Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Spotlight

The names on this page are just a small sampling of the thousands of renowned College of Fine Arts alumni.

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Peter Burr

Art | 2012

Won a prestigious 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in film and video.

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John Currin

Art | 1984

Using classical painterly techniques, John Currin's canvases carefully balance the beautiful and the grotesque. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Tate, London, among many others.

Photo: Richard Prince. Courtesy Gagosian.

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Ted Danson

Drama | 1972

Award-winning actor known for an array of exceptional performances, most notably for his role as bartender Sam Malone on NBC-TV's iconic comedy "Cheers."

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Messay Derebe

MAM | 2015

Co-founder and CEO, goARTful

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Roger Fortune

Architecture | 1987

Vice President, The Stahl Organization, New York, NY

Real estate developer since 2000. Oversaw development at 388 Bridge Street and 138 Pierrepont in New York City. Former Senior Vice President of Real Estate at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and previously Assistant Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

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Ricky Ian Gordon

Music | 1980

Award-winning composer/pianist (OBIE Award, the Stephen Sondheim Award, The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award and many others); works published by Williamson Music, Carl Fischer Music and Theodore Presser Company, and available everywhere, as well as recorded on various labels.

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Katie Grennan

MAM | 2017

Musician, Gaelic Storm

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Avneet Gujral

Architecture | 2007

Associate AIA, FIIA, LEED AP Building Design & Construction (BD+C), WELL AP Neighborhood Development (ND)

Green Building Expert, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, Washington, DC

Serves on the Board of Directors of the Market Leadership Advisory Board for the U.S. Green Building Council's National Capital Region, and has served as a subject matter expert for the development of the LEED for Neighborhood v4 and WELL AP exams for the USGBC and International WELL Building Institute.

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Andres Webster Henestrosa

MAM | 1997

Cultural Attaché, Consulate of Mexico

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Grey Henson

Drama | 2012

Tony Award-nominated actor/singer; currently on Broadway in "Mean Girls."

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Matt Ho

Architecture | 2014

Associate Project Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering, Orlando, FL

Walt Disney Imagineering is the unique, creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide.

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Charles Johnson

Design | 1987

Global director of Innovation at Puma.

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Amanda Joos

MAM | 2016

Orchestral Manager, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Deborah Kass

Art | 1974

Deborah Kass is an American artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture, art history, and the self. Her work included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among many others.

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Kathy "Yaeji" Lee

BXA | 2015

Rising singer, DJ and producer who is packing clubs and festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Yaeji released two EPs to rave reviews in 2017, played Coachella, covered Fader magazine and was highlighted within Billboard Dance's "Ones to Watch."

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Judith Light

Drama | 1970

Tony Award- and Emmy Award-winning actress and beloved icon of the theater industry; board member and advocate for many organizations and charities representing AIDS-related and human rights issues.

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Keith Lockhart

Music | 1983

Conductor, Boston Pops; received the 2017 Commonwealth Award for Achievement, the state's highest honor in the arts, humanities and sciences presented by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Andrea Love

Architecture | 2002

AIA, LEED Fellow

Principal/Director of Building Science, Payette Associates, Boston, MA

Serves on the Board of Directors for the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, on the national USGBC Chapter Steering Committee and Education Steering Committee, and member of the COTE Advisory Group to the Board.

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Robert Meya

MAM | 2000

General director, Santa Fe Opera

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Patina Miller

Drama | 2006

Tony Award-winning actress/singer; currently stars in "Madam Secretary."

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Shana Moulton

Art | 2004

Exhibited and performed work at the New Museum, MoMA PS1 and Palais de Tokoyo, among many others. She also serves as an assistant professor of time-based media at UC Santa Barbara.

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Manu Narayan

Music | 1995

Pittsburgh native and an actor, film producer, singer, songwriter, composer and saxophonist. Narayan recently starred in "My Fair Lady" on Broadway and currently stars in "Gettin' The Band Back Together."

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Leslie Odom Jr.

Drama | 2003

Took home a 2016 Tony Award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in "Hamilton." Odom has also starred in numerous TV series, including "SMASH," and films, including the 2017 reboot of "Murder on the Orient Express."

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Jessica Phillips-Silver

BXA | 1999

Associate researcher in neuroscience and adjunct professor of music at Georgetown University. Phillips-Silver documented the first case of the musical disorder "beat deafness," and has studied people who have trouble connecting physically with rhythm.

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Billy Porter

Drama | 1991

Tony Award-winning actor/singer; currently stars in TV's "Pose."

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Zachary Quinto

Drama | 1999

Star of several popular TV series, including "Heroes" and "American Horror Story," along with a memorable turn as Spock in the recent "Star Trek" feature films.

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Pradeep Ranka

Architecture | 1991

Creative and Technical Director, Ranka Group, Bangalore, India

Actively engaged in smart buildings and cities initiatives. Ambassador, speaker, and judge at leading industry events, including Official Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition and as delegate to International Cooperation Summit for Asia Pacific CEO's and Provincial Governors and Mayors.

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Lauren Schmidt

Architecture | 2004


Director, Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), New York, NY

Architectural designer, job captain, and project manager on award-winning luxury residential and high-rise projects, including One Jackson Square in New York City, Al Bateen Wharf in Abu Dhabi, 175 Park Avenue in New Jersey, 30 North Colonnade at Canary Wharf in London, and 55 Hudson Yards in New York City . In 2011 she received the Emerging New York Architects Merit Award from AIA New York.

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Stephen Schwartz

Drama | 1968

Oscar Award-winning American musical theatre lyricist and composer, who has written such hit musicals as "Godspell", "Pippin" and "Wicked"

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Michael Scully

Design | 1995

Designed the BMW bobsled for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Renee Stout

Art | 1980

Awarded the 2018 Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Lisa Vroman

Music | 1981

Described as "one of America's most versatile voices," Vroman is an accomplished Broadway actress and often serves as a regular guest artist with symphonies around the world.

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Andy Warhol

Art | 1949

Leading figure of Pop Art and arguably the most influential artist of the 20th century.

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Courtney Wittekind

BXA | 2013

Received a rare National Science Foundation fellowship in the social sciences and is Carnegie Mellon's first student to win the Rhodes Scholarship in the arts and humanities. Wittekind is working toward a Ph.D. at Harvard after completing an M.Phil. at Oxford focusing on art, activism and anthropology on behalf of displaced persons and refugees.

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Lisa Yanz

Design | 2004

Designed the OXO Good Grips.