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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 Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan ...more

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Charles Sheeler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Artist, Photographer Charles Sheeler was an American painter and commercial photographer. He is recognized as one of the founders of American modernism and one of the master photographers of the 20th century.

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Ana Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor, Singer Ana Ortiz is an American actress and singer. She began her acting career in theatre, and in early 2000s starred in the short-lived NBC sitcoms Kristin A.U.S.A., and had a dramatic recurring ...more

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Willi Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Fashion designer Willi Donnell Smith was an American fashion designer, regarded at the time of his death as one of the most successful young African-American designers in the industry. His company Williwear Ltd. ...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 Joseph "Joe" Dante, Jr. is an American film director, producer, editor and actor. His films—notably Gremlins —often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements. Dante's films ...more

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KaDee Strickland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor Katherine Dee "KaDee" Strickland is an American actress known for her role as Charlotte King on the ABC drama Private Practice. Well known in her hometown of Patterson, Georgia, when ...more

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Richard Amsel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Graphic Designer Richard Amsel was an American illustrator and graphic designer. His career was brief but prolific, including movie posters, album covers, and magazine covers. His portrait of comedienne Lily ...more

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Chiquita Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Model, Dancer

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James DePreist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Conductor, Musician, Music Director James Anderson DePreist was an American conductor. DePreist was one of the first African-American conductors on the world stage. He was the Director Emeritus of Conducting and Orchestral Studies ...more

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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Pianist, Teacher André Watts is a classical pianist and professor at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

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Trina Schart Hyman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Illustrator, Writer Trina Schart Hyman was an American illustrator of children's books. She illustrated over 150 books, including fairy tales and Arthurian legends. She won the 1985 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture ...more

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Irving Penn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Photographer Irving Penn was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn's career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for ...more

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John-Paul Lavoisier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Actor John-Paul Lavoisier 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 Elise Neal is an American film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Yvonne Hughley in the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys and Hallie in the horror film Scream 2. Neal ...more

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John Mecray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
John Mecray John Marcy Mecray is 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 Carson Van Osten is an American comics creator and musician. Van Osten studied at the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1966, he played in the band Woody's Truck Stop, before forming the rock ...more

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Roger Hane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Roger Hane Roger T. Hane was an illustrator of paperback books, commercial advertising campaigns, and record albums, known for his surreal, fanciful art. During his eleven-year professional career, Hane ...more

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Jim French is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Photographer Jim French is an American photographer who under the pseudonym Rip Colt created Colt Studio to publish, what were to become, his iconic homoerotic images in the books, magazines and calendars ...more

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Aliki Brandenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Illustrator, Author Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg is an American author and illustrator of books for children. Brandenberg was born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, to James Peter and Stella Liacouras. Her parents, who ...more

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Philip Jamison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Philip Jamison Artist 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) 21 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Cartoonist Arnold Roth is an American freelance cartoonist and illustrator for advertisements, album covers, books, magazines, and newspapers. Novelist John Updike wrote, "All cartoonists are ...more

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Bernard Waber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Bernard Waber Bernard Waber was an American children's author most famous for the books The House on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and the subsequent books in the Lyle series.

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Cal Schenkel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Cal Schenkel Cal Schenkel is an artist specialising in album cover design. He was the main visual collaborator for Frank Zappa and was responsible for the art and graphic design of many of Zappa's best-known ...more

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Todd Schorr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Todd Schorr Todd Schorr is an American artist and one of the most prominent members of the "Lowbrow" art movement or pop surrealism. Combining a cartoon influenced visual vocabulary with a highly ...more

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Matt Reitsma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Costumer, Textile artist Matthew Reitsma is a costumer and textile artist.

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Judith Jamison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Choreographer, Actor, Dancer Judith Ann Jamison is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Anne Chu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Anne Chu Artist Anne Chu is an artist based in New York. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1982 and received her MFA from Columbia University in 1985. She has shown work internationally in many ...more

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Paul Nordoff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Paul Nordoff Paul Nordoff was an American composer and music therapist, anthroposophist and initiator of the Nordoff-Robbins method of music therapy. His music is generally tonal and neo-Romantic in style.

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Daniel Delaney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Daniel Delaney Daniel Delaney is a James Beard Award nominated American restaurateur and former host of VendrTV a video podcast about Street Food.

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Stephen Powers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Stephen Powers Artist Stephen J. Powers is a New York City artist who at one time wrote graffiti in Philadelphia and New York under the name ESPO.

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Trudy Pitts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Trudy Pitts Trudy Pitts, born Gertrude E. Pitts, was an American soul jazz keyboardist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was known primarily for playing the Hammond B3 organ.

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Dan Walsh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Dan Walsh Dan Walsh is a painter based in New York. He studied at the Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania and Hunter College in New York City. A veteran of nearly thirty solo exhibitions Walsh’s ...more

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Neil Welliver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Painter Neil Gavin Welliver was an American-born modern artist, best known for his large-scale landscape paintings inspired by the deep woods near his home in Maine.

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Mark Wiener is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Mark Wiener Mark Wiener was a New York City based abstract painter, editor and teacher. Wiener studied painting and photography under Bauhaus influences at the Philadelphia College of Art. Influenced by ...more

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William K. Greer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
William K. Greer William Kirk Greer was an American textile executive, banker and politician who served on the city council of, and as the thirteenth Mayor of, North Adams, Massachusetts.

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George Krause is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
George Krause George Krause is an American artist photographer, now retired from the University of Houston where he established the photography department. During the 1950s, Krause studied painting, drawing, ...more

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Henry Clarence Pitz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of The Arts Alumni
Henry Clarence Pitz Henry Clarence Pitz was an American artist, illustrator, editor, author, and teacher who wrote and illustrated over 190 books, the best known of which is The Brandywine School. Pitz was born in ...more