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Success Stories

There is no wonder that so many of our alumni find success in the world of art. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, our program meets the same rigorous standards as the finest art programs in the nation. Hear what our alumni have to say.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong ’13, MFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, is a jewelry designer and the owner of Pistachios Jewelry Gallery in Chicago. Her work has been published in Lark's 1000 Beads, Resin 8, Art Jewelry Magazine and MJSA Journal.

Robert Bannon

Robert Bannon

Robert Bannon ’13, BFA Studio Art Woodworking/Furniture, is a furniture fabricator at Recycled Brooklyn in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Adam Barbe

Adam Barbe

Adam Barbe ’18, BS Art Education, elected to continue his studies at Edinboro University, and he is currently a candidate for school psychology. He is also employed by the university as a graduate assistant. He hopes to graduate in two years and begin working in schools or move onto research.

Chris Bencivenga and Becki Hollen

Chris Bencivenga
Becki Hollen

Chris Bencivenga and Becki Hollen ’07, BFA Printmaking, founded Everyday Balloons Printshop located in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. The company offers a large range of printed products for the whole family featuring Chris and Becki’s trademark designs.

Nick Bennet

Nick Bennet

Nick Bennet ’12, BA Art History, is a curatorial assistant at the The Brooklyn Rail in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell ’74, BFA Art, is the owner and pottery manufacturer at Campbell Studios, Inc., in Cambridge Springs, Pa.

Daniel Catizone

Daniel Catizone

Daniel Catizone ’16, BFA Studio Art Woodworking/Furniture, founded Catizone Craft in Morris County, N.J.

Letty Cawley

Letty Cawley

Letty Cawley ’18, BS Art Education & Woodworking/Furniture Minor, worked as the art camp educator at Asbury Woods Nature Camp in Erie, Pa. following graduation. Letty currently resides in Waukegan, Ill., and is a traveling art teacher at John S. Clark and Glennwood Elementary Schools. She has been teaching lessons to roughly 400 students that support core classroom learning from an art perspective, covering but not limited to geography, measuring, letter writing and discussions about nature and community.

Katrina Duperree

Katrina Duperree

Katrina Duperree ’16, BFA Studio Art Woodworking/Furniture, is a woodworker/ fabricator at Egg Collective in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Henry Gepfer

Henry Gepfer

Henry Gepfer ’17, MFA Printmaking, is currently an adjunct professor teaching design at Millersville University. He was a 2016 recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency at Zygote Press in Cleveland and an Artist in Residence at Spark Box Studios in Picton, Ontario. In 2015, he was chosen for the College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He has mounted four solo shows of his work in the past six years, and his work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions.

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen ’03, BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, ’08, MFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, is the owner-operator of Basement Transmissions, a drug and alcohol free all ages venue located in Erie, Pa., where people come together to experience new music and art in a safe environment. Basement Transmissions, started as a brick and mortar business in 2011, houses a concert hall, art gallery, cafe and recording studio.

Rob Katkowski

Rob Katkowski

Rob Katkowski ’07, MFA Painting, has exhibited in Pennsylvania, Washington, Alabama, Ohio and Belgium. His work is included in the collections of the Fairmont Hotel (Pittsburgh) and PNC bank (Manhattan, N.Y. and Pittsburgh). Prior to studying at Edinboro, Rob earned a BFA in Painting from the Ohio State University.

"Edinboro University’s Design program is truly unique for the region. Most design schools with a similar caliber of work, talent, and curriculum are well out of sight cost wise. Edinboro offers an affordable program that pushes you to grow as a designer and person. The faculty is talented and inspiring, encouraging their students to chase after their dreams, no matter how crazy. They care deeply about their students and help them in any way they can. The curriculum is challenging and prepares students for real world situations. Edinboro’s Design program led me into the career of a lifetime and with a fellow alumni at Bootstrap Design Co. Without the skills and knowledge that were instilled in me at Edinboro I wouldn’t be where I am today."

Abbey Hlista

Allie Kephart

Allie Kephart

Allie Kephart ’17, BS Art Education, landed her dream job at Hollidaysburg Area School District. She credits her success, not only to her professors at Edinboro University, but also the opportunity to student teach in Mexico during her undergraduate studies. Allie teaches K-3 and 10-12 grade art and is currently enrolled in Edinboro University’s Art Education master’s degree program.

Josiah King

Josiah King

Josiah King ’16, MFA Painting has displayed his work in many public venues, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Contemporary Art Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct professor of art at the University of Mount Olive, Barton College and Wilson Community College.

Daryll Kingan

Daryll Kingan

Daryll Kingan ’17, BS Art Education, is currently residing in Marshall, Va., where she is employed as an art teacher at Claude Thompson Elementary School teaching roughly 300 students each day.

Bill Krowinski and Abbey Hlista

Bill Krowinski
Abbey Hlista

Bill Krowinski ’97, is the founder and creative director of Bootstrap Design Co., a Pittsburgh-based branding, interactive and print design studio. EU alumna Abbey Hlista, ’16, BFA Graphic & Interactive Design, is the studio’s art director.

Todd Leech and Stephanie Craig

Todd Leech
Stephanie Craig

Todd Leech ‘08, MFA Ceramics, and Stephanie Craig ‘05, MFA Ceramics, own and operate Hectic Studio located in Cleveland.

Jera Lodge

Jera Lodge

Jera Lodge ’12, BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, started Jera Lodge Jewelry in 2014. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Jera makes a living selling her jewelry online and at more than a dozen shows a year, including ACC and CraftBoston. She is also represented by 10 galleries across the country. Lodge was featured in Lapidary Journal and won an award of merit at the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Didem Mert

Didem Mert

Didem Mert ’17, was featured on Architectural Digest’s 10 Ceramic Artists Giving Pottery A Modern Update, C File’s 15 Potters to Watch in 2016 and the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/February 2016 issue. Mert is currently an instructor at Queen City Clay and Baker-Hunt and Cultural Center and is a studio artist living in Cincinnati.

