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Famous University Of The Arts Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of the Arts and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of the Arts, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of the Arts include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of the Arts alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of the Arts are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of the Arts.

This list has a variety of graduates, like Jared Leto and KaDee Strickland, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of the Arts?” and “Which celebrities are University of the Arts alumni?”
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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Painter, Businessperson, Guitarist

Age: 47

Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America

Jared Joseph Leto (; born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved ...more

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Charles Sheeler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 82 (1883-1965)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles Sheeler (July 16, 1883 – May 7, 1965) was an American painter and commercial photographer. He is recognized as one of the founders of American modernism, developing a ...more
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Ana Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Ana Ortiz (born January 25, 1971) is an American actress and singer. Having pursued a career in ballet and singing from a young age, she eventually attended University of the Arts. Ortiz began ...more
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Willi Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Fashion designer

Age: Dec. at 39 (1948-1987)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Willi Donnell Smith (February 29, 1948 – April 17, 1987) was an American fashion designer. At the time of his death, Smith was regarded as one of the most successful African-American designers ...more
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Joe Dante is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

Joseph James Dante Jr. (; born November 28, 1946) is an American film director, producer, editor and actor. His films—notably Gremlins (1984)—often mix fantastical storylines with comedic ...more

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KaDee Strickland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Patterson

Katherine Dee "KaDee" Strickland (born December 14, 1975) is an American actress known for her role as Charlotte King on the ABC drama Private Practice. Well known in her hometown of ...more
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Richard Amsel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: Dec. at 38 (1947-1985)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Richard Amsel (December 4, 1947 – November 17, 1985) was an American illustrator and graphic designer. His career was brief but prolific, including movie posters, album covers, and magazine ...more
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Chiquita Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Model, Dancer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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James DePreist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Conductor, Musician, Music Director

Age: Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

James Anderson DePreist (November 21, 1936 – February 8, 2013) was an American conductor. DePreist was one of the first African-American conductors on the world stage. He was the director ...more
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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Pianist, Teacher

Age: 72

Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

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Trina Schart Hyman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Illustrator, Writer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1939-2004)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Trina Schart Hyman (April 8, 1939 – November 19, 2004) was an American illustrator of children's books. She illustrated over 150 books, including fairy tales and Arthurian legends. She won the ...more
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Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 92 (1917-2009)

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and ...more
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John-Paul Lavoisier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

John-Paul Lavoisier (born March 12, 1980) is an American actor.
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Elise Neal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor, Dancer

Age: 52

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Elise Demetria Neal (born March 14, 1966) is an American actress. Her big break came with three 1997 films, appearing in Rosewood, Money Talks and Scream 2. From 1998 to 2002, Neal starred as ...more
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John Mecray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
John Mecray

Age: 82

Birthplace: Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

John Marcy Mecray (February 13, 1937 – November 1, 2017) was an American realist painter best known for his marine art.
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Carson Van Osten is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 72

Carson Van Osten (September 24, 1945 – December 22, 2015) was an American comics creator and musician. Van Osten studied at the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1966, he played in the band ...more
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Roger Hane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Roger Hane

Age: Dec. at 35 (1939-1974)

Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania

Roger T. Hane (1939–1974) was an illustrator of paperback books, commercial advertising campaigns, and record albums, known for his surreal, fanciful art. During his eleven-year professional ...more
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Aliki Brandenberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Illustrator, Author

Age: 89

Birthplace: Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg or pen name Aliki (born September 3, 1929) is an American author and illustrator of books for children.
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Philip Jamison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Philip Jamison Artist

Age: 93

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philip Jamison is an artist working primarily with watercolour as a medium. Jamison's inspiration comes mainly from the environs of his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in ...more
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Arnold Roth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 90

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is an article about Arnold Roth, the cartoonist. See also Arnie Roth, the musician.Arnold Roth (born February 25, 1929) is an American cartoonist and illustrator for advertisements, album ...more
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Bernard Waber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni

Age: Dec. at 92 (1921-2013)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bernard Waber (September 27, 1921–May 16, 2013) was an American children's author most famous for the books The House on East 88th Street (1962), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (1965) and the subsequent ...more
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Cal Schenkel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Cal Schenkel

Age: 72

Birthplace: Willow Grove, Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Calvin "Cal" Schenkel (born January 27, 1947, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania) is an American illustrator, graphic designer, animator and comics artist, specializing in album cover design. ...more
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Todd Schorr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Todd Schorr

Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Todd Schorr (born January 9, 1954) is an American artist and one of the most prominent members of the "Lowbrow" art movement or pop surrealism. Combining a cartoon influenced visual ...more
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Matt Reitsma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Costumer, Textile artist

Birthplace: Media, Pennsylvania

Matthew Reitsma is a costumer and textile artist.
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Judith Jamison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Choreographer, Actor, Dancer

Age: 75

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Judith Ann Jamison was born May 10, 1943 to Tessie Brown Jamison and John Jamison, Sr. She is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as a ballet dancer and as the Artistic Director of ...more