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duCret School of Art Students to Graduate

Eighteen student artists who have completed their 3 year Accredited Art Career Program at duCret School of Art are set to graduate this month. Commencement is Thursday, May 17, 2012. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM.

Plainfield, NJ, May 16, 2012 --( This year’s graduates in Fine Art are: Hanna Alexandra Bramowicz of Carteret, NJ, Rae Cauley of Westfield, NJ, Lauren Darabant of Manville, NJ, Brandon D. Drake of Plainfield, NJ, Kristina Marie Walker of Woodbridge, NJ, Dwayne R. Watson of Englewood, NJ. Graduates in Graphic Design are: Charles R.M. English of Elizabeth, NJ, Christopher Peel of S. Plainfield, NJ, Christopher Anthony Petronzio of Avenel, NJ, Robert William Schimmel of Rahway, NJ, Laura Smith of Bergenfield, NJ. Graduates in Illustration are: Samantha Abate of Mountainside, NJ, Symone Cherry Banks of Highland Park, NJ, Steven Marc Decter of Springfield, NJ, Tomas Felipe Hurtado of Clark, NJ, Liam Kaiser-Sheridan of Scotch Plains, NJ, Gilberto Saucedo of Elizabeth, NJ and Roberto F. Vidal of Linden, NJ.

Preceding every commencement ceremony, duCret students have a Judged Annual Spring Art Show and Sale. Art award winners from that show will have their artwork presented at Swain’s Galleries. Swain’s, located on Watchung Ave in Plainfield, is NJ’s oldest private art gallery. The Opening Reception at Swain’s is July 14, from 5 – 7pm. The show will run through August 24th. duCret graduates present their full body of work to students and family members just prior to graduation. Graduates are required to professionally matt and hang their work, set up their presentation areas and speak about their beginnings at duCret, their artwork and the vision behind what they’ve produced. They must also offer their plans for marketing and the continuation of their artwork past graduation. All duCret graduates are encouraged to remain in constant contact with the school, as duCret also serves as a community resource center for artists. Therefore, the intimate bond that’s been created between teachers/mentors is not broken or lost, but remains a constant source of support for graduates. They can also continuously participate in future shows and events associated with the school.

On Thursday, May 17, Director Frank J. Falotico will make a presentation to the class and award diplomas. Vince Natale, a 1985 duCret graduate and Artist/Illustrator will be the commencement speaker. Vince also attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His works range from magazine editorials to book covers to fine art and spans the genres of romance, horror, Fantasy/science fiction, portraiture, and military subjects. Vince has also created numerous illustrations for advertising clients in fashion and pharmaceuticals. He has received numerous awards for both his commercial and fine art work, and has been represented in several annual exhibitions of the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles. Vince's works also appears regularly in the Spectrum annual book of The Best in Fantastic Art. As well as having produced work for private commissions, his personal/gallery work has found homes in many private collections. Alongside his professional artist/illustrator duties, Vince is also an instructor at the Woodstock School of Art.

duCret School of Art has long been a major center for the development of artistic talent in the state. The school is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSC); approved by the State of New Jersey Department of Education/ Labor and Workforce Development; and is a member of the Private Career Schools Association of New Jersey. Majors are offered in Graphic Design/Computer Graphics, Fine Art and Illustration. Full-time students can complete the 90 credit program in three years. However, students may enroll on a part-time basis day, or evening, taking as few as one class per week. duCret School of Art is currently accepting applications for Fall 2012 Semester. More information can be obtained by contacting the school at (908) 757-7171 or visiting the web site
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