Recent accomplishments within our PCA&D community

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Monday, June 3rd, 2024

  • Works by five faculty members are featured in Your Next Destination, an upcoming exhibition in Harford (Md.) Community College’s Chesapeake Gallery. The exhibition, open June 10-Sept. 30. highlights all colleges that share partnerships with Harford Community College to show students where they could go and who they might learn from at those institutions. PCA&D has a 2+2 agreement with HCC. Faculty representing PCA&D include Becky BlosserAaron ThompsonMaria Hostetter, Eric Weeks, and David Johanson. An opening reception will be held Thursday, June 13, from 5-6:30 pm.  
  • Paige Bowermaster ’23, Graphic Design, recently was awarded an American Digital Design Award in the 61st Annual GDUSA Magazine Digital Design Competition for her original website design done for The Pivotal Group. Her work will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine.  
  • Our Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Linda King Brown, has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges’ Senior Leadership Academy. This is a prestigious opportunity for PCA&D leadership to connect with leaders of liberal arts colleges from across the country.  
  • Congratulations to a trio of PCA&D students who recently were named winners in The Real Show Mason, a student design competition giving college students the opportunity to solve real-life communication design problems. Honors go to Logan Byer ’24, Design Thinking (Certificates of Merit in Branding and in Packaging/Branding); Bahir Harris ’24 (Silver, Packaging/Branding); and Cam Maier ’26 (Silver, Packaging/Branding).  
  • Justin Carney ’20, Photography and Video, has joined the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Photography. 
  • A frame-by-frame animation by Rieko Chacey (Adjunct, Graphic Design) is part of Balance, an exhibition by Arthouse.NYC in New York City. The show runs through May 20 at Big Screen Plaza, an arts media organization. Chacey’s work also is part of a group video exhibition, Lights Out 2024, on display through August 17 in the Main Gallery of Brentwood Arts Exchange in Brentwood, Md. 

  • Ellie Cochran ’19 (Adjunct, Animation & Game Art and Graphic Design) will be a featured speaker at this month’s Central PA Innovate! conference sponsored by The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania. Their topic will be “The Future of Affordable In-the-Round Exhibition of 3D Digital Artwork.” 
  • This spring, Dr. Jason Hartz, Steinman Dean of the Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, completed the program AIR LEADs: Leadership with Evidence, Analytics, and Data.  Created by the Association for Institutional Research, the program prepares higher education data professionals to serve as leaders within their institutions, the profession, and beyond. The 2023-24 cohort included about 90 professionals from across the country.

  • Work by Nichole Madonna’10, Fine Art, and Center for Creative Exploration instructor, is featured in a new exhibition, Artist. Woman. Mother., coming to curio. Gallery & Creative Supply, 106 W. Chestnut St., this month. With fellow exhibiting artist Sherry Bowman, Madonna shares “the ability to assume these many identities simultaneously,” exhibition notes state. “Being able to give their attention to these competing facets with patience, thoughtfulness, and creativity. Navigating the landscape of their lives as individuals who are connected to others and looked to for their professionalism, authority, and humanity.” The opening reception is first Friday, June 7, 5-8 pm, and an Artist Talk is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, at 7 pm.

  • An article by Tom Newmaster (Adjunct, Graphic Design) featuring packaging trends regarding recycling in quick-service restaurants, was recently published by QSR. You can find it here
  • AJ Nutter ’10 (Adjunct, Photography & Video) won the award for Best Cinematography at the recent LIFF Film Festival in Georgia for his work on Transient

  • Anthony Rudderow ’22, Illustration, has been named Exhibits and Facilities Manager at The Lancaster Science Factory
  • Congratulations to Connie Saunders ’26, Animation & Game Art, on being included in Toon Boom’s 2024 Educational Showreel. Every year, Toon Boom gathers clips from students’ and educators’ personal and academic projects. This showreel demonstrates the exceptional technical proficiency and creativity of the students. Each clip exhibits a high level of animation quality, with fluid movement, dynamic effects, and expressive character designs You will find Saunders’s scene at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BoCZoIsoxs&t=53s
  • Work by Kennedy Toomey ’22, Photography & Video, is part of the Radical Love exhibition, June 1-28, at the Eclipse Center for Creative Community, Lansdale, Pa. You can learn more about Toomey’s work here

  • The Great Basin! Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Desert, a film project by Photography & Video Chair Eric Weeks, was awarded Best Environmental Film at the Munich New Wave Short Film Festival.