Video). In addition, Robert […]

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