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Updated 04.19.2014
Welcome to the Art and Design Alumni Association website! Stay in the “know” on alumni meet ups, class reunions, achievements and fund raising. Share your events, celebrate your accomplishments and support your fellow A&D alumni. Become a member.  Your membership supports future alumni and school events, supplies for school projects and scholarships. Click the following link and please become a member or give a donation.


Meet the Candidates

Elections are coming up soon and it’s time to elect new board of directors. “Meet the Candidates.” We have 11 positions to be filled and 12 candidates running. Only paid members can cast a vote. If you’re not a member and would like to vote, become a member today. If you’re a paid member, please make sure your membership is current and not past due.

Let The Music Play

jazz-musicians-frontpageArt and Design high school has produced a wide range of talented visual artists for 77 years and counting. Did you know, along with the visual/artistic talent the school has nurtured, musically we produced our share. From Mr. “I left my heart in San Francisco” Tony Bennett, smokey-voice chanteuse Lynette Washington, jazz drummer Lenny White, rocker Eric Carr (KISS drummer), Chris Martin aka “Play” from the hip hop duo “Kid & Play” to Fabolous. Certainly, the alumni of Art and Design has proven one can have more than one artistic outlet. April is music appreciation month for A&D alumni.

Where words fail, music speaks.–Hans Christian Andersen




We are happy to announce that the following class years have an upcoming reunions, please help your fellow reunion organizers/classmates get the word out! Click the class year below for details!

A&D/SIA 1964 Class Reunion A&D/SIA 1974 Class Reunion A&D/SIA 1975 Class Reunion

save the dateSAVE THE DATE: April 25, 2015 Art & Design Alumni 40th Reunion ~ Class of ’75

We are in the process of planning our 40th Reunion in NYC on April 25, 2015. If you are a member of the Class of ’75 and would be interested in receiving an invitation to this event, please email your name, updated mailing address and phone number to: Rosemarie Traina-Moreno

Grand Opening!

JoJer Fine Art Framing

jojerArt and Design alumni Juan R. Rodriguez celebrated his framing business JoJer Fine Art Framing grand opening at a new location on Friday, April 4 2014. Congratulations Juan! Looking forward to your first art event on May 2, 2014. Best wishes at the new location. Visit the new store location at 444 West 50th street (bet. 9th and 10th Ave.) Art and Design alumni will receive a discount with purchase, and… Juan is paying it forward with each alumni purchase he’ll donate five percent of proceeds to the alumni association. Juan, big like button! Visit the website.


open-for-businessThe alumni association is featuring a new blog section titled “The Marketplace.” This blog section will feature the goods, products and services for paid members. Market your events, specials and updates to the art and design community. Let us, help you get the word out.

Alumni In The News

Pharoahe Monch on msnbc
Melissa Harris Perry


Art and Design alumni Pharoahe Monch (Troy Donald Jamerson) was one of the guest on “Nerdland,” the Melissa Harris Perry news program.  “Monch” discussed his soon to-be album release “PTSD” on April 15, 2014,  as well one today’s hot topic, mental illness. See Pharoahe Monch on the MHP site. Pharoahe Monch’s album release party will take place in New York City at club SOBs. Tickets for the album release are available at SOBs website and TicketWeb.

The Passing of a Music Legend
Frankie Knuckles


We’re sad to report that legendary dj and A&D alumni Frankle Knuckles has passed away. The dance community lost a pioneer who’s been referred to as “the godfather of house” for bringing dance/club music to a new level. For those who “haunted” the dance clubs of the late 1970s thru the early 1980′s mourn the lost of another artist. Francis Nicholls attended Art & Design in the early 1970s and went on to attend FIT before moving to Chicago. The rest, well… you know. To read more about life and career of Frankie Knuckles, the New York Times and RollingStone Magazine wrote a very nice wrap up.

Joseph Leon (aka Doc Sunshine)


Joseph Leon

It’s with great sadness to report, the passing of alumni Joseph Leon, who graduated from the School of Industrial Art in 1960. Leon, aka Doc Sunshine passed away peacefully on Friday, April 4th.  He was a native New Yorker and later became an award-winning commercial artist.  Leon who was of Native American (Taino), Puerto Rican and Czech descent had a passion for the Native American culture which led him into the world of fine art. Donations in his name are being sent to SaveKitty Foundation and Native American Indian Scholarship Fund. A memorial service will be held in July.

nooka_mattwaldman6A&D Alumnus Puts A New Spin On Telling Time With 3D Printing!

Check out the full interview with artist and A&D Alumnus Matthew Waldman (Class of 1983)… Read more

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Max Ginsburg, caught painting

Ruben Iglesias was kind enough to post this story on Facebook of James Gurney (of Dinotopia Fame), and Max Ginsburg (well, you know who he is!). Always glad to see great artist working hanging together!

Help Us Support the Next generation of A&D Artists, Designers, and Architects:

If you are an A&D alumnus or supporter of the arts, you know what it takes to succeed in the artistic fields. With money even tighter these days, it is not only difficult for students to get the supplies they need, but it has become increasingly difficult for them to further their education as well. The Art and Design Alumni Association is committed to supporting every A&D student by providing the best resources to help them succeed in the future. We need your help to support the students and school. You can help by: Donations – Your donations fund professional development workshops for A&D students and much needed art supplies for A&D classrooms. Scholarships – You can choose an existing A&DAA scholarship to donate too or start a new scholarship fund. Mentors and Speakers – Art and Design students need YOU! Nothing is more inspirational to a student than a mentor with experience in the arts. As former Art and Design students, we have all shared similar experiences and struggles as we tried to break into the field. The Art and Design Alumni Association would like to provide the current A&D students with invaluable opportunities such as internships, workshops, and lectures. Join us in our efforts to inspire, support, and encourage the next generation of artists. Click here to help. This page will bring you to our donation page. Thanks