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October 2019

Grant Dinsmore (BFA ’63, MFA ’67) retired in 2007 from La Roche University in Pittsburgh and was awarded faculty emeritus status after 33 years of service there. He had previously been employed at Penn State.

Fred B. Hershey (BFA ’63) of Burlingame Interiors, LTD, shares that his firm now has a new website that showcases many examples of their work, including their latest projects: www.burlingameinteriorsltd.com.

Lisa Levy (BFA ’78) had the exhibition “But What Do You Think of My Work?” at the Satellite Art Fair in Brooklyn earlier this month. She collaborated on paintings with artist Sharilyn Neidhardt.

Jane R. Snyder (MFA ’78) had her story Mr. Kops published in issue #23 of the Toronto-based English-language journal jewishfiction.net, which showcases the finest contemporary writing on Jewish themes and is read in more than 140 countries. The tale introduces Abby, a perceptive eight-year-old who makes an unusual offer to her Hebrew School teacher.

Kinsey Robb (BFA ’04) recently joined Galerie Perrotin as the artists and exhibitions liaison for their New York space. Prior to joining she held artist liaison positions at Lehmann Maupin and Gagosian Gallery. This fall she will be working on forthcoming exhibitions for artists Chen Fei and Lee Bae. Learn more.

Mark Blane (BS ’11) wrote, directed, and stars in the feature film “Cubby,” a coming-of-age comedy that will be released in theaters in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles on November 1. The film premiered in international competition at Torino LGBTQ International Festival and has played festivals in Barcelona, Spain; Toronto; Los Angeles (Outfest); San Francisco (Frameline); Dublin, Ireland; Stockholm, Sweden; Chicago; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and others. The film is the New York Centerpiece screening at the 31st Annual NewFest LGBTQ Film Festival in New York City on October 25. After showing at the TCL Chinese Theaters at Outfest in July, Mark was signed by Frontline Management’s Craig Dorfman for future acting/directing/writing and is currently shooting as a recurring character on a new J.J. Abrams television series due out in 2020.

Two VPA alumni were among the winners at the 71st Emmy Awards: Tony Zajkowski (BFA ’88) was part of the “Queer Eye” editing team that won the Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program. Joshua Guillaume (BFA ’14) was the compositing supervisor among a team at Framestore who completed “Free Solo: 360,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program. In addition, seven VPA alumni received nominations: Ellen Burke (BFA ’11), production manager, “HQ Trivia”; Vera Farmiga (BFA ’95), actress, “When They See Us”; David Hyman (BS ’75), nominated twice in in his roles as producer of “The Good Place” and co-executive producer of “Veep”; Kevin M. Richardson (BS ’88), voice actor, “The Stinger”; Kent Sublette (BFA ’91), head writer, “Saturday Night Live”; Briana Vowels (BFA ’05), supervising producer, “American Ninja Warrior”; and Christopher White (BFA ’94), visual effects supervisor, “Umbrella Academy.”