Graduates of the Fine Arts Department are helping to build its reputation through their own accomplishments in industry and academia. The best way to learn the value of a Saint Peter’s Jesuit education is from those who have experienced it. Here’s some information about a few grads:
I am a 2010 graduate of Saint Peter’s College, with a B. A. in graphic arts and minor in marketing management. A few months after graduating I started my first full-time job as a designer for Core K12 Education (formerly known as The Princeton Review), an educational publisher that provides technology-based products and services to schools. I currently work with a team designing standardized test layouts and preparing them for print. I also do freelance work designing websites for various businesses and clients.
I try to stay current with design trends by following design blogs and other young designers, such as Hydro74, Pale Horse, and Helen Huang, to name a few. I am constantly looking for inspiration. Just because I graduated does not mean my education is complete! Technology and design is evolving at a very fast pace, and there are always new things to learn. So, I continue to further my skills by teaching myself advanced web design and PHP.
During my free time, I enjoy illustrating and painting both digitally and on canvas. I also made a New Year’s resolution to challenge myself to do one sketch every single day for a year in my Sketch a Day journal. So far it is going well! It is important to grow as an artist, and I do this by setting higher and higher goals for myself to see how far I can get. One day I hope to make a name for myself as a designer and be as well-known as the artists I look up to.I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now without Saint Peter’s College. Because our classes were small, I had a lot of one-on-one time with professors if I needed extra assistance. If there is one word to describe my professors, it would be dedication. Numerous times my professors stayed past class time to mentor us on projects and to make sure everyone’s questions were addressed. I never left the classroom not understanding something. I honestly felt that my professors were as eager to teach as I was to learn.To see Kamila’s work visit: www.kamiladabrowski.com
I am a photographer, graphic designer and proud graduate of Saint Peter’s College. Since graduation in May 2012, I have been busy photographing for Jersey City Magazine and 07030 Magazine along with other projects. I am nowhere near realizing my dreams, but I am definitely on the right path thanks to the wonderful graphics and photography professors at Saint Peter’s. They not only gave me the tools I need to achieve my goals, but became a sort of second family—helping me build confidence in myself and my abilities as an artist. If not for the support of my professors at Saint Peter’s I would not be where I am today: A college graduate ready to take on the world. http://projects.spc.edu/flashS12/alyssa.html
I am a graduate of Saint Peter’s University of 2010. I received a B.A. in Graphic Arts with a minor in Computer Science. Fortunately, right after graduating I acquire a job unexpectedly right here at Saint Peter’s University. I am currently one of the I.T. Helpdesk technicians, employed for currently two years now. When I’m not working at I.T, I do freelance Graphic Design work. All this is thank the people here at the University.
One thing is for certain Saint Peter’s University can help you reach your goals. The people here are amazing. They will help you, work with you and are very accessible. I don’t believe I would have been prepared for the “real world” without coming here. The environment Saint Peter’s University is as close to getting one-on-one lesson’s with the professors as you can get. A good example is the Graphic Arts Department. They are very caring and I never have met such eager professors that want to work with you. I remember my class working on the school literary magazine, The Pavan, for our final grade until 12 AM. A “regular” professor would leave us to our own devices, but here the professors stay and helped us meet the deadline. That was only but one of the many times they were there for us. With their expertise I created many professional pieces of work that are used around the University. As you walk around campus, look for the Center of Microplasma Science and Technology’s logo and the banner at the Social Justice House’s Fr. Coman Brady/Marc DiNardo Memorial Garden, those are my designs! Having works such as these are important in acquiring a job in Graphic Arts and thanks to the professors, I graduated with a well developed and professional portfolio.
I graduated from Saint Peter’s in 2009 with a BA in Art History and Asian Studies. Saint Peter’s furnished me with a cohort of like-minded scholars and instilled in me an attitude of ‘men and women for others’. As an Art History major, my undergraduate experience found me encountering art from new angles, studying Art History on Manhattan’s Museum Mile and meeting the Clay Warriors of Xi’an, China. Saint Peter’s gave me the opportunity to study not only Art History, but also Asian Studies up close during a spring 2008 semester abroad program at Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka, Japan.
