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Andy Frederick '06
Andy Frederick '06, a Perfumer & Flavorist magazine graphic designer, was honored as a finalist at the Creative Excellence in
Business Advertising awards, sponsored by American Business Media, for his work on
the Mosciano's Flavor Library campaign on www.perfumerflavorist.com. Named among the
final three nominees in the Digital, Online Advertising category, Frederick's competition
included OMD Digital for General Electric and Sigma Group for Panasonic. Read a press release or visit the CEBA awards site.
Elizabeth Walker '04
Elizabeth Walker '04 currently lives in New Mexico, where she works for a small art
museum and continues to paint. Her work has also been exhibited in Chicago and Los
Angeles and can be viewed at www.lizpaints.artspan.com. Her other interests include bees, crafts, making jam, and all things kitsch. Please
send her words of encouragement and pies!
Mike Mayo '02
Mike Mayo '02 graduated with a master of arts in organizational and multicultural
communication from DePaul University in Chicago in 2006, then spent a year working
at the university in a marketing communications role. Mayo and his wife Sarah Evans
'03 have moved to Columbus, Ohio, for his work with JPMorgan Chase. Carys Eiddwen
Evans Mayo was born on Jan. 30, 2008. Mike explains Carys is a Welsh name that means
Heidi Spring '01
Heidi Spring '01 graduated with a master of fine arts degree from the University of
Brighton in England in 2005. Heidi is currently living in the greater Los Angeles
area and is working for the man to pay the bills. She is also teaching an evening
painting class at the Palos Verdes Art Center and would much prefer that to be her
full-time occupation. Heidi was accepted as a member of CATALYST, a non-profit artist
collective that provides affordable studio space in a colorful neighborhood near downtown
Los Angeles. Though she has yet to get a Web site up and running, you can see her
work at www.myspace.com/heidispringart.
Dmitry Strakovky '98
Dmitry Strakovky '98 is currently assistant professor of intermedia at the University
of Kentucky Lexington. He teaches art students how to program computers, make video
and print-based work, design their own electronic contraptions and occasionally has
been know to torture them with art theory (insert evil laugh here). Since graduating
from Wesleyan, Strakovky earned his M.F.A at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
and spent a couple of years in the toy industry working on Elmos, Barbies and other
wild things. He has been exhibiting his work regularly, trying to make new and better
art for the masses. You can see his work at http://www.shiftingplanes.org.
William Matznick '94
William Matznick '94 is a senior art director for Digitas, an interactive marketing
agency with offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco, London and Chicago. Bill works
in the Chicago office creating Web sites and online advertising, and working with
broadcast and print. Digitas is owned by the Publicis Groupe, an advertising holding
company which also owns Leo Burnett, Arc Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis and
Fallen. Bill is the creative lead on Miller Brewing and Nokia USA accounts and works
on Whirlpool and new business initiatives as well. He has been with Digitas for three
years and really enjoys working in the online field. Bill says that staying ahead
of the curve and delivering innovative work is challenging.
Bill and his wife Lisa have lived in Phoenix and London and have traveled all over
Europe. Bill said that his art history education has paid off as he was able to keep
pace with his wife in every museum they visited (she has a master's in Contemporary
Justin Ahrens '94
Justin Ahrens is the founder and principal of Rule29, a strategic design firm in Geneva,
Ill., that specializes in branding, social media and “making creative matter” through
print, online, environmental, documentary and motion design. Clients range from non-profits
to Fortune 500 companies.
Ahrens' passion for his profession is evidenced by his extensive involvement in organizations
that support the design community. He regularly speaks around the country and is a
member of the STA and AIGA, has held a position on the AIGA Arizona and Chicago board,
and served on the HOW Conference Advisory Board.
Over his career, Ahrens has created award-winning work for several organizations and
has been recognized in several magazines and books including Communication Arts, HOW, PRINT, Create, Rockport Publishers and STEP.Graphic Design USA picked him as one of the top designers to watch in 2004.
Ahrens has served as an advisor and research assistant for senior design and strategy
classes at The University of Notre Dame and Kent State University on projects that
address social problems.
Taking a recent “Design for Good" project into action, Ahrens and his team rode 1,000
miles – from Boston to their hometown of Chicago – for “Wheels 4 Water.”
Renee McGinnis '84
Renee McGinnis '84 did graduate work in sociology and anthropology at the University
of Chicago. Her paintings have been exhibited widely in Chicago and shown in Germany,
Australia, New York City, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Her curatorial debut occurred
when she launched "The Chicago Solution Show 2003" with the late Ed Paschke as juror,
then again in 2005 with Art Institute of Chicago curator of contemporary collections,
James Rondeau. In 2002, Renee starred as herself in the Iranian-American film American Burqa. She currently lives in Chicago where she also works for WGN Television as a news
graphic designer. McGinnis also gives slide lectures of her work at universities and
inner-city public schools.
Robin Asbell '84 (formerly Calhoun)
Robin Asbell '84 has switched her creative drive away from painting into a career
as a culinary professional, writing, speaking and teaching about food. Her first book, The New Whole Grains Cookbook, was published by Chronicle Books in October 2007. Her writing has appeared in magazines
such as Taunton's Fine Cooking, Better Homes and Gardens and Vegetarian Times. She has been a featured speaker around the state of Minnesota, addressing groups
of up to 300 people at the University of Wisconsin Healthy Women's Expo, among others.
She has been teaching classes about the joys of delicious, healthy food for over ten
years and travels the country spreading the word. Robin enjoys life in Minneapolis with her husband and three cats. Her schedule of
events and some articles and recipes are at www.robinasbell.com.
Jeff Curto '81
Jeff Curto '81 is coordinator and professor of photography at College of DuPage in
Glen Ellyn, Ill., where he has taught since 1984. Courses frequently taught include
"Creative Process," History of Photography," "Digital Imaging and Photographic Composition."
Prior to employment at College of DuPage, Curto worked extensively as a freelance
photographer, specializing in event and public relations photography, architectural
interiors and exteriors, portrait and product photography. Curto was awarded a Master
of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont in 1983. Additionally, he attended
Ansel Adams' last workshop in Carmel, Calif. in 1983.
Since 1989, Curto's primary photographic subjects have been found in Italy, where
he travels yearly. While the country's landscape and architectural qualities interest
him, it is not the large, expansive view which draws his attention. Rather, he chooses
to examine selected fragments of the Italian environment, seen in quiet, intimate
glimpses. In this way, luminously peaceful courtyards, sunlight on ageless monuments
and the warmth radiating off of grapes ripening on the vine are all given equal importance
as subject matter. Jeff exhibits his work periodically in both group and one-person
shows. His glowing black and white and color prints are contained in numerous private
and corporate collections. Examples of Jeff Curto's work can be found on his Web site