March 2021

  • Robin Slavin (BS ’85)

    Slavin currently serves as a career counselor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

  • Artwork displayed in a store window

    Lauren Braun (BFA ’99)

    Braun was the featured February artist for Buffalo Obscura’s Record Theatre Window Project in Buffalo, New York. The project makes art accessible to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

  • February 2021

  • Patricia Cain Beyle (BM ’56)

    Beyle made her silver screen debut in the short documentary “Show Must Go On!” (SMGO). Pat, Mary Crabill, Karen Cooper, and Jane Hauser are a part of Hot Stuff, a group of 80-year-olds who perform in a comedy variety group. “SMGO” follows them as they prepare for their final performance in their retirement community. Performing in front of sold-out audiences, the ladies embrace life, discover themselves along the way, and encourage others to do the same.

  • Becki Davis (Bradford) (BS ’69)

    Davis has been working in the film industry in New Orleans, appearing in featured roles in “True Detective” with Mahershala Ali (her scene was on the Emmys), AMC’s “Preacher,” TNT’s “Claws,” Hulu’s “Looking for Alaska” and Showtime’s “Your Honor” with Bryan Cranston as well as the films “Rightful,” “Gothic Harvest,” “Abbatoir,” and “Walkway Joe” with Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

  • Charley Thompson (BFA ’76)

    Thompson has worked as a fundraiser in higher education at both the University of Vermont and Northeastern University, where he currently serves as a regional director of advancement. After years of leaving artwork behind, he rediscovered the joy of being behind the lens and took up photography again. He also took up woodworking and music, playing the bass and ukulele. He merged these two passions and now builds ukuleles from scratch. He has been happily married for 26 years to his second wife, LaVerne, and has a wonderful daughter, Ashley.

  • Lisa Kyler Winkler (BFA ’97)

    Winkler has been selected as a board member of the Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ). She is in her 20th year of teaching art and photography at Collingswood High School in Collingswood, New Jersey. As a board member for AENJ, she co-chairs the Advisory Council, which is responsible for providing professional development opportunities for members. She lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with her husband, Jeremiah Winkler (BM ’97), and their two children.

  • Kimberly Archer (MM ’00)

    Archer is a professor of composition at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville who was selected by the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band to compose a new fanfare for the Inaugural Prelude that proceeded the swearing-in of President Joseph R. Biden (L’68) on January 20. The work is titled “Fanfare Politeia.”

  • Eli Hariton (BID ’09)

    Hariton will appear as a contestant on HGTV’s “Design Star: Next Gen” premiering February 22. View the trailer.

  • January 2021

  • Jennifer Liebeskind (BFA ’00)

    Liebeskind was recently promoted to vice president, film & TV soundtrack marketing for Sony Music Masterworks, which includes Masterworks, Sony Classical, Milan Records, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. Jennifer has adeptly overseen the music label’s soundtracks marketing division working with teams from L.A, New York, London, and Berlin. Boasting more than 85 releases last year, highlights include soundtracks from “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “The Prom,” “The Crown” season 4, “Da 5 Bloods,” “The Witcher,” “We Are Who We Are,” “Outlander” season 5, and “Euphoria.”

  • Joanie Leeds (BFA ’00)

    Leeds received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Music Album for “All the Ladies,” According to Joanie’s website, the album is “focused on gender equality, female empowerment & breaking glass ceilings” and “produced, recorded, and performed entirely by women.” The Grammy Awards will be presented on March 14.

  • Steve Woo (BFA ’99)

    Woo  has directed and produced numerous films, television, and commercials. Currently he is the head of studio in China for Digital Domain, a world class VFX company founded by James Cameron.

  • Jay Aubrey Jones (BS ‘76)

    Jones was featured as Grandpa Prophater in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s streamed online production of “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

  • December 2020

  • Xiaowen Zhu (MFA ’12)

    Zhu has published a new artist book “Oriental Silk” with the renowned German art publisher Hatje Cantz. This English and Chinese bilingual book links the people, places, and stories that make up the phenomenon of Oriental Silk, the first Chinese American silk importing shop in Los Angeles. Having once risen within the Hollywood movie industry, the shop, established more than four decades ago, reflects a fascinating family legacy in which the past and present, home and diaspora, personal memories and cultural values, are closely interwoven. Xiaowen encountered her subject during a yearlong post-M.F.A. engagement fellowship in San Pedro, California, funded through a gift by VPA alumna Marylyn Turner ’56, G’57 and her husband, Charles Klaus G’05.

  • Kathryn Hoefler (BFA ’11)

    After a successful 10-year career in high-end hospitality interior design in Chicago and New York at reputable firms like Pierre Yves-Rochon, Roman and Williams, and most recently Related Companies, Hoefler has decided to launch her passion project and started her own business, Dear Assembly. Dear Assembly makes what was old new again by turning a carefully curated assembly of fabrics into beloved hair accessories. Dear Assembly’s first collection of hair accessories launched in October; they will be highlighting vintage accessories and objects as well as custom garments in 2021.

  • Colette M. Hebert (BM ’05, MS ‘07)

    Hebert is the Colette founder and president of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization the DAR Project, which empowers and educates orphans in East Africa. Her non-profit is currently in its 10th year and has partnered with companies such as Swiss Air, Brooklyn Brewery, Google, and Ironman. She is a 14th-year teacher in New York City. This year, she also published her second book and presented her advocacy work at multiple national conferences for educators and U.S. senators.

  • Anthony Bollotta (BFA ’84)

    Anthony Bollotta recently produced the 3rd Annual L’ATTITUDE (Virtual) Conference featuring Pitbull, Eva Longoria, Chef José Andrés, Gloria Estefan, Gerard Butler, Kenny Ortega, and the cast of Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms.” The annual conference includes Emilio Estefan among its three equity partners. Additionally this year, Bollotta was invited to join the board of trustees at San Diego REP, as well as teach event design and Production for San Diego State University’s Global Campus. He has also released a new podcast, “Bollotta-Fide,” devoted to the discipline of event planning with an emphasis on virtual and live entertainment and engagement. It is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Android.

  • Mickey Gentile (BM ’76)

    Pop, country artist, and SAMMY winner Lisa Gentile is paying tribute to her late father, Motown producer and songwriter Mickey Gentile with her new single “Just When I Thought the Rain Would End.” Lisa first recorded the song in 1988 with Mickey producing; it makes a comeback as the lead single of her fourth studio album “Start Flying” (winter 2021).

  • November 2020

  • Karen Guancione (BFA ’81)

    Guancione is the artistic director of the New Jersey Book Arts Symposium. She recently moderated this year’s virtual symposium, “Tumultuous Absence,” which featured speakers, panels, exhibits, and artists in residence.

  • Erin Toy (BFA ’20)

    Toy is an interior designer at Holland Basham Architects and was recently featured on the firm’s website.

  • Sijia Hong (MFA ’18)

    The School of Art’s illustration program shared that Hong received a Silver Book Award at Spectrum, the prestigious showcase for fantasy art.