Report by George Ratkevich
Thanks go out to all the alumni who showed up for our seventh annual Alumni Artist Day. On Friday, January 9, 2015, the Burlington High School Art Department hosted the event from 7:30 am until 2 pm. For the past seven years, the Burlington High School Art Department has welcomed back former students to discuss their careers as artists. Alumni in college talked about their experiences at art school and shared their portfolios, senior college students talked about how they were preparing to enter the workforce, and alumni who are working as designers, artists, and architects shared their experiences and day-to-day activities at their jobs.
All the high school’s art students attended the event during their art periods. They learned about careers in the arts and had a chance to ask questions of the alumni. As often happens at the event, in addition to connecting alumni with current students, this year’s Alumni Artist Day brought opportunities for alumni to network.
Rachel's talk with BHS can be viewed below:
Dan Barrera (BHS Class of 2013), a sophomore at Becker College focusing on Interactive Media and Game Design;
Elizabeth Johnson, a senior at Framingham State studying Fashion Merchandising;
Daniel Fitzpatrick (BHS Class of 2003), a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design working as the User Experience Developer at Smashfly Technologies;
Gamuchirai Dhliwayo (BHS Class of 2013), in her sophomore year at Massachusetts College of Art and Design majoring in Graphic Design;
Anesu Dhliwayo, a graduate of the Boston Architectural College. She is a designer at LAB (labarchitecturegroup.com) who is working toward becoming a registered architect;
Jen Vachon, a graduate of Syracuse University working in architectural design at Isgenuity,
Michael Guleserian, a freshman at Lasell College majoring in graphic design and working as a freelance graphic designer of logos
Marissa Cote (BHS Class of 2013), who shared the experiences of her sophomore year at School of the Art Institute of Technology (SAIC)
The common thread throughout the day was the gratitude that the alumni had for Burlington High School and all that the art department has to offer. Alumni told the current students numerous times " you are so fortunate to have the resources that you have in the BHS Art Department!".