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  • Cristian Vitale

    ​My life experiences in Italy and the USA, horrible and beautiful as they might be, influence and fuel my practice. I explore ways of making new spaces that detach from the realities in which we live. These alternative spaces attempt to start a conversation about human emotions and experiences. After moving to the USA from a rural farm in Italy, I realized the important role that physical labor plays in my creative process. Physical labor is often evident through use of multiples in the work. This use of multiples liberates and infuses energy into the spaces and environments I create.

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  • Carrie Mae Smith
    Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University

    Sculptor and installation artist, Carrie Mae Smith was just awarded a competitive exhibition with “Artship Olympia” in Philadelphia, PA. You can see her work from June 25th to September 25th, 2016. This summer Philadelphia Sculptors in collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum will launch “Artship Olympia,” an exhibition of site specific installations on the historic Cruiser Olympia, moored in the boat basin at Penn’s Landing. Artists will creatively reinterpret Olympia, giving voice and vision to its history, stories, and culture. Artworks will be bold, subtle, loud, calming, invigorating, and disruptive. What they won’t be is predictable. Visitors will have access to the exhibition during Olympia’s normal visiting hours with additional special events to be scheduled.

    Carrie states, "My proposal for the Artship Olympia is to highlight the historically overlooked, yet vital aspect of the lives of the sailors— their diet.”  For more information on Carrie Mae Smith visit

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  • Kyle Hackett
    Artist and Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, James Madison University

    Kyle Hackett earned his M.F.A. in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and his B.F.A. in Fine Arts as a McNair Scholar from the University of Delaware. His paintings explore race, class and social standing through approaches to self-representation and the constructed image.

    Hackett has received numerous honors and awards, including DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship and Grant, Civil Society Institute Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center Residency, The Ruth Katzman Scholarship at The League Residency, Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition, and Best in Show at the Regional Juried Biennial at Rehoboth Arts League. He was a semifinalist in the 2016 and 2019 BP Portrait Award (London) and Honorable Mention in the 2019 Art Olympia International Open Art Competition (Tokyo).

    Hackett’s work has been published in New American Paintings, the Washington Post, and distinguished as "Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014" in the Huffington Post. He received A Mayoral Salute for his solo exhibition and artist talk at Baltimore City Hall Gallery. Hackett’s work is represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery (Baltimore, Md.) and notably collected by Ethan Cohen Gallery (New York), Wangechi Mutu Studio, University Museums at University of Delaware, University of Maryland and the Trawick Foundation.

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  • Karl Lieberman
    Creative Leader, Wieden+Kennedy

    Hello! I'm the ECD and creative head of Wieden+Kennedy, New York. Alongside my Managing Director partner Neal Arthur, we oversee our office’s 12 brands and 300+ employees. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a BFA degree in 1999 and since then I have worked as both an art director and a copywriter. In 2006 I co-created “The Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign for Dos Equis with Brandon Henderson under Jeff Kling that ran for a decade and helped triple the brand’s business. In 2010 I penned and later creative directed the P&G “Thank You, Mom” Olympics campaign that won an Emmy in 2012 and has been named one of the most successful P&G Olympics marketing efforts of all time. In 2015 – in hopes of connecting a struggling brand back to its roots – I helped bring back “The Colonel” for Kentucky Fried Chicken in surprising and unusual ways that helped spark a strong turnaround for the brand leading to over 13 consecutive quarters of business growth. I have worked on a variety of categories and brands that include Nike, Old Spice, Delta, Bud Light, ESPN, Jordan Brand, Yoplait, Target, Sirius, Sprite, OkCupid and Facebook while finding myself working alongside icons like Mark Zuckerberg, LeBron James and Howard Stern. I have been fortunate enough to win a handful of accolades over the years including Titanium, Gold, Silver and Bronze Cannes Lions, multiple Gold Effies for effectiveness and my work has even been added to the permanent collection of MoMA through the AICP multiple times. The work I have helped create has impacted culture and has been covered and referenced in every major media outlet including The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Saturday Night Live, The Onion, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, ESPN, Esquire and others. Since joining WKNY in January of 2016, I have helped bring new business to the office including McDonald's, Ford, Duracell, HBO, Lyft, Spotify, vitaminwater, OkCupid, The Atlantic and Fox Sports. 

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  • Phillip Scarpone
    Artist; Adjunct Faculty, Univ of the Arts, Philadelphia; Sculpture Technician/Artist in Residence UD; Fabricator

    ​Phillip Scarpone received his MFA with distinction from The University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art and BFA from the University of Delaware. He has exhibited throughout the United States including Washington, DC; New York, NY; Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Richmond, VA; Jacksonville, FL; Fort Collins, CO; St.Louis, MO and Baltimore, MD. 

    He is a recipient of an NEA Established Professional Fellowship in Sculpture through the Delaware Division of the Arts, in 2013 was selected for the Miami University Young Sculptors Competition juried by John Hatfield, Director of Socrates Sculpture Park and in 2014 was a finalist for the Dave Bown Projects 9th International Competition. Phillip is currently represented by Serpahin Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) and adjunct faculty at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia,PA).​

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  • Megan Fortman
    Coordinator; Out-of-School Time Initiatives at Art with a Heart

    ​At UD: 

    Honors College, General Honors Award
    Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees
    Academic Year Scholar for Arts Project, Received a grant to 3-D print sculptures

    Overseas Studies: 

    Winter semester in Tanzania studying Documentary Photography, 3 Weeks in Thailand, Received the Honors Enrichment Award to participate in Art Outreach Volunteer Program in Thailand

    University Summer Scholars Program: 

    Independent Research Grant Project titled "Art Therapy and the Artist: Documenting a Creative Process Based on Art Therapy Theories and Practices".

    Activities and Societies: Gamma Sigma Sigma, National Service Sorority Art Ambassador
    UD Yoga Club Instructor

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  • Susana Cortez
    Outreach & Programs Assistant, Root Division, San Francisco

    ​Susa Cortez was born in 1989 in La Loma a rural town of Moroleon, Guanajuato,Mexico. She migrated with her family to Delaware in 2002. She works in a diverse range of mediums, including installations and actions.​

    ​Her work has been written and/or featured in San Francisco Magazine and Feminine Moments: Queer Feminist Art Worldwide. Additionally, her work has been showcase is venues such as Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, The Queens Museum, Syracuse University, Galeria de la Raza among others.

    Currently, Susa is an artist and educator living and working is San Francisco, CA. She is the Outreach & Programs Assistant at Root Division, an art nonprofit organization serving artists in the Bay Area. She is also the cofounder of Aguas Migrantes, a collective that created an Art Summer Residency Program in Guanajuato, Mexico.​

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  • Sarah Langsam
    Art Teacher, Monmouth County, NJ

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