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3/26/2014 11:11:00 AM by PCA&D



Deborah Obalil, executive director for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), was the graduation speaker at PCA&D’s 32nd commencement ceremonies on May 3.

Gail Anderson, designer, writer, and educator, received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa) for a lifetime of achievement in her field, according to Mary Colleen Heil, PCA&D president.

Fifty-two seniors received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in one of four majors: illustration, graphic design, fine arts, and photography.


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Award winners were named as well.


Highest GPA:

Sara Schenke, Illustration


Departmental Awards:

Fine Art: Chalkley Matlack

Graphic Design: Kaitlyn Trout

Illustration: Tylor Heagy

Photography: Leawna Burek


About our graduation speaker and the recipient of our honorary degree

Deborah Obalil has over fifteen years experience as a leader in the national arts and culture industry, having led multiple highly-acclaimed organizations and served as a well-regarded management consultant to the field. As executive director at AICAD, Deborah leads the organization in achieving its mission of strengthening and connecting its members schools, thus advancing art and design education.

AICAD is a non-profit consortium of 43 leading art schools in the U.S. and Canada. It was founded in 1991 by a group of 25 presidents who felt a need for the similarly structured art schools to come together so as to mutually develop their schools and programs. Its mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively, and to inform the public about these colleges and the value of studying art and design. Learn more at

Prior to her appointment at AICAD, Deborah operated a successful boutique arts management consulting firm, Obalil & Associates. Her career with arts organizations placed her most recently as the Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, an organization dedicated to the advancement of America’s creative vitality, based in Providence, RI.

Gail Anderson is a New York City-based designer, writer, and educator. From 2002 through 2010, she served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater. From 1987 to early 2002, she worked at Rolling Stone magazine, serving as the magazine’s senior art director and before that, its designer and deputy art director. Earlier in her career, Gail was a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books (Random House). Gail is co-author, with Steven Heller, of several books, including "New Modern Type," as well as "New Ornamental Type," "New Vintage Type," "Astounding Photoshop Effects," and "American Typeplay."

Anderson teaches at the School of Visual Arts MFA, undergraduate, and high school design programs, and serves on the advisory boards for Adobe Partners by Design and the Society of Publication Designers. She is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Medal from the AIGA*, and has lectured about design at organizations and conferences around the world. Gail's bio is at

* - AIGA (formerly the American Institute of Graphic Arts) is an American professional organization for design. Organized in 1914, AIGA currently has more than 22,000 members throughout 66 chapters and more than 200 student groups nationwide. Its activities include the AIGA Medal, the AIGA Design Archives, and annual design competitions 365 and 50 Books/50 Covers.















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