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Underbelly Scholarship Award
Houston Grad Chris Shepherd Gives Back with $30K Culinary Scholarship

In 2014, The Art Institute of Houston graduate Chef Chris Shepherd created the “Underbelly Scholarship Award,” a scholarship to assist a hard-working and dedicated culinary student at The Art Institute of Houston.

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SXSW Gaming's Student Showcase sponsored by The Art Institutes

The Art Institutes is teaming up with South by Southwest to sponsor their first-ever Gaming Student Showcase, featuring 10 of the best student-created games from around the world—including a game created by our students at The Art Institute of Phoenix.

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Meet Our Alumni

  • Blake Dennis

    Blake Dennis

    “The chef instructors and contacts that I met [while in school] were the keys that led me to various jobs that expanded my knowledge and honed my skillset.”

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    Blake Dennis
    Blake Dennis is the executive chef for Smokn Aces, a food truck in Charleston, South Carolina. He’s responsible for working on the vision for the company’s food truck, revenue planning, staffing, training, food production, and food preparations. He also creates press and public relations materials for the company. He says that a typical day involves maintaining the truck’s “vital systems,” prepping the food in the kitchen, loading the food into the food truck, then delivering tasks to cooks and employees.

    He admits that the culinary industry is challenging but adds that current students must keep pushing through. “A chef’s world is constant turbulence. Stay in contact with as many peers as you can because one day those people can be a lifeline—and vice versa. Pay attention to your gut—if a job or kitchen doesn’t feel right for you and there’s an off vibe, listen to that instinct.”

    Blake says that a chef’s tastes, styles, wants, desires, and goals will change throughout a career. “Stay open minded and find inspiration in everything.” He adds that he has experienced many difficult situations in the kitchen, which have helped him to grow as a professional. The jobs took him outside of his comfort zone, and one in particular removed him from the kitchen and had him working mostly on a computer. He felt that the job wasn’t feeding his creative side but discovered that he was learning “a phenomenal amount” about how to create food systems. He decided to develop a hands-on culinary class curriculum for employees that allowed him to express his creativity. Blake’s innovation allowed him to move up to an executive chef position in the company.

    Today as a manager, Blake says that he enjoys making his employees think outside the box by making them learn how a cook thinks. “I want to help form the way a cook thinks, not tell them how to think. Being a leader and not a boss is what aids in cultivating a creative culture.” He states that he takes pride in treating his employees as he’d want to be treated. 

    Blake, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management from The Art Institute of Charleston, says that his education was “in depth and taught [him] the theoretical concepts behind what he needed to do” as a chef. He adds that the chef instructors and others he met while in school were the key to helping him move into new jobs and build his skillset. 

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/396 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    “Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201, Telephone (803) 737-2260, www.che.sc.gov.  Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality.  Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education."

  • Damar Fairbanks

    Damar Fairbanks

    “You have to make this a lifestyle. You always have to stay updated on fashion and market trends and network with people from various industries.”

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    Damar Fairbanks
    Damar Fairbanks is working as a men’s performance lifestyle designer at Under Armour in Baltimore, Maryland. He’s responsible for designs, fashion and market research, and creating presentations. “I come from a humble background and I never thought that I would one day be designing for one of the top companies in the nation. My hard work and dedication led me here and my aim is to one day become a creative director—and lead a team of young designers into realizing their dreams—just like I am [doing],” he says.

    Damar reached his goals by pushing himself. “Never get too comfortable in your position, as there are many out there looking to replace you.” He says that he took a risk when he left a position at Perry Ellis and relocated to Los Angeles. “I had to struggle for a while, but I quickly learned that I had to broaden my skills to be able to compete with the best in the industry—and it paid off.”

    Now that he’s working at Under Armour, Damar says that fashion is his lifestyle. He stays updated on trends and networks with people to keep building his contacts. Damar looks to see what others are doing in social media and music. “You have to love this industry and your job because it’s not always glitz and glamor.”

    He also served for five years in the United States Army. This experience, combined with his education at Miami International University of Art & Design, helped him to understand that believing in yourself, having respect for others, and working hard can pay off. He encourages current students to have confidence in their abilities. “Listen and take advice from your instructors because they speak from experience. Treat your peers with respect because you never know who you might end up working with, or for.” 

    In 2009, Damar graduated with an Associate of Arts in Fashion Design from Miami International University of Art & Design. He says that he experienced the benefits of his hard work when he landed his first job—with Perry Ellis International. “But the biggest achievement and testament to my dedication was when Under Armour welcomed me and made me a part of the team. I feel like I am right where I belong.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/290 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Elena Carné

    Elena Carné

    Fashion Design , 2013
    The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

    “Every time I meet someone that knows my story and praises my work it is very encouraging, and to be named Atlanta Apparel Favorite Emerging Designer 2016 is rewarding.”

