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Farmingdale State College Students “Make Their Mark” in both Art and Commerce

Receptions at Hale Gallery on Three Successive Wednesdays in May

April 25, 2013
Updated 5.13.13

For three successive Wednesdays in May, on the 1st, the 8th, and the 15th, the Hale Memorial Gallery will hold receptions to highlight the multi-media and interactive projects produced by Farmingdale State College students who are receiving Baccalaureates in the Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design program.

As part of their capstone Senior Project course, students created projects and took them from the initial conception, through market research and business plans, to fully-realized book, pitch to industry experts, and interactive art projects.

Group 1

  • Ellen Gilles shares Haitian culture through events, food and cooking classes in East River Boulangerie,
  • Rudy Calderon’s EsoMano Pupusa Shop shines light on El Salvadorian culture through art and its cultural delicacy, the pupusa,
  • Anthony Kondyra’s Piwo Brewing Company celebrates the Polish culture through craft beer.
  • Robert Wulff’s series of animated shorts, Through Thick & Thin, provides a new outlet for families and friends of loved ones with eating disorders.
  • Frank Corrao’s Cat-it-Out highlights the importance of animal shelter adoptions,
  • Alyson Prete’s “PDF: Preparing the Designer’s Future” inspires students to maximize their potential and achieve career goals,
  • Jeffrey Betts educates small business owners on the financial benefits of using responsive web design with The Grid,
  • Patrick Flanagan offers The HandWave, a line of portable and sustainable planes for bodysurfing,
  • Adam Joseph proposes a new way to approach camping and family bonding through BONDFIRE,
  • Anne Marie Horan’s Re-heart promotes healing and individualization after a loss or separation from a loved one.


  • Group 2
  • Steve Abbananto scares us with INTOTEM, a new look at zombies in an original video game.
  • Lyrin Bailey calls attention to toxicity in tattoo inks with a non-toxic line of inks called BROKEN TUSK INKS.
  • Nick Fasano puts a new spin on the yarmulke with KIPPAH KAPS, a line of custom yarmulkes that make a statement.
  • Joe Fries illustrates the dark world of illegal handguns in the graphic Novel GALLOW.
  • Kyle Griffin makes the T-shirt high fashion with the ZIPT, an interchangeable pocket for T-shirts.
  • Greg Helton introduces the BODY BUILDING SURVIVAL KIT, a humorous look at the world of competitive body building.
  • Kim Kreischer gives women a leg up with THE ERG, an office fitness system.
  • Chris Weidler gives us THE LOST BOTTLE CO., for the whiskey aficionado, custom blends in handy tasting flights.

Group 3

  • Glenn Beierle heats up the energy supplement market with SPARK, an energy system with a drink, a bar and chewing gum.
  • Tom Burke creates the URBAN ASSISTANT, a holster that holds a spray can, nozzles and a brush that wraps around your spray can while you tag your way to super stardom.
  • Liliana Hecker makes us light on our feet with AGIATO CUSTOM DANCE SHOES, a service to provide ballroom dancers with new ergonomic solution to uncomfortable footwear for dance.
  • Jane Muzio provides us with insight into an almost unknown and difficult to diagnose disease through her CARCINOID CANCER AWARENESS web site.
  • Danielle Pattei introduces us the aquaponics with PERMANENT AQUAPONICS, a web site, service and products for urban dwellers to grow their own produce.
  • David Rosa shows us how to keep things straight with THE PRINT BUDDY, a silk screening system that makes high quality, low print run silk screening possible.
  • Kayla Thompkins shows us how to find our way with the SUFFOLK COUNTY TRANSPORT WEB SITE redesign for, a responsive web site for the local bus system .
  • Andrew Young provides youngsters with a guide to preventing childhood obesity with NOW OR NEVER, an interactive guide for the iPad.

WHAT: Three Opening Receptions, 2013 Visual Communications Senior Exhibitions                      

Wednesday, May 1, 6 – 8 pm
Wednesday, May 8, 6 – 8 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 6 – 8 pm

WHERE: Hale Memorial Gallery, Nathan Hale Hall, Farmingdale State College

DETAILS: Curated by Irina Lee and Jack Harris, instructors in the Department of Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission is free; the gallery is handicapped accessible.

For additional information, call (631) 420-6118 or (631) 420-2181.