Alumni Spotlight

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Josh Graupera - November 2017


Name:  Josh Graupera

Major:  BFA in Studio Arts with a Concentration in Painting
Grad Year:  2014
Occupation:  Interim Museum Education Coordinator
Employer:  Fabric Workshop and Museum

Josh Graupera is a Philadelphia-based artist and activist. Born in Lancaster, PA, he graduated from Millersville University with a BFA in Painting in 2014. During this time, he co-founded the Left Hand Printing Co with fellow Millersville Alum, Autumn Wright and served as a member of Lancaster City’s Public Art Baord.

Over the years, he has participated in residencies and fellowships at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Media Mobilizing Project, Second State Press, Chautauqua School of Art, Haystack School of Crafts, the New York Studio School, as well as the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s Apprentice Training Program. Josh is currently participating in the 40th Street Artist-In-Residence Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is currently an Arts and Media organizer with Stadium Stompers, a group of community residents and students fighting Temple University’s plans to build a football stadium in a residential neighborhood. He has worked as an educator with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, ArtWell and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. - November 2017

www.joshgraupera.com

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Henry Gepfer - November 2017


Name:  Henry Gepfer
Major:  BSE in Art Education
Grad Year:  2010
Occupation:  Artist and Adjunct Professor


Henry Gepfer is an artist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Henry received a BSE in Art Education from Millersville University. Following his undergraduate studies, Henry began actively exhibiting his artwork, showing both locally and nationally. In 2012, Henry was invited to create an installation for the Dirt Palace in Providence, Rhode Island. The following year, Henry was named as a finalist in the Print Center’s 87th Annual International Competition.

In 2014, Henry began graduate studies in at Edinboro University in the Northwest region of Pennsylvania. During his time in graduate school, Henry continued to build his exhibition and professional records, with opportunities to exhibit work in New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland amongst other cities. In the Summer of 2015, Henry was invited to participate in the College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. In 2016, Henry was awarded the Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio as well as a two-week residency at Sparkbox Studio in Picton, Ontario, Canada.

In the Spring of 2017, Henry graduated with an MFA in Printmaking from Edinboro University and moved back to Lancaster where he began teaching at the adjunct level at Millersville University in the Fall 2017 semester. - November 2017

www.henrygepfer.com

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Emily Pellina
Name:  Emily Pellini

Major:  BFA in Studio Arts Concentrating in Fine Art Metals
Grad Year:  2016
Occupation:  Graduate Assistant 
Employer:  Ball State University

Emily Pellini was raised in Kennett Square, PA by her parents and extended family. She was very interested in digital illustration from a young age and has spent the past decade refining those skills. Metalsmithing happened by chance, and entirely thanks to professor and mentor, Becky McDonah. With the push to pursue metals, and the ability to combine illustration into three dimensional pieces, Emily has built her body of work around symbolic narratives. 

Upon graduating from Millersville, Emily returned as the Metals Emerging Artist-in-Residence. This helped to further develop her skills. Emily was awarded a full graduate assistantship to Ball State University's first Metals MFA program. She is pursuing a love of teaching and hopes to pass on what she has learned to others in the field. 

In the span of her relatively short Metals career, Emily's work has been published in print multiple times, as well as received a Juror's Award from the 38th Annual Contemporary Crafts in Mesa, AZ. She continues to exhibit across the United States, and her work can be found online. - October 2017

www.emilypellini.com

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Darren Fisher
Name:  Darren Fisher

Major:  Studio Art Minor
Grad Year:  2001
Occupation:  Sculpture and Jewelry Technician, University Faculty Member
Employer:  New Jersey City University; Jersey City, NJ


A graduate of the class of 2001, Darren Fisher was an Environmental Science Major with a Studio Art Minor. While at MU, Darren received two awards for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art Metals. He was always visible in the studio and has not stopped working on his creative endeavors since that time. Mr. Fisher received his MFA degree in Sculpture from the New Jersey City University in 2014. He now teaches workshops around the country at locations such as the Center for Metal Arts, Peters Valley School of Craft, and the Hudson River Ironworks. Mr. Fisher is a multi-faceted artist whose work utilizes a variety of techniques including silversmithing, blacksmithing, woodturning, and other fine art metal and sculptural processes. He operates his own studio, teaches sculpture and 3-dimensional design, and is the Sculpture and Jewelry Technician at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. His work is nationally recognized and has been on view in NJ, TN, PA, and MI. - September 2017

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Keisha McCauley

Name:  Keisha McCauley
Major:  BSE in Art Education, BFA, & MS of Art Education
Grad Year:  2013 & 2017
Occupation:   Art Educator & Instructional Facilitator Art K-12
Employer:  Manheim Central School District, Manheim, PA 

