Career Notes

A look at a few young MICA alumni and their current career success.

Brandon Brooks ’18 (Architectural Design B.F.A.), who landed a competitive, yearlong paid internship at the Danish Institute of Scandinavia shortly before his graduation from MICA.

Despite an interest in fashion, Nikki Hendricks ’17 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.) chose to major in General Fine Arts at MICA because she "preferred the freedom of a more general exploration of her artistic work." That choice paid off. As a senior at MICA, she received an invitation to show her line "The Blends" in the 2017 New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks.

Hilary Ament ’15 (Graphic Design B.F.A.) is a graphic designer for film and TV. She was a part of the Oscar-nominated art team for the Neal Armstrong biopic, First Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.

Hilary Ament ’15 (Graphic Design B.F.A.)

Three Illustration alumni, Xanthe Bouma ’15, Matt Rockefeller '13 and Boya Sun ’14, teamed to illustrate the 5 Worlds graphic novel series, by Random House.

The cosmic artwork of Jenna Stark ’05 (Fiber B.F.A.) was featured on stage and in promotional material for the 32nd MTV Video Music Awards and was also on the cover American Craft's "The Color Issue" and Cosmo's "The Love Issue."

Khadija Nia Adell ’15 (IS) is program manager for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, a philanthropic foundation with a focus on supporting the arts and culture, technology, science, education, and social justice.

Grant Lindahl ’13 (Animation B.F.A.) is senior social content designer at Comedy Central.

Simona Uza ’10 (Environmental Design B.F.A.) is an exhibit designer and visual information specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

A recent United States Artist Fellow, Jacolby Satterwhite’s ’08 (Painting) work was featured in the exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris.”

Erin Fender ’16 (Photography B.F.A.) is the program manager for the nonprofit Atlanta Photography Group.

Erin Fender ’16 (Photography B.F.A.)

Before moving to New York-based Pollen Brands as a director, Stephen Edmond ’11 (Graphic Design B.F.A.) was with Everlast, where he designed uniforms worn by the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Boxing Team at the London Olympics.

Jackie Meyer ’12 (Drawing B.F.A.) is senior medical illustrator at OneWorld DMG specializing in biomedical illustration.

Justin Livi ’13 (Interactive Arts B.F.A.) and Brian Bamford ’13 (Graphic Design B.F.A.) co-founded Brinkbit, a Cloud game development platform. Sam Robinson ’13 (IA) is project manager for the company’s enterprise custumers.

Justin Livi ’13 (Interactive Arts B.F.A.) and Brian Bamford ’13 (Graphic Design B.F.A.)

Heather Day ’12 (Painting B.F.A.) is an exhibiting artist based in San Francisco. Her work recently appeared in a solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco and in a group exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Eric Helgas ’12 (Photography B.F.A.) is a successful freelance photographer for high-end commercial and editorial clients. Currently based in New York City, Helgas’ recent clients include Esquire, the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Popular Mechanics.

Leonard Peng ’14 (Illustration B.F.A.) is a brand illustrator for Uber. His work has been recognized by 3X3 magazine, Society of Illustrators, and Juxtapoz.

Leonard Peng ’14 (Illustration B.F.A.)


Paulene Phouybanhdyt ’15 (Animation B.F.A.) is a storyboard artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Before moving to Disney, Paulene worked at DreamWorks Animation as an entry-level story artist.

Daphne Taranto ’15 (GFA) co-founded Fully Booked, the first and only art book fair in the United Arab Emirates.

Kevin Zweernik ’15 (Graphic Design B.F.A.) is senior product designer for The New York Times. In 2018, Kevin was designer-in-residence at Fikra Design Studio in the United Arab Emirates, where he developed independent research projects.

To learn more about MICA's alumni, visit Creatives at Work.