7th Annual Art Alumni Panel Discussion
Hear from some of Adelphi’s most talented art graduates and their unique career paths.
Meet the Artists
Cara Lynch ’12
Cara Lynch (b. 1990, Long Island) is a visual artist living and working in New York (although currently on hiatus and teaching in Nashville, TN). Lynch received her BFA from Adelphi University in 2012 and MFA from Columbia University in 2020. The artist is known for her large-scale murals and public artworks that incorporate color and pattern in joyful compositions. In addition to public projects, she also makes sculpture, prints, and installations. Lynch has created permanent public works for the NYC MTA and NYC Health and Hospitals. She has also been commissioned by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC Parks and Recreation, and NYC Department of Transportation. Recent exhibitions include Clearing the Air at Southampton Arts Center, and In Response, presented by the curatorial team at the Jewish Museum.
Sarah Heinemann ’12
(Art History & Studio Art)
Sarah Heinemann graduated with her BFA from Adelphi in 2012, majoring in Fine Arts and Art History. From 2012-2017 she worked as Archivist for the interior design firm Kravet, managing their collection of over 15,000 historic textiles and wallpapers. In 2017 she relocated to Los Angeles, spending one year as Registrar at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, followed by her current position as Media Manager at David Kordansky Gallery. David Kordansky Gallery has seen enormous growth during her ~4 year tenure, now representing nearly 50 artists, exhibiting a multitude of physical + online exhibitions both locally and internationally, and will be opening a new space in Chelsea, NYC, in 2022. Her mulit-faceted role includes photography coordination and asset creation, proofing in-house publications, online exhibition design, and video production. She continues her personal art practice through ceramics and an ongoing collaborative digital project.
Francesco Adriatico ’16
Francesco is a UK based Graphic Designer who helps brands grow across a wide range of industries on both digital and print media. While being a big typography nerd, he also has a strong passion for branding, motion design and AR/VR, which he includes in his design process, thus aiming to apply an experimental approach whenever the briefs allows him to. After graduating in Graphic Arts & Planning from the Academy of Fine Arts of L’Aquila, Italy, Francesco moved to New York to pursue a degree in Graphic Design at Adelphi University. After seven years of agency experience, he recently joined Vodafone UK as a Digital Designer where he applies his own mantra on a daily basis: Old + Old = New.
Akash Barry ’09
Akash Barry is a painter, printmaker and has been a visual arts teacher in the island of Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean since 2016. His paintings are done mostly in oils and his prints are monotypes and reduction prints on paper. “Archangel Akash” as he is also known, was born in Pointe-a-Pierre and raised in Fyzabad, a small town in southern Trinidad. He received scholarships from both Adelphi University and The Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (PETROTRIN) where he worked in 2005. Mr. Beharry was also a grant recipient of the Helen Baldwin scholarship fund and earned his B.F.A. from Adelphi University, New York in 2009. He works figuratively, drawing his inspiration from Hinduism which greatly influenced him as a child.
Alyssa Kurtzberg ’14
Alyssa Kurtzberg attributes most of her “success”, abilities and life trajectory to her time at Adelphi University. With a major in Art Education and a minor in Art History, she was able to learn more than she imagined! After graduation, Alyssa worked at Muse Paintbar in Garden City, teaching customers aged 3- 95 how to paint. This was a step out of her comfort zone. While teaching at Muse, she obtained her Masters degree from LIU Post in Interactive Multimedia Arts learning coding, web design, etc. After graduating from LIU Post she worked for a small company creating their social media presence, as well as a new website. In the Fall of 2019, she knew that was not the right career path for her. She accepted a part time position as an Art Teacher at two Baldwin Elementary Schools, and immediately fell back in love! Now working at Levittown Public Schools and after school doing the scenic design for several school musicals, Alyssa is beyond thrilled to be doing what she loves, every day.
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