Art: Alumni Success Stories

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Tomlynn Biondo

Works as a designer at Seventh Generation in Burlington, Vermont
MFA Graphic Design, Marywood University 2012

"I truly have found a career that welcomes me, challenges me, and inspires me every day. I'm grateful for the education I have received at Marywood, and where it lead me to today. Being a designer, a mom, and a lover of our planet—I couldn't have picked a better career than where I am right now."

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Christina Licew

Freelance photo editor for magazines
BFA Photography/Design, Marywood University 2007

"After working at Marie Claire & Shape Magazine in New York City for four years, I moved across the globe to Dubai where I served as photo editor for the iconic Cosmopolitan Middle East, the bestselling woman's magazine in the GCC. I'm currently a freelance photo editor for various magazines."

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Nicole Claase

Client Development Department Assistant at Sotheby’s
BFA Arts Administration, Marywood University 2012

“Being exposed to leadership opportunities! I always knew I would get involved in my undergraduate career, but initially didn’t know how. By the time I graduated in 2012, I was involved with SAC, SGA, and the sorority, on top of having completed internships with ArtWorks Gallery & Studio (downtown Scranton), the Heckscher Museum of Art (Long Island), and The Maslow Collection, where I learned a great deal from Bob Schweitzer, the Curator."

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Tom Bonomo

Owner of Eyedesignstudios, Scranton PA
BFA Graphic Design & Photography 2006

“My education at Marywood helped my career by giving me a solid foundation in both of my majors. When applying for jobs, I felt confident that I had the skills required to excel at my career. Today I run a commercial & lifestyle photography business that provides a variety of services that range from portraits to weddings to corporate events."

Emmanuel Adjei

Emmanuel Adjei

Art Director at UNA Design, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design 2018

I currently oversee brand standards and art direction at UNA Design in Philadelphia, PA, including creating tailored marketing strategy for promotional campaigns in print and web.

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Jeremy Cantor

Full-time computer animation & story instructor at Ringling College of Art & Design
BFA Illustration, Marywood University 1987

“After graduating with a degree in illustration, I worked as a tee-shirt artist, a graphic designer for a sign company, a freelance illustrator, a storyboarder, and a video game artist/generalist, before ultimately “settling” into the role of computer animator (and “rigger”) in the film industry…all of the fundamental principles still absolutely apply: composition, perspective, silhouette, design, appeal, color theory, posing, balance, weight, depth, attention to detail, etc. Also, as a character animator, the importance of live figure drawing can’t be stressed enough, so I’m glad that I had a lot of those classes at Marywood.”

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Diana D'Achille

Visual Web Designer Consultant at Verizon Wireless
BFA Graphic Design with minor Multimedia 2014

"I credit Marywood for preparing me for the real world. The classes are small and the professors have a passion for what they teach. I always know I can reach out to them if I ever need anything. I learned the importance of a good design foundation and was exposed to all different areas of graphic design at Marywood. Since graduation, I have been improving my skills in Animation and User Experience. It's fascinating mixing technology with art because it has no limits, the possibilities are endless."

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Karen Reid

Studio Artist
BFA Sculpture 2002, MA Sculpture Marywood University 2008

"At Marywood my passion for the arts was nourished in a stimulating creative studio environment by skilled faculty who encouraged exploration into new directions. The degrees that I earned at Marywood set the future course for my work. The contacts I made, exhibitions I entered, resumes I created, and gallery connections all resulted from my education and time spent on the campus. I learned what it meant to be a 'practicing artist'."

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Cynthia Myron

Arts Administrator in the Art History Department at Virginia Commonwealth University
BFA Sculpture, Marywood University 2002

"I would not be where I am today without the education, opportunities (both in and out of the classroom environment) and experience that I received throughout my time at Marywood University. Most importantly, what stands out to me now are the relationships that I formed with former professors who have become lifelong mentors."

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Anna Quinlivan

Gallery Director at Grand Bohemian Gallery
MFA Historic Preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design

"I can point to my studio art classes at Marywood University as the best experiences of my undergraduate career. The fostering of trust, independence, and camaraderie between the professors and students at Marywood prepared me for further artistic pursuits and a professional degree."

After getting her undergradate degree at Marywood University, Anna pursued an MFA in Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design

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Katie Coletta (Lagonegro)

Works as the Advertising and Communications Coordinator at Chemung Canal Trust Company
BFA Graphic Design, Marywood University 2009

“Marywood gave me the skills I needed to get started in the business world. It also taught me to take critiques/constructive criticism and learn from it. In the “real world” clients are always right and who knows, maybe you will see something from a new point of view that will help you down the road.”

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Justin Hayden

Art Educator at Western Wayne High School
BA Art Education/Photography 2009, MA Art Education 2014

“Marywood taught me about having a unit plan with lessons, examples, handouts, rubrics and student evaluations. These resources are essential when starting a job. My favorite part of the art department was the professors. Beyond their classroom instruction, they are supportive, helpful, and personable.”

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Debbie Kuo

Administrator of Greek and Roman Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
BA Arts Administration, Marywood University

"Marywood allowed me to grow in a safe environment. Because of the small class size, I was able to express myself which was really important in boosting my confidence level. I believe this prepared me for leadership roles in my arts administration career."

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Barbara Sowinski

For the pleasure of learning!
M.A. Studio Art, 2000

After retiring from business, I was ready to capture the creative spirit which lurked in the shadows all those years. I attended art schools, exhibited widely, was a museum docent, workshop instructor and juror. My passion for art accelerated at Marywood where my on-campus studio brought me into a stimulating art community where interaction with students and faculty encouraged new ideas and expanded horizons. Getting a Masters of Art at Marywood for the pure pleasure of learning was a thoroughly exhilarating experience.

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Alexandra Price

Studio Artist, Painter
BFA Studio Art with minor Art History, Marywood 2014

"Something that I value about Marywood and profoundly influenced my life was being given the opportunity and resources to explore art. My first year, I never would have told someone I was going to become a working artist and if I did, they’d probably ask me how I was planning to survive. Through the nurturing and pushing of the faculty along with their “real-world” knowledge and opportunities such as visiting artist lectures and fieldtrips, I was able to get into grad school and finish my MFA in painting and drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Now I continue to maintain a creative life while working as Operations Coordinator at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. The Marywood art department allows you to discover your dreams and gives you the tools to make them become realities."