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Success Stories

ROB WESKE
On-Air Promotional Manager
WOIO/WUAB in Cleveland

Consider this irony: as the national attention span dwindles faster than an Art Institute of Pittsburgh student's Ramen noodle stash, how does a TV station maintain brand loyalty?

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RHONDA PRATT PERKO
Senior Art Director
Manager of Internal Design Dept.
Micron Technology

Working in a creative environment can be the 'spark of light which will send a creative [person] over the edge to a sheer genius, award winning piece of work...' That is not always reality."
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DOUG STEINMILLER
Graphic Artist
Reebok

Before they'd finished their conversation, they were interrupted by a phone call -- from Reebok, looking for Doug Steinmiller.
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TINA MRIZ-BENAVIDES
Vice President
American Greetings

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh as an artist-in-training - a career path that (cue the envy from undergrads around the country) began on her day of graduation!
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BRETT FREEDMAN
Celebrity Stylist

But fate had other plans, and when Freedman lost interest in the rigid structure of the advertising field, he headed to Miami in the hopes of turning his hobby into a full-fledged career.
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KATHLEEN PRAVLIK
President
KAP Design

she managed to invest both her time and talent in the Tampa Bay division of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida - while running her own business. Now she's being honored as Florida's "Big Sister of the Year."
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BRIAN PETRE
Scenic Maintenance Coordinator
Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” show

(Industrial Design Technology, '94) ever thought he'd someday be responsible for a completely different kind of spectacle.
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JERRY POPOLIS
Hair Stylist

He's one of those invisible artists who provides the glue that holds Hollywood together.
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MICHAEL KASCHALK
Disney

his mix of creativity and practicality positioned him to lead the world's most famous animation house.
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CRAIG MELVIN
Photographer

You know all those sideline photographers you see at every sporting event? spends most of his time.
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PAUL GULACY
Lead Artist
DC Comics

made his mark on a series that epitomized the alternative to the super-hero set: the martial arts-cum-spy epic, "Master of Kung-Fu."
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FRANK LAUDO
Creative Director
Rapp Collins Worldwide/Dallas

Whether he's designing CD packaging for local bands or advertising campaigns that will be judged on the international stage, for Frank Laudo (Visual Communications, '81), it's all about simplicity. Read more ... 

STIG ASMUSSEN
Lead Environment Artist
Sony

Among the many creative jobs that Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduates obtain, few incite the kind of drool-worthy response that comes from saying, "I make video games." Considering the video game industry's $10 billion annual revenues, which puts even Hollywood to shame, the artists who craft the storylines and plot the pixels in the latest generation of PC and console games are playing to an even larger audience than Tom Cruise. Given the amount of geek chic involved, it's no wonder that artists like Stig Asmussen (Communication Arts Multi Media, "98) consider themselves among the luckiest dudes on the planet.
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DAVID BOWERS
Artist and Illustrator

David Bowers' (Visual Communications, "79) paintings have appeared on the covers of Time, Wine Spectator, and Cigar Aficionado. He's also created over 150 book covers and has won numerous awards, including three "Best of Show" awards from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
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JIM KREITZBURG
Animator / Partner
Animal

Jim Kreitzburg (Visual Communications, '86) was hired at the graduation portfolio review by a small company in West Virginia named Bright of America, a specialty paper products and gift company.
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RACHEAL LORBER
Associate Producer / Story Editor
Dr. 90210

If you ever wondered what kind of impact the reality TV boom of the early '00s would have ont he creative community, look no further than the story of Rachel Lorber (Video Production, '00). As Associate Producer / Story Editor for E!'s "Dr. 90210," Lorber is responsible for helping shape the dramatic arc of a reality series even as the stories themselves are being filmed.
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BEN RAZON
Photographer
Digital Q

For some artists, where they come from is just as important as where they're headed. For Ben Razon (Photography, '80) that destination is one and the same: his come city of Manila in the Philippines, where he has worked for the past 23 years as a photojournalist and documentary photographer.
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KEVIN SALADYGA
Designer
Packaging Specialists

The next time you're standing in line at Target, Wal-Mart or your local grocery chain, take a quick survey of the landscape and ask yourself: With all these products to choose from, how does any one manage to stand out? If you ask Kevin Saladyga (Industrial Design Technology, '90) and the rest of his award-winning design team at Packaging Specialists, Inc., they'll tell you it's all in the presentation.
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BRIAN WARD
President and Executive Creative Director
Giant Ideas

Brian Ward's (Visual Communications, '84) first inclination was to become a comic book illustrator of filmmaker, not the owner of the fourth largest ad agency in Pittsburgh.
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