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Our alumni are an active group, using the skills they learned at SVAD in a variety of ways.  We love to hear from our graduates as they make their way in the world. Keep in touch with us by sending us an update

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Alumni Spotlights and News

Blue Sky poses in front of his iconic mural, "Tunnelvision", in downtown Columbia.

Where there's a wall

Columbia artist Blue Sky paints through challenges and brings beauty to blank spaces. 

Justin Tupper and his wife, Torrie Wilson, smile for a photo on a football field.

Love of golf and storytelling combine for media arts alum’s career 

Justin Tupper has built a career on golf and creativity. It's a connection he forged on golf courses in South Carolina's Lowcountry 30 years ago. 

Headshot of First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis.

Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis is proud to be a Gamecock 

Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis has a deep Carolina connection. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in math from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the university’s new first lady holds two advanced degrees from USC — a master’s in art history, ’97, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, ’12. 

Herman Phillips stands in an art installation filled with fluffy clouds.

Film and media studies grad named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List 

Film and media studies alumnus Herman Phillips talks about his work on award-winning productions and co-developing a revolutionary production management app. 

Chaz Bundick sits and poses on a colorful staircase.

USC alum Chaz Bundick nominated for Grammy Award 

Chaz Bear (born Chazwick Bundick), a graduate of the SVAD's graphic design program, has received his first Grammy nomination for a 2020 single by his musical project Toro y Moi. 

Headshot of Robin Waites leaning against a brick building.

Historic Columbia's Robin Waites' commitment to the community runs deep 

Robin Waites, who earned her master's in art history from the University of South Carolina, has made her mark at Historic Columbia by rethinking the way the city looks at its history.  

Danny (left) and Kendall Hansen on the USC Horseshoe.

Crafting a tradition

The Hansen family's artistic legacy spans three generations at the University of South Carolina. Harry Hansen was a long-time art professor whose son, Danny, and grandson, Kendall, are finding success with their fast-growing handcrafted jewelry business.  

Cemetery with crosses in France.

Remembering D-Day through film and stories 

D-Day is marked in early June with parades and commemorations along the beaches in northern France. Media Arts alumnus Wade Sellers  visited the French coast  to screen the film he directed and edited, “Return to Normandy,” in the primetime slot at the Normandy-World War II International Film Festival.  


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