Saint Peter’s also offered me a chance to explore many extracurricular activities, from my time on Student Senate, singing with the Aiden C. McMullen chorale, and serving as President of the Kappa Pi art fraternity. Every new challenge I have faced with the confidence forged from my time at Saint Peter’s. My post-grad experiences range from teaching English abroad with the JET programme in Japan to working at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. I currently work at Friends of Materials for the Arts, supporting Materials for the Arts, part of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. My colleagues and I strive everyday to provide thousands of NYC public schools, arts non-profits, and city and state agencies with materials to support them in their artistic endeavors. I am proud not only to support the arts and local groups here in NYC but also to have developed my love of the arts during my time with the wonderful faculty of the Fine Arts Department at Saint Peter’s. www.mfta.org
Ever since forever I wanted to join the Peace Corps so after graduation from college that is just what I did. Peace Corps assigned me Thailand as the country I would serve in for 2 years! I couldn’t have been more thrilled because I knew that the culture was so different from that of the USA. St. Peter’s provided me multiple opportunities to experience various ways of life throughout my college career. I studied aboard in Florence, Italy focusing on Art History and Italian. Then as part of the Globalization through Tourism and Baseball course with Dr. Trillo, a group of us traveled to the Domician Republic. The SPC Campus Ministry sponsored a 2 week trip to Honduras where I was able to teach students and explore the country. Also my minor in International and Intercultral studies included courses during which I examined traditions and diverse groups of people. With that as a background I knew I was better equipped with the tools to go to Thailand, which would be a country completely dissimilar to any place I had been before.
I kept in touch with many professors after graduation and they all showed me support during my 2 years abroad asking questions about life in Thailand. Even out of college they were teaching me and encouraging me to observe the world around me to discover what I could learn. I lived in a small farming village called Laplae, Uttaradit. The farmers in my community invited me to help out with every stage of rice from planting to harvesting. Being out in the field gave me a whole new appreciation for rice because it is truly back breaking work to harvest a single grain. When workers handed me bundles of rice stalks I would light up knowing they trusted me to plant such an important crop along side them. I miss the sights, sounds and smells of the rice patties. Watching the way people worked across a field was like observing a dance. They knew when there was a person behind them and where they needed to be planting without even looking up. The bubbling and squish squashing sounds that came from my feet while stepping through the nearly knee deep mud caused me to laugh and laugh followed by all the farmers laughing even though they didn’t know why I found something, as simple as a sound they hear every planting season, so hilarious. The mixing fragrances of fresh mud and damp air as it rolls down the mountains and fills the nostrils after a rain are all part of the memories, which will forever be in my heart.
Before I left Thailand to return to the USA my school and community had farewell parties for me. When a major event happens in a loved one’s life such as a life changing move, Thais have a ceremony where they tie “quan” or strings around the person’s wrist. The quan are people’s blessings and wishes for the person for the future. This ceremony was done for me at both parties. There were many tears shed by all, which for Thais is huge because expression beyond happiness isn’t shown very often. For the Thais to share such a touching ceremony with me showed me how much a part of their community I had become. One of the many reasons this was possible was due to the values, skills and knowledge St. Peter’s College helped strengthen during my years there.
I am a graduate of Saint Peter’s University Class of 2011 with a B.A. in Graphic Arts. I am currently working for The Hudson Reporter in Hoboken, NJ, as a graphic artist designing newspapers, advertisements and magazines. It is a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment. The variety of Graphic courses offered at Saint Peter’s University along with the support and expertise of my Graphic Arts Professors (Beatrice Mady and Susan Chin) taught me everything I needed to thrive in the world of publishing. I am happy to have experienced life in the Saint Peter’s University community. More importantly, I’m happy I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with my creative classmates, and to learn firsthand from my talented professors – ensuring that I will succeed in the field of print design and layout.