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    Elena Carné
    Elena Carné is a founder and fashion designer for the brand Tepuy Activewear; a company that creates activewear garments for women. She founded the company with her husband, Rene Uzcategui. Elena and Rene are natives of Venezuela. Their path to the United States began when Elena was 15 years old and living near Venezuela’s capital of Caracas. She started designing bathing suits for herself and created them on a borrowed sewing machine. They were so popular with her friends that she began receiving requests to make them for others. She applied for a government loan to purchase a sewing machine to start up her business. After just a year, she paid off the loan and began hiring others to help her fill the requests for swimwear. 

    Elena met Rene, an industrial designer consultant, in an English class. The two began their partnership and expanded her brand to more than a dozen of boutiques in Venezuela, as well as locations in San Jose, Costa Rica. The political unrest in Venezuela began to take its toll on the business—in 2002 alone, it was burglarized six times. Rene, who’d previously run for Congress in Venezuela, found that he’d been targeted for arrest. The couple decided to flee the country and had to carefully plan their escape—marrying before they left and buying a round-trip ticket to Miami for a honeymoon. Once they arrived in Miami, they applied for political asylum. They had to start over again, working two or three jobs to get by. Elena put aside her fashion ambitions and worked as a customer service agent during the day—and studied business at Miami-Dade College at night. 

    When their family grew to include three daughters, the couple decided that Elena should stay at home to care for the family. During this time, Elena began her studies at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She graduated magna cum laude and received commendation for her work—her portfolio was named “Best in Sportswear” and “Best in Digital Design” during her time at school.

    Luck was on Elena and Rene’s side when their neighbors recognized their potential as a business and recommended that they leave Miami and relocate to Americus, Georgia. The family moved once more to establish a home and business—and Tepuy Activewear now produces nearly 1,000 garments each week. They also became American citizens.

    Now, Elena is back to realizing her passion for design. And she takes the time to understand what attracts potential clients to a design. “I identify target markets for designs by looking at factors such as age, gender, and socio-economic status. I also visit textile showrooms to keep up-to-date on the latest fabrics,” she says. Elena adds that her job involves providing sample garments to agents and sales representatives and arranging for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows. 

    She works with sales executives, management executives, and clients to discuss design ideas.  Elena also determines prices for styles, develops products and markets them through venues such as boutiques or mail-order catalogs, and directs workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns for samples or finished garments.

    Elena’s biggest challenge thus far was learning to speak English. She enrolled at Miami Dade College to take English classes in 2007, and earned an Associate’s in Business Administration and Public Relations. She also took leadership courses while at the school. Today, her challenges include balancing her work and family life. “Managing a family of five is certainly a consideration in building a business. I feel like I have [been committed to both my] family and career 100%. This is mainly because my career depends on the support of my family and we are able to work together.”

    She works to bring creativity to Tepuy Activewear by maintaining a positive workplace. “We do not focus on mistakes. All of the workers have a great rapport and we do special things for one another. Upbeat background music keeps the atmosphere light and energetic.”

    To keep on top of industry trends, Elena attend fashion shows and reviews garment magazines to gather information about consumer preferences. This helps her to be in tune with the current looks—an essential element because she sketches and designs custom clothing and accessories for individuals, retailers, the theater, television, and film productions. Elena takes pride in seeing her creations being worn around town. “But I experienced a true feeling of pride when a parent approached me and told me that I had inspired their daughter to begin sewing—and now that young seven year old is making blankets for the homeless.”

    She says that a typical day begins with an overview of the production process—to ensure that things are running smoothly and that deadlines will be met. “After confirming the production process, I begin checking emails for follow up marketing or online orders. My day is then spent designing, cutting patterns and networking. Social media is an important tool and takes time to promote.”

    Elena, who in 2013 earned an Associate of Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, says that her instructors were knowledgeable professionals who motivated her to follow her design passion. She specifically names Dr. Sheila Walden, Kathleen Colussy, Irina Ivanova, Andre Milman and Kerry Szymanski—faculty at the school—for helping her to succeed as a fashion designer.

    Elena recommends that current students stay the course and find joy in fashion—even when things are difficult. “Be proud of yourself and your work. Through determination, setting goals, inner talent, and personal faith you can fulfill your dreams.” She stays challenged by continuous learning and researching trends. “I attend workshops and seminars when available. A few weeks ago, I participated in Pantone’s Spring 2017 colors workshop online to view the newest trends for the upcoming season and stay up to date in a very competitive market.”

    The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is one of The Art Institutes, a system of schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of Argosy University. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 1799 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-3013. ©2017 The Art Institutes. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu
    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/460 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Erika Macias

    Erika Macias

    Culinary Arts , 2012
    The Art Institute of Seattle

    “The Art Institute of Seattle taught me to be organized and to never take ‘no’ for an answer. It taught me discipline and that I am the only person in the way of my own success.”

