Montserrat alumni are limited only by the rich imaginations that lead them to pursue their creative visions in the first place. Here’s just a small sampling of the varied, dynamic, and exciting ways that our alumni are putting their creativity to work out in the world.
Chris Pianka (Animation, 2011)
Chris is a Storyboard Revisionist on Nickelodeon’s show, Harvey Beaks. Chris had freelanced as a Storyboard Artist while working at the Nickelodeon Animation Research Library in Burbank,where he got to write and draw two episodes of the show. Having been hired on full time, Chris is working with the team helping to draw and create episodes for the show’s second season. Harvey Beaks is a board-driven cartoon created by C.H. Greenblatt, who also created the Cartoon Network show Chowder.
“My internship gave me the chance to sit down with some of the biggest names in the animation industry,” he says.
Chris graduated in 2011, and was among the first students from the Animation and Interactive Media department at Montserrat. Learn more about Chris at his website http://www.chrispianka.com/
Kayla Whelan (Graphic Design, 2016)
Kayla was the first-ever winner of the White House Historical Association (WHHA) ornament competition. She had one million of her designs made into ornaments that were sold through the White House and graced the Christmas tree of the First Family.
For 36 years, the WHHA has commissioned the annual official White House Christmas ornament design to honor U.S. presidents in sequential order or commemorate significant White House historical milestones. Kayla’s winning entry was selected from among the hundreds of entries the Association received.
Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said, “The Montserrat community is ecstatic that another student has won such prestigious national recognition. We are so proud of Kayla Whelan for the hard work she has done to reach this level of professionalism. To create a design that will live on in our nation’s history for centuries to come not only launches Kayla’s professional career but is further evidence of how Montserrat College of Art prepares students for careers in the creative industries.”
Cory Wasnewsky (Book Arts, 2014)
Corry had no idea that his college internship at Hatch Show Print would turn into his first job only a few months after graduation. A year after completing a highly competitive two-month internship in the summer of 2013, the Hatch Show Print manager offered Cory a job as a production designer and printer. Hatch Show Print is a 136-year-old printing company in Nashville, TN, and is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.
James K. Hindle (Illustration, 2006)
James has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since graduating from Montserrat. As an illustrator, James has done editorial work for magazines and newspapers, narrative illustration for picture books and self-published mini-comics. His illustration clients have included: The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Roaring Brook Press, NYU Press, Portland Mercury, Seattle’s The Stranger, Narratively.com, Corporate Knights, and others. As a designer, he has worked at several design agencies in Massachusetts, and also spent three years as the in-house designer for a national non-profit organization. James is currently an Art Director at a creative studio in Northampton, MA.
Michael Nevin (Photography, 2004)
Michael is the founder and editor in chief of the Journal, a curated art and culture magazine first started while he was a student at Montserrat and now circulates in more than 30 different countries. Michael is also director of the Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.