about our alumni

Our High School to Art School students go on to do great things, from earning full rides to the nation’s most prestigious art colleges to founding their own businesses as creative entrepreneurs.

College acceptances

Since the program’s founding in 2004, our students have gone on to be accepted into a roster of the most elite art colleges and universities in the country, including:

Alfred University
American University
Boston University
brooklyn college
Cal Arts
Carnegie Mellon university
Cooper Union
Cornell University
cleveland institute of art
Emily Carr
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
George Washington University
Hunter College
Ithaca College
Macaulay Honors CUNY
Maryland institute college of art (MICA)

new hampshire institute of art
NYU Steinhart
Pratt InstituteParsons School of Design
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
rochester institute of technology
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
rice university
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts (sva)
st. john’s university
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
University of pennsylvania
queens college
syracuse university
vassar college
and more!

 

alumni profiles

High School to Art School students chose to major in a variety of creative disciplines, including fine and studio art, architecture, animation, illustration, graphic design, communications, arts management, and arts education.

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chantal feitosa (HS2as ‘13)

Chantal Feitosa is a Brazilian American multi-disciplinary artist from New York City. Her work uses video, performance, and social practice to address themes of racial bias, beauty, and belonging. She is interested in how education and language can exist as fine art mediums. She earned her BFA from RISD , where she majored in Film/Animation/Video with the help of a RISD Scholarship and the Art Education/Renee Darvin Award from the Art Students League. Shortly after graduating in 2018, she was awarded a fully funded residency in Photo & New Media to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. 

Website: https://chantalfeitosa.com/
Instagram: @chantalfeitosa 

clara jeong (HS2as ‘13)

Clara enrolled in the HS2AS portfolio program for the Summer and Fall of 2013. Upon graduation from the program, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fine Art Major in 2014, graduating in May of 2018. “When HS2AS opening the door to the language of art, the college experience taught me to explore different ways to communicate with it,” she writes. “My goal as an artist is to successfully understand the relationship between visual representations and human behaviors - how one influences the other.” Currently, Clara is studying User Experience Design to gain further insight. In 2018, Jeong was awarded first place in QCA’s annual Queens Emerging Artist Business Prize.

Instagram: @klahruh

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kimberly yunker (HS2AS ‘11)

Kimberly Yunker graduated from The Cooper Union in 2016 with a Fine Art degree that focuses in drawing and sculpture. HS2AS has been a valuable resource for her growth as an artist. Not only did the program provide an advanced educational environment, but a healthy and welcoming community for personal development. The teachers and program were incredibly supportive during the program and beyond. HS2AS has provided a space for open critiques during college, inclusion in alumni gallery exhibitions, and outreach towards QCA hosted networking events. Currently she works at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as a Gallery Associate. 

TAREQUE POWADAY (HS2AS ‘11)

I entered the HS2AS program in the summer of 2011, with the program’s help I enrolled into the Fashion Institute of Technology as an Illustration major. After graduating with a Bachelors in Illustration I continued working as a teacher for nonprofit organizations for several years before freelancing full time as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer. It was not until the HS2AS program that I felt there was a future for me in my art. I did not go to an art oriented high school and that supplemental education the HS2AS provided me in such a short time was life changing.   

Website: Yatelboa.carbonmade.com
Instagram: @yatelboa

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kevin chao (HS2as ‘10)

Kevin Chao is graphic designer and art director working in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and is an alumni of HS2AS, Typography Summer School, and New York Code & Design Academy. He is a D&AD New Blood recipient and his work has been published in numerous print and digital publications. After working and freelancing at design studios and agencies he started his own studio, For Good Measure, working on projects for Google, YouTube, ACLU, Stanford University, Museum of Chinese in America, and more. He also teaches a senior thesis class at Kean University.

"HS2AS not only prepared my portfolio to be scholarship worthy, but ignited my passion for art and design. As a confused teen, I went from being uncertain of the road ahead to confidently never looking back. To this day I look to Yeon Ji Yoo, Eric Park, and Won Cha as some of the most influential and inspiring people I've ever met. My experience in the program was invaluable in more ways than I can count."

Website: forgoodmeasure.us
Instagram: @kevlnchao 

sooa kim (HS2AS ‘10)

An alumni of HS2AS from 2008 - 2010, SooA Kim is a multimedia artist based in New York. She works primarily with the mediums of video, sound and performance. Kim’s current works examine socially constructed ideas within the sphere of performing arts, creating interdisciplinary work in live interactive spaces and also VR/AR platforms. Her work has been selected for eminent exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Germany, Russia, Vietnam and Czech Republic. She received her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design and is currently an MFA candidate for video and Media Design at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2018, Kim was honored as a finalist for QCA’s annual Emerging Artist Business Prize.

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