Visual and Communication Arts Careers

EMU students have remarkable opportunities for professional networking, internships, and media exposure.

VaCa student work in photography, digital media, art and videography has received attention from national and international media. The Washington Post covered our class documentary on the Kurdish community in Harrisonburg, and the BBC ran student photos from the documentary on their website.

Digital media grad Joel Landis interned at an advertising agency specializing in film trailers in Los Angeles. After his 2010 graduation, he moved into a full-time role as video editor. He now creates film trailers for major motion pictures and is based on the West Coast.

Andrew Gascho interned as a photographer for a D.C. newspaper called The Hill where he photographed Washington policitians such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. His photographs of former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson appeared on a PBS FRONTLINE documentary called Inside the Meltdown.

Matthew Gillis, a photography major, interned for National Geographic Adventure in New York City, the D.C. United soccer team and Oregon’s Statesman Journal. He was the winner of the Associated Press Photo of the Month for October 2009.

Steven Stauffer submitted his photography portfolio from the Advanced Black and White Photography class to the Festival of the Photograph and was awarded a scholarship to study with National Geographic photographer Bill Allard for a week. Steven’s work was shown at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville to an international audience that included some of the most talented and best known photographers in the world.

Art major Kari Martin’s work was exhibited in three shows in the region during her senior year, and her paintings were selected for a consortium student show at Bridgewater College. They were also the only student works accepted into an invitational show, “Red” at the Smith House Gallery. Additionally, Kari won an award for one of the paintings in the nearby Artful Dodger’s first juried show.

Our graduates are bringing their Visual and Communication Arts training to a variety of vocations.

Here are a few samples:

The wide variety of classes and the great instruction I received at EMU helped prepare me to be an effective teacher. Even though the world of technology is constantly changing, the foundational skills I learned in my classes will always be relevant.

-Andrew Gascho, communications and photography graduate whose internship photographs of D.C. politicians appeared on a PBS FRONTLINE documentary. Andrew now teaches digital communications at Eastern Mennonite Schools.

Benjamin J. Myers is a successful freelance photojournalist and photo editor for a Washington, D.C based newspaper called The Hill.

Mary Yoder-Anderson is the publications coordinator for the American Shakespeare Center .

Todd Yoder is a self-employed illustrator. His work can be found on Facebook at Todd Kenton Yoder Illustration.

Frank Ameka is a media designer for James Madison University. His photography was recently published in Time Magazine.

Mark Fenton is a media specialist with Gravity Group in Harrisonburg.

Tiffany (Horst) Showalter is a photographer for Rosetta Stone , the creators of the leading language learning software.

Melanie Pritchard is a freelance artist/illustrator.

Kelley Horst teaches art at Harrisonburg High School.

Shawn Hunter became a media producer for Mennonite Central Committee .

Katie (Rodriguez) Schmid and Amelia Schmid own a photography business, The Pinwheel Collective.

Jon Styer is a digital media specialist and lead designer at Eastern Mennonite University.

EMU is not responsible for the content of external links. This information was updated in December 2012.