Alumni Update with Katie

One of the most common questions that you get as an art student is the dreaded “what are you going to do with that major?” While your first instinct might be to throw your canvas at that person and run, it is important to plan for the future, make sure your work is seen, and make connections with other artists. Art students can be just as successful as those from any other major, and I’ll prove it to you by featuring stories from Marywood alumni.

katieKatie Coletta (Lagonegro)

Graduation Year/Major:
Class of 2009, Graphic Design

Marywood Clubs/Activities:
Zeta Omicron, CMYKlub, Dance Team

Current Occupation:
Katie currently works full-time at Chemung Canal Trust Company as the Advertising and Communications Coordinator. She works part-time as a designer/editor at Stewart Howe Integrated Membership Services. As you can see from the featured photo, Katie enjoys making wedding/event invitations as well!

1. What was your favorite part of the art department?

Small class sizes (which allows more time for teachers to get to know you and help you achieve your goals),  and the amazing facilities.

2. How did your Marywood art education help you in your career?

It gave me the skills I needed to get started in the business world. It also taught me to take critiques/constructive criticism and learn from it. In the “real world” clients are always right and who knows, maybe you will see something from a new point of view that will help you down the road.

3. Explain your current work.

As Advertising & Communications Coordinator of a bank, I design all internal collateral (brochures, signs, newsletter, envelopes, etc); I helped redesign our new company websites; I work closely with the ad agency for our two campaigns which include (billboards, ads, radio/TV, in-branch print materials, etc); I also manage our company social media pages. As designer and editor at Stewart Howe, I design print materials (newsletters, invitations, letters, postcards, etc.) for fraternities and sororities throughout the U.S., and I manage and design their websites.

4. Any advice for current students?

Take advantage of your time as a student—learn as much as you can from your teachers and classes—it can only help you achieve your goals and give you confidence in your future endeavors. Have fun and get involved on campus, too!

5. What is your favorite/least favorite font/typeface?

What is my favorite font? That’s REALLY hard; I have a lot of favorites for different things! My two least favorite fonts are Comic Sans and Papyrus!

Featured images courtesy of Katie Coletta.


Are you interested in studying Graphic Design?

The BFA Graphic Design program at Marywood will introduce you to a variety of design disciplines. Conceptual development, technical skills, and professionalism are emphasized. Students have the opportunity to work independently, with partners, in small groups, with professionals in the field, and with real clients. Regular class critiques and portfolio reviews are repeated throughout the program. LEARN MORE


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