Erica Montejo

Erica Montejo

Erica Montejo ’09, BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Graphic Design, creates silver jewelry for her business, Tiny Erica Jewelry, in Cleveland. She has been selling it online since 2011 and also participates in craft shows and markets throughout the Cleveland area. Cleveland Scene Magazine recently named her one of the top 20 artists to follow on Instagram.

Jillian Nettels

Jillian Nettels

Jillian Nettels ’08, MA Art Education, worked as a substitute teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools as well as many northern Pittsburgh school districts following graduation. She also taught at a Jewish Day School as a teaching assistant before she was hired for her dream job teaching K-5 at North Star School in Graham, Wash.

Scott Porcelli

Scott Porcelli

Scott Porcelli ’12, MFA Printmaking, is an active studio artist working in Philadelphia. He is employed as a teaching artist at the Center for Creative Works in Wynnewood, Pa. He has worked as a studio volunteer at Second State Press in Philadelphia. In the past five years, his work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic region and as far away as Oaxaca, Mexico.

Courtney Powell

Courtney Powell

Courtney Powell ’18, BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, was hired at the Center for Metal Arts, a blacksmithing school in Johnstown, Pa., following graduation. Courtney continues to design and create jewelry as she works toward owning a custom jewelry business.

Rachel Saul Rearick

Rachel Saul Rearick

Rachel Saul Rearick is currently the Arts and Culture manager at the Allegheny County Airport Authority. She is the former Arts, Culture and History specialist in the Public Art and Civic Design Division of City Planning, for Pittsburgh. She is a board member of Proud Haven Inc., an organization with the mission to provide safe shelter, emotional support, resources and skills needed to live independently, to homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Pittsburgh. Rachel is a former board member of the Millvale Community Library and has worked as a volunteer for Girls Maker Night, empowering girls in grades 6-8 by making connections with local STEAM experts. Prior to her work with the city of Pittsburgh, Rachel was assistant director of Education for the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.

"The Jewelry and Metalsmithing program at Edinboro University gave me the knowledge and skills to become a successful jewelry designer. Cappy and Sue foster a productive work environment in their program, and through their continued mentorship, you become part of a network that continues to support your career beyond graduation."

Jera Lodge

Rachel Renaudin

Rachel Renaudin

Rachel Renaudin ’11, BFA Painting, is a freelance artist and visual merchandiser at Market District in Pittsburgh.

Todd Rodgers

Todd Rodgers

Todd Rodgers ’03, BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, is a design and development manager for Forms and Surfaces in Pittsburgh, a company that makes architectural products used in public spaces around the world. Todd Rodgers acts as a liaison between Design and Engineering, ensuring that the products Forms+Surfaces develops are repeatable, ‘manufacturable’ and cost-effective, while retaining the aesthetic. As the manager of the prototyping shop, Todd has put his fingerprint on every product line and helps designers bring their visions to life.

Amanda Scuglia

Amanda Scuglia

Amanda Scuglia ’05, BFA Graphic Design, earned an MFA in Painting from New York Academy of Art, where she studied anatomy and figurative art. She is a 2018 recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.

Angie Seykora

Angie Seykora

Angie Seykora ’13, MFA Sculpture, is a part-time instructor of Three Dimensional Foundations at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Seykora received the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and her work was featured in Sculpture Magazine.

Rabecca Signoriello

Rabecca Signoriello

Rabecca Signoriello ’04, BFA Applied Media Arts, a widely exhibited painter and mural artist, earned an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2011, and is the owner of Signoriello Studios, New Castle, Pa.

Samantha Skelton

Samantha Skelton

Samantha Skelton ’09, BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing is a full-time jeweler and the owner of Skelton Jewelry, a gallery/studio she opened in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 2016. Sam’s business took off after she won the Halstead Grant for new silver jewelry design businesses in 2015. In addition to selling from her storefront, Samantha Skelton Jewelry can be found at eight galleries and 10 shows across the country, including ACC Baltimore and San Francisco.

Andy Stanko

Andy Stanko

Andy Stanko, ’16, is a woodworker/fabricator at FW Millworks in Erie, Pa.

Alison Stinely

Alison Stinely

Alison Stinely ’10, BFA Painting, is an assistant professor of Painting at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She earned her MFA in Painting from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in 2013.

Vanessa Zebrowski

Vanessa Zebrowski

Vanessa Zebrowski ’17, MA Art Education, lives in Lawrenceville, Ga., where she is employed as an art teacher at Gwinnett County Public Schools. After completing her master’s program, she was bestowed two local awards for her dedication to her district, school and her students. In 2016, she received The Promise of Gwinnett Award, and in 2018 she was awarded Teacher of the Year. Vanessa Zebrowski would like to thank Edinboro University for their outstanding instruction and dedicated professors and staff who helped mold her into an award-winning educator.

Renee Zettle-Sterling

Renee Zettle-Sterling

Renee Zettle-Sterling ’97, MFA, ’98 MA, and coauthor Jen Townsend’s book CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process has won nine awards, including the Grand Prize in Non-Fiction from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards. Renee is a tenured professor of Art at Grand Valley State University and the former president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman ’17, BFA Studio Art Woodworking/Furniture, is an MFA candidate at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Zimmerman was a finalist in the “Fresh Wood” student furniture design competition, AWFS Expo in Las Vegas.