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Parking Advisory

With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Kristin Centrella

Kristin Centrella

Kristin Centrella

Senior Associate, Creative

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, D.C.

B.F.A., Printmaking, 2007

After graduating in the middle of a recession, I knew I needed to find a job and fast. During my time at Hartford Art School, I found myself constructing many of my ideas for prints in Photoshop. After applying to many jobs in a variety of art-related paths, I landed my first gig as a Digital Media Designer for a medical broadcasting company. A couple years later I moved from Hartford back to my native land of New York, taking on a position as Graphic Designer, eventually leading to Senior Graphic Designer at the largest independent music and video distributor in North America, Entertainment One. There I was responsible for the design of innovative DVD and Blu-ray packaging for different genres of film and television. It was a pretty cool gig; I spent most of my time creating explosions and zombies, retouching celebrities, recreating people’s bodies and putting hats on dogs.

After four years in New York and ready for a change, I packed my bags and moved to Washington D.C.. Since then I have worked for the large non-profit The Pew Charitable Trusts, where I direct and design for numerous projects focusing on environmental issues, social change, and public policy. The design work ranges from complex data visualizations and infographics to quick turn-around fact sheets and compelling social media graphics. Given my aptitude for marketing and interest in the digital space, I lead the creative efforts for our social media team. Switching from entertainment to non-profit/policy work has been really challenging and has given me the opportunity to work on a wide range of different visualizations.

It’s been a wild ride with ups and downs, but there isn't one day I regret being a Printmaker and attending the Hartford Art School. It's a network truly like no other and I am thankful for everything I have learned there and all the long-lasting relationships I have made. With that said you can never stop learning, so recently I enrolled in a year-long program at Brainco: The Minneapolis School of Advertising and Design. As the year is almost up I am looking forward to completing the course and seeing what the world has in store for me. The end.

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