Keisha earned her BSE and BFA as a dual major at Millersville University. Following her 2013 graduation, Keisha coordinated and oversaw the “Kid Kamp” recreation and daycare program located at the former New Holland Recreation Center. Keisha currently works as the 5th and 6th Grade Art Educator at Manheim Central Middle School.  As a part of her role at Manheim Central, Keisha also leads the art department’s curriculum and instruction as the K-12 Art Instructional Facilitator. Keisha remains involved in other aspects of the school and community by being a member of the Student Assistance Program, the Mass Customized Learning Committee and a local volunteer for the Manheim Historical Society. Most recently, Keisha earned her Masters of Art Education at Edinboro University and received the graduate level “Art Education Student of the Year” award.  When asked about her experience at MU, Keisha said, “Millersville’s art (education) program and its professors provided my peers and I a structured learning environment that demanded excellence. They believed in my potential even when I did not, they guided me through my journey as a student and helped me become the educator I am today. Even now, they continue to support me as colleague in the field of art and art education. The relationships I have built at MU are ties that cannot be broken.” - September 2017

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Jeffrey Moser


Name: Jeffrey Moser

Major:  BA Philosophy
Grad Year: 2008

Occupation: Digital Media Artist & Assistant Professor
Employer: West Virginia Univeristy

Jeffrey Moser was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and has most recently lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Design at West Virginia University. He holds an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from The Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts, a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Millersville University (where he took several classes in photography), and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Delaware.  He became interested in teaching during an artist’s residency in photography at Millersville University.  Since graduate school, he has taught at the University of Delaware, Millersville University, and Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, Nebraska. His video work has been included in ACRE TV, Co+Lab in Austin, TX, and in an exhibition in Zagreb, Croatia as part of the “I, Daughter of Kong” Research group. Other works have been screened at the National Gallery as part of the 32nd Black Maria Film Festival, and, most recently, a solo exhibition at the Phillips Museum at Franklin and Marshall College. - August 2016

www.jeffreymoser.com

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Chris Corrao
Name: Chris Corrao
Major: BFA – Graphic & Interactive Design
Grad Year: 2012
Occupation: Creative & Interactive Designer
Employer:  Willow Valley

Since graduating from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2012, Chris Corrao has been busy exploring both fine art and design. Chris began showing his artwork publicly in 2005 and maintains a busy exhibition schedule in Downtown Lancaster while also selling artwork online to national and international customers. He is currently producing abstract expressionist paintings and capturing photographs.

Shortly after graduating from Millersville University, Chris began working for Willow Valley Communities where he is currently Creative & Interactive Designer. In his first year he helped direct a large rebranding effort for the company. After the initial rebranding effort, Chris worked hard to roll out the brand through all the company’s materials and recently developed their Join the Movement marketing campaign.

While working at Willow Valley Communities, Chris has had the opportunity to participate in the Keys for the City exhibition for three consecutive years. This exhibit, hosted by Lancaster non-profit, Music for Everyone, plants several decorated pianos on the streets of Downtown Lancaster, inviting the public to sit down and play. This project allows Chris the opportunity to combine his fine art and design skills.

View Chris’s fine art and design work at www.ChrisCorrao.com. - July 2016

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Sara Gallo
Name: Sara Gallo

Major: BFA - Fine Art Metals & BSE in Art Education
Grad Year: 2008
Occupation: Artist & Jewelry Designer
Employer: Sara Gallo Jewelry

Sara Gallo is an amazing young woman who is an inspiration to artists and metalsmiths alike. Sara is an artist, silversmith, and designer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated as a double major with her BFA in Fine Art Metals & BSE in Art Education degrees from Millersville University in 2008. Since then, she received her MFA degree in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2016. You will find Sara working in both the fine art and commercial arena with her creative work. Sara started her small jewelry business in 2008 while still an undergraduate student and upon graduating, exhibited in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her flair for design has enabled her to exhibit in galleries nationwide and sell jewelry in over 50 retail locations internationally. Sara Gallo Jewelry can be found in boutiques and stores in Tokyo, Montreal, Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and the Bahamas. This is a dynamic young woman whose accomplishments in her very short life are phenomenal. MU is very proud of all her accomplishments and thrilled to note that she began her career while a student. - June 2016

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Amy Edwards


Name: Amy Edwards 

Major: Masters of Art Education
Grad Year: 2003
Currently:  H.S. Art Educator
Employer:  Hempfield School District

I began teaching in the Hempfield School District at the middle level in 1996 shortly after completing my Young Artist in Residence in Fine Metals at Millersville. In 2002, I moved to the high school level where I currently teach the Fine Metals, Hot Glass, and Fundamentals of Design classes. In addition to teaching, I advise our school's chapter of the National Art Honor Society where I work with students to become actively engaged in their local art community. I grew up in Lancaster County and earned my undergraduate degree in Art Education from Kent State University in Kent, OH. Shortly after being hired by Hempfield, I began the Masters program at Millersville. Three kids later and more years than I would like to admit, I have again begun taking classes beyond my degree at Millersville. During this time, I have discovered a profound group of professors and students to connect and collaborate with in both the intellectual and the creative processes. I am enjoying being given the space to share my experiences while simultaneously being stretched and challenged to think and create in new ways.  I am sincerely thankful and grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded at Millersville and for the people I have been surrounded by thus far. - May 2016

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