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    Erika Macias
    As the head chef and owner at Scratch Deli, Erika Macias runs the back of house operations for her sandwich shop that focuses on organic and locally sourced ingredients. “I research and create new menu items, place inventory orders, coordinate art installations, social media, and customer relations,” she adds. 

    She also works as a freelance food stylist. “I am hired by photography studios to work on styling food for packaging and advertisements for large companies.” Erika says that she earned her success by immersing herself in the field. And she works for the person who she calls “her most difficult employer”—herself.  “If I want to succeed, it is on my shoulders.”

    Erika works 12 hours a day in her restaurant, where she cooks, places orders for the week, researches new products for the business, pays bills, and performs any needed upkeep.

    She purchased the business from her former boss, and considers the investments one of the best decisions she’s made. “At my shop, I constantly encourage passion and creativity. I want you to feel something, and I want you to make someone else feel what you felt. We incorporate these concepts into our menu, and it shows. Our menu is constantly changing because we are constantly changing and growing.”

    She enjoys a challenge and asserts that when she stops feeling challenged, she’ll know it’s time for a new career. “I will always keep looking to be inspired in the kitchen by pushing new techniques and ingredients, by keeping my employees inspired and interested, by keeping close to my community, and by always looking for the next big opportunity.”

    Erika, who in 2012 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that her education taught her to be organized and confident. “It taught me discipline and that I am the only person in the way of my own success.” She recommends that current students stay strong and focused on their end goals. “Everyone is going to tell you that you can’t, but you can.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/81 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Read More...
  • Julian Schieneman

    Julian Schieneman

    Media Arts & Animation , 2007
    The Art Institute of Atlanta

    “[My education] instilled in me the skills of adaptability and resourcefulness.”

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    Julian Schieneman
    Julian Schieneman is an on-air graphic designer for CNN International. He’s responsible for daily workflow with producers and supervisors for the network’s programs “New Day,” “Newsroom,” “The Lead,” and “Situation Room.” Prior to joining CNN, Julian worked for companies including Fox Sports South and Fox Five. “Working in conjunction with show producers and editors, my job is to facilitate any graphic requests for on-air production. Often we have between 1-2 hours to complete the request, but during breaking news, we sometimes have as little as 10 minutes (yikes) to whip up something quickly.”

    His fast-paced job means Julian is often learning on the go. “Although not the most desirable way to learn something, this taught me a valuable skill: Google-fu!” He adds that to succeed in the industry, he must be committed to keeping up with changing technologies and techniques.  “You’re only as good as your last project. We are creatives, and at this point have become very good at creating things. The reality is that most people do not have that skill and it's a valuable skill that separates you from [others].”

    He enjoys knowing that he’s been employed by one of the world’s largest news providers for over 10 years—and continues to push himself  in his profession by attending trade shows, conferences, and watching trends.

    Julian, who in 2007 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Atlanta, says that his education taught the skills of adaptability and resourcefulness. “I can offer an array of skill sets that help out employers in a myriad of ways, whenever needed.” He recommends that current students stay inspired as they look at the bigger picture.  “The struggles of today will be the foundation of your success in the near future.” 

    See http:/ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/323 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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    Mario Quintana

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2014
    The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago

    "[My education] prepared me in learning my art, my voice, and what I am good at. Before I was just a kid who liked stories. Now I'm a storyteller."

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    Mario Quintana

    Cinematographer and Motion Graphics Artist for Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks)

    Mario Quinatana is a cinematographer and works in motion graphics for Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks), a filmmaking group made up of former students from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. He coordinates with the director to bring stories from script to life. “Starting in my freshman year, I did freelance work around Chicago for companies like Anova Technologies, Blast Shield, Broadbeach New Media, and Realty of Chicago.” Together with classmates, he launched the company during his junior year. A typical day may start late and go into the night—he also organizes meetings with wedding planners, artists, and companies that need help with their promotional work.

    Mario explains that his first quarter of school was very difficult. Due to problems at home, he developed depression and anxiety. He channeled this into writing and painting—and now describes his anxiety as a double-edged sword. “While I struggle with it sometimes, it’s what my creativity flourishes on.”

    He adds that his creative process is very simple and involves thinking, writing, then getting to work. “Through Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks), we have received summer interns, applicants, and former peers wanting to tag along for productions. We explore the idea that not only are you a grip or a script supervisor, you play as much a role as the director.” This concept the company’s volunteers, employees, and interns to grow creatively and to become inspired in their own work.

    During his career, Mario has earned 23 festival awards and his work was on HBO. He’s also received international short film awards. “These are the benefits of hard work, not just by me, but by everyone I have around me that supports what I do—and all the cast and crew in each of those productions.” Currently, his team is completing a feature film and is hoping to have the film distributed across the United States.

    Mario, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, says that while he had background in filmmaking prior to starting school, his education helped him to find his voice. “Before I was just a kid who liked stories. Now I'm a storyteller.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/230 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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